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Forum: Road warriors 10-03-2009, 04:35 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,954
Posted By armatron
Hah no worries.. And guys... I've owned...

Hah no worries..


And guys... I've owned the jap bikes... I'm ready for something a bit *different* but still a good daily rider. I haven't had the chance to test ride anything yet, but I'm...
Forum: Road warriors 09-30-2009, 07:24 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,954
Posted By armatron
Hmm I'll check out barnes and noble tomorrow... ...

Hmm I'll check out barnes and noble tomorrow... Thanks for the tip!

I'm also eying the FZ1 w/ luggage.... Thoughts?
Forum: Road warriors 09-27-2009, 03:18 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,954
Posted By armatron
Hey hey... advice taken :) Thanks again...

Hey hey... advice taken :)


Thanks again all for the recommendations. I'm going to test ride a k1300s, see what I can find out about 08 k1200s reliability, and look into both the hayabusa and...
Forum: Road warriors 09-27-2009, 09:22 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,415
Posted By armatron
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3197/2721768190_e86...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3197/2721768190_e866c1dcbb.jpg?v=0
Forum: Road warriors 09-27-2009, 08:48 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,954
Posted By armatron
I don't understand why not wanting a Japanese...

I don't understand why not wanting a Japanese bike instantly garners all of this negativity.


I've owned lots of different bikes. There is definetely a different 'experience' with the non-jap...
Forum: Road warriors 09-27-2009, 08:45 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,954
Posted By armatron
You conveniently left out the second part of my...

You conveniently left out the second part of my statement

"At this point I've pretty much made up my mind - I need to test ride one first,"
Forum: Road warriors 09-26-2009, 04:10 PM
Replies: 250
Views: 28,253
Posted By armatron
I own a 97 TL1000S (with the 97 cams and all...

I own a 97 TL1000S (with the 97 cams and all that, very 'lopey) and have tried multiple different exhaust setups - my favorite is the two brothers (but specifically the larger cans) with the silencer...
Forum: Road warriors 09-26-2009, 03:28 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,954
Posted By armatron
How about the S1000RR? I honestly wasn't that...

How about the S1000RR? I honestly wasn't that unhappy with the comfort of my 1098 (granted, with helibars..).. it was the 100k+ reliability I was concerned about....


Is BMW claiming long term...
Forum: Road warriors 09-26-2009, 03:01 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,954
Posted By armatron
I'm just not a huge fan of the zx14. I can see...

I'm just not a huge fan of the zx14. I can see where it can appeal to many, but I just can't get over the looks.

The hayabusa is a maybe, but again.. I just don't care for the looks.

The...
Forum: Road warriors 09-25-2009, 04:23 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,954
Posted By armatron
Ah another question - does the VFR or KS have...

Ah another question - does the VFR or KS have better handling?
Forum: Road warriors 09-25-2009, 03:12 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,954
Posted By armatron
Thanks to everyone for the advice!! 1098 is...

Thanks to everyone for the advice!!

1098 is officially gone.. It was a GREAT bike, but I only allow myself to have 1 'new/in warranty' bike at a time..

I'm not really terribly concerned...
Forum: Road warriors 09-24-2009, 07:24 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,954
Posted By armatron
How is the overall build/design quality? The 1098...

How is the overall build/design quality? The 1098 looks amazing from 5 feet away, but when you start getting close you notice the poorly placed zip ties, insanely difficult to access air filter, etc...
Forum: Road warriors 09-24-2009, 05:26 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,954
Posted By armatron
What kind of gas mileage do you get? Also, have...

What kind of gas mileage do you get? Also, have you heard of any super high mileage bikes?
Forum: Road warriors 09-24-2009, 05:24 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,954
Posted By armatron
Help me figure out my next bike - supersport touring?

A few months ago I realized that I was pretty much done with serious 'mountain' riding - after a few trackdays and years of riding pretty hard I'd discovered that my riding skills are exceeding what...
Forum: The Garage 07-19-2008, 08:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,042
Posted By armatron
Just for the record - A sealed battery can leak. ...

Just for the record - A sealed battery can leak. I had an 05 636 that had a leaky battery at about 300 miles... Ruined the swingarm, chain, rear wheel, and tire. The dealer was great and it was...
Forum: The Garage 07-17-2008, 05:03 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,705
Posted By armatron
I could see how on a supersport at full lean...

I could see how on a supersport at full lean riding hard could potentially be a problem - the hole/plug could be the weak spot that starts to tear since there is so much lateral force compared to a...
Forum: Road warriors 07-02-2008, 06:44 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,012
Posted By armatron
On my TL I get about 33mpg all highway with 98+...

On my TL I get about 33mpg all highway with 98+ new ecu. I get much worse with any of the available PCIII maps online.. I need to get it tuned.

1098 gets about 30, but I just got out of break-in...
Forum: Road warriors 07-02-2008, 06:42 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,263
Posted By armatron
I'll also add that I don't have any first hand...

I'll also add that I don't have any first hand experience on this, but always read about how great the HD and BMW places are where I live.

The 'exotics' (Duc, Triumph, MV, etc) are hit or miss......
Forum: The Garage 06-11-2008, 02:50 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 18,269
Posted By armatron
I never clean my chains... I keep the area...

I never clean my chains... I keep the area around them (guard, front sprocket cover) clean and I use pj1 blue every ~600 miles or so.. whenever the rollers look shiny. I can usually put about...
Forum: The Garage 06-02-2008, 06:10 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 157,256
Posted By armatron
I swear you guys don't have enough stress in your...

I swear you guys don't have enough stress in your life or something... jebus I wish the only thing I had to worry about is what kinda lube to use!!


:rofl:rofl


Great study.. I liked it, good...
Forum: Equipment 06-01-2008, 06:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 795
Posted By armatron
IIRC they focused on the weight, which imo, isn't...

IIRC they focused on the weight, which imo, isn't bad. I've owned lighter helmets, but I feel like they got blown around more.


No, I didn't try any other helmets... I guess I had heard so many...
Forum: Equipment 06-01-2008, 01:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 795
Posted By armatron
Scorpion EXO-1000 Review

A little bit of background - I've had various HJC's (AC-10, 11, and CS's), and and icon.

The scorpion seems to have excellent build quality - I'm not going to repeat the postives of what everyone...
Forum: Road warriors 06-01-2008, 09:44 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,356
Posted By armatron
IMO an SV would be fine if properly prepared.. ...

IMO an SV would be fine if properly prepared..

If an S - get helibars (or even cheaper - trade someone with a non-s for the standard style bars)

Get a decent windscreen. It's probably going to...
Forum: Road warriors 06-01-2008, 09:39 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,674
Posted By armatron
Vfr

Vfr
Forum: Equipment 05-31-2008, 11:46 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,702
Posted By armatron
When I had a short commute I was comfortable with...

When I had a short commute I was comfortable with just wearing jeans or my work clothes + jacket.. But now that it's ~80 miles round trip mostly highway I'd prefer to wear overpants...
Forum: Equipment 05-31-2008, 09:24 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,702
Posted By armatron
What gear do you wear to commute? (specifically, pants)

I went from a 2 mile daily commute to an 80 mile round trip commute..

For the winter I wore First Gear TPG overpants - which aren't bad, but won't work above about 75 degrees.

I'm trying to...
Forum: Road warriors 05-31-2008, 09:15 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,263
Posted By armatron
Personally I would never even consider a duc or...

Personally I would never even consider a duc or triumph for a trip like this. (I've had first had experience with Triumph and wouldn't trust the company to help me at all..) I've had second hand...
Forum: The Garage 05-07-2008, 10:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 826
Posted By armatron
Okay - Ended up taking awhile to update.. Working...

Okay - Ended up taking awhile to update.. Working and etc.


The problem is (in my opinion) that suzuki thermostats open at their rated temp (be it 176 or whatever) but will not close until at a...
Forum: Road warriors 04-30-2008, 05:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 732
Posted By armatron
Where do you buy your parts?

I've really had enough with most of my local dealers - they bitch and moan about how 'online shops' are "stealing their business" yet they keep NOTHING in stock - There isn't much point in buying...
Forum: The Garage 04-10-2008, 07:35 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 21,600
Posted By armatron
If you're only doing this once - rent a trailer,...

If you're only doing this once - rent a trailer, use plenty of tie-downs (in the configurations recommended), buy a canyondancer... and that's it.

If it's even once a year or so then get a baxley...
Forum: The Garage 04-10-2008, 07:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 807
Posted By armatron
I've done a bit of plumbing - 2 or 3 bathroom...

I've done a bit of plumbing - 2 or 3 bathroom renovations, can work with copper, pvc, even crimp poly..


I don't mess with faulty faucets.. Maybe it's the days of my grandfather making me dig...
Forum: The Garage 04-10-2008, 07:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,497
Posted By armatron
IMHO unless this is a 0 mile pristine bike then...

IMHO unless this is a 0 mile pristine bike then all of this ish is complete overkill... covering the bike in cosmoline? wtf?? Give me a $60k+ classic car then okay maybe - but obviously you have...
Forum: Americas 03-18-2008, 08:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,334
Posted By armatron
Short vacation on short notice... where to go? Camping? Beach?

I'm trying to find a good place to go on a short (3-4 day) vacation..


The kicker is that I'd like to leave Thursday evening.. yes - day after tomorrow..


Thoughts? This would be for a...
Forum: The Garage 03-15-2008, 05:31 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,479
Posted By armatron
IMO there are very few actual handtools I would...

IMO there are very few actual handtools I would buy from harbor freight - very large sockets and allen sockets are about it.

I do however have this stuff from harbor freight: bench vise, heat gun,...
Forum: Equipment 03-07-2008, 06:20 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,069
Posted By armatron
bump for update

bump for update
Forum: Road warriors 03-06-2008, 03:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 516
Posted By armatron
No structural purpose but depending on how far...

No structural purpose but depending on how far they stick out they could help save the tail plastics in a tipover...




.....or help bend the subframe
Forum: The Garage 03-06-2008, 02:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,952
Posted By armatron
+1... I haven't seen this show, but it doesn't...

+1... I haven't seen this show, but it doesn't sound like it'd be good for soft materials (plastics/rubber)

Sand is pretty abrasive..
Forum: The Garage 03-04-2008, 01:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 826
Posted By armatron
I can take pics in a little bit but the 'return'...

I can take pics in a little bit but the 'return' hose goes from the water pump to the thermostat housing. I'm not sure what exactly it's for, but the 97's do not have them and are way undercooled.
...
Forum: The Garage 03-03-2008, 07:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 603
Posted By armatron
Eh... I had no problem figuring out what you were...

Eh... I had no problem figuring out what you were saying..
Forum: The Garage 03-03-2008, 03:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 826
Posted By armatron
I suspect that it's one of two things: 1)...

I suspect that it's one of two things:

1) The water temp sensor is not reading correctly.

2) Water is circulating - which definetely could explain the DL thermostat reading so absurdlylow......
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