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    91 Venture Royal

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  1. Duey I just can't see your post, Bro.
  2. So look guys: Thing is that there are so many of us that were where you are today;getting back to it. It was a pleasure to see Tyson in the thread. Why because he is one of the 2 mountains I strive to keep up with. I remember Allo Bobby and Rose: So we had this print setter he ran a costume 68 ss, like machinists I always felt 3 best at best. Some of us are good but handicapped those 2 trades know nothing of handicapping, we are all just "them" And we mere mortals persist eventually figuring chit out and being able to keep up. (providing we aint challenging them" So the thing is this joint has so much more to share then we tend too. We've raised children, built successes, ride when we can to avoid therapy Riding these big touring bikes takes time to master, pitching a tent, fixing or helping others down the road... To me that is the future of the club, today is just to short a time to measure. So there is a secret around, just us old Canadians know about, reachout out to @Marcarl or @sadlebum to find out about it;) seeyou aroundmaybe.
  3. Tyson what works for me may or may not work for you. I had to grow past 2 big mistakes that have last a life time. Never think for a moment that what you have learned is not equal in value. I guess the thing is is that growing old on two wheels is a very personal thing. Most of us oldzimers guys strive to share only to open or provoke thought. We are still learning and have much to learn from the new and younger members
  4. OH CHIT I am humbled by your Post Wow EH skydoc what dragged you down to my level? lol right on!
  5. One of my favorite characteristic of that bike after cutting the shield down, was how she'd just kink over in strong winds and sail thru. Not sure what design feature allows it to be so sure footed that way. By the way I tried to edit my first post a couple of times after posting, it would let me edit but not save, hmm. I was trying to say "wouldn't keep up"" and a couple of "that;s"
  6. I watch this video the other day and I got to thinking of an old post some years back. I think that many of us old timers have techniques that are more reflex then we or I can explain and put into words. My son does not enjoy a touring bike period. He is very much a technical rider and simply does not the like weight and slow response of the setups touring rider enjoy. The 2 MKll we ran were different then stock setups up front. The 91 was the most difficult for me to get to my liking and so I used springs and shims along with air pressure to hit my marks. Before doing so I found the 91 to unpredictable, for me. I like a quick ride and I enjoy the end of the line the most, standing her up again. So some years ago I noted in a post I favor the rear brake leaning in to, then during I count on ratio and throttle for pulling it thru and maintain my predicted line. But why the rear and not the front brake? Rowling mass and momentum (s) this is where touring bikes are different then the sport bikes in a lean. If I slip my rear wheel, I simply keep looking thru, if I slip my front I'm in trouble. I have of course needed to use the front brake at times to slow the energy up front but, if you are running linked brakes then that rarely an issue. Of course if you are pointing your right knee the peddle is a hard reach but that thru the curve not before. Thru the curve we have ratio and throttle to adjust our leans, something we have in common with sport bikes because that's the physics. Exploring the rear brake a bit further: picking a line then using the rear we tend to stretch the bike out, making it tighter. Why, all the joints, bearings and bushings. Next up is the rake. These front fork on this kind of rake with the long reach add a hard to understand added flex. Setting your bike for a line thru is more time and effort. That spells a slower speed thru it. I think that is acceptable for a touring bike. Remember we are down shifting and braking with a long reach more weight and more forward moving mass so inertia and that is all the moving parts taking time to sync up. Progressive as in the type of coil are slower acting than non progressive, non progressive are more trying on a touring bike. Tire pressure matters. We tend to max them on touring bikes for tire life. But have any tried to lower that till you find a sweet spot. Lower tire changes the patch contact area, also reduce vibration throughout the fork, so it acts as a damper. Tire selection. I enjoy sticky vs. twice the tire life or what ever that turns out to be. Same for my cars, not worth the savings in my way of thinking. Genll all I know is what i see, I'd rather ride ahead or keep them far enough ahead that I don't see them pushing and scraping thru too close to the yellow/white lines like their heads are replaceable. My Cade is the heaviest I've ridden and shes solid when on her line, but I would not keep up with a MKl or ll. Trying to would make a fool of me, so I make up for the gap by beating it to the next curve;) snooker move Anyways I'd enjoy reading the clubs thoughts and tips for tour riding.
  7. I found the link, well worth discussing this over with Mike. @eusa1
  8. if that be the case it will need jets too. I consult the Diamond guy perhaps someone can post a link
  9. "It's said that red tartan was worn in battle so blood would not show"
  10. Given the age I don't doubt they may need replacing. However, if the slides don't need replacing and the needles are true? How can the cup be the cause? I don't remember reading vacuum leads in the thread. Take a picture and post it or x 4 Note from which carb they come from
  11. Well yaknow Carl has been working on my english side for a while now; its at the point he has me rolling or counting beads, or, kneeling on potato peels
  12. thats the idea Fred the spring clamp bites and tracks with the tubing but only as far as the flare, at which point the temper of the clip stops progression Little things can be such a nuance EH
  13. I can relate Kind of like buying a new Chev with duel tanks and the switch doesn't work first trip to nowhere Or, same truck, 5 blow outs taking 2 days to do a 6 hour trip And of course there's Honda, blowout, jack the car, pull the donut out of of a full trunk, on a reserve with a tire wrench that is too short to break the nuts loose, to find the rim seized to the hub. Not my car was helping a Lady out.
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