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Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-25-2015, 01:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 580
Posted By Bigger Al
I rode up there about 10 years or so ago on an...

I rode up there about 10 years or so ago on an '87 Ninja 750 that I had gotten for a song. I was going to get parts for the R90, and Ozzie spent about 20 minutes quizzing me on the Ninja. For some...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-24-2015, 09:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 580
Posted By Bigger Al
I cross-posted this to the Airheads section in ...

I cross-posted this to the Airheads section in Old School.

Another Ozzie story;

Every time I rode up to buy parts Ozzie always had a question or three about what I was working on and what I'd...
Forum: Equipment 02-24-2015, 09:41 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,271
Posted By Bigger Al
The last three responses pretty much nailed it. ...

The last three responses pretty much nailed it. I bought Jetboil about year ago, and it spends more time at home than on trips. It doesn't really boil water much faster than a conventional setup,...
Forum: Airheads 02-24-2015, 09:32 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,016
Posted By Bigger Al
Thunderchild. Always served me well.

Thunderchild. Always served me well.
Forum: Airheads 02-24-2015, 09:29 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 333
Posted By Bigger Al
Ozzie Auer Has Passed

Ozzie was a real giant in the BMW world, and always had a special spot in his heart for Airheads, especially racing Airheads. There's a thread in West Regionals:
...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-24-2015, 06:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 580
Posted By Bigger Al
I read this last night. He's really going to be...

I read this last night. He's really going to be missed.

Ozzie was always really good to me, never more so than when I was racing my R75. I won my first race at Sears Point in 2000, which was a...
Forum: Racing 02-23-2015, 08:57 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 5,100
Posted By Bigger Al
Giugliano. :evil

Giugliano. :evil
Forum: Racing 02-21-2015, 06:45 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 5,100
Posted By Bigger Al
What a way to start the new season!! :clap That...

What a way to start the new season!! :clap That was a real battle.
Forum: Racing 02-20-2015, 10:01 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 5,100
Posted By Bigger Al
David Salom's crash was horrible. Hope he's okay.

David Salom's crash was horrible. Hope he's okay.
Forum: Airheads 02-20-2015, 09:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 461
Posted By Bigger Al
I do something similar, but use either rubbing...

I do something similar, but use either rubbing alcohol or brake cleaner. Same on installation.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-12-2015, 07:07 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,546
Posted By Bigger Al
I believe that Seat Concepts has a kit available...

I believe that Seat Concepts has a kit available that will raise your stock seat an inch or so. It uses the stock pan, and you get to staple it into place, but that means that it's a lost less...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-11-2015, 04:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 724
Posted By Bigger Al
This. Removing the airbox is involved the...

This.

Removing the airbox is involved the first time that you do it. Having a good manual will help things, as will taking some digital images as you go along. On my DL1000 the hose that I think...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-11-2015, 04:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,546
Posted By Bigger Al
That's good advice. It'll make the long hours...

That's good advice. It'll make the long hours much more comfortable.

You'll want to ditch the stock windscreen after about the first 5 miles of highway, so think about looking into a Madstad...
Forum: The Garage 02-11-2015, 03:45 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,146
Posted By Bigger Al
We don't charge to do that. Neither do we sell...

We don't charge to do that. Neither do we sell people nitrogen. The tire biz is full of scams.
Forum: Airheads 02-11-2015, 07:40 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,062
Posted By Bigger Al
Pro Grip 780's. I started using them in the late...

Pro Grip 780's. I started using them in the late 90's with my first race bike.
Forum: Airheads 02-10-2015, 09:48 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 9,217
Posted By Bigger Al
Hey, Pally, that's you!! :clap I dounno if...

Hey, Pally, that's you!! :clap

I dounno if the BMW is going to get many more of those day-long floggings like it used to. Having the 100HP of the Strom is a strong intoxicant. :deal Of course,...
Forum: Old's Cool 02-09-2015, 10:13 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,856
Posted By Bigger Al
Absolutely fantastic!! :clap

Absolutely fantastic!! :clap
Forum: The Garage 02-09-2015, 10:06 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,146
Posted By Bigger Al
So if a tire store doesn't have a set of...

So if a tire store doesn't have a set of take-offs with sensors already installed, does that make them a bad tire store? Just curious. :evil
Forum: The Garage 02-09-2015, 08:08 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,146
Posted By Bigger Al
GM vehicles match the sensors to wheel position,...

GM vehicles match the sensors to wheel position, most others do not. This necessitates the reprogramming after tire rotations. If you marked your Summer wheels as to position at the time of removal...
Forum: The Garage 02-09-2015, 07:33 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,146
Posted By Bigger Al
It's amazing how people have become completely...

It's amazing how people have become completely helpless when it comes to even the simplest automotive procedures. We get calls of panic when TPS lights go off, especially when the colder weather...
Forum: The Garage 02-08-2015, 10:57 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,146
Posted By Bigger Al
You ought to try working with the fucking things...

You ought to try working with the fucking things all day long. :baldy Every day. :bluduh
Forum: The Garage 02-08-2015, 10:13 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,146
Posted By Bigger Al
You won't find any dealer that will deactivate...

You won't find any dealer that will deactivate the system. Your best bet is to have the sensors swapped from the old wheels to the take-offs. It's not cheap, but that's the only way you're gonna...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-05-2015, 03:35 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,053
Posted By Bigger Al
FWIW: my wife has been riding for about 10 years...

FWIW: my wife has been riding for about 10 years now, and her latest bike is a 2001 BMW F650GS. It's a great on-road/highway bike, and does well enough on gravel roads to not scare her to death. ...
Forum: Equipment 01-29-2015, 11:52 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,039
Posted By Bigger Al
Contact BA and tell them about your issues and...

Contact BA and tell them about your issues and see if they'll do anything for you. We've had nothing but good experiences with their customer service department.
Forum: Americas 01-28-2015, 04:03 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,523
Posted By Bigger Al
Don't sweat the bears. You'll only find grizzly...

Don't sweat the bears. You'll only find grizzly in Montana, Wyoming, and some parts of Idaho, and if you have any camping savvy at all you'll not have any issues with them. The rest of the West is...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 01-23-2015, 10:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 635
Posted By Bigger Al
FWIW: I think that Sunset is all paved or...

FWIW: I think that Sunset is all paved or hard-packed gravel. It's been a coupla years since we rode through it, but I don't remember seeing any fire rings. I could be wrong on this, but it did...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 01-20-2015, 04:22 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 4,353
Posted By Bigger Al
Hmmmmmmmmmmmm....................:hmmmmm

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm....................:hmmmmm
Forum: Airheads 01-19-2015, 10:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 432
Posted By Bigger Al
Goodridge also has an excellent selection of...

Goodridge also has an excellent selection of lines and fittings.
Forum: Day Trippin' 01-15-2015, 05:28 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 304
Posted By Bigger Al
Death Valley is very nice this time of year, and...

Death Valley is very nice this time of year, and you can camp/stage from Furnace Creek or Panamint Springs. There are literally hundreds of miles of good gravel (and not so good) and you can go for...
Forum: Airheads 01-12-2015, 11:33 PM
Replies: 1,526
Views: 104,516
Posted By Bigger Al
:lol3 Kinda gone wandering, hasn't it?

:lol3


Kinda gone wandering, hasn't it?
Forum: Airheads 01-08-2015, 01:19 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,476
Posted By Bigger Al
The oil leak near the sump is often times from...

The oil leak near the sump is often times from the pushrod tubes. Still a good bargaining chip for you, as the process to replace them is time-consuming.

I would expect to pay $2500-$3000 for...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-08-2015, 01:13 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,876
Posted By Bigger Al
My bike had the stock system on it when I bought...

My bike had the stock system on it when I bought it. In the above pic it wears a Supertrapp 4-into-1 that I bought at a cycle salvage yard. I removed the airbox and installed individual Uni...
Forum: Airheads 01-08-2015, 12:50 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,204
Posted By Bigger Al
For me, this question comes down to this: which...

For me, this question comes down to this: which bike could you walk away from and leave behind if things go pear shaped? I had a KLR650 for 5 years, and while it was a fantastic D/S bike, I could...
Forum: Airheads 01-08-2015, 12:46 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,521
Posted By Bigger Al
Be certain to carefully look over all of the...

Be certain to carefully look over all of the parts of the clutch pack. I had a pressure plate shear all of the spot welds during a race once, and the clutch wouldn't take large applications of...
Forum: Airheads 01-08-2015, 12:43 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,476
Posted By Bigger Al
If you don't want to lay the bike over you can...

If you don't want to lay the bike over you can still get it done using the side stand and a small floor jack. Cover the jack pad with a couple of folded over rags to protect whichever part of the...
Forum: Airheads 01-08-2015, 07:34 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,337
Posted By Bigger Al
"205" comes from a story some years back...

"205" comes from a story some years back concerning a high-speed chase involving a motorcycle and several police units. The speed listed was 205 MPH, which was fantasty, but the cops stuck to it...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-04-2015, 04:57 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 24,745
Posted By Bigger Al
They asked me if I'd like to sit on it, and who...

They asked me if I'd like to sit on it, and who was I to turn down an invitation like that? :evil I would never in a million years ask them first.
Forum: Old's Cool 01-04-2015, 12:05 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 24,745
Posted By Bigger Al
That video is incredible. IMHO, the...

That video is incredible.

IMHO, the Britten is the purest personification of the motorcycle as art.

I was fortunate enough to be allowed to sit on the Barber bike. They had it on display at...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-01-2015, 01:16 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,876
Posted By Bigger Al
My wife found this in a box of stuff: ...

My wife found this in a box of stuff:

http://biggeral.smugmug.com/Other/Motorcycle-stuff/i-S5wrZNQ/1/XL/GPZ%20Thunderhill-XL.jpg
Forum: Thumpers 12-29-2014, 12:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 562
Posted By Bigger Al
My wife has run two sets of the Shinko 705's on...

My wife has run two sets of the Shinko 705's on her F650GS, and they've been really good tires. They are smooth enough on road to travel at extra-legal speeds, and they work just well enough on...
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