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Forum: Old's Cool 02-05-2012, 02:21 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 22,224
Posted By xcgates
Though we determined that your speedo reads quite...

Though we determined that your speedo reads quite a bit fast... I may ride quick, but not THAT quick! :lol3
Forum: Old's Cool 02-05-2012, 04:00 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 22,224
Posted By xcgates
Glad I checked this, I'll bring a multimeter,...

Glad I checked this, I'll bring a multimeter, some wires, and connectors just in case!
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 01-31-2012, 06:11 PM
Replies: 20,216
Views: 1,077,720
Posted By xcgates
I thought we only had three Steves on the ride...

I thought we only had three Steves on the ride after pie.
Forum: Old's Cool 01-29-2012, 09:15 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 22,224
Posted By xcgates
Been there, done that on my Kawasaki. Just get a...

Been there, done that on my Kawasaki. Just get a decent length of spark plug wire, the appropriate ends, and make new ones. Don't waste time trying to salvage the old ones.

Mind you when I did...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-27-2012, 11:43 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 22,224
Posted By xcgates
Reista's thread, I just happen to have the same...

Reista's thread, I just happen to have the same model (a few years earlier though) and live in the same city. :lol3
Forum: Old's Cool 01-27-2012, 11:12 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 22,224
Posted By xcgates
Huh, never noticed that. Thought I first saw it...

Huh, never noticed that. Thought I first saw it in Old's Cool.:hmmmmm
Forum: Old's Cool 01-27-2012, 10:28 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 22,224
Posted By xcgates
Hey there! Haven't been here for a while, but...

Hey there! Haven't been here for a while, but things are looking good!

I've got two tanks for my GS, one with the original paint, and one that was repainted flat black. I'm not going to mess...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-05-2012, 06:28 PM
Replies: 794
Views: 189,347
Posted By xcgates
A woman at work threatened to drive my sorry...

A woman at work threatened to drive my sorry backside home to get my helmet after I said I came to work without one.

I probably should have prefaced with the thought that I had recently...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-05-2012, 05:31 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 22,224
Posted By xcgates
Crap, it's harder to bribe people who don't drink...

Crap, it's harder to bribe people who don't drink beer! (Not that I buy Bud by the case or anything... why do you ask?:lol3)

Sounds good. It's going to be a bit until I get ready to synch...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-03-2012, 06:28 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 22,224
Posted By xcgates
How are you synchronizing your carbs? I've...

How are you synchronizing your carbs?

I've been thinking about getting the Carb-tune, but if you have a method/device that's already set up, I may bring you beer! :evil
Forum: Ride reports 12-30-2011, 05:14 AM
Replies: 226
Views: 88,932
Posted By xcgates
Rats, the "electronic devices" was much more...

Rats, the "electronic devices" was much more entertaining when it was an innuendo. :lol3
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-29-2011, 05:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,868
Posted By xcgates
Huh? "Bench racing" and "truth" have no...

Huh?

"Bench racing" and "truth" have no business being used anywhere near each other. :lol3
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-28-2011, 08:08 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,115
Posted By xcgates
Funny you say that, I've apparently acclimated to...

Funny you say that, I've apparently acclimated to the weather here in TX, and find it easier to manage 100+ degree heat (I'm not saying it's comfortable as 80 degree or anything) more than the...
Forum: The Garage 12-28-2011, 03:38 PM
Replies: 1,126
Views: 408,756
Posted By xcgates
It's definitely about acclimating. I remember...

It's definitely about acclimating. I remember wearing shorts when it was a lot colder at the end of the winter than when I could wear them in the beginning of winter.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-28-2011, 05:45 AM
Replies: 3,404
Views: 473,702
Posted By xcgates
Seems like visibility of oncoming traffic would...

Seems like visibility of oncoming traffic would be worse for cars with the stop line moved back that much. :ear
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-27-2011, 11:23 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,115
Posted By xcgates
You have to grow old, you don't have to grow up. ...

You have to grow old, you don't have to grow up.

:nod
Forum: Old's Cool 12-27-2011, 11:21 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 22,224
Posted By xcgates
Just like learning how to drive stick, remember...

Just like learning how to drive stick, remember how to stop. Clutch in, squeeze brakes. Just don't squeeze the front brake so that you are still rotating the throttle. DAMHIK! :deal
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-27-2011, 09:44 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,115
Posted By xcgates
I dunno, a bike is my only transportation at the...

I dunno, a bike is my only transportation at the moment, so my general thought of, "Shaddup and gitoverit" works pretty well.

Sounds weird, but I generally don't worry about things when I put my...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-27-2011, 08:23 PM
Replies: 3,404
Views: 473,702
Posted By xcgates
Ya know what manfromthestix? I was talking to a...

Ya know what manfromthestix? I was talking to a friend about driving, and realized how I'm one of very few people who does enjoy my commute. Even if it is 90% highway, and the rest busy surface...
Forum: The Garage 12-27-2011, 06:37 PM
Replies: 1,126
Views: 408,756
Posted By xcgates
I moved from Southern California to Upstate NY....

I moved from Southern California to Upstate NY. which I suspect isn't *quite* as chilly as where you are, but I remember my sister having a particularly hard time adjusting to the snow and cold. It...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-27-2011, 06:29 PM
Replies: 3,404
Views: 473,702
Posted By xcgates
Ouch! I can't imagine that's very safe, I'd be...

Ouch! I can't imagine that's very safe, I'd be more interested in getting away from the cage! :eek1
Forum: Old's Cool 12-27-2011, 05:25 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 22,224
Posted By xcgates
I hear you. One nice thing about the larger bore...

I hear you. One nice thing about the larger bore older bikes is (IMHO) they are much more comfortable than something like a Ninja 250 on the highway, without being sport-bike fast.

Though my ZN...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-26-2011, 10:46 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 22,224
Posted By xcgates
Oh, I hadn't realized you weren't already riding!...

Oh, I hadn't realized you weren't already riding!

Rock on even more then! My first bike was an '85 Kawasaki ZN700, very similar to our GS's.
Forum: The Garage 12-26-2011, 09:48 PM
Replies: 340
Views: 93,871
Posted By xcgates
I keep hearing about the problems with vacuum...

I keep hearing about the problems with vacuum petcocks, but I have to say, in my limited (probably less than 20k miles) experience, I've never had a problem. If the bowls have dried up some from...
Forum: The Garage 12-26-2011, 08:21 PM
Replies: 340
Views: 93,871
Posted By xcgates
Someone's gotta ask, did you try it with a condom...

Someone's gotta ask, did you try it with a condom first? :lol3
Forum: The Garage 12-26-2011, 08:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,438
Posted By xcgates
Okay, the float seats are indeed brass. Not that...

Okay, the float seats are indeed brass. Not that the float needles have caused me any trouble, rather it was all the mangled o-rings. I was just curious why I had two different types, and the only...
Forum: The Garage 12-26-2011, 08:05 PM
Replies: 6,253
Views: 2,765,052
Posted By xcgates
If only I was not renting... ARRGHH!

If only I was not renting... ARRGHH!
Forum: The Garage 12-26-2011, 08:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,438
Posted By xcgates
Ahh, so there will be rubber on one side or...

Ahh, so there will be rubber on one side or another.
Forum: The Garage 12-26-2011, 11:02 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,427
Posted By xcgates
I never said the dealers/mechanics get it for...

I never said the dealers/mechanics get it for free, but I they do control the information. I'm also not saying they shouldn't control it, just that they do.
Forum: Old's Cool 12-26-2011, 09:19 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 22,224
Posted By xcgates
One of the few pics I have of my GS, but it is a...

One of the few pics I have of my GS, but it is a fairly current photo. I'm not into the "restoring" or "perfect" fixing, I just want a daily rider, so other than cleaning up the carbs and getting it...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-26-2011, 08:49 AM
Replies: 486
Views: 70,150
Posted By xcgates
I known the feeling. I went from an '85...

I known the feeling.

I went from an '85 Kawasaki, inline-4, shaft drive, fun, but not THAT fun, to a Ducati ST3. One of the first mornings I commuted on it, I just went to pass someone that was...
Forum: The Garage 12-26-2011, 08:00 AM
Replies: 1,402
Sticky: Note to self:
Views: 315,683
Posted By xcgates
Ehh, where I work everyone known everyone,...

Ehh, where I work everyone known everyone, including the armed guards. Heck, I grabbed my suit and helmet off the bike one time when I was leaving in a truck for a couple hours, and had someone come...
Forum: The Garage 12-26-2011, 07:55 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,427
Posted By xcgates
I don't know about what manufacturers do offer...

I don't know about what manufacturers do offer that, except I'm pretty sure either Kia or Hyundai (not sure which one my friend has) had a website set up with all the info he needed.

As for most...
Forum: The Garage 12-26-2011, 06:52 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,048
Posted By xcgates
I have ridden daily both shaft and chain. ...

I have ridden daily both shaft and chain.

While I would not turn away from a chain bike because it is chain, the hassle of lubing a chain regularly is a bit annoying.

That said, I replaced the...
Forum: The Garage 12-26-2011, 06:45 AM
Replies: 1,402
Sticky: Note to self:
Views: 315,683
Posted By xcgates
Do you not know what muscle memory is? It is...

Do you not know what muscle memory is? It is when you do something enough so that you can do it without thinking about it. While I don't always use the kill switch, I frequently use it to kill the...
Forum: The Garage 12-26-2011, 06:40 AM
Replies: 1,126
Views: 408,756
Posted By xcgates
She is holding a turkey baster and a gas can next...

She is holding a turkey baster and a gas can next to a motorcycle, even if it is posed, that's awesome! :lol3
Forum: Day Trippin' 12-26-2011, 06:38 AM
Replies: 9,763
Views: 3,781,729
Posted By xcgates
Two male cats? I don't believe it, there were no...

Two male cats? I don't believe it, there were no pics of them camped out on the couch hogging the remote, and making a mess with beer and snacks. Can't be dudes. :nah


Or they are just really...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-25-2011, 10:38 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 22,224
Posted By xcgates
Hey! I just realized you are in San Antonio! ...

Hey! I just realized you are in San Antonio!

We should meet up sometime, it would sure motivate me to get the poor Suzuki up and running.:lol3
Forum: Old's Cool 12-25-2011, 10:26 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 22,224
Posted By xcgates
As long as you are certain you are getting the...

As long as you are certain you are getting the right sizes, I personally don't trust myself to get the right material/size/etc, so it was simpler to just get something of known quantity.
Forum: The Garage 12-25-2011, 10:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,438
Posted By xcgates
Question Float needle question

Not all that good with carbs, so while this may be a basic question, but do all float needles have a rubber tip?

I'm in my Suzuki GS850G's carbs, and the bags of parts the PO handed me. There...
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