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Forum: Road warriors Yesterday, 08:42 AM
Replies: 5,373
Views: 1,087,461
Posted By kirb
The bike can calculate the gear it's in by the...

The bike can calculate the gear it's in by the ratio of speed to RPM. It's usually turned off when you pull in the clutch or not moving. My guess is the 5 speed's final ratio is close enough to the 6...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports Yesterday, 08:02 AM
Replies: 12,938
Views: 1,830,484
Posted By kirb
The highly technical process of developing new...

The highly technical process of developing new equipment...

http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x350/jtkirb/forum/IMG_2273_zpsvp8mxv2f.jpg...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 04-30-2015, 06:41 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 6,410
Posted By kirb
Interesting...A MFG who specifies a single brand...

Interesting...A MFG who specifies a single brand of oil to maintain warranty must supply it for free. (Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act) They can require a specification to be met, but not a specific brand...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 04-30-2015, 06:32 PM
Replies: 12,938
Views: 1,830,484
Posted By kirb
New item being run through the laser cutter next...

New item being run through the laser cutter next week (I hope)...

Tool tube mount on the inside of the right side rack. Bolts to the rack's bobbin mounting bolts on the back side.

Pics to...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 04-27-2015, 01:57 PM
Replies: 2,232
Views: 236,310
Posted By kirb
Has anyone seen the Urban enduro bags on the...

Has anyone seen the Urban enduro bags on the bike? The rack that is left behind? How about the rear rack? Pics would be great. None in any of the promo pics I have seen.

I am starting to think...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 04-27-2015, 05:49 AM
Replies: 2,232
Views: 236,310
Posted By kirb
Our new Ducati dealer (Piaggio, Ducati, Triumph)...

Our new Ducati dealer (Piaggio, Ducati, Triumph) took a different approach yesterday- They rode out on a Triumph scrambler and Ducati Icon to a local 'blessing of the bikes' event and...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 04-25-2015, 08:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 7,636
Posted By kirb
Would this be OK to include in my blog...

Would this be OK to include in my blog page?http://stelviontx.blogspot.com

Proper credit, of course
Forum: Road warriors 04-23-2015, 07:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 544
Posted By kirb
You might want to start with finding a rack that...

You might want to start with finding a rack that fits your bike...

Pelicans can mount to just about anything. Case size depends on how bad you pack for a trip...
Forum: Road warriors 04-21-2015, 07:56 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,717
Posted By kirb
Did they sell the VFR 1200X in your country? DCT...

Did they sell the VFR 1200X in your country? DCT is the cat's ass for your needs.
Forum: Road warriors 04-21-2015, 07:49 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 12,917
Posted By kirb
I owned a '99M2 for 11 years, then an 1125CR for...

I owned a '99M2 for 11 years, then an 1125CR for 1 year.

I look at it this way- The HD dealership network saved my bacon once early on while traveling, provides easy access to parts (most of this...
Forum: Road warriors 04-20-2015, 11:53 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 12,917
Posted By kirb
They are going to have to be on par or less with...

They are going to have to be on par or less with HD closing Buell...I can't see anyone buying into a $10k bike that has ZERO parts availability. 1125R and CR sold pretty well at $6k with some promise...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 04-20-2015, 05:13 AM
Replies: 12,938
Views: 1,830,484
Posted By kirb
http://stelviontx.blogspot.com/2013/11/big-bikes-h...

http://stelviontx.blogspot.com/2013/11/big-bikes-hit-scale.html

I used to pick up the KTM in strange places I shouldn't be, but I can't imagine the Stelvio...
Forum: Road warriors 04-17-2015, 06:34 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,911
Posted By kirb
I always suggest a Suzuki SV650 or one if it's...

I always suggest a Suzuki SV650 or one if it's variants to new bike owners.

It's bullet proof
You won't outgrow it in 2 years, but it won't kill you the first time out
It's narrow and light
You...
Forum: Road warriors 04-17-2015, 05:40 AM
Replies: 2,609
Views: 691,152
Posted By kirb
Shim under bucket is cheap. Cam rolls around and...

Shim under bucket is cheap. Cam rolls around and pushes the valve direct. No funky linkage, hydro tappet, etc. Keeps the head compact, cost down, RPM high. People don't seem to mind having the...
Forum: Road warriors 04-16-2015, 01:19 PM
Replies: 2,609
Views: 691,152
Posted By kirb
Hydro valve adjusters work great on low RPM...

Hydro valve adjusters work great on low RPM engines (harley and the like). Anything with higher red lines? Not so much.
Forum: Road warriors 04-16-2015, 10:57 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 12,917
Posted By kirb
The only brand that I can see trying to pick up...

The only brand that I can see trying to pick up the Buell would be Can-Am Bombardier...They would have a home for a Rotax mill that they lost when Aprilia and EBR went solo on the engine. They could...
Forum: Road warriors 04-16-2015, 08:24 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 12,917
Posted By kirb
You mean...like the bikes that sold fairly well...

You mean...like the bikes that sold fairly well under HD?

They could have built a fair priced naked or ADV bike (like they did prev) and sell units. Buell is a racer, will always be a racer, loves...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 04-16-2015, 07:36 AM
Replies: 12,938
Views: 1,830,484
Posted By kirb
I bought a motion pro seal driver tool for the...

I bought a motion pro seal driver tool for the FJR back in the day...48mm.
I'll do a tool lend offer for anyone who needs to borrow it for that size.

Pay shipping to and fro and you can borrow it...
Forum: Road warriors 04-15-2015, 06:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,152
Posted By kirb
Buell was behind that engine trying to get a...

Buell was behind that engine trying to get a liquid cooled mill for his line. HD did what HD does and Buell went elsewhere. The engine became what it is now and not what he wanted.

The Rotax 1125...
Forum: Road warriors 04-15-2015, 05:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,075
Posted By kirb
I sold a complete M2 body on ebay last year that...

I sold a complete M2 body on ebay last year that I sourced from ebay to have a bike that was two different colors. I could swap the body in about a half hour. They are out there.

There were quite...
Forum: Road warriors 04-14-2015, 08:46 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,075
Posted By kirb
Any engine/trans parts are going to be sourced...

Any engine/trans parts are going to be sourced from HD. My M2 could use anything sportster but the heads (and maybe flywheel). Not much else was different.
Forum: Road warriors 04-13-2015, 07:38 AM
Replies: 4,646
Views: 561,672
Posted By kirb
Facebook post says they rode...a white one and a...

Facebook post says they rode...a white one and a red one. It's only a 12 hour burn of the slab. Easy...

"Made it to our house for the MotoGP weekend in Austin. Oooh looky what's outside my window....
Forum: Road warriors 04-13-2015, 06:08 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,075
Posted By kirb
I owned a '99 cyclone for 11 years. One of the...

I owned a '99 cyclone for 11 years. One of the easiest bikes to own that I have ever owned.

S1 lightning- narrow and light. How some people lived with that seat I will never know.

M2 Cyclone-...
Forum: Road warriors 04-13-2015, 05:37 AM
Replies: 4,646
Views: 561,672
Posted By kirb
[QUOTE=limeymike;26565589]http://i1370.photobucket...

[QUOTE=limeymike;26565589]http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag268/bradshawm2004/IMG_04881_zpsiqgbcoum.jpg

I like that aux lamp mounting idea...I think I might steal it.
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 04-13-2015, 05:33 AM
Replies: 9,492
Views: 478,494
Posted By kirb
Was at Bike Church on the Guzzi Stelvio. Ended up...

Was at Bike Church on the Guzzi Stelvio. Ended up at 29th Fox dealership for the motoGP event at 1pm. Decent turnout. Sounds like they will be doing more GP events that are at normal times on Sunday.
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 04-11-2015, 08:52 PM
Replies: 9,492
Views: 478,494
Posted By kirb
Bike Church tomorrow...

Bike Church tomorrow...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 04-11-2015, 08:50 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,231
Posted By kirb
I have the younger sister...

I have the younger sister...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 04-10-2015, 11:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 490
Posted By kirb
Spend some time in the Stelvio thread here, it's...

Spend some time in the Stelvio thread here, it's a boat load of info.

FUSE THOSE AUX LAMPS if they are not already. I have sets to sell if you don't want to make your own:...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 04-10-2015, 11:44 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 6,410
Posted By kirb
From the Ducati USA 'Technical Features': ...

From the Ducati USA 'Technical Features':

Front suspension
base: 48 mm fully adjustable usd forks
S: Sachs 48 mm fully adjustable usd forks. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment...
Forum: Road warriors 04-10-2015, 11:33 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,969
Posted By kirb
Suzuki SV650 or one of it's variants... ...

Suzuki SV650 or one of it's variants...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suzuki_SV650

Narrow, cheap, decent power, easy to find in good shape...may need suspender upgrades if you push it hard, but...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 04-10-2015, 08:36 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,231
Posted By kirb
A Michigan Quota and the younger sister: ...

A Michigan Quota and the younger sister:
http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x350/jtkirb/forum/4e951de6-6cde-43e3-8b17-7106abab56f8_zpsdscclwto.jpg...
Forum: Road warriors 04-09-2015, 12:32 PM
Replies: 4,646
Views: 561,672
Posted By kirb
Brian Case isn't out back building production...

Brian Case isn't out back building production bikes. They just received production drive trains. The blown bike was in the works for some time before the production blocks arrived.
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 04-09-2015, 07:21 AM
Replies: 9,492
Views: 478,494
Posted By kirb
If you end up in GR looking for multiple...

If you end up in GR looking for multiple breweries, try these guys: http://www.beercityrunner.com/

GR is my go-to for good food/drink. The Mitten brewery has some of the best pizza in W.MI....
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 04-09-2015, 07:09 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 6,410
Posted By kirb
The S gets the TFT display (color) as well... ...

The S gets the TFT display (color) as well...

The diavel has both LCD and color...I wish the LCD was something else.
Forum: Road warriors 04-09-2015, 06:32 AM
Replies: 4,646
Views: 561,672
Posted By kirb
And for something completely different....(the...

And for something completely different....(the video part does not seem to come through). The bike is a full on naked version of the Motus...

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Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 04-08-2015, 08:05 AM
Replies: 9,492
Views: 478,494
Posted By kirb
AH to Holland? I would slab it to Ionia and...

AH to Holland? I would slab it to Ionia and follow the river to Grand Rapids
Take Leonard into Spring Lake, then take Lakeshore Drive to Holland if you want to know where all the Michigan money...
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 04-08-2015, 07:49 AM
Replies: 9,492
Views: 478,494
Posted By kirb
I've done the BRP/Deal's gap 3 times. It's a...

I've done the BRP/Deal's gap 3 times. It's a great week of riding.

Burn some highway to Front Royal, VA
Break the BRP into (2) days. There is one resort on the parkway, or Roanoke isn't a bad...
Forum: Road warriors 04-07-2015, 05:56 AM
Replies: 4,646
Views: 561,672
Posted By kirb
as with anything, proper research can help decide...

as with anything, proper research can help decide if one 'needs' to ride a bike. Reviews of bad low speed fueling, rear pipe kicking heal out, clunky trans, or some other annoyance can be fished out...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 04-03-2015, 10:31 AM
Replies: 12,938
Views: 1,830,484
Posted By kirb
What I did:...

What I did: http://stelviontx.blogspot.com/2013/07/revised-rear-rack-for-swm-topcase.html

I added this (to the SWM back rest pad) to help with the GF's lower back, cut in half the long way, 3M...
Forum: Road warriors 04-03-2015, 10:03 AM
Replies: 4,646
Views: 561,672
Posted By kirb
They are not in the biz of every other jerkoff...

They are not in the biz of every other jerkoff showing up to ride a bike THEY NEVER INTEND TO OWN. They don't owe you shit. People who do that are why dealers don't offer demo rides.

Demos cost...
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