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Forum: Ride reports 03-26-2015, 12:41 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 13,061
Posted By Birdmove
Yes, the Ruckus, and the SYM DD50 two stroke are...

Yes, the Ruckus, and the SYM DD50 two stroke are about the most popular here. Before a certain year, the Rucks were classed as mopeds, so no license tags needed, no insurance, no mc license. Then...
Forum: Ride reports 03-25-2015, 01:07 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 13,061
Posted By Birdmove
Not a Ruckus, but my 2008 SYM HD200 is...

Not a Ruckus, but my 2008 SYM HD200 is approaching 15,000 miles with the original belt and rollers. Also the original tries, and they still have good tread left.

I did ride a Ruckus for...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-19-2015, 08:33 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,939
Posted By Birdmove
Just tell the wife that you need it to run...

Just tell the wife that you need it to run supplies for her "honeydo's".
Forum: Thumpers 03-16-2015, 11:53 AM
Replies: 8,560
Views: 2,413,474
Posted By Birdmove
hugemoth, that sounds like it's been a great bike...

hugemoth, that sounds like it's been a great bike for you. What are you getting now?. I know that Lifan quit exporting motorcycles to the US. I have heard that they are supposed to be coming back to...
Forum: Road warriors 03-14-2015, 06:04 PM
Replies: 2,213
Views: 304,249
Posted By Birdmove
A couple of weeks ago, we had to take my wife in...

A couple of weeks ago, we had to take my wife in to a doctor's appointment. We live near Hilo, but this doctor was in Kona. It was at 9:00 am, so we took the Saddle Road over. It's about a two hour...
Forum: Thumpers 02-27-2015, 11:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 803
Posted By Birdmove
Matter of opinion. Though I have not ridden the...

Matter of opinion. Though I have not ridden the newer model, my 2005 was quite enjoyable to me. And, I take it, to many others, since Kawasaki has sold boatloads of them.
Forum: Battle scooters 02-27-2015, 12:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,141
Posted By Birdmove
We still have our 2009 People 150, and 2008 SYM...

We still have our 2009 People 150, and 2008 SYM HD200.
Forum: Thumpers 02-24-2015, 10:16 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,293
Posted By Birdmove
Fix the famous "doohickey" once and for all, the...

Fix the famous "doohickey" once and for all, the right way. I understand the new bracket is a step up, but the spring is still the spindly, brittle, little pos it always was. Put a strong spring in...
Forum: Regional forums 02-23-2015, 05:08 PM
Replies: 962
Views: 141,106
Posted By Birdmove
I couldn't afford to live on Oahu myself. I am...

I couldn't afford to live on Oahu myself. I am flying over for a chess tournament in March though:

http://hawaiichessfestival.com/

Wish me luck. I'll need it.

We live on the big...
Forum: Regional forums 02-21-2015, 05:22 PM
Replies: 962
Views: 141,106
Posted By Birdmove
Greetings! I'm class of 1972 Highline High in...

Greetings! I'm class of 1972 Highline High in Burien, Washington. We moved to HPP in early September of 2011.
Forum: Thumpers 02-16-2015, 11:37 PM
Replies: 8,560
Views: 2,413,474
Posted By Birdmove
Maybe a year after we moved to the big isand of...

Maybe a year after we moved to the big isand of Hawaii, I met a gent at the Starbuck's in Hilo. He had a Honda Ruckus loaded to the gunwale. He also had a little dog, and there was a spot for the dog...
Forum: Battle scooters 02-06-2015, 06:07 PM
Replies: 267
Views: 95,415
Posted By Birdmove
Sorry to hear about your health problems. Nice to...

Sorry to hear about your health problems. Nice to have friends to lend a hand when needed! Hope you feel better, and am able to ride again soon. Keep us informed.
Forum: Road warriors 01-25-2015, 04:11 PM
Replies: 2,213
Views: 304,249
Posted By Birdmove
I've kind of followed the Hyosung motorcycles. I...

I've kind of followed the Hyosung motorcycles. I saw a GT250 at a dealer in Seattle, Washington. I think the GT250 is my favorite. There is an active forum for these bikes called korider.com, I...
Forum: Thumpers 01-25-2015, 12:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 262
Posted By Birdmove
I test rode a new Buell Blast when the Buell test...

I test rode a new Buell Blast when the Buell test fleet was at a dealer in Seattle. I also road an XB9R. Since I've been a thumper fan for many years, I was interested in the Blast. I really felt...
Forum: Regional forums 01-25-2015, 12:19 PM
Replies: 962
Views: 141,106
Posted By Birdmove
You youngsters!! Class of 1972 here. Highline...

You youngsters!! Class of 1972 here. Highline High, Burien, Washington (near Seattle).
Forum: Road warriors 01-24-2015, 10:05 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 15,583
Posted By Birdmove
Is that bad??

Is that bad??
Forum: Regional forums 01-24-2015, 09:55 PM
Replies: 962
Views: 141,106
Posted By Birdmove
I'm no expert on the islands. I have lived on the...

I'm no expert on the islands. I have lived on the big island for almost 4 1/2 years now, in the Puna District. We are about 6-7 miles from Pahoa, and 12 from Hilo. I fly to Oahu once in a while to...
Forum: Road warriors 01-21-2015, 04:55 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,184
Posted By Birdmove
Uh,...well,.....I don't have any great deals on...

Uh,...well,.....I don't have any great deals on motorcycles or cars. But, a few weeks ago, I did buy a used treadmill for $17.00 that works just fine. And our daughter bought one at the same place...
Forum: Road warriors 01-20-2015, 10:49 AM
Replies: 401
Views: 65,126
Posted By Birdmove
I'm with this poster! If any motorcycle bores...

I'm with this poster! If any motorcycle bores you, it may be time to get out. I LOVE TO RIDE!! And, that's after 52+ years of it. Big bikes, small bikes, dual sports, street bikes, it doesn't matter.
Forum: Road warriors 01-20-2015, 10:45 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,184
Posted By Birdmove
As long as you and your friend are having fun,...

As long as you and your friend are having fun, that's great! A motorcycle mechanic at a dealer in Kona, Hawaii, said he thought the Rebel engine was one of the most bulletproof engines Honda ever...
Forum: Road warriors 01-20-2015, 10:25 AM
Replies: 215
Views: 38,879
Posted By Birdmove
I Like the concept of this bike. I've owned...

I Like the concept of this bike. I've owned plenty of motorcycles from 90cc's to 1000cc's, and, where I live now, I just don't need big power any more. We don't even ride two up any more. I got a...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-11-2015, 10:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,483
Posted By Birdmove
Sounds like the pilot jet may be partly plugged....

Sounds like the pilot jet may be partly plugged. Maybe run some Seafoam through the next tank full or two. Our SYM HD200 is ready to 15,000 miles any day now. I did replace the battery, and believe...
Forum: Thumpers 01-11-2015, 10:04 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,618
Posted By Birdmove
In fairly recent years I've owned a 2007 XT225...

In fairly recent years I've owned a 2007 XT225 and a 2001 Kawasaki KLR250, and a 2005 KLR650. You may be able to get by with a 250cc or so. That Yamaha XT225 should not be disrespected. I'm about...
Forum: Road warriors 01-10-2015, 10:15 AM
Replies: 347
Views: 44,623
Posted By Birdmove
I had, I think it was, a 2003 Kawasaki Vulcan 800...

I had, I think it was, a 2003 Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Classic. It had a nice engine in it. They also made a 1500 Vulcan styled like the old Indian's.
Forum: Road warriors 01-08-2015, 11:54 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,442
Posted By Birdmove
This is a brilliant move by Kawasaki, and shows,...

This is a brilliant move by Kawasaki, and shows, not just good marketing, but real concern for the rider. Don't expect Harley-Davidson to follow suit. Just look through their ever expanding Parts and...
Forum: Road warriors 01-07-2015, 07:08 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,311
Posted By Birdmove
Never owned or ridden one. I think they looked...

Never owned or ridden one. I think they looked great. I've read about them. Supposedly, they had the biggest production carburetors of any motorcycle (at least up to the time the article was...
Forum: Road warriors 01-06-2015, 09:55 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,442
Posted By Birdmove
kraven, I rode an older Ninja 500, and really...

kraven, I rode an older Ninja 500, and really liked it. A coworker pestered me till I finally sold it to him just to shut him up. Really nice 500cc engine. Fast enough for me for solo riding. 66 mpg....
Forum: Road warriors 01-06-2015, 09:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,182
Posted By Birdmove
I test rode the newer generation 600 Katana, and...

I test rode the newer generation 600 Katana, and I thought it to be a very fun ride. I wouldn't mind finding a nice one and making it mine.
Forum: Road warriors 01-06-2015, 09:46 PM
Replies: 2,580
Views: 301,793
Posted By Birdmove
Go here: http://www.hdstreetforums.com/forum/

Go here:

http://www.hdstreetforums.com/forum/
Forum: Road warriors 01-06-2015, 09:43 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 7,125
Posted By Birdmove
I wouldn't take either one. A 700 pound...

I wouldn't take either one. A 700 pound motorcycle has no interest to me. The 48 is a great looker, but not too practical. HD no longer makes a Sportster that I would buy, and I'm a big fan of them,...
Forum: Road warriors 01-06-2015, 09:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,651
Posted By Birdmove
For sure peek into the tank and look for crud and...

For sure peek into the tank and look for crud and rust. What model is this? Tell him to NOT start it before you get there. You want it stone cold to see how it starts. Fuel injected or carbureted?...
Forum: Regional forums 01-05-2015, 10:02 PM
Replies: 962
Views: 141,106
Posted By Birdmove
We did pretty well here in HPP on 23rd near...

We did pretty well here in HPP on 23rd near Kaloli. Hurricane Isselle bashed us much worse. We had 4-5 trees from our neighbor's lot fall onto our carport roof during that one. This time no trees...
Forum: Road warriors 01-05-2015, 11:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,616
Posted By Birdmove
I live on the big island of Hawaii, not far from...

I live on the big island of Hawaii, not far from the encroaching lava flow. The Honda XR650R is a dirt bike and cannot be made street legal here. The XR650L has a big following and a huge thread...
Forum: Road warriors 01-05-2015, 11:19 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,442
Posted By Birdmove
Yeah, check out the other thread mentioned above....

Yeah, check out the other thread mentioned above. I am pretty sure I read that the foot peg position is easily adjustable on this new Vulcan S. I like it a lot. I have heard nothing but good things...
Forum: Road warriors 01-01-2015, 11:09 AM
Replies: 2,580
Views: 301,793
Posted By Birdmove
[QUOTE=brucifer;25826942]Ah, don't let other...

[QUOTE=brucifer;25826942]Ah, don't let other peoples opinions get to ya, man. There's a lot more to a sportster than quarter mile times and top speed. I think they're a good looking bike and I'm sure...
Forum: Road warriors 12-28-2014, 12:58 AM
Replies: 1,048
Views: 173,767
Posted By Birdmove
If the Cycle World guys are getting 42, I'd...

If the Cycle World guys are getting 42, I'd probably get 50+.
Forum: Road warriors 12-26-2014, 08:12 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,563
Posted By Birdmove
Had a 2001 KLR250 I bought new that year. It...

Had a 2001 KLR250 I bought new that year. It would often miss the shift from 1st into 2nd, and would go in to neutral, unless I did a way slow deliberate shift. I tried the Mobile one 10W-40 of the...
Forum: Thumpers 12-26-2014, 11:57 AM
Replies: 8,560
Views: 2,413,474
Posted By Birdmove
Back in 2013, I added another China SuperCub...

Back in 2013, I added another China SuperCub clone to my garage,
currently w/6k mi. on it,
it's my everyday errand-runner between Manhattan, Brooklyn & Queen.
...
Forum: Thumpers 12-25-2014, 07:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,127
Posted By Birdmove
There's been some good suggestions here. That...

There's been some good suggestions here. That Honda CB300F seems like a good choice. As is the Suzuki TU250.The Yamaha SR400 is expensive for what you get, but you are riding an XS650 that's from the...
Forum: Thumpers 12-25-2014, 07:22 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 8,731
Posted By Birdmove
Seems that the thing about, when you blow up a...

Seems that the thing about, when you blow up a Japanese engine under warranty they give you a new one, is a myth. In over 52 years of riding motorcycles, and lots of bikes from the Japanese big four,...
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