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  1. I picked up one of these at Iron Pony last night. Seems like a solidly built (DOT & ECE, but not SNELL) helmet and I couldn't pass up the $79 price. Sizing runs on the snug side. I usually wear a L but XL fit better in this. I got the red/white/black one. It was 24o this morning so no ride report. Maybe Friday... https://www.ironpony.com/ipd/pl.asp/c3/Full-Face-Helmets/c2/Helmets/c1/Street-Products/Brand/Fly-Racing
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    Funny picture thread.

  3. You guys know what to do... https://mobiloil.com/en/promotion/mobil-promotions/mobil-1-rebate-2019
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    Sounds like you have broad hands like I do. If the fingers are the right length, they're too tight at the thumb. I bought a pair of IXS RS 200 X gauntlet gloves at Iron Pony last spring and they fit my fat hands like I want them to. I liked them so well I bought a second pair a month later. They run really small - I think I bought 2X but they fit really nice. Looks like IP still has them on clearance for $45. https://www.ironpony.com/ipd/pi.asp/ImageName/RS200_GLV.JPG/Brand/IXS/c2/Riding-Gloves/c3/Street-Gloves-Mens/c1/Street-Products/KitKey2/RS-200-X-Gloves
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    Fly Racing Conquest Helmet Closeout $79 at Iron Pony

    Thanks for the boots idea, durk. I went back today to look at the JR boots but my high arched feet wouldn't fit inside anything close to my size. Got Firstgear short boots instead for $20 more. Sizing issues (waist/length ratio) kept me from buying the IXS pants but I got a summer jacket for under $80. Of course I was $3 away from a free tshirt so I threw in a coffee mug at checkout.
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    Funny picture thread.

    'bout time
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    Funny picture thread.

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    Funny picture thread.

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    Used tire traction test (cars)

    As a former Michelin engineer, I found this very interesting. It's not often I watch an entire 20 min video.
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    Craigslist, eBay, Internet find thread

    Looks like a dual sport version of the RZ250. With sticky street tires it would be a hoot to ride at the gap. 18" front might be a problem. For $1500 US, it's a good deal if you want a 2 stroke. Those things are getting rarer all the time. I wish I still had my old RD. Too bad about the color though. I'd probably piss off the purists and make a naked hooligan bike out of it for that price.
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    What did you do to your bike today?

    We were planning to use the 20 ton hoist but the safety guys locked it out before they left for the OSHA class. 😕 Rear tire is on, we'll balance it on afternoon break in about 20 mins.
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    What did you do to your bike today?

    Yesterday I brought my HF tire changer to work and set it up out of the way in the corner of the shop. At lunchtime I helped a buddy change the front tire on his Ninja 650. He doesn't have a front lift that will work with the fairing so we put a strap around the upper triple and lifted it with the forklift! Should have got a pic... We knew we could get away with it because our two safety guys were at an OSHA class all day!!! 😀 He brought the rear wheel in today and well do that one at morning break.
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    2019 Katana at Intermot Today

    I searched because I thought I saw a thread about this recently but here's info on the official debut at Intermot. Lots of pics on the "View Gallery" link. Looks like it'll be a GSX-S underneath with vaguely Katanaesque bodywork. Can't say I don't like it, but I was hoping for more... https://newatlas.com/2019-suzuki-katana-launch/56565/
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    FTR1200 Released

    4.0" x2.9" so pretty much oversquare. Peak torque at 6KRPM so 125hp must happen quite a bit higher up.
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    FTR1200 Released

    Mine has had everything short of cylinder machine work done to it. Holeshot header & slipon, Holeshot stage 2 jet kit, and both GSX-R cams. Here's what Dale Walker's dyno showed on his similarly built Bandit (but no cams on Dale's for this series of pulls) I had mine on a dyno once when the Dynojet guy was at Mid-Ohio for the AMA races. It pulled 115hp (Stage 1 & slipon at the time) but the dyno guy wasn't taking time to attach a spark sensor so no direct RPM and torque measured. However, my hp curve was shapes similar to Dale's and would imply at least 80-90 ft-lbs in that state of tune. I think you were selling your Bandit short. My surprise at the FTR's torque numbers was because I expected they'd put a v-twin tractor motor in it with peak torque at 3KRPM like another US bike maker does. The difference between the FTR's torque & hp numbers implies that it revs more like a Ducati than a Harley. Could be a fun motor.
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    FTR1200 Released

    Nope, only 85 ft-lbs @6000 rpm - my 17 year old Bandit does that! And 43o lean angle? I guess it really doesn't need sportbike wheels & tires.
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    FTR1200 Released

    Agree! Lack of 17" wheels is a deal breaker IMO.
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    What did you do to your bike today?

    Wifey says the door is good now. New spring and cables. Apparently the garage door guy commented on my bike. Her text after: "You would have enjoyed the 5 minute motorcycle discussion more than I did."
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    What did you do to your bike today?

    I put it safely in the back of my garage so the garage door guy can change the spring today. I would be riding it if I could get the &^%&$(# door open!
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    ABS vs Non-ABS

    I watched 2 friends crash right in front of me from locking up the rear entering a corner, then releasing it and highsiding. ABS would probably have saved both crashes. Would have helped this guy too https://jalopnik.com/racer-who-grabbed-another-riders-brake-lever-could-be-i-1828964861
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    What did you do to your bike today?

    Got the old tires dismounted from the old wheels so I could weigh them to compare to the new Galespeed wheels. Best scale I have is a digital bathroom scale but it seems to be weighing consistently. Weights are in lbs. Stock B12 Hayabusa Galespeed --------- -------- --------- Front 10.6 11.0 8.8 Rear 14.0 12.0 Cush 4.5 1.2 The biggest difference I notice is the 20% reduction in the front. It feels a lot quicker to turn in and generally more nimble (if you can call just under 500 lb nimble). The rear is a lot lighter at 28% but a big chunk of that is the cush drive. A few more pics - 1st shows how much sleeker the rear hub & cush are, 2nd is where I drank my coffee every morning in Murphy waiting for the fog to lift, 3rd is a 4 day old Michelin Power RS.
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    Snap on tools and misc stuff

    Do you seriously need a 10mm socket or was that just an excuse to post the meme? The only piece of Snap-On I own is a 1/4" drive 10mm socket - don't have any idea how it came to live with the Craftsman stuff in my toolbox. If you need it, PM me and you can have it.
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    Post Labor Day BRP and Gap trip

    I was on the southernmost 10 mi of the BRP on Aug 21st and it had recently been chip-sealed. Road had not been striped at that time and there was not a huge amount of loose stone, but enough for concern. I'm not sure how far north the new paving goes, we turned around at Balsam Mountain picnic area. Have a safe trip.
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    What did you do to your bike today?

    Thanks, howabusa. You won't find another like it! I've had it since new, never let any shop touch it, and I've never stopped modifying it.
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    What did you do to your bike today?

    Took a picture of it today since the sun was finally shining. Wednesday I put the new Galespeed wheels on with new Michelin Power RS tires. They look great but I haven't ridden on them enough to be able to give a ride report. Leaving in the morning for Murphy, NC so I'll have lots of opportunities to try them out. Front wheel weighs 8.8 lbs Rear wheel weighs 12.0 lbs Cush adapter weighs 1.2 lbs vs 4.5 lbs for the cush parts from the stock wheel. I haven't had time to dismount the old tires to get wheel weights for comparison.