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Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 06-08-2014, 08:48 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,467
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: 10
Views: 1,433
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: 1,232
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: 1,232
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: 28
Views: 3,065
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: 1,232
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: 1,232
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: 1,232
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: 1,709
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: 4,644
Views: 1,141,181
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: 1,709
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: 14,460
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: 1,716
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: 5,002
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: 1,716
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: 5,002
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: 1,716
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: 5,002
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: 1,746
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: 2,108
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: 4,644
Views: 1,141,181
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: 4,644
Views: 1,141,181
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: 4,644
Views: 1,141,181
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: 4,644
Views: 1,141,181
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: 4,644
Views: 1,141,181
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: 4,644
Views: 1,141,181
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...
Forum: Ride reports 10-23-2012, 09:04 PM
Replies: 4,644
Views: 1,141,181
Posted By RayAlazzurra
Finances

I am now officially along for the ride in spirit according to paypal. I agree that the financial information can be interesting and useful. The info about the affordable hotels and dentist in your...
Forum: Thumpers 08-28-2012, 02:12 PM
Replies: 4,488
Views: 750,273
Posted By RayAlazzurra
Ooops--no drills

Hi Ken:

Please disregard my earlier advice to drill the slide lift hole. Do not drill. I did not realize that you were the guy in the middle of the big trip and this is not a mod that is easily...
Forum: Thumpers 08-27-2012, 08:56 AM
Replies: 4,488
Views: 750,273
Posted By RayAlazzurra
Holes?

I wonder about the hole in the vacuum piston. Some jet kits come with instructions to enlarge the hole. Ideally this causes the vacuum piston to respond more quickly when you move the butterfly...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-26-2012, 07:41 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,219
Posted By RayAlazzurra
Stupid rural people tricks

Stopping in the middle of the road to get the mail, talk to the neighbor, drink a beer, have sex for 5 minutes, etc seems to be one of those stupid things that some people do. Even if someone parks...
Forum: Ride reports 08-26-2012, 06:18 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 20,074
Posted By RayAlazzurra
Victor and vicinity

Best of luck to you on your journey. My wife and I have a new Sherpa and are planning a similar trip. Was the first part of your trip over the old railroad grade from Colorado Springs to Victor? ...
Forum: Thumpers 08-25-2012, 01:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,223
Posted By RayAlazzurra
KE 100 Touring challenges

Hell Yes! I think you should do it and post a ride report.

People all over the so called third world travel on bikes similar to the KE100. You can do the same, but you face severe limitations....
Forum: GPS Tracks - Central, Texas & Gulf States 04-17-2012, 03:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,015
Posted By RayAlazzurra
The other link

Here's the link to the thread with more information about this ride plan.

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=18480678#post18480678
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 04-17-2012, 03:29 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 6,862
Posted By RayAlazzurra
It is a go

The four corners (really two and a hlf corners at most) ride is going to happen this coming weekend April 19th to 21st.

The ride shall begin in Cape Girardeau on Friday morning and head north. ...
Forum: GPS Tracks - Central, Texas & Gulf States 04-17-2012, 03:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,015
Posted By RayAlazzurra
Here is the other file

I can only post one file per post? Oh well... here it is.
Forum: GPS Tracks - Central, Texas & Gulf States 04-17-2012, 03:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,015
Posted By RayAlazzurra
Missouri Four Corners Ride GPX files

The Missouri four corners ride starts Friday morning April 20th in Cape Girardeau, MO. Most people will wish to arrive Thursday night and camp at lfs225's place. Send him a private message if you...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-03-2012, 08:22 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,123
Posted By RayAlazzurra
Tall guys vs. short guys

Aha. Has this thread turned into a tall guys vs. short guys debate? My guess is that the average rider will notice no difference in braking perrformance due to body position, but for someone who is...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-03-2012, 08:11 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,123
Posted By RayAlazzurra
Nope

Not according to me since I'm saying that rear wheel traction does not matter. The rear wheel is on the verge of lifting off the ground. The cameras capture the rear wheel hopping and skimming the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-02-2012, 07:26 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,123
Posted By RayAlazzurra
Doctor's Dangle?

Actually they do move their weight. Ever watch a guy named Rossi? He was sort of famous for a while before he made that fateful decision to join Ducati... Watch him sit up, push as far back as...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-01-2012, 08:44 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,123
Posted By RayAlazzurra
The perfect tire and other braking myths

I agree with Capt. A. The top box is not a big issue imo, but it could be a factor in stopping distance.

Imagine a bike equipped with only a front brake--no rear brake. This mythical...
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