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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 09:54 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,540
Posted By rufus
Long drougth conditions, record low snow in the...

Long drougth conditions, record low snow in the sierras,........ I thought I would be safe going from Tulsa to Yosemite and back this May.

I rode over 300 total miles in Rain and low 40 degree...
Forum: The Garage 05-21-2015, 06:23 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 945
Posted By rufus
How many of your coworkers have kickstarted a 490...

How many of your coworkers have kickstarted a 490 Maico?

The faster and longer you can get the engine spinning, the easier it is to start.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-21-2015, 05:28 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,540
Posted By rufus
I have scraped the pegs twice from wind gusts on...

I have scraped the pegs twice from wind gusts on my goldwing while going in a straight line. The shape of the rear tire makes a noticeable difference in how the wind affects it. The more v shaped...
Forum: The Garage 05-21-2015, 03:22 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 945
Posted By rufus
He is doing exactly what I described. His foot is...

He is doing exactly what I described. His foot is accelerating all the way to the bottom. Watch the video closely. The 2nd half of the stroke is faster than the 1st half.

Most guys slow down as...
Forum: The Garage 05-20-2015, 08:24 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 945
Posted By rufus
I can't get the video to show up. If it...

I can't get the video to show up.

If it kicks back then you aren't getting the motor to spin fast enough. Harsh statement, but it's true. Get it up on compression and kick it all the way to the...
Forum: The Garage 05-20-2015, 08:17 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 945
Posted By rufus
Big 2 strokes can be hard to start, hard to stop...

Big 2 strokes can be hard to start, hard to stop and hard to turn,
.......but boy o boy they can accelerate.

Nothing like the rush of coming on the pipe and hooking up good traction at the same...
Forum: The Garage 05-20-2015, 07:03 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 945
Posted By rufus
I raced open class 2 strokes for years. I've seen...

I raced open class 2 strokes for years. I've seen this happen and had this happen a few times.

You need to kick it QUICKLY through the stroke. From all the way up to all the way down. I've seen...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-18-2015, 08:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 474
Posted By rufus
It would be hard to argue with that statement.

It would be hard to argue with that statement.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-18-2015, 08:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 474
Posted By rufus
Thanks again for all the replys. It helped. ...

Thanks again for all the replys. It helped.

I got to fallon saturday night, wife was flying to reno at 11 am monday. I rode hwy 88 to jackson and back sunday. Her plane got delayed until 5 pm. We...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-10-2015, 06:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 474
Posted By rufus
Is any road a sure thing for getting from Reno to...

Is any road a sure thing for getting from Reno to Yosemite?
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-10-2015, 06:17 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 474
Posted By rufus
Thanks for the replys. I am In Fallon.I am...

Thanks for the replys. I am In Fallon.I am picking up my wife at 11 am monday and then heading to Yosemite.

It was cold and wet for most of hwy 50 yesterday.Nice and sunny here though.
I gotta...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-09-2015, 03:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 474
Posted By rufus
weather info--Reno to Yosemite

It is saturday morning. I am in Green River Utah on my motorcycle. I am picking up my wife at the Reno airport monday morning and then going to Yosemite.
The weather channel said there has been...
Forum: Thumpers 05-03-2015, 12:28 PM
Replies: 9,433
Views: 1,971,969
Posted By rufus
I had one. With the bestdualsport big bottom kit,...

I had one. With the bestdualsport big bottom kit, that end cap gave a big increase in low end and midrange. I loved the way it ran, but everyone around me cringed when I started it up. It was LOUD. I...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 04-26-2015, 08:28 AM
Replies: 5,719
Views: 434,505
Posted By rufus
Not gonna be there this year. Wife and I are...

Not gonna be there this year. Wife and I are taking the Goldwing to Yosemite. Then maybe up to Crater lake, depends on the weather.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 04-18-2015, 07:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 321
Posted By rufus
Forum: The Garage 04-15-2015, 08:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 939
Posted By rufus
I used this stuff on the aluminum panels of an...

I used this stuff on the aluminum panels of an enclosed trailer.
It did nothing....absolutely nothing. I might as well have used water.
Forum: Equipment 04-05-2015, 08:43 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,296
Posted By rufus
I can understand that. I am not too fussy...

I can understand that.

I am not too fussy with my helmets. They get dirty, sweaty and scratched by limbs ( and occasionally the ground). After a few months they look like shit, but I use them till...
Forum: Equipment 04-05-2015, 08:21 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,103
Posted By rufus
A buddy of mine does that. Heluva good idea, and...

A buddy of mine does that. Heluva good idea, and cheap, and easy to stack stuff on top of it while traveling. AND it doesn't spread out when you toss it in the trailer.

That will next my next...
Forum: Thumpers 03-31-2015, 07:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 570
Posted By rufus
I rode the western TAT (2500 miles) on non dot...

I rode the western TAT (2500 miles) on non dot knobbies. About 400 or so miles of that was on pavement. ........... No problems.

Did the continental divide on non dot knobbies. Lots of long...
Forum: Americas 03-29-2015, 12:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 701
Posted By rufus
I did some checking on google maps. Kanab to the...

I did some checking on google maps. Kanab to the southern intersection of 89 and 89A is only 20 minutes longer on 89A.
Forum: Americas 03-29-2015, 12:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 701
Posted By rufus
It may be. I went through there at the end of...

It may be. I went through there at the end of may/ first of june. It was cold.

Flagstaff/Sedona area is higher elevations and may be very cold this time of year.

There is a small park with and...
Forum: Americas 03-29-2015, 12:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 701
Posted By rufus
Straight south from the GC at the intersection of...

Straight south from the GC at the intersection of hwy 64 and 180 is Bedrock City. If your kids are small they will like it. It's right on the hwy. Show them some flintstones cartoons before you go....
Forum: Americas 03-29-2015, 12:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 701
Posted By rufus
If you want to see blue man group I would get...

If you want to see blue man group I would get tickets before I get there.

Zion is really really cool!!! Take the tram and get off and hike to the end of the paved sidewalk. It will take a couple...
Forum: Thumpers 03-23-2015, 04:49 PM
Replies: 9,433
Views: 1,971,969
Posted By rufus
I used a set for about a year in my 525. ...

I used a set for about a year in my 525.

When it came time to clean them I put them in a jar of gasoline and shook it real good, I used carb cleaner in a clear glass jar, I pulled a magnet...
Forum: Vendors 03-22-2015, 08:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,232
Posted By rufus
Let me relieve some of your ignorance......... ...

Let me relieve some of your ignorance.........

The constitution mandates a postal service. Ben Franklin was out first post master. To say that it is a failed business model that takes market...
Forum: The Garage 03-17-2015, 06:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 767
Posted By rufus
Might be OK in winter.

Might be OK in winter.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-12-2015, 07:42 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,616
Posted By rufus
Soften the compression damping in your fork and...

Soften the compression damping in your fork and shock.

Soften the rebound damping in your fork and shock.

Get a steering damper, if you don't already have one.

Carry more speed.

Gear your...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-10-2015, 05:58 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 6,848
Posted By rufus
google -------motoman break in method. ...

google -------motoman break in method.


Basically it says,
don't let it sit and idle,
rev it but don't rev it hard or long
keep a light load on the motor with short blasts of heavier...
Forum: Road warriors 03-01-2015, 10:50 AM
Replies: 373
Views: 53,303
Posted By rufus
That's how almost ALL bikes looked back then....

That's how almost ALL bikes looked back then. They weren't made or marketed as cruisers. Just a bike.

By the late 60s early 70s most bikes had a similar riding position, --similar to each other,...
Forum: Road warriors 03-01-2015, 10:10 AM
Replies: 373
Views: 53,303
Posted By rufus
Common ignorance says that the japanese copy...

Common ignorance says that the japanese copy Harley.

The first cruiser style bikes, --high bars, low seat, feet forward,-- were built by Yamaha in the late 70s'.
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 03-01-2015, 09:54 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,924
Posted By rufus
Go to Bigdogadventures.com Read his Ride...

Go to Bigdogadventures.com

Read his Ride report from last years Slap rally.

He describes eastern Ok as "like the smokies, with less people."

Go into NW Arkansas and you will find the best...
Forum: Thumpers 02-28-2015, 02:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,759
Posted By rufus
KTM hard parts catalog has a kit to shorten it.

KTM hard parts catalog has a kit to shorten it.
Forum: Thumpers 02-28-2015, 02:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,759
Posted By rufus
You've been riding for long enough on tall bikes,...

You've been riding for long enough on tall bikes, it won't be a problem. The dealer wants to sell you what he has, not what you want.

I have a 500 exc and a 28 1/2 " inseam.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-25-2015, 07:35 AM
Replies: 38,234
Views: 10,133,390
Posted By rufus
Dirt biker, force of habit. I've done the...

Dirt biker, force of habit.

I've done the same thing. I started riding dirt in 1972. I started riding street in 2007. I will occasionally stick a leg out during tight turn on my goldwing. I am...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-25-2015, 07:27 AM
Replies: 283
Views: 16,845
Posted By rufus
If possible, aim your bike directly at the...

If possible, aim your bike directly at the animal. This will stop them in their tracks, then readjust and speed away.
Forum: Regional forums 02-20-2015, 08:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,113
Posted By rufus
More people out riding on their own.

More people out riding on their own.
Forum: Thumpers 02-15-2015, 09:21 AM
Replies: 9,433
Views: 1,971,969
Posted By rufus
Replace the exc muffler end cap with one from an...

Replace the exc muffler end cap with one from an xcw. It still has a spark arrestor but it flows better. An FMF Q silencer is even better. I have one. Sound is reasonable and it has a spark arrestor....
Forum: Equipment 02-10-2015, 07:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 889
Posted By rufus
Alaska leather, sheepskin buttpad. they have a...

Alaska leather, sheepskin buttpad. they have a dealsport model

Works great. I used one on the transam trail on my 525 KTM.
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 01-27-2015, 03:51 AM
Replies: 5,719
Views: 434,505
Posted By rufus
You fill out a form once a year and pay $25. ...

You fill out a form once a year and pay $25.

Our treasurer ( naked Bob), wants to keep it simple and not have people saying "I mailed it to you last week". This way he only has to deal with...
Forum: Thumpers 01-24-2015, 09:23 AM
Replies: 9,433
Views: 1,971,969
Posted By rufus
I see things entirely different. A riders are...

I see things entirely different. A riders are smoother and generally do more and better maintenance.

Slow riders are constantly on and off the throttle which is very hard on clutch baskets,...
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