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Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 06-27-2015, 06:37 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,850
Posted By ctfz1
Real world

IF things are bad enough, food and water are critical. Mad Max never explained feeding the outlaw horde.

Choices are farm/ranch or resources are available. Farm type four wheel ATVs are about...
Forum: Trip Planning 06-09-2015, 04:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,032
Posted By ctfz1
Long ago

At the that time, I did not know Bish Bash Falls was a known theft area. Do not know if it still is. Left helmet locked on bike, jacket and gloves in soft bags.
Jacket was stolen, cheap gloves...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 06-09-2015, 06:48 AM
Replies: 484
Views: 22,148
Posted By ctfz1
How Slow

There has to be a synergy. Slow and willing is good. Slow slow is boring.
Slow motor good handling can work. Strong motor lousy handling or heavy steering not interested.
I enjoyed riding a Puch...
Forum: Road Warriors 06-08-2015, 08:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,070
Posted By ctfz1
pretty

Mirror and shock change? Whooo.
Muffler needs something. Reverse cone? Aftermarket pipe look?
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 06-08-2015, 07:33 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,887
Posted By ctfz1
The rides the thing

OK 26 bikes, 600,000 miles plus. I only had a motorcycle for a vehicle in CT for many years.
Every bike I have owned, once I learned it mattered, got the best suspension I could afford. My...
Forum: Thumpers 06-08-2015, 03:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 531
Posted By ctfz1
Differences

Factory manuals are my first go to, Haynes my second. Factory manuals usually have detailed specification but assume professional tools.
Haynes put more less equipped in their procedures....
Forum: The Garage 06-08-2015, 03:27 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,064
Posted By ctfz1
Use determination

For occasional use HF is great, all I need.
For confidence in a lot of use Professional tools preferred.
My torque wrenches seldom see use. With that proviso the HF on sale are perfect ( though I...
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-08-2015, 01:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,375
Posted By ctfz1
Foreign

Foreign parts have been present for years. No reason India can not built good parts and bikes.
US adventure bikes, I think like Buell Ulysses or Buell entire just not considered.
Forum: Face Plant 06-08-2015, 01:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,909
Posted By ctfz1
Ok

I guess it is "expect the worst" and "danger lurks in shadows." Experience points up that type of experience matters. Youngster had been riding for ten years anyway. Just not much these kind of...
Forum: Face Plant 06-08-2015, 09:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,909
Posted By ctfz1
Sand before a Stop Sigh

Three of us riding, youngest in his twenties.
Downhill under tree shade, y type area we were on upper left of y. Median in the v so left hand turns were not so sharp. Common.
Leader turned left on...
Forum: Old's Cool 06-07-2015, 10:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 959
Posted By ctfz1
Addictive

The XV is indeed a fine ride, sometimes I feel gear changes are optional. Fighting the "how much to change" on my particular one.
I want to change to lighter rotors off a Ducati, found a list of...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 06-07-2015, 01:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,310
Posted By ctfz1
Suzuki 500

Try to find someone who made a similar switch thread. Should be there. Last I knew only weakness was stock jetting.
650 Kawi twin engine may be lighter but water cooled. Someone used a 250 or 300...
Forum: Old's Cool 06-07-2015, 12:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 959
Posted By ctfz1
1981 Yamaha XV920RH

First long day ride on properly running enclosed chain drive 920 Virago motor.
Euro or Seca model.
Motor seems fine, brakes adequate, new tires work, need to wire up neutral switch and improve...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 06-06-2015, 03:23 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,099
Posted By ctfz1
Note

6,200 to 6,500 rpm limitation. My 81 low power V twin revs to 7,500 at red line.
My 73 CL350 revved 9,500, CB350s revved 10,500.

There was interesting research done on push rods and camshaft, for...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 06-06-2015, 09:32 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,887
Posted By ctfz1
car vs bike

Driving a car is mind numbing. Inert.
Motorcycles are fatiguing but mind expanding. Living.
I was motorcycle only for many years. I've owned about 26 so far. 600,000 plus miles traveled. Never...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 06-06-2015, 09:00 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,372
Posted By ctfz1
Klr

Unless there have been dramatic changes they are big, heavy, gratifying on high speed highway, and painful when they fall over.
For me they allow you to go faster in the dirt than their weight and...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 06-06-2015, 08:25 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,099
Posted By ctfz1
motorcycle engines

High performance at the lowest cost. Light weight and ease of assembly packaging in frame are all issues.
Harley uses as much old part compatibility as it can get away with and low rpm engines....
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 06-04-2015, 06:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 676
Posted By ctfz1
Dell

Not familiar with Base Camp, nor your memory requirements. I use Dell 8 inch, very good for the price. You'll have to check the latest specs.
Larger than 8 inch available.
A 10 or 12 inch laptop...
Forum: Airheads 06-01-2015, 01:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 605
Posted By ctfz1
oil

Any modern non energy saving oil should be fine for a 30 year old bike. 10-30 or 10-40 for winter weather, 10-40 or 20-50 most of the year. With a dry clutch even energy saving would probably be...
Forum: Old's Cool 06-01-2015, 12:56 PM
Replies: 3,072
Views: 960,693
Posted By ctfz1
fit

My riding buddy had one for awhile. Liked what it was, did not click.
Was glad to see it go.
I would say the change that makes you happy is the good one.
My friend says unlike wives, bikes can...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 05-31-2015, 08:10 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,887
Posted By ctfz1
missing the paint

I do not understand people taking bikes with shocks, especially late model ones, and making them hard tails.
I am getting responses from people riding bikes built hard tails. Or art bikes.
I do not...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-28-2015, 07:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 897
Posted By ctfz1
Msc

Manhattan Supply C it has been a while, name may have changed. Anyway they are a big Industrial Supply company. They have a great big easy to use catalog, cheap tools to finest brands.
If you find...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-27-2015, 05:48 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,106
Posted By ctfz1
preservation

By memory of things read. Crankcase full of fresh oil, fresh fork oil. Go not know whether to wax and polish well before preservative spray.
nixed feelings on vinyl, rubber preservation products....
Forum: Old's Cool 05-25-2015, 09:22 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 6,537
Posted By ctfz1
Looks

A proper ride. Well done.
Forum: Old's Cool 05-25-2015, 09:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,106
Posted By ctfz1
Stories

A bike named Route 66, in a shrine to Route 66. Makes sense to me.
Museums, shrines, whatever depend on attracting visitors.
Could help, won't hurt.
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 05-24-2015, 01:32 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,867
Posted By ctfz1
Show and Go

Hipsters I'm sure shop, and when good condition dual sports were seen someone tried one. Someone else did too, then it will go on till low cost supply dries up and another category gets "the biz."
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 05-24-2015, 01:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,719
Posted By ctfz1
quote

One of my riding buddies says "there's an ass for every seat." Don't go ballistic. He means there are people who consider every motorcycle, no matter how specialized (or compromised) perfect for...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 05-24-2015, 10:29 AM
Replies: 450
Views: 16,166
Posted By ctfz1
justifying justification

I like to speculate. I never seem to have the facts I need for definitive answers. Lol no one takes me seriously if I make equivocal statements.
So I justify justification on grounds being...
Forum: Airheads 05-24-2015, 09:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 333
Posted By ctfz1
challenge

Just got an 81 XV920RH on the road. 40,000 mile bike. Parked needing fork seals.
Used PineSol on the carbs. Took time and cleaning out the small passages. I may use the crock pot antifreeze clean...
Forum: 2 smokers 05-24-2015, 08:38 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 8,895
Posted By ctfz1
750 vs 550

I had 73 and 75 GT 550 and rode with GT 750s, usually felt I was quicker up to 90 or so. I believe the 550s handled better too, though mine had fork spring and shock changes.
Most people want, and...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 05-24-2015, 08:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,188
Posted By ctfz1
Running

XV920RH is on the road, temporary plate pending VIN verification. DMV says "not in system ( apparently vehicles not kept registered can disappear from computer ?).
Final fix needed, no wire...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-23-2015, 02:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,943
Posted By ctfz1
side comment

Stromtrooper.com is an active exceptional web site.
I am not familiar with Versys forum(s). Anyone?
I know people who ride both, have not ridden either. I have ridden the street bike versions of...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 05-23-2015, 02:21 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,630
Posted By ctfz1
fighter or bomber pilot

I think of light agile bikes as fighter planes. Quick, active, sportswear. Heavy bikes are on the bomber pilot model. Bombers are usually restricted in maneuvers by the weight (mass) of the payload...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 05-23-2015, 02:09 PM
Replies: 342
Views: 95,326
Posted By ctfz1
feral

Gangs have their, own whatever. Culture, motivation, issues, childish rage, and can act violently at any time.
Like encountering a Grizzly in the wild. Be prepared as you can be, best stay away....
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 05-23-2015, 01:48 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,012
Posted By ctfz1
depends

I remember bikes with 36/37mm forks and highly recommended fork braces.
On the fz1oa web site track riders thought it worth while. First generation that is.

Those wheelie prone seem to benefit....
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 05-22-2015, 11:42 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,630
Posted By ctfz1
Scrambles

Before my time really, people rode Sportsters in scrambles, and lot of other big bikes.
People on smaller two strokes loved beating them.
Story comes from a guy rode an Adler at the time. I hen a...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 05-22-2015, 11:32 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,680
Posted By ctfz1
Pissed BMW Cruiser model 1

The BMW Cruiser failed because it did not have the feet forward foot position of the mainstream market. Those cylinders you know.
From reports, and I rode one about 10 miles and agree, they handled...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 05-22-2015, 11:22 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 7,784
Posted By ctfz1
other

Combination of medical and money.
Genetics caught up to me, I coped badly. Seems I see a doctor every week or two. Not tragic, just need meds and have needed treatments. Some chronic distractions I...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 05-22-2015, 11:21 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 7,784
Posted By ctfz1
other

Combination of medical and money.
Genetics caught up to me, I coped badly. Seems I see a doctor every week or two. Not tragic, just need meds and have needed treatments. Some chronic distractions I...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 05-21-2015, 09:09 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 10,971
Posted By ctfz1
Generally

Buy a used low mileage bike with most of what you want, then make it so. lots of threads here, some extreme.
No bike is was or ever will be perfect.
Reliability? Worse case buy two, always have a...
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