Spanking the Cow- The continuing saga of an R100GSPD at the Races

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Stagehand, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. datchew

    datchew Don't buy from Brad

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    T-shirt please!

    I'll try to make it over and throw eggs when you go by. :freaky
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  2. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    Rip it up!


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  3. Stagehand

    Stagehand Imperfectionist

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    I just did the deed this morning. :eek1

    They technically should have them in stock, but are currently out... I still put my money down. Next: Enduralast and the Odyssey.

    I owe you guys some fresh pictures... took some last night, but am obligated to write some column stuff before I can get to this.

    :clap

    Stickers? love it. PM with an address, anybody.
    T-shirts? Love it, too. I want one. Where do I get one? :lol2
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  4. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    Ya think they'd let me run the track after the races at Sandblast? Do they do a free ride at some point? I might try to run the race next year. Good news for you....you'll know ahead of time there's somebody you can definitely beat!

    I've been practicing wheelies in the neighborhood. I've finally gotten to the point that I can ride a wheelie long enough to run out of road. I wore a hole through the skin on my hand pumping the clutch :D After 2 years, I think I'm finally figuring out to ride this thing!

    This might sound obvious, but touring footpegs are terrible for technical riding. I feel like I'm tipping over backwards. And these are the offroady touring pegs so they're narrow and have teeth. In other words, they hurt on a long distance ride AND they give poor performance offroad. I've paid way too much attention to suspension and not enough to ergos. Are you running stock pegs? Nathan at Boxerworks has a little connector that lowers the stock pegs and pushes them back a few inches. I'll get a set, post pictures, and tell ya if they've made me a better bad rider or a worse bad rider.
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  5. Solo Lobo

    Solo Lobo airhead or nothing

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    Fastway foot pegs get my thumbs up! Big, fat, cozy, grippy, etc

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  6. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    I was just looking at that picture! I dug up a peg thread from a while back and saw your recommendation for them.
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  7. camgregus

    camgregus riding gently now

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    second thumbs up for the fastways...
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  8. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    I thought this thread was about Stagehand's race effort?


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  9. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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  10. norton73

    norton73 drinkin'

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  11. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    Man this thread went south fast. Mine was on page 40 before I started getting crocodiles with lazer beam eyeballs and Mongolion choirs :D Sorry for the hijack, man!

    I remember Stagehand talking about working on his 'standing position' one time and it popped in my head while I was riding today. I had never thought about how the ergos were standing up. Of course, he's probably never thought about the ergos sitting down :D
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  12. Stagehand

    Stagehand Imperfectionist

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    Haha! Fastways, here. Bring the brake and shifter up till they are roughly the same height as the top pf the footpeg. Thats what seems to feel best. I have them set up so that the outsides of the peg are a little higher, making my knees angle towards the bike a little bit, rather than level or tipped away. They are not significantly lower than stock, but are wide as a milk crate.

    Its still pretty much about my racing effort, such as that is. Everything done to the bike, and by now I've either fixed something, or kept working on it till it was broke just about everything, so I thought it would be fun to keep you appraised of the work and maintenance to fun and riding ratio. I encourage off topic banter. I also encourage on topic stuff because I assure you- I have questions unanswered.

    Bgood- if youre not going to race this year, you can ride the same roads any point up to or right after. No recce for me for 90 days prior, but they run the same roads, generally, so by now I am getting to know the first little bit of each stage before I shut my eyes up tight about a mile in :lol3 I'll even give you the route sheet they give us and let you follow it. One second thought, there are a couple of parts that are technically run through state land and are otherwise off limits to vehicular travel, but thats a pretty small proportion.

    Matt, I'll buy your T-shirt for you if you can land an egg on me :D

    K-san man- Got your PM, I'll hit you back. I appreciate the offer, and why the hell not.
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  13. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    oh heck yeah! Come on, Matt. Between you, me and the kids I bet we land enough on him to pack a Wal-Mart :lol3

    Hey thanks for that. See, I wasn't hijacking after all. I remember how wide yours felt compared to mine. I wished I'd payed more attention to it.
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  14. datchew

    datchew Don't buy from Brad

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    Who the hell is stagehand?
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  15. Stagehand

    Stagehand Imperfectionist

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    har har hur :lol3
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  16. Country Doc

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    That's what the shirts, mugs, caps, etc. need to say. Just a quote on them.

    "Who the hell is Stagehand?"

    It'd be like "Who is Salt?" Manufactured curiosity. I love it! The upshot of the Stagehand ploy is that once people actually find out who he is, they'd find him even more interesting, unlike that dog pile of a movie.

    Ok Jason, I gotta get me another old GS, and join the Stagehand race team!! :clap

    dc
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  17. Stagehand

    Stagehand Imperfectionist

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    Dan, will we have the pleasure of your company at Sandblast this year? If not, I hope we'll meet up over the summer, before Black River..

    Here are some recent shots I promised.

    She sits and waits.
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    Current lighting setup-- hope Max doesnt mind too much

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    PIAA 510's I think. 55w each... and between them and the heated grips/gear, I am overtaxing the charging system.

    But they are finally in a spot where I'm least liable to break them in a crash, and the higher they are they better for forward viewing. I have some tape on the perimeter because the glare is fierce... my friend Andrew fabricated some really cool half eyelash looking things for the top of his, but I just stuck some tape on them after my fashion.

    Still a frickin mess:
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    JUst did the shifter bushing, and replaced the shifter linkages, and the shifter shaft seal. ALso replaced the oil pressure switch, neutral safety and the harness, as I said. Finally also got a new rubber footpeg, that only took twoyears.

    You can see the muffler clamp turned up and hidden behind the shifter stuff...

    You can see where the SoloLobo Float Bowl Tether (tm) has finally kinda flaked out.. it fatigued out of the upper terminal. I love the idea of these things, but the one time I hadto take the float bowl off it was full of gas I was in a stream.. I really wanted to be able to take the float bowl away, but there was no quick disconnect... I have not felt the burning need to fix this.

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    The disconnects for the lights run up the right hand roobar.
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  18. The Raven

    The Raven Banned

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    You know, looking at that GSPD gets me thinking. A bike used that much and that worn is as nice as a perfectly restored model that never gets dirty and always has a fresh coat of wax.

    Props to you stagehand for running the bike the way it was designed :clap
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  19. Beater

    Beater The Bavarian Butcher

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    +1

    Bravo.
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  20. igormortis

    igormortis Cafe Reise

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    Been thinking about mounting some lights up high also - nice to see someone else justify my thinking!
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