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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-23-2015, 06:29 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 7,489
Posted By Bud Tugly
Lots of great info mixed with a bit of mythology...

Lots of great info mixed with a bit of mythology in this thread. Here's my overview:

With no valve gear, two stokes are inherently lighter and have a lower cg than four strokes and with twice...
Forum: Old's Cool 02-16-2015, 01:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,194
Posted By Bud Tugly
I also had a C110 as my first vehicle in black...

I also had a C110 as my first vehicle in black and my first car was a '57 Chevy. I rode that little bike everywhere including a 1200 mile trip around Lake Superior.
Forum: 2 smokers 01-27-2015, 09:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,918
Posted By Bud Tugly
I had the 1972 version (which for some reason was...

I had the 1972 version (which for some reason was called the DS7). It was very fast for a 250 with a top speed of 90+mph and was considered to be a good-handling bike at the time. It was a lot of...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-23-2014, 01:53 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 8,219
Posted By Bud Tugly
There are several reasons why dirt bikes use a...

There are several reasons why dirt bikes use a larger but skinnier front tire than road models. The larger wheel rolls over obstacles easier as others have already mentioned. It also generates more...
Forum: Day Trippin' 11-11-2014, 01:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 860
Posted By Bud Tugly
Epic ride! You, sir, have true grit and I salute...

Epic ride! You, sir, have true grit and I salute you. The part of the UP of Michigan I'm from is due to get as much as 20" of snow from this storm.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-08-2014, 11:31 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 12,716
Posted By Bud Tugly
No doubt but that water cooling, fuel injection,...

No doubt but that water cooling, fuel injection, and computerized ignition improve the efficiency and power of bikes, but they also add weight and complexity. That's fine for highway cruising, but...
Forum: Battle scooters 10-06-2014, 05:46 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 18,314
Posted By Bud Tugly
The force that allows 2-wheeled vehicles to stay...

The force that allows 2-wheeled vehicles to stay upright is technically angular momentum. It's a product of rotating mass, wheel size, and angular velocity. It's also known as the "gyroscopic effect"...
Forum: 2 smokers 05-22-2014, 11:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,657
Posted By Bud Tugly
Their biggest distinction was that leading-link...

Their biggest distinction was that leading-link front suspension. Under hard use of the front brake the front end would actually rise rather than dive like "normal" telescoping forks. I never owned...
Forum: 2 smokers 03-23-2014, 09:51 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,703
Posted By Bud Tugly
I had a KE125 that I used for commuting back in...

I had a KE125 that I used for commuting back in the 1970's (mine was actually called a KS125 but it was identical to the later KE's). I had a 30 mile round trip ride on secondary roads where I ran...
Forum: 2 smokers 03-20-2014, 12:04 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,821
Posted By Bud Tugly
I had the 1972 version and it appeared to be...

I had the 1972 version and it appeared to be identical except for the paint scheme. It was a lot of fun on curvy back roads and will make a nice commuter. Looks like you've got great advice here...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-09-2014, 08:17 AM
Replies: 401
Views: 22,805
Posted By Bud Tugly
Some folks like big power in a bike because it...

Some folks like big power in a bike because it makes for relaxed freeway cruising with plenty of reserve and some love to wring big bikes out on the track, but there is no way to ride one at anything...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-09-2014, 01:21 AM
Replies: 401
Views: 22,805
Posted By Bud Tugly
Massive power in the hands of a skilled and...

Massive power in the hands of a skilled and experienced rider is one thing, but put that in the hands of a new rider and we all know there will likely be trouble. Besides sudden death or huge...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-07-2014, 11:49 AM
Replies: 401
Views: 22,805
Posted By Bud Tugly
So much of this depends on where you ride, and...

So much of this depends on where you ride, and that's why we'll never all agree. If you live where there's a lot of high speed multi-lane roads and your off-roading consists of mostly gravel roads...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-05-2014, 01:34 PM
Replies: 401
Views: 22,805
Posted By Bud Tugly
Back in the 70's I had a 125 Kawasaki that topped...

Back in the 70's I had a 125 Kawasaki that topped out at a little over 70mph and I rode at 60mph commuting on 2-lane roads. Later I had a 250 Yamaha twin that would hit 90mph and could cruise all...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-03-2014, 11:51 PM
Replies: 401
Views: 22,805
Posted By Bud Tugly
My definition of the ideal adventure bike would...

My definition of the ideal adventure bike would be the smallest bike (in weight and power) that can safely keep up with traffic on the fastest road you plan to travel on. Obviously the answer will...
Forum: Americas 01-31-2014, 04:42 PM
Replies: 205
Views: 13,699
Posted By Bud Tugly
Back when I was still in my teens I rode a 50cc...

Back when I was still in my teens I rode a 50cc Honda around Lake Superior. My top speed was only 45mph and I slowed to 25 or less on the steepest grades but made the entire 1200 miles in great...
Forum: 2 smokers 01-20-2014, 01:15 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,062
Posted By Bud Tugly
Never owned one of these but I had the Kawasaki...

Never owned one of these but I had the Kawasaki equivalent (1974 KS125) and it topped out at just over 70 indicated. I used it on a 30 mile highway commute and ran it at 55-60 mph all the way with...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-07-2014, 12:26 PM
Replies: 210
Views: 15,005
Posted By Bud Tugly
Great book! I read it many years ago and it gave...

Great book! I read it many years ago and it gave me the gumption to make a career change which gave me less money but much more satisfaction since I had far more time to do the things that were...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 12-09-2013, 11:43 PM
Replies: 204
Views: 75,691
Posted By Bud Tugly
And in 1974 bought one of these and had tons of...

And in 1974 bought one of these and had tons of fun playing in the woods with it:

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Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 12-09-2013, 11:25 PM
Replies: 204
Views: 75,691
Posted By Bud Tugly
This is a 1965 Bultaco Campera 175 that I rode in...

This is a 1965 Bultaco Campera 175 that I rode in several actual enduroes way back then. I always thought the Japanese based their enduro models of the late 60's on these Spanish and other European...
Forum: 2 smokers 10-20-2013, 02:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,096
Posted By Bud Tugly
Anybody remember Ed Herfelder?

He wrote an absolutely hilarious column for Cycle Magazine called "The Duct Tapes" all about the foibles of enduro riding many moons ago. As I recall he rode a Bultaco Matador and he's the guy I...
Forum: 2 smokers 10-20-2013, 02:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,316
Posted By Bud Tugly
"Super Hunky" is a legend! I had a subscription...

"Super Hunky" is a legend! I had a subscription to Dirt Bike Magazine back when he was writing for them. He didn't mince words, and he'd tell you everything that was right and wrong about a bike in...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-19-2013, 10:24 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 21,820
Posted By Bud Tugly
I guess the Cub has to be #1 since so many of...

I guess the Cub has to be #1 since so many of them have been made, but their introduction just made the big boys smile since they were so tiny. When the mid-60's CB's came out it proved Japan could...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-13-2013, 05:44 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 21,820
Posted By Bud Tugly
A vote for the mid-1960's Honda CB250/305 models...

A vote for the mid-1960's Honda CB250/305 models as the bikes that ushered in the Japanese revolution and led to the demise of the entire British motorcycle industry. They started easily, didn't...
Forum: 2 smokers 07-20-2013, 09:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,993
Posted By Bud Tugly
No experience with the Suzuki, but I had a 1974...

No experience with the Suzuki, but I had a 1974 KS125 Kawasaki enduro that I used to run at 55-60 mph while commuting 30 miles to school years ago. It held up to it just fine, even with standard...
Forum: 2 smokers 06-23-2013, 02:35 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 9,133
Posted By Bud Tugly
Depends on your definition of "touring". For...

Depends on your definition of "touring". For interstate highways I'd go with the Suzuki 500 Titan. Basically 2/3 of a Water Buffalo with plenty of power for anything.

If you can stick to 2...
Forum: Day Trippin' 05-28-2013, 01:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,314
Posted By Bud Tugly
Nice pictures and all but I gotta correct you on...

Nice pictures and all but I gotta correct you on one point. Manistee and Cadillac are in SOUTHWEST Michigan from my perspective, not northern. More than half of the land area of the state are north...
Forum: Old's Cool 02-20-2013, 08:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,577
Posted By Bud Tugly
Regarding the questions posed by the OP, the...

Regarding the questions posed by the OP, the CL350 is capable of sustained cruising at 60-70 mph and traveling on mild off-road like gravel and dirt roads but it's not for rough single track. ...
Forum: Thumpers 01-15-2013, 11:29 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 7,611
Posted By Bud Tugly
Excellent thread, and many good points made on...

Excellent thread, and many good points made on both sides of the issue. Hey, if you use a dual-purpose bike mostly on the street and rarely venture off-road other than a few rides down a smooth...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-14-2013, 01:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,406
Posted By Bud Tugly
The Brit singles and twins were major forces in...

The Brit singles and twins were major forces in road and dirt racing up through the early 60's but by the mid to late 60's they were getting routinely smoked by the European 2-stokes. Bultaco, CZ,...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-13-2013, 01:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,406
Posted By Bud Tugly
They were just about the slowest 250's on the...

They were just about the slowest 250's on the market in their day, so making one into some pseudo-racer is rather pathetic. The European and Japanese 2-stokes had already sounded a death knell to...
Forum: Road warriors 01-13-2013, 04:54 AM
Replies: 2,152
Views: 290,554
Posted By Bud Tugly
For better or worse, bikes are becoming more...

For better or worse, bikes are becoming more car-llike. Just push the magic button and away you go and it runs reliably for many thousands of miles with nothing more than routine maintenence. Fuel...
Forum: Road warriors 01-12-2013, 12:43 AM
Replies: 2,152
Views: 290,554
Posted By Bud Tugly
It's cool to see the 250-500cc segment starting...

It's cool to see the 250-500cc segment starting to fill back in with new models. This was once a very popular size of bike and has been neglected for a while.

These bikes, in both on and off...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-08-2013, 08:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,815
Posted By Bud Tugly
I had a CT90 back in the 70's and it worked great...

I had a CT90 back in the 70's and it worked great for exploring out by the cabin. Problem is that it would have to be plated to be legal to drive into the village and then the drivers would all have...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-07-2013, 02:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,815
Posted By Bud Tugly
There are an awful lot of 2-track back roads...

There are an awful lot of 2-track back roads around there, and I think a conventional 2-wheeler would work better on them.
Forum: Battle scooters 01-07-2013, 01:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,815
Posted By Bud Tugly
Scooter for my cabin

I have a cabin on a remote lake in the middle of Michigan's Upper Peninsula and am thinking of getting a scooter to keep out there. The cabin is 12 miles from a tiny village that has a bar and a gas...
Forum: Ride reports 12-28-2012, 10:37 AM
Replies: 655
Views: 383,808
Posted By Bud Tugly
Great adventure, Raphael! I did something...

Great adventure, Raphael! I did something similar 45 years ago when I was 16 on a Honda 50, although my trip was only 1200 miles. Here's a link to the report:
...
Forum: Thumpers 10-30-2012, 09:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 627
Posted By Bud Tugly
Cool little bike. I had a 1974 model KS 125 and...

Cool little bike. I had a 1974 model KS 125 and the rotary valve engine put out a nice wide torque range for a 2-stroke. You may be surprised how capable they are, especially on tight woods trails.
Forum: Thumpers 10-24-2012, 05:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,807
Posted By Bud Tugly
Unless you're dead set on getting a Yamaha, there...

Unless you're dead set on getting a Yamaha, there are two other bikes in the 250 class you might want to consider. Kawasaki makes the KLX250, which has a carburetor and is water cooled with...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-23-2012, 05:29 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 18,803
Posted By Bud Tugly
My vote is for the Swiss army knife of...

My vote is for the Swiss army knife of motorcycles - the DR650. It can do everything from tight single track to RTW trips and is simple and extremely reliable. It's far from the best bike at...
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