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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-25-2012, 12:15 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 25,996
Posted By VaderSS
I rode motorcycles in Louisiana and Texas for 20...

I rode motorcycles in Louisiana and Texas for 20 years, before moving to the SF Bay Area.

I found myself totally out of my element on twisty roads, I simply could not relax and enjoy them.
...
Forum: Thumpers 06-28-2012, 03:02 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,857
Posted By VaderSS
1982 Suzuki GN250 The only year with a drum front...

1982 Suzuki GN250 The only year with a drum front brake. It was the opposite of anti-lock, at least on slick pavement and in gravel, for that first stop when it was cold.

I can't tell you how...
Forum: Road warriors 06-21-2012, 12:59 PM
Replies: 252
Views: 53,084
Posted By VaderSS
Only time I've gotten fuel economy over 40 is in...

Only time I've gotten fuel economy over 40 is in the mountains. By comparison, My F650GS got 76 MPG in the mountains, where it usually does around 65.

My best was 46, in Yellowstone. Worst was...
Forum: Road warriors 06-20-2012, 10:24 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 53,084
Posted By VaderSS
Just got on the Wing last night after 1000 miles...

Just got on the Wing last night after 1000 miles on my new to me 2007 F650GSA

It is amazing just how different two bikes can be, while still being very enjoyable, and having a lot of overlap in...
Forum: Road warriors 06-19-2012, 11:43 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 53,084
Posted By VaderSS
LOL, It's true, I sold a Councours 1000 to...

LOL,

It's true, I sold a Councours 1000 to get my first Wing, for my girlfriend. I probably would not have ridden "the old man's bike" before I turned 60, if not for the fact that she was...
Forum: Road warriors 06-19-2012, 09:48 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 53,084
Posted By VaderSS
Keep in mind that, with the stock 60 series rear...

Keep in mind that, with the stock 60 series rear tire, the speedo and odometer, through the 2008 models, read about 7% higher than actual.

I run 70 series rear tires as it makes the handling...
Forum: Thumpers 06-18-2012, 02:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,366
Posted By VaderSS
This is strictly a ride and harshness impression,...

This is strictly a ride and harshness impression, not related to what the bike will actually do. Up to around 4,300 RPM on the tach, the thumping from the motor feels nice to me, something I...
Forum: Vendors 06-18-2012, 01:43 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 10,279
Posted By VaderSS
Sure. ...

Sure.

http://wbengston.com/images/F650GS/dryspecstrap.jpg
Forum: Vendors 06-18-2012, 12:28 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 10,279
Posted By VaderSS
The Dryspec D38 bag is almost tailored to the...

The Dryspec D38 bag is almost tailored to the Kildala rack for a F650GS single. I dismantled 2 of the 4 included straps for their retainer buckles and attached them to the other straps, then threaded...
Forum: Thumpers 06-14-2012, 10:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,366
Posted By VaderSS
2007 F650GS new owner impressions

I purchased a 2007 Suzuki Burgman 650 several years ago for my girlfriend to ride. This was when I was living in Houston TX. She had an accident on another bike and never regained her confidence, and...
Forum: Vendors 06-13-2012, 10:50 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 10,279
Posted By VaderSS
Just ordered a set of these. Sure wish they came...

Just ordered a set of these. Sure wish they came in yellow.
Forum: Equipment 08-24-2010, 11:03 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 18,449
Posted By VaderSS
Yes, there is. Here is a FAQ which mentions...

Yes, there is.

Here is a FAQ which mentions the bike falling over. http://www.nomadtent.com/FAQ.html

Basically, if you think there is a chance of the bike falling over, it should be leaned...
Forum: Road warriors 08-24-2010, 08:44 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,544
Posted By VaderSS
I really wrestled with the idea of buying an...

I really wrestled with the idea of buying an 1800. I too looked at earlier bikes, but in the end, I went with a 2001 1800 ABS. It was expensive, but I put 17,000 miles on it last year and 30,000 on...
Forum: Equipment 08-23-2010, 12:03 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 18,449
Posted By VaderSS
I just bought an ATuffy 5 person tent with 2...

I just bought an ATuffy 5 person tent with 2 vestibules. This is my first tent so I have nothing to compare it to. Ease of set-up, high quality and 5-person(2 people in luxury) size with a vestibule...
Forum: Equipment 02-20-2010, 07:27 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 10,860
Posted By VaderSS
FYI, I had a silver helmet before. It blends in...

FYI, I had a silver helmet before. It blends in very well. I keep it as a guest helmet now, since it has the intercoms already installed. White, bright yellow, bright orange, hiviz green...


...
Forum: Equipment 02-20-2010, 09:04 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 10,860
Posted By VaderSS
I wanted a neon helmet, but none of them offered...

I wanted a neon helmet, but none of them offered fits me. Grrrrr....

I went with a white helmet to complete the hiviz ensemble.:1drink
Forum: Equipment 02-19-2010, 08:56 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 10,860
Posted By VaderSS
HiViz. Beside the obvious benefits, you'll be...

HiViz. Beside the obvious benefits, you'll be suprised at how friendly people are when you are fully dressed in hiviz.

I went with hi-viz because I ride rain or shine in the San Francisco Bay...
Forum: The Garage 02-10-2010, 01:37 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,973
Posted By VaderSS
A bunch of facts about the R3350 tubo compound...

A bunch of facts about the R3350 tubo compound engine;
http://enginehistory.org/Wright/TC%20Facts.pdf

http://enginehistory.org/Wright/R-3350Int&Ex.pdf

And a catastrophic failure of one;...
Forum: The Garage 02-10-2010, 01:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,973
Posted By VaderSS
Well, actually... It's possible to take a...

Well, actually...

It's possible to take a turbocharger and build a jet engine out of it.

A guy I knew from the Impala SS forum was featured on an episode of junkyard wars, and built a jet...
Forum: The Garage 02-08-2010, 09:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,973
Posted By VaderSS
The R-3350 has a crank driven supercharger for...

The R-3350 has a crank driven supercharger for boost.

From what I've read, the turbo-compound engine was much less reliable than other, non-turbo-compound engines, due to the compounding, but...
Forum: The Garage 02-08-2010, 04:17 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,973
Posted By VaderSS
Wright claimed 20% power recovery with no extra...

Wright claimed 20% power recovery with no extra fuel burn.

The main things to remember are that the engines were operated at steady and high power settings and at a steady RPM for long periods. ...
Forum: The Garage 02-08-2010, 08:38 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,973
Posted By VaderSS
Using this calculator; ...

Using this calculator;
http://www.ajdesigner.com/phpengine/engine_equations_air_flow_rate.php

I find that a 100% efficient 2 liter engine will cycle about 212 CFM @ 6000 RPM.

Using this...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-04-2010, 02:11 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 9,071
Posted By VaderSS
Not in my case. Every day, as I put on my...

Not in my case.

Every day, as I put on my suit and my boots, I am reminded how dangerous the act of riding a motorcycle is. Putting on the gear helps me to shift mental gears before getting on...
Forum: Equipment 02-01-2010, 08:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,061
Posted By VaderSS
I use Comply P Type memory-foam eartips with my...

I use Comply P Type memory-foam eartips with my ER6is. Going on 2 years on the original filters. Have gone through a few eartips though...
Forum: Road warriors 01-29-2010, 08:28 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 28,660
Posted By VaderSS
Yeah, I got one recently that said something...

Yeah, I got one recently that said something like, "Is the bike in your garage really the bike that is in your head?" Yup it is, and the one that is in my heart. In the trash, LOL.
Forum: Road warriors 01-29-2010, 08:27 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 28,660
Posted By VaderSS
http://gypsy-photos.smugmug.com/photos/588713735_x...

http://gypsy-photos.smugmug.com/photos/588713735_xBRmV-M.jpg

That is the only Harley I ever really lusted after, but then I rode a GL1800, and any idea of owning a Harley was gone.

Next bike...
Forum: The Garage 01-28-2010, 03:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,250
Posted By VaderSS
Get used oil analysis and find out when you...

Get used oil analysis and find out when you really need to change the oil in your engine, under the conditions you put it through.

You just can't really know unless you get the oil analyzed. ...
Forum: Equipment 01-28-2010, 11:25 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,908
Posted By VaderSS
+1 Now that I have the Motoport gear that I...

+1

Now that I have the Motoport gear that I need, I keep an eye out for used Motoport bargains I might want.
Forum: Equipment 01-28-2010, 11:16 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,185
Posted By VaderSS
Motoport's "gore-tex" is called...

Motoport's "gore-tex" is called Aero-Tex.
Forum: Equipment 01-23-2010, 07:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,416
Posted By VaderSS
My Quad Armor Mesh pants are overpants and I have...

My Quad Armor Mesh pants are overpants and I have no problem strolling around in them. My Oxtar TCS Evo boots are more restrictive than the pants, and they still don't keep me from walking around.
Forum: Equipment 01-22-2010, 08:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,416
Posted By VaderSS
I wear the Motoport Kevlar Mesh jacket and pants...

I wear the Motoport Kevlar Mesh jacket and pants almost every day. I use one or more liners the majority of days as it is often cool in the morning here. Rain season and cold now, so all the liners...
Forum: Equipment 01-21-2010, 02:42 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 30,400
Posted By VaderSS
The armor has holes in it so air can flow. The...

The armor has holes in it so air can flow. The only thing that ever gets warmer on me is my knees, but only in the hottest part of the summer, and never that bad. I have the quad armor in a Kevlar...
Forum: Ride reports 01-21-2010, 11:16 AM
Replies: 1,331
Views: 1,847,621
Posted By VaderSS
I found his book/blog as well. I'm reading it...

I found his book/blog as well. I'm reading it when I can. It gives a vivid description of being paralyzed and that reaffirms and strengthens my desire to be the safest rider(and person) I can be,...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-12-2010, 03:48 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 9,668
Posted By VaderSS
And the sexiest brakes on a Goldwing(not mine,...

And the sexiest brakes on a Goldwing(not mine, but I have a set to put on at the next tire change.);
http://www.jeffswing.com/goldwing/waverotor.jpg
...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-12-2010, 03:31 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 9,668
Posted By VaderSS
<H1> ...

<H1>

</H1>http://gearhead-racing.com/Parts/Grimeca%20230/Norton%20Racer.jpg

http://gearhead-racing.com/Parts/Grimeca%20230/Grimeca%20230.jpg
...
Forum: Road warriors 10-29-2009, 10:02 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 20,208
Posted By VaderSS
My GL1800's engine has roughly the same character...

My GL1800's engine has roughly the same character as the LT1 in my '96 Impala SS. That's enough character, on a daily rider, for me.
Forum: Road warriors 10-23-2009, 01:27 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 20,208
Posted By VaderSS
One of my favorite descriptions of the GL1800,...

One of my favorite descriptions of the GL1800, and an apt one.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-23-2009, 11:12 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,070
Posted By VaderSS
If you have a firm grip on the tank with your...

If you have a firm grip on the tank with your knees, it is absolutely no problem to lean and brake hard at the same time. In fact, the steering is more sensitive under braking.

I did engage...
Forum: Road warriors 10-23-2009, 10:54 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 20,208
Posted By VaderSS
Nothing beats the combination of power, handling,...

Nothing beats the combination of power, handling, 2-up comfort, and reliability of a GL1800.

You may think of the stereo-types, but keep in mind that the GL1800 is what you make of it.

My...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-15-2009, 11:21 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 7,432
Posted By VaderSS
LOL, I've now got this picture of a rider with a...

LOL, I've now got this picture of a rider with a rocket-pack flying off his bike, over a several others, and taking out another rider.
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