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Forum: Equipment Today, 12:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 319
Posted By Rotoride
I've been doing a good deal of research on cold...

I've been doing a good deal of research on cold weather options and the comments i've gotten have all said that mitts work very well and are very effective.

The problem is they look absolutely...
Forum: Road warriors 11-04-2014, 11:35 PM
Replies: 500
Views: 50,740
Posted By Rotoride
any guesses how long this engine is going to...

any guesses how long this engine is going to last? 30,000 miles tops?
Forum: Road warriors 10-29-2014, 10:57 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,046
Posted By Rotoride
Italian and electricity is like mixing water and...

Italian and electricity is like mixing water and electricity....

I almost bought a v11 but at the last moment I got a feeling of bad juju and didn't buy it. One of the main reasons was that the...
Forum: Road warriors 10-28-2014, 08:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,384
Posted By Rotoride
There is hope! Go check out Moto Guzzis. The...

There is hope! Go check out Moto Guzzis.

The breva 1100 sounds like it's right up your alley. Soulful motor with tons of torque, dead simple to work on, shaft drive, upright riding position,...
Forum: Road warriors 10-28-2014, 02:39 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 12,885
Posted By Rotoride
SV is too tall. I'm 5'6" and had trouble with it...

SV is too tall. I'm 5'6" and had trouble with it for the first year I owned it.

The moto guzzis are great for shorter people. the V50 is great but it's kinda hard to find one in good nick that...
Forum: Road warriors 10-12-2014, 09:06 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,202
Posted By Rotoride
just because you get a "smaller" engine doesn't...

just because you get a "smaller" engine doesn't mean the bike is going to be any slower than a liter bike when it comes down to it. Around a track the 600s are pretty much just as fast as the liter...
Forum: Road warriors 10-12-2014, 01:17 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,644
Posted By Rotoride
It's not "small" but it certainly isn't what I'd...

It's not "small" but it certainly isn't what I'd call a big bike either:

Moto guzzi V7.

There's only 48 hp, but it makes all its torque at 2800 rpm so it feels very eager at all speeds, yet...
Forum: Equipment 10-10-2014, 10:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,701
Posted By Rotoride
I had the idea of using military luggage on my...

I had the idea of using military luggage on my SV, but I sold it before I had the chance to actually build the mounting points.

The two options I was considering for the bike were:

20mm ammo...
Forum: Road warriors 10-10-2014, 09:07 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,050
Posted By Rotoride
Also, the monster 821 has a really nice engine...

Also, the monster 821 has a really nice engine and if you get it with ohlins it's just a joy to ride. I found it to be comfy and fun yet still with enough power to thrill you. It does great in city...
Forum: Road warriors 10-10-2014, 09:05 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,050
Posted By Rotoride
A friend of mine has the bigger Brutale not sure...

A friend of mine has the bigger Brutale not sure of the displacement... But it spends more time in pieces than it does on the road. I have no idea why he still owns it, but he also has about 7 bikes...
Forum: Road warriors 10-02-2014, 08:36 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,689
Posted By Rotoride
Old guzzis shift like a tractor. New guzzis are...

Old guzzis shift like a tractor. New guzzis are butter smooth.

I rode both the monster 1200S and the Diavel the other day and while both gearboxes are super smooth, even too much so. Finding...
Forum: Road warriors 10-02-2014, 01:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 684
Posted By Rotoride
Consider a Versys as well? I'm short and I...

Consider a Versys as well?

I'm short and I didn't have much trouble with that bike. The difference will be softer and taller suspension, as well as a shorter 1st and 2nd gear I think so even more...
Forum: Road warriors 09-25-2014, 03:10 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 5,214
Posted By Rotoride
It's easy to say that it's all on you until...

It's easy to say that it's all on you until you're in traffic and have nowhere to go when someone just merges into you. If you live in an area where you have to commute in bad city traffic with crazy...
Forum: Road warriors 09-24-2014, 10:58 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 5,214
Posted By Rotoride
One more thing that works great are HID...

One more thing that works great are HID headlights. One of my friends has super bright white lights on his buell and you can literally see him plain as day about two miles behind you. He said that...
Forum: Road warriors 09-24-2014, 08:06 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 5,214
Posted By Rotoride
Loud pipes do save lives. When you're on...

Loud pipes do save lives.

When you're on the freeway and someone decides to merge into their blind spot, they're a lot less likely to do so if they can hear you right next to them. Quiet pipes...
Forum: Equipment 09-23-2014, 10:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 807
Posted By Rotoride
I would get something like this if I were you. ...

I would get something like this if I were you.
...
Forum: Equipment 09-23-2014, 10:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,167
Posted By Rotoride
Be thankful it's not gearbox oil. I got some of...

Be thankful it's not gearbox oil. I got some of that shit on my clothes once, it took something like 5 years for the smell to finally wash out to where it's not rank anymore, but there still is a...
Forum: Road warriors 09-18-2014, 03:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 899
Posted By Rotoride
Just to make myself clear here, I'm NOT talking...

Just to make myself clear here, I'm NOT talking about the fz6 which is the smaller brother of the FZ1, the sport tourer with the bikini fairing.

I'm talking about the bike called the FZ6R in...
Forum: Road warriors 09-17-2014, 08:57 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,792
Posted By Rotoride
Oh you must be in SLO, that's a good price for...

Oh you must be in SLO, that's a good price for that town. Lived there 9 years
Forum: Road warriors 09-17-2014, 01:33 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,512
Posted By Rotoride
Moto guzzi V7? Peak torque at 2800rpm and it tops...

Moto guzzi V7? Peak torque at 2800rpm and it tops out at 100. It's super comfy, super easy to work on and gets 50+ mpg all the time.

It's no rocket like the FZ1 but it's the perfect bike for the...
Forum: Road warriors 09-14-2014, 09:22 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,792
Posted By Rotoride
that's a good price, you might be able to talk...

that's a good price, you might be able to talk him down to 4k.

Here in the seattle area every goddamn hipster wants a bonneville so they're like $5500 for an old beat up POS, because the more...
Forum: Road warriors 09-14-2014, 09:15 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,400
Posted By Rotoride
If only they could make a battery that fills up...

If only they could make a battery that fills up in 5 minutes...
Forum: Road warriors 09-14-2014, 02:03 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,379
Posted By Rotoride
None of the so-called ADV bikes are real offroad...

None of the so-called ADV bikes are real offroad machines.

The multistrada, explorer, stelvio, Vstrom aren't real offroad bikes. The only one that is is the KTM 990 and maybe the GSA. The rest...
Forum: Equipment 09-13-2014, 06:20 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,941
Posted By Rotoride
Hit or miss. Their thermal and cooling layers are...

Hit or miss. Their thermal and cooling layers are worth it. They're also a good place to buy tires and other bike gadgets.

Bilt brand is cheaply made crap tho. It's functional, but to get any...
Forum: Road warriors 09-13-2014, 05:41 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,379
Posted By Rotoride
MG isn't much more expensive than the other...

MG isn't much more expensive than the other brands (cheaper than BMW) and with super easy owner maintenance (rocker valves and just oil changes on the FD) it's not expensive to own. You do have a...
Forum: Road warriors 09-12-2014, 11:08 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,379
Posted By Rotoride
If you're looking for THE bike I would suggest...

If you're looking for THE bike I would suggest going with a bike with 2 cylinders. Overall the engine core will last longer since you're doing less revs and most twins are pretty bulletproof designs....
Forum: Equipment 09-08-2014, 11:26 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,620
Posted By Rotoride
This company makes custom ear pieces. Once you...

This company makes custom ear pieces. Once you get fitted for them they keep your ear shape on file and you can order again for years to come.

http://www.protectear.com/us/products/db-life/

I...
Forum: Road warriors 09-08-2014, 11:15 PM
Replies: 386
Views: 25,623
Posted By Rotoride
You can't limit an engine with a foot operated...

You can't limit an engine with a foot operated clutch that gets downshfted into the wrong gear. Why they don't put sequential gearboxes on more cars, I don't know. I'd love to have a sequential in my...
Forum: Road warriors 09-08-2014, 10:24 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,027
Posted By Rotoride
ABS is one of those strange things to have. You...

ABS is one of those strange things to have. You never need it until you need it. pretty much just like wearing a helmet.

I've been in a car crash that wouldn't have happened if I'd had ABS...
Forum: Road warriors 08-30-2014, 03:48 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 565
Posted By Rotoride
This isn't helpful at all, but sell it and get a...

This isn't helpful at all, but sell it and get a KLR? Going offroad with a street bike, especially a 600cc straight 4 is like taking skis to go ice skating. It certainly can be done, but there are...
Forum: Road warriors 08-30-2014, 03:33 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,711
Posted By Rotoride
Be very careful with moving the fork tubes up in...

Be very careful with moving the fork tubes up in the triple clamps without lowering the rear shocks with a dogbone, just in case you didn't already know that...

Another vote for Aerostitch, all...
Forum: Road warriors 08-30-2014, 03:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,133
Posted By Rotoride
You should pick up a copy of Dave Richard's...

You should pick up a copy of Dave Richard's Guzziology, it'll explain how everything works on a guzzi, he's the owner of Moto International in Seattle. He's one of the nicest and most helpful guys...
Forum: Equipment 08-26-2014, 02:30 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 12,874
Posted By Rotoride
For the weight/size, the original jetboil is a...

For the weight/size, the original jetboil is a great way to go. It has trouble simmering but otherwise it's good.

The newer versions of the jetboil have been suffering from quality issues quite a...
Forum: Road warriors 08-26-2014, 01:33 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,480
Posted By Rotoride
Have you considered a Moto Guzzi Breva 1100? ...

Have you considered a Moto Guzzi Breva 1100?

Tons of power, huge torque yet super manageable around town. The engine makes a great sound and it's as soulful as a ducati, there is even a bit of...
Forum: Road warriors 08-26-2014, 12:31 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 13,918
Posted By Rotoride
The most common jap bike problems I hear about...

The most common jap bike problems I hear about are the doo-hickey on the KLR650 and the shift forks on '00 Yamaha liter bikes.
Forum: Road warriors 08-21-2014, 11:54 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 8,927
Posted By Rotoride
I liked the character of my SV650 and I think...

I liked the character of my SV650 and I think twins and thumpers have more character than 4s

I enjoyed the higher revs on the cbr600f3, the only problem I had with that bike was that it wasn't...
Forum: Road warriors 08-18-2014, 12:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,108
Posted By Rotoride
Too many squids out joyriding the big four bikes?...

Too many squids out joyriding the big four bikes?

It's funny that even Ducati will let you schedule a test ride online and let you take out one of their bikes, but the big 4 won't.
Forum: Equipment 08-17-2014, 11:37 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 12,874
Posted By Rotoride
Unless you're in the arctic...NEVER EVER... EVER!...

Unless you're in the arctic...NEVER EVER... EVER! cook inside a tent.

One of my climbing friends thought she'd try that and when she set the tent on fire the burning plastic fabric stuck to her...
Forum: Road warriors 08-17-2014, 11:22 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,794
Posted By Rotoride
The 750 is the original superbike, it's...

The 750 is the original superbike, it's definately fast enough, but it's still a 4 cylinder which is going to give you less oomph at lower RPMs. You probably want a twin or a single.

The buells...
Forum: Road warriors 08-16-2014, 08:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,964
Posted By Rotoride
go to www.V11lemans.com...

go to www.V11lemans.com (http://www.V11lemans.com) and ask there, they are one of the most helpful groups out there and I bet they know the exact answer.

I'd say it's not worth it just on a...
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