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Forum: Road warriors Yesterday, 10:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 361
Posted By Jim K.
I'm sure I'm the only one in the universe who...

I'm sure I'm the only one in the universe who actually likes the texture of HotGrips. I think I'd use them even if I lived in Fla.
Forum: Equipment 01-30-2015, 07:20 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 852
Posted By Jim K.
This:

Our cousin from down under has stated it perfectly.
Forum: Road warriors 01-30-2015, 05:01 PM
Replies: 4,217
Views: 494,891
Posted By Jim K.
Rare to hear me stand up for Harley, but at least...

Rare to hear me stand up for Harley, but at least when you plunk down your $33,000 for the "OMG Badass Bagger Eye Candy HD" you get an actual motorcycle, that you can rap your knuckles on & ride...
Forum: Road warriors 01-27-2015, 10:36 PM
Replies: 454
Views: 62,337
Posted By Jim K.
When will the droopy headlight trend finally die?...

When will the droopy headlight trend finally die? It had a certain radical chic in 1998, but we're now 15 years into a new century & it's apparently impossible to built a light that doesn't look like...
Forum: Road warriors 01-27-2015, 10:17 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 8,677
Posted By Jim K.
Agreed, all absolutely true....in 1985. Thirty...

Agreed, all absolutely true....in 1985. Thirty years later, with modern materials & coatings, digital controls of waste gates, ECU management of detonation, and a dozen things that I can't think of,...
Forum: Road warriors 01-26-2015, 09:38 PM
Replies: 5,657
Views: 1,141,285
Posted By Jim K.
Has anyone heard rumors about a turbo version of...

Has anyone heard rumors about a turbo version of the 700 parallel twin? I believe an article in Motorcyclist mentioned it? ( I may be wrong there). Now that is a motorcycle I'd really look at hard....
Forum: Equipment 01-23-2015, 08:33 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,450
Posted By Jim K.
Quite right. I use 2 of the side-zip waterproof...

Quite right. I use 2 of the side-zip waterproof bags from Aerostitch. One is exclusively for stuff that sometimes must be packed wet...tent, tarp, ropes, ground cloth, etc. The other one holds stuff...
Forum: Equipment 01-22-2015, 06:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 917
Posted By Jim K.
Yep... Hooligan fly is much better.

Yep... Hooligan fly is much better.
Forum: Equipment 01-22-2015, 06:22 PM
Replies: 248
Views: 61,634
Posted By Jim K.
Workmanship is just magnificent. I've enjoyed...

Workmanship is just magnificent. I've enjoyed following you through the whole process. I do have some questions about CD & frontal area....I think you'll need a lot of wing area & high rotation...
Forum: Equipment 01-22-2015, 05:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 543
Posted By Jim K.
The big qualifier here is: "and the fuse in the...

The big qualifier here is: "and the fuse in the battery harness is sufficient". If the fuse is big enough for both, charge on.
Forum: Equipment 01-21-2015, 02:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 434
Posted By Jim K.
Same here. I've been using the Esbit for years &...

Same here. I've been using the Esbit for years & I'm wondering how you get it to fail. Light the tab, maybe set up some sort of wind break if needed & sit back & wait. It's not the hottest or...
Forum: Ride reports 01-18-2015, 08:49 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 7,569
Posted By Jim K.
Some years back, when the GS 800 was newly...

Some years back, when the GS 800 was newly released in Europe, but not here in the US, I found myself in Beaune France. I saw a fellow about to get on his brand new GS 800 in the town square & I...
Forum: Road warriors 01-16-2015, 01:36 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,361
Posted By Jim K.
As mentioned by others, I think your downgrade is...

As mentioned by others, I think your downgrade is a little too drastic. I know the feeling, when you've been riding a big liter bike & come to the realization that you're only using 1/3 of the...
Forum: Road warriors 01-13-2015, 06:25 PM
Replies: 619
Views: 186,463
Posted By Jim K.
With regard to tires on the GSX 650, I've got...

With regard to tires on the GSX 650, I've got 8,000 mi. on my PR3s now. The front is getting just a bit "blocky" but still plenty of tread depth. The rear looks almost new. Try as I might, I cannot...
Forum: Equipment 01-12-2015, 04:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,264
Posted By Jim K.
Rated range is -5 to 15?..... Allow me to...

Rated range is -5 to 15?..... Allow me to express some skepticism.
Forum: Ride reports 01-10-2015, 10:05 PM
Replies: 1,107
Views: 309,930
Posted By Jim K.
I just went back & re-read your pages on Paris....

I just went back & re-read your pages on Paris. They are especially poignant in light of recent events there. As anyone who has been lucky enough to spend any time there knows:

"Everyman has two...
Forum: Equipment 01-10-2015, 03:49 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,099
Posted By Jim K.
Just found this source: ...

Just found this source:

http://www.majorsurplus.com/Swiss-M90-Rubber-Rucksack-P16072.aspx
Forum: Road warriors 01-09-2015, 07:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,114
Posted By Jim K.
This is really interesting. The smaller the...

This is really interesting. The smaller the displacement, the more interesting forced induction seems to me. I think my personal ideal would be a blown 400cc, 4 cyl. with those Showa BPFs & a proper...
Forum: Equipment 01-09-2015, 05:52 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,524
Posted By Jim K.
A few years ago I would have said Craftsman, but...

A few years ago I would have said Craftsman, but Sears is more & more resembling Saigon just before the fall. Lowe's OTOH seems to have a good selection with surprisingly good feel & finish. I've...
Forum: Equipment 01-08-2015, 05:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 561
Posted By Jim K.
I've been a Metzler guy since the '70's, but I've...

I've been a Metzler guy since the '70's, but I've had Michelin PR3s on my baby Bandit (GSX 650F) for 8000 mi.now & I am so impressed with the combination of grip (especially in the wet) and longevity...
Forum: Equipment 01-08-2015, 03:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 500
Posted By Jim K.
No "hooks" required. Kriega sells extra straps...

No "hooks" required. Kriega sells extra straps that terminate in loops. Just cow-hitch the loop through a frame, peg strut,or whatever. The free end goes up to the bag. The attachment is absolutely...
Forum: Ride reports 01-05-2015, 10:07 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,060
Posted By Jim K.
You kids have me absolutely hooked. Your report...

You kids have me absolutely hooked. Your report gives me a smile whenever I see a new installment. It is like the Odessy, except that Penelope comes along for the ride instead of staying home! This...
Forum: Equipment 01-03-2015, 04:54 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,478
Posted By Jim K.
Walter has the right idea here. Over the long...

Walter has the right idea here. Over the long haul, in extreme wet conditions, "breathability" & dryness are incompatible. They may co-exist for a while, (and at great cost) when new, but good...
Forum: Ride reports 01-02-2015, 07:17 PM
Replies: 1,119
Views: 352,212
Posted By Jim K.
Sir! Welcome back, I was afraid we had lost you...

Sir! Welcome back, I was afraid we had lost you to the Trolls in the north. Your essay on coffee sums up my thoughts exactly & in better form than I could ever manage to do. To my chagrin, you've...
Forum: Ride reports 01-02-2015, 05:07 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 30,070
Posted By Jim K.
I'm very happy to see you are riding "standard"...

I'm very happy to see you are riding "standard" motorcycles for your current trip. In decades past, motorcycles were sold without attached adjectives....when you bought your bike, it was, at once,...
Forum: Road warriors 01-02-2015, 04:40 PM
Replies: 3,147
Views: 554,522
Posted By Jim K.
There has even been a case in London, where a...

There has even been a case in London, where a glass-clad office building melted the bumper of a brandy-new Jag from half a block away. After taking some readings, the city had to eliminate 3 parking...
Forum: Road warriors 01-02-2015, 04:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,130
Posted By Jim K.
This is the truth in a nutshell.

This is the truth in a nutshell.
Forum: Road warriors 12-31-2014, 04:57 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,130
Posted By Jim K.
I've owned bikes up & down the gamut, from 80cc...

I've owned bikes up & down the gamut, from 80cc to liter bikes. My personal sweet spot, for performance, milage, weight, the works, is 750cc. I wish there were more of them, but I guess 800 is close...
Forum: Equipment 12-31-2014, 02:48 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,200
Posted By Jim K.
If you ever find yourself up here in New England,...

If you ever find yourself up here in New England, the Vanson outlet/shop is in Fall River Mass. It's an excellent place to visit & has serious discounts on top shelf gear. A visit to the USS...
Forum: Road warriors 12-29-2014, 05:31 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 16,899
Posted By Jim K.
I read that article & have trouble calling it a...

I read that article & have trouble calling it a draw. The GT stalled frequently, had some bits simply fall off the bike (instrument bezels, horn), & needed frequent steering head bearing re adjusting...
Forum: Road warriors 12-21-2014, 06:03 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,798
Posted By Jim K.
Reading your initial post, it sounds like you...

Reading your initial post, it sounds like you have a pretty good handle on all 3 bikes, & a good idea of what you want. In your place I'd go with the VFR. The gear driven cams are cool, but...
Forum: Road warriors 12-21-2014, 05:30 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,159
Posted By Jim K.
Good advice right here^.

Good advice right here^.
Forum: Road warriors 12-21-2014, 05:19 PM
Replies: 287
Views: 26,566
Posted By Jim K.
Agreed! I can think of several bikes that Honda...

Agreed! I can think of several bikes that Honda brought out over the last few decades that were failures at the time & became cult classics a few years later. They couldn't give away that sweet GB500...
Forum: Road warriors 12-21-2014, 04:37 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 6,551
Posted By Jim K.
I've taken multi day, multi thousand mile trips,...

I've taken multi day, multi thousand mile trips, every year for the last 4 decades. Roughly half on faired bikes & half on nakeds. Definitely, you can tour on a naked, especially if you're young &...
Forum: Equipment 12-21-2014, 04:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,088
Posted By Jim K.
I also use LD, & like them, but for the really...

I also use LD, & like them, but for the really long days of a trip, on the slab, I go to a pair of A* padded shorts....thin silky material with substantial padding in the hips, butt, & thighs....
Forum: Road warriors 12-21-2014, 09:38 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,014
Posted By Jim K.
I'm afraid blow-ups of the pictured wheels don't...

I'm afraid blow-ups of the pictured wheels don't show either the center flange('s) or rim-edge spoke systems that others use. Unless they have one of the spoke sealing systems (inside the rim), it...
Forum: Equipment 12-19-2014, 10:36 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,626
Posted By Jim K.
I ride with an old friend who got some Canadian...

I ride with an old friend who got some Canadian made muffs for his BMW that actually look quite neat & professional. As said above, he can wear thin summer gloves with the heated grips inside the...
Forum: Equipment 12-18-2014, 04:46 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,331
Posted By Jim K.
When SOLAS is put on life preservers it's...

When SOLAS is put on life preservers it's generally stitched down or pressure adhered at the factory. I've had great success sticking it down to metal & plastic on boats, where I can clean the...
Forum: Road warriors 12-18-2014, 11:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,654
Posted By Jim K.
Nagging reliability problems were not the only...

Nagging reliability problems were not the only ones the "new" Norton had. A few years back there was something of a scandal when it was discovered that they were taking big deposits on bikes & then...
Forum: Road warriors 12-18-2014, 10:58 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,014
Posted By Jim K.
Certainly interesting. A Bonnie styled tracker...

Certainly interesting. A Bonnie styled tracker with more oomph & higher spec brakes & suspenders is going to be right in the wheelhouse for lots of folks out there. (maybe even me). To get my money...
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