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Forum: General Bike Discussion Today, 12:51 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 433
Posted By MikeB
I have no work to commute to, so like JerseyDoug...

I have no work to commute to, so like JerseyDoug I look for errands and other practical excuses to get on one of the bikes. I tried commuting a few times to the office in DC when we lived in NoVA but...
Forum: General Bike Discussion Today, 12:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 130
Posted By MikeB
Sounds like a good deal. I test rode a couple of...

Sounds like a good deal. I test rode a couple of them before buying the Vulcan. As the others have said, it is solidly in the heavyweight cruiser class and thus a bit of a porker, but pretty fast and...
Forum: Technical Discussion 08-21-2014, 11:02 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 416
Posted By MikeB
It's not dirty if you clean your tool after every...

It's not dirty if you clean your tool after every use.:mrgreen:
Forum: Technical Discussion 08-21-2014, 09:54 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 416
Posted By MikeB
The right wrench? The axle nut is a simple...

The right wrench? The axle nut is a simple castellated hex nut. Any crescent wrench will work on it.
Forum: Technical Discussion 08-20-2014, 05:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 416
Posted By MikeB
Torque spec on the axle nut is hardly a critical...

Torque spec on the axle nut is hardly a critical measure. "Pretty tight" is good enough, because the castle nut and cotter key will keep everything in place.

Use only one or two fingers on the...
Forum: Technical Discussion 08-20-2014, 10:54 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 416
Posted By MikeB
Left turn...sure you didn't inadvertently push...

Left turn...sure you didn't inadvertently push down on the sidestand with your heel? Or maybe the spring is weak allowing it to dangle a little.

If it's a grinding noise it almost has to be...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 08-20-2014, 10:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 266
Posted By MikeB
A fine-looking crowd of cutthroats, indeed. It's...

A fine-looking crowd of cutthroats, indeed. It's a wonder the minister did not run screaming from the venue when he saw the entourage enter.

I would have.:mrgreen:
Forum: General Bike Discussion 08-17-2014, 03:27 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 2,290
Posted By MikeB
We spent about 20 years in eight different...

We spent about 20 years in eight different countries during my career, but for some reason still like to travel. Maybe more than ever. One consideration is that we never got posted to Europe (by...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 08-17-2014, 12:10 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 2,290
Posted By MikeB
I hear 'ya. In a couple more years the decision...

I hear 'ya. In a couple more years the decision to take money out of investments will be out of my hands, though. It really doesn't matter because we have enough for anything we might want to do...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 08-17-2014, 11:24 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 503
Posted By MikeB
I gave my Vulcan the full bagger treatment with...

I gave my Vulcan the full bagger treatment with cheap-ass luggage from eBay:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v382/mikebet/IMG_0096_zps3cbe1693.jpg
It's nice to be able to toss things in there for...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 08-17-2014, 11:10 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 2,290
Posted By MikeB
Well, I'm like you Hondaguy, only a lot older and...

Well, I'm like you Hondaguy, only a lot older and doing things in reverse (appropriate for a left-hander:mrgreen:). Last fall I traded the 'Vette convertible for a second bike -- which I needed like...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 08-17-2014, 10:11 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 472
Posted By MikeB
Thanks for the info, Dingo. It kind of sounds...

Thanks for the info, Dingo. It kind of sounds like the type of destination that would be preferable to travel by car, camper or jeep so that distances between gas opportunities would be easier to...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 08-16-2014, 06:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 472
Posted By MikeB
Of course every American knows of Canadian...

Of course every American knows of Canadian vandalism in our capital. As if that was not unneighborly enough you then gave us Justin Bieber. Is there no end to your evil designs?

Hey, I've...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 08-16-2014, 11:05 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 472
Posted By MikeB
Well, we tried to invade them during the War of...

Well, we tried to invade them during the War of 1812. Can't blame them for being cautious.:mrgreen:
Forum: General Bike Discussion 08-16-2014, 10:30 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 865
Posted By MikeB
If the bike was running when the PO crashed it...

If the bike was running when the PO crashed it (as it had to be, duh!) the wiring can't be that screwed up or modified from OEM. A lot of people add circuits for accessories, etc., but very few mess...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 08-16-2014, 10:18 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 472
Posted By MikeB
Geez, man, they have been alongside our troops in...

Geez, man, they have been alongside our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan for years. But just for the record Canada has a navy and air force, too.

And a coast guard. And a national police force...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 08-15-2014, 10:48 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,210
Posted By MikeB
A bunch of kids in Alabama throw things at a...

A bunch of kids in Alabama throw things at a passing motorcyclist and everyone thinks it's good fun? Let me guess: the kids were white.

Under slightly different circumstances I can picture tear...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 08-15-2014, 10:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 363
Posted By MikeB
I don't know what a PT belt is, but them redcoats...

I don't know what a PT belt is, but them redcoats didn't stand a chance when we opened up with our M-14s.

Just so you know, that was the standard issue rifle back in the dark ages before camo...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 08-14-2014, 11:24 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 824
Posted By MikeB
I don't get it either. A Ducati 900SS is a nice...

I don't get it either. A Ducati 900SS is a nice bike, but is in the $5K neighborhood in stock form. This one has a custom frame (did they really think they could improve on the Duc's OEM geometry?)...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 08-14-2014, 10:52 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,702
Posted By MikeB
One of those was just a few miles from here, a...

One of those was just a few miles from here, a female bicyclist who (they surmise) was hit from behind as she rode a singletrack trail in a popular recreation area, one which I have bicycled many...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 08-13-2014, 11:45 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,009
Posted By MikeB
As a kid I rode my brother's ex-WWII Harley 45...

As a kid I rode my brother's ex-WWII Harley 45 with suicide clutch and hand shift. Hated it. HATED IT! It wasn't the hand shifting, it was that dumb-ass clutch. There's a good reason why that...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 08-13-2014, 11:33 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 600
Posted By MikeB
59F this morning in sunny CA. Of course 30 degree...

59F this morning in sunny CA. Of course 30 degree day/night variances are typical. Sometimes more. It's a huge relief when the sun goes down.
Forum: General Bike Discussion 08-13-2014, 11:24 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,702
Posted By MikeB
That's why I'm rooting for the cougars around...

That's why I'm rooting for the cougars around here. They may eat an occasional hiker or bicyclist but to the best of my knowledge they've never killed a motorcyclist. They do help with the deer,...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 08-12-2014, 09:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 605
Posted By MikeB
I've always had pretty good luck both buying and...

I've always had pretty good luck both buying and selling on CL. A few flakes, but just a few and nothing really time-wasting or annoying.

But, boy, are there ever some stupid ads there. It's not...
Forum: General Bike Discussion 08-11-2014, 10:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 234
Posted By MikeB
Ireland is really beautiful and the Irish people...

Ireland is really beautiful and the Irish people great. I wish I could convince the dear wife to move over there.

Gas was about US $8/gal when I was there a few years ago, but then distances...
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