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Forum: Hacks 05-25-2015, 07:40 AM
Replies: 915
Views: 106,240
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Bored Geezers...

Ain't nuthin' more dangerous!
Forum: Hacks 05-18-2015, 03:13 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,062
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Was only in Flatistan for jan and feb...

Weather was too nice up here in MN so I came home first week in march. Next year I'll be down just after xmas and stay through january. Seems most of the fun stuff like Naples Airhead Tech Daze and...
Forum: Hacks 05-18-2015, 12:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,062
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
How's my hack'd airhead gonna keep up now?

Was on one of your rides last winter with my BMW R65LS with the Motorvation Spyder, was easy keepin' up with your Ural. Now I'm gonna have to get a faster tug!
Forum: Hacks 04-24-2015, 12:59 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,303
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Owner's manual gives some explanation...

Basicly you want "stiffer", and looks like on the Super Ten the preload adjuster actually adjusts preload and not just height, so more preload= stiffer.
Forum: Hacks 04-24-2015, 07:43 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,303
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
I assume you've already tried adjusting the factory shock?

There's a couple adjustments available. Also, sloppy fork damping can make for a lot of "hobby horse" gyrations too.
Forum: Hacks 04-23-2015, 10:08 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,673
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
+2 liters/100kilometers

After running the same two sidecars on 4 different bikes, that's what I came up with, about equal to another gallon for every 120 miles, and a drop from 40 to 30 MPGs. This was with Motorvation...
Forum: Upcoming 04-20-2015, 07:01 PM
Replies: 206
Views: 20,919
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
And Jeggs, would you answer my question?

Will I be allowed to attend your BMWMOA rally in Billings?
Forum: Hacks 04-19-2015, 12:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,389
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
No problems on my one armed airheads...

Other than the usual paralever driveshaft failure. My R100GS has done almost 50k miles with a hack and 40k or so hacked miles on the R80ST, no problems. YMMV, of course...
Forum: Equipment 04-18-2015, 10:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 669
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Hard bags that will fit multiple bikes?

OK, I just bought a Super Tenere and it's shares garage and living room space with an F800S, Guzzi Quota, R100GS, R80ST, and R65LS. The ST came with 80's vintage BMW retangular hard bags and I love...
Forum: Hacks 04-18-2015, 10:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,392
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Temptation!

Are you still gonna keep another 'hack around?.
Forum: Hacks 04-15-2015, 05:24 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,850
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Tires are most critical...

But if you manage to jam a big ass 425/65-22.5 super single in the swing arm, you haven't increased your rear axle weight rating to the tires 10,000 pound rating!
Forum: Road warriors 04-15-2015, 05:19 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 13,734
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
EBR ain't gone bankrupt...

http://gearheadgrrrl.com/2015/04/15/breaking-no-buellebr-aint-gone-bankrupt/

EBR has filed for receivership under Wisconsin Statute 128, which ain't the same as bankruptcy.
Forum: Hacks 04-15-2015, 11:46 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,850
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
GVW is the sum of GAWR, which is the lower of...

The capacities of the frame, springs, axles, wheels, tires, etc... For example, if I put higher capacity tires rated for 7000 pounds on a truck rated for only 5000 pounds, it's still only good for...
Forum: Hacks 04-15-2015, 04:58 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,850
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Highest bike GVW I know of is 1500 pounds...

Which is what the newer HOG(NYSE) FL and Victory Vision baggers are rated for. Looks like some of you seriously need to put your outfits and maybe selves too on a diet!
Forum: Hacks 04-12-2015, 02:17 PM
Replies: 915
Views: 106,240
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
I could fill the bill as a "big monkey"...

But I'm no stronger than a small monkey, so I suspect my major contribution would be as ballast. Same gusty winds here, up to 40 MPH, did about 350 miles yesterday on the Super 10 in the wind. Thus...
Forum: Hacks 04-12-2015, 11:31 AM
Replies: 915
Views: 106,240
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Your outfit has the gradability...

Even with it's high gearing, your 1150GS has the power to handle much steeper grades than a mere 18%... In theory. The limiting factor is traction, and with 40-50% of vehicle weight on the drive...
Forum: Hacks 04-12-2015, 11:20 AM
Replies: 5,096
Views: 847,291
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Airheads are perfect tugs...

If 50 HP will do the job. Compared to everything else they're easier to repair, at least a durable, lightweight with a low center of gravity, and reasonably priced.
Forum: Hacks 04-10-2015, 02:46 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,602
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Sounds like some auctions I've been too...

Had a guy near here go into a nursing home due to dementia, was in his early 80s. County insisted he liquidate assets as they were paying the nursing home bill. Thus his house and barn, a couple...
Forum: Hacks 04-10-2015, 01:15 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,602
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Sounds like the guy whose been hoarding Mini Mokes in Minnesota

Met the guy back in the 70s when he was a Toyota dealer with a side interest in Minis, and heard rumors of his stash over the years... Yup, he's got about half the legendary "Catalina Island" mokes...
Forum: Hacks 04-10-2015, 01:05 PM
Replies: 5,096
Views: 847,291
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Fifty degrees fairenheit here in southwest MN!

Almost nice enough to take out the unhack'd bikes... But the roads are still kinda rutted from the spring breakup.
Forum: Hacks 04-08-2015, 07:05 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,266
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Sidecar is too light 4 the bike + too narrow...

This sidecar is going to need "ballast" all the time! So instead of useless stuff like sand and shot (If you need a hundred pounds to hit something, you really should give up hunting!), how about a...
Forum: Hacks 04-06-2015, 05:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,048
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
It is what it is...

Unless you want to spend a lot of money on wheels, leading links, etc.. The front is a 21" and there's no car tires for that, the back is a 17" but there's no space in there for anything much wider...
Forum: Hacks 04-05-2015, 05:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,048
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Lotta Quota's been hack'd...

They seem made for it- Torquey engine, lotsa brakes, yet relatively low tech enough to keep an airhead rider happy. Only downside is lousy fuel economy and some of them foul plugs at part throttle.
Forum: Hacks 03-31-2015, 10:56 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,303
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Claude, wanna make another one?

As long as you're at it... Assuming you could make the subframe and such and ship it to me. The Stroker wheel sounds tempting too.
Forum: Hacks 03-30-2015, 08:42 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,623
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Sidecars cheaper to buy than rent...

The only places that I can think of that rent sidecars are the companies that supply them to TV and movie productions, and they prefer to drive them and won't let them out of their sight. And renting...
Forum: Hacks 03-30-2015, 08:30 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,768
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Like the VW damper better, but...

Tried a VW damper for the first time on the BMW R65LS + Spyder down in Florida this winter.That combination always needed just a bit of damping, in fact the BMW accessory under the triple tree damper...
Forum: Hacks 03-30-2015, 05:32 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,623
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
You could buy a used one for less...

Than renting a sidecar outfit. But that'd require capital, which I suspect you don't have. I suspect what you're really looking for is someone to finance your latest scheme... Good luck getting $$$...
Forum: Hacks 03-28-2015, 03:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 786
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
We can fix that right here...

There's several options from BMW and other suppliers like Felling that bolt right on, though you may need longer cables. There's the taller and wider BMW "touring" bar that probably came on your bike...
Forum: Hacks 03-28-2015, 11:03 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 6,045
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
OK, I gotta confess...

Broke a Motorvation lower rear mount while hustling through the alphabet roads of southwest Wisconsin once. Remembered I had a spare at home, so unhooked the 'hack and rode 250 miles solo back to...
Forum: Hacks 03-27-2015, 07:03 PM
Replies: 915
Views: 106,240
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Wheel sticking out in the airstream is the problem...

I get the same low MPG with my 6 by 12 trailer, the narrower 4 by 8 is as narrow as the car and barely affects the MPG.
Forum: Hacks 03-24-2015, 09:13 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,303
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Facts are hard to argue with...

Even for people who spent way to much money for a new "quality" brand like BMW, Mercedes, etc.... If you've ever filled out CR's survey form you'd realize it is a scientifically valid measure of...
Forum: Hacks 03-24-2015, 03:49 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,303
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Old BMWs are still good...

Amazing all the lemmings that run out and buy BMWs latest untried designs... To be honest I'd buy an olihead before I'd buy a new wethead, and I can afford either. I wrote about this on my blog...
Forum: Hacks 03-24-2015, 02:52 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,303
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Where's that $14k new wethead?

I did a search on Cycle Trader of everything within 300 miles of my southwest MN abode and came up with a couple R1200R wet heads for around $17.5 and GSs for over $20k. The only hex heads around are...
Forum: Hacks 03-24-2015, 09:56 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,303
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
R1200R for $14K?

Good luck finding one. I looked at the old model (hexhead) as it's finally getting debugged and couldn't find any new ones left within a days drive of here. The new model (wethead) is actually around...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-21-2015, 06:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,309
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Keep it!

Nice to have a spare if the new bike is down for repairs!
Forum: Hacks 03-20-2015, 04:40 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,303
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
It's the faster white color...

But yellow looks better.
Forum: Hacks 03-20-2015, 01:58 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,121
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
How and where are you going to ride it?

The Airheads are just plain simpler to mount and repair, and being a bit lighter will handle better too. But if you need high speed cruising ability, go with the K bike- MY 50 HP R65LS and R80ST top...
Forum: Hacks 03-20-2015, 01:46 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,303
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Thanks for being the brave soul to hack the first Super 10!

Just test rode and bought a new leftover 2013 for barely half the price of a new R1200GS! Jay, expect an order for a subframe this fall...
Forum: Hacks 03-19-2015, 05:09 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,303
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
That color is great!

Wish Yamaha would offer it! The Super 10 I'm looking at is white... OK, matches black or white gelcoat sidecar well... But yellow would be better!
Forum: Hacks 03-19-2015, 01:47 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,303
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Sounds Great!

I got into sidecars due to disability (MS) too, 21 years ago. Hasn't gotten as bad as expected, so with some care I'm still riding the solo bikes, saving the sidecar bikes for rough going or the days...
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