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GENERAL MOTORCYCLE / Re: As David Bowie said: bike “Ch-ch-changes”
« Last post by stormi on April 10, 2018, 05:25:49 PM »
Thanks!  I can't wait for the snow to go away so I can do something more than start it up to hear it.  LOL!
GENERAL MOTORCYCLE / Re: As David Bowie said: bike “Ch-ch-changes”
« Last post by interfuse on April 05, 2018, 07:13:20 PM »
Looks like a great little bike.  :congrats:
GENERAL MOTORCYCLE / Re: As David Bowie said: bike “Ch-ch-changes”
« Last post by stormi on April 03, 2018, 02:27:10 AM »
We opted for the KTM. :)  It came home on Saturday - and we still have a "few" feet of snow.  I. Can't. Wait.
Ryan has us scheduled for "performance riding school" this summer and I need to get the bike past its first 1000 kms and first service first.
Gonna be a busy summer.
Sale pending....I will update this post once the sale is completed, or if the bike happens to come back on the market. Thanks!  :thumb:
GENERAL MOTORCYCLE / Re: As David Bowie said: bike “Ch-ch-changes”
« Last post by stormi on March 22, 2018, 11:33:20 PM »
Writen like someone with a motorcycle problem.  :motorsmile:

LOL! You're not kidding!

*stands up*  Uhm... Hi!  I'm stormi (real name concealed to protect the guilty) and I have a motorcycle addiction... and an apparent fear of heights.
GENERAL MOTORCYCLE / Re: As David Bowie said: bike “Ch-ch-changes”
« Last post by interfuse on March 22, 2018, 09:30:20 PM »
Writen like someone with a motorcycle problem.  :motorsmile:
GENERAL MOTORCYCLE / As David Bowie said: bike “Ch-ch-changes”
« Last post by stormi on March 22, 2018, 03:18:01 AM »
Well, the KTM 200 is going. Last summer we had an “incident” that cemented the decision to move to a smaller dirt bike again.  After seeing a young guy ruin thousands of $ in braces / dental work hitting the cross bar on his bike, I rode for about 20 mins before a jump bested me (arms “buckled” and I pitched forward) and I felt the chin bar of my helmet hit the cross bar of my ktm.  While that’s disconcerting to say the least, the fact that my brain went “oh yeah, that happens” bothered me more.  It really bothered Ryan so this year the Kaboom is for sale and we already have a Husky TC85 on the bench waiting for its 105 kit and big wheels.  Ryan swears to me that this won’t be slower or “screamy” in the extreme.

Of course that got me thinking - I dropped the vfr twice last year - once at a stop and once in a low speed U-turn and undid some of my confidence.  Add to that a somewhat goobered right wing (rotator cuff issues)  and the 550lbs of baby cow, er...vfr is getting to be a lot for everyday riding.

Soooo, this weekend, we’re due to look at a 2018 Yamaha R3 and a 2017 KTM RC390 side by side   Anyone here have any experience with either of these? There’s talk of race school and track days and I want something I can do shorter scoots on that won’t always win in a battle of wills.  Having sat on both, I might not even have to lower either of them to fit my short @ss and they feel SO light! I won’t get rid of the vfr, I can’t see wanting  to ride either of those bikes to Jasper for instance, so the vfr will still see use.

My fleet has grown to the point where I'm looking to free up some space and I'm having trouble driving/riding them all enough to keep fluids circulating and batteries topped off. I want to find my beloved 1992 Suzuki Bandit 400 a new home. I did a mild restoration and amassed a fair number of extra parts, plus got started on an engine rebuild, as well as laying plans (and acquiring parts) for a suspension/brake upgrade. It is a nice, fairly tidy, reasonably-well sorted bike. At this point I have been riding it regularly, and thinking of a few more tweaks to bring it closer to perfect.  :grin: Here's the overview, and I can provide more pics/details for those interested:

-23,000 miles, battery new this month, tires in good shape, carbs rebuilt last summer  on JDM 33mm bodies (vs. US 32mm) with LiteTek fuel-resistant seals and o-rings throughout, as well as new Factory Pro jets, ridden periodically through the winter this year to keep her running well.
-Some minor small scratches here and there, most notably on the tail section. NOS mirrors, headlight bucket/trim, and other small parts were sourced and installed by me to undo the previous owner's 'upgrades.'  :duh: I had the wheels powdercoated bronze metallic. Tank replaced with the nicest one I could find-great paint and no rust inside!
-Hoping to sell the bike as a package with ~50-miles since rebuilt cylinder head (complete) and disassembled complete bottom end with new bearings, hone, piston rings, and assorted gaskets, etc. Includes new carb->head rubber boots! At least two (maybe three?) racks worth of spare carb parts. Spare bodywork in various colors, spare dented but non-rusty tank, spare exhaust (mild scrapes,) spare airbox, nice spare wiring harness, really nice spare switchgear, and more. Recently powder-coated spare battery box. Spare saddle, extra footpeg brackets, kickstand and other miscellaneous small parts. I have some brand-new consumables like oil filters, rubber parts, etc that would be included as well. I think there may be more, I just need to complete an inventory.

-I also have an ultra-ultra-rare Suzuki optional quarter fairing and solo cowl, color matched, but in rough shape. The fairing needs some fiberglass work and they both need paint. At the moment I'm looking to include them as-is. As spring wears on, or if the buyer requires, I may start the bodywork as I find time. I have some custom-mixed touch-up paint I will include with the bike.

-I have some suspension/brake upgrade parts I've sourced, most of them bought used and might need going through before install: RF900 alloy rear swingarm, linkage, and rear shock, and well as a GSX-R1100 alloy rear swinger and remote-reservoir rear shock, plus ZX-6R fork and RGV250 triples, and JDM Goose 350 brackets for the clocks and headlight…should all bolt together.

Clean Oregon title and Oregon tags good until 2020. Asking $2500 for the entire package. The bike and parts are located in Portland, OR, about 2 minutes off I-5 near PIR.
I'd love to find an enthusiast interested in the entire package, so I am not really motivated to part out at this point. I need more projects like I need a hole in the head, but would entertain trade/part trade for: Husqvarna 701/KTM 690 parts, fabrication tools, or something Italian (?) two wheels or four.
SUZUKI BANDIT 250 & 400 / Re: Interfuses bandit 400 blog
« Last post by interfuse on March 15, 2018, 06:15:28 PM »
Project is back from the dead. My kid is now old enough that I can get some work done in the garage.

Got the steering stops relocated, forks bolted up, wheel on. Still figuring out mounting the headlight, turn signals, and new gauge cluster.


I can't help with the shock question. If no one here knows try a gsxr forum.

 :congrats: but get as much work done on your bike now. Spousal support gets in even less supply once the baby is born.

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