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Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 06-24-2015, 08:18 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,933
Posted By chazbird
I thought of doing this in SF-Oakland. Use a...

I thought of doing this in SF-Oakland. Use a scooter with a top box, or just underseat storage. They pay fairly well, hourly, plus deliveries, and if you know the area you'd be 7 times more...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 06-24-2015, 10:42 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,657
Posted By chazbird
Quilcene WA (Olympic peninsula) to Gainsville, FL...

Quilcene WA (Olympic peninsula) to Gainsville, FL (close enough to the coast).
1972 Norton Commando Interstate in late summer 1978. Sold the bike in FL. While I've ridden a lot before and since I...
Forum: Battle Scooters 06-23-2015, 05:39 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,319
Posted By chazbird
That's a good idea, and cheap. Worth a try at...

That's a good idea, and cheap. Worth a try at least (hope I can fit a glove over it) Just like using my bicycle chamois riding shorts to avoid monkey butt on long MC-scooter rides. (not my idea, but...
Forum: Battle Scooters 06-23-2015, 09:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 743
Posted By chazbird
2006 Piaggio BV-250. 68 mpg doing consistent...

2006 Piaggio BV-250.
68 mpg doing consistent 55-65mph.
68 mpg in town 25-35 mph with lights and stops plus some short freeway at 55-65 mph.
It doesn't make sense but it makes fuel planning easy...
Forum: Road Warriors 06-22-2015, 08:09 AM
Replies: 3,843
Views: 1,060,507
Posted By chazbird
Black Bomber for the win in the looks over the...

Black Bomber for the win in the looks over the CB450. It seems as if Honda went for the "we're going to kill off Norton" look (think Atlas) and when they accomplished that they went for the "we're...
Forum: Battle Scooters 06-22-2015, 08:03 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,319
Posted By chazbird
When I took the buffet-from-hell windshield off I...

When I took the buffet-from-hell windshield off I tried to figure out what height the turbulence was generated at. I measured and marked where to cut it off at but haven't yet cut it down - lazy I...
Forum: Battle Scooters 06-21-2015, 08:22 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,319
Posted By chazbird
Left wrist. Very odd, since there's no clutch...

Left wrist. Very odd, since there's no clutch lever movement. Something about the grips being at such a height and such a distance that tends to have my hand hanging nearly vertically downward. Over...
Forum: Battle Scooters 06-21-2015, 12:53 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,319
Posted By chazbird
Finished the return trip today. A mere 150 mile...

Finished the return trip today. A mere 150 mile backroad journey - pleasant enough except the BV ergonomics. Sore neck, weird posture, and and off and on stabbing pain imy left wrist. I don't think...
Forum: Battle Scooters 06-20-2015, 04:40 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,319
Posted By chazbird
Non-news update: I am in the middle of my pre-SF...

Non-news update: I am in the middle of my pre-SF to Denver shakedown ride - up in the Sierra's. Plenty hot - that's not a problem with me or the bike. Alas, I may now officially too old to be "ADV"...
Forum: Battle Scooters 06-13-2015, 02:04 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,319
Posted By chazbird
Maybe 700-800 miles planned with no McDonalds on...

Maybe 700-800 miles planned with no McDonalds on the route. But I will heed all the other advice, full gear, etc. I always do. My slightly older brother, a big cruiser tour rider with an open faced...
Forum: Battle Scooters 06-13-2015, 11:34 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,319
Posted By chazbird
WTH: I rode coast to coast on a Norton in the...

WTH: I rode coast to coast on a Norton in the late summer, long, long ago. If ever there was a bike to have problems...but it didn't. I appreciate the positive feedback. I guess with age comes...
Forum: Battle Scooters 06-13-2015, 10:36 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,319
Posted By chazbird
Well, having owned a KLR, albeit, and thankfully,...

Well, having owned a KLR, albeit, and thankfully, very briefly, riding it from SF to Denver compared with the BV250 I would perhaps be wishing for it to break down just to get me off the miserably...
Forum: Battle Scooters 06-11-2015, 10:12 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,319
Posted By chazbird
Now I am probably not going to consider water...

Now I am probably not going to consider water wetter....
In the basin and range region there can be 90+ degree situations at 8000-9000 ft. 6000ft, easily over a hundred. Yes, jetting could be an...
Forum: Battle Scooters 06-11-2015, 09:14 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,319
Posted By chazbird
Scooter touring in heat

Contemplating riding backroads SF to Denver in early July, returning mid August. Scoot is a 9 year old liquid cooled Piaggio BV250. I've not had heat problems but have pretty much only ridden it in...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 06-06-2015, 03:39 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 6,029
Posted By chazbird
Or, you could look forward to...

Or, you could look forward to tinnitus...something that started with me last summer. Get earplugs that work, and fit, and are comfortable. It doesn't guarantee avoiding tinnitus, but it may.
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 06-05-2015, 09:39 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,005
Posted By chazbird
Columbia river gorge and the bluffs around there...

Columbia river gorge and the bluffs around there can be interesting.
Another place is going south on 1/101 just out of the tunnel before the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge. In the summer, on...
Forum: Battle Scooters 05-27-2015, 06:31 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,340
Posted By chazbird
68mpg carbureted BV-250 - mix of city- rural-...

68mpg carbureted BV-250 - mix of city- rural- highway. Good to read the BV350 equals, or betters, that.
Forum: Battle Scooters 05-26-2015, 07:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 989
Posted By chazbird
I have a '06 BV250. Only difference from the '09...

I have a '06 BV250. Only difference from the '09 is the headlight and the FI. While I lust after the BV350, the 250 is so good I don't see doing it unless it was stolen or something else bad happened...
Forum: Road Warriors 05-18-2015, 07:55 PM
Replies: 369
Views: 64,955
Posted By chazbird
My friend is 66, haven gotten into scooters a few...

My friend is 66, haven gotten into scooters a few years ago, with my help, and then motorcycles, again with my help, first with a pristine and shock/brake modded '04 Ninja 250. She's 140lbs with...
Forum: Road Warriors 05-18-2015, 11:04 AM
Replies: 369
Views: 64,955
Posted By chazbird
Thank you for correcting my terminology reversal....

Thank you for correcting my terminology reversal.

On the highway it was stressed feeling me. 65 was immediately annoying. I currently ride a Piaggio BV250 and it's smooth and relaxed at 65 - 75....
Forum: Road Warriors 05-17-2015, 09:50 PM
Replies: 369
Views: 64,955
Posted By chazbird
I went for a 2 hour ride on my friend's new...

I went for a 2 hour ride on my friend's new CB300F. There were lots of twisty mountain roads, so it was really quite fun. My opinion: somewhat mushy front brake, dead feeling rear brake. Shifts...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-14-2015, 06:48 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 7,147
Posted By chazbird
Had a '87 Cagiva Alaruzza SS (Bluebird) 650cc...

Had a '87 Cagiva Alaruzza SS (Bluebird) 650cc Ducati 2 valve, air cooled, wet clutch, engine. Sort of like a VFR. Very comfy, taut, well built, - no so fast, wooden brakes, longish wheel base,...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-14-2015, 06:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,043
Posted By chazbird
No mileage stated, but I would ask $1200. But I...

No mileage stated, but I would ask $1200. But I would pay no more than $800. You'll easily get the $1200 if you wait long enough, and you are in the right part of the country for such prices.
Forum: Road Warriors 04-11-2015, 03:30 PM
Replies: 3,843
Views: 1,060,507
Posted By chazbird
Agree on the R1100S - they are truly marvelous...

Agree on the R1100S - they are truly marvelous works of sculpture. Especially in person. Certain paint schemes make it even better, like silver, slate gray, or that slightly orangish yellow. IMO,...
Forum: Battle Scooters 04-05-2015, 11:43 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,869
Posted By chazbird
I figure my riding styles and riding environments...

I figure my riding styles and riding environments are stable:

Some of the average mpg's of similar bikes in this discussion that I have owned:

KLR - 52 mpg
BV250 (carb) 68 mpg. (the injected...
Forum: Road Warriors 03-29-2015, 10:01 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 16,008
Posted By chazbird
Had two SR's, (500's) one back in the day, and...

Had two SR's, (500's) one back in the day, and one relatively recently. I was not as enamored the second time around. I asked my friend at the Yamaha shop if the SR400 was more refined than the 500...
Forum: Road Warriors 03-29-2015, 09:50 PM
Replies: 3,843
Views: 1,060,507
Posted By chazbird
Nighthawk 700 S is the all time low maintenance...

Nighthawk 700 S is the all time low maintenance bike. That's a number one in some sort of category, at least to me.
Forum: Road Warriors 03-29-2015, 12:14 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 8,566
Posted By chazbird
Early Duke I rode came straight out of a Sherman...

Early Duke I rode came straight out of a Sherman Williams store.
Forum: Road Warriors 03-28-2015, 06:00 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 8,566
Posted By chazbird
Sounds very cool....definitely not a "commuter...

Sounds very cool....definitely not a "commuter drone". Inner voice of reason: is 140-160 mi enough range? That's three fill ups a week...and a there-back-there gas interval. Sorry, guess I am...
Forum: Road Warriors 03-28-2015, 03:03 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 8,566
Posted By chazbird
The KTM 690 R Enduro. Does it have ABS? Thought...

The KTM 690 R Enduro. Does it have ABS? Thought that was a must have.
It would be fun in the city. And as "fun" as 101 is, fun on that too. In my opinion, during any commute time 101 (which is a 75%...
Forum: Road Warriors 03-28-2015, 08:46 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 7,496
Posted By chazbird
That's interesting about the F1 helmet. A few...

That's interesting about the F1 helmet. A few weeks ago I was given a ear protector headset, the type for chainsaw use, etc. I thought why doesn't a helmet manufacturer incorporate that into a full...
Forum: Road Warriors 03-28-2015, 08:33 AM
Replies: 985
Views: 212,172
Posted By chazbird
This why they have test rides (30 mile demo...

This why they have test rides (30 mile demo ride): 1999 Laverda 750S. Nice, chassis, brakes, reasonably light. The engine, an underpowered parallel twin, felt and sounded like the proverbial 1970...
Forum: Road Warriors 03-27-2015, 06:09 PM
Replies: 985
Views: 212,172
Posted By chazbird
^^^Was this Victor for sale in Pismo Beach in...

^^^Was this Victor for sale in Pismo Beach in 1982? That's the exact same scenario as what happened to me, no start, no ride, no buy. As I recall; '69 BSA 441, $900.
Forum: Road Warriors 03-27-2015, 02:42 PM
Replies: 985
Views: 212,172
Posted By chazbird
^^^^ BSA Victor 441. Test ride: Beat the shit out...

^^^^ BSA Victor 441. Test ride: Beat the shit out me trying to start it the first, and only, time.
Forum: Road Warriors 03-27-2015, 11:53 AM
Replies: 985
Views: 212,172
Posted By chazbird
Ducati Monster S4R

I was able to ride my friends then new Monster S4R for about a week in Italy. That was fun of course. But, the engine didn't pull clean from below 3000 rpm, empty of power and torque, and juddering...
Forum: Road Warriors 03-25-2015, 10:14 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 8,566
Posted By chazbird
But Larry Boy's commute was Sacramento to...

But Larry Boy's commute was Sacramento to Berkeley, was it not? It's in N. Cal, sure, but way different geography, much more engine straining winds, and when traffic opens up on I 80 everyone is...
Forum: Road Warriors 03-25-2015, 08:21 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 8,566
Posted By chazbird
This commute is 20,000 miles a year. I'd...

This commute is 20,000 miles a year. I'd conservatively say 1/4 of it would be lane splitting. (I've had days when its much more). That's 5000 miles a year lane splitting alone. (166 hours a year...
Forum: Road Warriors 03-24-2015, 02:29 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 8,566
Posted By chazbird
Pulling rank here, you can diss me later in the...

Pulling rank here, you can diss me later in the non-comm bar....

Did this commute for 14 years, on the train, bicycle, the bicycle and the train, and an awful lot on a bike.

You want just about...
Forum: Road Warriors 03-23-2015, 01:06 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 44,417
Posted By chazbird
I was helping my friend "upgrade" from her...

I was helping my friend "upgrade" from her classic Ninja 250 to a new CB300F this past weekend. While she test rode and haggled I pondered all the Honda's, Suzuki's, and Kawasaki's on the floor. The...
Forum: Road Warriors 03-23-2015, 12:17 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 8,566
Posted By chazbird
As much as I hated my KLR it would be a fine...

As much as I hated my KLR it would be a fine commute from hell bike. Sit way up high, tons of fuel capacity, OK fuel mileage, not horrible to ride up to 70 mph (after that it's torture), 45 mins or...
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