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Forum: Regional forums 02-21-2012, 03:18 AM
Replies: 2,110
Views: 126,805
Posted By Tugrik
But if we still want to bring stuff to share,...

But if we still want to bring stuff to share, that's cool, right? I know a few guys who run a certain meadery...
Forum: Regional forums 02-14-2012, 06:31 PM
Replies: 2,110
Views: 126,805
Posted By Tugrik
Lost in the tech jobs industry, losing weight...

Lost in the tech jobs industry, losing weight after weightloss surgery, walking on crutches for a long stretch until the back heals and other really pointless tales best glossed over.

Finally got...
Forum: Regional forums 02-14-2012, 06:02 PM
Replies: 2,110
Views: 126,805
Posted By Tugrik
So if I can rustle together a bike in time,...

So if I can rustle together a bike in time, should I show up? :)
Forum: Road warriors 06-06-2008, 02:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,513
Posted By Tugrik
The mick-o-pegs just shipped in today; I'll...

The mick-o-pegs just shipped in today; I'll install those this weekend, along with the advanced-timing wheel. I've finished putting in clear lenses and LEDs/chromed-bulbs all 'round as well as...
Forum: Road warriors 06-06-2008, 03:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,513
Posted By Tugrik
If I get the 6-into-6 pipes do I have to go with...

If I get the 6-into-6 pipes do I have to go with the narrower (lower capacity) belly tank?

The only thing that stops me is that I'm not yet qualified to weld on fuel tanks (got more learnin' to...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-05-2008, 02:14 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,657
Posted By Tugrik
Y'know that picture atop the board here? The one...

Y'know that picture atop the board here? The one with a big ol' dude giving the ADV-rider salute, riding backwards on the tail of a GS piloted by an even <i>bigger</i> guy? That's Dusty and I. ...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-03-2008, 03:06 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,848
Posted By Tugrik
I had one Harley riding friend who was...

I had one Harley riding friend who was screamingly opposed to wearing gloves while riding. The first time he rode a motorcycle all he had were super-thick winter gloves (the slidy nylon kind...
Forum: Road warriors 06-02-2008, 01:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,513
Posted By Tugrik
Having been a goldwing owner (was my first bike,...

Having been a goldwing owner (was my first bike, in fact!) I'm well versed at how to pick up big bikes safely. Practiced it quite a bit on the pads, and luckily haven't needed to do it 'for real'...
Forum: Road warriors 06-02-2008, 01:26 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 27,332
Posted By Tugrik
'nother Yes vote on the 'wing. Rode the beemer...

'nother Yes vote on the 'wing. Rode the beemer and then the wing, ended up buying the Honda. Even with a huge dude like me on it (and often 2-up) it never failed to get out of its own way when you...
Forum: The Garage 05-28-2008, 06:17 PM
Replies: 218
Views: 139,309
Posted By Tugrik
Shop to share

Add me into the pool if you'd like. I have a metal shop right in the heart of Silicon Valley (just south of downtown San Jose, CA). MIG, TIG, plasma cutter, bandsaws, airtools, grinders, sanders,...
Forum: Equipment 05-28-2008, 06:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 874
Posted By Tugrik
Huge :thumb for the Q2. Not only is it an...

Huge :thumb for the Q2. Not only is it an exceptional bluetooth setup for just normal phone-work (I get called by work while on the commute in, they can't tell I'm riding a 6-cyl motorcycle on a...
Forum: Road warriors 05-28-2008, 04:11 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,513
Posted By Tugrik
Those bossbags look pretty nice, thanks! ...

Those bossbags look pretty nice, thanks! Unfortunately they say only the huge (42*) ones will fit the bike, which come with the ugliest brackets on the planet. I'll probably need to get something...
Forum: Road warriors 05-27-2008, 04:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,513
Posted By Tugrik
Valkyrie recommendations?

I know there's a few of you Valk riders hanging out here, so I figured I'd ask for some suggestions.

I've already replaced all the cables with stainless steel (brakes, clutch, choke, throttle,...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-25-2008, 04:03 AM
Replies: 285
Views: 9,532
Posted By Tugrik
Work going on until 7am Saturday morning (yay for...

Work going on until 7am Saturday morning (yay for overnight conf calls to Estonia, I shit you not) + only a four hour nap + waking up to find it's freakin' raining when I don't have any rain gear to...
Forum: Equipment 05-23-2008, 03:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 922
Posted By Tugrik
Prudhoe? Go Iridium. I bought mine years...

Prudhoe? Go Iridium.

I bought mine years ago from <a href="http://www.outfittersatellite.com/">Outfitter Satellite</a>. They do good rentals too.

You're from Sacramento? What trip dates? I...
Forum: Equipment 05-23-2008, 03:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 806
Posted By Tugrik
I've had a few various models of the 1st-gen...

I've had a few various models of the 1st-gen RiNOs. Be warned: the batteries bounce. Going offroad you'll find them constantly resetting themselves. The newer models don't have that issue from...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-20-2008, 04:15 PM
Replies: 285
Views: 9,532
Posted By Tugrik
I'm far bigger and more boring in person. :evil ...

I'm far bigger and more boring in person. :evil

If work behaves, count me in! I may only make a day-trip of it, though, if I can't find nearby accommodations. I don't have time to get my...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-20-2008, 02:13 PM
Replies: 285
Views: 9,532
Posted By Tugrik
I'm really badly wanting to get back into the...

I'm really badly wanting to get back into the 'hang out at rallies' game. It's been <i>years</i>, dammit. I had to miss the redwoods hangout a few weeks ago because of work.

I started looking...
Forum: Road warriors 05-12-2008, 11:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 468
Posted By Tugrik
Galfer stainless brake lines on a Valk?

Anybody bought/installed galfer stainless-steel lines for their Valkyrie? I bought a set from my local MC store (Road Rider, San Jose) and set about installing them this weekend. The fronts were...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-05-2008, 04:31 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,872
Posted By Tugrik
If: (a) you're always going to ride something...

If:
(a) you're always going to ride something with ABS+Linked, and
(b) those systems never fail on you
then an ABS/Servo system is vastly superior, in my opinion. No questions. You can grab a...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-05-2008, 03:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,872
Posted By Tugrik
Naah. Just get over 'em. Once you're past...

Naah. Just get over 'em. Once you're past "shiny new toy!" stage and you get used to how they operate, they're a huge benefit. This is true of many farkles, not just radios. GPS's, doubly so.
...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-05-2008, 01:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,872
Posted By Tugrik
Pissed Riding Mad = Near Miss

Didn't get into an accident but very, <i>very</i> narrowly avoided one. Jotting it down here to add to the knowledge pool.

I had a ride scheduled with a buddy a few weeks ago, to get some good...
Forum: Equipment 04-28-2008, 12:45 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,861
Posted By Tugrik
I have some Q2s and have used them on group...

I have some Q2s and have used them on group rides. The bike-to-bike is *excellent*, if short range. 500ft is about right. If you can see your buddy you can talk to him, but get around a corner or...
Forum: Road warriors 04-27-2008, 03:56 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 968
Posted By Tugrik
Progressive 440 upgrade on a Valkyrie

After buying a used '98 Valk I had to crank the suspension to its highest preload setting just to get it home. Even then it still wanted to drop down hard when my oversized butt got into the seat. ...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-25-2008, 02:27 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 7,817
Posted By Tugrik
MOTGATT here... but mostly because it's the only...

MOTGATT here... but mostly because it's the only real option I have.

Finding proper riding gear in my size is somewhere between "extremely hard" and "impossible". I finally got a properly armored...
Forum: Road warriors 04-24-2008, 11:13 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 29,518
Posted By Tugrik
Can you point me at any of those dealers with...

Can you point me at any of those dealers with still-new Valks? :ear
Forum: Layin' down tracks 04-24-2008, 04:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,252
Posted By Tugrik
The short version: If you love Garmin, don't...

The short version: If you love Garmin, don't get a Dash. The interface and response time will annoy the hell out of you.

If you have a definitive need for accurate, real-time traffic data: Get...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 04-24-2008, 12:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,252
Posted By Tugrik
Beta tested for 'em, own a release model. (also...

Beta tested for 'em, own a release model. (also used to work for a GPS chipset maker.)

From watching the live traffic data as it appears, there's sure a lot of Dash users in my area at least...
Forum: Equipment 04-23-2008, 03:30 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 12,660
Posted By Tugrik
A-men to that. Do not, repeat, do NOT use a...

A-men to that. Do not, repeat, do NOT use a Scala Q2 for music. Bad juju.

When the Liberty set comes in and I get some time to fuss with it I'll write up a proper review.
Forum: Equipment 04-22-2008, 12:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,813
Posted By Tugrik
If you're ready to spend big $$$... Get...

If you're ready to spend big $$$...


Get an EVO intercom and the "liberty" headset... *and* a Scala Q2.

Iphone music/GPS/XM/Radar/etc all wire to the EVO. Iphone phone goes via bluetooth to...
Forum: Equipment 04-22-2008, 02:35 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 12,660
Posted By Tugrik
I use a Zumo 550 and an iPhone. I picked a Scala...

I use a Zumo 550 and an iPhone. I picked a Scala Rider Q2 for the headset so I could use any helmet I want -- mostly 'cause I'm limited to XXXL helmets so can't buy a pre-built bluetooth one.
...
Forum: Equipment 04-21-2008, 04:57 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 510
Posted By Tugrik
Question Shorty boots for big dudes: any recommendations?

I finally need to replace my 5+ year old Icon hooligans that I use for daily bike commuting. I'm hoping for something that's all-day wear or at least easy to get on/off. The problem is my banged up...
Forum: Road warriors 04-21-2008, 12:08 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 7,200
Posted By Tugrik
My first real motorcycle was an 82 1100. It...

My first real motorcycle was an 82 1100. It needed suspension work bad (especially at my size) but was one hell of a fun bike. I got it for $500 out of some lady's garage in San Fran, selling it...
Forum: Equipment 04-17-2008, 12:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 11,594
Posted By Tugrik
I've got a pair of these. I wrote a <a...

I've got a pair of these. I wrote a <a href="http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=330943">thread here</a> about them, even. If you have any questions you want answered about them, let me...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 04-12-2008, 06:28 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 4,322
Posted By Tugrik
What's "warped"?

What's "warped"?
Forum: Equipment 04-12-2008, 05:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,932
Posted By Tugrik
Quickie Scala-Rider-Q2 review

I bought a set of the Q2 headsets this week and just got to use them for the first time today. I'd previously owned the 1st gen Scala Rider and was impressed with the overall build quality, so I was...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 04-12-2008, 05:01 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 4,322
Posted By Tugrik
Sorry for not makin' it, guys. Woke up to a...

Sorry for not makin' it, guys. Woke up to a pissing match with a friend that put me in all kinds of mood. Enough so that I about dished it on the #$%^#%$$ suburban street just outside my house. ...
Forum: Equipment 04-11-2008, 02:27 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 469
Posted By Tugrik
Trying To kitbash an Ubercomm

<i>(Sidenote: I wrote this for my weblog earlier today. I felt it'd be a good thread for here on ADVRider too. Please forgive the 'talking to non-motorcycle-folks' feel of the writing as a result....
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 04-10-2008, 03:24 AM
Replies: 145
Views: 4,322
Posted By Tugrik
I won't have the new suspension on the new (to...

I won't have the new suspension on the new (to me) bike yet, but fuggit. I've not been on the Parkfield run in more'n a year. Time to go again. My only worry is finding a small gascan to fit in...
Forum: Road warriors 04-06-2008, 12:45 AM
Replies: 341
Views: 65,473
Posted By Tugrik
I'm giving it to Evolution Suspension here in San...

I'm giving it to Evolution Suspension here in San Jose. They're getting custom manufactured springs (fork and shock) for my weight. The rear is getting a pair of Progressive 440s. The front will...
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