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Forum: 2 smokers 05-06-2015, 06:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 819
Posted By RayAlazzurra
Ignore synthetic

Unfortunately the word synthetic has become more of a marketing buzzword than a clue to the oil's best application. What is not BS is the rating system. Look for any low ash 2T oil that is good for...
Forum: Americas 04-17-2015, 06:00 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 8,183
Posted By RayAlazzurra
Correction

The passenger pegs are there, but they are mounted to the swinging arm therefore they do not make a good tie point for the giant loop.

Btw. Increasing speed from 50 mph to 65 mph means an...
Forum: Americas 04-16-2015, 06:46 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 8,183
Posted By RayAlazzurra
My worthless advice

Greetings:

I shall be following your thread and trip with great interest. I also own a stock KE-100 and have considered taking a long trip with it. My longest ride with the KE was about 300...
Forum: Americas 04-12-2015, 06:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 572
Posted By RayAlazzurra
Best camping website finder

Do any of you have a favorite website for finding camp sites?

The best I have found thus far is campingroadtrip.com

It seems to find the little city, county, and state parks that other sites...
Forum: 2 smokers 04-12-2015, 06:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 603
Posted By RayAlazzurra
300 miles

Oh btw. My KE-100 has consistently run over 300 miles per tank of 2T at cruise speeds between 35 and 50 mph. I use the autolube with the sync mark at the standard position. So If you leave home...
Forum: 2 smokers 04-12-2015, 06:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 603
Posted By RayAlazzurra
Jaso fd

Low ash 2 cycle is best since your engine runs very very hot. The ash is a high temp lubricant. JASO FD is the latest standard as far as I know. JASO FC and FB are fine. Avoid ashless outboard...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-09-2015, 05:30 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,792
Posted By RayAlazzurra
My favorite Cagiva

That Gran Canyon fuel pump looks a lot like the Aerovox pump in the 900SS which just happens to be the same as a Ford pickup. (about $80 retail) It can't be the same pump since the Gran Canyon has...
Forum: 2 smokers 04-07-2015, 07:19 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 15,088
Posted By RayAlazzurra
Suzukis rule

+2 on all of the above. The T-500/GT500 may have been the best 2 cycle traveler of all time. I'm no expert since the only 2 stroke I have is a KE100 that I've taken a few 150 to 300 mile day rides...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-15-2015, 02:44 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 5,920
Posted By RayAlazzurra
Cbr1100xx

Very smooth and comfortable for taller riders. Makes 100 mph feel like 55. Great brakes. Did well in the IBR a few years back.
Forum: The Garage 03-01-2015, 05:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,169
Posted By RayAlazzurra
Just long enough

I'm not keeping the bike forever, and I don't want to dump a bunch of money on it. In the past I've used the old wet sandpaper trick to polish the nicks and it sort of works. The last long trip I...
Forum: The Garage 02-24-2015, 03:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,169
Posted By RayAlazzurra
Fbf

I emailed FBF yesterday. I'll see what they say pricewise and advise. I still wonder why there are shops in UK that re-chrome, and few to none in USA? Perhaps because there is no British Frank the...
Forum: Thumpers 02-23-2015, 07:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 883
Posted By RayAlazzurra
close up?

Looks like a great and simple solution. Could you post a pic of where the crutch attaches to the bike? Also--What is the purpose of the hitch pin? Height adjustment? I'm assuming the side stand...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-23-2015, 05:15 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,488
Posted By RayAlazzurra
Some assembly required

I am sympathetic to the original poster's point of view. It is annoying as hell to spend good money on gear and have it fail right away. I can't use a drill worth a damn. I'm fine with a drill...
Forum: The Garage 02-22-2015, 04:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,169
Posted By RayAlazzurra
Fork rechroming replating and hydraulic cylinders

I have a couple of fork legs with about 140,000 miles on them. Bushings and seals have been replaced a few times and they are still serviceable, but they have a few tiny rock dings that tend to cut...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 06-08-2014, 08:48 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,062
Posted By RayAlazzurra
Nice place

Thanks to this thread we decided to stay at the Fish n' Fry last week. We spent a couple of nights in one of the camping cabins and had a wonderful trout dinner. Gary and Michelle run a nice place....
Forum: 2 smokers 05-31-2014, 05:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,568
Posted By RayAlazzurra
Base Gasket?

How does your base gasket look? Is it squished out from between the cases? I have replaced base gaskets in my KE100 about every 1000 miles. It seems that thermal cycles on this hot running little...
Forum: Thumpers 05-13-2014, 02:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,747
Posted By RayAlazzurra
Yamaha DT-175s still for sale

Kenya must be 2 stroke heaven right now. The DT-175 and 125 are still for sale there. I think the DT-175 design might be even older than the TS-185, but judging by the picture it has changed a bit...
Forum: Thumpers 05-13-2014, 02:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,747
Posted By RayAlazzurra
The champion is

It seems that the Enfield Bullet is the champion old soldier bike so far. Harely Sportsters have been in production forever too, but they have changed a great deal over the years. If the current...
Forum: Ride reports 05-12-2014, 08:43 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,815
Posted By RayAlazzurra
Can't wait

I'd love to hear more about your trip and the route you took. I've thought of taking a trip on my KE-100. The route planning gets challenging. I took a day trip one time on the KE100 and did not...
Forum: Thumpers 05-12-2014, 08:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,747
Posted By RayAlazzurra
Pantahs

Hey Brucifer:

Yep that's my bike, a 650SS Alazzurra. I don't think Pantahs qualify as old soldiers. You could make the case that all of the Monster and SS bikes are still Pantahs, but there have...
Forum: Thumpers 05-12-2014, 06:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,747
Posted By RayAlazzurra
Old soldiers

Good corrections. Forgotten is not the right word. Perhaps old soldier motorcycles is a better term. Some bikes seem to keep finding a purpose somewhere in the world for decades while other...
Forum: Thumpers 05-12-2014, 04:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,747
Posted By RayAlazzurra
The forgotten bikes thread

I recently learned that brand new Suzuki TS-185s are still sold in Kenya.

http://suzukikenya.com

I immediately thought of how Enfield Bullets were still made in India for at least a decade...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-07-2013, 04:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,061
Posted By RayAlazzurra
Thanks to all

The doctor thought it was odd also. The symptoms came on suddenly with no warning. I do put a lot of weight on my feet while riding--even on a street bike. I used to anyway... I was wearing...
Forum: Ride reports 01-06-2013, 05:11 PM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,287,941
Posted By RayAlazzurra
Stuff to do in a Yurt

Hi John:

If there is one thing I have learned from your trip reports it is that a huge pocketbook and a fancy bike are not necessary to have fun. The one thing that does seem necessary is an...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-06-2013, 04:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,061
Posted By RayAlazzurra
The agony of the feet

My feet still hurt this morning as a result of a mistake I made while riding back in mid-June. I did not even crash. The day was hot and I knew that when I left the Colorado rockies behind and...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-04-2013, 07:45 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 16,554
Posted By RayAlazzurra
1993 Honda Nighthawk

I'm not sure if it counts since it is a fairly modern engine with hydraulic valves, but my CB750 has about 136,000 miles so far. Still going strong with only routine maintenance. Somewhere I read a...
Forum: 2 smokers 01-03-2013, 11:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,347
Posted By RayAlazzurra
responses

I may try the coppercoat on a custom copper gasket. Or I may try some other material.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-01-2013, 11:27 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,640
Posted By RayAlazzurra
Trees and carbon

Thanks for the clarification. I read the idea about trees in an old Nat. Geo article about the carbon cycle. The author may have been mistaken. The idea was that trees could be harvested and...
Forum: 2 smokers 01-01-2013, 11:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,347
Posted By RayAlazzurra
Paper vs. copper vs.?

I should have been clear. The original gasket is paper. I was thinking of using copper? Don't know what other options might be. When I consider the cost of fresh nicasil, new piston and rings,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-31-2012, 06:49 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,640
Posted By RayAlazzurra
Carbon?

If we want to sequester carbon one of the best things we could do would be to clear cut all the old growth forest and use the wood in some type of permanent structures. Replace the old trees with...
Forum: 2 smokers 12-31-2012, 05:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,347
Posted By RayAlazzurra
2-stroke copper base gaskets--ke100?

A copper base gasket is probably a terrible idea for a 2 stroke. It would transfer more heat to the crankcase costing power, and it may not seal very well.

Even so I am considering having a...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-30-2012, 05:45 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,640
Posted By RayAlazzurra
Feelin' good.

There are a lot of variables here. Motorcycles certainly use less fuel than SUVs and pickups, yet they will always be seen as destructive. Erosion into streams, and leavings ruts behind gives...
Forum: Thumpers 12-30-2012, 10:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,069
Posted By RayAlazzurra
Suzuki EN-125

Mexico has several Chinese made bikes that fit the bill. I think you could still buy TS185 two strokes in Mexico until 2005 or so...

Here is the EN-125 four stroke....
Forum: 2 smokers 12-06-2012, 07:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,544
Posted By RayAlazzurra
Looks good to me

It looks like all the parts are there. I'd restore it to as close to original as possible. If your were missing a bunch of pieces the hours of ebay searching for parts would make think otherwise,...
Forum: Ride reports 11-28-2012, 03:04 PM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,287,941
Posted By RayAlazzurra
Mexican Plumbing?

Hi John and fellow lurkers:

I am wondering how the showers work at Alain's and the other hotels where you have been staying? I woke up this morning and tried to take a shower at the US chain...
Forum: Ride reports 11-25-2012, 08:21 AM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,287,941
Posted By RayAlazzurra
Tires and pumps?

Hey John, I thought you had a 12V mini-pump? Why the hand pump? I must say you are a brave man to tackle the mud pits with a nearly bald back tire. Or did you change it? I guess there are places...
Forum: Ride reports 11-12-2012, 05:38 PM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,287,941
Posted By RayAlazzurra
Knee draggin?

According to MikeMike you had a bit of fun!

Originally Posted by MikeMike
Hey Jimmy, John D did the "Jimmy Ride...slight return" today. Slight variation of the original because he rides the...
Forum: Ride reports 11-11-2012, 01:26 PM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,287,941
Posted By RayAlazzurra
Two questions?

1. Why not write for the magazine? You seem to be a natural.

2. Do you think the long marble tunnels on the road before the canyon might have been old railroad tunnels? Perhaps they went to...
Forum: Ride reports 11-07-2012, 04:48 PM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,287,941
Posted By RayAlazzurra
Living on the bike

This ride report just gets better every day. I have thought about living on a motorcycle for over twenty years, so it is very interesting to read about your solution. My wife also had the idea to...
Forum: Ride reports 10-26-2012, 07:01 PM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,287,941
Posted By RayAlazzurra
Stuff to do in a tent.

I have never spent days at a time as a motorcycle vagabond, but I have spent a lot of nights on the road. Old radio shows, e-books, and audio books are a great companion.

Here is a radio show...
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