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Forum: Thumpers 04-08-2014, 11:56 AM
Replies: 8,434
Views: 1,281,193
Posted By shipman
Okay, chain question. I've never dealt with...

Okay, chain question. I've never dealt with motorcycle chains at all before so excuse my ignorance...

Some quick Googling told me that the stock chain for our TU250X is a "DID520V, 108 link...
Forum: Thumpers 04-07-2014, 03:01 PM
Replies: 8,434
Views: 1,281,193
Posted By shipman
Yeah, it was scary. I'd never had any reason to...

Yeah, it was scary. I'd never had any reason to go to the hospital before (never broken any bones growing up)...

Someone on another forum brought up the possibility that when I downshifted, my...
Forum: Thumpers 04-07-2014, 01:39 PM
Replies: 8,434
Views: 1,281,193
Posted By shipman
So, yesterday my number came up... :D <!-- /...

So, yesterday my number came up... :D
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I had my first wipe-out, or motorcycle accident of any kind. I rode my TU250X down to Austin to meet up with some...
Forum: Thumpers 04-02-2014, 06:48 AM
Replies: 8,434
Views: 1,281,193
Posted By shipman
The TU is running strong as ever! Good thing too,...

The TU is running strong as ever! Good thing too, because after 4 days of not riding.. that was the 2nd longest stretch I've gone without being able to ride- and it was driving me crazy!

Now I...
Forum: Thumpers 04-01-2014, 07:03 AM
Replies: 8,434
Views: 1,281,193
Posted By shipman
I ended up just going to Batteries & Bulbs and...

I ended up just going to Batteries & Bulbs and getting a direct replacement for $53... Much better than getting a cheapo Wal-Mart battery that I would still need to charge up at home.
Forum: Thumpers 03-31-2014, 07:21 AM
Replies: 8,434
Views: 1,281,193
Posted By shipman
Alright, so my stock battery finally bit the dust...

Alright, so my stock battery finally bit the dust this morning...

I'd be interested in hearing what you guys chose as a replacement battery that wasn't too expensive. Would be even better if...
Forum: Thumpers 03-25-2014, 12:52 PM
Replies: 7,551
Views: 1,961,078
Posted By shipman
I know these bikes probably wouldn't be anyone's...

I know these bikes probably wouldn't be anyone's first choice in loading up for a road trip, but I think they fit in this thread- we've discussed other small displacement machines here.

Has anyone...
Forum: Racing 03-13-2014, 09:31 AM
Replies: 2,028
Views: 154,371
Posted By shipman
Is it just me, or do all these new MotoGP rules...

Is it just me, or do all these new MotoGP rules remind you of the rules for playing "Whackbat" on Wes Anderson's "The Fantastic Mr Fox"? :D

http://youtu.be/IjTuypwXFOg
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 03-07-2014, 07:17 AM
Replies: 9,215
Views: 2,870,461
Posted By shipman
Mindwebs' "Warpig" and Tzigane's "XJ900f" are...

Mindwebs' "Warpig" and Tzigane's "XJ900f" are both all kinds of awesome! :clap
Forum: Thumpers 03-07-2014, 07:06 AM
Replies: 8,434
Views: 1,281,193
Posted By shipman
I agree that $6K for the SR400 seems steep, but...

I agree that $6K for the SR400 seems steep, but when you consider that the TU now costs above $4K then I guess it makes sense. Comes in between that and the Sportster/Bolt bracket at $8K-$9K...

...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 03-05-2014, 07:21 AM
Replies: 3,429
Views: 131,821
Posted By shipman
Reminds me of that old Denis Leary song... "I...

Reminds me of that old Denis Leary song... "I like to park in handicapped spaces, while handicapped people make handicapped faces..." :lol3
Forum: Thumpers 03-05-2014, 07:13 AM
Replies: 8,434
Views: 1,281,193
Posted By shipman
That muffler/silencer sure looks good on the TU....

That muffler/silencer sure looks good on the TU. I really want one. But, my daughter rides with me a lot and seems to often touch her boot to the exhaust leaving black traces of melted rubber. I'm...
Forum: Thumpers 02-27-2014, 07:48 AM
Replies: 8,434
Views: 1,281,193
Posted By shipman
Huh, I hadn't even noticed about the TU250riders...

Huh, I hadn't even noticed about the TU250riders forum- but it appears to be up now.

I only check there every once in a while, things are a tad too noob-ish for me and get a little silly at...
Forum: Racing 02-19-2014, 02:25 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 16,107
Posted By shipman
...And if you're willing to wait 7 days to watch...

...And if you're willing to wait 7 days to watch the races, then you might as well do like I did last year and just wait until the EuroSport broadcast gets posted on YouTube! :D
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 02-19-2014, 01:34 PM
Replies: 9,215
Views: 2,870,461
Posted By shipman
Cool custom T-Dub!

Cool custom T-Dub!
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 02-19-2014, 01:23 PM
Replies: 3,429
Views: 131,821
Posted By shipman
Hmmm, I'll see if I can make it. A buddy of mine...

Hmmm, I'll see if I can make it. A buddy of mine is helping me fix the brakes on my wife's cage that afternoon... :cry
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 02-18-2014, 10:51 AM
Replies: 3,429
Views: 131,821
Posted By shipman
I haven't grabbed a tag in a while, but I'm...

I haven't grabbed a tag in a while, but I'm constantly lurking... :lurk:*sip*

I have to say that this thread has grown to be quite entertaining the past few months. I will have to try and make...
Forum: Thumpers 02-11-2014, 07:07 AM
Replies: 7,551
Views: 1,961,078
Posted By shipman
That Zongshen/Minsk 250cc ADV bike is VERY cool. ...

That Zongshen/Minsk 250cc ADV bike is VERY cool.

It's too bad that certain Chinese manufacturers can't get a foothold in the USA. Probably mainly due to the misconception of "Chinese=crap". I...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 01-31-2014, 07:02 AM
Replies: 3,429
Views: 131,821
Posted By shipman
:*sip* This is a truly interesting tag game! ...

:*sip*
This is a truly interesting tag game!
:lurk
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 01-06-2014, 01:02 PM
Replies: 3,429
Views: 131,821
Posted By shipman
I seriously tried! The TU did not want to start...

I seriously tried! The TU did not want to start in such bitter cold!
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 12-16-2013, 10:58 AM
Replies: 3,429
Views: 131,821
Posted By shipman
I'll be at "Why We Ride" on Wednesday. I'll be...

I'll be at "Why We Ride" on Wednesday. I'll be the tattooed guy on the TU250.
Forum: Thumpers 12-10-2013, 10:58 AM
Replies: 8,434
Views: 1,281,193
Posted By shipman
Well, the weird failure-to-start-in-cold problem...

Well, the weird failure-to-start-in-cold problem I had discussed several posts ago has not happened again. I've started it up just fine several times in the past couple of days in low-20's temps F...
Forum: Thumpers 11-27-2013, 07:01 AM
Replies: 8,434
Views: 1,281,193
Posted By shipman
So this morning it was 30 degrees F here in North...

So this morning it was 30 degrees F here in North Texas... No big deal. I left for work like normal, but today was the first time in two years where the TU didn't want to start due to the cold... I...
Forum: Thumpers 10-25-2013, 09:44 AM
Replies: 8,434
Views: 1,281,193
Posted By shipman
That is the one mod I would actually consider on...

That is the one mod I would actually consider on my bike. If someone were to make longer shocks that fit the TU, weren't more than $300, etc.

I wonder how it might affect handling as well?
Forum: Thumpers 10-09-2013, 08:06 AM
Replies: 8,434
Views: 1,281,193
Posted By shipman
Yeah, no kidding! I've seen the price of gasoline...

Yeah, no kidding! I've seen the price of gasoline at some local pumps around here drop to $2.96/gallon. Then I remember, at 2.5 gallons per fill-up, averaging 68-80 mpg, does it really matter?
...
Forum: Thumpers 09-25-2013, 09:56 AM
Replies: 8,434
Views: 1,281,193
Posted By shipman
I'm a few hundred miles shy of 15,000 miles on my...

I'm a few hundred miles shy of 15,000 miles on my 2011. Actually, I will have had it exactly 2 years to the day next Monday.

I was hoping to do 10,000 miles a year when I first got it. But...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 09-23-2013, 10:37 AM
Replies: 9,215
Views: 2,870,461
Posted By shipman
Here's a pic of my 2011 Suzuki TU250X from this...

Here's a pic of my 2011 Suzuki TU250X from this weekend. Went out and grabbed a photo for a tag game in front of a local BBQ joint...

http://imageshack.us/a/img571/9858/r67v.jpg

Coming up on...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 09-23-2013, 10:31 AM
Replies: 3,429
Views: 131,821
Posted By shipman
Same here! (damn 30-minute lunches... *grumble...

Same here! (damn 30-minute lunches... *grumble grumble*)
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 09-23-2013, 09:47 AM
Replies: 3,429
Views: 131,821
Posted By shipman
Well played. I was awaiting the return of the...

Well played. I was awaiting the return of the little Aprilia to the Big D tag game!

(it's not often that I get to call another bike "little"...) :D
Forum: Racing 09-17-2013, 07:42 AM
Replies: 5,469
Views: 430,377
Posted By shipman
Ah very cool, I will be paying attention to...

Ah very cool, I will be paying attention to this...
Forum: Thumpers 09-16-2013, 11:00 AM
Replies: 8,434
Views: 1,281,193
Posted By shipman
This is as true a statement as there ever was....

This is as true a statement as there ever was. :deal
Forum: Thumpers 08-13-2013, 08:15 AM
Replies: 8,434
Views: 1,281,193
Posted By shipman
Subscribed! :lurk

Subscribed! :lurk
Forum: Thumpers 08-08-2013, 08:21 AM
Replies: 8,434
Views: 1,281,193
Posted By shipman
Coming up on 14,000 trouble free miles on mine! ...

Coming up on 14,000 trouble free miles on mine!

It's the only bike I want to own. Of course, I want to ride as many different kinds of bikes as humanly possible. I'm waiting for the local HD...
Forum: Thumpers 07-26-2013, 11:41 AM
Replies: 8,434
Views: 1,281,193
Posted By shipman
Why waste time waiting that you could be spending...

Why waste time waiting that you could be spending riding? That sounds like a pretty good deal, I'd go for it!
Forum: Thumpers 07-19-2013, 08:15 AM
Replies: 8,434
Views: 1,281,193
Posted By shipman
I can't argue with that assessment, but I also...

I can't argue with that assessment, but I also feel it may lean too far in the direction away from fawning enthusiasm and makes it seem like the TU250 can't really do above 55mph. I routinely ride my...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-18-2013, 11:32 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 539
Posted By shipman
Some cool custom scooters on Planet Japan Blog

Check these out... :evil

Yamaha TMax "MotoGP Replica": http://planetjapanblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/yamaha-tmax-530-2013-motogp-replica.html

Yamaha Maxam (?):...
Forum: Thumpers 07-18-2013, 08:34 AM
Replies: 8,434
Views: 1,281,193
Posted By shipman
That's exactly what I would do. The worst thing...

That's exactly what I would do. The worst thing they could do is say no.
Forum: Thumpers 07-17-2013, 06:46 AM
Replies: 8,434
Views: 1,281,193
Posted By shipman
Last night on the way to band practice, when I...

Last night on the way to band practice, when I stopped at a red light I saw that my odometer had rolled over to a coincidental milestone:

http://img818.imageshack.us/img818/5659/wzti.jpg
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 07-11-2013, 08:22 AM
Replies: 3,429
Views: 131,821
Posted By shipman
Too bad the Martin House tag won't last until...

Too bad the Martin House tag won't last until Saturday... I attended their very first brewery tour, but their pretzel stout was not available at that time. I hear it is on tap now! :freaky
Forum: Thumpers 07-10-2013, 07:07 AM
Replies: 8,434
Views: 1,281,193
Posted By shipman
I think the TU is a perfect aesthetic balance...

I think the TU is a perfect aesthetic balance between the old British twins, the late 60's-early 70's UJM's, and the Royal Enfield Bullet.

And yes! Sell the truck... We have gotten by with just...
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