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Temp Off Topic / AK47's And AR15's
« Last post by smallengineshop on May 07, 2021, 04:32:10 PM »
Antifa and BLM members in Portland are now using Ak47 and AR15 rifles to harass the public. In the video below you can see members of these groups using deadly weapons to harass drivers trying to get by their march. What right do these groups have to stop and harass anyone, or to even block traffic, and where are the politicians and police? Is this state sponsored terrorism?

If you thought the unfair and corrupt Derek Chauvin / George Floyd verdict would stop the violence you are in for a rude awakening.

VIDEO: BLM Militants Draw AR-15s And AK-47s On Portland Motorists; No Police On Scene As Reign Of Terror Continues

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The Biden administration is the first administration in over 30 years to reject a permit for an annual motorcycle event that takes place in Washington DC. The Pentagon, under Biden leadership, has rejected a permit needed for the Rolling to Remember, aka Rolling Thunder, motorcycle ride event that takes place on Memorial Day to honor MIA / POW veterans. The Pentagon said it wasn't safe for large crowds to gather in the Pentagon parking lot due to Covid even though event organizers have safety measure in place. The Pentagon refused to talk to event organizers regarding the matter.

Well, that's a hard pill to swallow considering Covid was never an issue when politicians, corporations and media were encouraging BLM and Antifa to riot in cities across the country. Is it any wonder politicians, corporations and media are having trouble convincing many Americans to get vaccinated against Covid? Every time they speak it's a lie. The real reason the Pentagon rejected the permit is because this administration hates traditional America and that includes patriotic Americans. Read the article below about the ride event and also check out the article below that about the vaccine death rate being 40 times higher for the elderly than death from Covid.

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Click on image to visit the Harley Davidson Electra Glide Revival webpage:

2021 Harley Davidson Electra Glide Revival

Harley Davidson released a new, limited edition Electra Glide motorcycle yesterday called the Revival. The motorcycle is designed to resemble a1969 Harley Davidson Electra Glide model, which was the first Harley Davidson production touring motorcycle to have a bat wing fairing. The motorcycle is powered by a 114ci Milwaukee Eight engine and is equipped with all the modern technologies found on present day Harley Davidson motorcycles including the infotainment system and computer enhanced driving modes.

What really sells this motorcycle as being a throwback to 1969 are the spoked rims, white sidewall tires, 3 tone paint and a single person seat. I believe the seat is the same seat used on modern HD Police motorcycles, but has been reupholstered and chrome bars added to resemble a 1969 seat. The saddle bags and bat wing fairing are all modern parts but painted white to match what was sold in 1969. The tank badge and the ham can air filter cover shape match what was found on the 1969 Electra Glide. (see photos)

Only 1500 Electra Glide Revival motorcycles will be manufactured with each one receiving a numbered serial number. The MSRP is $29,199.

1969 Harley Davidson Electra Glide

2020 Harley Davidson Electra Glide Police version
Many Harley Davidson Softail and Wide Glide models in the 1980's and 90's used a round ignition lock with a flip open cover covering the lock key way. Many of these locks used an aftermarket key called HYD12 and were in use from roughly 1984 to 1994. The years these locks were in use is a rough guess. If there is one thing true about motorcycle locksmithing, it's that the information about locks and keys is not as accurate as it is in the automotive field. I've included a close up picture of the HYD12 key blank and the lock to help owners of this lock identify the key. There is also a picture of the lock keyway the key is inserted into.

The key code for these locks was stamped on the underside of the lock on one of the metal tabs (see photo). You have to remove the lock to see the code. The key code is part of a string of characters with the last three characters, which happen to be numbers, being the key code. With the key code you can have a key made to fit the lock.

Both sides of the HYD12 key blank. Notice both sides are identical except for the letters on the key bow or head.

The Harley Davidson HYD12 lock with the cover closed (photo by John Blankenship).

The Harley Davidson HYD12 lock key way (photo by John Blankenship)

Back of the Harley Davidson HYD12 lock showing the key code stamped on the metal tab (photo by John Blankenship)

The key code for many Honda Elite scooters manufactured between 1984 and 2007 can be found stamped on the ignition lock. The Honda Elite scooter models include the CH80, CH125, CH150 and CH250. The key code includes 3 characters and is part of a 6 character string stamped on the lock. The key code is the last 3 characters in this string and begins with a letter followed by 2 numbers. See photo's below.

Most Honda motorcycle and scooter key codes manufactured after 1983 follow this same format. Honda motorcycle key codes before 1983 are also 3 characters, but are all numbers.

The key code is stamped near the round metal rod that pops out of the ignition lock to lock the forks or steering. You have to remove the lock to see the key code.

Harley Davidson owned Serial 1 electric bicycles are now in stock and available for purchase. You can order a Serial 1 e bicycle online and have it shipped directly to you, or in the next few weeks a participating Harley Davidson dealership near you will have Serial 1 e bicycle models on the show room floor to be seen in person and taken for a test ride. Here is the Serial 1 website link used to find a participating Harley Davidson dealership near you:

Dealership Locator

Also, Serial 1 e bicycles can be delivered to your participating Harley Davidson dealership for assembly and pickup if you choose.

Click on image to view Serial 1's website:

2021 Serial 1 Rush/City Speed electric bicycle
American V-Twin Motorcycles. / To Chrome Stud Or Not To Chrome Stud
« Last post by smallengineshop on March 22, 2021, 06:01:47 PM »
Harley Davidson set the standard for decorating leather seats, saddle bags and accessories with chrome studs and conchos on production motorcycles starting as far back as the 1940's. The style has been used on the modern Harley Davidson Heritage Classic motorcycle for years. Other manufacturers followed suit with similar looking classic cruisers of their own. However, recently the style has seemed to run it's course and fade out of popularity, or has it.

In 2018 Harley Davidson dramatically changed the look of the Heritage Classic by removing the leather chrome studs and conchos from the motorcycle. They were replaced with black decorative shapes (I'm not sure what to call them). It's a good look and seemed like an good change, and I expected to see other manufacturers follow Harley's move, but they haven't.

Both Suzuki and Kawasaki continue the classic leather styling on the 2021 Vulcan Classic LT and C50T motorcycles. The leather seats and saddle bags on both models are lined with chrome studs. The Kawasaki Classic LT includes a passenger back rest that is also lined with chrome studs.

When Harley Davidson changed the look of the Heritage Classic I thought the leather chrome studs and Chonchos were out style, but now I'm not sure. There seems to be enough motorcyclists out there that prefer the old style for Kawasaki and Suzuki to continue using it. I think the classic leather style look may just hold on and survive a bit longer, and maybe even rise in popularity again.

2021 Harley Davidson Heritage Classic

2017 Harley Davidson Heritage Classic

2021 Kawasaki Vulcan Classic LT

2021 Suzuki C50T
What motorcycle do BLM rioters prefer? Knowing the answer to this quesiton would require a poll, which I don't have, but I did see a photograph used for an article showing two BLM rioters in Washington DC riding a Yamaha Vstar 650 Classic (see first photo below). The motorcycle is modified with custom paint, missing turn signals and a Kuryakin Hypercharger replacing the stock air filter cover.

The Yamaha Vstar 650 was manufactured from 1997 to 2019, but was only available in the United States from 1998 to 2015, and maybe 2016. The Vstar 650 was a cruiser style motorcycle available in several different versions. There was a Silverado model that came with studded saddle bags, studded seat, windshield and studded passenger sissy bar. The Classic model was a stripped down Silverado without those extra features, and a Custom model that looked more like a high performance cruiser. All VStar 650 models were powered by a 649cc vtwin, air cooled, SOHC engine. The power train also included a 5 speed manual transmission with shaft  final drive. The little vtwin engine produced 40 HP and 37.5 lb-ft torque. The curb weight was 500 lbs for the Custom model and between 545-600 lbs for the Silverado and Classic models. Seat height was around 28 inches for all models.

What made the Yamaha Vstar 650 so popular was it's classic cruiser styling at a low price making it a direct competitor with the Honda Shadow models. The lower price, smaller size and low weight made it a good entry level motorcycle.

I don't know how many Vstar 650 motorcycles Yamaha sold over the years, but I have a feeling it was quite a few. Imagine the number of people over the last 20 years that wanted a classic cruiser motorcycle, but couldn't afford a new Harley Davidson, so they turned to Japanese cruisers like the Yamaha Vstar 650 or Honda Shadow. So don't be surprised when you see an Antifa or BLM rioter using a Yamaha Vstar 650 to help terrorize the next neighborhood on their list.

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Link to Article

Yamaha VStar 650 Classic

Yamaha VStar 650 Custom

Yamaha VStar 650 Silverado

What I know about the Harley Davidson Pan America Revolution Max engine:

  • Displacement is 1252cc
  • 150 HP, 94 llbs-ft torque.
  • 48 mpg
  • Liquid cooled, 60 degree V-Twin, DOHC, VVT (variable valve timing)
  • Oversquare: bore to stroke ratio 1.46
  • 6 speed manual transmission
  • Oil system uses 3 scavenge pumps.
  • Uses friction reducing low tension piston rings
  • Hydraulic valve adjusters
  • Compression ratio is 13.0:1
  • Transmission shafts are vertically stacked for a high output sprocket position and short engine size.
  • Slipper/assist clutch uses 8 friction discs
  • Clutch, Alternator and Cam covers are made from Magnesium for lighter weight

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I don't think this is the same Revolution Max engine used on the Pan America, but very similar if not the exact same design

I don't think this is the same Revolution Max engine used on the Pan America, but very similar if not the exact same design

No motorcycle is forced to exist within the category given to it by the manufacturer

The question of whether or not a motorcycle is worth it's price can really only be answered by the buyer. What I consider a good value might be different from someone else. A better question might be, are expensive adventure touring motorcycles the only choice for on/off road riding with a mixture of long distance touring? The answer to that question is 'no.'

A fun and less expensive motorcycle for this type of riding is a used or new dual sport or smaller adventure touring motorcycle. Both types have the potential to provide just as many adventures as their larger cousin. These motorcycles can cost as little as 2 or 3 thousands dollars used, and some new models are under $5k. That's a big savings when compared to motorcycles that cost $14k or more.

The features found on dual sport and adventure touring motorcycles are often times similar. Both types of motorcycles are designed for on and off road riding. Some commonalities are longer travel suspension, tires for on/off road use and standard riding position. Where they seem to differ the most is the stock adventure touring motorcycle is designed more for street riding than dirt by having a windshield for wind protection, larger engine, larger frame and tires that are more oriented for street use. Even different model dual sport motorcycles will vary in their features and design for street or dirt use. However, any motorcycle can be modified to improve whatever type of riding you prefer. No motorcycle is forced to exist within the category given to it by the manufacturer. Meaning, it's possible to modify a dirt bike for street use and vise versa.

A stock big adventure touring motorcycle provides better on-road performance for long distance travel or commutes. A bigger motorcycle provides a larger payload and usually more space for luggage or a passenger. A more powerful engine is better for passing cars and traveling at higher speeds, and taller transmission gear ratios are better suited for highway travel. The higher weight and longer wheelbase provide better stability for high speeds making the motorcycle more stable in winds, or in situations when larger vehicles like a semi truck passes by. However, these features that provide better freeway performance come at a cost.

A motorcycle with a bigger engine provides more power and performance, and a larger frame provides increased payload, but these features also increase motorcycle weight. A higher weight can make riding at slower speeds on or off road more difficult and less fun.

Most dual sport and smaller adventure touring motorcycles weigh less than the big expensive adventure touring motorcycles. This means the bike can be ridden with less work required from the rider, and this makes riding more enjoyable and fun. It becomes very difficult for most people to keep a big adventure touring motorcycle upright when riding off road and faced with obstacles like ruts, narrow trails or big rocks. A real life example of this is a yearly event created by a BMW R1200GS motorcycle club in Colorado when the R1200GS was BMW's only adventure touring motorcycle. The club is located near mountains with good fire roads and trails for off road riding. The club got together one day and created an annual motorcycle riding event through local mountain fire roads and trails that lasted 24 to 48 hours. Anyone can signup for the event as long as you have a motorcycle that's 650cc or larger in size. The ironic thing about this story is the ride event was formed by BMW R1200GS owners, but after a few years of it's existence, most people participating in the event, including club members, were showing up on Kawasaki KLR 650's. The big BMW R1200GS adventure motorcycle, especially with luggage, were too big and heavy and hard to ride on rough dirt roads and mountain trails.

There aren't many examples of dual sport motorcycles being used for long distance touring, but there is one guy named Dr. Gregory Frazier. He rode around the world on a Kawasaki KLR 650. I actually posted a link to some of his articles several years ago, which you can find here: Touring on a 2009 Kawasaki KLR 650. How long will a KLR last?. The Kawasaki KLR650 has been manufactured since 1987 and has always been considered a dual sport motorcycle, but has recently been called an adventure motorcycle in advertising print by Kawasaki, only because the word 'adventure' has gained marketing value in today's motorcycle market.

I own a 2009 Kawasaki KLR650, which I bought new and have put close to 40,000 miles on it. I have no plans of trading it in on any big adventure touring motorcycle, and if I forced to get rid of it, I would probably trade it in for the newer version KLR 650 set to be released in 2022.

Examples of lower priced, smaller motorcycles that can easily be ridden on or off road:

The 2022 Kawasaki KLR650, which Kawasaki calls the 'Adventure' model. MSRP $7999

Kawasaki Versys X-300, MSRP $5899

The 2021 Honda CRF300L. MSRP $5249

The CSC RX3 Adventure. MSRP $4195. This is a Chinese made motorcycle. I don't think they're as reliable as Japanese or American made motorcycles and they lack good dealership support outside of the one dealer in California, but they are less expensive and some people do swear by them. The engine displacement is 250cc and the motorcycle can be ridden on the freeway. A RX3 riders group rode this motorcycle from California into Mexico and back. CSC also has a larger 450 version called the RX4 with an MSRP $4995.

2021 Suzuki Vstrom 650. MSRP $8849

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