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Forum: Thumpers 06-16-2014, 05:02 AM
Replies: 14,455
Views: 1,676,410
Posted By SScratch
Great fabrication skills steady bear! I used...

Great fabrication skills steady bear!

I used to run tire pressures in the high teens for sandy stuff, but have had trouble with ripping out valve stems without rim locks. Also, if rocks are in the...
Forum: Thumpers 06-12-2014, 09:02 AM
Replies: 14,455
Views: 1,676,410
Posted By SScratch
It was a knee jerk reaction, literally! ...

It was a knee jerk reaction, literally!

At $635 for a 600 mile ride in a uhaul, I would have ridden it home if at all possible. It's the first time in 40 years I broke a bike bad enough to have...
Forum: Thumpers 06-12-2014, 08:54 AM
Replies: 14,455
Views: 1,676,410
Posted By SScratch
Not sure of the structural integrity of the...

Not sure of the structural integrity of the header, but no match for steel or Buick.

I think I will go with a new skid plate this time around, as well as some other mods I have been thinking...
Forum: Thumpers 06-11-2014, 05:48 PM
Replies: 14,455
Views: 1,676,410
Posted By SScratch
Just a bump on the wrist where I sheared the...

Just a bump on the wrist where I sheared the mirror off, but it's even gone now. I did a superman over the hood and landed on hundreds of dollars of pads and armor. Not even sore. Guess I still...
Forum: Thumpers 06-11-2014, 05:00 PM
Replies: 14,455
Views: 1,676,410
Posted By SScratch
I bought my 2001 Dakar new. The only two options...

I bought my 2001 Dakar new. The only two options I requested were the engine guard and the powerlet port. The weight of the guard and the necessity of removing it for oil changes had me second...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 06-03-2014, 03:20 PM
Replies: 1,229
Views: 65,739
Posted By SScratch
Here's a couple pics of the hillclimb on Blue's...

Here's a couple pics of the hillclimb on Blue's (Bloo, Bleau?) ride.

http://sscratch.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/MMM2014/i-8wjPnQS/0/L/IMG_0249-L.jpg

...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-23-2014, 11:17 AM
Replies: 30,821
Views: 7,420,722
Posted By SScratch
Who you callin' old, Jerseyboy? We need...

Who you callin' old, Jerseyboy?

We need to sink up our rev limiters in WV at the Hoot coming up.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-21-2014, 10:31 AM
Replies: 30,821
Views: 7,420,722
Posted By SScratch
Coletrain, there's a shine tasting in WV coming...

Coletrain, there's a shine tasting in WV coming up, you in?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-20-2014, 02:58 PM
Replies: 30,821
Views: 7,420,722
Posted By SScratch
Ariat waterproof work boots don't match the...

Ariat waterproof work boots don't match the jacket, but all-day comfortable on and off the bike. Besides, I broke my ankle in motocross boots anyway so what the hell.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-20-2014, 02:55 PM
Replies: 30,821
Views: 7,420,722
Posted By SScratch
You lose. Cortech Kevlar jeans with Bohn Armor...

You lose. Cortech Kevlar jeans with Bohn Armor underneath. More stealthy.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-20-2014, 02:44 PM
Replies: 30,821
Views: 7,420,722
Posted By SScratch
Running low octane, ethanol fuel, you ate at a...

Running low octane, ethanol fuel, you ate at a chain restaurant for lunch and you're humming Michael Bolton tunes in your helmet. Yeah, I'm that good.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-20-2014, 02:41 PM
Replies: 30,821
Views: 7,420,722
Posted By SScratch
Can't get anything by you!

Can't get anything by you!
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-19-2014, 11:27 AM
Replies: 30,821
Views: 7,420,722
Posted By SScratch
http://dp1ue7sx944ra.cloudfront.net/large_thumbs/t...

http://dp1ue7sx944ra.cloudfront.net/large_thumbs/thumb_1399163296DL2U9577.JPG

Noob on Knobs
Forum: Beasts 02-12-2014, 08:36 AM
Replies: 16,854
Views: 4,785,870
Posted By SScratch
Shock options

So what are the (cheaper) options for rebuilding/replacing the original whooped-out stock 51,000 mile shock on my '89 600? What other shocks from other bikes will fit without changing the original...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 11-18-2013, 10:06 AM
Replies: 582
Views: 227,776
Posted By SScratch
http://sscratch.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Miscellane...

http://sscratch.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Miscellaneous/i-7b7VqwF/0/O/74GT80.jpg
1974 Yamaha 80GT
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 11-18-2013, 10:05 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 8,325
Posted By SScratch
http://sscratch.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Miscellane...

http://sscratch.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Miscellaneous/i-88Rrvx9/0/L/SScratch2-L.jpg

http://sscratch.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Miscellaneous/i-Q2MhwFQ/0/O/SScratch3.jpg
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 11-16-2013, 03:08 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 20,525
Posted By SScratch
My first 1989 Honda Transalp, also gone now. ...

My first 1989 Honda Transalp, also gone now.
http://sscratch.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Miscellaneous/i-vqkcbFm/0/L/TransAlp2-L.jpg

But I have a second one now, restoration in process....
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 11-16-2013, 03:04 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 20,525
Posted By SScratch
1974 Yamaha DT125, long gone. ...

1974 Yamaha DT125, long gone.
http://sscratch.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Miscellaneous/i-BCPHWHH/0/O/47b4d605b3127cce99a8f8c5357200000016108EcNW7Fq1be%5B1%5D.jpg
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 11-06-2013, 02:40 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 25,764
Posted By SScratch
Or bike inside a bar... ...

Or bike inside a bar...
http://sscratch.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Club-Ride-3-7-10/i-MHw5hn4/0/L/winter2010%20035-L.jpg

Things got a little fuzzy later....
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 11-04-2013, 11:19 AM
Replies: 1,541
Views: 354,268
Posted By SScratch
http://sscratch.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Bighorns20...

http://sscratch.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Bighorns2013/i-cHzVGvT/0/XL/P1010173-XL.jpg
Big Horn Mountains, WY
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 11-02-2013, 04:59 PM
Replies: 1,336
Views: 242,291
Posted By SScratch
Snowies in the Medicine Bow, WY ...

Snowies in the Medicine Bow, WY
http://sscratch.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Wyoming/i-t88qkgw/0/XL/Wyoming%20030-XL.jpg
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 10-31-2013, 03:34 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 17,868
Posted By SScratch
http://sscratch.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Miscellane...

http://sscratch.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Miscellaneous/i-vqkcbFm/0/L/TransAlp2-L.jpg
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 10-28-2013, 04:07 PM
Replies: 648
Views: 100,905
Posted By SScratch
The Sin-And-Repent Center in Ruidosa, TX. Cantina...

The Sin-And-Repent Center in Ruidosa, TX. Cantina with Chapel right next door.
http://sscratch.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Big-Bend/i-qMkbjjt/0/L/Big%20Bend%20078-L.jpg
...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 10-28-2013, 04:01 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 17,186
Posted By SScratch
New Mexico ...

New Mexico
http://sscratch.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Colorado-2004/i-2GkwCgP/0/L/Whadja%20feed%20them%20cows-L.jpg
...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 10-28-2013, 03:57 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 32,348
Posted By SScratch
http://sscratch.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/BlackHills...

http://sscratch.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/BlackHills2010/i-sx5wj34/0/L/BH1%20112-L.jpg
Forum: Beasts 10-28-2013, 11:19 AM
Replies: 16,854
Views: 4,785,870
Posted By SScratch
Here is a quick reference for US XL600V model...

Here is a quick reference for US XL600V model specs. Old news to some, I know, but good to bookmark.
http://www.gummycarbs.com/wiki/index.php?title=Honda_Transalp_XL600V
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 10-16-2013, 03:36 PM
Replies: 298
Views: 26,762
Posted By SScratch
http://sscratch.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Miscellane...

http://sscratch.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Miscellaneous/i-Q2MhwFQ/0/M/SScratch3-M.jpg
Forum: Beasts 10-15-2013, 03:17 PM
Replies: 16,854
Views: 4,785,870
Posted By SScratch
I am also implementing the poor man's abs system....

I am also implementing the poor man's abs system. You know, hosing down the rotor and drum with WD40. Gets rid of the squeaks too.
Forum: Beasts 10-14-2013, 11:54 AM
Replies: 16,854
Views: 4,785,870
Posted By SScratch
I just got off the phone with Spiegler. A very...

I just got off the phone with Spiegler. A very professional and efficient person verified all the dimensions and specs of their Transalp kit, will make one fresh today and ship tomorrow for $71...
Forum: Beasts 10-14-2013, 11:27 AM
Replies: 16,854
Views: 4,785,870
Posted By SScratch
I had a chat with a rep from Bike Bandit. He said...

I had a chat with a rep from Bike Bandit. He said that even though their site lists parts compatible with the bike you enter into the search, the parts listed for your bike may have to be...
Forum: Beasts 10-14-2013, 10:18 AM
Replies: 16,854
Views: 4,785,870
Posted By SScratch
Brake lines are a wear item and should be...

Brake lines are a wear item and should be replaced before they fail. Most manufacturers recommend replacing the oem lines every 4-5 years to cover their butts. Not that they won't last longer, but no...
Forum: Beasts 10-14-2013, 09:21 AM
Replies: 16,854
Views: 4,785,870
Posted By SScratch
:eek1 24 year old rubber brake lines are...

:eek1
24 year old rubber brake lines are definitely the weakest link in any brake system. They are perfectly fine until they break open. Both of my original brake lines on my 2001 Dakar have split...
Forum: Beasts 10-14-2013, 05:05 AM
Replies: 16,854
Views: 4,785,870
Posted By SScratch
Using Bike Bandit's search feature for compatible...

Using Bike Bandit's search feature for compatible parts for my TA, Goodridge lines and fittings are recommended exclusively. I had no reason to believe they wouldn't fit, but obviously they don't.
...
Forum: Thumpers 10-13-2013, 09:13 PM
Replies: 14,455
Views: 1,676,410
Posted By SScratch
I see the place hasn't changed much since I was...

I see the place hasn't changed much since I was there!
http://sscratch.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Colorado-2004/i-CJJQD4H/0/M/P7150056-M.jpg
Forum: Beasts 10-13-2013, 07:34 PM
Replies: 16,854
Views: 4,785,870
Posted By SScratch
The '89 TA I picked up this summer already had...

The '89 TA I picked up this summer already had 50k miles on it so even though it runs flawlessly, I have a long list of maintenance items to catch up on.

I attempted to replace the entire front...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 10-10-2013, 12:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,005
Posted By SScratch
I've been practicing up for this. ...

I've been practicing up for this.

http://sscratch.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Miscellaneous/i-jsJQnqn/0/L/misc%20001-L.jpg
Forum: Beasts 10-03-2013, 03:31 PM
Replies: 16,854
Views: 4,785,870
Posted By SScratch
No sweat, Jim. It won't be the first unobtainable...

No sweat, Jim. It won't be the first unobtainable part for the Transalp!

I wish you well in whatever you decide to do.
Forum: Beasts 10-03-2013, 01:29 PM
Replies: 16,854
Views: 4,785,870
Posted By SScratch
Well I sure hate to see that happen to anyone. I...

Well I sure hate to see that happen to anyone. I think I will let it go until he's back on his feet. Thanks for the info.
Forum: Beasts 10-03-2013, 01:11 PM
Replies: 16,854
Views: 4,785,870
Posted By SScratch
Anyone know what is up with M.A.P. Engineering?...

Anyone know what is up with M.A.P. Engineering? It seems to be the only place to get a caliper bracket to upgrade the front brake, but you cannot order from the web site and he is not returning phone...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 07-25-2013, 11:26 AM
Replies: 3,670
Views: 807,282
Posted By SScratch
Funny you should say that. I was originally...

Funny you should say that. I was originally thinking of going to Utah and made it as far as Oklahoma City, but the storms over OK, TX, CO and NM diverted me to WY and the Bighorns instead. I turned...
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