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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 03:59 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,088
Posted By erkmania
Meh, it's early days here. Give it time. All it...

Meh, it's early days here. Give it time. All it does for me is that I reduce my loyalty to a brand. I'll just continue to ride and forget all about who makes what.

I do think it was easier to...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 03:42 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,427
Posted By erkmania
Interesting double-entendre. :1drink

Interesting double-entendre. :1drink
Forum: GS Boxers 09-30-2014, 06:31 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,961
Posted By erkmania
Who cares? The bikes are so well designed that...

Who cares? The bikes are so well designed that they would reach the end of their warranty period on moose piss? :gdog
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-30-2014, 06:20 PM
Replies: 314
Views: 22,505
Posted By erkmania
Taking a "chance" is akin to giving someone else...

Taking a "chance" is akin to giving someone else dominion over your well being.

I do not take chances when I ride. I take calculated risks and I consider myself responsible for every outcome. ...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-30-2014, 06:09 PM
Replies: 861
Views: 73,236
Posted By erkmania
Artists draw pretty and fantastic bikes. You...

Artists draw pretty and fantastic bikes.

You do realize this rendition has a Telelever front suspension with 1/2 inch of travel, right? :deal
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-30-2014, 05:41 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,427
Posted By erkmania
I have not read all the responses here, but...

I have not read all the responses here, but NO!!!! I would not do that. If I'm going to play chicken with an oncoming vehicle (which is every pass in the oncoming lane while facing an oncoming...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-30-2014, 05:10 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,088
Posted By erkmania
Could we expand the thought further? For...

Could we expand the thought further?

For instance, I know that H-D uses Showa for it's suspension and some over seas brands for its electronics.

Could we also include that BMW uses a Japanese...
Forum: Ride reports 09-30-2014, 04:18 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,518
Posted By erkmania
Thank you for sharing. A most excellent ride! I...

Thank you for sharing. A most excellent ride! I really want to ride the Alps and your RR has me salivating to make it happen.

(edit - oh, and more videos, please)
Forum: GS Boxers 09-30-2014, 03:38 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,651
Posted By erkmania
Long, indeed! I think that even the tire...

Long, indeed! I think that even the tire scuffing thread was shorter. :rofl
Forum: GS Boxers 09-30-2014, 11:32 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,651
Posted By erkmania
Yeah, it was the scatter, uneven coloration and...

Yeah, it was the scatter, uneven coloration and blotchiness that put me off. I have since attached LED's to my front turnsignal stocks. I got the lights here from Sanjoh (vendor) and have been...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-30-2014, 07:46 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,651
Posted By erkmania
I don't mind that we disagree. I just wondered...

I don't mind that we disagree. I just wondered what you did that made the HID's work for you. I had asked a couple questions previously and was hoping for answers.
Forum: GS Boxers 09-29-2014, 06:41 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 4,024
Posted By erkmania
The day after this picture was taken, ...

The day after this picture was taken,

http://www.sportbikerider.us/Pics37/r1-mud1A.jpg
Forum: GS Boxers 09-29-2014, 06:14 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,651
Posted By erkmania
I suppose that since I was referring to my 2007...

I suppose that since I was referring to my 2007 RT, I am comparing apples with oranges. The RT has two low beams while the GS has only one.

I want to put a brighter light in my GS's low beam, but...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-29-2014, 06:07 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,651
Posted By erkmania
I did "research", too. My "research" was not the...

I did "research", too. My "research" was not the same as your "research" (anecdotal experience?).

My HID's were from a reputable distributor in San Diego that distributes/distributed with...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-29-2014, 05:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 855
Posted By erkmania
Being qualified, I do my own maintenance. I just...

Being qualified, I do my own maintenance. I just checked my records for this thread and found that the upper intakes on my Camhead needed adjustment right at 18K miles. They were both found to be...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-29-2014, 04:33 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,651
Posted By erkmania
Why do you not consider beam quality as part of...

Why do you not consider beam quality as part of your metric? Is it OK to blind other drivers with your low beams? The HID's in my 2007 dipped headlamps was blinding to others. I retrieved those...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-28-2014, 01:53 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,651
Posted By erkmania
You mean like this? <a href="<iframe width="...

You mean like this?

<a href="<iframe width=" 640"="" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/u7Ty3fggeBA?feature=player_detailpage" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="">"><a href="<iframe width="...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-26-2014, 04:58 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,271
Posted By erkmania
You're completely right, but they use torches...

You're completely right, but they use torches enough to be moderately familiar with mild steel tubing.

The OP will soon learn that a shop with the required skills you suggest is very expensive and...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-26-2014, 03:46 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,271
Posted By erkmania
I just knew you were going to ask. Haha. ...

I just knew you were going to ask. Haha. Ideally, one has a jig to mount the bars onto that is strong enough to handle the forces you will apply. Your bike makes a good jig, but it's made of...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-26-2014, 09:31 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,271
Posted By erkmania
Nope. I avoid all manner of critters to the...

Nope. I avoid all manner of critters to the extent that I don't injure myself in the process. This includes the edible, inedible, ugly and cutesie anthropomorphized critters alike.

I don't like...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-26-2014, 09:19 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,271
Posted By erkmania
Heat or no heat, do take them off before...

Heat or no heat, do take them off before straightening. Of course, I'm speaking the obvious again. :D
Forum: GS Boxers 09-25-2014, 06:37 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,271
Posted By erkmania
I understand. I previously forgot to mention...

I understand. I previously forgot to mention that I'm glad you are alright. I am glad that you're alright.

Yes, I have straightened bars. The key is lots of heat with an acetylene torch and to...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-25-2014, 06:14 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,271
Posted By erkmania
If your funds are limited then buy auxiliary...

If your funds are limited then buy auxiliary lights to prevent future encounters and just straighten the bars. Time and heat will fix the bars.

If you have limitless funds then buy auxiliary...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-25-2014, 05:47 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,999
Posted By erkmania
It's a coincidence that this thread was revived. ...

It's a coincidence that this thread was revived. I just road tested a demo 2013 GS-LC with about 1900 miles on it today. I was testing it, specifically, to see if the dynamic suspension was a grand...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-25-2014, 04:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 400
Posted By erkmania
Because the "lock ring" is not a "lock ring" per...

Because the "lock ring" is not a "lock ring" per se, but instead it's a spring seat. It is backed by a wire ring between it and the shock body just like the seal head.

The shock body has a groove...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-17-2014, 03:59 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 7,340
Posted By erkmania
Cover the front brake when the road comes at you...

Cover the front brake when the road comes at you fast and hard. Otherwise, adjust your following distances behind vehicles or to the surprise factors you anticipate on the road your riding and leave...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-17-2014, 03:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,393
Posted By erkmania
44, 46 and 48 in that order. They show where...

44, 46 and 48 in that order. They show where you've been, what you are doing and that you are going somewhere...in that order.

Have fun!
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-17-2014, 03:24 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 7,675
Posted By erkmania
You clearly don't trust your "Spidy Senses" quite...

You clearly don't trust your "Spidy Senses" quite enough, yet. Have more faith in your judgement. If a person can't handle basic preparation for a road trip then how is he going to handle...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-16-2014, 04:30 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,696
Posted By erkmania
No worries. That's an easy fix; even roadside. ...

No worries. That's an easy fix; even roadside. Buy the seal and replace it per many other posts here. If you are worried about oil volume then you are lucky in that your FD has a drain. Simply...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-14-2014, 02:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 835
Posted By erkmania
Yes.

Yes.
Forum: GS Boxers 09-14-2014, 02:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 835
Posted By erkmania
Thanks, guys. I was way stoked to keep us on the...

Thanks, guys. I was way stoked to keep us on the road without delay.

I use the Nashua branded stuff (UL rated) from Home Despot. FWIW, I also use it for frame tube scuff protection and as...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-14-2014, 01:41 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,708
Posted By erkmania
This would have lead me to believe that I was...

This would have lead me to believe that I was getting a new bike...which it seems you did. Congrats!

It also occurs to me that BMW is taking this failure mode very seriously. It also seems to me...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-14-2014, 01:28 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,708
Posted By erkmania
I'm late to this party, but that seems like an...

I'm late to this party, but that seems like an ironic comment considering it's the factory assembled engines that are failing. I know some pretty sharp techs that can see an underlying problem and...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-13-2014, 05:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 835
Posted By erkmania
GS Field Repair & Self Fusing Tape

I found another use for self amalgamating tape. My bike suffered a debilitating misfire during this year's week long road trip through northern California. It was on day 5 and just before going up...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-05-2014, 04:00 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,929
Posted By erkmania
Tom Cruise is a powerful "buddy" to have. :deal ...

Tom Cruise is a powerful "buddy" to have. :deal And, what the heck is wrong with Meg Ryan?

(We might want to stop this and let the informative ranting continue. :rofl)

Oops. Wrong thread. ...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-05-2014, 03:40 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,929
Posted By erkmania
My buddy is awfully pissed and he's going to kick...

My buddy is awfully pissed and he's going to kick your ass...:gdog

:poser
Forum: GS Boxers 09-05-2014, 03:32 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,929
Posted By erkmania
You mean the one where you replied snarkily on an...

You mean the one where you replied snarkily on an unsupported hunch? I could see that... :rad
Forum: GS Boxers 09-03-2014, 04:46 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,416
Posted By erkmania
I have to say that you're doing darned well for...

I have to say that you're doing darned well for an American. :evil
Forum: GS Boxers 09-03-2014, 04:43 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,416
Posted By erkmania
After a couple of beers it's the same thing,...

After a couple of beers it's the same thing, right? :freaky
Forum: GS Boxers 09-03-2014, 04:03 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,416
Posted By erkmania
I see that you hate "haters". Is there anything...

I see that you hate "haters". Is there anything else you'd like to share with the group circle?:pot




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