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Forum: Battle scooters 10-28-2014, 01:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 567
Posted By chazbird
Huh. I generally don't have helmet soundtracks...

Huh. I generally don't have helmet soundtracks going on, probably sometimes, but not often...but it could be anything.

Dealing with commute arterial roadway blockage urban jackassery? King...
Forum: Old's Cool 10-28-2014, 08:49 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 8,981
Posted By chazbird
Seen a few attempts of people making a cafe racer...

Seen a few attempts of people making a cafe racer out of a XS750/850. So not a good idea. It has those wide bars for a reason; it's a slow turning, floppy, poorly suspended over weight monster. The...
Forum: Battle scooters 10-25-2014, 05:27 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,566
Posted By chazbird
I don't think Jerry is off the rails in this or...

I don't think Jerry is off the rails in this or most other threads. Actually he does bring up a good point,: when you are considering a mid sized scooter or small motorcycle, because of their...
Forum: Battle scooters 10-25-2014, 03:02 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,566
Posted By chazbird
In the mid 90's VW, a company that is no stranger...

In the mid 90's VW, a company that is no stranger to production efficiency, calculated the cradle to grave life cycle weight of material required for a VW Polo, (20% smaller than a Golf/Rabbit) at 35...
Forum: Battle scooters 10-25-2014, 11:44 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,566
Posted By chazbird
It isn't a zero sum game: cars are the only...

It isn't a zero sum game: cars are the only practical transportation device and two wheeled things are for fun only.

There is a back story to that. I have not owned a car/truck since 1990. You can...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-24-2014, 07:37 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,533
Posted By chazbird
I recently developed mild and intermittent...

I recently developed mild and intermittent tinnitus. Oddly, I have managed to reduce it to the point where it occurs maybe twice a week for a few hours, although I have it when I sleep, but I can...
Forum: Road warriors 10-22-2014, 10:21 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,115
Posted By chazbird
BSA DB34 Goldstar - classic, beautiful, handles,...

BSA DB34 Goldstar - classic, beautiful, handles, fun, remembering that people had fun when I was born.
Honda C70 Passport - can ride this until I am 100, and probably will.
Suzuki DR650 - RTW...
Forum: Battle scooters 10-22-2014, 09:52 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,836
Posted By chazbird
BV350. It's a scooter that can do it all. Town,...

BV350. It's a scooter that can do it all. Town, country, highway. It will still feel like a scooter (in the good ways) without scooter limitations. The BMW, while amazing, (and nearly twice the...
Forum: Battle scooters 10-19-2014, 08:37 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,347
Posted By chazbird
White helmets have nothing on the day glow orange...

White helmets have nothing on the day glow orange helmets. Often times it is the first thing I see about a motorcyclist, several blocks away. I also add, or should I say festoon, my helmet with...
Forum: Battle scooters 10-18-2014, 12:05 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,347
Posted By chazbird
I ride pretty much just a scooter, also in the...

I ride pretty much just a scooter, also in the bay area. As I have no car I use it for everything. Since scooters are so convenient I think the gear should be too, and protective. A modular full face...
Forum: Road warriors 10-03-2014, 04:44 PM
Replies: 2,038
Views: 233,437
Posted By chazbird
I've had two SR500's. I had thought I had...

I've had two SR500's. I had thought I had outgrown them or became tired of them or found better alternatives and yet I have now been to the local Yamaha-Honda dealer about 4 times to sit on and...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-24-2014, 06:04 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 8,981
Posted By chazbird
Coincidence? The only thing that nearly stranded...

Coincidence? The only thing that nearly stranded me on mine was a dead coil. Ran terrible, maybe 15 mph, but it got me where I needed to go. Its a bike you don't want to push. Also, the electric...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-22-2014, 07:08 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,957
Posted By chazbird
You can fit a large full face helmet under the...

You can fit a large full face helmet under the seat, if placed diagonally, under the BV350's seat. Unlike the BV250, the BV350 doesn't provide an exterior helmet lock. A full faced helmet, at least...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-22-2014, 04:09 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,957
Posted By chazbird
PS later BV250's are fuel injected.

PS later BV250's are fuel injected.
Forum: Battle scooters 09-22-2014, 03:09 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,957
Posted By chazbird
BV350's are what I lust after but I say a used...

BV350's are what I lust after but I say a used BV250, since I have a BV250.Mine is a 2005 with 19,000 miles. Aside from steering head bearings (known problem for that year, changed out at 6k no...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-17-2014, 02:23 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,426
Posted By chazbird
You win. Maybe more storage than the hyper active...

You win. Maybe more storage than the hyper active thyroid scooter, the Honda PC800.
Forum: Old's Cool 09-16-2014, 04:48 PM
Replies: 2,802
Views: 830,916
Posted By chazbird
Good score on the RD350. I paid a hundred more...

Good score on the RD350. I paid a hundred more for a new one.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-15-2014, 06:58 PM
Replies: 415
Views: 110,759
Posted By chazbird
I was busted, long ago, by a Nebraska State...

I was busted, long ago, by a Nebraska State Trooper when I stopped after dark in minor state park with no camping somewhere around Sydney. I was way out in nowhere so I thought it was cool, no one...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-15-2014, 12:14 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 8,981
Posted By chazbird
Kudos to you for resurrecting a 70's Yamaha...

Kudos to you for resurrecting a 70's Yamaha triple. I put 78k trouble free miles on mine. I thought they were the bomb in '77 and when I got mine a few years later I put the miles on all the while...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-13-2014, 06:01 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,426
Posted By chazbird
Symba or Honda C70 Passport with a front and rear...

Symba or Honda C70 Passport with a front and rear basket can carry two nearly full shopping bags - use a messenger bag for another 1/3 or 1/2 of a bag. My Piaggio BV250 top box carries a full grocery...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-13-2014, 12:56 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,826
Posted By chazbird
Its only fair to report a no rant situation....

Its only fair to report a no rant situation. Changing the 2005 BV250 two headlights and two front running lights took 45 minutes total. 35 for the take down and 10 to reassemble, and there wasn't...
Forum: Equipment 09-12-2014, 05:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,234
Posted By chazbird
Waterproof liners. Does not compute. When it...

Waterproof liners. Does not compute. When it comes down to it few things are waterproof - ask the Grand Canyon. Heavy rain at 60 mph for hours? So, far nothing, except one suit I've had held up in...
Forum: Road warriors 09-12-2014, 12:42 PM
Replies: 8,382
Views: 1,303,962
Posted By chazbird
That Ryka looks pretty neat, and the belt drive...

That Ryka looks pretty neat, and the belt drive is cool too. Why would Sportster kit drop the belt and use a chain? Macho posing?
Forum: Equipment 09-11-2014, 10:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,234
Posted By chazbird
Kind of a quandary for me. I mostly ride a...

Kind of a quandary for me. I mostly ride a scooter around town and on back roads and some freeway/ highway. I rarely go over 75 mph. The Roadcrafter 2 piece is a great bit of gear, except the weight,...
Forum: Equipment 09-10-2014, 09:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,234
Posted By chazbird
Replace Aerostich Roadcrafter with?

I have leathers and an Aerostich two piece Roadcrafter suit. It's great but....
It's heavy, gets too hot too easily, and isn't that warm either (it's a perfect fit too) and not completely immune to...
Forum: Road warriors 09-10-2014, 08:44 PM
Replies: 2,038
Views: 233,437
Posted By chazbird
Hmmm. I loved the W650 when it came out, much...

Hmmm. I loved the W650 when it came out, much more then the faux Bonneville. I thought I'd buy one, but like most everyone who thought that, I didn't. Now it seems the SR may have a short shelf...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-10-2014, 08:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 670
Posted By chazbird
That woman in the print ad, the one sans the lid,...

That woman in the print ad, the one sans the lid, if she really is such, is wearing a rather amazing outfit, glasses, hairstyle and boots. Bridgestone might have sold more of these little hot rods if...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-10-2014, 11:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 670
Posted By chazbird
Had the exact same model of one of these for a...

Had the exact same model of one of these for a year, probably in 1971. It was flawless is all I can remember except it was faster, better handling, and had better brakes than my previous bike, a '66...
Forum: Ride reports 09-09-2014, 11:59 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,366
Posted By chazbird
Your map appears to have you mostly on the...

Your map appears to have you mostly on the somnambulant interstate 5 throughout most of California. Is that for general planning? Surely you must know about the stupendous roads, scenery, campsites,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-07-2014, 07:04 PM
Replies: 187
Views: 20,560
Posted By chazbird
Have some sympathy. The poor man was rejected for...

Have some sympathy. The poor man was rejected for the Shriner's motorcycle parade team.
Forum: Battle scooters 09-07-2014, 04:08 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,140
Posted By chazbird
If you can test ride the Piaggio BV 350 maybe try...

If you can test ride the Piaggio BV 350 maybe try that idea. I have the BV250 and love it (including reliability, costs, etc. even parts have arrived in 3-5 days). While I love the 250, I lust for...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-06-2014, 07:34 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,826
Posted By chazbird
Jinxed myself! I was musing about what it would...

Jinxed myself! I was musing about what it would take to change a BV250 headlight bulb and what happens? Yep. I now have to change the low beam. Let the research begin, then the exploratory probing,...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-05-2014, 09:12 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,208
Posted By chazbird
Got a DT125 that my fit your criteria, at least...

Got a DT125 that my fit your criteria, at least for age. PM me if you want. Caveat: it's on the west coast SF-Oakland.
Forum: Old's Cool 09-05-2014, 04:21 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 8,145
Posted By chazbird
In 1983 a friend and I came across an estate sale...

In 1983 a friend and I came across an estate sale in Monticeito CA, next to Santa Barbara. this was THE retirement town, or winter hide out for super wealthy old school blue hair east coast types. We...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-04-2014, 05:58 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 50,325
Posted By chazbird
I spray a lot of PJ on the chain and then brush a...

I spray a lot of PJ on the chain and then brush a lot of auto transmission fluid. The lube seems to hold the fluid quite well. The inside of the chain enclosure isn't exactly pretty, but the chain is...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-04-2014, 12:01 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 50,325
Posted By chazbird
12,000 miles on my C70 Passport non-O ring chain...

12,000 miles on my C70 Passport non-O ring chain and it looks to be in fine shape. I have about 1/3 adjustment remaining. Due to the enclosed chain I lube it once a year and have adjusted it maybe 3...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-04-2014, 11:57 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,826
Posted By chazbird
The point of the nearly inaccessible anti theft...

The point of the nearly inaccessible anti theft feature of the helmet lock was completely negated by the lock arm being attached to the rack when it was locked. Sure, if the lock was unlocked, you...
Forum: Road warriors 09-04-2014, 07:34 AM
Replies: 2,477
Views: 629,881
Posted By chazbird
Why does the best looking UJM happen to be...

Why does the best looking UJM happen to be Italian? That Jota is perfect in that regard. To a lay non-moto person the new Honda CB1100 and the Jota would be essentially identical looking but due to...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-03-2014, 05:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,826
Posted By chazbird
Maybe JerryH can confirm this. I rode several...

Maybe JerryH can confirm this. I rode several Enfield's while living India. Flats were common. Taking off and putting back on the rear wheel of the Enfield Bullit was a complete breeze, maybe 2...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-03-2014, 05:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,826
Posted By chazbird
Looked at the BV250 front and rear...

Looked at the BV250 front and rear headlight/taillight lens to see what it would take to remove them. There are no screws or other attachments on the outside of the covers. None. It would be so easy...
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