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Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 02:36 PM
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Posted By Chaplain
Went for a little ride

The Tu250 has been neglected recently - I'm sorry.

So, This weekend Mrs. Chaplain was off visiting out of state. Saturday evening I took 'her' Tu and rode from Appomattox (Virginia) to my...
Forum: Road warriors 03-20-2014, 05:53 PM
Replies: 1,726
Views: 172,114
Posted By Chaplain
How does Harley Davidson sell anything?? Harley...

How does Harley Davidson sell anything?? Harley really makes a pretty good product - it just isn't what I want.

I think some riders are going to want a SR400. I guess I could find an old SR500,...
Forum: Road warriors 03-16-2014, 09:39 AM
Replies: 1,726
Views: 172,114
Posted By Chaplain
TU vs SR

I've logged about 10,000 miles on TU250x. The TU needs about 6000 miles (in my experience) to be able to get 'wear in' for it's max speed. I've done short distances on high speed limited access...
Forum: Road warriors 03-08-2014, 07:50 AM
Replies: 1,726
Views: 172,114
Posted By Chaplain
I would be really surprised if it did not have a...

I would be really surprised if it did not have a battery. I'm thinking the FI system would want to pressurize as soon as the key is turned on. So, most likely the lights would come on as well as soon...
Forum: Road warriors 03-07-2014, 10:23 AM
Replies: 1,726
Views: 172,114
Posted By Chaplain
simplicity is a plus

The SR400 impresses me as 'selling the interface'.

1. It looks like a motorcycle.
Show the silhouette to anyone who has ever seen a motorcycle and they will identify it as a motorcycle. I have a...
Forum: Road warriors 03-06-2014, 06:37 PM
Replies: 1,726
Views: 172,114
Posted By Chaplain
Ideal minimalist retro!?!

No electric start? So? It's a 400, with FI! I can remember being walked through the start up procedure for a used SR500 about 1986 or so. The dealer told me IIRC:
Fuel on.
Choke on.
Pull...
Forum: Thumpers 09-27-2013, 06:26 AM
Replies: 8,611
Views: 1,372,717
Posted By Chaplain
Left at about 6:15 from Harrisonburg this AM to...

Left at about 6:15 from Harrisonburg this AM to get back to the office, 48F. Only had 3 shirts & jacket - Almost naked - Burrr! But the Tu ran great - not a hitch. 108 miles through VA country to get...
Forum: Thumpers 09-26-2013, 06:16 PM
Replies: 8,611
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Posted By Chaplain
So...the engine just shut off!!

Here's what happened. 89 octane ethanol gas in the tank. 30 miles out of town I merged onto a 4 lane. Car in front of me almost stopped at the end of the on ramp. So, I wound out the Tu in 3rd to get...
Forum: Thumpers 06-30-2013, 01:43 PM
Replies: 8,611
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Posted By Chaplain
Chaplain rides again

I'm the fellow that didn't get his oil plug torqued in properly - and lost it :puke1

I still haven't gotten over that, or torn down that bike :cry. A recent job change will allow some more time,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-29-2012, 10:38 AM
Replies: 323
Views: 18,678
Posted By Chaplain
Among other thing, I drive a school bus from time...

Among other thing, I drive a school bus from time to time. To my limited knowledge, only in NJ are passengers in a school bus required to have a seat belt. No seat belts for passengers in school...
Forum: Road warriors 11-23-2012, 03:05 PM
Replies: 1,095
Views: 136,773
Posted By Chaplain
This +2 I am an avid advocate of the TU250x...

This +2

I am an avid advocate of the TU250x standard single. But, as much as I love my 250 single, it really is working hard on 65mph highways with all my gear acting as an air brake. I don't...
Forum: Thumpers 11-04-2012, 02:17 PM
Replies: 8,611
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Posted By Chaplain
Epic fail update

Hey y'all - just thought I would post so you know that I have not gone off screaming into the night; but I am still disgusted with myself. Not only was my trip an epic fail - the rest of the week and...
Forum: Thumpers 10-23-2012, 04:17 PM
Replies: 8,611
Views: 1,372,717
Posted By Chaplain
Cry Epic fail on my trip - at least this is not in face plant

After seeing what y'all posted re my planned trip - I now feel really bad.

For whoever asked about luggage - Yep I took luggage. I used those cheap saddle bag brackets you can get on e-bay. I...
Forum: Thumpers 10-22-2012, 07:46 PM
Replies: 8,611
Views: 1,372,717
Posted By Chaplain
Laugh Taking a little trip

I'm not sure this is a trip that will merit a ride report - but tomorrow at dawn I leave Appomattox, VA to ride 800 miles to Shalimar, FL (near Elgin AFB). I plan on doing this in two 400 mile days....
Forum: Thumpers 10-17-2012, 05:00 PM
Replies: 8,611
Views: 1,372,717
Posted By Chaplain
saddle bag brackets

I purchased a set of the triangular brackets from e-bay. I did not use the slot to mount them on the bike. I purchased the proper length grade 8 bolt from the hardware store (to fit the threaded hole...
Forum: Americas 10-08-2012, 06:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 441
Posted By Chaplain
That's the thing. If the weather turns nasty or...

That's the thing. If the weather turns nasty or really cold it could play havoc with plans. At least during the ride down my office will be open during the day and if I have a 9-5 problem someone can...
Forum: Thumpers 10-08-2012, 06:23 PM
Replies: 8,611
Views: 1,372,717
Posted By Chaplain
[QUOTE=Red06SS;19749820]Here's mine with a new...

[QUOTE=Red06SS;19749820]Here's mine with a new screen fitted yesterday.[QUOTE]

HEY Red06SS

How does that screen feel on the highway at 55, 60, 65, 70 ??
Any helmet buffeting? and how tall are...
Forum: Americas 10-07-2012, 12:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 441
Posted By Chaplain
Appomattox, VA to Shalimar, FL - NOOB TRIP

I have to go to Florida towards the end of October for a conference. It is 800 miles each way. I could slam down the interstate and be there in 13 hours in a car (a long day, yuck) or I could ride my...
Forum: Thumpers 10-06-2012, 12:30 PM
Replies: 8,611
Views: 1,372,717
Posted By Chaplain
16T and 120 tyre (D404)

So I'm thinking about a little trip on the TU. If I'm gonna go on the TU the back tire was a little marginal. I'm pretty sure it would come back bald (if it made it back). The tire that came with the...
Forum: Thumpers 10-06-2012, 12:06 PM
Replies: 8,611
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Posted By Chaplain
2009 swing arm grease - the saga continues

After the (few posts above) ordeal of the squeaky swing arm, I decided to spend Saturday morning taking apart Mrs. Chaplain's TU. There was no squeak, yet, but it was only a matter of time.

It is...
Forum: Thumpers 10-05-2012, 05:39 PM
Replies: 8,611
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Posted By Chaplain
Swing Arm Squeak finally conqured - the right way

After Brett's gentle admonishment that the swing arm is easy to take off and grease, I decided that I should take off the swing arm and grease it. I'm glad I did. Sheesh.

It is the little things...
Forum: Thumpers 10-03-2012, 07:20 PM
Replies: 8,611
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Posted By Chaplain
Local dealer says intrest in small bike way up.

Sat on the Honda 250 sport bike when I stopped in a dealer today. It seemed to have a seating position that is OK, but you do lean a little more forward that on the TU. I didn't like it as well as...
Forum: Thumpers 10-03-2012, 07:01 PM
Replies: 8,611
Views: 1,372,717
Posted By Chaplain
Tune up (remember those?) & the squeek came back

Today I spent a leisurely afternoon adjusting the valve lash on the TU. I really have to get one of those valve adjustment tools. It would go so much faster than using the needle nose pliers. I found...
Forum: Thumpers 10-02-2012, 07:42 PM
Replies: 8,611
Views: 1,372,717
Posted By Chaplain
I've been using 16T front and stock rear for...

I've been using 16T front and stock rear for about a year now. There are some times that 4th gear is not low enough to produce the power needed to get up a really steep hill (or maybe not enough to...
Forum: Thumpers 09-23-2012, 09:48 AM
Replies: 8,611
Views: 1,372,717
Posted By Chaplain
Headed out to our get-away place to meet Mrs....

Headed out to our get-away place to meet Mrs. Chaplain Friday night. I looked at the map and found a just slightly longer road to get there - a symptom likely shared by every inmate. Even with the...
Forum: Thumpers 09-10-2012, 03:48 PM
Replies: 8,611
Views: 1,372,717
Posted By Chaplain
I find the headlight on the TU to be AMAZING! I...

I find the headlight on the TU to be AMAZING! I have cars with two headlights working, on high beam, that are not as bright as the one light on the TU. If you remember bike headlights from 30 years...
Forum: Thumpers 09-03-2012, 01:01 PM
Replies: 8,611
Views: 1,372,717
Posted By Chaplain
Wink TU #2 updated to 16T

Well, no surprises here. 3 x 6mm head bolts to get the sprocket cover off. Used my big 'ole flat head screw driver to beat the safety washer into submission. Put the 30mm socket on the breaker bar....
Forum: Equipment 09-03-2012, 08:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,519
Posted By Chaplain
Cool2 So I ordered one

The dealers in Lynchburg do not appear to have tank bags, At least not that I can remember. The closest place is shop is 80+ miles away. Walmart is down the street. In a couple of weeks (If I can...
Forum: Thumpers 09-02-2012, 05:41 AM
Replies: 8,611
Views: 1,372,717
Posted By Chaplain
15t - 16t

I am really blessed at the moment - I have 2 TUs in the house - both red!

Mine has a 16T front sprocket. Mrs. Chaplain's has a 15T front sprocket. Both have standard rear sprockets, and standard...
Forum: Thumpers 08-18-2012, 07:23 PM
Replies: 8,611
Views: 1,372,717
Posted By Chaplain
500 miles this week on the TU

A 327 mile day, then a few other little trips, and the total is about 520 miles for the week. It was all good - even the bit I did in the rain. Just to keep things interesting the road out to the...
Forum: Thumpers 08-16-2012, 03:35 PM
Replies: 8,611
Views: 1,372,717
Posted By Chaplain
Since I now have 2 TU's in the house (actually...

Since I now have 2 TU's in the house (actually parked out back) I went ahead and purchased the shop manual from the source another inmate posted. The way things are going I will likely not need it....
Forum: Thumpers 08-15-2012, 04:51 AM
Replies: 8,611
Views: 1,372,717
Posted By Chaplain
8850 miles now. 16T on the front, stock on the...

8850 miles now. 16T on the front, stock on the rear. Around Richmond and east it is flat like south NJ and I could use taller gearing OK. But moving west in VA there are rolling hills in what we call...
Forum: Thumpers 08-14-2012, 05:40 PM
Replies: 8,611
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Posted By Chaplain
Mesh gear

Yep! I've got mesh gear. But I was a little rainy when I left in the morning. The weather could have gone either way. And, with fast moving thunder storms possible I just didn't want to mess with...
Forum: Thumpers 08-14-2012, 02:27 PM
Replies: 8,611
Views: 1,372,717
Posted By Chaplain
Wink Kinda hot ride today - 327 miles

Rode 327 miles today - in about 8 hours. This makes me think a 1000 mile ride is possible in 24 hours on a TU, but I would want to work up to it - and perhaps not in the summer! The TU ran great,...
Forum: Thumpers 08-12-2012, 04:24 PM
Replies: 8,611
Views: 1,372,717
Posted By Chaplain
^^^^^^^^^weird^^^^^^^

Idles fine probably means not an ignition issue with modern ignition. Also, the FI system at idle is working OK. What happens in the FI system when the throttle is opened? Is there a gizmo that reads...
Forum: Thumpers 08-08-2012, 05:19 AM
Replies: 8,611
Views: 1,372,717
Posted By Chaplain
Gas gauge? Do you mean reserve light? Does this...

Gas gauge? Do you mean reserve light? Does this problem go away when you put gas in the tank? Never ran mine out of gas. The fuel pump in the tank depends on fuel for cooling and lubrication perhaps....
Forum: Thumpers 08-04-2012, 07:09 PM
Replies: 8,611
Views: 1,372,717
Posted By Chaplain
Summer is nearly over in August!!

The Academy where I am Headmaster is starting classes on August 20. I remember the good 'ole days when school didn't start until the day after Labor Day. Even the public schools in this county start...
Forum: Thumpers 08-01-2012, 07:58 AM
Replies: 8,611
Views: 1,372,717
Posted By Chaplain
Wicked 2 TUs

OK, so the wife's TU has a 15T front sprocket, and mine has a 16T. Just ordered another 16T. Wow what a difference.

Also the wife's TU has only 2400 miles, mine has 8400. The difference that 6000...
Forum: Thumpers 07-29-2012, 11:43 AM
Replies: 8,611
Views: 1,372,717
Posted By Chaplain
2 TU's in the house now

Sometimes Craigslist is your friend.

I found a RED TU in Virginia. I showed the picture to Mrs. Chaplain. I said 'If you really want a bike you should get this one - it's just like mine! She said...
Forum: Thumpers 07-27-2012, 03:18 PM
Replies: 8,611
Views: 1,372,717
Posted By Chaplain
OK Brett, you are Basic Rider Experimenter To...

OK Brett, you are Basic Rider Experimenter To Tu250
Looks like you have done all the basic experimentation on gearing.

I'm, for the moment, sticking with 16T front, stock rear and stock rear tire...
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