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Forum: Ride reports 07-30-2014, 07:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 873
Posted By alekkas
The ride home for me is usually a struggle...

The ride home for me is usually a struggle between get-home-itis and still trying to enjoy the ride. For my hyper, ADD self, I think I did ok this time.

Leaving the lowlands of the shore, I was...
Forum: Road warriors 07-30-2014, 09:55 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,700
Posted By alekkas
Thanks for all the input. Like I said, I rode...

Thanks for all the input. Like I said, I rode them both and liked them both.

Since the 1250 has shown itself to be reliable, I think I am going to have to head in that direction - not because the...
Forum: Ride reports 07-27-2014, 08:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 873
Posted By alekkas
Ok, so this is the family pictures post - will...

Ok, so this is the family pictures post - will keep it short.

Very nice to spend three days on the beach. Obviously a big thanks to my father in law and his two brothers for putting this all...
Forum: Ride reports 07-27-2014, 08:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 873
Posted By alekkas
Beautiful, sunny morning. Started heading inland...

Beautiful, sunny morning. Started heading inland to avoid the mess around the coast. The turnpikes and slabs in Conn, Jersey, and NY actually had relatively light traffic. Cool. Somewhere in WV I...
Forum: Ride reports 07-26-2014, 07:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 873
Posted By alekkas
Left Gregg’s early and got a chance to ride some...

Left Gregg’s early and got a chance to ride some of the great roads by his house.
...
Forum: Road warriors 07-25-2014, 03:41 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,700
Posted By alekkas
Surprise surprise, the GT I wheelied on purpose. ...

Surprise surprise, the GT I wheelied on purpose. But the Bandit had me wheelie twice unintentionally! Lotso torque.

Maybe the question should be which one will get me to 70K cheaper. Like do...
Forum: Road warriors 07-25-2014, 03:29 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,700
Posted By alekkas
Straight up Longevity - Zook 1250 or Triumph 1050

Obviously different price points, but I'm down to a Bandit 1250 with just under 1K miles and a Sprint GT with just over 1K.

When it comes to longevity - like 50K miles or more, which motor / bike...
Forum: Ride reports 07-24-2014, 08:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 873
Posted By alekkas
Morning included an excellent breakfast and a...

Morning included an excellent breakfast and a tour of the area. The finger lakes / leather stocking area of New York is beautiful. The rains began and really wouldn't end until I got to the...
Forum: Ride reports 07-24-2014, 06:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 873
Posted By alekkas
Day 2 started with a bunch of slab, slab, slab. ...

Day 2 started with a bunch of slab, slab, slab. Bleh.

Here is what every stop looked like. Nobody likes super slabs, but how else you gonna get from Chicago, to Valpo, to the finger lakes /...
Forum: Ride reports 07-23-2014, 03:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 873
Posted By alekkas
So day 1 was a big 110 miles to Indiana! Caught...

So day 1 was a big 110 miles to Indiana! Caught Ben the day before he was leaving to go on tour with Modest Mouse. We met during our college years and shared a brotherhood for 15 years. Each...
Forum: Ride reports 07-23-2014, 02:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 873
Posted By alekkas
Can't believe I'm heading East...

I guess this is a friends and family tour.

Never really point the bike East. Always West. This trip is different in a lot of other ways too. Instead of going out West alone just to ride for a...
Forum: Equipment 07-09-2014, 12:47 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,580
Posted By alekkas
Yeah, it's the seat pan / worn or too soft...

Yeah, it's the seat pan / worn or too soft padding.

We go out Sunday mornings and I'll put 300+ miles bombing around. No problems. I just remember last year putting on something like 4200 in 6...
Forum: Equipment 07-08-2014, 09:02 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,580
Posted By alekkas
SO when my youngest was 5, his older brothers...

SO when my youngest was 5, his older brothers were 9 and 11. One day he walked up to me smiling and said, "Why do lesbians shop at Sport's Authority?" so after saying "what did you say?" 10 times I...
Forum: Equipment 07-07-2014, 02:21 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,580
Posted By alekkas
Thanks guys - you've expanded my knowledge on...

Thanks guys - you've expanded my knowledge on this exponentially.

So, what's the cheapest price approximately on something that will be useful? That bib link is way more than I'm going to...
Forum: Equipment 07-07-2014, 11:28 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,580
Posted By alekkas
Bicycle Shorts

Leaving for a long trip Friday. My ass hurts combining long mile days (like 700) back to back to back, etc..

Last year I put beads on my seat and it did, in fact, help. Have heard wearing...
Forum: Road warriors 07-07-2014, 07:04 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 8,126
Posted By alekkas
Connie on gravel ...

Connie on gravel

http://i1014.photobucket.com/albums/af267/alekkas/Motorcycle/2012%20Hennepin/de03da39-0aa4-4ec4-b1bd-751773a3f96b_zpse2620016.jpg
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-05-2014, 09:46 AM
Replies: 31,224
Views: 7,576,670
Posted By alekkas
QUICK Dragon question : Sunday afternoon OK? ...

QUICK Dragon question : Sunday afternoon OK? Monday afternoon is the other option. Will be getting there after 3PM. Is it still a zoo at that time most Sundays?


Every time I'm in the area I...
Forum: Road warriors 07-04-2014, 10:47 AM
Replies: 913
Views: 231,148
Posted By alekkas
I bet. Like at a track day, that screaming I4...

I bet. Like at a track day, that screaming I4 600cc SOUNDS so fast comapred to a throbbing Ducati. Then you look at laps times, not so much the case.

Thanks again guys.
Forum: Road warriors 07-04-2014, 08:49 AM
Replies: 913
Views: 231,148
Posted By alekkas
We would all benefit from additional MSF...

We would all benefit from additional MSF training. You must be a better rider than these guys too.

Thanks again Northwest for a legit answer. And thank you 670ccccc for leading me to initiate...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-03-2014, 09:35 PM
Replies: 31,224
Views: 7,576,670
Posted By alekkas
Well played. Unless it was you he was avoiding,...

Well played. Unless it was you he was avoiding, then I just screwed up...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-03-2014, 08:16 PM
Replies: 31,224
Views: 7,576,670
Posted By alekkas
Dude, just don't caress my titties

Dude, just don't caress my titties
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-03-2014, 08:12 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 5,959
Posted By alekkas
Dude, I assume you are joking. Last year, I...

Dude, I assume you are joking.

Last year, I took a trip from Chicago to WA and OR. On rt 12 in ID, I passed quite a few cars. I remember thinking some guy is probably wondering where I’m in a...
Forum: Road warriors 07-03-2014, 02:46 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,072
Posted By alekkas
For an upright sportbike I lust LUST the Ninja...

For an upright sportbike I lust LUST the Ninja 1K/z1000 and the street triple.

Either of those three would be plenty of street and occasional track day bikes.

When they write about "real world"...
Forum: Road warriors 07-03-2014, 02:41 PM
Replies: 913
Views: 231,148
Posted By alekkas
Love your pics Northwest. Yeah, that's what I...

Love your pics Northwest. Yeah, that's what I was thinking too - that's why I asked.

The bike checks a lot of boxes and I bet the longevity is going to be great. But I guess it may not be the...
Forum: Road warriors 07-03-2014, 02:29 PM
Replies: 913
Views: 231,148
Posted By alekkas
So I have a question for you guys - not trolling...

So I have a question for you guys - not trolling either. I test rode one when they first came out. A lot of positive impressions, very smooth, nice ergos -- but could NOT avoid slamming that rev...
Forum: Beasts 07-01-2014, 08:04 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 8,025
Posted By alekkas
I think engineering goes out the window with...

I think engineering goes out the window with riding habits. Pushing this hard will limit the longevity of my bike - which otherwise is supposed to be good. HOW you ride has got to be a big time...
Forum: Road warriors 07-01-2014, 06:54 PM
Replies: 2,904
Views: 491,827
Posted By alekkas
Rather than start a new thread, I bet you guys...

Rather than start a new thread, I bet you guys know your stuff on this.

I am intrigued by a local bike 2002 VFR. Factory bags, low miles, solid price. All the good stuff.

In researching it, I...
Forum: Road warriors 07-01-2014, 05:18 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 10,410
Posted By alekkas
I was at the local Harley joint today - checking...

I was at the local Harley joint today - checking out the Triumphs and Aprilias (and surprise, they now carry Guzzi - I'm so screwed)

Well we talked Harley a little and he mentioned that these...
Forum: Road warriors 07-01-2014, 05:02 PM
Replies: 596
Views: 143,446
Posted By alekkas
Well, went by the local Harley joint today ---...

Well, went by the local Harley joint today --- because they have been carrying Triumph and Aprilias for about a year.

Oh my, walk in there and a full line of Guzzi's show up. Carry those now...
Forum: Road warriors 06-28-2014, 03:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 911
Posted By alekkas
I think it's the travel part more than the ST...

I think it's the travel part more than the ST part. For local rides, there are riders to find on ST's and sport bikes to hang with. I sometimes see a sport bike in a clump of cruisers. I always...
Forum: Road warriors 06-28-2014, 01:25 PM
Replies: 596
Views: 143,446
Posted By alekkas
That tank cover looks cool - but would be even...

That tank cover looks cool - but would be even better if that colored patch was a velcro pocket. One on each side would be useful.
Forum: Road warriors 06-27-2014, 01:17 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,729
Posted By alekkas
Wanting a bike with some spunk, some touring, and...

Wanting a bike with some spunk, some touring, and very low cost - can't see how a well maintained C10 / zg1000 doesn't fit the bill.
Forum: Road warriors 06-27-2014, 01:11 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 11,722
Posted By alekkas
Agreed. Take a lot of crap, bring the cage. ...

Agreed. Take a lot of crap, bring the cage. Make the load as light as possible to enjoy fast, twisty roads while touring, bring the bike.
Forum: Road warriors 06-27-2014, 12:54 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,382
Posted By alekkas
This is a great question and I don't know the...

This is a great question and I don't know the answer to it. Obviously, to most basic street riders, you'd think the internals and over all diameter matter more.

With hockey sticks, we design...
Forum: Road warriors 06-24-2014, 06:07 AM
Replies: 372
Views: 90,632
Posted By alekkas
How many miles are you getting out of the Azaro? ...

How many miles are you getting out of the Azaro? And, of course for comparison, how many miles have you gotten from other rear tires?
Forum: Road warriors 06-23-2014, 11:38 AM
Replies: 372
Views: 90,632
Posted By alekkas
Yeah, I've gotten caught up on their site before...

Yeah, I've gotten caught up on their site before too.

Try this:
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/6015/i/bridgestone-battlax-bt45v-sport-touring-rear-tire
Forum: Road warriors 06-23-2014, 11:07 AM
Replies: 372
Views: 90,632
Posted By alekkas
150 80 16 you mean. So far, so good. A lot...

150 80 16 you mean. So far, so good. A lot better for sporting riding than the original or the Dunlop E3 I replaced it with. In very spirited riding, I haven't had it slip on clean pavement (when...
Forum: Road warriors 06-23-2014, 10:48 AM
Replies: 372
Views: 90,632
Posted By alekkas
Hey. I got the 110 front PR3 and the battle BT45...

Hey. I got the 110 front PR3 and the battle BT45 rear from Motorcycle superstore last winter. Just did a quick check and they still have them in stock.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-16-2014, 09:14 PM
Replies: 31,224
Views: 7,576,670
Posted By alekkas
I mean the current bike the guy is riding is a...

I mean the current bike the guy is riding is a voyager. The older bike in the google pics is a honda
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-16-2014, 04:28 AM
Replies: 31,224
Views: 7,576,670
Posted By alekkas
Looks like that bike evolved into the rig that it...

Looks like that bike evolved into the rig that it is. Pre Kawasaki Voyager too.

Google Images - first pic is not him but then there are a few:...
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