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Forum: Road warriors 08-13-2014, 08:33 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,145
Posted By ilvecchio
My MTS 620 has 45,000 miles on it with no serious...

My MTS 620 has 45,000 miles on it with no serious problems. It has had two minor oil leaks fixed by the dealer. And there was one dead battery down on the Oregon coast - but that wasn't the bikes...
Forum: The Garage 07-21-2014, 10:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 623
Posted By ilvecchio
Are you sure that a tube is not used? There...

Are you sure that a tube is not used?

There is no doubt that the tire is tubeless. But is the rim tubeless?

Generally speaking, rims that have spokes entering the air space require a tube. ...
Forum: Americas 07-20-2014, 07:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,092
Posted By ilvecchio
I have rented bikes on other continents several...

I have rented bikes on other continents several times. I always take everything with me that I absolutely must have to ride - just in case my luggage gets lost. That means Aerostich jacket, helmet...
Forum: Airheads 07-16-2014, 08:08 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,540
Posted By ilvecchio
Regarding the rusty exhaust bolts. Mine have...

Regarding the rusty exhaust bolts. Mine have looked like that for the last 90,000 miles. Nothing to worry about.
Forum: Airheads 07-03-2014, 07:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 705
Posted By ilvecchio
It looks like the stock GSPD solo seat and rack...

It looks like the stock GSPD solo seat and rack (behind the seat). I rode one for more than 90,000 miles and found it quite comfortable, but we are all different.

I always preferred the solo...
Forum: Road warriors 06-27-2014, 05:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,029
Posted By ilvecchio
I now have 43,000 miles on my MTS 620 without any...

I now have 43,000 miles on my MTS 620 without any serious problems. I did have a couple of small oil leaks that the dealer fixed. And one dead battery down on the Oregon coast on a 3 year old...
Forum: Americas 06-20-2014, 08:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 544
Posted By ilvecchio
I rode through the area two years ago and stopped...

I rode through the area two years ago and stopped at Wounded Knee. I knew about the history and was mentally prepared.

But I was certainly not prepared for the experience of riding through the...
Forum: Airheads 06-15-2014, 11:00 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,037
Posted By ilvecchio
I changed the oil on my R100GSPD many times and...

I changed the oil on my R100GSPD many times and never removed the exhaust header. But I always removed the two lines from the cover plate to the oil cooler. And I always used four new crush washers...
Forum: Racing 05-18-2014, 03:02 AM
Replies: 219
Views: 14,946
Posted By ilvecchio
Great Moto3 race. Still no Spanish anthem at the...

Great Moto3 race. Still no Spanish anthem at the end.
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 10-03-2013, 10:42 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,356
Posted By ilvecchio
I had a similar problem with Cycle World. They...

I had a similar problem with Cycle World. They kept trying to intimidate me and I kept replying that I never requested automatic renewal. Finally, they quit sending me letters and I threw away over...
Forum: Airheads 09-30-2013, 09:46 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,421
Posted By ilvecchio
I did that once years ago. It did leak a lot and...

I did that once years ago. It did leak a lot and was immediately noticeable.

p.s. I am just a shade tree hack, not a professional.
Forum: Europe 07-09-2013, 09:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 698
Posted By ilvecchio
I have also rented several times from BiancoBlu...

I have also rented several times from BiancoBlu in Milano and will probably do so again in September this year. They are close to the freeway (Autostrada) and pretty easy to find. They speak...
Forum: Parallel Universe 07-08-2013, 06:17 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,473
Posted By ilvecchio
You didn't mention the last time the oil level...

You didn't mention the last time the oil level was checked or how many miles have been put on the bike since the last oil level check. I have had a number of BMWs and some use oil and some don't. ...
Forum: Equipment 02-06-2013, 06:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 819
Posted By ilvecchio
I forget that I am plugged in about once every...

I forget that I am plugged in about once every year. But the cord has always disconnected without any problem.
Forum: The Garage 02-05-2013, 05:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,009
Posted By ilvecchio
http://www.autopinstripes.com/

http://www.autopinstripes.com/
Forum: Equipment 09-29-2012, 11:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,896
Posted By ilvecchio
It is really easy with a little practice. This...

It is really easy with a little practice. This video should help:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bIY1O2UArg
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 08-30-2012, 10:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 872
Posted By ilvecchio
There is a small campground a few miles out the...

There is a small campground a few miles out the Burr Trail. It is on the left as you leave from Boulder. I stayed there a couple of years ago. It is a primitive campground but worked for me.
Forum: Airheads 08-05-2012, 10:11 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 609
Posted By ilvecchio
I measure 20 inches on my 93 R100GS.

I measure 20 inches on my 93 R100GS.
Forum: Airheads 07-12-2012, 10:21 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,708
Posted By ilvecchio
Glaser. Built by Rudy Glaser in Germany. Only a...

Glaser. Built by Rudy Glaser in Germany. Only a few were imported into the US.
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 05-13-2012, 10:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 884
Posted By ilvecchio
Fred Turbec (sp?) ran the BMW Cycle Center at...

Fred Turbec (sp?) ran the BMW Cycle Center at 7701 Aurora Avenue North in the 70s. The building is currently occupied by Moto International. The shop closed when Fred passed away - I don't remember...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-28-2012, 10:17 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,538
Posted By ilvecchio
I don't know the answer, but a cop flashed his...

I don't know the answer, but a cop flashed his lights at me last week. It was very innocent. There is a place out near Carnation where one lane is blocked off and there are stop signs at each end...
Forum: Equipment 03-27-2012, 07:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,621
Posted By ilvecchio
The BMW tankbag on my R1200R holds my Shoei...

The BMW tankbag on my R1200R holds my Shoei medium helmet when expanded. Not much help unless you have a R1200R. At least you know it isn't impossible.
Forum: Beasts 03-09-2012, 10:41 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,071
Posted By ilvecchio
Check out this concept from Ducati Bellevue (in...

Check out this concept from Ducati Bellevue (in Washington State).

http://ducatibellevue.com/project-individual.php?project=5
Forum: Racing 02-02-2012, 11:08 AM
Replies: 5,368
Views: 534,415
Posted By ilvecchio
A guard to prevent another rider from...

A guard to prevent another rider from accidentally clipping his front brake and throwing him over the handlebars. It has happened a few times in the lower classes.

I could add where they have...
Forum: Americas 01-21-2012, 06:38 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,091
Posted By ilvecchio
If there is any doubt, it is best to ask where...

If there is any doubt, it is best to ask where the next gas is available when you get gas. Here is one example to think about: If you go from Tonapah to Caliente it is 190 miles and you may...
Forum: Americas 01-17-2012, 05:01 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,091
Posted By ilvecchio
Your daily mileage looks fine to me. Personally,...

Your daily mileage looks fine to me. Personally, you couldn't pay me to spend time in Las Vegas but as has already been stated, it is a personal choice. I would also suggest highway 550 in Colorado...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-15-2012, 02:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,836
Posted By ilvecchio
Agree with FR700. It looks like a Don Vesco...

Agree with FR700. It looks like a Don Vesco tank. One version was called a "skinny fat tank" because it was thin by the seat and wider in front. I had a version on the first Honda XL250 around...
Forum: Americas 01-04-2012, 07:27 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,909
Posted By ilvecchio
Colorado and Utah! Especially Colorado 550 and...

Colorado and Utah! Especially Colorado 550 and Utah 12.
Forum: Racing 01-04-2012, 07:19 PM
Replies: 5,368
Views: 534,415
Posted By ilvecchio
Yes, Saarinen and Pasolini taken in the same day...

Yes, Saarinen and Pasolini taken in the same day was one of the great tragedies in motorsport.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-26-2011, 11:52 AM
Replies: 233
Views: 25,774
Posted By ilvecchio
The self test cannot test the ABS until the bike...

The self test cannot test the ABS until the bike is moving. The "brake failure" indicator lights up before you ride off to indicate that the ABS hasn't yet been tested. Once you are moving the...
Forum: Racing 10-27-2011, 08:58 PM
Replies: 5,692
Views: 593,127
Posted By ilvecchio
Lorenzo

After watching the videos of Simoncelli's funeral, I am revising my opinion of Lorenzo upward. Not his riding ability as I believe that is beyond any reasonable question, but his stature as a...
Forum: Road warriors 08-17-2011, 06:37 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 9,441
Posted By ilvecchio
I bought my 1960 BMW R50 in the spring of 1971. ...

I bought my 1960 BMW R50 in the spring of 1971. It is not my main bike these days but it still gets out on nice days. Of course it has had a bit of maintenance over the years.
Forum: Airheads 08-12-2011, 10:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 777
Posted By ilvecchio
I just looked at mine and it seems to be a simple...

I just looked at mine and it seems to be a simple rubber gasket. If you don't find one at a dealer it shouldn't be too hard to make one from an old inner tube. Another option would be to make it...
Forum: Old's Cool 08-03-2011, 06:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 705
Posted By ilvecchio
I had a similar problem on a CB160. It was over...

I had a similar problem on a CB160. It was over 40 years ago so my memory might not be perfect. But I remember fixing it by lubing the mechanism that operates the clutch. It was an easy and cheap...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-18-2011, 06:55 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,221
Posted By ilvecchio
The Greatest Bike We've Ever Ridden

(Apologies if this has already been posted - I didn't see it.)

The title is written in large type on the front page of the August issue of BIKE magazine. BIKE is an English publication and seems...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-13-2011, 09:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 605
Posted By ilvecchio
I had the same problem on my R1000RS. The...

I had the same problem on my R1000RS. The problem is that the fuel vent line goes through the tank. As the vent line ages - and probably because of ethanol in the fuel - it begins to crack and...
Forum: Racing 07-02-2011, 07:59 PM
Replies: 272
Views: 18,869
Posted By ilvecchio
I read it as (free translation) Hello Dani,...

I read it as (free translation)

Hello Dani, this is Simoncelli. Valentino gave me your number. I write to you to say that I am truly very sorry for what has happened. And that you were the last...
Forum: Racing 07-01-2011, 02:00 AM
Replies: 272
Views: 18,869
Posted By ilvecchio
Yes, must be a lot of frantic work going on in...

Yes, must be a lot of frantic work going on in the Ducati garage. Spies is looking good so far.
Forum: Racing 06-30-2011, 08:46 PM
Replies: 272
Views: 18,869
Posted By ilvecchio
I was pleased to see Pedrosa display some...

I was pleased to see Pedrosa display some impatience and a little temper at the dumb questions. I hope he also shows a little more aggression on the track. Could be a new Pedrosa.
Forum: Racing 06-05-2011, 01:05 AM
Replies: 181
Views: 11,797
Posted By ilvecchio
What is up with George? He was 14 out of 15.

What is up with George? He was 14 out of 15.
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