Alaskans! You and your Bikes, Post here!

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by Juvat, Apr 12, 2010.

  1. legion

    legion Spider Bark

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    Always did like that bike. Just looking at it for a few minutes you can imagine an engineer 30 years ago trying to figure out what kind of changes to incorporate into the design. I'd sure hate to have to change a cylinder on that booger though. :lol3
  2. simestd

    simestd Been here awhile

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    The cylinder sleeves are cast into the crankcase, so you're right, it would be quite a job! The design has an interesting pedigree (the GL500 is basically a CX500 with a larger tank, some different plastics and a monoshock). Back in the day, the design was popular with bike couriers due to its reliability (knock on wood). Here's some information about the designer and the history as well.

    The design was nicknamed "the plastic maggot" due to a funny looking headlight fairing on early models. It was also the butt of a pretty funny cartoon comparing the engine layout to a trash/sewage pump:

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  3. Av8rPaul

    Av8rPaul Have bike will travel

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    Me, the old bike, and the new...
    Came back home last year (originally moved to Wasilla in 1972) after 5 years in the south.
    Me and my Buell, which now belongs to a fellow that works at JBER...
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    And my new to me KTM
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    Looking forward to a great riding season and hopefully getting to go ridin' with some of you!

    Paul
  4. ThatGuy

    ThatGuy Brownie

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    Welcome! Love that 9fitty :clap
  5. Av8rPaul

    Av8rPaul Have bike will travel

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    Thanks!
  6. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker

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    HAVE YOU SEEN THE WHITE WHALE????
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    Oh. Just me.
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    Extramarital farkelingus has begun.

    One month later:
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  7. ThatGuy

    ThatGuy Brownie

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    Who doesn't like a good farkling!
  8. AKmud

    AKmud Muddy Gruver

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    Purty! :evil
  9. kymer69

    kymer69 Adventurer

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    A couple more photo's from eielson afb. Enjoy!!!:wink:



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  10. scooter336

    scooter336 n00b

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  11. legion

    legion Spider Bark

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    I looked at your post and it looks to me like you did it right. Might be the site owner hobbled posts from photobucket or some other voodoo. Hard to say but it should work the way you did it.


    (edit: maybe not. worked for me but not for you so there must've been something wrong w/ your post. quote mine and when you do you'll be able to see the bones behind the post. compare it out)

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  12. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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  13. kymer69

    kymer69 Adventurer

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  14. scooter336

    scooter336 n00b

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    OK! I got it now!

    New at the dealer
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    At Sutton last year
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    Last year at Seward
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    In the trainyard at Anchorage
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    And Hope this past weekend when i took a stick to my left radiator
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    And now that I feel like I am abusing my newfound skill, I'll save some pictures for another day:lol3
  15. J3D

    J3D Adventurer

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    Here's a pic of me and mine. :)

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  16. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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    A *bit* later .... :lol3

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  17. ThatGuy

    ThatGuy Brownie

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    The owner of that KLR the one I see wearing the chrome helmet? Love that.
  18. marbee40

    marbee40 Some Fear is Good

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    After finishing the Dalton, 2012
  19. marbee40

    marbee40 Some Fear is Good

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    On the Dalton with Zeek, 2012
  20. marbee40

    marbee40 Some Fear is Good

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    Marbee Jr at D2D 2012