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General Chatter / Re: Video of Kawi 750 Mach IV factory assembly
« on: July 24, 2020, 04:13:48 PM »
Wow that was really amazing. One of my holy grail bikes.

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Turning Wrenches / Re: Hydraulic clutch conversion
« on: July 23, 2020, 03:41:02 PM »
Sounds like a plan!  :righteous:

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Turning Wrenches / Re: Mystery doohicky
« on: July 23, 2020, 02:54:45 PM »
Ha,ha. Good question I asked myself then forgot about. It's on the RD250 as well. Not that it needs it.  :whistle:

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Turning Wrenches / Re: Hydraulic clutch conversion
« on: July 23, 2020, 02:50:01 PM »
That would be sweet, wish I had access to a bridgeport. Loving the stock unit on my Superduke. Incidently where the clutch cable connects to that springy pusher that one can adjust on the side cover I wasn't able to loosen budge the nut bolt as I recall, just totally frozen even after soaking it with wd40. In my case I think it would be less hassle to get another cover to mess with it, yeah my only adjustments as of now for cable slack is at the perch :whistle:

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General Chatter / Re: What did you do to your 2T today?
« on: July 19, 2020, 01:41:05 PM »
Busted a tooth; lessons learned.



Wow, how did that happen?

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General Chatter / Re: Don't buy these bearings for your RD400
« on: July 17, 2020, 08:50:45 PM »
Good heads up. Yeah FSA is a big name in the bicycle industry. They make or is it brand and sell?...a whole lotta headset bearings(steering stem in motorcycle speak) as well as bottom bracket bearings(again crank in motorcycle speak)...LOL. :whistle:

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Myself, I haven't had any problems with Harley riders. Maybe it's because I have a Dyna too. Most of the older bikers I've met seem to appreciate my rides. In fact, a local HD club is doing a spaghetti feed fund raiser soon and I plan on riding there on a RD.
I do try to avoid conversation with the KTM crowd though. I think they stay up all night remembering the specs on their bikes so they can recite them to anyone on 2 wheels.

Ha,ha well  I suppose you can count me in with that lot as I just got me a new to me 2016 1290 Superduke GT. Got her because she's "the beast"....I was sold on the 100 ft. lbs. of torque and handlebars and hardbags. Really it's just a whole different bike to ride. Funny thing is after riding the katoom I will get on either my rd250 or my k61k and they both seem very small and have a completely different feel regarding the gearboxes and brakes. I owned the gsxr1000 long before the RD  but immediately feel in love with the RD's stock bolt upright riding position. Thus inspiration for the katoom sport tourer which truly is a bench setting state of the art bike. Ironically I love the look of Harleys but that katoom will eat them alive for breakfast, lunch and dinner and have me feeling fresh like daisy every day.

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General Chatter / Re: Vitos RD350 crankshaft
« on: July 14, 2020, 05:39:18 PM »
I'd also add on to what I said earlier that Vito's has made quite a name for themselves regarding mods for the Banshee quads. I also exclusively use the Walmart Supertech oil as well as the stock injection system. Knock wood tough as nails motor with no headaches. I do backroad cruising locally with my bike and try as much as possible to keep her ripping on the pipe :bacon: :evil2: :bacon: I like to do hour long moto's once a week at best but I got other bikes too so more like once a month. She seems to love it.

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General Chatter / Re: Vitos RD350 crankshaft
« on: July 14, 2020, 05:31:12 PM »
Yeah I put one in my RD250 last year, a bit over a year ago. I got about 1300 miles on her with no issues. I'm no expert I just needed to straighten out some lean running issues on my bike and the cases had never been split so I figured I'd change the crank seals and just started throwing more money at it because I can afford to. LOL. Honestly I didn't want to split the cases again should there be something amiss with the crank so I figured it cheap insurance. Seems like a nice part for the money and a great alternative to finding that right guy who can rebuild the original crank. Good luck

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General Chatter / Re: VP Fuels...
« on: July 08, 2020, 04:16:22 PM »
Yeah I really can't say if stabilizer works or not. I guess I just do it as it's recommended and I haven't had issues using it. So I fired up the RD and took her for a 10 mile ride after she had been sitting for about 6 weeks. She fired on the third kick and no hiccups at all whilst running. I guess I'll count my blessings.  :vroom:

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General Chatter / Re: Yamaha Day
« on: July 07, 2020, 06:39:47 PM »
Ha,ha happy belated birthday :toot:! Ironically I bought my lil RD250 on my local bike shop's Yamaha day three years ago. It was a barn find discovered by the bike shop owner and put on display for years on the second floor of the shop. He wheeled it out just to sorta market the line up of new bikes that day, a total spoof putting a for sale sign on it. He told me he didn't expect someone to come waltzing in and say I want it but I did!

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General Chatter / Re: Hit & Run
« on: July 07, 2020, 06:36:01 PM »
The biker claimed he was thrown 200 feet and walked away with minor injury  :eek:  Surely he must've been wearing some decent riding gear and thrown/landed just right. What a lucky dude!

I can't stress wearing protective riding gear enough. It's a challenge sometimes with the summer heat but what would the result be otherwise?...probably be road pizza and them some.  :bacon:

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General Chatter / Re: VP Fuels...
« on: July 07, 2020, 06:29:49 PM »
We don't have easily accessible ethanol free gas where I live so I just run the premium mixed with stabilizer. Run a tank of that thru the bike at the end of the season and fill tank with the same. I don't even drain the carbs. Bike may sit for five months and she will still fire right up at will. Now that I'm the proud owner of a KTM Superduke GT I think I'm gonna have to keep the stabil in the gas at all times in the RD as I just don't ride it enough but that was part of the point of getting another bike so I don't burn out my little two fiddy rocket.  :vroom:

So what do you guys think of stabilizer?... seems to do what it's made for...

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Show Off / Re: Waking A Couple From Their Winter Slumber
« on: June 30, 2020, 08:29:54 AM »
I thought the V Due would sound way cooler than that.

Agreed. It was the first video I watched and I like the sound of the RG better both at idle and with a bit of revs. I'm also sure the Vdue would sound better moving at a spirited clip or at least I hope because....Well I just turned 46 earlier this month and I remember a time long before the internet when the Bimota 500 Vdue was a huge sensation within the sportbike world. I used to be a subscriber to the Cycle World magazine and they had a really nice write up on the bike when it came out. For me personally it was new and different and growing up with a drivers license in the USA in the nineties we the public just didn't have street legal two strokes. At the time I really didn't know much about what was already out there like the RG500. I think the only bikes I was faintly aware of were the RZ's and mostly at the age and time of life all I could afford was a beat up KZ550 and then there was  the CB500T. I eventually aspired to own a 84' Ninja900 when I was like 22.  LOL but the point is street legal two strokes were kinda exotic and expensive and I just really didn't know much about the seventies bikes. \

When I saw that VDUE for the first time though, it was a dream and all I could think about was how awesome it would be to legally ride a two stroke motocross bike as that's what I likened it too.

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The 4-Stroke Blasphemy Forum / Re: My New 4 banger!
« on: June 27, 2020, 04:36:37 PM »
Nice bike, congrats! How's the seat?...looks comfy. I just got myself a two owner 2016 KTM Superduke gt and the seat on that bike looks more minimal regarding padding vs. your Tuono.

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