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Forum: Trip Planning 12-19-2013, 08:06 AM
Replies: 230
Views: 38,766
Posted By marco-polo
Everything But the Girl, "Missing". Yes,...

Everything But the Girl, "Missing".

Yes, it's britpop. But the Todd Terry remix is one of the catchiest songs ever.

Also, The Prodigy, "Firestarter". For when you need a little more pace.
Forum: GS Boxers 08-11-2013, 08:38 AM
Replies: 316
Views: 76,622
Posted By marco-polo
I didn't take a lot of good photos, but the...

I didn't take a lot of good photos, but the Surflex clutch is good stuff; I've put about 2500 miles on it, including a 24 hour rally, and once I properly adjusted the cable, it's a vast improvement...
Forum: The Garage 06-22-2013, 06:59 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,087
Posted By marco-polo
It's maybe 150 lbs or so? Not enough to pick it...

It's maybe 150 lbs or so? Not enough to pick it up singlehanded, but it has wheels so you can roll it around, and it wouldn't be hard to tilt against the wall along its long axis.

I've had it for...
Forum: The Garage 06-22-2013, 04:47 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,087
Posted By marco-polo
Re: ship to store, I chose to get delivery...

Re: ship to store, I chose to get delivery service (which was pretty cheap) because I don't have access to a truck. If you have a truck and a couple of strong friends , no problem. But it's not a 1...
Forum: The Garage 06-22-2013, 04:43 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,087
Posted By marco-polo
About 1/3 of the table length is the rear ramp...

About 1/3 of the table length is the rear ramp panel, so overall length is about 7 feet. Width is slightly misleading as well, as the base extends laterally beyond the table edge.

Re: questions...
Forum: The Garage 06-20-2013, 08:39 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,087
Posted By marco-polo
Cheap lift table @ Pep Boys

It seems that there's an alternative to the ubiquitous Harbor Freight hydraulic lift. sold by Pep Boys, the "Big Red Motorcycle Jack"
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Forum: Vendors 02-06-2013, 06:41 AM
Replies: 3,415
Views: 592,846
Posted By marco-polo
How easy (or hard) is it to do alterations to a...

How easy (or hard) is it to do alterations to a Lombard - specifically the legs?

My body's a misfit, short legs, long arms - a nominal L lower body and 2XL upper body. I'd like to shorten the legs...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-18-2012, 07:26 AM
Replies: 316
Views: 76,622
Posted By marco-polo
Rather than pick up a VW clutch and have it...

Rather than pick up a VW clutch and have it modified, or forking out for a BMW OEM one, I just ordered a Surflex clutch from Italy, about $105 shipped with the current euro exchange rate.

The...
Forum: Vendors 11-07-2012, 01:35 PM
Replies: 3,415
Views: 592,846
Posted By marco-polo
If you need all the bells and whistles which used...

If you need all the bells and whistles which used to be included, like the thermal liner on the Lombard & test suit - the new "super saver" price plan only saves you a few bucks over the old pricing....
Forum: Vendors 11-06-2012, 01:09 PM
Replies: 3,415
Views: 592,846
Posted By marco-polo
Easy for you to say, Ghazi :). You're already in...

Easy for you to say, Ghazi :). You're already in good riding shape.

Unfortunately (well, fortunately ... but it's getting a little worrying) , my weight's still falling, 38 lbs as of this...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-06-2012, 12:20 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,100
Posted By marco-polo
I've even used overmitts on a motorcycle without...

I've even used overmitts on a motorcycle without ill effect. Lobster gloves sound like they wouldn't be much of a problem.

When riding in the cold, think hard about your baselayer, first and...
Forum: Day Trippin' 11-03-2012, 07:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,361
Posted By marco-polo
In general Niagara rieslings have a little more...

In general Niagara rieslings have a little more to them than the five or six Keuka Lake or Seneca Lake rieslings that I tried - the mineraly ones are more mineraly, the off-dry are more floral, and...
Forum: Day Trippin' 11-02-2012, 10:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,361
Posted By marco-polo
Picked up some Konstantin Frank and Rooster Hill...

Picked up some Konstantin Frank and Rooster Hill Riesling at both, plus the Rooster Hill Gewurtztraminer and their Late Harvest blend. We both have a fondness for cold-climate wines; I'd still go...
Forum: Day Trippin' 11-01-2012, 10:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,361
Posted By marco-polo
Day 3, back to the museum of glass for a couple...

Day 3, back to the museum of glass for a couple of hours in the morning. Caught the glassblowing demo: cool!
...
Forum: Day Trippin' 11-01-2012, 09:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,361
Posted By marco-polo
That evening, we had a very good dinner at The...

That evening, we had a very good dinner at The Cellar Wine Bar in Corning. My meal was good, but not great; hers was the Wagyu beef, which was a life-altering form of steak. Worth every dollar.
...
Forum: Day Trippin' 11-01-2012, 09:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,361
Posted By marco-polo
3 Days in the Finger Lakes

Back when I lived in Ontario (six years in Kingston, seven in Toronto), I visited the Finger Lakes occasionally. It was hard to justify a trip with a low Canadian $ and an excellent, established...
Forum: Vendors 10-31-2012, 09:38 AM
Replies: 3,415
Views: 592,846
Posted By marco-polo
Ghazi, you are a genius. That's a deal that other...

Ghazi, you are a genius. That's a deal that other makers can't possibly compete with - and it leads with your strengths (service and marketing) while minimizing your weaknesses (manufacturing,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-16-2012, 09:30 PM
Replies: 351
Views: 33,450
Posted By marco-polo
I'd say that's right at least 50% of the time,...

I'd say that's right at least 50% of the time, although it is a dumb-ass way to go about it. If an angry wife is all that's keeping some guy paying the mortgage and not throwing away his salary on...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-18-2012, 09:17 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 10,801
Posted By marco-polo
Um ... because lack of appropriate physical...

Um ... because lack of appropriate physical strength, stamina, and/or balance and proprioception are drawbacks whether you're on two wheels, three wheels, or four wheels? Not to mention all the other...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-18-2012, 08:46 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,272
Posted By marco-polo
Yes, I saw that too. Not all ABS units are...

Yes, I saw that too. Not all ABS units are alike.. The ABS2 unit on my RT, for example, fails gracefully; if it shuts down, god forbid, I have perfectly capable non-ABS brakes. I think that the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-17-2012, 01:01 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,272
Posted By marco-polo
I wouldn't say that BMW's are too terribly...

I wouldn't say that BMW's are too terribly complex when compared to contemporary bikes (mine isn't), although I can't speak to BMW's in general.

For the OP, I'd look at an older airhead BMW -...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-17-2012, 12:26 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 10,801
Posted By marco-polo
I don't doubt that it's true to some extent (no...

I don't doubt that it's true to some extent (no PR guy necessary) but trikes strike me as being the right answer to the wrong question. Trikes offer slow-speed stability that a motorcycle can't; they...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-17-2012, 11:57 AM
Replies: 417
Views: 31,789
Posted By marco-polo
For drills, yes, absolutely, for rides, not such...

For drills, yes, absolutely, for rides, not such a good idea. A poorly skilled or new rider can't deal with more inputs because they're busy thinking about getting the bike to go in the direction...
Forum: Vendors 09-14-2012, 07:31 AM
Replies: 3,415
Views: 592,846
Posted By marco-polo
Alas, no closeouts for larger gentlemen. Ghazi,...

Alas, no closeouts for larger gentlemen. Ghazi, when are you going to come up with gorilla sizing - short legs, long torso, broad chest, and long arms? :)

(Just kidding, I love my perforated...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-14-2012, 07:30 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 7,426
Posted By marco-polo
A friend of mine does Iron Butt rides on a...

A friend of mine does Iron Butt rides on a scooter. For the challenge. The best way that I can say it is that going through, and triumphing over, adversity is a trip between who you were and who...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-14-2012, 07:27 AM
Replies: 417
Views: 31,789
Posted By marco-polo
Have you ever run a small business? There's a...

Have you ever run a small business? There's a hell of a lot of self-sufficiency (not to mention self-motivation, and self-deprivation) involved - working long hours for jack, getting your ego stomped...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-06-2012, 07:50 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 11,374
Posted By marco-polo
I'd be the last person to say that you don't have...

I'd be the last person to say that you don't have traffic problems outside of built-up areas (my last trip across the USA didn't run into many, but I did see a huge traffic jam in the middle of...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-04-2012, 10:06 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,406
Posted By marco-polo
Yeah, that's where SCAS sort of missed the mark....

Yeah, that's where SCAS sort of missed the mark. It's not that cognitive, "office" work is any less demanding (and if it isn't, you're wasted where you are), it's that it's often hard to know that...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-04-2012, 09:50 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 11,374
Posted By marco-polo
I'm not a LEO or expert in the field, but the...

I'm not a LEO or expert in the field, but the "ostentatious display of police power" isn't necessarily a bad thing - showing the flag, so to speak. Formal and ceremonial use isn't a bad thing either....
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-31-2012, 11:15 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,406
Posted By marco-polo
Academic job and Ducati mechanic, you mean :). He...

Academic job and Ducati mechanic, you mean :). He gave a reading at the Free Library of Philadelphia on his book tour. (Lots of riders were parked out front. I was the one 2-up on a copper sv650s.)
...
Forum: Vendors 08-31-2012, 10:37 AM
Replies: 3,415
Views: 592,846
Posted By marco-polo
You're a one man show (more or less) and your big...

You're a one man show (more or less) and your big strength in the market is customer service - the suits are great, but there are other suit manufacturers. It's your customer service that makes the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-28-2012, 10:24 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,337
Posted By marco-polo
+1 on that - my RT has a leaky brake line, so I...

+1 on that - my RT has a leaky brake line, so I missed a regular Sunday ride. One of my riding friends offered to loan me his VFR, which I (somewhat reluctantly) declined ... it's not that I don't...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-23-2012, 10:59 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 7,556
Posted By marco-polo
I'm an ATGATT motorcyclist who rides road...

I'm an ATGATT motorcyclist who rides road bicycles without similar levels of protection. Rides are different, trade-offs are different, so gear is different.

When I put on gear for a bicycle ride,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-21-2012, 11:26 AM
Replies: 1,281
Views: 201,304
Posted By marco-polo
You're right, but I think that you're wrong too -...

You're right, but I think that you're wrong too - an online retailer who undercuts wholesale pricing will get the business, especially when it comes to small shops. Online retail represents a ceiling...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-21-2012, 11:14 AM
Replies: 1,281
Views: 201,304
Posted By marco-polo
In a former life, I worked as a management...

In a former life, I worked as a management consultant, primarily for retailers. One very big retailer (who shall go nameless, but they paint their stores a color partway between red and yellow)...
Forum: Americas 08-12-2012, 08:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 818
Posted By marco-polo
Seriously? Awful. Craptastic. I'd say that...

Seriously? Awful. Craptastic.

I'd say that I'm never doing that again, but I did a 3-day trip, 2-up with my wife, in south jersey & the delmarva peninsula a couple of weeks ago, and yes, I did...
Forum: Canada 08-09-2012, 08:33 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,479
Posted By marco-polo
As compared to Boston? :) He can jam the throttle...

As compared to Boston? :) He can jam the throttle to the stops with his right hand, make obscene gestures with his left hand, and he'll fit right in.

Oh, yeah, my 2 cents worth (or, at current...
Forum: Canada 08-09-2012, 08:30 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,479
Posted By marco-polo
It's most similar (in fact, very similar, to my...

It's most similar (in fact, very similar, to my untrained ear) to the french spoken in the southwest - which is substantially different from Parisian french. (My wife did a year of her PhD at Pau,...
Forum: Americas 07-03-2012, 07:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 818
Posted By marco-polo
And that's what I did - cutting around Chicago...

And that's what I did - cutting around Chicago and coming up into PA from WV. It ended up being a 5 day trip on the new RTP, with pretty much solid rain on days 3 and 4. Also a tornado. Ride report...
Forum: Americas 06-21-2012, 08:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 818
Posted By marco-polo
Hmm. that's a pretty good idea; I was making for...

Hmm. that's a pretty good idea; I was making for South Bend as an overnight point because I went to grad school there, and know the town, but if I'm just passing through it's not like I'll be able to...
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