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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 07:51 PM
Replies: 3,860
Views: 581,658
Posted By SmithSwede
I live in the country 50 miles east of Dallas but...

I live in the country 50 miles east of Dallas but commute each day into the Big D.

This morning I'm 2 miles from home when I see a white pick-up truck sorta off the road up ahead. Naturally I...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-06-2015, 07:47 PM
Replies: 3,860
Views: 581,658
Posted By SmithSwede
Commuting to work in downtown Dallas this morning...

Commuting to work in downtown Dallas this morning westbound in HOV lane of 635 near Mesquite, Texas. Running an indicated 85 mph on Ninja 250 (WOT). Hidden on top of a rusty brown manhole cover was...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-12-2015, 08:17 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,151
Posted By SmithSwede
My advice is to ride in an extremely aggressive...

My advice is to ride in an extremely aggressive and proactive manner. Adopt this mindset. You must master and control every situation the best you can.

Most people drive in a fairly passive...
Forum: Road warriors 04-08-2015, 07:46 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,488
Posted By SmithSwede
I suggest you take a hard, serious look at a...

I suggest you take a hard, serious look at a Kawasaki Ninja 250.

Many dont know this, but they are extremely comfortable bikes. I have a bad back. I know. I've ridden all day, multiple...
Forum: Road warriors 04-05-2015, 11:59 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,327
Posted By SmithSwede
Dmac57: Pretty funny. I too have an F800,...

Dmac57:

Pretty funny. I too have an F800, and I'm also pondering selling or trading it on the little KTM.

Please report back if you get one of these little KTMs
Forum: Road warriors 04-05-2015, 09:52 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,327
Posted By SmithSwede
I've been tempted by that little KTM for some...

I've been tempted by that little KTM for some time. Thoroughly enjoy my Ninja 250.

But I would need answers to several questions before buying.

How well does the 390 cruise at high speed...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-13-2014, 07:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,168
Posted By SmithSwede
Engine Block Heaters

Winter will soon be here. Happened to read about air cooled engines for planes, where they seem to be pretty big on pre-heating the engine when it's colder than some reference temperature.

Just...
Forum: Road warriors 11-01-2014, 10:42 AM
Replies: 258
Views: 40,426
Posted By SmithSwede
Probably my 2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone. Having a...

Probably my 2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone. Having a blast with it.

Current plan is to ride the wheels off it.

Which lasts longer? Well maintained Moto Guzzi or 52 old white male?
Forum: Road warriors 11-01-2014, 10:29 AM
Replies: 1,371
Views: 327,033
Posted By SmithSwede
That's a great photo. 105 degrees and cruising...

That's a great photo. 105 degrees and cruising 70. Love it.
Forum: Road warriors 10-31-2014, 05:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,237
Posted By SmithSwede
Anybody prefer old tech bias ply, etc?

Does anybody prefer the feel and handling of old tech bias ply tires and conventional chassis?

Maybe I'm just old and am familiar with the feel of the older tech. I'm comfortable with the skinny...
Forum: Road warriors 10-06-2014, 07:56 PM
Replies: 1,371
Views: 327,033
Posted By SmithSwede
Someone quoted a post of mine a few pages ago as...

Someone quoted a post of mine a few pages ago as a reason to avoid the Stone. Didn't mean to mislead anyone. I've been riding 35 years and owned many bikes--the Stone is my all time favorite. ...
Forum: Road warriors 10-03-2014, 04:28 PM
Replies: 1,371
Views: 327,033
Posted By SmithSwede
What I have noticed on the Stone is it really...

What I have noticed on the Stone is it really does want you to replace the spark plugs on a regular basis. Like every 5 to 6000 miles. Not sure why it would wear plugs so quickly--but mine...
Forum: Road warriors 10-03-2014, 04:26 PM
Replies: 1,371
Views: 327,033
Posted By SmithSwede
As to burning oil on a single TB 2013 Stone. ...

As to burning oil on a single TB 2013 Stone.

Mine burns zero oil when I'm just commuting back and forth to work or riding around the city.

But when I've taken it on long trips (1000 miles or...
Forum: Road warriors 10-03-2014, 04:22 PM
Replies: 1,371
Views: 327,033
Posted By SmithSwede
As to reading the dipstick, I think your problem...

As to reading the dipstick, I think your problem is the angle keeps changing. Try wiping off the dipstick, inserting in back into the block, screwing it in about 1/2 turn, and let it sit a minute....
Forum: Road warriors 10-03-2014, 04:21 PM
Replies: 1,371
Views: 327,033
Posted By SmithSwede
>>It reminds me of my old BMW airhead with a...

>>It reminds me of my old BMW airhead with a spoiled brat attitude.<<

former owner of an R80/7 airhead and current rider of a 2013 Stone. That's a perfect description of the Stone.
Forum: Face plant 08-25-2014, 09:01 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,998
Posted By SmithSwede
I'm sorry. Really sucks that he died, yet it...

I'm sorry. Really sucks that he died, yet it still took a while for the news to get out.
Forum: Face plant 08-08-2014, 09:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,328
Posted By SmithSwede
Glad you and bike are ok! Not picking on...

Glad you and bike are ok!

Not picking on you--trying to be constructive.

I think the key question is why you didn't you see the bicyclist and anticipate the likely invasion of your lane? ...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-08-2014, 09:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,980
Posted By SmithSwede
If it were me, I'd be more irritated by the do...

If it were me, I'd be more irritated by the do nothing cops.

This has become a real pet peeve of mine over the last few years. I witness a lot of mindless speed enforcement (especially state...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-02-2014, 05:38 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,863
Posted By SmithSwede
Careful with the logic of "upgrade." Getting a...

Careful with the logic of "upgrade." Getting a different bike will be a change, but don't assume that bigger is necessarily better or an "upgrade."

I've been riding 35 years--my little Ninja 250...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-29-2014, 09:08 PM
Replies: 389
Views: 28,296
Posted By SmithSwede
Well, against my better judgement, I'll wade in. ...

Well, against my better judgement, I'll wade in.

Seems to me the real issue is what punishment, if any, the duck lady should get.

I agree the motorcyclist bears some fault.

But, the laws...
Forum: Airheads 06-26-2014, 07:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 793
Posted By SmithSwede
Top End Life

Kindly educate me on likely lifespan of the top end of a simple, air cooled engine. Don't want to unnecessarily tinker with engine. But don't want to heedlessly ignore a wear item and suffer the...
Forum: Americas 06-18-2014, 04:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,732
Posted By SmithSwede
Thanks for the tips. Seems like there would...

Thanks for the tips.

Seems like there would be a cheapskate website that would actually list non-chain cheap hotels, hostels, and rate them by personal experience. If it exists, I can't find it.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-17-2014, 08:02 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,672
Posted By SmithSwede
You are not "over thinking" this. As with most...

You are not "over thinking" this. As with most good things in life, it gets better with intelligent application and significant experience.

I believe you should consciously and deliberately...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-17-2014, 03:18 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,672
Posted By SmithSwede
I have a different philosophy from most about...

I have a different philosophy from most about using the horn. Most people seem to avoid using the horn at all costs, unless they are actually IN a crisis situation---then they lay on the horn when...
Forum: Americas 06-15-2014, 03:24 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,732
Posted By SmithSwede
Cheap, but not camping?

Ok, so I tried a little tent camping. Alas, I'm just too old with bad back. Not fun.

But I still love bike trips, and I'm still cheap. I mostly ride out of Dallas area; Arkansas often,...
Forum: Road warriors 05-23-2014, 08:32 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,641
Posted By SmithSwede
David: no, in the real world the Guzzi V7 does...

David: no, in the real world the Guzzi V7 does not have a 300 mile range. The tank has a useable 5.2 gallons (I tested this by deliberately running out of gas a few times). I get 43 to 45 mpg on...
Forum: Road warriors 05-23-2014, 05:07 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,641
Posted By SmithSwede
I have a 100 mile round trip commute, and I take...

I have a 100 mile round trip commute, and I take a bike virtually every day unless there's ice on the road.

I alternate between a 2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone and a Ninja 250. Most days it's the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-25-2014, 09:06 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 9,015
Posted By SmithSwede
I've got an F800S with the tire pressure sensor. ...

I've got an F800S with the tire pressure sensor. Thought it was a silly gadget.

Then one day I was riding fast in heavy Dallas traffic in left lane and noticed the pressure going down fast on...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-03-2014, 06:56 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,058
Posted By SmithSwede
I've got a 100 mile round trip commute to work in...

I've got a 100 mile round trip commute to work in the DFW, Texas area, which I try to most every day, barring ice. Sometimes have to work out of state. But do take multiple weekend trips and some...
Forum: Road warriors 03-06-2014, 12:02 PM
Replies: 993
Views: 215,919
Posted By SmithSwede
Syndacate: can't really comment on some of your...

Syndacate: can't really comment on some of your suggestions. But I personally haven't had any issues with cold weather fueling. It starts immediately no matter how cold (I saw 12 degrees this...
Forum: Face plant 03-06-2014, 11:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,109
Posted By SmithSwede
Did you keep the rock? If that had happened to...

Did you keep the rock? If that had happened to me, I'd make sure I kept that rock around as reminder and keepsake.
Forum: Road warriors 03-05-2014, 08:28 PM
Replies: 993
Views: 215,919
Posted By SmithSwede
CB Rider. Mine is a 2013 Stone. I think they...

CB Rider. Mine is a 2013 Stone. I think they list this as 5.8 g tank. But as stated, the "normal" useable capacity appears to be about 5.2 g
Forum: Road warriors 03-05-2014, 08:24 PM
Replies: 993
Views: 215,919
Posted By SmithSwede
Since there seems to be a lot of questions or...

Since there seems to be a lot of questions or anxiety about what this bike is like and what it's capable of, here is an analogy that might help.

I think the Stone is like a modern day iteration of...
Forum: Road warriors 03-05-2014, 07:10 PM
Replies: 993
Views: 215,919
Posted By SmithSwede
I think somebody asked about useable fuel...

I think somebody asked about useable fuel capacity. I did some careful experiments in which I deliberately ran out of gas and then tracked how much I added upon fill up.

My bike has a useable...
Forum: Road warriors 03-05-2014, 05:09 PM
Replies: 993
Views: 215,919
Posted By SmithSwede
Indicated 80 mph is right at 5,000 rpm on mine. ...

Indicated 80 mph is right at 5,000 rpm on mine. My speedo is about 3 mph high.

There is still some oomph left at 80. Max hp is around 6,200 rpm.

I think it cruises great at 80-85. But,...
Forum: Road warriors 02-28-2014, 07:36 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,416
Posted By SmithSwede
In a way, you are lucky. You have discovered...

In a way, you are lucky. You have discovered that the Guzzi is what you really want, even though on paper that BMW is a "better" bike. Except in the real world, it's not, because you want the...
Forum: Road warriors 02-28-2014, 03:31 PM
Replies: 993
Views: 215,919
Posted By SmithSwede
There is a wealth of information over at wildguzzi

There is a wealth of information over at wildguzzi
Forum: Road warriors 02-28-2014, 10:12 AM
Replies: 993
Views: 215,919
Posted By SmithSwede
Marius: well, I only got the bike in December,...

Marius: well, I only got the bike in December, so can't comment on summer heat management. I'm told by the Guzzi experts its a non issue.

Although I've only had it a couple of months, I've...
Forum: Road warriors 02-27-2014, 05:57 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,102
Posted By SmithSwede
I've got a 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250 that I love to...

I've got a 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250 that I love to bits. It is freeway capable. I've taken it on 500 mi/day road trips. Just ignore the tach--it's ok to spin 10,000 for hours on end. You can get a...
Forum: Road warriors 02-27-2014, 03:44 PM
Replies: 993
Views: 215,919
Posted By SmithSwede
Marius: I've got a 2013 Stone and use it on...

Marius:

I've got a 2013 Stone and use it on my daily commute, which is 100 miles, round trip. It's perfectly fine.

I don't like the "sit up and beg" riding position created by the stock bars,...
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