Michael J Botti wrote:Checked out your site............looks like another fantastic ride, did you take the 199 up from Chaioloshui or did you head back on the 200 to Hengchun? If you didn't take the 199, you missed a truly amazing road. Just opened a couple of years ago, (former army base) and it's not too well known yet. If you ever get back down there.......................In the old days, we had to beg for permission, and it was up to the whims of the gate guard whether or not to let us through!
By rebuild you mean engine rebuild? How many times have you had that done? Did you have to run it in slowly for 1000km each time? I had to do that after I had the FZ's engine rebuilt and it was a killer. I was just going up to the hills after work most days trying to get those kms on the clock.Michael J Botti wrote:2-stroke philosophy is simple; Use good oils, stick to your powerband (You know a little about bikes I see) and rebuild often.
You're right about power. You probably have to change gear a bit more often to keep the speed up but your bike has much more power than mine. I have a gel saddle and use the aforementioned haemorrhoid cushion on long journeys. I have a top box fitted on to a welded framework at the back and the passenger can lean on that, but the back seat is still a bit narrow.Michael J Botti wrote:But there's no way an FZ is going to outpower an RZX under any circumstance. It's a simple matter of torque vs displacement and the FZ doesn't have enough of either, allthough granted it's probably a less frantic ride (a bigger back sprocket can only do so much). The RZX's seat is a fair bit larger as well, and doesn't have that pelvis busting tank.
Michael J Botti wrote:I agree with you wholeheartedly that most of the RZR's and X's are breathing their last gasps, but that is not so much a reliability issue as it is a lack of knowledge on how to properly maintain a motorcycle. You have no idea how many foreigners I've seen over the years broken down in the middle of nowhere, simply because they've not taken care of their bikes.
It amazes me that a lot of foreigners are quite happy to ride drunk, without a licence or valid insurance and with a 200NT helmet when they probably wouldn't dream of doing such a thing 'back home', where the roads are probably much safer. I know some US states don't have helmet laws but if you read accident statistics by far the most important thing to do is to wear a helmet; a full-face model is best.Michael J Botti wrote:...be careful out there!
Hmmmm... think you might have been. Wearing a helmet isn't as much fun as not wearing one, but it's a whole lot nicer than having your head caved in. No matter how well you ride, there still can be unexpected situations.Michael J Botti wrote:PS: The last round the Island trip I did by bike was so long ago the only thing you had to wear on your head was a bandana! How do you smoke with a helmet on? Maybe I have been here too long..................
I'm looking forward to that. That valley looks really long.Michael J Botti wrote:Your highway 7 shot from Chiaoshi to Lishan is indeed a nice ride, up a beautiful valley and then steep switchbacks all the way past Wuling farm into Lishan
Michael J Botti wrote:until they fix Jung-hen it's really out of the way from Yangmei (my abode) or Miaoli for that matter.
Michael J Botti wrote:Have you done the northern cross-island highway yet? It's not the highest but probably has the best camping possibilities of the three. The best part is that it hits your Chaoshi-Lishan road then you miss all that nastiness in the Yilan area. Conversely, you could ride up into Taipei, cross over to Fulong (surprisingly nice ride) down the coast to Chaoshi, up to Lishan, turn around and come over the Northern-cross island highway, and hit highway 3 home again.
Sounds great. I hope at least you can join us when we're up north.Michael J Botti wrote:Chance to ride in the mountains again? Hmm, if the wife says ok and it's not a diving weekend....................hell yes! Keep in touch OK?
Michael J Botti wrote:The secret to a good break-in is simple...
Michael J Botti wrote:The sad fact is that the vast majority of arrivals to Taiwan have never ridden a motorcycle, hence the scooter preference.
Michael J Botti wrote:"That guy just turned out in front of me!" is a saying I hear alot when visiting someone in the emergency room.
Michael J Botti wrote:Would have recommended Yangming Shan 15 years ago, but now it's so crowded on the weekends that you'd be too busy dodging cars to enjoy it. There are a few backroads up there though that still might be worth checking out.
Michael J Botti wrote:If you guys are heading up north by bike, by all means let me know...........I'll do my damndest to join up..............You'll be passing close by my place, I live on a mountain top myself. Stop in!
Michael J Botti wrote:If you can tell me how to do the map thing (computer idiot, sorry) I can put some of these backroads to paper for your enjoyment.
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