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Forum: Some Assembly Required Yesterday, 10:51 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,426
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Seriously. I have a '63 Dodge Power Wagon that...

Seriously. I have a '63 Dodge Power Wagon that is holding down my driveway. Even though you could stick a dime into the crack on the sidewalls of the dry rotted tires that are on it, the are...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left Yesterday, 10:47 PM
Replies: 4,814
Views: 422,849
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Thumb Quick Mongolian language lesson: Tzaaa - yes...

Quick Mongolian language lesson:

Tzaaa - yes
Ugui - no
Bayertaa - thank you (lit: with happiness)
Bayertala - goodbye (get a speaker to give you pronunciation help, it's about impossible to...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 07-10-2014, 10:23 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,426
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Yeah, that is always an interesting milestone in...

Yeah, that is always an interesting milestone in any build. I usually try to keep some of those on the back burner for later, but it is so instantly gratifying to spoon on some new tires because...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-09-2014, 04:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 445
Posted By Roadracer_Al
My best friend lived in Vegas for 8 years. He...

My best friend lived in Vegas for 8 years. He worked for a vendor to the Casino industry. He lived up near the speedway.

I used to visit him once or twice a year. I'd stay 3 or 4 days, and that...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 07-07-2014, 10:47 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,426
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Seriously, 18mm? I'd have shaved the swingarm. ...

Seriously, 18mm? I'd have shaved the swingarm. Do the motor mounts still line up? It seems to me that something would have to seriously stretch to achieve that.

Used bike? Probably not, but...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 07-06-2014, 09:43 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,426
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Could you essplain exactly what you did with the...

Could you essplain exactly what you did with the blue wrench to the unsuspecting Ninja frame?
Forum: Some Assembly Required 07-05-2014, 03:54 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,426
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Well, howdy! I see you can't leave your grubby...

Well, howdy! I see you can't leave your grubby mitts off anything can you? :rofl

A man of similar inclinations, for sure.

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Forum: Some Assembly Required 07-05-2014, 03:27 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 19,641
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Hey there Gregor -- late to the party. Looks...

Hey there Gregor -- late to the party. Looks like it will be another excellent build.
Forum: Some Assembly Required 07-05-2014, 11:12 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,501
Posted By Roadracer_Al
IMHO, if you're going to the trouble of doing an...

IMHO, if you're going to the trouble of doing an engine swap, you might try something closer to home: XR650R motor.

Yep. Ninja/Versys 650 motors have a similar deep sump.

One problem is an...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-05-2014, 11:00 AM
Replies: 4,814
Views: 422,849
Posted By Roadracer_Al
I had a similar vintage 125 as my third bike,...

I had a similar vintage 125 as my third bike, also loved it!
Forum: Thumpers 07-02-2014, 05:58 PM
Replies: 17,331
Views: 1,813,435
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Everything is a trade-off. If you get better...

Everything is a trade-off. If you get better highway cruising, it will absolutely be at the expense of low-RPM grunt.

That said, if you're not planning on doing anything you'd need to crawl...
Forum: Thumpers 07-02-2014, 08:45 AM
Replies: 17,331
Views: 1,813,435
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Actually, what you want is softer aluminum -- the...

Actually, what you want is softer aluminum -- the dirt bike radiators don't fail because they are dead soft. They just bend, and they don't crack.
Forum: Thumpers 07-01-2014, 11:15 AM
Replies: 17,331
Views: 1,813,435
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Seems to me that the only way to grow it would be...

Seems to me that the only way to grow it would be fore and aft -- i.e. if it's currently a single-row, make it a double row. That would double it's volume, but not double it's efficiency --- it...
Forum: Equipment 06-30-2014, 09:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,223
Posted By Roadracer_Al
An Aussie friend of ours (we met him on a...

An Aussie friend of ours (we met him on a roadside looking at a map in Ulaan Bator, Mongolia), has done 3 RTW trips. He said his daily food & lodging budget on his last trip was around $5 usd. ...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-26-2014, 10:55 PM
Replies: 2,716
Views: 739,027
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Is that Pikes Peak?

Is that Pikes Peak?
Forum: Thumpers 06-25-2014, 04:41 PM
Replies: 17,331
Views: 1,813,435
Posted By Roadracer_Al
The bulb socket broke out of the back of my '08. ...

The bulb socket broke out of the back of my '08. I expoxied it back together. If you take the reflector off, you'll find that there are some bits that have come adrift.

But, seriously, have...
Forum: Equipment 06-24-2014, 11:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 859
Posted By Roadracer_Al
THIS! Forgot to mention it in my 10-point...

THIS!

Forgot to mention it in my 10-point list. Best $20 you'll spend on tire changing, and a gallon will last eleventeen years if you don't kick it over in the garage.

The RuGlyde dries...
Forum: Equipment 06-24-2014, 12:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,223
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Shu's advice is EXCELLENT. DR650 is a fine bike...

Shu's advice is EXCELLENT. DR650 is a fine bike for the trip.

You'll want to include a couple of feeler gauge leaves to set valves mid-way on your trip. They can come with the box of dirty...
Forum: Equipment 06-23-2014, 11:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 859
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Changing street tires on big bikes with spoons is...

Changing street tires on big bikes with spoons is a PITA.

I recommend NoMar tire changers. They're expensive, but extremely good.

They also sell balancers.

http://www.nomartirechanger.com/...
Forum: Equipment 06-23-2014, 10:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 642
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Got my wife a set from Helimot in Freemont, CA. ...

Got my wife a set from Helimot in Freemont, CA. Very nicely made.

These are a true pant, not an over-pant.

https://shop.helimot.com/shopping/default.asp
Forum: Some Assembly Required 06-23-2014, 10:36 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,095
Posted By Roadracer_Al
If you want more power, increase displacement: ...

If you want more power, increase displacement:

http://www.xr100.com/ttr230.htm

Then add a blower.

http://www.elsberg-tuning.dk/supercharging.html
Forum: Some Assembly Required 06-23-2014, 10:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,801
Posted By Roadracer_Al
If you get this thing up to a level of spit &...

If you get this thing up to a level of spit & polish, they'd eat it up over at Pipeburn.com.

I love pre-RVFC Honda singles!
Forum: Thumpers 06-22-2014, 01:48 PM
Replies: 17,331
Views: 1,813,435
Posted By Roadracer_Al
I'd have to dig up the tools I made, but pretty...

I'd have to dig up the tools I made, but pretty sure they are 5mm.

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Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-21-2014, 04:27 PM
Replies: 4,814
Views: 422,849
Posted By Roadracer_Al
I rode to Alaska on Heidenau K60 Scouts on my...

I rode to Alaska on Heidenau K60 Scouts on my VStrom. They feel and steer "odd" and unlike most other tires, the front wears irregularly and more rapidly than the rear. When we got home, the rear...
Forum: Thumpers 06-20-2014, 09:18 PM
Replies: 17,331
Views: 1,813,435
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Kinky! :huh :rofl

Kinky! :huh :rofl
Forum: Thumpers 06-15-2014, 09:53 PM
Replies: 17,331
Views: 1,813,435
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Yes, I do. Even more so after the front heat...

Yes, I do. Even more so after the front heat shield mounts on the pipe vibrated off @ 5k miles. I pretty seriously burned my Aerostich pants. Talk about pissed. I even burned holes in JEANS...
Forum: Thumpers 06-05-2014, 10:48 PM
Replies: 17,331
Views: 1,813,435
Posted By Roadracer_Al
It's true, but the source of the problem is that...

It's true, but the source of the problem is that the cord is flapping around loose. If you use some zip-ties and tie it down so there is as short a loop as possible it won't hurt the USB port.
Forum: Thumpers 06-03-2014, 09:56 PM
Replies: 17,331
Views: 1,813,435
Posted By Roadracer_Al
With the TrailTech product, you'll have to make...

With the TrailTech product, you'll have to make alternate arrangements for the "idiot lights" that are built into the dash. They do sell a idiot light kit for the Vapor, but it only has 4 lights.
...
Forum: Thumpers 06-02-2014, 09:38 PM
Replies: 17,331
Views: 1,813,435
Posted By Roadracer_Al
So, how IS Crankshaft? :rofl

So, how IS Crankshaft? :rofl
Forum: The Garage 06-01-2014, 10:30 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,709
Posted By Roadracer_Al
One criteria I look for in a helmet is multiple...

One criteria I look for in a helmet is multiple sensors for the darkening. If there is only one sensor, it's possible to shadow it from the arc, and the helmet goes clear!

Regarding holding the...
Forum: The Garage 05-30-2014, 11:30 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,709
Posted By Roadracer_Al
You have some solid advice here. I learned...

You have some solid advice here.

I learned to Oxy/Acetylene torch weld at my local adult education office. It was available as night classes. This was about 30 years ago. About 25 years ago,...
Forum: The Garage 05-30-2014, 10:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,204
Posted By Roadracer_Al
This is a common problem. The solution I...

This is a common problem.

The solution I liked the best was a bunch of large hose clamps. Position the "gear box" (the part where you slip the band through) so it holds the luggage away from the...
Forum: Thumpers 05-30-2014, 10:30 AM
Replies: 17,331
Views: 1,813,435
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Yes, it is.

Yes, it is.
Forum: Thumpers 05-29-2014, 04:04 PM
Replies: 17,331
Views: 1,813,435
Posted By Roadracer_Al
I'm normally a fan of using heat, but not in this...

I'm normally a fan of using heat, but not in this case. You'll spin the insert in the tank.

I'd use a penetrating oil on it for a few days, then try an impact wrench ... the kind you hit, not the...
Forum: Thumpers 05-29-2014, 03:59 PM
Replies: 17,331
Views: 1,813,435
Posted By Roadracer_Al
I just replaced mine, but have thrown away the...

I just replaced mine, but have thrown away the box already.

The sender mounts to the front of the tank, just aft of the shock. You'll have to remove the lower tank mount & exhaust, then hinge...
Forum: The Garage 05-27-2014, 07:50 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,690
Posted By Roadracer_Al
This is a leaf spring rate calculator. ...

This is a leaf spring rate calculator.

http://www.therangerstation.com/tech_library/leafspringrate.htm

The next thing you need to figure out are your target numbers:

What is the TOTAL...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-27-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 2,716
Views: 739,027
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Dahmik, I can't even think that fast.

Dahmik, I can't even think that fast.
Forum: The Garage 05-25-2014, 10:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,275
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Use some needle nose pliers and un-crimp the...

Use some needle nose pliers and un-crimp the terminal with the stuck bolt, then re-crimp a standard ring terminal onto it. Make sure you get a heavy copper terminal.
Forum: Thumpers 05-25-2014, 03:12 PM
Replies: 17,331
Views: 1,813,435
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Tire life was pretty disappointing. Might of...

Tire life was pretty disappointing. Might of been the set, might have been me, but I only got 3500mi out of the rear and about 5k from the front. This is proof positive of the validity of the YMMV...
Forum: Thumpers 05-23-2014, 07:22 PM
Replies: 17,331
Views: 1,813,435
Posted By Roadracer_Al
My wife and I went to Yukon and Alaska from the...

My wife and I went to Yukon and Alaska from the San Francisco Bay Area on a grossly-overloaded VStrom 1000 wearing a set of Heidi K60 Scouts. Her Versys had a pair of K60 -- a 150 rear and a 130...
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