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Forum: Some Assembly Required 04-30-2015, 02:47 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 163
Posted By ctfz1
Aftermarket Starters ?

After searches and googling as best I can tell BMW, Harley, and Gold Wings live in their own aftermarket starter universe.
I have to replace the starter on a1981 Yamaha XV920RH I am working on....
Forum: GS Boxers 04-29-2015, 06:16 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,718
Posted By ctfz1
Internals or Assembly

Two scenarios one a metal part failed, bad material or fabrication, two something that could damage the moving parts found its way in during assembly.
BMW uncountable hopes a one one time screw up...
Forum: Road warriors 04-28-2015, 01:56 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,062
Posted By ctfz1
cruiser dissension

Any cruisers with decent suspension travel?
Forum: Road warriors 04-28-2015, 01:51 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,406
Posted By ctfz1

I recall the Guzzi California doing well in reviews, is this too long ago. BMW C cruiser was supposed to work well, not feet forward though.
Do not know about bags and extras, some used Harley...
Forum: Road warriors 04-28-2015, 01:36 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,402
Posted By ctfz1
Harley Street

The Harley 750 Street is already $7,000 with at least some dealers adding $2,000-2,500 or more out the door.
A 750 Street Street Scrambler and or actual XR replica makes sense, low pricing ( except...
Forum: 2 smokers 04-27-2015, 12:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 793
Posted By ctfz1

Generic MCs are a available on eBay, just put one on an XV920RH 81 I'm working on. For me I went from 16mm bore to 14mm to improve brake feel. About $25-30. Note brake line location. May have to...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-27-2015, 10:57 AM
Replies: 214
Views: 6,897
Posted By ctfz1
city bikes

Sigh. Best are light bikes, dual purpose are good. But. I've never been in a city where the easy way out was not the highway. Which means 250-300 twin. I have not seen the Honda CB500X yet in person....
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-27-2015, 10:31 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,855
Posted By ctfz1

80s V-4s. Kawasaki ZX 900s on. CBR900 on. Yamaha R1. Latest ..Yamaha R1.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-27-2015, 10:23 AM
Replies: 206
Views: 10,925
Posted By ctfz1

Rockster. Honda Nighthawk 750. Suzuki Bandit. Kawasaki ZRX. First generation FZ 1. 95-2005 sporty bike street fighter. Buell.
There are some Yamaha cruisers that tested well about 15 years ago...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-27-2015, 10:01 AM
Replies: 206
Views: 10,925
Posted By ctfz1

Rockster. Honda Nighthawk 750. Suzuki Bandit. Kawasaki ZRX. First generation FZ 1. 95-2005 sporty bike street fighter. Buell.
The trip is the hip. Probably a 1200 Bandit or ZRX.
Forum: Road warriors 04-26-2015, 08:45 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,824
Posted By ctfz1
I had one

Loved it. But. It made great riding once past 80-85.
I put 5,000 miles on it, enjoyed having, having had it. Had to mod my next bike to be closer to the parts I liked, really liked on that bike. ...
Forum: Road warriors 04-26-2015, 07:55 PM
Replies: 967
Views: 210,876
Posted By ctfz1
92 pc

I put 90,000 miles on a PC, never cared for the Dunlops, think I ran Michelins. I changed the fork springs, racetrack or sonic I think. Changed the rear shocks to Works Performance at about 50,000...
Forum: Airheads 04-23-2015, 11:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 640
Posted By ctfz1
Honda Moly Grease

Back when I had a Honda, I forget which one, (83 V45 Sabre?) the shop manual specified Honda Moly grease. Word around was Honda had the highest Moly content grease available. I have not owned a...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 04-23-2015, 12:01 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 11,620
Posted By ctfz1
Chinese mastercylinders

14mm generic master cylinders come with either straight or 90 degree banjo fitting. I bought the one parallel to the bars, will require extra length down or 90 degree fitting. Simpler to get one with...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-20-2015, 08:47 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,168
Posted By ctfz1
I had a 2001 FZ1

Finding a non buffeting low noise windshield was difficult, tried 6 before I found one I liked.
The fairing mounted mirrors were notorious, best replaced with handlebar or bar end mirrors.
Forum: Road warriors 04-19-2015, 11:46 PM
Replies: 9,952
Views: 1,683,441
Posted By ctfz1
Roll your own

If you have the skills time and money, you could roll a tribute to a WWII military bike.
90s Honda AND Kawasaki cruisers can be had mechanically sound. 750-800 can usually be found cheap, and self...
Forum: Road warriors 04-19-2015, 11:35 PM
Replies: 2,614
Views: 313,628
Posted By ctfz1
Bike Magazine UK

I've been reading "BIKE" magazine since the early 80s.

Expensive and some bikes we do not get here, but fun and very good read. Not much cruiser appreciation. They do cover smaller bikes.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-16-2015, 08:45 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,953
Posted By ctfz1
making money

Businesses tend to redefine "making money" in ways very odd indeed. Contract obligations, customer service, are not required. Executive pay and benefits are first priority.
I do not mind businesses...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-16-2015, 07:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 372
Posted By ctfz1

From my reading the diodes were marginal and do not age well, there is a cheap home remedy using parts from Radio Shack. Need a new source but worth looking up. Much better than stock, cheap easy...
Forum: Road warriors 04-15-2015, 12:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 614
Posted By ctfz1
it is a what you like question

Sport touring is a where, how fast, carrying how much, in what temperatures, kind of question.
Buell's have quirks or character.
I have enjoyed riding them, but not my top choice. Just me. A...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-13-2015, 07:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 529
Posted By ctfz1
rear shock recommends 1980s XT600 rear shocks as a replacement improvement on a small budget.
Intended as old one has 40,000 miles.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-13-2015, 07:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 822
Posted By ctfz1
seat concepts?!/Suzuki/c/1671358/offset=0&sort=normal

these have been getting good reviews
Forum: Old's Cool 04-13-2015, 11:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 529
Posted By ctfz1
some confusion

I am restreeting an XV920RH Yamaha that has been a while sitting sort of on the cheap.
I am familiar with Racetech by reputation.
There is some information for setting up the Gold Valves for...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 04-12-2015, 03:33 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,295
Posted By ctfz1
now we need

With Guzzi' s getting more expensive and BMW s also we need someone to turn something like a Yamaha Star cruiser into a good standard equivalent.
Wish I could..
Forum: Some Assembly Required 04-12-2015, 03:17 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 11,620
Posted By ctfz1
as long as it works

Riding is all that matters. I spend too much time looking at forums, oh well.
XS has a great deal of useful information.
There is a bracket aforementioned foe fitting R1 or R6 brakes to XS...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-12-2015, 10:29 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,537
Posted By ctfz1
thank you

Appreciate the information.
Forum: Old's Cool 04-12-2015, 10:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,614
Posted By ctfz1
back when

Back in the day was very much ride what you owned, touring bikes were whatever you toured on. And could afford.
My riding buddy (80 now) toured 2 up on a BSA Bantam on one of his favorite trips.
Forum: Old's Cool 04-12-2015, 09:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 529
Posted By ctfz1
YSS FORK VALVES (Ricors/Racetech ~?)

Anyone familiar with these. Posted in Equipment, no response.

Would like to do my 81 fork. Still getting the bike going so gathering...
Forum: Equipment 04-12-2015, 09:23 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,004
Posted By ctfz1

Seat Concepts gets a lot of mention. I have never been disappointed by Sargent.
Forum: Some Assembly Required 04-11-2015, 10:51 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 11,620
Posted By ctfz1
from XV920R / TR1.Dr site

Do not know how helpful info from chain drive XV920R could be. German site, yamaha tr1 or should get there.
For the XV920R the XT 600 shock from the 1980s is mentioned. I have seen the BMW...
Forum: Equipment 04-10-2015, 08:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,121
Posted By ctfz1
saddle bags

I have seen several threads using modified Walmart cases (camera hard cases maybe?) [was a while ago].
I think the owners fabricated Givi mounts,
Do not see the ones I remember, pistol,...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-09-2015, 08:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,537
Posted By ctfz1

Thanks. Have not looked elsewhere but amazon prices look ok.
Forum: Some Assembly Required 04-09-2015, 08:29 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,295
Posted By ctfz1
Tires and

Working on an 81 XV920RH, I realize no posts here from Nov.
From the Yamaha site in Germany they prefer Bridgestone BT45 tires.
Amazon in the lower 48 has good prices on Shinko 712 and 230...
Forum: Equipment 04-09-2015, 08:02 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 174
Posted By ctfz1
Is anyone familiar with YSS PD Fork Valves

Found these while browsing. Appear to be somewhere between RaceTech and Ricors, for a limited number of bikes.

Anyone familiar with use of...
Forum: 2 smokers 04-07-2015, 08:55 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 13,566
Posted By ctfz1
injector oil

Back in the day I went with Castrol and Spectro 2T(?) then Belray Synthetic? which all but eliminated cleaning baffles.
There were rumors the Belray was no good for sitting engines, not a problem...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-07-2015, 08:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,627
Posted By ctfz1

The PCs have a strong and definite following, and are definitely long lived.
I suspect over time trouble shooting electrics and finding parts will side line them. Obsessive owners aside.
I have...
Forum: 2 smokers 04-06-2015, 08:58 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 13,566
Posted By ctfz1

I road a 72 T500 and put high mileage on a 73, than a 75 GT 550. My best riding buddy at the time had the GT 750. Put 63,000 miles on the 73, traded it in because the deal was too good to pass up....
Forum: 2 smokers 04-06-2015, 08:10 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 12,214
Posted By ctfz1

My cousin in law had a 68 Bultaco, stolen about 71. He bought a 175 Puch enduro which he overstressed a lot.
Then he got a CZ 380 and put lay down shocks on it and terrorized his senior motocross...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-06-2015, 07:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,537
Posted By ctfz1

What tires, brand, size, cost and type. And why.
Apparently there are vintage reproductions, various "oversea's" tires, and current production.
Tire tread seems a major appearance factor to many...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-04-2015, 10:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,627
Posted By ctfz1
franken pc

There was a modified "was" PC800 hung out near Deals Gap once upon a time.
I owned a 90 leftover for 90.000 miles, functional but mundane, ya know.
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