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Forum: Road warriors 06-08-2008, 03:35 AM
Replies: 5,062
Views: 1,058,948
Posted By happycommuter
I think that's the battery vent or breather tube....

I think that's the battery vent or breather tube.
It keeps the battery from exploding by occassionally leaving drips.
Forum: Road warriors 05-30-2008, 05:33 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 6,510
Posted By happycommuter
Kinda the opposite of race tires

An odd problem with crappy (er, very inexpensive) tires is that you will wish for them to wear out, but the rock-hard high-carbon rubber lasts forever.

As others have stated, tires are one of the...
Forum: Road warriors 05-24-2008, 05:38 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 18,134
Posted By happycommuter
It was pretty though

+1
My first bike was a '76 CB500T. It was reasonably reliable for a bike of that age, but the electric starter was purely ornamental for a cold start. The kick starter required breaking a sweat...
Forum: Road warriors 10-13-2007, 05:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 867
Posted By happycommuter
Hydraulic clutches feel damped and numb, but I...

Hydraulic clutches feel damped and numb, but I suspect some of the sensitive feedback I felt in cables was actually noise in the form of friction.
Forum: Road warriors 10-12-2007, 06:42 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,177
Posted By happycommuter
Laugh Handy with heavy gloves? Why the heated grips then?

One night I thumbed the start button of a post-crash Harley and all that happened was the right blinker started flashing, so I'd imagine you can wire things all kinds of crazy ways.
Forum: Road warriors 09-26-2007, 05:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,076
Posted By happycommuter
Save on oil, filters, coolant, and ... fuel.

As appliance manufacturers learned with that Energy Star stuff, the typical consumer will pay about a 25% premium for something of percieved better technology, efficiency, whatever.

I'd easily pay...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-03-2007, 04:20 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,047
Posted By happycommuter
Cager is more a mindset than a physical position....

Cager is more a mindset than a physical position.
Anyone using an automobile to isolate themselves from others, from 'risk', from the world. A cager is not an automobile enthusiast; driving is a...
Forum: Road warriors 09-01-2007, 10:54 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,723
Posted By happycommuter
What I'll get if I'm ever ticketed

You can just buy one. It also mounts directly to the handlebar (less the rubber ball & stalk), if you have the space....
Forum: Road warriors 09-01-2007, 09:16 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,723
Posted By happycommuter
Faulty detection systems aren't my problem

It's a transponder that works with radio frequencies, I think. Paint, plastic, shouldn't really matter.

I've carried it in a tankbag, but the thing is finicky no matter what. As already...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-09-2007, 06:54 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,352
Posted By happycommuter
Thumb Nowadays I no longer seek recognition,...

Nowadays I no longer seek recognition, affirmation, or respect, so I wave without even looking for reciprocation.
If it's a bike I like, an obvious real-deal rider, or just bad weather: :thumb...
Forum: Road warriors 07-01-2007, 07:29 PM
Replies: 5,062
Views: 1,058,948
Posted By happycommuter
The Honda oil filter slips out the left side on...

The Honda oil filter slips out the left side on stock exhaust. It has to be routed through just so, but no loosening is necessary. Done it a couple times.
I highly suggest you use the special...
Forum: Road warriors 06-21-2007, 06:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 897
Posted By happycommuter
Check out spanner wrenches at...

Check out spanner wrenches at http://www.mcmaster.com/
Can't direct link it, but scroll down, they're all on the same page.
Forum: Road warriors 06-03-2007, 05:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 946
Posted By happycommuter
Never heard of them being legallly required, but...

Never heard of them being legallly required, but I have heards of older metal fenders serving a definite fork brace function (noticeable upon removal).
Forum: Road warriors 05-26-2007, 03:15 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,325
Posted By happycommuter
Motorcycle Consumer News picked the Yamaha FZ6 as...

Motorcycle Consumer News picked the Yamaha FZ6 as the top middleweight commuter. They measured an average of 52.8 mph.
Fourbangers just have a better top end.
Forum: Road warriors 05-21-2007, 04:40 PM
Replies: 5,062
Views: 1,058,948
Posted By happycommuter
Thumb The 700 really comes alive at 7K. Really,...

The 700 really comes alive at 7K.
Really, it's what the bike was meant to do. Apparently this explains my 38 mpg or so, as I cruise at about 6K nowadays.
If the bikes in good tune, go for it. ...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-20-2007, 03:19 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,468
Posted By happycommuter
Article...

Article (http://www.motorcyclecruiser.com/streetsurvival/traffic_threats/) arguing that riding 5-10mph faster than surrounding traffic is safer as it leads to better visibility and increased...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-14-2007, 06:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,658
Posted By happycommuter
I'm a recent convert to shaft drive for the...

I'm a recent convert to shaft drive for the smoothness and low-maintenance. I thought belt drive would be even more ideal, but this news about contaminants eroding them sucks, seeing as how there...
Forum: Road warriors 05-14-2007, 05:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,745
Posted By happycommuter
Wow, you're right. Apparently lots of people...

Wow, you're right. Apparently lots of people have no clue how to go to a hardware store and pick up longer bolts and some rubber grommets or washers. As a former SV rider, I was aware of this...
Forum: Road warriors 05-13-2007, 02:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,745
Posted By happycommuter
Eek pardon my Googling

This kit is mostly $.40 and under hardware store pieces, and a pair of cheapo two-hole brackets.
I was going to laugh if they asked over $9.99.
Try almost four times that, $39.95 at...
Forum: Road warriors 05-06-2007, 03:53 PM
Replies: 5,062
Views: 1,058,948
Posted By happycommuter
Cool2 700 oil changes

According to the site below, the Honda part for the oil filter with the cutout so it clears the exhaust is 07912-6110001. I got one from the dealer and can't imagine removing the filter without it. ...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-29-2007, 12:15 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,862
Posted By happycommuter
I find that people generally react appropriately...

I find that people generally react appropriately when I flash them from the cage, but it never really dawned on me to do so on the bike. Flicking a thumbswitch does seem easier than my 'move over'...
Forum: Road warriors 04-21-2007, 04:15 PM
Replies: 5,062
Views: 1,058,948
Posted By happycommuter
Look into the DIY pelican cases that members have...

Look into the DIY pelican cases that members have done here, or be really whacko and do plywood like this guy: http://users.lmi.net/gshell/nh/storage.htm
Honestly, I gave up and use a tankbag,...
Forum: Road warriors 04-16-2007, 06:22 PM
Replies: 5,062
Views: 1,058,948
Posted By happycommuter
Bluhduh I previously griped about the range

I end up needing to switch to reserve between 87-115 miles. The gage is accurate only when full... 40mpg is about what I get at best.
My owner's manual lists 3.52 gallons, 2.6 quarts of which is...
Forum: Road warriors 04-11-2007, 05:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 741
Posted By happycommuter
Yeah, my SV ran Z6 radials and they wore like...

Yeah, my SV ran Z6 radials and they wore like iron, and had great wet/cold traction. The Lasertec bias-ply has been on my Nighthawk for about 7.5K now and they are good, but merely adequate. The...
Forum: Road warriors 04-07-2007, 09:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,806
Posted By happycommuter
Eek Yeah, just leave the key in the ignition, no...

Yeah, just leave the key in the ignition, no worries.

Actually, I was looking forward to letting my SV age naturally into something like this, but it shockingly got stolen...

So this thing was...
Forum: The Garage 03-24-2007, 05:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,803
Posted By happycommuter
That's pretty much it, except I was tought to...

That's pretty much it, except I was tought to apply solder to the wire connection, not to 'melt' it directly on the gun. This guarantees that the wires are up to temperature to allow good wicking. ...
Forum: Road warriors 03-24-2007, 05:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 672
Posted By happycommuter
Thumb The Z750S was the only new bike that really sat...

The Z750S was the only new bike that really sat well with me when I was looking last summer. Pity it was discontinued in the US.
Forum: Road warriors 02-27-2007, 07:35 PM
Replies: 5,062
Views: 1,058,948
Posted By happycommuter
The 700S has adjustable handlebars that pivot, so...

The 700S has adjustable handlebars that pivot, so they might've been set funny. IMHO, it's a very standard seating position, but you're used to a cruiser. I'm biased toward standards for urban stop...
Forum: Road warriors 01-02-2007, 05:11 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,033
Posted By happycommuter
This is just my opinion here

As far as I can tell, hydraulic clutches are a little smoother than a cable because they offer a fluid cushion, but the trade-off is less feel. They require no adjustment, but have no adjustability....
Forum: Road warriors 01-01-2007, 06:20 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 9,308
Posted By happycommuter
Cry had one

Bought a naked one new in '01, put 10k/yr on it till she was stolen last June. Excluding two speedo rotors and a bunch of clutch safety switches, a ridiculously reliable bike. A blast to ride, but...
Forum: Road warriors 01-01-2007, 05:49 AM
Replies: 5,062
Views: 1,058,948
Posted By happycommuter
Thumb Looks familiar

I got my '85 CB700SC through Adventure Rider in July, and have put a bit over 5K on it so far, mainly commuting. It's much more comfortable and stable on the highway than the sv650 she replaced. ...
Forum: Road warriors 10-09-2006, 05:06 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,873
Posted By happycommuter
Thumbs down Otherwise, it's pretty good

I hafta agree on the headlight/fairing. Admittedly the model could use some sexing up, but turning a practical standard into a streetfighter should be left to the purchaser. That rear seat/fender...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-09-2006, 04:54 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,494
Posted By happycommuter
Bluhduh When I rented it, I was left guessing that it...

When I rented it, I was left guessing that it didn't hold up too well.
I was relieved last year to find out that a lot of other riders couldn't get through Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance...
Forum: Road warriors 10-01-2006, 07:40 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,612
Posted By happycommuter
Thumb Yeah, my old SV650 had no problems whenever I...

Yeah, my old SV650 had no problems whenever I found the pavement ending.
On one such occasion, I was leading my newbie pal on his brand new Harley. I winced, but we couldn't really turn around and...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-01-2006, 07:29 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,398
Posted By happycommuter
I used to cross some bridge on Rt 1&9 from Kearny...

I used to cross some bridge on Rt 1&9 from Kearny to Jersey City. Usually it was no big deal, but in the rain I was always REALLY worried about someone jamming on the brakes in front of me.
And I...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-09-2006, 08:25 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,849
Posted By happycommuter
I'm about 50/50 on annual mileage

A motorcyclist in a cage is only temporarily incarcerated. His/her mind is not stuck in the box. Those who know no other way are lifelong cagers who will never break free, if they even realize they...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-09-2006, 07:09 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 6,236
Posted By happycommuter
My personal rule is to stay in first gear, which...

My personal rule is to stay in first gear, which means pick a lane after about 25 mph. The accordion effect is the main deciding factor to split though.

Stop and go highway traffic seems to...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-21-2006, 02:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,582
Posted By happycommuter
The 10W40 grade (and only the 10w40) lacks the...

The 10W40 grade (and only the 10w40) lacks the dreaded Energy Conserving starburst and friction modifying additives, so it should be safe. My assumption is that 'seal conditioning' means it swells...
Forum: Equipment 08-16-2006, 05:17 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 11,426
Posted By happycommuter
Those rivets on the palm of Held Steve gloves...

Those rivets on the palm of Held Steve gloves will wear down the handgrips in short order. At least they did with mine. Great gloves though.
I'm using Lee Parks Deersports at the moment. Have...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 08-15-2006, 02:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,176
Posted By happycommuter
So true. They all believe that bikes require...

So true. They all believe that bikes require premium, and act shocked when told elsewise. Usually you can just punch the regular button after they leave (but before fueling) instead of arguing with...
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