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by jmillheiser
Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:24 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Are we experiencing a "practical bike" renaissance?
Replies: 38
Views: 13203

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

Yeah I think the manufacturers finally realized that selling nothing but big cruisers and super sports had basically priced themselves out of the current US market. In Harley's case, their traditional buyers are starting to die off from old age, the exact same problem Cadillac had 10-15 years ago, c...
by jmillheiser
Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:01 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Harley-Davidson's New Steet Line - Street 500 and Street 750
Replies: 18
Views: 6047

Re: Harley-Davidson's New Steet Line - Street 500 and Street

It reminds me of a cross between the street rod and a the XR1200. Harley could have a real winner here if they ride as good as they look. The price is quite reasonable and comparable to other entry level cruisers. I think Harley finally realized that the 883 while being fairly cheap, wasn't particul...
by jmillheiser
Mon Sep 09, 2013 4:39 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Hell Hath Frozen Over - 2014 Harley-Davidsons get water cool
Replies: 22
Views: 5218

Re: Hell Hath Frozen Over - 2014 Harley-Davidsons get water

Isn't it just the two Electra Glide models that get the water-cooled (well, partially water-cooled) engine. Interestingly, water-cooling isn't even mentioned in the press notes http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/motorcycles/2014models/2014-Harley-Davidson-FLHTCU-UltraClassicElectraGlide.htm They certai...
by jmillheiser
Tue Aug 13, 2013 11:49 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Does anyone still make a 400cc-500cc cruiser?
Replies: 5
Views: 8816

Re: Does anyone still make a 400cc-500cc cruiser?

I believe that the vulcan 500 actually has more power than a H-D 883, it is actually a fast little bike. After some time on the 250 pretty much any cruiser between 650cc and 900cc would be a good upgrade from the 250. V-Star 650, V-Star Bolt, V-Star 950, Vulcan 750, 800, 900, Suzuki S50, C50, M50, H...
by jmillheiser
Thu Aug 08, 2013 5:21 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Too big for sport bike?
Replies: 9
Views: 3997

Re: Too big for sport bike?

Thanks for the replies guys. Iv looked at the adventure type bikes, but I really can't stand the looks of them. They would actually probably be ideal for the back country roads riding im interested in, but I just don't care for them. I went down to the local Honda dealership today and looked around...
by jmillheiser
Thu Aug 08, 2013 5:03 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Commuting by motorcycle is good for EVERYONE.
Replies: 8
Views: 3245

Re: Commuting by motorcycle is good for EVERYONE.

A modern bike with a catalyst in the exhaust might be a tad cleaner than a car, but any older bike without one is going to put out more emissions than a late model car.
by jmillheiser
Thu Aug 08, 2013 4:53 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Yamaha Crossplane vs. Yamaha Triple
Replies: 7
Views: 2118

Re: Yamaha Crossplane vs. Yamaha Triple

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2B4bNds5ts ^^This is the new Yamaha. Sounds pretty much the same as the street triple. Big question, will it match the street triple's induction sound :D http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3GkaO1moWI (this video gives you some idea of how nice the street triple's inducti...
by jmillheiser
Thu Oct 25, 2012 10:13 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Are we experiencing a "practical bike" renaissance?
Replies: 38
Views: 13203

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

If there has been I certainly haven't seen it around here. Have seen a grand total of ONE street triple and one Ninja 1000 (the new one) and a few ninja 650s and SV650s in town, and the odd bandit or UJM but thats about it for standards. Its still mostly harleys around here. Pretty much the same thi...
by jmillheiser
Thu Oct 25, 2012 10:05 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: victory does it overheat?
Replies: 5
Views: 2975

Re: victory does it overheat?

I have never heard of a modern air cooled bike overheating aside from the odd ducati monster idling in traffic for too long. certainly have never seen a cruiser overheat (though I suppose if you bumped the compression ratio up enough on a modded harley motor you could probably overheat it at idle). ...
by jmillheiser
Thu Oct 25, 2012 9:58 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Cruisers and gravel roads
Replies: 23
Views: 7790

Re: Cruisers and gravel roads

SlimColo would disagree with you here. I've met him in person and he's a ton of miles on a Sportster with dual sport tires cruising the dirt roads of CO. That would be a sight to see. I could see some of the taller mid-mount sportsters making interesting "dual sportsters". the wrecked one I saw was...
by jmillheiser
Thu Oct 25, 2012 9:51 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: New Michigan Motorcycle Helmet Law
Replies: 3
Views: 1488

Re: New Michigan Motorcycle Helmet Law

Dont expect much enforcement. I don't think most police are going to bother pulling over every helmetless biker they see to check their insurance coverage.
by jmillheiser
Fri Oct 12, 2012 8:20 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Now up: 2012 Honda CB1100 - A very special section on TMW
Replies: 10
Views: 3348

Re: Now up: 2012 Honda CB1100 - A very special section on TM

I don't know see how 60kmph and 80mph (129 kmph) are even remotely similar or comparable. :boat: In fact your statement actually strengthens the argument of bikes getting the best gas mileage at 60 kmph constant. I cant really think of anywhere that you would ride at 60kmph constantly, at least in ...
by jmillheiser
Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:37 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Cruisers and gravel roads
Replies: 23
Views: 7790

Re: Cruisers and gravel roads

I think its low center of gravity bikes in general. There is a reason why dirt bikes have a high center of gravity. The wrecked sportster I came across a couple of months ago is probably good testament that harleys dont belong on dirt (dirt track bikes excepted of course). I was coming back to my ca...
by jmillheiser
Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:29 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Now up: 2012 Honda CB1100 - A very special section on TMW
Replies: 10
Views: 3348

Re: Now up: 2012 Honda CB1100 - A very special section on TM

That's at a constant 60kmph, which is pretty much the speed that most bikes get their best fuel consumption. I think this really depends on the bike. My old Bandit 600 got its best mpg while I was thrashing it down twisty backroads (rpms varying between 7-10k constantly) and got its worst cruising ...
by jmillheiser
Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:39 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Optimal speed for lowest consumption of gas?
Replies: 37
Views: 10441

Re: Optimal speed for lowest consumption of gas?

your bike doesn't have a tachometer? basically you wanna keep your rpms low, shift early, don't accelerate hard. This depends on the engine. My bandit 600 would get its best fuel economy while wailed on hard in a canyon (working between 6-10k rpm constantly), I would get about 55mpg in the canyons,...
by jmillheiser
Fri Jul 22, 2011 3:02 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Are rider denim pants worth two squats?
Replies: 9
Views: 4045

Re: Are rider denim pants worth two squats?

I know one guy off another forum who had a bike vs deer at 50mph and was wearing the icon jeans. The jeans did their job and he was only bruised but not road rashed on his legs other than a tiny bit of minor rash at the edge of the coverage areas. His worst injury from that crash was some rash on hi...
by jmillheiser
Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:38 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Your weight and bikes
Replies: 34
Views: 8577

Re: Your weight and bikes

I've also found that the seating position on a standard (like the bandit) is more accomodating for a wider range of riders.
by jmillheiser
Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:29 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: A scene from today's ride
Replies: 10
Views: 3557

Re: A scene from today's ride

Gotta make winter fun somehow.
by jmillheiser
Tue Jan 11, 2011 2:48 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: 2012 Hyundai Veloster inspired by sport bike design..?
Replies: 8
Views: 3815

Re: 2012 Hyundai Veloster inspired by sport bike design..?

I like that it gets better fuel economy than the CRZ (which gets terrible fuel economy for a hybrid) without the expensive and heavy hybrid drive. I need to see one in person to really get a grasp on its looks. the technology is very impressive, GDI and a DSG transmission on whats basically a sporty...
by jmillheiser
Tue Jan 11, 2011 2:27 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Your weight and bikes
Replies: 34
Views: 8577

Re: Your weight and bikes

At 5'10" and around 100kg my bandit 600 fit me about perfectly. I find I fit well on most street bikes, I guess im fairly close to the "average" size they design them around. Though I find the larger harleys (road kings and glides) to be almost a tad large for me (guess the average harley rider is a...