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Forum: Beasts 09-25-2013, 03:56 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 19,219
Posted By Just Plain Bill
A senior DCT testamonial

To other "senior" riders considering the NC700XD model; I'm 77, been riding since 1961 and I can't count the number of bikes I've owned (and they say short term memory loss is the problem). I picked...
Forum: Beasts 07-10-2013, 08:11 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 19,219
Posted By Just Plain Bill
This may not give you the answer you need, but...

This may not give you the answer you need, but it's the best thing I've seen yet on the NC700X models (and one of the best Cycle World "reviews" I've ever seen)...
Forum: Airheads 06-23-2013, 10:08 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,733
Posted By Just Plain Bill
Great Stainless Ride experiences

To the best of my knowledge, EPCO is out of business and Stainless Ride is the new company that acquired all equipment and rights to EPCO designs. If Tom is original owner, it's not clear why he...
Forum: Beasts 06-05-2013, 03:27 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 19,219
Posted By Just Plain Bill
[QUOTE=Lars1974;21575249]I have nit tried that...

[QUOTE=Lars1974;21575249]I have nit tried that Bill. Only ever selected neutral when stop, but i will try and report....although not a for a few weeks as currently i am using a Crossrunner as my...
Forum: Beasts 05-28-2013, 11:29 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 19,219
Posted By Just Plain Bill
Operational question about DCT?

I have a little experience with a 2006 FJR1300AE electronic clutch model (no automatic shifting at all) and learned that it wouldn't let me shift into neutral until the bike was at a standstill. My...
Forum: Ride reports 01-12-2009, 10:01 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 170,987
Posted By Just Plain Bill
Awesome. I received a link to this thread...

Awesome. I received a link to this thread through the Vincent Owners Club - JTAN. Your work is famous Steptoe! Many thanks.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 10-13-2007, 09:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 622
Posted By Just Plain Bill
Bud Eakins was one of those people not at all...

Bud Eakins was one of those people not at all impressed by his fame or accomplishments. He never went "Hollywood", was always approachable, always real. The best kind of celebrity.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 10-13-2007, 08:40 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,447
Posted By Just Plain Bill
One caveat from a senior citizen rider: Sunday...

One caveat from a senior citizen rider: Sunday around the Rock Store can be rather dangerous. Sport bike riders blowing thru the canyons on the right, and wrong, sides of the road and sometimes off...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 09-13-2007, 06:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 614
Posted By Just Plain Bill
California residency is required for low fees.

Before selling all and rushing headlong to land of milk and honey (AKA, the Golden State), you need to check the cost of the program you're looking at for non-resident students. Usually, those costs...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 08-17-2007, 08:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,170
Posted By Just Plain Bill
English Observed Trials

Jim,

Found this on www.trialsXchange.com (http://www.trialsXchange.com) :

Central Arizona Trials Motorcycle Club
4827 E Indian School...
Forum: Thumpers 07-27-2007, 08:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,302
Posted By Just Plain Bill
Another vote for the Maxxis 6006. :clap I put a...

Another vote for the Maxxis 6006. :clap I put a set on my DRZ400E (plated) and have been impressed with their on and off road performance. Not super-moto quality but they get around twisties very...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-26-2007, 12:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 614
Posted By Just Plain Bill
Lassen Volcanic N.P.

It's not exactly a D/S ride -- but don't miss a run thru Lassen Volcanic National Park while you're in the neighborhood. Generally elevations around Eagle Lake/Lassen Park are in the 5000-7000'...
Forum: Beasts 07-24-2007, 11:26 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 14,145
Posted By Just Plain Bill
XL1000 V - DL1000, Varadero - VStrom

I'm not sure I can see much difference between the Varadero and VStrom; both have liter size V twin engines, both have HP in the low 90's, are pseudo (ersatz?) Adventure bikes. They even look a lot...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-20-2007, 11:18 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 769
Posted By Just Plain Bill
[quote=Zen Slug]:lol3 however, most of...

[quote=Zen Slug]:lol3


however, most of those damn long-haul buses stop in every other town and take forever to get anywhere... is there an express route up to modesto?:ear
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Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-19-2007, 02:12 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 769
Posted By Just Plain Bill
Puke Greyhound?

If you can handle 3rd world travel experince (Spanish as a primary language chickens in the overhead racks, etc.) consider taking the bus. Adult fare from L.A. to Modesto is $50 -- acculturation:...
Forum: Beasts 07-12-2007, 01:17 PM
Replies: 321
Views: 27,254
Posted By Just Plain Bill
There's a very positive review of the Versys by...

There's a very positive review of the Versys by David Edwards in the August '07 Cycle World. It is based on the Euro only ER-6 and U.S. Ninja 650R and uses the same frame and vertical twin 650cc...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-16-2007, 10:25 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 481
Posted By Just Plain Bill
Need specifics to make suggestions.

Keetman, it would be helpful if you were more specific in your interests, capabilities, preferences, route, and when this ride will take place. For starters, are you looking for all paved, all dirt,...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-16-2007, 09:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 541
Posted By Just Plain Bill
I Googled "how to calibrate a torque wrench" and...

I Googled "how to calibrate a torque wrench" and found this easy to follow set of instructions: http://www.dieseldoctor.com/messageboard/data/229.html

There were other sites with other procedures...
Forum: Thumpers 06-15-2007, 09:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 8,705
Posted By Just Plain Bill
Easiest way to answer the question would be to...

Easiest way to answer the question would be to remove the handlebar clamps and lift the bars to see when the cables begin to bind.

That said, I have the DRZ-E model too and didn't have any trouble...
Forum: Thumpers 06-15-2007, 08:50 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,196
Posted By Just Plain Bill
Not to be totally old school, but any mechanical...

Not to be totally old school, but any mechanical analog speedometer from (or made for) a Japanese motorcycle will work on your KLX, assuming it still has the drive assembly on the axle and cable to...
Forum: Thumpers 06-15-2007, 08:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 8,705
Posted By Just Plain Bill
Totally agree, higher is better for the DRZ. But...

Totally agree, higher is better for the DRZ. But I bought handlebars with an inch + higher rise to get the same effect -- and get rid of the crossbar welded to the bars. I needed more room for a...
Forum: Vendors 06-10-2007, 07:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 575
Posted By Just Plain Bill
I'm not a tire expert either and don't know why...

I'm not a tire expert either and don't know why Continental makes both tube and tubeless TKC's. But I Googled " tubes in tubeless tires" and found that Michelin also says it's OK to use (new) tubes...
Forum: Vendors 06-10-2007, 08:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 575
Posted By Just Plain Bill
BMWrider75 is right. Dunlop site says you can use...

BMWrider75 is right. Dunlop site says you can use tubeless tires with tubes -- but be sure to use a tube designed for the tire type you have. That is, a tube for radial tires in radial tires (which...
Forum: Thumpers 06-07-2007, 12:04 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,315
Posted By Just Plain Bill
Final view of the homemade seat:

Final view of the homemade seat:
Forum: Thumpers 06-07-2007, 12:02 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,315
Posted By Just Plain Bill
Final step was to adapt an old Acerbis seat cover...

Final step was to adapt an old Acerbis seat cover to the revised DRZ seat shape. I have an industrial sewing machine and was able to sew additional material to the Acerbis skin and staple it all...
Forum: Thumpers 06-06-2007, 11:54 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,315
Posted By Just Plain Bill
I mispoke on the post above -- I used the...

I mispoke on the post above -- I used the outriggers but not the fabric supports as the Sweet Cheeks design.

Once I had the seat shaped to my satisfaction, I covered it with a quarter inch thick...
Forum: Thumpers 06-06-2007, 11:48 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,315
Posted By Just Plain Bill
Here is some detail photos of the seat, had some...

Here is some detail photos of the seat, had some requests for dimensions. The square is 24 inches long and 16 inches wide.

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I requested the dimensions -- thanks for the very excellent...
Forum: Thumpers 06-01-2007, 12:23 AM
Replies: 25,155
Views: 4,436,235
Posted By Just Plain Bill
What kind of seat is that massrider? It almost...

What kind of seat is that massrider? It almost appears (dare I say it?) comfortable. At least it appears wider and that's a step in the right direction. So far, the seat has been my only real...
Forum: Thumpers 05-30-2007, 06:20 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 16,929
Posted By Just Plain Bill
After I retired, I went thru bikes like a...

After I retired, I went thru bikes like a divorcee thru a fern bar and put around 40K miles on six very different bikes in four years (bike whore). I found that I really like day trips (200-300...
Forum: Thumpers 05-30-2007, 04:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 618
Posted By Just Plain Bill
I put a Vapor on my DRZ400E and set the temp...

I put a Vapor on my DRZ400E and set the temp warning light at 212*F, feeling that it would alert me early and I would still have another 20 to 30* degrees to go before needing to panic. Actually, if...
Forum: Thumpers 05-30-2007, 07:47 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,315
Posted By Just Plain Bill
Can't argue with success Terry. You seem to have...

Can't argue with success Terry. You seem to have it well thought out and under control.:clap Your fuel mileage is absymal but as long as it's a matter of choice, can't fault that either.

Have a...
Forum: Thumpers 05-29-2007, 04:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,928
Posted By Just Plain Bill
Dr/sp600

Paul,

I had the U.S. version --a 1985 SP600, for a short while. It started easily and ran well, but had a surprisingly weak appearing spark, probably for reasons you mentioned. Not to put you off...
Forum: Thumpers 05-29-2007, 02:11 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,315
Posted By Just Plain Bill
Great deal on the seat... I'd give a stock one...

Great deal on the seat... I'd give a stock one and throw in a gel seat for one like that. Or pay full price :puke1

You may be over doing the fuel capacity thing (tho you over did it very...
Forum: Thumpers 05-29-2007, 10:32 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,315
Posted By Just Plain Bill
Thanks Terry, The Mayer seat looks pretty good...

Thanks Terry,
The Mayer seat looks pretty good at that angle. Does he use a new pan to support the large seating area? How much (thickness), and what kind of foam is inside? Firm is good for me,...
Forum: Thumpers 05-28-2007, 11:31 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,315
Posted By Just Plain Bill
Seat Outriggers

The second prototype, made of a heavy duty blue fabric with much better grip uses a very dense packaging foam I had lying around the shop to fill the outiggers. I think it was used to protect a...
Forum: Thumpers 05-28-2007, 11:21 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,315
Posted By Just Plain Bill
Seat Outriggers

As I considered my options (thanks to all who made suggestions), I realized that the construction of the Sweet Cheeks device provided the perfect solution to my original plan of putting seat...
Forum: Thumpers 05-28-2007, 12:05 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,315
Posted By Just Plain Bill
Thanks for the picture and "review" of the sweet...

Thanks for the picture and "review" of the sweet cheeks system. It looks like a good solution for you. It probably wouldn't pass viverrid's test for a dirt bike seat, but there aren't many...
Forum: Thumpers 05-27-2007, 07:36 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,315
Posted By Just Plain Bill
That's great spoof, if they widen the seat in...

That's great spoof, if they widen the seat in back. I will call them to get details.

Renazco is about $50 cheaper than Corbin, who is not a custom seat builder. Custom seat builders provide a...
Forum: Thumpers 05-27-2007, 06:51 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,315
Posted By Just Plain Bill
You got me thinking Bear on a bicycle and I did a...

You got me thinking Bear on a bicycle and I did a search on eBay for DRZ seats. Found an interesting item. It's kind of a cross between the WalMart pad and saddlebags. They call it "Sweet Cheeks"...
Forum: Thumpers 05-27-2007, 06:07 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,315
Posted By Just Plain Bill
Outstanding resources Bear on a bicycle.I'll...

Outstanding resources Bear on a bicycle.I'll check them all out. Except maybe Corbin; I've had two of his seats and found them too firm.
Thanks very much,
Bill
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