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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-11-2014, 11:18 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 8,830
Posted By Toolpen
Support your local deer hunters...

Support your local deer hunters...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-10-2014, 02:14 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,297
Posted By Toolpen
I purchased a wrecked 1991 Honda ST1100 in 2002....

I purchased a wrecked 1991 Honda ST1100 in 2002. Fixed it up and have never looked back as she's a keeper. Low maintenance, easy to work on, great fuel mileage and comfortable for long rides. Changed...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-07-2014, 02:52 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 5,917
Posted By Toolpen
Had a guy stop by my shop once and joked on how...

Had a guy stop by my shop once and joked on how clean it was. I told him no problem as I could throw a piece of plywood outside and do the work there if it would make him more comfortable.:D

As I...
Forum: The Garage 02-19-2014, 04:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 492
Posted By Toolpen
Used it to break some old tires when working on a...

Used it to break some old tires when working on a vintage Gold Wing project and they worked great. I've used both the long and short versions and for shop work I would get the longer versions.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-05-2014, 05:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,638
Posted By Toolpen
I'm familiar with Classic Motorcycle Mechanics...

I'm familiar with Classic Motorcycle Mechanics magazine and it's a good resource for working on vintage Japanese motorcycles. Thanks for the link as I should subscribe to it.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-05-2014, 10:12 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,638
Posted By Toolpen
Totally agree. Back in the 70s Bob Braverman...

Totally agree. Back in the 70s Bob Braverman published "Cycle Mechanics" and "Bike Mechanics" magazines and they were full of mods and other tech info. And include these with all of his other work...
Forum: The Garage 01-17-2014, 04:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,180
Posted By Toolpen
Checking the front and rear sag (or ride height)...

Checking the front and rear sag (or ride height) will tell you if you need to adjust the springs or if you need different spring rates and it's a good starting point when adjusting suspension. The...
Forum: The Garage 01-15-2014, 09:15 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,391
Posted By Toolpen
Good info and the way you describe it seems you...

Good info and the way you describe it seems you can disregard the rim as the problem. It seems like the tire valves cannot hold the pressure that is building in the tire once the second bead starts...
Forum: The Garage 01-14-2014, 08:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,391
Posted By Toolpen
More info needed: How is the valve stem...

More info needed:

How is the valve stem tearing?

Is the valve stem actually pushed out of the rim when pressure builds in the tire or does it split where it is seated in the rim?

Have you...
Forum: The Garage 01-13-2014, 08:50 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,417
Posted By Toolpen
I purchased a 20-ton HF press a number of years...

I purchased a 20-ton HF press a number of years ago to rebuild crankshafts and it has proven to be very capable as I use it quite often. My only concern was with the bottle jack and it did start to...
Forum: Day Trippin' 01-03-2014, 09:05 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,309
Posted By Toolpen
Sunday I left the central valley and did a two...

Sunday I left the central valley and did a two -day ride taking highway 178 to the east side of the Sierras. I intended to continue through Ridgecrest and enter Death Valley from the Trona side but...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-13-2013, 08:40 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,977
Posted By Toolpen
I recently removed the swing arm bearings from an...

I recently removed the swing arm bearings from an 07 GS and it it uses the same FAG 539816A bearings, and these bearings do seem unique. The center race has some lateral play, unlike a typical roller...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-12-2013, 07:19 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,977
Posted By Toolpen
Let us know if the collet fits behind the...

Let us know if the collet fits behind the bearing. If so, a good way to go. If the collet does expand and lock against the race I would still heat the swing arm a bit to help with removal and protect...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-07-2013, 09:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,026
Posted By Toolpen
I believe the starter relay is located behind the...

I believe the starter relay is located behind the control unit (ECU). You have to remove the fuel tank and then the control unit to access it. On the earlier GSA model, the starter relay was located...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-02-2013, 04:27 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 12,555
Posted By Toolpen
When parked I always take my helmet with me. Had...

When parked I always take my helmet with me. Had a friend use a helmet lock once and someone cut the chin strap and stole the helmet. Though I do see that quite a few riders leave their helmets on...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-19-2013, 10:43 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,823
Posted By Toolpen
Here is an example for you. I just returned from...

Here is an example for you. I just returned from a trip where I rode across several of the Sierra Nevada passes. One day I rode from Lee Vining to Bridgeport and gassed up (around 10:00 am) Then took...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-01-2013, 03:21 PM
Replies: 1,281
Views: 205,632
Posted By Toolpen
:lol3

:lol3
Forum: Trip Planning 05-06-2013, 09:17 AM
Replies: 243
Views: 44,432
Posted By Toolpen
On the Road Again by Canned Heat Up On...

On the Road Again by Canned Heat

Up On Cripple Creek by The Band
Forum: Ride reports 04-25-2013, 06:12 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 44,511
Posted By Toolpen
Nice going Sjaak!!! Quite an accomplishment...

Nice going Sjaak!!! Quite an accomplishment indeed. What a way to set a goal and get after it!!! :clap
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-24-2013, 03:14 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,348
Posted By Toolpen
Had a similar situation happen on a rural...

Had a similar situation happen on a rural two-lane road. Had to stop behind a few cars where typically it is unnecessary to stop. I moved over to the far right side of my lane and sure enough I heard...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-21-2013, 03:30 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,811
Posted By Toolpen
Had a guy bring a Royal Star by my shop after...

Had a guy bring a Royal Star by my shop after having the rear tire changed at another shop and was complaining that the rear brake was dragging. Sure enough, someone put a spacing washer on the wrong...
Forum: Ride reports 02-21-2013, 09:13 AM
Replies: 176
Views: 44,511
Posted By Toolpen
After following the videos of the bike build and...

After following the videos of the bike build and all of the required work/planning for this adventure, it's awesome to see his excitement at this point. The engine starts at -30 degrees Celsius. Go...
Forum: Ride reports 01-10-2013, 08:25 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 44,511
Posted By Toolpen
Interesting choice of motorcycle and looking...

Interesting choice of motorcycle and looking forward to his ride across the polar ice. I can't imagine the preparation a ride like that will require.
Forum: Old's Cool 01-20-2012, 09:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,337
Posted By Toolpen
Usually you don't find these bikes with the tank...

Usually you don't find these bikes with the tank and other painted parts in such good condition. I would keep it stock and ride it when you get the engine problem figured out.
Forum: Day Trippin' 01-03-2012, 01:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,001
Posted By Toolpen
Just curious, but was wondering what the camping...

Just curious, but was wondering what the camping would be like in the areas shown and in similar KS areas? Seems like most of it is private land.
Forum: Day Trippin' 12-28-2011, 10:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,001
Posted By Toolpen
I've always heard and considered that Kansas was...

I've always heard and considered that Kansas was a flat place to ride so it's nice to see the video and read the other comments. When I ride through there next year I'll have to check it out. I did...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-05-2011, 09:47 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 750
Posted By Toolpen
R100CCR Build Thread

Wasn't sure where to put this, but I know a guy who has an interesting R100CCR build going on at the BMWMOA forum.


http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthread.php?t=56549

...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-01-2011, 03:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,957
Posted By Toolpen
Go to a dealership and have them pull a catalog...

Go to a dealership and have them pull a catalog listing PJ1 engine paint. Plenty of choices. My dealer usually stocks PJ1 Fast Black engine paint, and I've always had good success with PJ1 paint in...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-01-2011, 02:51 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,922
Posted By Toolpen
Looking at the pics, you've got your work cut out...

Looking at the pics, you've got your work cut out for you, but that's the fun part. What's good about the bike is that it's pretty basic, and like someone wrote, a salvage yard will be your best...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-24-2011, 06:01 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,413
Posted By Toolpen
Totally agree. This commercial has to be one of...

Totally agree. This commercial has to be one of the dumbest car commercials ever. And to think some people fall for this crap.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-21-2011, 06:04 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,255
Posted By Toolpen
Same here. But then I secure the two rear hooks...

Same here. But then I secure the two rear hooks on the cargo net(s) to the passenger grab rails with plastic ties.
Forum: Americas 10-13-2011, 06:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,091
Posted By Toolpen
Weather and temperature differences between the...

Weather and temperature differences between the valley and Tioga Pass can be very different this time of year as it can be clear in the valley and cold and raining/snowing higher up or clear and very...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-25-2011, 08:52 AM
Replies: 171
Views: 15,874
Posted By Toolpen
I wouldn't look at it like you are rewarding...

I wouldn't look at it like you are rewarding them. To me you are taking control of a bad situation and reacting to it. They are just going to speed by and tailgate the next vehicle they come to while...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-24-2011, 03:18 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 15,874
Posted By Toolpen
Tailgating is a form of intimidation, so there is...

Tailgating is a form of intimidation, so there is no battle to be won. However, it has become so common wherever I travel that I almost feel that is now legal to do so. Maybe I need to reread the...
Forum: The Garage 07-21-2011, 12:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,177
Posted By Toolpen
You're right about the JIS screws and...

You're right about the JIS screws and screwdrivers.

I have a set of Snap-on screwdrivers in my toolbox and used them daily, until I purchased a set of JIS screwdrivers. Now I'm more likely to lend...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-13-2011, 09:13 AM
Replies: 147
Views: 9,620
Posted By Toolpen
I've worked in the shop many years now and know...

I've worked in the shop many years now and know that you're not going to win all of the broken bolt/fastener battles. However, it's my policy to contact the customer when I run into something like...
Forum: Trip Planning 07-11-2011, 12:17 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,347
Posted By Toolpen
This is why I travel solo.

This is why I travel solo.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-08-2011, 09:40 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,947
Posted By Toolpen
Cycle World has become boring or maybe it's just...

Cycle World has become boring or maybe it's just my outlook on things now after spending time on ADV. Egan's columns have a formula read to them, though I suppose that happens when you do the same...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-27-2011, 09:08 AM
Replies: 9,936
Views: 2,043,414
Posted By Toolpen
Totally agree with this observation when...

Totally agree with this observation when traveling. Also, I live in a foothill area with a large city below us and mountains above so we get a lot of motorcycle traffic, and its mostly Harleys with...
Forum: Ride reports 06-16-2011, 12:46 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 18,584
Posted By Toolpen
Your pic of the Goddard workshop was very...

Your pic of the Goddard workshop was very interesting and I can't wait to make it there myself. Your report just gets better and better.
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