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Forum: Old's Cool Today, 04:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 846
Posted By Andyvh1959
Friend of mine works in tech support at Ariens,...

Friend of mine works in tech support at Ariens, the people that build ZTR mowers (Gravely) snowblowers and all manners of small engine powered devices. He says easily 80% of the tech support calls he...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Today, 03:50 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,395
Posted By Andyvh1959
By sheer chance alone, don't recall why I tried...

By sheer chance alone, don't recall why I tried either one, but I found gasket remover and Easy-Off oven cleaner both do reasonably well at chemically breaking down carbon buildup in a combustion...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-22-2014, 11:09 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 25,429
Posted By Andyvh1959
Looks MUCH more proper as a flat-tracker with the...

Looks MUCH more proper as a flat-tracker with the spoked alloy rims!!!
Forum: Old's Cool 12-22-2014, 11:03 AM
Replies: 1,893
Views: 275,373
Posted By Andyvh1959
I look at many of these contraptions and think,...

I look at many of these contraptions and think, "just because you have all these odd parts laying around, does NOT mean you should put them together."
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-22-2014, 10:53 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 4,962
Posted By Andyvh1959
I have been riding with my local BMW club for...

I have been riding with my local BMW club for over 20 years. The only "crashes" we've had in those many years are:
1. a club member hit another member's bike on the left saddlebag at a stop because...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-10-2014, 06:57 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,117
Posted By Andyvh1959
My ice racing bike has Kenda knobby tires front...

My ice racing bike has Kenda knobby tires front and rear with 1200 ice racing screws per tire. The screws heads are hex head and hardened. When on clean brushed or shaved ice the traction is better...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-05-2014, 10:36 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 9,400
Posted By Andyvh1959
That's how the new BRC works in Wisconsin....

That's how the new BRC works in Wisconsin. Students sign up and pay the fee, then are given access to the online 3.5 hour e-course that covers everything in the previous BRC student handbook, and a...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-25-2014, 05:34 PM
Replies: 1,893
Views: 275,373
Posted By Andyvh1959
Is it just me? But that trike "thing" with the...

Is it just me? But that trike "thing" with the Kawwy 1200, from the rear, doesn't look too well aligned, something looks a good bit a kilter. Like the builder lined er up by eye, but didn't quite...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-25-2014, 05:25 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,730
Posted By Andyvh1959
You didn't mention what bike you have, and no one...

You didn't mention what bike you have, and no one else mentioned being aware of what your bike provides, wattage wise. Heated gear is great, if your bike can produce the wattage to power it and still...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-25-2014, 05:16 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,568
Posted By Andyvh1959
I ride mostly BMWs, and do all my own maintenance...

I ride mostly BMWs, and do all my own maintenance and repairs (self taught, I'm no trained mechanic by any means). But I like the flat twin BMWs cause they are easy to work on, tough, and in my case...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-25-2014, 05:05 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 9,400
Posted By Andyvh1959
Forgot to add: in Wisconsin, I was trained back...

Forgot to add: in Wisconsin, I was trained back in 92 for the old MSF RSS course, and I paid my own way for five consecutive weekends. I got reimbursed for meals and hotels after I passed the course...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-25-2014, 04:56 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 9,400
Posted By Andyvh1959
Actually it is the MSF that CHOSE not to bid for...

Actually it is the MSF that CHOSE not to bid for the CA DMV contract, as reported by Rob Gladden:


The Motorcycle Safety Foundation and its Board of Trustees have thoroughly analyzed the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-23-2014, 09:56 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 9,400
Posted By Andyvh1959
Interestign to say the least, as I was just...

Interestign to say the least, as I was just certified for the newest BRC version this past September. Interesting too, that I had heard the Wisconsin program (MSF BRC) is considered the "standard"...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-14-2014, 12:40 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,758
Posted By Andyvh1959
Yup, that is what my 74 CB350F looked like when I...

Yup, that is what my 74 CB350F looked like when I bought it new back in June 74. Great day when you're 16 and buying a brand new bike with your own money.

Thought I was the big man in high...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-14-2014, 12:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,638
Posted By Andyvh1959
I started as a MSF instructor 22 years ago in the...

I started as a MSF instructor 22 years ago in the old MSF RSS (Rider Safety School), then became certified for the BRC and ERC, later the updated BRC/BRC2, and just last September for the newest BRC...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-11-2014, 06:28 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,758
Posted By Andyvh1959
Those mufflers were notorious for rot, no matter...

Those mufflers were notorious for rot, no matter how well you cared for them. I had a 74 CB350F as my 1st new bike back when I was 16. I lavished all kinds of care on it, but did ride it what I...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-08-2014, 11:58 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 488
Posted By Andyvh1959
Any motorcycle with a mechanical drive speedo,...

Any motorcycle with a mechanical drive speedo, like a cable driven style, will be at least 10% off, usually reading higher than the actual speed. All my bikes since 1973 have been that way, just the...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-08-2014, 11:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 575
Posted By Andyvh1959
Check out Pirates Lair, they have a bunch of...

Check out Pirates Lair, they have a bunch of products for the Oilheads.

On my 94 RS I made my own tail rack, using the original mounts for the factory rack, and now I can pop a Givi box with...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-08-2014, 11:49 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,758
Posted By Andyvh1959
Get that XS650 engine rephased into a 270 degree...

Get that XS650 engine rephased into a 270 degree firing order, and it'll have a bunch more torque to use and sound like a v-twin Ducati. Nice grab on that bike for $250! Well below the buck-per-cc...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-08-2014, 11:46 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,775
Posted By Andyvh1959
Well maybe. The results of dumping the bike may...

Well maybe. The results of dumping the bike may have salved this rider AFTER making the huge mistake of not preparing for a potential hazard before the truck got there.

I gauge a vehicles actions...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-07-2014, 06:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,118
Posted By Andyvh1959
Last/first time I saw the Wall of Death was at...

Last/first time I saw the Wall of Death was at the AMA Vintage Bike Show in Ohio in July 94. Pretty special stuff. Really neat website with great pics!
Forum: Old's Cool 11-07-2014, 04:43 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,758
Posted By Andyvh1959
The 72 model has a vertical 3-light panel between...

The 72 model has a vertical 3-light panel between the tach and speedo. The 73 and 74 model had a horizontal 4-light panel that mounted at the handlebar clamp bolts. I have the 72 in my garage now,...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-07-2014, 08:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 516
Posted By Andyvh1959
Great bike. Mine is reliable as a rock. Just did...

Great bike. Mine is reliable as a rock. Just did another 200 mile ride last Saturday. It's been with me for 20 years, through two divorces and now at just over 180,000 miles and the engine and final...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-03-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,911
Posted By Andyvh1959
My 1st bike, a used 67 Yamaha Twin Jet 100, think...

My 1st bike, a used 67 Yamaha Twin Jet 100, think I paid $150 for it back in fall of 72. A remember it still, my dad and I bringing it home in the trunk of his 67 Chevy Impala. A cold misty October...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 10-27-2014, 12:32 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 529
Posted By Andyvh1959
SW shocks

I just picked up a 72 Honda CB350 Four, 17,000 miles on it. Some previous owner had installed SW shocks on the rear (blue spring, blue/black decals). Given the miles on the bike, someone decided the...
Forum: Old's Cool 10-27-2014, 12:09 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 458
Posted By Andyvh1959
a buck per cc

My old rule has been if you can buy a bike for $1 per cc engine size, go for it!

Last week I picked up a 72 CB350 Four, for $350. Complete for the most part, rough in spots, but it turns over and...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-27-2014, 11:13 AM
Replies: 35,650
Views: 9,019,078
Posted By Andyvh1959
That's what you say as an excuse for "I really...

That's what you say as an excuse for "I really don't know how to ride and control my motorcycle."

Usually associated with comments like:
"bike just wouldn't make the turn"
"hadda lay er down!"...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-21-2014, 02:48 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,555
Posted By Andyvh1959
I just did a very wet Sunday field/forest ride...

I just did a very wet Sunday field/forest ride and luckily I didn't need any wheelie expertise on my DRZ400E. I'm 56 years old and I'd like to learn to wheelie for those times on the trails off road...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-21-2014, 02:42 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,227
Posted By Andyvh1959
take the MSF BRC2 course or the Advanced Rider...

take the MSF BRC2 course or the Advanced Rider Course and apply what works for you. When it comes to "street twisties" as you call them I have never had a need to hang off or dip a knee into a turn,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-15-2014, 02:11 PM
Replies: 298
Views: 20,592
Posted By Andyvh1959
I agree with Wraith. Electrics are great, cool,...

I agree with Wraith. Electrics are great, cool, powerful, effective use of an energy dense battery pack. But they still have a long way to go to truly be an effective, equivalent replacement for the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-15-2014, 01:40 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 9,301
Posted By Andyvh1959
Why is it always "one" of a pair of...

Why is it always "one" of a pair of footwear?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-15-2014, 01:37 PM
Replies: 35,650
Views: 9,019,078
Posted By Andyvh1959
Blissful ignorance will do that to a person,...

Blissful ignorance will do that to a person, until the vinyl pucker hits.
Forum: Old's Cool 10-12-2014, 07:23 AM
Replies: 1,893
Views: 275,373
Posted By Andyvh1959
I have lived in Appleton and the area all my...

I have lived in Appleton and the area all my life. Back in the early 70's when I started riding motorcycles I noticed any bike in town, and I remember seeing a Guzzi being ridden around town, that...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-09-2014, 03:50 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,233
Posted By Andyvh1959
Some huge factors in the tire wear realm: tire...

Some huge factors in the tire wear realm: tire pressure and shocks.

Low tire pressure is probably the most common non-maintained issue on almost any motorcycle on the road. I'd be surprised if...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-09-2014, 03:30 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,105
Posted By Andyvh1959
Actually, when I ride solo (which is most of my...

Actually, when I ride solo (which is most of my riding) on two lane back roads I generally hug the center line because it gives me the most road area to either side if I have to contend with road...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-06-2014, 03:36 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 8,002
Posted By Andyvh1959
Most MSF sites offer the BRC2 (formerly the...

Most MSF sites offer the BRC2 (formerly the Experienced Rider Course) which is a one day class you take on your own bike. Talk to the instructors about your history and instances and really focus on...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-06-2014, 03:23 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,105
Posted By Andyvh1959
They need to command as much of the lane as...

They need to command as much of the lane as possible in case there is a very gentle bend in the road given their lack of ability to lean into a turn riding side by side.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-06-2014, 03:21 PM
Replies: 35,650
Views: 9,019,078
Posted By Andyvh1959
FAIL! Bike not properly tied down. But I REALLY...

FAIL! Bike not properly tied down. But I REALLY like the off loading directions you pointed out for getting the bike off the trailer.

Never tie down a bike against the sidestand or centerstand....
Forum: Old's Cool 10-03-2014, 05:15 PM
Replies: 16,166
Views: 9,683,886
Posted By Andyvh1959
that post by erock of Willem Dafoe looking scary...

that post by erock of Willem Dafoe looking scary cuts me up. And he claims no connection to Appleton Wisconsin because he thinks it too much of a hick town. I grew up one block down the street from...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-30-2014, 03:21 PM
Replies: 1,893
Views: 275,373
Posted By Andyvh1959
I almost feel sorry for that poor Corvair. First...

I almost feel sorry for that poor Corvair. First being assaulted by Nader, and then bastardized by this abomination.
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