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VentureFar

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    Portland, OR, United States

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    2007 Yamaha Royal Star Midnight Venture

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  1. I spoke with Scott over the weekend. He and Tip are alive and well and visiting their family right now. He told me that his motorcycle riding days are over. He has decided to leave the Venturerider forum. He won't be reading or posting. His wit and wisdom will be missed on this forum but know he and his wonderful wife are both fine and enjoying their next chapter. VentureFar... reporting on our friend Cowpuc. sorry couldnt' get this photo to land right side up so here is a link to my favorite photo of Puc and Tip at Venture West in the Dalles. https://photos.app.goo.gl/Wff4ZrPpkh6pdBNY9
  2. Reda and Giant Loop had to pull their current models due to CARB restrictions. They are both trying to get their new designs CARB approved and get back to selling them. Both Reda and Giant Loop are excellent products for what they do. VentureFar...
  3. Hi all, For us older riders, to include my brother @cowpuc I did a review on the Copper Joint compression socks and knee sleeve. Seriously, the FDA and the CDC both recommend them for people that sit a lot, like we do gas stop to gas stop. I don't know about you but I get light headed getting up from the ground after playing with my grandson on the floor. Here is my review. Copper Joint has an interesting twist that worked for me but I also bought other brands now that I know compression socks work for m https://ultimatemotorcycling.com/2021/08/21/copperjoint-compression-socks-and-sleeve-review-riding-tested/ Hope this helps, Comments always welcome. VentureFar...
  4. To start with, thanks for @djh3 for the ignition relay I bought back in 2014. It definitely saved my ignition switch but gave its life in the process. I was in Yellowstone this week in a thunderstorm downpour, pulled over to the shoulder on a narrow road section and my 2006 RSV just shut off like the key was turned off. Literally getting buckets poured on me and in an unsafe place. I, of course, channeled my inner @cowpuc for guidance. My buddy waved traffic about two feet away from my butt as I checked the Ignition fuse and battery connections. After that I just knew that something was amiss with the wiring to the ignition switch. I was in a very unsafe place to be pulling the tank off and totally getting drenched at the same time. Had to call for a tow out of the part to West Yellowstone - $520 - and using my Somewear satellite hotspot ( no cell service of course) I was able to ask my daughter to find me the ONLY motel room left in the whole town. As soon as I was unloaded off the tow trailer as the motel I pushed the bike under a bit of covering and took the tank off. We don't always get so lucky to see such an obvious solution yelling out - ITS ME ITS ME ! but that is what I saw see photo. That red wire burned up and came off the connector. Had the ignition power been running though the ignition switch directly - as stock- this would not have had such a happy ending and quick repair. I stopped to have dinner since I could relax. After dinner I had to cut off and cut out the DJH3 ignition relay wiring, Plugged the now open blade females ( had to cut them out of the ink connector ) back into the stock connector and I was ALIVE again. So thank you to the ignition relay and thank you to djh3! Now I need to contact djh3 to buy another ignition relay and an extra male connector. I suggest that everyone with the relay check the relay wires every time you have the tank off. VentureFar
  5. I ran the MT 66 and did a review for ultimate motorcycling on them. The were very low price but I only got 8000 miles on them and interestingly both front and rear went at the same time. Normally my front gets double the rear. Here it is https://ultimatemotorcycling.com/2018/06/18/pirelli-mt-66-route-tire-review-an-oldie-but-goodie/ VentureFar...
  6. It is. You will have to figure out ways to cool yourself. On my ride coming up shortly, I will be just placing a bag of ice on my lap. I only recently changed to ice bag inside my jacket but can’t do that will any air bag. VentureFar…
  7. I was fortunate to be assigned to test the Klim airbag vest. Spoiler alert: I will never ride without it. I am sure my brother @cowpuc never needed one on his trusty steed Tweeks because Tweeks kept him safe but the rest of us don’t have a Tweeks or a motorcycle named Trigger ( wow am I aging myself) Here is my review. I hope you seriously consider this new level of protection whether it is this automatic one or one with a tether- consider it. As always I welcome your comments. https://ultimatemotorcycling.com/2021/06/26/klim-ai-1-airbag-vest-review-with-inbox-detection-module/ VentureFar…
  8. Last time I checked, in South Dakota their law says that motorcycles can ride side by side but not pass. Can you imagine if you had to ride single file around Sturgis the line would stretch to Chicago. VentureFar..
  9. Thanks for that. I try to make my reviews a personal account of my experience and not a list of facts. VentureFar...
  10. Semi-retired - beats the hell out of me but I listened to the experts. Rick Butler in particular. He came up with the leveling links mod and the 130 ( narrower front tire). I did both immediately after getting the bike and never looked back. Went from top heavy feeling, horrible balance at slow speeds and needing Popeye arms to muscle the bike through long miles of twisties to power steering and way better slow speed handling. It just works. as for lowering the front forks for handling -that is the same as raising the rear. the leveling links added 3/4 inch to the seat height. In fact Rick Butler told me to get a piece of 3/4" plywood and set the back tire on it and see if I could still touch the ground, before buying or making the leveling links. I brought my seat to him to modify for Waaaaay more comfort and the first thing he did was narrow the nose of the seat to make it easier to reach the ground when at a stop sign. There you have it, the sum total of all my knowledge on the subject. @cowpuc do you have anything to add ? VentureFar...
  11. I have scorpion and HJC Rpha 90 They sound the same to me. wear ear plugs 🙂 VentureFar…
  12. Excellent write up. Thanks for sharing. Just curious why you didn’t jump to a helmet mounted Bluetooth communications system from Sena or Cardo to connect your phone and Zumo and passenger ? I have posted several of my Sena and Cardo reviews on this forum and yes you lose the fun of saying “breaker breaker I am putting the hammer down” on your CB but you can still listen to them. VentureFar…
  13. Hello all, once again, actually for the 40th time since 2018, the folks at ultimatemotorcycling.com sent me a product to review. I know my brother from a different Mother @cowpuc reads them and I hope you do too. I don’t get paid for reviewing. It is a labor of love. Comments are always welcome. https://ultimatemotorcycling.com/2021/06/13/hjc-f70-carbon-review-full-face-touring-motorcycle-helmet/ FYI I am reviewing the Klim airbag vest right now and I will tell you I will always have it on from now on ! VentureFar…
  14. I am originally from California and lane split on the freeway on my venture anytime the traffics was slowing down to around 45 or less. Especially stop and go traffic. Because cagers in California grew up with motorcycles splitting lanes is is not only accepted practice but many times assisted by giving more room. My wife and I would go to Santa Barbara on 101 and since it was always stop and go during the summer, the cages would literally move to their left and right and open a huge lane for the strings of motorcycles going by. It was only the occasional inattentive driver that would hug the inside of their lane or a Dick 20 something in a convertible BMW with 4 of his male friends blocking on purpose. I live in Oregon now. When the bill was close to passage I posted a thread on Nextdoor. Believe me, you don’t want to lane filter in Oregon. They openly threatened to open doors, block lanes etc. the common EGO response was “ they should have to wait in line like the rest of us”. FYI I never clipped a mirror in all the years of splitting. Although I found myself not breathing as I slide between the cages, I felt safer than getting rear ended. VentureFar…
  15. I bought an h4 led about 4 years ago and after I received it I called Kisan to confirm my headlight modulator will work with it. Nope. Didn’t want to spend $100 on a new modulator so I put the led away on the shelf. I won’t ride without a headlight modulator. It is to me as important as a helmet. VentureFar…
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