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  1. mangosmoothie

    Bixbi bound Sunday the 28

    Dang! I'm coming back to STL on Saturday, but I don't think I'll be able to bring the bike
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    After my short day on it, I think you made the right choice. I liked the Bonnie, but I didn't love it. It didn't really do anything well. The motor was a bit lazy. It wasn't super torquey but it also didn't really want to rev. I think redline is 7k. It felt like it was restricted. I wish the Thruxton or Speed Twin were in stock. I think the extra ~20 hp and couple hundered more rpms from the hotter cams and tuning those have would make an appreciable difference. The brakes also seemed lacking, but who knows the maintenance these get. Never got on anything twisty so I have no idea how it handles, but it didn't feel super flickable. Seems like it'd be a good motorcycle for someone that wanted something very easy and relaxing to ride, and didn't care much about power.
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    Had a good time on a T120 bonneville around Oahu. Great bike for it. Was planning on a Harley Fat Bob but it was gone, as was the Thurxton R. No regrets though. Weather wad beautiful and I think the bonneville was the better bike for the loop. Still might try a fat bob if I can book it
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    Mango's mad project

    started as this, an unloved bicycle with a cheap ebay engine kit. School wouldn't let me park my motorcycle in the garage without a parking pass. So I carefully read the student handbook and basically a motorized bicycle is allowed because it isn't classified as a motorized vehicle per MoDOT definitions. Why not pedal? Because I have to wear professional dress and getting hot/sweaty and grease marks all over my pants from chainrings isn't ideal. So I made this. It's fun to ride around the neighborhood and commute to school on. Easy enough to do, goes ~30 mph flat out. Cruises low 20's. I was having fun and acquired a rolling frame with built in tank. See all you having fun on groms and wanted to make something a little more sporty than what I had. Some guy and Florida had hundreds of these roller frames and was blowing them out before Irma hit. He thought his warehouse was going to be washed away. Also got a cheap mildly souped up chinese engine. I dunno how much these engines make. They say ~5 hp, but I don't know if I believe that.. And to go any faster than 30, I have to gear it to the point I pedal to 15 mph or so before I engage the engine. There's no transmission, just a clutch disc and whatever gear ratio you set with sprockets. And I was having way too many issues with the second chinese motor. Then an idea @crash put into my head started taking over. After browsing craigslist for cheap small dirt bikes, I lowballed on a KX60 and the dude let me have it. 60cc (obviously de-stroked to 50cc for legal purposes to ride it on the road ;) ) 2 stroke, 6 speed. This motor makes 14 horse according to google. The transmission is nice because now I can gear it to do 40's (or more) and still be able to take off from a stop. There's a whole motorized bike community that races and all kinds of stuff for this. It's actually a huge thing in St. Louis. People spend $800 on 10 horse engines, and another 250 on kits that allow you to use a bike's derailleur. The entire KX60 dirtbike was a fraction of that. And there isn't really a rule book for the series soooooooo......... And for fun Ninja 250 with a rider - ~475 lbs and 30 hp Grom with a rider - ~400 lbs and 10 hp Mango's bike with mango on it - ~ 200 lbs and 15 hp. So...... should be pretty quick The motor fits in the frame fine. @ZRX4ME helped me cut some brackets among other things with this project. The hiccup now is getting the exhaust to fit. Might have to go to a muffler shop. Or the other idea I had was just use a small section of exhaust flexible tubing between the outlet and expansion chamber just to get the pipe routed around the frame. and I gotta get the pedal cranks to clear the right side engine case.
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    Mango's mad project

    Lol. I actually did "finish" it. It made me feel like I was going to die Power wheelied 1st 2nd and 3rd when it came on the pipe. I rode it to school frequently. It was an awesome contraption, albeit terrifying. Before I moved back to KY I sold the engine and some other bits, and scrapped the rest. Wish I could have kept it but I'd get the cops called on me constantly in my subdivision if I tried to ride it around here. Neighbors wouldn't take kindly to a 2 stroke screamer ripping through our subdivision . I actually had the cops called on me a few times for riding a 50cc honda scooter "too fast" once or twice. So rest in piece. This DID make me want a 2 stroke bike of some sort. And brought back fond memories of an old Yamaha Blaster quad I used to have. Video clip below https://i.imgur.com/jET8owc.mp4
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    Need some new gloves

    Hey guys, Need some new gloves for cooler days/rain. I had some Alpinestar apex drystar, but they're nearing the end. They really aren't waterproof, they're impossible to put on once they're wet, they're falling apart on the index finger, they fit horribly. I have small hands and wear a size small. These are like a Large glove with a small size inner liner. So the fingers just don't fit. So the real requirements are waterproof, and warm (like able to ride down to 50*). What suggestions do you have?
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    Need some new gloves

    Yeah I'm on the FJ forums. And I'm also less than thrilled with A* I've only heard good things about HELD, will look into those. Anyone use KLIM, HELD, or REV'IT before? Also seeing a lot of those offerings.
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    STLAR Meeting - 9/4

    I have an EXO R2000. Was one of my favorite helmets. I didn't find it to be that loud. I really liked the air bladder. Some people think it's a gimmick but I actually used it.
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    Stlar Meeting!

    should be able to make it
  10. I'm a 34. I'll take it if you still have it, would definitely use it.
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    Happy Birthday Speed

    happy birthday Khaled!
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    Speeding ticket and new Missouri law

    I used ben capshaw when I got a ticket a year or two ago. Went from mandatory court appearance to a parking ticket. so that was nice.
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    I feel the same way about my speed triple. Its outdated compared to the fj, but still more capable in certain aspects. I also think the Triumph has a soul that the fj lacks.
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    Happy Birthday WhatARush

    Happy birthday Dave
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    ICON helmet

    Transition shields for bell and shoei are nice. I wish more helmets had the transition shield option. The icon does not have snell approval. Im not sure if its because they didnt test it, or it failed. Im going to assume they didn't test. It meets ece and sai. Mcra only requires ece, dot, bsi, or snell. Snell guidelines are weird. I thought they were "stricter" but that didnt necessarily mean more likely to survive.
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    ICON helmet

    As some of you know, I worked at CycleGear for a short time. During my time there, I had exposure to quite a lot of helmets. I never rode with them, but I tried a lot on, checked out the fit/finish, quality of materials, etc. I never was a huge fan of ICON helmets, or gear. seemed to be for the sreetfighter/stunter crowd with the designs. I saw a couple variants while I worked and they seemed fine for what they were. Their newest flagship line is the airframe pro. The brozak color scheme caught my eye. It was time for a new helmet soon, so I threw it on my christmas list. Well... santa delivered. Except it was backordered until recently. Quality of materials - outstanding. The liner feels as good as the Shoei's and Arai's I had experience with with. The D rings are anodized matte red. The little button that buttons the strap excess is metal. The finish of the helmet is flawless. I can't say how durable it is yet. It does appear to have a clear coat type of coating. So I don't anticipate rock chips destroying the graphic. This is one of the lightest helmets on the market. I believe the airframe carbon is the lightest helmet on the market. Mine is the composite shell. Speaking of shells, they use 4 different size shells across the size range. This is a good thing, and most high end helmets offer 3-5 shell sizes across the line. The shield is held shut by that metal pin. It creates a very tight seal. If you want to leave the visor cracked, it seems to stay pretty well at the first click. Otherwise you can rest it against the peg and it will stay cracked. Venting - outstanding. This is the best ventilated helmet I've ever used. I'll attach another pic of the top outside vents. They're massive. There is also a distinct difference with the chin vent open vs shut Noise - Not so good. It's loud. But wear earplugs and it doesn't matter Wind - No buffeting. Very clean air. Comfort - I wear a size small according to the chart. It fits awesome. Usually helmets cause a hot spot on my head until either I get used to it or they break in. Not this one. A little tighter on the cheeks than I'm used to but still comfortable. It fits great. It seems like there is a little space above my head which prevents hot spots and allows ventilation. I also dig the cutout on the back. It allows for free head movement with gear on and in the tucked position. Other notes - field of vision is huge Based on my experience with this helmet so far, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the airframe pro. I would put these helmets right with Shoei and Arai based on my experience this far. ICON has come a long way.
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    ICON helmet

    Massive front vents
  18. If I'm not there don't wait for me. Last minute decision if I'm going
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    Ooooohhhh. I thought that was a pic of the dragon. LOL
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    Dragon trip was a success
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    I'm going there this weekend in the car I'll grab some pics for you ;)
  22. I never see 1st gen R6's in this condition. Beautiful bike
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    STLAR Meeting!

    At least you can make 350 on your stock turbo.
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    S1000RR color adjustment

    I've never been a fan of hydrodipping/wrapping things that aren't carbon fiber to look like carbon fiber. I'd paint it red to match the existing red, or gloss black. Being the front of the bike, I think it would be hard to care for trying to get all the bugs off without scratching the paint. I think the satin would look fine though.