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Forum: Old's Cool 09-20-2014, 02:11 PM
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Views: 306,394
Posted By Growl
Good ride report

Enjoyed the report & pics
Forum: Old's Cool 09-14-2014, 01:22 AM
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Views: 306,394
Posted By Growl
getting the 650 out there...

Yeah, Troop... I'm working on it... working on the front brakes... converted to dual disks on the front... disks from XS1100 and left caliper from SR500, dissambled the calipers, and cleaned 'em up...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-13-2014, 07:41 PM
Replies: 1,829
Views: 306,394
Posted By Growl

I had an old high mileage Sportster with that issue. The bore for the wheel bearing was "hogged out" i.e enlarged from wear and tear. I was on a tight budget so I shimmed the bearing to achieve a...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-12-2014, 09:01 PM
Replies: 1,829
Views: 306,394
Posted By Growl
Henness Pass

Troop: I hope you have a geat time. I organized a ride on the same route a couple years ago.. packed my wife on the back of the Buell. Stayed the night at Boomtown, bought a knife at Cabellas. ...
Forum: Old's Cool 02-13-2014, 11:01 PM
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Views: 306,394
Posted By Growl

I use a Harley FXR tank... 4+ gallons... Minimum modifications... Some diddling where the cups are on the frame... removed them... The petcock, well I bent it slightly towards the rear... Looks...
Forum: The Garage 01-06-2014, 07:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,569
Posted By Growl
oversize tires are over rated

I used to do this, thinking it was an improvement. One size up or down usually works but you don't gain much other than a beefier look. Using a quality tire of the right size makes for tires that...
Forum: Road warriors 01-04-2014, 10:48 AM
Replies: 4,676
Views: 853,383
Posted By Growl
883 - 1200 conversion

The 883 to 1200 conversion while keeping the stock 883 heads is a sweet way to go, according to many reports I've read on the forums over the years. The premise is that the smaller ports and valves...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-21-2013, 12:32 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,736
Posted By Growl
I really like my Yamaha XS650 for reliability,...

I really like my Yamaha XS650 for reliability, parts availability and dirt road ability plus good gas mileage. A bit of a grind for sustained high speeds however. I bet a KLR 650 would serve well… ...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-20-2013, 04:28 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,736
Posted By Growl
I would be less focused on zeroing on a...

I would be less focused on zeroing on a particular make & model. Instead, I'd cruise the used market looking for the best candidate offered that meets my criteria of price, simplicity in...
Forum: Beasts 11-16-2013, 12:25 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,593
Posted By Growl
Cool2 what to do?

normally I avoid posts like this, solving another rider's 'which bike' conundrum. This particular scenario resonates with me. I am going to vote to keep your existing bike but only after I put in a...
Forum: Ride reports 10-22-2013, 08:03 AM
Replies: 565
Views: 144,440
Posted By Growl
Terrific ride report!

right on in every way!
best of luck in your journeys...
Forum: Day Trippin' 09-02-2013, 12:33 PM
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Views: 605
Posted By Growl
Good ride report!

get yourself a scoot, ride & write more
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-13-2013, 09:16 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,914
Posted By Growl
yes... and...

Yes... it is valid to use a longer swingarm to enhance traction for the rear wheel.. my reasoning to follow...

But first, increasing traction for the front wheel is a good thing! (when needed.) ...
Forum: Road warriors 07-30-2013, 07:23 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,693
Posted By Growl
Harley but not any

I love my Dyna Superglide with touring seat, windshield and luggage for touring with my wife... Once I got good at the slow speed manouvers she became real relaxed and trusting. We rented a Harley...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-31-2013, 10:51 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,990
Posted By Growl
Sr 500

I rode a Yamaha SR 500 for years with Trials tires and a supertrapp exhaust (performance exhaust that happens to be a spark arrester too) and it had longer than stock shocks... great on or off road,...
Forum: Trials 04-03-2013, 12:31 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,693
Posted By Growl
ty250 as dual sport

I bought a ty250 brand new and got it plated. It was a great trail bike but I couldn't keep up with other riders in fast sections because the longer wheelbase bikes could fly over stuff that put the...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-10-2013, 05:50 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 13,760
Posted By Growl
883 Sportster

a fairly modern Harley Sportster would satisfy all of your requirements
Forum: Old's Cool 01-07-2013, 12:02 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 29,404
Posted By Growl
cam bearing surface

I took a dissassembled honda engine to the dealer, years ago, to inquire about the same thing... Only in my engine the wear was more severe. The senior mechanic, who knew his stuff, said "Don't...
Forum: Road warriors 11-10-2012, 03:44 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,018
Posted By Growl
Sheesh! Find suitable tires... Maybe lower the...

Sheesh! Find suitable tires... Maybe lower the gearing a tad... And enjoy!

Suitable tires, consider these:

Vee Rubber VRM-163 120/90 16

DURO HF904 130/90S16
Forum: Battle scooters 10-23-2012, 05:20 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,097
Posted By Growl
rural night commute

I've been doing it for years. Upgrade your lights certainly. The main protection from deer is to ride slowly. Hopefully the route you are thinking of allows that. My theory is that deer are able...
Forum: Road warriors 08-25-2012, 11:26 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 8,631
Posted By Growl
I rode a 1973 xlch for 5000 miles per year for...

I rode a 1973 xlch for 5000 miles per year for about 6 years... Once I got it tuned with a SU carb it returned 42ish miles per gallon... I put a larger tank on it and toured... a lot of 300-400 mile...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-18-2012, 01:47 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 12,442
Posted By Growl
1981 GS 1100e

I loved it
often got over 50 mpg.
was scary fast
felt heavy in the twisties
Forum: Ride reports 04-14-2012, 05:22 PM
Replies: 3,105
Views: 1,518,004
Posted By Growl
Biker blues

Dude! When a biker's ride is down... that's depressing. My wife tells me she has noticed I get seriously bummed when I don't have a running motorcycle. I've learned to have two bikes, so when I'm...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-10-2012, 11:46 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,961
Posted By Growl
Nice lookin' 360!

I rode one for years... commuted to work, to college, rode on dirt roads, logging roads, even toured on it... Yours already looks cafe... doesn't need much (maybe handlebars?). I think one could...
Forum: Road warriors 04-08-2012, 12:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 735
Posted By Growl
good looking bike

your new Yamaha is a looker!
Forum: Old's Cool 02-07-2012, 04:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,890
Posted By Growl
adapting a trials bike for dual sport

I can relate, having converted a Yamaha TY250 trials bike to dual sport use in the late 1970's... I added a mirror, larger tail light, and the factory option bigger seat. It was a good experience...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-31-2012, 10:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,094
Posted By Growl
Good looking...

Forum: Old's Cool 01-21-2012, 10:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,164
Posted By Growl

Thank you for the heads up on this!
Interesting indeed!
Both links worked for me btw.
(and thanks to Tony Foale for putting his book out there!)
Forum: Road warriors 01-15-2012, 10:26 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 9,386
Posted By Growl

My wife and I rented a Bandit and toured England for a week. She loved it and I loved it. Stock seat, soft bags and a tank bag... nothing fancy as for gear but it worked splendedly. Good handling,...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-10-2012, 09:05 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,550
Posted By Growl
Why not?

I rode one for years... handled well and was rugged. It was stable on the highway yet agile on trails and dirt roads. It returned 50 miles per gallon. It was light enough to manhandle if you...
Forum: Old's Cool 10-29-2011, 02:40 AM
Replies: 1,829
Views: 306,394
Posted By Growl
Baza... What gearing are you running?

Baza... What gearing are you running?
Forum: Beasts 10-12-2011, 04:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,997
Posted By Growl
sudden gas mileage

I would check to see if maybe you are starting to develop an intake leak, which would lean out the mixture. The WD_40 test involves running the bike at idle, then spraying WD-40 around the intake...
Forum: Ride reports 09-21-2011, 10:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 967
Posted By Growl
2 up on Kawi 250


Maybe lower the gearing a bit and adjust the suspension for heavier load
Forum: Old's Cool 09-18-2011, 08:30 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 18,701
Posted By Growl
73 xlch

I rode an ole 73 XLCH for years, commuting to work, and weekend tours... It was a real labor of love to keep it running properly!
I like the solid wheels by the way.
The "banana" front disk brake...
Forum: Beasts 09-04-2011, 11:42 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,654
Posted By Growl
Consider Ninja 250

I would consider the Kawasaki Ninja 250 with dual purpose tires... it's been done and this setup get's good reports. It should be reliable, sporting enough to be entertaining on the road yet light...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-12-2011, 11:58 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,531
Posted By Growl
I loved mine...

50 mpg unless going 85 or more, then 35 mpg. Comfortable riding 2 up. Wide power band but scary fast wide open. Handling was fair but not great in the twisties... The 1983 has the better swingarm,...
Forum: Road warriors 05-26-2011, 05:26 AM
Replies: 403
Views: 50,844
Posted By Growl
heavier flywheel in Uly...

Well not about to tear it down soon but as the bike is a keeper I'd like to know what is possible for the eventual day...

Bottom line is I like flywheel effect for low end tractibility... I think...
Forum: Road warriors 05-25-2011, 07:36 AM
Replies: 403
Views: 50,844
Posted By Growl
Wicked stock heavy sportster flywheel in 2006 Ulysses?

I am wondering if swapping to a stock sportster flywheel (presumably heavier) is doable, has it been done, is it a straight swap... ??? :-)
Forum: Old's Cool 04-15-2011, 07:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,196
Posted By Growl
cb360 dual sport

For dirt roads, fire trails and logging roads... not too bad as point A to point B transportation... the limited suspension prevents any speed in the rough. I used a CT 360 (same as CB 360 but with...
Forum: Beasts 03-17-2011, 12:02 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 15,712
Posted By Growl
Is that for real?

Belt lube?
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