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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-20-2015, 02:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 547
Posted By Kommando
Perhaps The Ciffs, in Utica IL. Badlands Offroad...

Perhaps The Ciffs, in Utica IL. Badlands Offroad Park in Attica IN is about 2 hrs from Chicago. McCaslin Mtn Campground has trails around it in WI, and is around the Nicolet National Forest. The...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-20-2015, 02:41 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,082
Posted By Kommando
A trackday. Throw some knobs, a skid, and some...

A trackday. Throw some knobs, a skid, and some handguards on the bike and ride an enduro course for some real fun though. Remember to armor up yourself too. If you just want to have some fun, without...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-20-2015, 02:34 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,601
Posted By Kommando
- Zip-tie spare levers under your side plastics. ...

- Zip-tie spare levers under your side plastics.

- Use handguards.

- Drill your levers out by the ends.

- Use shorty levers that pivot.

- Route spare cables before you need...
Forum: Thumpers 04-11-2015, 10:46 PM
Replies: 108,262
Views: 21,651,916
Posted By Kommando
Riding rough ground at speed you will likely want...

Riding rough ground at speed you will likely want more rebound damping than the stock DR shock offers. This is even more pronounced when using a stiffer rear spring. The back end of the bike tends to...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-11-2015, 10:16 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,453
Posted By Kommando
Women need tension to stay excited. If you don't...

Women need tension to stay excited. If you don't provide the right kind/amount of tension, they'll often provide their own by resorting to drama. They'd rather have drama in their lives than boredom....
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-11-2015, 09:58 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,817
Posted By Kommando
Reading books is good, as mentioned. I also...

Reading books is good, as mentioned. I also recommend reading the Faceplant threads, as well as youtube vids of crashes and near-misses. Learn from the mistakes of others.

Some things I do:

-...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-11-2015, 09:30 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 16,697
Posted By Kommando
If I'm going to be on 4 wheels, I'd rather just...

If I'm going to be on 4 wheels, I'd rather just use a Jeep or similar. There's something to be said for HVAC, a convertible roof, and not having to wear a helmet or other gear. A modern Jeep is also...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-11-2015, 08:41 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,858
Posted By Kommando
Yup. I find it strange when somebody comes upon...

Yup. I find it strange when somebody comes upon something unexpected in their path when riding WELL beyond their sight-lines, then doesn't expect the criticism from treating a public road carelessly....
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-11-2015, 08:27 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,453
Posted By Kommando
The rules aren't exactly hard and fast about...

The rules aren't exactly hard and fast about that.

It depends on the cage and the bike...as well as the habits of the operator and the locale. Parking costs alone can make a difference in some...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-11-2015, 07:25 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,026
Posted By Kommando
Not all DS tires are the same on pavement. Not...

Not all DS tires are the same on pavement. Not all knobbies are either. Some tires are just a matter of getting used to them, or adjusting your technique. Some tires are just not as good on pavement,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-14-2015, 08:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 678
Posted By Kommando
Other factors that may be more important, IMO... ...

Other factors that may be more important, IMO...

- Nimble bike, like a sub-320lb dualsport, that slides predictably/controllably.
- Offroad experience, sliding around on loose hardpack.
- Rider...
Forum: Thumpers 03-13-2015, 10:34 AM
Replies: 108,262
Views: 21,651,916
Posted By Kommando
That's sort of why I bought a new one instead of...

That's sort of why I bought a new one instead of a used one last Christmas time. Every used one for sale within 1000 miles at the time was over $4K, with over 10K miles on it. Suzuki was offering 0%...
Forum: Thumpers 03-05-2015, 09:21 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,089
Posted By Kommando
Have the intake and exhaust valve clearances been...

Have the intake and exhaust valve clearances been checked?

Bearings?

Frame tubes and welds?

Compression?
Forum: Thumpers 03-05-2015, 09:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 368
Posted By Kommando
I don't have a pic, but I did the factory...

I don't have a pic, but I did the factory lowering on a DR650SE, then slid the forks up 1" and installed adjustable links. Then I shaved about 2" out of the seat. The seat height was probably under...
Forum: Thumpers 03-05-2015, 06:04 AM
Replies: 108,262
Views: 21,651,916
Posted By Kommando
I spray the cush rubbers with silicon lubricant...

I spray the cush rubbers with silicon lubricant for rubber before I install the wheel. It all slides in much easier. Find it at the autoparts store.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-04-2015, 11:06 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 5,448
Posted By Kommando
Yeah, plus adding weight/complexity. It would...

Yeah, plus adding weight/complexity. It would probably stop you faster easier though. If you can already lock/stoppy it though, you probably don't need more braking power...unless you're in the habit...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-04-2015, 11:03 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,229
Posted By Kommando
You live life. You take your chances. A...

You live life. You take your chances.

A family member of mine lived life cleaner than most people I know. This past week, they were diagnosed with brain cancer.

I lost a friend in...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-03-2015, 09:55 AM
Replies: 655
Views: 133,776
Posted By Kommando
They started offering the SR400 in the US again,...

They started offering the SR400 in the US again, but it has been selling overseas in other markets for all this time. It's also a thumper, which isn't known for being as smooth or as powerful as a...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-03-2015, 09:37 AM
Replies: 7,057
Views: 1,288,628
Posted By Kommando
I ride knobs on the pavement all the time. Some...

I ride knobs on the pavement all the time. Some grip much better on pavement than others. Some pavements are grippier than others too. I've had a front sand knob start to wash out on me without being...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-03-2015, 09:23 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,557
Posted By Kommando
Down here, many people don't ride when it's too...

Down here, many people don't ride when it's too hot/humid, or they don't ride much during the rainy season, when we get thunderstorms almost every day.

Cold and salt can be dealt with. Knobs...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-02-2015, 05:44 PM
Replies: 7,057
Views: 1,288,628
Posted By Kommando
$500 (ABS) + $310 (Destination Charge) = $810.

$500 (ABS) + $310 (Destination Charge) = $810.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-02-2015, 03:25 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,709
Posted By Kommando
I like to ride year-round, whether here in the...

I like to ride year-round, whether here in the south or up north. Down here, I often hop in the pool or go to the beach after riding on hot days. Today was over 80F.
Forum: Thumpers 03-02-2015, 03:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 632
Posted By Kommando
650cc bikes can vary greatly in their power...

650cc bikes can vary greatly in their power output and power characteristics. Choose a bike with a mellow power delivery when you're just learning to ride, and preferably one that doesn't make more...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-02-2015, 09:34 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,557
Posted By Kommando
When I lived in the snowbelt... - Suck it up...

When I lived in the snowbelt...

- Suck it up and ride anyway.
- Get an Ad Boivin kit or similar...and ride anyway.
- Get a snowmobile and ride anyway.
- Take up...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-01-2015, 10:51 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,708
Posted By Kommando
I'd recommend a USED low and light bike with...

I'd recommend a USED low and light bike with enough power and stability to handle 60-65MPH, while not enough power to easily exceed 100MPH.

The TU250X thumper standard comes to mind, as do the...
Forum: Thumpers 02-27-2015, 07:31 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,834
Posted By Kommando
KLR650 has the most space. The DR650 is a little...

KLR650 has the most space. The DR650 is a little tight for me and my wife if we have a tankbag on it...5'8"/200lb/athletic and 5'4"/petite, but we can empty a 5gal tank in one go since I installed a...
Forum: Thumpers 02-26-2015, 10:23 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,475
Posted By Kommando
Offer the KLX650 again, as the next-gen KLR. They...

Offer the KLX650 again, as the next-gen KLR. They already have the R&D done. It already had better suspension and better power. The KLR is supposed to be a thumper. Take it back to having less...
Forum: Thumpers 01-26-2015, 02:42 PM
Replies: 108,262
Views: 21,651,916
Posted By Kommando
Can you get good bite in the screw head when...

Can you get good bite in the screw head when using a drill on high speed to back it out?

Have a buddy clamp the bar end with cloth-covered vise-grips while you unscrew the screw with the...
Forum: Thumpers 01-26-2015, 10:14 AM
Replies: 108,262
Views: 21,651,916
Posted By Kommando
'Time to install a front ski and a rear track.

'Time to install a front ski and a rear track.
Forum: Thumpers 01-26-2015, 10:13 AM
Replies: 108,262
Views: 21,651,916
Posted By Kommando
And jackalope slippers?

And jackalope slippers?
Forum: Thumpers 01-24-2015, 09:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 525
Posted By Kommando
How long has it been for sale? The owner is...

How long has it been for sale? The owner is saying that he bought it this past January. Is that this month? Or last year?

As long as the fuel was treated so that the carb works fine, and as long...
Forum: Thumpers 01-24-2015, 01:37 PM
Replies: 108,262
Views: 21,651,916
Posted By Kommando
:rofl

:rofl
Forum: Thumpers 01-24-2015, 08:42 AM
Replies: 108,262
Views: 21,651,916
Posted By Kommando
'Looks like he could have used a good set of...

'Looks like he could have used a good set of mudders! :lol3

A new aggressive knob on the back, and a fistful of throttle, might have gotten him through.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-24-2015, 08:24 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,372
Posted By Kommando
Encourage others to stop at 2-3 kids. There's no...

Encourage others to stop at 2-3 kids. There's no need for more. If the planet wasn't as crowded, we could all drive diesels with no emissions equipment...if we wanted to. Water could be clean too....
Forum: The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan 01-23-2015, 08:01 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,684
Posted By Kommando
Coming into a turn, get your weight forward as...

Coming into a turn, get your weight forward as you ease off the throttle, but don't lose too much speed. I sit up by the tank and kick the inside leg forward if there aren't any stumps to clip, with...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-23-2015, 10:28 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,990
Posted By Kommando
Whaaat? How many people ever actually use those?...

Whaaat? How many people ever actually use those? Most that I've seen aren't even positioned safely.
Forum: Thumpers 01-22-2015, 10:29 AM
Replies: 108,262
Views: 21,651,916
Posted By Kommando
I use a DR250 taillight with an 1157 LED unit in...

I use a DR250 taillight with an 1157 LED unit in it, and some red LED strips on the sides of the rear fender. I wired the LEDs into the connector under the headlight shroud too, so they come on when...
Forum: Thumpers 01-22-2015, 07:26 AM
Replies: 108,262
Views: 21,651,916
Posted By Kommando
If you want to ride more dirt than pavement, you...

If you want to ride more dirt than pavement, you may want something more aggressive up front, to keep the front from washing out as much in soft stuff. The IRC TR8 is inexpensive and pretty good...
Forum: Thumpers 01-22-2015, 07:22 AM
Replies: 108,262
Views: 21,651,916
Posted By Kommando
As far as your reflectors now, and even your...

As far as your reflectors now, and even your front signals, you can do what I did...

Get some adhesive reflectors from someplace like Walmart. I got red for sticking on the sides of the rear...
Forum: Thumpers 01-18-2015, 10:45 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 9,629
Posted By Kommando
Sherpa burning? :kumbaya

Sherpa burning?

:kumbaya
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