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Forum: Road warriors 08-22-2014, 02:23 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 6,805
Posted By PhilMills
I've only owned two bikes - a '99 BMW F650 and a...

I've only owned two bikes - a '99 BMW F650 and a 2006 Yamaha FJR1300, so I'm riding the boundary of unqualified to answer and perfectly qualified to compare.

The FJR is, in fact, "bland and...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 08-04-2014, 08:55 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,334
Posted By PhilMills
Sounds like a load of fun and I'm quite jealous. ...

Sounds like a load of fun and I'm quite jealous.

The usual high-altitude caveats apply for a couple of these days

Make absolutely sure you're back down below treeline by 3pm at the latest.
...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 07-23-2014, 07:55 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,686
Posted By PhilMills
...and more bums, transients and junkies than you...

...and more bums, transients and junkies than you can shake a stick at. Last couple of times I've been through there it was more like a refugee camp than a mall. I'd skip it. There's really not a...
Forum: Equipment 07-22-2014, 12:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,090
Posted By PhilMills
The sizing is pretty nuts on gloves and I agree...

The sizing is pretty nuts on gloves and I agree with your assessment on the RevIt sizing. Two of the shops here (BMW/Ducati/Triumph) carry RevIt almost exclusively and I cannot get my fairly normal...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 06-23-2014, 11:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 559
Posted By PhilMills
Apex Sports down in CSprings wasn't too bad. ...

Apex Sports down in CSprings wasn't too bad. Compared to the FC dealerships they may as well have been a motorcycle gear shopping mall.
Forum: Road warriors 05-28-2014, 03:50 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 10,732
Posted By PhilMills
Ahhh, the "tail tidy". Hate 'em. Virtually...

Ahhh, the "tail tidy". Hate 'em.

Virtually all of the sportbikes I see with "tail tidy" kits have
1) Removed the OEM turn signals and replaced them with some useless LED dots or integrated it...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-28-2014, 10:45 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,111
Posted By PhilMills
"Loud pipes scare kids". I've had this happen,...

"Loud pipes scare kids". I've had this happen, too on my stock and as-close-to-silent-as-you'll-get-on-a-motorcycle FJR. I'm swinging a leg over it in the parking lot and a passing kid will throw...
Forum: Vendors 05-20-2014, 10:40 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 10,615
Posted By PhilMills
Got the Prodigy's in the mail yesterday :clap - I...

Got the Prodigy's in the mail yesterday :clap - I did a little happy dance in front of the mailbox hive. But I think I'm going to have to go a size up (happy dance cancelled :cry).

I'll measure...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-19-2014, 01:10 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,111
Posted By PhilMills
Thumb Kids 'n' Bikes

Good: Pulling into a parking spot, shutting down and then restarting your bike to rev it a few times for the little kid waving excitedly at you from the car in front of you. The kid went nuts with...
Forum: Vendors 05-14-2014, 02:39 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 10,615
Posted By PhilMills
That's pretty sharp. I would say that this (and...

That's pretty sharp. I would say that this (and the previous photos of the black ones) look a lot better than the marketing photos on your website. The red/black/white pair photographed for the...
Forum: Vendors 05-13-2014, 02:33 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 10,615
Posted By PhilMills
:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap

:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap
Forum: Vendors 05-12-2014, 09:38 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 10,615
Posted By PhilMills
John, Any update on the Prodigy shipment?

John,
Any update on the Prodigy shipment?
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 04-29-2014, 12:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 971
Posted By PhilMills
Yeah, it won't die. But I'm pretty sure they...

Yeah, it won't die. But I'm pretty sure they stopped replacing light bulbs there years ago - every time I go back outside after lunch I feel like a vampire throwing a cape dramatically over my eyes.
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 04-28-2014, 09:17 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 971
Posted By PhilMills
Coopersmith's Pub & Brewing - very good food,...

Coopersmith's Pub & Brewing - very good food, very good home-grown beers.
Crown Pub - Good fish&chips, probably the best bread pudding in town.
Cafe Vino - Fancy schmancy food, very fancy beer...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-23-2014, 08:18 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,087
Posted By PhilMills
Rural roads (especially dirt/gravel ones): My...

Rural roads (especially dirt/gravel ones): My preference is to stay pretty close to where the center line /should/ be so long as the road's nice and straight and flat. Less camber, more room to...
Forum: Vendors 03-25-2014, 08:42 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 10,615
Posted By PhilMills
Got a product that you'd recommend? (Can't...

Got a product that you'd recommend?

(Can't wait to get my Prodigys in the mail, BTW. Starting to wear through a fingertip on my old pair of Fieldsheers, so they can't show up soon enough!)
Forum: Vendors 03-11-2014, 01:53 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 10,615
Posted By PhilMills
Woot! Ordered. You are very much appreciated...

Woot! Ordered. You are very much appreciated for this discount.

Opinions:
~More reflectivity is always good, so long as it doesn't unduly weaken that spot in the glove. "Some" is better than...
Forum: Vendors 03-08-2014, 01:45 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 10,615
Posted By PhilMills
Black and tan; Kangaroo palms, please.

Black and tan; Kangaroo palms, please.
Forum: Vendors 03-05-2014, 12:12 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 10,615
Posted By PhilMills
So........ are these going to make it into the...

So........ are these going to make it into the group buy? Seriously, man, you've got me on pins and needles, here!:cry
Forum: Vendors 03-03-2014, 10:01 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 10,615
Posted By PhilMills
Pretty sharp. I liked original contrasting...

Pretty sharp. I liked original contrasting palms, myself, but please take my money anyway.
Forum: Vendors 02-27-2014, 10:42 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 10,615
Posted By PhilMills
Alrighty, then. How 'bout a link for the GB...

Alrighty, then.

How 'bout a link for the GB price for the Prodigy? :ear I'll trust that it hasn't changed a lot since the photos on the website.
Forum: Vendors 02-27-2014, 08:21 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 10,615
Posted By PhilMills
That's cool - I get it. I didn't realize how...

That's cool - I get it. I didn't realize how small of an operation HVG was with as good-looking as the products are. Like others, I think I'm used to prompt responses from companies marketing on...
Forum: Vendors 02-26-2014, 01:39 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 10,615
Posted By PhilMills
Anybody home?

It's been about a week since I asked about the Prodigys and both a PM and a follow-up email to support@HVG have gone unanswered.

Did the rest of you FFs bankrupt these guys with the group buy...
Forum: Vendors 02-19-2014, 01:50 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 10,615
Posted By PhilMills
I'd be interested in a pair of the Prodigy gloves...

I'd be interested in a pair of the Prodigy gloves on this group buy. If it can happen, do you have a link?
Forum: Vendors 05-16-2012, 03:42 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 10,001
Posted By PhilMills
Eh? Ouch.

I just got a pair of SMH5s from RocketMoto last week and love them so far.

The one complaint I have about it is that it gives me heart attacks every time the phone rings. I tool around town...
Forum: Vendors 04-24-2012, 07:36 AM
Replies: 1,459
Views: 243,664
Posted By PhilMills
Then check your PM/email and help me help you to...

Then check your PM/email and help me help you to take my monies! :deal
Forum: Equipment 01-22-2010, 08:05 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,235
Posted By PhilMills
How about a Buff? I've got one and get...

How about a Buff?

I've got one and get nearly year-round use out of it. In the fall and winter it blocks enough of the wind (and traps enough body heat) to keep the worst of the cold off (when it...
Forum: Equipment 10-31-2009, 09:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 839
Posted By PhilMills
I had a HydroTour for a few years. Excellent...

I had a HydroTour for a few years. Excellent cold and wet weather jacket. Just sold it to another ADVer 'cause I went to a short Scorpion jacket.

Fieldsheer gear runs - in my estimation - TWO...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 10-05-2009, 09:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 766
Posted By PhilMills
A bullet point for MSF cost in Colorado - I see...

A bullet point for MSF cost in Colorado - I see Modette mentioning $20/$40 for the permit and endorsement costs in Michigan. That's $60 you've burned right there and still haven't gotten a nice...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 09-24-2009, 06:56 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,407
Posted By PhilMills
Fraser Tubing Hill

Just so you actually get an answer to your question...

The tubing hill I go to (http://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1GGLS_enUS291US304&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=fraser+tubing+hill+colorado) is up...
Forum: Road warriors 09-09-2009, 04:05 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,254
Posted By PhilMills
"Character"

There was talk early on in this thread about the FJR being rather appliance-like.

I own one, and I own it because "appliance-like" has appeal to me. I do not live in fear of my refrigerator...
Forum: Road warriors 09-03-2009, 12:20 PM
Replies: 3,948
Views: 629,535
Posted By PhilMills
About that, yeah. The PO had only put 3K on it...

About that, yeah. The PO had only put 3K on it in two years, so it was pretty cherry. I do recall looking at the bike when I first stepped into the dealer's showroom and saying "Hey, look. Frame...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 08-26-2009, 02:55 PM
Replies: 14,925
Views: 2,210,510
Posted By PhilMills
2 Fieldsheer jackets, Sidi Vertebra Tepor boots

Cleaning out the closet and want to move my used gear. I live in Ft. Collins. No real price in mind - make me an offer via PM. I need the closet space, so I'll probably be pretty open.

Here's a...
Forum: Road warriors 08-26-2009, 02:31 PM
Replies: 3,948
Views: 629,535
Posted By PhilMills
It may be thin, but we're not talking tinfoil...

It may be thin, but we're not talking tinfoil here.

Second day of FJR ownership, headed back to Colorado after buying the bike in OKC and I get one turn out of my brother's neighborhood before...
Forum: Equipment 08-12-2009, 08:30 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 319
Posted By PhilMills
I don't have any of their leathers, but I did buy...

I don't have any of their leathers, but I did buy a Scorpion Hattrick textile jacket over the winter and I'm pretty impressed with it.

Stitching's good, seams are all nice, sizing's more sensible...
Forum: Equipment 07-22-2009, 07:14 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,724
Posted By PhilMills
I've used some left over gas from a road trip's...

I've used some left over gas from a road trip's emergency supply in my lawnmower without an issue. Fired right up on the first pull of the season and that stuff had been in an MSR bottle for well...
Forum: Equipment 07-20-2009, 03:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,291
Posted By PhilMills
Sliding slightly but not entirely off topic, I...

Sliding slightly but not entirely off topic, I just got two double-d-ring belts from StrapWorks. Less than $5 each for a 60" length of 1.5" heavy-duty nylon with some snazzy red-anodized hardware. ...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 07-13-2009, 12:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 769
Posted By PhilMills
Yeah, I've had the same basic experience with...

Yeah, I've had the same basic experience with Northern Colorado BMW/Ducati. When I first bought my '99 Funduro, I did the "smart" thing and took it to the dealer to have them work it over and show...
Forum: The Garage 07-07-2009, 07:46 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 15,968
Posted By PhilMills
I helped a buddy strip and re-coat the rusty tank...

I helped a buddy strip and re-coat the rusty tank on his Katana a few years ago using POR-15.

Here's the sum-up: it is worth whatever money anybody feels like charging you to not have to do this...
Forum: Equipment 06-12-2009, 07:17 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 11,276
Posted By PhilMills
Vemar CKQI

From WebBikeWorld (http://www.webbikeworld.com/r2/motorcycle-helmet/vemar/ckqi/) this week:
http://www.webbikeworld.com/r2/motorcycle-helmet/vemar/ckqi/vemar-ckqi-helmet.jpg
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