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Forum: Old's Cool 04-14-2015, 06:48 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,737
Posted By chazbird
Had a '87 Cagiva Alaruzza SS (Bluebird) 650cc...

Had a '87 Cagiva Alaruzza SS (Bluebird) 650cc Ducati 2 valve, air cooled, wet clutch, engine. Sort of like a VFR. Very comfy, taut, well built, - no so fast, wooden brakes, longish wheel base,...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-14-2015, 06:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 903
Posted By chazbird
No mileage stated, but I would ask $1200. But I...

No mileage stated, but I would ask $1200. But I would pay no more than $800. You'll easily get the $1200 if you wait long enough, and you are in the right part of the country for such prices.
Forum: Road warriors 04-11-2015, 03:30 PM
Replies: 3,746
Views: 1,022,871
Posted By chazbird
Agree on the R1100S - they are truly marvelous...

Agree on the R1100S - they are truly marvelous works of sculpture. Especially in person. Certain paint schemes make it even better, like silver, slate gray, or that slightly orangish yellow. IMO,...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-05-2015, 11:43 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,442
Posted By chazbird
I figure my riding styles and riding environments...

I figure my riding styles and riding environments are stable:

Some of the average mpg's of similar bikes in this discussion that I have owned:

KLR - 52 mpg
BV250 (carb) 68 mpg. (the injected...
Forum: Road warriors 03-29-2015, 10:01 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 14,675
Posted By chazbird
Had two SR's, (500's) one back in the day, and...

Had two SR's, (500's) one back in the day, and one relatively recently. I was not as enamored the second time around. I asked my friend at the Yamaha shop if the SR400 was more refined than the 500...
Forum: Road warriors 03-29-2015, 09:50 PM
Replies: 3,746
Views: 1,022,871
Posted By chazbird
Nighthawk 700 S is the all time low maintenance...

Nighthawk 700 S is the all time low maintenance bike. That's a number one in some sort of category, at least to me.
Forum: Road warriors 03-29-2015, 12:14 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 7,666
Posted By chazbird
Early Duke I rode came straight out of a Sherman...

Early Duke I rode came straight out of a Sherman Williams store.
Forum: Road warriors 03-28-2015, 06:00 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 7,666
Posted By chazbird
Sounds very cool....definitely not a "commuter...

Sounds very cool....definitely not a "commuter drone". Inner voice of reason: is 140-160 mi enough range? That's three fill ups a week...and a there-back-there gas interval. Sorry, guess I am...
Forum: Road warriors 03-28-2015, 03:03 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 7,666
Posted By chazbird
The KTM 690 R Enduro. Does it have ABS? Thought...

The KTM 690 R Enduro. Does it have ABS? Thought that was a must have.
It would be fun in the city. And as "fun" as 101 is, fun on that too. In my opinion, during any commute time 101 (which is a 75%...
Forum: Road warriors 03-28-2015, 08:46 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,915
Posted By chazbird
That's interesting about the F1 helmet. A few...

That's interesting about the F1 helmet. A few weeks ago I was given a ear protector headset, the type for chainsaw use, etc. I thought why doesn't a helmet manufacturer incorporate that into a full...
Forum: Road warriors 03-28-2015, 08:33 AM
Replies: 985
Views: 206,584
Posted By chazbird
This why they have test rides (30 mile demo...

This why they have test rides (30 mile demo ride): 1999 Laverda 750S. Nice, chassis, brakes, reasonably light. The engine, an underpowered parallel twin, felt and sounded like the proverbial 1970...
Forum: Road warriors 03-27-2015, 06:09 PM
Replies: 985
Views: 206,584
Posted By chazbird
^^^Was this Victor for sale in Pismo Beach in...

^^^Was this Victor for sale in Pismo Beach in 1982? That's the exact same scenario as what happened to me, no start, no ride, no buy. As I recall; '69 BSA 441, $900.
Forum: Road warriors 03-27-2015, 02:42 PM
Replies: 985
Views: 206,584
Posted By chazbird
^^^^ BSA Victor 441. Test ride: Beat the shit out...

^^^^ BSA Victor 441. Test ride: Beat the shit out me trying to start it the first, and only, time.
Forum: Road warriors 03-27-2015, 11:53 AM
Replies: 985
Views: 206,584
Posted By chazbird
Ducati Monster S4R

I was able to ride my friends then new Monster S4R for about a week in Italy. That was fun of course. But, the engine didn't pull clean from below 3000 rpm, empty of power and torque, and juddering...
Forum: Road warriors 03-25-2015, 10:14 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 7,666
Posted By chazbird
But Larry Boy's commute was Sacramento to...

But Larry Boy's commute was Sacramento to Berkeley, was it not? It's in N. Cal, sure, but way different geography, much more engine straining winds, and when traffic opens up on I 80 everyone is...
Forum: Road warriors 03-25-2015, 08:21 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 7,666
Posted By chazbird
This commute is 20,000 miles a year. I'd...

This commute is 20,000 miles a year. I'd conservatively say 1/4 of it would be lane splitting. (I've had days when its much more). That's 5000 miles a year lane splitting alone. (166 hours a year...
Forum: Road warriors 03-24-2015, 02:29 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 7,666
Posted By chazbird
Pulling rank here, you can diss me later in the...

Pulling rank here, you can diss me later in the non-comm bar....

Did this commute for 14 years, on the train, bicycle, the bicycle and the train, and an awful lot on a bike.

You want just about...
Forum: Road warriors 03-23-2015, 01:06 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 43,074
Posted By chazbird
I was helping my friend "upgrade" from her...

I was helping my friend "upgrade" from her classic Ninja 250 to a new CB300F this past weekend. While she test rode and haggled I pondered all the Honda's, Suzuki's, and Kawasaki's on the floor. The...
Forum: Road warriors 03-23-2015, 12:17 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 7,666
Posted By chazbird
As much as I hated my KLR it would be a fine...

As much as I hated my KLR it would be a fine commute from hell bike. Sit way up high, tons of fuel capacity, OK fuel mileage, not horrible to ride up to 70 mph (after that it's torture), 45 mins or...
Forum: Road warriors 03-23-2015, 08:48 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 7,666
Posted By chazbird
Sounds like your workplace is a bit backwards as...

Sounds like your workplace is a bit backwards as far as charging. Bummer.

I also did a Oakland San Jose commute for a bit - on a Piaggio BV250. It was nearly perfect for that...except for the few...
Forum: Road warriors 03-23-2015, 07:53 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 7,666
Posted By chazbird
....Or, how about something completely different?...

....Or, how about something completely different?

Zero S or Zero SR with 'power tank". (I started a Zero SR thread about a week ago if you want the details....)

Short summary: Excellent bikes,...
Forum: Road warriors 03-22-2015, 09:55 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 7,666
Posted By chazbird
I look at the sig line locations where a lot of...

I look at the sig line locations where a lot of these suggestions are coming from. I don't think they have any idea what the SF to Santa Clara commute is like. It F'ing sucks and even with the Google...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-22-2015, 08:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,145
Posted By chazbird
How about combining the two planned rides? While...

How about combining the two planned rides? While I don't know where you are starting from you can start the tour part in Glacier, cross into northern Idaho, head into the Okanogan (sp?) in eastern...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-22-2015, 12:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,145
Posted By chazbird
Another PCH tip: in the late spring and summer...

Another PCH tip: in the late spring and summer the mornings and early afternoons are usually calm, whether there is fog or not. But after 2 PM, if you are along the coast (0-5 miles) and fog has...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-22-2015, 09:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,145
Posted By chazbird
That's a good time of the year to go up highway...

That's a good time of the year to go up highway one. Good choice starting in Santa Barbara - anything south of that is pretty urban and not so much fun.

The serious fog season doesn't start until...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-17-2015, 06:42 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,526
Posted By chazbird
My friends Symba got knocked over one night and...

My friends Symba got knocked over one night and all the gas drained, most of it into the crank case. Where do you get a manual petcock? Is there a Sym kit? I am not sure where a good place to locate...
Forum: Road warriors 03-16-2015, 09:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,598
Posted By chazbird
My friend whom I did the demo ride with, she...

My friend whom I did the demo ride with, she riding the Zero S, is now determined to buy one, probably within a year. She's a fit 65 year old! I got her started on scooters about 6 years ago and then...
Forum: Road warriors 03-15-2015, 08:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,598
Posted By chazbird
Good that other e-bike owners, or ones who've...

Good that other e-bike owners, or ones who've ridden them, have chimed in. I went to sleep last night thinking about my Zero SR ride and spent some of the day pondering the experience and the bike....
Forum: Road warriors 03-15-2015, 02:58 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,598
Posted By chazbird
Maybe a Zero could qualify for ultra minimalist...

Maybe a Zero could qualify for ultra minimalist touring. Get up late, lounge, do a leisurely 100 miles a day, find (or have planned) a nice campground where you could plug it in, lounge around, go...
Forum: Road warriors 03-15-2015, 12:46 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,598
Posted By chazbird
Correction: the SR doesn't have Brembo brakes.

Correction: the SR doesn't have Brembo brakes.
Forum: Road warriors 03-15-2015, 10:04 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,598
Posted By chazbird
I was thinking about the Zero's "custom mode"....

I was thinking about the Zero's "custom mode". They didn't say much about it. I wonder if it can be programmed for higher top speed, or even more (insane) roll on performance, trading battery charge...
Forum: Road warriors 03-14-2015, 09:37 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,598
Posted By chazbird
Zero SR

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Forum: Old's Cool 03-12-2015, 03:05 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,360
Posted By chazbird
Owned 7 Yamaha's and 1 Norton. I had one coil go...

Owned 7 Yamaha's and 1 Norton. I had one coil go bad on one of the Yamaha - I limped home. The Norton? Sometimes I couldn't even get out of the driveway. Norton's are lovely, sure, and there's no...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-11-2015, 12:56 PM
Replies: 2,695
Views: 399,108
Posted By chazbird
http://images.craigslist.org/00v0v_d0RrnXgj4a0_600...

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Forum: Old's Cool 03-11-2015, 12:38 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,360
Posted By chazbird
Nice find and beautiful bike. The ad slogan for...

Nice find and beautiful bike. The ad slogan for Yamaha that year was "It's a Better Machine". Norton ads of the same era did not make such claims, relying on baser instincts.
Forum: Battle scooters 03-11-2015, 10:03 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,526
Posted By chazbird
There's a 2010 Symba advertised near(ish) me. The...

There's a 2010 Symba advertised near(ish) me. The ad says it is "lightly used" with 40,000 miles. $1000.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-10-2015, 04:01 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,408
Posted By chazbird
Been into bikes awhile but my brother rode from...

Been into bikes awhile but my brother rode from California to Florida on a Suzuki X6 "hustler" 250 to watch the Apollo 11 launch in July 1969. Easy Rider was released while he was on the trip, with...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-03-2015, 08:36 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,352
Posted By chazbird
Everyone was correct about the splines. A K75 has...

Everyone was correct about the splines. A K75 has an inadequate shock and fork springs. Upgrading both makes it so much nicer.
Forum: Battle scooters 02-28-2015, 08:19 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 6,689
Posted By chazbird
Eyed and sat upon the new Tmax at the dealer...

Eyed and sat upon the new Tmax at the dealer today. Although is step through-ish and has under seat storage it is more motorcycle than scooter. Hybrid might be a better descriptor. For the same price...
Forum: Road warriors 02-20-2015, 06:55 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,803
Posted By chazbird
FJ1200. The big Suzuki's are pretty great, and...

FJ1200. The big Suzuki's are pretty great, and some have a shaft, but a FJ1200 hands down over them. Yes, it pulls like a freight train too, but it doesn't handle like one.
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