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by havegunjoe
Mon Nov 07, 2011 4:20 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Storing bike for winter - on a lift?
Replies: 9
Views: 12766

Re: Storing bike for winter - on a lift?

I just purchased and put my bike up on a motorcycle dolly. It works great! I can now roll my bike around the garage with ease and the tires are nessled in pockets not on hard concrete.
by havegunjoe
Wed Sep 28, 2011 12:54 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: New rider -- oh DEER!
Replies: 5
Views: 3321

Re: New rider -- oh DEER!

The message is Shxt Happens to the best and to the worst drivers. Nothing else.
by havegunjoe
Wed Sep 28, 2011 11:53 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Loudest HD model?
Replies: 19
Views: 7572

Re: Loudest HD model?

I agree with the start out smaller and used suggestions above. You can always trade up and there are plenty of good used bikes on the market. I went from a 250 to a 650 to a 950 Yamaha VStar. Personally I like leather saddle bags on a cruiser instead of the plastic ones. It’s all in the eye of the b...
by havegunjoe
Wed Sep 28, 2011 11:27 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Looking for Jacket in Hot, Cold and rainy conditions
Replies: 11
Views: 4473

Re: Looking for Jacket in Hot, Cold and rainy conditions

The quest for a good in cold and heat jacket has been elusive to say the least. My conclusion is it does not truly exist. So no matter what you wear plan on being hot if you are not moving. When it’s 90 out and you are wearing a jacket at a stop light you will be hot period. If it is vented it will ...
by havegunjoe
Wed Sep 28, 2011 11:15 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Who Builds the best bikes?
Replies: 25
Views: 7690

Re: Who Builds the best bikes?

Given time and I doubt it will take long, Chinese builders will crack the quality issues and no doubt will start exporting some quality products. Could be interesting. I highly doubt it. They have made no improvements whatsoever. They seem content on selling cr@p made from their exploited citizens....
by havegunjoe
Wed Sep 28, 2011 11:06 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Who Builds the best bikes?
Replies: 25
Views: 7690

Re: Who Builds the best bikes?

The question is too open ended. Being the biggest manufacturer doesn’t make their bikes the best. Best at what? There are too many types, models, etc. You have to narrow it down like best looking cruiser, or sport bike, or fastest sport bike for the money, or best off road hill climber. What??
by havegunjoe
Tue Sep 20, 2011 3:42 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Rider Down, Daughter Witnessed it..
Replies: 12
Views: 4018

Re: Rider Down, Daughter Witnessed it..

HYPERR wrote:how can you make the assumption that the van driver was not at any fault?
Why would the van driver expect someone to be passing them on the left when she signaled a turn? At least 7 other drivers could figure out not to pass. I'd say this was all the bikers fault.
by havegunjoe
Tue Sep 13, 2011 1:11 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Need advice on a first bike, Looking at HD and Triumph..
Replies: 9
Views: 4156

Re: Need advice on a first bike, Looking at HD and Triumph..

Wicks72 wrote:Thank you,
I have sat on the Harley but I still need to sit on the Triumph.
Can anyone suggest another cruiser that would be good to learn on?
Thank you again for your input
650 Yamaha VStar is a good reliable cruiser priced right.
by havegunjoe
Tue Sep 13, 2011 12:44 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Our greatest fear as bikers...
Replies: 20
Views: 5149

Re: Our greatest fear as bikers...

Greatest fear is the idiot drivers on the road in cars with a cell phone pasted to their ear not paying attention. Also sand as I am leaning into a curve.
Most difficult to learn was starting out on an incline without moving backward.
Biggest problem – The Weather.
by havegunjoe
Wed Sep 07, 2011 2:47 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Rider Down, Daughter Witnessed it..
Replies: 12
Views: 4018

Rider Down, Daughter Witnessed it..

Last Friday my step-daughter witnessed a rider T-bone a van. Killed the biker when he broke his neck. My daughter stopped to help but nothing could be done. Now before you start feeling too sorry for the biker I found out he was passing at least 7 cars on a single lane. The van he hit was making a l...
by havegunjoe
Wed Sep 07, 2011 2:14 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Throttle locks
Replies: 8
Views: 3698

Re: Throttle locks

I put a Kuryakyan throttle boss on my grips. It doesn’t lock up the throttle but it allows you to open your hand while keeping your palm on the boss to maintain the speed you want. Takes a little getting use to but works pretty good.
by havegunjoe
Tue Aug 30, 2011 1:44 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: If storing a bike in a garage for the winter?
Replies: 10
Views: 4467

Re: If storing a bike in a garage for the winter?

I on the other hand do it a little different. I change the oil first thing in the Spring. I too use Sea Foam in the tank, run it enough to get it mixed throughout the system. I put the battery on a trickle charger all winter. I roll the bike up onto a couple rugs so the tires are not on a hard surfa...
by havegunjoe
Mon Aug 15, 2011 2:23 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: "Casual" Rider - yes or no?
Replies: 36
Views: 13694

Re: "Casual" Rider - yes or no?

I’ll go with “Complete friggin’ idiot”. Personally I am anti flip flop altogether. They were invented for beach wear and have become daily attire everywhere and at all times for the majority of people. I figure in a generation we will have a nation of people with deformed feet as a result. (Have any...
by havegunjoe
Mon Aug 15, 2011 2:06 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Helmet type
Replies: 15
Views: 3804

Re: Helmet type

Sparx Retro full face helmet is what I have had for the past 4 years and I really like it. That crap about not being able to see well is just that, Crap!. If you look at the picture in the attachment you will see how far back the face shield goes on each side. Plenty of field of vision there. Full f...
by havegunjoe
Thu Aug 04, 2011 1:40 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Loooking for future device upgrade for weather/radar
Replies: 6
Views: 2893

Re: Loooking for future device upgrade for weather/radar

I don't think such a thing exsists. Nobody but you wants just weather I am guessing. You either get all the features or none. And they are not cheap. My suggestion is look at the sky, check the weather radar on an IPhone and dress accordingly.
by havegunjoe
Tue Jul 26, 2011 3:31 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Just riding around
Replies: 7
Views: 1529

Re: Just riding around

Yes, but the cold really drives me nuts.
by havegunjoe
Tue Jul 26, 2011 3:16 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Too much heat
Replies: 21
Views: 3131

Re: Too much heat

I have 7 miles to ride against the traffic to get to work. I ride each day I can and the heat does not stop me. Like someone pointed out in a few months we will all be crabbing about how cold it is. I have to ride when I can.
by havegunjoe
Wed Jul 13, 2011 1:58 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: New Rider Anxiety
Replies: 20
Views: 8603

Re: New Rider Anxiety

In no time at all you will be looking back on your beginner days and laughing. Just don't get too overconfident when that happens. I started on a scooter and now ride a 2009 Yamaha 950 VStar. Been riding about 4+ years. My wife and I started late in life.
by havegunjoe
Wed Jul 13, 2011 1:45 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: seriously, motorcyle vs. scooter - non-tech differences
Replies: 45
Views: 8157

Re: seriously, motorcyle vs. scooter - non-tech differences

I started on a scooter and my main complaint was the sitting in a chair like position. You straddle a motorcycle but sit as if in a chair on a scooter. I didn't like that feeling. Taking a curve made me uncomfortable in that position.
by havegunjoe
Wed Jul 13, 2011 1:35 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: What's your best motorcycle MPG?
Replies: 24
Views: 6431

Re: What's your best motorcycle MPG?

2004-650 VStar = 56.2 mpg
2005-Hyosung GV250 = 65 mpg
2009-950 VStar = 52 mpg