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Forum: Epic Ride Reports Yesterday, 05:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 932
Posted By Jim K.
I couldn't agree more. That road along the Meuse...

I couldn't agree more. That road along the Meuse is spectacular, & you're the 1st guy I've ever heard mention it. I ride it whenever I'm in that area. I suspect that the reason for it's lack of...
Forum: Equipment Yesterday, 05:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 604
Posted By Jim K.
Tourmaster Nomads have a pretty "normal" workbook...

Tourmaster Nomads have a pretty "normal" workbook look but the sole is about 1" thick & the heel must be 2" at least.
Forum: Road Warriors 07-01-2015, 06:47 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 25,494
Posted By Jim K.
Me too! Unfortunately, at least here in 'murka, I...

Me too! Unfortunately, at least here in 'murka, I can't get the blue with ABS. (maybe next year)
Forum: Road Warriors 07-01-2015, 06:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 906
Posted By Jim K.
That's the first blue one I've ever seen & it...

That's the first blue one I've ever seen & it looks fantastic.

One can only speculate about what might have been, if this front suspension (or BMW's) had 1/2 the development time & effort that...
Forum: Equipment 06-30-2015, 02:07 PM
Replies: 620
Views: 249,010
Posted By Jim K.
Same here. Paracord is plenty strong enough for...

Same here. Paracord is plenty strong enough for anything I'd carry on a bike. The taunline hitch was an absolute essential, back in the day of canvas tentage. They would expand & contract with...
Forum: Equipment 06-29-2015, 12:21 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,318
Posted By Jim K.
I may be the only guy in the universe who...

I may be the only guy in the universe who actually likes the feel of "Hot Grips", quite apart from their awesome heating abilities.
Forum: Equipment 06-29-2015, 12:16 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,185
Posted By Jim K.
Same here. 1 pint flask of Mount Gay (for...

Same here. 1 pint flask of Mount Gay (for medicinal purposes) goes into the bag first, then everything else.
Forum: Equipment 06-28-2015, 05:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 512
Posted By Jim K.
Electrical gremlins are a major source of...

Electrical gremlins are a major source of "issues" on any boat. I was taught the "No Solder" rule years ago. It's hard to get farther apart on the galvanic scale than lead/tin & copper. Plus, any...
Forum: Equipment 06-26-2015, 09:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,045
Posted By Jim K.
Same here. I thought that you were starting from...

Same here. I thought that you were starting from a bare shell & piecing together an EPS liner from bits you'd found elsewhere.
Forum: Equipment 06-24-2015, 06:12 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,032
Posted By Jim K.
As a guy who camped with canvas tents for years...

As a guy who camped with canvas tents for years as a boy scout, ('58 - '62) In my experience the weight is only one of the drawbacks. Sure, any modern bike over 250cc will carry the weight just fine,...
Forum: Equipment 06-24-2015, 05:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,045
Posted By Jim K.
That is a good looking lid. I've often thought of...

That is a good looking lid. I've often thought of re-rigging my old Star II,( that's been retired for decades to the shelf in the garage). But then I think about how far helmets have come since then,...
Forum: Equipment 06-24-2015, 05:15 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,016
Posted By Jim K.
I think you'll be fine. I travel with ATT & I've...

I think you'll be fine. I travel with ATT & I've had no special trouble, at least east of the Mississippi ( haven't ridden out west yet). Sometimes, out in the boonies, I lose a signal, but only when...
Forum: Equipment 06-17-2015, 03:06 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,355
Posted By Jim K.
+1.... This fellow has the right idea.

+1.... This fellow has the right idea.
Forum: Equipment 06-17-2015, 02:37 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,711
Posted By Jim K.
I'd say that the Nemo pads might be worth a look...

I'd say that the Nemo pads might be worth a look as well.
Forum: Road Warriors 06-17-2015, 01:37 PM
Replies: 2,277
Views: 358,567
Posted By Jim K.
Better yet, did anybody notice that Victory took...

Better yet, did anybody notice that Victory took 3rd place in the Zero TT, electric bike race @ IOM? For the first time I can remember (& I'm getting Soc. Sec. checks!) I saw a bike designed & built...
Forum: Equipment 06-16-2015, 05:24 PM
Replies: 7,466
Views: 3,085,283
Posted By Jim K.
++1. I use 2 of the cylindrical bags from...

++1. I use 2 of the cylindrical bags from Aerostitch with the lengthwise waterproof zippers. They've proven actually waterproof! One holds all the stuff that must be kept dry...pad, bag,pillow, etc....
Forum: Road Warriors 06-15-2015, 04:01 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,359
Posted By Jim K.
That fully faired GSXS 1000 F looks to be right...

That fully faired GSXS 1000 F looks to be right in my wheelhouse. The only problem is that I've sworn off liter bikes for life.

Now, if they gave the same treatment to a gixxer 750, I'd be first...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 06-14-2015, 12:58 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 14,455
Posted By Jim K.
I believe in the world of quantum mechanics, this...

I believe in the world of quantum mechanics, this may conceivably obtain. Unfortunately, in my half century of riding on two wheels, I've never been on one that could escape our mortal Newtonian...
Forum: Road Warriors 06-14-2015, 12:20 PM
Replies: 3,852
Views: 1,063,250
Posted By Jim K.
Agreed! I came within an inch of buying one in...

Agreed! I came within an inch of buying one in 2000 & have regretted it ever since. I'd love for Triumph to build a new one, using either of their current triples but with similar retro/standard...
Forum: Road Warriors 06-10-2015, 04:30 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,478
Posted By Jim K.
This^

This^
Forum: Road Warriors 06-07-2015, 07:11 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,345
Posted By Jim K.
I'm also not a cruiser guy....quite the opposite,...

I'm also not a cruiser guy....quite the opposite, in fact. But I am a sucker for a good looking motor, one that shows some design effort to make it look good & fit with the ethos of the machine it's...
Forum: Equipment 06-07-2015, 06:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,097
Posted By Jim K.
I use the cylinder shaped, side-zip bag sold by...

I use the cylinder shaped, side-zip bag sold by Aerostitch. It's indeed truly waterproof, & the hi-tech, waterproof, zipper along the length of the bag makes it easy to load up the tent, poles, &...
Forum: Equipment 06-03-2015, 10:48 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,062
Posted By Jim K.
I used a Timberland 4 for at least 10 - 15 nights...

I used a Timberland 4 for at least 10 - 15 nights per year for 22 years. In that time I resealed the floor seam once, that was my only repair. It kept me dry every time. (except for the time I...
Forum: Equipment 05-31-2015, 08:13 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 15,630
Posted By Jim K.
The Nemo pillow is the best I've found. It's the...

The Nemo pillow is the best I've found. It's the most adjustable pillow around. It has a soft 3/4" layer of foam on top, over an inflatable body, & a mesh of thin bungee at the very bottom, to hold...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 05-29-2015, 09:18 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,288
Posted By Jim K.
The beauty of the roundabout is that if you miss...

The beauty of the roundabout is that if you miss the turn, you can just keep circling 'til it comes up again. I've sometimes circled 3-4 times just to read all the signs & make absolutely sure I'm...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 05-28-2015, 04:25 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 8,916
Posted By Jim K.
Just back from a week in Venice, so I picked up...

Just back from a week in Venice, so I picked up A.M. Mango's book "Bound in Venice". It chronicles the birth of publishing in the 15th century. Then I find pages of related printing/binding info here...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 05-28-2015, 03:43 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,288
Posted By Jim K.
My standard program for a vacation in France has...

My standard program for a vacation in France has always been: 1st week in Paris (naturalment!). The next 1-2 weeks are spent out in the countryside. So far I've explored Paris/Alsace, Paris/Burgundy,...
Forum: Equipment 05-28-2015, 03:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 417
Posted By Jim K.
When I was young & penniless I used to ride in...

When I was young & penniless I used to ride in jeans from Cabela's, designed for guys hunting birds in thorny brush. They were standard denim jeans with 500 denier Cordura "chaps" sewn on to the...
Forum: Equipment 05-24-2015, 05:35 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,879
Posted By Jim K.
This is the way to go. The "leatherman" type...

This is the way to go. The "leatherman" type tools are incredibly functional & IMHO Gerber is the pick of the litter.
Forum: Equipment 05-24-2015, 04:27 PM
Replies: 248
Views: 50,775
Posted By Jim K.
They were similar to the "Bleuet", as I recall,...

They were similar to the "Bleuet", as I recall, but were not interchangeable. These were sold as "Camping Gaz", a light blue, puncture type cannister. They were about 3" dia. & only an inch & a half...
Forum: Equipment 05-22-2015, 10:24 AM
Replies: 248
Views: 50,775
Posted By Jim K.
Great minds think alike! I used the GAZ lamp,...

Great minds think alike! I used the GAZ lamp, that takes the small cartridges, on my sailboat for years. It was super bright, compact, & saved the limited battery capacity on the boat. I still have...
Forum: Equipment 05-20-2015, 08:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 662
Posted By Jim K.
Web Dominators

These things are designed to do exactly what you are asking, control excess length on web gear straps. They are elegant & secure but the bicycle inner tube section works just as well for free. Not so...
Forum: Road Warriors 05-18-2015, 01:59 PM
Replies: 3,852
Views: 1,063,250
Posted By Jim K.
The Jelly Mould! Brilliant! Tell me that bevel...

The Jelly Mould! Brilliant! Tell me that bevel drive single is not one of the handsomest engines ever designed. It's like jewelry that makes HP.
Forum: Road Warriors 05-02-2015, 01:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,449
Posted By Jim K.
You might have a point there, but I sure hope...

You might have a point there, but I sure hope you're wrong. I'm 66 & still able to do about 3000 mi. in a week long tour on my GSX 650 F, usually twice per year. I'm hoping to make that 3-4...
Forum: Road Warriors 05-02-2015, 01:09 PM
Replies: 3,210
Views: 698,662
Posted By Jim K.
That must be Holland! Either that or this is a...

That must be Holland! Either that or this is a painting by Piet Mondrian! Near Keukenhof perhaps?
Forum: Equipment 05-02-2015, 12:16 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,950
Posted By Jim K.
Speed & IQ

I'd go with the fastest, & best image quality, regardless of focal length.
Forum: Equipment 05-01-2015, 02:24 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,887
Posted By Jim K.
++1

++1
Forum: Equipment 04-29-2015, 02:35 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,887
Posted By Jim K.
I'm of two minds. At home I'm something of a euro...

I'm of two minds. At home I'm something of a euro snob about my dutch imported espresso, but that's in my own kitchen, with my own espresso machine & all the comforts. Out in the wild I drop all...
Forum: Road Warriors 04-28-2015, 01:02 PM
Replies: 4,491
Views: 839,328
Posted By Jim K.
I got a fantastic deal on my GT 650 back in '88....

I got a fantastic deal on my GT 650 back in '88. It was a superb bike that answered a question that no one (at the time) was asking. Folks stayed away in droves, while the super sport of the day,...
Forum: Equipment 04-28-2015, 12:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 879
Posted By Jim K.
WOW! Malraux quotes in the ADV forum? In the...

WOW! Malraux quotes in the ADV forum? In the equipment section, no less! The mean level of erudition here has risen exponentially.

BTW: I did indeed find them reassuring.
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