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by rwp
Wed Jul 18, 2007 12:45 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: First day on my R6 could of gone a little better...
Replies: 98
Views: 19678

In my deep dark past, I was an MP in the CAF, and thanks to the FLQ crisis of the 1970's, Canadian MP's are fully accredited Peace Officers and Officers of the Court, with identical powers of those of the Queen's Cowboys (RCMP). You be amazed how many civvies were stunned and p.o'ed to learn in tra...
by rwp
Mon Jul 16, 2007 11:00 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Tire Pressure?
Replies: 19
Views: 4976

If the max pressure printed on the tire was lower than the manufacturer's recommendation, then you should not exceed the tire number. This may be what the mechanic was trying to say. However, in such a case the best solution would be to go to a different tire.
by rwp
Fri Jul 13, 2007 11:58 am
Forum: Performance and Mods
Topic: How much is too much?
Replies: 6
Views: 4393

flynrider wrote:If you're getting the CBR or the Gixxer as your first bike, I would highly recommend that you spare no expense on :

1. Really good protective gear.

2. Insurance.
That's great advice no matter what bike you're riding.
by rwp
Fri Jul 13, 2007 10:59 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: negative comments
Replies: 32
Views: 6441

Maybe somebody here with a better grasp of the statistics than I have can illustrate this better, but my understanding is that you are about sixteen times more likely to get killed on a motorcycle than you are in a car ... This is only because of the ratio of bikes on the road compared to cars. You...
by rwp
Thu Jul 12, 2007 5:55 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: negative comments
Replies: 32
Views: 6441

Maybe somebody here with a better grasp of the statistics than I have can illustrate this better, but my understanding is that you are about sixteen times more likely to get killed on a motorcycle than you are in a car ... Over on my blog is a post from 2005/05/04 (can't link directly to a post unf...
by rwp
Wed Jul 11, 2007 9:46 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Removing stock exhuast?
Replies: 8
Views: 2404

Soak the area in penetrating oil, then try again 24 hours later. If that doesn't work, beat on them some more.
by rwp
Tue Jul 10, 2007 10:07 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Someone moved bike at work
Replies: 32
Views: 7205

You handled it exactly right. The security people will have a talk with these two and let them know that the joke is over. Your bike will be left alone and there's no harm done.

Let it go. Don't file or threaten to file any lawsuits and don't go looking for revenge.
by rwp
Tue Jul 10, 2007 9:56 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: MSF too easy?
Replies: 19
Views: 5281

KarateChick wrote:... anyone can ride a bike fast, it's the slow speed stuff that really indcates who the good riders are.
This is so true.
by rwp
Tue Jul 10, 2007 9:45 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: biting off more than i can chew?
Replies: 15
Views: 4127

You'll be fine. People crossed the great plains in covered wagons with less experience than you have.

Make sure someone know when you're leaving and when you expect to arrive, just in case.
by rwp
Tue Jul 10, 2007 9:33 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Yamaha 650 vs. Kawasaki 900 or...
Replies: 8
Views: 2935

Both bikes have enough power to cruise interstates without any trouble. The 650 will take a bit longer to get up to speed but still plenty fast enough for a 150 pounder. Since you'll almost certainly want to upgrade either bike within a couple of years, get the smaller bike to start and put the mone...
by rwp
Tue Jul 10, 2007 9:25 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: How long does an engine last before noticeable power loss?
Replies: 6
Views: 2117

Power loss in an older engine is usually from poor compression in one or more cylinders. This could be from poorly sealing valves or maybe from bad rings. If you're concerned, take a compression guage and a spark plug wrench with you to the test drive. If you ask nicely and look like you're a seriou...
by rwp
Fri Jul 06, 2007 4:11 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: May the fun begin....
Replies: 16
Views: 3459

If it was vapor lock, the only way to avoid it is to keep the fuel cool enough so that it stays liquid. You may be able to re-route the fuel line so that it avoids the worst of the engine heat but that's not always easy to do. A shorter fuel line is better than a longer one since the fuel in the tan...
by rwp
Tue Jul 03, 2007 1:57 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Yet another Bike Rec. 1982 Honda Nighthawk CB450SC
Replies: 5
Views: 2239

Try to track down the source of the leak. Most aren't that hard to fix. Watch the exhaust when he starts and revs the bike. Blue/black smoke means burning oil which is more serious. Pump the fork a few times to see if the seals leak. Check all the switches and make sure all the lights/horn works. Ma...
by rwp
Tue Jul 03, 2007 1:40 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Is a bike right for me?
Replies: 39
Views: 6781

If you're truly not interested in the motorcycling experience but just want cheap and practical transportation, I'd suggest renting a car for those times when you need to travel outside the city. By the way, I'm really impressed that you cycle through Manhattan and the other boroughs. Here in Reno, ...
by rwp
Tue Jul 03, 2007 1:27 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Convincing Mom to let me ride
Replies: 10
Views: 3514

You're not fooling anyone, least of all your Mom, with that gas saving, environmental talk. Here's what you do: Find the wimpiest motorcycle in the world, then show her a picture of "the cool bike that you're hoping to get". Most mom's just can't imagine that a pastel scooter could be dangerous. Onc...
by rwp
Tue Jul 03, 2007 1:03 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: May the fun begin....
Replies: 16
Views: 3459

This sounds like it may be fuel vaporisation (vapor lock). In very hot temperatures the fuel will vaporise in the lines before it reaches the carbs and you will get symptoms exactly as you described. After the engine cools, it will run fine.
by rwp
Thu Jun 28, 2007 12:31 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Big boy first bikes...
Replies: 10
Views: 3192

Im a 300+ pound 6'4... You need to get a sleeveless jean jacket and a big Harley, preferably mid 70's vintage. Oh, and grow a full beard while you're at it. Seriously though, sit on a bunch of different bikes at the dealerships and compare bar, seat and footpeg positions. You'll learn soon enough w...
by rwp
Thu Jun 28, 2007 11:33 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Motorcycle Seat Heights
Replies: 27
Views: 47012

Tip for V-strom buyers

I found out from the dealer here in Reno that the seats for 650 and 1000cc versions of the V-stroms are interchangeable. This means that if you have a V-strom 1000 or are in the market for one and want a slightly lower seat, the dealer can pull one from a 650 and you've just lost about 3/4 inch. Sim...
by rwp
Fri May 13, 2005 10:28 am
Forum: The Soap Box
Topic: Cops & their Guns....sheesh!
Replies: 11
Views: 4302

My internet at work blocks this site. What does the female cop do?
by rwp
Thu May 12, 2005 10:56 am
Forum: Maintenance & Appearance
Topic: Fork Seal = Dealership Charge
Replies: 10
Views: 4242

If the fork tube/sliders have any deep scratches, nicks or corrosion oin them, the new seals will soon start leaking too. In that case, new seals are a waste of money unless you replace tubes as well. Either way, techbmw is right that bringing just the forks in will be much cheaper than bringing in ...