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Forum: Hacks 05-25-2015, 05:33 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,421
Posted By Midnullarbor
. Think also : BBC's Top Gear and the...

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Think also : BBC's Top Gear and the ridiculous ease of overturning the 3-wheeler Reliant Robin.

Much better for handling, is 2 wheels towards the front [ think : the old Morgan 3-wheeler ].

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Forum: Hacks 05-24-2015, 09:43 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,421
Posted By Midnullarbor
. For handling, the best trike design is...

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For handling, the best trike design is something like the Can-Am Spyder.
An easy choice.
Two wheels up front (and a low centre of gravity) means you can hit the brakes while cornering . . . and...
Forum: Hacks 04-11-2015, 10:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,285
Posted By Midnullarbor
. Worth emphasizing Claude's point about...

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Worth emphasizing Claude's point about placing ballast/luggage/whatever-weight into as rearwards a position as possible.
And as low as possible, and as far off to the side as possible.

( Gives...
Forum: Hacks 02-27-2015, 09:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 906
Posted By Midnullarbor
[ Can't help on the mirror question ~ however,...

[ Can't help on the mirror question ~ however, good luck finding a mirror extension that doesn't produce a super-vibrating mirror ! ]

But Jamie's comment about the chair lifting on right turns...
Forum: Hacks 02-24-2015, 04:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,338
Posted By Midnullarbor
. Sidecar frame & suspension structure should...

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Sidecar frame & suspension structure should always be designed heavy & strong.
That helps lower the combined CofG of the outfit, and move it laterally too.
( Both things aid stability ).

No...
Forum: Australia 02-16-2015, 02:30 AM
Replies: 3,521
Views: 528,051
Posted By Midnullarbor
Money, especially funny money, is always a bit of...

Money, especially funny money, is always a bit of a joke
. . . and so can never be off-topic here.



The "circular money" reminds me of a story [allegedly true] about Old Borroloola.

Those...
Forum: Australia 01-31-2015, 02:43 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,704
Posted By Midnullarbor
Agreed, the V-Strom should have a lower seat :...

Agreed, the V-Strom should have a lower seat : but with the right tyres it's not too shabby on easy dirt.
A pain to pick up though, especially when loaded with travelling baggage.
I can see the...
Forum: Australia 01-31-2015, 02:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,704
Posted By Midnullarbor
. My error. Take that back. ~ I didn't...

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My error. Take that back.

~ I didn't realise you had a long distance touring machine like your
V-Strom !

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Forum: Australia 01-31-2015, 02:20 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,704
Posted By Midnullarbor
. Agree with Gavo. Nice as it is for...

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Agree with Gavo.

Nice as it is for short-distance riding, the 300 would be a horrific pain for touring
(even with bigger aftermarket tank).

Even if you only use it occasionally, it's...
Forum: Hacks 01-08-2015, 02:05 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 22,480
Posted By Midnullarbor
. No dilemma in sight, Cyclepath. All...

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No dilemma in sight, Cyclepath.

All those "back roads" of dirt & gravel are waiting for you.
Maybe even a bit of mud, not too deep.
Loose deep sand . . . not so much.

Sounds like you are...
Forum: Australia 12-18-2014, 02:14 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,750
Posted By Midnullarbor
. My vote parallels Robb10 ~ the Fox Titan...

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My vote parallels Robb10 ~ the Fox Titan knee/shin guards do a fair job, and are cheap.

I haven't found any discomfort problems.
They are quick & easy to put on, and comfortable to walk around...
Forum: Hacks 11-20-2014, 07:05 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 22,480
Posted By Midnullarbor
A bold statement, Younz. But it needs some...

A bold statement, Younz.

But it needs some explaining, to clarify.

[ I am assuming that you are not meaning that willpower is enough ! ]

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Forum: Hacks 11-18-2014, 03:06 AM
Replies: 229
Views: 22,480
Posted By Midnullarbor
BUMP, AGAIN. A bump, after DRONE's...

BUMP, AGAIN.

A bump, after DRONE's suggestion yesterday [ #23, "Jersybiker gets a Ural" / 2014 Nov 16th ]
~ I went and re-read this thread.

Bit long, but well worth reading the thread, for...
Forum: Australia 08-27-2014, 05:13 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 8,796
Posted By Midnullarbor
. Yep. End of a long day's ride, and you've...

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Yep.
End of a long day's ride, and you've got enough aches and pains to interfere with your sleep quality . . . then a single shot of 4 (x 200 mg) ibuprofen tablets, early evening, is the go. Top...
Forum: Australia 08-27-2014, 04:55 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 8,796
Posted By Midnullarbor
. Aspirin and excessive bleeding ~...

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Aspirin and excessive bleeding

~ probably best to avoid aspirin for 5 days before riding.

No bleeding from paracetamol [as headache tablet].

And for those times when Panadol won't do...
Forum: Hacks 08-17-2014, 09:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,594
Posted By Midnullarbor
. A small amount of lean-out is good. Helps...

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A small amount of lean-out is good. Helps reduce the nasty toe-in.

Car radial tires don't mind a bit of camber ~ sure, they wear, but they last for ages.

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Forum: Hacks 08-15-2014, 07:12 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,264
Posted By Midnullarbor
. Claude makes a good point about [minimal]...

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Claude makes a good point about [minimal] designing for the "correct" Ackerman angulations.

The right Ackerman biz is obviously important in a heavy vehicle, where steering loads and high...
Forum: Hacks 08-14-2014, 06:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,264
Posted By Midnullarbor
. Lex, please tell more on how you engineer the...

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Lex, please tell more on how you engineer the steering of the sidecar wheel.

Basically, the project sounds interesting ~ but with the added weight and complexity . . . you may find that the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-11-2014, 10:09 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 18,629
Posted By Midnullarbor
. Not much waving by me, if the road's heavy...

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Not much waving by me, if the road's heavy traffic.
But mostly try to reply . . . if it's not too late.

Way, way out in the remote country, where you're lucky to see a bike every couple of...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-18-2014, 04:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,319
Posted By Midnullarbor
. No doubt, the 300 gets the vote, from having...

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No doubt, the 300 gets the vote, from having much more oomph out on the highway.

For quiet touring, the 250 has its points.
Having the radiator up high, keeps it out of the reach of the front...
Forum: Hacks 05-07-2014, 07:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,529
Posted By Midnullarbor
. Superb styling / art deco. Even down to...

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Superb styling / art deco.

Even down to the ambiguous wing/bow-wave decorative swirl near the bow.

Can't help thinking the style needs some sort of compact nacelle over the front-outer car...
Forum: Hacks 05-02-2014, 06:05 PM
Replies: 3,217
Views: 601,107
Posted By Midnullarbor
. Overall, it's far less limitations if you...

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Overall, it's far less limitations if you drive an open-top sportscar.

I'd buy one in a heartbeat . . . if the ground-clearance & overhang problems didn't forbid using roads other than bitumen...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-27-2014, 11:13 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 10,847
Posted By Midnullarbor
. My apologies, Knucklehead ~ various websites...

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My apologies, Knucklehead ~ various websites give the Burgman 50 - 54 hp at the crankshaft.

I think I was remembering an old test giving 40-ish hp at the REAR wheel.
Not too shabby, and quite...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-27-2014, 07:24 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 10,847
Posted By Midnullarbor
. One surprising omission in this thread is the...

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One surprising omission in this thread is the Honda 700 scooter.

Why ?

I haven't ridden one (or the BMW scooter!) but it would seem a closer match/comparison to the BMW.
Rear chain drive...
Forum: Battle scooters 02-22-2014, 10:08 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,904
Posted By Midnullarbor
. Right on, Gogogordy. For many scooters,...

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Right on, Gogogordy.

For many scooters, even a 30-50% bigger tank makes a huge increase in "useful range" before the next planned fuel stop.
And of course, fuel cap access that doesn't mean...
Forum: Australia 02-08-2014, 04:08 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,854
Posted By Midnullarbor
. Yes, a nice find. I'd be thinking around...

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Yes, a nice find.

I'd be thinking around 17 Km/L.
Rather more vibration and less power than you might expect.

But enjoyable, in a quarter-century-retro kind of way.

Shaft drive always...
Forum: Australia 02-08-2014, 12:08 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,293
Posted By Midnullarbor
. Scotts do a stabilizer for Suzuki DL650 . . ....

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Scotts do a stabilizer for Suzuki DL650 . . . wrong side of $600.

Rallemoto used to have an RM1 model that bolted straight on, but now you may have to call them to see whether the RM2 can be...
Forum: Australia 11-30-2013, 09:37 PM
Replies: 3,521
Views: 528,051
Posted By Midnullarbor
. Heard recently on ABC Radio (a joke...

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Heard recently on ABC Radio
(a joke allegedly doing the rounds in Russian democrat circles) :-


Putin arranges for the body of Stalin to be revived . . .
"Comrade Stalin," he says, "I badly...
Forum: Australia 11-16-2013, 03:25 AM
Replies: 20,826
Views: 2,506,321
Posted By Midnullarbor
. Hmm. Greengrocers have a special licence...

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Hmm.
Greengrocers have a special licence for wrong spelling of plurals.

Diesel mechanics . . . not so much.
In fact, not at all.
They're expected to be a touch on the obsessional side, in...
Forum: Australia 11-15-2013, 07:44 PM
Replies: 20,826
Views: 2,506,321
Posted By Midnullarbor
Talking DirtyDennis, I thought I might get a frosty...

DirtyDennis, I thought I might get a frosty reception with my one-line comma-ent.

The hint was in the surname of the poet [as I wrote it].


There are certain religious faiths associated with...
Forum: Australia 11-15-2013, 04:43 AM
Replies: 20,826
Views: 2,506,321
Posted By Midnullarbor
. Some even find adventure in misquoting Robert...

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Some even find adventure in misquoting Robert Fro'st !!

:evil

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Forum: Battle scooters 11-14-2013, 04:23 AM
Replies: 321
Views: 53,297
Posted By Midnullarbor
. Noses are being paid through, FoldArt !! ...

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Noses are being paid through, FoldArt !!

I checked [today] your online site "partsforhonda.com" but I get a domain-for-sale notice.

Tried "oemmotorparts.com" but they did not have the full...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-13-2013, 05:23 AM
Replies: 321
Views: 53,297
Posted By Midnullarbor
. Thanks John Bentall. A Honda sh300...

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Thanks John Bentall.

A Honda sh300 service [any other items?] for $300 sounds excellent value.

Last time I looked for sh300 pulley-set costings was about 2 years ago.
It was purely an...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-12-2013, 10:27 PM
Replies: 321
Views: 53,297
Posted By Midnullarbor
Ah, how long is a piece of string? When the...

Ah, how long is a piece of string?
When the scooter is used at low power and/or much stop-starting [or not necessarily stopping, but varying speed a lot . . . say 10 - 50 mph, with little high-speed...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-12-2013, 06:38 PM
Replies: 321
Views: 53,297
Posted By Midnullarbor
. Thank you, Kentucky. For hot weather...

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Thank you, Kentucky.
For hot weather riding, I would be strongly tempted to change belts at half that distance [or even before a long trip . . . say 5000 miles plus].
Such is the nuisance of...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-12-2013, 03:20 PM
Replies: 321
Views: 53,297
Posted By Midnullarbor
. Costs always have some effect on the judgment...

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Costs always have some effect on the judgment of "which is better".
For instance, if A has 10% less performance than B, but sells for 50% lower price . . . then A is clearly "better" (all other...
Forum: Battle scooters 10-07-2013, 04:53 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 6,291
Posted By Midnullarbor
. Coincidence of a "bad" belt is (we hope) the...

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Coincidence of a "bad" belt is (we hope) the likely thing.

Though not in this case, a contribution from worn pulleys is usually on the cards.
I look forward to the day that manufacturers get...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-29-2013, 02:36 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 8,940
Posted By Midnullarbor
. Speling Nazzis are a bunch of loosers. ...

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Speling Nazzis are a bunch of loosers.

Totally moranic. Or is it moranal?

Perhaps the forum Modulator will indeed moove this thread to the basement.
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Forum: Hacks 09-24-2013, 06:44 AM
Replies: 246
Views: 26,600
Posted By Midnullarbor
. If you are wanting "faster" turning in the...

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If you are wanting "faster" turning in the towards-chair direction, then you will find that lowering the chair will make only a very small difference (this is because the combined mass of you +...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-21-2013, 02:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,208
Posted By Midnullarbor
. Going from a 500 to the Vespa 300 will give...

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Going from a 500 to the Vespa 300 will give you a big drop in highway performance. Hills and headwinds will become your enemy.
CDwise's 88mph GPS will, for most riders, turn out to be closer to...
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