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About GaryZ

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    '85 & '92 Venture Royale
  • Birthday June 30

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    Moore, OK, OK, United States


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    Moore, OK


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    United States


  • Interests
    Cars, Trucks, Vans, Motorcycles
  • Bike Year and Model
    1985 & 1992 Venture Royale


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    Design large and small sound systems

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  1. I am thinking about converting my VentureMax into a trike and searched the web for rear axle ratios. For the record: 1985 Venture = 3:33 1985 Vmax = 3:66 The rear end that I am interested in is 4:54 and should do the job. I will be able to accelerate about as well as on two wheels.
  2. These two bikes are in different categories of riding. The fj has always been a sport-touring bike while the zx11 was more sport bike. It is true the later versions of the zx11 have become viewed as sport-tourers, they still offer more sport when compared to the fj. More cramped riding position, harsher ride, physically smaller and lighter. The zx has more bottom end grunt and an incredible top end charge. The fj is supposed to be smoother with its power delivery. I own a ‘93 and a ‘99 zx11d and have never owned an fj I also own an ‘85 and a’ ‘92 Yamaha venture royale A z
  3. I have not been on this forum a lot the past year and I just found your post. It would seem others here are not impressed with your custom. I am very impressed. It looks very cool! I am really interested in if you found a way to put a big tire on the back. I have an ‘85 that I call my Beast. A bobbed rear fender and fat rear tire would be nice.
  4. Still alive and kicking. The Beast has not been ridden in a couple of years. It is waiting for me to build a single carb manifold. The '92 hasn't seen a lot of use this year due to lots of other demands for my time. I have a heater for the shop and I hope to get stuff done over the winter. Safe riding to all.
  5. Never use the front at low speed or you will go down. Just my imput. This is simply not true. There are exceptions, of course. Poor traction conditions are always a potential problem for the front brake, especially on a heavy bike. If this were true, the linked brakes would regularly put VR riders down.
  6. This is also the rare occasion when loud pipes can actually be good. I know this from personal experience with my rather loud Ninja and my very quiet VR. I have decided to make my VR a little louder, but, not too load.
  7. It is my habit to change the brake fluid and clutch fluid at least every two years. The difference with fresh fluid can be surprising. The fitting that you asked about is equal to the fitting found on the brake caliper. I use a simple method to bleed air from the system or replace the fluid; A short piece of rubber hose (3") that is tight on bleed fitting, a clear plastic hose that is tight in the rubber hose and long enough to reach a clear bottle or jar on the ground. Place the rubber end on the bleed fitting and the other end (plastic) in the jar with enough water or old fluid to keep t
  8. The swing arms are different because the Vmax has a dual shocks and the Venture has a single rear shock. The exhaust systems will not swap. The Vmax intake system is too tall for the Venture's stock air cleaner. There should be a thread here that discusses adapting the Vmax rear wheel to the Venture.
  9. That is a beautiful bike! What mufflers are on it?
  10. We have renamed the baby skunk "Lily" The wife didn't think she looked like a "Cookie"
  11. Here is what I have heard you say; Popping during deceleration Poor running when cold Best MPG ever This list is all pointing at a lean closed throttle condition. With the vacuum idle set perfect, the needles on the slides are possibly too low. Add spacers to the slides and to raise the needles. See if that helps . . .
  12. I respectively disagree. Although your logic about the cars and right foot seems reasonable at first blush, it actually points to the lack of experience as the main issue. The linked brakes are not an advantage, they are a placebo for the rider that does not know how to properly brake a motorcycle in an emergency on dry concrete or asphalt. I say this because our linked brakes could be very dangerous on wet or slippery surfaces. The linked brakes on the Gen 1 and 2 apply more force to the front wheel, correct for upright and dry conditions. The front wheel needs to be modulated under l
  13. It seems to me that this thread has too many folks worrying about the rear brake. My de-linked '85 has about the same wooden feeling as both of my ZX11 Ninja sport bikes. Maybe the rear brake is not supposed to lock up? As has been said two or more times, the front brake is the primary and delivers 75% or more of the needed emergency braking on a motorcycle. The rear brake stabilizes the bike under very hard braking. Many of my sport bike friends are proud to say they do not use the rear brake under normal riding conditions, because it is not needed. The very fact that Yamaha, and ot
  14. Our skunks have a musky odor, not as strong as a ferret. As was said, they are very clean and are constantly grooming. Our 60 lb dog helps with the grooming! The only issue is they can accidentally drag their tail through their pooh and pet/wet wipes are really handy.
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