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Forum: Old's Cool 03-01-2015, 04:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 345
Posted By Meriden
An acquaintance is a physician and cancer...

An acquaintance is a physician and cancer researcher. At a dinner party he mentioned that most of his patients don't smoke and haven't smoked in years, but most used to smoke or live with smokers....
Forum: Thumpers 02-25-2015, 04:27 AM
Replies: 7,621
Views: 1,216,902
Posted By Meriden
Thanks for the post. It's always interesting to...

Thanks for the post. It's always interesting to see formal studies on fuel issues.

I won't wade into the ethanol controversy, but one thing did catch my eye. According to Triumph Motorcycles "A...
Forum: Thumpers 02-23-2015, 11:12 AM
Replies: 7,621
Views: 1,216,902
Posted By Meriden
I'd agree that the X appears to give some support...

I'd agree that the X appears to give some support to the subframe. So far, 30K miles, I have not had any problem with the subframe. The past 10K miles has included the panel tank and a loaded Giant...
Forum: Thumpers 02-22-2015, 07:11 AM
Replies: 7,621
Views: 1,216,902
Posted By Meriden
For what it's worth, I'd prefer the X Tank over...

For what it's worth, I'd prefer the X Tank over the TT in most applications, but it has the same significant problem as the TT, price. When I finally decided to add an aux tank, the X was simply too...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 02-22-2015, 05:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 327
Posted By Meriden
The place to start is the county tax assessor /...

The place to start is the county tax assessor / collector's office. Be nice to them and patient, they are likely to work with you. Both of you may have to make the visit. This is really the seller's...
Forum: Old's Cool 02-19-2015, 12:23 PM
Replies: 2,284
Views: 332,198
Posted By Meriden
I remember those guys - just out of high school...

I remember those guys - just out of high school working two jobs to pay off their V6 Camaro Berlinettas while a handful of us were skipping debt and partying pretty hard while driving used pickups...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 02-19-2015, 02:35 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,483
Posted By Meriden
True, and he recently finished building a house...

True, and he recently finished building a house in the county. Lots of questions about that...


Anyway, I mentioned lane splitting to a colleague yesterday and she went simply ballistic on the...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 02-17-2015, 03:32 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,483
Posted By Meriden
Letters are only slightly more meaningful than...

Letters are only slightly more meaningful than forum posts and only slightly less valuable than a donation to the cause. Anyone who really wants to be heard, as an individual, has to start...
Forum: Old's Cool 02-15-2015, 05:07 AM
Replies: 2,284
Views: 332,198
Posted By Meriden
True. I have a corral surrounded by bent T-posts....

True. I have a corral surrounded by bent T-posts. I never understood why anyone would intentionally build a hardtail in the first place. But hey, I sold a DeSoto hemi to a teenager who wanted to put...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 02-13-2015, 10:07 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,483
Posted By Meriden
The statutes in Texas and California read almost...

The statutes in Texas and California read almost identically as they stand today. What is different is how the enforcing agency has made rules around the practice. Having a change in statutes...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 02-06-2015, 11:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 794
Posted By Meriden
Yep, welcome to Texas. And now for a 50...

Yep, welcome to Texas.

And now for a 50 degree jaunt to that shack outside La Grange.
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 02-06-2015, 10:30 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 794
Posted By Meriden
http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n547/Meriden71...

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n547/Meriden71/Temp.jpg

Taken a couple of weeks before the Bastrop Complex Fire.
Forum: Thumpers 02-02-2015, 08:36 AM
Replies: 7,621
Views: 1,216,902
Posted By Meriden
The front fender is the next thing to go on my...

The front fender is the next thing to go on my bike, but I'm not sure about the replacement yet. Besides the bits of dirt coming back from the front tire at speed, the reflection of the headlight on...
Forum: Thumpers 02-01-2015, 07:04 AM
Replies: 7,621
Views: 1,216,902
Posted By Meriden
My "long ride" tool kit handles most routine...

My "long ride" tool kit handles most routine maintenance and trail side repairs. When packed it's about the size of a front tube.
...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 01-30-2015, 04:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 681
Posted By Meriden
The law started out as a response to the death of...

The law started out as a response to the death of a young woman in a sport bike accident. Originally it included much stricter limits on what age riders could carry a pillion as well as the equipment...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 01-29-2015, 04:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 681
Posted By Meriden
The new rule starts in March, but all in all I...

The new rule starts in March, but all in all I agree with you. A little shopping to find the right inspector and no problem.
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 01-28-2015, 04:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 681
Posted By Meriden
I'd like to but I'm reading for an MBA (Yea at my...

I'd like to but I'm reading for an MBA (Yea at my age.) Maybe next year or I'll catch you on the trail in the mean time.

Now, for the upcoming penny per mile tax bill working it's way through the...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 01-28-2015, 01:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 728
Posted By Meriden
Looks like Texas is taxing mileage next.

Clearly they weren't thinking about plated dirt bikes when they wrote this one.

http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/84R/billtext/html/HB00151I.htm


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbWg-mozGsU
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 01-28-2015, 01:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 681
Posted By Meriden
Yup and that part has been in effect since...

Yup and that part has been in effect since September 2013. The new part is the bit covering foot pegs and hand holds (whatever that means) as part of inspection.

Tell your buddy on Orange howdy...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 01-25-2015, 10:35 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 794
Posted By Meriden
Just as hot, but not as humid... usually. The 4-5...

Just as hot, but not as humid... usually. The 4-5 inches of rain that the Hill Country gets in June comes in the form of a handful of late afternoon thunderstorms during the month that dump 1-2...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 01-21-2015, 02:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 375
Posted By Meriden
That's easy. Take the first route and go into...

That's easy. Take the first route and go into Austin from Bastrop. Warning the traffic is terrible. There are more brew pubs, microbreweries, distilleries, bars, dives, hangouts, and venues than any...
Forum: Thumpers 01-21-2015, 04:43 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,313
Posted By Meriden
I'm a big fan of my X and have about 35K miles on...

I'm a big fan of my X and have about 35K miles on it with no problems that were not abuse related. $170 sent to Seat Concepts will fix the seat. The rear suspension is a little more expensive. With...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 01-20-2015, 07:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 375
Posted By Meriden
Near the Gulf

For a more leisurely route take 59 South to El Campo then 71 to Blessing. In Blessing get on 35 and stay on 35. 35 will pass through many seaside communities and end up in Aransas Pass. From there...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 01-19-2015, 05:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 375
Posted By Meriden
Not near the Gulf, but...

From Rosenberg over two days.

Day 1
North to Sealy, then to New Ulm, Frelsbugh, Fayetteville, Winchester, Smithville to Bastrop via Park Road 1. From there down to San Marcos and across the...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-16-2015, 05:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,177
Posted By Meriden
Are they Whitworth or SAE? Of course if a new...

Are they Whitworth or SAE? Of course if a new owners tool box is all metric anyway it may not matter.
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 01-14-2015, 04:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,053
Posted By Meriden
My march trip is still in the planning stage, but...

My march trip is still in the planning stage, but I may just end up sleeping in the Explorer. It's cheaper, closer to the bikes at night and more comfortable than lots of other options.
Forum: Thumpers 01-14-2015, 04:10 AM
Replies: 7,621
Views: 1,216,902
Posted By Meriden
Mityvac is worth every penny when doing brake...

Mityvac is worth every penny when doing brake work.

http://www.harborfreight.com/mityvac-vacuum-pump-39522.html
Forum: Thumpers 01-13-2015, 06:21 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 8,713
Posted By Meriden
Bump started my EFI X Challenge no problem. Carbs...

Bump started my EFI X Challenge no problem. Carbs are fine for guys who like working on carbs. As for wheel adjusters, a small block of wood as a spacer works fine for trail side repairs. Still don't...
Forum: Thumpers 01-12-2015, 04:23 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 367
Posted By Meriden
Someone may know a secret about the 652 that I...

Someone may know a secret about the 652 that I don't, but normally a failed water pump will not cause water to get into the oil. I wouldn't run the motor until that was sorted out. Water in the oil...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 01-12-2015, 04:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 473
Posted By Meriden
Ahhh, remember the Cardiac Cowboys back in the...

Ahhh, remember the Cardiac Cowboys back in the Staubach days? I used to think that the Cowboy's kicker's full name was "Rafael Septien from the Twenty." The running joke was that the longest hour was...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 01-11-2015, 03:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,053
Posted By Meriden
Big Bend Resort and Adventures is okay if you...

Big Bend Resort and Adventures is okay if you need an RV space. The room I rented last year was dangerously out of code. The door had been broken in and was not correctly repaired, the coffee pot...
Forum: Thumpers 01-11-2015, 02:50 PM
Replies: 7,621
Views: 1,216,902
Posted By Meriden
Thanks all m

Thanks all

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Forum: Thumpers 01-10-2015, 08:15 AM
Replies: 7,621
Views: 1,216,902
Posted By Meriden
Love your 50/50 tires?

Most of my riding is off pavement and I've settles on the MT21 (I know, I know.)

In March I have a little ride coming up that is going to be 600 miles pavement, 200 miles maintained gravel, 200...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-05-2015, 04:19 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,796
Posted By Meriden
It's "Que Sera." Hint of truth though....

It's "Que Sera."

Hint of truth though. Motorcycles and especially antique motorcycles are not even in the discussion when fuel mix standards are decided. 255 million cars and light duty trucks...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 12-19-2014, 10:14 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,040
Posted By Meriden
That ain't no kiddin'. Photo taken while passing...

That ain't no kiddin'. Photo taken while passing through Fort Stockton last November on our way to Vegas.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n547/Meriden71/LAB2V%202013/FtStockton_zps9fe32615.jpg
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 12-19-2014, 04:29 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,040
Posted By Meriden
90 is by far more scenic, with better fuel...

90 is by far more scenic, with better fuel availability and more local yokels hiding behind the cactus. Don't speed. They know you won't come back to fight the ticket and will take you to the...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 12-17-2014, 12:39 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,040
Posted By Meriden
There is not a darned thing until you get to El...

There is not a darned thing until you get to El Paso and not a darned thing after that. Honestly I've driven to Southern California from Texas several times and I generally allow for a day - a full...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-09-2014, 11:43 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,811
Posted By Meriden
Try Big D ...

Try Big D

http://www.bigdcycle.com/sellyourbike.html

Big D has been around for some time and is the legacy of Dalio's old dealership. If they don't have what you want they may be able to put...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-09-2014, 06:48 AM
Replies: 16,714
Views: 10,251,908
Posted By Meriden
Yea, sad memories. Tropical Brainstorm is still...

Yea, sad memories. Tropical Brainstorm is still one of my wife's favorite albums. I caught myself humming Autumn Girl just yesterday. Kirsty was another one of those singers who was only 20 feet from...
Forum: Thumpers 12-05-2014, 05:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 761
Posted By Meriden
There are a number of cantle bags on the market....

There are a number of cantle bags on the market. From personal experience I'd suggest the Giant Loop Great Basin (bought used for $200) is the most durable and has the worst features. The Nomad Rider...
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