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Forum: Road warriors 12-21-2014, 06:03 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,392
Posted By Jim K.
Reading your initial post, it sounds like you...

Reading your initial post, it sounds like you have a pretty good handle on all 3 bikes, & a good idea of what you want. In your place I'd go with the VFR. The gear driven cams are cool, but...
Forum: Road warriors 12-21-2014, 05:30 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,115
Posted By Jim K.
Good advice right here^.

Good advice right here^.
Forum: Road warriors 12-21-2014, 05:19 PM
Replies: 246
Views: 20,050
Posted By Jim K.
Agreed! I can think of several bikes that Honda...

Agreed! I can think of several bikes that Honda brought out over the last few decades that were failures at the time & became cult classics a few years later. They couldn't give away that sweet GB500...
Forum: Road warriors 12-21-2014, 04:37 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,846
Posted By Jim K.
I've taken multi day, multi thousand mile trips,...

I've taken multi day, multi thousand mile trips, every year for the last 4 decades. Roughly half on faired bikes & half on nakeds. Definitely, you can tour on a naked, especially if you're young &...
Forum: Equipment 12-21-2014, 04:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 890
Posted By Jim K.
I also use LD, & like them, but for the really...

I also use LD, & like them, but for the really long days of a trip, on the slab, I go to a pair of A* padded shorts....thin silky material with substantial padding in the hips, butt, & thighs....
Forum: Road warriors 12-21-2014, 09:38 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,476
Posted By Jim K.
I'm afraid blow-ups of the pictured wheels don't...

I'm afraid blow-ups of the pictured wheels don't show either the center flange('s) or rim-edge spoke systems that others use. Unless they have one of the spoke sealing systems (inside the rim), it...
Forum: Equipment 12-19-2014, 10:36 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,378
Posted By Jim K.
I ride with an old friend who got some Canadian...

I ride with an old friend who got some Canadian made muffs for his BMW that actually look quite neat & professional. As said above, he can wear thin summer gloves with the heated grips inside the...
Forum: Equipment 12-18-2014, 04:46 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,799
Posted By Jim K.
When SOLAS is put on life preservers it's...

When SOLAS is put on life preservers it's generally stitched down or pressure adhered at the factory. I've had great success sticking it down to metal & plastic on boats, where I can clean the...
Forum: Road warriors 12-18-2014, 11:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,318
Posted By Jim K.
Nagging reliability problems were not the only...

Nagging reliability problems were not the only ones the "new" Norton had. A few years back there was something of a scandal when it was discovered that they were taking big deposits on bikes & then...
Forum: Road warriors 12-18-2014, 10:58 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,476
Posted By Jim K.
Certainly interesting. A Bonnie styled tracker...

Certainly interesting. A Bonnie styled tracker with more oomph & higher spec brakes & suspenders is going to be right in the wheelhouse for lots of folks out there. (maybe even me). To get my money...
Forum: Equipment 12-16-2014, 07:21 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,799
Posted By Jim K.
Another vote for SOLAS, from another sailor here....

Another vote for SOLAS, from another sailor here. I used a 3/4 " square of SOLAS (pretty tiny) on the lifeline posts of a 25 foot sailboat. A 3 d-cell Maglite flash lit them like a row of 6 small...
Forum: Road warriors 12-15-2014, 04:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,087
Posted By Jim K.
When I hear the word "motorcycle", that classic...

When I hear the word "motorcycle", that classic shape of the Honda 4 is what pops into my head.
Forum: Ride reports 12-15-2014, 02:38 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,607
Posted By Jim K.
You are a brave pair, to take to the highway on...

You are a brave pair, to take to the highway on 112 cc....and 2-up! I'm looking forward to the report & more pics. We don't see enough from the Hellenic riders & would love to see more.
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 12-14-2014, 11:15 PM
Replies: 8,107
Views: 7,640,111
Posted By Jim K.
Unless you are a twin of George Cloony, you sir,...

Unless you are a twin of George Cloony, you sir, are punching well over your weight class in the intimacy tournament!
Forum: Road warriors 12-14-2014, 11:00 PM
Replies: 366
Views: 49,315
Posted By Jim K.
Heartily agreed! Different ships, different long...

Heartily agreed! Different ships, different long splices.
Forum: Road warriors 12-14-2014, 05:22 PM
Replies: 366
Views: 49,315
Posted By Jim K.
RS= +1....R, not so much.

Much joy to see the RS back in the BMW repertoire. RS have been my favorite letters in the BMW alphabet for decades, & this one looks like it might be a worthy successor. (depending on price.)...
Forum: Road warriors 12-13-2014, 08:51 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 11,642
Posted By Jim K.
To OP: Listen to this fellow...this is the most...

To OP: Listen to this fellow...this is the most sensible advice you'll get on this subject.
Forum: Road warriors 12-13-2014, 05:39 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 12,603
Posted By Jim K.
Laugh If only there were some sort of hot line you...

If only there were some sort of hot line you could have called, before you added that lumpen top box to that elegant Honda v-twin! http://d26ya5yqg8yyvs.cloudfront.net/yelrotflmao.gif
Forum: Road warriors 12-13-2014, 05:26 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,514
Posted By Jim K.
You've put your finger on it exactly! I'm afraid...

You've put your finger on it exactly! I'm afraid that our general egocentric assumption is that we are the center of every market move & we judge it's success on wether it is successful here. Hero...
Forum: Road warriors 12-13-2014, 05:11 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,059
Posted By Jim K.
Certainly a corespondent from Ala. should be...

Certainly a corespondent from Ala. should be familiar with 3rd world problems.
Forum: Equipment 12-13-2014, 04:50 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,841
Posted By Jim K.
I'm afraid that if mummies are out, then packing...

I'm afraid that if mummies are out, then packing really small is also out.
Forum: Equipment 12-12-2014, 10:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,086
Posted By Jim K.
Substitute MasterCard & it's the same for me.

Substitute MasterCard & it's the same for me.
Forum: Equipment 12-10-2014, 05:58 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,150
Posted By Jim K.
+1

Yet another vote for Smart Wool.
Forum: Battle scooters 12-09-2014, 06:54 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,162
Posted By Jim K.
In Paris a couple of years ago I noticed how many...

In Paris a couple of years ago I noticed how many maxi scoots were on the city streets. When I finally got a chance to talk to a Bergman rider, I asked why not a smaller, nimbler, scoot for Paris?...
Forum: Road warriors 12-09-2014, 06:38 PM
Replies: 4,047
Views: 467,826
Posted By Jim K.
"Malleable"... Nicely put!

"Malleable"... Nicely put!
Forum: Equipment 12-09-2014, 06:26 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 51,265
Posted By Jim K.
I use a stainless Gerber that has a set of driver...

I use a stainless Gerber that has a set of driver tips that fit onto a square drive on the tool. The tips sit in a rubber holder that fits onto the sheath. It's saved me countless trips back & forth...
Forum: Equipment 12-08-2014, 08:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 396
Posted By Jim K.
I've been a Shoei guy for decades now, but last...

I've been a Shoei guy for decades now, but last time around, the pricing just outran my ability to keep up. I loved the hats (still do) but there has to be a limit. Several buddies are wearing HJC &...
Forum: Road warriors 12-08-2014, 05:02 PM
Replies: 4,181
Views: 691,926
Posted By Jim K.
+1

+1
Forum: Road warriors 12-06-2014, 12:17 PM
Replies: 4,047
Views: 467,826
Posted By Jim K.
I think that's exactly what they are doing....the...

I think that's exactly what they are doing....the problem is, I can't think of a clearer prescription for a sales disaster. (assuming they ever arrive at a product to sell)
Forum: Road warriors 12-02-2014, 10:38 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 6,666
Posted By Jim K.
I'm 66 & catching up to you fast. When I grow too...

I'm 66 & catching up to you fast. When I grow too old for my current GSX, the VFR is almost certainly my next bike. I'm only 5'8" so it should fit as if bespoke.
Forum: Road warriors 12-02-2014, 10:28 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,869
Posted By Jim K.
I'm guessing that 4-5 years ago, BMW would be the...

I'm guessing that 4-5 years ago, BMW would be the only ones who could afford to rent T. Woods for the weekend. It's a sign of how far he's fallen that Hero can pick him up now. I suspect that there...
Forum: Equipment 12-02-2014, 10:04 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,961
Posted By Jim K.
Riding year-round in New England in my youth, I...

Riding year-round in New England in my youth, I quickly learned that I didn't need to stop riding as the winter advanced, but my riding radius shrank month by month. Fortunately, my commute was only...
Forum: Equipment 12-02-2014, 09:29 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,371
Posted By Jim K.
As many have mentioned here & elsewhere, abrasion...

As many have mentioned here & elsewhere, abrasion resistance is probably going to be secondary in most street accidents. Long high speed slides, which are the norm on a track, are actually pretty...
Forum: Ride reports 12-01-2014, 04:23 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,607
Posted By Jim K.
Carry on!

I await this one with interest. Small bikes always lead to big adventures.
Forum: Equipment 11-30-2014, 04:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 523
Posted By Jim K.
+1 on Kreiga. Superb build quality, well thought...

+1 on Kreiga. Superb build quality, well thought out, & truly waterproof.
Forum: Road warriors 11-30-2014, 10:54 AM
Replies: 916
Views: 135,343
Posted By Jim K.
This guy has it right! The "comfort" question is...

This guy has it right! The "comfort" question is one that everyone has to answer for themselves. Weight, height, age, posture, existing injury, and a dozen other factors all play a part in the...
Forum: Road warriors 11-30-2014, 10:31 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 12,603
Posted By Jim K.
I'm going to guess... a Sears Allstate 250 with a...

I'm going to guess... a Sears Allstate 250 with a much later side car. Early 60's bike maybe? If I'm right, this Allstate was a re-badged Jawa 250, 2 stroke, sold through the Sears Roebuck catalog....
Forum: Equipment 11-29-2014, 11:43 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,726
Posted By Jim K.
Yes, this is the truth. The BIG advantage of...

Yes, this is the truth. The BIG advantage of heated grips lies in the fact that they are always there. I can't count how many times I've been going home in the evening after a ride & found my fingers...
Forum: Equipment 11-29-2014, 08:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 416
Posted By Jim K.
This is good advice. Gearing up from either of...

This is good advice. Gearing up from either of these sources can be done at a fraction of new gear prices. motorcycle gear.com also buys out warehouses of new gear that is left over & unsold. They...
Forum: Road warriors 11-26-2014, 10:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,818
Posted By Jim K.
I've never had one disappear beneath me. I had...

I've never had one disappear beneath me. I had one disappear from my garage one night back in the 80's. Cops never found it. I'm still looking.
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