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Friday, February 6th, 2009
8:03 pm
Yaw Yaw yaw BITE ME yaw!
That's all I have.
Sunday, October 5th, 2008
10:54 pm
Tiny tour
Went to Madison on Thursday, took the long way via Ceder Rapids, LaCrosse and then zig-zagging around SW Wisconsin. I took a bunch of pics, here are a few of my favorites.

Well over a meg of pics here -fair warningCollapse )
Monday, September 1st, 2008
11:08 pm
The dreaded Honda VFR R/R issue
So, I finally had a problem with my R/R on the VFR. I was convinced that with keeping the connectors clean and dry, and the ground clean and covered with anti-oxidant it would never be a problem.

I was wrong. The failure point was not in the connection proper, but inside one side of the connection at the crimp/wire junction.
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Monday, August 18th, 2008
1:38 pm
Dog nammit!
I guess it is time for a new one of these for $109 + S/H.

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I've been babying the R/R along on this VFR, but I knew it wouldn't last forever. This new unit is going to be relocated out in the open air under the tail just aft of the footpeg bracket. And I'm going to replace the wires from the generator with 3 new yellow #14AWG stranded THHN wires and a new connector at the R/R. That, along with a better/bigger ground wire (#12 this time) to the frame, should fix it for the next 100K at least.
Tuesday, August 5th, 2008
12:29 am
Hey Poly- do you still post here-?
Whew I got quite a roasting in the motorcycle group this evening- anyway- I got the pipes on the guzzzi ceramically coated and they look real nice
Wednesday, June 11th, 2008
7:19 am
Lessons learned
When backing out of a garage where the driveway outside has had the asphalt removed in preparation for paver bricks, and there is an approximately 5" drop-off just past the doorway, it is highly advisable to not have your sidestand deployed.

Apparently, when the back wheel drops off the curb 5" the sidestand will ALSO need an extra 5" of clearance. As it touches down it will violently lever the bike over to starboard pitching the clip-ons right out of your hands. Even an experienced rider who has been pushing around motorcycles expertly for many years will be surprised when the bike lunges right out of his grip and bashes its tank against the garage door-frame.

The last time I dropped a street bike while pushing it was 1979. I guess I didn't quite make 30 years. And the bike didn't drop all the way to the ground. It just went over about 45-degrees and wedged itself there. Sweet!

Road America Suzuki Superbike WeekendCollapse )
Tuesday, March 25th, 2008
9:55 am
Concours ramblings
Now we start bike season in earnest. I never know what the titles of these blog entries will be really until i start writing them. This morning I rode in when it was again 32 degrees. I got the frost off the Concours and warmed it up nice and hot. I was wearing the entire cold weather suit so I felt pretty dang toasty.

Here is what I learned this morning:

1. My 17.5 inch laptop will fit nicely in a Concours saddle bag (yea!).
2. The frost comes off easier if I remove that last after letting the bike warm up.
3. The seat will still be cold no matter how long the bike warms up.
4. The tires will be stiff the first few miles because of the cold.
5. The Concours is very top heavy with a full tank of gas.
6. A cager that tailgates someone in the lane adjacent to you will ALWAYS do a douche no-signal change into your lane.
7. Cagers with frosty back windows were in a big hurry to get to work and will also do no-signal lane changes.
8. No-signal lane changing cagers are more likely to live off of the Alston Avenue on-ramp than anywhere else along the high 147 stretch between Cary and Durham.
Monday, March 3rd, 2008
10:56 am
kawasaki Concours restore project
Ok I am figuring out one cannot post embedded media on this roup- or at least I can't for some reason. I am restoring a 1993 Kawasaki Concours. That is almost the whole truth. I am not completely restoring back to factory finish. I am customizing the bags to give them a gloss finish.

Here is the bike as it currently looks:


And as it started out:


I also put on some Avons front and back...brake pads are new- engine cleaned and tuned. So far everything seems to work just fine.

Current Mood: cold
10:53 am
Progress on my Concours

Current Mood: cold
Tuesday, February 26th, 2008
10:12 am
Corbin Seats
I've had a couple different discussions about Corbin seats/saddles versus Sargent, compared to the OEM/stock seats. I figured I'd make a new post here rather than in comments for posterities sake.

I've never owned a Sargent but from everything I've heard and seen of them I am impressed. I've owned a few Corbin seats over the years and I have to say they are the most comfortable seats I've ever sat on for long distances. I've sat on some Sargents but I have never had the chance to compare them properly due to the fact that I did not put a 600+ mile day on them. My initial feeling of many of the Sargents were that they were too soft -but that is something that could be specified upon ordering. Most customers don't know what they want. A good seat must be concave (not convex), and not too soft IMHO. Corbin has this part right! The problem with this type of seat is that although a Corbin seat seems to have a lower seat height by the stats/numbers, the width and high dished sides will make it actually seem to be a physically longer reach to the ground. All things are a trade-off and it is why OEM seats are narrow and mushy. So they feel soft and easy to reach the ground on the sales floor. They want to SELL bikes. Most new bike buyers have no clue what they want/need.

But Corbin has other issues. They sometimes have serious fitment issues, other times the fitment is less serious -but it will never fit as well as the stock seat did. The OEM puts hundreds of hours into making an exact fit between the too-soft/light seat pan and the bike itself. Corbin uses a stiff seat belly pan which is necessary to get the proper support that a seat needs.

Don't expect a perfect seat from Corbin. One I got was so poorly fitted that it pushed and rubbed at the tank and didn't even snap onto the bike correctly. I had to fix this myself. The replacement seat I got after paying shipping both ways was just as bad. I wasn't going to try for #3!

This seat came almost perfect but there were some flaws, and I had to modify/adjust the latching hoop at the rear to make it fit properly. Don't expect Corbin to help you much unless you can drop by personally to their factory. Just do a google for Corbin poor customer service and you will see what I mean. I hear Sargent is awesome with customer service. A seat is something that has to be "just right" or there will be problems.

clicky for lots of pictures detailing my Corbin on my current VFRCollapse )
10:01 am
Is thing on?
I liked Polyanarch's idea of a sport touring forum that may actually be about bikes and not biker drama...Anyway- I have a 93 Kawasaki Concours (pictured in pre-restoration form from my own site):

Current Mood: curious
10:01 am
Is thing on?
I liked Polyanarch's idea of a sport touring forum that may actually be about bikes and not biker drama...Anyway- I have a 93 Kawasaki Concours (pictured in pre-restoration form from my own site):

Current Mood: curious
Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008
5:20 pm
Wednesday, January 16th, 2008
4:33 pm
HJC Fossil Helmet $200
HJC Fossil Helmet is around $200 right now at New Enough.

I think that is a pretty darn good deal on a pretty decent helmet. I've got a Shoei head and I am not really an HJC guy, but this is a darn nice helmet that integrates an interior "sunglasses" face shield that flips out of the way for those of you who don't wear glasses and have squinty eyes syndrome. There are only a couple of helmets on the market right now with this feature (that I know of). It's like a jet-fighter's helmet :-D

And the price is right, about $30 less than the other "close-out" moto stores and way under MSRP which is around $260-$275.

If you are looking for a new helmet, maybe this one is for you. It is the season for snapping up winter deals. This spring the deals will be fewer and further between (depending on how the economy is going, or not going, when the snow melts over the northern part of the country).
Tuesday, May 1st, 2007
8:21 am
For anyone who might have missed it in motorcycles, I set up a group for LJ motorcyclists at GroupRider.com

This seems like a pretty neat site for riders with some interesting features and a lot of potential. Now is the time to set up a profile and get in at the ground level. It's free now and offers a lot of picture hosting space for your personal bike pics. You can locate yourself on the map and join (and make) local and/or distant rides and use it as a way to keep in touch with your riding buddies. The software is pretty neat and easy to use. I think I will use it quite a bit this summer to find impromptu rides at the last minute. I'm pretty picky about my riding buddies but this site is so slick that it will actually help with that and allow me to track who's who among my local area.

If you want to also add me to your GroupRider Buddy list here is my profile page.

We now return you to your scheduled LJ programming...
Tuesday, June 20th, 2006
5:13 pm
Anyone looking for a cheap Sport-touring bike in awesome condition?

Immaculate 1990 VFR 750

I'm not sure of the Reserve. If it is under $3K then it might be a good deal. Only thing is buy only takes Pay-pal.

X-posted to motorcycles
3:18 pm
Areostich Roadcrafter Suit

Roadcrafter 1 piece in 42L
List $727 -Paid $250.01 (plus shipping)

Back Pad
List $60 -Came with suit

Hip pads
List $30 -Came with suit

List $57 -Came with suit

List $47 -Came with suit

Things I was going to buy anyway from Riderwarehouse (reason I was surfing eBay for 'Stich items when I found this deal going for $120 and started chatting with the owner as to the back story). My suit didn't come with these extras as I was too cheap at the time.

Long story short: Great deal. Great guy to chat with online. I bought more of his stuff and helped him get a better price on a couple of other things because I bid it up to "my" price and someone took it higher.

I can't complain at all. The glorious A fits into it and will use it if we take a longer trip. I can fit into it but it is a bit tight -if I loose more weight my identical (but red) suit will be too big and this one will be perfect.

Sometimes I am glad that I have good Karma and things always seem to work out for me in the end.

Sunday, June 11th, 2006
12:38 pm
Setting up suspension
I posted this on motorcycles about a month ago but I figured it wouldn't hurt to put it here for reference. The Hoi Polloi and n00bs in the big cycle community probably didn't really appreciate it. I lost it and had to surf back through 74 "OMG, I just got my new VINO scooter and have already put 40 miles on it already!" posts to find it because I am going to help a friend set up his BMW K1200 better. I noticed his rear end is set up WAY too stiff the other weekend and it was really pounding him on every expansion joint.

Suspension 101Collapse )

Current Mood: Wrenchy!
Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006
8:27 pm
Sport tour type websites
What are good online forums to hang out on for sport-tour type guys?

I've been hanging out on advrider.com for a few months but it isn't really exactly what I'm looking for. I've been a member in the long-ago past of the VFR mailing list and recently re-subscribed and that isn't quite it either.

Anyone have some great online places to hang out while waiting for the next day/days on the road?
Monday, April 3rd, 2006
8:51 pm
This should be required reading every spring as we roll out our bikes. Or for those of you so fortunate that your locality is gifted with the type of climate that is well-suited for year-round riding, it should be occasionally sampled -like a fine wine lest we forget how sweet it is.

"The Pace focuses on bike control and de-emphasizes outright speed. Full-throttle acceleration and last minute braking aren't part of the program, effectively eliminating the two most common single-bike accident scenarios in sport riding. Cornering momentum is the name of the game, stressing strong, forceful inputs at the handlebar to place the bike correctly at the entrance of the turn and get it flicked in with little wasted time and distance. Since the throttle wasn't slammed open at the exit of the last corner, the next corner doesn't require much, if any, braking. It isn't uncommon to ride with our group and not see a brake light flash all morning.

If the brakes are required, the front lever gets squeezed smoothly, quickly and with a good deal of force to set entrance speed in minimum time. Running in on the brakes is tantamount to running off the road, a confession that you're pushing too hard and not getting your entrance speed set early enough because you stayed on the gas too long. Running The Pace decreases your reliance on the throttle and brakes, the two easiest controls to abuse, and hones your ability to judge cornering speed, which is the most thrilling aspect of performance street riding."

I first read these words written by Nick Ientash in the pages of MOTORCYCLIST magazine back in 1991. The words ring as true to me today as they did back then. I was still riding my '81 Kawasaki GPz550 but would soon be replacing it with an almost-new low-miles '86 Honda VFR 700 later that year. I rode that bike and many others by myself, with my father, and in other groups big and small. The wisdom from the words linked above stayed with me and helped keep me from the folly of street racing and making myself into a hamburger-streak on the highway many times I would imagine.

Give it a read. Maybe it will change your life too -or just save it.

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