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Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 08:52 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,855
Posted By Phipsd
I saw the bike described in the press as having...

I saw the bike described in the press as having an automotive style regulator. That's good to know.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-25-2015, 07:50 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,855
Posted By Phipsd
IMHO You have hit on the most important reason to...

IMHO You have hit on the most important reason to favour the new 1000 over the Mk1. Motorcycles have had cheap electrics forever, with sub optimal reliability. On my 02 the stator went; stranding me...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-24-2015, 11:25 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,855
Posted By Phipsd
I used to be a cruiser guy. the new 1000 has a...

I used to be a cruiser guy. the new 1000 has a power curve like a fast power cruiser without the weight, bulk, thirst and skimpy clearance.' All the chocolate flavour without any of the chocolate...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-24-2015, 11:11 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,855
Posted By Phipsd
I found the headlight on my Mk 2 to be excellent....

I found the headlight on my Mk 2 to be excellent. However the spread of light with one headlight can't match twin H4's; especially on low beam. Where it really matters is on twisty secondary roads at...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-24-2015, 10:48 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,855
Posted By Phipsd
I know one huge difference is in the FI. My 02...

I know one huge difference is in the FI. My 02 would intermittently miss. The dealer had to put some serious effort into getting the bike to run right. There was a huge increase in processing power...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-23-2015, 10:44 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,855
Posted By Phipsd
There are a number of us on this forum that have...

There are a number of us on this forum that have owned both. I have yet to hear of anyone from this group say that the old bike is better. I do like the twin H4's on the Mk 1 but I can get LED...
Forum: Battle scooters 02-22-2015, 01:51 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,667
Posted By Phipsd
FWIW I've had my SYM Citycom 300i since May 2010....

FWIW I've had my SYM Citycom 300i since May 2010. It has 33000 km on it which isn't a huge distance but far enough to give a good idea of quality and durability. It has been the most reliable bike I...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-22-2015, 01:24 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,855
Posted By Phipsd
As a former ten year owner of a BMW-RT I have to...

As a former ten year owner of a BMW-RT I have to agree. My BMW was truly a treat to ride when it ran and the BMW logo impressed the unwashed, but in terms of quality of design it was a monument to...
Forum: Battle scooters 02-22-2015, 11:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,039
Posted By Phipsd
For me the same attitude applies to motorcycles...

For me the same attitude applies to motorcycles as well. I just bought the new V-Strom 1000 ABS. Like many new bikes, I think it's ugly. Stylewise the Honda CB1100 with it's classic style is much...
Forum: Road warriors 02-22-2015, 02:18 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 8,385
Posted By Phipsd
Let's see: I already have my 14 V-Strom 1000 ABS...

Let's see: I already have my 14 V-Strom 1000 ABS and my SYM Citycom. In a perfect world I would add a Suzuki M109R power cruiser and a Honda CB300F, also a Suzuki GT550 Triple
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-22-2015, 01:47 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,855
Posted By Phipsd
I agree. The new bike is vastly better for...

I agree. The new bike is vastly better for balance and handling, also the clutch, the shifting, the brakes, pretty much everything.
Forum: Battle scooters 02-22-2015, 01:34 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,039
Posted By Phipsd
I'm six-four and I fit well on the Citycom with...

I'm six-four and I fit well on the Citycom with room to spare. The only other bike in this group that I would be willing to spend my money on is the Honda; but I don't fit on that bike. My knees hit...
Forum: Battle scooters 02-21-2015, 01:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 285
Posted By Phipsd
Motorcycle.com Mid-size scooter test

www.motorcycle.com/shoot-outs/midsize-motoscooter-melee-video

I found this interesting; as the owner of a good running scoot with comfort for my six-four, great utility with storage and a grocery...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-21-2015, 12:56 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,855
Posted By Phipsd
This is good to know. I had checked repeatedly...

This is good to know. I had checked repeatedly over the years until I finally figured that they were unlikely to bother for an old bike. Surprise!!!!

Actually it wasn't a waste; I had a look at...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-21-2015, 12:36 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,855
Posted By Phipsd
I never had an issue with my rear sprocket. My...

I never had an issue with my rear sprocket. My bike idled fine. When I traded my bike in it was due for a new clutch and the basket was getting noisy, but it was the original.

From day one my 02...
Forum: Battle scooters 02-20-2015, 03:20 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 23,464
Posted By Phipsd
Oh!!!! Love that 67 Honda 450 Black Bomber. That...

Oh!!!! Love that 67 Honda 450 Black Bomber. That was the first big bike I ever took a ride on in 1968 when I was 15. I stalled it a couple of times until I got the hang of the clutch and I never got...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-20-2015, 02:38 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,855
Posted By Phipsd
Or you could do like the Brits do with their...

Or you could do like the Brits do with their vehicles. Both V-Strom's could be either Mk 1 or Mk 2.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-20-2015, 02:30 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,855
Posted By Phipsd
The Madstad isn't available for the early 02 and...

The Madstad isn't available for the early 02 and 03 bikes.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-20-2015, 02:01 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,855
Posted By Phipsd
I see your bike had the early shield like my 02....

I see your bike had the early shield like my 02. I found my stock shield was ok up to an indicated 130 kph. Over that I got buffeting. Hanging out with semi's made it much worse. The only bike I...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-20-2015, 01:37 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,855
Posted By Phipsd
I've had my new 1000 up to 110 kph and it's fine....

I've had my new 1000 up to 110 kph and it's fine. However I'm tall; (over six-four) and I have the shield adjusted to it lowest position and raked back. The flow hits me in the upper chest so that my...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-20-2015, 01:22 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,855
Posted By Phipsd
Yes I would agree with that. The new 650 would...

Yes I would agree with that. The new 650 would have been an improvement over my old 02 1000 in terms of braking (ABS), wind protection and comfort. It is all the bike I really needed; but since this...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-18-2015, 11:38 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,855
Posted By Phipsd
New VS Old V-Strom

When I got my 02 V-Strom 1000 it ran hot. The engine felt tight and smelled hot for the first few hundred miles. I only have about 50 miles on the new one and it couldn't be more different. The bike...
Forum: Battle scooters 02-10-2015, 09:15 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,108
Posted By Phipsd
If it was me; once I got to Washington I would...

If it was me; once I got to Washington I would head to Glacier, Bear tooth Pass and Yellowstone, then south to Colorado.
Forum: Battle scooters 02-10-2015, 08:59 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,930
Posted By Phipsd
Me I got rid of my big cruiser, traded in my 02...

Me I got rid of my big cruiser, traded in my 02 V-Strom and got a new 14 V-Strom 1000 ABS. I'm keeping the Citycom though; it's too good a bike and too much fun to let go. The new Strom is a little...
Forum: Battle scooters 02-10-2015, 08:22 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,930
Posted By Phipsd
The way I look at it is not the CC's or the speed...

The way I look at it is not the CC's or the speed compared to higher spec more expensive full 300's; but how does it compare to other bikes the same price. The Citycom has more room, comfort, better...
Forum: Battle scooters 02-10-2015, 07:06 PM
Replies: 1,484
Views: 271,708
Posted By Phipsd
I'm six-four with a 34 inch inseam and my knees...

I'm six-four with a 34 inch inseam and my knees hit the sharp edge of the dash on the Forza 300. The same thing happened on the My Road 700 which is a huge scooter. The Burgman 650 doesn't really fit...
Forum: Road warriors 02-08-2015, 10:20 PM
Replies: 339
Views: 39,348
Posted By Phipsd
Now that I think about it; honourable mention...

Now that I think about it; honourable mention should go to the original 68 BSA Rocket 3, the one with the ray gun mufflers.
Forum: Road warriors 02-08-2015, 10:14 PM
Replies: 339
Views: 39,348
Posted By Phipsd
Best sound:

My vote would be for an early Honda CB750. When those bikes came out in 69 they were uncorked hot rods compared to models a few years later. For the guys lucky to own them, there seemed to be two...
Forum: Road warriors 02-08-2015, 10:08 PM
Replies: 339
Views: 39,348
Posted By Phipsd
You're right! I used to go riding with a friend...

You're right! I used to go riding with a friend who had a brand new 68 Mach 3 500 and it did sound like that Honda 250 six except it was way faster ( and wobbled more : )
Forum: Road warriors 02-08-2015, 09:57 PM
Replies: 241
Views: 34,082
Posted By Phipsd
Bike for life

I seem to be the only one who thinks that my 14 V-Strom 1000 is it. It's comfortable, it handles and it's as friendly and easy to ride as my 300cc scooter.
Forum: Battle scooters 02-08-2015, 01:05 AM
Replies: 206
Views: 29,776
Posted By Phipsd
I would agree with this. An honest 65mph, no...

I would agree with this. An honest 65mph, no problem. My well broken in Citycom actually wants to go faster at that speed, but when the speed starts to creep up I back off. At an honest 70 mph the...
Forum: Battle scooters 02-06-2015, 07:32 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 11,888
Posted By Phipsd
Best helmet?

The best helmet for my pointy head is an Arai Signet. Nothing else I have tried in 45 years of riding fits as well, snugly and as comfortably. Not cheap, but worth every penny.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-06-2015, 07:08 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,532
Posted By Phipsd
I would check to see what kind of shape the brake...

I would check to see what kind of shape the brake pads are in and if worn down new pads and braided lines make a huge difference. It was the best money I ever spent on my 2002. Getting the steering...
Forum: Battle scooters 02-03-2015, 07:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,057
Posted By Phipsd
I had a bike once that would start when cold, but...

I had a bike once that would start when cold, but not when hot. It turned out to be the coil. It would test fine when cold and the voltage leakage wasn't found until the coil was visually checked in...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-23-2015, 09:04 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 21,004
Posted By Phipsd
I do some things on my scooter; oil, light bulb...

I do some things on my scooter; oil, light bulb changes, giving the little stepper motor on my FI a little squirt of W/D 40 etc. Bigger jobs these days I generally leave to the pros. Back in the day,...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-22-2015, 09:47 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 21,004
Posted By Phipsd
I think it has a lot to do with how you treat...

I think it has a lot to do with how you treat your bike. We all know people with two speeds on their scoots: WFO and stop. In that case I would do the inspections. A bike used more gently as a back...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-22-2015, 09:16 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 21,004
Posted By Phipsd
An indicated 80 mph is likely in the low 70's...

An indicated 80 mph is likely in the low 70's actual which is what the good running SYM HD 200 will do. I know the HD 200 has very comparable performance to the Citycom except the Citycom has a top...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-20-2015, 06:51 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,379
Posted By Phipsd
I know that trying to be too gentle can glaze the...

I know that trying to be too gentle can glaze the clutch and lead to jerky starts. Some people will sand the clutch lightly to get rid of the troublesome glaze. I prefer more the 'Italian tune up'...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-19-2015, 06:02 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,379
Posted By Phipsd
I really think that scoots in the 200 to 350...

I really think that scoots in the 200 to 350 class are in the sweetspot for scoots. Smaller would be fairly useless for the big hills we have here in the mountains,and CVT's in the big scoots are...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-18-2015, 05:32 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,379
Posted By Phipsd
Man that would suck on some of the steep tight...

Man that would suck on some of the steep tight roads that I ride on. the S-Wing was one of the scooters I considered when I bought my Citycom. Had I found a little more room for my long legged six ft...
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