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Forum: General Bike Discussion   08-27-2015, 09:36 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,055
Posted By MikeB
I once met an Iron butt guy on the road in AK who...

I once met an Iron butt guy on the road in AK who was running a radial on the front and bias on the rear of his ST1100. I don't know about the other way around, but why not run radials on both ends?...
Forum: General Bike Discussion   08-27-2015, 09:25 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 458
Posted By MikeB
No, those burns were inflicted when they got...

No, those burns were inflicted when they got flamed on fora like this one.:grin2:
Forum: General Bike Discussion   08-27-2015, 09:21 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 404
Posted By MikeB
A windshield doesn't have to be perfectly clear...

A windshield doesn't have to be perfectly clear if you are looking over rather than through it. I think the PO ought to try cutting it down herself -- there will be plenty of tutorials on YouTube,...
Forum: General Bike Discussion   08-25-2015, 09:46 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 626
Posted By MikeB
Burnt orange or candy apple red is best for a...

Burnt orange or candy apple red is best for a bike, IMHO.

And I hate blue cars, trucks and bikes. True story: wife and I saw a "loss leader" -- ONE AT THIS PRICE! -- Maxima advertised by a local...
Forum: General Bike Discussion   08-24-2015, 10:19 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 863
Posted By MikeB
"My first accident" sounds kind of fatalistic....

"My first accident" sounds kind of fatalistic. Are you planning some more?:grin2:
Forum: General Bike Discussion   08-24-2015, 10:14 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,333
Posted By MikeB
Worldwide depression tended to depress the auto...

Worldwide depression tended to depress the auto industry since few were buying, and WWII caused the conversion of auto factories into war materiel plants. Ford's gigantic River Rouge facility was...
Forum: General Bike Discussion   08-23-2015, 10:48 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,144
Posted By MikeB
You do? And it doesn't? If that is what you are...

You do? And it doesn't? If that is what you are experiencing good on 'ya, but I wouldn't recommend it for anyone else. I wanted (and finally got) an ABS-equipped bike because of too many lock-ups.
Forum: General Bike Discussion   08-23-2015, 10:36 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,333
Posted By MikeB
I'm glad this is a discussion of motorcycles. I...

I'm glad this is a discussion of motorcycles. I saw myself in all three thread title definitions: once classic, then vintage, now antique.

I wonder what's next....:grin2:
Forum: General Bike Discussion   08-21-2015, 10:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 208
Posted By MikeB
I don't know where you are located, but in...

I don't know where you are located, but in cycle-happy CA these are some comparable models on CL:
Honda Shadow 2001 ACE 750 (http://sacramento.craigslist.org/mcy/5141161757.html)
1999 Honda Shadow...
Forum: General Bike Discussion   08-19-2015, 02:10 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 900
Posted By MikeB
Let me update that for you: "Often talk to kids...

Let me update that for you: "Often talk to kids when parking the bike - always surround my conversation with if you want one of these when you grow up the first thing to do is to stay in school and...
Forum: General Bike Discussion   08-19-2015, 11:11 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 482
Posted By MikeB
Somebody with some time on their hands, a...

Somebody with some time on their hands, a calculator and a green eyeshade should go to a parts fiche and total up what it would cost to build a bike completely out of new parts purchased separately. ...
Forum: General Bike Discussion   08-19-2015, 10:17 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 900
Posted By MikeB
Reminds me of a story someone posted on the...

Reminds me of a story someone posted on the Goldwing forum.

Guy said he was moving his bike a short distance in a parking lot from one spot to another, so he just jumped on without gearing up and...
Forum: General Bike Discussion   08-19-2015, 10:05 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 482
Posted By MikeB
$1100 for a gas tank? I'd be more angry at Momma...

$1100 for a gas tank? I'd be more angry at Momma Honda than the person who backed into the bike.

That is a blatant, disgusting rip-off. For goodness sake don't bend over and just take it up the...
Forum: General Bike Discussion   08-18-2015, 10:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 359
Posted By MikeB
You do know that lightning rods ATTRACT...

You do know that lightning rods ATTRACT lightning, right? Now if you can find a way to direct that energy into a battery on an electric bike you've got something. ;)
Forum: General Bike Discussion   08-17-2015, 09:36 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 928
Posted By MikeB
Goldwings are great for their intended use --...

Goldwings are great for their intended use -- long distance touring, especially when carrying a passenger. But the sheer size and weight of a GW becomes a drawback and limiting factor for most other...
Forum: General Bike Discussion   08-16-2015, 10:22 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 559
Posted By MikeB
Both extreme ends of the motorcycling spectrum --...

Both extreme ends of the motorcycling spectrum -- from full-zoot tourer like a Goldwing to 600cc crotch rocket -- are the most limited in terms of multiple uses. Either is a good choice if your...
Forum: General Bike Discussion   08-16-2015, 10:04 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,212
Posted By MikeB
Good tip. I looked up my little town and, sure...

Good tip. I looked up my little town and, sure enough, the "hanging man" was noted as another weird attraction. Placerville was originally known as "Old Hangtown" which hints at Gold Rush-era...
Forum: General Bike Discussion   08-16-2015, 09:48 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 928
Posted By MikeB
I have owned multiple examples of all four...

I have owned multiple examples of all four Japanese manufacturers over the years, and if there is any significant difference in quality it has escaped me. Pick the size and style that fits your needs...
Forum: General Bike Discussion   08-15-2015, 09:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 596
Posted By MikeB
Ya think?:grin2::grin2::grin2:

Ya think?:grin2::grin2::grin2:
Forum: General Bike Discussion   08-14-2015, 05:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 477
Posted By MikeB
OK, then. Have you tested the coils? Weak spark...

OK, then. Have you tested the coils? Weak spark will give the symptoms you describe. One popular trick with the old Yamaha RD350 was to replace the OEM coils with auto coils to give a hotter spark.
Forum: General Bike Discussion   08-14-2015, 01:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 477
Posted By MikeB
I went back and looked at some of your previous...

I went back and looked at some of your previous posts. The minute I saw the phrase "pod filters" I winced. I tried some on a Suzuki v-4 and never could get the carburetion sorted out properly. Pod...
Forum: General Bike Discussion   08-14-2015, 10:52 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 477
Posted By MikeB
If you tell us what the symptoms are I'm sure the...

If you tell us what the symptoms are I'm sure the resident geniuses on this board can diagnose it for you. From what you say we can't do any worse than Bubba.

And we are a lot cheaper.
Forum: General Bike Discussion   08-14-2015, 10:04 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 477
Posted By MikeB
If my motorcycle were in a shop where the...

If my motorcycle were in a shop where the mechanics can't figure out what's wrong with it, it wouldn't be in there long.
Forum: General Bike Discussion   08-13-2015, 09:39 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 448
Posted By MikeB
The fatter front tire will slow down your...

The fatter front tire will slow down your handling somewhat, but since you won't be competing in the Isle of Man TT race on this bike it probably won't matter much.
Forum: General Bike Discussion   08-12-2015, 02:06 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 815
Posted By MikeB
Ouch! Ever since my Wee-Strom fell off a HF...

Ouch! Ever since my Wee-Strom fell off a HF scissor lift and directly onto me while I was working on the rear suspension I have used straps to secure it to the garage rafters as a precaution against...
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