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I love reading the articles on Revzilla's Common Tread articles. My recent favorite was their Iron Butt 1000 Challenge, where they rode 1000 miles without putting a foot down. Of the two bikes, one was a Concourse, which refueled from a moving van enroute.

Cruising Craig's this morning, lo and behold, the bike is now for sale locally!

Gear For Sale / Jackets Are Sold
« on: 07/14/19 04:37PM »
Jackets are sold!

Post can be deleted. Thanks!

Off Topic / Free Air Show!
« on: 05/10/19 08:35AM »
Have you guys noticed the WW2 bombers rumbling around the past few days? The Collings Foundation has set up shop at the Lyon Museum through this weekend.

My office is just up the 405 from the airport, and I've been running outside every time I hear a radial engine getting close. After work yesterday, I went over to the Lyon and sat on my bike for a while watching the B24, B25 and B17 take off and land.

If you don't want to pony up the museum admission fee to get a closer look, It's hard to see the planes take off through the fence. A great viewing spot is in an office parking lot up against the north end of the runway, just behind the new Triumph dealer on Redhill. You can see everything coming in to land.

I bought a new office chair at Walmart. Unboxing it, I noticed something funny on one of the two labels on the box. Pay close attention to the Spanish translation of the product.
Having been a publisher, you can proof-read something a hundred times, and something stupid will still get printed.


Reminds me of reading how they put mirrors under the car that was dressed up to be the Star Wars Land Speeder so that it would look like it was floating.

Shameless plug: The Petersen Museum will start an electric motorcycle exhibit in April. Should be cool, and answers the question why a Harley Davidson crate was put in the basement recently.

The exhibit will be open to the public in April, but if anyone would like to plunk down some coin to attend the glitzy opening reception, here's the info, and you can probably sign up at

Electric Revolution Exhibition Preview Reception
6:30pm | Richard Varner Family Gallery

The world’s FIRST all-electric motorcycle exhibition is coming to the Petersen in April!

Join the Motorcycle Arts Foundation and Harley-Davidson as the Petersen debuts Electric Revolution on April 4 at our VIP reception. Enjoy an evening of music, food and drinks by Drago, and an “electrifying” panel discussion led by some of the world’s most talented builders, designers, and thought leaders in the electric vehicle industry.

Become the next generation of EV builders and designers - students get 50% off of VIP tickets with a valid ID! Join the Electric Revolution!

.... I guess things have come pretty far since I test rode a Brammo about nine years ago.

Visited Motowearhouse (note the spelling... wear, not ware) in Corona. in Corona yesterday. Not sure how many people here are familiar with the place. I stumbled on it on Craig's looking for something, and he had some jackets listed.

Randy, the guy who runs the place, is a cool dude. He has a decent amount of new gear in his showroom - helmets, boots, jackets and gloves. But, he also takes in used gear (no helmets), and once you agree on a value, you can use it toward credit for stuff in his shop. I remember Yellow Devil gear in Long Beach, which sold consignment gear, and this is similar, but rather than waiting until the stuff sells and getting a check, you can agree on a value up front, and take store credit.

I had a few jackets in my closet that I hadn't worn, and had forgotten about. Took them to Randy, and after we negotiated, I traded them and a little cash on a new helmet. He's also looking for gear donations if anyone has anything they just don't need anymore.

He's a "if I don't have it, I can get it" kind of guy. Most of the helmets in his shop are basic black, because, as he puts it, that's what sells. I like more visibility, so he ordered me a white one and says I'll have it tomorrow.

Here endeth the public service announcement!

General Motorcycle Discussion / Gen 2 FZ1, anybody?
« on: 03/15/19 08:44AM »
So, thinking of possibly adding one to the stable to have a bike available in SD county where both my mom and my in-laws live, and who all are needing increasing care. Which means we're spending more time down there. Mom has a golf cart garage next to the regular one, and it's too small for a car, but perfect for a bike.

When thinking about it, and the budget I have available, I keep coming back to a Gen 2 FZ1. Basically I want a comfortable, reliable inline 4. Anyone here have one, and have any advice (stay away, avoid this one, etc).


Not too long ago, I had a phone conversation with a service tech at Irv Seaver BMW that included the phrase "Are you sitting down? This is going to be expensive." He was quoting me for parts and labor to replace the ABS unit on my R1200R. A bike that I have babied, caressed, polished, never ridden in rain, and have never let spend a night outside. And that I now felt was letting me down. To the tune of $2700 for dealer replacement of said ABS unit, which had started displaying a nebulous fault code for the one internal, non-serviceable fluid pressure sensor that controlled the brake light. The sensor didn't like something, and was keeping my brake light on continuously, disabling the ABS and giving me a glaring warning light on the dash. The one code nobody else ever gets.

The only way to get my brake light back was to replace the entire ABS unit. I worked (until a month ago) at a company that made sensor systems for high-end race cars. One guy sits in a corner and tests sensors all day. He knows every minutiae-level aspect of pressure sensors used on everything from top fuel dragsters to road race cars, and he builds race bikes. He said it was a long shot, but there may be a foreign contaminant in that nebulous sensor, and he suggested flushing and bleeding my brakes three or four times over a few weeks to see if a continuous flow of fresh brake fluid might flush away something that the sensor didn't like.

Knowing that the BMW ABS system is one of the bike's few Achilles heels, I flush my brakes annually, rather than the two-year interval specified by BMW. Still, he suggested "What do you have to lose? If it works, it's cheaper than the alternative." Fine. I flushed and bled my brakes four times, which included using my GS911 tool to perform BMW's proper ABS bleed-down procedure. No dice, I still had a solid brake light and no ABS.

Decision time. Option 1: Pay what is slightly less than the trade-in value of my bike to have it fixed. 2: Ride on, with no brake light. Not a good decision. 3: Get what I can for her, send her down the road, and convince my wife that I need funding allocation for a new bike.

4.... try to fix it myself. Used ABS units are out there. 50/50 if one would work, and some people say that even if you do replace the unit yourself, the bike will reject it until you take it to the dealer to have it programmed to work with your particular bike. I devised a plan to buy one, and carefully disassemble the ABS unit to remove the brake ECU portion, and mate my brake ECU to the new valve body to make a new ABS that my bike would recognize. During the process, while I still had access to the machine shop at my old job, I tore the motor portion of the used ABS down and made new brushes for it.

I now had a replacement ABS ready to go for a free weekend where I could tear the bike down. And, several bottles of new brake fluid. A sizable investment. At the same time, I started taking my bike to local dealers to see what I might want to replace it with. The Yamaha MT09 looks like a pretty awesome commuter bike.

I think that's what pushed her over the edge. Suddenly, the brake problem has resolved itself. No fault codes, no problems, perfect function. Been like that for over a month now. So, I'm thinking two things:

She's scared that I'll sell her, and she'll lose a pretty good deal, and she wants to be nice to me. Or, she's evil. She waited until I spent hundreds of dollars, and several hours getting ready to replace a part that now miraculously doesn't need to be replaced.

I dunno. Guess I'll just count myself lucky that I have a perfect bike once again.

Long, long ago, I lived at the north end of the 55, and worked at the sound end of it. It took 38 minutes to go 11 miles in a car. And all the while, I watched frustrated as motorcycles went whizzing by in the car pool lane. It didn't take long before I became one of those guys, and suddenly it took 18 minutes to go 11 miles. Not only could I take the car pool lane, but I could also take a semi-legal shortcut around a park within my complex where a car can't fit that cut out three stoplights before I got to the 55.

I was lured away from that job four years ago, and part of the appeal was that I'd be working in Rancho Santa Margarita. Twice the distance, but much of it through Santiago Canyon. I enjoyed it for the first two years... on Saturday mornings, I'd scoff as I watched the bikers meeting up at the gas stations along Chapman, getting ready to make a pilgrimage ride through the thing I used to get to work every day. In all of my time in the sometimes deadly canyon, I only had one close call, when a coyote darted across the road in front of me. A well placed pass could easily get me around any landscaping truck that hindered my speed.

Within the last year, however, looming housing developments in the Cooks Corner end of the canyon meant increasing fleets of dump trucks, cement mixers and contractor trucks plodding through the canyon, sometimes too numerous to pass. The commute became a chore. Within that same timeframe, the bank that bought my company got swallowed up by a bigger bank. The result was thirty brands under the same corporate ownership, and our company, being the smallest, is slated to me moved, possibly to Texas, possibly to Kentucky within the next few months.

At the same time, my former employer has grown, and I'm headed back. Back to the shortcut, the gridlock, and lane splitting the 55. But, I look forward to the 55-405 carpool flyover bridge. Nobody uses it, and it will once again become my personal Hotwheel track. Plus, no coyotes, and fewer bugs.

$2,650 parts and labor.
$2,100 in parts if I want to do it myself.

That's what I was just quoted by the dealer to replace the ABS module in my '07 BMW. The typical error code is the result of a faulty ABS pump motor, which can be repaired for $250. No, mine is the one-in-a-thousand error that requires a complete replacement. I'd be happy to go without ABS, but my error results in my brake light remaining on solid, which is somewhat of a safety hazard. In their maniacal brilliance, BMW ran the brake light circuit through a brake fluid pressure switch, not a regular 'ole electrical switch like every other bike. That pressure switch is integral to the ABS unit and can't be fixed or replaced by itself.

I just ordered a used ABS module from The Motorcycle Guys Salvage in Anaheim for a few hundred bucks, and I'll fix it myself, thank you very much. Plus, that will give me the time to rebuilt the pump motor before I install it, so I should be able to bullet-proof it to some degree.

Just curious if anyone else here has dealt with Motorcycle Guys Salvage.

Parts For Sale / FREE Yuasa YTX14-BS Battery
« on: 12/22/18 04:24PM »
Hi all,

I have a Yuasa YTX14-BS that was new in May of last year. It was in my R1200R for a while before I swapped batteries tracing an electrical issue. The battery was fine.

It's been sitting in my garage on a tender since then. I was hoping to swap it into my CB1100, but it's a tad too tall to fit.

Just don't want to throw it away, but don't have a use for it. If anyone can use it, it's still got plenty of life in it. Free to anyone who wants to come to Orange to grab it.

Venom, you had claimed it when I first posted at $20, but we never connected. If you still want it, let me know!

Miscellaneous / Crate's Gone!
« on: 12/19/18 10:16AM »
The crate is now gone. And couldn't have planned it better if I tried... the external dimensions exactly matched the internal bed dimensions of an F150.

Heck, last time I threw something on here for free, it got snapped up quick. So, let's give this a shot.

Just got my shipping crate back from a trade show. My warehouse manager is giving me the stink eye for wanting to store it, so it's outside my shop with a free sign. It's also on Craig's free section.
If anyone needs a storage or shipping crate, I've done the work for you! Yay!

It's about 64" long x 50" wide x 60" tall, on skids for a fork or pallet jack. It's heavy.

Behind our shop at 30402 Esperanza in RSM. First come, first drags it off. I'm burning it on the 27th at the beach if nobody nabs it.

Thanks for looking.

Tales of the Road / My new hero!
« on: 12/10/18 03:47PM »
Not sure if she's on the board, but I have a new hero. My wife and I walked to a Cars and Coffee in Villa Park yesterday morning. As we got to it, I saw a new-ish Ducati Monster 821 parked with a few other bikes. The rider was walking up to it, and since that's a bike on my mental short list of "What would I replace my current bike with right now if something happened to it", I figured I'd ask the owner what they thought of it.

I only saw the rider from the back as I walked up, but could tell it was a lady. I said "how do you like the Monster?", and she turned around. She said she had just got it, and had only put a few hundred miles on it so far, but liked it.

She then said that she bought the new 821 as a gift to herself for her 70th birthday. She had a 1200, but it was starting to become a handful for her, so she had recently traded for the 821. She then excused herself, as she had to take off to meet up with her riding buddies.

My new hero!

I had a business conference and my weekend job scheduled in Downtown LA over the weekend, so to make it easy I got a cheap room up there so I wasn't commuting late at night, probably after a few drinks.

Checking in, I asked if I could keep my bike in the motel lobby overhang, so it would be a bit more conspicuous than in a parking spot around the back of the building.

She meant well, I'm sure... The lady behind the counter said "Ooh, you rode here on a motorcycle? Those things are dangerous".

She then spent the next 20 minutes talking about a friend who got killed on a motorcycle, and how, last month, someone who got in a bad motorcycle wreck on the 101 was airlifted to a nearby trauma center, and how his family came from out of town and stayed in their motel for a month while he was in the hospital.

She then gave me my key, the wifi password, and a comment card, saying "If you could please say some really nice things about me, that would be great!"

Oh boy...

Bikes For Sale / Free Scooter is Gone
« on: 08/15/18 10:14AM »
Update: She gone! thank you!

Yup, it's free. Putting in the free section on Craig's to see what kinds of freaks show up, so I figured I'd post it for you freaks as well.

This is a Kymco 150, circa 2009 or so. It was a pit bike at my old job that sort of followed me to my current job.
It ran, then was parked for a few months. It clicked when you hit the start button, and had a hard time starting on the kick starter. I cleaned the carb, replaced both the starter solenoid and the starter, gave the battery a good charge, and it still just clicks. Stumbles on the kick starter.

I'm tired of dealing with it. It's rough looking from being pushed around in race trailers, not title, no license. Good for parts, I guess.

It's in Rancho Santa Margarita at my office if anyone is interested.

Off Topic / The Jacket of Shame
« on: 08/13/18 02:05PM »
Behold the Jacket of Shame. To explain: I've always been a big guy. When my wife became a geriatric nurse in 2011, she started treating people in their 70s and 80s, who didn't take good care of themselves in their earlier years. She and I certainly weren't doing ourselves any favors in that department. But, she said "if we want any sort of independence and mobility 30 years from now, we need to turn ourselves around right now, in our 40s".

So we did, and embarked on a very ambitious lifestyle change of good food and exercise. By 2012, we were both in the best shape of our lives, and were getting congratulations all around. All of my riding gear became too baggy to wear, and with great pride I sold it all off and bought all new gear, befitting someone who had just lost about 85 pounds. Since lots of new gear is expensive, she made me promise that I'd never go back in the other direction.

In 2015, we both started new jobs, both had upheavals in our lives, and, to put it mildly, I fell off the wagon. More accurately, fell off, caught my pant leg, and got dragged by the wagon. And, three years later, my snazzy small jackets are pretty hard to zip up. I can hold it in for a 30 minute commute, but thinking about my road trip coming up next week, that will be uncomfortable.

Telling my wife that I needed a bigger jacket basically pulled off the Band-Aid for both of us. We're climbing back on the wagon, and while she grudgingly agreed that a new jacket would be more comfortable on long rides, there were rules. This would be jacket of shame. So it could not be nice, new and expensive. Agreed...

Ok. The jacket you see here was purchased off of Craig's list yesterday for $40. It's a remarkably clean Olympia, and looks like it was never worn.

My goal, six months from now, is to pass on this jacket to someone on the board for free, once it's too large for me. Someone please remind me in six months...

Hi all,

I'm on the email list for Moto Quest, and get their "come ride with us in Nepal, Japan, Patagonia, etc" emails, showing beautiful motorcycle adventures. Might as well be a trip to the moon on my budget. But, every now and then they have "transport specials", where they invite people to ride their bikes between locations to get them where they need to be. I always sign up for the LA-San Francisco run, but have never been quick enough to get one.

Yesterday, I actually did, and will be riding a 1200GS from their shop on Treasure Island in San Francisco to their shop in Long Beach. I have two days.

I've always wanted to ride the coast, and heard that Hwy 1 finally reopened near Big Sur. The last time I drove from LA to San Francisco was about ten years ago.

If anyone has ridden this route more recently, and have any words of wisdom, I'm all ears. Thanks!

Hi all,

Quite a while back, I picked up a brochure at a show from a group collecting used motorcycle helmet donations. I think they were going to send them somewhere overseas, to help promote helmet awareness or something like that.

I'm clearing out my garage and have a bunch of old helmets, and now I can't find the information, and can't find anything on the web under "helmet donations". Maybe they aren't around anymore, but if anyone knows something about them, please chime in. Thanks

General Motorcycle Discussion / I feel for the guy....
« on: 06/26/18 08:48AM »
So, yesterday, a coworker and I were the last two people in the office. He left first, and came back, telling my very sheepishly that he backed his car into my bike... which was the only other thing in our parking lot. Ugh. We went out to survey the damage. My Bonneville was under its cover, which is grey. He said that he didn't see it against our grey building. Thankfully it didn't tip over, but the rear fender is crunched. He offered to pay whatever it costs to fix it, along with whatever alcoholic beverage I choose. I told him just paying for parts would be fine, and I'd get a total for him.

Now, my black cover is faded to grey and due to be replaced, so I'm getting a new one in Hi Viz, and last night I totaled up a new fender and bracket at about $300. I gave my coworker my part list and bill when he got in this morning, and he was noticeably upset. Seems he had just gotten a ticket on the way in this morning, and then I dinged him for repairs to my bike.

Just isn't his day...

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