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Forum: Some Assembly Required 06-30-2014, 06:35 AM
Replies: 878
Views: 303,358
Posted By theKite
I know that we have talked about this before Jim,...

I know that we have talked about this before Jim, but when I see that beautiful alumium tank, i still think about my equally beautiful TT500 tank from the 1970s, and I can feel my throttle hand...
Forum: Day Trippin' 06-30-2014, 05:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 835
Posted By theKite
Sorry guys; i would love to give them to you, but...

Sorry guys; i would love to give them to you, but everytime i try, i just end up with a little white square and no picture.
I so want to know how to get around this problem! So if you can help I...
Forum: Day Trippin' 06-21-2014, 03:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 835
Posted By theKite
For what? Maybe 187KM, I quickly realized. Having...

For what? Maybe 187KM, I quickly realized. Having slipped and slid to the far right hand side of the road I realized that I was riding in tomato soup. And that my excellent rear tyre had dug a nice...
Forum: Day Trippin' 06-21-2014, 03:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 835
Posted By theKite
Thargominah! Can you imagine a more Outback name?...

Thargominah! Can you imagine a more Outback name? But I only refueled there and left town to track North to Quilpie. (I should explain that I had anticipated a fair degree of gravel roading, and had...
Forum: Day Trippin' 06-21-2014, 03:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 835
Posted By theKite
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But this time, I wanted to include some of the roads not ridden at that time. So my route was via Bollon,...
Forum: Day Trippin' 06-19-2014, 04:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 835
Posted By theKite
Certainly there were far fewer traders than...

Certainly there were far fewer traders than normal, which was just fine for the Ulysses Gearshop, which did a roaring trade!<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"...
Forum: Day Trippin' 06-19-2014, 02:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 835
Posted By theKite
TO Alice : Reminiscing.<?xml:namespace prefix = o...

TO Alice : Reminiscing.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
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I had first travelled to Alice Springs in 1979 on my first BMW, an R60/5....
Forum: Day Trippin' 06-19-2014, 02:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 835
Posted By theKite
How the hell did I get grey screen/black text????

How the hell did I get grey screen/black text????
Forum: Day Trippin' 06-19-2014, 01:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 835
Posted By theKite
To Alice: Reminiscing.

TO Alice : Reminiscing.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
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I had first travelled to Alice Springs in 1979 on my first BMW, an R60/5....
Forum: Ride reports 03-31-2014, 11:51 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,508
Posted By theKite
Well, come on, fatemaker. What happened next? ...

Well, come on, fatemaker. What happened next?
Rob
Forum: Road warriors 03-29-2014, 05:50 AM
Replies: 2,131
Views: 199,606
Posted By theKite
Suck your cheeks in, Mackka, people have done on...

Suck your cheeks in, Mackka, people have done on Gold Wings and Road Kings. Hurts: huh?
Rob
Forum: Road warriors 03-21-2014, 07:12 PM
Replies: 4,358
Views: 785,792
Posted By theKite
Steering dampers/stabilizers

Slight change of topic: I have been thinking that I should fit a steering damper to my 2004 883/1200. I am planning to ride the Birdsville Track in a few months.
I had a horror ride a few years...
Forum: Road warriors 03-20-2014, 02:14 AM
Replies: 2,131
Views: 199,606
Posted By theKite
Gotta love the bullshit race plates and knobby...

Gotta love the bullshit race plates and knobby tyres - someone remind me when Yamaha last put such a porker on a motocross track!
Rob
Forum: Road warriors 02-19-2014, 12:19 AM
Replies: 4,358
Views: 785,792
Posted By theKite
Hope that I am not hijacking a thread here! My...

Hope that I am not hijacking a thread here!
My wife and I both have 1200 Sporties; hers is 2012, mine is a 2004.
She has a lot of accidents, so I have a lot of "slightly damaged " parts that fit my...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 02-16-2014, 05:06 AM
Replies: 204
Views: 22,129
Posted By theKite
True, the stainless steel bolts do not have the...

True, the stainless steel bolts do not have the strength that carbon steel bolts have, but in that application, Rod, there will never be a strenth issue. But you now have a lower corrosion issue in...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-20-2014, 01:05 AM
Replies: 2,916
Views: 805,920
Posted By theKite
Just realized this. In 1929 Jack Bowers and his...

Just realized this. In 1929 Jack Bowers and his mate Frank Smith on a new Harley Davidson, were the first two people to travel around Australia on any kind of mechanical vehicle. The grainy photos...
Forum: Road warriors 01-16-2014, 09:15 PM
Replies: 4,358
Views: 785,792
Posted By theKite
Now I am considering coming home via the...

Now I am considering coming home via the Birdsville Track, since I would have enough range. Still need fellow travelers, though, as I can not lift the bike by myself.
Still, neither could RTW Doug,...
Forum: Road warriors 01-16-2014, 02:06 PM
Replies: 4,358
Views: 785,792
Posted By theKite
Thanks for that Steppy, I will certainly buy one...

Thanks for that Steppy, I will certainly buy one of those before going to the Ulysses AGM in Alice Springs in May.
Rob
Forum: Road warriors 01-16-2014, 01:09 AM
Replies: 4,358
Views: 785,792
Posted By theKite
That sounds great. I have used old oil containers...

That sounds great. I have used old oil containers in the past, but, they do actually "breath" out petrol vapours, which are unattractive near to food, or even cooking gear..
And I do have a 10...
Forum: Road warriors 01-16-2014, 12:56 AM
Replies: 4,358
Views: 785,792
Posted By theKite
Why bother? Stop a little more often. Go to the...

Why bother? Stop a little more often. Go to the toilet. (You know you need to). Buy an icecream. (You know you want to) Have a beer. (OK means you need to stop again in an hour).
Rob
Forum: Old's Cool 01-10-2014, 01:11 AM
Replies: 2,916
Views: 805,920
Posted By theKite
Just wish that you Americans weren't so casual...

Just wish that you Americans weren't so casual about the term "fanny". I know that you mean "bum" or "backside".
But here in Australia, fanny means vagina, and we have a due reverence for that...
Forum: Road warriors 01-05-2014, 01:02 PM
Replies: 4,358
Views: 785,792
Posted By theKite
Gearing and tanks

I never did get around to changing the gearing on my 883 to 1200 conversion, and I wont bother now.
I get no vibration up to about 130 kph, and that's fast enough anyway, most of the time.

...
Forum: Road warriors 01-03-2014, 09:34 PM
Replies: 4,358
Views: 785,792
Posted By theKite
Have Mercy! I am struggling to learn how to use...

Have Mercy! I am struggling to learn how to use recently installed Smugmug, but stumbled across my long-installed Photobucket. This is my 1200 which started as a 883, bored out by the first owner. I...
Forum: Road warriors 01-03-2014, 09:12 PM
Replies: 4,358
Views: 785,792
Posted By theKite
My Sporty: Started life as an 883 and the previous owner bored it out to 1200.

Sharp eyes will see that I screwed this up! That's a homebuilt flattracker with a Shovel Head engine!
http://i1083.photobucket.com/albums/j382/thekite/DSC_2111m2.jpg
Forum: Road warriors 01-03-2014, 01:56 PM
Replies: 4,358
Views: 785,792
Posted By theKite
Thanks, SOG, I am told that it is only a python...

Thanks, SOG, I am told that it is only a python and cannot sting me anyway - which I believe, because I gave him a nudge with a (long) piece of aluminium, and all he did was give me the stinkeye!
...
Forum: Road warriors 01-02-2014, 09:46 PM
Replies: 4,358
Views: 785,792
Posted By theKite
Sarah, can you advise me? I now have a smugmug...

Sarah, can you advise me? I now have a smugmug account and have loaded that snake image into a gallery which I call "bikers"
But then I click on the little "insert image" icon, as above, and which...
Forum: Road warriors 01-02-2014, 04:12 AM
Replies: 4,358
Views: 785,792
Posted By theKite
Can anyone tell me how to post pictures on this...

Can anyone tell me how to post pictures on this thread? I had a snake invade my Sportster tonight, http://ROB3910m1but if I click on the little "insert image" icon above, all I get is is a bunch of...
Forum: Road warriors 12-18-2013, 04:07 AM
Replies: 2,131
Views: 199,606
Posted By theKite
Actually, no. There a number of aircraft...

Actually, no.
There a number of aircraft engines that share cooling between air and liquid coolant. The reason being that while water cools 30 times better than air, it is possible for water to...
Forum: Road warriors 12-11-2013, 10:22 PM
Replies: 4,358
Views: 785,792
Posted By theKite
(Hope this not too off-topic) My wife simply...

(Hope this not too off-topic) My wife simply forgot to put her side stand down when we stopped for fuel. Or her foot. Fell over. Broke the clutch lever. As happens; the laws of physics being what...
Forum: Road warriors 12-11-2013, 06:34 PM
Replies: 4,358
Views: 785,792
Posted By theKite
Thanks for the advice randy, I will look up those...

Thanks for the advice randy, I will look up those videos. I do not have an engine guard, but before heading off from Queensland to Alice Springs for the Ulysses AGM next year, I will be fitting one....
Forum: Thumpers 12-09-2013, 11:28 PM
Replies: 234
Views: 150,844
Posted By theKite
Not great. Mine self-destructed between Windorah...

Not great. Mine self-destructed between Windorah and Dajarra. (Google it)
When I got to Darwin I ordered custom built replacements from YSS.
And of course the oil leaking from the left shock also...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-08-2013, 02:08 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 7,799
Posted By theKite
Er. Sorry to correct. My 2004 Sportster has...

Er. Sorry to correct.
My 2004 Sportster has 130 000 km on the second belt, with about 10% of that on gravel roads.
It has suffered 3 holes in the belt over that time. So when I travel on bush...
Forum: Road warriors 12-07-2013, 03:15 AM
Replies: 2,131
Views: 199,606
Posted By theKite
Gotta tell ya - Honda Shadow is a ripoff of a...

Gotta tell ya - Honda Shadow is a ripoff of a much older V-twin. As is a Yamaha Bolt for that matter. (Do they both have chain drive? Still? Just curious)
Forum: Some Assembly Required 12-06-2013, 02:47 AM
Replies: 166
Views: 34,527
Posted By theKite
Love the "baking oven" procedure, Randy. I used a...

Love the "baking oven" procedure, Randy. I used a similar idea when assembling my helicopter blade grip assembly.
Hint: Wait until your wife goes to work before proceeding.
Rob
Forum: Road warriors 12-06-2013, 02:18 AM
Replies: 4,358
Views: 785,792
Posted By theKite
That has to be a GREAT idea! I'm wondering if...

That has to be a GREAT idea! I'm wondering if that caliper would fit my 13 spoke cast wheel ? (2004 883 originally) Any suggestions?
Rob
Forum: Road warriors 12-06-2013, 02:03 AM
Replies: 4,358
Views: 785,792
Posted By theKite
My belt has now done about 13 000km with 3 gravel...

My belt has now done about 13 000km with 3 gravel holes in it. I carry the original (with only one gravel hole) as a spare when I ride in the bush (Australia has heaps of bush). I could change it out...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-06-2013, 01:34 AM
Replies: 2,916
Views: 805,920
Posted By theKite
(Please don't take this the wrong way) Your thumb...

(Please don't take this the wrong way) Your thumb is in the wrong place....Rob
Forum: Australia 10-28-2013, 10:48 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 13,369
Posted By theKite
ND filters... Wow that takes me back. I probably...

ND filters... Wow that takes me back. I probably have some still in my camera bag from back in the film days. Yes I see what you mean as far as the propeller is concerned. Great idea! Does the Drift...
Forum: Australia 10-28-2013, 04:23 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 13,369
Posted By theKite
Wicked And sorry to tell you, on the flying side, you...

And sorry to tell you, on the flying side, you can never get rid of the interface between shutter speed and the propeller. Give up! Mount the camera on a lift strut or elsewhere.
I once mounted my...
Forum: Australia 10-27-2013, 06:00 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 13,369
Posted By theKite
Those two are great movies! yes, I know that...

Those two are great movies! yes, I know that building at Farina...
Love the sound tracks - where did you source them from?

Rob
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