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Forum: Road warriors 07-15-2014, 09:24 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 3,539
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: 6,250
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: 15,681
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: 6,644
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: 36
Views: 2,397
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: 206
Views: 16,429
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: 4,155
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: 4,155
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: 8,679
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: 8,679
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: 8,679
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: 8,679
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: 8,679
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: 651
Views: 71,273
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: 651
Views: 71,273
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: 3,559
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: 7,243
Posted By GDI
:lurk

:lurk
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-26-2013, 12:46 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,559
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: 4,220
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: 4,359
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: 2,315
Views: 320,724
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: 2,315
Views: 320,724
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: 4,771
Posted By GDI
:d

:d
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-16-2013, 07:54 AM
Replies: 1,596
Views: 208,467
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: 195,198
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: 2,864
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: 1,632
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...
Forum: Road warriors 05-24-2013, 08:22 AM
Replies: 651
Views: 71,273
Posted By GDI
What happened to your other front brake caliper...

What happened to your other front brake caliper and rotor? You trying to save weight?

I had an '86 for about 6 years, but I hardly ever rode it. I was the stereotypical cruiser rider that put on...
Forum: Road warriors 04-25-2013, 01:51 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,783
Posted By GDI
Two years ago they added an automated gate to the...

Two years ago they added an automated gate to the parking structure where I park. Entrance and exit is allowed based upon the ability of the gate to read a hangtag w/ embedded RFID chip. Normally,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-24-2013, 02:19 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 6,831
Posted By GDI
Not a Hardly rider, but I do ride the cruisers. ....

Not a Hardly rider, but I do ride the cruisers. . . . Maybe they've met the same pickup trucks I have. It's twice now I've been riding in a county south of here and had a pickup truck come over the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-23-2013, 01:44 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,659
Posted By GDI
Agreed. The issue isn't whether the brake...

Agreed.

The issue isn't whether the brake is covered or not. The issue is that the one finger is not effective on all bikes. There isn't time to go from one finger to all four. If there had...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-23-2013, 08:28 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,659
Posted By GDI
You know what, I got an idea. Let's trade bikes....

You know what, I got an idea. Let's trade bikes. You can ride my '99 Shadow 1100 and I'll ride what you bring. I'll use my 4-finger braking technique, and you do what you want on the Shadow. . . ....
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-12-2013, 08:20 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,204
Posted By GDI
I agree, mostly. . . . :freaky I always...

I agree, mostly. . . . :freaky

I always think the Suzuki LS650, Boulevard S40, Savage, (whatever!) is a good starter bike. It's very low, light-weight and torquey, and not scary in any way. The...
Forum: Road warriors 04-11-2013, 01:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,525
Posted By GDI
I don't know anything about the Yam, other than I...

I don't know anything about the Yam, other than I like the way it looks.

Guy I know has a Meanie. I don't really understand the bike. It seems like they tried to make a muscle bike, but it...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-09-2013, 02:43 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 14,019
Posted By GDI
Yes! Those dbags are the worst! :clap I...

Yes! Those dbags are the worst! :clap

I sold a couple of dirtbikes a few years ago. One guy kept calling back telling me that my price was too high and would I take less. I finally had to cuss...
Forum: Road warriors 09-10-2012, 11:16 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 8,533
Posted By GDI
Re: Cx500

I wouldn't want one. I've test-ridden a couple, but never had a chance to really get to know one. They always seemed heavy and sluggish to me. :norton:D

GDI
Forum: Road warriors 09-06-2012, 02:33 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 8,533
Posted By GDI
I put about 7500 miles on an '87 Suzuki Savage...

I put about 7500 miles on an '87 Suzuki Savage back in the day. It was a great bike to learn on, IMO. It is very lightweight and easy to maneuver. I never laid that bike down, which I think is a...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-16-2012, 11:56 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,484
Posted By GDI
Ever have a pickup truck come over the line at...

Ever have a pickup truck come over the line at you? I mean you're both coming towards each other on a nice straight, and the truck decides right when he gets up to you that he's going to teach you...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-24-2012, 02:27 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 13,433
Posted By GDI
For cheap torque, you want the Suzuki VS1400...

For cheap torque, you want the Suzuki VS1400 Intruder. . . . It doesn't have the big torque numbers of the other bikes you're listing, but it doesn't cost the big dollars either. 'Course 88ft-lbs....
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-20-2012, 01:24 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,855
Posted By GDI
I'm riding my ST1100 on the morning commute. ...

I'm riding my ST1100 on the morning commute. It's gray, dark, and dismal as only a morning in October can be. A light rain starts as I roll up to the car stopped in front of me at the red light. ...
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