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Forum: Road Warriors 11-19-2014, 07:56 PM
Replies: 767
Views: 121,135
Posted By fhowell55
ADV = Ad.VEN.ture

Chaps my ass to hear some blowhard say that it must have
knobbies or be an offroad lookalike to qualify as ADV.

A lot of street bike guys (even cruiser guys) log more miles in a YEAR
than the...
Forum: Face Plant 08-28-2014, 03:32 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,185
Posted By fhowell55

I join with other ADV posters in offering sincere condolences. It does give us pause when people die. Perhaps we can honor those who have passed by keeping their memories alive in our hearts. I'm...
Forum: Road Warriors 02-25-2014, 04:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,198
Posted By fhowell55
05 Venture

I have an 05 Venture with 42,000 miles on it. A couple of years ago I did a 1200+ mile ride with friends (they were on Harley Ultra Classics - 2008's), and we rode through New Mexico into Arizona. ...
Forum: Road Warriors 02-06-2014, 07:23 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 22,918
Posted By fhowell55

I was at a gas station in Tulsa one night. A guy on a black C109 had just fueled up. He was idling with aftermarket pipes. Bad-ASS.
That said, I'm on the road a lot, and I never see 'em. They...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 02-03-2013, 02:42 PM
Replies: 222
Views: 48,508
Posted By fhowell55
couple of nominees as mentioned

1) someone was wondering about "a honda with a hi-low transmission".
That would be the Honda CB 900 Custom (produced 2 years, iirc 81-82)
and the CB 1000 Custom in 83). They were most...
Forum: Road Warriors 01-26-2013, 06:15 PM
Replies: 10,593
Views: 1,822,672
Posted By fhowell55
What i want

what i want is a new Yamaha Venture.

a NEW ONE. not the same 1999 carbureated model,
with 2013 on the VIN plate.

i want Yamaha to restyle the Venture to look more
like the Victory Cross...
Forum: Road Warriors 01-26-2013, 06:03 PM
Replies: 687
Views: 134,069
Posted By fhowell55
Finally saw a new one on the highway this week

i was driving home on a 4 lane this week. a 4 lane with
a wide center median, so i could get a good look at
oncoming traffic.

i spotted a goldwing coming toward me. it was black
with a the...
Forum: Road Warriors 01-25-2013, 08:01 AM
Replies: 2,275
Views: 357,460
Posted By fhowell55
you might note it's THEY'RE... not Their. also,...

you might note it's THEY'RE... not Their. also, in spite of the Seinfeld
phrase added, the gay comment we could do without.

and by the way, i don't own a Victory-- but i'd damn sure LIKE to!! ...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 10-06-2012, 02:12 AM
Replies: 288
Views: 31,510
Posted By fhowell55
Sweet Jeezus

I feel your pain.

I read your ride experience. All you can do is, if they won't get over,
do your best to pass safely and rapidly.

I also read several posts beyond your post. Loved that...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 10-06-2012, 01:49 AM
Replies: 172
Views: 12,063
Posted By fhowell55
no you're not at fault

The guy in the truck is THE DICK.
you had far more patience than I would've had.
Fuck him, and forget it.
and congrats for pelting the prick with gravel.
Forum: Face Plant 10-04-2012, 10:51 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,902
Posted By fhowell55

my heart goes out to you and the others impacted by your friend's death...

and i am disgusted by the "human interest" story of the perpetrator's loss of her
dog. note how the author of the...
Forum: Face Plant 06-12-2012, 04:04 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 23,805
Posted By fhowell55

i know a person who was /is the top officer of Oklahoma Abate.
she was leading a helmet protest on the steps of the state capitol.
of course, she was shown on tv, railing about the right to choose....
Forum: Road Warriors 08-28-2011, 09:01 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 47,600
Posted By fhowell55
I Love Mine

I bought mine on a whim, about 5 years ago, cuz a buddy bought one.
The KZ1000P is a bit primitive, compared to new designs, but they
started building them sometime around '80 - '82, and didn''t...
Forum: Road Warriors 08-28-2011, 08:32 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 15,126
Posted By fhowell55

So, when is Yamaha gonna put that killer V-Max motor into something else?
Granted, ADVers as a rule don't care, but there are a few of us pavement riders
who do like large tourers / cruisers.

Forum: Road Warriors 08-27-2011, 08:26 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 21,798
Posted By fhowell55

i had an 800 Drifter. at the same time (many years ago-- my Drifter was pre-chrome, with black forks and shocks)i had in my garage about 5 other bikes, all with more displacement than the Drifter.
Forum: Face Plant 03-13-2011, 09:12 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 8,477
Posted By fhowell55
+1 for Jack.

+1 for Jack.
Forum: Road Warriors 06-30-2010, 02:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,002
Posted By fhowell55
awesome, big, comfortable.

Sean, i have a Royal Star Venture (the fully faired one), also an '05.
37,000 trouble-free miles. i've seen this gen Venture on eBay, with 165,000 miles, more than once!!

PO put factory Road...
Forum: Road Warriors 05-22-2010, 06:55 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 47,600
Posted By fhowell55
pillion accomdations

as you can see by my avatar, i have a kz1000p, and i put a back seat
on it from a VTX 1800R. don't have access to my photos right now, but
it's a good fit. also, i removed the cop fairing. still...
Forum: Road Warriors 05-10-2010, 03:44 PM
Replies: 192
Views: 25,017
Posted By fhowell55
another one

big as a house, but fast and comfortable.
Yamaha Royal Star Venture.
rock solid VMax motor.
like i did, you can buy a used Venture
Forum: Road Warriors 04-15-2010, 01:30 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 16,942
Posted By fhowell55

the Royal Star Venture has been unchanged for 11 years.
it's still carbeurated! Still using the original VMax based 4 cyl 1300

Meanwhile, the VMax has a new monster motor. Seems...
Forum: Face Plant 04-12-2010, 05:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,605
Posted By fhowell55
Debt to Society

here where i live, Chickasha, Oklahoma... a few years ago, 4 motorcyclists
were killed, separate incidents, over a six month period. In all cases, it
was, "auto driver did not see him." Our...
Forum: Road Warriors 03-19-2010, 10:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,559
Posted By fhowell55
Next-Gen Royal Star Venture

I own an '05 RS Venture. Fully-Faired missing link between
the Ultra Classic and the Gold Wing.

But let's face it, even though this bike is proven, comfortable,
and even fun to hustle through...
Forum: Face Plant 01-28-2010, 05:17 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,873
Posted By fhowell55
hi side

KTown-- welcome to ADV.
i, too, am a pavement rider. ADV is dominated
by dual-sport, and that's fine, but a whole lotta
guys head cross-country on asphalt, too-- and we
all know that can be an...
Forum: Americas 12-27-2009, 11:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 947
Posted By fhowell55
oklahoma to mazatlan. advice?

i have a buddy who has been living in Mazatlan for years,
and i'm thinking about a road trip there in the spring.

the bike i'd ride is a highway star, but an offroad joke.
an '04 Yamaha Venture...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 12-18-2009, 07:43 AM
Replies: 257
Views: 17,806
Posted By fhowell55
U Haul, I Ride

as the consensus forms, do whatever floats yer boat.

as for me, unless i'm taking the wife (it's one thing to
brutalize myself, quite another to brutalize her) i ride. period.
doesn't matter...
Forum: Road Warriors 12-07-2009, 10:49 PM
Replies: 339
Views: 42,377
Posted By fhowell55
IOM changed my preference

in '03, i sat at Kreg-Ny-Ba (sp?), downhill from Kate's Cottage, all day
during IOM TT. i saw (and heard) so many bikes come down the hill,
full out, brake for the big 90 degree turn and go WFO...
Forum: The Garage 08-30-2009, 11:14 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,343
Posted By fhowell55
I'm always a sucker for stuff like this

25 years ago, i had a quart mayonaisse jar "dispenser" for Marvel Mystery Oil; it was a "kit" they sold at the distributor's warehouse, for the express purpose of dripping a bit of MMO into the carb,...
Forum: Road Warriors 08-29-2009, 07:47 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 390
Posted By fhowell55
anyone know of an RS Venture tech site?

i need some decent tech on how to remove the outer
front fairing, so that i can replace the auxiliary driving light switch.
the switch is mounted on the left inner cowling, next to a 12v outlet.
Forum: The Garage 08-29-2009, 07:20 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 574
Posted By fhowell55
i need to take apart fairing, RS Venture

I have an '05 Yamaha Royal Star Venture Tour Classic. it has factory
driving lights (on each side of center headlight).

getting NO juice to driving lights. all other lights are fine, all over...
Forum: Road Warriors 08-23-2009, 10:13 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 8,211
Posted By fhowell55
Nobody starts out with 1000 posts

hey, i'm pretty sure that all of us started out with 1 post. and since
this guy is having hell, bought a high-dollar bike that's got issues,
he needs to vent. if the bike has issues, and if...
Forum: Road Warriors 07-16-2009, 05:07 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 18,233
Posted By fhowell55
a comfort joke

things to avoid: any ducati which claims to be "touring" in any way.
i test-rode one, an ST2, and was shocked at the ergos. most
uncomfortable ride i've ever experienced. clip-ons so low that i had...
Forum: Road Warriors 07-15-2009, 02:13 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 38,900
Posted By fhowell55
the idaho bike... No, YOU da 'Ho!

i saw that one. aaarrrrgh!!!! i hope whom-ever bought appreciates it!!!

is this a FIRST?!? I JUST REPLIED /QUOTED MY OWN POST. cheez-us.
Forum: Road Warriors 07-13-2009, 06:26 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 10,050
Posted By fhowell55
I'm with FluxMan

There IS a thinly-veiled-contempt shown by many ADV offroaders
toward the Road Warrior segment of ADV. Sometimes it's Open Contempt.
ADV can be on an interstate, or it can be on a cowtrail....
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-08-2009, 12:48 PM
Replies: 252
Views: 247,822
Posted By fhowell55
hey Napoleon-

go make yerself a Dang Quesa-Dilla!!!
Forum: Road Warriors 07-08-2009, 12:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,038
Posted By fhowell55
1st Gen Hinckley Triumphs - Weaknesses?

i know they have a rep for being tough and "overbuilt".
but, there's always a catch, such as the rectifier on old VFRs.

what's to watch for on early Hinckley Triumphs?
Forum: Face Plant 07-04-2009, 02:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,829
Posted By fhowell55
video review

Dudette, you are my new hero. Seriously. Seems there's
a cool saying about wringing the last drop out of life,
and leaving a used-up corpse. i hope you live long
and prosper, but i applaud...
Forum: Road Warriors 06-30-2009, 09:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 748
Posted By fhowell55
Naked Bandit

you didn't hear it from me (tues, June 30, 09) but there's a very
cool naked bandit 1200 /1200N (the guy converted it- took fairing off)
on eB*y. right now. i think a couple-three days left. in...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 06-29-2009, 12:18 PM
Replies: 1,729
Views: 240,690
Posted By fhowell55
you never heard of???

Dude, it's a CHUPACABRA!!!!
ask any Mexican...
Forum: Road Warriors 06-28-2009, 04:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,367
Posted By fhowell55
a few years ago, i had a 2000 Kaw Ninja 1200, and...

a few years ago, i had a 2000 Kaw Ninja 1200, and i put a tail-rack on it,
and then, i bolted a freakin' 12" x 14" x 24" gray plastic toolbox onto the rack, sideways... and a little American flag...
Forum: Road Warriors 06-28-2009, 09:17 AM
Replies: 174
Views: 48,215
Posted By fhowell55

+1... leave 'em!!!
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