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Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 06-25-2015, 12:41 PM
Replies: 39,829
Views: 10,656,392
Posted By tlub
big difference between respect and fear

Personally, I think the German suits would garner more respect. They don't look like Barney Fife- they look like professionals. So much baggage associated with the typical American cop look, and very...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 06-23-2015, 03:50 PM
Replies: 39,829
Views: 10,656,392
Posted By tlub
When I visited Aerostich in Duluth, they said...

When I visited Aerostich in Duluth, they said they do have contracts for some police forces. I think Seattle was one, but could be mistaken. So some police force riders do ATGATT.
Forum: Day Trippin' 06-22-2015, 08:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 830
Posted By tlub
CA mc adventures

Never had to use the insurance but they are super nice, flexible, pick you up at the CalTrain station, store your extra luggage from that business trip, and the bikes are flawless. Rented an...
Forum: Airheads 06-01-2015, 10:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 630
Posted By tlub
Install the front hinge, put the seat on, install the rear

You cannot have both hinges on and install the seat. Think about it. Otherwise it would just come off. You install one hinge (I do the front), then put the other hinge on the pin, then put the Allen...
Forum: Airheads 05-27-2015, 08:49 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 238
Posted By tlub
Mixing and matching top end parts

Ok, I have a franken beemer of sorts. It originally was a stock SWB R75/5, and still looks like one, but the engine is not. Back in 1984, I got tired of not having a charged battery (I had converted...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 05-17-2015, 06:54 PM
Replies: 39,829
Views: 10,656,392
Posted By tlub
The second one in line has some serious...

The second one in line has some serious counter-lean. He should know better. Should someone flag him down and tell him how to ride correctly?
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 05-14-2015, 03:01 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 8,119
Posted By tlub
New RT vs old airhead

Well, I rented an R1200RTW last week in California from CA motorcycle adventures. Nice experience. The bike seemed a bit heavy (I only have old airheads), and it was difficult to get it backed up...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 05-14-2015, 12:04 PM
Replies: 181
Views: 8,093
Posted By tlub
STUDY: Open-face helmets offer as much protection as no helmet

Apparently, the scientists and doctors disagree with the OP.
http://www.motorbiketimes.com/feature/gear/helmets/study-open-face-helmets-offer-as-much-protection-as-no-helmet-$21383483.htm
Quoted...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 05-13-2015, 06:47 PM
Replies: 346
Views: 89,577
Posted By tlub
HD Aermacchi Sprint 250 with the big tank

This was my first bike. Well, not this one- mine was black where this is red, but everything else was the same. It was a 1967 H model, as I recall. I bought it with 11,000 miles on it and sold it...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 04-28-2015, 10:11 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 8,374
Posted By tlub
My vote too. Nothing, but absolutely NOTHING,...

My vote too. Nothing, but absolutely NOTHING, sounds like a Merlin. Goose bumps and glassy eyes every time I hear one. Hell, my 86-year old mother-in-law still gets this faraway look in her eyes when...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 04-28-2015, 10:02 PM
Replies: 314
Views: 21,959
Posted By tlub
I resembled that

Back in 1975, I did do a cross country on a CB350. A friend was at Berkeley and wanted his bike. I was in Champaign, IL, and was willing to ride it. I picked it up at his parent's house in Chicago,...
Forum: Airheads 04-27-2015, 10:34 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,272
Posted By tlub
Maybe

Yeah, we might be saying the same thing different ways. What you say is true about the no braking until both make contact. It's just that mine pretty much move together towards each other. It seems...
Forum: Airheads 04-27-2015, 09:04 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,272
Posted By tlub
never seen sequential pull

In 42 years of adjustment of BMW 2LS front brakes I have never seen sequential pull. Never. Uneven yes. Sequential, never. I know Duane is the best but never on any of my airheads or pre-70 bikes...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 04-25-2015, 10:59 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 49,345
Posted By tlub
no water in red heet

Yellow is indeed methanol but neither one has any water. They are supposed to absorb water for Pete's sake. Isopropanol just doesn't burn well. I do have a stove that will burn even 70% isopropanol...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 04-25-2015, 10:53 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,205
Posted By tlub
yes you did

What a doctor told me was anytime you have ringing in your ears you have suffered hearing damage. You may not really notice it (how would you really do the scientific comparison?), but the medical...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 04-25-2015, 10:35 PM
Replies: 314
Views: 21,959
Posted By tlub
easy

Bmw airhead. Naked with bags. Either /6, /7 or mid 80s. Stone reliable compared to most other things from the era and parts and expertise everywhere, internet-wise. Handles its own empty weight as...
Forum: Airheads 04-25-2015, 09:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 899
Posted By tlub
this^

I only changed the instrument illumination to LEDs. All the above is true.
Forum: Airheads 04-25-2015, 09:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,272
Posted By tlub
yes and yes

The two arms do pull evenly (not sequentially) when adjusted correctly with everything clean and pivots lubricated. And when adjusted correctly they are pretty good brakes especially with modern...
Forum: Airheads 04-24-2015, 11:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 899
Posted By tlub
try LEDs

I just replaced those with LEDs from SuperbrightLEDs. They are indeed superbright and really make a difference. Get the kind with square LEDs all around for 360 degree light. They make a huge...
Forum: Airheads 04-23-2015, 08:42 PM
Replies: 2,359
Poll: Slash 2
Views: 251,482
Posted By tlub
link to the informal gathering at Vech's

In case anyone hasn't seen it yet, here is another link to "Not an Open House, but it's OK if you show up and camp and all that" at Bench Mark Works May 1-2....
Forum: Airheads 04-23-2015, 08:31 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 426
Posted By tlub
Who's the young guy in the above scene?

Actually, the above scene looks like a good depiction of about the average age last year, unfortunately. The one young Slash 2 rider I know won't be there:...
Forum: Airheads 04-23-2015, 08:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,516
Posted By tlub
Achtung, Spitfires!

I like Spits too. I think they are a big improvement over the original RB2/K112 setup in terms of lightness of handling and the overall feel, as well as traction, especially in the wet. Before Spits...
Forum: Airheads 04-23-2015, 11:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,026
Posted By tlub
and only use it to get it down

You probably know this, but for others that are reading that might be new owners- The main reason they break is that folks use them incorrectly and stand on them when trying to get the bike on the...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 04-23-2015, 11:43 AM
Replies: 1,395
Views: 81,666
Posted By tlub
a hit

Boy, did that get this thread sidetracked. A hit on every baited line I cast in the pool, even though it was all true. I should go fishing. Or may trolling. Or maybe I did. Aren't stereo types fun?...
Forum: Airheads 04-22-2015, 08:56 PM
Replies: 2,359
Poll: Slash 2
Views: 251,482
Posted By tlub
And just to stir the pot some more..

My R69US does not have the reflectors or holes. It does have the turn signal indicator in the shell like the /5 units (which was supposed to come only on the 1969 models, I think. Maybe it is...
Forum: Airheads 04-22-2015, 08:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,476
Posted By tlub
I use the R65 reflector but here is an alternative

I put in the R65 reflector about 30 years ago and have not regretted it. The pattern is just what it should be and fits. Sometimes paying what it takes to do it right is the cheapest way.
I also...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 04-22-2015, 08:14 PM
Replies: 1,395
Views: 81,666
Posted By tlub
Harleys and Prius stereotypes. hmm

Well, last Sunday my buddy on his R80RT and me on my R75/5 were coming home doing about 75 on I-94, and saw a Harley about 1/4 mile ahead when we got on. In the next 10 miles we slowly caught up to...
Forum: Airheads 04-21-2015, 10:14 PM
Replies: 2,359
Poll: Slash 2
Views: 251,482
Posted By tlub
two things

The holes in the headlight ears are for the missing DOT-mandated reflectors. You may or may not want them, but the holes are there.
The petcock is on in that photo. Be sure to turn it off when not...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 04-20-2015, 06:19 PM
Replies: 3,802
Views: 822,897
Posted By tlub
He's a lucky man, but not, I fear, that lucky.

He's a lucky man, but not, I fear, that lucky.
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 04-20-2015, 07:34 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,933
Posted By tlub
google is your friend

And Big Bone Lick State Park is actually on Beaver Road. You can't make this stuff up. Or have to.
Forum: Airheads 04-19-2015, 12:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 444
Posted By tlub
Another vote for YSS

I took off some Konis (now known as Ikons) to put on YSS, and I think the YSS are better in every way except maybe ease of preload adjustment. The Konis were much better than the original Boge,...
Forum: Airheads 04-19-2015, 12:42 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,209
Posted By tlub
they may leak yet..

I put mine on with no sealant in 1983. Although they haven't leaked yet, despite starting to craze a bit, all you folks that say they need sealant may be right- they may start leaking before their...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 04-09-2015, 07:51 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,744
Posted By tlub
not that much

$200, Harley -Aermacchi Sprint 250, 1971. Sold for $300 in 1974 to buy
$825, BMW R50/2 (so total $725 at this point). Sold for $825 in 1976 to buy
$2500, BMW R75/5 with Windjammer and bags (total...
Forum: Day Trippin' 04-04-2015, 10:17 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,067
Posted By tlub
thanks

I'm not sure I consider myself remotely awesome. It really was just a longish ride.My now wife then GF rode her Yamaha XS400 from San Diego to Madison WI. And a previous GF did Riverside CA to...
Forum: Airheads 04-02-2015, 02:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,322
Posted By tlub
Macintosh, Gala, Granny Smith whatever

Well, any airhead is nice. I have not ridden an ST, but I have ridden a GS, and I have an R75/5 (and a bunch of /6s) and have owned it almost 40 years. 350 miles in a day is a short day and I am 61....
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 03-31-2015, 12:07 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 11,918
Posted By tlub
appreciation

Every bike I have, the latest of which I bought in 1986, would sell for a lot more than I paid for it. Anywhere from 2X to 20X. Lots more miles on them too.
You just have to hold on to them through...
Forum: Airheads 03-29-2015, 10:02 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 8,990
Posted By tlub
works great

I just tried this yesterday on my wife's R90/6. I used a double rubber band to apply pressure. As I moved the eccentric adjuster, the 'loose spot' fell in a smaller and smaller range as I went back...
Forum: Airheads 03-29-2015, 04:53 PM
Replies: 2,359
Poll: Slash 2
Views: 251,482
Posted By tlub
Informal gathering at Bench Mark Works?

A month or so ago there was mention of an informal gathering at Bench Mark Works, instead of the 'Open House' they have had, since the Open House is not being held this year. Over on the Slash 2...
Forum: Airheads 03-29-2015, 04:50 PM
Replies: 2,359
Poll: Slash 2
Views: 251,482
Posted By tlub
Maybe. but the fix should still work

Even if it was bent by trailering instead of years of use, the 1/8" brazed on pad will do the trick. May not be perfect, but will be a lot better with very little fuss.
Forum: Airheads 03-29-2015, 12:19 PM
Replies: 2,359
Poll: Slash 2
Views: 251,482
Posted By tlub
That centerstand goes too far forward. Needs...

That centerstand goes too far forward. Needs either new stops or at least braze a spacer to the stand on each side where it contacts the frame. A piece of 1/8" stock makes a good space about the...
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