Chillis rolls out of Vegas

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Chillis, Feb 29, 2020.

  1. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    People talk about never touching their O-ring chain on their bikes. I can feel O-ring chains change shifting and bike vibration levels as they get dirty and loosen up.

    I end up living chains every hundred miles or every tank full of fuel and always keeping them in adjustment spec.

    It is why I hate chains because I can feel the changes and am always chasing that new chain feel with maintenance.
  2. Dirt Road Cowboy

    Dirt Road Cowboy I aim to misbehave.

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    I think they would have cost more if they were well maintained. :nod

    "It's a Honda, you can neglect them and they'll be fine!" :topes

    Bath after every ride? Does leaving them sitting out in the rain count? :lol3
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  3. Dirt Road Cowboy

    Dirt Road Cowboy I aim to misbehave.

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    Most of my bikes have had chains, and a few were shafts. My '97 Sportster is the only belt drive that I've ever had, and I already broke one of the belts! :lol3

    Lesson learned: carry spares!
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  4. motocopter

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    Well,...what I'm missing is the long mileage, multi-state days with the C14. I've done several with the AT now. Also, don't want to add another chain to maintain. So, C14 but probably not. Like have a go with an R1250RS, maybe the 1250R. 2018/19 Goldwing as a strategic buy for a future sidecar. The Indian FTR is high up in the doesn't-make-sense list. :lol3 For a long while the 1290SDGT, but it is settling out.

    A MG Griso could be interesting. Piaggio MP3 500. :lol2

    Had a 2005 Goldwing, so maybe I need to clear space in the garage for another.

  5. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    After having the Husky and them being family to KTM, I want a Super Duke now, too. Not a GT, just the stripped down, supposedly rip your arms off SDR.

    I've entertained the C14 as well but heard they get worse gas mileage than most midsize cars nowadays.

    A ZX-14 based mile burner sounds like a blast though.
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    There are two maps on the C14--normal and Eco. I always ran Eco as off idle throttle response was much better in the mountain and generally ran well. One tank of fuel from Gunnison to Durango, mpg hit 60. 45-50 was the norm. High tank mileage was over 230 miles. Still used the regular program when I wanted to get after something. During the second year, I added an electron cruise; so, that was handy at times. Yeah, the SDR. Or, the Beast! Have you seen that video KTM did when the 1290 SDR first came out? The one where it starts up in a bunker. That could get anyone to beeline straight for a dealer and buy one!

    Getting after these guys on the Dragon a few years ago. I pushed them through! :lol3
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    The In-n-Out Burger sticker came from Las Vegas! In the northwest corner after checking out LVMS.
  7. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    230 miles is definitely good enough range.

    Not sure my license can handle these bigger/faster bikes.

    If they're too easy to go fast, I know I'd not be going slow!
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    The C14 does not do 55mph very well. I get to looking around and speed creeps up undetected. I could not use the cruise unless it was in sixth and over 60mph. That's why the SDGT is slipping away. Still, the AT can accel 10mph without detection. I'm a soup sandwich sometimes. :lol2
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  9. Dirt Road Cowboy

    Dirt Road Cowboy I aim to misbehave.

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    I'd love to have a Turbo'd 'Busa and take it to the salt flats. Run it over the 2 ton, then get rid of it before it got too expensive to own. The State of Texas doesn't need more of my money! :nono

    I wouldn't trust myself on the roads with it. Besides, I'm trying to learn to slow down, take pics, and enjoy the scenery. :thumb
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  10. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    Me too, been trying to slow down with Motorsports since getting involved.

    I've top speed tested almost every vehicle I've ever operated for more than a day. Haven't done 200 mph but have been close. Indicated 189 and 192. Two different bikes. One before the speed ban(192) and one post speed ban(189).

    Sad to say, even going that fast I just don't feel it.

    I lost the excitedness I used to get when I was younger when going a good clip.

    Exactly why I've shied away from getting the fast bikes.

    I've been wanting a CBR1000RR for the past couple years and definitely now with the redesign.

    Would definitely want that ECU unlocked for full power and max speed!

    Edit: best to stick with the smaller bikes and the ones that are very under-stressed (Harley).
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  11. sealsam

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    Brian sounds like some change is in the air for ya.

    Wishing you nothing but the best brother!!

    :lurk
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    So Brian, is the CT-125 Trail headed to the US or not? Google-phu wasn’t conclusive
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  13. Chillis

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    Wish anybody knew. Guessing next year as a 2022 model.
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    KICKNBACK Old enough to know better young enough not to care

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    His and Hers let the new adventures begin
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    Those are looking really sharp.

    No windshield? Rolling Chillis style right there!

    I was checking that bike out recently. Think it can get around a corner without burying the floorboards in the tarmac?
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    KICKNBACK Old enough to know better young enough not to care

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    Thanks, I test rode a 2019 trade in street glide and the fairing is nice but it’s not me I really like the field of view you have without it. I can always get a small clear wind vest to deflect air they just clamp on the bars but really having a bike is about being in the wind a good full face helmet that’s doesn’t weigh much with good venting works for me still I can also open the face shield and let air in the wife feels the same way it’s just a more free experience. My last Road King in 2006 I never had a problem dragging the boards because you ran out of tire first
    mic that date is right she was 5 funny she is driving now
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    my last chopper I built yes everything dragged then had to be replaced, painted or rechromed yes it’s a rigid so tire pressure was your only suspension I originally had regular forks by spike and with the rake they wouldn’t compress so bad to go springer
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    Talk to @villageidiot about the windvest. See if it fits your new ride.

    Crazy looking chopper!

    Then again, you said you used to build them?

    I need a bike I can take my daughter on(if the wife would let me)!
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    Got a windvest and a KN intake for that RK @KICKNBACK
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    KICKNBACK Old enough to know better young enough not to care

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    Might have to check it out but not the K&N if it’s the snorke buddy lost a leg from the knee down with one because it bent backwards and crushed his leg between it and the cylinder
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    Ouch!

    That K&N was on the FXDR for a short while. It's shape got in the way of my leg so it had to go.

    I like the Harley accessory Heavy Breather though. Plenty of leg room. No plans to change it.