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  1. That looks like it would work. It's not as pretty as the Lightech, but it's half the price and only a chain adjuster after all.
  2. I'm having the typical problem with my OEM chain adjusters because they are made from case hardened swiss cheese. I like the design of the Lightech adjusters, but they're $260 which seems a bit much. I found a vendor on Amazon named Waase that advertised a similar-looking adjuster for only $50 so I ordered those. Alas, they don't fit, not even close. The vendor gave me a prompt refund so I can't complain too hard. Any other options out there? Or do I need to just invest in the Lightechs? (Note - please no eBay links. They pissed me off years ago and are on my poop list.)
  3. Since you haven't bought an Aerostich yet, I'll take this opportunity to mention that unless you want to get the R-3 the two-piece Roadcrafter is the better all around choice. This saddlebag storage issue is just one of many reasons. I have 40L Hepco Becker bags, and even with the back protector removed I don't think my R-3 would fit in one. My old two piece Roadcrafter could zip apart and fit no problem. The two piece is also more waterproof, easier to use with heated gear, more customizable, and (surprisingly) is easier to put on. There are countless other advantages. I had a two-piece Roadcrafter for 19 years and not once did I wish it was a one piece. I've had my one-piece R-3 for three years now, and I frequently find myself wishing I could split it in two.
  4. Nice ride! The weather has indeed been crazy. Last week I left beautiful weather in Oregon to encounter grey skies and rain in San Diego. Go figure.
  5. Glad you made it home safe. Heal well!
  6. Welcome! I live in Oregon but travel to San Diego frequently for work. (In fact I'm here now.) Lovely place.
  7. That's been part of my excuse. I still have a quart of BMW transmission oil (80w-90 gear oil) leftover from the K-bike I sold 19 years ago. I've been using it as chain lube ever since and it's only just now almost empty. At this rate I should only need to buy one more quart of gear oil for the rest of my life.
  8. Well said. And I think your post begs the question: if you can't possibly appreciate an R6 on the street, why bother with an R1? My brain says the R6 is fine. But some other part of me says, "Effing wheelies man!" Not rational. But if I were truly rational I would have just bought a Prius.
  9. keithu

    Berryessa GP

    Those are some great roads. Well, except I-80 of course.
  10. I'm not sure three is enough motorcycles.
  11. At some point I'd like to get something sportier as a second play bike. But depending on my daily mood swing I may want a Thruxton, Daytona 765, R1, MV Agusta F3, FTR1200, or Vitpilen 701. This probably seems like an eclectic group to cross shop.
  12. It should also be said that many 600 supersport bikes used to be versatile street bikes. Think of the CBR600f2, ZX6E, YZF600... You could race those bikes or sport tour on them. I don't think many people would want to ride cross country on a modern R6.
  13. Sometimes I take this scenic route home from work. In the summer I can stop in for a pint at the Rogue Brewery hop farm.
  14. Thanks! I liked the Hepco Becker bags because they kind of reminded me of the BMW system bags I had on my old K-bike. Plus, at the time I bought them the US Shad importer had some serious customer service issues. Four years on I think they look kind of dated. And they're only about 95% waterproof. If I were buying new bags today I'd probably get something else.
  15. The 600cc supersport is a classic victim of its own success. When the class started in the '80s these middleweight sporty bikes were built to a price, so there was a significant cost jump from a 600 to a 750 or beyond. But they were front line race bikes that almost anyone could afford. As the 600s moved upscale to be more race competitive, the prices got closer to bigger bikes, so today the typical street only rider is going to look at an R6 or GSXR600 and decide it makes sense to spend just a little more for the liter bike. In terms of spec and price, the FZ6R and CBR650 are closer to what the 600 class used to be. But those aren't used in racing so many buyers will dismiss them as "not real sportbikes."