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Forum: General Bike Discussion Today, 09:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 215
Posted By MikeB
Absolutely. Major refiners say that their gas can...

Absolutely. Major refiners say that their gas can be stored for as long as six months without any degradation in quality. A marine mechanic may see machines that set idle for a much longer time than...
Forum: General Bike Discussion Yesterday, 05:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 502
Posted By MikeB
All the contraption consists of is a housing with...

All the contraption consists of is a housing with two vacuum-actuated butterflies in the front that open in response to throttle increase. It's essentially the same mechanism as a carburetor in that...
Forum: General Bike Discussion Yesterday, 10:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 306
Posted By MikeB
I rode a couple of Mean Streaks before getting...

I rode a couple of Mean Streaks before getting the Vulcan Classic, and I was really amazed at how well they handled. You would hardly know you are on a cruiser.

I went with the Classic because I...
Forum: General Bike Discussion Yesterday, 10:22 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 502
Posted By MikeB
The Electra Glide I owned for a short time had...

The Electra Glide I owned for a short time had one. I can't compare pre- and post-installation performance, of course, but I didn't see anything about it that might improve things. About the only...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 07-26-2014, 09:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 178
Posted By MikeB
Not all the time. Some years ago before the...

Not all the time. Some years ago before the Cassiar Hwy was fully paved I got caught behind two young males moseying down a narrow gravel stretch and completely blocking the road. I was on my 1100...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 07-26-2014, 09:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 474
Posted By MikeB
A handy translation: when you hear someone say "I...

A handy translation: when you hear someone say "I had to lay 'er down" he actually means "I panicked, locked up the brakes and fell."
Forum: General Bike Discussion 07-26-2014, 09:37 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 507
Posted By MikeB
Crazy Dave said: Try harder. Your helmet...

Crazy Dave said:
Try harder. Your helmet bashing is no less persistent than my Harley bashing. Maybe we should both get off our hobby horses. Agreed?
Forum: General Bike Discussion 07-25-2014, 07:17 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 610
Posted By MikeB
When I had my Goldwing 1500 the pegs touched down...

When I had my Goldwing 1500 the pegs touched down so frequently that I got in the habit of lifting my left foot completely off the peg when cornering briskly. I started doing this when I unexpectedly...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 07-25-2014, 10:03 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 572
Posted By MikeB
The argument against conspicuity -- that some...

The argument against conspicuity -- that some drivers will not see you even if you have a flashing neon sign on your back -- is valid but kind of stupid. Sure, some will not, but some others will,...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 07-25-2014, 09:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 292
Posted By MikeB
Considering the thousands of pounds of kinetic...

Considering the thousands of pounds of kinetic force that will be exerted on "crash" bars in the event of a moving crash, they can be expected to fold up like origami. After all, they generally...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 07-24-2014, 10:22 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 610
Posted By MikeB
My favorite line from that movie is where...

My favorite line from that movie is where Skywalker is about to enter a dark, scary-looking cave and asks fearfully, "What's in there?"

"Only what you take in with you" says Obe Wan Kenobe.

It...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 07-22-2014, 07:56 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,400
Posted By MikeB
Nice choice of pic -- that guy has legs 18 inches...

Nice choice of pic -- that guy has legs 18 inches long.:mrgreen: It's a wonder he can reach the pegs at all. A person of normal proportions would have his knees bent a lot more than that.

I think...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 07-22-2014, 10:35 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,400
Posted By MikeB
I know. I have ridden a couple. But my point is...

I know. I have ridden a couple. But my point is that the 1800 got killed by Honda BECAUSE a fast cruiser is an oxymoron that did not find a market niche.
Forum: General Bike Discussion 07-22-2014, 09:56 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,400
Posted By MikeB
Horsepower statistics aside, it seems that there...

Horsepower statistics aside, it seems that there is a fairly limited market for big-displacement cruisers. Not only has Honda discontinued the VTX1800 but Kawasaki dropped the Vulcan 2000 a few years...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 07-22-2014, 09:32 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 729
Posted By MikeB
Some pix must be missing. All I saw was you...

Some pix must be missing. All I saw was you sitting at the bottom of the dirt pile. Please post the part where you went up and over.:mrgreen:
Forum: General Bike Discussion 07-21-2014, 10:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 373
Posted By MikeB
Overheating can result from several things, but...

Overheating can result from several things, but if the bike was starting and running well before it overheated it sounds like a timing or carburation problem is not the likely culprit.

That...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 07-21-2014, 10:00 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 574
Posted By MikeB
TV ads currently running in CA have a CHP officer...

TV ads currently running in CA have a CHP officer explaining that lane splitting (actually lane sharing) is legal in CA and drivers must be aware of it. I think the incidences of a driver cutting off...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 07-20-2014, 10:28 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,772
Posted By MikeB
A desire to help the economy is commendable, but...

A desire to help the economy is commendable, but to call the pimply-faced 18-yr-olds working for minimum wage in the back room "pros" is a real stretch most of the time. We have all seen horror...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 07-19-2014, 06:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 567
Posted By MikeB
What you need to correct directional deficiency...

What you need to correct directional deficiency like that is a GPS.

Then input Fairbanks as a destination. That will cure your unfortunate tendency to end up at the office. :mrgreen:
Forum: General Bike Discussion 07-19-2014, 06:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 241
Posted By MikeB
Yup, that seems a backwards move. But the good...

Yup, that seems a backwards move. But the good news is the OP should not have any trouble finding someone who wants to upgrade from spoked to alloys. If he posts the trade offer here I'll bet he gets...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 07-19-2014, 09:08 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 433
Posted By MikeB
Same in CA. I've never understood the apparent...

Same in CA. I've never understood the apparent schizophrenia at work here with regard to vehicles -- if you so much as fart while driving you are in violation of emissions regulations (be sure not...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 07-18-2014, 08:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 507
Posted By MikeB
The spark from the plug ignites the gas/air...

The spark from the plug ignites the gas/air mixture in its immediate proximity, and that explosion in the combustion chamber carries across the piston crown in a manner predetermined by engineers....
Forum: General Bike Discussion 07-18-2014, 03:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 507
Posted By MikeB
The OP said it's spark knock, so I'm terribly...

The OP said it's spark knock, so I'm terribly impressed by your ability to better diagnose the condition from such a great distance and not hearing it for yourself. You ought to open a shop with...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 07-18-2014, 10:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 201
Posted By MikeB
I can only make three comments on that: 1) Good...

I can only make three comments on that:
1) Good luck with both your butt and the weather
2) I hope you are a young fellow
3) I'm glad it's you doing it and not me.:mrgreen:
Forum: General Bike Discussion 07-18-2014, 10:05 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 507
Posted By MikeB
It shouldn't actually be lugging at that speed in...

It shouldn't actually be lugging at that speed in 4th gear, but could be turning over slowly enough to cause pinging. I know you don't have a tach, but I can give you the rpm figures for my 1600...
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