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Forum: Some Assembly Required 12-14-2014, 06:48 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 17,973
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Thanks. The most substantial update I've done is...

Thanks. The most substantial update I've done is the odometer which is now at 48k. Somewhere the focus changed form a potential 80/20 machine to a mile eater. ...
Forum: Vendors 12-08-2014, 07:20 PM
Replies: 1,515
Views: 246,399
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Thanks Brian. Since I posted my question I had a...

Thanks Brian. Since I posted my question I had a chance to try on a Revolver evo size XL and found its shape a bit too round for me. So I pulled the trigger on the SS1700 size L today. I'll let you...
Forum: Vendors 12-05-2014, 09:38 AM
Replies: 1,515
Views: 246,399
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Hey Brian. It's about time to retire my back up...

Hey Brian. It's about time to retire my back up lid. I'm thinking inexpensive modular. My head shape is pure Shoei - size large. I screwed up the other day and tried on a Speed and Strength SS1700 L...
Forum: Equipment 12-02-2014, 07:54 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,963
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Yes, while not quite as insidious as rain, cold...

Yes, while not quite as insidious as rain, cold is exponential: temperature x speed x duration = windchill. Windchill is described as the body's inability to radiate enough heat to stave off the...
Forum: Equipment 12-02-2014, 02:29 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,963
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Yep, windchill is exponential - I learned that...

Yep, windchill is exponential - I learned that the hard way too. Several hours @ 70mph in 30f is far colder than at 10 mile commute in the teens. My feet are normally fine down to the teens with wool...
Forum: Equipment 12-02-2014, 01:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 834
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Well this is academic now anyway. If you still...

Well this is academic now anyway. If you still have a M2005 rated lid, it's time to retire it.

The "Snell is too stiff" argument has been raging for years. To that I say three words: dual density...
Forum: Equipment 11-03-2014, 07:02 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,869
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Thanks Bok. I hope someday I can think up...

Thanks Bok. I hope someday I can think up something marketable and rush off to the patent office. But this probably ain't it. Anybody can make this rig for no more than a few bucks.
Forum: Equipment 11-03-2014, 10:15 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,869
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Thanks Grinnin, I believe the plastic smart straw...

Thanks Grinnin, I believe the plastic smart straw nozzle would be fine except for the location I chose on the swingarm. The chain's vertical travel as the suspension compressed was too great. I may...
Forum: Equipment 11-02-2014, 06:32 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,869
Posted By KEN PHENIX
The more I use the WD-40 the more I like it....

The more I use the WD-40 the more I like it. Check this. I took the bike to the car wash and this is how the high pressure wand left the chain, sprocket and swingarm. No stiff bristle brush, no oily...
Forum: Equipment 11-02-2014, 06:49 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,975
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Good plan. Just make sure if the BMW pants you're...

Good plan. Just make sure if the BMW pants you're looking at has removable Gore Tex and thermal liners that they go with the deal. I looked at 2 pair of Rallye pants on ebay and in both cases the...
Forum: Equipment 11-01-2014, 07:53 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,975
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Sorry but I understood the op to say "overpants...

Sorry but I understood the op to say "overpants to wear over jeans to help keep the chill off on cooler days" and "Rain-shedding would be a plus." so I just assumed he really meant wind blocking...
Forum: Equipment 10-31-2014, 10:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 666
Posted By KEN PHENIX
If you have a multi-meter you could probe the...

If you have a multi-meter you could probe the plug for ohms and do the math.

Example:

2.2 ohms @ 13.5 volts = 82.8 watts

2.5 ohms @ 13.5 volts = 72.9 watts

3.0 ohms @ 13.5 volts =...
Forum: Equipment 10-31-2014, 10:19 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,975
Posted By KEN PHENIX
ReV'it! Enterprise. $189. No frills overpant. I...

ReV'it! Enterprise. $189. No frills overpant. I don't think you'll find better quality for short money.

http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/revit-enterprise-pants
Forum: Equipment 10-26-2014, 09:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,869
Posted By KEN PHENIX
2.0

First off, pleased with the performance of the WD-40 I decided I could get along without the PJ-1.

I discovered I had mounted the nozzle too close to the chain and there was contact - so much...
Forum: Vendors 10-17-2014, 09:52 PM
Replies: 1,515
Views: 246,399
Posted By KEN PHENIX
I'll chime in on the Alaska gloves. In 2012 I...

I'll chime in on the Alaska gloves. In 2012 I brought my heated liners into the old Philly store and tried on damn near every winter glove they had. There's only one thing worse than cold hands and...
Forum: Vendors 10-17-2014, 07:41 AM
Replies: 1,515
Views: 246,399
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Good points SlowBike. My current setup does work...

Good points SlowBike. My current setup does work quite well. I'm looking at options to speed up gas stops but I don't want to lose any warmth in the process. Whatever I do I will continue to carry...
Forum: Vendors 10-16-2014, 08:31 PM
Replies: 1,515
Views: 246,399
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Well I think your 5th grade teacher would say...

Well I think your 5th grade teacher would say that's good logic. :D

However, I will not be in a position to take a chance. I think I'll seek out a rider who has traveled long distances is the...
Forum: Vendors 10-15-2014, 10:41 PM
Replies: 1,515
Views: 246,399
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Thanks Brian. I currently wear heated glove...

Thanks Brian.
I currently wear heated glove liners under my Alaska GTX gloves. However, donning and doffing can be a bit of a pain on Iron Butt fuel stops. So I'm looking for overkill here. I...
Forum: Equipment 10-15-2014, 12:28 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,869
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Something I didn't figure - it's FUN! :rofl It's...

Something I didn't figure - it's FUN! :rofl It's actually quite gratifying to push the button to meat out a shot of lube. I'll be more likely to find the "sprayed too often" mark than to ever allow...
Forum: Equipment 10-14-2014, 03:48 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,869
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Rain ride yesterday. A couple of shots of WD-40...

Rain ride yesterday. A couple of shots of WD-40 and life is good. :happayhttp://kphenix.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/The-Phenix-Oiler/i-94QmPDH/0/X2/WP_20141014_09_30_36_Pro-X2.jpg

I might be able to...
Forum: Vendors 10-14-2014, 11:32 AM
Replies: 1,515
Views: 246,399
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Ok you asked for it. I have another idea. I have...

Ok you asked for it. I have another idea. I have read Gerbing's gloves are not really waterproof. But for the sake of easy off / easy on 4 minute iron butt gas stops, what would you think of using...
Forum: Vendors 10-10-2014, 09:24 PM
Replies: 1,515
Views: 246,399
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Wow, Brian - you are the man! Looks like a trip...

Wow, Brian - you are the man! Looks like a trip to Cabela's is in order. Those gloves have potential. I'll have to find out if spare batteries are available or if they can be jacked into the bike. On...
Forum: Equipment 10-10-2014, 09:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 699
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Yeah, I wish. I have invested a ton in gear to...

Yeah, I wish. I have invested a ton in gear to get removable bona fide Gore Tex liners. I will say my Klim Stowaway Gore Tex Paclite rain jacket is totally waterproof and breathable under my...
Forum: Vendors 10-09-2014, 07:28 PM
Replies: 1,515
Views: 246,399
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Thanks Brian. I love my REV'IT! Defender jacket...

Thanks Brian. I love my REV'IT! Defender jacket and pants in cooler to cold temps. But in a hot southeast Texas summer deluge, the Klim Stowaway Gore Tex Paclite jacket is perfect under my old...
Forum: Equipment 10-09-2014, 06:48 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,210
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Granted there are precious few CycleGear items I...

Granted there are precious few CycleGear items I would use - let alone recommend but their new Explorer dry bags seem well made with several D-ring attachment points. Three sizes - reasonably priced....
Forum: Vendors 10-08-2014, 09:14 PM
Replies: 1,515
Views: 246,399
Posted By KEN PHENIX
I'm looking at these too - to go with my Klim...

I'm looking at these too - to go with my Klim Stowaway Gore Tex Paclite jacket which I wear INSIDE my summer mesh suit. When the wind blows through the wet outer mesh its like air conditioning. :D
...
Forum: Equipment 10-07-2014, 09:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 556
Posted By KEN PHENIX
You'll get what you pay for and then some with...

You'll get what you pay for and then some with the Enterprise. They ARE well made. That said, it's an entry level overpant. I needed an inexpensive pair of touring pants for an upcoming trip and I...
Forum: Equipment 10-05-2014, 02:14 PM
Replies: 349
Views: 82,353
Posted By KEN PHENIX
The pics speak louder than the words. :kboom

The pics speak louder than the words. :kboom
Forum: Equipment 10-04-2014, 10:41 AM
Replies: 349
Views: 82,353
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Here's a friendly reminder: ADEQUATE CIRCUIT...

Here's a friendly reminder: ADEQUATE CIRCUIT PROTECTION IS GOOD!

Rather than rewire my old jacket liner, I made a new one and let an inmate on another forum have it with the understanding he would...
Forum: Equipment 10-03-2014, 07:27 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,240
Posted By KEN PHENIX
I like mine up on the bars too - so I don't have...

I like mine up on the bars too - so I don't have to take my eyes off the road or fumble around. I have 2ft extensions from W&S.
...
Forum: Equipment 10-02-2014, 08:27 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,869
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Go for it! I'm glad I had an idea worth sharing.

Go for it! I'm glad I had an idea worth sharing.
Forum: Equipment 10-02-2014, 08:23 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,869
Posted By KEN PHENIX
The WD-40 "Smart Straw" is quite secure. The red...

The WD-40 "Smart Straw" is quite secure. The red straw goes at least an inch into the gray holder. I may try to adapt another Smart Straw top to the PJ-1 can - if it becomes an issue. ...
Forum: Equipment 10-02-2014, 10:17 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,869
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Thanks. :D Yes, in the test temperature...

Thanks. :D


Yes, in the test temperature readings were taken and recorded at the countershaft and rear sprockets and at several places on the chain. So the only variable was the brand of lube...
Forum: Equipment 10-01-2014, 08:51 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,869
Posted By KEN PHENIX
The Phenix Oiler

THIS IS NOT AN OIL THREAD! USE WHATEVER BRAND CHAIN LUBE YOU LIKE.

Manually lubing a motorcycle chain while on an Iron Butt ride consumes precious time - and even more time with no center stand....
Forum: Equipment 10-01-2014, 08:35 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,452
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Hidden spare bike key and credit card - that's...

Hidden spare bike key and credit card - that's it. The other aforementioned items go in the tank bag which is tethered to the bars by a steel cable. If I leave the bike for a short time, say a gas...
Forum: Equipment 10-01-2014, 07:13 PM
Replies: 349
Views: 82,353
Posted By KEN PHENIX
[EDIT] You are correct. 25%. My mistake.

[EDIT] You are correct. 25%. My mistake.
Forum: Equipment 10-01-2014, 02:29 PM
Replies: 349
Views: 82,353
Posted By KEN PHENIX
I use two loops in each of my gloves that are...

I use two loops in each of my gloves that are hard wired in parallel. How would you do the wiring to be able to turn off one loop? Would you isolate each loop with a separate switch for each one?
Forum: Equipment 10-01-2014, 12:13 PM
Replies: 349
Views: 82,353
Posted By KEN PHENIX
How do you get 25%? Do the math. Two 5...

How do you get 25%? Do the math.


Two 5 foot sections of resistance wire connected in series will have exactly the same resistance/wattage as one 10 foot piece.
Two 5 foot sections of...
Forum: Equipment 09-21-2014, 09:46 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,536
Posted By KEN PHENIX
BTW: There is no comparison between the current...

BTW: There is no comparison between the current Gore Tex Performance Shell material and the Gore Tex "fabric" found in hiking gear a few years ago. The new moto-specific stuff is actually guaranteed...
Forum: Equipment 09-21-2014, 09:35 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,536
Posted By KEN PHENIX
What I was trying to say is now that the Frogg...

What I was trying to say is now that the Frogg Toggs are so greatly improved, you might get away with cheaper gear that isn't waterproof and even ditch the inferior internal liners. :evil
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