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Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left Today, 11:03 AM
Replies: 5,013
Views: 478,855
Posted By Roadracer_Al
That FJ looks pretty sweet! I'd been thinking...

That FJ looks pretty sweet! I'd been thinking about an FZ as a replacement for my VStrom, but it didn't really fit the mould.
Forum: Face plant 12-20-2014, 09:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 842
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Maybe 2000~2500 miles on the tires. Part of...

Maybe 2000~2500 miles on the tires.

Part of the problem is that I've always spent the money on premium tires.

Bad news... I visited my orthopedic doc yesterday, and she says I've ruptured one...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 12-19-2014, 12:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,438
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Yes, I can relate. One of my most treasured...

Yes, I can relate. One of my most treasured possessions is a photo of my brother giving me (at age 5 in 1969) a ride on his emerald-green Jawa. He passed away 3 years ago.

I've told my people...
Forum: Face plant 12-18-2014, 02:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 842
Posted By Roadracer_Al
I haven't inspected it for damage yet, but yes,...

I haven't inspected it for damage yet, but yes, I'd like to sell it.

I *really* want an Aprilia Tuono! :deal
Forum: Some Assembly Required 12-18-2014, 11:54 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,438
Posted By Roadracer_Al
That tank & upper are so cool. Wish they'd fit...

That tank & upper are so cool. Wish they'd fit on my 690!

Regarding sorting through stuff after we croak, as a motorcyclist & machinist & fabricator & general tool nut... I've decided that I'm...
Forum: Face plant 12-18-2014, 11:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 842
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Dahmnik

For the last couple months, Iv'e been prepping my VStrom 1k to sell. One of the things I've done is to replace my mostly worn-out Conti Attack IIs -- which are *GREAT* tires for the Vee -- with an...
Forum: Face plant 12-16-2014, 10:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,744
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Yep, been there, done that. I was rear ended in...

Yep, been there, done that. I was rear ended in the AM rush-hour on the Washington DC Beltway. I can't recommend it to anyone.

Glad you got off light.
Forum: Face plant 12-16-2014, 10:51 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,344
Posted By Roadracer_Al
God damnit, where's the like button? :deal ...

God damnit, where's the like button? :deal

As far as insurance is concerned, it's like the military: brain damaged dood was following instructions: if his instructions didn't include "wear a...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 12-16-2014, 11:54 AM
Replies: 2,254
Views: 127,303
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Almost certainly electrical, in the ignition...

Almost certainly electrical, in the ignition circuit. By your comment, it seems that it cranks but doesn't fire.

Open up your throttle-side switch housing & blow the kill switch mechanism out...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 12-15-2014, 06:09 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 13,765
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Yes, Tolga visited, but it was his...

Yes, Tolga visited, but it was his friend/cameraman Cholaar that stayed with us.

Have you passed California yet on your RTW trip? You should visit -- MtotheF is located not too far from my home.
Forum: Some Assembly Required 12-14-2014, 10:53 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 13,765
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Ha, yes, that was me. We just had a...

Ha, yes, that was me.

We just had a RTW-travelling Turk visit with us for 5 days over Thanksgiving. :deal
Forum: Some Assembly Required 12-11-2014, 11:35 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,339
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Max - since you have a mill, you can easily make...

Max - since you have a mill, you can easily make a block type parting tool holder. Parting tools are cheap enough on Amazon, around $20. Thin ones need less spindle HP, and leave a smaller nib on...
Forum: Thumpers 12-08-2014, 10:29 AM
Replies: 19,822
Views: 2,296,849
Posted By Roadracer_Al
It appears that you laid up a carbon fiber elbow...

It appears that you laid up a carbon fiber elbow from the throttle body to the filter. The aluminum tube was necessary to install the Intake Air Temp sensor, and to mount it. Is that accurate?
...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 12-01-2014, 06:32 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 13,427
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Big +1. Heck yeah, I've often thought about...

Big +1.

Heck yeah, I've often thought about exactly this project -- sort of a roll-your-own Africa Twin.

Here's the deal: you can obviously weld reasonably well. Making a tube frame isn't that...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 11-30-2014, 10:56 PM
Replies: 192
Views: 60,392
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Nope. We run over .3" **texture** in the road...

Nope. We run over .3" **texture** in the road and don't think twice about it.

Like I said, pointy stick method is totally adequate.
Forum: Some Assembly Required 11-30-2014, 12:01 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 13,427
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Before you buy custom triple trees, please read...

Before you buy custom triple trees, please read up on rake and trail! Here is a good article by "the man", Tony Foale, who I consider one of the leading MC engineering theorists.
...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 11-29-2014, 11:14 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 13,427
Posted By Roadracer_Al
That arrangement is going to put an enormous...

That arrangement is going to put an enormous amount of force on the lower bolts, which will probably shear off very quickly. It may help your understanding if you envision the top bolt as a hinge...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 11-28-2014, 12:30 PM
Replies: 192
Views: 60,392
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Of course!

Of course!
Forum: Some Assembly Required 11-27-2014, 11:15 AM
Replies: 192
Views: 60,392
Posted By Roadracer_Al
You have, IMHO, the right attitude for wheel...

You have, IMHO, the right attitude for wheel building: patient and methodical.

I have built a couple of wheels, and it's not difficult, but it is somewhat mentally taxing.

There are a couple...
Forum: Ride reports 11-24-2014, 11:19 AM
Replies: 238
Views: 47,171
Posted By Roadracer_Al
In.

In.
Forum: Some Assembly Required 11-21-2014, 07:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,306
Posted By Roadracer_Al
That trike is brilliant.

That trike is brilliant.
Forum: Some Assembly Required 11-21-2014, 06:57 PM
Replies: 192
Views: 60,392
Posted By Roadracer_Al
That aluminum brazing stick -- or at least...

That aluminum brazing stick -- or at least products like it -- have been around for a zillion years.

They're mostly Zinc, and are quite brittle. NOT for structural fabrication or repair.
...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 11-21-2014, 11:11 AM
Replies: 203
Views: 21,499
Posted By Roadracer_Al
My friend and DB co-conspirator (he helped 5 or 6...

My friend and DB co-conspirator (he helped 5 or 6 days... enlightened self-interest: he wanted to improve his fabrication & welding techniques) wrote a story with pix:
...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 11-20-2014, 12:11 AM
Replies: 203
Views: 21,499
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Showing up with last years bike isn't cheating. ...

Showing up with last years bike isn't cheating. Turk does it all the time.
Forum: Thumpers 11-19-2014, 11:01 PM
Replies: 19,822
Views: 2,296,849
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Don't you mean a straight mustache? :rofl

Don't you mean a straight mustache? :rofl
Forum: Some Assembly Required 11-16-2014, 07:33 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 21,499
Posted By Roadracer_Al
I totally feel ya. My build blitzed through the...

I totally feel ya. My build blitzed through the first 85%, but the last 15% -- the nagging precise bits -- were slow-going and turned this project into a 2015 DB Bike... which is probably a good...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 11-13-2014, 01:04 AM
Replies: 192
Views: 60,392
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Another very useful tip for getting fully welded...

Another very useful tip for getting fully welded corners is that when you're cutting the piece out, leave some big ears near the pointy corners, big enough that they won't blow out. Then weld all...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 11-11-2014, 01:28 AM
Replies: 2,254
Views: 127,303
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Larry, I look forward to meeting you @ the DBC!

Larry, I look forward to meeting you @ the DBC!
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-09-2014, 12:48 AM
Replies: 3,015
Views: 833,590
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Nice. Much of that Robbie Madison footage is in...

Nice. Much of that Robbie Madison footage is in the new On Any Sunday movie.
Forum: Some Assembly Required 11-05-2014, 12:02 AM
Replies: 192
Views: 60,392
Posted By Roadracer_Al
I've been incorporating some of your SS welding...

I've been incorporating some of your SS welding tips into some recent work. Improvements have been observed! :clap
Forum: Some Assembly Required 11-04-2014, 10:48 AM
Replies: 738
Views: 135,538
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Aaah, OK. "Bomb Run" kinda cross country. ...

Aaah, OK. "Bomb Run" kinda cross country. Desert Sled kinda cross country.

Gotcha. :ear

I grew up riding on the East Coast in the '70s, and used to read the magazine articles about riding...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 11-03-2014, 11:42 PM
Replies: 738
Views: 135,538
Posted By Roadracer_Al
I imagine it would make a wonderful cross country...

I imagine it would make a wonderful cross country machine. Sort of like a DL, but 100 lbs lighter.
Forum: Thumpers 11-03-2014, 06:14 PM
Replies: 19,822
Views: 2,296,849
Posted By Roadracer_Al
I field-repaired one of those in Mexico. It was...

I field-repaired one of those in Mexico. It was an all-pavement trip, although I have a permanent terror of topes (typically-unmarked speedbumps). I'm happy to report that my brand new ZRX had no...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-03-2014, 06:07 PM
Replies: 3,015
Views: 833,590
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Now that looks like fun.

Now that looks like fun.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-03-2014, 11:23 AM
Replies: 3,015
Views: 833,590
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Tell me you don't want this...

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Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 11-01-2014, 12:10 PM
Replies: 5,013
Views: 478,855
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Tahoe, that sucks. My home was burglarized a...

Tahoe, that sucks. My home was burglarized a couple of years ago, it's a real bite in the ass. Sorry to hear of it.
Forum: Thumpers 10-29-2014, 04:20 PM
Replies: 19,822
Views: 2,296,849
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Has the frame been breaking there? Is it a...

Has the frame been breaking there? Is it a competition-only mod?

Thanks for sharing.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 10-26-2014, 12:13 PM
Replies: 5,013
Views: 478,855
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Damnit Chris, you're really making me feel like I...

Damnit Chris, you're really making me feel like I never go anywhere cool. :lol3
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-24-2014, 08:59 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 9,844
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Aaah, the joys of a Speed Nipple. My former...

Aaah, the joys of a Speed Nipple.

My former editor had one, I loved borrowing it (ironically, in trade for the above-mentioned boring V-Strom when he needed to go long distances). Not exactly a...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-23-2014, 11:50 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 9,844
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Here's a thought. A slightly...

Here's a thought.




A slightly twisted thought, but still....
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