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Forum: Road warriors 07-05-2014, 07:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 518
Posted By Jim K.
Yamaha's SR 400 is coming to America. Pretty ...

Yamaha's SR 400 is coming to America. Pretty much the same bike you remember, but new for '14, with a factory warranty. Should suit you to a tee.
Forum: Road warriors 07-05-2014, 03:17 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,006
Posted By Jim K.
This Honda has me squarely nailed. I'm a GSX 650F...

This Honda has me squarely nailed. I'm a GSX 650F rider (love it). This looks to be as good as the GSX 650, but with Honda build quality, ABS, stainless pipes & 30 lbs less to carry around. My only...
Forum: Ride reports 07-04-2014, 09:36 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,494
Posted By Jim K.
Thank you kind sir! We hope there are no hard...

Thank you kind sir! We hope there are no hard feelings over us showing you folks the door in 1776.....It was late & we had to get up early for work the next day.
Forum: Road warriors 07-04-2014, 08:58 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 19,642
Posted By Jim K.
I have a riding buddy who rides a '06 FZ6R, & we...

I have a riding buddy who rides a '06 FZ6R, & we swap bikes often. I ride a '08 GSX 650 F. Here are my thoughts about the two:

GSX 650 F - Heavier, distinctly faster in the bottom half of the...
Forum: Equipment 07-04-2014, 07:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 820
Posted By Jim K.
I recently, somehow, lost a metal ring from the...

I recently, somehow, lost a metal ring from the corner of my old Eureka Timberline 4. This tent is old enough to vote (and then some), but still going strong. I sent an email to Eureka asking if I...
Forum: Equipment 07-03-2014, 04:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 787
Posted By Jim K.
Spinnaker

I've been sailing for almost as long as I've been riding.(40+ years) The idea of attaching several square yards of canvas (a sail) to a parked motorcycle had never occurred to me. The idea of...
Forum: Equipment 07-03-2014, 01:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 933
Posted By Jim K.
Motorcyclegear.com has a big selection of...

Motorcyclegear.com has a big selection of "leftover" gear at good prices. I've ordered from them in the past & always been very satisfied. Excellent return policy as well. They are, however,...
Forum: Road warriors 07-02-2014, 02:19 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,771
Posted By Jim K.
Here you go! Total agreement here! I'm a sport...

Here you go! Total agreement here! I'm a sport bike guy who likes to get out & tour for a couple of weeks every year (at least!) . I've come to the belief that it's a lot easier & cheaper to make a...
Forum: Equipment 07-01-2014, 02:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,209
Posted By Jim K.
I see someone has already recommended...

I see someone has already recommended motorcyclegear.com . I'll just heartily second that motion. They are really easy to work with, no fuss about returns, & the prices are just about the best I've...
Forum: Road warriors 06-29-2014, 04:02 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,982
Posted By Jim K.
Agreed on the esthetics of both. The insectoid,...

Agreed on the esthetics of both. The insectoid, ass-in-the air, combined with the droopy headlight, make for a style that has been repeated over & over in recent years. Far from being a radical...
Forum: Equipment 06-29-2014, 02:16 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,316
Posted By Jim K.
+1

This graphic says it all. The half helmet provides less than half of the protection needed, in real world get-offs.
Forum: Ride reports 06-27-2014, 07:48 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,494
Posted By Jim K.
I'm struck once again by the contrast between the...

I'm struck once again by the contrast between the road food on opposite sides of the channel.! Confirms my own experiences across the water.
Forum: Equipment 06-27-2014, 05:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 732
Posted By Jim K.
Wire Wheels

If I can remove the part, I bring it down to my bench grinder & clean it down to bare with an 8" wire wheel. If the part is too bulky or immovable, I chuck a smaller wire wheel into a hand drill & do...
Forum: Equipment 06-27-2014, 05:52 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,201
Posted By Jim K.
I know there are many top box lovers here, & I'll...

I know there are many top box lovers here, & I'll concede their utility. I just cannot overlook their esthetics. It also strikes me that if I were looking for the absolute worst place to put weight &...
Forum: Equipment 06-26-2014, 08:12 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,201
Posted By Jim K.
I can only talk about my personal preferences....

I can only talk about my personal preferences. Everybody has their own priorities. For me, I keep a small, magnetic tank bag on the bike virtually all the time. It carries glove liners, maps, small...
Forum: Road warriors 06-25-2014, 06:09 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 9,736
Posted By Jim K.
+1

What he said.
Forum: Road warriors 06-25-2014, 05:59 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,006
Posted By Jim K.
This is almost the same bike that Suzuki made...

This is almost the same bike that Suzuki made with the GSX 650 F. As an extremely happy owner of the Suzi 650 F, I'm very happy to see Honda step up with this bike. I'm planning for a new bike in 2...
Forum: Road warriors 06-25-2014, 03:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,103
Posted By Jim K.
I'm not sure how you define the "modern era" ,...

I'm not sure how you define the "modern era" , but the intro of the '69 Honda 750 must surely be the beginning of it. From before WWII to 1969, the vast majority of motorcycles were pushrod singles,...
Forum: Road warriors 06-19-2014, 09:31 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,479
Posted By Jim K.
+1

I think it's very hard to find any engines, auto, aero, or moto, that can equal the combination of reliability & performance of the transverse fours from Japan. Usually, performance vs reliability is...
Forum: Road warriors 06-19-2014, 09:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 578
Posted By Jim K.
That GPZ is a real Sport Tourer! For short trips,...

That GPZ is a real Sport Tourer! For short trips, a 20-30 L. tail bag should suffice, especially if you still have some room to cram small items in a tank bag. (You do have a tank bag, right?) I love...
Forum: Road warriors 06-18-2014, 04:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 350
Posted By Jim K.
Most motorcycles have some range of adjustment in...

Most motorcycles have some range of adjustment in the shock absorber already, so I would try to adjust the shock as high as it will go, first, before buying anything to raise the ride hight. In other...
Forum: Equipment 06-18-2014, 03:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 607
Posted By Jim K.
What he said! 30 mph is more than enough to...

What he said! 30 mph is more than enough to erase lots of skin ( & your nose) from a face plant. I have a buddy who fell off his bicycle at no more than 10 mph. Broken collar bone, knee skin grafts,...
Forum: Equipment 06-18-2014, 03:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 382
Posted By Jim K.
I got mine at motorcyclegear.com. I just wanted a...

I got mine at motorcyclegear.com. I just wanted a dust cover for garage use & at $24.95, I thought that's all it was. Amazingly, when it came it was a fully waterproof, vented, high-end cover with...
Forum: Road warriors 06-17-2014, 05:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,388
Posted By Jim K.
I'm on my 9th since 1970, never more than 2 weeks...

I'm on my 9th since 1970, never more than 2 weeks without a bike & never more than one in the garage (or yard) at a time. For several of those decades the bike was my only transport. Averaging about...
Forum: Equipment 06-17-2014, 05:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 509
Posted By Jim K.
Me Too

I'm very interested in this tent & I'd like to hear (& see) the same info. I'd love to see pictures of it packed up, next to something to give it recognizable scale.
Forum: Equipment 06-17-2014, 05:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 595
Posted By Jim K.
+1 Modular

I'd go modular as well. The only drawback I can see is maybe a bit more wind noise, but since I wear earplugs, it's a moot point. As to HJC modulars having plastic pins? Mine has full metal to...
Forum: Equipment 06-17-2014, 04:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 261
Posted By Jim K.
Super Glue?

Super Glue?
Forum: Equipment 06-16-2014, 06:18 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,564
Posted By Jim K.
Bell > Shoei > ?

Oddly, I bought my first Shoei as a cheaper alternative to the Bell Star that I wore for nearly a decade. (that was the original Star....which cost me a full week's take home!) The Shoei seemed to...
Forum: Equipment 06-16-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 663
Posted By Jim K.
This may be one of those moto-myths, but I've...

This may be one of those moto-myths, but I've read somewhere that steel toes are a no-no for moto use. The argument being that in a hyper flex scenario, (which is common to motorcycle accidents) the...
Forum: Equipment 06-14-2014, 08:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 552
Posted By Jim K.
Kreiga US 20

I'm very impressed with the US20. 2 years in, the 20, (or a US10), lives permanently on the back of my bike. They are rugged, totally waterproof, & Kreiga provides a bunch of attachment options that...
Forum: Road warriors 06-13-2014, 08:50 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,724
Posted By Jim K.
All of the above is true, the 1250 is one of the...

All of the above is true, the 1250 is one of the best "bang for the buck" bikes out there. But the 1250 FA is the Bandit, just dressed up for the prom.
Forum: Equipment 06-12-2014, 08:33 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,890
Posted By Jim K.
I'd stay away from anything with silicon. When...

I'd stay away from anything with silicon. When Armorall first came out, decades ago, I used it on some mudguards and was tremendously impressed. I was so impressed, that I used it to restore the seat...
Forum: Equipment 06-12-2014, 08:26 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,297
Posted By Jim K.
Yep. Totally agree. I have a mesh jacket that...

Yep. Totally agree. I have a mesh jacket that came with a rain proof liner. Oddly, it is actually waterproof. I stayed dry in several multi hour downpours. The problem was, I felt just as weighted...
Forum: Equipment 06-12-2014, 01:03 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,220
Posted By Jim K.
Eureka!

Eureka has several. Great company, good products, reasonable prices. I used their Timberland 4 for at least 2 weeks every year for the last 20+. It's still in great shape, despite the fact that it's...
Forum: Road warriors 06-11-2014, 09:30 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,724
Posted By Jim K.
Actually, I rode an old Connie for 50,000 mi....

Actually, I rode an old Connie for 50,000 mi. with a 29" inseam. It worked, but at 145 lbs, I sometimes wished I could impose my will on the beast a bit more easily. It took some muscle & a fair...
Forum: Road warriors 06-11-2014, 09:11 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,724
Posted By Jim K.
Yep! We all do!

Yep! We all do!
Forum: Equipment 06-11-2014, 08:55 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,890
Posted By Jim K.
Sikolene?

I'm back to plain old ArmorAll. Some spray stuff called Sikolene was the best I've ever found, but I haven't been able to find it in several years. Anybody know if Sikolene still exists?
Forum: Equipment 06-11-2014, 08:46 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,918
Posted By Jim K.
Nex 6

I've been using my NEX 6 for almost a year now & I'm very impressed with it's size, ease of handling, & IQ. Glass selection is still thin, but the kit lenses are at least an honest B+ or better. The...
Forum: Equipment 06-11-2014, 08:33 PM
Replies: 5,854
Views: 2,334,127
Posted By Jim K.
It'll get a lot more tiny when the bike topples...

It'll get a lot more tiny when the bike topples over on it!
Forum: Equipment 06-11-2014, 08:29 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,452
Posted By Jim K.
+1

What he said.
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