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Old 08-01-2008, 11:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Any motorcycle modders here?

I was just doing a little work on my motorcycle and realized that everyone on this forum is tweaking an economy car or carpooling and riding bicycles.

Is anyone else here playing with motorcycles, to start with good economy and improve it from there?

Feeling a little lonely here

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Old 08-01-2008, 11:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I know we've got a fair number of motorcycle owners, but no modders that I'm aware of.

But I'm a regular checker-inner at CraigVetter.com
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Old 08-01-2008, 11:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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AHEM!

P.S. Just had my first 100+ tank
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Old 08-01-2008, 11:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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AHEM!

P.S. Just had my first 100+ tank
Who-hoo!

Pix? Mods? Do you have a thread going that I completely missed?
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Old 08-01-2008, 11:52 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I will actually be modding my bike for better mileage in a week or so. Installing a small aerodynamic windshield and going to a larger countershaft sprocket. I am right in the mid 50's mpg wise and I am hoping this will get it up into the 60's without affecting it's capabilities on or offroad

Most people are reporting the windshield I am getting usually gains them 6mpg so that seems like good deal to me. The CS sprocket with the windshield will hopefully get it closer to 10mpg gain.

On a side note we need a motorcycle category on here
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Old 08-01-2008, 11:53 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I Just have the garage entry, not really much mods different gear ratio, lowered suspension, rudimentary instrumentation.

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Old 08-02-2008, 12:02 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I agree we need a motorcycle forum. Will do that in the AM.

Sorry about forgetting the old pimp mobile, dcb!
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Old 08-02-2008, 12:02 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Fossil Fuel Free Forum? Motorcycle Forum?

Where do I go!?!? I feel so split!






That pimp mobile is looking good!
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Old 08-02-2008, 12:26 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I have a bike almost exactly like the pimp mobile it is an 81 Suzuki GN400X. It has been sitting so long and parts are hard to find for it so there is no way I would actually put it on the road and try and drive it any real distances like I do my DR. I've put 9400 miles on it since buying it new one year ago

As far as instrumentation don't forget to go to the bicycle dept at walmart or wherever and get a bike speedometer. They can usually get up to around 75mph reliably and give lots of info like top speed and avg speed. I got a little speedometer for $9 at walmart and it is pretty nice.
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Old 08-02-2008, 12:43 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I'm just playin Darin

Coyote, I have the reed switch (ugh!) off of one of those bike computers in my toolbox. I actually had the computer on my bike for a short while, but it was trying to keep track of fuel, but the carbs started leaking so I quit that rig:


I'm hoping with a throttle sensor and the vss and rpm signal I can teach a duino to make a good guess at mpg on the bike.

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