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Forum: Thumpers 02-08-2013, 04:27 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,800
Posted By Kbetts
HA! Love the Irony of "It's Not The Bike"...

HA! Love the Irony of "It's Not The Bike" trashing the bike.
Forum: Road warriors 02-18-2012, 10:04 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,791
Posted By Kbetts
I agree there are a LOT more distressed owners...

I agree there are a LOT more distressed owners selling bikes of all brands and that drives down prices and I agree that it's a great time to buy both new and used.

I bought a two year old FXDB...
Forum: Road warriors 02-13-2012, 02:27 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,679
Posted By Kbetts
Sounds like the daily commuting is a buzz kill...

Sounds like the daily commuting is a buzz kill for you. I'm hearing that the romance (or "soul" in this case) is gone and you're taking your daily ride for granted. I don't think there is a bike...
Forum: Road warriors 02-06-2012, 04:47 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,151
Posted By Kbetts
I bought my leftover plain-jane no-fairing 1982...

I bought my leftover plain-jane no-fairing 1982 Vision in 1984.

Why? It had a lot of technology in a 550 package for very little money. It was fast and it had pretty good suspension. Handling...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-11-2012, 03:04 PM
Replies: 35,683
Views: 9,037,924
Posted By Kbetts
HA! You made milk come out my nose! What a troll!

HA! You made milk come out my nose! What a troll!
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-11-2012, 07:10 AM
Replies: 35,683
Views: 9,037,924
Posted By Kbetts
Basically, you are so jaded from too much time on...

Basically, you are so jaded from too much time on the internet you can't even appreciate an honest comment and ask yourself "why would he say that?"

Having owned a boxer for many years, I was...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-09-2012, 10:19 AM
Replies: 35,683
Views: 9,037,924
Posted By Kbetts
My comment was purely directed at mid-corner body...

My comment was purely directed at mid-corner body position. IMO, the rotation (LEAN) induced from on-throttle/off-throttle inputs by the torque of a horizontally opposed engine (boxer) require...
Forum: Thumpers 01-09-2012, 04:29 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,005
Posted By Kbetts
I love mine. My oil no longer turns black in 500...

I love mine. My oil no longer turns black in 500 miles and still looks good at 2000 when I change it. My carburation is MUCH better in cold weather. Temps stay rock steady. Great product.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-07-2012, 04:30 AM
Replies: 35,683
Views: 9,037,924
Posted By Kbetts
The problem with these pictures is that we only...

The problem with these pictures is that we only get a hint of what's going on. The rider might be in the process of hanging off and the picture only captured the beginning.

There is also the fact...
Forum: Road warriors 01-06-2012, 01:14 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 10,400
Posted By Kbetts
Picky, Picky,Picky. Threw in a Fat Bob for...

Picky, Picky,Picky. Threw in a Fat Bob for comparison of a suspension closer to the Road King. With the NORMAL suspension of the Dyna it handles just fine. The Switchback has been lowered too...
Forum: Road warriors 01-06-2012, 12:23 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 10,400
Posted By Kbetts
Switchback vs RK?

Switchback vs RK?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-05-2012, 11:01 AM
Replies: 35,683
Views: 9,037,924
Posted By Kbetts
This is what I mean.... The effect...

This is what I mean....




The effect of trailing the rear brake on a cruiser is much more useful than on a short wheel base motorcycle with less rake and trail.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-05-2012, 08:49 AM
Replies: 35,683
Views: 9,037,924
Posted By Kbetts
Harley's have a long wheelbase and low center of...

Harley's have a long wheelbase and low center of gravity. The most effective way to change directions I have found is to use trailing brake (that's REAR braking for you stoppie guys) and allow the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-03-2012, 09:04 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,711
Posted By Kbetts
Service member maintains "Home of Record". ...

Service member maintains "Home of Record". Spouses aren't protected by law and can't meet residency requirements in their home states unless they spend lots of time away from their spouse.

This...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-03-2012, 05:13 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,711
Posted By Kbetts
Those who are military dependents also serve our...

Those who are military dependents also serve our country, just in a different way. Where ever their spouse is transferred they become legal residents of that state (unless it's overseas and then...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-03-2012, 04:23 PM
Replies: 35,683
Views: 9,037,924
Posted By Kbetts
Back atcha... ...

Back atcha...

http://fundogs.zxq.net/wp-content/uploads/fundogs.zxq_.net-Dogs-Motorcycle-5.jpg
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-03-2012, 03:43 PM
Replies: 35,683
Views: 9,037,924
Posted By Kbetts
My take on it......Dogs and children take their...

My take on it......Dogs and children take their cue from you how to react. If you're relaxed and happy, they'll be relaxed and happy (assuming all their needs are met and you're not running loud...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-03-2012, 06:22 AM
Replies: 35,683
Views: 9,037,924
Posted By Kbetts
I just love this shot for so many reasons. I...

I just love this shot for so many reasons. I hear "Ride of the Valkyries" when I look at it. Also, it kind of puts everything into perspective when it come to this thread.
Forum: Road warriors 01-02-2012, 12:59 PM
Replies: 307
Views: 37,720
Posted By Kbetts
The "Facts"... ...

The "Facts"...
http://www.wikinvest.com/stock/Harley-Davidson_%28HOG%29
Forum: Road warriors 01-01-2012, 08:51 PM
Replies: 307
Views: 37,720
Posted By Kbetts
Dirt roads are zero problem for Harleys. The low...

Dirt roads are zero problem for Harleys. The low center of gravity and abundant torque just off throttle are ideal for negotiating low traction dirt roads. After all, most roads were dirt for...
Forum: Road warriors 01-01-2012, 06:42 PM
Replies: 307
Views: 37,720
Posted By Kbetts
The burden of proof is on the accuser and they...

The burden of proof is on the accuser and they fail to make their case. They're not using any facts, just opinion. It's on you to back up your opinion, not anyone else. This common tactic of...
Forum: Road warriors 12-31-2011, 03:09 PM
Replies: 307
Views: 37,720
Posted By Kbetts
We use our Harley for two up overnight trips and...

We use our Harley for two up overnight trips and it works great. I wasn't into cruisers but my wife loves them and they've really grown on me. Great rides.

Rent one.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-31-2011, 12:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,291
Posted By Kbetts
t That's most likely my fault as I'm a...

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That's most likely my fault as I'm a notorious torturer of words. The helmet is an HJC CL-16 (http://www.webbikeworld.com/r2/motorcycle-helmet/hjc/cl-16/) (Snell 2010 for $75 from Amazon) which...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-31-2011, 09:22 AM
Replies: 35,683
Views: 9,037,924
Posted By Kbetts
My, my......... well, then. Can we see some...

My, my......... well, then.

Can we see some New Year's day ride pictures until the Dragon fires up in a few months?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-31-2011, 07:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,291
Posted By Kbetts
Selecting the right helmet

I got a new helmet for Christmas and found the owner's manual has some advice I'd never heard before and some that's a good reminder......

Here's the full text.......
Forum: Road warriors 12-31-2011, 06:54 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,924
Posted By Kbetts
A bird in hand beats two in the bush. Riding a...

A bird in hand beats two in the bush. Riding a now beats riding later every time. The SV (pretty good to start with) doesn't have to be the perfect ride, just available.

Congrats on an excellent...
Forum: Thumpers 12-31-2011, 04:28 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,906
Posted By Kbetts
Got a '05 KLR in '05 and an '07 Harley in '09.....

Got a '05 KLR in '05 and an '07 Harley in '09.. both off Craigslist from guys who had to sell them due to family distress. Both were lightly used but well loved before I got them and I promised to...
Forum: Road warriors 12-29-2011, 07:22 AM
Replies: 258
Views: 36,914
Posted By Kbetts
I've spent several hours on the Weestrom which is...

I've spent several hours on the Weestrom which is closest to a modern middle weight standard, IMO. I'd really like to spend some time on a Yamaha FZ6/8 and a Kawasaki ERn-6 to see if they'd appeal to...
Forum: Road warriors 12-28-2011, 06:01 PM
Replies: 258
Views: 36,914
Posted By Kbetts
EXCEPT... the 600cc bikes now target a different...

EXCEPT... the 600cc bikes now target a different demographic market. They have the wrong rake and trail, wrong torque curve, wrong tires, too small of a frame, and styling that appeals to a very...
Forum: Road warriors 12-27-2011, 05:18 PM
Replies: 258
Views: 36,914
Posted By Kbetts
Close, no cigar... 174kg (383lbs) THE FACTS...

Close, no cigar... 174kg (383lbs)

THE FACTS
Yamaha SR400 - 3780
Engine: 399cc, air-cooled 2v OHC four-stroke single. Five gears
Power: 25bhp
Torque: 20 lb-ft
Weight: 174kg
Seat height:...
Forum: Road warriors 12-27-2011, 03:25 PM
Replies: 258
Views: 36,914
Posted By Kbetts
Yeah, they'd never sell..... yamaha sr400...

Yeah, they'd never sell.....


yamaha sr400

http://www.motorcyclenews.com/upload/263264/images/01-yamaha-sr400.jpg

Kawasaki W800
...
Forum: Road warriors 12-27-2011, 07:35 AM
Replies: 258
Views: 36,914
Posted By Kbetts
I think most bikes would find a market if federal...

I think most bikes would find a market if federal regulations weren't such a road block. Just imagine a government that recognized the European specs as good enough for 50hp and under. You could be...
Forum: Road warriors 12-25-2011, 05:38 AM
Replies: 2,336
Views: 642,392
Posted By Kbetts
Santa on a Harley is a classic. Merry Christmas...

Santa on a Harley is a classic. Merry Christmas to you and yours....and may the smile on your face in the Christmas card be there throughout the year and may it match the joy in your heart.
...
Forum: Road warriors 12-19-2011, 10:39 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,228
Posted By Kbetts
??? I said that he should make sure the bike will...

??? I said that he should make sure the bike will fit him or that it could be adjusted to fit him and referenced Cycle-ergos.

You seem to have blended that point with my second point.... Which...
Forum: Road warriors 12-19-2011, 04:02 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,228
Posted By Kbetts
How big of a guy are you? Try out cycle-ergo.com...

How big of a guy are you? Try out cycle-ergo.com as your first step. A motorcycle is like a suit in that it has to fit or be tailored to fit.

Changing bikes is also a good time to upgrade your...
Forum: Road warriors 12-17-2011, 10:57 AM
Replies: 180
Views: 17,259
Posted By Kbetts
The thing is, Harley doesn't use the same...

The thing is, Harley doesn't use the same "performance criteria" to design it's bikes.

No 0-60 times, no 1/4 mile times, no track times, no horse power numbers, no significant emphasis on weight...
Forum: Road warriors 12-15-2011, 05:52 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 17,259
Posted By Kbetts
Harley did some major changes and restructuring...

Harley did some major changes and restructuring that included Buell due purely economic reasons and not according to the business plan just a year prior. They sold MV Agusta when they clearly didn't...
Forum: Road warriors 12-15-2011, 01:28 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 17,259
Posted By Kbetts
In 2008, Harley bought MV Agusta which was the...

In 2008, Harley bought MV Agusta which was the parent company of Cagiva. Do some research on Cagiva and you'll see it doesn't build big bikes. Buell put a Rotax V-twin in the 1125R ( "R" as in...
Forum: Road warriors 12-14-2011, 03:30 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 17,259
Posted By Kbetts
A little history lesson is in order, IMO. ...

A little history lesson is in order, IMO.

Harley's started out as race bikes. They maintained a history of being fast for many, many years. The purchase of MV Agusta in 2008 was just the latest...
Forum: Road warriors 12-13-2011, 02:39 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 17,259
Posted By Kbetts
You're way oversimplifying what Harley has done...

You're way oversimplifying what Harley has done over the last 10 years. Significant changes have happened every few years and only the style remains the same. Brakes, tires, frames, electronics,...
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