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*Originally Posted by trophied [+]
So what are you hitchiking on now? :745:

I still have my 83 Seca 900...will be deciding what will replace the Trophy as winter approaches.


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Well, the day has come. The Trophy is gone to a loving and deserving new parent. I can't begin to thank everyone (Coconut) for making this invaluable resource available to all of us. I tried to contribute my experiences where pertinent, but nothing I ever did is remotely on the same planet of awesomeness as many folks here, especially Coconut.

I still feel like part of the family, so I might stop in from time to time.
So long!


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Accessories and Products / Re: Terry's Custom Seats
« on: May 14, 2021, 04:04:59 pm »
*Originally Posted by StreetCred [+]
I was in no way suggesting that they were trying to scam me.  I know about Terry's health issues and feel terrible for him and his family.  They have posted on Facebook that they aren't taking any new orders and are trying to answer emails. 

He has contacted me and sent my seat back to me with a totally unnecessary apology.  Really?  No apology is needed.  I'm fine with waiting to see if Terry starts back up after recovering.  If he decides to hang up his scissors and thread and retire then I'll explore option #2.  Just wishing the best for him.  Judging by the messages on Facebook he has a very loyal following.

I didn't think you were saying that...I was just making sure :)

The funny thing here is that I'm pretty sure they don't like me much, because I gave very specific instructions for a seat to build years ago, and I wasn't happy with the completely unusable seat that resulted from those instructions not being followed. But, that has nothing to do with them being great folks, and they are.

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Tyres and Wheels / Re: 'Darkside' a TTSE?
« on: May 14, 2021, 03:24:17 pm »
*Originally Posted by tdragger [+]
I mounted forward as Virginia has the direction arrow as an inspection requirement. Forward or backward is like the oil discussion.

I have to disagree that forward or back is like the oil discussion. An Everest-esque amount of engineering goes into tread design as it pertains to effectively displacing water. I have absolutely no idea which way would be the right way to do this, or even if there is a right way, but there is no question that it matters. How much? Not sure.

Then again, if by 'is like the oil discussion' you mean 'nearly everyone participating in the discussion has absolutely no idea what they're talking about' then yes, I agree 100% that it's exactly like an oil discussion :)

re: the comment about no real double dark benefit...rear tires typically have considerably deeper tread, and modern ones have harder center compound rubber as well as a stiffer carcass design. All of those things will definitely contribute to a significant increase in durability.

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Tyres and Wheels / Re: can I fit tire size 180 on rear?
« on: May 14, 2021, 03:16:38 pm »
*Originally Posted by rpeters549 [+]
If you did, expect the speedo to be off even more.  You would also need to check the weight rating as the TTSE is heavy.
I have a 200 on the rear so that I could get into a better touring compound tire (Metzler 888) so my speedo is SLIGHTLY more accurate than with the stock tire size.
Any handling difference is negligible for the average non-track rider.  But it could put rotations out of spec and interfere with the anti-lock system.  My 200 didn't, but don't know about a smaller tire.

Me too on all counts...same tire. There is a clear difference imo w that rear in turn-in; it's lighter and more linear. I'm pretty sure it's due to the slight reduction in trail and rake as a result of the tire being slightly taller, but I do agree that it is a small difference.

I bring it up because regarding the use of a 180, I would not do that as I'm confident that the gain in rake and trail would make the bike feel vague when turning in, require more effort, and it would stand up at lean on the brakes more. Then again, people run car tires on em and claim that the handling isn't abysmal ( I tried it...it was abysmal) so what do I know lol.
 

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Just checked my VIN...time to make an appointment for my 2015.

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Accessories and Products / Re: Terry's Custom Seats
« on: May 14, 2021, 03:00:20 pm »
This isn't normally my approach to this kind of thing, but...

Terry and his wife are great people. They are overwhelmed with some very serious health problems that Terry is fighting through; in no way are they scamming you or otherwise intending to inconvenience anyone. They are simply overwhelmed.

My advice is to find a seat on Ebay, and get a spot in the line for RDL or whatever your alternate choice is. I completely get that you shouldn't have to incur expense on this, but consider that you're doing them a great service just by having your seat be one less thing.

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Maintenance, Servicing, and Mechanical issues / Re: Oil Filter trouble
« on: March 12, 2021, 06:29:51 pm »
*Originally Posted by Yaga1973 [+]
I chose the RC version for the reasons listed on their website.  And, that nut at the end will be handy when removing the filter.  I will caution about using the nut to tighten the filter, as there have been some complaints of leaks on these types of welded-on nuts, but mainly on the K&N variants.  Regardless, I always recommend hand tightening filters.

The K&N isn't a variant; it is the same filter. The leaks were a specific issue on a couple of specific models due to a production error, and has long since been fixed.

Also, the appropriate torque for a filter is miles away from how much it would take to break one of those welds...don't sweat it.

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