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Forum: The Garage 08-27-2014, 11:42 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 381
Posted By chazbird
Italian engineering rant

Piaggio BV250 scooter. I am replacing the top box carrier-rack because someone tried to steal the bike and lowered it to the grond using the rack side handle, breaking the plastic around the right...
Forum: Road warriors 08-26-2014, 09:28 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,528
Posted By chazbird
Windjammer revival, who would have thought? Had a...

Windjammer revival, who would have thought? Had a Windjammer on a wonky Yamaha XS750. They complimented each other. It worked well enough, some say you can smoke a cigarette or a pipe behind one. The...
Forum: Road warriors 08-25-2014, 10:15 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,079
Posted By chazbird
As annoying as a individual breakdown or problem...

As annoying as a individual breakdown or problem is, one owner with one problem bike does not qualify as a unreliable model. It's the aggregate of consistent problems over many bikes of that model or...
Forum: Road warriors 08-24-2014, 08:47 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,079
Posted By chazbird
PS: some of the now older Yamaha's had 2nd gears...

PS: some of the now older Yamaha's had 2nd gears that would go out; EG the XS750-850, XS1100, and FJ1100-1200's. So none of the Japnese got away with entirely problem free bike lines. Maybe they do...
Forum: Road warriors 08-24-2014, 02:41 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,079
Posted By chazbird
A bike should have 50k as a benchmark to begin to...

A bike should have 50k as a benchmark to begin to judge it's reliability. Then 70k for its longevity.

Suzuki had stator problems for years and years. So did a whole range of Honda's with cam chain...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-22-2014, 07:57 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,357
Posted By chazbird
Classic - where you have the time, spare...

Classic - where you have the time, spare finances, and a laissez-faire attitude to go for a tour.
Modern - where you have a schedule and none of the other attributes listed above.
Forum: Road warriors 08-22-2014, 10:01 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 5,090
Posted By chazbird
Don't confuse reliability with soul or lack...

Don't confuse reliability with soul or lack thereof. A Honda VTR1000 has soul but not as much as a Ducati 900SS - which is reliable enough.

The souless bike of all time, excepting shit heaps so...
Forum: Road warriors 08-21-2014, 04:30 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 5,090
Posted By chazbird
Bikes are about evoking the feeling of freedom,...

Bikes are about evoking the feeling of freedom, especially so when you are new to them. When you are new to them the freedom feeling overrides the sense of soul. Later, you can begin to notice the...
Forum: Road warriors 08-21-2014, 04:17 PM
Replies: 742
Views: 164,374
Posted By chazbird
Those side cases are a perfect size and shape for...

Those side cases are a perfect size and shape for the V7, at least to me. Who makes them and how many liters capacity?
Forum: Road warriors 08-19-2014, 09:26 AM
Replies: 170
Views: 14,333
Posted By chazbird
Recently I added up the displacement and the...

Recently I added up the displacement and the number of cylinders of all the bikes I've owned (70cc to 750cc 1-3 cyls). When dividing it out it was an average of 330 cc and 1.25 cylinders. Based on...
Forum: Road warriors 08-17-2014, 02:10 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,220
Posted By chazbird
Sorry, I forgot you want to do two up. Forget the...

Sorry, I forgot you want to do two up. Forget the YZF-600 then.
Forum: Face plant 08-17-2014, 02:06 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 39,920
Posted By chazbird
They can be about, or probably are, the worst in...

They can be about, or probably are, the worst in the world. You ought to try flying in them sometimes. Especially on the lee side of the mountains. The spillovers and venturi effect is astounding....
Forum: Road warriors 08-17-2014, 11:45 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,220
Posted By chazbird
I generally don't like sport bikes for touring,...

I generally don't like sport bikes for touring, or even casual rides, or even maybe some sport tourers too. But the YZF600 I got to ride from San Francisco to Death Valley and back was fantastic. At...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-14-2014, 11:24 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,535
Posted By chazbird
What is there in the U.S., Motorcyclist, Cycle...

What is there in the U.S., Motorcyclist, Cycle World, MCN, Road Rider? While you occasionally see a scooter review, and some scooter brands are advertised almost regularly (notably Kymco) in the big...
Forum: Road warriors 08-13-2014, 08:33 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,812
Posted By chazbird
That's the gospel.

That's the gospel.
Forum: Road warriors 08-13-2014, 02:42 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,812
Posted By chazbird
That's a beauty and, to me, an old fart, a...

That's a beauty and, to me, an old fart, a perfect naked modern UJM. I don't think it would pass the newer styling schemes of the current naked's though.

What did you do to get it like that? I see...
Forum: Road warriors 08-13-2014, 12:11 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,812
Posted By chazbird
In the Bandit thread there's a blue one with a...

In the Bandit thread there's a blue one with a larger photo showing the left side. The can is large, that is true. It wouldn't be as nimble as a de-cloaked GSXR type either. They made an earlier...
Forum: Road warriors 08-12-2014, 09:12 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,812
Posted By chazbird
There is a perfectly done Bandit 1250 that...

There is a perfectly done Bandit 1250 that recently appeared in the Bandit thread. You can get a mint one for 4k and DIY.
Forum: Road warriors 08-12-2014, 02:22 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,812
Posted By chazbird
Earlier concept looks much nicer, leagues nicer...

Earlier concept looks much nicer, leagues nicer in fact. The lamentable Gladius also looks much better too. So Honda, Kawasaki and now Suzuki have a trio of nearly identical spec'd and identical...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-11-2014, 09:22 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 8,798
Posted By chazbird
Somehow, long ago, I was a Harley hater. Not sure...

Somehow, long ago, I was a Harley hater. Not sure where that came from. I did have neighbors who were Hells Angels, the bad asses, Oakland, back in the day. I didn't hate them, yjey were rather nice...
Forum: Road warriors 08-11-2014, 09:02 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,421
Posted By chazbird
GSR-1000 = very good looking. GsX-S1000 = f'ing...

GSR-1000 = very good looking.
GsX-S1000 = f'ing ugly.

I wonder which one makes it to production/sale?. Sadly, my bet is on the latter. Because its got to capture Ninja 1000 sales, vs something...
Forum: Road warriors 08-11-2014, 11:17 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,421
Posted By chazbird
Just curious, when did Europe drop the 100 hp...

Just curious, when did Europe drop the 100 hp limit for bikes? Or was that just France? Maybe a long time ago?
Forum: Battle scooters 08-10-2014, 07:35 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,535
Posted By chazbird
There was this US magazine called Scooterist! Or...

There was this US magazine called Scooterist! Or Scooter! published in San Jose for several years. I haven't seen it around lately, it may have folded. Decent reviews, but not very technical, nor...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-10-2014, 02:36 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 14,228
Posted By chazbird
Often times the overly loud bikes I hear I also...

Often times the overly loud bikes I hear I also observe their riding skill and judgement to be sub-par. They seem to need rider education, skills training, restraint, a reduction in poor group think...
Forum: Road warriors 08-09-2014, 09:30 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,421
Posted By chazbird
All of you have made good points (maybe I do...

All of you have made good points (maybe I do too?). Yes, the new UJM's are quite nice. Look at one of the previous takes or "re-do's" on that, E.G. the CB750 Nighthawk - yawn! So, in comparison to...
Forum: Road warriors 08-09-2014, 05:02 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,421
Posted By chazbird
Practically speaking, yes. But many bikes are not...

Practically speaking, yes. But many bikes are not about practical, and I generally understand that. But any bike I've ridden over 70 mph for more than 20-30 minutes seemed like it needed a fairing of...
Forum: Road warriors 08-09-2014, 04:42 PM
Replies: 742
Views: 164,374
Posted By chazbird
Rim tape usually does nothing for me but it works...

Rim tape usually does nothing for me but it works on that V7 with the red accent lines on the tank and side panel. Understated and nice.
Forum: Road warriors 08-09-2014, 04:37 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,421
Posted By chazbird
Looks fun, no doubt about that. But.....what's...

Looks fun, no doubt about that. But.....what's the deal with this, and many other high power nakeds? Getting 100-150 hp for street "fighter" bikes? To use even 50% of these bikes power they require...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-06-2014, 10:13 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 7,188
Posted By chazbird
Operating a bike came easy enough for me, after...

Operating a bike came easy enough for me, after the bicycles at about 12 years old and I had a Honda S90, stashed at a rough sailor type guys garage with his BSA's (crusty enabler type).

Riding...
Forum: Road warriors 08-06-2014, 09:48 PM
Replies: 1,846
Views: 195,190
Posted By chazbird
Only about $5000 in extra kit there. But nice.

Only about $5000 in extra kit there. But nice.
Forum: Road warriors 08-05-2014, 08:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,299
Posted By chazbird
Isn't that the 2nd year for the 1000? I remember...

Isn't that the 2nd year for the 1000? I remember they got real porky by 1992 or so and started with that horrible day glo splash graphics. You got a nice one. Just about impossible to find a stock...
Forum: Road warriors 08-04-2014, 06:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,092
Posted By chazbird
PS: The K75, at least the S, is also the best...

PS: The K75, at least the S, is also the best bike I've ridden in gusty and nasty winds. Dead on stable and un-flustered. Wind that had me all puckered on a TransAlp just made me, literally, chuckle.
Forum: Road warriors 08-04-2014, 11:18 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,092
Posted By chazbird
Strange you found it vibey at 75-80. I found the...

Strange you found it vibey at 75-80. I found the K75 to be the smoothest motorcycle I've ever owned or ridden. The only thing that is as smooth is my 250cc Piaggio BV250, kind of in a different...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-04-2014, 11:01 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,068
Posted By chazbird
Get the yellow one so I can buy the blue one....

Get the yellow one so I can buy the blue one. Win-win.
Forum: Road warriors 08-04-2014, 09:22 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,092
Posted By chazbird
K100's/K1100's are huge porker ponderous bikes in...

K100's/K1100's are huge porker ponderous bikes in town or on tight twisty roads (not that the K75 is super nimble on tight twisty roads either). And I found the K100 to be pretty vibey, certainly so...
Forum: Road warriors 08-03-2014, 06:27 PM
Replies: 1,846
Views: 195,190
Posted By chazbird
Is that the valve inspection/adjustment interval,...

Is that the valve inspection/adjustment interval, 3400 miles?
Forum: Road warriors 08-02-2014, 11:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,092
Posted By chazbird
Had a '88 and '92 K75s and also had a F650...

Had a '88 and '92 K75s and also had a F650 (albeit a '01). Everything you say is true. I wouldn't want or need any other touring bike. It is not so sporty anymore, but it's still supremely...
Forum: Road warriors 08-02-2014, 07:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 726
Posted By chazbird
If you rode them near their maximum battery range...

If you rode them near their maximum battery range per day as a commuter for 5 days a week you'd rack up serious miles over 10 or so years. Deduct the maintenance costs for a bike with valves to...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-30-2014, 05:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 748
Posted By chazbird
JerryH: those "cut the power", do a few go...

JerryH: those "cut the power", do a few go arounds, and call it broken in are exactly the opposite procedures Lycomng and Contnental recommend for break in. It is still the same recommendation these...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-30-2014, 03:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 748
Posted By chazbird
On air cooled reciprocating aircraft engines...

On air cooled reciprocating aircraft engines break in is about 20-30 hours at steady 75% or more power settings to seat, among other things, the rings. It is recommended, or required, to use mineral...
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