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Forum: Beasts 03-30-2014, 01:25 PM
Replies: 22,863
Views: 4,042,859
Posted By Vbird
Had one one the strom and hated it. I have small...

Had one one the strom and hated it. I have small hands and keeping it adjusted so that it would engage consistantly without dragging was a pain.

Vista Cruise on several bikes over the years- VFR...
Forum: Equipment 01-10-2014, 02:31 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 8,209
Posted By Vbird
Went to HD again today for some pipe insulation....

Went to HD again today for some pipe insulation. The shelf was full again so I bought another for $8.97. Brother was with me and he got one also.
Forum: Equipment 01-09-2014, 05:08 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,650
Posted By Vbird
Can't really comment on recent Corbin saddles...

Can't really comment on recent Corbin saddles (the last few bikes have been fine stock or with a sheepskin pad added), but I have had several over the years.

Hawk GT was transformed from a <200...
Forum: Equipment 01-06-2014, 03:57 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 8,209
Posted By Vbird
Picked up one today. Fits perfect on the back of...

Picked up one today. Fits perfect on the back of the Tenere. Even the cashier was shocked at the price!

I've been using a cheap rei duffle for years without serious leaks and this one looks of...
Forum: Beasts 10-07-2013, 04:07 PM
Replies: 7,737
Views: 1,444,657
Posted By Vbird
Had time to download some more pics from my ride...

Had time to download some more pics from my ride out west today.

http://vbird.smugmug.com/photos/i-PTjKVnK/0/L/i-PTjKVnK-L.jpg

http://vbird.smugmug.com/photos/i-SFF9Zdh/2/L/i-SFF9Zdh-L.jpg
...
Forum: Beasts 09-25-2013, 08:18 PM
Replies: 7,737
Views: 1,444,657
Posted By Vbird
Since this is a picture thread... ...

Since this is a picture thread...

http://vbird.smugmug.com/photos/i-pc7Mm5X/0/L/i-pc7Mm5X-L.jpg
Forum: Beasts 09-18-2013, 08:27 PM
Replies: 22,863
Views: 4,042,859
Posted By Vbird
Finally got it dirty with 4 water crossings in...

Finally got it dirty with 4 water crossings in Monument Valley this past weekend.
http://vbird.smugmug.com/Other/Camera-Awesome-Photos/i-S6FxCFj/0/L/CA_09181320253144-L.jpg
Forum: Beasts 09-12-2013, 07:01 PM
Replies: 22,863
Views: 4,042,859
Posted By Vbird
Thanks. Got a little wet in Indiana that day....

Thanks. Got a little wet in Indiana that day. Whole lot of wet yesterday and today in Colorado. Camping in Mesa Verde now. We'll see in the am.
Forum: Beasts 09-11-2013, 09:00 PM
Replies: 22,863
Views: 4,042,859
Posted By Vbird
Fast idle?

Fired up the bike this morning to let it warm up before leaving the campsite in Kansas. Idled at 3000 rpm and after blipping the throttle a few times, settled down to 2500 but rough. Turned off and...
Forum: Beasts 09-01-2013, 07:55 PM
Replies: 22,863
Views: 4,042,859
Posted By Vbird
Deflectors first. They work much better than they...

Deflectors first. They work much better than they look! :D
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-01-2013, 08:03 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,615
Posted By Vbird
I've ridden I-70 in Colorado and it is great!...

I've ridden I-70 in Colorado and it is great! I'll probably be on it again in a couple of weeks :evil. Also like the stretch of I-40 around TN/NC line as long as there hasn't been a rock slide or...
Forum: Beasts 09-01-2013, 07:37 AM
Replies: 22,863
Views: 4,042,859
Posted By Vbird
[QUOTE=Red Dust;22222496]Installed a Madstad...

[QUOTE=Red Dust;22222496]Installed a Madstad bracket yesterday with my stock screen (have been riding without screen due to my choice of clean air instead of buffeting) and loved to think it was...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 08-09-2013, 11:14 AM
Replies: 23,787
Views: 1,425,433
Posted By Vbird
So was it open? Always been curious about it but...

So was it open? Always been curious about it but never taken the time to check it out eventhough I ride/drive up 16 at least a dozen times a year. The one time I stop and it's closed.
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 08-06-2013, 05:41 PM
Replies: 23,787
Views: 1,425,433
Posted By Vbird
Did I kill the thread? :uhoh

Did I kill the thread? :uhoh
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 08-05-2013, 11:01 AM
Replies: 23,787
Views: 1,425,433
Posted By Vbird
#? Can't remember if it has been used in...

#?

Can't remember if it has been used in this game before. No clues needed. Sign says open but the gate at the top was closed (monday).
...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 08-05-2013, 10:54 AM
Replies: 23,787
Views: 1,425,433
Posted By Vbird
The museum at Indy and the Auburn/Cord/Duesenburg...

The museum at Indy and the Auburn/Cord/Duesenburg at Auburn are must do's. Nice day for taggin'- been awhile.
...
Forum: Beasts 07-22-2013, 02:27 PM
Replies: 22,863
Views: 4,042,859
Posted By Vbird
Thanks. Bugged me that it was there for no...

Thanks. Bugged me that it was there for no apparent reason. If it ever stops raining, I'll get some dust under there.
Forum: Beasts 07-21-2013, 08:11 PM
Replies: 22,863
Views: 4,042,859
Posted By Vbird
Pulled the tank tonight to sync the throttle...

Pulled the tank tonight to sync the throttle bodies and found this rubber coated loop. Should the wires, fuel line or both go through it (or nothing at all)?
AFAIK the tank has never been off.
...
Forum: Racing 07-12-2013, 02:55 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 7,381
Posted By Vbird
+1 It's a BIG track with lots of walking to get...

+1 It's a BIG track with lots of walking to get anywhere.
Forum: Equipment 07-12-2013, 08:38 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,616
Posted By Vbird
Aerostich- just because I was ordering other...

Aerostich- just because I was ordering other stuff from them that day.
Forum: Equipment 07-12-2013, 07:41 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,616
Posted By Vbird
Had one on the strom. Very nice esp on hot/humid...

Had one on the strom. Very nice esp on hot/humid days.

PS: they don't get very wet if you're sitting on it.
Forum: Beasts 07-07-2013, 09:45 PM
Replies: 22,863
Views: 4,042,859
Posted By Vbird
Just sold the Strom this weekend, so now I need...

Just sold the Strom this weekend, so now I need an excuse to spend more $$$ on the ST (like I needed an excuse).
The one problem that still needs to be fixed is the buffeting. Did the Madstad...
Forum: Racing 07-07-2013, 06:46 AM
Replies: 2,072
Views: 122,633
Posted By Vbird
Wow! That was close.:eek1

Wow! That was close.:eek1
Forum: Racing 06-30-2013, 11:15 AM
Replies: 2,072
Views: 122,633
Posted By Vbird
Kimi didn't sound happy about it on the radio...

Kimi didn't sound happy about it on the radio before restart.

NBC Sports did a sports update near the end of the TDF coverage that showed the results of the GP. :huh
Forum: Beasts 06-23-2013, 10:33 PM
Replies: 7,737
Views: 1,444,657
Posted By Vbird
Finally got a chance to do a couple of hours...

Finally got a chance to do a couple of hours worth of forest road this weekend.

http://vbird.smugmug.com/photos/i-kcSw6Fj/0/L/i-kcSw6Fj-L.jpg
Forum: Beasts 06-10-2013, 09:05 PM
Replies: 22,863
Views: 4,042,859
Posted By Vbird
I've done the clutch mod and have not noticed the...

I've done the clutch mod and have not noticed the night & day difference that others have mentioned. There is a better "hit" shifting into second, but that's about it.
My bike did not have the...
Forum: Beasts 06-09-2013, 02:04 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 21,910
Posted By Vbird
http://vbird.smugmug.com/Other/Camera-Awesome-Phot...

http://vbird.smugmug.com/Other/Camera-Awesome-Photos/i-hgRCFqc/0/L/CA_06091316431410-L.jpg

Cheapest and easiest mod so far. Couldn't stand the glare of the silver anymore.
Forum: Beasts 05-26-2013, 07:05 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 8,215
Posted By Vbird
Thought about doing this mod when I get the bike...

Thought about doing this mod when I get the bike back from the shop (5 weeks for new rim & spokes :huh).
Can the higher seat position still be used with this mod?
Forum: Beasts 05-13-2013, 09:10 PM
Replies: 22,863
Views: 4,042,859
Posted By Vbird
Thanks for the offer, but mine is not bent, just...

Thanks for the offer, but mine is not bent, just beveled from the broken spoke whipping around. Yamaha (after some arm twisting) agreed to replace it but not the swing arm which I'm fine with as long...
Forum: Beasts 05-13-2013, 07:53 PM
Replies: 22,863
Views: 4,042,859
Posted By Vbird
Only checking this thread now and then to remind...

Only checking this thread now and then to remind myself that I own a Tenere.

Haven't seen it in almost a month. Rear rim is on backorder. Guess Pluric wasn't the only one bending wheels.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-29-2013, 07:35 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 13,736
Posted By Vbird
Went to look at a Guzzi Eldo a few years ago that...

Went to look at a Guzzi Eldo a few years ago that needed just a little "TLC"- according to the seller. Because of his description, I took the trailer. Got there and found the "complete" bike with the...
Forum: Beasts 04-16-2013, 09:47 AM
Replies: 22,863
Views: 4,042,859
Posted By Vbird
+1. Very happy with the Wolfman that I used on...

+1. Very happy with the Wolfman that I used on the strom- also put one (with flat bottom) on the Speed Triple.


Talked to dealer this am after sending him pics. Said it was the first one he's...
Forum: Beasts 04-15-2013, 11:38 AM
Replies: 22,863
Views: 4,042,859
Posted By Vbird
Since the bike has some down time, just ordered...

Since the bike has some down time, just ordered some Jesse 10" bags- 105L compared to the 72L I've had for years. Should cut down on some of the stuff strapped down on the back.
Forum: Beasts 04-14-2013, 07:31 PM
Replies: 22,863
Views: 4,042,859
Posted By Vbird
In conducting the autopsy on the spoke, it looks...

In conducting the autopsy on the spoke, it looks like it backed out and not snap like I and most thought. Some of the damage was beyond what the remaining spoke could have done. The swing arm has...
Forum: Beasts 04-14-2013, 06:38 PM
Replies: 22,863
Views: 4,042,859
Posted By Vbird
Not just the swing arm- the wheel & exhaust...

Not just the swing arm- the wheel & exhaust canister also look like they were attacked with an angle grinder. :cry

I can live with the marks, just didn't expect to have to check the spokes almost...
Forum: Beasts 04-14-2013, 10:15 AM
Replies: 7,737
Views: 1,444,657
Posted By Vbird
Congats on the bike. From a longtime GiVI...

Congats on the bike.

From a longtime GiVI fan, their bars for the ST suck. Bad welds and paint quality- should of sent mine back. May change them out when I get the time.

PS- Ziptie your...
Forum: Beasts 04-13-2013, 09:29 PM
Replies: 22,863
Views: 4,042,859
Posted By Vbird
741 miles- still taking it easy, no offroad, no...

741 miles- still taking it easy, no offroad, no bags, and I weigh 150. :lol3

Poor quality control or assembly.
Forum: Beasts 04-13-2013, 07:49 PM
Replies: 22,863
Views: 4,042,859
Posted By Vbird
Thanks, I'll check with the dealer on Tuesday....

Thanks, I'll check with the dealer on Tuesday. Guess they will get to see a spoke problem. :lol3
Forum: Beasts 04-13-2013, 07:37 PM
Replies: 22,863
Views: 4,042,859
Posted By Vbird
You gotta be shitn' me.... ...

You gotta be shitn' me....

http://vbird.smugmug.com/photos/i-Q8WJB8c/0/L/i-Q8WJB8c-L.jpg

http://vbird.smugmug.com/photos/i-6L7HT5P/0/L/i-6L7HT5P-L.jpg


No offroad yet. Was going to zip...
Forum: Beasts 04-11-2013, 06:14 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 21,910
Posted By Vbird
Was very happy with Givi on my Vfr and Strom-...

Was very happy with Givi on my Vfr and Strom- well made with nice fit and finish.

NOT happy with these. Welds and paint quality that look more like cheap lawn furniture than something for a m/c....
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