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  1. Very cool! I imagine there would be a slight loss in audio quality but nothing you are going to notice on a motorcycle. I might have gone this route if I’d known about it at the time, but chose to remove the cassette play, make a storage cubby and hardwired a BT receiver to power & the aux input. All hidden inside the fairing. In the end, I’m happy with what I did, but it was a lot more work than this solution. Just finished a 5-day road trip to KC and having some good tunes via BT while traversing the desert was a blessing!
  2. @KC61, the Venture is a great bike. I had a '99 until I gave up riding after my son was born and just picked up a 2007 last year with 21k miles on it. I loved my '99 Venture and had no reservations about picking up another one to get back in the saddle all these years later. However, it turned out I did have carb issue due to my bike having had some sit time on it. One of the members here does a $400 carb swap, which is what I ended up doing & the bike runs great now! BTW, ironically, I am leaving in a few days to ride it to KC!
  3. $200 for the lot? Anyone? Tired of looking at these just sitting here, they need to go to someone who can/will use them.
  4. @Fresnojoe I picked up a 2007 last year with just 21k miles on it and ended up having to have the carbs rebuilt. That's not so much a bike issue as it is a crappy ethanol gas and probably not stored right issue. In my case, the bike ran extremely hot due to running lean due to gunked up carbs. With such few miles on a 2000, I would place a bet that a carb rebuild is not far off. Changing the air filter and coolant is not terribly difficult if you have basic mechanical skills. Going from memory, for the air filters you will need a 10mm socket with ~6" extension and a longish phillips
  5. Congratulations! Beautiful bike! Now, can you do something about the weather back there? I'm planning to ride to KC at the end of the month and will be there most of April, bouncing down to St. Louis on a couple of occasions.
  6. Winter? I gave that up 30 years ago.... Great looking bike! Nice work
  7. We've never met, but I still wish you a happy birthday and many more Don! I sure appreciate what you've done here with this website and this group and hope to get to meet you in person some day.
  8. Yeah, in the picture, I thought it looked like something wasn't lined up right there. I still say cut the zip tie and investigate further. Definitely get to the bottom of it before riding any more.
  9. I am not a motorcycle mechanic, but fairly mechanical and handy, so take this with a grain of salt: First thing I would do is cut the zip tie to see what it is doing. Personally, I can't see how that zip tie would do anything other than hold the boot on. I don't see how it would fix a shifting problem unless the boot was loose and interfering with movement of the linkage, in which case a new boot is in order and should be a simple, low cost fix. Albeit not as simple and low cost as a zip tie. Please see attached photo from the Yamaha parts website.
  10. BTW, any prizes for correct guess? 😎😪😶
  11. Awesome, you learned some things along the way, as did the rest of us from all the great advice and tutorials given here. Venturerider.org is the internet done right!
  12. I ordered paint for my '07 from here: https://www.colorrite.com/ They have a look up tool by make/model/year. They might possibly ship to UK also. On their shipping page, they just say if ordering from outside US, you are responsible for customs
  13. I'm a newbie type mechanic & have torn into my RSV multiple times learning and trying to get to the source of what turned out to be gunked up carbs on a 13-year old bike w/ only 21k miles. That said, I would look at rubber bits for signs of decay. Things like brake lines, fork seals, etc.
  14. @PastorCurt wait, are we still talking motorcycles here?😇
  15. Check with @eusa1 aka the diamond cut guy
  16. Nice to know I'm in such good company! I started on a Honda CM450 ~1989, upgraded to a couple of larger Shadows, then the 1100 Yamaha Virago. Was planning a 5-day trip with a couple of friends in '99 and starting thinking I needed something different for such a trip. I was 31 years old then and the idea of a big touring bike was not even within the realm of my thinking. That was when I walked into a Yamaha dealer and started looking at their bigger star cruisers. I called my wife who happened to be nearby and asked her to come give me her opinion of the bikes I was looking at & s
  17. As long as the charger ground was not still connected to the bike, the two (charger & bike) electrical systems were isolated from each other and 12v didn't go back into the frame. This would be the same as putting two D-cell flashlight batteries together + to - end. As long as you do not connect their other ends together, you have not completed a circuit for current to flow and nothing will happen. Connect those other ends with a wire and yes, fireworks.
  18. Sleepy, the trickle charger falling & hitting the bike is likely a red herring and has nothing to do with the problem. Even if the positive terminal of the trickle charger hit a conductive part of the frame, nothing would happen - as long as the charger negative terminal was not also connected to the bikes system @ the same time - then you could have issues due to reverse polarizing your bike's electrical system. My guess is the battery gave up the ghost via an internal cell short. It may still show a voltage potential but cannot actually provide any significant current flow. How o
  19. Wow, Thanks for sharing guys. Just reaffirms that I'm in good company here!! I have to admit I was a bit nervous riding with her at first, but I swear the bike handles better 2-up, like some smart engineers designed it that way...
  20. Though I would share my experience modifying a rear spoiler to have a much brighter brake light and also with turn signals incorporated into it. My wife followed me on the freeway when I purchased my bike and said visibility of the bike from behind was severely lacking, which I naturally took as carte blanche to embark on a project to fix that little problem! 🙂 So, picked up a used wing from 'the diamond cut guy', ripped out the old LED and ordered Custom Dynamics TruFlex light bar, along with their Dual Converter and Smart triple play controller. The latter two allow for the dimmer run
  21. After being blessed with a beautiful baby boy 19 years ago, I decided to sell my '99 Venture due to not being able to get the 'what if' thought out of my head every time I rode it. Ironically, it was my wife who said "don't sell it, you love that bike". I can still hear her saying those words to this day. I think she also loved it, we took many trips together up/down the coast, Yosemite, Mt. Lassen and Shasta, beautiful country and amazing rides. At times I wished I'd kept it and took my son riding, but baseball was his passion in life from when he was 2 years old, so we ended up spend
  22. 61 degrees here, but now its raining on my party.... My poor son is in 1st year of college near St. Louis, he's in single digits. I kept telling him Feb was the worst, I hated Feb growing up there.
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