1. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Transient

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    BMW is recalling 2,385 of its 2012-13 motorcycles to keep gravity from having its way with them.
    In a report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, BMW said the kickstand on its S 1000 RR models could fail, allowing the $15,000 motorcycle to topple over.
    BMW told the safety agency that the problem was that the attachment threads were not properly cleaned. So the remaining bits of metal could allow the bolts to loosen and the kickstand could separate from the frame.
    BMW told the agency it had its first report of a problem in March followed by five more in June and July. “Given the low number of warranty claims and the long period of time in which the claims were received,” BMW said it continued to “monitor” the situation.
    Following some additional reports in Germany – as well as in the United States – BMW began investigating in October, found the cause and concluded a recall was needed.
    BMW described the recall as “voluntary,” but once a manufacturer finds a safety problem it has five business days to inform the safety agency of its plan for a recall or face civil fines.
  2. BushwickKLR

    BushwickKLR Long timer

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    Parking on the sidewalk is not allowed and eventually you will get a ticket for it. I don't know about everyone else here but I wouldn't be willing to buy a non running bike for $1750. I live in Brooklyn, if you want, PM / FB me and I can help you out with some ideas.
  3. thomas.tc.young

    thomas.tc.young Been here awhile

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    Ditto what bush said. Non running bikes aren't worth a lot, even less if your going to get a shop to do the work for you as the money adds up. I think 1500 should be your target for a older bike but running with a title. You might have to travel a hour or so, check out the northeast craigslists finds thread here.

    As for parking I don't go out of my way to park on the sidewalk unless I'm in a neighborhood where I want my bike chained to something.
  4. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    The locksmith at the DMV on West 8th should be able to do it for ya. He's the only one I know of who has a large collection of MC blanks and has the box to test what specific frequency your key is and can duplicate it.

    BUT, not sure if he has a laser cutter....

    Or try www.motorcyclekeys.com
  5. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    Dude, won't Erik let you use one of their trailers? And doesn't he have like 100 extra tie downs in the shop?
  6. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    Not bad, I prefer my old tow vehicle though.

    [​IMG]
  7. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    Congrats on the new ride, that is one of my all time favorite bikes. Too bad Honda ruined it in the later years and finally stopped importing them. I had an S and a later '93 model. Those bikes were just fantastic.
  8. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    Congrats on the new ride, that is one of my all time favorite bikes. Too bad Honda ruined it in the later years and finally stopped importing them. I had an S and a later '93 model. Those bikes were just fantastic.
  9. wiseblood

    wiseblood Hall Monitor

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    Hi Al! Welcome to the asylum. :D

    One thing I don't see on your list is abrasion protection! Arguably, you need protection from road rash more than almost anything else. (And, falling from a 250cc cruiser feels exactly the same as falling from a 1000cc Japanese sportbike. The asphalt doesn't care what you ride!)

    It sounds like you're trying to craft your own protective gear, instead of buying a motorcycle-specific jacket and pants (which would have padding, waterproof-ness, and hi-vis built in).

    [​IMG]

    Take some time and browse a few online shops for gear:

    http://www.motorcyclegear.com
    http://www.revzilla.com/
    http://www.aerostich.com/



    Buying a used bike for your first: VERY good idea.

    A lot of your questions may be answered at the following:

    http://nymstf.org/tipsheets.htm


    In particular, check out:

    Buying a used motorcycle
    http://nymstf.org/TipSheet-Buying_Used.pdf

    How much will it cost to get started riding?
    http://nymstf.org/TipSheet-Riding_Costs.pdf

    Parking at Muni Meters
    http://nymstf.org/TipSheet-Muni-Meters.pdf

    (BTW, NO, you cannot park on the sidewalk. Motorcycles park the same as cars.)


    Also, you indicate that you have your permit. I assume you do not yet have your license?:

    Getting Legal
    http://nymstf.org/TipSheet-Get_Legal.pdf


    Hope this helps!
  10. Detale

    Detale Been here awhile

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    Great way to say it man! People often forget that riding one of these amazing machines, even a lil 250, can seriously hurt you if you don't respect it

    :lobby
  11. thomas.tc.young

    thomas.tc.young Been here awhile

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    I try not to use too much of his stuff he freaks out.
  12. Ren20

    Ren20 Finding Touge

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    Anyone has a powerful staple gun around Brooklyn? I need help putting the seat concepts seat on my bike. Called a place up the other day, they want 100 bucks :eek1

    Will probably try a few more places on Monday. I don't have air compressor, according to my research, electric gun won't work. Or will they?

    let me know if you have experience with this.

    Thanks and happy new year
  13. JustRon

    JustRon ex-broadwayron

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    If your seat pan is plastic, I've got a compressor and staple gun at the garage where I park (Vaxmoto - 523 third ave in gowanus). I'm going down there tomorrow- probably 11 or 12ish. You can PM me if you want to meet there- ill check adv before I leave.
    Btw, I used the staple gun to install one cover on my scrambler, and it was pretty easy. Had to finish off a lot of the staples with a hammer, but it took very little time.
  14. BushwickKLR

    BushwickKLR Long timer

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    Will a rivet gun work?
  15. Ren20

    Ren20 Finding Touge

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    It's a plastic pan.

    Not sure if Rivet will work. the original cover were done by staplers.
  16. BushwickKLR

    BushwickKLR Long timer

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    I have a heavy duty stapler but its at work and won't get it til Monday. If you have not found anything by then, let me know and I will bring it over.
  17. Ren20

    Ren20 Finding Touge

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    Great thanks! trying to arrange a day with broadway on this for now.

    I think any gun uses compressed air will do the job. For some reason, these seat pans are hard as rock. many guys attempted with electric stapler gun without luck. with the right tool, it will be less than 30 mins job.
  18. apriliacati

    apriliacati Been here awhile

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    Just letting you know, Harbor freight sells the air stapler for $20.
  19. GHO100

    GHO100 Crazy George

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    Most of you will know this already, but Damien over at Ryder's Alley is a true motorcycle friend.

    I spent a few hours at Ryder's Downtown location yesterday replacing 2 dumb o-rings deep within my coolant system so I wouldn't be driving around in a puff of sweet smelling coolant smoke.

    He really helped me out in a tight spot, and I owe him 1! :clap

    -George
  20. dlearl476

    dlearl476 Two-bit Throttle Bum

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    +1

    I totally happened onto RA Midtown by dumb luck. It's nice to have a place off the street to wrench and cheaper than any regular parking I could find in the neighborhood. I've even donated a few tools to the tool chest that they didn't have when I needed them.

    Oh, and BTW, it's Demian. Not Damian.