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Forum: Equipment 04-16-2014, 06:07 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,246
Posted By AlanCT
I switched to hammock (Hennessy) a couple of...

I switched to hammock (Hennessy) a couple of years ago, and have only used my tent once since then. It is just so much more comfortable, and easy to pack.

My only complaint is that there is no...
Forum: Road warriors 04-16-2014, 06:04 PM
Replies: 2,627
Views: 435,997
Posted By AlanCT
I have the little Lucas style tail light as well,...

I have the little Lucas style tail light as well, and I moved the turn signals forward up near the grab rails. It cleans up the rear nicely and I don't have to worry about the fender cracking.
Forum: Equipment 04-13-2014, 05:25 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 15,979
Posted By AlanCT
No experience with exchanges, but here are my...

No experience with exchanges, but here are my experiences with the jacket.

I've had a Kakadu Nelson for about four years now. I don't ride in it, but I wear it daily as a three season jacket, for...
Forum: Road warriors 04-03-2014, 03:42 PM
Replies: 2,627
Views: 435,997
Posted By AlanCT
I wonder if the vent is plugged or pinched and...

I wonder if the vent is plugged or pinched and the tank got vacuum locked? That used to happen to my Concours now and then when it was more empty than full.
Forum: Road warriors 04-02-2014, 03:51 PM
Replies: 2,627
Views: 435,997
Posted By AlanCT
Maybe there's a rubber tube full of hundred...

Maybe there's a rubber tube full of hundred dollar bills shoved in there like in Easy Rider.:lol3
Forum: Road warriors 04-02-2014, 03:35 PM
Replies: 2,627
Views: 435,997
Posted By AlanCT
Another question. Today I rode to work. It's...

Another question.

Today I rode to work. It's a long commute at 150 miles round trip. I started with a full tank, but at 135 miles on the way home it began sputtering and dying, so I switched to...
Forum: Road warriors 03-30-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 2,627
Views: 435,997
Posted By AlanCT
I'll get replacements for those as well.

I'll get replacements for those as well.
Forum: Road warriors 03-30-2014, 05:06 PM
Replies: 2,627
Views: 435,997
Posted By AlanCT
So what do you all recommend for a replacement...

So what do you all recommend for a replacement chain? I'd like something inexpensive but not crap.

My chain has a big difference in slack between its tightest and loosest points, so I suspect it...
Forum: Equipment 02-08-2014, 04:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,445
Posted By AlanCT
Tourmaster used to make something called Decker...

Tourmaster used to make something called Decker pants, which were armored leather overpants. I don't know if those are hard to find or not.
Forum: Equipment 02-06-2014, 05:54 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,032
Posted By AlanCT
I'd bring the saw plus a smaller knife.

I'd bring the saw plus a smaller knife.
Forum: Road warriors 02-02-2014, 06:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 730
Posted By AlanCT
I made shims out of a piece of 1" metal...

I made shims out of a piece of 1" metal electrical conduit. Now I can use 7/8" bars on my W650.
Forum: The Garage 01-28-2014, 03:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 747
Posted By AlanCT
Last year I ran out and had to reprime. Even that...

Last year I ran out and had to reprime. Even that simple task was a nasty mess.

So far, it is running fine, and I have more oil coming tomorrow. I think I am going to leave it be unless I...
Forum: The Garage 01-27-2014, 05:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 747
Posted By AlanCT
I guess I'll call the repair guy for that. I...

I guess I'll call the repair guy for that. I doubt that I have the equipment.
Forum: The Garage 01-27-2014, 05:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 747
Posted By AlanCT
The one on E sounds empty. The system is about 18...

The one on E sounds empty. The system is about 18 years old. I did run out one time last winter, which could have sucked some crud, I suppose.

The furnace is running normally, but I don't want an...
Forum: The Garage 01-27-2014, 05:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 747
Posted By AlanCT
It seems clear.

It seems clear.
Forum: The Garage 01-27-2014, 05:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 747
Posted By AlanCT
Tandem furnace oil tanks won't equalize; WTF?

Question for furnace guys.

I have tandem oil tanks for my furnace. They have separate fill pipes and a common vent. They are connected at the bottom by copper fuel lines. I'm no expert, but I...
Forum: Hacks 01-26-2014, 09:55 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,145
Posted By AlanCT
Ural camping is a piece of cake. The hardest part...

Ural camping is a piece of cake. The hardest part is not overpacking just because you have the space.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-21-2014, 11:43 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,840
Posted By AlanCT
I crossed paths with a family of lost hikers on a...

I crossed paths with a family of lost hikers on a State Forest trail with my Ural hack last Fall. I ferried one of them back to the trailhead to get their car. They were most appreciative, as I have...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-19-2014, 04:56 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,051
Posted By AlanCT
Her new book, The Man Who Would Stop at Nothing,...

Her new book, The Man Who Would Stop at Nothing, is about John Ryan in particular, but also about the LD riding subset and her own re-entry into riding. She and the late John Ryan were signing books...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-18-2014, 02:14 PM
Replies: 192
Views: 15,672
Posted By AlanCT
Oil level sight glasses are lame.

Oil level sight glasses are lame.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-18-2014, 02:03 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,051
Posted By AlanCT
Pirsig's book had motorcycles, travel, rough...

Pirsig's book had motorcycles, travel, rough camping, Classical Studies, wide-ranging philosophy, mental illness, and strained father/son relationships. It pretty much hit every important button for...
Forum: Equipment 01-13-2014, 04:05 PM
Replies: 4,957
Views: 2,119,357
Posted By AlanCT
Not a lot of snakes in my region, so no advice...

Not a lot of snakes in my region, so no advice about them. As for bears, I've had a few pass through my camp, no issues. Keep a clean camp and store your food and cooking gear in a sealed container...
Forum: Equipment 01-12-2014, 01:16 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,757
Posted By AlanCT
Four season tents are for mountaineers...

Four season tents are for mountaineers establishing winter base camps for summit climbs. I think it would be overkill and get much too clammy in anything less than serious winter conditions. A...
Forum: Road warriors 01-12-2014, 04:58 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,840
Posted By AlanCT
I traded a first gen Concours for a W650 in...

I traded a first gen Concours for a W650 in October. This is the first time I chose a bike based on style rather than function. I wanted a bike that reminded me of the ones I first started riding in...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-10-2014, 03:09 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,051
Posted By AlanCT
Has anyone else read Zen and Now: On the Trail of...

Has anyone else read Zen and Now: On the Trail of Robert Pirsig by Mark Richardson?

He traces the route as a "Pirsig Pilgrim" and also fills in some interesting biographical information.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-10-2014, 03:03 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,051
Posted By AlanCT
Yeah. I liked it, but not as much.

Yeah. I liked it, but not as much.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-08-2014, 04:13 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,051
Posted By AlanCT
I've read Z&AMM many times, having discovered it...

I've read Z&AMM many times, having discovered it when I was an impressionable 19. It is certainly not without its flaws, but it was the right book at the right time. That book is what got me into...
Forum: Road warriors 01-06-2014, 03:43 PM
Replies: 2,627
Views: 435,997
Posted By AlanCT
I also drilled a hole in the new bar for the...

I also drilled a hole in the new bar for the locator pin. It just seemed easier, and if something dumb and ham-fisted happened, I'd rather fuck up my thirty dollar Emgo bar than my control housing.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-06-2014, 03:40 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 8,714
Posted By AlanCT
I got it on DVD for Christmas. It was okay and I...

I got it on DVD for Christmas. It was okay and I enjoyed watching it, but I really expected more. It seemed like it was about 80% slow-mo scenes of motocross. I was hoping for a more all-encompassing...
Forum: Road warriors 12-31-2013, 08:56 PM
Replies: 2,627
Views: 435,997
Posted By AlanCT
I made crude but effective shims out of a piece...

I made crude but effective shims out of a piece of 1" metal electrical conduit and slapped on a $30 dollar Bikemaster (I think) clubman bar.
Forum: Road warriors 12-29-2013, 05:38 AM
Replies: 2,627
Views: 435,997
Posted By AlanCT
Thanks for the info. I'll probably try it anyway...

Thanks for the info. I'll probably try it anyway as an experiment, since it is easy to do and to reverse. How many turns did you give the pilot air screw? I'm trying to help the warm-up and to get...
Forum: Road warriors 12-28-2013, 06:49 PM
Replies: 2,627
Views: 435,997
Posted By AlanCT
I just ditched the OEM tail light assembly,...

I just ditched the OEM tail light assembly, replaced it with a Lucas-style light, and moved the turn signals forward up near the grab rails. It really does improve the appearance of the tail end.
...
Forum: The Garage 12-14-2013, 05:53 AM
Replies: 6,011
Views: 2,552,464
Posted By AlanCT
Man, this thread...:bow:bow I have been...

Man, this thread...:bow:bow


I have been on my current house for three years. It has a big semi-attached garage with a roughed in inlaw apartment upstairs. Huge potential for an awesome man...
Forum: Road warriors 12-10-2013, 12:49 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 5,347
Posted By AlanCT
I didn't find my well-used VN 750 to be a...

I didn't find my well-used VN 750 to be a shitbox. The problems I had with mine were minor and neglect-related. It was a decent ride for a middleweight cruiser. I actually dig the '80's...
Forum: Equipment 12-09-2013, 05:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,120
Posted By AlanCT
I would think that the comparative slickness of...

I would think that the comparative slickness of nylon materials like Cordura would slide more than tumble. I imagine road surface has a lot more to do with it than garment material though.
Forum: Equipment 12-09-2013, 05:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 478
Posted By AlanCT
I have a Kanetsu electric vest with zip-on...

I have a Kanetsu electric vest with zip-on sleeves that Aerostich sells, although I got mine second hand here in the flea market. I wear it under my Darien.

Being a decent quality fleece garment,...
Forum: Road warriors 12-08-2013, 06:07 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 5,347
Posted By AlanCT
I had one for about two years. Mine had some carb...

I had one for about two years. Mine had some carb issues (due to prior abuse and neglect before I owned it) and was hard to work on.

It was a competent bike, but I never really bonded with it.
Forum: Equipment 12-01-2013, 04:37 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,035
Posted By AlanCT
An update:

I thought I'd resurrect this thread, in case anyone is considering one of these.

I've had my Kakadu Nelson for about three years now, and I just reproofed it tonight for the first time, as it was...
Forum: Equipment 12-01-2013, 06:33 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,767
Posted By AlanCT
The one I made is referred to online as the...

The one I made is referred to online as the "Supercat" stove. It is a cat food or similar sized can with two rows of holes punched or drilled around the top. Setting the pot or cup on it pressurizes...
Forum: Equipment 11-30-2013, 04:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,626
Posted By AlanCT
Whatever your over jacket is, be sure to cinch it...

Whatever your over jacket is, be sure to cinch it up tight. Maybe wear a sweater over your heated liner and just something thin under it. I do okay with a Kanetsu under a Darien this way, and the...
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