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Forum: Hacks 03-29-2015, 02:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 788
Posted By AlanCT
Sounds typical. They never shift particularly...

Sounds typical. They never shift particularly smoothly, and the chrome is ridiculous even when you don't leave them outside.
Forum: Road warriors 03-24-2015, 02:56 PM
Replies: 4,272
Views: 692,389
Posted By AlanCT
My first bike was an '82 CX 500 Custom. I loved...

My first bike was an '82 CX 500 Custom. I loved that ratty old thing. I really regret not hanging onto it and I would love to find another some day.
Forum: Equipment 03-23-2015, 06:25 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,149
Posted By AlanCT
I usually carry mine in my back pocket in this...

I usually carry mine in my back pocket in this setup (Victorinox Spirit X, ESEE Izula knife, Adirondack pocket sheath). On a long trip, the pocket sheath with the knife go in the tank bag, and the...
Forum: Trip Planning 03-13-2015, 10:45 AM
Replies: 297
Views: 78,859
Posted By AlanCT
Although it takes a couple of tries to get the...

Although it takes a couple of tries to get the technique down at first, you can inflate a sleeping pad with a garbage bag. You swoop it in the air to fill it, make a sort of funnel of the opening...
Forum: Equipment 03-08-2015, 06:26 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 5,634
Posted By AlanCT
On a road bike, I prefer not to wear a pack or...

On a road bike, I prefer not to wear a pack or bag. What I do on a long trip is strap a 3 liter Coleman jug to the passenger foot peg and run a camelback-style hose up to to the tank or tank bag,...
Forum: The Garage 03-04-2015, 05:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,808
Posted By AlanCT
I put a cheap, small chest freezer in the...

I put a cheap, small chest freezer in the unheated garage last fall. I hadn't even really thought about possible issues. No problems so far, but I'll keep an eye in it.
Forum: Equipment 03-04-2015, 03:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 375
Posted By AlanCT
I've always used Nikwax detergent and wash in...

I've always used Nikwax detergent and wash in water repellent on my Aerostich stuff, and it seems to work well.
Forum: Equipment 03-02-2015, 06:05 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,811
Posted By AlanCT
They are tall, well-padded (but not armored) in...

They are tall, well-padded (but not armored) in the shin area, have hard plastic for the ankles, heels, and toes. They are not off-road or track level protection, but they are more protective than...
Forum: Equipment 03-02-2015, 03:41 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,811
Posted By AlanCT
+ 1 more for TCX Infinity.:clap After four...

+ 1 more for TCX Infinity.:clap

After four or five years of constant use, they are wearing like iron, comfortable, and still totally waterproof. More protective than many touring boots, but not as...
Forum: Equipment 02-25-2015, 02:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,036
Posted By AlanCT
I got a car seat beaded cover for eight bucks and...

I got a car seat beaded cover for eight bucks and cut it to size. Works great and have used it for years. It is especially useful for letting rain water drain away.
Forum: Equipment 02-23-2015, 06:26 PM
Replies: 166
Views: 18,476
Posted By AlanCT
I have the same tent, and it has been great. It...

I have the same tent, and it has been great. It replaced a well-loved and used up Eureka Apex 2. The Gunnison is an improvement in that it has two doors with vestibules, and aluminum poles with...
Forum: Road warriors 02-19-2015, 02:42 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 7,425
Posted By AlanCT
I really liked my 2003 Concours for LD highway...

I really liked my 2003 Concours for LD highway riding.

I'll be thinking of it this summer when I try to do that on a W650 ...:norton
Forum: Road warriors 02-15-2015, 05:31 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,942
Posted By AlanCT
That looks shopped to me, but damn, I hope I'm...

That looks shopped to me, but damn, I hope I'm wrong. I loved my CX.
Forum: Road warriors 01-27-2015, 01:01 PM
Replies: 4,272
Views: 692,389
Posted By AlanCT
I'm still experimenting. I will try them this way...

I'm still experimenting. I will try them this way for a bit, and if it isn't working out I'll move them forward.
Forum: Road warriors 01-27-2015, 07:22 AM
Replies: 4,272
Views: 692,389
Posted By AlanCT
orsurf76, Here are the saddlebag supports. I...

orsurf76,

Here are the saddlebag supports. I bolted the forward ends to the grab rail positions, and the rear ends to some 90 degree brackets that I made and attached to the aftermarket brake...
Forum: Road warriors 01-27-2015, 07:10 AM
Replies: 4,272
Views: 692,389
Posted By AlanCT
Barnone, here's the Plexistar on the Ural. It...

Barnone, here's the Plexistar on the Ural. It caused a lot of buffeting until I canted it back a few more degrees. I had to remove the leg guards to make it fit....
Forum: Road warriors 01-26-2015, 05:26 PM
Replies: 4,272
Views: 692,389
Posted By AlanCT
Thanks for the input. I have that Plexistar...

Thanks for the input. I have that Plexistar windshield, which came with my W from the PO. I had no trouble with noise or buffeting, but is felt too big. It goes on my Ural for the winter now. The W...
Forum: Road warriors 01-26-2015, 05:23 PM
Replies: 4,272
Views: 692,389
Posted By AlanCT
Upside down Matchless emblem?

Upside down Matchless emblem?
Forum: Road warriors 01-26-2015, 02:01 PM
Replies: 4,272
Views: 692,389
Posted By AlanCT
Boy, did I get a good deal then!:eek1

Boy, did I get a good deal then!:eek1
Forum: Equipment 01-25-2015, 07:49 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,141
Posted By AlanCT
It looks like OP's trip was about eleven years...

It looks like OP's trip was about eleven years ago. I wonder how it went?:D
Forum: Road warriors 01-25-2015, 07:35 AM
Replies: 4,272
Views: 692,389
Posted By AlanCT
The Ural is my bike that will stay always, unless...

The Ural is my bike that will stay always, unless I trade up to a newer Ural some day.

As for the W, I can see me wanting to trade it for something more LD/tour-worthy in a couple of years. Right...
Forum: Road warriors 01-24-2015, 02:00 PM
Replies: 4,272
Views: 692,389
Posted By AlanCT
Who tours on their W? I am thinking of taking it...

Who tours on their W? I am thinking of taking it in a longish motocamping trip this summer. I've done plenty of this sort of thing but it has been awhile since I did it on a little naked standard...
Forum: Equipment 01-21-2015, 01:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 717
Posted By AlanCT
I don't get it. How is having an SAE pigtail...

I don't get it. How is having an SAE pigtail coming off your battery any different whether it is for a battery tender or some other accessory?
Forum: Equipment 01-20-2015, 03:55 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,853
Posted By AlanCT
Another happy Darien user here. I've had my...

Another happy Darien user here. I've had my regular Darien jacket and pants for about seven years now and have worn them in all conditions. They have never leaked. I wash them and re-waterproof them...
Forum: Equipment 01-14-2015, 02:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,337
Posted By AlanCT
I love my Infinities. Still going strong after...

I love my Infinities. Still going strong after several years of heavy use. At that price, I ought to grab a back-up pair.
Forum: Equipment 01-12-2015, 08:18 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,073
Posted By AlanCT
Sometimes with my Aerostich Darien suit, I swear...

Sometimes with my Aerostich Darien suit, I swear I'm getting wet - especially in the seat of the pants. When I take them off, however, I'm totally dry. I think it's just a peculiarity of Goretex.
Forum: Equipment 01-11-2015, 04:56 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,189
Posted By AlanCT
The Kobalt and Husky tools, of Lowes and Home...

The Kobalt and Husky tools, of Lowes and Home Depot respectively, seem good for the shade tree home mechanic. They remind me of the Craftsman tools of a few years ago. The more recent Craftsman...
Forum: Hacks 01-08-2015, 06:34 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,640
Posted By AlanCT
For local riding, I often wear jeans instead of...

For local riding, I often wear jeans instead of overpants, but I wear all the rest of the gear.
Forum: Equipment 01-08-2015, 04:35 PM
Replies: 7,095
Views: 2,869,510
Posted By AlanCT
I love my Hennessy. I beat the cold by hanging a...

I love my Hennessy. I beat the cold by hanging a USGI poncho liner under it with some shock cord as an underquilt. I have also gotten good results by using a truck windshield sun reflector as...
Forum: Equipment 01-05-2015, 05:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 997
Posted By AlanCT
I wrap the scarf around my neck, pilot-style. I...

I wrap the scarf around my neck, pilot-style. I have a thin balaclava for my head/face, if needed.
Forum: Equipment 01-05-2015, 04:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,750
Posted By AlanCT
If you want more protection than a plain leather...

If you want more protection than a plain leather boot, but not a full-on MX boot, I'll recommend the TCX Infinity. I've had mine for about five years and they've been great.
Forum: Equipment 01-05-2015, 02:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 997
Posted By AlanCT
I have the 'stitch silk scarf and have used it...

I have the 'stitch silk scarf and have used it for four or five years. I really like it. It does a nice job keeping my neck warm and the draft out without any chafing or bulk. It wads up compactly to...
Forum: Day Trippin' 01-04-2015, 01:51 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,416
Posted By AlanCT
This sounds like a trip I'd like to do!

This sounds like a trip I'd like to do!
Forum: Equipment 01-03-2015, 01:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 924
Posted By AlanCT
I think a forum moderator can move it for you...

I think a forum moderator can move it for you upon request, but it might be simpler for now just to delete this thread and repost over in the Flea Market. You'll get much more traffic over there.
Forum: Equipment 01-03-2015, 06:00 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 10,494
Posted By AlanCT
I just got these same pants for Christmas. There...

I just got these same pants for Christmas. There is already an open, bottom seam between the layers below the knee.

Great idea; I'll have to make the same mod.
Forum: Equipment 12-31-2014, 05:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 924
Posted By AlanCT
You ought to put this over in the Flea market...

You ought to put this over in the Flea market section (with a size).:deal
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 12-30-2014, 12:00 PM
Replies: 261
Views: 46,224
Posted By AlanCT
Last year on a semi-impulse for something...

Last year on a semi-impulse for something different, I traded this Kaw:


http://i1368.photobucket.com/albums/ag184/Lowspeed05/imagejpg3_zps40d4646d.jpg...
Forum: Equipment 12-30-2014, 05:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 830
Posted By AlanCT
I had some Tour Master Solutions a few years...

I had some Tour Master Solutions a few years back. They were comfortable and definitely waterproof for about two or three years, but the waterproofing gave out around that time and the soles wore...
Forum: Equipment 12-30-2014, 05:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 643
Posted By AlanCT
I've used a Teknic 7 plate back protector in my...

I've used a Teknic 7 plate back protector in my Darien for years. It only required that I add a couple of Velcro patches to the protector to make it fit. It adds a bit of bulk, but I don't really...
Forum: Road warriors 12-29-2014, 04:35 PM
Replies: 4,272
Views: 692,389
Posted By AlanCT
My W came with that exact windshield when I got...

My W came with that exact windshield when I got it. I now use it on my Ural in the winter. It's a versatile shield and makes a big difference in poor weather.
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