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Forum: Thumpers 04-09-2015, 04:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 860
Posted By strongbad
A high-performance 4-stroke will have very short...

A high-performance 4-stroke will have very short piston skirts to reduce friction. It may have only 1 piston ring (a compression ring) to save friction. These pancake pistons don't last long,...
Forum: Thumpers 04-08-2015, 04:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 860
Posted By strongbad
There are so many factors that influence engine...

There are so many factors that influence engine longevity that you haven't provided, its impossible to say. Some engines will run at full power 24/7 for months at a time and be completely reliable....
Forum: Thumpers 02-11-2015, 12:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 469
Posted By strongbad
You could also lift up your game which is much...

You could also lift up your game which is much cheaper. Make it a habit to continually check the signals especially after turns. Practice. It will stick.
Forum: Road warriors 12-22-2014, 05:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,663
Posted By strongbad
I'm not a trials rider, but I would think that...

I'm not a trials rider, but I would think that electric bikes would own that niche. No clutch and no clutch management to distract from the task at hand, lots of torque right from 0 rpm; what's not...
Forum: Road warriors 12-14-2014, 11:03 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 15,351
Posted By strongbad
Depends on how you're built. For my 36" inseam, I...

Depends on how you're built. For my 36" inseam, I want as much seat-to-peg distance as possible and that means the X. It's possible to lean forward on a "bolt upright" bike if that feels better to...
Forum: Road warriors 10-11-2014, 11:38 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,569
Posted By strongbad
I thought Honda said that their DCT was lighter...

I thought Honda said that their DCT was lighter than their equivalent conventional gearbox. That would be a good selling point if they could get the costs comparable. I don't think the "lighter...
Forum: Road warriors 09-17-2014, 05:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 988
Posted By strongbad
Some general aviation pilots do this. If a pilot...

Some general aviation pilots do this. If a pilot leaves his plane on the tarmac for weeks at a time, and if the solar charger is specifically made to charge lead-acid batteries (Important!), it's not...
Forum: Road warriors 09-13-2014, 09:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 988
Posted By strongbad
It takes a long time (at least 24 hrs) to...

It takes a long time (at least 24 hrs) to trickle-charge a completely dead battery to full charge. A deeply discharged battery may never come back because of cell reversal. Once your battery is...
Forum: Road warriors 09-06-2014, 11:23 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,320
Posted By strongbad
^this^ I don't begrudge electric car and...

^this^

I don't begrudge electric car and bike owners their vehicles of choice. There is a very narrow demographic where electric may be the most practical choice. It's the heavy public subsidies...
Forum: Road warriors 09-05-2014, 10:00 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,320
Posted By strongbad
So Brammo blows out their inventory--gutting the...

So Brammo blows out their inventory--gutting the resale "value" of current owner's bikes, and providing one more big disincentive for making any kind of a financial case for going electric. Just like...
Forum: Road warriors 07-12-2014, 07:01 AM
Replies: 1,514
Views: 284,303
Posted By strongbad
It looks like the valves would be pretty easy to...

It looks like the valves would be pretty easy to access. Has anybody seen anything in the shop manual that would suggest otherwise? Valve check interval?
Forum: Road warriors 06-23-2014, 07:39 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 9,582
Posted By strongbad
Congrats sir. I can't think of a more perfect...

Congrats sir. I can't think of a more perfect around-town bike. Do you worry about someone vandalizing your bike in China? I have heard that anti-Japanese sentiment is strong there, but news reports...
Forum: Road warriors 06-01-2014, 09:33 PM
Replies: 1,514
Views: 284,303
Posted By strongbad
I much prefer the lighter CB500x to the NC700x,...

I much prefer the lighter CB500x to the NC700x, and the CB500x has more room for my 36" inseam legs. Not much more, but hip angle is more generous on the CB. Both Hondas are much kinder to long legs...
Forum: Road warriors 05-31-2014, 09:10 PM
Replies: 1,514
Views: 284,303
Posted By strongbad
I've been comparing the ergos of the CB500x and...

I've been comparing the ergos of the CB500x and the MT/FZ-07 at the cycle-ergo.com website. Looks like the CB500x will fit my tall, long-legged body better. The biggest difference is hip angle where...
Forum: Thumpers 01-04-2014, 08:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,662
Posted By strongbad
There may be enough slop in the bolts that fasten...

There may be enough slop in the bolts that fasten the stator down that you can loosen them and re-position the stator. Tolerances between the stator and rotor are pretty tight.
Forum: Road warriors 12-29-2013, 11:43 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,600
Posted By strongbad
me too. If anything, it shows what can be...

me too.

If anything, it shows what can be done when attention is paid to weight. The MT-07 is a whopping 35lbs lighter than Honda's CB500x. Both bikes are twins. Both have steel frames. Both are...
Forum: The Garage 12-08-2013, 05:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,993
Posted By strongbad
Very nice. Thanks for the pics. I suppose one...

Very nice. Thanks for the pics. I suppose one could cut some unneeded plastic from some other part of the windscreen to use as weld rod. That would ensure that the right kind of plastic is used.
Forum: Road warriors 12-03-2013, 07:16 AM
Replies: 331
Views: 64,196
Posted By strongbad
I had a '94 VFR with about 55,000 mi on it when I...

I had a '94 VFR with about 55,000 mi on it when I sold it. I did the initial valve check at 16,000 miles and found a few valves out of spec (on the tight side) that required shims. At the 2nd valve...
Forum: The Garage 12-02-2013, 08:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,196
Posted By strongbad
Cleaning refrigerator condensor coils? Man,...

Cleaning refrigerator condensor coils? Man, that's ambitious! :lol3
Forum: The Garage 12-01-2013, 09:44 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,237
Posted By strongbad
Read the link that CycleDoc59 gave in post 3...

Read the link that CycleDoc59 gave in post 3 carefully. Note that there's no such thing as 5w, 10w, 7w, etc. for fork oil. These designations are pure fiction for anything but crankcase oil (and 7w...
Forum: The Garage 11-30-2013, 02:58 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,387
Posted By strongbad
Natural gas prices can be volatile. Years ago,...

Natural gas prices can be volatile. Years ago, electric utilities converted their coal-fired generating units to natural gas to comply with govt. mandates to reduce pollution. It worked. Acid rain...
Forum: Road warriors 11-26-2013, 09:36 AM
Replies: 331
Views: 64,196
Posted By strongbad
I would welcome VTEC if it were the full...

I would welcome VTEC if it were the full variable-valve-lift-and-timing version used on Honda's automobiles instead of the half-assed, fake "VTEC", that isn't really VTEC, used on the VFR. The VFR...
Forum: Thumpers 11-21-2013, 07:29 AM
Replies: 1,623
Views: 242,392
Posted By strongbad
If you have the knowledge and tools (particularly...

If you have the knowledge and tools (particularly a good quality crimper that crimps from all sides at once) go ahead and clean up the mess. Otherwise, leave what works alone. Why fix what's not...
Forum: The Garage 11-19-2013, 07:41 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,222
Posted By strongbad
I have an expensive Fluke and a very inexpensive...

I have an expensive Fluke and a very inexpensive Harbor Freight meter. I use the Harbor Freight meter 90% of the time. It's fine for automotive work and household work as long as you're not measuring...
Forum: The Garage 11-17-2013, 06:59 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,437
Posted By strongbad
The HLA arrangement isn't mentioned by Mazda as...

The HLA arrangement isn't mentioned by Mazda as part of their Skyactive suite of technologies anywhere that I can find. It isn't advertised or promoted by them at all that I know of. I saw it in...
Forum: The Garage 11-16-2013, 04:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,437
Posted By strongbad
If I google "ford pinto pushrod" I get lots of...

If I google "ford pinto pushrod" I get lots of hits, so I don't think the Pinto's valve-train was even close to Mazda's Skyactive valve train. I was able to verify that 60s-era in-line six Pontiacs...
Forum: Thumpers 11-15-2013, 04:48 PM
Replies: 12,566
Views: 2,419,717
Posted By strongbad
thanks for the link.

thanks for the link.
Forum: The Garage 11-14-2013, 11:22 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,437
Posted By strongbad
Mazda Skyactive Valvetrain--Why not for motorcycles?

I was looking through the service manual for the new Mazda3 a few nights ago and found the perfection of all valve train beauty there. On their Skyactive G engines, Mazda uses a class 3 lever...
Forum: Thumpers 11-13-2013, 07:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,088
Posted By strongbad
Their website says the frame is made of 7020...

Their website says the frame is made of 7020 aluminum. My bicycle frame is made from this series of aluminum too. My understanding is that 7000 series aluminum can't be welded or soldered or brazed,...
Forum: Road warriors 11-06-2013, 10:02 AM
Replies: 1,514
Views: 284,303
Posted By strongbad
Props to Yamaha on the weight. 395 lbs sure beats...

Props to Yamaha on the weight. 395 lbs sure beats Honda's 430 lbs for the CB500x.
Forum: Road warriors 11-06-2013, 07:45 AM
Replies: 331
Views: 64,196
Posted By strongbad
I put 51,000mi on a '97 VFR and 56,000mi on my 94...

I put 51,000mi on a '97 VFR and 56,000mi on my 94 VFR and enjoyed both bikes very much. My main complaint with the bike is that it is too heavy. Honda's response was to make newer generations bigger...
Forum: Road warriors 10-27-2013, 02:34 PM
Replies: 818
Views: 200,399
Posted By strongbad
The appeal of the OEM side bags for me is that...

The appeal of the OEM side bags for me is that they're a sensible size. That is, they're large enough to be useful, but they tuck in tightly to the bike and don't stick out much. So many aftermarket...
Forum: Road warriors 10-26-2013, 07:41 PM
Replies: 818
Views: 200,399
Posted By strongbad
I was pricing the OEM side luggage for the CB500x...

I was pricing the OEM side luggage for the CB500x a couple of weeks ago. The parts guy quoted me about $600, but that didn't include the mounting hardware. He couldn't even order the mounting...
Forum: Road warriors 09-16-2013, 07:59 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 10,040
Posted By strongbad
Turbos went away because the motorcycling public,...

Turbos went away because the motorcycling public, the journalists, and the manufacturers all did a collective head slap; suddenly realizing that a big, normally-aspirated engine made the same power...
Forum: Road warriors 08-05-2013, 01:51 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,249
Posted By strongbad
I owned a 2nd gen VFR (an '86) that I kept for 7...

I owned a 2nd gen VFR (an '86) that I kept for 7 years and 50,000mi and then a 4th gen VFR (a '94) which I just sold recently. I loved both bikes but was very disappointed in the direction that Honda...
Forum: Road warriors 08-04-2013, 03:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,249
Posted By strongbad
I thought the 800 model was a little heavier. If...

I thought the 800 model was a little heavier. If I recall correctly, Honda shortened the wheelbase on the 800 model to make the bike feel lighter and quicker handling. Most of the motorcycle press...
Forum: Thumpers 07-21-2013, 07:01 PM
Replies: 12,566
Views: 2,419,717
Posted By strongbad
Beautiful pics! Thanks for posting.

Beautiful pics! Thanks for posting.
Forum: Road warriors 07-15-2013, 10:00 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 13,738
Posted By strongbad
Your chances of winning the lottery are no worse...

Your chances of winning the lottery are no worse than those who buy the tickets. :lol3

How does the bike handle? No fork dive, I suppose. Do you need 40 acres to turn around? I sort of scratched...
Forum: Road warriors 07-13-2013, 08:06 PM
Replies: 2,664
Views: 527,188
Posted By strongbad
Maybe it's because motorcycle headlights are...

Maybe it's because motorcycle headlights are usually mounted much higher than car headlights.

It's not hard to find or make very bright LED headlights. The hard part is getting the DOT beam...
Forum: Road warriors 07-12-2013, 09:02 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,254
Posted By strongbad
I live in an area that never freezes so I was...

I live in an area that never freezes so I was using distilled water and 'water wetter' as coolant; thinking that I didn't need anti-freeze. But I had the same symptom as you. On warmer days, the bike...
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