1) what is the safe "useful life" of a non-crashed or impacted helmet? It seems to me that I remember one's helmet should be replaced somewhat regularly. How often do you guys realistically replace your helmets?
2) what exactly is meant by "bedding the pads and rotors". I understand the principle of being careful until new rotors and pads "bed", but the literature makes it sound as though there is a specific process to accomplish this. By slapping new stuff on and riding, am i endangering myself or reducing the useful life of my brakes by not following some prescribed proceedure?
3) I belong to a national (USA) riding group known as HSTA, which stands for Honda Sport Touring Association - although inclusive of all brands. Each year, they publish an annual membership directory where you can choose to list the ways you can support your fellow riders if they fall prey to some misfortune while riding in your area by listing offerings like lodging, tools, mechanical know-how, parts, trailer or road knowledge, for example. After hosting a ride-in here in TN in which more than two riders needed some form of rescue, would it make sense to have one of these directories for our group? Heck, it could be a world-wide directory. What a great way to meet each other, say if I am riding in Belgium and want to look up BEF. Or if you're from California riding to the 2008 MotoGP in Indy and you break down or get a flat in Nebraska. If you wish not to be listed, you simply check a box that says "do not list". I carry my small HSTA directory in my tank bag everywhere I go. Would you guys be interested in something like this?