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by GS_in_CO
Sun Apr 03, 2016 8:44 pm
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: bike hesitating at high rpm
Replies: 10
Views: 9966

Re: bike hesitating at high rpm

Hesitation at full throttle (not necessarily high RPM) can be due to excessive plug gap (worn plugs - plugs open gap as they age due to metal transfer) or a small gap inside the plug wire. Closed throttle = vacuum in the cylinder = easy for spark to jump the gap. Wide open throttle = cylinder full o...
by GS_in_CO
Fri Apr 01, 2016 7:50 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Highways you'd like to ride...
Replies: 6
Views: 3075

Re: Highways you'd like to ride...

That would be more awesome if you could figure out when there wouldn't be a string of cars blocking the road like in the picture.

I've been looking at Google Earth and thinking that there are a bunch of great backroads around Kellogg, Idaho.
by GS_in_CO
Wed Mar 30, 2016 7:40 am
Forum: The Ladies Lounge
Topic: New Rider!
Replies: 4
Views: 2468

Re: New Rider!

Practice in parking lots, practice in very quiet residential streets, practice in very quiet 2 lane roads. Concentrated on learning the machine really well before venturing into traffic where I knew I needed more brainpower to deal with traffic instead of the machine. Several evenings after getting ...
by GS_in_CO
Sat Mar 26, 2016 7:41 pm
Forum: Start Your Engines - Introduce Yourself
Topic: 1981 honda cb900 exaust questions
Replies: 3
Views: 1889

Re: 1981 honda cb900 exaust questions

Changing exhaust back pressure will change the mixture. You'd have to re-jet the carbs.
by GS_in_CO
Wed Mar 09, 2016 8:30 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: About to be a proud new owner of an 82 Nighthawk 650 as my first bike EVER! So... yeah, kinda excited.
Replies: 23
Views: 6060

Re: About to be a proud new owner of an 82 Nighthawk 650 as my first bike EVER! So... yeah, kinda excited.

Since I last looked at this thread the value of that motorcycle has plummeted as the actual condition is being revealed. If you can't flush brake fluid thru it then chances are that the pistons are rusted because the fluid has never been changed. If the petcock is leaking and the tank is empty not o...
by GS_in_CO
Tue Mar 08, 2016 12:00 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: About to be a proud new owner of an 82 Nighthawk 650 as my first bike EVER! So... yeah, kinda excited.
Replies: 23
Views: 6060

Re: About to be a proud new owner of an 82 Nighthawk 650 as my first bike EVER! So... yeah, kinda excited.

I'd like to know what the seller means when he says he winterized it. Definitions can vary substantially. I would NOT use the fuel that's in the tank at all. Ideally the guy topped off the tank with Stabil-treated fuel, closed the fuel petcock, it doesn't leak at all, and he drained the carbs dry wh...
by GS_in_CO
Tue Mar 08, 2016 9:06 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: About to be a proud new owner of an 82 Nighthawk 650 as my first bike EVER! So... yeah, kinda excited.
Replies: 23
Views: 6060

Re: About to be a proud new owner of an 82 Nighthawk 650 as my first bike EVER! So... yeah, kinda excited.

If it was parked in '09 and hasn't been run then the carbs are probably gummed up and the gas tank may be rusty inside unless the previous owner took pains to properly store it (chances are that this was not done). Treat learning ride as you would treat learning to fly. It looks easy and you may thi...
by GS_in_CO
Tue Feb 09, 2016 9:12 am
Forum: Motorcycle Reviews
Topic: Suzuki GS500F
Replies: 8
Views: 15034

Re: Suzuki GS500F

The OP probably made the decision 8 years ago.
by GS_in_CO
Fri Feb 05, 2016 3:35 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Most Important Gear??
Replies: 29
Views: 9048

Re: Most Important Gear??

Kage909 wrote: Lol A bee? :blink:
Yop a Bee - I hit the east end of a westbound bee with my bare neck one time. Not only a ballistic hit but a sting resulted.

Took a June bug on the helmet once at 55 mph - thought it was a rock!
by GS_in_CO
Thu Feb 04, 2016 8:45 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Most Important Gear??
Replies: 29
Views: 9048

Re: Most Important Gear??

If the vest were ballistic armor it could be dual-use :-) Looks like a good idea. But hands, elbows and knees hit the ground first most of the time (as I understand it).

You're covering more bases than many so you'll do fine. Just don't crash.
by GS_in_CO
Wed Feb 03, 2016 10:24 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Most Important Gear??
Replies: 29
Views: 9048

Re: Most Important Gear??

What's protecting your arms should you go down? What about your legs? How much skin are you prepared to lose? Dress for the crash, not for the ride. I don't know what a CE vest is but sort of assumed it was kind of a jacket. If it's not a jacket, then a jacket with elbow and shoulder protection is ...
by GS_in_CO
Wed Feb 03, 2016 8:17 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Most Important Gear??
Replies: 29
Views: 9048

Re: Most Important Gear??

You might want to include some pants in the list. At least don't ride in shorts. Many people ride in jeans (me included) but recognize that they provide nearly no protection against crashes. When I go out for an all-day ride I wear leather riding pants with hip and knee pads. Of course it's all prob...
by GS_in_CO
Fri Jan 29, 2016 9:39 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Lots of questions for first time rider
Replies: 9
Views: 4182

Re: Lots of questions for first time rider

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by GS_in_CO
Fri Jan 29, 2016 8:46 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Lots of questions for first time rider
Replies: 9
Views: 4182

Re: Lots of questions for first time rider

Enjoy the journey!
by GS_in_CO
Thu Jan 28, 2016 7:15 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Lots of questions for first time rider
Replies: 9
Views: 4182

Re: Lots of questions for first time rider

I don't know the answer about the Learner's Permit. Something to look up on the Colo. DMV site. Pretty good chance it just means you ride alone (no passenger) but don't have to have an escort. That's how it worked in Connecticut when I had a learner's back in the last century. At this point you can ...
by GS_in_CO
Thu Jan 28, 2016 2:08 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Lots of questions for first time rider
Replies: 9
Views: 4182

Re: Lots of questions for first time rider

[quote="CalebTheEternal] 50K? That seems high. I was looking more at under 10k Should I widen my searches to see if I can save some money? It's up to you but the big dependency is how the bike was taken care of. Oil changes, winter storage, etc. Theft prevention. I will have it in a garage at my hou...
by GS_in_CO
Thu Jan 28, 2016 1:29 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Lots of questions for first time rider
Replies: 9
Views: 4182

Re: Lots of questions for first time rider

Another thing to add after thinking about it for awhile. Last year I looked into teaching a young friend of mine to ride. Part of that investigation was seeing how motorcycle endorsements are done here in Colo. What I found is that, in theory, you can either take a written and riding test with the D...
by GS_in_CO
Thu Jan 28, 2016 8:56 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Lots of questions for first time rider
Replies: 9
Views: 4182

Re: Lots of questions for first time rider

I typed out a bunch of answers then previewed it and made a small change then all of it disappeared - dammit! Starting over. I am looking to buy a motorcycle pretty soon and I've been researching around for a while now, and I'm sure I want to get one. With me wanting one I have lots of questions fi...
by GS_in_CO
Thu Jan 14, 2016 8:45 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Can anyone tell me what kind of Bike this is?
Replies: 4
Views: 2798

Re: Can anyone tell me what kind of Bike this is?

And missing front fender and missing airbox and missing plastic fairing/housing from around the headlight.
Also modified/missing rear fender and using non-stock tail light.

Kind of a 'bobber' mod job.
by GS_in_CO
Mon Jan 04, 2016 9:51 am
Forum: Start Your Engines - Introduce Yourself
Topic: New to TMW
Replies: 6
Views: 5613

Re: New to TMW

SLO = ??????