|Full Name:||Phillip Forbes|
|Last Logged In:||January 22, 2018|
|Registered:||March 05, 2008|
|Home Page URL:||http://www.zerotorsionalload.blogspot.com/|
|Birthday (Year) & Occupation:||1987, six year US Navy veteran - E-6B Mercury Avionics Technician, tried college - gag, currently a Field Technician for Calibration Technologies, Inc.|
|Country:||These free, sovereign, independent, and United States of America|
|Personal Quote:||We don't care how they do it in Japan.
It'll feel better when it quits hurting.
|Bike Model (Ex - M2, XB12Rr, S1W, P3):||S1W, X1, X1, XB12XT|
|Model Year (Please enter full 4-digit year):||1998, 1999, 2000, 2009|
|Color:||S1W - Nuke Blue & white . . . X1s are both in a dozen boxes on a shelf . . . 2009 XT - Racing Red|
|V.I.N. (To aid in problem resolution. Will not be displayed or shared otherwise.) :||(Hidden)|
|Servicing Dealership:||Forbes' Wrench & Ride|
Andrews N8 cams
Stage 2 headwork
EBR front rotor
EBC HH front pads
EBC Black rear pads
K&N filter in a stock airbox
EBR Race ECM - recalibrated with speed sensitive post-comfort kit "key on" fan operation and pre-comfort kit "key off" fan operation temp limits
breather re-route with a Pegasus catch can
|Problems/Miles (Please be specific):||XT:
3k - speedo started acting up - works great after cleaning the sensor.
8k - both forks leaking. $42 in parts later and the front end feels better than new.
22k - water got into the primary because I didn't secure the clutch adjustment boot properly. Needle bearing in the back of the clutch hub seized so hard the bike would wheelie with the clutch completely disengaged. $500 later, She's rocking an almost entirely new clutch.
27k - steering head bearings have been getting loose for a while. Replaced with "All Balls" tapered roller bearings.
Current mileage: 28511 as of 20MAY2015
dual bright headlight rewire
DDM Tuning 55w HIDs - 3000k low / 6000k high
Aprilia Tuono mirrors
Nelson Rigg Micro tank bag
mounted the shift linkage backwards on the shift pawl shaft for a free GP shift pattern
American Sport Bike Delrin axle sliders
sheepskin buttpad purchased dirt cheap from a Goldwing rider - hideous and comfortable
installed waterproof LED strips from Oznium in the trunk case which function as additional tail/brake lights
homemade 1/4" x 1" aluminum hand guards
athletic tape on the heated grips to make them thicker, and so the surface I'm wearing out is $2 worth of tape instead of $100 worth of heated grips
|Favorite Rides (Roads and Routes):||L34 between Council Bluffs and Logan, IA
HWY 23 between Eureka Springs and Ozark, AR
The clover leaf at I-40 & Douglas in Midwest City, OK
HWY 25 & 198 between Hollister and Coalinga, CA.
Panoche Road between Paicines, CA and I-5, but only on the Uly.
|Why I do/don't ride a Buell:||I learned to ride on a 2007 Ottoman and was instantly hooked.
"It's a fast, rude ride. But then again, so is life."
|How can Buell improve their motorcycles?:||I believe the events of 15 October 2009 opened a lot of doors for the future of Erik Buell's motorcycles. We may never see another Buell Motorcycle Company but I strongly believe that the man behind the machines will build American motorcycles again and that they will be the best street motorcycles in the world.|
|Life History/Philosophy:||"There are two types of riding that I love.
The first being the super intense all encompasing type that forces you to not think at all. You must be fully engaged, anticipate and react. There isn't time to think about how much work the backyard needs or whether or not you remembered to clean the gutters. This is peg scratching, trail braking, throttle controlled zen. The gas bill or the balance in the checking account doesn't matter. Focus entirely on the task at hand or you are going to get seriously hurt or killed. I really enjoy that kind of clarity. I find it surprisingly peaceful. It's not unlike that last beer... but without the hangover.
The second kind of riding that I enjoy is slightly different. It's when you find a great section of road and let your mind wander some. I find it similar to meditation. I try to keep my thoughts entirely in the moment. The difference is that at a relaxed pace your mind has time to work in the background. I often come to huge realizations about myself, my life, my relationships, my work... It's all that time you spend in your helmet with nobody but yourself. I know I'm making progress towards relaxation with each huge sigh. Exhaling tension to find yourself in the moment." - PeteŠ (ADV)
|Top speed on 2 wheels (mph):||Mach 0.185|
|Preferred engine oil (brand/grade):||AMSOIL 20W-50 (ARO) & Formula+|
|current cage(s):||2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI SE 6M|
|completed projects:||I finished rebuilding Betty (2002 X1) on 16MAY2009. Sold her 22FEB2012.|
|standard maintenance procedures:||If it isn't rattling or jumping teeth, don't tighten it. Clean and lubricate every part and area possible while doing other maintenance. (18" rule from my years spent working in Naval Aviation) "Clean" means WD-40 and an air hose, NOT water!|
|2009 XT fuel economy:||Fuelly|
|1998 S1W fuel economy:||Fuelly|
|2013 VW Passat TDI SE 6M fuel economy:||Fuelly|
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