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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Scariest ride ever
« Last post by alan f on September 19, 2017, 07:27:50 AM »
Yup,  Frog Togs here too!  I bought them huge to fit over any gear I might be wearing,  it'd  probably fit over a backpack too if I ever wore one.
General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Don't wrap your pipes
« Last post by DesertDragon on September 18, 2017, 08:45:52 AM »
I've met lots of folks who will ride in the rain if they have to, but never...
Wow !  Look !  It's RAINING... Let's go for a ride!
With the right gear it's tolerable, but compared to a nice sunny day that's 70~ish...

In my case, it's also that rain = mud which "ain't no fun" with a 500 lb street bike..

BTW - In case it DOES rain, it's nice to have a good set of "wet" capable tires.
I really like the Avon Storms.. I've got the Storm 3D-XM's and they don't mind wet one bit.
General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Scariest ride ever
« Last post by hppants on September 18, 2017, 06:24:13 AM »
Alan - you and I fish in the same hole.

During the summer here in south Louisiana, I'll take a chance w/out the rain gear.  Shoot - it's practically raining 24 hours a day anyway with 80-plus % humidity and 90-plus degrees.  Getting wetter (if that's even possible) is kind of refreshing.

However everywhere else, I don't care if the sky is cloudless, I won't leave camp (or hotel) without my frog togs.
General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Scariest ride ever
« Last post by alan f on September 17, 2017, 10:29:03 AM »
I used to get laughed at for showing up to group rides with my rain gear on, until the rain started....
General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Don't wrap your pipes
« Last post by alan f on September 17, 2017, 10:22:44 AM »
...Whoever says otherwise must of never ridden in the rain.

It's amazing how many riders won't ride in the rain. Deep sigh.
General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Tryin' to help a bruthuh out
« Last post by alan f on September 17, 2017, 10:17:16 AM »
I'm usually on the road for work so I don't mind taking a minute to stop for a rider in need. Out of four or five stops I might find one that's actually in need. Last year I gave a guy a ride 2 miles home after his... yamaha twin cafe racer... 650 exciter maybe? wasn't charging and had drained the battery, he had a spare battery there so i dropped him back at his bike and stayed until the bike was started.

Riders that know and understand why and how their bike broke down are much easier to help.
Emotional noobs with empty pockets and fragile temperaments aren't.
General Motorcycle Discussion / Tryin' to help a bruthuh out
« Last post by Bajakirch on September 17, 2017, 09:59:29 AM »
Driving into work today, I came across a motorcyclist stranded on the roadside. I've had people help me when I've been the stranded one so, with some available time before I had to be at work, I decided to pay it forward and extend a helping hand.

The rider explained his front tire went flat and he was looking for a ride to a nearby gas station, where he'd already confirmed they had some Fix-A-Flat in stock.

I gave him a lift, waited for him to buy the FAF, and then drove him back to the bike. Unfortunately, after emptying the contents of the can into the tire, it was still quite flat.

I offered to give him a lift somewhere else so he could arrange to get the bike picked up, or help him move it to a nearby parking lot if he wanted to stay with it (though I didn't think he had to be too worried about someone stealing his '83 Yamaha LTD).

But he told me he decided that he could "baby it" and ride it back to the gas station, where he would try airing it up enough to get home.

Ummm...okaaaay...  whaaaat3

I advised him that I wouldn't recommend trying to ride the bike with a flat front tire, even on the shoulder at slow speed. At best, he was likely to destroy the tire. But he was resolute and, with a shrug of my shoulders, I left him to fend for himself.

Some people I just don't get.

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Last post by DesertDragon on September 17, 2017, 09:43:38 AM »
So, my YELLOW '96 is named.... Amber... and Amber wasn't feeling too pretty after riding home in the mud when we were surprised by a monsoon storm..
It's strange how when the Weather Service says there is a 10% chance, it rains, and with an 80% chance, it doesn't.. But I digress...

So Amber was a muddy mess and I gave her a bath and did a WD40 clean on her x-ring chain followed up with her favorite silicone lube.
Protects from corrosion and doesn't attract dirt like chain wax...  After 700 miles the tension adjustment was still perfect...

I also discovered that the boot that protects the wires going into the left side rotor cover was a bit loose, so I added a bit of waterproof grease to seal the rubber connector in case rain decides to intrude.

Years ago I bought a cleanable stock size Uni Air Filter, and it doesn't take too many trips down my dirt road to clog, so I did Amber a favor and cleaned that for her as well.  She does need to breathe after all..
Now she's "lookin' good and feelin' good"...

Your Honda Nighthawk / 1992 honda cb250 nighthawk scrambler build
« Last post by pepzeppelin on September 17, 2017, 07:13:06 AM »
brother brought a 1992 cb250 nighthawk and wasn't running so hot. thought it would be a good project to rebuild and customize.

Couple weeks later pretty much stripped the bike and started cleaning bits and gibs, got new tyres, powder coated rims as well as experimenting with spray cans on the forks, triple tree, drum, etc

back together

a month in after having all the parts arrive
will update! always good fun
General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: 1983 550 backrest luggage rack combo
« Last post by packingheatcgb on September 17, 2017, 06:30:11 AM »
I recently bought a 1983 550 nighthawk that has a adjustable backrest luggage rack combo. The pouch on the backrest says Honda on it so I think it is a Honda part.. I am going to take it off and sell it. Does anyone know if it would aso fit on the 650?

Do you still have the luggage rack?
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