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Forum: Old's Cool 03-31-2015, 08:32 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 10,480
Posted By ctfz1

Trying to get an 81 XV920RH into rideable condition.
May need the grease gun trick. Both calipers frozen.
The form suggests going to stainless steel caliper pistons. Hopefully mine will come...
Forum: Road warriors 03-30-2015, 09:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 554
Posted By ctfz1
gas tank

I would not expect any problems but would inspect interior of gas tank for rust. Stem bearing are a possibility if its been ridden with bad fork seals.
Just worse case thinking from older bikes.
Forum: Old's Cool 03-29-2015, 10:31 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,725
Posted By ctfz1

The 70s bikes, once they stopped running (left out over winter more often than not), took either personal involvement or dealer fix (considered expensive).
The big deal then and now is people would...
Forum: Road warriors 03-29-2015, 09:40 AM
Replies: 899
Views: 200,973
Posted By ctfz1
I had one

The best part is simple low maintenance.
Bad, riding position never "fit" me. You would lose use of the mirrors with a lower bar. Liveable, not great. Same the saddle. Should be Gold Wing comfort...
Forum: Equipment 03-29-2015, 08:55 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,208
Posted By ctfz1
two to go

I like one smaller bag, usually magnetic, for commuting and local trips.
A larger foul weather bag for trips. One size can be a nuisance.
Forum: Equipment 03-29-2015, 08:31 AM
Replies: 704
Views: 211,998
Posted By ctfz1
these are from a ride report, some assembly build

Changed my mind. Thread is seriously above my light level (cheap/useful).
Forum: Equipment 03-29-2015, 08:10 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,964
Posted By ctfz1

I have a shoei head, HJC is my go to for inexpensive helmets.
There are some good closeouts on the CL16 model. Amazon 2x black $70.
Newer models from around $130.
Forum: Old's Cool 03-28-2015, 02:21 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,725
Posted By ctfz1

I went from a 66 Triumph to a new 71 CL350, 72 Suzuki GT500 Titan, 73 GT550 (this was the best one, ran with anything current to 80-90 mph, changed fork springs and shocks). 75 GT550 was never as...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-28-2015, 01:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 333
Posted By ctfz1
Fun Motor

No valve adjustment means usually in tune, there were comparisons to the fun of riding an RD350 when introduced.
Personally the bike never inspired confidence. Might have been the tires, though I...
Forum: Road warriors 03-28-2015, 01:30 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 13,663
Posted By ctfz1
65 year opinions

Started riding as a youngster, first street legal bike a Benelli 125 Baracuda 4 stroke single in 250 frame.
On a 10 year hiatus, medical reasons, hope to be riding in May.
Like and enjoy dirt...
Forum: The Garage 03-27-2015, 07:36 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,441
Posted By ctfz1
carry for what you can do

Tubeless tire repair kit or mushroom plug gun. Tire pump, mechanical or electric, or enough CO2 cartridges.
Should be easy to find/get a used up tire to practice on. Scrap yard or ebay should have a...
Forum: The Garage 03-27-2015, 05:00 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,800
Posted By ctfz1
affected materials

I examined an affected materials list.
Scientific paper.
There are some incompatible materials. Maybe someone can track down a link.
Problem is identifying materials in your vehicle or device....
Forum: Old's Cool 03-26-2015, 09:27 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,725
Posted By ctfz1
old time religion

Please, reality check here.
68 or 69 the Honda single cam 750 came out. Compared to a 66 Bonneville, it was smooth, long lived, low maintenance, would run a 100 all day long.
My 66 triumph went...
Forum: Road warriors 03-24-2015, 05:36 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,803
Posted By ctfz1

There is a location in New Hampshire that auctions bikes on eBay, many Harleys.
Though I would look at a Japanese cruiser in this case. But wives rule
Forum: Road warriors 03-23-2015, 09:34 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 42,042
Posted By ctfz1
sport or touring

I have ridden and enjoyed Gold Wings, time to time. Sport ridden them too.
Out of the 26 motorcycles I have owned 25 I have tried to make sport tourers of. Concours and ST1100 were too large and...
Forum: Road warriors 03-23-2015, 08:44 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 8,658
Posted By ctfz1
low seat, not a cruiser,

This does provide an answer for low seat height in a not cruiser motorcycle, with a carry space not add on looking (sort of).
I suspect a number of riders would commute on this, ride the occasional...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-21-2015, 08:45 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,536
Posted By ctfz1

Kawasaki Vulcan 650, vertical twin motor, claim to be able to fit to rider, three configurations. Maybe with lowering tricks.
Seem to remember people going to smaller wheels to lower bikes, back in...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-21-2015, 08:06 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,233
Posted By ctfz1
rainy day men

When I was commuting I would have two complete rain outfits, one at work, one at home. Worked well enough most of the time.
A couple times remember riding home from vacations through the edges of...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-21-2015, 07:53 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 6,102
Posted By ctfz1

CL HAS BECOME a speculative roulette game for many people. Possibly from the early days of the internet when eBay seemed to sell everything finding high prices.
Anyway, the result, it is a free ad...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-20-2015, 12:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 569
Posted By ctfz1
sand covered roads

As an old New England rider I must say experience and learning/attention paying practice are most important.
Mostly on traveled roads the car tires clear lanes to ride in. Pay attention. Wind or...
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-18-2015, 07:19 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,572
Posted By ctfz1

Probably nonsense but what is the official grease specification?
I do not know but:
Possibly a high moly grease might help?
I know Honda high moly grease is best for spline lube, or was. Highest...
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-18-2015, 05:03 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,896
Posted By ctfz1

Some Shinko' s are available through Amazon.

For the tire father debate.
Does father have statistics for the tires he chooses for his car? Some sporty car tires are poor in the wet and bad in...
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-18-2015, 04:38 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 11,111
Posted By ctfz1

view motorcycles are built to a price and usually a particular rider weight, riding style, and use.
There will always be differences of opinion concerning what works and how well. I am heavy and...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-17-2015, 09:50 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,134
Posted By ctfz1
1/4 inch drive 20-200 inch/lb

I bought a decent 12- 180 in/lb long ago for small fasteners.
Amazon has a Capri for $40 20-200 in/lb. Calibration cert, not in stock, good reviews.
Divide by 12 for ft/lb.
Under 20 ft/lb 1/4 in...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-17-2015, 09:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,021
Posted By ctfz1

Possibly previous and latest oil are not compatible. Drain warm, refill, check later.
Forum: Old's Cool 03-17-2015, 04:51 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 14,546
Posted By ctfz1

One of my riding buddies bought a Ducati 250? about mid 60's, rode in front of a 305 at night, and it drowned his feeble headlight. Traded the Ducati in for a Superhawk, I believe.
At Ghosties, if...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-14-2015, 11:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 806
Posted By ctfz1

Parts are definitely not interchangeable. Very different motors.
Forum: Old's Cool 03-14-2015, 09:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 806
Posted By ctfz1
back when

I brought an 83 leftover which was a great size and fit. I changed the fork springs and shocks, and made it a commuter mini tourer with a Vetter Quicksilver fairing and Krauser Starlet bags.
Forum: Old's Cool 03-03-2015, 09:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 971
Posted By ctfz1

In the long ago I rode a 66 Triumph for a while, was the right size and weight for a good back road bike.
Riding buddy had an 80 GS 450, worked well enough.
A GS 500 or Virago 600 (chain drive, I...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-02-2015, 12:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 971
Posted By ctfz1
how far off will you go

There are a number of cruiser 500-750 or so V twins. Do not know how they compare with vintage power or engine size. I think a 500 air cooled vertical twin might be a fun ride. Virago 600 conversion...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-02-2015, 12:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,297
Posted By ctfz1

Forum: Road warriors 02-23-2015, 08:25 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,219
Posted By ctfz1

My riding buddy (80 in March) has over 40k miles on his raised handle bar one.
One of his favorite all time bikes though he may switch soon. He likes to change bikes every few years or after they...
Forum: Road warriors 02-23-2015, 08:05 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,854
Posted By ctfz1

The motorcycle you like/enjoy is about feel. It is why marketing is more than eye candy or performance.
I know what I enjoy where, trying to balance current interests in one bike, making it best...
Forum: Road warriors 02-22-2015, 02:33 PM
Replies: 2,580
Views: 302,390
Posted By ctfz1
Vulcan 650

I haven't read all of the thread, but about half.
The Kawasaki Vulcan 650 twin with fit you ergonomics seems a much more appealing bike in this class. Except for not being a V-twin or HD.
On the...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 02-15-2015, 10:38 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,136
Posted By ctfz1
ears location

Do you want to hear the sound or share with everyone? Perhaps there could be a design that put the muffler where the gas tank usually is?
Forum: Some Assembly Required 02-15-2015, 08:05 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 10,675
Posted By ctfz1

Rock guard for headlight? Turn horn 45 degrees down to help minimize water mud entry and drain better?
Forum: Old's Cool 02-15-2015, 07:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,544
Posted By ctfz1

My feeling is Kaw 650 Versys Suz DL650 Vstrom would be the place to start. Upgrade suspension etc as needed.
More dirt orientation gets expensive. I see write ups of several KTMs.
Not at all...
Forum: Old's Cool 02-06-2015, 11:07 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 339
Posted By ctfz1

Looking around the web for answers, the 79 CB/CM400T motor is 5 speed kickstart and parts can be changed over.
However you lose 6th gear, as this replaced kickstart mechanism.
These bikes jump...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-21-2015, 04:17 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,677
Posted By ctfz1
Forum: Old's Cool 01-14-2015, 07:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,817
Posted By ctfz1

Remember reading (and wanting) a Lemans in the long ago. Great bike.
I like "your" mods. Never warmed to the linked brakes on test rides.

One reason was a penchant for exploring dirt roads....
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