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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-10-2015, 12:41 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 11,530
Posted By Andyvh1959
Perhaps I have enough years of riding to just not...

Perhaps I have enough years of riding to just not make any kind of a race with any cager idiots out there. I would have let the dipshit accelerate past me if his pee-brain is set on it. My ride is MY...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-10-2015, 06:53 AM
Replies: 37,319
Views: 9,792,195
Posted By Andyvh1959
Perhaps he didn't override the bike's capability,...

Perhaps he didn't override the bike's capability, but he certainly did NOT adjust his ability and technique for the bike's limited capability in that riding environment. I have ridden some Harleys on...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-09-2015, 07:41 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 22,207
Posted By Andyvh1959
I just checked on the bike, 18" front and rear,...

I just checked on the bike, 18" front and rear, rear is a 4x18.
Forum: Old's Cool 04-08-2015, 02:51 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 22,207
Posted By Andyvh1959
Here is another diagram, kinda rough, that...

Here is another diagram, kinda rough, that details the wiring for a 5-pin CDI into the GN400 wiring harness:
Forum: Old's Cool 04-08-2015, 02:38 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 22,207
Posted By Andyvh1959
Here are some wiring details on the GN400, to...

Here are some wiring details on the GN400, to wire in a CDI from a Honda CH250 Elite scooter or use a generic GY6 Chinese aftermarket CDI, both of which are 5-pin connector AC fired CDI units, like...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-08-2015, 09:01 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 22,207
Posted By Andyvh1959
Here is a pic of my GN400 ice bike. Seat is from...

Here is a pic of my GN400 ice bike. Seat is from Fastglass. Side "panels" are just ABS sheet cut and zip-tied to the frame. Wheels are 18" front and rear, Kenda knobby tires with full liners and 1200...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-07-2015, 01:49 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 22,207
Posted By Andyvh1959
I contacted Ignitech by email already, but got no...

I contacted Ignitech by email already, but got no reply. I see their products may be adaptable to the GN400.

I should clarify, my GN400 is set up as a ice racing bike, so all the street stuff...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-06-2015, 02:10 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 22,207
Posted By Andyvh1959
Nope, won't work. The GN400 has a 5-pin 6-volt AC...

Nope, won't work. The GN400 has a 5-pin 6-volt AC Regulated ignition with no battery and a simple CDI. The GN400 used a simple early version of CDI that few road bikes used, and fewer continued to...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-06-2015, 08:21 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 22,207
Posted By Andyvh1959
Well, the CH250 Elite CDI only works in that it...

Well, the CH250 Elite CDI only works in that it does produce a spark, best to use the Honda coil to go with it. But the real issue is the the CH250 CDI does not achieve full ignition advance till...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-01-2015, 09:51 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 22,207
Posted By Andyvh1959
Actually, for a big ol single it doesn't vibe as...

Actually, for a big ol single it doesn't vibe as bad as you think. For around town it is a fun little ride.
Forum: Thumpers 03-27-2015, 06:21 AM
Replies: 14,370
Views: 1,546,052
Posted By Andyvh1959
Been some time since I worked on Big Red, but I...

Been some time since I worked on Big Red, but I recall playing with the jetting with the setup above. Gotta get the old beast out again.

But then, I have my R1200RT rebuild project,
and my 72...
Forum: Thumpers 03-24-2015, 03:30 PM
Replies: 14,370
Views: 1,546,052
Posted By Andyvh1959
my 83 XL600 starts ok, idles fine and runs on low...

my 83 XL600 starts ok, idles fine and runs on low to mid-range rpm fine all day. I can plod through the woods in 2nd gear and it never misses a beat. I have gone through the carbs, cleaned everything...
Forum: Thumpers 03-24-2015, 03:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 619
Posted By Andyvh1959
I have a 83 XL600 that at one time was my...

I have a 83 XL600 that at one time was my stripped down dirt bike. It runs fine and steady on the low to mid revs, I can easily ride really tight trails (the kind where the handlebar barely fits...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-24-2015, 02:02 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,926
Posted By Andyvh1959
As for tire wear, replace the tire WELL before...

As for tire wear, replace the tire WELL before you wear it down to the wire. When the wear bar indicator gets level to the tread it is time to replace the tire, period. Riding past the wear bar...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-21-2015, 02:57 PM
Replies: 2,898
Views: 1,481,641
Posted By Andyvh1959
I remember hanging out with Kevin at Del Mar back...

I remember hanging out with Kevin at Del Mar back in 96, and golfing with Larry Peagram. Nice guy, even if I sucked at golf we had a good time.

Buddy of mine, Stormy Chisler, introduced us. I...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-11-2015, 01:59 PM
Replies: 37,319
Views: 9,792,195
Posted By Andyvh1959
I have had a few MSF students that refused to...

I have had a few MSF students that refused to lean, even though they did it to a very limited degree. I told them, you either accept that you have to lean to control a motorcycle, and learn how to do...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-04-2015, 08:42 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,696
Posted By Andyvh1959
I have said this on this site over and over and I...

I have said this on this site over and over and I stand by it. When i comment about others saying "suddenly", "I had to lay it down", "nothing I could do", "accidents happen", and especially "it...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-04-2015, 08:17 PM
Replies: 933
Views: 78,012
Posted By Andyvh1959
I do not promote the idea of a car tire on a...

I do not promote the idea of a car tire on a bike. But, a friend of mine would be the exception. His bike is a Royal Star Venture, a heavy bike with limited rear tire choices (two really, for the...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-04-2015, 07:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,161
Posted By Andyvh1959
On older Jap bikes I always replace the plug...

On older Jap bikes I always replace the plug caps, and trim the coil wires back about a 1/4" when I install the new NGK plug caps. Each cap is less than $7 and well worth the results. Old plug caps...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-04-2015, 07:23 AM
Replies: 2,610
Views: 382,729
Posted By Andyvh1959
Obviously went to the school of "barn door...

Obviously went to the school of "barn door design" for that gawd awful fugly front end. I have seen better looking front ends om freight train diesel engines.

Should have been left in the barn.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-04-2015, 07:03 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,481
Posted By Andyvh1959
I test my riding abilities and road strategies,...

I test my riding abilities and road strategies, to better insure I don't have to "test" my helmet.

As a joke, this post has some merit. As a real question it is a waste of time. So,....why am I...
Forum: Old's Cool 02-28-2015, 10:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 906
Posted By Andyvh1959
Here is a pic of dad and mom on vacation in...

Here is a pic of dad and mom on vacation in Germany in about 1952, they toured a lot on the Ogar.
Forum: Some Assembly Required 02-28-2015, 09:38 AM
Replies: 572
Views: 72,040
Posted By Andyvh1959
Pretty cool old Honda. I actually like the...

Pretty cool old Honda. I actually like the Comstar wheels with the reversed "spokes". But I don't really like the fat rear tire look on a cafe bike. Combine the 18" or 19" Comstar rear wheel from a...
Forum: Thumpers 02-27-2015, 03:38 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,984
Posted By Andyvh1959
Thanks for the youtube video, as it shows what...

Thanks for the youtube video, as it shows what happens when you bury something in the snow that can't stand up on it's own. Aside from that they look like great stupid-happy fun in the winter! Are...
Forum: Old's Cool 02-27-2015, 03:15 PM
Replies: 2,610
Views: 382,729
Posted By Andyvh1959
oo,...ooo,....can I rant too? I am likewise...

oo,...ooo,....can I rant too?

I am likewise confused about the amount of money people will spend to build what is essentially a useless motorcycle. Well, useless in my opinion, so that doesn't...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 02-27-2015, 02:58 PM
Replies: 572
Views: 72,040
Posted By Andyvh1959
To your earlier reply about having a parent that...

To your earlier reply about having a parent that inspired you to fix things, I think of talking to my dad. Like what's his face said the other night at the Oscars, "if you are lucky enough to have a...
Forum: Old's Cool 02-25-2015, 10:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,285
Posted By Andyvh1959
I know of more than few K75 BMWs with well over...

I know of more than few K75 BMWs with well over 200,000 miles on them. VERY smooth running bike, much smoother running than the R1100 could ever hope to run, even with the best TB balancing. I'd say...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 02-25-2015, 10:43 PM
Replies: 572
Views: 72,040
Posted By Andyvh1959
I recall my dad saying when he went through tech...

I recall my dad saying when he went through tech school in Holland, back in the 40's, part of the metal fab class was to hand file a steel block to a specific finish and parallelism within very tight...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-25-2015, 10:32 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,696
Posted By Andyvh1959
Usually people that report "I had to lay er down"...

Usually people that report "I had to lay er down" usually also have the word "suddenly the car was there" or "suddenly the car took my lane" in the story also.

If those riders were to really look...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-25-2015, 10:23 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,024
Posted By Andyvh1959
What's her inseam, as that is more important than...

What's her inseam, as that is more important than her height. But, honestly, at her height she may just be out of luck.

BEFORE buying ANY bike, she should first take the MSF course to determine...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 02-24-2015, 04:50 AM
Replies: 572
Views: 72,040
Posted By Andyvh1959
I think you REALLY enjoy making metal chips. Keep...

I think you REALLY enjoy making metal chips. Keep up the inspirational work.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-18-2015, 08:52 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 4,681
Posted By Andyvh1959
Big +1!! If you are training or practicing...

Big +1!!

If you are training or practicing to fall or get away from the bike going down, you are not focusing on riding the best you can. Better to practice on dirt riding to learn traction...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-18-2015, 08:40 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,340
Posted By Andyvh1959
Conversely, I see a lot of students in the MSF...

Conversely, I see a lot of students in the MSF classes, both beginner and "experienced" that are SO engrossed in the mechanics of riding (operating the controls, maintaining balance) that for them...
Forum: Old's Cool 02-12-2015, 07:31 PM
Replies: 2,610
Views: 382,729
Posted By Andyvh1959
WOW! I didn't realize I am sitting on such a gold...

WOW! I didn't realize I am sitting on such a gold mine! I have a GS1000E in my shed with less than 10,000 miles on it. Clean straight, lightly modded. Stock exhaust, seat in great shape. Never...
Forum: Old's Cool 02-12-2015, 09:06 AM
Replies: 16,911
Views: 10,609,110
Posted By Andyvh1959
My dad used to compete in those events in Holland...

My dad used to compete in those events in Holland in the mid 50's on his 350 Jawa Ogar. I think this picture was taken either in Oss or Sittard. I was born in Sittard in 57.
Forum: Old's Cool 02-12-2015, 08:57 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 6,794
Posted By Andyvh1959
Y'know, if the major news could report more on...

Y'know, if the major news could report more on people opening their hearts more to other people, we'd all enjoy a better world.

The story about Flossy proves that us bikers are a tender sort that...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-12-2015, 08:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,911
Posted By Andyvh1959
I buy a lot of stuff on ebay. But before making...

I buy a lot of stuff on ebay. But before making any purchase I fully know and understand the shipping. If the shipping looks ridiculous, or the seller is making up for the low item price in the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-12-2015, 07:54 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,340
Posted By Andyvh1959
Well said, same for me. When I need to get away I...

Well said, same for me. When I need to get away I go "onawander" and just ride. I may decide, "right at the next road" with no intent or expectation of what is to come. Some days that's a 20 miles...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 02-07-2015, 09:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,234
Posted By Andyvh1959
I have installed three TrailTech Vapor products...

I have installed three TrailTech Vapor products on two dirt bikes and even on my ice bike so I can ride it during the summer with dual sport tires on it. The one on my ice bike included a temperature...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 02-07-2015, 09:00 AM
Replies: 572
Views: 72,040
Posted By Andyvh1959
With some creative ebay hunting you can find a...

With some creative ebay hunting you can find a whole bunch of spoked alloy rims from dirt bikes, some for very reasonable money. I have shopped a lot of Akront and Takasega rims from various dirt...
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