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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-12-2014, 09:13 PM
Replies: 261
Views: 7,547
Posted By portablejohn
Lay her down. That is the only option to stop...

Lay her down. That is the only option to stop faster. Not really. My ABS chatters when I am braking too hard on slippery pavement. I don't mind. Motor oil, ethylene glycol, and the water from...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-04-2014, 01:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 304
Posted By portablejohn
Get a new battery. The one you have sounds like...

Get a new battery. The one you have sounds like it was left in a discharged state for too long and now is permanently damaged.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-29-2014, 09:52 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,564
Posted By portablejohn
My dealer wanted to charge me money for the 600...

My dealer wanted to charge me money for the 600 mile service. (Bob's BMW). I couldn't believe that they wanted me to pay for and ride a $20,000 bike for twelve hours and then bring it back pay them...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-27-2014, 11:06 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,122
Posted By portablejohn
Always take the keys with you. The rest depends...

Always take the keys with you. The rest depends on where you are. In DE you don't have to wear a helmet. I wouldn't be stranded if someone stole mine. It smells a little like a wet dog.

On my...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-27-2014, 08:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 662
Posted By portablejohn
I can't find the picture right now, but there is...

I can't find the picture right now, but there is a very easy way to see the trueness of the rim (and or tire). You will need a rubber band and a chopstick (a pencil also works).

Put the bike on...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-24-2014, 11:30 AM
Replies: 187
Views: 18,840
Posted By portablejohn
I wonder how these trips are going.

I wonder how these trips are going.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-15-2014, 06:43 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 7,694
Posted By portablejohn
How many miles is fifteen years? I bought a used...

How many miles is fifteen years? I bought a used Concours for $2300 and rode it 24,000 miles the first year.

My friend Steve bought a H. and never rode it, as far as I know.

I think the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-15-2014, 04:44 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 8,931
Posted By portablejohn
It all depends on how much of the paint other...

It all depends on how much of the paint other drivers can see, and what angle one expects to be seen from.

(sorry, a little 205'd)

If you take efforts to be visible, the events where you are...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-13-2014, 12:17 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 8,931
Posted By portablejohn
http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/hh125/skuutertr...

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/hh125/skuutertrash/ChimneysCookPutChromeHarley-68.jpg

How about a bike that looks like a reflection of everything around it? It just looks a lot like the road...
Forum: Americas 08-11-2014, 11:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 725
Posted By portablejohn
I carry a very light sleeping bag, hammock and...

I carry a very light sleeping bag, hammock and tarp. Bug dope and a towel. Some water. I watch the weather on my phone. Credit card. Sleep, ride, eat, ride, eat, ride, sleep.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-06-2014, 08:14 PM
Replies: 187
Views: 18,840
Posted By portablejohn
Actually, it is pretty easy making friends on the...

Actually, it is pretty easy making friends on the road to Alaska. You see the people traveling in the same direction as you time and time again.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-04-2014, 09:30 AM
Replies: 187
Views: 18,840
Posted By portablejohn
I think the guy is afraid of the ride, and wants...

I think the guy is afraid of the ride, and wants an excuse to bail.
Forum: GS Boxers 06-13-2014, 05:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,378
Posted By portablejohn
I am not fond of metal fuel tanks. They rust and...

I am not fond of metal fuel tanks. They rust and then leak.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-11-2014, 07:46 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,582
Posted By portablejohn
Try and queue up behind the best student there. ...

Try and queue up behind the best student there. Following a good rider makes it much easier. We were given the option of choosing our own order for the final test, or having the instructors assign...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-04-2014, 10:25 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,341
Posted By portablejohn
Actually, Revzilla isn't so great. I happened to...

Actually, Revzilla isn't so great. I happened to be in Philly, so I stopped by to buy a new helmet. The only ones the had on display were the top of the line ones. If you want to try on a less...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-15-2014, 08:08 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,242
Posted By portablejohn
I like my ABS. It doesn't clatter often, but...

I like my ABS. It doesn't clatter often, but when it does, it reminds me just how greasy the pavement might be. I don't usually brake hard in a corner, but I do when someone left turns on me. Not...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-26-2014, 08:35 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,642
Posted By portablejohn
I am planning on running my '11GSA for the next...

I am planning on running my '11GSA for the next twenty years. I figure crash protection is a good investment.
Forum: GS Boxers 01-28-2014, 06:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 951
Posted By portablejohn
Here is what my final drive oil looked like after...

Here is what my final drive oil looked like after I left the jar sitting on a large speaker magnet. Without the magnet, I believe whatever it is would have stayed in suspension. It took a long time...
Forum: GS Boxers 01-28-2014, 05:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 951
Posted By portablejohn
I took a look at wiki, and found where it said...

I took a look at wiki, and found where it said molybdenum is paramagnetic. When I read about molybdenum disulfide, it did not say anything about it.

I do know that my 600 mile final drive oil...
Forum: GS Boxers 01-28-2014, 01:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 951
Posted By portablejohn
Molybdenum is actually 'para-magnetic' so it is...

Molybdenum is actually 'para-magnetic' so it is attracted to magnets, but can not be magnetized. When I drained my final drive, I jumped to the conclusion that it was ground up metal. I have come...
Forum: Equipment 12-16-2013, 06:40 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 38,801
Posted By portablejohn
Oval head bump

I am looking for a new helmet (it will be 2014 soon).

I measured my head:
61 cm circumference
15.5 cm width
20.5 cm length

I have never tried on a helmet that I thought was too oval. ...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-16-2013, 08:24 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,068
Posted By portablejohn
My '11 GSA was pretty good, straight out of the...

My '11 GSA was pretty good, straight out of the box. All I bought for it was better fenders, and the shop manual. I made an oil cooler guard for $0.
Forum: GS Boxers 12-14-2013, 06:07 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,410
Posted By portablejohn
I guess I am lucky that I have an engine crane. ...

I guess I am lucky that I have an engine crane. I just secure the front wheel in the chock, add tie down straps in front, then hoist the rear of the bike with the crane. Flip down the centerstand,...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-13-2013, 05:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 778
Posted By portablejohn
I doubt that you could. There is too much stuff...

I doubt that you could. There is too much stuff inside the housing to be able to get the tube to the bottom. Also, since you wouldn't really know if was totally empty, you wouldn't know how much...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-09-2013, 07:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,205
Posted By portablejohn
Smelling the exhaust pipe for fuel might help. ...

Smelling the exhaust pipe for fuel might help. None, some, or way too much.
Forum: GS Boxers 11-14-2013, 04:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,655
Posted By portablejohn
I think the 'dendrite' thing is for Ni-cads. My...

I think the 'dendrite' thing is for Ni-cads. My father would zap them with a charged capacitor to make them work for a while longer.

Lead acid batteries (of which an AGM is a variation) like to...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-16-2013, 08:04 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,909
Posted By portablejohn
Much of the wear on an engine occurs when it is...

Much of the wear on an engine occurs when it is first started, before the oil pressure comes up and the oil starts circulating.
Forum: GS Boxers 09-18-2013, 08:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 877
Posted By portablejohn
Try McMaster-Carr ...

Try McMaster-Carr
http://www.mcmaster.com/#rivets/=ok8q5m
Forum: GS Boxers 08-18-2013, 07:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 629
Posted By portablejohn
Switch on the ignition. Actuator motor...

Switch on the ignition.

Actuator motor moves to the "flow control valve open" position.

Switch off the ignition.

Ease back grommets (1) and (4).

Slacken locknuts (2) and (5).
Forum: GS Boxers 07-27-2013, 02:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 631
Posted By portablejohn
I would love to compete in something like this! ...

I would love to compete in something like this! I have never been able to find any thing like it (in the States). Police competitions are about all I can find, and those are past events. Looks...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-20-2013, 07:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,549
Posted By portablejohn
I have a 3 gallon vacuum can, commonly used for...

I have a 3 gallon vacuum can, commonly used for extracting engine oil through the dipstick tube. I often use it to decant gas from my bike to my mower. The biggest advantage to it is that, as long...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-16-2013, 03:34 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 7,049
Posted By portablejohn
I just don't like Propylene glycol, or whatever...

I just don't like Propylene glycol, or whatever the antifreeze is these days. I'm always afraid a dog will drink it.
Forum: GS Boxers 07-13-2013, 06:35 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 7,049
Posted By portablejohn
I like the points on the windshield. Poke out...

I like the points on the windshield. Poke out both of your eyes at the same time.:rofl
Forum: GS Boxers 07-11-2013, 02:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,207
Posted By portablejohn
+1 on the left hand drill bit idea. It will...

+1 on the left hand drill bit idea. It will likely catch on a burr early on and spin right out. Perhaps a strong magnet, strategically placed would collect the chips.
Forum: GS Boxers 07-06-2013, 06:40 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 9,469
Posted By portablejohn
Car oils have friction 'modifiers' as additives. ...

Car oils have friction 'modifiers' as additives. These can pollute wet clutch discs. If your bike has a dry clutch, you can use most any oil. If you have a wet clutch, it would be better to use an...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-02-2013, 10:18 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,787
Posted By portablejohn
Somebody suggested wiping red paint into the...

Somebody suggested wiping red paint into the scratches to make it look like road rash...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-29-2013, 07:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 663
Posted By portablejohn
I clean that sort of stuff in an ultrasonic...

I clean that sort of stuff in an ultrasonic cleaner with straight water. A small pick, and magnifying glasses help to chip off the stubborn bits. It also works really well on carburetors.
Forum: GS Boxers 06-28-2013, 05:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 760
Posted By portablejohn
I bought my '11 gsa because it wasn't water...

I bought my '11 gsa because it wasn't water cooled. If I had wanted a radiator, and all of the problems that surface with the introduction of all of the associated gaskets and O rings, I would have...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-17-2013, 07:26 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,846
Posted By portablejohn
The appropriate oil weight would be the one that...

The appropriate oil weight would be the one that maintains adequate oil pressure at idle with the engine hot.
Forum: GS Boxers 05-13-2013, 05:34 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,491
Posted By portablejohn
That looks suspiciously like they were cut with...

That looks suspiciously like they were cut with bolt cutters.
I don't think they are hard to replace yourself, but I have built a lot of bike wheels over the years. You might need a dial indicator...
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