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Forum: Ride reports 07-16-2014, 09:36 PM
Replies: 565
Views: 108,152
Posted By Xylx
Nom 2x indeed

Even Xylx the germaphobe would agree that looks well worth the risk.
Forum: Ride reports 07-04-2014, 04:55 PM
Replies: 565
Views: 108,152
Posted By Xylx
Mendoza

Don't pass up any wine. Especially the homemade variety.
Mendoza south thru Patagonia is just like Wyoming only with less guns and better wine.
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 05-24-2014, 03:35 PM
Replies: 8,381
Views: 727,820
Posted By Xylx
GPS pn sale REI

REI is closing out their Garmin 62 series. I got a 62 STC with camera for $269. These were $500 very recently. I didn't need the camera. I saw a 62ST at gpsdepot (I think that was it) for $200. I...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 05-22-2014, 08:05 PM
Replies: 8,381
Views: 727,820
Posted By Xylx
Bogus Ridge Road tonite

Just got back from riding the ridge road (Thurs. nite). Went up 8th street. They must have just graded it or something. Never seen it that good. Went over the ridge road and down Bogus Basin Road....
Forum: Ride reports 05-16-2014, 08:39 PM
Replies: 565
Views: 108,152
Posted By Xylx
Germaphobe replies

As someone who manages to get food poisoned on a regular basis in major US cities (today for instance) I salute your defiance of the gods of montezuma's revenge. They were bound to win one round.
Forum: Thumpers 04-16-2014, 05:28 PM
Replies: 23,705
Views: 3,976,362
Posted By Xylx
Countershaft sprocket switch out

Is it possible to switch out the front countershaft sprocket without breaking the chain? Going from a 13 to a 15. Tired of riding around town like a trials rider. Will end up with a 15/46. Just a...
Forum: Ride reports 04-05-2014, 08:34 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 41,928
Posted By Xylx
Signed up-waiting for more. multsimesc

Nice RR. Tuva is out there. There's a great book on Tuva by Richard Feynman a (no longer living) legendary American physicist. Tuva or Bust.
Upload those pics! Whenever I go to Romania I am...
Forum: Road warriors 04-05-2014, 08:11 PM
Replies: 5,533
Views: 1,021,271
Posted By Xylx
Rear tire issue

My rear tire won't hold air. Or at least wouldn't. It is the original tire. I bought the bike with 800 miles on it and have gone 500 more. The tire leaked very slowly. I finally aired it up to 45 psi...
Forum: Ride reports 04-05-2014, 08:01 PM
Replies: 565
Views: 108,152
Posted By Xylx
No holds barred eating

Been lurking here for a few weeks. Amazed by your intestinal fortitude. Maybe that's the way to go, all in on the food. Build up resistance. I can manage to get sick eating in Portland and Seattle,...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-17-2014, 08:08 PM
Replies: 8,381
Views: 727,820
Posted By Xylx
steens

Anyone know when the average date the road around the top of Steen's mountain opens? I recall it being closed mid June.
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-17-2014, 08:02 PM
Replies: 8,381
Views: 727,820
Posted By Xylx
I have lived here three times since the 80s. I...

I have lived here three times since the 80s. I keep coming back. The winters are mild compared to Alaska, my second to last home.
Forum: Thumpers 02-17-2014, 08:28 PM
Replies: 23,705
Views: 3,976,362
Posted By Xylx
MPG with Clarke

As noted above, yes 200 miles per tank. Without tipping the DRZ over on its side to get every last vapor out of it. If you geared it 15/41 or something you might do better, but then you can't ride it...
Forum: Ride reports 02-08-2014, 06:09 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 41,928
Posted By Xylx
Great RR and photos

multsimesc pentru la RR. More photos. Always wanted to see Tuva since reading Feynman's book.
Forum: Road warriors 12-30-2013, 11:31 AM
Replies: 5,533
Views: 1,021,271
Posted By Xylx
[QUOTE=docwells7;23094072]I'd also add that...

[QUOTE=docwells7;23094072]I'd also add that despite the old fart dislike for auto transmission, there are tons of young adults that are looking to make the transition from scooters to motorcycles and...
Forum: Ride reports 12-09-2013, 08:40 PM
Replies: 2,166
Views: 776,588
Posted By Xylx
Not Denali

NOT Denali. It's Sleeping Lady, Fire Island, then Turnagain Arm. In the 15 years I lived in Anchorville ,Kenai and Juneau I saw Denali like 3 times when the weather was just right. Sometimes visible...
Forum: Ride reports 12-01-2013, 08:37 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 31,707
Posted By Xylx
English Breakfast

Hey thanks for doing this RR. I got onto the RR just to review the Romania part and ended up reading the whole thing. It's great. I never would have thought of going to Turkey, but it looks really...
Forum: Trip Planning 11-28-2013, 05:11 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 21,285
Posted By Xylx
AK safety

I have a Honda NC700X. I can hide money in the frunk or under the pillion which opens with a key for gas. I put a couple hundred in the frunk (the trunk which looks like a gas tank but isn't).
...
Forum: Trip Planning 11-28-2013, 04:32 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,581
Posted By Xylx
Consider a Honda NC700X

Consider a Honda NC700X parallel twin (or S Euro version). It has more torque than a KLR and gets way better gas mileage. There is a Turkish couple on here that rode one to Mongolia 2up and are...
Forum: Road warriors 11-22-2013, 06:21 PM
Replies: 5,533
Views: 1,021,271
Posted By Xylx
Lack of vision

Seriously. Alter the NC700X with a better suspension, 19" spoked wheels (maybe a 21" front) and they would OWN the ADV market. I was in Eastern Europe last month and saw twice as many ancient...
Forum: Road warriors 11-02-2013, 11:56 AM
Replies: 5,533
Views: 1,021,271
Posted By Xylx
Rev Limiter and speed

I have never hit the rev limiter in my few rides. Quite the opposite, while trying to get some circulation back in my throttle-hand I slowed down to 30 mph maybe in 6th gear. When I went to roll the...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 10-18-2013, 04:51 PM
Replies: 8,381
Views: 727,820
Posted By Xylx
Tire involved with foot breakage

[QUOTE=WhichWayNow;22578230]My season came to an early end last week. I was on my way to work early in the morning. I locked the back tire making a left turn. The bike high sided. I ended up with a...
Forum: Thumpers 10-04-2013, 08:14 PM
Replies: 23,705
Views: 3,976,362
Posted By Xylx
Fisher

I have spent up to 8 hours on my Fisher saddle in a day on FS roads. They do a great job of setting up the saddle. I was able to drive over there and have them measure me on one of their DRZs....
Forum: Thumpers 10-01-2013, 07:10 PM
Replies: 23,705
Views: 3,976,362
Posted By Xylx
Pingel petcock

May I put in a word for the Pingel petcock. It is indeed way expensive. I replaced my alleged Raptor (turned out it was a made in China knockoff) with a Pingel. But the Pingel is a work of art. The...
Forum: Thumpers 09-24-2013, 04:43 PM
Replies: 23,705
Views: 3,976,362
Posted By Xylx
Dabbing danger

Several years ago I was riding my F650GS with hard-bags (Happy Trail) on a forest service road in early spring. A snow patch appeared and I got through it most of the way before dabbing. Just like...
Forum: Road warriors 09-01-2013, 09:04 PM
Replies: 5,533
Views: 1,021,271
Posted By Xylx
USD v. $A v. Registration

Thanks. Those are basically USD bike prices. Except you can get ABS on a shift model in Oz. But save $A 190 to get rid of the passenger seat? My two bikes together don't cost $190 a year combined...
Forum: Road warriors 08-29-2013, 09:17 PM
Replies: 5,533
Views: 1,021,271
Posted By Xylx
I intend to spend US winters in Melbourne...

I intend to spend US winters in Melbourne starting in a few years. All that desert and just 20 million people mostly in 4 or 5 major cities. Very inviting. Except for the snake thing. The long-term...
Forum: Thumpers 08-02-2013, 09:36 PM
Replies: 23,705
Views: 3,976,362
Posted By Xylx
Gears

I run 13/46 on my SM with 21/18 tires. The speedo is waaaaay off. All I know is that it won't go over 50 mph without straining. I restrict myself to forest service roads most of the time. I can crawl...
Forum: Thumpers 08-01-2013, 08:58 PM
Replies: 23,705
Views: 3,976,362
Posted By Xylx
SM difference

Swingarm chain adjusters too. The shock supposedly has 1" less travel. I have my SM set up for dirt. I never switch out the wheels so it's basically a waste. I should have just bought an E or S.
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 07-19-2013, 05:25 PM
Replies: 8,381
Views: 727,820
Posted By Xylx
Shorai battery in Boise. Help

Anyone know where I can get a Shorai battery this weekend in Boise? Happy Trails is closed. They advertise them but I don't know if they drop ship them or have them in stock. I am leaving next week...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 07-11-2013, 09:05 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,487
Posted By Xylx
Magruder closed Aug 5-16

We were planning on going in August but it's closed for repairs (aka improvements) August 5-16 is what I heard. We're going on the 25th of July. Back over Lolo the dirt way.
Forum: Thumpers 06-29-2013, 08:22 AM
Replies: 23,705
Views: 3,976,362
Posted By Xylx
pelican case size

What size is that pelican case? 1500? Looks perfect size. Also interested to know how you mounted the rotopax.
www.boss safety.com seems to have great prices on Pelican cases.
Forum: Thumpers 06-12-2013, 05:56 PM
Replies: 23,705
Views: 3,976,362
Posted By Xylx
Moab DRZ

Did White Rim in April. Much improved from a decade ago. There's outhouses ! Easy for DRZ. Behind the Rocks is good too. Although at the ledge after the sand on the way up to the Pritchett overlook...
Forum: Ride reports 06-11-2013, 07:16 PM
Replies: 3,554
Views: 1,611,715
Posted By Xylx
It's not you. I've ridden through and camped by...

It's not you. I've ridden through and camped by many streams in the Kungei Alatau and never saw any fish except some small 6 inch or less perch looking things. You will need a 7 weight when you get...
Forum: Thumpers 06-01-2013, 04:46 PM
Replies: 23,705
Views: 3,976,362
Posted By Xylx
E in PDX upscale garage not barn, find

I'm tempted to drive over there tonight and get it. But it's 7 hours.

http://portland.craigslist.org/clc/mcy/3843370900.html
Forum: Road warriors 06-01-2013, 01:51 PM
Replies: 5,533
Views: 1,021,271
Posted By Xylx
DCT where are they?

I know a guy who has been trying to buy a DCT version for 4 months from the local dealer here in Boise. He's standing there with the money in hand. They keep telling him it has shipped, he goes out...
Forum: Trip Planning 05-18-2013, 09:30 PM
Replies: 212
Views: 33,927
Posted By Xylx
Pee

Pee. I used to do that in the AK bush. Made me feel better.
Best story I heard were these guys from NY who rented a USFS cabin in Yakutat to go fishing. They bought bear spray. Bear showed up, so...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 05-18-2013, 08:28 AM
Replies: 8,381
Views: 727,820
Posted By Xylx
Thorn Creek

I remember driving that road back in the 80s no problem. There was a flood or something in the 90s which washed it out and the USFS decided to not fix it. I tried getting my loaded BMW down there two...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 05-12-2013, 04:05 PM
Replies: 8,381
Views: 727,820
Posted By Xylx
Shaw Mountain/snakes

Rode up Highland Road today to the gate at Shaw Mountain. You used to be able to drive over to Rocky Canyon from there. It's gated off on the other side too now. Anyone know when they closed these...
Forum: Thumpers 05-10-2013, 05:12 PM
Replies: 23,705
Views: 3,976,362
Posted By Xylx
None of the above

I would choose neither. I got a SM with both on and offroad wheels, 1900 miles last year for $4400. I recently saw a brand new S with like 800 miles on it in Las Vegas for $4250 if memory serves. I...
Forum: Thumpers 05-10-2013, 05:06 PM
Replies: 23,705
Views: 3,976,362
Posted By Xylx
Clarke tank

Not a pro, but I've done it. RINSE repeat RINSE. Get all those plastic chips out. I also smoothed the edges around the petcock opening. There is a wire that goes under the frame to help support...
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