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Forum: General Bike Discussion Today, 06:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 156
Posted By MikeB
While the Vulcan forums are not very useful, this...

While the Vulcan forums are not very useful, this is probably the most comprehensive and best collection of maintenance and farkling tips I have seen for any brand or model. There is a WEALTH of info...
Forum: General Bike Discussion Today, 09:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 156
Posted By MikeB
Which Vulcan forum are you on? I go to this one...

Which Vulcan forum are you on? I go to this one regularly: Kawasaki Vulcan Forum : Vulcan Forums (http://www.vulcanforums.com/forums/index.php)

But you are correct that it is not as active as this...
Forum: General Bike Discussion Yesterday, 09:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 330
Posted By MikeB
If you don't have an impact wrench get one. Front...

If you don't have an impact wrench get one. Front sprockets are usually installed with very large torque numbers. If you can get it off with a breaker bar, good on 'ya, but you will need another...
Forum: General Bike Discussion Yesterday, 09:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 323
Posted By MikeB
Me, too, except it was maroon like the OP's. And...

Me, too, except it was maroon like the OP's. And yes, it was fast.
And, yes, it tended to pop out of second when goosed hard.
Forum: General Bike Discussion 10-29-2014, 09:47 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 474
Posted By MikeB
I believe the technical term for the slippery...

I believe the technical term for the slippery mess created by wet, decomposing leaves is "leaf snot."
Forum: General Bike Discussion 10-28-2014, 12:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 390
Posted By MikeB
Maybe for mechanical components, but not for...

Maybe for mechanical components, but not for cosmetics like paint unless their self-esteem is directly proportional to the glitter of their vehicle. Your list of vehicles tells me you are happy (and,...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 10-28-2014, 10:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 162
Posted By MikeB
It's an interesting question. I'm sure there are...

It's an interesting question. I'm sure there are many theories but the one that is probably most valid is the old "it's always been done that way so it would look funny otherwise."

There are many...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 10-28-2014, 10:07 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 390
Posted By MikeB
It must have slipped your mind that not everyone...

It must have slipped your mind that not everyone can reach in his/her pocket and pull out a couple hundred bucks in spare change.:roll:
Forum: General Bike Discussion 10-28-2014, 09:59 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 474
Posted By MikeB
Too many strange critters, two-legged and four,...

Too many strange critters, two-legged and four, on foot or behind the wheel. Too little visibility with the feeble headlight. Too many road debris hazards lurking around dark corners.

No thanks.
...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 10-28-2014, 09:34 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,074
Posted By MikeB
As Eagle 7840 said: Note the "periodic."...

As Eagle 7840 said:

Note the "periodic." You don't want to leave a battery tender hooked up and plugged in constantly. That's putting too much faith in its electronic gizzards.
Forum: General Bike Discussion 10-27-2014, 09:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 472
Posted By MikeB
Yup, pretty much the end of the line around here,...

Yup, pretty much the end of the line around here, too. But it's starting to rain so nobody's complaining. This was about the last stand of aspen color in the Hope Valley at around 6000' last week....
Forum: General Bike Discussion 10-25-2014, 12:27 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,154
Posted By MikeB
Call me butt-insensitive, but I have never felt...

Call me butt-insensitive, but I have never felt any handling or performance differences when going from belt (Harley) to shaft (Vulcan) to chain (Wee-Strom).

But I do have preferences based on...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 10-25-2014, 12:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 709
Posted By MikeB
From my Vulcan's FSM: The highlighted phrase...

From my Vulcan's FSM:
The highlighted phrase makes it pretty clear that unless you have a special speedometer circuit and dedicated distance sensor you will not be able to rig up an electronic...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 10-25-2014, 11:59 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,074
Posted By MikeB
Be sure to check for tire frostbite in the spring...

Be sure to check for tire frostbite in the spring when the weather warms a little. The signs are discolored spots where the tread may be coming off in chunks.

I'M JOKING!! It's a friggin'...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 10-25-2014, 11:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 381
Posted By MikeB
One assumes you are talking about cold and damp...

One assumes you are talking about cold and damp conditions, not sub-freezing or snowy in which case you will not be riding a motorcycle at all.

There really is no substitute for heated gear when...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 10-24-2014, 10:01 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 483
Posted By MikeB
I had just put a big "barn door" windshield on my...

I had just put a big "barn door" windshield on my 1500 Goldwing in preparation for a cool-weather ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Somewhere along the way I descended into a holler where the humidity...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 10-24-2014, 09:51 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 702
Posted By MikeB
Your transmission is already damaged. That slip...

Your transmission is already damaged. That slip out of second gear into neutral was a common problem on old Honda V-4 Magnas, and was caused by a bent shifting fork.
Forum: General Bike Discussion 10-23-2014, 12:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 652
Posted By MikeB
OP said his was a 2000 model, so that is the...

OP said his was a 2000 model, so that is the weight figure I cited.
Forum: General Bike Discussion 10-23-2014, 09:57 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 652
Posted By MikeB
I don't know where you got that 675 lb number....

I don't know where you got that 675 lb number. MCN gives the 1600 Classic weight as 744 lbs, and my '03 feels all of that. It's a nice bike in many ways, but agility is not one of its virtues....
Forum: General Bike Discussion 10-20-2014, 09:50 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,235
Posted By MikeB
That's what I did to mount my cheap-o-rino side...

That's what I did to mount my cheap-o-rino side cases. The topbox just got bolted to the existing luggage rack.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v382/mikebet/IMG_20140416_135032_zps8e3ce29b.jpg
Forum: General Bike Discussion 10-20-2014, 09:37 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 549
Posted By MikeB
While driving around Iceland in a rental car I...

While driving around Iceland in a rental car I was thoroughly paranoid over the ubiquitous speed cameras, which at least had conspicuous warning signs and lights that flashed when you were over the...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 10-18-2014, 10:48 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 530
Posted By MikeB
You will never see many TV shows related to...

You will never see many TV shows related to motorcycling except dramatic series like SoA which (I guess, because I've never seen it) is more about gang life and crime than motorcycles.

There is a...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 10-16-2014, 02:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 411
Posted By MikeB
Interesting. I can pin my 1600 in 5th at 50mph...

Interesting. I can pin my 1600 in 5th at 50mph and it won't bog....but it won't accelerate much, either.:mrgreen:
Forum: General Bike Discussion 10-16-2014, 02:29 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 396
Posted By MikeB
No, it's just a tiny crack . Maybe if you tipped...

No, it's just a tiny crack . Maybe if you tipped our head back it might, but I did not ship any water.
Forum: General Bike Discussion 10-16-2014, 10:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 396
Posted By MikeB
Some FF shields don't have a detente to allow...

Some FF shields don't have a detente to allow just a small crack for ventilation. It's either fully closed or too wide for comfortable riding at highway speed. My solution to this on the last AK trip...
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