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About MarksFriggin

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  1. Try something like the NOJ Quiet Rider. It's a skirt for the bottom of your helmet that cuts down on wind noise.
  2. I just sold my 08 Hyper about 3 months ago. Great bike but the maintenance costs are a little ridiculous. If you can learn to do the desmodromic valve adjustments and cam belt replacements yourself, or you don't mind shelling out $750+ in service costs ever 2 years/7500 miles, go for it. The sound of that twin was worth the cost to me... until I ran out of money.
  3. Wow! Impressive. Very clean and tasteful design.
  4. Great info! Now I can rebuild my extra (leaky) petcock so I have a backup. Sweet.
  5. I ordered mine from Wheeling Cycle Supply about a week and a half ago. Shipping was only 7 bucks. I had a local upholstery shop staple it up for me on a gel seat seat pan a friend had given to me. What an improvement. Much better than the 2x4 board-like stock seat. Definitely a good deal.
  6. 05 SM bought new in 06. Oil changed every 4 months which is usually under 800 miles. Motul 10W40 Semi-Synthetic. 10,000 miles on it and it runs like new.
  7. +1 on that. This is what I've been doing for about 20 years now. It's probably saved me from a tow two times now. I've found nails in two tires in that time thanks to the pre-ride pressure check. If you lose more than two or three pounds of pressure from the last time you rode, look for punctures or a leaky valve.
  8. I'm sure there are other SM riders here that will tell stories about their 208SM's being very unpredictable and sliding out when they least expected it. I experienced that myself. The tires are probably fine for commuting but I stick to my statement that they were the worst stock tires I've ever had. Maybe 8 bikes in 25 years wasn't enough to find even worse tires.
  9. I agree, they're awful tires. Perhaps the worst stock tires I've ever been on in the past 25 years. I switched to Pilot Powers, couldn't be happier.
  10. So much for being a "one off deal" ...
  11. Wild guess... you never change the drain plug washer.
  12. Did they give details on pricing at the dealer expo?
  13. I just honk the horn for about 30 seconds, pass on the inside after faking them out pretending to pass on the outside, stand up, bend over , flip them the finger and ride off into the sunset... and then I wonder why I don't have any friends.
  14. Ahhh.. bummer. Thanks Eddie.
  15. Sorry if this has already been posted. I searched and didn't find anything. I found this on Cycle World's web site this morning. Has anyone read anything about it? I can't find any information other than this one picture that had no description. (This was at the Dealernews International Powersports Dealer Expo)