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Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 08:04 PM
Replies: 428
Views: 91,112
Posted By MotorcycleWriter
Nice! Great trail carver. Set up the suspension...

Nice! Great trail carver. Set up the suspension for your weight and you'll enjoy it even more. The forks and shock are very easy to upgrade. Go with 5wt oil as the forks are much smoother that way.
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Forum: Airheads 09-14-2014, 09:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 447
Posted By MotorcycleWriter
GSPD fairing removal?

I recently went the other direction. The PD pieces suit the riding I do where I live a lot better. Were I out west I'd probably stick with the straight GS.

If you were to sell the parts, I would...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-14-2014, 06:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 777
Posted By MotorcycleWriter
Just wipe the bearings clean with a clean, dust...

Just wipe the bearings clean with a clean, dust free rag. No need to rinse in solvent. DO NOT dry by spinning with compressed air. Less grease is probably less damaging than too much. A badly...
Forum: Equipment 09-14-2014, 06:45 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,225
Posted By MotorcycleWriter
You get what you pay for. Bilt isn't junk but...

You get what you pay for. Bilt isn't junk but it's not bilt to last, either. Entry level stuff. In markets without copious dealers CycleGear is about the only place you can find motorcycle specific...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-13-2014, 04:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 777
Posted By MotorcycleWriter
Can't believe they were that bad and not...

Can't believe they were that bad and not generating so much heat as to damage the hub.
Forum: Road warriors 09-12-2014, 06:16 AM
Replies: 2,017
Views: 318,399
Posted By MotorcycleWriter
Thanks for the great post on shocks. Suspension...

Thanks for the great post on shocks. Suspension is something I don't yet have an intuitive feel for yet.

Two requests:
1) Post a pic of one of your paint sticks and,
2) Clarify where the piece...
Forum: Airheads 09-12-2014, 05:14 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,513
Posted By MotorcycleWriter
Did you say there's a 5 meter cable???? Where'd...

Did you say there's a 5 meter cable???? Where'd you put the extra 5 meters of wire?
Forum: Trip Planning 09-10-2014, 11:39 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 13,775
Posted By MotorcycleWriter
All this philosophy is nice until you can't pay...

All this philosophy is nice until you can't pay your bills or afford food then it's just that - philosophy. Balance is the key. And not putting yourself in a position to rely on public support.
Forum: Airheads 09-09-2014, 06:15 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,513
Posted By MotorcycleWriter
Ah. Thought you meant north of the Mason-Dixon...

Ah. Thought you meant north of the Mason-Dixon Line.
Forum: Airheads 09-09-2014, 04:31 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,513
Posted By MotorcycleWriter
Where's "over here"?

Where's "over here"?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-09-2014, 04:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,331
Posted By MotorcycleWriter
Standard incident for new tires. The last two...

Standard incident for new tires. The last two sets of tires I have on a bike have been punctured within 200 miles. A rear Heidenau K60 on a BMW R100 GSPD and a rear Michelin Road Pilot 3 on a BMW...
Forum: Airheads 09-09-2014, 08:15 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,513
Posted By MotorcycleWriter
How well does the speedo work in city streets,...

How well does the speedo work in city streets, canyons, or in the mountains? I have some experience with GPS on the DOD side and find that multipath effects can gum things up at times. I'd hate to be...
Forum: Equipment 09-08-2014, 02:25 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,972
Posted By MotorcycleWriter
Let me know how you like them. I'm looking for a...

Let me know how you like them. I'm looking for a waterproof breathable jacket and don't want to pay $1,000 for a Klim.
Forum: Airheads 09-08-2014, 04:37 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,054
Posted By MotorcycleWriter
+2

+2
Forum: Airheads 09-06-2014, 04:54 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,440
Posted By MotorcycleWriter
Time to replace the ignition coil

YES. I'm using one now on an R100GSPD. Works like a charm. My theory is that the difference, if there is one, is negligible. My EXPERIENCE is that there is no discernible difference - but my gas...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-06-2014, 04:51 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,150
Posted By MotorcycleWriter
Good thread. I'm doing some of these upgrades...

Good thread. I'm doing some of these upgrades also.
Forum: Airheads 09-05-2014, 07:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 998
Posted By MotorcycleWriter
Okay. So I've not lost my mind. My watch is...

Okay. So I've not lost my mind. My watch is working properly.
Forum: Airheads 09-04-2014, 06:30 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,440
Posted By MotorcycleWriter
Forum: Airheads 09-03-2014, 06:38 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,440
Posted By MotorcycleWriter
I tried filling the cracks with JB Weld then...

I tried filling the cracks with JB Weld then strapping a bunch of zipties around the coil to keep it from separating any further. Didn't fix it but wasted several hours. Go Harley. You'll be glad you...
Forum: Airheads 09-03-2014, 06:37 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,440
Posted By MotorcycleWriter
+1 :thumb Just did this convert on my...

+1 :thumb

Just did this convert on my '89R100GS and it runs better than it has since I bought it. Same crappy, gray cracked coil, same symptoms.
Forum: Ride reports 09-02-2014, 04:44 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,370
Posted By MotorcycleWriter
I was born there. Need to come back some day and...

I was born there. Need to come back some day and meet this seductress.
Forum: Equipment 09-01-2014, 03:47 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 199
Posted By MotorcycleWriter
Radio for my BMW R1150RT

Apparently I'm one of the lucky ones with an RT set up for a radio. It's got all the wiring, huge speaker boxes, an antenna, and the shock-mount. I don't think it's ever been equipped with a radio...
Forum: Equipment 09-01-2014, 03:37 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,972
Posted By MotorcycleWriter
I love my Tornado. I ride in it nearly every day...

I love my Tornado. I ride in it nearly every day and have for the last three summers. It has held up great and still looks like new. It is comfortable and stylish. The armor isn't as heavy as say,...
Forum: Equipment 08-28-2014, 12:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,571
Posted By MotorcycleWriter
I think you're fine as long as you take it easy...

I think you're fine as long as you take it easy in the corners. If it worries you, buy two 75 lb dumbells and strap them to the rail.
Forum: Airheads 08-28-2014, 10:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 510
Posted By MotorcycleWriter
Thanks for the info. Mine is an '89 so looks like...

Thanks for the info. Mine is an '89 so looks like I'm in good shape!
Forum: Airheads 08-28-2014, 08:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 510
Posted By MotorcycleWriter
Speaking of turn signals, are there flasher relay...

Speaking of turn signals, are there flasher relay units that are specifically designed for retrofitting our airheads with LED flashers? I've tried a few options and am not really satisfied. Now my...
Forum: Airheads 08-27-2014, 04:21 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,159
Posted By MotorcycleWriter
R80/100GS/PD Rear Shock Group Buy ?

Is the group buy good for the Wilbur's as well or just the Ohlins? And is it just for the R100GS shock or could I put new shocks on my R1150RT as well?
Forum: Airheads 08-26-2014, 08:54 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,159
Posted By MotorcycleWriter
I thought we had thirty days to order. I'm...

I thought we had thirty days to order. I'm waiting on a payday to drop some cash on the Ohlins.
Forum: Airheads 08-25-2014, 12:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 456
Posted By MotorcycleWriter
Thanks! All hands off deck.

Thanks! All hands off deck.
Forum: Airheads 08-25-2014, 10:05 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 247
Posted By MotorcycleWriter
Forks For Unholy Union on GSPD.

Would these work?

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1001556
Forum: Airheads 08-25-2014, 07:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 456
Posted By MotorcycleWriter
I don't know. Are the original PD tanks alcohol...

I don't know. Are the original PD tanks alcohol proof or should I seek ethanol free gas? It's not hard to find where I live.
Forum: Airheads 08-25-2014, 06:15 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,057
Posted By MotorcycleWriter
You don't hate electricity. You just have a high...

You don't hate electricity. You just have a high resistance to it. :lol3
Forum: Airheads 08-25-2014, 05:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 456
Posted By MotorcycleWriter
Metal Tank Preservation

This isn't strictly an airhead question, more of a restoration question, but it's an airhead tank so here goes. I just pulled the metal tank off my '89GS and replaced it with one of the large plastic...
Forum: Airheads 08-21-2014, 07:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 489
Posted By MotorcycleWriter
Are you talking full or solo seat? I'd like to...

Are you talking full or solo seat? I'd like to shave the padding in my solo and recover it with something a bit less slick and hard.
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 08-21-2014, 07:10 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,984
Posted By MotorcycleWriter
My last gig was with MDA (as a consultant). They...

My last gig was with MDA (as a consultant). They have some interesting work but their management structure can be incredibly frustrating to work with. Especially if you are a professional problem...
Forum: Trip Planning 08-21-2014, 05:46 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 13,775
Posted By MotorcycleWriter
I got my last (and by far most lucrative)...

I got my last (and by far most lucrative) engineering job because I write novels in my spare time, build cabinets on the side, and ride a motorcycle. I still had to have the engineering chops to do...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 08-20-2014, 06:22 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,984
Posted By MotorcycleWriter
Yup, that's guidance, navigation, and control....

Yup, that's guidance, navigation, and control. Navigation tells the vehicle where it is, guidance tells it how to get where it wants to be, and control implements the guidance commands to get there....
Forum: Airheads 08-20-2014, 07:35 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,411
Posted By MotorcycleWriter
I haven't read through the whole thread, and...

I haven't read through the whole thread, and someone probably already said this since I did see the word "scavenging" but dumping your mufflers is going to seriously impact your low end torque, not...
Forum: Airheads 08-19-2014, 05:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 616
Posted By MotorcycleWriter
I like the color. I bought the tank and the short...

I like the color. I bought the tank and the short cheeks that go with it that are also painted this color. The finish is in extremely good shape so I'm not going to mess with it. The tank is painted...
Forum: Airheads 08-19-2014, 04:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 616
Posted By MotorcycleWriter
LOL! Same bloke!

LOL! Same bloke!
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