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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-15-2014, 05:29 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 7,027
Posted By Snowbird
Yeah, sure does. I was referring to the abrupt...

Yeah, sure does. I was referring to the abrupt lift due to the flat surface of the CT. MC tires roll across their profile as the bike turns, as I'm sure you realize. My thought is to flatten the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-14-2014, 06:18 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 7,027
Posted By Snowbird
I agree with what you said. Fully. In that...

I agree with what you said. Fully.

In that vein, I'd think MT manufacturers could easily design and manufacture a tire more closely related to the use of touring riders. There's plenty of width in...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-13-2014, 07:34 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 7,027
Posted By Snowbird
Weighing the pros and cons, I made my choice.

Thanks for the accurate info, everyone.

In the end, I ordered Dunlop RoadSmarts and will once again put up with low tire life. In fall I meander south and leave the FJR there for use during the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-13-2014, 06:41 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 7,027
Posted By Snowbird
Oops, fat typing fingers. let me try again:...

Oops, fat typing fingers. let me try again: 195/50-17.

Cripes I'm a lousy typist. I meant to suggest one size narrower, which isn't available. I think I even typed wrong into the tire finder.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-12-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 7,027
Posted By Snowbird
So one guy picked a 205/50 - 17 to run on an FJR....

So one guy picked a 205/50 - 17 to run on an FJR.

Another ex-darksider pointed out the bike's handling changes a bit (this is not surprising). My assumption is the width of the flat tread is the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-12-2014, 10:52 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 7,027
Posted By Snowbird
Thank you, Sir.

Thank you, Sir.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-12-2014, 10:51 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 7,027
Posted By Snowbird
I'm not the one you asked, but I think the...

I'm not the one you asked, but I think the section radius of a bike rim is less...?

Anyone who has both a bike tire and a car tire sitting around might be able to compare. I don't currently have...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-12-2014, 09:03 AM
Replies: 414
Views: 107,472
Posted By Snowbird
Making accommodations without being taken advantage of

Suppose a person had an old building he did not know what to do with, but could move it to a spot and make it available to motorcyclists. That building would consist of a raised, enclosed floor and...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-12-2014, 08:12 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 7,027
Posted By Snowbird
As said above, for myself it isn't the money it's...

As said above, for myself it isn't the money it's the inconvenience of tire changing, especially trying to wear out a tire prior to a long trip that will wear out a tire all by itself. I've been in...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-12-2014, 06:14 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 7,027
Posted By Snowbird
A skeptical friend of mine tried running a car...

A skeptical friend of mine tried running a car tire on the rear of his VStrom 1000. He liked it. He rode in the mountains with some other-- also skeptical-- hot riders (my friend earned and AMA...
Forum: Beasts 08-09-2014, 06:15 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 10,849
Posted By Snowbird
I read only the first page, and want to point out...

I read only the first page, and want to point out the FJR CCT is a known issue as well. CCTs are a known issue in the industry. I replaced my FJR's CCT at about 70k miles because in some instances it...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-08-2014, 04:29 AM
Replies: 414
Views: 107,472
Posted By Snowbird
My then girl friend and I were car camping across...

My then girl friend and I were car camping across country once (late 1970s) and pulled down a side road and slept in the back of the 1960 Plymouth Valiant station wagon that was my RV at the time. In...
Forum: Beasts 08-07-2014, 02:54 PM
Replies: 262
Views: 42,661
Posted By Snowbird
I think the KLR-- or something like it could...

I think the KLR-- or something like it could survive, but it needs better suspension, less weight and more power. OTOH, old KLRs will never die, they'll just keep making one bike out of two for a...
Forum: Beasts 08-05-2014, 04:41 AM
Replies: 262
Views: 42,661
Posted By Snowbird
I think he's right, too. * *

I think he's right, too. *

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Forum: Beasts 08-05-2014, 04:41 AM
Replies: 262
Views: 42,661
Posted By Snowbird
What is an s10? Is that "s + ten more letters"?...

What is an s10? Is that "s + ten more letters"? IOWs merely shorthand?

Regardless, though, Yamaha would rather try and flail than develop engines that get just one use.
Forum: Beasts 08-04-2014, 06:16 PM
Replies: 262
Views: 42,661
Posted By Snowbird
"This just got real" isn't a topic title I'd look...

"This just got real" isn't a topic title I'd look at unless it came up in a search.

"Tenere 800" isn't one I'd look at when the base bike is 689 cc, again unless a search brought it up.

That's ...
Forum: Beasts 08-04-2014, 06:04 PM
Replies: 262
Views: 42,661
Posted By Snowbird
actually all the bikes in the multi-cylinder ADV...

actually all the bikes in the multi-cylinder ADV class. They're all heavier than I want.
Forum: Beasts 08-04-2014, 08:45 AM
Replies: 262
Views: 42,661
Posted By Snowbird
Enough sarcasm, LOL. You're right... here's...

Enough sarcasm, LOL. You're right... here's another.
Forum: Beasts 08-04-2014, 08:45 AM
Replies: 262
Views: 42,661
Posted By Snowbird
Thanks for pointing me toward the existing...

Thanks for pointing me toward the existing threads. I searched... I really did! But, alas, searches don't always work well. I didn't search "tenere" because I'm not even a little bit interested in...
Forum: Beasts 08-04-2014, 05:14 AM
Replies: 262
Views: 42,661
Posted By Snowbird
Is an FZ-07 based adv bike coming? Would you be interested?

Although I'm sure it's not a new idea, the Sept. 2014 issue of Cycle World (p. 55) suggests the possibility of a future FZ-07 based ADV bike, calling it the FZ-07 Tenere Edition. My opinion mirrors...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-04-2014, 04:48 AM
Replies: 187
Views: 18,831
Posted By Snowbird
I'm in the camp that says it's better to find out...

I'm in the camp that says it's better to find out before the trip. Big lollers. In my experience, if you can find anyone who can keep it together on a long trip you've done well. Lose that guy and...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-23-2014, 05:13 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 8,490
Posted By Snowbird
Yours is a good question, ignored so the main...

Yours is a good question, ignored so the main posters can rail against the one they claim they is trolling them. LOL

Maybe one of the self-claimed experts on California law will respond now.
Forum: Thumpers 07-03-2014, 04:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 888
Posted By Snowbird
Hey, Bob. I read the replies so far and can...

Hey, Bob.

I read the replies so far and can think of only two not previously mentioned:

Piston slap.

Wrist pin. This is what a similar noise turned out to be in a motor that I had that...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-22-2014, 05:50 AM
Replies: 32,966
Views: 8,036,751
Posted By Snowbird
Well, yeah... maybe a rock to a geologist. Now...

Well, yeah... maybe a rock to a geologist. Now there's a funny group.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-20-2014, 04:52 PM
Replies: 32,966
Views: 8,036,751
Posted By Snowbird
Yours is a very creative response and extremely...

Yours is a very creative response and extremely humorous. Not. Next time, better use your time writing to your Federal Rep demanding ISPs give US citizens the fast Internet they promised in exchange...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-20-2014, 05:24 AM
Replies: 32,966
Views: 8,036,751
Posted By Snowbird
Thanks. I thought perhaps there was a problem I...

Thanks. I thought perhaps there was a problem I wasn't aware of.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-20-2014, 04:53 AM
Replies: 32,966
Views: 8,036,751
Posted By Snowbird
What's wrong with wearing sunglasses while...

What's wrong with wearing sunglasses while riding? I wear polarized ones almost all the time riding.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-15-2014, 09:00 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 6,354
Posted By Snowbird
To get better roads, we need better funding; more...

To get better roads, we need better funding; more money. Someone will have to pay and nowadays no one seems to think they should pay.
Forum: Thumpers 06-14-2014, 07:45 AM
Replies: 13,499
Views: 1,334,026
Posted By Snowbird
Thanks for the reply. Sorry to hear the bad news,...

Thanks for the reply. Sorry to hear the bad news, but that's about what I expected to hear.
Forum: Thumpers 06-14-2014, 04:34 AM
Replies: 13,499
Views: 1,334,026
Posted By Snowbird
What happened at KLRWorld dot com? Different...

What happened at KLRWorld dot com? Different software and all the old posts are gone.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-13-2014, 05:48 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 6,354
Posted By Snowbird
The problem with the job being done there is that...

The problem with the job being done there is that once the binder (that's tar to most people) sets up, the result is grooved pavement. If you or anyone else encounters such pavement, I repeat my...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-09-2014, 04:24 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 6,354
Posted By Snowbird
Not tar strips, but potholes: I again tested what...

Not tar strips, but potholes: I again tested what I've typically replied in threads like this one, calling in to the correct person in the correct public agency, explaining where the potholes were,...
Forum: Road warriors 06-06-2014, 05:32 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 10,974
Posted By Snowbird
Six pages of useless comments. One more won't...

Six pages of useless comments. One more won't hurt.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-03-2014, 02:36 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 6,354
Posted By Snowbird
He is pretty much correct, excepting the material...

He is pretty much correct, excepting the material used may vary within a given state. So, choosing an appropriate material is possible; IOWs road agencies can do something about them, but you have to...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-03-2014, 12:29 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 12,142
Posted By Snowbird
Yes there is a car forum doing just that: just...

Yes there is a car forum doing just that: just about every car forum out there. I frequent a few and every time a discussion arises pointing out the deadly things car drivers do to riders, someone...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-30-2014, 04:55 AM
Replies: 293
Views: 20,372
Posted By Snowbird
Stay tuned. Up next: Do You Do Wheelies?

Stay tuned. Up next: Do You Do Wheelies?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-29-2014, 05:18 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 6,198
Posted By Snowbird
I get a kick out of people on the internet. ...

I get a kick out of people on the internet.

You're a computer engineer, yet you said, "Damn sure cheaper than a laptop cable and software...... " You probably have boxes of needed peripherals...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-28-2014, 05:02 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 6,198
Posted By Snowbird
I have a throttle tube with a more gradual cam on...

I have a throttle tube with a more gradual cam on one of my bikes. And yes, you can use different cam profiles, but I think it'd be tiresome to tweak the opening virtually infinitely using mechanical...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-28-2014, 12:50 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 6,198
Posted By Snowbird
All this is why I made no comment when the guy...

All this is why I made no comment when the guy told me he specifically bought the bike because it had a throttle cable; not a choice I would make. The pro/con arguments balance toward ride by wire,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-27-2014, 12:25 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 6,198
Posted By Snowbird
/\ Yeah. I'd say the answer is "more...

/\ Yeah.

I'd say the answer is "more complicated than that."

In some ways it's a matter of definitions:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drive_by_wire

To qualify as drive/ride by wire it is...
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