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Forum: Battle scooters 09-17-2014, 02:23 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,529
Posted By chazbird
You win. Maybe more storage than the hyper active...

You win. Maybe more storage than the hyper active thyroid scooter, the Honda PC800.
Forum: Old's Cool 09-16-2014, 04:48 PM
Replies: 2,696
Views: 806,264
Posted By chazbird
Good score on the RD350. I paid a hundred more...

Good score on the RD350. I paid a hundred more for a new one.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-15-2014, 06:58 PM
Replies: 414
Views: 108,191
Posted By chazbird
I was busted, long ago, by a Nebraska State...

I was busted, long ago, by a Nebraska State Trooper when I stopped after dark in minor state park with no camping somewhere around Sydney. I was way out in nowhere so I thought it was cool, no one...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-15-2014, 12:14 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 7,290
Posted By chazbird
Kudos to you for resurrecting a 70's Yamaha...

Kudos to you for resurrecting a 70's Yamaha triple. I put 78k trouble free miles on mine. I thought they were the bomb in '77 and when I got mine a few years later I put the miles on all the while...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-13-2014, 06:01 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,529
Posted By chazbird
Symba or Honda C70 Passport with a front and rear...

Symba or Honda C70 Passport with a front and rear basket can carry two nearly full shopping bags - use a messenger bag for another 1/3 or 1/2 of a bag. My Piaggio BV250 top box carries a full grocery...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-13-2014, 12:56 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,359
Posted By chazbird
Its only fair to report a no rant situation....

Its only fair to report a no rant situation. Changing the 2005 BV250 two headlights and two front running lights took 45 minutes total. 35 for the take down and 10 to reassemble, and there wasn't...
Forum: Equipment 09-12-2014, 05:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 992
Posted By chazbird
Waterproof liners. Does not compute. When it...

Waterproof liners. Does not compute. When it comes down to it few things are waterproof - ask the Grand Canyon. Heavy rain at 60 mph for hours? So, far nothing, except one suit I've had held up in...
Forum: Road warriors 09-12-2014, 12:42 PM
Replies: 8,103
Views: 1,227,748
Posted By chazbird
That Ryka looks pretty neat, and the belt drive...

That Ryka looks pretty neat, and the belt drive is cool too. Why would Sportster kit drop the belt and use a chain? Macho posing?
Forum: Equipment 09-11-2014, 10:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 992
Posted By chazbird
Kind of a quandary for me. I mostly ride a...

Kind of a quandary for me. I mostly ride a scooter around town and on back roads and some freeway/ highway. I rarely go over 75 mph. The Roadcrafter 2 piece is a great bit of gear, except the weight,...
Forum: Equipment 09-10-2014, 09:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 992
Posted By chazbird
Replace Aerostich Roadcrafter with?

I have leathers and an Aerostich two piece Roadcrafter suit. It's great but....
It's heavy, gets too hot too easily, and isn't that warm either (it's a perfect fit too) and not completely immune to...
Forum: Road warriors 09-10-2014, 08:44 PM
Replies: 1,910
Views: 208,662
Posted By chazbird
Hmmm. I loved the W650 when it came out, much...

Hmmm. I loved the W650 when it came out, much more then the faux Bonneville. I thought I'd buy one, but like most everyone who thought that, I didn't. Now it seems the SR may have a short shelf...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-10-2014, 08:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 448
Posted By chazbird
That woman in the print ad, the one sans the lid,...

That woman in the print ad, the one sans the lid, if she really is such, is wearing a rather amazing outfit, glasses, hairstyle and boots. Bridgestone might have sold more of these little hot rods if...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-10-2014, 11:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 448
Posted By chazbird
Had the exact same model of one of these for a...

Had the exact same model of one of these for a year, probably in 1971. It was flawless is all I can remember except it was faster, better handling, and had better brakes than my previous bike, a '66...
Forum: Ride reports 09-09-2014, 11:59 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,856
Posted By chazbird
Your map appears to have you mostly on the...

Your map appears to have you mostly on the somnambulant interstate 5 throughout most of California. Is that for general planning? Surely you must know about the stupendous roads, scenery, campsites,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-07-2014, 07:04 PM
Replies: 187
Views: 18,980
Posted By chazbird
Have some sympathy. The poor man was rejected for...

Have some sympathy. The poor man was rejected for the Shriner's motorcycle parade team.
Forum: Battle scooters 09-07-2014, 04:08 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,702
Posted By chazbird
If you can test ride the Piaggio BV 350 maybe try...

If you can test ride the Piaggio BV 350 maybe try that idea. I have the BV250 and love it (including reliability, costs, etc. even parts have arrived in 3-5 days). While I love the 250, I lust for...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-06-2014, 07:34 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,359
Posted By chazbird
Jinxed myself! I was musing about what it would...

Jinxed myself! I was musing about what it would take to change a BV250 headlight bulb and what happens? Yep. I now have to change the low beam. Let the research begin, then the exploratory probing,...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-05-2014, 09:12 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,817
Posted By chazbird
Got a DT125 that my fit your criteria, at least...

Got a DT125 that my fit your criteria, at least for age. PM me if you want. Caveat: it's on the west coast SF-Oakland.
Forum: Old's Cool 09-05-2014, 04:21 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,696
Posted By chazbird
In 1983 a friend and I came across an estate sale...

In 1983 a friend and I came across an estate sale in Monticeito CA, next to Santa Barbara. this was THE retirement town, or winter hide out for super wealthy old school blue hair east coast types. We...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-04-2014, 05:58 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 48,250
Posted By chazbird
I spray a lot of PJ on the chain and then brush a...

I spray a lot of PJ on the chain and then brush a lot of auto transmission fluid. The lube seems to hold the fluid quite well. The inside of the chain enclosure isn't exactly pretty, but the chain is...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-04-2014, 12:01 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 48,250
Posted By chazbird
12,000 miles on my C70 Passport non-O ring chain...

12,000 miles on my C70 Passport non-O ring chain and it looks to be in fine shape. I have about 1/3 adjustment remaining. Due to the enclosed chain I lube it once a year and have adjusted it maybe 3...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-04-2014, 11:57 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,359
Posted By chazbird
The point of the nearly inaccessible anti theft...

The point of the nearly inaccessible anti theft feature of the helmet lock was completely negated by the lock arm being attached to the rack when it was locked. Sure, if the lock was unlocked, you...
Forum: Road warriors 09-04-2014, 07:34 AM
Replies: 2,430
Views: 611,554
Posted By chazbird
Why does the best looking UJM happen to be...

Why does the best looking UJM happen to be Italian? That Jota is perfect in that regard. To a lay non-moto person the new Honda CB1100 and the Jota would be essentially identical looking but due to...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-03-2014, 05:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,359
Posted By chazbird
Maybe JerryH can confirm this. I rode several...

Maybe JerryH can confirm this. I rode several Enfield's while living India. Flats were common. Taking off and putting back on the rear wheel of the Enfield Bullit was a complete breeze, maybe 2...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-03-2014, 05:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,359
Posted By chazbird
Looked at the BV250 front and rear...

Looked at the BV250 front and rear headlight/taillight lens to see what it would take to remove them. There are no screws or other attachments on the outside of the covers. None. It would be so easy...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-31-2014, 06:45 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,359
Posted By chazbird
Changed the headlight bulb and taillight bulb on...

Changed the headlight bulb and taillight bulb on the Honda Passport today. Less the two minutes for the taillight, about 3-5 minutes for the headlight - no manual required.

Pondering the...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-27-2014, 11:42 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,359
Posted By chazbird
Italian engineering rant

Piaggio BV250 scooter. I am replacing the top box carrier-rack because someone tried to steal the bike and lowered it to the grond using the rack side handle, breaking the plastic around the right...
Forum: Road warriors 08-26-2014, 09:28 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,949
Posted By chazbird
Windjammer revival, who would have thought? Had a...

Windjammer revival, who would have thought? Had a Windjammer on a wonky Yamaha XS750. They complimented each other. It worked well enough, some say you can smoke a cigarette or a pipe behind one. The...
Forum: Road warriors 08-25-2014, 10:15 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 11,350
Posted By chazbird
As annoying as a individual breakdown or problem...

As annoying as a individual breakdown or problem is, one owner with one problem bike does not qualify as a unreliable model. It's the aggregate of consistent problems over many bikes of that model or...
Forum: Road warriors 08-24-2014, 08:47 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 11,350
Posted By chazbird
PS: some of the now older Yamaha's had 2nd gears...

PS: some of the now older Yamaha's had 2nd gears that would go out; EG the XS750-850, XS1100, and FJ1100-1200's. So none of the Japnese got away with entirely problem free bike lines. Maybe they do...
Forum: Road warriors 08-24-2014, 02:41 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 11,350
Posted By chazbird
A bike should have 50k as a benchmark to begin to...

A bike should have 50k as a benchmark to begin to judge it's reliability. Then 70k for its longevity.

Suzuki had stator problems for years and years. So did a whole range of Honda's with cam chain...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-22-2014, 07:57 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,539
Posted By chazbird
Classic - where you have the time, spare...

Classic - where you have the time, spare finances, and a laissez-faire attitude to go for a tour.
Modern - where you have a schedule and none of the other attributes listed above.
Forum: Road warriors 08-22-2014, 10:01 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 6,992
Posted By chazbird
Don't confuse reliability with soul or lack...

Don't confuse reliability with soul or lack thereof. A Honda VTR1000 has soul but not as much as a Ducati 900SS - which is reliable enough.

The souless bike of all time, excepting shit heaps so...
Forum: Road warriors 08-21-2014, 04:30 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 6,992
Posted By chazbird
Bikes are about evoking the feeling of freedom,...

Bikes are about evoking the feeling of freedom, especially so when you are new to them. When you are new to them the freedom feeling overrides the sense of soul. Later, you can begin to notice the...
Forum: Road warriors 08-21-2014, 04:17 PM
Replies: 826
Views: 178,941
Posted By chazbird
Those side cases are a perfect size and shape for...

Those side cases are a perfect size and shape for the V7, at least to me. Who makes them and how many liters capacity?
Forum: Road warriors 08-19-2014, 09:26 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 16,352
Posted By chazbird
Recently I added up the displacement and the...

Recently I added up the displacement and the number of cylinders of all the bikes I've owned (70cc to 750cc 1-3 cyls). When dividing it out it was an average of 330 cc and 1.25 cylinders. Based on...
Forum: Road warriors 08-17-2014, 02:10 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,761
Posted By chazbird
Sorry, I forgot you want to do two up. Forget the...

Sorry, I forgot you want to do two up. Forget the YZF-600 then.
Forum: Face plant 08-17-2014, 02:06 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 41,821
Posted By chazbird
They can be about, or probably are, the worst in...

They can be about, or probably are, the worst in the world. You ought to try flying in them sometimes. Especially on the lee side of the mountains. The spillovers and venturi effect is astounding....
Forum: Road warriors 08-17-2014, 11:45 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,761
Posted By chazbird
I generally don't like sport bikes for touring,...

I generally don't like sport bikes for touring, or even casual rides, or even maybe some sport tourers too. But the YZF600 I got to ride from San Francisco to Death Valley and back was fantastic. At...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-14-2014, 11:24 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,422
Posted By chazbird
What is there in the U.S., Motorcyclist, Cycle...

What is there in the U.S., Motorcyclist, Cycle World, MCN, Road Rider? While you occasionally see a scooter review, and some scooter brands are advertised almost regularly (notably Kymco) in the big...
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