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Forum: Day Trippin' 10-23-2010, 09:09 AM
Replies: 1,487
Views: 574,824
Posted By rlucas
ChiTown, Keep it up. You write like a pro,...

ChiTown,

Keep it up. You write like a pro, and you shoot like a pro. I'm in Joliet...drop me a PM.

-Rossi-
Forum: Ride reports 10-14-2010, 05:01 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 35,651
Posted By rlucas
I absolutely *love* my '98 300 eXC. It's not...

I absolutely *love* my '98 300 eXC. It's not exactly (cough, cough...) street legal, but it does have lights and turn signals (plating a dirt bike in the great state of Illinois is kind of a PITA). I...
Forum: Ride reports 10-08-2010, 02:28 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,485
Posted By rlucas
Upon further reflection, I retract my earlier...

Upon further reflection, I retract my earlier statements. The whole area sucks chapped raw ass. Especially 421, 321, and 194 (I think) to Val Cruces. Do not, under any circumstances, eat at MacAdoo's...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-07-2010, 10:38 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,491
Posted By rlucas
1. Stay loose. 2. Let the bike move around...

1. Stay loose.

2. Let the bike move around under you (or "dance", as has already been said).

3. Make all your control inputs smooth; no sudden moves.

4. Get lots of practice.

I'll...
Forum: Ride reports 10-06-2010, 08:27 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,485
Posted By rlucas
One of my favorite places to ride, if not perhaps...

One of my favorite places to ride, if not perhaps my absolute favorite. Nice place, nice people. Starting to get a bit over-patrolled as more people find out about it, though. Beats Deal's Gap all to...
Forum: Trials 09-29-2010, 08:51 AM
Replies: 228
Views: 126,605
Posted By rlucas
I know where there's an Ossa MAR, right in my...

I know where there's an Ossa MAR, right in my home town (pop. 850, central Illinois). It shares the old Town Hall building with a bunch of other old iron...a Rickman Metisse, couple of leading-link...
Forum: Ride reports 08-04-2010, 07:55 AM
Replies: 210
Views: 34,487
Posted By rlucas
Perhaps one of the best RRs that I've seen....

Perhaps one of the best RRs that I've seen. Kudos, dude...and a blessing to Sam.

Rossi
Forum: Road warriors 07-07-2010, 10:36 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 6,385
Posted By rlucas
196? Harley-Davidson (Aermacchi) Rapido. A 125cc...

196? Harley-Davidson (Aermacchi) Rapido. A 125cc Italian two-stroke that Harley brought in to combat the Japanese invasion (it didn’t work). My first “real” motorcycle…Dad insisted I had to buy a...
Forum: The Garage 07-06-2010, 06:53 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,556
Posted By rlucas
Go here: http://www.fjowners.com More...

Go here:

http://www.fjowners.com

More FJ information and accumulated wisdom than you can shake a stick at.
Good folks, too.
Forum: Road warriors 03-27-2010, 07:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,184
Posted By rlucas
I had an '04 Volusia (same bike except for...

I had an '04 Volusia (same bike except for floorboards vs. pegs and fuel injection vs. carb) Anniversary Edition. Nice bike; I'm not a cruiser-type guy but I fell in love with the looks of the...
Forum: Regional forums 02-17-2010, 06:36 AM
Replies: 1,921
Views: 147,619
Posted By rlucas
Is it acceptable if I drop in for a quick...

Is it acceptable if I drop in for a quick "howdy"? I'll be just south in Boone, at the Yamaha FJ East Coast Spring Rally, from Tuesday through Sunday. No need for t-shirt, food, or drink...I'd just...
Forum: The Garage 02-11-2010, 06:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 972
Posted By rlucas
Still made in the U.S. - Princeton, Illlinois. I...

Still made in the U.S. - Princeton, Illlinois. I grew up in the area; Dad worked for Champion painting compressor tanks; and I (accidentally) drove past the factory two days ago. Dad is still using...
Forum: Beasts 04-23-2009, 07:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,513
Posted By rlucas
We're a bit mod-happy on the FJ Forum...we call...

We're a bit mod-happy on the FJ Forum...we call it MA - "Modifiers Anonymous". Some amazing things have been done to these dinosaurs. There's at least one that eats Hayabusas for breakfast.

You...
Forum: Beasts 04-22-2009, 06:31 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,445
Posted By rlucas
I'd echo the sentiment that the OP may already...

I'd echo the sentiment that the OP may already have the perfect two-bike-alternative setup. But...

I've owned a lot of bikes over the years. I'm 6'4" with the Tall Touring seat - more than roomy....
Forum: Beasts 04-22-2009, 03:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,513
Posted By rlucas
Better bar selection. Speigler makes a...

Better bar selection.

Speigler makes a conversion kit. I think there's another one whose brand name escapes me at the moment.

Try posting the question at http://www.fjowners.com. You'll get...
Forum: Beasts 12-15-2008, 07:31 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,869
Posted By rlucas
I've done at least a couple of nearly-full-slab...

I've done at least a couple of nearly-full-slab days at an indicated 90-plus on the '04 WeeStrom, fully loaded (stuffed 35-liter Givis and a bunch of camping gear...) in vicious cross-winds. Nearly...
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 10-04-2008, 09:12 AM
Replies: 15,680
Views: 770,223
Posted By rlucas
I'm out for Sunday. My son clogged up an...

I'm out for Sunday.

My son clogged up an upstairs toilet and then left for school...the flapper valve didn't seal, and I've got 9 hours of slow overrun soaking through my ceiling. Luckily, it...
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 10-01-2008, 07:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 661
Posted By rlucas
I rarely commute on any of the bikes. Traffic,...

I rarely commute on any of the bikes. Traffic, weather, gas fumes = no fun. I'm usually in the Stealth Miata. Never had an issue with the i-Pass on the bike though.

BTW, my mistake...you're in...
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 10-01-2008, 11:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 661
Posted By rlucas
Wow, total coincidence. I have no relatives in...

Wow, total coincidence. I have no relatives in the area that I'm aware of...
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 10-01-2008, 05:55 AM
Replies: 15,680
Views: 770,223
Posted By rlucas
Sweet! James - heated seat? Heated gear and...

Sweet!

James - heated seat? Heated gear and grips, my friend. Much more effective. Just sayin'...and yes, the FJ needs attention. You know how bikes get pissy when you don't ride 'em, and the...
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 09-30-2008, 07:49 PM
Replies: 15,680
Views: 770,223
Posted By rlucas
I'm in for this Sunday, barring catastrophic...

I'm in for this Sunday, barring catastrophic failure. I'll be the guy on the BTOETD (Bike That's Old Enough To Drink) in full color-coordinated fruitgear.

Luckily, I'm secure in my masculinity.
...
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 09-30-2008, 07:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 661
Posted By rlucas
JDiaz: Elburn? I'm in Joliet. If you've hit...

JDiaz:

Elburn? I'm in Joliet. If you've hit that tollbooth on two wheels, I've probably seen you. What's your mount?

Rossi
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 09-29-2008, 08:05 PM
Replies: 15,680
Views: 770,223
Posted By rlucas
I might be able to make this one. The FJ has a...

I might be able to make this one. The FJ has a new AGM battery and needs the exercise; she's been a bit neglected this year and needs her legs stretched. Plus, I owe Savoire Faire lunch. :)

Where...
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 09-29-2008, 07:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 661
Posted By rlucas
Rider Down - Chicago Suburbs

On the morning commute, just before a toll plaza outside Chicago. Northbound Route 355 just south of Army Trail Road, roughly 8 AM.

Rider on a sportbike appeared to have been rear-ended at a...
Forum: Racing 09-17-2008, 06:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,043
Posted By rlucas
Beg to differ...it rained like hell for a good...

Beg to differ...it rained like hell for a good long time, but cleared up in time to start the MotoGP as scheduled (although the 250 GP was bumped and eventually cancelled altogether). The stands...
Forum: Beasts 09-10-2008, 08:09 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,045
Posted By rlucas
It's an adventure just trying to *explain* the...

It's an adventure just trying to *explain* the Wee to those who don't get it.

I ride regularly with a very mixed bag of riders...no one has *ever* given me any crap about the bike. EVER. I also...
Forum: Road warriors 09-02-2008, 05:47 AM
Replies: 4,759
Views: 964,432
Posted By rlucas
Not too tall. I'm 6'3" and Barb's NachtHawg fits...

Not too tall. I'm 6'3" and Barb's NachtHawg fits pretty good. Fun bike, too.

Headmanbrewing: Rear wheel is free. Runs and starts great; carbureation is near-perfect. That's what's so maddening...
Forum: Road warriors 09-01-2008, 05:54 PM
Replies: 4,759
Views: 964,432
Posted By rlucas
Responses received from the Honda and\or...

Responses received from the Honda and\or Nighthawk forums have run like this:

1. "Run some Seafoam through it." (it's an *electrical* problem, Skippy...) 2. "Charge the battery."
3. "Turn the...
Forum: Road warriors 09-01-2008, 05:35 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 13,633
Posted By rlucas
Gentlemen, meet Frank Moore. One of the nicest...

Gentlemen, meet Frank Moore. One of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. FormerNortherner, you're right about friends who haven't met yet...I felt the same way at the first FJ Rally I attended. Frank's...
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 09-01-2008, 04:16 PM
Replies: 15,680
Views: 770,223
Posted By rlucas
Nice ride, guys. Gerard, I neglected to...

Nice ride, guys.

Gerard, I neglected to thank you for lunch. I owe you one.

SF, I'm PM'ing you the Indy address right now.

Rossi
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 08-30-2008, 08:06 AM
Replies: 15,680
Views: 770,223
Posted By rlucas
I vote for rich. Maybe not in monetary terms, but...

I vote for rich. Maybe not in monetary terms, but still...ya gotta have your priorities.

Personally, I'd like to get my hands on that 'Guzzi. :evil

Rossi
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 08-29-2008, 08:30 PM
Replies: 15,680
Views: 770,223
Posted By rlucas
Barring catastrophic failure or a bitch-slap from...

Barring catastrophic failure or a bitch-slap from God, I'm there.

Rossi
Forum: Road warriors 08-29-2008, 08:24 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,506
Posted By rlucas
Oh, Christ. He's here, too. (actually he's been...

Oh, Christ. He's here, too. (actually he's been here for a bit...)

There goes the neighborhood. Lock up your daughters and any stray livestock. Klavdy's in town. (Read "The Bride Comes to...
Forum: Road warriors 08-29-2008, 08:17 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,506
Posted By rlucas
(Rossi waves to Danny, Frank, Calvin, and the...

(Rossi waves to Danny, Frank, Calvin, and the rest of the FJ inmates...)

Danny,

Got any postable pics of that trip up FS217 outside Tellico above Bald River Falls? Stick 'em in "Sportbikes on...
Forum: Road warriors 08-29-2008, 02:38 PM
Replies: 4,759
Views: 964,432
Posted By rlucas
Need a little NH expert advice...

My GF has an '85 Nighthawk with issues. I'm hoping that perhaps one of you has experienced something like this. It's very odd.

I won't boor you with extensive details, but the bike began to die...
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 08-28-2008, 08:27 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,875
Posted By rlucas
If you've never seen a mile flat-track race...get...

If you've never seen a mile flat-track race...get ready. It's someting totally different. :)

Rossi
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 08-28-2008, 06:01 AM
Replies: 15,680
Views: 770,223
Posted By rlucas
They're really good...but there's an exceedingly...

They're really good...but there's an exceedingly fine line between genius and psychosis.

Plus...not enough BACON, dammit. :)

I'm working on the portable biscuits-and-sausage-gravy breakfast...
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 08-27-2008, 08:09 PM
Replies: 15,680
Views: 770,223
Posted By rlucas
Great. A health-food guy. :) I may not know...

Great. A health-food guy. :)

I may not know the road nomenclature, but the Lake Bluff Oasis I'm familiar with. OK choice by me. Timing doesn't matter...I'm always early anyway.

I'll be the...
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 08-27-2008, 07:38 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,875
Posted By rlucas
Absitively posolutely. I'm PM'ing Greywolf for...

Absitively posolutely. I'm PM'ing Greywolf for the location of his MotoGP ADV Campground...might as well meet as many misfits as possible. :)


Rossi
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 08-27-2008, 01:11 PM
Replies: 15,680
Views: 770,223
Posted By rlucas
Junction of what? 94/294 or 294/90/190? (I've...

Junction of what? 94/294 or 294/90/190? (I've lived here for 20 years and I still don't know the local road lexicon...).

Rossi
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