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Forum: Equipment Yesterday, 07:06 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 6,630
Posted By Jim K.
I'm going to be in Italy early in May. My 1st...

I'm going to be in Italy early in May. My 1st week will be in Venice, (so no moto action there), but the 2nd will be in the Alto Adige/Tyrol area, including Austria. Given the current weakness in the...
Forum: Road warriors 03-29-2015, 10:28 AM
Replies: 3,605
Views: 990,639
Posted By Jim K.
Yep...that RWB Nighthawk was beautifully...

Yep...that RWB Nighthawk was beautifully proportioned, compact, & composed. I'm not sure about #1, but certainly top 10. Especially considering that it was a truly production bike, modestly priced &...
Forum: Ride reports 03-28-2015, 08:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,295
Posted By Jim K.
How do I say "Good luck & be safe" in...

How do I say "Good luck & be safe" in Euskadie?
Forum: Road warriors 03-28-2015, 07:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,458
Posted By Jim K.
I believe that the Connie got bigger forks &...

I believe that the Connie got bigger forks & front brakes in '94. What I found in owning one for 10 years, was that the COG (Concours Owners Group) is the best "extended warranty" in existence. There...
Forum: Equipment 03-28-2015, 07:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 749
Posted By Jim K.
Thanks for the heads up Sergio. I'm also in the...

Thanks for the heads up Sergio. I'm also in the market & I'll be in Veneto in May. I'll swing by that place in Verona & check them out.
Forum: Equipment 03-28-2015, 06:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 416
Posted By Jim K.
I would have no qualms about selling a good...

I would have no qualms about selling a good quality helmet that's been well cared for, (that is, stored indoors, no temp. extremes, etc.). The qualifier would be that the buyer should be honestly...
Forum: Equipment 03-27-2015, 09:55 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,684
Posted By Jim K.
I've used my US 10 & US 20 Kreiga bags for tens...

I've used my US 10 & US 20 Kreiga bags for tens of thousands of miles in all sorts of weather. They've proven so waterproof on the bike that I now use one as storage on my sailboat. They work.
Forum: Equipment 03-26-2015, 09:49 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,677
Posted By Jim K.
I've found an outfit called "Paradox" that makes...

I've found an outfit called "Paradox" that makes base layers out of mostly synthetic fibers, with an 11% Merino content. Works real well for me, flat seamed, wicks well, feels good, & MUCH cheaper...
Forum: Equipment 03-26-2015, 04:37 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,684
Posted By Jim K.
I'm pretty sure there are guys using Kreiga bags...

I'm pretty sure there are guys using Kreiga bags as tank bags. I'll affirm they are absolutely waterproof. Kreiga also has lots of options for attachment.
Forum: Equipment 03-22-2015, 10:22 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,580
Posted By Jim K.
Well said! I think you are right about the...

Well said! I think you are right about the eventual demise of the DSLR. Especially as OLED viewfinders get better & better, (for those geezers among us who can only compose a photo through a...
Forum: Equipment 03-22-2015, 09:58 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,178
Posted By Jim K.
I've always worn mine on my belt for 20+ years...

I've always worn mine on my belt for 20+ years now. It's so much a part of my routine that I've lost several over the years to TSA...no matter how many times I fly, I never seem to remember the...
Forum: Road warriors 03-21-2015, 08:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,458
Posted By Jim K.
The old Connie C-10 is hard to beat in terms of...

The old Connie C-10 is hard to beat in terms of "bang for buck"
Forum: Road warriors 03-21-2015, 08:32 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 7,315
Posted By Jim K.
I can remember both of those bikes & the shock...

I can remember both of those bikes & the shock wave they caused, especially the Katana. The BMW was more conservative, but still a pretty bold statement from a (then) very staid company. At the time...
Forum: Equipment 03-16-2015, 02:54 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 764
Posted By Jim K.
Just about any will do, but I've never seen a...

Just about any will do, but I've never seen a better bike specific pack than a Kreiga. REALLY well designed & built.
Forum: Road warriors 03-15-2015, 01:18 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 986
Posted By Jim K.
I'd go to Bolt Depot & get stainless...

I'd go to Bolt Depot & get stainless replacements.
Forum: Road warriors 03-13-2015, 06:10 PM
Replies: 4,456
Views: 534,256
Posted By Jim K.
Sorry, I was referring to Duc & HD in the...

Sorry, I was referring to Duc & HD in the conglomerate.I know HDs numbers are multiples of Ducs. On rereading, I see that wasn't very clear.
Forum: Road warriors 03-13-2015, 05:56 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,572
Posted By Jim K.
Back in my Connie riding days, the guys in the...

Back in my Connie riding days, the guys in the Owners Group found a Caterpillar O-ring that would fit perfectly. I kept it on the edge of the bar end weight. With a flick of the thumb, I could roll...
Forum: Equipment 03-13-2015, 05:31 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,418
Posted By Jim K.
Here in a nutshell.

Here in a nutshell.
Forum: Equipment 03-11-2015, 04:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 898
Posted By Jim K.
I'd keep a close eye on motorcyclegear.com. They...

I'd keep a close eye on motorcyclegear.com. They buy out unsold gear from warehouses & resell at big discounts. I have no connection, but they are good folks to deal with & have a huge range of gear...
Forum: Road warriors 03-09-2015, 04:13 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 7,315
Posted By Jim K.
Style is indeed purely in the eye of the...

Style is indeed purely in the eye of the beholder. Since I am an officially qualified geezer, I can sympathize somewhat with the OP. I'm no fan of insectile, wasp tails and droopy headlights, which...
Forum: Equipment 03-09-2015, 03:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 646
Posted By Jim K.
I'd look around ebay for a used Gerike...

I'd look around ebay for a used Gerike Paris-Dakar. Of course, I've been looking myself for years, but I have yet to find the right one. My problem is, I'm a small guy, (140 lbs & 5'7"). These used...
Forum: Equipment 03-09-2015, 03:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,147
Posted By Jim K.
Several folks have rigged Kreiga tail bags for...

Several folks have rigged Kreiga tail bags for use as tank bags. I'm not sure how they are rigged on a tank, but I know for a fact that the Kreiga bags are waterproof. really....actually...
Forum: Road warriors 03-08-2015, 09:23 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,572
Posted By Jim K.
this!

this!
Forum: Road warriors 03-08-2015, 09:21 PM
Replies: 4,456
Views: 534,256
Posted By Jim K.
HD CVOs & Ducati Superleggeras are the "cherry"...

HD CVOs & Ducati Superleggeras are the "cherry" on top of a sundae built of much more conventional (& inexpensive) bikes (that sell in the hundreds of thousands). I'm betting that margins are razor...
Forum: Road warriors 03-06-2015, 08:28 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 31,331
Posted By Jim K.
I've no interest in a Tenere, but a modern single...

I've no interest in a Tenere, but a modern single (ala the BSA Gold Star) would float my boat. That 660 motor, with modern suspenders & brakes & Japanese levels of finish (& reliability) would have...
Forum: Equipment 03-06-2015, 07:06 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,904
Posted By Jim K.
That Mefoto looks really interesting! I'm headed...

That Mefoto looks really interesting! I'm headed for Venice in May & in the market for a tripod that folds down to 1 ft. or less, & this one clearly deserves a bit more research. Thanks for the tip.
Forum: Road warriors 03-05-2015, 04:38 PM
Replies: 622
Views: 191,096
Posted By Jim K.
I've got 22,000 trouble free mi. on mine in 4...

I've got 22,000 trouble free mi. on mine in 4 years now. I do at least 2 multi K tours per year with no problems. I put in two 625 mile days back to back last year, on a trip down to Barber's Museum...
Forum: Equipment 03-05-2015, 04:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 871
Posted By Jim K.
My favorite gear would have to be my old H....

My favorite gear would have to be my old H. Gerike "Touareg" 2 piece suit. I got it from NewEnough Leathers 15+ years ago & it's still holding up fine. It's too warm for summer use, but it's still my...
Forum: Equipment 03-05-2015, 03:30 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,904
Posted By Jim K.
The world is full of odd coincidences. I spent 6...

The world is full of odd coincidences. I spent 6 months in Europe in '71, most of it in Franco's Spain. (& most of that in Catalunya). I was riding a 175cc single & shooting with my trusty Yashica TL.
Forum: Equipment 03-04-2015, 07:52 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,904
Posted By Jim K.
I can't speak to the Fuji, since I've never used...

I can't speak to the Fuji, since I've never used one, but it is a handsome looking piece of kit. I can heartily concur on mirrorless APS-C, however. I've been shooting with a Sony NEX-6 for over a...
Forum: Equipment 03-02-2015, 11:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,168
Posted By Jim K.
+2

Another vote for Winter Elites. They are basically a good quality leather glove, moderate insulation & padding/extra leather, at abrasion points but no hard armor. The secret sauce lies in the...
Forum: Equipment 03-01-2015, 07:18 AM
Replies: 166
Views: 18,697
Posted By Jim K.
Well said! Extra room in your tent is never a bad...

Well said! Extra room in your tent is never a bad thing (until it makes the tent too big & takes too long to erect & pack-up). A modern 3 man backpacking tent can be quite light & compact. Another...
Forum: Ride reports 02-26-2015, 02:26 PM
Replies: 273
Views: 64,264
Posted By Jim K.
I used to be a big fan of shafties. My last chain...

I used to be a big fan of shafties. My last chain drive bike was in 1988. Of course, I had heard about O-ring & X-rings when they were introduced, & guessed they might be useful...adding maybe 10% to...
Forum: Equipment 02-23-2015, 04:26 PM
Replies: 166
Views: 18,697
Posted By Jim K.
Exactly! I can't image a bike these days that...

Exactly! I can't image a bike these days that would be affected by the weight of a tent, at least on road. I understand that rough terrain might impose some weight limits, but even modern scooters...
Forum: Equipment 02-21-2015, 10:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 903
Posted By Jim K.
Photoman, that's a great idea, using thick...

Photoman, that's a great idea, using thick microfiber cloth over the gel. It looks like it will insulate the gel from heat build-up as well as provide softness. I think it's a better idea than my...
Forum: Equipment 02-21-2015, 10:34 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,912
Posted By Jim K.
The MacBook Air is extremely light & compact. Not...

The MacBook Air is extremely light & compact. Not cheap, but if you're already in the Mac universe with the Pro, an Air would be easiest to sync up with your existing files.
Forum: Equipment 02-21-2015, 10:19 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,461
Posted By Jim K.
This is a great thread & I hope it gets a lot of...

This is a great thread & I hope it gets a lot of replies. You're not alone in this question. I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only guy who has lugged awkward tarp poles halfway across the country &...
Forum: Road warriors 02-20-2015, 03:06 PM
Replies: 247
Views: 56,048
Posted By Jim K.
I'm a guy who loves high revving I-4s, so I'm not...

I'm a guy who loves high revving I-4s, so I'm not a natural fanboy of Guzzis, but wow, that Griso is a striking piece of design. To anyone who is fed up with the looks of the current crop of naked...
Forum: Equipment 02-20-2015, 12:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,597
Posted By Jim K.
Measure up the width at the front of the bike...

Measure up the width at the front of the bike (between the mirrors? between the bars?) then keep the width of the panniers at that (or a little less) . You'll want to be sure that if you ride the...
Forum: Road warriors 02-19-2015, 06:35 PM
Replies: 3,605
Views: 990,639
Posted By Jim K.
Oh yeah! Now we're talking! That Duc single is...

Oh yeah! Now we're talking! That Duc single is sweet! I am giving away my Social Security collecting status by admitting that I used to regularly ride my bicycle 5 miles to our local dealer just to...
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