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Where is your favorite State to Ride??

  • South Dakota???? Black Hills

    Votes: 2 16.7%
  • Tennessee??? LBL or the Mountains

    Votes: 4 33.3%
  • California??

    Votes: 4 33.3%
  • Arizona??

    Votes: 1 8.3%
  • Florida??

    Votes: 2 16.7%
  • Texas??

    Votes: 1 8.3%
  • Alabama??

    Votes: 1 8.3%
  • North Georgia??

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • The Carolinas??

    Votes: 2 16.7%
  • New Mexico??

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
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Rode a friends once back in the 60s and my sons a few years back, I was never that good at balancing a dam bicycle for some reason so motorcycles scare the hell out of me.
 

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I've been ridin' for 50 years and before my operation I rode this 3-4 times a week. When I'm healed completely I'll be on her again!

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Big Turbo Bikes and Motorcycles
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Published on May 20, 2017
This video is about Big turbo bikes and motorcycles. In this video are turbo bikes with biggest turbos. If you wanna see some extreme bikes and motorcycles powered with huge turbos watch this video.
Nice vid. Adding a turbo is a good idea especially if you have a drag bike.
 

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Finally got my old Yamaha XT 6oo ("Thumper" = 1 cylinder) running again... and realize that my physical strength & reaction time (in my 60's) isn't what it used to be. Weak shoulder joints especially. So, I guess it's 4 wheels from now on.

(Time for a small RV with a porta-potty, and a bed for naps, haha!)

Happy riding!
 
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I had a Puch Maxi and changed the engine drive gear and rear wheel gear. No carb work, but was able to squeeze 52 mph out of a 50cc moped with 2 riders! 1981 file.jpg
 

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How & why to tighten the throttle cable. I began noticing it was out of spec several months ago since the throttle was snatchy. If there is more than 3mm-5mm in slack it will make it difficult to keep a steady throttle and can cause the system to stop fueling momentarily which causes abruptness.

Took about 2 minutes from pulling the boot apart to fine tuning with a run check before tightening up.


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I got my bike out yesterday for a ride..., one good turn, and another, noticed I was getting low on fuel and return it to the barn. Live to ride another day.
 

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Watched the Isle of Man TT last week. Those guys have the biggest stones of all. What a bucket list item that would be. Getting ready for the season myself. We're having unusually mild to downright cold weather here in NorCal though. Rainy and a high in the 50's yesterday. Sposed to be 90 by Friday though.
 

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Public service reminder for the folks here who ride. Don't forget to properly break in your new tires before you return to normal riding activities!

Been on bikes my whole life and forgot this little tidbit and was damn near immediately spun halfway around on a dirt trail and pitched into some scrub oak. Bike and I were fine I wasn't going fast and we slid into the brush bottom first so no damage. The sticky mud packed it's self into the nice shiny new tire grooves until it was full up and there was absolutely no traction or stopping.

Had I spun the bitch in some dry sand for a few minutes, like I usually do with new tires, it would have scuffed the shine off and it never would have happened. This slippery new tire thing can happen on the street too with worse results.

So be smarter than me and don't forget the details!




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I replaced the front master cylinder on my wife's scooter today. Was kinda hard to find one that would fit and work. She bought a cheap china made scoot and even before time for the first oil change the spring in the master cylinder broke. I found one online, works better than the original, but I'll have to do some fitting on the trim when I reinstall that.

As for riding, it rained here most of the week, but today I saw lots of bikes out on the highway, while all I got to do was ride the mower around on the grass. Maybe tomorrow! I need to go somewhere and get a can of dot4 brake fluid - I was able to save most of the fluid from the old cylinder but still need enough to top it up and bleed the brake system.

When I had the new tire installed on my bike, I took it quite easy the first 100 miles or so, until I got the feel, and yes, the bike did have a different feel to it at first.
 

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Need 'other' on fav places to ride: Bluegrass of Kentucky from Lexington to Frankfort.



All narrow roads, hills and curves. And the sandstone walls light up the sound of your sidepipes, at least on a Sportster.



Riding a solid mount Harley HARD through here feels like flying a bi-plane.
 

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Isle of Man TT: Gladiators, Glory and Grief
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Published on Oct 9, 2017
A history of the Isle of Man TT, the annual race often regarded as the deadliest in the world. From the background to the race, to the tragedies behind its most famous competitors, this new RCR Stories doc is our biggest yet.
Here is a great older video of the Isle of Man TT. The power these bikes have is insane!
Watch this one with the sound up and I hope you don't get dizzy easily.

 

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Well, now that I've got my camper on order, (post 84 in the "RV's, Campers, Van & Bus Conversions" thread link = http://www.goldismoney2.com/threads/rvs-campers-van-bus-conversions.119611/page-3#post-1260026), with the cross-the-back scooter carrier accessory, I'm "in the market" for a scooter. Maximum weight 170 kg (350 lbs), with full tanks, luggage carriers with helmets & lock-up chains. My old 600 XT Yamaha on-off road will have to go... longer than the width of the van (2.05 meters)... and rear seating position is high & uncomfortable for my wife (in our 60's).

So I'm in the market for a 125cc (too bad they don't have 200cc models for extra "punch", step above becomes "huge" and "pricy"), for "commutes" and "touring" into cities while the camper is parked just outside them during our upcoming travels around Europe. That way we won't be dependent on learning the "public transport" in each place, or have to try parking/driving a camper in an unknown city with narrow streets & one-ways. I'm putting in as much research as I did for the camper... Looking for something not too tall, not too long, not too slow, not too expensive, with good handling & good storage & windshield... and capable of holding a gps & a cellphone in view, plugged in. And especially easy for my wife to climb on, and a comfy seating position for her.

And not some Chinese "toy" that will fall apart within a month... without a "service network".

So far, the closest I've come are from Taiwan... the "SYM Symphony" (bigger wheels = stability) and 5 year / 100.000 km warranty



and the "KYMKO Like"



Both just under $3k equipped.

Max speeds around 55mph. Cruising 45mph.

If you go with Vespa or Yamaha/Suzuki/Honda, you're instantly in the $5-6k range...
 
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Both just under $3k equipped.

If you go with Vespa or Yamaha/Suzuki/Honda, you're instantly in the $5-6k range...
I like Yamaha myself, but you can't go wrong with a Suzuki or Honda either. Not so sure about Vespa, I've heard parts might be a long wait on those. Just don't do what my wife did and buy a China special deal. Not even a 1000 miles and already I had to replace the front master cylinder - not an easy thing to find.
 

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Just don't do what my wife did and buy a China special deal. Not even a 1000 miles and already I had to replace the front master cylinder - not an easy thing to find.
I mentioned that in my post... & I'm in the European market... Different dealers...
 

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I mentioned that in my post... & I'm in the European market... Different dealers...
Oh, yes, I see that now. Then I'd seriously look at the Vaspa first, however, I know very little about what else is available in the European market. Two up on a 125 might not get up and go so good, depending on weight and such. It'd probably work, but there would probably be times, you'd wish for just a little more. I've had a kind of lust for something like this scoot.
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http://www.piaggiousa.com/scooter/my17-bv-350-abs.html

Not real cheap even for US market, I bought my 950 Yamaha for less
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Oh, yes, I see that now. Then I'd seriously look at the Vaspa first, however, I know very little about what else is available in the European market. Two up on a 125 might not get up and go so good, depending on weight and such. It'd probably work, but there would probably be times, you'd wish for just a little more. I've had a kind of lust for something like this scoot.
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Not real cheap even for US market, I bought my 950 Yamaha for less

I'm looking for a lightweight for European city visits. Park the camper at a shopping center outside of town, and not have to learn each city's public transport system, or try to navigate the narrow streets & one-ways with a camper (& find parking!)... I like the Piaggio (Vespa?) 125 Liberty - only weighs 100kg (220lbs) - 60lbs lighter than the two others above... easy to haul around... & big front wheel for stability. ABS for wet cobblestones. Not for doing long road trips, definitely - or roadways above 60mph...

LIBERTY 125 IGET ABS – 2.449 €



 
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I'm looking for a lightweight for European city visits. Park the camper at a shopping center outside of town, and not have to learn each city's public transport system, or try to navigate the narrow streets & one-ways with a camper (& find parking!)... I like the Piaggio (Vespa?) 125 Liberty - only weighs 100kg (220lbs) - 60lbs lighter than the two others above... easy to haul around... & big front wheel for stability. ABS for wet cobblestones. Not for doing long road trips, definitely - or roadways above 60mph...

LIBERTY 125 IGET ABS – 2.449 €

I like that it looks like it is sturdy made, sure plastic, but not cheaply put together. The headlight even turns with the handle bars. The light on my wife's scooter does not turn, so you can not be seen or see as good in short turns. A 50cc might even be lighter, but not give you the get up and go or top end you might need in traffic. Talking about headlights, the light on my wife's scoot sometimes does not work, has not been reliable, plus the issue I had finding a replacement for the front brake lever/master cylinder, so I didn't renew the registration this year. It has been working great since that expired, thinking about renewing it in the spring for use on the back roads. Wife has not been on it in a couple years, but I still use it to puttz around on the property, give rides to the granddaughters. If I'm going out on the highway, I'd of course take the big bike unless I need the van or truck for hauling, well, weather permitting. Good price.
 

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Back to the roots... I remember this (on TV)! (I still have a "Cromwell" helmet, haha!)


and 10 years earlier...


In the 70's, I went to watch several bike Grand Prix in Europe. Agostini's MV - only 4 stroke among all the rice-burners - sounded the best!

 
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And one of the sweetest sounding road bikes, the Benelli 6 cylinder with 6 exhausts...
 

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And does the same at Laguna Seca, riding his championship winning 500cc GP bike:



Nice little wave to the fans while going through the corkscrew there! Funny how early on, the Media tried to portray Roberts and Barry Sheene as bitter enemies. Turns out, both men had nothing but admiration, and respect for each other!
 
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A treat for the old folks...

Always admired the "monkeys" - i.e. the "passengers" in the side-car races.... hanging completely outside of the side-car for one turn, then jumping over the back of the driver for the next, and so on...

 

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If only it was warm enough. Some days nothing gets done until I've taken a ride.
I am going to break out the helmet cam again this coming summer and get some more good trail videos. There is a closed trail that winds to the top of an old ski hill I really want to video and I figure I can get in and out of there early in the spring without getting caught.
Nice thing about my KLR 650 is it's really a quiet motorcycle if you just feather the throttle enough to keep going. When you nail it though it gets loud in a hurry!
I finally figured out using an external microphone inside my helmet to blot out most wind noise while still getting good engine sound.
I just didn't mess with it at all last summer. Got lazy! . :2 thumbs up:


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I still Have and ride that 950 V-Star Yamaha. however would like to downsize to a lighter bike as I'm over 70 now and have no problems with the weight, just know that downsizing would be a good option for me. Here is the one I have looked at that - well it was a 2017, but seemed quite nice for the style of riding I do. As I've said somewhere in the past, almost all of the riding in my area is paved roads, we do not have those neat forest roads anywhere near me. So, I have looked at the KLR, but I like a lower riding bike for my type of riding.

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I still Have and ride that 950 V-Star Yamaha. however would like to downsize to a lighter bike as I'm over 70 now and have no problems with the weight, just know that downsizing would be a good option for me. Here is the one I have looked at that - well it was a 2017, but seemed quite nice for the style of riding I do. As I've said somewhere in the past, almost all of the riding in my area is paved roads, we do not have those neat forest roads anywhere near me. So, I have looked at the KLR, but I like a lower riding bike for my type of riding.

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Kind of like a V-Max. I like it! I got myself a new steed the other day, to add to the stable. Must be a mid-life crisis or something like that!

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I have had to use all of my willpower to NOT buy one of these Honda Africa Twins. From everything I have heard and read they are just flat out the best and most pleasant dual sport motorcycles ever built.





 

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Yep. Thing is I can only use one at a time and the motorcycle I have is awesome. The KLR 650 is just wonderful old school fun.
Big frame, big engine, big gas tank, big old single piston thud thud thud!
Parts like tires, sprockets & chain, brake pads etc are cheap and the damn thing is about bulletproof.

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