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Forum: Airheads 10-29-2013, 04:04 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,121
Posted By vwbabbler
Visual clutter

Yes, there's a Harley in the background, but I figure most airhead riders are mature enough to handle a little diversity. Make that "many" airhead riders. OK, "some."
The guy I got the R65 from has...
Forum: Airheads 10-28-2013, 08:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,121
Posted By vwbabbler
It's in the garage

I'm a happy man.
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Forum: Airheads 10-20-2013, 08:03 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,121
Posted By vwbabbler
I first saw this R65 on the IBMWR marketplace....

I first saw this R65 on the IBMWR marketplace. The price is about what it should be for that bike. The listing expired a month or so ago, but I check the site daily. Thanks for the...
Forum: Airheads 10-20-2013, 05:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,121
Posted By vwbabbler
I'm in central Florida about 35 miles north of...

I'm in central Florida about 35 miles north of Orlando. Beautiful riding weather about eight months, stinking humidity in the summer.
I'll be 69 in a few weeks, and the R1150R would probably be a...
Forum: Airheads 10-19-2013, 06:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,121
Posted By vwbabbler
The R65 has been well maintained throughout its...

The R65 has been well maintained throughout its life.

I'm torn between that and a heavier, more complicated but very clean R1150R. The R65 would handle 95 percent of my riding; I wonder about...
Forum: Airheads 10-19-2013, 02:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,121
Posted By vwbabbler
Before I pull the pin...

... on a 1983 R65 with about 23K miles, does anyone have any thoughts about what hidden problems I might encounter? I rode it about 20 miles and it ran well. (Felt a bit underpowered, but my last...
Forum: Road warriors 04-01-2013, 11:01 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 10,971
Posted By vwbabbler
Gt1000?

I might be getting one of the retros (probably a Bonneville), but I'll always be thinking of a couple of rides I had on a Ducati GT1000. Maybe it was the Termis and ECU, but that bike hooked me like...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 04-17-2012, 01:51 PM
Replies: 582
Views: 98,307
Posted By vwbabbler
Nugget Point, South Island, New Zealand

New Zealand: 4 bikes, 4 days, 1,230 miles. The first two links open to pix the the Nugget Point lighthouse, on the southeast coast of New Zealand's South Island. It was built in 1869 and has been...
Forum: Equipment 11-05-2011, 07:30 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,417
Posted By vwbabbler
Motoport/Cycleport

For about six years I have searched for the perfect all-season, waterproof riding jacket. In my quest I accumulated six mesh fabric jackets. I have concluded that there is no such thing as an...
Forum: New Zealand 07-01-2011, 07:27 PM
Replies: 920
Views: 151,767
Posted By vwbabbler
Proof that there is a god.

Proof that there is a god.
Forum: New Zealand 05-12-2011, 07:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,210
Posted By vwbabbler
The Department of Conservation has some good...

The Department of Conservation has some good cheap/free campgrounds. Since you'll be self-contained, check out the "no facility" listings. rankers.co.nz is a good place to look. Take rain gear.
Forum: Ride reports 04-20-2011, 08:36 PM
Replies: 360
Views: 80,421
Posted By vwbabbler
Paypal sent

Let's roll.
Forum: The Garage 02-24-2011, 02:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 541
Posted By vwbabbler
Question answered

I heard back from Penske, and I'm not surprised by the response.

Mike Himmelsbach at Penske tech:
"I would be willing to bet that the shock will work well for you too! Our spring rates and...
Forum: The Garage 02-21-2011, 12:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 541
Posted By vwbabbler
Thanks. I'm waiting for a reply from Penske now. ...

Thanks. I'm waiting for a reply from Penske now.
Also, I forgot to say that I'm a "mature" rider (OK, 66) and I won't be challenging my limits or the bike's.
Forum: The Garage 02-21-2011, 11:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 541
Posted By vwbabbler
Shock setup

I just got a 2004 SV650 from an estate sale. Included in the bargain price were two storage bins labeled "SV650 stuff." In one of the boxes I found a Penske 8900 shock (no reservoir) and Gold Valve...
Forum: New Zealand 10-21-2010, 03:32 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 12,883
Posted By vwbabbler
Pies past and present

As a yank I'm not fully qualified to comment, but the best I ever ate were from a bakery in Rotorua when I lived there 1972-74. My fav was called a carpetbag pie, stuffed with steak and oysters. The...
Forum: New Zealand 09-05-2010, 09:24 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,266
Posted By vwbabbler
My daughter lives in Christchurch and I've done...

My daughter lives in Christchurch and I've done some great rides around the South Island with my son-in-law and friends. There are some pix and a little route info here:...
Forum: Equipment 07-07-2010, 08:09 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,653
Posted By vwbabbler
I got a pair of Oxtar Gore-Tex five years ago....

I got a pair of Oxtar Gore-Tex five years ago. I've worn them year-round, including three consecutive days in the rain in New Zealand 18 months ago, and they've always stayed dry. In May I rode about...
Forum: Road warriors 07-21-2007, 05:46 PM
Replies: 4,608
Views: 903,320
Posted By vwbabbler
The price of a used bike or car or whatever is...

The price of a used bike or car or whatever is subject to a lot of "ifs", but
if the bike is in good shape, $2,800 sounds pretty reasonable for a 2001 with low miles. You've probably checked Kelly...
Forum: Road warriors 07-18-2007, 05:57 AM
Replies: 4,608
Views: 903,320
Posted By vwbabbler
Those MCN numbers are for the "modern" Nighthawk,...

Those MCN numbers are for the "modern" Nighthawk, which is essentially
unchanged since 1991. According totalmotorcycle.com, the 700S made
80 HP @ 10000 rpm and 45 ft. lbs @ 8000 rpm. Even if that...
Forum: Road warriors 07-17-2007, 04:48 AM
Replies: 4,608
Views: 903,320
Posted By vwbabbler
The V-Strom makes very good use of its 650 CCs....

The V-Strom makes very good use of its 650 CCs. Even though the Nighthawk is "tuned for midrange power," it doesn't really come on
until around 6,000 rpm. The v-twin Suzuki makes the same torque...
Forum: Road warriors 07-16-2007, 09:07 PM
Replies: 4,608
Views: 903,320
Posted By vwbabbler
Great all-rounder

I got my 2002 750 Nighthawk in August 2005 and have done about 8,000 miles on it, mostly commuting. After riding 150 miles in a 42-degree rain in October '05, I added an F15 National Cycle...
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