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Forum: Parallel Universe 12-15-2014, 09:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 859
Posted By precarious
I've got a 30" inseam, and I like the Touratech...

I've got a 30" inseam, and I like the Touratech seat, too. I like how it uses an OE pan so the tool kit clips in. I put a bead rider cover on it for longer rides, but it's definitely a huge upgrade...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 11-04-2014, 04:04 PM
Replies: 45,989
Views: 2,748,848
Posted By precarious
so the muffler doesn't get pounded by rocks and...

so the muffler doesn't get pounded by rocks and so the center of gravity is marginally improved.
Forum: Parallel Universe 10-21-2014, 07:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,823
Posted By precarious
I had to wire in a relay circuit because I was...

I had to wire in a relay circuit because I was having trouble with the low beam cutting out after starting. I guess the large draw at startup combined with colder weather resulted in too much current...
Forum: Parallel Universe 10-21-2014, 09:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,026
Posted By precarious
Controls changed in '13 across the board for the...

Controls changed in '13 across the board for the 650, 800, and 700. I believe the entire range (F, K, R, S) are all getting conventional signal switches if they don't already have them.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-16-2014, 12:04 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,933
Posted By precarious
I used fat grand touring grips for years. Never...

I used fat grand touring grips for years. Never had any vibration issues, but it wasn't an especially buzzy bike. Have you tried putting bee-bees in the bars? I've had success with that, too.
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-23-2014, 09:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 501
Posted By precarious
I think the only motorcycle headlights worth a...

I think the only motorcycle headlights worth a damn on their own are the VStrom and Goldwing, but that's just my opinion.

The water boxer has an LED headlight. The assembly is about $1300 and I...
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-09-2014, 07:49 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,205
Posted By precarious
I've been loving my Stich Falstaff, this year. It...

I've been loving my Stich Falstaff, this year. It seems to breathe a lot better than my old Roadcrafter suit. But, when things get up above 80-85 with humidity, I go with mesh.
Forum: Parallel Universe 07-28-2014, 06:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 794
Posted By precarious
I loved my dl 1000 for years, and so far I love...

I loved my dl 1000 for years, and so far I love the f800gs even more. Way less stressful off road and way better brakes and suspension.
Forum: Parallel Universe 07-22-2014, 07:28 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,814
Posted By precarious
Most people seem to tap tail light or the parking...

Most people seem to tap tail light or the parking light for power to an aux fuse block then wire lights, etc to that. The fuse box from twisted throttle looks very easy to install. Sold together with...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 07-10-2014, 08:28 AM
Replies: 45,989
Views: 2,748,848
Posted By precarious
Most owner's manuals recommend TSlapper's...

Most owner's manuals recommend TSlapper's maintenance method. Not sure about the kerosene, but definitely the motor oil.

I've always had success cleaning with WD-40 and a rag/brush and lubing with...
Forum: Parallel Universe 07-07-2014, 07:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 692
Posted By precarious
HID, plug and play. Just have to drill a 7/8"...

HID, plug and play. Just have to drill a 7/8" hole in the back of the cap.
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-29-2014, 04:53 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 15,312
Posted By precarious
I believe it's a Cyclops unit.

I believe it's a Cyclops unit.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-26-2014, 11:15 AM
Replies: 730
Views: 55,531
Posted By precarious
Thanks to federal safety and emissions standards,...

Thanks to federal safety and emissions standards, simple machines will eventually be completely phased out of the market; your only option will be keeping an old ride going, just like with the auto...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 06-25-2014, 09:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 903
Posted By precarious
Moose and deer are typically nocturnal. Not sure...

Moose and deer are typically nocturnal. Not sure about bears. That's why the moose tours in the north country go out at night -like 10pm - and try to bait the moose to the road. As a motorcyclist, I...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 06-25-2014, 09:42 AM
Replies: 45,989
Views: 2,748,848
Posted By precarious
Of course. Nuclear accidents don't end in...

Of course. Nuclear accidents don't end in pleasant surprises.
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-10-2014, 07:40 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,366
Posted By precarious
Pazzo

Pazzo
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-10-2014, 07:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 574
Posted By precarious
Been doing some lane splitting, have you? :evil

Been doing some lane splitting, have you? :evil
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-10-2014, 07:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 574
Posted By precarious
For riding on pavement, plastic guards are fine...

For riding on pavement, plastic guards are fine if all you want is some weather protection for your hands. But, if you're concerned about breaking a lever several miles down a trail, definitely opt...
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-04-2014, 11:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,137
Posted By precarious
They're kind of ruggedly handsome. I think they'd...

They're kind of ruggedly handsome. I think they'd look better in black just because they wouldn't draw as much attention to themselves. Definitely functional, though, and that makes them cool in my...
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-04-2014, 11:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,305
Posted By precarious
Ortlieb, Wolfman, and SealLine all make some nice...

Ortlieb, Wolfman, and SealLine all make some nice dry bags. A little spendy, but good stuff. Helen 2Wheels is another option.
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 06-02-2014, 10:53 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,893
Posted By precarious
That's a shame. Maybe it was just closed...

That's a shame. Maybe it was just closed seasonally? Hopefully. It had some good trails, and the little MX course was fun without being scary. I've been meaning to ride up that way, anyway. Maybe...
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-02-2014, 10:46 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,709
Posted By precarious
If you want power, jump ship. Can't say as I'd...

If you want power, jump ship. Can't say as I'd blame you if you're in the market, anyway. Most of us lurking in the 800 forum rather fancy the svelte GS, but I would be lying if I said I didn't miss...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 06-02-2014, 08:37 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,893
Posted By precarious
The Rockingham trail - and most others, I think -...

The Rockingham trail - and most others, I think - are definitely patrolled on weekends. I wouldn't say patrols are heavy, but there are bound to be a couple cops lurking around. Weekdays, I wouldn't...
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-01-2014, 05:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,709
Posted By precarious
The S1000RR makes nearly 200hp with only 200 cc...

The S1000RR makes nearly 200hp with only 200 cc more displacement. It has a different mission. The Multistrada makes stupid power. The Honda RC211V made in excess of 220hp. Very different animals...
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-25-2014, 08:07 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,814
Posted By precarious
Those look good for smaller lights, but I don't...

Those look good for smaller lights, but I don't think they would be stiff enough for more massive lights. Maybe. They are cheap enough, and also easy to fabricate myself.
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-24-2014, 04:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 679
Posted By precarious
That's a good point. I didn't think about the...

That's a good point. I didn't think about the lead.

Well, it was an interesting idea, anyway. It had never occurred to me before that race gas wouldn't degrade like gas, but it makes sense.
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Forum: Parallel Universe 05-24-2014, 04:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 679
Posted By precarious
Storing bike with race fuel

Storage season is a long way out, but I heard a sound bite that piqued my interest. On one of these classic car shows, they said that race fuel is the best way to store a car. After a bit of...
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-20-2014, 10:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 980
Posted By precarious
That's why I always keep at least one pair of...

That's why I always keep at least one pair of vise grips in my tool kit when I plan on long rides. I managed to shear the lever off my Strom a few years back. Fortunately, I was just on my way home...
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-20-2014, 08:42 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,814
Posted By precarious
Those might work. My only concern would be fork...

Those might work. My only concern would be fork clearance lock to lock with the more massive long range exteme. But for the price, I think it's worth a shot. Thanks.

Upon further review, I may go...
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-19-2014, 10:30 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,814
Posted By precarious
Darryl over at Cyclops emailed me back and gave a...

Darryl over at Cyclops emailed me back and gave a link to that thread. Looks like it could be just the thing. He said that light fitment on the '13 is a real problem because there is so little metal...
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-17-2014, 11:03 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,814
Posted By precarious
I never thought to contact the manufacturer...

I never thought to contact the manufacturer directly. Will do and report back.
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-17-2014, 10:35 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,814
Posted By precarious
'13+ light mounting solution?

I can't find a light bar for the '13+ GS. I want to mount a pair of Cyclops long range extreme lamps, but I don't want them to bounce all over the place on a sub-par bracket. Mounting them on the...
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-17-2014, 10:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,748
Posted By precarious
That's what I was thinking. Good suspenders mean...

That's what I was thinking. Good suspenders mean everything. When I posted this, I was really just trying to talk myself into buying a suspension upgrade. I have succeeded. I ride like a lunatic on...
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-16-2014, 08:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 797
Posted By precarious
In automotive terms, dual-channel means the front...

In automotive terms, dual-channel means the front and rear have separate hydraulic circuits for safety. I don't think that's what they mean, here, though.

As I understand, the system on the 1200...
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-14-2014, 10:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 708
Posted By precarious
Self-locking nuts also use thread distortion to...

Self-locking nuts also use thread distortion to clamp onto threads and lock. This could be an impression punched into the flat to mildly distort the internal threads on a plain nut or slots cut into...
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-14-2014, 12:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,252
Posted By precarious
I totally agree with this. I am a mechanic by...

I totally agree with this. I am a mechanic by trade, and I use a torque wrench for nearly everything if I have a specified torque. I have wrenches readily available at work, so why not use them,...
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-14-2014, 12:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 708
Posted By precarious
I asked the service department at MAX what they...

I asked the service department at MAX what they recommend, and they said to run it dry as well. So far it's unanimous, so dry it is!
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-14-2014, 09:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 708
Posted By precarious
Chain adjustment question

When setting chain tension or doing anything that requires loosening the axle nut, should I lube the nut with some anti-seize before torquing it? Or is it designed to go on dry? I know lube will...
Forum: Beasts 05-13-2014, 02:03 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,584
Posted By precarious
For fire roads and trails, a Strom will be just...

For fire roads and trails, a Strom will be just fine. Single track gets a little stressful, but, hey, that's just not its forte. A 650 is a great bike all the way around, and you may find that you...
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-13-2014, 12:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,748
Posted By precarious
Thanks for the input! I've got to do something...

Thanks for the input! I've got to do something about the front; that nose dive is terrible. So I'll start at the front and see how it is after that. A good winter project. For now, it's just nice to...
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