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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Today, 09:56 AM
Replies: 4,388
Views: 464,211
Posted By Sparrowhawk
Harley continues to try to expand its universe of...

Harley continues to try to expand its universe of buyers with a new Roll Your Own advertising campaign. Move over fat, old, slow baldies and pirates. Harley is pumping a little excitement into the...
Forum: Road warriors 03-03-2015, 10:53 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,974
Posted By Sparrowhawk
If you are interested in fun find a used...

If you are interested in fun find a used Hyperstrada. All the fun the Yami lacks.
Forum: Road warriors 03-03-2015, 10:47 PM
Replies: 9,402
Views: 1,564,013
Posted By Sparrowhawk
Me too except I want the Hyperstrada. Same crazy...

Me too except I want the Hyperstrada. Same crazy factor but made to travel. There is nothing else like it. Everything else is naked or fat-assed 1200+ cc, 600+ pound sport-touring. The FJ-09...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-03-2015, 10:36 PM
Replies: 349
Views: 27,029
Posted By Sparrowhawk
Which JD kit you running? Have you installed a...

Which JD kit you running? Have you installed a Power Commander? When do you plan to invest the $2,000 for the Akrapovic exhaust system to boost power?

That's all in jest to highlight the $$...
Forum: Thumpers 02-25-2015, 11:19 PM
Replies: 6,783
Views: 1,234,144
Posted By Sparrowhawk
Detonation is only one theory of the cause. ...

Detonation is only one theory of the cause. Maybe true, maybe not. Did you hear any sounds at any rpm, or at high engine heat, (ping, knock, etc.) that would support detonation as a cause?
Forum: Road warriors 02-25-2015, 11:08 PM
Replies: 533
Views: 77,505
Posted By Sparrowhawk
True that. It is especially difficult if you...

True that. It is especially difficult if you tend to ignore the lines between artificial marketing pigeon holes and just focus on what a motorcycle is capable of and how it performs. The options...
Forum: Road warriors 02-25-2015, 06:18 PM
Replies: 533
Views: 77,505
Posted By Sparrowhawk
I went and took a look and sit on the R1200R...

I went and took a look and sit on the R1200R yesterday. I like the seating position of the R and can't wait to check out the RS. Just enough forward lean to counteract wind at higher speeds. The R...
Forum: Racing 02-25-2015, 05:53 PM
Replies: 5,800
Views: 719,594
Posted By Sparrowhawk
I believe that guarentee/responsibility to supply...

I believe that guarentee/responsibility to supply spares for ten years fell on the previous owner, BMW, not KTM.

It's hard to see the advantage for Pierer Ind. AG to buy Gas Gas, unless ... ...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-22-2015, 09:39 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 10,806
Posted By Sparrowhawk
Sorry to be so obtuse. Just agreeing to some...

Sorry to be so obtuse. Just agreeing to some degree with SP's statement in the interview. I simply don't believe a rider can make full use of 200 HP on public roads.

Open the throttle at any...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-22-2015, 12:19 AM
Replies: 184
Views: 10,806
Posted By Sparrowhawk
Offer still stands. No nanny electronic...

Offer still stands. No nanny electronic governors to cut power. 200 BHP WFO. S1000RR, Panigale 1299, wherever. Give any bike unregulated 200 horsepower at street legal speeds. I will hold your...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-21-2015, 03:25 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 10,806
Posted By Sparrowhawk
Because, if you turn on the electronic controls...

Because, if you turn on the electronic controls you will not experience the full 200 HP (-15% from powertrain loss). Have some faith man. Your equations clearly show everything will be just fine. ...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-21-2015, 10:11 AM
Replies: 184
Views: 10,806
Posted By Sparrowhawk
I'm not sure I am buying into your interpretation...

I'm not sure I am buying into your interpretation of how all the formulas apply so I'll propose a simple experiment instead.

You be the grown man, OK? Hop on a S1000RR, turn off traction...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 02-20-2015, 09:54 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,051
Posted By Sparrowhawk
Actually, I have not confirmed that, just...

Actually, I have not confirmed that, just assuming it will be available again this year. I will try to find out.
Forum: Battle scooters 02-20-2015, 05:46 PM
Replies: 1,405
Views: 259,197
Posted By Sparrowhawk
As someone who grew up terrorizing vacant lots...

As someone who grew up terrorizing vacant lots and blasting through the woods on a CT-70, I am wondering if anyone has taken a Grom off road? Seems like with some suspension work, maybe some Kenda...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 02-20-2015, 03:15 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,051
Posted By Sparrowhawk
Sad to hear it. Hope you can find the time early...

Sad to hear it. Hope you can find the time early summer to ride the north part of the Utah route. No dates set until we can figure out when the snow will be cleared but I'm guessing sometime in...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-20-2015, 02:36 PM
Replies: 211
Views: 15,640
Posted By Sparrowhawk
I liked the bit about using a Coors beer can to...

I liked the bit about using a Coors beer can to make a shim.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-20-2015, 01:44 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 10,806
Posted By Sparrowhawk
I read it a little differently. He states that...

I read it a little differently. He states that it is impossible to argue that a Superbike with 200+ hp belongs on the street and doesn't have a place on public roads. I'll certainly support a...
Forum: Road warriors 02-17-2015, 05:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 862
Posted By Sparrowhawk
Ducati significantly extended valve service...

Ducati significantly extended valve service intervals with the Testastretta engines over the water cooled L-Twin. Buyers of the new Scrambler with the even older air cooled L-Twin are in for a nasty...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-17-2015, 12:27 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,254
Posted By Sparrowhawk
How your front wheel is positioned matters also. ...

How your front wheel is positioned matters also. Turn the front wheel towards the ground and you move the fulcrum up towards the center of mass, making the lift easier.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-14-2015, 07:55 PM
Replies: 4,388
Views: 464,211
Posted By Sparrowhawk
Doesn't play.

Doesn't play.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-12-2015, 06:20 PM
Replies: 4,388
Views: 464,211
Posted By Sparrowhawk
It is always like the old joke with Harleys. If...

It is always like the old joke with Harleys. If you want to make any statement funny just add "in bed." If you want to praise the performance of a Harley you have to qualify it with "for a Harley."...
Forum: Trip Planning 02-12-2015, 01:50 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,782
Posted By Sparrowhawk
To each his own but with thoughtful gear...

To each his own but with thoughtful gear purchases and packing you could be self supported for more than a week with just the panniers, unless you mean you carry seven days worth of food and ten...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-12-2015, 09:37 AM
Replies: 4,388
Views: 464,211
Posted By Sparrowhawk
Most Harleys have good enough brakes. Stopping...

Most Harleys have good enough brakes. Stopping distances are average for cruisers. Some Harleys (Streets) have substandard brakes. Harley resurrected more than just the look of the XLCR with the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-11-2015, 10:44 PM
Replies: 4,388
Views: 464,211
Posted By Sparrowhawk
Not really. Modern OHC designs are about the...

Not really. Modern OHC designs are about the same height as rocker arms for pushrods. Ducati, KTM, and BMW twins run OHC designs without tall heads.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-11-2015, 11:43 AM
Replies: 4,388
Views: 464,211
Posted By Sparrowhawk
That's true. Since the Revolution-X last summer,...

That's true. Since the Revolution-X last summer, Harley has not come out with a new engine for several months now. :D

The latest and greatest engine from Ducati, the Superquadro, is three years...
Forum: Trip Planning 02-10-2015, 11:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,782
Posted By Sparrowhawk
One benefit of the GiantLoop Coyote is that it...

One benefit of the GiantLoop Coyote is that it doesn't hold tons of stuff. It encourages you to pack more thoughtfully, therefore, traveling lighter. One of the laws of adventure riding is that you...
Forum: Trip Planning 02-10-2015, 07:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,782
Posted By Sparrowhawk
When I went from a big duffle bag on the rack to...

When I went from a big duffle bag on the rack to a GiantLoop I found a VERY noticeable improvement in handling from both lowering and bringing the weight forward. The bike was also less impacted by...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-10-2015, 05:33 PM
Replies: 4,388
Views: 464,211
Posted By Sparrowhawk
In a surprise press release...

In a surprise press release (http://www.harley-davidson.com/content/h-d/en_US/home/events/press-release/general/2015/news12.html?year=recent&source=company) last week, Harley-Davidson announced that...
Forum: Thumpers 02-08-2015, 10:26 PM
Replies: 6,783
Views: 1,234,144
Posted By Sparrowhawk
The repair manual I have (posted below) is a...

The repair manual I have (posted below) is a little short on detail. The only other check on the charging system is testing the capacitor with the battery and an inline test light (light goes out...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-08-2015, 11:41 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 8,307
Posted By Sparrowhawk
Not sure where you are located (Tapatalk) but...

Not sure where you are located (Tapatalk) but don't be surprised if you find off road to be more fun than riding on any road (dirt or paved). You will get used to not being able to flat foot if you...
Forum: Road warriors 02-07-2015, 10:05 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 7,504
Posted By Sparrowhawk
No such thing as a dual sport (street legal dirt...

No such thing as a dual sport (street legal dirt bike) with a shaft. Adventure bike sure. Dual sport, no way. A dual sport is a KTM EXC. Maybe a Yamaha WRR, Kawasaki KLX, or KTM 690 at the top. ...
Forum: Thumpers 02-06-2015, 06:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,764
Posted By Sparrowhawk
An MRA Road Shield from Twisted Throttle works...

An MRA Road Shield from Twisted Throttle works well on any dirt bike and comes off on seconds by loosening a couple of screws.
Forum: Thumpers 02-06-2015, 02:23 PM
Replies: 6,783
Views: 1,234,144
Posted By Sparrowhawk
I am trouble shooting a low charge voltage ...

I am trouble shooting a low charge voltage (~13.3 @ 5,000 rpm) on my '00 640E. The battery is good.

It is a simple system with the generator, regulator-rectifier, capacitor, and connecting...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-06-2015, 09:25 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 6,470
Posted By Sparrowhawk
I will have to disagree because I have been doing...

I will have to disagree because I have been doing this for over ten years now. That doesn't mean you don't have to make compromises.

First, you have to give up the comfy couch provided by a...
Forum: Road warriors 02-04-2015, 08:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 804
Posted By Sparrowhawk
I chose the hybrid route. Some tools from the...

I chose the hybrid route. Some tools from the OEM kit with select additions. I went all over the bike and figured out all the tasks that might come up. With these few tools I can (and do) perform...
Forum: Vendors 01-31-2015, 12:07 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 9,124
Posted By Sparrowhawk
I am not sure if I missed the boat or not but I...

I am not sure if I missed the boat or not but I will purchase one if possible.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-27-2015, 10:18 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,897
Posted By Sparrowhawk
I reduced my personal carbon footprint by letting...

I reduced my personal carbon footprint by letting my wife mow the lawn.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-27-2015, 11:31 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,897
Posted By Sparrowhawk
Actually, I believe what you are advocating for...

Actually, I believe what you are advocating for is exactly the way it works. EPA puts limits on CO, hydrocarbons, NOx, particulates, etc., provides test methods for manufacturers to demonstrate they...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-27-2015, 11:21 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,897
Posted By Sparrowhawk
There are certainly many factors to consider if...

There are certainly many factors to consider if you start trying to look at it as a lifecycle analysis, especially since impacts may occur over various continents. With fuel economies of many cars...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-26-2015, 02:31 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,897
Posted By Sparrowhawk
I sympathize with your rage, and share it to a...

I sympathize with your rage, and share it to a degree, but it really boils down to balancing your inconvenience and expense with other people's ability to live and breathe. Pollution events kill...
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