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sirepair last won the day on October 21 2019

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  1. Stick a knife in it and say you ran over an armadillo and was lucky to survive!
  2. I tried on the demo version of the new Alpine Star vest, which can be worn under ANY riding jacket. They inflate it with an air compressor so you can feel how it would work. It is designed to run 30 hours on a charge, and can be recharged via micro-USB connection. It uses 2 argon canisters to inflate in 20ms. The canisters can be replaced (send it in to them) if the bladder is not damaged. It has 3 accelerometers and 3 gyros and a microprocessor that runs their algorithms to determine if/when to fire. Again, works under ANY jacket (take out your existing back pad) and retails for $699. I'm seriously considering one.
  3. I've added Dual USB Charger/Voltmeter (about $12) on my left handlebar and some cheap LED driving lights mounted to the Givi engine guards.
  4. That sucks! Hopefully your insurance will help you out. Take it to a dealer and have them do an estimate. Will likely be totalled. Check with your insurance about coverage for your gear. If you have coverage and receipts some insurance will replace your gear. What you do next is up to you. Do you have skills and tools to repair or are you "done" with it. You could also consider parting it out. You might come out financially good doing that. Best of luck, whatever you decide!
  5. CycleWorld took their long-term test Tracer GT and went to a race track. Nick Ienatsch and friends had a good time goofing off making the video and the goo proved itself a worthy STeed! Enjoy!
  6. Lil ride in Southern Ohio yesterday. Fall colors are not great, but I don't think it has peaked yet.
  7. Welcome to the forum! Nicely done on the top box mount!
  8. Sounds too familiar to me...
  9. The wife has been on back of my FJ maybe 5 times for about a total of 100 miles. The passenger peg position appears to be set for 12 year old contortionists. By comparison, we just returned from a 1200 mile, 5 day trip on my ST1100.
  10. Wish I could have attended, but the star alignment was way outa' wack! Sounds like you had an outstanding time! Pics or it didn't happen....
  11. My kinda winter! Nice ride!
  12. Sorry to hear the TPMS didn't work out, and your sheckles were returned. I too had issues configuring the settings on the Cyclops units I installed, but finally have them sorted. I prefer the bike-powered units so I don't have to mess with charging them. The "T" valves I installed also simplify use as you don't have to remove the sensor to add or release air. I think these are an outstanding addition to any bike, well worth the $$ and setup confusion to have such important info readily accessable. Could be lifesaving! And the "distraction" of having the display there will wear off after a while, until a flashing red led notifies you of a pressure drop!
  13. The "tool kit" supplied is about as close to worthless as possible! But the other issue is that there is little room on the bike to store a decent kit. I'm a firm believer that it's better to have and not need, then to need and not have, especially when it comes to setting on the side of the road with a mechanical issue! So I build my tool kits as I work on my bike. I want to have all the tools to remove covers, wheels, and make adjustments and repairs that I can, including plugging and inflating a tire. Which is why I built an under-tail storage box. Most won't care for the looks of it, but I'm more concerned with function than form. This allows me to take my "proper" tool kit with me.
  14. I rode the Niken, KTM 1290 Super Duke and Africa Twin DCT. Niken was so familiar feeling with the driveline. Front felt heavy (expected), compared to the FJ, but very planted. I was able to get the rear to step out a bit on a hard left, but the TCS did its bit and squelched that. I'm sure it could really carve up some twisties, especially on rough roads or poor pavement. An interesting exercise in engineering. 1290 SD has an amazing mill! Comes on hard and wants to rev. Plenty of brakes to back up the engine. Suspension was a bit harsh for riding about the crappy streets of Cbus, but would have likely been good for a track day! Rider's triangle too sporty for my old bones! Wanted to ride the GT, but it was booked up. I enjoyed the AT DCT the most, and if looking for an additional bike, it would likely be on the short list. DCT works well, motor makes great torque and spins up quickly. Has a nice growl to it. Triangle was good but the reach to the ground was far for my 30" inseam, on my tip-toes at each stop. Seat wasn't too bad for a stock Honda seat, but I only spent about 30 minutes on it. I ran it to several riders that have attended the event we host in June, and enjoyed milling about checking some of the wares the vendors brought. Great way to spend a day!
  15. I'll be there Saturday morning. Haven't decided if I'm riding the FJ or ST. I'm going to try the Niken if possible, maybe an Africa Twin. Wonder if they will have the Kawasaki H2 there?