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On a similar note, I have read that the new bikes will have to meet Euro 6 standards, and as such, cannot be modified in any way without triggering an engine light. Any truth to that?
 

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The base reason for air cooling is that it's cheaper and lighter. Engineers long ago figured out they could teak performance higher with water cooling and more controlled cylinder head temperatures. This doesn't mean cheaper air cooling is bad. I LIKE a reasonably price lightweight bike that is never going to actually race anyone. For example.
Water cooling is also "quieter" and helps meet EPA noise standards.

On top of all that's been mentioned, I believe there's a "keep busy" factor. If you work for a company as an electrical connector design specialist and come up with a great connector that's scalable, cheap, weatherproof, etc, etc, that's great. But you need a paycheck next week and the week after too so what do you do?

I bring connectors up specifically because there are is an extraordinary variety of them on vehicles. And after a couple of years every make seems to change them up. Usually to the worse in usability. Fuel line connectors are little better. I pulled the fuel tank on a late model Chevy the other day and found three different (and new to me) design of line connectors on it that had to be undone. Ridiculous. But I guess those fuel/evap line engineers are right there with the electrical guys. Got a mortgage to pay, kids to raise, etc.
 

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I'm a big fan of electric starting and EFI, kind of meh on a center stand have never had a problem with either liquid or air cooling. As far as emissions standards, modern bikes run more reliably, make more power and are cleaner so I'm a big fan. We've seen what smog is like, it still happens in less regulated/developed areas and it's a significant assault on human health. Is it possible for a standard to go too far? Of course it is but given current performance we aren't there yet, hopefully the piston ICE can live on indefinitely in certain applications and we can live with it.
 

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On a similar note, I have read that the new bikes will have to meet Euro 6 standards, and as such, cannot be modified in any way without triggering an engine light. Any truth to that?
Depends on the bike.
They're talking variable valve timing now to get the emissions lower on high hp bikes.
Others will be dragging around 40 lb mini-refineries in the form of tail pipes.
There is more than one way to shin that cat but the complexity of the system is almost certainly going to increase.

On the up side...No more carrying around 20 lbs of tools (y)
(Most bikers I know can't change a flat anyway 😳)
 

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The base reason for air cooling is that it's cheaper and lighter. Engineers long ago figured out they could teak performance higher with water cooling and more controlled cylinder head temperatures. This doesn't mean cheaper air cooling is bad. I LIKE a reasonably price lightweight bike that is never going to actually race anyone. For example.
Water cooling is also "quieter" and helps meet EPA noise standards.

On top of all that's been mentioned, I believe there's a "keep busy" factor. If you work for a company as an electrical connector design specialist and come up with a great connector that's scalable, cheap, weatherproof, etc, etc, that's great. But you need a paycheck next week and the week after too so what do you do?

I bring connectors up specifically because there are is an extraordinary variety of them on vehicles. And after a couple of years every make seems to change them up. Usually to the worse in usability. Fuel line connectors are little better. I pulled the fuel tank on a late model Chevy the other day and found three different (and new to me) design of line connectors on it that had to be undone. Ridiculous. But I guess those fuel/evap line engineers are right there with the electrical guys. Got a mortgage to pay, kids to raise, etc.
I couldn't agree more! I've been in the auto repair industry for 40 years, and it seems these engineers keep changing things just for the sake of change, with no other reason than to show the boss they are "doing something".
 

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I agree with most said here .

F.I. is indeed a real game changer for the better .

Center stands are very important but most Americans buy Motocycles for fun or as toys and so don't grasp the need, a 6 year old bike is close to worthless here .

As far as push / "bump" starting, few know how to do it properly and so use first gear or other mistake .

Once the system voltage drops below .7 VDC most electronic ignitions loose spark .

Kick starters too, I love 'em and hate my 1975 BMW R60/6 because it hasn't one .

Setting up, tuning and / or adjusting twin carbys isn't all that hard but you need a good ear (I'm deaf now) and regular practice .

The instant I hear the starter not making it's normal fast job I go looking for a new battery and always look for and usually find a higher rated battery than the vehicle came with .

In Motos I'm now using AGM batteries, they're more powerful (Higher CCA ratings) , last longer, don't leak (!) and are vibration resistant ~

I too like basic things that are not overly complicated, why I drive a forty year old Diesel Taxi with mechanical fuel injection .

Also why my shop truck is a 20 year old base model with smaller engine and rubber floor mats, manual windows etc. ~ it DOES THE WORK I NEED IT TO DO and is comfy etc. I don't really care if anyone else likes it, oddly enough folks try to buy it everywhere I go .
 
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Yep ;

I'm now down to only two old W123's......

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This and my European spec. wagon....

Look at my stupidity : I dented the perfect front fender .

This car now has 407,000 + miles on it, runs like a top if slowly and NO SMOKE :love: .

I need to find the leak in the HVAC as it gets HOT inside even with the windows open .
 

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What happened to helmet locks? A very simple curved hinged pin and lock. Put the D-ring on your helmet in the pin, swing the pin into the lock, then unlock with the ignition key when it's time to go. Cost to manufacture couldn't have been more than $10, and weight was minimal.
 

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Yep ;

I'm now down to only two old W123's......

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This and my European spec. wagon....

Look at my stupidity : I dented the perfect front fender .

This car now has 407,000 + miles on it, runs like a top if slowly and NO SMOKE :love: .

I need to find the leak in the HVAC as it gets HOT inside even with the windows open .
What happened to helmet locks? A very simple curved hinged pin and lock. Put the D-ring on your helmet in the pin, swing the pin into the lock, then unlock with the ignition key when it's time to go. Cost to manufacture couldn't have been more than $10, and weight was minimal.
I got a helmet lock on my 2022 Kawi.
 

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What happened to helmet locks? A very simple curved hinged pin and lock. Put the D-ring on your helmet in the pin, swing the pin into the lock, then unlock with the ignition key when it's time to go. Cost to manufacture couldn't have been more than $10, and weight was minimal.
BMW cheaped out on this as well. My 2003 R1150RT has a hook fastened to the frame under the passenger seat. You unlock the seat, pull it off, hang your helmet on the hook, then put the seat back on. I wonder how many other motorcycles have something like this, and the owners just don't know to look for it.
 

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There was a time when you could buy an aftermarket helmet lock and key....

Oddly enough I've known folks who had their hemlet's strap cut and the helmet stolen, who'd want a helmet with no strap ? .
 

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If you have a full-face or modular helmet you can use a cable to lock it to the bike without using the strap and D ring. That hook under the seat I mentioned up there actually forced me to do this, since the hook is so far back under the edge of the seat:
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18 and 22 amp charging systems, generator, distributors, farm implement tire technology, 3 1/2" one way suspension damper systems, and drum dot 3 brakes. Just some of the things I remember about riding (then new) vintage bikes. I love vintage bikes, but other than looks and history they ain't got **** on modern technology.
 

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18 and 22 amp charging systems, generator, distributors, farm implement tire technology, 3 1/2" one way suspension damper systems, and drum dot 3 brakes. Just some of the things I remember about riding (then new) vintage bikes. I love vintage bikes, but other than looks and history they ain't got **** on modern technology.
Haha, just thought to add rubber oil line hoses with flat head 🪛 clamps. ✌ ;)
 

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I have a fully restored to museum quality 1972 Yamaha RT2 360 cost new just over $900.00 dollars look at Ebay motors the Enduros from that era are selling for $6000.00 to as much as $15000.00. Don't know of any modern bike going up in value to that degree?? Most depreciate the minute there rolled off the show room floor.
 

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I have a fully restored to museum quality 1972 Yamaha RT2 360 cost new just over $900.00 dollars look at Ebay motors the Enduros from that era are selling for $6000.00 to as much as $15000.00. Don't know of any modern bike going up in value to that degree?? Most depreciate the minute there rolled off the show room floor.
I love my 81xl500. I do have a more modern bike thought.
 

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I love it very nice.
Thanks Bill, It was bought new by a rancher, he worked cattle with it till 90s went to 4 wheeler. Had stator and pickup coil rewound and replaced cdi , ret/reg and coil with Rex Speed shop parts. To pass safety inspection for road use it's using a Chinese scooter 6v taillight and horn with a feeder battery that work separate from the ign. System. Not a lot of money invested... unless you count labor hours. Good dependable kickstart only bike don't bring much around Houston.
 
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