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Forum: Equipment Today, 01:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 132
Posted By Jim K.
Zoom and pixel counts are very misleading. The...

Zoom and pixel counts are very misleading. The single biggest factors in good image quality are sensor size & lens quality. I think you were on the right track in looking at the "big sensor"...
Forum: Road warriors Yesterday, 09:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 754
Posted By Jim K.
Modern plastics can often be fixed to "as new"...

Modern plastics can often be fixed to "as new" condition, it just takes a different skill set & tool kit. As to sun fading....I've seen plenty of elderly metal gas tanks & auto hoods & roofs sun...
Forum: Equipment Yesterday, 08:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 166
Posted By Jim K.
As a general rule, the shorter the zoom, the...

As a general rule, the shorter the zoom, the better the image quality. Zooms are at their most precise somewhere around the middle of their range. Non zoom "primes" are the easiest to build in...
Forum: Equipment Yesterday, 08:02 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,916
Posted By Jim K.
I've spent two weeks all told on mine so far & I...

I've spent two weeks all told on mine so far & I agree with all of the above. I've slept so well & so warm (temps in the low 40s) that I've just about forgotten the pain of paying for it.
Forum: Equipment Yesterday, 04:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,225
Posted By Jim K.
I hope you'll post some pictures when you get...

I hope you'll post some pictures when you get this set up, plus a paragraph or two on how it all works. I'm not sure I can wait for Kreiga to come up with a saddle bag system of their own.
Forum: Equipment Yesterday, 08:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,225
Posted By Jim K.
Kreiga "throw-overs"

I've written to Kreiga several times about using their bags as "throw-over" panniers. I use their US10 & US20 tail bags & love them. They are totally waterproof, totally secure on the seat, & best of...
Forum: Equipment 09-15-2014, 06:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 447
Posted By Jim K.
OK, I'll throw in my 2 cents. For me, I'd say...

OK, I'll throw in my 2 cents. For me, I'd say that the next question should be...How much bulk/weight are you willing to carry?. The DSLs are heavy & take up a lot of space, the newer mirrorless cams...
Forum: Equipment 09-13-2014, 10:10 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,241
Posted By Jim K.
I've grown fond of a British-ism I've heard UK...

I've grown fond of a British-ism I've heard UK friends use. I think the term is "skint" (sp?) I believe it refers to one's wealth, or lack thereof.

The question of Cycle Gear stuff revolves...
Forum: Equipment 09-11-2014, 03:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,334
Posted By Jim K.
I agree. I've got an Aerostitch vest & love it,...

I agree. I've got an Aerostitch vest & love it, but when (or if) it dies, I'll pony up for the full jacket liner. Once you experience the warmth that electrics provide, you ask yourself why you...
Forum: Equipment 09-10-2014, 04:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 796
Posted By Jim K.
It sure does remind me of my old Bell Star (II?)....

It sure does remind me of my old Bell Star (II?). I think I bought it in '73. It cost me $125. (I was bringing home $93 per week & my bike at the time cost $500) I had just returned from 8 months...
Forum: Equipment 09-10-2014, 01:40 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,722
Posted By Jim K.
I'm not surprised, if the thermometer bulbs were...

I'm not surprised, if the thermometer bulbs were just sitting in the airspace in the middle of the helmet. Air is a dandy insulator. Tape the thermometer bulbs against the internal padding, just like...
Forum: Ride reports 09-09-2014, 10:23 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,646
Posted By Jim K.
I'm not sure I'd ever be in Wyoming without a...

I'm not sure I'd ever be in Wyoming without a good long stop in Yellowstone. It's truly the jewel in the crown of the Nat'l Park system. Spectacular scenery, active geothermals, huge range of...
Forum: Road warriors 09-08-2014, 04:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,048
Posted By Jim K.
Honda Shadow?

Honda's Shadow RS always looked interesting to me. I'm at the opposite end of the spectrum from a cruiser guy, but that Honda seemed to combine a classic look with Honda build quality. I've also run...
Forum: Equipment 09-08-2014, 03:29 PM
Replies: 6,323
Views: 2,492,858
Posted By Jim K.
Be careful on the BRP in mid Oct! I've been up on...

Be careful on the BRP in mid Oct! I've been up on the Skyline Drive over the Columbus Day Weekend & trapped by sleet & freezing rain, temps in the 20s. It was beautiful, for sure. The fall foliage...
Forum: Equipment 09-08-2014, 08:21 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,445
Posted By Jim K.
My first impression on this topic, is that the...

My first impression on this topic, is that the helmet manufacturers are gaming the "safety" theme to increase sales of new helmets. On the other hand, about 15 years ago I bought a mid priced helmet...
Forum: Equipment 09-04-2014, 02:57 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,916
Posted By Jim K.
Super! Thanks for the pic, that just about seals...

Super! Thanks for the pic, that just about seals the deal. Now all I need is a ski mask & gun to go out & complete the purchase!
Forum: Equipment 09-04-2014, 02:49 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 8,803
Posted By Jim K.
That excuse may not hold up for long. New E-mount...

That excuse may not hold up for long. New E-mount glass keeps coming out regularly & rumors of more in the pipeline are springing up like crabgrass in my lawn.
Forum: Equipment 09-03-2014, 04:17 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,916
Posted By Jim K.
I'm looking hard at that Helium. I've heard rave...

I'm looking hard at that Helium. I've heard rave reviews from guys who have actually "lived" in them, for months on end up in the Wasatch. (out west.) My big question is pack size. I'm really trying...
Forum: Ride reports 09-02-2014, 07:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,117
Posted By Jim K.
My German ist sehr primitiv, aber, was bedeut ...

My German ist sehr primitiv, aber, was bedeut "oberknaller" auf Englisch?

Danke
Forum: Road warriors 09-02-2014, 04:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 7,041
Posted By Jim K.
Loved my '84 V-45 (oops...V-40, Harley tariff...

Loved my '84 V-45 (oops...V-40, Harley tariff bike) I swear, I'd still be riding it today if some lowlife hadn't stolen it in'89. We've almost lost the memory of just how sweet a well dialed-in carb...
Forum: Equipment 09-02-2014, 08:07 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 808
Posted By Jim K.
Rainman pants from Firstgear work just fine for...

Rainman pants from Firstgear work just fine for me, pack small, heat shields on the legs, fit over my armored jeans, & best of all...$62 @ motorcycle gear.com right now.
Forum: Road warriors 09-01-2014, 12:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,249
Posted By Jim K.
Big Boots!

One thing to keep in mind for shorter riders is the height of the sole on your boots. I am not particularly short (or tall) at 5'8", but in the years I owned my old Concours I quickly noticed how...
Forum: Road warriors 08-30-2014, 08:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 726
Posted By Jim K.
Go for it.

That sounds like an excellent idea. I'm thinking of doing the same to the baby brother of your 1250. (Mine is the GSX 650F) With the torque of your 1250, I'm sure you will never notice any loss on...
Forum: Ride reports 08-29-2014, 08:42 PM
Replies: 1,090
Views: 336,753
Posted By Jim K.
Più Toscana!

I spent 2.5 weeks in Toscana and Umbria this year, (in a frisky Fiat Panda, not on 2 wheels alas!) If only I had discovered this thread before I went. I felt at home there in the first hours. I can...
Forum: Road warriors 08-28-2014, 07:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 537
Posted By Jim K.
Vanishing point?

I’m a sport bike guy, who also likes to tour 2-3 weeks a year. The advances in suspension, tires, brakes, etc have finally caught up with the explosion in horsepower…all good, both for sport or tour....
Forum: Road warriors 08-28-2014, 04:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 970
Posted By Jim K.
I own the GSX 650F & I love it, it suits my needs...

I own the GSX 650F & I love it, it suits my needs exactly. My only problem is that I cannot buy another one here in the US when this one is due for replacement. (I usually keep my bikes for 7-8...
Forum: Ride reports 08-27-2014, 04:53 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,131
Posted By Jim K.
Big Red!

I rode a 2000 Connie for 11 years, Steady, reliable, comfortable, & surprisingly fast. Also probably too heavy for a small guy like me. (145 lbs) Mine was also called "Big Red". I believe that you...
Forum: Equipment 08-26-2014, 08:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,287
Posted By Jim K.
I've had jeans do exactly the same thing you...

I've had jeans do exactly the same thing you describe, after handling a car battery. They showed no problem on the day I lifted the battery (wedged against my thigh). There was no obvious acid on the...
Forum: Road warriors 08-25-2014, 03:05 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 11,210
Posted By Jim K.
My '65 Suzuki 80 tried to kill me once. The rod...

My '65 Suzuki 80 tried to kill me once. The rod leading back to the rear drum broke as I was coasting & braking a down hill stop sign. It quickly wrapped itself around the rear hub a turn or two...
Forum: Equipment 08-25-2014, 02:18 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,507
Posted By Jim K.
Kreiga!

I don't like backpacks. I use one when hiking, & used to use one on the bike, when I was young & poor & couldn't afford proper luggage. Once I crossed the poverty line, I invested in real luggage &...
Forum: Equipment 08-23-2014, 02:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,410
Posted By Jim K.
I've got the Aerostitch as well. They haven't...

I've got the Aerostitch as well. They haven't seen a lot of use yet, this is my first season with them, but over a 3 day ride from Georgian Bay, there were 3-4 hours of solid rain each day. They...
Forum: Road warriors 08-22-2014, 04:49 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 6,876
Posted By Jim K.
Hold on! You think an RT has soul? That's just...

Hold on! You think an RT has soul? That's just crazy talk!
Forum: Equipment 08-22-2014, 04:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 473
Posted By Jim K.
Apsc

I've been very pleased so far (9 months, about 1000 exposures) with the APSC format. Sony has some surprisingly good cameras in this sensor size. Limited glass choices so far, but adaptors available...
Forum: Equipment 08-22-2014, 04:07 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 10,499
Posted By Jim K.
Well....sort of. I think you might be confusing...

Well....sort of. I think you might be confusing the Esbit tabs (hexamine) with some other solid fuels, (which use trioximine). The Esbits do give off trace amounts of formaldehyde when burning, so...
Forum: Road warriors 08-21-2014, 02:57 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,701
Posted By Jim K.
I traded in my old C-10 on a '08 leftover GSX...

I traded in my old C-10 on a '08 leftover GSX 650F (faired Bandit) They are around for $3000 in near new condition. You may even be able to find a leftover 09, "new" , with factory warranty for close...
Forum: Road warriors 08-21-2014, 02:43 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 6,876
Posted By Jim K.
If by "soulless" you mean class leading...

If by "soulless" you mean class leading performance, bulletproof reliability, & modest prices, then yes, my Japanese motorcycles must be soulless. (except for that Suzuki 80 back in '65)
Forum: Equipment 08-21-2014, 02:21 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 10,499
Posted By Jim K.
I've read the same thing about the fuel smelling...

I've read the same thing about the fuel smelling bad, but after several years of use, I can't seem to smell anything from the fuel. Maybe my nose is insensitive or the fact that it's always being...
Forum: Equipment 08-21-2014, 02:03 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,916
Posted By Jim K.
I've become a huge fan of the Cosmo insulated...

I've become a huge fan of the Cosmo insulated pad. As you mentioned, it's pricey, but a few nights good sleep outdoors eases the pain. I'm currently using a 30 deg. Eureka bag, great pack size &...
Forum: Road warriors 08-20-2014, 07:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,211
Posted By Jim K.
I love those pipes! Reminds me of the famous 400F...

I love those pipes! Reminds me of the famous 400F , one of the all-time classics.
Forum: Road warriors 08-19-2014, 05:46 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 12,401
Posted By Jim K.
+1 on all of the above!

+1 on all of the above!
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