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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 12:23 PM
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Posted By The Jerk
"Sorry, I give directions only."

"Sorry, I give directions only."
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. Yesterday, 07:04 AM
Replies: 25,947
Views: 1,852,155
Posted By The Jerk
Oh, hai! Let's be friends. :lol3

Oh, hai! Let's be friends. :lol3
Forum: Road warriors 04-26-2015, 08:36 AM
Replies: 4,457
Views: 722,780
Posted By The Jerk
I don't have any definitive info on how long it...

I don't have any definitive info on how long it takes modern gas to bad but I'll note that I filled up on Jan 1 for a New Year's Day ride and didn't use the bike again until sometime at the end of...
Forum: Road warriors 04-24-2015, 08:15 AM
Replies: 4,457
Views: 722,780
Posted By The Jerk
Are they in bad shape? As I recall they looked...

Are they in bad shape? As I recall they looked good when I saw them. As long as they're not cracked and hard I'd say leave them be. But I am curious to know how they are installed in the air box.
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 04-23-2015, 06:28 PM
Replies: 25,947
Views: 1,852,155
Posted By The Jerk
I've left my gloves on the seat, sunglasses, and...

I've left my gloves on the seat, sunglasses, and one time even left the keys in the ignition for hours(!!). Amazingly nothing was ever stolen.

That said, I certainly wouldn't do it on purpose. :D
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 04-21-2015, 09:47 AM
Replies: 25,947
Views: 1,852,155
Posted By The Jerk
Once, when I was new to this fair city and did...

Once, when I was new to this fair city and did not know that all motorcycle registrations expire on 4/30 every year (I did not get a renewal notice in the mail, perhaps because I first registered the...
Forum: Road warriors 04-19-2015, 07:04 AM
Replies: 4,457
Views: 722,780
Posted By The Jerk
This guy is the US-based source for Hagon: ...

This guy is the US-based source for Hagon:

Dave Quinn Motorcycles (http://www.davequinnmotorcycles.com/)

Talk to him about spring rates and then maybe go one or two levels lighter than what he...
Forum: Road warriors 04-13-2015, 07:05 AM
Replies: 4,457
Views: 722,780
Posted By The Jerk
I started off hesitantly working my way back from...

I started off hesitantly working my way back from the headlight bucket but as I got into it I realized it wasn't any big deal, they just used regular sticky electrical tape to wrap it! :lol3
...
Forum: Road warriors 04-11-2015, 09:37 PM
Replies: 4,457
Views: 722,780
Posted By The Jerk
Thanks! Nice to have an indoor spot to work. ...

Thanks! Nice to have an indoor spot to work.

Removal of the KCA may have something to do with it, but those are also relatively new pipes. I splurged and bought new mufflers last year because...
Forum: Road warriors 04-11-2015, 09:30 PM
Replies: 4,457
Views: 722,780
Posted By The Jerk
So today's project was to finally get around to...

So today's project was to finally get around to installing the Euro-spec headlight and headlight switch that I picked up last year. I had a feeling it was going to be an all-day project and indeed...
Forum: Road warriors 04-11-2015, 06:10 PM
Replies: 4,457
Views: 722,780
Posted By The Jerk
So, this happened today: ...

So, this happened today:

http://jerk.smugmug.com/photos/i-FPCx7q5/0/XL/i-FPCx7q5-XL.jpg
Forum: Road warriors 03-28-2015, 05:27 PM
Replies: 4,457
Views: 722,780
Posted By The Jerk
Addendum to KCA Removal

So while I was working on the bike today I tied up a loose end with my Kawasaki Clean Air (KCA) system removal from way back.

Here's the original article...
Forum: Road warriors 03-28-2015, 04:58 PM
Replies: 4,457
Views: 722,780
Posted By The Jerk
How to Change the Oil

All the time I've had my W I've never done a tutorial for an oil change because I thought, "everyone knows how to do an oil change." But I was thinking, maybe not everyone knows how to do an oil...
Forum: Road warriors 03-23-2015, 04:20 PM
Replies: 4,457
Views: 722,780
Posted By The Jerk
Replacing the Fuel Hoses

Being that our bikes are 14-15 years old now, I thought it would be good to do some preventative maintenance and replace all the fuel and vacuum hoses on the carburetors (but especially fuel). I...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 03-23-2015, 08:07 AM
Replies: 25,947
Views: 1,852,155
Posted By The Jerk
Jerk! :lol3

Jerk! :lol3
Forum: Road warriors 03-23-2015, 08:05 AM
Replies: 4,457
Views: 722,780
Posted By The Jerk
If it ran good, and then ran crappy after you...

If it ran good, and then ran crappy after you pulled/re-installed the plugs, then it's likely you did something to make it run crappy when you were pulling/re-installing the plugs :deal

Go over...
Forum: Road warriors 03-23-2015, 07:52 AM
Replies: 4,457
Views: 722,780
Posted By The Jerk
Too bad I just saw this; I had the carbs out...

Too bad I just saw this; I had the carbs out yesterday (replacing all the fuel lines - tutorial to follow) and I could have taken a photo of the precise attachment.

But the carbs and airbox are...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 03-22-2015, 08:15 AM
Replies: 25,947
Views: 1,852,155
Posted By The Jerk
Have you checked with JD? He's even in your neck...

Have you checked with JD? He's even in your neck of the woods.
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 03-21-2015, 01:04 PM
Replies: 25,947
Views: 1,852,155
Posted By The Jerk
Yes, good point, you can call your insurance...

Yes, good point, you can call your insurance company and add the VIN to your policy before you leave the guy's house even if you're riding on his plates. Good idea if your insurance company can...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 03-21-2015, 10:34 AM
Replies: 25,947
Views: 1,852,155
Posted By The Jerk
I've done the "ride it home on the old plates"...

I've done the "ride it home on the old plates" thing many times over the years. It seems like people are getting hinky about doing this anymore but it used to be no big deal. Yeah it's not...
Forum: Road warriors 03-20-2015, 11:02 AM
Replies: 4,457
Views: 722,780
Posted By The Jerk
I thought about that too but the W650 is not an...

I thought about that too but the W650 is not an interference engine. It's pretty low compression so the pistons could not hit the spark plugs unless something was SERIOUSLY wrong and I doubt the...
Forum: Road warriors 03-20-2015, 09:59 AM
Replies: 4,457
Views: 722,780
Posted By The Jerk
Well either the plug came out of the box like...

Well either the plug came out of the box like that and the mechanic didn't notice or check the gap before installing or he dropped it or something and somehow didn't check/notice. Either way doesn't...
Forum: Road warriors 03-19-2015, 07:59 AM
Replies: 4,457
Views: 722,780
Posted By The Jerk
What color smoke? Presuming black which yes is...

What color smoke? Presuming black which yes is generally a sign of too rich a mixture but can also be a sign of incomplete combustion.

Do the easy things first. If you have an improperly gapped...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 03-16-2015, 01:31 PM
Replies: 25,947
Views: 1,852,155
Posted By The Jerk
The potholes will get them.

The potholes will get them.
Forum: Road warriors 03-14-2015, 01:07 PM
Replies: 4,457
Views: 722,780
Posted By The Jerk
Keep in mind that the choke doesn't necessarily...

Keep in mind that the choke doesn't necessarily need to always be pulled all the way out. It really depends most on ambient temperature. Generally speaking the colder it is outside the more likely...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-13-2015, 08:23 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 11,160
Posted By The Jerk
Ferraris generally appreciate. Most other motor...

Ferraris generally appreciate. Most other motor vehicles, not so much. :D

But then again, markets for certain cars/bikes fluctuate all the time depending on what's the current hot item. Right...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 03-13-2015, 06:57 AM
Replies: 25,947
Views: 1,852,155
Posted By The Jerk
This is a very handy tool to carry around :D ...

This is a very handy tool to carry around :D

http://slavensracing.com/wp-content/uploads/Valve%20core%20tool%202.jpg
Forum: Road warriors 03-12-2015, 06:33 PM
Replies: 4,457
Views: 722,780
Posted By The Jerk
Bad gas usually just means gas that got some...

Bad gas usually just means gas that got some water in it. Water and gasoline don't mix so if water gets into the underground storage tank at the station (someone knocked the cap off, or rainwater is...
Forum: Road warriors 03-12-2015, 04:38 PM
Replies: 4,457
Views: 722,780
Posted By The Jerk
A lot of sites have this graphic to show the...

A lot of sites have this graphic to show the starting enrichment circuit for Keihin carbs (these carbs are used on a lot of bikes).

http://www.gadgetjq.com/keihin_choke.jpg

It's pretty simple...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 03-12-2015, 11:56 AM
Replies: 25,947
Views: 1,852,155
Posted By The Jerk
Hell, Florida is so open with their DMV info that...

Hell, Florida is so open with their DMV info that they might just give you her name and address if you call them on the phone!

On the flip side, RAV4 with Florida plates is usually Russian mobster...
Forum: Road warriors 03-12-2015, 11:09 AM
Replies: 4,457
Views: 722,780
Posted By The Jerk
Gas drip onto the starter should be traced and...

Gas drip onto the starter should be traced and rectified but it's hard to say if it relates to this issue (though I'm not a big believer in coincidences with this kind of thing). Can you see where...
Forum: Road warriors 03-09-2015, 05:50 PM
Replies: 4,457
Views: 722,780
Posted By The Jerk
If it's super clean, low miles, and unmolested...

If it's super clean, low miles, and unmolested (i.e. all stock) then it's probably worth in the neighborhood of $4500-$5500. That seems to be the going rate for the cleanest of the clean these days.
Forum: Road warriors 02-28-2015, 09:05 AM
Replies: 4,457
Views: 722,780
Posted By The Jerk
That works fine right up until it doesn't. ...

That works fine right up until it doesn't. Problem is, the part where it doesn't could be somewhere very inconvenient.
Forum: Road warriors 02-27-2015, 06:05 AM
Replies: 4,457
Views: 722,780
Posted By The Jerk
This is a classic battery issue. Either the...

This is a classic battery issue. Either the battery itself is bad or you have loose battery terminals which causes the power loss as soon as you put any significant load on the system (i.e. using...
Forum: Road warriors 02-23-2015, 12:44 PM
Replies: 4,457
Views: 722,780
Posted By The Jerk
Hmmm lookie what I just got in the mail! ...

Hmmm lookie what I just got in the mail!

http://jerk.smugmug.com/photos/i-z4M6VDN/0/XL/i-z4M6VDN-XL.jpg

Looking at EU vs. USA wiring diagrams it's going to be interesting to make this work...
Forum: Road warriors 02-12-2015, 07:03 AM
Replies: 4,457
Views: 722,780
Posted By The Jerk
Did that dipshit really rigidly mount the carbs...

Did that dipshit really rigidly mount the carbs to the engine and then hang them off a long metal tube? What's the over/under on how many miles before the vibration cracks the tube and the carbs are...
Forum: Road warriors 01-30-2015, 10:41 AM
Replies: 4,457
Views: 722,780
Posted By The Jerk
Hmm I *have* always wanted to visit Japan....

Hmm I *have* always wanted to visit Japan....
Forum: Road warriors 01-30-2015, 07:32 AM
Replies: 4,457
Views: 722,780
Posted By The Jerk
If anybody's looking to order parts from Europe...

If anybody's looking to order parts from Europe (like goodies from w650shop.de or OEM parts from motorcyclespareparts.eu or cmsnl.com) now might be the time. The value of the Euro relative to the...
Forum: Road warriors 01-23-2015, 07:49 PM
Replies: 4,457
Views: 722,780
Posted By The Jerk
As long as it's on backorder and not...

As long as it's on backorder and not NLA...perhaps Kawasaki is in between containers from Japan. Fingers crossed anyway...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 01-23-2015, 09:18 AM
Replies: 25,947
Views: 1,852,155
Posted By The Jerk
Nope, I'm not riding in that. Temperatures...

Nope, I'm not riding in that.

Temperatures hovering around freezing means wet heavy slick as snot snow and if there is indeed any ice accumulation you are totally hosed unless you're running...
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