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Forum: Battle scooters Yesterday, 09:19 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,306
Posted By chazbird
Eyed and sat upon the new Tmax at the dealer...

Eyed and sat upon the new Tmax at the dealer today. Although is step through-ish and has under seat storage it is more motorcycle than scooter. Hybrid might be a better descriptor. For the same price...
Forum: Road warriors 02-20-2015, 07:55 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,165
Posted By chazbird
FJ1200. The big Suzuki's are pretty great, and...

FJ1200. The big Suzuki's are pretty great, and some have a shaft, but a FJ1200 hands down over them. Yes, it pulls like a freight train too, but it doesn't handle like one.
Forum: Road warriors 02-17-2015, 08:30 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,571
Posted By chazbird
Monza had no power, or for that matter, despite...

Monza had no power, or for that matter, despite the 90 degree twin, very little torque. I am sure the CX was quicker, even if the Monza had its gear ratio's lessened. Having also had a RD350 I knew...
Forum: Road warriors 02-16-2015, 02:47 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,571
Posted By chazbird
I rode the new CX and bought a SR500 because of...

I rode the new CX and bought a SR500 because of the handling differences. After the SR500 I bought a V50 Monza. Way better handling, everything was pretty much way better. It was lighter than the CX...
Forum: Road warriors 02-16-2015, 02:41 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,571
Posted By chazbird
Near me is a CX650 turbo sitting parked the...

Near me is a CX650 turbo sitting parked the street in the same spot for weeks. Abandoned? It's a solid bike, no rust, pitting, fade, all stock, everything is there, excepting one side cover. I am not...
Forum: Road warriors 02-16-2015, 02:36 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,571
Posted By chazbird
I liked the idea of the cx a lot. Took a test...

I liked the idea of the cx a lot. Took a test ride on a new one. Then another on a SR500. Bought the SR500. Nowadays I might take more to a pristine used non-deluxe CX, but not over a new SR400.
Forum: Road warriors 02-15-2015, 10:32 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,571
Posted By chazbird
Isn't the stator, or something Achilles heel...

Isn't the stator, or something Achilles heel like, buried inside the case on the CX500?
Forum: Battle scooters 02-12-2015, 03:21 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,306
Posted By chazbird
I wanted a Tmax, then they disappeared. I recall...

I wanted a Tmax, then they disappeared. I recall they were an expensive $8500 for the 2009-2010 vintages, the only years I recall. I sometimes see good low mile used ones going for $4000 - $4500....
Forum: Road warriors 01-30-2015, 05:02 PM
Replies: 377
Views: 61,239
Posted By chazbird
^+1. CB750 Nighthawk. It's anesthesia.

^+1. CB750 Nighthawk. It's anesthesia.
Forum: Road warriors 01-30-2015, 12:33 PM
Replies: 407
Views: 133,375
Posted By chazbird
^^ You didn't have to ask.

^^ You didn't have to ask.
Forum: Battle scooters 01-28-2015, 08:55 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,528
Posted By chazbird
25 years without a car. No wife with a car...

25 years without a car. No wife with a car either. I live in a temperate climate, northern California, which can get quite cool and wet, but, obviously I do ride year 'round. Most of those years was...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-13-2015, 07:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,528
Posted By chazbird
Was this in the Tenderloin, lower Nob Hill, the...

Was this in the Tenderloin, lower Nob Hill, the Mission, 6th & Market, or Soma? Before making a shroud I used to carry spare plugs and a small brush to clean the shattered debris lest they fall into...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-11-2015, 08:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,528
Posted By chazbird
Molested sparkplugs is an endemic issue in San...

Molested sparkplugs is an endemic issue in San Francisco. The story was that the porcelain was good for a crack pipe or that a spark plug was good to break car windows with in order to pilfer....or...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-30-2014, 04:12 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,063
Posted By chazbird
Lot's of trips in the west that I didn't keep...

Lot's of trips in the west that I didn't keep mileage records of I am guessing maybe 2000-3000 miles on average.

I suppose my longest single trip was about 4000 miles, Quilcene, WA. to Gainsville,...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-30-2014, 08:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 382
Posted By chazbird
Thanks, the battery idea was a thought lurking...

Thanks, the battery idea was a thought lurking unsaid by me. In fact we've recently gone out and tried to find a Shoeri (SP?) or gel battery but couldn't find one that fits. Guess I'll go with the...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-29-2014, 01:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 382
Posted By chazbird
C70 Passport turn signal relay problem...

Changed out my friend's turn signal relay on her 12 volt '83 Honda C70 Passport because the signals didn't work. Plugged the three color coded wires into the new relay and all was good with the...
Forum: 2 smokers 12-22-2014, 05:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,047
Posted By chazbird
Like you I had an R5 and an RD350 and I am...

Like you I had an R5 and an RD350 and I am probably about the same age too. Obviously both were terrific fun and so called giant slayers in the day. I felt bad racing a Z1 on a winding road because...
Forum: Road warriors 12-22-2014, 02:37 PM
Replies: 3,417
Views: 962,546
Posted By chazbird
The Stinger was an original hooligan bike. My...

The Stinger was an original hooligan bike. My friend out bid me by $5 for a used two year old model. He paid $80 to my $75. Not a super beauty but definitely interesting looking and a real fun bike.
Forum: Road warriors 12-19-2014, 04:36 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,189
Posted By chazbird
With a liquid cooled Bonneville Triumph is moving...

With a liquid cooled Bonneville Triumph is moving away from basic or entry level bikes. In order to have an entry level bike or just quality "simple" bike", like a CBR500 series, Triumph ought to...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-17-2014, 06:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,007
Posted By chazbird
My XS750E (the engine pictured) had both (and...

My XS750E (the engine pictured) had both (and kick start). A stout, reliable, interesting and useful 3 cyl engine. The frame, brakes, suspension, handling, weight was not so useful. It's shaft drive...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-16-2014, 10:09 AM
Replies: 707
Views: 107,018
Posted By chazbird
Norton. The only bike that needs more maintenance...

Norton. The only bike that needs more maintenance and are more difficult to live with than the accompanying super models.
Forum: Old's Cool 12-10-2014, 08:13 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,397
Posted By chazbird
Good point on the '77's. Fifteen years ago you...

Good point on the '77's. Fifteen years ago you could find original pristine ones, or restored examples, going for $2200-$2500. Today I would imagine the same quality bike would be $4500 or more. They...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-10-2014, 06:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,397
Posted By chazbird
The '75 and '76's were reputed to better than the...

The '75 and '76's were reputed to better than the '77's, but I forget why. (the first two years had better colors for sure). They also have, if they haven't been upgraded/modded, the typical of the...
Forum: Road warriors 12-06-2014, 11:33 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 14,296
Posted By chazbird
Huh, I owned an XS750, a Guzzi V50 Monza, and a...

Huh, I owned an XS750, a Guzzi V50 Monza, and a Commando 750 Interstate, none of which I rated in the rare or exotic category of bikes I've ridden (TZ750, Vincent....)and mentioned earlier. True,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-04-2014, 08:50 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,661
Posted By chazbird
For some reason this type of research is repeated...

For some reason this type of research is repeated time and again. This phone/driving performance research first came out 12 or more years ago (University of Utah), including the idea that when you...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-30-2014, 02:01 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 12,834
Posted By chazbird
I don't think he asked for the stuff back because...

I don't think he asked for the stuff back because it might make him psychologically vulnerable to doing something dumb again - like letting someone controlling him - sort of a lesson learned. He sold...
Forum: Road warriors 11-30-2014, 11:42 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 14,296
Posted By chazbird
The beautiful Goodman posted above is a clear...

The beautiful Goodman posted above is a clear paean to the Vincent Black Shadow, or other Vincents.
Forum: Road warriors 11-30-2014, 10:01 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 14,296
Posted By chazbird
I forgot about that bike. It's gorgeous. Another...

I forgot about that bike. It's gorgeous. Another thing Harley couldn't figure out to build themselves. Probably a good thing they didn't try either.
Forum: Road warriors 11-30-2014, 09:20 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 14,296
Posted By chazbird
In the early 80's in LA my GF's ex-BF had a bike...

In the early 80's in LA my GF's ex-BF had a bike collection. I went to buy a '68 Triumph T100 Tiger from him, all of $500. As part of the deal I got to ride his Vincent Black Shadow. I guess that was...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-30-2014, 07:57 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 12,834
Posted By chazbird
While I already have gear about two years ago my...

While I already have gear about two years ago my friend gave me a near new Alpinestars leather coat with matching pants with pads, Sidi boots, Held and Racer gloves, and padded textile pants & coat,...
Forum: Road warriors 11-29-2014, 05:06 PM
Replies: 264
Views: 48,215
Posted By chazbird
Generally can't find decent SV1000 nakeds anymore...

Generally can't find decent SV1000 nakeds anymore but there are plenty of S's around. What does it take to add bars to one? Do you have move or change the hydraulic reservoir? What about the semi...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-29-2014, 07:29 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,829
Posted By chazbird
At 19,500 miles in mixed riding I have 1/2 of my...

At 19,500 miles in mixed riding I have 1/2 of my brake pads left on my BV!
Forum: Trip Planning 11-28-2014, 04:49 PM
Replies: 260
Views: 77,390
Posted By chazbird
Way back: School trip to PT. Reyes for a weekend...

Way back: School trip to PT. Reyes for a weekend backpack campIng trip. At the beginning of the 1 hour bus ride myself and two other friends imbibed on an amber colored little square piece of "25",...
Forum: Road warriors 11-26-2014, 05:59 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 11,984
Posted By chazbird
I pretty much fit the age criteria and have owned...

I pretty much fit the age criteria and have owned two SR500's and a small block Guzzi.

The V7 hands down. The SR's are fine, but the Guzzi wins in about every possible way. Except SR may be...
Forum: Road warriors 11-26-2014, 09:44 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,559
Posted By chazbird
I had a Triumph T100 Tiger and if you revved it...

I had a Triumph T100 Tiger and if you revved it you might have a hard time with your eyes being able to focus on the cylinder head...and they were smoother than the T120's. In many instances Honda...
Forum: Road warriors 11-25-2014, 01:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,559
Posted By chazbird
When did I realize? A 1966 Honda S90.....wide...

When did I realize? A 1966 Honda S90.....wide open throttle pretty much all the time with clutchless shifts hauling my neo-teen ass around. It never broke or even "complained". That's when.
Forum: Road warriors 11-22-2014, 05:48 PM
Replies: 375
Views: 36,575
Posted By chazbird
Honda's best last line-up in the US was in the...

Honda's best last line-up in the US was in the late 80's and very early 90's. TransAlp, VFR, NT, NX, CB1, NC30, etc., - innovative and original, and pretty much perfect reliability/build quality....
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-22-2014, 01:32 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 10,016
Posted By chazbird
Highest mileage bikes I've seen: Yamaha Seca II...

Highest mileage bikes I've seen:
Yamaha Seca II - 219 k.
BMW K75S - 300k
Honda NT650 Hawk GT - 300k.
Another K75 with 200+ k.
Every bike but the Seca looked rideable/safe. The Seca, while...
Forum: Road warriors 11-21-2014, 12:52 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 24,451
Posted By chazbird
The only cruiser, or cruiser-tour bike I 'd...

The only cruiser, or cruiser-tour bike I 'd consider owning and riding is that Guzzi ^^ above. Maybe in time it'll happen but first, after owning a V50 Monza, I'd rather own a Griso, Centenuro (sp?)...
Forum: Road warriors 11-20-2014, 10:49 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 24,451
Posted By chazbird
Moto is the first part of the name in Moto Guzzi....

Moto is the first part of the name in Moto Guzzi. They seem to hold close to their philosophy. Honda, with their multitude of products, makes their general philosophy to be something for everyone but...
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