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  1. As somewhat of an aside to this discussion, it was briefly mentioned early on that one could have the flu and covid at the same time. I have not seen or heard any mention of that, probably since ~March though. Just logically thinking, that would seem like a potentially deadly combination. I've had cases of the flu that I thought was the beginning of the end for me. Add another virus to that and Yikes! Perhaps that's a good reason to get the flu shot this year....
  2. Hi Saddlebum, no the virus is not a farce. It is real. Is it as deadly as we're made to believe? Any virus can be deadly under the right circumstances for the individual who contracts it, this one is no different. But myself and many others are skeptical of the nature of the reporting, for good reasons. If the vaccine is truly effective AND safe, sure go for it. But I will wait until we know more about its longer term effect on a larger swath of people who are willing to be guinea pigs. I am not one of those. I would rather catch the virus and develop antibodies to it naturally,
  3. First. Randy, I hope you and your GF are doing ok. Prayers for both of you! The virus itself is ~ 1/700th the diameter of a human hair, so unless you're walking around in a fully contained space suit with sub-micron filtration, don't count on that mask doing anything for ya. CDC recently said 70% of people contracting the virus regularly wore masks. The people's republic of CA has had a mask mandate, social distancing, economic lockdowns, etc in place for months on end and the cases are rising. Perhaps its because our wannabe emperor himself is the super-spreader who doesn't wear a m
  4. Before anyone rushes out to get the vaccine shot, I suggest reading this: https://www.conservativewoman.co.uk/the-vaccine-questions-a-summary/ I'm not an expert in much of anything other than my own opinion and my opinion is that the truth was lost long ago in this whole thing. Corporate profits, political power and desire for control over the masses are ruling the day. Yes, the virus is real, yes some people are sadly losing their lives to it. This also happens every year from the flu, which is also highly contagious and the flu shot is not always effective as it is a best guess, ma
  5. Sorry to hear about the C. You're still kicking, so I'm hoping that means you've managed to kick it back. I'm in San Jose. Look forward to the opportunity to meet ya & other fellow Venturerider members. I'm not much for the online social media stuff, shun it really, but this group is different. I like it! Well, seller stopped responding to me and the ad is deleted. So, I guess someone smarter than me didn't dilly-dally around and jumped on it. Win some, lose some.... Back to lovin' on the '07 baby girl! Thanks for all the inputs, I know more about what to look for and watc
  6. Thanks for weighing in @cowpuc!! Yes, its the Vacaville bike - now don't go buying it out from under me! Haha! Assuming it lived most its life near Vacaville, yes that's a pretty warm & dry climate so I'm feeling a little less concerned about the frame. And not too terribly concerned about 2nd gear. Was not aware of stator or water pump issues, but not feeling too afraid to tackle those. Fork springs, yeah that makes sense, so I'm game for that too. At this point, I'm just waiting to hear back from the seller to take the next step and go see it in person. @Flyinfool, yep I'm
  7. Yeah, I'm not under any impression that a 37 YO bike wouldn't need a variety of things, like you listed, to be taken care of in short order. I can either handle those or handle paying for them. My big concern is getting into something major as I don't want a big project. I have spoken with a shop nearby the seller and they can do a thorough inspection and give me their assessment for a very reasonable price.
  8. Awesome, Thanks for the responses and feedback! This group is really amazing! I'm oscillating between extreme excitement and extreme caution. There are some things in the seller story that don't quite add up. Like, he can't remember the name of the shop that did the carbs and he claims he put $3k into getting it running, but then the wife said no. Ok, maybe that last part is completely feasible.... Seller also mentioned he doesn't ride, did some of the ancillary work (brakes, etc) himself and has basically let it set since he did all that. Its just over an hour away,
  9. So, spent the last hour, or so, reading about 2nd gear and cracked frames on '83. 2nd gear thing kinda sucks but can live with that when it goes (if not already). Is that more or less a sure thing & just a matter of time? Any lucky '83 venture lottery winners out there who have not lost 2nd gear? I'm guessing not, based on the nature of it. Now, for the cracked frames. That doesn't just kinda suck. Don't think I could live with that. How big of a problem was this? I would not be looking at taking this bike on as a project. @cowpuc I know you're the guru of guru's on th
  10. My wife hasn't exactly said no, she just asked how she's going to fit her car in the garage with two motorcycles.... Oh, I'll find a way. Just talked to the seller, came his way via a will. It had been sitting since ~2007. He took it to a local shop for the carb rebuild and new tires. He did the brakes himself. He said the battery light stays on, so needs the resistor mod (no big deal) and says the temp gauge runs right up to red before the fan kicks on. I've read on other threads that is normal for an '83, yes? He said the body plastics are in like new condition, no cracks.
  11. Thanks. Yes, I've learned the hard way to leave the carbs to the pros! (haha, no more carb work for me!). The ad pics aren't the greatest, so hard to tell condition of plastics. I see one area that has either scratches, cracks or just a light reflection. I've reached out to the seller to get more info on the bike.
  12. Still waiting to get my '07 running right, just waiting on the rebuilt carbs. Of course, that gives me time to be looking at things I probably shouldn't be looking at, like this! For $1200, seems like a fair enough deal to try out the 1st gen for comparison. Any thoughts on what to look or watch out for? Of course, it looks too good to be true, so there's that....
  13. Well, with it being Christmas and lockdowns and all, what better time to do a compression test! #1 210 psi #2 205 psi #3 210 psi #4 215 psi Worries eased! Thank you!
  14. Because we need to watch the plethora of useless youtube/tiktok/instagram/snapchat/facebook/twitter cartoons in 4k resolution anywhere, everywhere and any time we want, right? That's what the captains would have us believe. Nonsense. 5G is a solution in search of a problem. How many people spend any amount of time in a given day saying "if only I had more bandwidth on my cell phone!"? 5G is the ultimate, if you build it they will come, fantasy. Other than teenagers, people I know want to be "less connected", not more. And even the teens don't ask for more bandwidth, what th
  15. Profit before people. And as long as some of that profit finds its way into the pockets of corruptible politicians via campaign donations and sweetheart deals for their family, we can expect this type of thing to continue. The human race is doomed by greed. And I say that as a die-hard, free-market capitalist.
  16. Thanks @Patch!! I decided the best next step was to do a carb swap for a rebuilt set from eusa1. My curious mind is still restless however and I'm hoping to find a set of used carbs on ebay for a reasonable sum for me to tear apart and learn more, but that's for later. For now though, I've waited 18 long years to get back onto a Venture and ride and that's my #1 priority. I gave it a shot, learned a whole lot more about carbs, motors, etc than I knew two months ago and satisfied with my newbie effort, even if I didn't get the desired end result. I'm also praying there's nothing else w
  17. Thanks @Patch but it looks like the congrats may be premature.... Apparently I need to fine tune my bench sync skills a bit more, haha! Cylinders 1 & 2 were pretty much spot on, 3 & 4, ehh and then the two banks were pretty far off from each other. But, that's now sorted out w/ the vacuum gauges. Bike is running great, idle is stable and the throttle response is snappy. That's the good news! The bad news, even in 50 degree weather, still lots of heat coming off when riding and still reading high temps on the exhaust pipes. So, w/ a tach and vacuum gauges (and my mostly u
  18. Well, at long last, the replacement float bowl gaskets and needle valves came in, I've managed to get everything back together. In the process, I shimmed out the needle by moving the washer to other side of c-clip and made a slight adjustment to the float bowls, using the method found on the site here. Much to my amazement, it doesn't appear that I've totally screwed anything up (but perhaps that verdict is still out). The bike fired up and I took it out for a quick 5-minute ride. Its definitely got more zip to it but I suspect its now running on the rich side of the spectrum as I'm ge
  19. Yeah, that's my take on it also. From what I've read, at a relatively low % of water absorption, it will phase separate from the gasoline & settle at the bottom of the tank and that's when s* hits the fan. IIRC, Isobutanol has one more carbon molecule than ethanol and that is the game changer. There are a couple of companies already switching over to isobutanol production in the midwest, but mostly for exporting. I don't know anything about Brazil, but I'm guessing if you asked the gear heads, they will complain about ethanol there too. Physics don't change from one country to anoth
  20. https://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/mpo/d/san-jose-yamaha-chrome-radiator-cover/7236124192.html https://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/mpo/d/san-jose-kuryakyn-grips-metric-cruiser/7236124753.html
  21. Here's my list since buying the bike in Sept: Cassette delete and turn it into a storage cubby. CB delete. Moved the radio antenna from right side to left side & replaced the whip antenna w/ a shorty (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000K50HAI/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) Hardwired a bluetooth receiver in behind the fairing, tapping into the 12v port wiring and then the cassette aux jack (https://www.ebay.com/itm/Car-Stereo-Truck-Home-Add-on-3-5mm-Input-Audio-Bluetooth-Receiver-Adaptor-12V/331841419661?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_
  22. "There are 10 kinds of people that understand binary, those that do, and those that don't." Love that! Eng humor @ its best!
  23. The Alpinestars jacket will be my cold weather jacket too. But, cold being a relative term..... I live in Northern California (SF Bay Area), low 30's is about the coldest it gets here and that's typically overnight, warming to high 40's/low 50's during the day (at its coldest). And at that, I'm a fair weather fan so much below 50 and I just don't have much interest in riding. "Winter" is also our rainy season so cold/wet puts a damper on my desire to ride. When I was younger, I commuted through it all on my moto but don't plan to do that any longer.
  24. I recently picked up one of these made by Alpinestars: https://www.chapmoto.com/alpinestars-amok-air-drystar-vented-textile-jacket-parent-0203207716101?msclkid=d80d919e63f8119b50dfce2461e3fc03&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=**LP - Shop - TM - Protective Gear - %24300-1,000&utm_term=4580634168710250&utm_content=020-3207716-922-3XL | Alpinestars Amok Air Drystar Vented Textile Motorcycle Jacket - Grey 3XL 3207716-922-3XL | %24319.95#92=518&250=1084?utm_term=&identifiers=pla-4580634168710250&Campaign=**LP - Shop - TM - Protective Gear - %24300-1,000&a
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