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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: AIM Expo Las Vegas
« on: 10/17/18 08:40PM »
did the 450L look hot or not
Although I spent a few minutes at the Honda area, but I did not see the 450L.

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: AIM Expo Las Vegas
« on: 10/15/18 04:47PM »
I went to the AIM Expo on Sunday.  Being both an industry show and a consumer show, I think it's a bit confusing.  There were vendors there clearly interested only in reaching dealers, and others only interested in reaching consumers, yet they all had to pay for 4 days of a show.  Sunday attendance was incredibly sad.  You could have thrown a bowling ball down any aisle and not hit anyone.  I know quite a few people who were working at booths, and every one of them was unhappy with the attendance and were doubtful they'd be back.  Yes the show was physically big, but for consumers the Long Beach IMS is a better show.

General Motorcycle Discussion / AIM Expo Las Vegas
« on: 10/12/18 09:20PM »
There's a motorcycle industry trade show in Las Vegas this weekend called AIM Expo.  It used to be in Orlando but this year it's in Vegas. It's industry people only on Thursday and Friday, and open to the public Saturday and Sunday.  Has anyone been to this before?  Are you going this weekend?
Is it worth the trip?

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: New to me 2008 FZ1
« on: 08/20/18 09:58PM »
Beautiful!  I like the paint scheme

Also keep an eye out for rocks on Highway 1.  Years ago on the way home from Laguna a buddy passed a car on a double yellow, didn't see the bowling-ball-sized rock in the road and hit it square on.  He was OK, but his bike was totaled.

I have a red mesh summer jacket and I absolutely love it!

Wow, lots of great pics Eddie!

Off Topic / Re: Free pizza today at Blaze Pizza
« on: 07/10/18 05:40PM »
Darn, missed it!!

I'm curious, are you talking about a place you can rent to fix your own personal bike?  Or a commercial space where you can fix bikes as a business?

There's a great place in Los Angeles
Its not exactly convenient for OC residents.  I'm not aware of such a place in OC.

I haven't been to the Born Free show for a couple of years.  I'm thinking of going tomorrow (Sunday).

Did anyone go Saturday?  How was it?

Well that's interesting.  I hope they're successful.

Tim hooked me up! These things are cool and I just have to keep the passenger pegs on, no erector set.  Good meeting you Tim and thanks for installing in the parking lot :)  kept waiting for starbucks people to come and kick us out but was all good.  Will have to go someplace w/ better light than my garage to take some decent pics
Great to meet you too Vince (although I have a feeling we've met before) and I'm so glad you like the kit.  It's the last one!

And thanks Pretender for the suggestion!

If you have a rear stand, a socket set and a broomstick, you should be able to do it.  The hardest part is breaking loose the front sprocket bolt.  You have to lock the rear wheel from moving, that's what the broomstick is for.  There are many Youtube videos on the topic.  Give it a try!

The SLS bags go on or off in a few seconds.  Once you have all the hardware set up for your bike, you can remove the metal bits by pulling the pin that holds the adapter block to the footpeg bracket.  (same pin that would normally hold your footpeg to the bracket) Depending on the bike it usually takes 2 or 3 minutes.  Also, I found a set of painted prototype mounting plates that you can have, but they're painted not powdercoated like the production units.

Bikes For Sale / Re: kawasaki gpz-5550
« on: 05/25/18 07:58PM »
What a cool bike!  I lusted after these when I was a poor college student and couldn't afford one.

General Motorcycle Discussion / R.I.P. Annette Carrion
« on: 04/01/18 02:05PM »
Annette Carrion was a beautiful young woman who worked for Motorcyclist magazine.  She died yesterday while riding on Ortega Highway.  Rest in peace Annette, you will be missed.

Those were great bike nights.  I wonder if there are any bike nights that last more than a few years.  The bike nights at Original Mike's in Santa Ana were good too.  I remember trying a fish sandwich at Hooters and it was pretty much the worst thing I've ever attempted to eat.  And that includes fried wasps in Thailand and cow brain tacos in Mexico.

i want to see it go head to head with a standard bike on a track...
I'd like to see it go head to head with a standard FZ-09 (the bike it's based on) IN THE RAIN!!

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