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Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-26-2006, 09:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,324
Posted By TomG
Little did we know.... ...

Little did we know....

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=126249

I like my turn signals, too. I'm going to try and keep this set.
Forum: Thumpers 04-26-2006, 08:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,687
Posted By TomG
Pick up some microfibre cloths for cleaning the...

Pick up some microfibre cloths for cleaning the windscreen. I've found that even a clean, cotton towel will scratch it.

I wonder if you can get some sort of permanent coating that will make it...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-26-2006, 08:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,281
Posted By TomG
I tend to adjust my chain to the max. slack per...

I tend to adjust my chain to the max. slack per the MOM on the centerstand which puts it just under when on the side stand. I've found that I can set it to max. slack and it will stay there for a...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-26-2006, 08:33 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,324
Posted By TomG
Welcome to the pod :norton One of these...

Welcome to the pod :norton

One of these days I'm going to have to ride a cruiser to see just how different they are.
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 04-24-2006, 08:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 854
Posted By TomG
The dealer may have gone from too loose to too...

The dealer may have gone from too loose to too tight. Too tight steering will cause a fidgety feeling in the front when you're riding straight up, especially if you run along a pavement seam.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-20-2006, 08:07 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 10,917
Posted By TomG
A new helmet did more for me to cure buffeting...

A new helmet did more for me to cure buffeting than any windshield height or riding position. I'm going to try raising the forks, though.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-17-2006, 08:05 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,010
Posted By TomG
I don't blame you. I will not get another set of...

I don't blame you. I will not get another set of Tourances, no matter how good they are when they don't wobble. I will probably go with Anakees for the next set.

Trailwings aren't that bad on...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-17-2006, 07:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,700
Posted By TomG
I'm seriously thinking about getting a better...

I'm seriously thinking about getting a better back protector, too. I had a topcase (Givi E360) when I got rear ended. My impact was less severe than Dale's but I think the back of my head hit the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-11-2006, 02:59 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 7,185
Posted By TomG
80% of my riding is commuting which can be a...

80% of my riding is commuting which can be a mini-adventure at times.

The desire to take bigger excursions is definitely in me. Unfortunately, I'm limited by family, jobs, etc. Some day when...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-04-2006, 08:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,509
Posted By TomG
I was gonna ask if you didn't. :huh Pretty...

I was gonna ask if you didn't. :huh

Pretty impressive riding from the M-LEOs. It gives me further incentive to go take the ERC pretty soon.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-04-2006, 08:13 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,755
Posted By TomG
I'm in about the same place. I can get a day...

I'm in about the same place. I can get a day ride on a few weekends and maybe one or two trips a year. She really won't have anything to do with my bike but she understands my need to ride.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-04-2006, 08:06 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,241
Posted By TomG
How timely! I was wondering, just today, how...

How timely! I was wondering, just today, how folks wave in countries where you're supposed to drive on the port side.

I wave at children, any two wheeled motorized vehicle, bicyclists who wave...
Forum: Thumpers 03-29-2006, 08:52 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,880
Posted By TomG
But they wouldn't thump, anymore, just kinda...

But they wouldn't thump, anymore, just kinda brrrrrrrrrr. :1drink

It often puzzles me why the I/C piston engine is still around after more than 100 years with essentially no significant...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-29-2006, 07:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,413
Posted By TomG
Great update! My old ZR-7S had bushings with...

Great update! My old ZR-7S had bushings with Zerks on all the rear suspension points. It was low-tech but easy to keep grease in everything. I ride in pretty much any type of weather so I'll give...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-29-2006, 06:52 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,798
Posted By TomG
There are also some wiring harnesses routed...

There are also some wiring harnesses routed through the inside of the left fairing that sort of flop around. I used zip-ties and RTV to secure them to whatever I could find. There's still a little...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-27-2006, 09:51 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 8,683
Posted By TomG
No need to apologize! I think my response may...

No need to apologize! I think my response may have sounded a little patronizing but I was being sincere.

I know parent riders that have had similar accidents and continue to ride, one way or...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-27-2006, 08:25 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,746
Posted By TomG
My first paragraph was a joke. Believe me, I...

My first paragraph was a joke. Believe me, I grew up in a rural area and the day I got my license was one of the greatest days of my life because I could finally get off the friggin farm when I...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-27-2006, 11:52 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 8,683
Posted By TomG
Dale, thanks for your perspective. It's a lot...

Dale, thanks for your perspective. It's a lot easier to justify the risks of riding when one hasn't gone through a traumatic crash, like you.

I hope you continue to make good progress and my...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-26-2006, 07:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,801
Posted By TomG
I've never had to do it with a bike tire but I've...

I've never had to do it with a bike tire but I've used the ratchet strap trick on several lawnmower tires with great success. I tried to use the starter fluid trick on a wheelbarrow tire once with...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-26-2006, 07:35 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,746
Posted By TomG
Raise the legal driving age to 25, then have a...

Raise the legal driving age to 25, then have a special track setup with some bikes with rear tires flatspotted from burnouts. Throw in some stunt drivers in cages turning left in front of them at...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-24-2006, 07:59 PM
Replies: 500
Views: 71,272
Posted By TomG
Tires can certainly affect mileage. Knobbies...

Tires can certainly affect mileage. Knobbies have more rolling resistance and, to a lesser degree, more wind resistance.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-20-2006, 08:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,841
Posted By TomG
I know some people may think this is unusual but...

I know some people may think this is unusual but try your dealer. It's virtually no additional work for them to add a few parts to their orders. They usually get very fast delievery and you don't...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-19-2006, 09:06 PM
Replies: 241
Views: 16,052
Posted By TomG
OK. I forgot about spiders. They give me...

OK. I forgot about spiders. They give me serious willies.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-19-2006, 10:44 AM
Replies: 241
Views: 16,052
Posted By TomG
My own inattention. I'm the only one truly in...

My own inattention. I'm the only one truly in control of my life so I'd better have my shit together. If I apply the correct amount of attention to my situation at the present moment, nothing...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-19-2006, 10:38 AM
Replies: 500
Views: 71,272
Posted By TomG
I'm with you. Even in KY where there's a gas...

I'm with you. Even in KY where there's a gas station every five miles, I check mileage on all my vehicles at every fill-up. At the very least, it will tell you something is up with your motor if...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-19-2006, 10:15 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,947
Posted By TomG
I dunno if the story is the same for 650 vs. 1000...

I dunno if the story is the same for 650 vs. 1000 but my K6 650 is much more responsive at low RPM than my K5. I'm also getting about 5MPG less than the K5 so I suspect it's mapped a little richer.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-18-2006, 07:33 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,947
Posted By TomG
No. Seriously. They're great at ordering parts...

No. Seriously. They're great at ordering parts under warranty so I can fix the bike myself. I've actually never had a bike in a shop for anything so I can't really say whether their shop is OK, or...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-18-2006, 05:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,947
Posted By TomG
Ehhh. Maybe. Damn computer job cooks my...

Ehhh. Maybe. Damn computer job cooks my eyeballs. My trust in my dealer is restored. :brow
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-18-2006, 05:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,947
Posted By TomG
Ahaaa! When I stripped the threads on my rear...

Ahaaa! When I stripped the threads on my rear axle nut because it was cross-threaded the dealer told me that the DL was shipped with the rear wheel installed. Now I know better. :topes
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-18-2006, 04:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 464
Posted By TomG
Most roads have a crown that slopes downward from...

Most roads have a crown that slopes downward from the center to the shoulder. This causes the left part of the tire to wear a little more than the right for those of us that ride on the right side...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-18-2006, 04:26 PM
Replies: 9,434
Views: 3,760,408
Posted By TomG
Here's one of my dearly departed K5 in the VA...

Here's one of my dearly departed K5 in the VA mountains. I think this was Hwy. 52.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-18-2006, 01:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,413
Posted By TomG
Thanks for the info. I got a 19mm socket from...

Thanks for the info. I got a 19mm socket from McMaster-Carr so that one is good to go. I'll probably pick up a donor socket and get to work with a Dremel tool for the locknut. I figure I can screw...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-18-2006, 09:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,413
Posted By TomG
What are you using to get the locknut off of the...

What are you using to get the locknut off of the swingarm pivot? I've searched high and low and can't find a socket with the four square tabs to fit the lock nut. I know I can order the OEM socket...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-17-2006, 10:36 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 8,683
Posted By TomG
When I was about 9 years old, my parents got me a...

When I was about 9 years old, my parents got me a Honda trail 50, then a CT-70 a couple of years later to get motorcycles "out of my system." :lol3 Instead, they got it "into my system." I rode...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-16-2006, 07:18 PM
Replies: 500
Views: 71,272
Posted By TomG
DL650 K6 - 46MPG (only 1000 miles, though) ...

DL650 K6 - 46MPG (only 1000 miles, though)
DL650 K5 - 49MPG (it wasn't as fast, either :nah )
02 ZR-7S - 48MPG before jetting, 44MPG after (it was worth it)

All in all, it's nice to have...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-16-2006, 06:50 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,908
Posted By TomG
My wife doesn't need a sword. She can inflict...

My wife doesn't need a sword. She can inflict crippling emotional trauma on most humans through sheer bitchiness. Hmm. I'm using her notebook now. Prolly time to delete the cookies. :pierce
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-15-2006, 10:19 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,908
Posted By TomG
I usually try to keep my feet on the pegs as much...

I usually try to keep my feet on the pegs as much as possible because I'm lazy. I can usually stop at a stop sign for a second or so and take off again without putting my feet down. I have a little...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-12-2006, 08:45 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 8,677
Posted By TomG
I have anywhere from 26 to 50 miles, round trip,...

I have anywhere from 26 to 50 miles, round trip, depending on the weather and my mood. Almost all of it is on country roads through Bluegrass horse farms. :brow

I pretty much commute every day...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-11-2006, 07:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,595
Posted By TomG
I thought the footpeg looked off but the pic was...

I thought the footpeg looked off but the pic was too small. Nicely done, though. I wouldn't have spotted most of them if I didn't see a six-fiddy every day.
Forum: Equipment 03-11-2006, 10:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,166
Posted By TomG
Sorry. I was talking about the HF micrometer. ...

Sorry. I was talking about the HF micrometer. It only digitally reads to 0.001".
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