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Forum: Road warriors 07-18-2007, 07:00 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,162
Posted By johnstokesII
Twisty roads in NE Illinois are short and in...

Twisty roads in NE Illinois are short and in short supply, but Starved Rock Park by Ottawa is worth the trip for the park, and the road to the entrance is fun (but short). Also, south of Ottawa and...
Forum: Hacks 02-14-2007, 08:24 PM
Replies: 486
Views: 96,508
Posted By johnstokesII
Here's a link to Cycle World's first ride report,...

Here's a link to Cycle World's first ride report, as may be expected, its pretty much the same thing Car and Driver said.

http://www.cycleworld.com/article.asp?section_id=3&article_id=282

Maybe...
Forum: Thumpers 02-12-2007, 09:48 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 9,114
Posted By johnstokesII
I haven't followed dirt track racing since Scott...

I haven't followed dirt track racing since Scott Parker retired, but IIRC, he rode a Rotax powered "Harley-Davidson"- framed bike for the Peoria TT.

When I had an MuZ Silver Star with the 500...
Forum: Thumpers 02-03-2007, 08:19 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 7,933
Posted By johnstokesII
I remember reading (probably 2 or 3 years ago)...

I remember reading (probably 2 or 3 years ago) that the 350 and 500cc models used the same carb. The theory was that an appropriately sized carb for the 500 would result in more power, without even...
Forum: Thumpers 12-13-2006, 10:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 675
Posted By johnstokesII
Excellent link! Much more information than I...

Excellent link! Much more information than I expected.

Thanks.:clap
Forum: Thumpers 11-15-2006, 11:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,924
Posted By johnstokesII
Avgas is more stable than car gas. It has to be...

Avgas is more stable than car gas. It has to be to prevent vapor lock as you gain altitude. Yes, even in a seaplane.:D Back when I had an airplane, I'd park my wife's bike and my own in the...
Forum: Hacks 11-07-2006, 06:52 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,715
Posted By johnstokesII
IIRC, in "The Long Way Round," when the photog's...

IIRC, in "The Long Way Round," when the photog's bike was fried by the welder, he ended up on a Ural. You might want to check with Red Menace, as well as Mr. Cobb

Red Menace's website:
...
Forum: Beasts 11-07-2006, 06:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 733
Posted By johnstokesII
Mind the dear...and the coyote, and the opossum,...

Mind the dear...and the coyote, and the opossum, the road runner, yada yada...:eek1
Forum: Road warriors 10-27-2006, 10:05 PM
Replies: 321
Views: 37,049
Posted By johnstokesII
My local dealer said Moto Guzzi told him...

My local dealer said Moto Guzzi told him December, so he expects to see them in January.:lol3

BTW, he said the majority of dealers didn't want the top-of-the-line model with the TomTom GPS, so...
Forum: Hacks 08-21-2006, 09:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,129
Posted By johnstokesII
Try to get a test ride on both, the telescopic...

Try to get a test ride on both, the telescopic fork model and the leading-link model. My wife and I had an MuZ Silverstar Gespann (500cc Rotax single with Velorex side car) with telescopic forks...
Forum: Beasts 08-03-2006, 11:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 774
Posted By johnstokesII
Good for you! I'm too lazy to do a search,...

Good for you!

I'm too lazy to do a search, but I'm sure there are statistics showing a rider on a new (or new to them) bike is more likely to have an accident. Somewhere there's probably an...
Forum: Thumpers 07-05-2006, 06:26 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,450
Posted By johnstokesII
Ahem. So, its been awhile now...since FEBRUARY!...

Ahem. So, its been awhile now...since FEBRUARY! So how is this bike in the woods? On the road to the woods? Hall's lowered the price on their '05, is it worth a look? Are you glad you bought...
Forum: Road warriors 07-01-2006, 11:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,090
Posted By johnstokesII
Very Nice, iDave, very nice!:thumb

Very Nice, iDave, very nice!:thumb
Forum: Road warriors 06-29-2006, 11:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,701
Posted By johnstokesII
FlowBee answered all your questions, correctly...

FlowBee answered all your questions, correctly too. I still have my '90 PC800 bought new in '92. I use mine for commuting and occasional day trips with my wife. Most test reports put the...
Forum: Beasts 06-28-2006, 10:19 PM
Replies: 19,917
Views: 5,621,963
Posted By johnstokesII
Dang!

Dang!
Forum: Ride reports 06-24-2006, 12:20 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 18,120
Posted By johnstokesII
Congratulations Mr. Cob! I see Ural has used one...

Congratulations Mr. Cob! I see Ural has used one of your photos from this trip in a full-page ad on page 1 of the August Walneck's Classic Cycle Trader. The photo in the ad shows more of the cliff...
Forum: Ride reports 05-21-2006, 10:55 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 18,120
Posted By johnstokesII
What he said!

What he said!
Forum: Ride reports 05-16-2006, 09:31 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 18,120
Posted By johnstokesII
I'm not bored. Is anybody here bored?:huh

I'm not bored. Is anybody here bored?:huh
Forum: Thumpers 04-17-2006, 06:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,927
Posted By johnstokesII
If the present tires will last long enough to...

If the present tires will last long enough to hook up with this "trail," maybe you could get new tires starting where you pick up the Trans-America trail.
...
Forum: Road warriors 04-04-2006, 10:09 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,838
Posted By johnstokesII
First, I'd sit on both bikes to see which one fit...

First, I'd sit on both bikes to see which one fit me better. In my case, the Connie doesn't give me enough leg room.

If both were equal, then I'd test ride both to see which one I liked better.
...
Forum: Ride reports 03-15-2006, 11:40 PM
Replies: 7,064
Views: 3,204,247
Posted By johnstokesII
[QUOTE=Zen...

[QUOTE=Zen Slug]http://hotfootmail.com/glen/Mazatlan24.jpg


Looks like she's tempted to whack it off...
Forum: Ride reports 03-09-2006, 10:52 AM
Replies: 7,064
Views: 3,204,247
Posted By johnstokesII
Sounds like a plan! "doodle around" would be a...

Sounds like a plan! "doodle around" would be a bit too open-ended for my wife, YMMV:lol3
Forum: Road warriors 03-05-2006, 06:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,874
Posted By johnstokesII
Many of the period tests said the bike seemed to...

Many of the period tests said the bike seemed to be invisible on radar. Guess it has to do with all those angles and sharp edges...

Somewhat surprised none of the owners have mentioned it.
Forum: Ride reports 02-10-2006, 09:40 PM
Replies: 7,064
Views: 3,204,247
Posted By johnstokesII
It would take an examination by a knowledgeable...

It would take an examination by a knowledgeable doctor/health care professional to make a diagnosis, but I wonder if that curvature is the result of a medical condition - Lordosis is an increased...
Forum: Thumpers 02-03-2006, 11:25 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,450
Posted By johnstokesII
This Gas Gas website shows the 2006 (and 2005)...

This Gas Gas website shows the 2006 (and 2005) fuel capacity at 6.7L.
At the bottom of this page are pdf downloads; the User's Manual lists in the specification section 9.5L, on pdf page 9. On pdf...
Forum: Thumpers 02-02-2006, 11:58 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,450
Posted By johnstokesII
Wonder if anyone has the 12L tank available? ...

Wonder if anyone has the 12L tank available?

http://www.grizzlycycles.com/gasgas/fse450.htm

John.
Forum: Thumpers 02-02-2006, 11:09 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,450
Posted By johnstokesII
Eh? jdiaz, I see they reduced the fuel capacity by...

jdiaz, I see they reduced the fuel capacity by 2005 to 6.7L:huh Sheesh! Some companies just can't leave well enough alone.

So, anyway, how much fun is it? Got any trail pics?

John.
Forum: Thumpers 02-01-2006, 08:32 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,450
Posted By johnstokesII
Wait a minute, that tank is for the 2005-2006...

Wait a minute, that tank is for the 2005-2006 model. Oh well, guess your money is safe.

John.
Forum: Thumpers 02-01-2006, 08:28 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,450
Posted By johnstokesII
Not that we're trying to get you to spend more...

Not that we're trying to get you to spend more money,:wink: but Clarke has a 2.8 gal fuel tank for your bike. That's about an extra gallon, I think.

I haven't really looked for bigger tanks,...
Forum: Ride reports 10-18-2005, 08:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 882
Posted By johnstokesII
The. Larch. If you're a Monty Python fan,...

The. Larch.

If you're a Monty Python fan, you'll understand.

Nice shots, do it again!
Forum: Ride reports 08-29-2005, 06:25 PM
Replies: 7,064
Views: 3,204,247
Posted By johnstokesII
Not to hijack the thread, but I'll add "One Man...

Not to hijack the thread, but I'll add "One Man Caravan" by the late Robert Edison Fulton, and another of Ted Simon's books - "Riding High".
BTW, here's a link to Ted Simon's website: ...
Forum: Hacks 02-13-2005, 09:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,044
Posted By johnstokesII
If you've never ridden a hack, be sure to take a...

If you've never ridden a hack, be sure to take a sidecar riding course before you buy. A rig can be neat, but they're not fun to ride, and at times they can be a lot of work. For a family with small...
Forum: Ride reports 01-30-2005, 06:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,837
Posted By johnstokesII
elfederiQo: Outstanding! Great photos, thanks...

elfederiQo: Outstanding! Great photos, thanks for posting!



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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-19-2004, 09:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 807
Posted By johnstokesII
Curtis, I had it backwards, I thought a "stiff"...

Curtis, I had it backwards, I thought a "stiff" suspension would make it easier for a large bump to knock the bike "off-line" whereas on the street, a soft suspension would make the handling "vague"....
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-19-2004, 10:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 807
Posted By johnstokesII
Thanks everyone! I hate to say it, but I...

Thanks everyone! I hate to say it, but I expected people to say they reduce preload, but those who do change, increase pre-load. Glad I asked!
John.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-18-2004, 10:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 807
Posted By johnstokesII
Do you change suspension settings for off-road?

I did a search of posts for the answer to this, but couldn't find anything. I'm a street rider with hopes to someday own a dual-sport bike. I've not seen in ride posts any mention of changing...
Forum: Ride reports 10-26-2004, 09:25 PM
Replies: 1,257
Views: 440,132
Posted By johnstokesII
Mike, when I saw you were at Niagara falls, I...

Mike, when I saw you were at Niagara falls, I thought we're bound to see something about Consolidated Aircraft. They moved from Buffalo to San Diego in 1935 because ice on the river made it...
Forum: Ride reports 10-20-2004, 04:38 PM
Replies: 1,257
Views: 440,132
Posted By johnstokesII
Having been in the UK back in '94, I can easily...

Having been in the UK back in '94, I can easily understand why you aren't eager to settle elsewhere. But I'm sure glad you're here!
Add my name to those willing to pay for a book. At least I suppose...
Forum: Ride reports 10-17-2004, 10:35 PM
Replies: 1,257
Views: 440,132
Posted By johnstokesII
The ugly car is a Plymouth Valiant my guess is a...

The ugly car is a Plymouth Valiant my guess is a '61. The other car reminds me of a Ferrari 212, but I'm not at all sure about that. I noticed the two Jaguar XJ6's either side of the '60 Caddy. What...
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