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Forum: Old's Cool 11-07-2012, 04:51 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 14,201
Posted By FinestYearK
This is not quite a UJM, but is a testament to...

This is not quite a UJM, but is a testament to the rock-solid reliability of old Hondas. I conservatively figure 85k miles when I sold it. Doubt the valves had ever been checked before I did it - the...
Forum: Old's Cool 10-13-2012, 03:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 671
Posted By FinestYearK
FYK Gets a Kawi!

Mid summer I got bit by the UJM/early sportbike bug and decided to find a bike to ride and upgrade. The caveat: it had to be cheap. Really cheap. So a CL search commenced and three hours later I...
Forum: Old's Cool 08-25-2012, 11:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,161
Posted By FinestYearK
Would come with my GPz 550 but am working the...

Would come with my GPz 550 but am working the graveyard. Do post pics.
Forum: Ride reports 04-06-2012, 11:35 PM
Replies: 642
Views: 352,279
Posted By FinestYearK
Dude, AWESOME story! Guts, blood and sweat are...

Dude, AWESOME story! Guts, blood and sweat are the three key ingredients in growing up, and you've proved you know how to lay 'em on the line to better yourself. Awesome.

Here's a few nuggets of...
Forum: The Garage 02-28-2012, 08:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,345
Posted By FinestYearK
Thanks much, guys. Question answered. I've never...

Thanks much, guys. Question answered. I've never had the joy of having valves go out in any capacity, and never plan to.
Forum: The Garage 02-28-2012, 03:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,345
Posted By FinestYearK
I'm just wondering what happens if the adjustment...

I'm just wondering what happens if the adjustment is not done - I maintain all of my motorcycles fastisously to spec and have never had a bike quit as a result of mechanical failure. Lots (most?) of...
Forum: The Garage 02-28-2012, 03:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,345
Posted By FinestYearK
Valves, if I never adjusted them...

...what would happen?

I just bought a cheapo, rough 1987 Honda CBR 600 to use as a commuter and track bike (it was already being used as such). The engine probably has 50k+ on it, and has not had...
Forum: Airheads 02-25-2012, 09:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,019
Posted By FinestYearK
CL. MOA. Ebay. Local forums.

CL. MOA. Ebay. Local forums.
Forum: Old's Cool 02-21-2012, 09:25 PM
Replies: 237
Views: 77,281
Posted By FinestYearK
Nice! LOVE the Suzuki. How'd you like it?

Nice! LOVE the Suzuki. How'd you like it?
Forum: Old's Cool 02-21-2012, 07:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,303
Posted By FinestYearK
Thanks, folks. Suzuki used a disc specific to the...

Thanks, folks. Suzuki used a disc specific to the 83-86 model years, so they're around, just kind of scarce. Not bad, but more stopping power would come in handy at times.
Forum: Old's Cool 02-20-2012, 08:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,364
Posted By FinestYearK
Holy WOW, I need to go there! :eek1 UJM heaven.

Holy WOW, I need to go there! :eek1 UJM heaven.
Forum: Old's Cool 02-20-2012, 08:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,303
Posted By FinestYearK
Thanks much, I will drop you a line.

Thanks much, I will drop you a line.
Forum: Old's Cool 02-20-2012, 01:32 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 13,754
Posted By FinestYearK
IMO the 360 would be the better candidate. The...

IMO the 360 would be the better candidate. The CM400's frame slopes downwards to the rear; however, there have been some nice cafe's CX500 cafe examples floating around.
Forum: Old's Cool 02-20-2012, 01:28 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,279
Posted By FinestYearK
They're pretty cheap on CL, along the lines of...

They're pretty cheap on CL, along the lines of the Honda CBs and Suzuki GSs from what I have seen. Is it a special model at all?
Forum: Old's Cool 02-19-2012, 09:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,303
Posted By FinestYearK
What's a good source for modern brakes for an old bike?

I ride my Suzuki GS550ES every day, every where, and am planning to do some schools with it. Hence, front brakes rotors will be due for a replacement in the foreseeable future, and, of course, the...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-29-2012, 06:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,457
Posted By FinestYearK
Downtube dented? Yikes! It takes a whack to...

Downtube dented? Yikes! It takes a whack to deform it. Small bikes are very plentiful, finding a good one can be a challenge.
Forum: Old's Cool 01-28-2012, 07:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,457
Posted By FinestYearK
Pics, miles? $800 would be decent if the bike is...

Pics, miles? $800 would be decent if the bike is in very nice condition and needs nothing whatsoever. Lots of cheap small bikes out there for cheap.
Forum: Old's Cool 01-27-2012, 10:00 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,593
Posted By FinestYearK
How Long Till You "Trust" a New Old Bike?

Maybe I'm completely over-the-top OCD, but there is a metal "breaking in" period for me after I buy a used bike before trusting it completely. Even after I've gone over the bike and everything is up...
Forum: Airheads 01-27-2012, 09:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,388
Posted By FinestYearK
Good feeling, isn't it? I drive my E34 though...

Good feeling, isn't it? I drive my E34 though several Minnesota winters. Threw some truck tires on the back, and it worked wonderfully. Salt took it's toll on the doors, as the drain holes have a...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-25-2012, 07:24 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,440
Posted By FinestYearK
Thanks, guys. She's dirty as the dickens and...

Thanks, guys. She's dirty as the dickens and needs a general sprucing up, but at over 27K running strong as ever. Never thought I'd say this, but I've actually found a bike I love riding more than...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-25-2012, 05:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,440
Posted By FinestYearK
Here she is at work. LOVE it :D Loosened the...

Here she is at work. LOVE it :D

Loosened the tensioner screw about 1/8 of a turn. I was told "they all do that" by the owner, who tours the world with Suzukis. Still an annoying rattle from...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-24-2012, 07:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,440
Posted By FinestYearK
Thanks for the info about the tensioner. Just to...

Thanks for the info about the tensioner. Just to be sure: 1) loosen jam bolt 2) let the unit self adjust 3) tighten jam bolt? I don't always trust Clymer. The noise if certainly present at 5k-6k RPM....
Forum: Old's Cool 01-21-2012, 08:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,440
Posted By FinestYearK
Thanks to both of you Inmates, I'm taking the 550...

Thanks to both of you Inmates, I'm taking the 550 on it's first afternoon cruise tomorrow :clap
Rectifier is good to go now as well.

Question: How much timing chain noise should there be at...
Forum: Road warriors 01-20-2012, 09:30 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 19,317
Posted By FinestYearK
Sage wisdom - way to keep it real. OP, if...

Sage wisdom - way to keep it real.

OP, if this helps at all, I am 23 and have a 987cc BMW and 400cc Honda, and ride equally fast on both. Nothing crazy, and certainly nothing that would get my...
Forum: 2 smokers 01-19-2012, 07:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,201
Posted By FinestYearK
That, sir, is a handsome bike. Looks reliable as...

That, sir, is a handsome bike. Looks reliable as heck.
Forum: Old's Cool 01-19-2012, 06:37 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,440
Posted By FinestYearK
Thanks, Kenny. Are you referring to a voltage...

Thanks, Kenny. Are you referring to a voltage regulator?

I've been talking to another touring bike guy (I am assuming he's here somewhere) and considering replacing both my K100 and CM400 with...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-19-2012, 02:18 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,440
Posted By FinestYearK
Great site. Thanks much!

Great site. Thanks much!
Forum: Equipment 01-19-2012, 11:21 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 31,817
Posted By FinestYearK
I rock a Hi-viz jacket, lighting upgrades and...

I rock a Hi-viz jacket, lighting upgrades and other goodies, but hey, more visibility = better, right?

Cheesiest idea out there, but if you're crunched for money or don't want to ruin a good...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-18-2012, 09:07 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,440
Posted By FinestYearK
Suzuki 550 ES '83'-'84. Please learn me on it.

I've been looking around for a cheap early '80s bike that will last a long time and take some abuse. Beemers are out due to overall cost of ownership (ie. stealership parts pricing), and I already...
Forum: Road warriors 01-17-2012, 08:30 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 15,467
Posted By FinestYearK
I'm biased as I own one, but the Honda CM/CBs...

I'm biased as I own one, but the Honda CM/CBs can't be beat for in-town riding. Quick enough to stay with traffic, and a standard riding position with a seat that's not too high. Wicked easy to...
Forum: Road warriors 01-17-2012, 05:15 PM
Replies: 1,465
Views: 304,333
Posted By FinestYearK
Here's my namesake, my 2/'85 naked K 100. Rescued...

Here's my namesake, my 2/'85 naked K 100. Rescued from the downfall of Bend Euro Moto, I am going through it thoroughly and making it shine like it deserves to. Cosmetically challenged, but nothing...
Forum: Road warriors 01-10-2012, 03:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,016
Posted By FinestYearK
Rinse off the bike. If it's a newer bike with a...

Rinse off the bike. If it's a newer bike with a decent finish, I wouldn't worry about it. The dry, dusty salt won't be as bad as riding through puddles of slush.
Forum: Equipment 01-09-2012, 09:22 PM
Replies: 450
Views: 102,535
Posted By FinestYearK
Sounds like you have a good store staff. The bums...

Sounds like you have a good store staff. The bums behind the counter insisted that I give their helmet a second chance to have its face shield pop off at 80 mph. Y'know, because the first time was...
Forum: Equipment 01-09-2012, 01:48 PM
Replies: 450
Views: 102,535
Posted By FinestYearK
BILT brand pants from Cycle Gear. Ripped like...

BILT brand pants from Cycle Gear. Ripped like paper tissue while trying to change out the knee pad. BILT helmet, the lining came out within two months. BILT leather jacket, stiff and poor fitting....
Forum: Equipment 01-08-2012, 08:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 14,418
Posted By FinestYearK
Thanks, duck. Seems pretty straightforward. A lot...

Thanks, duck. Seems pretty straightforward. A lot better than spending $500+ on running lights, at least for the time being.
Forum: Equipment 01-07-2012, 10:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 14,418
Posted By FinestYearK
What's the BEST H4 Bulb Out There?

Unsuccessfully searched...

Short of adding extra lights, I'd like to improve the light output of my Beemer. The headlight pattern is excellent, but the H4 bulb's intensity is outright crap, and...
Forum: Road warriors 12-28-2011, 06:11 PM
Replies: 2,862
Views: 1,041,724
Posted By FinestYearK
What are you looking for quality-wise? Cycle Gear...

What are you looking for quality-wise? Cycle Gear has some craptastic ones for sale for $20-ish+.
Forum: Road warriors 12-23-2011, 08:00 PM
Replies: 2,862
Views: 1,041,724
Posted By FinestYearK
Very nice. What seat is that?

Very nice. What seat is that?
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