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Forum: Road warriors 01-25-2015, 05:30 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,482
Posted By ka5ysy
BMW R1200RT Wethead. The engine is amazing, easy...

BMW R1200RT Wethead. The engine is amazing, easy to work on, and the ride from the bike is outstanding. If you really need the dual sport capability, the 1200GSA wethead is also a great choice,...
Forum: GS Boxers 01-02-2015, 02:39 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 5,221
Posted By ka5ysy
A good reason to go with the GSA is kind of the...

A good reason to go with the GSA is kind of the same reason a Harley CVO makes sense if you want all the farkles: You get factory warranty on all the farkles instantly, and do not have to spend huge...
Forum: Road warriors 01-02-2015, 02:25 PM
Replies: 4,453
Views: 532,894
Posted By ka5ysy
Probably more like when potential buyers inquired...

Probably more like when potential buyers inquired about insurance and said the word "Ducati" the insurance company quotes caused more sticker shock than the cost of the bikes .
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 01-01-2015, 09:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 507
Posted By ka5ysy
Thanks Dan ! Have you done a review on the 590...

Thanks Dan ! Have you done a review on the 590 yet ?
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 01-01-2015, 06:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 507
Posted By ka5ysy
Garmin Zumo 590 thread

Ok... my GPSMap 478 has run out of room for the latest map updates and I had to choose the lower US plus Mexico selection to get the area I mostly ride. I see a point where it will die like my other...
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 01-01-2015, 05:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,243
Posted By ka5ysy
Could you please elaborate on this ? Pro/Con...

Could you please elaborate on this ? Pro/Con discussion would be appreciated.
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 01-01-2015, 03:03 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,204
Posted By ka5ysy
Yep.. update the GPSMap 478 series machines with...

Yep.. update the GPSMap 478 series machines with faster processors more internal memory, non-proprietary memory cards, optional battery capabilities.

Better yet, change the Map download options...
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 12-26-2014, 04:48 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,204
Posted By ka5ysy
Garmin 590LM: radar display needs to be as...

Garmin 590LM:

radar display needs to be as good as the XM Radar display on the Garmin GPSMap 478 that I currently use. That alone is making me hold on a 590 purchase. What I would really like to...
Forum: Face plant 12-26-2014, 06:12 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,981
Posted By ka5ysy
My two cents worth: Notice that there are...

My two cents worth:

Notice that there are some obvious cracks in the asphalt surface in the curve. I have had some interesting step-outs when a tire runs through or across one of these traps. ...
Forum: Road warriors 12-24-2014, 06:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 847
Posted By ka5ysy
Hi Jason... I would suggest not doing...

Hi Jason...

I would suggest not doing anything to the bike until you get a couple of thousand miles on it. It takes awhile for a new RT rider to "get" the machine and decide if anything needs to...
Forum: Road warriors 12-24-2014, 05:25 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 567
Posted By ka5ysy
Hi Jason: The 05 RT has the "hexhead"...

Hi Jason:

The 05 RT has the "hexhead" engine. Since the dealership has maintained the bike you should not have any major issues because the service bulletins have probably all been installed. ...
Forum: Road warriors 10-12-2014, 01:10 PM
Replies: 383
Views: 28,262
Posted By ka5ysy
I'm sorry, and stand corrected ! :lol3 ...

I'm sorry, and stand corrected ! :lol3



Henry, the funny thing I hear in the HD Dealership from the HOG crowd is the same thing said about the Street Rod and the Street 500 and 750 : "They...
Forum: Road warriors 10-12-2014, 07:02 AM
Replies: 383
Views: 28,262
Posted By ka5ysy
Interesting thread here ! Actually,...

Interesting thread here !




Actually, most HD guys I know were in the "It Ain't a Harley" mode and would never buy one. Add that to the fact most dealerships had no idea how, and to whom, to...
Forum: Road warriors 10-10-2014, 07:59 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 6,211
Posted By ka5ysy
Those who know how to ride don't seem to have a...

Those who know how to ride don't seem to have a problem with large bikes. A friend of mine rides a GW daily and does not have any issues. There are those who don't think my RT is good for city...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-28-2014, 06:56 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,988
Posted By ka5ysy
Interesting. My ONE YEAR OLD Odyssey crapped...

Interesting. My ONE YEAR OLD Odyssey crapped out, and it is maintained on an Optima float charger. Bummer. Interesting problem was that the charger thought it was charged, but a load test showed...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-09-2014, 03:59 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 9,008
Posted By ka5ysy
Too much bandwidth in use here and wasting ride...

Too much bandwidth in use here and wasting ride time. I'm gonna go jump on my POS RT and ride around awhile. Probably gonna go over to the Harley shop and teach them how to ride. Maybe. :lol3
Forum: Road warriors 09-07-2014, 06:36 PM
Replies: 2,580
Views: 301,793
Posted By ka5ysy
Have you actually ridden one ?

Have you actually ridden one ?
Forum: Road warriors 08-27-2014, 05:11 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,083
Posted By ka5ysy
Or add a trailer and a small generator for...

Or add a trailer and a small generator for backup. And a Jerry can for the gas. Problem solved :clap
Forum: Road warriors 08-01-2014, 04:27 PM
Replies: 2,580
Views: 301,793
Posted By ka5ysy
I recently had an interesting conversation with a...

I recently had an interesting conversation with a gentleman who showed up in his finest HD outfit and proceeded to announce to my class that his bagger was 100% made in USA.

I pointed out the...
Forum: Road warriors 07-28-2014, 07:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,551
Posted By ka5ysy
If it sounds too good to be true ... :huh ...

If it sounds too good to be true ... :huh

Actually that same situation has happened to many of us who purchased the R1200R. Great bike, but when you add the bags, a decent windscreen, engine...
Forum: Road warriors 07-19-2014, 05:40 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,604
Posted By ka5ysy
Some background here... remember that Buell was...

Some background here... remember that Buell was always a step-child for Harley. Many dealerships did not stock or sell them, and those that did usually had the bikes stuffed over in a corner out of...
Forum: Road warriors 06-19-2014, 05:01 PM
Replies: 2,580
Views: 301,793
Posted By ka5ysy
And now, a (GASP !) ELECTRIC Harley !:eek1 ...

And now, a (GASP !) ELECTRIC Harley !:eek1

http://www.wired.com/2014/06/harley-davidson-livewire/
Forum: GS Boxers 05-24-2014, 05:31 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,143
Posted By ka5ysy
Autocom has an isolation box for audio that will...

Autocom has an isolation box for audio that will prevent that, and they specifically recommend it to avoid the ground loop issue. I have them on the Garmin GPS and the HT interface, and they work...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-24-2014, 05:11 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,364
Posted By ka5ysy
My 2 cents: About 6 years ago now, my mom...

My 2 cents:

About 6 years ago now, my mom was diagnosed with dementia onset. Doing some quick research really caused me grief at the realization of what was going to happen. At that point in...
Forum: Road warriors 05-11-2014, 03:19 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 11,943
Posted By ka5ysy
Street 500 photos - Riding Academy training bikes

Several of our instructors taught our first Riding Academy class in Hammond, LA yesterday and today, and I got a chance to see the students in action with the bike. They all did well, and several...
Forum: Road warriors 05-11-2014, 04:35 AM
Replies: 960
Views: 204,160
Posted By ka5ysy
I'm curious: What were you doing, and on what...

I'm curious: What were you doing, and on what surface were you on, that initiated the ABS ?

It would appear you were on some surface that would have resulted in a locked front or rear wheel. ...
Forum: Road warriors 05-07-2014, 06:30 PM
Replies: 2,318
Views: 385,577
Posted By ka5ysy
What is fun is to pull a pass on a crotch rocket...

What is fun is to pull a pass on a crotch rocket on a sport touring bike with the luggage on in 4th gear after listening to the crotch rocket shifting madly to find the sweet spot in the high end of...
Forum: Road warriors 05-07-2014, 11:28 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 11,943
Posted By ka5ysy
One thing that Harley has never done, as far as I...

One thing that Harley has never done, as far as I can remember, is quote HP figures for its bikes. I don't recall seeing any numbers for the Street 500 either.

For those worried about the 500, it...
Forum: Road warriors 05-06-2014, 02:07 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 11,943
Posted By ka5ysy
A couple of years ago, the Riders Edge leadership...

A couple of years ago, the Riders Edge leadership was going around asking coaches what they thought was needed in a new training bike to replace the Buell Blast. Many of us said "engine protection...
Forum: Road warriors 05-06-2014, 12:20 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 11,943
Posted By ka5ysy
The market appears to be 20 somethings just...

The market appears to be 20 somethings just entering the motorcycle world and not having a lot of money to blow on an unnecessary toy who really want a Harley. Ethnicity is not an issue at all. I...
Forum: Road warriors 05-06-2014, 04:01 AM
Replies: 2,580
Views: 301,793
Posted By ka5ysy
Hi Jim ! Working on a Street DVD yet ? :lol3 ...

Hi Jim ! Working on a Street DVD yet ? :lol3

For those who missed it, I have a ride report over here comparing the training version and a street version, unmodified:
...
Forum: Road warriors 05-05-2014, 03:06 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 11,943
Posted By ka5ysy
Physics, actually: Shadow 750 wet weight is...

Physics, actually:

Shadow 750 wet weight is approximately 551 lbs
Shadow 1100 wet weight is approximately 612 lbs.

Less mass to accelerate evens up the lighter bike with lesser engine. Also...
Forum: Road warriors 05-02-2014, 04:17 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 11,943
Posted By ka5ysy
Something that occurs to me with these bikes: ...

Something that occurs to me with these bikes:

Most will remember that when the Street Rod was rolled out, the old-line Harley guys mostly shunned the bike ( and still do) because "It ain't a...
Forum: Road warriors 05-02-2014, 04:02 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 11,943
Posted By ka5ysy
Kraven, I would say that HD intends to invade...

Kraven, I would say that HD intends to invade this segment in full force. If you look at the demographics of who the existing market is at present, it is definitely not the younger crowd. This bike...
Forum: Road warriors 05-02-2014, 03:22 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 11,943
Posted By ka5ysy
That is probably a good tentative date for public...

That is probably a good tentative date for public availability. The roll-out team for the Harley Riding Academy program (overhauled and updated Riders Edge) told us that the initial production is...
Forum: Road warriors 05-01-2014, 08:46 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 11,943
Posted By ka5ysy
As noted above, I did a quick run down I-10....

As noted above, I did a quick run down I-10. Above 60 there is a buzz that becomes noticed in the handlebars, but the bike can go above 70 easily. I did not wind it up mostly because the wind blast...
Forum: Road warriors 05-01-2014, 07:52 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 11,943
Posted By ka5ysy
I will agree with that assessment. The 500 is...

I will agree with that assessment. The 500 is definitely "peppy" and the 750 should be a hoot to ride with a little more muscle. And this from me, a BMW rider !
Forum: Road warriors 04-29-2014, 07:37 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 11,943
Posted By ka5ysy
The range setup bike I rode is a nice maroon red...

The range setup bike I rode is a nice maroon red color that is really a standout. They are not all black :clap
Forum: Road warriors 04-28-2014, 11:23 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 11,943
Posted By ka5ysy
Ray, the bike is physically the size of the...

Ray, the bike is physically the size of the Sportster. Sitting beside each other I mistook the Sportster (in black) for another Street 500. The giveaway was the tank, until I looked at the radiator...
Forum: Road warriors 04-28-2014, 03:39 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 11,943
Posted By ka5ysy
Thumb Harley-Davidson Street 500 ride report

Yesterday I was able to ride the new Street 500 bike which will be replacing the Buell Blast bikes in the Harley Riding Academy course.

Initial impressions:

The bike really looks nice and has a...
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