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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Today, 01:21 PM
Replies: 248
Views: 12,736
Posted By Sparrowhawk
Tell that to Bruno Langlois, who came in second...

Tell that to Bruno Langlois, who came in second on his Ducati at the 2013 Pikes Peak Hill Climb behind first place Carlin Dunne on the Lightning electric superbike. :D
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Forum: Road warriors Yesterday, 09:21 PM
Replies: 230
Views: 24,507
Posted By Sparrowhawk
Can't wait to see one in the flesh and find out...

Can't wait to see one in the flesh and find out where they fit in the sport touring continuum. They have promise but a KTM 1290 Duke with a small windscreen and soft luggage may still get my money.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 09:10 PM
Replies: 248
Views: 12,736
Posted By Sparrowhawk
No problem. Plenty if ICE options for you. ...

No problem. Plenty if ICE options for you. Justifying an electric motorcycle is not much different than a high-end bicycle. "Jesus, that's more than I paid for my car!". Ya, OK, it's what I...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-18-2014, 08:51 PM
Replies: 248
Views: 12,736
Posted By Sparrowhawk
Power delivery is totally different and gives a...

Power delivery is totally different and gives a different experience. Plus there's the maintenance requirements of a Makita cordless drill.
Forum: Road warriors 10-18-2014, 10:11 AM
Replies: 230
Views: 24,507
Posted By Sparrowhawk
^^This^^ +Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, etc.....

^^This^^ +Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, etc.. Maybe not exactly legal but I just can't drive 75 on those wide open stretches.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-17-2014, 04:37 PM
Replies: 248
Views: 12,736
Posted By Sparrowhawk
Here is another urban weapon. ...

Here is another urban weapon.

http://i0.wp.com/www.asphaltandrubber.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/2015-Alta-RedShift-SM-05.jpg?resize=635%2C423...
Forum: Road warriors 10-17-2014, 01:42 PM
Replies: 344
Views: 17,235
Posted By Sparrowhawk
This summarizes the magic that is HD. Through...

This summarizes the magic that is HD. Through masterful marketing, style, character (potato, potato, potato,), service, and product, the name Harley has become equivalent to "motorcycle" in the US....
Forum: Road warriors 10-17-2014, 08:46 AM
Replies: 230
Views: 24,507
Posted By Sparrowhawk
People that tour in places other than North...

People that tour in places other than North America. Germany for one example.
Forum: Road warriors 10-16-2014, 07:07 PM
Replies: 344
Views: 17,235
Posted By Sparrowhawk
Things are not not so black or white. Sure,...

Things are not not so black or white. Sure, perfect knowledge about behind the curtain dealings is lacking. On the other hand, when you go to the lake and see what appears to be an animal that...
Forum: Road warriors 10-15-2014, 11:17 PM
Replies: 230
Views: 24,507
Posted By Sparrowhawk
Curiosity again. Cycle ergo is messed up. I...

Curiosity again. Cycle ergo is messed up. I thought I would compare the 1200RS to the 90S & 100RS. I still consider the R100RS ergos about perfect for sustained high speed (100+ mph) touring. The...
Forum: Racing 10-15-2014, 10:34 PM
Replies: 5,138
Views: 599,861
Posted By Sparrowhawk
Chemist here and a volunteer working on providing...

Chemist here and a volunteer working on providing safer drinking water to people in Kopanga Kenya. Heating water to 60° - 70°C for an hour will eliminate pathogens. As others have mentioned, metal...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-15-2014, 10:00 PM
Replies: 248
Views: 12,736
Posted By Sparrowhawk
Did someone forget this is an adventure...

Did someone forget this is an adventure motorcycling forum? Your point is understood but take the conversation elsewhere.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-15-2014, 09:55 PM
Replies: 248
Views: 12,736
Posted By Sparrowhawk
So, I can really see one of these as a hoot. ...

So, I can really see one of these as a hoot. What I am having a hard time understanding is the purpose of the pedals. I mean the thing can go 50 mph on e power alone. It's like a moped with a 150...
Forum: Road warriors 10-14-2014, 07:01 PM
Replies: 344
Views: 17,235
Posted By Sparrowhawk
Agreed. Do you predict any new engine platforms...

Agreed. Do you predict any new engine platforms beyond the current five (depending on how you count them) or new marketing categories (adventure, sport-touring, etc.) than now or just more of the...
Forum: Road warriors 10-13-2014, 09:45 PM
Replies: 344
Views: 17,235
Posted By Sparrowhawk
If you are interested in where Harley is...

If you are interested in where Harley is intending to go and how, Google "Mark Hans-Richer interview". He is Senior VP & Chief Marketing Officer for Harley. Lots of marketing lingo but interesting...
Forum: Road warriors 10-13-2014, 05:18 PM
Replies: 344
Views: 17,235
Posted By Sparrowhawk
Harley is about where BMW was 30 years ago. Stuck...

Harley is about where BMW was 30 years ago. Stuck with a loyal clientele that would not accept anything but a boxer with shaft drive as a real BMW. KTM was similarly painted into a corner as a seller...
Forum: Road warriors 10-13-2014, 04:32 PM
Replies: 344
Views: 17,235
Posted By Sparrowhawk
That sums up HD's Dilemma well. Harley pretty...

That sums up HD's Dilemma well. Harley pretty much owns the US market. How much more can they realistically expect to increase market share in the US against all the competition with a single type...
Forum: Road warriors 10-13-2014, 12:59 PM
Replies: 344
Views: 17,235
Posted By Sparrowhawk
All are rear wheel. "Rollenprüfstand" = rolling...

All are rear wheel. "Rollenprüfstand" = rolling dynamometer.
Forum: Road warriors 10-13-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 344
Views: 17,235
Posted By Sparrowhawk
I assume you're being facetious right? Harley...

I assume you're being facetious right? Harley built its success by selling large, expensive, V-twins to white, male, middle class, baby boomers in North America. They expanded by selling the same...
Forum: Road warriors 10-13-2014, 12:04 PM
Replies: 344
Views: 17,235
Posted By Sparrowhawk
Typical spread from various dynos. Cycle...

Typical spread from various dynos.

Cycle World (http://www.cycleworld.com/2013/08/28/2013-ktm-690-duke-first-ride-review-photos/) measured 64 hp & 49 ftlb.

Motorrad measure 64 hp for the 654...
Forum: Road warriors 10-13-2014, 09:10 AM
Replies: 344
Views: 17,235
Posted By Sparrowhawk
It doesn't matter what you ride. The thread is...

It doesn't matter what you ride. The thread is about the near-term future of a motorcycle manufacturing company. It's all crystal ball and speculation but fun because of the unique nature of Harley...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-12-2014, 09:13 PM
Replies: 248
Views: 12,736
Posted By Sparrowhawk
Those snow machine jockeys track up all the fine...

Those snow machine jockeys track up all the fine pow-pow. I have to hate them. Well, except the ones that rescued me from a bad accident and the ones that give me a lift to the top and let me go...
Forum: Road warriors 10-12-2014, 09:01 PM
Replies: 2,490
Views: 248,369
Posted By Sparrowhawk
Unless you're set on buying a Harley for the sake...

Unless you're set on buying a Harley for the sake of buying a Harley, or a cruiser because style means everything, try a Yamaha FZ-07 (MT outside NA). Better fit and finish, more power, better...
Forum: Road warriors 10-12-2014, 08:51 PM
Replies: 344
Views: 17,235
Posted By Sparrowhawk
Oh, and by the way, Harley will be just fine in...

Oh, and by the way, Harley will be just fine in the future. The new corporate bosses are not the old corporate bosses. Harley will continue to excel in producing big twins for traditionalists but...
Forum: Road warriors 10-12-2014, 08:44 PM
Replies: 344
Views: 17,235
Posted By Sparrowhawk
I don't think you have been paying attention. ...

I don't think you have been paying attention. The motor is nice by learner standards. But impressive? KTM gets 70 HP from a 690 cc single. Fit and finish are good compared to other motorcycles...
Forum: Road warriors 10-12-2014, 08:23 PM
Replies: 344
Views: 17,235
Posted By Sparrowhawk
Or maybe it's that they aren't as powerful, don't...

Or maybe it's that they aren't as powerful, don't stop as well, and don't corner as well as motorcycles from other manufacturers that cost half as much.
Forum: Road warriors 10-12-2014, 08:18 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,850
Posted By Sparrowhawk
Inner tubes save your ass riding off road at...

Inner tubes save your ass riding off road at speed when you bend a rim. Patch and carry on. Spoked rims and inner tubes on a street bike suck ass and are nothing more than a styling element for...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-11-2014, 06:22 PM
Replies: 248
Views: 12,736
Posted By Sparrowhawk
Back country skiers hate snowmobiles until one...

Back country skiers hate snowmobiles until one offers you a quick ride to the top of a big powder run.
Forum: Road warriors 10-10-2014, 12:05 PM
Replies: 230
Views: 24,507
Posted By Sparrowhawk
It's all for fun and perspective until real...

It's all for fun and perspective until real information starts coming in.

I can only speak for myself but part of the excitement over the new R1200RS is that it looks like BMW may be getting back...
Forum: Road warriors 10-09-2014, 09:19 PM
Replies: 230
Views: 24,507
Posted By Sparrowhawk
Nothing guaranteed on the weights. All sources...

Nothing guaranteed on the weights. All sources were manufacturer web sites. Kilograms were converted to pounds. For dry weights I added 5 pounds for oil and 2 pounds per liter for the listed fuel...
Forum: Road warriors 10-09-2014, 03:12 PM
Replies: 230
Views: 24,507
Posted By Sparrowhawk
Others might. ...

Others might.

http://media.motoonline.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/ktm-990-sm-t-action.jpg

http://images.motorcycle-usa.com/photogallerys/2015BMWR1200RS9.jpg...
Forum: Road warriors 10-09-2014, 02:58 PM
Replies: 230
Views: 24,507
Posted By Sparrowhawk
You're right. The press kit indicated 508 lbs for...

You're right. The press kit indicated 508 lbs for the R1200R & 520 lbs for the R1200RS. BMW's website shows 508 lbs for the R1200R & 508 lbs for the R1200RS. Interesting. I guess we'll see when they...
Forum: Road warriors 10-09-2014, 02:26 PM
Replies: 230
Views: 24,507
Posted By Sparrowhawk
A few more comparisons. It looks like BMW's...

A few more comparisons. It looks like BMW's water cooled boxers are a little porky in comparison to other BMWs and the competition.

Weight in pounds fully fueled:

Nakeds:

BMW S1000R -...
Forum: Road warriors 10-09-2014, 12:27 PM
Replies: 8,337
Views: 1,285,535
Posted By Sparrowhawk
A pair for light and fast adventuring. A...

A pair for light and fast adventuring.

A lightweight dual sport:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-V9liMO-65bY/UWheRAp0etI/AAAAAAAAD2o/GaLn7uIQMwQ/s640/IMG_4930.JPG...
Forum: Road warriors 10-08-2014, 05:53 PM
Replies: 230
Views: 24,507
Posted By Sparrowhawk
Just for grins I compared the 2015 R1200RS...

Just for grins I compared the 2015 R1200RS specifications to the 1976 R100RS (http://www.bmbikes.co.uk/PDF%20Downloads/R100RSSpec.pdf). Things have come a long way in about 40 years.

All the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-08-2014, 12:50 PM
Replies: 248
Views: 12,736
Posted By Sparrowhawk
Here is your local dealer: Seattle E-bike ...

Here is your local dealer:

Seattle E-bike

570 1st Ave S,
Seattle, WA 98108
Ph: +1 206-344-8000
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-08-2014, 11:52 AM
Replies: 248
Views: 12,736
Posted By Sparrowhawk
The Stealths are different animals. They have...

The Stealths are different animals. They have three bikes, two with 7 hp (5,200 W), speeds up to 50 mph, and either 50 or 30 mile range, and another with 5 hp (3,700 W), 37 mph, & 40 mile range. They...
Forum: Road warriors 10-08-2014, 11:06 AM
Replies: 230
Views: 24,507
Posted By Sparrowhawk
Motorcycle USA...

Motorcycle USA (http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/616/19265/Motorcycle-Article/2015-BMW-R1200RS-First-Look.aspx) shows it at 520 pounds. Not sure if that is wet, dry, or otherwise. (upddate: see below)
...
Forum: Road warriors 10-08-2014, 09:18 AM
Replies: 230
Views: 24,507
Posted By Sparrowhawk
Me too but I would still rather do my touring on...

Me too but I would still rather do my touring on a S1000R or 1290 Super Duke with a windscreen added than any RT, GT, GS, FJR, etc.. Some folks built for comfort, some folks built for speed.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-08-2014, 08:11 AM
Replies: 248
Views: 12,736
Posted By Sparrowhawk
Any idea on how the Stealth fits into the rules...

Any idea on how the Stealth fits into the rules of the road? It is fast enough to disqualify it as an electric bicycle or moped but doesn't have the equipment to be a street legal motorcycle. I am...
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