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size: 6942bytes, modified on 2006-08-28 14:16
I have had a BMW Tourguard suit with the optional hip armor since September of last year and like it very much; it is comfortable, good looking and performs well. My home is in Connecticut and my riding goes on year round. I have put about 15,000 miles on the suit including touring and commuting. . . .
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We've all seen those TV commercials where the slimy lawyer talks about how he can get you "every penny you deserve". They like to have case examples with people saying how much money they got for a hangnail. It's enough to convince anyone that if they get hurt in any way by . . .
size: 4463bytes, modified on 2006-08-28 14:11
Yesterday, I finally picked up the pants half of BMW's new "Venting Machine" textile riding suit to go with the jacket I purchased earlier. BMW describes this suit as having an "unbelievable ventilation effect" due to "the intensive use of gauze." The "gauze" they are referring to is protected by a "high-strength . . .
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Observations and thoughts after riding a 2003 Concours with 28,000 miles and a 2002 ST1100 with 48,000 miles today. Don't know about state of tune of either. I understand state of tune and . . .
size: 2523bytes, modified on 2006-08-26 10:29
Memorial Day weekend, 2003, I went for a bit of a ride with some friends. Ended up being a 13-hour rain fest. Hit a bit of rain Saturday - OK, 13 hours of asskickin', frog drownin' monster rain. But the lunch was good. And Rob Lessen is a hell of a guide. . . .
size: 3797bytes, modified on 2006-08-26 10:26
Well, maybe it's all the rain we've had that has me in the mood, but I thought I'd sit down and write up my thoughts after wearing Motoport's Ultra II Cordura suit for more than a year and umpty-ump thousand miles. . . .
size: 1542bytes, modified on 2006-04-30 09:24
I have the Highland pants combined with the Fieldsheer Moncur Jacket. I'd call them inexpensive and functional -- along the lines of equivalently priced Joe Rocket gear. They were marketed as "100% water proof", but I didn't believe it based on price -- and I wasn't wrong. . . .
size: 2702bytes, modified on 2006-04-27 14:22
Well I finally got some heated grips to install, and let me say, its the best $30 I've spent on the bike yet. I wish I did this a long time ago. Thanks to some other listers the install was relatively easy, and I got heat on the first try. I did want to point out some observations though. . . .
size: 10143bytes, modified on 2006-04-27 14:21
I've had quite a bit of offline interest on impressions with the Silverwing Scooter so here goes. So far, so good, I really enjoy it and so do others I've let ride it. They . . .
size: 3452bytes, modified on 2006-04-27 14:20
Its Official. Hella MicroDE foglamps rock. Having sat on them nearly a month first while waiting for my friend to fab me a couple of mounting blocks, and then finding sufficient temporal space . . .
size: 3850bytes, modified on 2006-04-27 14:19
The Mechanic in Action - -) Work slowly, get more done. So many mistakes and accidents happen because someone didn't walk to the other end of the bench to . . .
size: 2238bytes, modified on 2006-04-27 14:01
For years I've been riding around in the California heat wearing a set of Bates leathers. Between the leathers shrinking over the years (heh) and my increasing unwillingness to suffer heat-stroke, I decided something Needed To Be Done. The stuff I keep seeing everyone wearing, the Joe Rocket . . .
size: 2888bytes, modified on 2006-04-27 14:00
You, Me, Phil, Erik, and everybody else here SURE ain't Nicky. When you think you are at the screaming limit, that there is nothing left but lowsiding into the dirt, when all hope is lost, all load is on the front tire...when you are POSITIVE of all . . .
size: 6461bytes, modified on 2006-04-27 13:58
Passengers are usually at the mercy of the rider's good sense, or sometimes the lack thereof. Many passengers don't know better. So much is written on riding a bike, so many classes are offered for riders, yet very little is offered for passengers. . . .
size: 7050bytes, modified on 2006-04-27 13:56
The least expensive Spot Tourer on the market. The Heart of a Ninja 1000 with a large protective fairing and standard hard side bags. The Concours is a little top heavy, with 7.5 gallons in that giant tank, but you get used to it. . . .
size: 4945bytes, modified on 2006-04-27 13:55
When you say you know how the clutch in a car works, I'm assuming you mean the standard, run of the mill Dry, Single friction plate Clutch. I say that because you can get Dry Multi-friction plate clutches for cars. The standard setup will have one large(heavy) plate attached to the engine to . . .
size: 1768bytes, modified on 2006-04-27 13:52
Anyone interested in New Mexico places of interest. Southwest Corner: . . .
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Here's my general comparison (between the BMW K1200LT and the Honda Goldwing 1800: * The Goldwing uses an 18" front wheel and 16" rear wheel which seriously . . .
size: 2923bytes, modified on 2006-04-27 13:49
The job shouldn't take you longer than 2hours MAX for a first time try. It usually takes me about 30-40minutes start to finish. Tools: (note some of the tools are just different versions for . . .
size: 2052bytes, modified on 2006-04-27 13:47
After much internal debate (Couldn't there just be a blue set of pants with "motorcycle pant" printed on the side?J I decided on the Motoport Ultra II Kevlar pants. I just came back from my first ride with them, and impressions so far are: these things are great! There are 2 huge pockets on the front, two flaps to get into . . .
size: 714bytes, modified on 2006-04-27 13:42
Spring is approaching. Let's all post a list of some of our favorite roads. Here are ten of mine: 1. Talimena Drive, Highway 1 from Mena Arkansas to Talihina Oklahoma. . . .
size: 4715bytes, modified on 2006-04-27 13:41
> - How good is the impact protection? It's pretty good. I've crashed twice in my Roadcrafter (with the optional hip pads and back protector) And walked away from both without scratches (on 'stich . . .
size: 824bytes, modified on 2006-04-27 13:35
It's been a while since I posted these web sites and figured some may not have them OR have more to add to the list to pass the winter blues. 1) http://www.ibmwr.org/otech.html . . .
size: 5647bytes, modified on 2006-04-27 13:32
1. Current K bikes - bulletproof, VERY fast, VERY smooth. They can cause points on your license. A tad heavy, but if you're talking about the K1200GS - I doubt if you'd notice the difference between it and an R1150RT. The K's are generally thought of as the Maytag . . .
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Having owned and ridden both the K1200LT and the R1150RT at the same time, I found: 1. They have virtually identical top speed measured by GPS. The LT will achieve . . .
size: 2715bytes, modified on 2006-04-27 13:26
I have Darien Jacket and pants as well as a Motoport Canyon Jacket so I'll offer my observations for what they are worth. Motoport: I'm very pleased with the quality of this jacket. I have seen . . .
size: 2537bytes, modified on 2006-04-27 13:23
Here's my vote for the Motoport Kevlar Ultra II jacket and pants. It gets HOT in North Cackelaky (NC for you none natives), and the Kevlar Ultra II doesn't just breath, it *flows* air through it like a breeze. Not . . .
size: 427bytes, modified on 2006-04-27 13:22
I've been wondering how much of the country would fit in a data card for a Garmin GPS; well, this page at Cycleactive shows ya: http://www.cycoactive.com/gps/gps_data_loads.html . . .
size: 2702bytes, modified on 2006-04-27 13:20
Talk about a company that stands behind their products. Well let me tell you that Works has to be one of the "Best" when it comes to doing the right thing for the customer. This is truly a world class company. . . .
size: 3611bytes, modified on 2006-04-27 13:15
I recently purchased a Widder System 2 vest and gloves. I haven't done any major treks with them yet, but I do have enough experience to offer opinions on the design, fit & finish. . . .
size: 1994bytes, modified on 2006-04-27 13:06
"'scuse me but; What data do bicycle 'puters display and why would I want one. (besides the fact it's a farkle I can afford compared to a GPS)" . . .
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Without a doubt I can say the BMW R1100RT is absolutely my favorite bike that I've owned from a riding standpoint. This bike handles better than any other bike of its kind I've been on and I've had the opportunity to ride the Honda ST1100, Triumph Trophy and the Kawasaki Concours. Can't . . .
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The design of the jacket is interesting. Three layers. Upon putting it on for the first time, I was SURE that the sleeves would be too short, but after "assuming the position" my wife noticed that that sleeve length with my arms extended vs. the sleeve length with them at my sides . . .
size: 1142bytes, modified on 2006-04-27 13:00
The *most reflective* stuff i know of is the self-adhesive ACR SOLAS grade reflective patches. it's significantly brighter than even the 3M SOLAS reflective tape. 4 pieces, each 4" x 4" cost about ten bucks. the adhesive is great: mine hasn't loosened or peeled at all in years. . . .
size: 2722bytes, modified on 2006-04-27 12:59
My experience with the Autocom is first-rate because: o The VOX (Voice Activated Transmission) really does work. Talk, and the VOX opens. Stop talking and it closes. Other systems are plagued . . .
size: 2349bytes, modified on 2006-04-27 12:58
The K1100 is smoother, more powerful, has an updated ABS system in 1994, less buzzy and less chance of eating the input shaft splines. K100 is getting up in age, and unless immaculately well maintained is going to have a lot more to fix up to get started. They are both excellent bikes, very good . . .
size: 1999bytes, modified on 2006-04-27 12:56
Having owned a K100RT and now a K1100RS, I feel that I might be able to add a bit of information to this question. First of all, check out the K1100 Owners Group at http://www.karlandsue.com/k11og/ Lots of good info about the bike, known problems, specs, etc. There is also lots and lots of info . . .
size: 399bytes, modified on 2006-04-27 12:55
I've got a cheaper/better idea. Do what I did on my FJR1300, use some Dual-Star heated grip elements, grips of your choice, and a Heat-Troller variable power control. Roughly half the cost of the BMW grips, and better results. . . .
size: 2508bytes, modified on 2006-04-27 12:54
A little over a week ago I posted a request for information on Aerostich's City-Sports Boots, made by Alpinestars, and any comments from users of same - good or bad. I was looking to replace the riding boots I had been using (???) a couple of years ago, but had long since crapped out. I have (had) . . .
size: 784bytes, modified on 2006-04-27 12:52
I installed a National Cycle Cheetah SST windscreen on my '97 VFR750F about a month ago and am very happy with it. Quality and fit of the unit I received was good. Price was $57 including shipping from National Cycle, and I received it in Vermont in less than a week. It provides excellent . . .
size: 1562bytes, modified on 2006-04-27 12:50
Here is a little chart I use to monitor my time vs. miles when riding. It was developed by a fellow long distance rider. Speed must be balanced against fuel economy also. If higher speeds result in a higher burn rate for fuel - thus more fuel stops, then a lower speed outweighs the higher . . .
size: 482bytes, modified on 2006-04-27 12:49
This formula might be of interest; it shows the *theoretical* diameter of any tire, in inches: (width * aspect ratio * 0.000787402) + (wheel size) . . .
size: 1014bytes, modified on 2006-04-27 12:46
The suit we carry that will be the coolest on hot days is the Darien jacket and pants. They do not have a sewn in lining and have a looser cut which promotes air movement. The jacket has a vent going across the upper back region and vents under each of the armpits. The Roadcrafter . . .
size: 1187bytes, modified on 2004-12-08 16:27
I got to try out my new Zues helmet this weekend on a ride from Savannah to Suches. I really like this helmet (the flip up model) and for 99.50 . . .
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I have the Baja designs kits as described on st-riders.com, purchased through a group buy that was done on the ST list. I have it set up so that I have one shielded lamp in the left reflector that runs on low beam (a shielded bulb has a coating around part of the bulb that prevents light . . .
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I highly recommend these bags: Ortlieb Dry Bag Duffel Bags (what I have... tried and true): . . .
size: 682bytes, modified on 2004-12-08 16:21
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Motorcycle boot repair/resoling: Logan's Magic Shoe Repair . . .
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"[...]Let me introduce you to Randy and Twyla Logan, of Logan's Magic Shoe Repair in Knoxville, TN. Randy is an enthusiastic motorcyclist, a long distance rider, and an HSTA member. . . .
size: 2668bytes, modified on 2004-12-08 16:18
Last night I hit the contents of a bag of cement (fell of the back of a truck I guess) on the I-270 S to Montrose Rd. East cloverleaf and lowsided. I slid approximately 150 feet. Half the asphalt was smooth, half was a bit rough (more porous). I slid through the shoulder where all the nasty . . .
size: 888bytes, modified on 2004-12-08 16:17
FWIW my experience with Bill "Rocky" Mayer: I signed up for a custom seat for my K1200-LT during this year's "Top 'o The Rockies" rally and recently used it during ButtLite III. Going into Bakersfield just short of 5000 miles in five days and I was thinking "Wow, my butt doesn't hurt . . .
size: 3514bytes, modified on 2004-12-08 16:16
When replacing the burnt wires and connectors, you need to make both a good electrical and mechanical joint. The best way I know of to insure both is to solder the connection and use heat-shrink tubing. I assume you have a soldering iron or gun of some sort. Use only 'electronic' solder . . .
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People in a study counting bouncing ball impacts didn't notice a gorilla walking through the film they are watching. This relates to car v motorcycle accidents, since thay aren't expecting to see us, they don't see us. The . . .
size: 2493bytes, modified on 2004-12-08 16:14
Between Karen (my wife) and I, we've owned 9 beemers. There are currenly 6 beemers in the stable (two of which are for sale) and three more that have left the fold. . . .
size: 2565bytes, modified on 2004-12-08 16:12
http://www.expedia.com/ offers maps and routing for all over North America (that is, incl. Canada and Mexico. :-) (and even Europe, if you decide to keep going once you reach the Top of the World.) Delorme used to give online access to their Map & Go software, but it seems to be gone. But ya know, the . . .
size: 6589bytes, modified on 2004-12-08 16:10
I bought a leather saddle from Rick Mayer Cycle last year. I rode to his home near Redding from my then home in Los Angeles to be sure I got a good "fit". I won't bore you with the all the details, but after riding back to LA and giving the seat a good test (he says it takes 1000 miles to break it . . .
size: 528bytes, modified on 2004-12-08 16:09
" A couple weeks back, one lister had sent a note and URL of a rather nice, compact power panel he'd picked up at some auto parts shop. It was set up with two rows of 3 spade terminals at the outside edge, and had built-in slots for plugging in regular ATC fuses, one per terminal. Anyone save a . . .
size: 315bytes, modified on 2004-12-08 15:56
All this talk about modulars, here is a link to the helmet shootout at MCN http://www.mcnews.com/mcnews/articles/ModularHelmets1.pdf . . .
size: 2841bytes, modified on 2004-12-08 15:55
For those that have installed CB radios with the Autocom and have alternator whine coming through the CB when you transmitt or listen to music through a connected CD/radio, there is a simple and easy fix--at least it eliminated my ignition noise and alternator whine. . . .
size: 526bytes, modified on 2004-12-08 15:54
This is where I learned most of the Hand Signals. This is close to what I use. http://snoopy.ucis.dal.ca/~daniel/pc-maint/motorcycle_rules.html . . .
size: 925bytes, modified on 2004-12-08 15:53
Ran across this (longish) document on dehydration. http://www.sysa.org/hydration.htm . . .
size: 2505bytes, modified on 2004-12-08 15:51
Not a big dog, but learned some great tips here that helped me on my 100CCC. I, too, had done only a SS1K and BBG, but not a multi-day ride and was concerned about how I'd do. FWIW: 1) Plan. The more you visualize the trip, the more real you make it . . .
size: 1386bytes, modified on 2004-12-08 15:49
Everybody who takes the sport of endurance riding seriously should read "The Promise of Sleep" by Dr. William Dement, then read every page of NASA research at http://olias.arc.nasa.gov/zteam/FCP-frame.intro.html. . . .
size: 4104bytes, modified on 2004-12-08 15:48
Several things I use regularly where I "could" pull over anywhere & at anytime. The key here is to decide whether the following things work long enough to continue on or do I pull over and sleep: - isometric exercises between the handlebars while riding (pushups, squeezing bars together, etc.). . . .
size: 646bytes, modified on 2004-12-08 15:47
> Can anyone suggest a reliable company to ship a bike? > > Thanks, > Ray Fagan . . .
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The best position is sitting straight up or w/ a slight forward angle. Sit on the bike, reach for the handlebars. Are you still straight or are you bent too far forward? Are the handlebars where your body wants them or where the manufacturer . . .
size: 3078bytes, modified on 2004-12-08 15:43
Living on the gulf coast of Texas, I find that evaporative cooling doesn't help much in this area. A few weeks ago, I got one of the new vests with the phase change material that freezes at 65 deg. There are several people making or distributing them now. this one came from the company that makes . . .
size: 1871bytes, modified on 2004-12-08 15:42
A few weeks ago (may have been longer) so one mentioned a product from the locktite folks to repair non critical threads in bolt holes. I found myself needing just this kind of thing. I knew that the tried and true helicoil would work but I thought I would try this instead. I figured I could always . . .
size: 425bytes, modified on 2004-12-08 15:41
Scott Oilier. 70,000 miles. If adjusted right very little sling on bike. Lots on chain guard, center stand where is slings off front sprocket. Laundry stuff ... Shout .. works great. Safe enough for fabrics .. safe enough for bikes. . . .
size: 1273bytes, modified on 2004-12-08 15:40
I ran modulators for about 40K miles and then abandoned them. While they do get attention, a lot of it is negative attention, like cars slamming on their brakes in the middle of the road when you come up from . . .
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Chain lube. A great hoax, perpetrated on the unknowing that will destroy your chain. . . .
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Here in Colorado we don't have much in the way of dirt roads, and I wouldn't be the flying maniac in Gerlach last year riding the K1200LTC across the playa two up. I've never been on the haul road in Alaska. I have ridden a Goldwing (GL1500) on a motocross track successfully. Those skid plates you . . .
size: 390bytes, modified on 2004-07-30 12:28
After great procrastination, I finally got around to making a very brief webpage for the K75 dyno runs that I've mentioned here before. . . .
size: 393bytes, modified on 2003-09-22 21:30
JFF Enterprises sells the more-or-less standard kit for the LD rider community. Check out the contents of their kit at http://www.hhjm.com/jff/jf00001.htm . . .
size: 1138bytes, modified on 2003-05-01 14:19
I mounted a set of Dunlop 220s on my K12RS at the end of April, replacing the 205s that I have used since the bike was new. I thought the 220 should be good as it was billed as a replacement for the 205. The new tire seems a bit stickier than the old, although I . . .
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Mike Paull, a GS'r from Seattle, WA here. Some of you know me, and also now that I was an enthusiastic (but "truncated") participant in Helge Pedersen's Globeriders Tour 2002. On 16 MAY, I was involved in an accident in Dezhou, China, about a five-hour drive south of Beijing. . . .
size: 2028bytes, modified on 2003-05-01 14:16
Concerning your warranty questions I would refer you to read, carefully, the provisions of the BMW Limited Warranty, a copy of which must be provided to you as the retail consumer of the motorcycle, which is a consumer product. . . .
size: 2534bytes, modified on 2003-05-01 14:15
First of all, the damn things took *forever* to get. The only reason I kept my order in was that Lewis at EC was very straightforward throughout the whole process, and took responsibility for the non-delivery. Of course, it didn't get the lights into my hands any quicker, but his honesty was . . .
size: 1493bytes, modified on 2003-05-01 14:14
I have see people on the LiST who needed to have their bike shipped for whatever reason. Here is a company http://www.curvesaheadtransport.com/ that supplies this service. Jim Nelson, a new LiST member bought a KLX from a Texas dealer and used this company. Here are Jim's comments taken off the . . .
size: 2274bytes, modified on 2003-05-01 14:12
One June 14, 2002, I rode in at their shop in Shasta Lake, CA, next door to Redding. The main guy who has been building their seats for many years still works for the new incarnation of Russell. Watching him work is very impressive. You don't know say where you live, but riding in is definitely . . .
size: 773bytes, modified on 2003-05-01 14:11
If there is one group that really does a lot of group rides it has to be us "Goldwingers". Here is a link that will answer just about any question you have about . . .
size: 2508bytes, modified on 2003-05-01 14:10
I received my Laminar Lip for the stock windshield. Got it mounted last night, and let it set overnight before riding. The instructions advise 24 hours for full set on the adhesives. Oh well - 12 hours will just have to do. . . .
size: 1765bytes, modified on 2003-05-01 14:08
I've been drag racing my 94 VFR for for almost two years now. I had five first place finishes during the 2001 season and won around $800. I took third place in the bike class at Thompson Dragstrip in Ohio. This was good enough to qualify me for the Bracket finals held at Norwalk Raceway . . .
size: 2530bytes, modified on 2003-05-01 14:07
In doing an upgrade of motorcycle accident reconstruction material this morning, I came across some tidbits that I thought were so good and so particular to motorcycle accidents as opposed to all accidents, that I thought I would grab some excerpts and toss them out to anyone who is . . .
size: 2914bytes, modified on 2003-05-01 14:06
Over a month ago I had looked at a Joe Rocket Phoenix jacket and hesitated because of what someone here called the "Mutant Ninja Turtle" look. A couple of weeks ago a friend bought a First Gear mesh jacket and I liked the looks so much I ordered one from my local dealer. Tonight I had the . . .
size: 3847bytes, modified on 2003-05-01 14:05
Folks, I emailed Mitch Boehm (editor in chief of Motorcyclist) and asked if they could answer some more specifics about these two motorcycles after putting some miles on them. Since my email was quite long and detailed, I'm . . .
size: 1128bytes, modified on 2003-05-01 14:04
From cheaper to more expensive: MiraCool vest at http://www.ridecool.com/ . . .
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During my NE USA trip, I found that the most frustrating thing, *by far*, was having to constantly stop to take a pee break. Not only that, but the first 1/2 of my trip involved me wearing leathers under a rainsuit, and the tab on my leather pants had broken off. I did more "one-legged dance of . . .
size: 1985bytes, modified on 2003-05-01 14:00
I'll jump in on this one with some impressions I got while purchasing my Motoport Ultra II. Motoport, or Cycleport, as they're known now, is located just up the highway from where I live. I had the opportunity to try on both suit versions in their store, and really go over them before I made the . . .
size: 2655bytes, modified on 2003-05-01 13:52
Get someone who will make a good witness (Ex-CHP, investigator, someone else who is used to testifying) out there ASAP to make a grid of the area, and photograph every scrap of debris and every mark in the pavement. It is even better to have an accident reconstructionist who understands motorcycles do . . .
size: 581bytes, modified on 2003-05-01 13:51
A good source for inexpensive electronics parts, including automotive relays and automotive relay sockets, is All Electronics Corp. Their URL is http://www.allelectronics.com . . .
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The light that they sell is the Littlite which, as far as I am concerned, is the best of the gooseneck map lights on the market. You can contact Littlite directly at 810/231-9373 or find them on the web at http://www.littlite.com/ . . .
size: 5583bytes, modified on 2003-05-01 13:49
Today, while coming down the east side of Independence Pass, my 95 r1100rs passed the 100k mile mark. 98K with me on board and 2 K for the original owner. She's been a great motorcycle and has never left me stranded or longing for another. This was my second motorcycle . . .
size: 2434bytes, modified on 2003-05-01 13:44
A couple of days ago I read on the list that First Gear is now making a summer jacket. I didn't know this and I am grateful that someone posted it. Since I didn't care for the feel of the Joe Rocket Phoenix, and I can't find the Fieldsheer Titanium Air locally, I thought I'd check this . . .
size: 147bytes, modified on 2003-05-01 13:42
You can find a guide to the motorcycle laws for each of the 50 states at: http://www.law4hogs.com/laws/ . . .
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You should be able to use tiedowns and a bar harness, though this might depend on the brand of moving van. Some trucks use aluminum extrusion side rails (typically U-Haul), and some use wooden rails (Budget), and I am sure that other types of side rails probably exist. The aluminum rails are . . .
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http://www.geocities.com/fwarner_au/mc_things/speedo.html . . .
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I ordered the screen from Motobins. I exchanged several emails with a guy named peter, and all responses were fast and courteous. Delivery was a little over a week. The shield arrived nicely packaged with no damage. . . .
size: 350bytes, modified on 2003-05-01 13:32
I ran a little "Who likes What" on intercoms in Feb this year. Results: Thanks to all who responded to my request for GOOD experiences with Rider/Passenger Intercoms. . . .
size: 1150bytes, modified on 2003-05-01 13:31
http://www.rickmayercycle.com/ (Rick MayerCycle) http://billmayersaddles.com/ (Bill Mayer Saddles) http://www.day-long.com/ (Russell Day-Long Seats) http://www.corbin.com/saddles.shtml (Corbin Seats) . . .
size: 133bytes, modified on 2003-05-01 13:30
Trip distance on both is 999 miles and trip clock is 99 hours. Sharon Sigma Sport USA . . .
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Bill Mayer (Rocky) - has the trademark to the seats. $320 and up. All foam. Uses the original foam his dad (Bill) came up with. Uses the last design that Bill Mayer came up with before he passed away. Smallest "wings" on the side; looks most like a stock seat. . . .
size: 1477bytes, modified on 2003-05-01 13:28
I've been to both Mayers' and I would recommend either one. If I was pressed for who I thought was number one I'd go with Rocky Mayer of Bill Mayer Saddles. His shop is 45 minutes from my house. I visited his place and spoke with Rocky for an article I'm going to write for our club's . . .
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At 02:46 PM 5/17/01 -0400, Red Ryder wrote: >Go to a boat supplies / marine store and ask for the SOLAS rated reflective . . .
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This is your first, last and only warning: Following story describes my 60mph deerstrike in great detail. Graphically, too, so delete now if you are sensitive to language, squeamish about gore, or are a tree-hugging, card-carrying member of the SPCA (while I'd like to say no animals were harmed in the production . . .
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On Tue, 28 May 2002, Tom Baumen wrote: > Some of you folks own or have owned BMWs. > . . .
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The information you need is the rolling circumference of the wheel where the sensor is mounted. I do this by chalking a line down the sidewall of the tire and onto the . . .
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Long distance packing is an evolutionary process, at least for me. I add and subtract things from one trip to the next, dropping the things that I found I didn't need and adding the things I wished that I had from the previous trip. . . .
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Issues: ``````` Early releases of the first model year R1100S had numerous reports of the following issues: . . .
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I fix and re-paint motorcycle plastic as a hobby so have some "real world" experience with this. From looking at you pictures, you have a minor problem that you can probably fix at home. The re-painting will be the hard part. Your bike is Candy Glory Red no? . . .
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I also have a Marsee vest, which runs on water soaking and evaporation as the above. It's not always effective. It doesn't work when there is no evaporation, ie hot and humid, which . . .
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First of all, there is no such thing as "super-velcro" or "plastic velcro." What you are referring to is a group of products generically known as reclosable fasteners. Velcro is a brand of product generically known as hook and loop fasteners. Hook and loop fasteners have a "male" and a "female" component that . . .
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Someone mentioned a while ago (also saw it in the Concourier) buying kits of 3M black reflective tape to affix to hard bags and rear fender. If you haven't seen it, it's black in the light, but reflects white in the dark--hence inconspicuous in the daylight and very conspicuous at night. . . .
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You may remember I expressed some dissatisfaction with the Aerostich Roadcrafter several months ago, (particularly after freezing my butt off during a cold, wet endurance rally) which led me in the direction of Motoport's Ultra II cordura jacket and pants. I've had them for two months, . . .
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I purchased an Autocomm unit two years ago for exactly this reason. Here are my experiences/opinions: First, the positive: . . .
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Has anyone washed their Kilimanjaro jacket ???? If so, by machine or by hand. I received the following reply from First Gear. They didn't mention removing the pads/armor.. TIA . . .
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I'll ditto Brett. I've had my Archos Jukebox since Christmas, and I can't offer a better solution. I love it. Cost was right at $200 (on sale from $249). The 6GB model holds about 1400 MP3s (depending on coding) which translates to about 90 hours of music. I recently swapped out the 6GB hard . . .
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The only acceptable plug I found after many, many years owning service stations, motorcycle dealerships and automotive service centers is the rope type and the only acceptable rope type is Safety Seal. We used dozens of products and the ONLY plug that NEVER gave us a comeback was Safety Seal. . . .
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From: _Bob Nixon_
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I just received my Galfer SS front/rear/clutch lines from http://www.cyclebrakes.com/ and would highly recommend them! Shipped to my . . .
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I am a sufferer of Tinitis, or ringing of the ears. Have been for at least 15 years. Calling it ringing makes it sound like music. Far from it. It's a squeal like nails on a blackboard, constant and never-ending. I blame rock concerts, headphones, and riding motorcycles. That wind roar in your ears, . . .
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Yes they are expensive. Held gloves are made for and tested by roadracing AND crashing. I had my first pair of racing gloves (non-held) literally peel apart at . . .
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A bit tall for surface mounts, but easily integrated into the fairing somewhere: http://store.datel.com/cgi-bin/datel.storefront/3cc090ab083d792e271d26aabf020678/Catalog/1042 . . .
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I've had my Ultra for 4 years now and it is still a bit stiff, mainly because of the armor. A couple of weeks ago I high-sided at about 40mph and slid down the asphalt on my back for about 100'. The cordura barely even frayed. . . .
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I have both from the Concours (RIP). The gloves are very bulky, but have great insulation. The heated elements add some heat to your hands. If I were riding in sub-freezing weather, I'd wear the heated gloves. In milder weather, they are just too bulky to mess with. . . .
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There is a lot you can (and should!) do. [to avoid being rear-ended] 1) Watch your mirrors as you decelerate and stop. . . .
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I'll give you the same advice I gave a friend of mine with a 12 year old daughter: Carting Suits. What is a carting suit? It's a cordura suit designed for shifter cart . . .
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I bought an HJC Symax about a month ago and have ridden about 1800 miles with it. In general, I like it. I cannot imagine going back to a non-flip-up-front helmet. I haven't dropped my glasses off the tank bag onto the pavement even once since buying the Symax. . . .
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This is probably more than you wanted to know but I had nothing better to do. I prefer driving lights over fog lights because they extend the pattern ahead of the vehicle as well as widening the beam a little. Think of a pear shaped pattern with the fatter end close to the vehicle. They should be . . .
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http://www.helimot.com/catalog/other_items/tlv_data.html To address your questions I'd like to say that I was the unfortunate guinea pig test subject for this new product. Unfortunate I say due to . . .
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This is simple. Unless you want a screen that is tall enough to flow air over your head ( which means looking through the shield) you will get buffeting and noise. If you want it smoother and quieter you need to LOWER the shield. What you need to do is get your head . . .
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Bill Mayer: http://www.billmayersaddles.com (Prices ~$320 and up) . . .
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Let me give you some tips on the "Care and Feeding of Pillions". Jeff and I have been riding 2 up for quite some time now and I can say it has taken a while to figure out what the best combo is. I'm sure this will . . .
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Most cleaning products contain surfactants, which can be naturally occuring (soaps) or synthetic (detergents). Basically there are three common types: cationic, anionic and nonionic detergents. Each have their own particular strengths and weaknesses for cleaning. Surfactants are organic compounds . . .
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Just wanted to share with the group my recent success with a replacement maintenance free battery. (If you want to boycott YUASA, here's a way to do it.) . . .
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This is a list of stuff posted a few years back, use as a general guide.. ___ air mattres ___ ear plugs . . .
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Mns Nilsson (mansaxel at igloo.df.lth.se) wrote: > > http://www.stompersboots.com . . .
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Use ABS plumbing glue. The black stuff for ABS pipes. Not the clear stuff for PVC/CPVC/ABS pipes. The black ABS (ABS only) glue is getting harder to find since ABS pipe is used less and less. . . .
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Tom makes an excellent point that actually reflects some GASP! DATA! There is a HUGE difference in the physiological impact of 97 degrees with 95% humidity and 115 degrees and 5% humidity. There are also some real basic physics at work here that makes quite a bit of difference in the most . . .
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The Bellof H4 dual beam system 5 is a true high/low beam system that produces both low and high beams depending on what beam you have selected using your factory switch. One HID capsule per headlamp changes position using servo . . .
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IMHO (in no particular order) The Good: 1) Highway 145 along the Dolores River from Dolores up to Naturita and then 141 up to Gateway. . . .
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I certainly don't know much about painting, but I try. I've found that there is no substitute for hard work when it comes to a paint job. Sand, sand, sand (80, 150, 240, 400 grits, in that order)...go with ruddy brown primer for the initial coat to hide the color gradients in the piece (it . . .
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On Mon, 8 Apr 2002, SCOTT Dave wrote: > Does anyone know of a good riding pant that is waterproof, has knee pucks, > and not to hot?? . . .
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I had the opportunity to visit Rick Mayer's fabrication facility in Anderson, CA this past week, and watch Rick make my saddle for me while I waited. I asked if I could take some pictures as he went through the various steps of making the saddle, and he told me I was most welcome to. I . . .
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Bike with hydraulic valves are amazingly easy on the cams, mainly because of a 1:1 ratio acting on the valve, one lifter per valve, and the fact that they maintain proper clearance. When valves get a bit tight, they tene to wipe . . .
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There's been a certain amount of discussion about the concepts of horsepower and torque, how they relate to each other, and how they apply in terms of automobile performance. Although nearly everyone participating has a passion for automobiles, there is a huge variance in knowledge. It's clear that a . . .
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I just tested my new chatterbox setup with the noise reducing mics this past weekend. Definitely a huge improvement, at least for intercomm use. Previously, we couldn't understand each other after about 40mph. The new mics work much better, and I was easily able to communicate at 75mph on the . . .
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Here are a few tire links: Southwest Moto Tire: 1-877-805-8473 . . .
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The wisdom off the list, so far anyway. I have summerized it all below. Set of metric Allen wrenches . . .
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I received my Schuberth Concept about three weeks ago. However, due to fickle Illinois weather, I've only taken four short rides (totalling about two hours) while wearing it. The first ride was an unmitigated disaster for several reasons. Primarily because I tried too many new . . .
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Good morning. I'm looking for a Bead seat for my K bike. . . .
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sunday morning i was heading home on the st1100 from mtn. home arkansas, south on hwy 5 near allison arkansas. i had been following a couple cars not quite running the 55 mph speed limit. finally i saw a long straight without the solid yellow and as i came over the crest of the hill i saw one oncoming . . .
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For the money check out AGV Sport Touring Boots or just called AGV Touring Boots, they are water resistant and are only about around 100 bucks, I got a pair the beginning of last year and love them to death, they are listed at http://www.mawonline.com they have been through the rain, the heat of summer, the . . .
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Assuming that I would not be adjusting valves or changing the oil on a trip >. . . what would be the minimum suggested items to keep in an "on the road" tool kit. In the past I've subscribed to the "everything including the kitchen sink" philosophy but I'm trying to pare it down to the essentials. . . .
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I won't say it can't happen, but I've been using Motoport Vario magnetic tankbags for many years, and have never had magnetic erasure happen. I keep my wallet and audio tapes in the upper half (a few inches from the magnets). No . . .
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At 08:38 PM 3/7/02 -0800, Wes Cameron wrote: >Has anybody done business w/ this link? > http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/ebayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1810945717&r=0&t=0 > . . .
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April MCN has an article on emergency information that could be placed on the helmet. It recommends: 1. Full name. 2. Date of birth. . . .
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Joe Zulaski wrote, among other things: > NOT ALL COOLING VESTS ARE THE SAME! > The Marsee DOESN'T make you as wet and uncomfortable . . .
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I installed this kit; http://www.hidkits.com/ . . .
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To those so interested. When I was at Daytona at the helmetshop.com's retail store they were carrying a new "vented" jacket made by Teknic. The jacket didn't appear to have as large of vent openings as the Joe Rocket Phoenix but supposedly had better armor and was a little lower in price. . . .
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You don't have to sacrifice crash protection to stay cool. There are several better alternatives for hot weather riding than taking . . .
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Hope you are enjoying the boots. The On Roads are pretty easy to take care of and really only need soap and water to keep them clean. No polishes, creams or otherwise, as it will clog the leather and keep them from breathing. This, in turn, will make them less waterproof. If you get to a . . .
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I posted a review of a selection of cleaners, waxes, polishes, etc.on my website with some photos. Couple of the products worked better than anything else I've found for my K75 black painted engine cases and the BMW topbox and bags. Check it out at: . . .
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I'm 38 years old, and ride w/ a full face. Been riding since I was eighteen. I noticed some hearing loss (d's c'c b's and t's blend together in conversation; especially in louder rooms) GENERAL HEARING INFO . . .
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I've successfully packed a suit jacket and pants into my Givi E430 top case for transport to various local business meetings and conferences. I liked this better than using the panniers because it's horizontal (no chance for the suit to work its way down into a lump) and it's much roomier. In my case I usually stay in a hotel and the suits straighten out nicely after a short period of hanging. Just be . . .
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Thank you for taking the time to contact us regarding the availability of a Dunlop replacement tire for the Kawasaki Concours. Currently, the Dunlop D205 is still available in the sizes 120/70-18 front and 150/80-16 rear. . . .
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I mainly use my GPS for two things... the rolling map, and the speed. I ride a BMW and the darned things just aren't very accurate on the speedo. Odo on mine (using a K491 on the rear) is close enough to right, but the speedo is very optimistic. . . .
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i bought some "wizard's mist and shine" at an open house at cal bmw of mountain view (ca) a while back. here's wizard's website: . . .
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I recently replace the bulbs in my Triumph with Osram Silver Stars. One of the other lists I'm on is arguing about bulbs, and I was suckered in. I realized I had too much time in typing the post, to only use it once..... . . .
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Everybody that sells the "poured custom earmolds" charge about 150 bucks. The best is http://www.precisionweb.com/ for the money. I did the "do it your self" mould and it didn't fit too well. At daytona there were a few people doing the custom earmould ear speakers. I had mine . . .
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GMRS is a licensed UHF service that operates very near the FRS bands and, in fact, share some frequencies with FRS. GMRS was around before FRS and was created for individuals and small, family type businesses. GMRS does not have the same restrictions as FRS. For example, GMRS is . . .
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I'm a few days behind in digests, so someone may have mentioned it, but AGV has a new jacket out to compete with the JR Phoenix. See it at http://www.agvsportsgroup.com/2002/textilej/aeromesh/index.htm . . .
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Last year I bought the Nolan Classic flip-up to wear on the 4Corners ride which I did on a GoldWing 1500 and covered 10,302 miles in 18 days. I met Hurricane Barry while in Key West and it did rain! The helmet did not leak. It was comfortable but only the cheek pads are . . .
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The secret to riding a K12 without going broke is to find out what service intervals are Really needed. After the warranty runs out, of course. Here's what I've worked out for my LT in 80,000 miles: . . .
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I really believe the AirHawk is the optimum add on comfort for a saddle. I am sure a lot of other pads / devices work too, I just think the AirHawk has the best capability. Since its similar to designs that work on wheelchair all day use. . . .
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Where are the beaches at the end of the 50CC cross country ride? Well, for some reason I^Òve been saving and compiling the tips posted 3 weeks ago on that subject... :-) Here are a number of them, in random order, w/ no attributions, but nevertheless many thanks to . . .
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I highly recommend Bill's 2 Way Radio at http://www.bills2way.com I ordered a Midland 75-832 handheld CB radio from him on Thursday evening., 3/7. He confirmed that order that same night. He shipped it by Priority mail on Friday morning, and it arrived today, Monday! . . .
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I've had a couple of chances to ride with the Fog City (Pro Shield) liner in my Shoei RF-900 and thought I'd share my thoughts. Application was kinda tricky. You peel off a backing, revealing the adhesive . . .
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Having been one of the few people to actually ride a Yamaha XJR1300, admittedly only for 2 ½ hrs. I find some of the comments made about the Yamaha interesting. No I didn't have the time to pack it up and tour with it and I have not seen the bags in person. I have been following the FJR Yahoo . . .
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here is what is in my bike - all the time and then what I always pack - when going for any sort of longer ride. 1. Since every rally asks for it I keep in my right saddle bag - Tools including - duct tape, fuses, metric tools, ratchet - tire repair . . .
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If you install powerful driving lights like PIAAs 910 or 1000, Hellas 160 or other HID inferno-R-us, and do have them adjusted for distance lighting, you _will_ be bothering oncoming or overtaken traffic if you keep 'em on, just like (actually, quite a bit more than) if you were keeping your hi-beam on. You should only use those when further than probably 500 feet to 1/4 mile . . .
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I was scheduled to participate in an annual meeting which was to be held in Orlando, and decided to take advantage of the warm location and extend the trip. Looking over a map of Florida, it seemed 'logical' to rent a motorcycle and ride down to the Keys and spend a few days in Key . . .
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> About 12 years ago, in my wild youth, I got a DUI (on a motorcycle too). > Will I have any problems crossing the border? . . .
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The following info is from customer service at Shoe helmets.* Holding your helmet with the open side down, wet the interior with a gentle spray until all interior surfaces and pads are thoroughly wet. Don't . . .
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Rick, I have been running the new XL Clearview with the SE Wing vent for awhile and like it lots. Easily 16 K touring miles. Before I rode to FallSToc last Sept., I installed the Saeng edging and for me, this was a most worthwhile mod. as it offered an even larger envelope from the wind. . . .
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Very True. Ted is a wonderful source of information for us all. but your original question was if there a list or site for K1100LT owners/riders? . . .
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"Why won't Snell certify some types of helmets like flip up front designs? Snell does not dismiss out of hand, any helmet design that strays from . . .
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> EX250 > Nice, cheap. Lots out there. Not too much power to intimidate. > Has fairings though, so will show *when* i drop it. . . .
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> I also wear a "Halo", one of those relective neoprene strips which goes > around the base of your helmet. The problem with a Halo is that it > eventually loosens up and comes off at the drop of a hat. . . .
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> 2. Passing on double yellow lines and in curves: I mostly pass when it is > legal, safe and on a straight stretch. I've had one super close call > passing, and am very conservative about doing it. But this gets me stuck . . .
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firstname.lastname@example.org (YoGrE) wrote in
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After reading some of the discussions about getting decent music while sportbike riding, I finally got around to testing out some different approaches. Even spent a little money. . . .
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There are a lot of sites around that do this. However, they tend to focus on local rides. The larger ones (in terms of geography) do not attract the traffic and the postings of the smaller local rides. They . . .
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I finally got my bike, and since everyone on rec.moto and ba.moto was so helpful in this process, I decided to post a bit detailing the process, and a big thank you. . . .
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Between OK (Talahina) and AR (Mena) is the Queen Willamena (sp?) resort. The road between these two towns (OK1/AR88?) is excellent and great during the fall color change. From east to west, when you complete the . . .
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First of all let me say that I think Garmin are the only good GPS units for use on the road. I wouldn't even look at any other brand. . . .
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After having TWO pair of Joe Rocket Rhino boots and the 2nd pair on warranty leaked MORE than the first.. I can say IMO they are CRAP for being waterproof. . . .
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In my continuing saga to reach the Final Solution audio/comm-wise, I have finally found one component that is a keeper. I got a Sony Sports FM radio (SRF-M75PM). This model has a "scan" . . .
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"Its probably been asked before, but I missed it. Has anyone on the list tried the Triple Digit Rain Covers from Aerostich? If I remember they run small, but I wonder how waterproof they are and if they are worth the big money you must pay." . . .
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In Austin, the summer heat and humidity can be extreme. You run the risk of heat exhaustion if you wear anything more than a linen shirt. I bought a Phoenix jacket about a week ago, based on the recommendation from . . .
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The best ones are the Hella, from http://www.warmnsafe.com/ The John Deeres for the inner electrode have a thin cylinder on end, so the BMW male cone ends up with just line on line contact with the end of that . . .
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Not that I think this may be a big problem, but it is something people should be aware of, especially us flat landers (I am from Kansas) Looking at the elevation of Ashland we should be in good shape. Some people may have a problem with some of the high mountain passes especially if they stop . . .
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Try this site for an excellent cover. This one folds up very small and with weatherproof. The cover also has protection on the lower edge to protect the cover from hot parts. . . .
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> It is conventional wisdom and true that the higher the compression ratio, > the higher the octane rating required to avoid pre-ignition. It is not true > that all engines of the same compression ratio require the same octane > rating. Combustion chamber design of modern engines, especially 4 valve per . . .
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Sooner or later, Winter will be here for all of us. We have snow falling now as I ride in a van with my laptop on a biz trip, and most of the rest of the country has already been hit at one point or another. . . .
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I have had mine for a little over a week and love it. I do not use AM when I have it, so I don't miss it on the 250. I do use FM every day. The only time I use the CD is when I am out of range of an FM station, which sometimes is all day/night. I have used the CD to play mp3 and it does not . . .
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Not that I think this may be a big problem, but it is something people should be aware of, especially us flat landers (I am from Kansas) Looking at the elevation of Ashland we should be in good shape. Some people may have a problem with some of the high mountain passes especially if they stop . . .
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Let's Use a solo IBA ride for an example, since you mentioned the BBG. I'm not sure how anyone else does it, but I can explain the minimum that I do. These are planning stages only. It helps me figure out what routes will be best suited to be successful. . . .
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> Any comments/experience about the First Gear - Kilimajaro Jacket?? I > understand that it is somewhat comparable to the Darien. It appears to cost > about $200 less than the Darien. It also has back armor. > . . .
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I just got my latest copy of Motorcycle Consumer News, the only magazine to get if you are interested in detailed unbiased reviews of all things motorcycle. (I am not a stockholder either) They reviewed motorcycle battery chargers and thought since it is winter for most of us sharing the info, and . . .
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http://www.morrowmarsh.ca/concours/techpages/audiooverridebox.htm Very nice. Combine with an amp and you've got it going on. . . .
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[editors note: funny as hell...] with permission from Lazlo LaRouze: The Blue Beast . . .
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the more expensive the bike you're considering, the more reason you'll have to pay a bike mechanic to have the bike inspected. If you're spending over $3,500, I'd definitely recommend it. . . .
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I installed a pair of the 1300's on my RSL last Sept. and like them. I did switch to 100w bulbs and now use them in conjunction with the high beam ONLY. I made my own brackets from flat aluminum stock, allen screws and nylock nuts from Home Depot. . . .
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Tips and info on long distance riding First, this is really subjective, because different people have different riding goals and different comfort levels. . . .
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I've owned two '85 K100RS bikes and loved them both. One was high-mileage and the other was low. The high-mileage one obviously had a lot of things that needed replacing, but what surprised me was how often the low-mileage one broke down as well. The problem was that although there were few miles, . . .
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For a very long time I've been unhappy with the protection given by my old surplus army boots, but couldn't decide what to buy. I wanted something made for motorcycling, and that was adaptable to use both with my current K75S and for dirt-road riding overseas. . . .
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Chuck DeSantis wrote: > Anyone have any experience with Hella FF200 halogen driving lights? > . . .
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The absolute *BEST* place to score replacement motorcycle bearings is the CBR Bearing Company. located in Fallbrook, California. . . .
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Commuting by bike DOES have its advantages: cheaper, faster, and (most times) you arrive at work with a smile on your face. YMMV, but here's what this particular commuter thinks important: . . .
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Taking just about any one of the riding schools will improve your riding 10 to 20% in one day. At least. It's an unbelievable gain, and it doesn't matter much what you are riding. Be forewarned, riding on the track is hellishly addictive (as bad as or worse than LD Riding). If you don't learn . . .
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I bought one of these helmets and have been very pleased with it so far. It's much more comfortable than my HJC full face, with much better ventilation (may not be a good thing come winter...). The fit & finish is on par with HJC, which I don't think is near the same level as a Shoei, . . .
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Flip top helmets are not new but are gaining popularity due to the ability to open the helmet at long stops, easy of entry and exit, and for some the style (chrome anyhelmets????). . . .
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A consulting gig took me to the SF Bay Area the past five days. While there, a buddy loaned me his 1993 K75RT. I had two spare afternoons for riding, and took advantage while the weather held, Monday and Tuesday. I lived in the SF area seven years, and know most of the . . .
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> I need sizing advice. I know that the catalog and website have a > sizing grid, but I also know that many people have had to exchange > their 'stiches, sometimes several times, before they got it right. . . .
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A couple of weeks ago I asked for feedback on Chiba gloves. No one responded, but I bought them anyway. I found Chiba while searching for gel palm winter gloves. I need the gel palm because without them my hands go to sleep in about 5 minutes; carpal tunnel symptoms I guess. I also wanted WARM . . .
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I guess most folks agree that with low humidity and high temps, evaporative cooling works great and even better if you wear a jacket, such as a Darien, First Gear, etc. . . .
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A few weeks ago, I tried an expiriment...I took two engines, both high time, a 92 Ford Taurus V-6 with 300k miles and a chevy 350 small block with 165k miles on it. Both vehicles had frequent oil changes and for the last year were using 15w-40 diesel spec, very high detergent oil, . . .
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I'm on my second two piece Roadcrafter and I'm thoroughly sold on them. Have not had the equivalent Motoport offering, so I can't offer a direct comparison. I also have the Aerostich Darien pants, which are excellent. . . .
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The EX (Ninja) 500 is actually the big brother to the EX 250. (GPz in Austrailia) They're both parallel twins, with the 250 putting out around 25HP, and the 500 producing 45-50 HP. The ZX6 is an in-line 4 producing around 85HP - not the same class. . . .
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Marssee Products tank bags (have had mine for three years and I don't know how many miles as its been moved from bike to bike but its a lot) have "capped" magnets. They put a cap of metal over the backside (faceing the bag) that cuts the magnetic field. . . .
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Cool Shirt: http://www.rvuultracool.com/ - manufacturer, sells direct (less expensive?) . . .
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I got 1-on-1 tutoring from an MSF instructor a while back. Here is a little of the sage advice he offered: o "Right Of Way" if _give_, not taken. Give right of way to anyone who . . .
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Tips for a 50CC Please note this is based upon my successful completion of my 100ccc that I did in November 1998. . . .
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I noticed a product in an outdoors catalog I received last night. They are made for ATVs and look just like Hippo Hands. Fleece lined and insulated they slip over the handle and attach with cinch . . .
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http://www.Forwardair.com ships crated bikes for about $36 per 100lbs, that is the cheapest way to ship a bike in the US I know of Brad . . .
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I had a four gallon Jazz fuel cell installed for the Butt. The solenoid fits in the little space behind the brake light and the fuel pump fits in the place where the charcoal cannister was. It snugs up fine, everythingis out of site and no problems. . . .
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Several have inquired about the Cassoday, KS monthly ride. Thought I'd give some information. As most of you know, the common view of Kansas is that it is flat as a . . .
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Things my wife taught me
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The System vests have snaps at the shoulder blades where you can attach the arm chaps. The snaps are also electrical connections, and even without the chaps, you can attach the power cords for your gloves, so the gloves get power through the vest instead of plugging in separately. . . .
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I have the Kimpex elements under a pair of Pro-Grip gel grips. I love them! The grips keep absorb some vibration without feeling like you're riding with rolls of toilet paper instead of grips (I HATE big foam grips, they make my hands tired). The gel grips are as sticky as flypaper, my hands will NEVER . . .
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My search is over. I needed something to get the usual crap, bugs, etc off the bike. Not just from the last trip but old stuff left over from previous trips. I tried Meguiars Cleaner - Wax. Easy on, easy off and even got the windshield sparkling clean. Sometimes the older crud took a second, quick . . .
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The sites below are good to know about. My partner, Lynn, referred to them to figure what gear to get (she purcahsed Cordura stuff, but, they have leather options as well). All the sites are geared toweards women riders..... . . .
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Just found some great boots after searching all over the USA for some. I have a size 15 foot and nobody it seems carries large sizes in a decent, waterproof, easy on/off boot that you can also walk in. . . .
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In preparation for the IBR, I went to Wal-Mart and purchased a Campbell-Hausfield 12vdc compressor. When I got home I used a phillips screwdriver to take the bulky plastic housing off and now have a very work-able, reasonably high-volume 12v air compressor. . . .
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Counter Steering If you push the left bar, the bike goes left. If you push the right bar, the bike goes right. That is, unless you keep pushing the right bar all the way, . . .
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I live in deer country. I can take a ride during late August and can easily see over 200 deer in a few hours. Riding in early morning or late evening pretty much guarantees that I'll see at least one deer on any given day. These are my findings. . . .
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> I wear a Darien jacket no matter what the weather is Good thinking. . . .
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>> Has anyone owned both the ABS & non-ABS ST1100? << Yep, I've owned both. A '97 standard and my current '99 ABS. . . .
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While I cann't talk about the MZ, I can coment on 650 singles. I have an R11RT which I love but it is a real dog on gravel roads, not at all like the old R100 bikes. I love to do dirt roads and we have a lot of them here in Vt. . . .
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I have HID's on my R1150GS, and will soon put them on my RS. They are vastly superior in every way, especially for those over 35-40, where night vision acuity decreases roughly by half for each 10 years, then accelerating (loss) at a much higher rate beyond 60. . . .
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My Y2K K1200LT is about worn out with 58K miles and has been relegated to 2-up work, at least that's the excuse I used
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I purchased the Roadgear xcaliber pants a few months ago, and have been happy so far. I've worn them in over 100 degree heat, and they were OK until I stopped. I suspect they are all hot when you're not . . .
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I've got Tourmaster Cortech pants that I really like. Especially since I lost 30# and can zip them up and keep the snaps snapped. Big 2-way zippers on the legs (so you zip them *up* from the bottom to take . . .
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This weekend I had the chance to really try out my brand new Motoport Canyon II jacket and Voyager AX Pants. 120 miles of slow speed bike tour chaperoning riding in 40 degree, 40 mile an hour wind, torrential rain. . . .
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This is going to be a report on HID lights.. If you are not interested- hit your delete key now.. I like to travel at late night and/or early morning because of the heat in . . .
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Jim, I did a very scientific experiment. I have a V1 too. So I lined them up side by side on the dash of my Justy which hauls my butt to work most of the time. My work ride is 47 miles one way and I know where every . . .
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MY MOTORCYCLE PASSENGER RULES These are MY motorcycle rules. They may be different than other rules you . . .
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Doing research for a project we are doing, I ran across this site a few minutes ago. It gives weather and construction for many of the major roads across the country. Good for trip planning. http://www.truckerweather.com/ . . .
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If you're certain you don't want to talk on it, any handheld unit with a separate speaker plug should work. I have a Maxon that I bought that uses a "speaker/mic" that goes into the ear. Thought this would be a simple way to add CB to the bike. Problem: the "speaker/mic" caused pain because it stuck . . .
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We can do a few simple calculations to calculate what the top speed of the bike should be in various gears and see if the claim is reasonable. The final drive is 5.67 to one overall in 5th gear, so the rear wheel is . . .
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I just came across this novel approach to gas tank rust removal in an antique outboard newsletter, and thought I'd share. Fill the tank with water. Take a piece of steel re-bar long enough to . . .
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The maximum output is 19A, 14v @ 5,000 rpm. Now, amps x volts = watts. So maximum output is 266 watts @ 5,000 RPM. . . .
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A tires life span can vary greatly. There are three reasons for replacing a tire, the first is that there is less than 2/32" left in the tread (almost bald) the second is sidewall and tread cracks, the third is that the tire is old and has become hard. . . .
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I got a set of in-the-ear phones from Bob Weis in Orlando. The fidelity is excellent and I highly recommend them. They keep out extraneous noise while providing high fidelity music (I like to listen to classical music). You can still her the sirens and horns of other vehicles (highly . . .
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I bought the "Premium Lift" (1500 lbs.) from COSTCO for $95 + tax. In order to get the pads to fall under the crossover pipe and behind the coolant bottle on my '01, I had to remove 3 3/4 in. from the piece of flat steel that joins the steel that the two pads are on. Once I got the pads closer . . .
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Anyway, assuming you get to Guymom, OK on 54 and don't need to go to Tucumcari you should go west out of Guymon on 64. This will take you to Boice City, OK then Clayton, NM and bring you to I-25 at Springer. This is very pretty open ranch country with good roads and little traffic. . . .
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Many thanks to all who responded to my query about a specific type of summer glove. While none matched exactly, I found some great gloves. Chris Norloff . . .
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> Simple Chris .. Held! they make a kevlar glove ( model 2265) that is > about as cool as it gets while still offering great protection. > http://www.helimot.com/ . . .
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Riding without gear is a personal choice. Riding without boots and cashing might cost you some road rash or foot mash or even in an extreme case might lead to amputation. You might never walk . . .
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Couldn't agree more. The latest MCN has a comparison of modulars. The Nolan and HJC were 2 of the top 3, and the scores weren't very far apart. Both received high scores in every category, and both were "Recommended", with the Nolan receiving a best buy notation. . . .
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Mounting the computer is very simple. First, go out and buy the computer. You're only going to save a few bucks ordering it, so go support your local independant bicycle retailer. . . .
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Got my new Symax just in time to take it with me down to the Russell shop in Fall River Mills, CA. Thanks to the sometimes lousy weather, I was able to test it in virtually all conditions. In my opinion, it came up short. . . .
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"Riding the 50CC and Bun Burner GOLD" or. "9 days, 7000 fantastic miles" . . .
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Been an avid hostel customer for ~20 years - they're a helluva lot more fun & cheaper than your avg motel. Plus, they usually have fully equipped kitchens at your disposal. . . .
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I just finished perusing Larry Grodsky's web site, you know, the guy that writes the 'Stayin Safe' column in Rider Mag. He has a page with 101 tips for safe riding. I've got to say, I found it . . .
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How to mount and balance tires. This is what I know about mounting and balanding tires. . . .
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1. If you've ever wanted to do a track event, but were nervous, this would appear to be the best one available. Reg's lines and passing policy are excellent for safety. About 40 students, Reg said 3 or 4 of us were likely to go down. I think he may have been on the high . . .
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As the winner ofthe 1999 Iron Butt Rally many people have asked me many questions about my ride. Along with the expected questions, (how much did you sleep? how fast did you ride?) the . . .
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Evans NPG Coolant http://www.evanscooling.com/main27.htm: After speaking with David Haggard who had used the Evans NPG Coolant successfully on his GoldWing during last year's Waltz Across Texas in . . .
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I have been having trouble with my mike in this system. Basically, other riders can barely hear me. It turned out that Honda and Clarion had changed the radio slightly and that we needed a different battery box on the Air Rider headset to work with the new setup. Something to . . .
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In order to make the ColorMap GPS fit under the Boston Acuoustics Dash Box, I had to go to a remote GPS antenna doodad. I mounted this antenna high up on the Clearview windshield and ran the cabling along the edge of the windshield under the Stealth Edging that I use. This worked . . .
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What can I say other than "what a great shock". I've had it now for over 50,000 miles and it performs great. They rebuilt it for me and had it back to me in a week and all I had to do was pay for the shipping. What a great company. It is more expensive than a Works shock, however. . . .
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I was leery of mixing a bias ply tire with a radial but so many other ST1100 riders were swearing that it was a great Long Distance combo that I felt I had to try it. I wanted a tire that could last the whole Iron Butt Rally without having to change. The Dunlop D-205's that I had been . . .
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I think anyone who has spent any prolonged time in the saddle of a Concours knows about the leg problem. My solution is a combination of things already mentioned. . . .
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I've been watching the list for some time and talking to fellow COGGERS, and it seems that several folks are trying put a CB on their rides for not too much money (aren't we all?). I ride a 98 Concours most of the time and a 98 . . .
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http://www.ibmwr.org/marketplace/morrow.html ==== also ==== . . .
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Ok - called SAENG this afternoon and found out that the winglet just wasn't adjusted right. The winglet should be at about a 15 degree angle forward, and have a . . .
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I hope what I am about to tell you will save some of us from throwing away a few hundred dollars on PIAA lights. I am sure I will offend someone, and I apologize up front. That is the furthest thing from my objective. I have said before that I have heard numerous people on the . . .
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Anyway, Motorcyclist magazine did a bit on cleaning helmets. Interviewed folks at Shoei and Arai. They both said the same thing. Fill the kitchen sink with water and Woolite or Tide. Immerse the helmet upside down. Squish the liner. Rinse, repeat, rinse, rinse, rinse, rinse. Dry upside down, away . . .
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The lifetime of the bulb is inversely proportional to the number on and off cycles, but that number is quite high. Even so, a new bulb is about US$100, and even with frequent on:off cycling, will last at least about 3000 to 4000 operating hours, which would mean many, many years of riding for most . . .
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For those interested in keeping themselves alive while riding at night, and not just from the relatively low probability of collision with a deer, but from the much higher probability of being hit by a car passing around a turn and well into your lane, I can give you an address in Germany where you can . . .
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As for your other experiance with clothing etc. You will find that endurance riding creates the "Princess and the pea" syndrome. That is, things that are a minor inconveniance on a short ride, (cold hands, cold feet, sore butt etc.) become a increasingly major obstacle as time and . . .
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Got my Schubert Monday. First ride was the commute in to work today. I'm moving up from a Shoei RF200 to the Concept. The retiring Shoei (except for passenger and loaner duty) is metalic blue, size L. The Schuberth was ordered in Monza "Fuck Me That's Red!" Red in a size XL. I converted my 7.5 . . .
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Check out the MiraCool Poncho at http://www.stageoneproductions.com/vstpnch2.html as recommended last summer by Sam Lepore. I purchased one prior to my trip across the southwestern deserts last summer and found it to be very effective when worn under my . . .
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Last night I had a chance to review the whole rider fatigue thing. Coming home from work on a road that I've been driving and/or riding for the last 30 years, I suddenly could not determine where I was. . . .
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Thanks to everyone who took my obscure reference and turned it into an address, phone number, and price. I also found that Riderwearhouse sells them. To recap for anyone else who may be interested: Kermit's Chair is available from . . .
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I work in the shipping industry (Petroleum product tankers) which as you can understand is heavily regulated. As such I have attended various safety and auditing courses from the American Bureau of Shipping and other classification societies to maintain my eligibility to perform work on . . .
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After a hard "go-down" in Oregon about four years ago, I added some new rules to my riding style. * Take the experience riders course every two years...it is free if you . . .
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To those considering buying a Rifle (maybe it will help those of you already having cracks), go to a hardware store and grab a handful of O-rings just large enough to slip over the bolts holding the shield to the base. My first Rifle suffered from star cracks, eventually failing. My replacement shield . . .
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No flames please - I have a Concours, have owned an R11rs for a long time, and have ridden an extremely high-mileage ST just a bit but I think long enough to have some valid opinions. . . .
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JC Witney Tail Trunk (yeah, yeah, I know, Cheesy Witney. But bear with me.) This is their gloss-black tail trunk with integral backrest, designed to . . .
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Let me jump into this discussion for a minute. I may be able to answer some of the questions people are asking that Dale hasn't had experience with. I have had dual HID's on my 93 ABS for over a year. I started with the stock Baja Designs shielded bulbs and . . .
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At 04:35 PM 4/27/2001 -0400, Daniel Taylor wrote: >I'd read somewhere that someone was uncomfortable wearing a Roadcrafter >above 85 degrees. I'm saving my pennies for one to wear on a far off >vacation that would ideally be from March 'til June. Is the Roadcrafter the . . .
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Forwarded with permission from it's author Mr. Bobby Riggs out of S.C. I thought it very unique sort of ride report and figured many of you on the list would enjoy reading this... . . .
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Its easy, get a cube type five prong relay from automotive store (usually sold as light relay, for a few bucks and connect as follows. 1. 30 is your power from the battery a fused(10-15 amp) 12G line is good here . . .
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The big question in the media's and spectators' minds has always been, "why", and many of us find trouble answering it - even to ourselves. It's been a while since we asked ourselves this question on the ldrider . . .
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This is a warning about buying Joe Rocket Rhino boots. Today I had a most miserable 60 mile ride. Today's ride home was in rainy weather, standard fare for around here, but about 15 minutes into the ride, my Rhino boots started to leak, and didn't quit till I got home and in the garage . . .
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First I would check for spark at the spark plugs. Remove one plug and reattach it to its cable. Lay the plug down with metal to metal contact with the engine block. Don^Òt hold it with your hand unless you enjoy a good jolt. Since the bike ran last year, I would expect . . .
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Truth is, I can't think of a single re-entry bike that's going to make a decent ld-style bike, but you really don't need one of those yet. What you're going to need is something ergonomic that will be light enough to give you good feedback on your technique, both good and bad, and comfy enough to . . .
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RESPECT THE PERSON WHO HAS SEEN THE DARK SIDE OF MOTORCYCLING AND LIVED! Midnight bugs taste Best . . .
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I really don't want to get involved in the right or wrong of tickets or the judicial system or blah, blah blah... I don't see any change in the present system in the near or distant future. . . .
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Welcome to the fraternity of motorcyclists! Bear in mind that all other motorists are of a single mind: to lull you, the motorcyclist into a false sense of security, and then squish you like a bug . . .
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by Joe Zulaski, 2001 The Schubreth helmet has many great features. There is the integral sun visor that slides down with the touch of a finger. The external visor . . .
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by Joe Zulaski, 2001 This is a little add-on doodad designed for Honda ST1100's that bolts to . . .
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by Joe Zulaski, 2001 The LDComfort riding shorts - to order, email Mario Winkelman - email@example.com or checkout http://www.LDComfort.com . . .
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One new product I tried out during my recent trip to the annual IBA dinner party was a pair of Cruiserworks boots (the "Tour" model, without the funky buckles). I bought these because they looked like something that would be more appropriate for business meetings than my BMW boots. The Cruiserworks . . .
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(Specific to the Yamaha XJ, but good for all) > next question , not wanting to get into the oil debate, but can the >xj700-xn owners out there give me a list of grades/types of oil needed for a . . .
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http://www.womanbiker.com in Concord NH has stuff in childrens sized, boys & girls RandyO . . .
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Absolutely! About 17 months after I bought a my first bike (shortly after a MSF course...I knew NOTHING before that) I took it on a 4600+ mile, 15 state trip. I was carrying a passenger and luggage and was not riding with a group. . . .
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Come spring drain the bowls, turn the petcock to prime for about 30 seconds, and drain them again. That should clear any loose deposits out of the bowls. Repeat until nothing is floating around. . . .
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> > I'm not an expert rider by any means, but the little that I do know > > is that in most turns, except for down hill turns, >you usually > > never ever shut off the throttle whilst in a turn. This is SIN #1 > > based on Keith Code's book and law >of physics to, i.e. gravity is a . . .
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These guys recovered my XJ in an exact hand sewn replica of the original seat and did an excellent job. They are a couple of towns over from me so I was able to visit their shop which is behind his home. The shop is neat and clean and they take pride in their work. Prices were reasonable and they . . .
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The single biggest source for fairing windshields in the US is: Gustaffson Plastics (windshields) (904) 824-2119. They're in Florida (I believe in St. Augustine) . . .
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Lots of listers have, or have had, or definitely will have someday, carb problems. Problems usually occur when the bike has been sitting for months (or . . .
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