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Old 11-06-2019, 10:10 PM   #21
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I call bulshit on these "always one or two kicks" claims.
Seasonal, daily even, changes in ambient temperature, barometric pressure, fuel quality, engine temperature, state of wear, how you hold your tongue, and all the other variables require constant fiddling and an understanding of your machine.
The bike will give you feedback, but not until you start kicking.
If you listen, she will tell you what she needs to purr.
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Old 11-07-2019, 08:14 AM   #22
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Looks like this guy has it figured out....


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Old 11-07-2019, 10:58 AM   #23
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No bullshit here.

Have owned a particular '64 panhead (totally stock) that will start within three kicks even after sitting for half a year.

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Old 11-07-2019, 03:36 PM   #24
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aaaaah and why would you be letting it sit for 1/2 year in Cal?
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Old 11-07-2019, 03:41 PM   #25
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All of my big twins have been 1/2 kicks hot or cold. Call bullshit all you like, I've ridden 1000's of miles on them. Timing, Intake.. sort those they will run like watches.
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Old 11-07-2019, 03:53 PM   #26
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Half kick ?
What is that exactly?
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Old 11-07-2019, 10:59 PM   #27
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aaaaah and why would you be letting it sit for 1/2 year in Cal?
Because I had a serious crash on Father's day 2018. Almost lost two fingers. Broken ribs. Messed up ankle. Etc. Laid in a desert canyon for six hours in 106F heat with no phone service before getting picked up. Had to grease the tow truck driver because he didn't want to take two bikes on the truck. Wife and kids had to drive two hours to come fetch me. Didn't get into the hospital to look at the hand and ribs until twelve hours after the crash. Long day, but I remained calm and triaged the scene. Guy behind me (also experienced rider) crashed in the same spot.

Double apex blind turn. Middle of nowhere.

Was a long road to recovery.

I'm better now and just started riding again ;-0

Before the crash I had been riding six days a week (commute year round). It was glorious.

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p.s. - this is the bike that never fails to start in a few kicks:

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Old 11-07-2019, 11:13 PM   #28
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Man, California looks like fucking shit these days.
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Old 11-07-2019, 11:30 PM   #29
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This better?

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Old 11-08-2019, 12:39 AM   #30
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Yes. It's less... philthy in that picture.
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Old 11-08-2019, 09:59 AM   #31
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Yes. It's less... philthy in that picture.
Hey, don't be hating just because the bike has a slight bit of incontinence.
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Old 11-08-2019, 10:24 AM   #32
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The first photo Jason posted of his Pan was at his old shop in Philadelphia. I was busting his horns about that. "Philthy" could be some of the shittiest riding available in this country.
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Old 11-08-2019, 11:40 AM   #33
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It has been said that I'm a man of extremes and like to visit the ledge on both sides.

I wouldn't refute if given the chance.

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Old 11-08-2019, 11:43 AM   #34
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Yeah. I'd say you got a bit of an upgrade there. Remember riding in the canyons of Philly?

Oh yeah.
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