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  2. Harley-Davidson’s 2020 Street Glide Special stars in this episode of <em>MC Commute</em>. (Adam Waheed/) American muscle. The 2020 Street Glide Special gets Harley’s 114-cubic-inch Milwaukee-Eight twin, good for nearly 111 pound-feet of torque at the back Dunlop. (Adam Waheed/) Long and low. The Street Glide Special has a muscular stance that is as comfy as it is tough looking. (Adam Waheed/) Harley-Davidson saddles are second to none. Plush and well-supported, these are the gold standard of motorcycle seats. (Adam Waheed/) The Street Glide Special benefits from a larger touchscreen infotainment display and more powerful speakers compared to the standard Street Glide. (Adam Waheed/) The Street Glide Special’s batwing fairing is a key styling feature. Unlike the Road Glide’s fixed fairing, this component moves with the handlebar. (Adam Waheed/) The Street Glide Special gets cornering-enabled ABS which helps mitigate loss of control during brake application through turns. (Adam Waheed/) Touring-friendly. Two lockable storage cases make it easier to escape town for the day, or night. (Adam Waheed/) The Street Glide Special wears a pair of “dropped” bags that make for a sleeker and more pleasing aesthetic. (Adam Waheed/)View the full article
  3. No one builds heavyweight V-twin cruisers like Harley-Davidson. America’s favorite Motor Company has been stamping out iron for 116 years, and for those who appreciate long, low bagger-style touring bikes, Harley-Davidson’s 2020 Street Glide Special (price as tested at $30,794) is the crème de la crème. Related: 2020 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide First Ride Review Harley-Davidson’s 2020 Street Glide Special stars in this episode of <em>MC Commute</em>. (Adam Waheed/)The Street Glide Special stands out from the crowd with its all-black finish and competition-style GT-inspired Prodigy rims. Aesthetically, it also benefits from sleeker-looking dropped hard cases. An up-spec stereo with a larger touchscreen color display, makes it easy to manipulate vehicle and navigation controls, even while wearing gloves. Related: 2019 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Standard American muscle. The 2020 Street Glide Special gets Harley’s 114-cubic-inch Milwaukee-Eight twin, good for nearly 111 pound-feet of torque at the back Dunlop. (Adam Waheed/)But the crown jewel of the Street Glide Special is its bored and stroked 114ci (1,868cc) liquid-cooled engine that pumps out nearly 111 pound-feet. Twist the throttle and feel the 45-degree power pulses launch you forward with a tidal wave of torque. With so much power on tap, it’s easy to overwhelm the grippy Dunlop American Elite rear tire. Related: Best Harley-Davidson Motorcycles To Commute On Long and low. The Street Glide Special has a muscular stance that is as comfy as it is tough looking. (Adam Waheed/)So it’s a good thing our Street Glide Special was outfitted with Harley’s newly developed and optional $995 RDRS (Reflex Defensive Rider Systems). This electronic suite includes cornering ABS, wheelspin (traction), vehicle hold (keeps the motorcycle from rolling backward during launches on steep hills or inclines), and drag-torque slip control (mitigates rear wheel instability if the rider downshifts in too low of gear for vehicle speed) functions. It also adds a handy tire pressure monitoring system. Related: 2021 Harley-Davidson Bronx Streetfighter Preview Harley-Davidson saddles are second to none. Plush and well-supported, these are the gold standard of motorcycle seats. (Adam Waheed/)In addition to wheel speed sensors the system employs an IMU (type of chip used in most modern smartphones) which gives the motorcycle positional awareness on the road. It’s similar technology to what many modern liter-class sportbikes employ, including Yamaha’s YZF-R1 and Ducati’s Panigale V4. These electronics enhance control when riding on any surface, wet or dry. By default the system is “on” when the motorcycle is started, however it can be manually disabled if, say, you want to cause a scene (and maybe a little smoke) when accelerating from a stop. Related: 2020 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Limited Review First Ride The Street Glide Special benefits from a larger touchscreen infotainment display and more powerful speakers compared to the standard Street Glide. (Adam Waheed/)We felt the system in play over damp road surfaces and slippery manhole covers and it performs as advertised. We’d be keen to see how the electronics perform during more spirited riding maneuvers, but we’ll leave that to next time. The Street Glide Special’s batwing fairing is a key styling feature. Unlike the Road Glide’s fixed fairing, this component moves with the handlebar. (Adam Waheed/)A lot of motorcycle manufacturers build nice V-twin engines, but none of them sound like a Harley. The crisp exhaust note and clocklike precision of the six-speed gearbox give this big twin a level of refinement that needs to be experienced to be believed. Love ’em or hate ’em, there are few engines on Earth that deliver the prodigious levels of character, refinement, and power as this 114 Milwaukee-Eight. The Street Glide Special gets cornering-enabled ABS which helps mitigate loss of control during brake application through turns. (Adam Waheed/)Harley-Davidson elevated the handling standard of what riders expect from a heavyweight twin when it overhauled the chassis on its touring line in 2009. And today’s Street Glide Special handles better than you’d expect a 827-pound motorcycle to. The addition of Showa’s Dual-Bending Valve fork boosts pitch control during aggressive braking and sucks up bumps and pavement imperfections in regal fashion. A preload adjustment knob allows rider’s to modify the rear suspension’s ride height based on preference or carrying load. Touring-friendly. Two lockable storage cases make it easier to escape town for the day, or night. (Adam Waheed/)Of course, fit and finish and the gleam from the paint are other signature traits of modern Harleys and we’re always impressed with H-D’s ability to sweat the details. It certainly ain’t cheap, but if you are seeking the utmost in comfort, performance, and of course style from a heavyweight V-twin touring bike, there simply is no better option than this 2020 Street Glide Special. The Street Glide Special wears a pair of “dropped” bags that make for a sleeker and more pleasing aesthetic. (Adam Waheed/)2020 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide Price And Specifications PRICE $30,794, as tested ENGINE 114ci (1,868cc), air-/liquid-cooled V-twin; 8-valve BORE x STROKE 4.016 x 4.5 in. COMPRESSION RATIO 10.2:1 FUEL DELIVERY Fuel injection TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE 6-speed/chain FRAME Steel FRONT SUSPENSION 49mm fork; 4.6-in. travel REAR SUSPENSION Dual shocks, adjustable for spring preload; 2.2-in. travel FRONT BRAKE 4-piston calipers, 300mm discs REAR BRAKE 4-piston caliper, 300mm disc TIRES, FRONT/REAR Dunlop American Elite; 130/60-19 / 180/55-18 RAKE/TRAIL 26.0°/6.8 in. WHEELBASE 64.0 in. SEAT HEIGHT 26.1 in. (“laden”) FUEL CAPACITY 6.0 gal. CLAIMED CURB WEIGHT 827 lb. WARRANTY 2 years AVAILABLE October 2019 CONTACT harley-davidson.com View the full article
  4. TEWKS

    Impeach the Motherf _ _ _ _ _

    On a different scale than what is being discussed regarding "trucking" here. My brother has (at last count) nine gravel haulers and he has work for more. Strange with all the online shopping that the trucking industry isn't booming for everyone.
  5. Skywagon

    Experience experimenting with oil

    Pilot...been using this since the first oil change (put in by my dealer - first oil change was free) on my wethead...now 25k. I used it on my oil head for about 50k...Amazon usually has a pretty good price. It is what is recommended in my 2014 RT owners manual. I don't know the Moly content and don't really care. I think the same you said about BMW...either wrong about Moly or no clue they are advertising and selling branded oil that would violate their own warranty policy. Some of the early wetheads are getting up there in mileage. I've not heard of any engine issues oil related. The last time I bought this oil on Amazon it was $46 delivered for 6Quarts. Today it shows $50. It varies from time to time but still half price of advantec. Roll over image to zoom in Castrol 06113 Power1 4T 5W-40 Synthetic Motorcycle Oil, 1 Quart Bottle, 6 Pack
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  7. Pilot

    Experience experimenting with oil

    I just purchased a 2016 R1200GS with 52K miles. According to the BMW maintenance records, the motorcycle has only had Advantec oil; note in the oil analysis just done how it has lower levels of magnesium, phosphorus and zinc--the anti-wear and detergent additives--compared to the listed universal averages for that engine model. Also note that in the BMW manual, it cautions against using Molybdenum , yet Advantec in this sample has almost twice the level of Moly that the universal averages for that model engine. So either BMW was fibbing by that entry in the owners manual or BMW is not watching carefully how its Advantec branded oil is being produced. On the oil change I just did, I utilized Castrol 5W40 with the BMW recommended API SL / JASO2 ratings; we will see how that does on the next oil analysis. The Advantec oil seems to be a less than average quality oil for about twice the price of other appropriately rated oils. R1200GS-OIL-ANALYSIS-9DEC19-REDACTEDF.pdf
  8. Rinkydink

    Impeach the Motherf _ _ _ _ _

    I had no intention of calling anybody out with my post. Celadon was used as an example and being a voracious newspaper reader I had just read the article concerning the fraud charges. No desire whatsoever to start a pissing match with anyone. Just stating my opinion. I don’t want the Full Throttle section to cause any animosity between us BMW lovers. 👊 .
  9. Looking for something ugly to wear to that holiday party? There are some great options to help you battle for the ugly sweater contest prize. (Eugene Zhyvchik/)Blizzard Bay Men’s Ugly Christmas Sweater If you find yourself attending an ugly sweater holiday party, it is worth investing (pun intended, sorry) in a cheesy sweater vest like this. (Amazon/)When it comes to ugly sweaters, sweater vests are usually high up on the fashion atrocity scale. Add an obnoxious pattern and sewn-on graphics and you have yourself a solid ugly sweater contest contender. This one features Santa losing his sack of gifts for some wheelie-ripping hooliganism. This vest is made with a soft-knit 100-percent cotton fabric which will allow you to be one of the more comfortable partygoers. v28 Men’s Sweater Who needs a sleigh when you can ride? Santa brings his trusty reindeer leader along on this motorcycle/sidecar sweater. (Amazon/)Santa and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer are standard on many ugly sweaters, however, Santa and his prime reindeer riding on a motorcycle with a sidecar? That’s ugly sweater gold. This sweater is soft and warm with the 100-percent acrylic fabric. Plus, if you end up spilling anything on it at the party, then you can wash it in the washing machine when you get home so you can wear it again next year. Ugly Christmas Sweater Company Men’s Crew Neck Xmas Sweater If an ugly sweater that has a cool vibe is your style, then this cruiser-riding Santa one is for you. (Amazon/)If motorcycles are your life and riding is in every fiber of your being, then you want a sweater that has “Ride to live” and “Live to ride” emblazoned on the sleeves. Santa is riding in style on his cruiser and you can ride into the party with an ugly sweater that makes a statement. With a cotton/acrylic blend (60 percent/40 percent) you will be comfortable in this machine-washable pullover. Braaap Motorcycle Christmas Sweater Motocross riders should be braaaping around the Christmas tree in this ugly sweater. (Amazon/)Braaap the halls with revs of jolly with this motocross-themed sweater. This cotton/polyester blend will keep you warm as you make your way through the cold weather to the house party. Snowflakes, Christmas trees, a motocross rider, and “Braap” across the chest make this an eye-catcher of a pullover. Choose from different colors like navy, royal blue, dark heather, and black. View the full article
  10. RogerC60

    GPS or Phone Mount, R1150RS

    Just a thought on USB chargers. Most modern phones are capable of Quick Charge 3.0. I've found that if I have my phone on a regular charger and I'm using a navigation app and also listening to an audio book, the battery drains anyway. If I have it on a QC charger everything is fine. The charger you can get from Cycle Gear is not a Quick Charge. Here's one on Amazon that might work for you: https://www.amazon.com/SAE-USB-Adapter-Motorcycle-Disconnect/dp/B078FTSJWJ/
  11. realshelby

    Impeach the Motherf _ _ _ _ _

    Wrong, not left out of article conveniently. I felt like that article was but one example handy to insert at the moment. Didn't want this to become a trucking industry thread, but when called out this is my response. I do find the comment about not the Presidents fault nor a sign of the economy to be downplayed to support the President and policies. Especially since Trumps trade policies are a direct influence. Time will prove one of us correct. Now for those that don't believe my first post about the trucking industry... https://www.wsj.com/articles/trucking-company-shutdowns-grow-as-shipping-market-cools-11567104495 If business does better playing by the rules, then so will this country when the President follows the laws. "About 640 trucking companies went bankrupt in the first half of the year, according to industry data from Broughton Capital LLC. That's more than triple the roughly 175 bankruptcies from the same period last year. ACT Research has said America's $800 billion trucking market entered a recession early this year"
  12. dirtrider

    Easy way to get top dead center 1100RT BMW

    Morning WOLF Yes, see instructions. Rotate engine until the (OT) mark is lined up with center of timing hole. (see #3 below). You don't need to lock there just make sure that it stays centered during the setting procedure. Operating Instructions: Unplug the Hall Trigger Sensor from the wiring harness Ensure that the piston is locked at Top Dead Center. Insert the Hall Tester in line between the hall sensor and the factory harness Power is supplied by the vehicles electrical system. Rotate the hall sensor plate to the point where the LED turns on - indicating the point of ignition. Note that if the light stays on a little whilst rotating the hall sensor plate then the precise point of ignition is at the very point where it turns off again - slightly more curate. Be advised that working on the ignition requires special precautions due to very high voltages - always see a professional if you encounter problems If you need further advise hopefully someone else will follow up as I don't know when I will be back on this site.
  13. WOLF KOFI

    Easy way to get top dead center 1100RT BMW

    REOPENING TO ASK ADVISE ON HOW OR IF I CAN USE THIS EFL-miniHT-R137 to set my 1100RT 2000 TDC.... humble thanks I advice....
  14. WOLF KOFI

    1100RT 2000 drive shaft or clutch replacement

    Hi Andy.... Thanks alot... I'm in the industrial area now discussing this project.... they are so far behind... hard to find the heat gun...
  15. TEWKS

    The comic book firefighter

    Someday, it'd be a story worth telling, and hearing me thinks.
  16. roadscholar

    Impeach the Motherf _ _ _ _ _

    Busted : )
  17. Rinkydink

    Impeach the Motherf _ _ _ _ _

    Celadon’s woes couldn’t possibly have been the result of the securities fraud allegations filed against them. Two former company officials charged in the fraud scheme. They paid $42.2 million earlier this year for falsely reporting profits and assets. Conveniently left out of your linked article. Hardly the President’s fault nor a sign of where the economy is headed. Business does a lot better when it plays by the rules.
  18. Living the Dream

    The comic book firefighter

    All my good happysnaps are still in paper format.......it'd be alot of scanning.
  19. Image: Self-confessed speed freak, Zef Eisenberg has confirmed he will build customers versions of his custom-built V8 powered motorcycle View the full article
  20. Image: In what could be golden news to adventure riders, the already capable Yamaha Ténéré 700 could get an even more extreme sibling View the full article
  21. The design of the Big Boxer blends old tech with new tech. (BMW/) Meet the 1,802cc Big Boxer. (BMW/) The aluminum engine housing is vertically split. (BMW/) Cast aluminum pistons are driven by a tempered steel crankshaft within Nikasil-coated cylinders. (BMW/) Big Boxer deconstructed. (BMW/) The six-speed transmission is housed in a separate aluminum housing at the rear of the main engine housing. (BMW/) Elegantly designed. (BMW/) Josef Miritsch, head BMW’s Air-Cooled Boxer Series. (BMW/) The transmission sends power to the rear wheel by way of a universal shaft drive. (BMW/) Air-cooling still plays a big part in the Big Boxer’s design. (BMW/)View the full article
  22. BMW has been teasing its massive new 1,802cc Big Boxer engine for some time, showcasing the mill in customs from Zon and Revival Cycles, and within concepts like the R 18. Earlier this year we also got a glimpse at the production version of the bike to be powered by this unmistakable powerplant. That’s all to say that BMW’s made no secret of the new cruiser platform on the horizon, but details on the specifics of the engine have been sparse until now. The design of the Big Boxer blends old tech with new tech. (BMW/)From the outside it’s clear that the design of the engine is rooted in BMW’s history, and so too are many of its technical features. It’s got separate engine and transmission housings and an OHV valve drive design similar to some of the earliest boxer engines produced by the brand. BMW looked specifically to the R 5/R 51 and R 51/2 for inspiration with the valve drive, mimicking the dual camshaft configuration in the Big Boxer. The latest engine has two camshafts positioned to the right and left above the crankshaft, allowing pushrods to be shorter and thereby reducing moving mass within the engine. This also serves to make the valve drive more stiff, allowing for better precision and stability. Meet the 1,802cc Big Boxer. (BMW/)The modern amenities of the four valve per cylinder system include dual ignition, intake manifold injection, and the BMS-O engine management system, all geared to provide peak torque and power while optimizing consumption and keeping emissions down. The aluminum engine housing is vertically split. (BMW/)When fuel is served up though the 41.2mm inlet valves, it fires within piston chambers that have 107.1mm bore and 100mm stroke, with spent gases exiting 35mm outlet valves. The cast aluminum pistons inside are driven by a tempered steel crankshaft that features an additional main bearing at the center to reduce bending vibration. They live within cylinders coated with Nikasil and are lubricated and cooled by a wet-sump lubrication system with two-stage oil pump that operates by way of a sleeve-type chain driven by the crankshaft. Cast aluminum pistons are driven by a tempered steel crankshaft within Nikasil-coated cylinders. (BMW/)Each of the steel valves is adjusted by an adjusting screw, similar to many of BMW’s classic air-cooled engines of the past, allowing valve clearances to be adjusted easily. Big Boxer deconstructed. (BMW/)The aluminum engine housing is split vertically and utilizes air-cooling in addition to oil-cooling thanks to large ribbed cylinder housings. In total, the engine weighs 244.3 pounds. As for output, there’s 91 hp available at 4,750 rpm and 116.6 pound-feet of torque at 3,000 rpm. Revs top out at 5,750 rpm and engine idle is set at 950 rpm. The six-speed transmission is housed in a separate aluminum housing at the rear of the main engine housing. (BMW/)All that power is transmitted to the rear wheel by way of a universal shaft drive and dry single-disc, anti-hopping clutch. The six-speed transmission is housed inside the second aluminum housing directly behind the primary engine housing. It utilizes a four-shaft design with helical gear pairs, with an input shaft with lug dampers driving two gearbox shafts and an output shaft that reverses the direction of rotation. Riders will also be able to add reverse gear functionality to the engine as an accessory, which is driven by an intermediate gear and electric motor. BMW has achieved the largest two-cylinder boxer engine of all time with the Big Boxer, and the uniquely nostalgic/modern mill promises to be quite a treat for cruiser riders. Elegantly designed. (BMW/) Josef Miritsch, head BMW’s Air-Cooled Boxer Series. (BMW/) The transmission sends power to the rear wheel by way of a universal shaft drive. (BMW/) Air-cooling still plays a big part in the Big Boxer’s design. (BMW/) View the full article
  23. AndyS

    1100RT 2000 drive shaft or clutch replacement

    When you come to use that torch, be VERY careful. It can very easily destroy the paintwork. The Swing arm is painted / powder coated silver. You need to get a lot of heat into it, but not in such a way as to burn the paint. Remember you are trying to get the loctite (which in on the pivot pin) to break down. So keep the focus of the heat on the pivot pin mot so much the whole housing. As DR mentioned earlier, a heat gun is much more useful than a butane torch. Just be careful.
  24. Image: Ducati Corse have launched a memorabilia project giving fans the chance to own a piece of a MotoGP bike’s engine, as used in the championship View the full article
  25. Image: In his second video for OSET Bikes in 2019, Chris takes on Caehopkin Forest, South Wales for the video “Green Heaven” View the full article
  26. SAS

    GPS or Phone Mount, R1150RS

    I bought a USB connector at Cycle Gear and attached directly to the battery and ran the end up to the handle bar area and secured with plastic tie wraps. Works great. You may want to get a dual USB as then you don't have to disconnect to work the other gear, if you have multiple devises. I have a Ram mount for my GPS and the same mount works for my iPhone 6.
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