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Forum: Road warriors 10-23-2014, 05:35 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,657
Posted By NJ-Brett
My 1979 T140d Bonneville special had cast wheels...

My 1979 T140d Bonneville special had cast wheels AND tubes!
The best of both worlds....

It took 20 minutes to patch a tube on the side of the road, no big deal.
In 50,000 miles I had one...
Forum: Road warriors 10-22-2014, 05:18 PM
Replies: 2,000
Views: 229,159
Posted By NJ-Brett
The chain needs little to no attention, and gives...

The chain needs little to no attention, and gives the ability to change the gearing if you wish.
The valve adjustment is sloppy (gas all over) but not that hard to do, no shims or anything, no need...
Forum: Road warriors 10-22-2014, 05:24 AM
Replies: 2,000
Views: 229,159
Posted By NJ-Brett
I think the SR 400 would hit all that. But if...

I think the SR 400 would hit all that.
But if you are out where there are wide open spaces and long, flat high speed runs, a different bike (or even a car) might be a better pick then a small light...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-21-2014, 06:18 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,557
Posted By NJ-Brett
What bike? Some places have a class at the...

What bike?

Some places have a class at the votech schools at night for free/cheap, you might check that out.
Forum: Road warriors 10-21-2014, 05:22 AM
Replies: 2,000
Views: 229,159
Posted By NJ-Brett
I think the s40 is very low power output for its...

I think the s40 is very low power output for its size.
Likely lots of torque, but the feet forward riding position and the chopper rake ruin it for converting to a normal bike.

If they put those...
Forum: Road warriors 10-20-2014, 02:57 PM
Replies: 2,000
Views: 229,159
Posted By NJ-Brett
Big singles like the dr650 and klr 650 have...

Big singles like the dr650 and klr 650 have balance shafts.
The DR also has rubber mounted pegs and handlebars to kill the buzz.
The DR is air/oil cooled, the klr is water cooled, makes no...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-19-2014, 04:41 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,472
Posted By NJ-Brett
I think its boring on a big bike like a scrambler...

I think its boring on a big bike like a scrambler or a Bonneville, or really anything with enough power to run with traffic.
It could be fun if there were no police and you could rip through traffic...
Forum: Road warriors 10-19-2014, 12:56 PM
Replies: 2,000
Views: 229,159
Posted By NJ-Brett
I think it would make a great tourer, but then I...

I think it would make a great tourer, but then I am used to touring on old Triumphs.

The downsides for me would be the tube type tires.
If you fit tubeless tires, they will likely be a bear to...
Forum: Road warriors 10-18-2014, 09:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,024
Posted By NJ-Brett
Every bike except my 1200 sportster and the new...

Every bike except my 1200 sportster and the new Bonneville.
I think they were the only bikes of many I did not love.

My TU250 is much more comfortable and capable then I would have thought, and...
Forum: Road warriors 10-18-2014, 08:50 PM
Replies: 2,000
Views: 229,159
Posted By NJ-Brett
Beginner bike? I doubt many people who own one...

Beginner bike?
I doubt many people who own one just started riding.
Myself, I have 45 years of riding in.

You will never see anything like the SR again, air cooled motors are just about history....
Forum: Road warriors 10-18-2014, 05:07 PM
Replies: 2,000
Views: 229,159
Posted By NJ-Brett
Who knows, depends on the rider I guess. The...

Who knows, depends on the rider I guess.
The bike likes 70 to 90 mph, its nice and smooth, above about 85 it starts to vibrate more.
Its very responsive at interstate speeds (70 to 85 mph).

The...
Forum: Road warriors 10-16-2014, 06:28 PM
Replies: 2,000
Views: 229,159
Posted By NJ-Brett
There is a screw to hold the headlight in...

There is a screw to hold the headlight in position.
When I took delivery of my bike, I noticed the screw was loose and pointed it out to the service person, they were unaware of it.
Forum: Thumpers 10-16-2014, 10:53 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,899
Posted By NJ-Brett
400 pound 650's are great to learn dirt on, you...

400 pound 650's are great to learn dirt on, you will be very good if you can still ride at all when done.

I really loved my dr650 with a pumper carb, so much fun on the street or in the dirt.
Forum: Road warriors 10-16-2014, 10:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,042
Posted By NJ-Brett
I suppose. When you are young, you can hop on...

I suppose.
When you are young, you can hop on almost any bike, load it up with all the wrong stuff, and have a great time.
All my touring (and riding) has been on naked bikes, no hard luggage,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-16-2014, 10:30 AM
Replies: 180
Views: 12,732
Posted By NJ-Brett
When younger, 48 hours in a shot was not unusual....

When younger, 48 hours in a shot was not unusual.
I remember riding down to Florida from New Jersey, riding around a lot, and after nodding off WHILE riding, finally got a tent at Sears after...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-16-2014, 10:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,172
Posted By NJ-Brett
I had a pinch flat on a tubeless tire with a tube...

I had a pinch flat on a tubeless tire with a tube in it on my TU250, shinko 712, the shop that installed the tire must have got the tube between the rim and the tire.
I rode home 15 miles at speeds...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-16-2014, 10:16 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,073
Posted By NJ-Brett
I put foam grips on my SR400 along with bar end...

I put foam grips on my SR400 along with bar end weights and its VERY smooth for an unbalanced single.
The bars are rubber mounted to start with, like some old Triumphs were, and I do not know why...
Forum: Road warriors 10-16-2014, 05:31 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,406
Posted By NJ-Brett
Much depends on where you ride, on the East...

Much depends on where you ride, on the East coast, most area's are good for a small bike, no vast open country you can run at 100 mph across.
Many places also have a high police count, all looking...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-16-2014, 05:14 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,895
Posted By NJ-Brett
1670 miles and you want a bigger bike? Maybe...

1670 miles and you want a bigger bike?
Maybe you need one that fits you better, some small bikes are more comfortable then some big bikes, it all depends on the peg and bar placement.

You can...
Forum: Thumpers 10-15-2014, 12:26 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 760
Posted By NJ-Brett
If you think a TW is trouble in the mud, wait...

If you think a TW is trouble in the mud, wait till you try a normal bike with dual sport tires on it!

Both those tires on the front are asking for trouble in the dirt.
You can slide the back...
Forum: Road warriors 10-12-2014, 08:11 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,406
Posted By NJ-Brett
Some people find out its a lot of fun riding...

Some people find out its a lot of fun riding small light bikes like a mad man once they get past the ego thing.

After many bigger bikes most of my adult life, I went small after a bad dirt crash,...
Forum: Thumpers 10-10-2014, 08:05 PM
Replies: 8,698
Views: 1,446,659
Posted By NJ-Brett
Just keep an eye on the rubber parts, they should...

Just keep an eye on the rubber parts, they should be good for about 10 more years.
The stock TU does very well in the rain.
Forum: Road warriors 10-10-2014, 05:18 PM
Replies: 2,000
Views: 229,159
Posted By NJ-Brett
Very easy to remove though. Mine has no air...

Very easy to remove though.
Mine has no air injection or evap system on it.
Forum: Road warriors 10-10-2014, 05:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,199
Posted By NJ-Brett
What is up with the sr400 torque curve???

What is up with the sr400 torque curve???
Forum: Old's Cool 10-09-2014, 06:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 852
Posted By NJ-Brett
I never put the rubber parts in any cleaner. ...

I never put the rubber parts in any cleaner.
Huge pain in the ass that carb and air box.
I did a google on pod air filters, or foam pod air filters, and found one that was small. Its 2 layers,...
Forum: Road warriors 10-09-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 2,000
Views: 229,159
Posted By NJ-Brett
I was thinking better looks wise, I think the SR...

I was thinking better looks wise, I think the SR has the edge for me.

I do not know what the V7 sells for as there are no dealers close, the closest one (50 miles) closed, or rather they no longer...
Forum: Road warriors 10-07-2014, 02:43 PM
Replies: 2,000
Views: 229,159
Posted By NJ-Brett
That is not why I ride, otherwise a Honda fit is...

That is not why I ride, otherwise a Honda fit is about the best bike you can own.
Forum: Road warriors 10-07-2014, 05:31 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 5,359
Posted By NJ-Brett
Modern bikes seem to be more purpose built. ...

Modern bikes seem to be more purpose built.
Very few mid size bikes would be good for 2 up for a few hours, or an all day solo ride, or for strapping stuff onto for a trip.
most come with BAD...
Forum: Road warriors 10-07-2014, 05:11 AM
Replies: 2,000
Views: 229,159
Posted By NJ-Brett
That is from sitting on a V7 a few years ago,...

That is from sitting on a V7 a few years ago, when the dealer was still in business, I thought it felt small...

And I am NOT saying bikes built in other countries then Japan are junk, just...
Forum: Road warriors 10-06-2014, 12:02 PM
Replies: 2,000
Views: 229,159
Posted By NJ-Brett
You are thinking too much about cost and...

You are thinking too much about cost and performance.
Its a hand built in Japan bike, it handles and runs very well, the lack of power comes from the EPA and its style, a 4 valve water cooled bike...
Forum: Road warriors 10-05-2014, 04:45 PM
Replies: 2,000
Views: 229,159
Posted By NJ-Brett
I think the SR is the best looking new bike you...

I think the SR is the best looking new bike you can buy, although the Moto Guzzi V7 is a close 2nd.
I thought the bike was very nasty when I test rode it, but it gets much better after it breaks in,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-03-2014, 09:24 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 5,537
Posted By NJ-Brett
I think everyone knows someone who rides...

I think everyone knows someone who rides something, or used to.
Scooters, mopeds, motorcycles of all sorts.

5 or 6 people ride on my block, no one is a squid oother then the 19 year old boy that...
Forum: Face plant 10-03-2014, 09:02 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,552
Posted By NJ-Brett
Yes, I would say dirt riding has you more in...

Yes, I would say dirt riding has you more in control, tree's and rocks do not move or do stupid things.
If you get a TW200 and ride sanely, you could likely do 40 years of dirt riding without...
Forum: Face plant 10-03-2014, 07:42 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,552
Posted By NJ-Brett
In my case, dirt riding has been much worse then...

In my case, dirt riding has been much worse then street riding.
Lots of busted stuff in the dirt, no busted stuff on the street.
When I first started street riding 40 years ago, I slid out twice in...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-03-2014, 07:35 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,909
Posted By NJ-Brett
I think I would take a Ural over the Wee, as long...

I think I would take a Ural over the Wee, as long as I had a backup bike of some sort.

Not much point in a 1 wheel drive one though, put a sidecar on a Harley or something, more power and speed...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-30-2014, 07:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 575
Posted By NJ-Brett
Its not cheap to do a good full job, in time or...

Its not cheap to do a good full job, in time or money.
I spent loads of cash on my old Triumph, loads of parts, spare parts, upgrades and repairs, lots of hard use out of the bike, but always...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-30-2014, 07:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 852
Posted By NJ-Brett
That little jet in the float bowl is the problem...

That little jet in the float bowl is the problem with the idle circuit.
Pine sol should help, and blow it out with compressed air.
My pilot adjustment does have a lot of effect.

The trigger coil...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-30-2014, 11:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 852
Posted By NJ-Brett
Clean the valves?? My bike likes to loft...

Clean the valves??

My bike likes to loft the front wheel on take off's, its a short bike, its light, and weight bias (what little there is) seems to be twards the back, so its always doing little...
Forum: Road warriors 09-30-2014, 11:04 AM
Replies: 2,000
Views: 229,159
Posted By NJ-Brett
2 or 3 cylinders to many for me.

2 or 3 cylinders to many for me.
Forum: Old's Cool 09-29-2014, 04:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 852
Posted By NJ-Brett
I would say my XT rides very smooth, and the...

I would say my XT rides very smooth, and the suspension is on the softer side, fork oil has a lot to do with the feel of the bike.

My XT had the side stand and clutch switches disconnected before...
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