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Forum: Hacks Today, 05:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 240
Posted By usgser
If both are in equal good maintained condition...

If both are in equal good maintained condition either one should be a good bike. If the price spread between the two isn't crazy, I'd go with the later 09 but that no way infers the 07 is a bad year.
Forum: Some Assembly Required Today, 01:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 209
Posted By usgser
Don't know if there is a "best" one. Every XL...

Don't know if there is a "best" one. Every XL I've had were all great bikes. If'n were me I'd look anywhere from the disc braked /Ironheads or later.
Forum: The Garage 11-20-2014, 03:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,481
Posted By usgser
Location can be a big factor. Seems the shop...

Location can be a big factor. Seems the shop who's main income is contract production work such as for Boeing etc are generally more expense for small jobs. where as shops who's main income is repair...
Forum: Americas 11-16-2014, 07:36 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,276
Posted By usgser
I also think your bike hunting time is pretty...

I also think your bike hunting time is pretty limited. Window runs out and you may loose a bunch of days or end up "settling" for something you'll regret.
I also agree forget the gun idea. Not...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-16-2014, 11:41 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,290
Posted By usgser
Just buy the 2 prong pigtail and wire it directly...

Just buy the 2 prong pigtail and wire it directly to the battery and forget about it. The plug connector end for the charger has a cap to seal it when not in use. Works fine, been using'em on all my...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-15-2014, 05:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,444
Posted By usgser
Nice. Evil personality buggers but crazy fun...

Nice. Evil personality buggers but crazy fun bikes.
Vroom vroom. :D
Forum: The Garage 11-15-2014, 03:09 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 994
Posted By usgser
Don't know what your current profession pays but...

Don't know what your current profession pays but if you're looking to make big bucks wrenching at shops as a MC tech ain't it. Reasonable paying job to be proud of but if big bucks are your goal,...
Forum: The Garage 11-15-2014, 01:25 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 994
Posted By usgser
You looking to be employable or just honing your...

You looking to be employable or just honing your skills? If you're looking for a career change go to reputable school that will give you the certification needed.
If learning for yourself volunteer...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-14-2014, 07:28 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,622
Posted By usgser
Never been a particular one band is the only good...

Never been a particular one band is the only good bike guy. Yeah there are ones I prefer just from previous experience especially with older brands. No bike does everything well for everyone. So far...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-14-2014, 04:54 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,314
Posted By usgser
Someone here once said it handles better than...

Someone here once said it handles better than anything two stories tall has right to. My 05 handle great on the pavement even canyon carving. At slow. parking lot manuevering it was a serious top...
Forum: The Garage 11-14-2014, 03:56 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,696
Posted By usgser
Sea breeze or storm scenario? If it's not...

Sea breeze or storm scenario? If it's not blowing hard enough to pick up salt water off the surface and dump it on your bike it's a non issue. Just cause you live on or near the beach don't meean...
Forum: Hacks 11-13-2014, 01:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 964
Posted By usgser
Research/verify your "So Many" comment?...

Research/verify your "So Many" comment? Personally I don't buy it. The Only ones Ural had a problem with were the poly ones they tried for a short period before they figured out 'oops bad idea' and...
Forum: Hacks 11-13-2014, 11:51 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,295
Posted By usgser
Personally I think it's funnier than hell. Good...

Personally I think it's funnier than hell. Good to know computer repair skills and tools will work on my bike. :d
Forum: The Garage 11-11-2014, 11:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,062
Posted By usgser
Have you tried a local car tire shop? Most of...

Have you tried a local car tire shop? Most of them when they repair tires they put in new valve cores so they have a good assortment. Bring one in and they match it up. No idea of country of origin...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-10-2014, 04:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 767
Posted By usgser
That's a beauty! Never seen a white one either...

That's a beauty! Never seen a white one either but looks great to me. Never owned one but got to swap my R100 for a day so only have one day riding one. Loved it. Not a rocket sled but more than...
Forum: The Garage 11-08-2014, 05:52 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,726
Posted By usgser
I keep a full size auto battery in my shop that...

I keep a full size auto battery in my shop that occasionally gets put on a tender. Yeah overkill for general bench testing but nice to have if my car or truck battery gets lazy. Quicker to swap...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-08-2014, 05:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 726
Posted By usgser
If you're only riding 2 miles to work, that's not...

If you're only riding 2 miles to work, that's not far enough for your alternator to replace the charge your starter used up. You can get away with that for awhile but eventually it's gonna catch up...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-08-2014, 03:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,431
Posted By usgser
1. where'd you get the idea it should last 120k...

1. where'd you get the idea it should last 120k miles? Not likely regardless of brand.
2. Welcome to the world of BMW. "I'll be glad to transfer your call to the service dept. Please enter your...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-08-2014, 02:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,159
Posted By usgser
Doubt it's canbus friendly, not much on the...

Doubt it's canbus friendly, not much on the planet is. Any aux fuse box I've added bypassed that silly system an went straight off the battery, You'll have to figure out which terminal on your box...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-07-2014, 01:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 457
Posted By usgser
I "DO" ask to see a mc endorsement on the lic....

I "DO" ask to see a mc endorsement on the lic. Not saying a lic means he knows how to ride but just to CYA if he kills/maims himself and his wife, parent whatever takes you to court asking tough...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-06-2014, 02:18 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,458
Posted By usgser
Nice pics. Bet there are some interesting...

Nice pics. Bet there are some interesting characters in that fleet. :) I wouldn't sign up for lifetime moorage but I could do a winter there. :)
Forum: Equipment 11-05-2014, 01:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 495
Posted By usgser
The frame thingie depends on the bike and...

The frame thingie depends on the bike and expectations. The frames are great to keep soft bags away from exhausts and keeping them out of the spokes. I ran a pair of Ortlieb(sp?) dry bags on a KLR...
Forum: Airheads 11-03-2014, 11:37 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 885
Posted By usgser
Not familiar with those pipes at all but...

Not familiar with those pipes at all but generally when you swap to a low restriction hot rod exhaust, you have to rejet to fatter jets cause you're now running too lean not too rich. Never heard of...
Forum: Airheads 11-01-2014, 07:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 585
Posted By usgser
Coker tires are retro cool looking show bike...

Coker tires are retro cool looking show bike tires. Though looking similar to OEM equip thy are NOT the same as OEM. I've tried them on old bikes focusing on the cool/correct look. They wear...
Forum: Americas 10-30-2014, 05:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 560
Posted By usgser
Depends on your interests/goals. For my interest...

Depends on your interests/goals. For my interest the Maritimes are a fascinating unexplored area and if the economic opportunity arose I'd jump at the chance just to go have a "look see". If it...
Forum: Old's Cool 10-30-2014, 09:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,170
Posted By usgser
Very cool project. Nice work! :thumb

Very cool project. Nice work! :thumb
Forum: The Garage 10-28-2014, 12:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 732
Posted By usgser
I would think it you're going to fill a soccer...

I would think it you're going to fill a soccer ball with foam, you'd need a vent to let the air escape allowing space for the foam.
Forum: Beasts 10-28-2014, 12:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 855
Posted By usgser
Don't know about your bikes set up but most elec...

Don't know about your bikes set up but most elec pumps are pusher pumps unlike mechanical pumps that will suck fluid from the rank. Point being an elec pump still relies on gravity to prime and feed...
Forum: Hacks 10-28-2014, 11:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 900
Posted By usgser
If they aren't cracked or distorted, I personally...

If they aren't cracked or distorted, I personally wouldn't worry about it. The ones on my 06 are just fine.
Forum: The Garage 10-27-2014, 01:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,691
Posted By usgser
I'm not familiar with KN brand oil filters but...

I'm not familiar with KN brand oil filters but other brands that had the stamped sheet metal nut as part of the filter body. "None" of'em worked well. Lame cute idea that looked good on paper to some...
Forum: The Garage 10-27-2014, 12:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 421
Posted By usgser
Used is going to be tricky. I'm sure lotsa...

Used is going to be tricky. I'm sure lotsa dealers would make a package deal on a bunch new bikes. Don't know how hard finding a bunch of used xr400's are to find but shipping a container full...
Forum: Equipment 10-27-2014, 11:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 775
Posted By usgser
Doesn't sound like a good plan to me. You want to...

Doesn't sound like a good plan to me. You want to strap a hard rock to your back to protect you from landing on a hard rock? Sorry don't see the logic there.
Suppose if you landed just right it...
Forum: Airheads 10-25-2014, 03:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 274
Posted By usgser
"Just my old fart opinion" from dealin with Accel...

"Just my old fart opinion" from dealin with Accel stuff. Accel ign stuff "used" to be the cats arse decades ago for hot ign components for Harleys and hot rods. Unfortunately that business plan took...
Forum: Hacks 10-24-2014, 01:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,066
Posted By usgser
Yeah don't give up yet. If you take the time to...

Yeah don't give up yet. If you take the time to set up the drum brakes to spec they actually work pretty well and wear a long time. If you're getting a solid clunk when shifting you're doing well....
Forum: The Garage 10-23-2014, 03:06 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,428
Posted By usgser
A straight up and out stack is better but going...

A straight up and out stack is better but going out a wall works. In either case you want the end of the pipe 2 feet higher than the peak of the roof. I've had both. And strongly suggest doing it...
Forum: Hacks 10-23-2014, 01:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,066
Posted By usgser
Before you make any major decisions be honest...

Before you make any major decisions be honest with yourself what your aversion to old bikes is. Is the 98 Ural set up wrong, poorly maintained or possibly maybe you just haven't spent enough saddle...
Forum: Americas 10-22-2014, 12:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 352
Posted By usgser
There ya go end of problem.

There ya go end of problem.
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 10-21-2014, 10:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 635
Posted By usgser
You should be able to pic up a national forest...

You should be able to pic up a national forest map at any ranger station.
Better detailed maps are the topo quad sheets avail from any large map vendor but also a lot of sporting goods stores sell...
Forum: The Garage 10-21-2014, 08:53 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,375
Posted By usgser
On a couple floors I've used "floor paint". It's...

On a couple floors I've used "floor paint". It's an epoxy enamel made for concrete floors. Trick as with any paint is the surface must be clean. I'll sweep, vacuum then wash down with a hose to get...
Forum: Thumpers 10-20-2014, 11:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 923
Posted By usgser
Definitely sounds like a lean issue. Is the...

Definitely sounds like a lean issue. Is the vacuum hose to the petcock sound? I'd look for a vacuum leak that's sucking ambient air. Especially at the carb to eng connection. Has the bike ever had...
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