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Your Ride Reports / Re: Favorite 2017 Memories
« on: January 09, 2018, 11:57:05 AM »

Awesome memories, Pants. Wishing the you the best for 2018.

Your Ride Reports / Re: Share It With Someone Else
« on: December 12, 2017, 08:18:06 PM »
Enjoyed reading your ride report. Thank you for sharing.

Your Ride Reports / Re: Carpe Diem!!!
« on: July 27, 2017, 06:07:27 AM »
As usual, awesome ride report, Pants.  You are a poet!  It's very spiritual and you have superbly put things in perspective.  I just read up to Day 6 (Sequoia NP). Will catch it up later!!!

Route Planning / Re: Tucson to KC?
« on: May 30, 2017, 03:36:14 PM »
1200 miles in 3 days is not that bad.  The key to comfortable long distance riding is to leave early as much as possible in the morning and cover as much distance in the first half of your day and take more frequent stops in the second half (i.e. at every 80-100 miles).  And settle for the place for the night no later than 7 pm. Unless you have extended stops for sightseeing etc, you can easily cover 400-500 miles per day.  Ride safe.

Stablemates / Re: All my babies
« on: May 22, 2017, 11:59:41 AM »

Very nice collection of bikes.

Stablemates / Re: 650's
« on: May 22, 2017, 11:57:44 AM »
Congrats, Dan. That's a sweet bike.

Stablemates / Re: 2015 Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
« on: May 22, 2017, 11:57:04 AM »

I missed that post as well. Nice bike. I heard a lot of compliments on the Tiger. Are you going to take that one to upcoming Ramapo 500?

Stablemates / Re: 1989 CBR600F
« on: February 21, 2017, 12:52:19 PM »
So clean. Kitch would envy on the look of your bike  llaugh1

Stablemates / Re: Poll: How many bikes do you own?
« on: February 21, 2017, 12:49:30 PM »
Ok, I, not really, I did say I was on the look out for another bike.  I wanted an ST1100, but stumbled across this and couldn't resist:

A 2003 ST1300 ABS with 59K on it.  Got it for $2600.  Not exactly what I wanted, but it was too good to pass up.  It has a Day Long seat, throttle lock, fairing extenders and a couple other things I'm not sure about yet.  I pick it up today so I'll have more time to look through it.

Congrats on scoring a good bike. I have the same year model and couldn't be happier with the bike.  Your Russel Day Long can take you many thousand mile days.  Best part of ST1300 is the adjustable electronic windshield. You can adjust the heights to any riding conditions with a push of  the button.

Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: Short shocks on a Nighthawk
« on: December 23, 2016, 10:57:29 AM »
I see. I am also vertically challenged (5'7") but I don't see much issues with NH because the bike is relatively light.  You may need to practice using only one feet down while stopping, usually left foot, and leaving the right foot on brake.  I also ride ST1300 which is higher than NH750 but much heavier (~750lbs wet).  I don't bother much whether I can flat footed or not.  As long as I can put one of my feet down firmly on the ground, that's enough.  Just be careful when you park your bike (avoid putting head-first on slopes, etc, since it will be tough to back out on slopes). Check YouTube on such topics (i.e. How to ride a tall bike or Tips for short riders, etc.). I have friend of mine who is pretty much the same height as me and riding BMW 1200GS/KTM which has 33-34" sear heights without any issues.

Or See how much the shock can be pressed down if you set the pre-load spring setting to 1.

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Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: Short shocks on a Nighthawk
« on: December 22, 2016, 06:32:02 PM »
Welcome to the forum.

Not sure why you want short rear shocks on NH750. I installed VTX1800 shocks on my '02 NH750 because I don't like the performance of stock shocks on rough roads.  I just tested VTX1800 OEM shocks on NH750 because I had an extra set lying around.  After my first ride with them, I kept them there few year ago.  I believe that VTX1800 shocks are 12.25" and NH750 is 13.0".  Since the VTX shocks are much stiffer than NH shocks, they absorb road bumps much better and don't get jolt-out on bumpy spots.  I am not an aggressive rider so I can't vouch on shock performance on curvy roads.  Despite the differences in lengths, I don't see much differences in seat heights. I guess the differences are canceled out due to differences in stiffness?

Your Ride Reports / Re: Pacific Coast, Columbia Gorge and Mt. Hood
« on: December 17, 2016, 11:02:09 AM »
As usual, nice pics. I wish I can make the Pacific Coast ride someday:from San Diego to all the way to Seattle.

Your Ride Reports / Re: 2016 Blueridge Gathering
« on: December 17, 2016, 10:59:41 AM »
Nice report, Robbie. That must be fun ride.  You guys have a good number of riding group.  I visited the northern section of Blue Ridge Parkway at the end of October this year on my '03 ST1300A.  Just cruising part of BRP and West Virginia area by myself. I really like the back roads down there.

Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: First trophy for Precious
« on: September 12, 2016, 05:58:07 PM »
Congrats, Kitch.

Think of all your elbow grease you put on that bike :) Maybe few buckets!!!  That's shiny indeed. BTW, what happened to molding around the gas tank? Did you strip that out?

Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: New guy from Huntsville, AL
« on: March 18, 2016, 02:27:27 PM »
Nice fit to the bike. Welcome to the forum!!!

Stablemates / Re: Tires
« on: March 10, 2016, 05:25:54 PM »
Google 'Zip tie tire changing'. There are multiple versions out there.

Here are few of them :




Spray Windex and push it down. Bingo!

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: De "cold blood" 91 Nighthawk?
« on: December 26, 2015, 03:03:46 PM »
The carb washer mod seems to help the cold start just a bit.

Carb washer mod will certainly help. It's an easy mod. However, since RadioShack is out-of-business you may need to search right size washer bag.  My '02 NH750 may have been jetted by PO. I never need to warm up the bike even in dead winter days. Just choke it and start the engine and take off. It acts like fuel injected bike. However, it doesn't get much gas mileage though. I usually get 140miles before I hit the reserve.

@Robbie--Now that's a tear-down! Love it.

Since I low-sided about 10 days ago, winter projects just got significantly expanded. I did a pretty good job protecting the bike from significant damage using my body as a shield, but looks like brake lever and pedal, grip, mirror, turn signal, tach cover (again) and maybe handlebars. It tarts but doesn't stay running, so will have to figure that out too. I'll post pics and stuff under the projects group. Maybe I'll add a sidecar for stability

Ouch!!!  Hope you didn't hurt much.

Stablemates / Re: Plus One Syndrome
« on: November 27, 2015, 08:16:49 AM »

I haven't ridden ABS bikes yet but the linked-brake system worked out fine for me. I have VFR800 and VTX1800 both have linked brakes. I never locked brakes on these bikes even in hair-raising emergency situations.

I also heard that ST1300 has three seating positions to choose from. I guess it offers a ton of flexibility on riding styles/comforts.

Stablemates / Re: Plus One Syndrome
« on: November 24, 2015, 06:58:06 PM »
Oooooh, nice addition. I've been looking for ST1300 last few weeks but there is not much bike for sale in this part of the world.   I like to hear your experience with ST1300 (compared to ST1100).

Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: My 1993
« on: June 09, 2015, 08:17:38 PM »
Nice looking NH750. Should be ridden more than sitting in the garage :)

Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: I got my 2001 running.
« on: June 09, 2015, 08:15:31 PM »
Sounds good. You're in PA. Join us at the Ramapo 500 next month (July 18-19) to test the bike.

Stablemates / Re: Poll: How many bikes do you own?
« on: March 27, 2015, 05:53:47 PM »
Three but.....

one is broke (2006 XT225 needs the valves lapped and put back together)

one is in pieces (2002 CB750 Nighthawk is now a bike in a box, I'll be cleaning parts up soon to sell. I'll offer a discount to all members of this forum. And yes the sick seat/fuel cell will be up for sale as well. Let me know if you want dibs on that before the masses see pictures.)

one is still at the dealer. (2015 Tiger 800 XCx was purchased this past weekend but some jacka$$ ran over a curb with it and bent the rim. Should get it today or tomorrow.)

LOKI, you mean the beer keg?  Hmm... ddg1

I like to see the Tiger 800 XCx. It is a cool bike. Congrats.

Stablemates / Re: Honda 919
« on: March 24, 2015, 09:58:34 AM »
Sweet bike. My riding companion has a green Kermit colored 919. He usually takes off early and waits for the rest of pack down the roads.

Stablemates / Re: My Rides
« on: March 16, 2015, 05:27:49 PM »

Nosing in... I got a new bike too... what is this 500 you be speaking about?  Isn't a honda though....

Ramapo 500 Rally. Check this thread :,1161.0.html

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