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by TechTMW
Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:36 pm
Forum: The Soap Box
Topic: dry socks?
Replies: 3
Views: 2835

Re: dry socks?

Yes. Second the Merino Wool. They work for me and my feet SWEAT. Avoid cotton, it holds the moisture in.
by TechTMW
Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:25 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Cool Wall
Topic: 2012 Harley-Davidson XL883N Iron 883 - VOTED: Cool
Replies: 9
Views: 16634

Re: This Week: 2012 Harley-Davidson XL883N Iron 883 - VOTE N

Sportys are cool. Unless they have chinese wheels (?) ;)

They are still a little spendy though. But cool overall.
by TechTMW
Wed Nov 30, 2011 10:44 am
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: 2nd gear slips out
Replies: 5
Views: 4900

Re: 2nd gear slips out

Bad gear probably. If you are an amateur mechanic, I would suggest that you leave the repair to a pro. There are alot of parts, gears/washers/bushings, etc in a transmission, and one piece put in there wrong will hose the whole deal. Kinda sux, cuz I don't think that the bike is worth the price of t...
by TechTMW
Fri Nov 11, 2011 8:00 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Are we experiencing a "practical bike" renaissance?
Replies: 38
Views: 13195

Re: Are we experiencing a "practical bike" renaissance?

Oh man, no more 500 twins :lol: . Kinda like the way Ford let the Ranger die. WTF are they thinking? "Let's not improve on our product for 20 years, and then say that the market is dead for our 20 year old product, so we'll stop producing it." great. I think I was going to say something profound las...
by TechTMW
Thu Nov 10, 2011 9:43 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Are we experiencing a "practical bike" renaissance?
Replies: 38
Views: 13195

Re: Are we experiencing a "practical bike" renaissance?

??? I'm probably brain dead, but I can't think of what two 500cc standards you mean? (BTW, nice to see you back here on TMW.) Ya i guess i missed that you have a bonnie :) And thx for the welcome back. dont we still have the gs and ninja 500s? Been outta the usa for 6 years, sorry. But even faired,...
by TechTMW
Thu Nov 10, 2011 9:26 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Anyone Riding in Arlington this Weekend ?
Replies: 5
Views: 3762

Re: Anyone Riding in Arlington this Weekend ?

Maybe up in loudon cty. You really have to look for the backroads in nova. Too much development. Have fun!
by TechTMW
Thu Nov 10, 2011 1:17 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Are we experiencing a "practical bike" renaissance?
Replies: 38
Views: 13195

Re: Are we experiencing a "practical bike" renaissance?

Practical and small cc's are covered by a fair amount of scooters in the US market. Granted, they aren't exactly motorcycles. I think that you are also missing the boat on a few great bikes (like the bonneville, sv650, GS500, etc.) Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see the kind of bikes that you menti...
by TechTMW
Thu Nov 10, 2011 1:03 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Anyone Riding in Arlington this Weekend ?
Replies: 5
Views: 3762

Re: Anyone Riding in Arlington this Weekend ?

Are you familiar with the area? You need to go about 1/2 hour out for any decent riding :) I may be out and about on the weekend.
by TechTMW
Wed Nov 09, 2011 7:26 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Brand new rider with a question
Replies: 7
Views: 4160

Re: Brand new rider with a question

Ditto on above. I was scared 'poop'-less the first time I ever went on an interstate. Just know this. You WON'T blow off the back of the bike :) Once you get comfortable with 55, get on the interstate for just one exit - goose it up to 65 or whatever the speed limit is and then just get off at the n...
by TechTMW
Tue Nov 08, 2011 9:46 am
Forum: Daily Motorcycle News
Topic: BRUTALE 675 - THE NEW MV AGUSTA FOR EVERYONE
Replies: 3
Views: 1559

Re: BRUTALE 675 - THE NEW MV AGUSTA FOR EVERYONE

MAMA MIA THAT'S A ONE SPICY MEATBALL!
by TechTMW
Tue Nov 08, 2011 7:05 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Is the Era of the Motorcycle Over?
Replies: 45
Views: 11247

Re: Is the Era of the Motorcycle Over?

The era of the motorcycle will be over when the last motorcyclist is run down by some teenaged twit sexting while driving. :rubberchicken:
by TechTMW
Fri Nov 04, 2011 11:21 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Cool Wall
Topic: 2011 Aprilia Mana 850 GT ABS - VOTED: COOL
Replies: 13
Views: 10982

Re: This Week: 2011 Aprilia Mana 850 GT ABS - VOTE NOW

I like the auto trans. It may encourage more people to ride, but I think that it will be a "meh..." kind of a thing for most of the biker crowd. But it may encourage some of the scooter riders out there, and I've ridden automatic scooters and they are fun in their own way!! Hopefully the electronics...
by TechTMW
Thu Nov 03, 2011 6:32 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Cleaning Chrome Exhaust
Replies: 7
Views: 15322

Re: Cleaning Chrome Exhaust

First clean all of the grit off the exhaust when it is COLD :laughing: so you don't scratch the finish on step two. second, get the exhaust real hot again and use a Natural fiber cloth like cotton to scrub off the hopefully remelted plastic. If it's really on there you can also use wood scraper (sin...
by TechTMW
Wed Nov 02, 2011 7:02 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Looking for gear
Replies: 9
Views: 5389

Re: Looking for gear

Man, I'm sorry that you had such a tough time with the Harley shops, but you know, every shop is different so in another area it could have been the BMW dealers that were no funs :) (Of course, not in my area :D ) Good luck finding the bike that's right for you :) Gear - The helmet is a good one. I ...
by TechTMW
Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:11 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Cool Wall
Topic: 2012 Suzuki TU250X - VOTED: COOL
Replies: 27
Views: 17853

Re: This Week: 2012 Suzuki TU250X - VOTE NOW

You're right Mike, but being the type of guy inclined to wrench on things, I'd rather get a nice 250 from the 70s or 80s (tech equivalent to this thing) for an eighth to a quarter of the price :D
by TechTMW
Mon Oct 31, 2011 12:21 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: better bike to cross the country
Replies: 3
Views: 3799

Re: better bike to cross the country

People can go cross country on anything from 50cc scooters to big ol goldwings. And (almost) any bike you get can be retrofit with items to make your trip safer and more enjoyable. So, without really answering your question, I think the biggest determining factor here is COMFORT. On a long distance ...
by TechTMW
Mon Oct 31, 2011 12:13 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Cool Wall
Topic: 2012 Suzuki TU250X - VOTED: COOL
Replies: 27
Views: 17853

Re: This Week: 2012 Suzuki TU250X - VOTE NOW

Rear Drum Brakes? ... Meh.
by TechTMW
Mon Oct 31, 2011 12:05 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Plausible? 2nd car replacement / yacht on 2 wheels in TX
Replies: 14
Views: 6983

Re: Plausible? 2nd car replacement / yacht on 2 wheels in TX

I have an '05 R1200GS. I use it for daily commute and 2-up touring. I just did a 3 week 2-up camping trip from Washington DC to New Orleans and back. Did Blue ridge parkway and the Natchez trace. Depending on your stature (if you have a 31" or longer inseam) An r12gs could also be thrown into your l...
by TechTMW
Mon Oct 31, 2011 11:53 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: I'm knackered
Replies: 2
Views: 1352

Re: I'm knackered

I hear ya brother. It's like herding cats.