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Motorcycles BS Thread 2.0

Discussion in 'Motorcycles' started by Sacrifice, Mar 8, 2016.

  1. Oct 26, 2023 at 5:42 PM
    nd4spdbh

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    I thought about turning on my heated grips just now at 66deg. Haha. *Kissy face*



    Also back to the two Japanese Honda 50cc scooters I picked up. Everything seems to be minty (insane that rubber from 30yrs ago is still playable etc, they don't build em like they used to). Bout the only issue is gas left in the tank ended up turning to varnish VERY BAD (I initially thought rust)

    MULTIPLE cleanings of the first one I have dug into and I THINK *fingers crossed* it will be good from here on out. Fresh gas rejuvenated things inside the tank and turned black in a night, clogging everything fuel tank to carb. That gas will get disposed of as I wouldn't even subject my ole lawnmowers Briggs its that disgusting. Quick flush of carb, fuel pump (lil vacuum operated guy works fantastic), and fuel filter and all is good.

    The one I have gone through fires up on the second half assed kick after sitting out in the "cold" (50 deg) all night and purrs like a kitten. Does 30mph uphill, 40 down, 35 on the flat right on spec haha.

    Part of me wants to keep one to go to the grocery store beer runs 3/4 of a mile away.

    But I already have a Grom I haven't ridden in multiple weeks. (Sorry lil guy)

    BUUUUUUT (trying to justify having more 2 wheeled things, I know I can count on you guys to help me see the light), this thing wouldn't have registration, insurance, or a care in the world about leaving out key in the ignition out front to just hop on and go. Hmmmmm
     
  2. Oct 26, 2023 at 7:17 PM
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    The longer you keep it the classic-er it gets and therefor the more it's worth. It'd be an investment to keep it, and a poor financial decision to get rid of it now :cheers:
     
  3. Oct 26, 2023 at 10:12 PM
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    What eventually happens to fuel tanks (inside) on old motorcycles. We are having one of those 1/4 tank vs empty discussions in another thread. I'm an empty'r myself.

    I haven't ridden a moto I learned to brake with my left hand.
     
  4. Oct 27, 2023 at 3:55 AM
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    Ridiculously close call this morning on the way to work. Just left the house to head to work, turned on to the main road and gone a couple hundred yards at most when I saw/sensed movement on my left. 6 point buck jumped right out in front of and crossed the road. Thank God for my extra lighting that I'd noticed something and rolled off the throttle grabbing a handful of brake. I don't think there were 2 feet of space between our paths. Heart rate still elevated, haven't checked underwear.

    This is very near the location I hit a deer on my Buell 20 years ago.
     
  5. Oct 27, 2023 at 5:08 AM
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    Need one of these.


    Energy-absorber.jpg
     
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  6. Oct 27, 2023 at 6:12 AM
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    Times like this morning are where I can easily justify the expensive auxiliary lighting set up on my bike. I can honestly say if all I'd had was my regular stock headlight I seriously don't believe I would have had as much warning as what I did.

    Back in June when a friend and I did an Iron Butt ride to MI and back I lead most of the overnight hours and after we got home he told his wife he was going to be ordering lights. He couldn't get over how much brighter it was and how much further down the road we could see because of them. Almost thinking I should send Clearwater a thank you card after this morning.
     
  7. Oct 27, 2023 at 6:15 AM
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  8. Oct 27, 2023 at 6:17 AM
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    Play stupid games...
     
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  9. Oct 27, 2023 at 6:21 AM
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    I have never been a huge lighting guy, but after seeing the difference b/t the LED in my Rally and the old headlight from the DRZ.......I'm a believer
    :eek:
     
  10. Oct 27, 2023 at 6:41 AM
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    Getting out for a ride in a little while (been weeks) for an eye appointment. After that, the ride takes me where it takes me. Do i have other things that need to be done…. Yes! Don’t care if they get done. Hells no!

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  11. Oct 27, 2023 at 7:16 AM
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    I've dived into LED lighting on motorcycles, mainly because the stock KTM light was pathetic. It look a couple tries to come up with something that worked well and was durable/waterproof for my use.

    This was ver 1.0, extremely bright and adjustable from spot to wide angle in seconds. I used the heads from 2 small high powered flashlights and installed my own driver instead of the ones out of the flashlight. It worked great, unfortunately it also leaked water around the o-rings that seal the sliding mechanism that focuses the beam. That wouldn't cut it.
    Ver 1.0
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    I found some pods that use 10W Cree XML LEDs, same LED BD uses in their similar pods. In fact they're close enough that the wide angle and colored lenses from the BD pods fit these lights with a slight filing of the corners of the lense, they're plastic so that part is pretty simple and took about a min per lense with a dremel. Since this was the primary light I installed on wide angle lense and left one a spot. Low beam is wide angle and is easily adjusted so it doesn't blind the oncoming traffic. I measured the wattage and it's 17W per pod, that's 3W less then the advertised amount but IMO that's good, they aren't being driven at 100% which can be hard on the light and driver electronics. On high it's both lights and it'll blind a driver but again the light can be adjusted to be low enough to not blind oncoming drivers especially if they're mounted low.

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    You can see how they work at night in this video. For the price they can't be beat.

    O liked them enough I built another for my XC.
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  12. Oct 27, 2023 at 7:25 AM
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    ive always liked bright lights lol cant stand dull ones. but that comes from working 2nd shift for years
     
  13. Oct 27, 2023 at 7:27 AM
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    I drove a TJ for 9yrs with sealed beamed headlights. My first car was a 65 Mustang.........so I've never had good lighting :rofl:......and I worked nightshift for 15yrs :eek:
     
  14. Oct 27, 2023 at 7:32 AM
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    I only added them initially when I got into long distance rallying. Depending on the event and where the bonus locations take you it's easy to end up riding in BumF**k middle of nowhere at 2 or 3 am so you'd better be able to see. Most of the "top dogs" in that field are running major lighting so I looked at what they were using and as the budget allowed went that direction. Painful but ultimately worth it.
     
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  15. Oct 27, 2023 at 7:34 AM
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    Sounds like the perfect case of buy once, cry once.
     
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  16. Oct 27, 2023 at 7:43 AM
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    Might have cried a little more than once, probably about 2 paychecks is closer to it.
     
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  17. Oct 27, 2023 at 7:49 AM
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    Tears dry :D
     
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  18. Oct 27, 2023 at 7:51 AM
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    man to hell with that haha
     
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  19. Oct 27, 2023 at 8:01 AM
    gixxerphil

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    Case of never missing what you didn't have :D
     
  20. Oct 27, 2023 at 8:07 AM
    Calamity_taco

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    haha i guess!
     
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