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by flynrider
Tue Apr 26, 2016 10:37 pm
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: GS 450 is possessed
Replies: 12
Views: 5459

Re: GS 450 is possessed

Stuck float on the left carb. Most probably the float needle valve has some gunk in it. It's likely just gasoline that gushes out. The crankcase breather vents into the airbox, so there's usually some oil in the bottom of the airbox. I think you need to pull the left carb, crack it open and clean it...
by flynrider
Mon Aug 02, 2010 7:35 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Scooter stolen...what now?
Replies: 23
Views: 16441

Re: Scooter stolen...what now?

Another resurrection? This guy's scooter was stolen over 3 years ago. It's probably long gone by now.
by flynrider
Thu Jul 29, 2010 8:33 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: How dangerous is lightning on a bike?
Replies: 17
Views: 6792

Re: How dangerous is lightning on a bike?

After this xp I am wondering what is the best thing to do in an electric storm if you are already on the bike? In case you're wondering, yes I'm still here. Being that I got off very lucky (in that the main bolt hit the nearby guardrail), I'm well aware that a direct strike is likely to kill. Over ...
by flynrider
Thu Jul 29, 2010 8:06 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Some things to look out for
Replies: 8
Views: 2942

Re: Some things to look out for

Don't forget to stop in the tire tracks of the lane and not the middle where more oil will be. Better yet, avoid the middle of the lane at all intersections, even if you don't plan on stopping. I learned this the hard way years ago when I was riding down the center and some dufus ran a red light. I...
by flynrider
Thu Jul 29, 2010 7:48 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Your favorite month to ride is...?
Replies: 27
Views: 12829

Re: Your favorite month to ride is...?

It was a tough call between January or February. Temps can be in the upper 70s / lower 80s around that time of year. Perfect for a ride. The summer months are the worst for riding around here (but I do anyway). Lots of sweating and you can burn your hands on the brake and clutch levers if your bike ...
by flynrider
Fri Jun 18, 2010 6:44 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Motorcycle Parking Questions
Replies: 12
Views: 4337

Re: Motorcycle Parking Questions

I figure if someone parks over to one side of a full size space, they don't mind if another bike shares it. I don't mind sharing, so I specifically park off to one side. If you don't want to share your parking space, just park right in the middle and diagonally so another bike won't fit in the space.
by flynrider
Thu May 27, 2010 11:39 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Does carrying a passenger warrant adjusting my chain?
Replies: 17
Views: 6235

Re: Does carrying a passenger warrant adjusting my chain?

I always adjust to the loose end of the spec (30mm on my bike too) regardless of the load. It's loose enough that the chain won't tighten up like a banjo string when the suspension is compressed, yet not so loose that there's any unwanted chain movement. Over the years I noticed that keeping it at t...
by flynrider
Thu May 13, 2010 1:51 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Repair History? Carfox?
Replies: 4
Views: 1300

Re: Repair History? Carfox?

Carfax only does cars and light trucks. No bikes. While there's no guarantee of completeness, I find their reports useful. It's pretty easy to wash the title of a salvaged car, but that info is unlikely to get past the Carfax folks.
by flynrider
Thu May 13, 2010 1:08 pm
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: Restrictors
Replies: 4
Views: 2364

Re: Restrictors

Rev limiters are commonly built into the CDI. It's the best place to do the job. Given that, it's unlikely that such a limiter would only be activated in the top 3 gears. A simple CDI rev limiter merely cuts the spark to one of the cylinders when the rev count reaches a certain point. It would have ...
by flynrider
Thu May 13, 2010 12:58 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: The Idiot's Guide To Dropping A Bike
Replies: 37
Views: 7412

Re: The Idiot's Guide To Dropping A Bike

Hey Flesher, Your profile doesn't say, but if you have a late model Nighthawk ('91-'03) you can still get a centerstand for it. It's the best accessory money you'll ever spend. Let me know if you need the part #. Fortunately, I haven't scratched a bike in nearly 20 yrs. It's not for lack of trying t...
by flynrider
Sun Apr 18, 2010 3:00 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Save the earth, buy a scooter
Replies: 81
Views: 10122

Re: Save the earth, buy a scooter

According to Yamaha, 2010 FZ6R = 43mpg and 2010 TMAX = 47mpg. If you really want to save Mother Earth a CBR125 like csspostal's might make a more significant difference.
by flynrider
Sun Apr 18, 2010 2:40 am
Forum: The Soap Box
Topic: What did you do today...
Replies: 5427
Views: 609343

Re: What did you do today...

Went for a ride in the mountains with the Nighthawk Gang.

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by flynrider
Fri Apr 16, 2010 10:03 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: First time at "highway speeds"
Replies: 15
Views: 4876

Re: First time at "highway speeds"

Here's the pic (Sorry for the thread drift) :

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by flynrider
Fri Apr 16, 2010 5:56 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Motorcycles With Antilock Brakes Have Fewer Fatal Crashes an
Replies: 7
Views: 3095

Re: Motorcycles With Antilock Brakes Have Fewer Fatal Crashe

If you are that good that you can outperfom modern day ABS & TCS, while in a lean, on a pavement with bits of sand I think if you hit the brakes while in a lean on sandy pavement, you're going down no matter what braking system you have. :( Personally, I don't have anything against ABS. I've been r...
by flynrider
Thu Apr 15, 2010 4:57 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: im looking into these bikes here , and suggestions.
Replies: 49
Views: 10604

Re: im looking into these bikes here , and suggestions.

For a first timer looking for a sportbike, I usually recommend the Suzuki GS500F. It's got all the sportbike looks, along with an engine that has the kind of throttle response suitable for learning how to ride. The bike has plenty of power for the street and the highway, but not so much that it will...
by flynrider
Wed Apr 14, 2010 5:10 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: First time at "highway speeds"
Replies: 15
Views: 4876

Re: First time at "highway speeds"

...regardless if it's the 250 or the 750, it's a great one, but I wish honda brought the larger displacements back. You may get your wish. Honda has been teasing folks at motorcycle shows with a CB1100 prototype. It's the retro air cooled inline 4 engine. Until recently, I figured it was one of tho...
by flynrider
Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:37 pm
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: '06 Boulevard S50 electrical issue
Replies: 4
Views: 2246

Re: '06 Boulevard S50 electrical issue

You need to get a decent multimeter (preferably a digital one). In order to test your system you need around .1 volt resolution. A fully charged battery should read 12.4 - 12.6 volts. Attach the leads to the battery and start up the bike. With the rpms above 2000 you should see a reading in the high...
by flynrider
Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:30 pm
Forum: Daily Motorcycle News
Topic: Sanitation truck driver charged in Phoenix motorcycle traged
Replies: 2
Views: 443

Re: Sanitation truck driver charged in Phoenix motorcycle tr

That was a pretty sad event here in Phoenix. That moron ran right through eight bikes stopped at a light. No skid marks. The carnage was pretty ugly.

I hope he rots.
by flynrider
Sun Apr 11, 2010 2:09 am
Forum: Maintenance & Appearance
Topic: Thread repair advice
Replies: 11
Views: 5773

Re: Thread repair advice

I didn't know you were looking for a mechanic down there. I'd have recommended my buddy Derek. He's got plenty of experience with older bikes and was in the Yamaha class with me. He opened Alley Cat Cycles down there and has been looking for more work lately. Thanks for the tip! Looks like a reason...
by flynrider
Fri Apr 09, 2010 8:36 pm
Forum: Maintenance & Appearance
Topic: Thread repair advice
Replies: 11
Views: 5773

Re: Thread repair advice

Now I remember why I hadn't visited a motorcycle mechanic in the last 25 yrs. So, I called around all over town looking for a bike shop that will install a Time-Sert in my #3 plug hole. Half the shops didn't want to touch the bike since it was more than 10 yrs. old. Of those remaining, most did not ...