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Forum: Beasts 09-14-2014, 03:52 PM
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Views: 4,585,046
Posted By markjenn
Thanks for the photo and explanation. The guy...

Thanks for the photo and explanation. The guy who has been selling spokes (I bought eight from him) has weighed in on the S10 forum and thinks that while there is a slight difference in the two...
Forum: Beasts 09-14-2014, 12:17 PM
Replies: 24,860
Views: 4,585,046
Posted By markjenn
Certainly late-breaking news given that someone...

Certainly late-breaking news given that someone has been selling spokes on the S10 forum in four unique sizes (front and rear) for a couple years now. I would think he would have noticed this extra...
Forum: Beasts 09-14-2014, 07:36 AM
Replies: 24,860
Views: 4,585,046
Posted By markjenn
FYI, I think there are four sizes (i.e.,...

FYI, I think there are four sizes (i.e., lengths).... two for the front and two for the back. But you almost never hear of broken spokes on the front, so if you want to economize, just carrying the...
Forum: Road warriors 09-12-2014, 07:32 AM
Replies: 273
Views: 44,564
Posted By markjenn
We'll have to wait and see, but I'll be surprised...

We'll have to wait and see, but I'll be surprised if there is much improvement in the leg room of this new S1000SX variant. My guess is that they're leaving the chassis very close to the R and RR. ...
Forum: Beasts 09-10-2014, 09:26 AM
Replies: 1,667
Views: 379,148
Posted By markjenn
It's always possible that Honda will come up with...

It's always possible that Honda will come up with something compelling in the coming few months, but recent history says otherwise. This build up and disappointment reminds me sadly of 2009 (?) when...
Forum: Road warriors 09-10-2014, 09:12 AM
Replies: 1,115
Views: 172,583
Posted By markjenn
I wouldn't think BMW's RT buy-backs would...

I wouldn't think BMW's RT buy-backs would automatically fall under lemon law provisions, but state laws are arcane. The RT you saw may have nothing to do with the buy-back.... there are folks who...
Forum: Road warriors 09-05-2014, 02:02 PM
Replies: 273
Views: 44,564
Posted By markjenn
Any speculation on whether these spy shots show...

Any speculation on whether these spy shots show an increase in fuel capacity? That's my big worry with this bike.... that in wanting to keep dev costs low, they just use the 4.6 gal tank from the...
Forum: Road warriors 09-04-2014, 09:40 AM
Replies: 1,115
Views: 172,583
Posted By markjenn
Offhand, I don't know why a "returned" bike would...

Offhand, I don't know why a "returned" bike would sell for anything more or less than an equivalent used bike. The shock replacement is a simple swap and after the swap, you've got a motorcycle...
Forum: Beasts 09-04-2014, 08:47 AM
Replies: 24,860
Views: 4,585,046
Posted By markjenn
Sorry for your troubles. Does sound frustrating....

Sorry for your troubles. Does sound frustrating. Pushing down on the lid as you turn the key certainly helps, but it sounds like your problem is more major.

Sounds like something is amiss in how...
Forum: Beasts 09-03-2014, 09:58 PM
Replies: 24,860
Views: 4,585,046
Posted By markjenn
Not sure what you mean by GYTR top box, but if...

Not sure what you mean by GYTR top box, but if you're talking about the standard Yamaha accesory box, it basically works that same as the panniers - left to detach an right to open the top. The...
Forum: Beasts 09-02-2014, 11:24 PM
Replies: 24,860
Views: 4,585,046
Posted By markjenn
It's almost impossible to use more than about 50%...

It's almost impossible to use more than about 50% power on the 2012-2013 heated grips without making them uncomfortably hot. If this is true, the 2014 grips need a warning label.

- Mark
Forum: Beasts 09-02-2014, 04:42 PM
Replies: 24,860
Views: 4,585,046
Posted By markjenn
Waspworks used to sell a nifty bracket to...

Waspworks used to sell a nifty bracket to relocate the clunky Yamaha heated grip controller to a nice spot under the instrument cluster, but it is no longer available. It wouldn't be hard to fab a...
Forum: Beasts 09-02-2014, 08:06 AM
Replies: 24,860
Views: 4,585,046
Posted By markjenn
You've gotten a lot of oblique and snippy answers...

You've gotten a lot of oblique and snippy answers , but in case there remains any confusion, I think the 2014 heated grip kit (for the base model 2014 S10) does include only the grips/connectors and...
Forum: Racing 08-27-2014, 10:08 AM
Replies: 1,950
Views: 134,514
Posted By markjenn
As you are pointing out.... tempest in a teapot. ...

As you are pointing out.... tempest in a teapot.

This the sort of racing incident misjudgment that occurs tens of times during a racing season. The fact the two participants are #1 and #2 in the...
Forum: Beasts 08-23-2014, 03:26 PM
Replies: 24,860
Views: 4,585,046
Posted By markjenn
What the heck is the "tractor feel"? -...

What the heck is the "tractor feel"?

- Mark
Forum: Road warriors 08-21-2014, 03:30 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,708
Posted By markjenn
VFR's have been mentioned a few times....I can...

VFR's have been mentioned a few times....I can personally vouch for this bike being in absolutely superb condition and a tremendous value at the asking price.
...
Forum: Road warriors 08-20-2014, 07:40 PM
Replies: 3,661
Views: 403,804
Posted By markjenn
Interesting. I hope this need for...

Interesting. I hope this need for cross-application flexibility doesn't bite owners with a source of oil leaks and primary drive issues - this is a lot of power to be transferring across a bolted...
Forum: Road warriors 08-20-2014, 03:54 PM
Replies: 3,661
Views: 403,804
Posted By markjenn
57 weeks and counting since this statement was...

57 weeks and counting since this statement was made, to be more precise.

Very sharp looking bike. Hope it makes it, but not optimistic.

Technical question: Is the bike not "unit" construction...
Forum: Road warriors 08-19-2014, 02:21 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,892
Posted By markjenn
What is EBR's position on supporting HD Buells? ...

What is EBR's position on supporting HD Buells? Are they willing to going forward or do they view this as HD's problem?

- Mark
Forum: Road warriors 08-19-2014, 11:21 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,892
Posted By markjenn
I think there are a couple cars shipping today...

I think there are a couple cars shipping today which have supplemental roof solar - as I recall, it is to run cooling fans to ventilate the car when it was parked in the sun. That's where we are...
Forum: Road warriors 08-19-2014, 10:47 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,892
Posted By markjenn
This isn't remotely feasible, even with 100%...

This isn't remotely feasible, even with 100% efficient solar cells as the energy density of full-on sunlight at absolute best is only about 100 watts/sq-ft or about 0.1 hp/sq-ft. Even a 10-hp...
Forum: Road warriors 08-16-2014, 04:58 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,708
Posted By markjenn
If you want a nice two-up bike, want to put the...

If you want a nice two-up bike, want to put the emphasis over touring rather than sport, and are big enough, I'd look for a late-model ST1100. (I'm unclear of how the economics worked where you sold...
Forum: Equipment 08-14-2014, 01:25 AM
Replies: 580
Views: 91,618
Posted By markjenn
Not if the geometry of your bike is such that the...

Not if the geometry of your bike is such that the main mechanism for water entry is water running down your arms.

Do whatever is best for you, but a bunch of us have the experience that gloves...
Forum: Road warriors 08-13-2014, 01:22 PM
Replies: 3,661
Views: 403,804
Posted By markjenn
... also probably stopped paying whomever was...

... also probably stopped paying whomever was maintaining their web site.

- Mark
Forum: GS Boxers 08-10-2014, 04:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,127
Posted By markjenn
Now that I look at it again, I think the OP is...

Now that I look at it again, I think the OP is seeing the mold marks and thinking it is cupping.

- Mark
Forum: GS Boxers 08-10-2014, 09:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,127
Posted By markjenn
Ditto.... looks Okay to me. - Mark

Ditto.... looks Okay to me.

- Mark
Forum: The Garage 08-09-2014, 08:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,190
Posted By markjenn
I agree with this. And wrap it up in a plastic...

I agree with this. And wrap it up in a plastic garbage bag and seal it well. If you drain all the gas out and then wrap the tank so that there is no source of air/water-vapor, there will be...
Forum: Road warriors 08-09-2014, 07:01 PM
Replies: 1,151
Views: 174,541
Posted By markjenn
Don't remind me..... on my R1100S, I think there...

Don't remind me..... on my R1100S, I think there was something like 17 fasteners and five assemblies that had to be removed to access either the battery or air filter.

- Mark
Forum: Racing 08-08-2014, 09:58 AM
Replies: 1,950
Views: 134,514
Posted By markjenn
I think there are two different things being...

I think there are two different things being confused here.... 1) active control of the car from the pit by the engineers rather than the driver, and 2) location-specific programming of the car where...
Forum: Beasts 08-07-2014, 09:37 PM
Replies: 24,860
Views: 4,585,046
Posted By markjenn
Both Yamaha's and BMW's spec figures for weight...

Both Yamaha's and BMW's spec figures for weight have checked out more/less correct in numerous magazine tests where the bikes were weighed back to back on scales. The difference quoted (40-lbs)...
Forum: Road warriors 08-06-2014, 08:17 PM
Replies: 3,661
Views: 403,804
Posted By markjenn
People can buy the bike, of course, for any...

People can buy the bike, of course, for any reason they want.

But if you think that Motus, on their very first design and on their very first production run, are going to produce motorcycles that...
Forum: Equipment 08-06-2014, 04:42 PM
Replies: 2,522
Views: 960,637
Posted By markjenn
That's a bit "old school" these days. I don't...

That's a bit "old school" these days. I don't think it is common on anything but small bikes currently.

- Mark
Forum: Road warriors 08-06-2014, 03:28 PM
Replies: 3,661
Views: 403,804
Posted By markjenn
You're evaluating this on an awfully practical...

You're evaluating this on an awfully practical basis, like you were talking about buying a Camry. I think if you start doing this, you talk yourself out of it pretty fast. No $35K bike, especially...
Forum: Equipment 08-06-2014, 08:30 AM
Replies: 2,522
Views: 960,637
Posted By markjenn
On most big bikes, it's some kind of self-locking...

On most big bikes, it's some kind of self-locking fastener. With these, a viable strategy is simply to replace the nut every so often, say every half-dozen times its been through a...
Forum: Road warriors 08-05-2014, 05:04 PM
Replies: 273
Views: 44,564
Posted By markjenn
Other than totally oddball bikes like the C1, I'm...

Other than totally oddball bikes like the C1, I'm not aware of any BMW which has been available in Europe for a long period of time before being available in the USA. The Japanese have been doing...
Forum: Road warriors 08-05-2014, 09:42 AM
Replies: 3,948
Views: 630,074
Posted By markjenn
Dollar to a donut, it's been wrecked and...

Dollar to a donut, it's been wrecked and repainted, but you never know without a careful inspection. (I think it's an incredibly ugly color too, but that's your call.) $7K these days will buy you...
Forum: Beasts 08-03-2014, 11:48 AM
Replies: 24,860
Views: 4,585,046
Posted By markjenn
I doubt this level of washing had anything to do...

I doubt this level of washing had anything to do with it. Usually when washing is associated with a hard start it is because the bike was started/stopped a time or two between moving the bike,...
Forum: Road warriors 07-31-2014, 12:36 PM
Replies: 3,661
Views: 403,804
Posted By markjenn
I have no inside information but from the outside...

I have no inside information but from the outside everything says...... skeleton/volunteer crew in holding pattern while searching for deep pockets to take bike next step into actual production. ...
Forum: Road warriors 07-26-2014, 11:20 AM
Replies: 1,115
Views: 172,583
Posted By markjenn
Can we have a discussion without the attitude? ...

Can we have a discussion without the attitude?

Lots of us "run bare" and don't carry insurance-required comp/collision on a $20K motorcycle. And you really do save money.... it is not "false...
Forum: Road warriors 07-26-2014, 11:11 AM
Replies: 1,115
Views: 172,583
Posted By markjenn
Evaluating alternative ways to invest money you...

Evaluating alternative ways to invest money you keep by financing is always tricky. Each person needs to do their own evaluation. But paying cash vs. a 1.9% loan is equivalent to getting an...
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