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Forum: Road warriors 05-21-2015, 06:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 495
Posted By GDI
Don't know if it's been mentioned or if you're...

Don't know if it's been mentioned or if you're aware--later models have a better quality, higher output electrical system. That might be a consideration if you're going to be running lots of...
Forum: Road warriors 05-19-2015, 09:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 495
Posted By GDI
I had an ST1100 for 5 years and 35,000 miles....

I had an ST1100 for 5 years and 35,000 miles. Like you, I'm also 6' 2" and long-legged.

It's a real. heavy. bike.

Mine had stock bars, stock pegs, w/ sargent seat. I noticed early on during...
Forum: Road warriors 05-15-2015, 09:06 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,345
Posted By GDI
I agree--nice fix! I'd be quite proud of it. ...

I agree--nice fix! I'd be quite proud of it.

GDI
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-12-2015, 09:27 AM
Replies: 168
Views: 21,155
Posted By GDI
I park in a covered parking garage that has...

I park in a covered parking garage that has motorcycle-specific parking. Technically motorcycles are allowed to park in either the motorcycle-specific parking or the car spots as long as we have our...
Forum: Road warriors 04-07-2015, 10:43 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,863
Posted By GDI
Nope. Just picture my knees about 3-4" higher,...

Nope. Just picture my knees about 3-4" higher, the bars sitting 2" above them, and me all hunched over! :lol3

Jim
Forum: Road warriors 04-07-2015, 06:56 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,863
Posted By GDI
I was thinking after my earlier reply that I...

I was thinking after my earlier reply that I talked about everything *but* ergos. I'm 6' 2" w/ 36" inseam. I test rode it, took it home, fixed clutch, did another test ride, and took it home to...
Forum: Road warriors 03-20-2015, 07:16 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,863
Posted By GDI
That was not my experience at all. I bought mine...

That was not my experience at all. I bought mine with 16k miles. When I took it for a test ride before I bought it, I could feel the clutch slipping when I accelerated in a brisk manner. I knew what...
Forum: Road warriors 03-19-2015, 10:11 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,863
Posted By GDI
I had a '97(?) for a couple of years. It was the...

I had a '97(?) for a couple of years. It was the 5 speed model. Though, there's not much advantage over the 4 speed from what I understand. Suzuki just stuck another gear between 3 and 4 and called...
Forum: Road warriors 07-28-2014, 09:52 AM
Replies: 767
Views: 118,417
Posted By GDI
I'm hitting reserve on my '99 Honda 1100 Shadow...

I'm hitting reserve on my '99 Honda 1100 Shadow Spirit somewhere around 145-150 miles.

GDI
Forum: Road warriors 07-25-2014, 08:59 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,574
Posted By GDI
I had one of those for a couple years--never rode...

I had one of those for a couple years--never rode it much as had young kids at the time. Mine never inspired much confidence in the curves. It seemed like the long, spindly forks were just a little...
Forum: Road warriors 07-24-2014, 08:18 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,574
Posted By GDI
Put some mini-apes on there. That'll get you...

Put some mini-apes on there. That'll get you some leverage. :freaky Don't be afraid to lean 'er over a little. With good tires on she'll hold the road.




That's the worst design ever. ...
Forum: Road warriors 07-24-2014, 07:58 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,574
Posted By GDI
Well, my frustration with the Intruder goes like...

Well, my frustration with the Intruder goes like this. . . .

I bought the bike with aftermarket exhaust on it--a very loud aftermarket exhaust--which I was not particularly fond of. On top of...
Forum: Road warriors 07-23-2014, 09:56 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,574
Posted By GDI
"Designer springs" are the hot ticket for those...

"Designer springs" are the hot ticket for those clutch springs--inquire at Intruder Alert. . . .

I had a '97 for 2 years. It was great fun when it was running right, but a major PITA to work on. ...
Forum: Road warriors 07-15-2014, 09:24 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 9,126
Posted By GDI
I'm riding '09 Versys. I get 48mpg commuting. I...

I'm riding '09 Versys. I get 48mpg commuting. I burned a tankful on a daytrip and did 55mpg for that tank. I think these are pretty average numbers from what I hear on the Versys. . . .

Tank...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-07-2014, 11:22 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 10,531
Posted By GDI
Yeah, I've got one--love it! :freaky I've...

Yeah, I've got one--love it! :freaky

I've invested quite a bit of time and effort into getting it to work for me though. I made a bracket to mount it on the frame of my Versys
...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-02-2014, 08:47 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 19,421
Posted By GDI
I'm not a racer, never had a bike with much...

I'm not a racer, never had a bike with much power--mostly just metric cruisers. I had an '81 XS650 Yamaha that would pretty regularly start shaking on long sweepers if the pavement was rough at all....
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-19-2014, 09:05 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 7,687
Posted By GDI
One summer I noticed a motorcycle glove lying on...

One summer I noticed a motorcycle glove lying on the side of the road on my regular commute. I must have ridden past that same glove for 2 weeks or so. I didn't pay much attention to it other than...
Forum: Road warriors 06-11-2014, 08:29 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,739
Posted By GDI
This shoulda' been a poll! CTX does...

This shoulda' been a poll!

CTX does absolutely nothing for me. . . . I kind of like some cruisers--not necessarily Harleys. I had a Vulcan 750, older Shadow 1100, 1400 Intruder and currently own...
Forum: Road warriors 06-06-2014, 08:52 AM
Replies: 230
Views: 54,541
Posted By GDI
+1 Ninja 650, SV650, et al.--too small! ...

+1

Ninja 650, SV650, et al.--too small! After riding a Kawasaki Versys for the last few years, that is the standard by which I'm going to be judging motorcycles. I love the light weight, and the...
Forum: Road warriors 06-06-2014, 08:15 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 6,207
Posted By GDI
+1 True that! I had one for a couple of...

+1 True that!

I had one for a couple of years. I credit the bike with making a rider out of me. I'd had other, larger bikes. The Savage's low seat height and light weight gave me the...
Forum: Road warriors 06-06-2014, 08:06 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 6,207
Posted By GDI
My advise: 1) Buy used! A small cruiser...

My advise:

1) Buy used! A small cruiser like Rebel or Suzuki Savage/S40 is easy to handle and maintain, and won't lose much value when it's time to sell. Chances are you won't put 5,000 miles on...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-26-2014, 06:58 AM
Replies: 157
Views: 11,822
Posted By GDI
Hmmm. . . . well, yeah. It doesn't have to last...

Hmmm. . . . well, yeah. It doesn't have to last forever, though. I'll be happy if it lasts 'til I'm done with it. :1drink I'm hoping the tech was thorough and careful. It may not be as reliable...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-24-2014, 01:46 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 11,822
Posted By GDI
The Versys did store some error codes. . . . Is...

The Versys did store some error codes. . . . Is that what you mean by logging? Or, is there some other component that must be added to a stock configuration to perform logging? I'm not a tech, and...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-24-2014, 11:41 AM
Replies: 157
Views: 11,822
Posted By GDI
They said the could and they did? ...

They said the could and they did?




I'm not sure what you mean by logging values. . . .
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-24-2014, 11:33 AM
Replies: 157
Views: 11,822
Posted By GDI
You might think that, but they did! The tech had...

You might think that, but they did! The tech had isolated the problem to one particular connector. Rather than replace the whole wiring harness with new, which would have been more costly in terms...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-24-2014, 08:58 AM
Replies: 157
Views: 11,822
Posted By GDI
Meh, you guys are having a lot of fun. . . . I...

Meh, you guys are having a lot of fun. . . . I agree the new tech is nice when it works, but it can be more difficult to diagnoses and repair than some portray here. Last summer my '09 Versys was...
Forum: Road warriors 02-19-2014, 06:10 AM
Replies: 767
Views: 118,417
Posted By GDI
I've since gone to a Honda Shadow Spirit vt1100. ...

I've since gone to a Honda Shadow Spirit vt1100. I no longer have the issues with carbs, clutch, or fuel capacity. I also prefer liquid-cooling over air-cooling (no more 5+ quart oil changes!). My...
Forum: Road warriors 02-18-2014, 02:52 PM
Replies: 767
Views: 118,417
Posted By GDI
I rode a 1400 for 2 years and 8000 miles. Like...

I rode a 1400 for 2 years and 8000 miles. Like all bikes it had its good points and bad points.

The Bad:

-A PO had removed the stock exhaust replacing with a pair of Cobra slashcuts. :puke1...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-30-2013, 09:23 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,209
Posted By GDI
Yah, except lotsa times the driver approaching...

Yah, except lotsa times the driver approaching from the left isn't doing 15mph. They're doing 25mph! Why slow down when they're just going straight through the other side?

Count me among those...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-27-2013, 01:47 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 8,932
Posted By GDI
:lurk

:lurk
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-26-2013, 12:46 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,209
Posted By GDI
We've got 5-6 in the little 'burb outside of...

We've got 5-6 in the little 'burb outside of Madison where I used to live and my kids go to school. The first one showed up replacing a stoplight on May 28, 2004 (I just googled it). Prior to that...
Forum: Road warriors 09-10-2013, 08:13 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,871
Posted By GDI
Yep, that's what I'm looking for, too. :clap ...

Yep, that's what I'm looking for, too. :clap

GDI
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-16-2013, 01:05 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 5,281
Posted By GDI
I learned as 19YO college student. Dorm mate had...

I learned as 19YO college student. Dorm mate had upgraded to new V30 Magna and needed to get some cash out of his ol' '81 GS 550T. We went down and got me the learner's permit, studying on the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-01-2013, 01:13 PM
Replies: 3,850
Views: 580,620
Posted By GDI
Seems doubtful. . . . There's no other left turn...

Seems doubtful. . . . There's no other left turn either behind or ahead for a mile in either direction. It's the middle of nowhere, really. Taking the turn at 10-12 mph would have him in the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-31-2013, 09:35 AM
Replies: 3,850
Views: 580,620
Posted By GDI
I'm heading home from work on a rural, two-lane,...

I'm heading home from work on a rural, two-lane, county road cruising at 5-10 mph over the posted limit of 55mph. It's a beautiful day and no traffic until I caught up with a late-model, dark red,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-18-2013, 08:15 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,336
Posted By GDI
:d

:d
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-16-2013, 07:54 AM
Replies: 1,729
Views: 239,156
Posted By GDI
A couple of years ago I'm on my trusty ol' ST1100...

A couple of years ago I'm on my trusty ol' ST1100 headed east (south) on I94 just north of Black River Falls, WI when we get into a road construction zone. There's a semi truck in front of me, and a...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-10-2013, 08:57 AM
Replies: 1,281
Views: 215,135
Posted By GDI
I've stopped going to the dealership for parts...

I've stopped going to the dealership for parts for that reason. Unless you want oil, or coolant, or maybe sparkplugs, they're not going to have it. They don't even carry air filters!

I've had...
Forum: Road warriors 05-24-2013, 09:13 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,515
Posted By GDI
I lost some weight. . . . Went from a '99 ST1100...

I lost some weight. . . . Went from a '99 ST1100 to a '09 Versys! That's 150-200 lbs.--something like that. :D

Have you looked at the Versys? I love mine. I used it primarily for commuting,...
Forum: Road warriors 05-24-2013, 09:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,075
Posted By GDI
I had two different '81 XS650s separated by 14...

I had two different '81 XS650s separated by 14 years. The first one was my second bike. Picked it up back in '88 while still in college. We had one lovely summer together before colliding w/ a car...
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