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Forum: General Bike Discussion Today, 10:51 AM
Replies: 18
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Posted By MikeB
Depends. A $1500 discount from what? You could...

Depends. A $1500 discount from what? You could get more informed opinions if you posted the asking price.

In general, though, if the discount was on top of an already reasonable asking price I'd...
Forum: General Bike Discussion Today, 10:40 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 144
Posted By MikeB
Yes, my brother's old Harley 45 ex-WWII bike. ...

Yes, my brother's old Harley 45 ex-WWII bike.

Opinion? You are crazy as a loon. Offered in the nicest possible way, of course. :mrgreen:

There is a reason why "change" and "progress" are...
Forum: Technical Discussion 04-10-2015, 02:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 319
Posted By MikeB
John, I really don't know how you get a higher...

John, I really don't know how you get a higher fluid temperature on the switch than with boiling water.
Forum: General Bike Discussion 04-07-2015, 08:00 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,549
Posted By MikeB
I believe the catheter solution is preferred by...

I believe the catheter solution is preferred by some Iron Butt riders.

Best not to be caught riding behind one of them.
Forum: General Bike Discussion 04-07-2015, 07:54 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 1,866
Posted By MikeB
I ride because it opens the possibility of...

I ride because it opens the possibility of another generous payday like the settlement that came after some guy pulled out in front of me and I t-boned his car. Supplements my pension nicely.

Oh,...
Forum: Technical Discussion 04-06-2015, 07:41 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 319
Posted By MikeB
You will need to check the specs on the thermal...

You will need to check the specs on the thermal switch. If it's designed to close at a temperature higher than 212F (as with my former Vulcan 1600 as well as Corvette) you won't be able to do a bench...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 04-05-2015, 10:51 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 834
Posted By MikeB
I have. Faster than I liked, but what the...

I have. Faster than I liked, but what the heck.:mrgreen:
Forum: General Bike Discussion 04-05-2015, 09:07 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 834
Posted By MikeB
Insane lane splitting is just like insane red...

Insane lane splitting is just like insane red light running or insane drunken riding. It's the INSANE part that's dangerous, not the lane splitting itself.

But I've seen CHP motor officers doing...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 04-04-2015, 04:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 308
Posted By MikeB
I have one. It would not fit under the brake...

I have one. It would not fit under the brake pedal in a position to get a good look at the sight glass.

Ta-dah!:mrgreen:
Forum: General Bike Discussion 04-04-2015, 06:55 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 308
Posted By MikeB
This is one of those things that has always...

This is one of those things that has always baffled me. Why do manufacturers of motorcycles equipped only with a sidestand require oil level measurements when the bike is vertical? This goes for both...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 04-01-2015, 09:34 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 338
Posted By MikeB
I probably would not set out on the bike when...

I probably would not set out on the bike when it's freezing, but I have been caught out in freezing weather while touring. A heated vest or jacket makes all the difference. Your extremities may...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 03-31-2015, 06:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 305
Posted By MikeB
OK, the results of my experiment: I put a piece...

OK, the results of my experiment: I put a piece of dark plastic inside to simulate a GPS screen, and placed the case at a slight angle to the overhead sun to simulate about the angle it would be...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 03-31-2015, 08:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 522
Posted By MikeB
Be aware that you can separate the two parts of...

Be aware that you can separate the two parts of the Wolo and mount them in different places with a piece of vinyl tubing connecting the compressor to the plastic horn. I had to do that on the...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 03-31-2015, 08:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 305
Posted By MikeB
I got that GPS case from Amazon, but before I...

I got that GPS case from Amazon, but before I installed it began to have second thoughts about the design. This is sunny CA, so we do a lot of solar cooking in the warmer months, and even now (I made...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 03-30-2015, 07:54 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,295
Posted By MikeB
In Army basic training at Ft. Dix in '68 we were...

In Army basic training at Ft. Dix in '68 we were still firing the M-14 which uses high-powered (i.e., noisy) rounds. And of course in those days any kind of hearing protection was laughable. Or...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 03-30-2015, 07:40 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 956
Posted By MikeB
If it bogs at full throttle under load I'm...

If it bogs at full throttle under load I'm inclined to think it's an overly rich condition. Have you looked at the plugs?

BTW, I love your lawyerly disclaimer.:mrgreen:
Forum: General Bike Discussion 03-30-2015, 08:48 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,434
Posted By MikeB
My wife (the only one:mrgreen:) and I used to do...

My wife (the only one:mrgreen:) and I used to do 2-up touring quite a bit when we had the Goldwing, but now ride tandem only when we are on camping trips in the toy hauler trailer. We use the...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 03-29-2015, 09:37 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 803
Posted By MikeB
$230 in labor? That must be because after...

$230 in labor? That must be because after installation they fill the tires with dinosaur exhalations painstakingly extracted from ancient arctic glaciers.:mrgreen:

Sheesh! Were they just...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 03-28-2015, 02:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 279
Posted By MikeB
Hmmm....I'm no movie critic but when I think of...

Hmmm....I'm no movie critic but when I think of Peter Fonda's dramatic range I am reminded of something a real critic said of some hopeful starlet who obviously gave her best performances on the...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 03-28-2015, 08:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 279
Posted By MikeB
Poor Henry Fonda. A distinguished actor ("The...

Poor Henry Fonda. A distinguished actor ("The Grapes of Wrath") and decorated WWII veteran, but father to Hanoi Jane and this whacked-out hippie, neither of whom could act a lick.

Later in life...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 03-25-2015, 04:49 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 956
Posted By MikeB
A 21% increase from 60 hp is a whopping 12 hp....

A 21% increase from 60 hp is a whopping 12 hp. $1500 for 12 extra hp works out to $125 per horse. Pretty steep when you consider that $1500 on top of the VTX purchase price could get you a 100+...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 03-25-2015, 12:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 442
Posted By MikeB
I sure wish there was a cheaper alternative to...

I sure wish there was a cheaper alternative to SPOT. Now that I have the KLX250 I'll be riding more up in the cell service-less nat'l forest and like Mark-B I'm less than wildly enthusiastic about...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 03-25-2015, 11:53 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 956
Posted By MikeB
It's a cruiser. It's for cruising. Cruisers...

It's a cruiser. It's for cruising. Cruisers aren't supposed to go fast. If it did the suspension and brakes would be inadequate. You can spend a few hundred dollars getting marginal (VERY marginal)...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 03-24-2015, 06:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 444
Posted By MikeB
I kind of like it, too. But I'm a sucker for the...

I kind of like it, too. But I'm a sucker for the "adventure" look, and that one screams Pan-American Highway more than it does Main Street, USA.
Forum: General Bike Discussion 03-24-2015, 10:01 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,774
Posted By MikeB
And it made enough noise that you did not need an...

And it made enough noise that you did not need an aftermarket muffler.:mrgreen:

I was driving my little Fiat past the end of the runway at Udorn AFB in Thailand when an F4 with a full bomb load...
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