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Forum: Road warriors Yesterday, 09:26 AM
Replies: 170
Views: 13,280
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: 49
Views: 2,289
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: 133
Views: 38,260
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: 49
Views: 2,289
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: 48
Views: 2,221
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...
Forum: Road warriors 08-13-2014, 08:33 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,939
Posted By chazbird
That's the gospel.

That's the gospel.
Forum: Road warriors 08-13-2014, 02:42 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,939
Posted By chazbird
That's a beauty and, to me, an old fart, a...

That's a beauty and, to me, an old fart, a perfect naked modern UJM. I don't think it would pass the newer styling schemes of the current naked's though.

What did you do to get it like that? I see...
Forum: Road warriors 08-13-2014, 12:11 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,939
Posted By chazbird
In the Bandit thread there's a blue one with a...

In the Bandit thread there's a blue one with a larger photo showing the left side. The can is large, that is true. It wouldn't be as nimble as a de-cloaked GSXR type either. They made an earlier...
Forum: Road warriors 08-12-2014, 09:12 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,939
Posted By chazbird
There is a perfectly done Bandit 1250 that...

There is a perfectly done Bandit 1250 that recently appeared in the Bandit thread. You can get a mint one for 4k and DIY.
Forum: Road warriors 08-12-2014, 02:22 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,939
Posted By chazbird
Earlier concept looks much nicer, leagues nicer...

Earlier concept looks much nicer, leagues nicer in fact. The lamentable Gladius also looks much better too. So Honda, Kawasaki and now Suzuki have a trio of nearly identical spec'd and identical...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-11-2014, 09:22 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,404
Posted By chazbird
Somehow, long ago, I was a Harley hater. Not sure...

Somehow, long ago, I was a Harley hater. Not sure where that came from. I did have neighbors who were Hells Angels, the bad asses, Oakland, back in the day. I didn't hate them, yjey were rather nice...
Forum: Road warriors 08-11-2014, 09:02 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,145
Posted By chazbird
GSR-1000 = very good looking. GsX-S1000 = f'ing...

GSR-1000 = very good looking.
GsX-S1000 = f'ing ugly.

I wonder which one makes it to production/sale?. Sadly, my bet is on the latter. Because its got to capture Ninja 1000 sales, vs something...
Forum: Road warriors 08-11-2014, 11:17 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,145
Posted By chazbird
Just curious, when did Europe drop the 100 hp...

Just curious, when did Europe drop the 100 hp limit for bikes? Or was that just France? Maybe a long time ago?
Forum: Battle scooters 08-10-2014, 07:35 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,221
Posted By chazbird
There was this US magazine called Scooterist! Or...

There was this US magazine called Scooterist! Or Scooter! published in San Jose for several years. I haven't seen it around lately, it may have folded. Decent reviews, but not very technical, nor...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-10-2014, 02:36 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 13,916
Posted By chazbird
Often times the overly loud bikes I hear I also...

Often times the overly loud bikes I hear I also observe their riding skill and judgement to be sub-par. They seem to need rider education, skills training, restraint, a reduction in poor group think...
Forum: Road warriors 08-09-2014, 09:30 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,145
Posted By chazbird
All of you have made good points (maybe I do...

All of you have made good points (maybe I do too?). Yes, the new UJM's are quite nice. Look at one of the previous takes or "re-do's" on that, E.G. the CB750 Nighthawk - yawn! So, in comparison to...
Forum: Road warriors 08-09-2014, 05:02 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,145
Posted By chazbird
Practically speaking, yes. But many bikes are not...

Practically speaking, yes. But many bikes are not about practical, and I generally understand that. But any bike I've ridden over 70 mph for more than 20-30 minutes seemed like it needed a fairing of...
Forum: Road warriors 08-09-2014, 04:42 PM
Replies: 663
Views: 154,850
Posted By chazbird
Rim tape usually does nothing for me but it works...

Rim tape usually does nothing for me but it works on that V7 with the red accent lines on the tank and side panel. Understated and nice.
Forum: Road warriors 08-09-2014, 04:37 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,145
Posted By chazbird
Looks fun, no doubt about that. But.....what's...

Looks fun, no doubt about that. But.....what's the deal with this, and many other high power nakeds? Getting 100-150 hp for street "fighter" bikes? To use even 50% of these bikes power they require...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-06-2014, 10:13 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 6,408
Posted By chazbird
Operating a bike came easy enough for me, after...

Operating a bike came easy enough for me, after the bicycles at about 12 years old and I had a Honda S90, stashed at a rough sailor type guys garage with his BSA's (crusty enabler type).

Riding...
Forum: Road warriors 08-06-2014, 09:48 PM
Replies: 1,804
Views: 187,871
Posted By chazbird
Only about $5000 in extra kit there. But nice.

Only about $5000 in extra kit there. But nice.
Forum: Road warriors 08-05-2014, 08:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,153
Posted By chazbird
Isn't that the 2nd year for the 1000? I remember...

Isn't that the 2nd year for the 1000? I remember they got real porky by 1992 or so and started with that horrible day glo splash graphics. You got a nice one. Just about impossible to find a stock...
Forum: Road warriors 08-04-2014, 06:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,026
Posted By chazbird
PS: The K75, at least the S, is also the best...

PS: The K75, at least the S, is also the best bike I've ridden in gusty and nasty winds. Dead on stable and un-flustered. Wind that had me all puckered on a TransAlp just made me, literally, chuckle.
Forum: Road warriors 08-04-2014, 11:18 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,026
Posted By chazbird
Strange you found it vibey at 75-80. I found the...

Strange you found it vibey at 75-80. I found the K75 to be the smoothest motorcycle I've ever owned or ridden. The only thing that is as smooth is my 250cc Piaggio BV250, kind of in a different...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-04-2014, 11:01 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 972
Posted By chazbird
Get the yellow one so I can buy the blue one....

Get the yellow one so I can buy the blue one. Win-win.
Forum: Road warriors 08-04-2014, 09:22 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,026
Posted By chazbird
K100's/K1100's are huge porker ponderous bikes in...

K100's/K1100's are huge porker ponderous bikes in town or on tight twisty roads (not that the K75 is super nimble on tight twisty roads either). And I found the K100 to be pretty vibey, certainly so...
Forum: Road warriors 08-03-2014, 06:27 PM
Replies: 1,804
Views: 187,871
Posted By chazbird
Is that the valve inspection/adjustment interval,...

Is that the valve inspection/adjustment interval, 3400 miles?
Forum: Road warriors 08-02-2014, 11:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,026
Posted By chazbird
Had a '88 and '92 K75s and also had a F650...

Had a '88 and '92 K75s and also had a F650 (albeit a '01). Everything you say is true. I wouldn't want or need any other touring bike. It is not so sporty anymore, but it's still supremely...
Forum: Road warriors 08-02-2014, 07:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 676
Posted By chazbird
If you rode them near their maximum battery range...

If you rode them near their maximum battery range per day as a commuter for 5 days a week you'd rack up serious miles over 10 or so years. Deduct the maintenance costs for a bike with valves to...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-30-2014, 05:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 680
Posted By chazbird
JerryH: those "cut the power", do a few go...

JerryH: those "cut the power", do a few go arounds, and call it broken in are exactly the opposite procedures Lycomng and Contnental recommend for break in. It is still the same recommendation these...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-30-2014, 03:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 680
Posted By chazbird
On air cooled reciprocating aircraft engines...

On air cooled reciprocating aircraft engines break in is about 20-30 hours at steady 75% or more power settings to seat, among other things, the rings. It is recommended, or required, to use mineral...
Forum: Road warriors 07-29-2014, 02:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 637
Posted By chazbird
Very useful write up for people considering one...

Very useful write up for people considering one or the other bike - these days, due to the bikes age, it would be a niche audience, but, after all I read it.

K75's suspension needs a decent shock,...
Forum: Road warriors 07-27-2014, 02:17 PM
Replies: 1,804
Views: 187,871
Posted By chazbird
See? There must be some intangible but real...

See? There must be some intangible but real improvement of the 400 vs the 500. I had a new one in the day and scored a 4000 mile pristine example a couple years ago, so my experience is relatively...
Forum: Road warriors 07-27-2014, 08:21 AM
Replies: 1,804
Views: 187,871
Posted By chazbird
I'm going to have to test ride a SR400 then. I've...

I'm going to have to test ride a SR400 then. I've had two SR500's and they don't attract me that much anymore, just, um, meh to me, but maybe Yamaha did some subtle finessing with the 400, made it a...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-24-2014, 08:10 PM
Replies: 285
Views: 45,014
Posted By chazbird
Or imprisonment of up to 90 days. In the US...

Or imprisonment of up to 90 days.

In the US I wouldn't be surprised.
Forum: Battle scooters 07-24-2014, 12:19 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,653
Posted By chazbird
Always full face. Used to be a Shoei person....

Always full face. Used to be a Shoei person. Tried and liked a couple lower end to mid range HJC's. Fit was good, comfy too.....but after 6 months the strap became thin where it cinch's, which makes...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-21-2014, 11:58 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,949
Posted By chazbird
Very true. That said as a obsessives type...

Very true.

That said as a obsessives type test I climbed the steepest hills in SF, (steepest is actually in Bernal Heights) with a passenger (combined weight 260 lbs) on a Honda C70 and Honda S90....
Forum: Battle scooters 07-19-2014, 01:02 PM
Replies: 285
Views: 45,014
Posted By chazbird
That lift or parcel rack bar behind the seat is...

That lift or parcel rack bar behind the seat is abominable. I am average size, 5'9", and it was just horrible. Cut it off, or get the extended seat. The seat is a solution because you can still...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-15-2014, 06:16 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,949
Posted By chazbird
Buy used. Maybe get a 250 too. Why? It will be...

Buy used. Maybe get a 250 too. Why? It will be fine in the city of course but even though at this time you say you don't want to go on the freeway a 250cc scooter will open all of the great riding...
Forum: Road warriors 07-13-2014, 08:47 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 13,280
Posted By chazbird
I didn't know they were marketing a R version....

I didn't know they were marketing a R version. That's where I'd gravitate, the, fairing is of minimal use of a bike that will mostly be below 70 mph, but F is not a looker....to me. I wonder if ti...
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