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Forum: Battle scooters Yesterday, 07:56 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 10,100
Posted By klaviator
He has solved his problem. The radiator was...

He has solved his problem. The radiator was clogged up with old coolant that had gummed it up. Remember that this was a new 2008 model that had just sat too long.
Forum: Day Trippin' Yesterday, 10:57 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 687
Posted By klaviator
Interesting trip and pics. I especially liked...

Interesting trip and pics. I especially liked the old toll rates.
Forum: Battle scooters Yesterday, 09:51 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,269
Posted By klaviator
Hey Jerry, if it works for you then go for it. ...

Hey Jerry, if it works for you then go for it. Yes the Rebel is a little slow and it would not be my choice for a bike but it's big enough to tour on. Not everyone subscribes to the "bigger is...
Forum: Battle scooters Yesterday, 09:03 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,269
Posted By klaviator
Thanks, I haven't actually bought it yet. Dealer...

Thanks, I haven't actually bought it yet. Dealer doesn't open again till Tuesday.
Forum: Battle scooters Yesterday, 09:01 AM
Replies: 180
Views: 12,976
Posted By klaviator
It's great to have a thread that is about RIDING...

It's great to have a thread that is about RIDING and all the cool things you can do on a scooter. This is one of the coolest so far:clap:clap

We have more than enough discussion on which scooter...
Forum: Battle scooters Yesterday, 06:58 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,269
Posted By klaviator
I had an 84 FJ1100. Yes the FZ8 is a little more...

I had an 84 FJ1100. Yes the FZ8 is a little more cramped for the legs but the reach to the bars, the handling and the power felt similar. I think that the wheelbase is about the same as the FJ. ...
Forum: Battle scooters Yesterday, 05:34 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 10,100
Posted By klaviator
It was a lot of fun. it is great to have good...

It was a lot of fun. it is great to have good riding close by. I don't have to go far to find nice roads, paved or un-paved. It's also great to have people to ride with. When I left California I...
Forum: Battle scooters Yesterday, 04:42 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,269
Posted By klaviator
Some thoughts on these two bikes and why I prefer...

Some thoughts on these two bikes and why I prefer the Versys.

The FZ8 has awesome power. It reminded my of my old FJ1100. The riding position was too cramped and leaned forward. The steering...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-20-2014, 05:51 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 10,100
Posted By klaviator
Went for another motorcycle ride on a scooter...

Went for another motorcycle ride on a scooter today. This time I rode my Super 8 instead of my Aprilia. I was planning on riding my KLR but someone wanted to ride his Vespa 150 on the ride so I...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-20-2014, 05:37 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,269
Posted By klaviator
Most of the bikes that I have bought new where...

Most of the bikes that I have bought new where left over models that weren't selling well and were heavily discounted. I have yet to regret any bike that I bought new for myself. I think my best...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-20-2014, 03:44 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,269
Posted By klaviator
I don't care about resale. I will put at least...

I don't care about resale. I will put at least 50K on it before I think about selling it.

I had a chance to ride a Versys and FZ8 today as well as an ST1300. It was no contest. I'm getting the...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-20-2014, 01:22 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,269
Posted By klaviator
Looks like I'll be riding my scooters a little bit less.

I plan on getting a new bike next week and it's not a scooter. I'm keeping both of my scooters but will sell my old XT350.

Now I have to decide which one of these to get. Both are new but are...
Forum: Road warriors 07-20-2014, 01:03 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,134
Posted By klaviator
They are both 2013 models on sale for 4899 or...

They are both 2013 models on sale for 4899 or 5475 OTD.
Forum: Road warriors 07-19-2014, 08:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 367
Posted By klaviator
Yamaha is expected to introduce several new...

Yamaha is expected to introduce several new models this fall.
Forum: Road warriors 07-19-2014, 08:05 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,778
Posted By klaviator
I went looking at new bikes today. I can get a...

I went looking at new bikes today. I can get a new 2013 Versys for $5474 OTD or new 2013 FZ8 for $6500 OTD.

Screw Honda. I'll be riding a new Kawasaki or Yamaha within a week.
Forum: Day Trippin' 07-19-2014, 04:22 PM
Replies: 1,809
Views: 196,760
Posted By klaviator
Today in Morgan County AL. ...

Today in Morgan County AL.

http://i645.photobucket.com/albums/uu171/wknudsen/2014%20pics/P7190010_zps97f60b0f.jpg
Forum: Road warriors 07-19-2014, 02:47 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,134
Posted By klaviator
I'm not concerned about resale value. I figure...

I'm not concerned about resale value. I figure on putting 50 to 100K miles on whatever I get. It won't be worth that much when I sell it.
Forum: Road warriors 07-19-2014, 01:44 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,134
Posted By klaviator
Stopped by a couple of dealers today. Would you...

Stopped by a couple of dealers today. Would you believe $5475 OTD for a Versys?

http://i645.photobucket.com/albums/uu171/wknudsen/2014%20pics/P7190011_zpsbe98dfd2.jpg

And $6500 OTD for an FZ8?...
Forum: Road warriors 07-19-2014, 08:16 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,134
Posted By klaviator
Kind of contradicting yourself there??? The...

Kind of contradicting yourself there???

The best handling bike I have ever ridden, IMO, is a KTM690 supermoto. I have ridden a number of bikes with upright seating positions and a number of...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-19-2014, 07:11 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 709
Posted By klaviator
If you don't plan on riding any high speed roads,...

If you don't plan on riding any high speed roads, smaller scooters are more convenient and economical. If you will be riding on the interstate, get the Forza.

You also need to see how you fit on...
Forum: Road warriors 07-19-2014, 07:02 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,134
Posted By klaviator
I have no doubt that this is a great bike in the...

I have no doubt that this is a great bike in the curves, but ultimately it is the rider who makes it go fast. Personally I think it is easier to go fast in the curves on a bike with an upright...
Forum: Road warriors 07-18-2014, 02:53 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,134
Posted By klaviator
While the new FZ09 and FZ07 may be more modern...

While the new FZ09 and FZ07 may be more modern and faster, they seem to be a step backwards in terms of practicality and versatility. It is easy to set up a Versys for touring. Good luck mounting...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-18-2014, 12:32 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,028
Posted By klaviator
More fun is a purely personal preference. ...

More fun is a purely personal preference.

Safer???? I don't think so, especially if you insist of riding while sick or exhausted. If anything, a manual will be safer while exhausted since...
Forum: Road warriors 07-18-2014, 10:23 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 20,582
Posted By klaviator
Found this on the FZ8 forum. From what I read it...

Found this on the FZ8 forum. From what I read it was a real PITA to make these mounts work. This is probably what i would want to do if I got an FZ8.

http://dubel.org/givi/givianglel.jpg
Forum: Road warriors 07-18-2014, 10:20 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,134
Posted By klaviator
Interesting Video. What I got from it was that...

Interesting Video. What I got from it was that the guy on the versys was a faster rider, but the other guys had more powerful bikes. They would pass him on the straights and then he would pass them...
Forum: Road warriors 07-17-2014, 03:26 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 20,582
Posted By klaviator
Are there some sort of supports under those...

Are there some sort of supports under those saddlebags or are they just up against the bodywork?
Forum: Battle scooters 07-17-2014, 01:53 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,225
Posted By klaviator
I really don't see the CVT as an advantage or...

I really don't see the CVT as an advantage or disadvantage for tight maneuvers. It just requires different technique. The small size, weight and short wheelbase of a small scooter is a huge...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-17-2014, 01:17 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,225
Posted By klaviator
I agree with Gumshoe here. i have no problems...

I agree with Gumshoe here. i have no problems with low speed maneuvers on either of my scooters. Since they are so small and light, they are easier to do low speed maneuvers on.

How's this for...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-17-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,028
Posted By klaviator
I have always preferred manual trannies both in...

I have always preferred manual trannies both in cars and on bikes. However, my truck has an automatic since the truck I wanted didn't come with any other options. It's just a transportation device...
Forum: Road warriors 07-17-2014, 11:29 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,134
Posted By klaviator
Very few shops will allow demo rides on there new...

Very few shops will allow demo rides on there new bikes. Some will allow rides on used bikes.

I stopped at a local dealer today and sat on some of the bikes being discussed here, Ninja 650,...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-17-2014, 07:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 438
Posted By klaviator
I have some really old ones, no cups. I have...

I have some really old ones, no cups. I have never had any problems with them.
Forum: Road warriors 07-16-2014, 02:48 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,134
Posted By klaviator
According to the Magazine tests, the FZ6R, Ninja...

According to the Magazine tests, the FZ6R, Ninja 650, Versys and Wee Strom all run the 1/4 mile in pretty close to the same times. The FZ6r has a little less torque and needs to be revved a little...
Forum: Road warriors 07-16-2014, 07:49 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,134
Posted By klaviator
The Ninja was redesigned a few years ago, I'm not...

The Ninja was redesigned a few years ago, I'm not sure what year. There where some significant changes. The Versys was also redesigned but I think it was all cosmetic.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-16-2014, 06:21 AM
Replies: 30,965
Views: 7,488,204
Posted By klaviator
I doubt it. He's wearing tennis shoes so I doubt...

I doubt it. He's wearing tennis shoes so I doubt he spent much money on gear except his helmet.
Forum: Road warriors 07-16-2014, 06:18 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,134
Posted By klaviator
Since the Versys and Ninja use the same motor,...

Since the Versys and Ninja use the same motor, I'd expect the same reliability. The Wee strom has proven to be bulletproof and there are a number out there with over 100,000 miles on them. I have...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-16-2014, 06:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 623
Posted By klaviator
I use a Canyon Dancer Bar harness on the...

I use a Canyon Dancer Bar harness on the handlebars and soft ties on the passenger grab rails and then four tiedowns.

Here's a pic of the bar harness:
...
Forum: Road warriors 07-15-2014, 03:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 316
Posted By klaviator
I have two bikes with shim over bucket valves. I...

I have two bikes with shim over bucket valves. I remove the cam caps and lift the cams a little but don't remove the chain off of the cams. Then i have just enough room to remove and replace the...
Forum: Road warriors 07-15-2014, 11:16 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,134
Posted By klaviator
They both have the same motor but the Ninja is...

They both have the same motor but the Ninja is tuned a little more for top end power, the Versys more for torque. According to reviews in the OCT 2102 Motorcyclist magazine, here are some...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-15-2014, 09:14 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,591
Posted By klaviator
I would look at the new Genuine Hooligan.

I would look at the new Genuine Hooligan.
Forum: Battle scooters 07-15-2014, 07:37 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,225
Posted By klaviator
I think that a 150cc scooter will be much easier...

I think that a 150cc scooter will be much easier to handle and more practical on the city streets of SF. My Kymco Super 8 150 handles steep hills pretty well. Typically 250s are much heavier and...
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