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Forum: Road warriors 10-20-2010, 05:52 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 7,136
Posted By MLuddyJr
When I first read the thread title I assumed you...

When I first read the thread title I assumed you were spending new bike money or at least dealership money and was going to tell you to get the 650R- no question. I haven't ridden either, but from...
Forum: Road warriors 10-07-2010, 07:43 AM
Replies: 187
Views: 51,938
Posted By MLuddyJr
Hell For Leather:...

Hell For Leather: http://hellforleathermagazine.com/2010/10/finally-high-res-2011-speed-triple-pictures/
Forum: Road warriors 10-06-2010, 07:35 AM
Replies: 187
Views: 51,938
Posted By MLuddyJr
I didn't really like it till I saw this picture: ...

I didn't really like it till I saw this picture:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4129/5054316539_386329dd7b_b.jpg

It looks great on one wheel. If I get one I'll just have to ride it like that...
Forum: Road warriors 10-04-2010, 11:54 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,664
Posted By MLuddyJr
I think you're missing the key here- this doesn't...

I think you're missing the key here- this doesn't stop anyone from having loud pipes. Every single bike with loud pipes on the road today is completely unaffected by this law. If you buy a new bike...
Forum: Road warriors 10-04-2010, 10:49 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,664
Posted By MLuddyJr
Read it again- this law doesn't cover a-holes...

Read it again- this law doesn't cover a-holes with loud pipes. It only covers future a-holes who buy loud pipes. Existing a-holes can continue to be as loud as they want.
Forum: Road warriors 10-01-2010, 05:41 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,664
Posted By MLuddyJr
That's precisely my point- loud pipes were...

That's precisely my point- loud pipes were already illegal. This new law brings nothing useful to the table. It's a T-rex of a law with short little arms that can't reach anyone. It doesn't affect...
Forum: Road warriors 09-30-2010, 01:34 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,664
Posted By MLuddyJr
So let me get this straight- I can go out right...

So let me get this straight- I can go out right now and buy a brand-new Harley, yank the stock exhaust and replace it with some no-baffle drag pipes, and there's nothing in this law to stop me?
...
Forum: Road warriors 09-17-2010, 09:31 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,308
Posted By MLuddyJr
Next time press the button: ...

Next time press the button:

http://www.bmw.com/com/en/newvehicles/3series/convertible/2007/allfacts/engine/_shared/img/engine_dtc.jpg
Forum: Road warriors 09-16-2010, 12:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,408
Posted By MLuddyJr
I'm partial to the slab-sided Ducati Supersports,...

I'm partial to the slab-sided Ducati Supersports, but for that money I'd be on the Falco, no question.

The Falco is like an Italian-flavored SV1000 or Honda Superhawk, except you've found one for...
Forum: Road warriors 09-16-2010, 05:17 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,308
Posted By MLuddyJr
I prefer simplicity too, but I've always hated...

I prefer simplicity too, but I've always hated the way that motorcycle headlights become totally useless when you pitch the bike into a corner at night. The time when I most need the headlight is...
Forum: Road warriors 08-26-2010, 09:49 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,044
Posted By MLuddyJr
Word. SVs are great, but mostly cause...

Word.

SVs are great, but mostly cause they're cheap. As others have mentioned here, there is a laundry list of things to be upgraded to make a stock SV truly track-worthy. $3800 will buy you a...
Forum: Road warriors 08-18-2010, 09:10 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,264
Posted By MLuddyJr
Something is way wrong with this situation. The...

Something is way wrong with this situation. The front brake should provide significantly more stopping power than the rear brake alone. On dry pavement the front brake should provide 70-100% of...
Forum: Road warriors 08-06-2010, 08:04 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,070
Posted By MLuddyJr
It's been forever since I last rode one, but I...

It's been forever since I last rode one, but I owned a Nighthawk 250 back in high school. It was a fine little bike, but it was really wheezy. On the dyno it put all of 16 horsepower to the wheel. ...
Forum: Road warriors 08-06-2010, 07:31 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 6,455
Posted By MLuddyJr
That reminds me of something else- Buell used to...

That reminds me of something else- Buell used to list both hard and soft lean angles for their bikes, supposedly both numbers were taken with the suspension fully compressed. I'd be curious to know...
Forum: Road warriors 08-06-2010, 02:35 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 6,455
Posted By MLuddyJr
I'd be curious to see lean angle graphed with...

I'd be curious to see lean angle graphed with lateral acceleration, and then compared to modern cars/trucks/SUVs. A quick google search said that a 2007 Ford Expedition had a skidpad number of .67g....
Forum: Road warriors 08-06-2010, 08:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,134
Posted By MLuddyJr
That looks like a post-recall shock. I had the...

That looks like a post-recall shock. I had the same unit on my '99 M2.

http://www.badweatherbikers.com/buell/messages/47623/432638.jpg

No idea what the best option is for fixing it. Penske...
Forum: Road warriors 08-05-2010, 08:39 AM
Replies: 1,738
Views: 355,322
Posted By MLuddyJr
You have some reading to do. :deal General...

You have some reading to do. :deal

General walk-through on disassembling/reassembling the forks:
http://www.bluepoof.com/motorcycles/howto/svs_fork_oil/

Excellent primer on spring rates and...
Forum: Road warriors 07-30-2010, 05:30 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,908
Posted By MLuddyJr
Looks like a great budget seat solution. How is...

Looks like a great budget seat solution. How is it attached?
Forum: Road warriors 07-29-2010, 01:19 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,769
Posted By MLuddyJr
One thing I haven't seen mentioned- Of the bikes...

One thing I haven't seen mentioned- Of the bikes you listed, only the V-Strom and the two GS models have the suspension travel and tire size to do any real dirt work. If you really want to play in...
Forum: Road warriors 07-22-2010, 10:46 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,162
Posted By MLuddyJr
I've used hair spray and WD40 with success back...

I've used hair spray and WD40 with success back in my BMX days, but on motorcycles I've always used grip glue. It's more work to get the grip in place compared to hair spray or WD40, but once it...
Forum: Road warriors 07-20-2010, 10:18 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 6,388
Posted By MLuddyJr
Word. Electric motors have some massive...

Word.

Electric motors have some massive advantages over combustion engines. When the battery technology catches up, electric vehicles will dominate.

The Empulse is the first 'real' electric...
Forum: Road warriors 07-19-2010, 07:10 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 6,388
Posted By MLuddyJr
For those that still aren't getting it, check out...

For those that still aren't getting it, check out this interview with Michael Czysz: http://hellforleathermagazine.com/frontlines/Czysz2010/czysz-lyt.html
Forum: Road warriors 07-17-2010, 06:09 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 6,388
Posted By MLuddyJr
I don't know what the batteries are like on the...

I don't know what the batteries are like on the Brammo, but it's quite possible that they offer nearly full power right up to the point when they go flat. Electric R/C cars have been capable of this...
Forum: Road warriors 07-16-2010, 02:39 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 6,388
Posted By MLuddyJr
I'm blown away by this bike. I've been...

I'm blown away by this bike.

I've been watching the electric bike market for a while, but the current offerings (Brammo Enertia and Zero S) don't have the speed or the range to make my daily...
Forum: Road warriors 07-12-2010, 10:32 AM
Replies: 403
Views: 49,743
Posted By MLuddyJr
I never tried the ham-can on my M2, but according...

I never tried the ham-can on my M2, but according to the dyno the Forcewinder makes more power up top. Check out the badweb link from my previous post:...
Forum: Road warriors 07-12-2010, 07:11 AM
Replies: 403
Views: 49,743
Posted By MLuddyJr
It's been so long that I've forgotten what...

It's been so long that I've forgotten what resources I was reading, but I remember the general consensus being that the stock 200 main jet was too large. The thinking was that they did that to...
Forum: Road warriors 06-30-2010, 10:28 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,161
Posted By MLuddyJr
Having that many 600s that overlap in purpose is...

Having that many 600s that overlap in purpose is confusing enough, but adding to the problem is the fact that Yamaha likes to recycle names and models.

Using current model names, the YZF-R6 is the...
Forum: Road warriors 06-16-2010, 11:26 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,405
Posted By MLuddyJr
You do know that they come in a naked model with...

You do know that they come in a naked model with upright ergonomics, right?

http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/photos/2001models/2001-Suzuki-SV650.jpg
Forum: Road warriors 06-07-2010, 12:55 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,191
Posted By MLuddyJr
It really depends on your budget- $5k buys a lot...

It really depends on your budget- $5k buys a lot more bike than $2500.

Back in March I picked up a 2001 SV650 with ~9500 miles on it for $1600. It took a bit of shopping to find a clean one at...
Forum: Road warriors 05-25-2010, 01:50 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,016
Posted By MLuddyJr
As much as I love track days, the statement above...

As much as I love track days, the statement above makes me think your wife should seek another form of instruction. It sounds like she's lost confidence in her own abilities. Regular track days do...
Forum: Road warriors 05-17-2010, 10:43 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 14,058
Posted By MLuddyJr
<object width="480" height="385"><param...

<object width="480" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/67Glak5KUbY&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param...
Forum: Road warriors 05-13-2010, 06:21 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,220
Posted By MLuddyJr
Those numbers are accurate; they're the same...

Those numbers are accurate; they're the same numbers that Buell gives for an XB9. It's worth noting that those ratings are at the crank so the actual power delivered to the rear wheel will be much...
Forum: Road warriors 04-29-2010, 06:34 AM
Replies: 5,089
Views: 384,226
Posted By MLuddyJr
Just stumbled across this quote- it's too good...

Just stumbled across this quote- it's too good not to share:
Forum: Road warriors 04-27-2010, 08:38 AM
Replies: 403
Views: 49,743
Posted By MLuddyJr
Fixing the breather setup is a good start, but...

Fixing the breather setup is a good start, but I'll bet it won't fix your base gasket leak. As waveydavey said, switching to the XB rocker boxes is a big improvement.

Back in the tuber days the...
Forum: Road warriors 04-24-2010, 01:38 PM
Replies: 5,089
Views: 384,226
Posted By MLuddyJr
You can tell yourself that, but no one else is...

You can tell yourself that, but no one else is buying it. You went on at length about how much faster your bike was, repeatedly pointing out the difference in displacement as if that means...
Forum: Road warriors 04-23-2010, 10:47 AM
Replies: 5,089
Views: 384,226
Posted By MLuddyJr
You'd have a point if the V-Max were...

You'd have a point if the V-Max were representative of the rest of the cruiser market.

How does that logic work? One Japanese manufacturer made a fast bike, therefore all the other slow bikes...
Forum: Road warriors 04-23-2010, 05:41 AM
Replies: 5,089
Views: 384,226
Posted By MLuddyJr
Check out this- Rereryder is 'recruiting' in the...

Check out this- Rereryder is 'recruiting' in the SV650 thread to get Harley bashers to join him:



Insecure much? Oddly enough, I can't find the thread with him boasting about outrunning any...
Forum: Road warriors 04-23-2010, 05:32 AM
Replies: 5,089
Views: 384,226
Posted By MLuddyJr
Dumb old Harley. When will they learn to build...

Dumb old Harley. When will they learn to build really fast cruisers like the Japanese do?
Forum: Road warriors 04-21-2010, 08:37 AM
Replies: 256
Views: 21,885
Posted By MLuddyJr
More people need to read that quote and let it...

More people need to read that quote and let it sink in. Here's another good interview with Erik Buell:

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Forum: Road warriors 04-20-2010, 06:48 PM
Replies: 256
Views: 21,885
Posted By MLuddyJr
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