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Forum: Ride reports 07-18-2014, 02:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 448
Posted By S/W
Watched the series!

I enjoyed the series. Are wide tires or narrow better on the gravel?
Forum: Battle scooters 07-16-2014, 09:03 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,261
Posted By S/W
Back rest

Ditto, a back rest is essential in my opinion. For long trips, I would throw a duffle bag over the rear seat and lean against that. You might try that before you actually invest in a manufactured...
Forum: Equipment 07-06-2014, 06:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 867
Posted By S/W
Tents as sails

I was camped along the St. Lawrence Seaway, a few years back, in up state NY. My tent was a small self supporting two man model. I had it staked down, although there was no bad weather in sight. It...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-03-2014, 03:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 743
Posted By S/W
In the North East, I don't see maxi scooters...

In the North East, I don't see maxi scooters losing appeal at all. I see more of them every year. Of course small scooters are booming all over. Last week, I was sitting in a coffee shop along one of...
Forum: Equipment 06-20-2014, 03:26 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,966
Posted By S/W
stuff on board

Riding a scooter with lots of storage, I carry more tools then anybody should be allowed to carry. Of course they always seem to be used to fix other peoples bikes! I bought a BMW scoot recently and...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-17-2014, 03:14 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 753
Posted By S/W
Hard to push

I have heard that the Burger is hard to push around due to it's transmission. My Silver Wing and 600 Sport aren't to bad.
Forum: Battle scooters 06-14-2014, 02:07 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,881
Posted By S/W

Anyone here have a Roketa ? I worked near a place that sold them, haven't heard much about them lately.
Forum: Ride reports 06-14-2014, 01:48 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 39,749
Posted By S/W
Ski's Shrimp Run

I was looking at some of the pictures I took last year and noticed that there was a lady who looked just like you in one of my pictures in Richmond Maine. It was at Ski's Shrimp Run Scooter Rally. It...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-09-2014, 03:07 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,039
Posted By S/W
Scooter rules ?

Why do people want to set rules about what a scooter is? Good grief. Get a life.If it's fun, you can call it a scooter!!

Fastest, best highway Honda scoot?------ Silverwing.
Forum: Ride reports 06-05-2014, 08:57 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 39,749
Posted By S/W
have fun!!

Loved your scooter pictures, when is your book coming out??
Forum: Battle scooters 06-05-2014, 02:57 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,461
Posted By S/W
Yep, Silverwing

A used Silverwing would be an excellent investment. They are great bikes!!
Forum: Battle scooters 06-05-2014, 02:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,606
Posted By S/W

I traded my 2002 Silverwing at 80K, not sure that was a good decision. Had a minor oil leak at one point, but, that was the only problem. That bike could probably go another 80 to 100k, I hope...
Forum: Equipment 05-30-2014, 03:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,914
Posted By S/W
Whats in my vest?

Nothing! I ride scooters and have so much storage space , I never use my vest. When I did use it, I just carried cameras, candy bars and glasses.
Forum: The Garage 05-22-2014, 08:46 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,561
Posted By S/W
taps and dies

If you buy cheap taps, they won't cut. I have never used Irwin taps, but, Get a BLUEPOINT set from Snap-ON.( Starret is excellent too.) I bought a brand new tap at a local hardware store a couple of...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-20-2014, 03:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 500
Posted By S/W
SW racks

When the SW first came out, I built a handful of side racks for a few people. I thought they would be hot sellers,but, that was not the case. I was selling them for around $225 made from Stainless...
Forum: Equipment 05-09-2014, 03:17 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,716
Posted By S/W
Dry bags

I have been using dry bags for years. If you shop the internet, you can get them quite cheap. You don't need all the straps, pockets, and D rings all over the outside, simple roll top bags are all...
Forum: Equipment 05-08-2014, 03:23 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 31,674
Posted By S/W
Another problem

I would like to replace my "older then 5 years" helmet, but, many helmet manufacturers have stopped making xxxl helmets. Am I supposed to give up riding because I have a big head?? My favorite helmet...
Forum: Equipment 04-22-2014, 03:29 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,499
Posted By S/W
Laugh yeah!

If you pay three times what a jacket should cost, they can afford to replace your jacket a couple of
Forum: Equipment 04-14-2014, 03:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,220
Posted By S/W
compact tools

Compact tools? I suppose you could buy some titanium tools and save some weight, but, thats a very expensive way to go. The important thing to do is to make sure what you get will actually do the...
Forum: The Garage 04-09-2014, 03:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 857
Posted By S/W
Outboard steering

I agree, probably needs to come apart to get the rust out.
Forum: Equipment 04-04-2014, 03:29 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,708
Posted By S/W
side loaders?

Side loaders are in the same catagory as jackets that have a rain coat that goes on the inside! With that said, if you remove your side loader they are easier to pack and unpack, which is what the...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-26-2014, 05:56 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 7,851
Posted By S/W

I broke down and bought a 600 Sport. The dealer made me an offer I couldn't refuse. Well, I have to say that in the few miles I have ridden it, minimal due to the winter weather, It has given me a...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-18-2014, 03:21 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 7,851
Posted By S/W
Scooter travel

I agree that you can tour on any bike or scooter, the best one is always what you can afford or have . I toured for years on my Silverwing, and it proved to be very dependable, which in my view is...
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-13-2014, 03:29 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,605
Posted By S/W
Air Hawk

I have an Air Hawk, a beaded seat, and a thick sheep skin. My take is, if you ride for eight hours, your butt is going to feel like you rode eight hours. The Air Hawk was a disapointment (yes I know...
Forum: Equipment 03-11-2014, 09:00 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,753
Posted By S/W
When I was an EMT, I went to a hypothermia...

When I was an EMT, I went to a hypothermia lecture by a Doctor from the Army Natick Lab. His specialty was cold weather survival. Sorry, I can't remember his name, but, he also suggested to use anti...
Forum: Battle scooters 02-24-2014, 03:24 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,428
Posted By S/W
scooter design

1. Weather protection including no buffet windshield designs.
2. Larger fuel tanks
3. Real back rests
4. Cruise control for touring scoots.
5. Proximity start, which unlocks storage and helmet...
Forum: Battle scooters 02-18-2014, 03:26 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,579
Posted By S/W
electrical output

Silverwings have the capacity to run electrical gear. I run pants, jacket, gloves and sox with no problem. I think the output is 430 watts. A lot of bikes will take the load when moving ,but, not at...
Forum: Battle scooters 02-15-2014, 01:13 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,869
Posted By S/W
Replacement scooter

Friday I stopped at the BMW dealer on my way home from work. I had seen on the BMW site that there was a good discount on 2013 600 Sport scooters, and now that my 2002 Silverwing has 80k on it, I...
Forum: Equipment 02-05-2014, 09:34 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,511
Posted By S/W

If you are worried about it, practice changing your tires and plugging/patching some holes. You will know in short order what tools you need to bring for peace of mind. There are lots of videos on...
Forum: Equipment 02-05-2014, 09:27 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,349
Posted By S/W

If you are hurt bad, the cost of a "Spot" will seem trivial. And, If you are hurt real real bad, you might not be with it enough to describe where you are!!
Forum: Battle scooters 01-07-2014, 03:17 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,601
Posted By S/W

Suzuki probably could solve the problem, and also like the Silverwing windshield, showroom looks trumped functionality.
Forum: Equipment 01-04-2014, 07:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 805
Posted By S/W
Cordura gear

I have a Carhartt ; Men's Extremes® Coat/Arctic Quilt-Lined which is made of 1000 Denier Cordura. A simple design it is made for rugged work and is comfortable on the bike. They make bib overalls of...
Forum: Equipment 12-22-2013, 03:24 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 17,377
Posted By S/W
doesn't look like a MC jacket

Check out this one.
if you look in the latest issue of the AMA magazine "American Motorcyclist", it appears the guy on the cover is wearing...
Forum: Equipment 12-20-2013, 03:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,509
Posted By S/W
melting fabric

The manufacturer doesn't have to tell you their fabric melts, everybody knows that anyway. You forgot pipes are hot and want to blame it on someone else.
Forum: The Garage 12-19-2013, 03:31 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,191
Posted By S/W
DIY roofing

If you shop around, you might find crews that will come in and do the roof in a day for a lot less then 10K. Thats the case in New England. I did mine myself and wasted a lot of time doing it, when I...
Forum: Equipment 12-02-2013, 09:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,215
Posted By S/W
Riding gear

For cooler weather, I wear a Carhartt Arctic Extreme jacket. 1000 Denier fabric, which is much heavier then almost all MC jackets....
Forum: Equipment 11-16-2013, 04:49 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,542
Posted By S/W
wet bag

I froze one night in a wet down bag on a MC trip, and never bought another one. There is a new product out; "DownTek". It is a process to treat Down so it doesn't lose it's loft when wet.
Check it...
Forum: Equipment 11-16-2013, 04:34 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,300
Posted By S/W
first responder knife

It's a Christmas present!!!!!!!!!!! Get him what he wants!!!!!!!!!! He asked for a Smith and Wesson!!!!!!! It doesn't matter what all the yahoos think.

When I was in Emergency Service I carried a...
Forum: Equipment 11-16-2013, 04:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,424
Posted By S/W

You get what you pay for.
I couldn't imagine why anyone would pay for Goretex rain gear, until I was issued it in the military. It was the only uniform item I really wanted to keep when I retired,...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-16-2013, 03:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 637
Posted By S/W
starter relay

You could use an automotive type relay, but, the physical size might be a bit large for a scooter. You might luck out at the auto parts store if you work with a good sales person, they might come up...
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