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Forum: Road warriors 11-26-2014, 10:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,438
Posted By Jim K.
I've never had one disappear beneath me. I had...

I've never had one disappear beneath me. I had one disappear from my garage one night back in the 80's. Cops never found it. I'm still looking.
Forum: Ride reports 11-26-2014, 06:24 PM
Replies: 410
Views: 42,916
Posted By Jim K.
At the first picture of your rig , all packed up,...

At the first picture of your rig , all packed up, I said to myself, "It all looks good except for those bags on the panniers!"
Forum: Road warriors 11-26-2014, 06:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,028
Posted By Jim K.
In the decade of the '60s, when Honda...

In the decade of the '60s, when Honda revolutionized motorcycling, the world was a very different place. The millions in Asia & Africa were aspiring to bicycle ownership. Europe was transitioning...
Forum: Equipment 11-25-2014, 04:28 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 822
Posted By Jim K.
I think the Inntorest from Eureka meets (or...

I think the Inntorest from Eureka meets (or exceeds) every one of your requirements. One advantage that Eureka does not emphasize is the slight bend to the poles. It makes the walls almost vertical...
Forum: Road warriors 11-24-2014, 10:57 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,722
Posted By Jim K.
That Griso in green with the brown seat just...

That Griso in green with the brown seat just stops me in my tracks every time I see one.
Forum: Road warriors 11-21-2014, 09:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,050
Posted By Jim K.
Cry In 2010 I stumbled on a RWB '07 "brand new"...

In 2010 I stumbled on a RWB '07 "brand new" leftover on the floor of a dealer here in Ct. for $8500. I went home to think about it. (Doh!) Came back 36 hours later with my checkbook, only to find it...
Forum: Equipment 11-21-2014, 03:02 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,300
Posted By Jim K.
Years ago, in the Boy Scouts, I learned never to...

Years ago, in the Boy Scouts, I learned never to run a line under a tarp to support it, if there is any chance of rain. Any good tarp should have ties near it's center to attach the tarp to a strung...
Forum: Ride reports 11-19-2014, 05:50 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 10,382
Posted By Jim K.
Sister? ...Heck, does her mom ride?

Sister? ...Heck, does her mom ride?
Forum: Equipment 11-19-2014, 03:31 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,352
Posted By Jim K.
I have an older Aerostitch vest, works fine. It's...

I have an older Aerostitch vest, works fine. It's a simple on/off switch & I can't leave it on for more than 15 min without roasting...even in single digit temps. One thing I have noticed. The reach...
Forum: Equipment 11-18-2014, 09:25 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,029
Posted By Jim K.
Location, location, location!

I tried for quite sometime to find a place on 2 different bikes where I could get consistent, accurate, temp.readings. I had an excellent thermister, that checked out consistently well against my...
Forum: Equipment 11-17-2014, 06:22 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,224
Posted By Jim K.
Dakar lust!

I saw my first Gericke Dakar somewhere in the late '70s or thereabouts. I was immediately siezed with gear envy. On doing some research, I finally identified it. Unfortunately, it was wildly out of...
Forum: Ride reports 11-15-2014, 02:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,130
Posted By Jim K.
Entschuldig, aber koenen sie sein Bildungen nicht...

Entschuldig, aber koenen sie sein Bildungen nicht so gross?
Forum: Road warriors 11-15-2014, 02:44 PM
Replies: 2,251
Views: 556,416
Posted By Jim K.
My GSX 650 F isn't a Bandit either (technically)...

My GSX 650 F isn't a Bandit either (technically) but I follow this thread with interest. There's lots of good info about the Bandit that's hiding under my fairing. :)
Forum: Road warriors 11-15-2014, 02:31 PM
Replies: 1,455
Views: 304,452
Posted By Jim K.
100% agreed, & for the same reason. I'd be...

100% agreed, & for the same reason. I'd be willing to deal with tubes within 50 mi. or so from home, but I spend 2-3 weeks per year roaming, & a roadside wheel-pulling on the Cabot Trail or rural...
Forum: Road warriors 11-15-2014, 02:13 PM
Replies: 8,691
Views: 1,366,188
Posted By Jim K.
That bike looks smashing in blue, even better...

That bike looks smashing in blue, even better than the red, (and that red was pretty sweet.)

Any chance that the blue will see the USA soon?
Forum: Equipment 11-15-2014, 12:29 PM
Replies: 199
Views: 14,406
Posted By Jim K.
I have to say, I got the same vibe myself.

I have to say, I got the same vibe myself.
Forum: Equipment 11-15-2014, 12:27 PM
Replies: 199
Views: 14,406
Posted By Jim K.
It seems to me that if there was a sticker on the...

It seems to me that if there was a sticker on the door, from Ford, telling you to use exactly that kind of car wash....then yeah, not a new truck but new mirrors, for sure.
Forum: Road warriors 11-14-2014, 05:50 PM
Replies: 1,455
Views: 304,452
Posted By Jim K.
Has anyone heard any rumors, theories,...

Has anyone heard any rumors, theories, imaginings, etc. about bringing the W-800 to the USA? If Kawi is willing to place a big bet on supercharged super bikes (don't get me wrong, that's a good...
Forum: Equipment 11-10-2014, 10:59 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,822
Posted By Jim K.
Lemon Pledge

I'm not sure why anyone would want a helmet that's designed to be hard to see, especially at night, in rain, fog, etc. But if I did have such a hat, I don't see why Pledge furniture polish wouldn't...
Forum: Equipment 11-10-2014, 10:52 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,300
Posted By Jim K.
Tarps rule.

One more vote for a tarp as part of one's touring kit. Gear hung under the tarp for the night will be dryer than if it were just piled under the vestibule. especially if it's breezy. If it's still...
Forum: Ride reports 11-10-2014, 10:27 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 10,236
Posted By Jim K.
Excellent report

Thanks for your excellent report. I envy you. Your route was fascinating,
your photos were superb, your pillion was very attractive, ....You sir, are a lucky man.
Forum: Road warriors 11-10-2014, 06:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,502
Posted By Jim K.
Kaw 650 - Upgrade!

Here's the prettiest place that the Kaw. 650 showed up (hint: it's not a Kawasaki)

http://www.paton.it/en/moto
Forum: Equipment 11-10-2014, 05:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 689
Posted By Jim K.
Kreiga?

A kreiga US 10 or US 20 might fill the bill here, depending on the size of the pannier lid.They are well built, totally waterproof, & have a host of attachment options.
Forum: Equipment 11-06-2014, 02:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,710
Posted By Jim K.
+1 on mirrorless

Great minds think alike! I came to the same conclusion last year & made the jump to mirrorless. The ability to use small, light, tripods with confidence is just one more plus.
Forum: Equipment 11-06-2014, 02:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 785
Posted By Jim K.
There's one thing I've noticed that might have...

There's one thing I've noticed that might have some bearing here. As a sporty bike guy, I lean forward a bit to the bars. That stretches my heated vest taut across my back & blouses it out somewhat,...
Forum: Equipment 11-05-2014, 08:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 711
Posted By Jim K.
I'm looking for some as well, for the small...

I'm looking for some as well, for the small running lights on my GSX 650 F, so I'm following this thread with interest.

BTW: I just read your ride report from James Bay. Excellent trip in every...
Forum: Road warriors 11-05-2014, 12:45 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 9,882
Posted By Jim K.
The Sport-Touring spectrum is pretty broad &...

The Sport-Touring spectrum is pretty broad & comfort areas are extremely subjective. Braking, acceleration, & handling can be established with hard numbers, but bold statements about what is or is...
Forum: Equipment 11-05-2014, 12:06 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 6,753
Posted By Jim K.
I've got the Cosmo insulated pad & Nemo pillow, &...

I've got the Cosmo insulated pad & Nemo pillow, & love 'em both. I'd like to give their Pillow Top a try, it looks sweet, but I'm seriously trying to keep the size of my gear under control. Right...
Forum: Road warriors 11-04-2014, 06:39 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,737
Posted By Jim K.
I've done some riding & driving in Fla. & I think...

I've done some riding & driving in Fla. & I think I understand the kind of riding you're in for. Roads seem to be flat & usually straight. Sometimes pretty scenery, but hardly technically demanding....
Forum: Equipment 11-04-2014, 05:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 386
Posted By Jim K.
This is the thing... cheap plastic waste bin cut...

This is the thing... cheap plastic waste bin cut to fit.

Another idea is the short, "male to male" clips that Kreiga sells to connect the straps when the bag is off the bike. I use them all the...
Forum: Road warriors 11-04-2014, 03:54 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,504
Posted By Jim K.
Now we got a party!!

Now we got a party!!
Forum: Equipment 11-03-2014, 10:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,151
Posted By Jim K.
+1 on the Nemo pads. They fold down into a roll...

+1 on the Nemo pads. They fold down into a roll 1/4 the pad width. There's also a neat feature that I discovered the first time I used it. Since the tubes are transverse across the width of the pad,...
Forum: Equipment 11-02-2014, 07:51 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,442
Posted By Jim K.
This is good data if it comes from a reliable...

This is good data if it comes from a reliable source. This table should enable average riders to make informed choices on gear that meets their needs & pocketbooks. Have you got a citation...as to...
Forum: Road warriors 11-01-2014, 06:34 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 12,487
Posted By Jim K.
I knew right from the get-go that my shiny new...

I knew right from the get-go that my shiny new '72 CL 350 "Street Scrambler" was no more than a styling exercise. I often rode it with no trouble on groomed gravel roads here in New England, but real...
Forum: Road warriors 11-01-2014, 06:07 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,425
Posted By Jim K.
Just be aware that your mods will almost...

Just be aware that your mods will almost certainly reduce the resale of the bike. This one is just about on the cusp of turning around in desirability. The square headlight era is poised to be the...
Forum: Equipment 11-01-2014, 05:58 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,309
Posted By Jim K.
+1 on a factory visit! Unfortunately,...

+1 on a factory visit!

Unfortunately, you're out on the left coast, so a trip to Fall River, Ma. is probably not in the cards. For anyone here in the north east, a day trip to Fall River & a...
Forum: Equipment 11-01-2014, 05:49 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,309
Posted By Jim K.
You know, I've been searching for some real,...

You know, I've been searching for some real, solid evidence that this melting has ever happened in a street accident, & I can't seem to find it.Some polyesters have a pretty low melt point, but even...
Forum: Road warriors 11-01-2014, 02:43 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,149
Posted By Jim K.
There are good reasons you don't see Gold Wings...

There are good reasons you don't see Gold Wings on race tracks, but there's no reason a Gxer can't be a superb sport tourer. The race bred ergos of the GSX can be solved relatively easily & cheaply....
Forum: Equipment 10-31-2014, 08:59 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,643
Posted By Jim K.
I've found that cheap rain gear pants work fine...

I've found that cheap rain gear pants work fine as wind blockers. I think I paid $40 for mine from Firstgear. They pack small & live in the tail bag with the rain jacket. Here in New England, an 80°...
Forum: Equipment 10-31-2014, 08:50 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 6,753
Posted By Jim K.
Nemo Fillo

I've been at this a while (40+ years) & This is the one. It really does everything you want. The only drawback... for most of the year I wince when I think about paying that much for a pillow I only...
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