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post #2851 of 4585

Most of them are a waste of money.  Mesh (not to be confused with textile) melts when it hits asphalt at speed.  Melted mesh and skin are not a good look.  Get a nice breatheable tex or perforated leather

post #2852 of 4585
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Originally Posted by otc View Post

Got the kz400 out yesterday. First things I need to do are change the oil and get some new tires.

What should I look for in tires? I'm at 110/90-18 rear and 100/90-18 front (although the tires from when the bike was new were measured in inches). I always see the Dunlop D404 mentioned for older bikes like this...should I just go with that?

 

The Google told me to tell you Bridgestone Battlax BT-45 (I'm not a fan of Bridgetones tho), Bridgestone Spitfire or Pirelli Demon tires


Edited by Rumpelstiltskin - 5/7/13 at 12:42pm
post #2853 of 4585
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Originally Posted by TRINI View Post

I think the first thing you need to decide on is armor vs no armor. That will help you narrow down your options.

Re: TOJ, I have zero experience with them but I decided to go with a maker who had experience with Moto jackets as I thought it was important re: construction and fit.

I'm guessing you've done a lot of browsing on the Fedora Lounge re: Aero, etc??!

 

I would prefer the option for armor, but am open to jackets without.

 

Ya, it's funny to me that the "Fedora Lounge" is actually the best place to check out leather jackets, workwear boots, et al.

post #2854 of 4585
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Originally Posted by Rumpelstiltskin View Post

The Google told me to tell you Bridgestone Battlax BT-45 (I'm not a fan of Bridgetones tho), Bridgestone Spitfire or Pirelli Demon tires

I tried to get the BT-45 but couldn't find the right size front. Eventually found a site that would sell one, but I got an email this morning that it was discontinued and I had to cancel my order.

Now I am waiting to hear back from a local shop that specializes in that vintage kawasakis and carries dunlop to see if they have the dunlop D404 in those sizes (or suggest something else). Probably pay a bit more for the tire, but they will mount it for either free or a reasonable price. Everywhere I have been able to find in the chicago area seems to want $80-100 a wheel to mount and balance tires.
post #2855 of 4585
Bah, that shop won't do it. They are too busy with their specialty (900 and 1000cc 70's kawasakis).

I'm going to try out some Shinko (formerly Yokohama) 712s. The reviews on them sound good (includin gone from someone with the same bike), and they cost less than the dunlops. I don't think I want the bridgestone spitfires, it sounds like they measure large compared to rated size.
post #2856 of 4585

You got to make friends with a racer. They usually have a tire changing machine.  A guy around my way will change tires for $20.  Check your local sportbike message boards

post #2857 of 4585
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Originally Posted by Rumpelstiltskin View Post

Most of them are a waste of money.  Mesh (not to be confused with textile) melts when it hits asphalt at speed.  Melted mesh and skin are not a good look.  Get a nice breatheable tex or perforated leather

What about a mesh - textile combo?

http://store.proitalia.com/triumph-jerez-jacket-p-170855.html
post #2858 of 4585
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Originally Posted by TRINI View Post


What about a mesh - textile combo?

http://store.proitalia.com/triumph-jerez-jacket-p-170855.html

 

 Triumph actually has some nice jackets.  I haven't seen this one before but it kinda reminds me of those Joe Rocket number. 

 

I had a Fieldsheer Corsair which was pretty good - warmer than mesh but cooler than leather.  Version 2 is much better than version 1 (the one I had)

 

http://www.cruisercustomizing.com/images/FIELD-6011-1205-04_600.jpg

 

 

                                     Version 2                                                                                                                      

 

http://images.motorcycle-superstore.com/ProductImages/OG/2009_Fieldsheer_Corsair_Jacket.jpg

                                                                 Version 1

 

 

 

 

  I'd sneak a peek at Spidi.  They have a denim-ish jacket that looks pretty good

http://www.wheelup.it/Img/Prodotti/HD/SP407227.jpg


Edited by Rumpelstiltskin - 5/7/13 at 10:44pm
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post #2860 of 4585
I dont know if I said it already but I had a spill and broke my foot not even a week after that whole boot argument here

I was wearing Wolverine 1Ks

Now Im in a removable cast

Get legit boots. I was not even speeding or doing anything dumb. Someone left a plastic sheet on the road and it was night time. I was slowing down for a light and the bike just slipped out under me
post #2861 of 4585
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Originally Posted by TRINI View Post

Oh Toronto motorcyclists....

http://www.citynews.ca/2013/05/06/high-speed-motorcycle-stunt-on-hwy-403/

Impressive though.

 

I was expecting to see dudes sitting on their fairings, riding backwards, surfing, rolling endos, stopping traffic and in general playing the fool.  But one guy doing a standup wheelie? And he was going 74 mph but then jumped up to 93 mph?  *gasp* These hooligans are out of control!   These Canadians would shit a brick if they lived in my area, esp. since my county has a no chase policy.

 

 

He did keep it up for a long time though


Edited by Rumpelstiltskin - 5/8/13 at 8:02am
post #2862 of 4585
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Originally Posted by Cool The Kid View Post

I dont know if I said it already but I had a spill and broke my foot not even a week after that whole boot argument here

I was wearing Wolverine 1Ks

Now Im in a removable cast

Get legit boots. I was not even speeding or doing anything dumb. Someone left a plastic sheet on the road and it was night time. I was slowing down for a light and the bike just slipped out under me

 

Damn it!  Sorry to hear but glad to hear you're mostly ok.  How's the bike?

post #2863 of 4585

Is it wrong that I'm toying with trying to low-speed wheelie?

 

I have no interest in doing highway wheelies and stunts, but I want to be comfortable with being in control of the bike should the front tire lift under accel, especially if I get a quicker bike down the line.

post #2864 of 4585
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Originally Posted by MarioImpemba View Post

Is it wrong that I'm toying with trying to low-speed wheelie?

 

I have no interest in doing highway wheelies and stunts, but I want to be comfortable with being in control of the bike should the front tire lift under accel, especially if I get a quicker bike down the line.

 

Any exercise that gives you greater control is worthwhile IMHO.  I hate to wheelie because I am chickenshit but can pull one and ride it out if necessary, usually to stop tankslappers

post #2865 of 4585
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Originally Posted by TRINI View Post

What about a mesh - textile combo?

http://store.proitalia.com/triumph-jerez-jacket-p-170855.html

I use this one http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/dainese-air-frame-textile-jacket
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