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Forum: Ride reports 01-02-2015, 05:27 PM
Replies: 949
Views: 232,894
Posted By river-rider
Eek Turrialba is where I came the closest to death...

Turrialba is where I came the closest to death ever. Whitewater rafting and the first Class 3 emptied the boat. I really freaked out a German couple. They were expecting a body. I had surfaced unseen...
Forum: Ride reports 01-02-2015, 08:04 AM
Replies: 949
Views: 232,894
Posted By river-rider
Isn't it ironic?

So I reluctantly turned around and consulted Zumo. There are NO other roads. My only option was to go all the way back the way I came. Isn't there a traveler's rule about backtracking? Besides, I was...
Forum: Parallel Universe 10-18-2014, 08:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,021
Posted By river-rider

I have the a 2010 f650gs with Ricors installed. The Ricors solved the terrible brake dive. I also have a Rallemoto RM2 steering damper installed which I think is the perfect solution for the...
Forum: Parallel Universe 10-07-2014, 03:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,006
Posted By river-rider
waterproof bags

I got mine from Twisted Throttle. They roll from both ends. I put my tent and sleeping pad in one and my sleeping bag with poncho liner in the other. I like the daisy chain connection and they...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-17-2014, 07:04 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,662
Posted By river-rider
I had to stand on my Caribou cases in a mud hole...

I had to stand on my Caribou cases in a mud hole in New Mexico on the CDT in August. I pushed up and sank down. I was solo and had sprained my ankle badly in deep sand 20 miles earlier. The suction...
Forum: Americas 08-14-2014, 10:02 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,391
Posted By river-rider
food for thought

Hi, I'm writing this as I watch TV over the the ice bag on my ankle in Iowa. I went down last Friday about 198 miles into the CDT in New Mexico's GILA National Forest in a dry wash. I was solo. Leg...
Forum: Ride reports 07-17-2014, 02:02 PM
Replies: 239
Views: 55,745
Posted By river-rider
Cost per day in the US

I'll bet you'll be overwhelmed by offers of hospitality during your visit. In my part of the country (midwest) folks will be competing to be your hosts as we rarely get visitors from "down-under"...
Forum: Americas 07-06-2014, 06:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 500
Posted By river-rider
CDR report

Looking forward to your report, I'm riding in your tracks in a month. Any insight into campgrounds you use and fuel availibity would most helpful,
Good luck!
Forum: Parallel Universe 07-04-2014, 02:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 808
Posted By river-rider
Hi Dorito, I was just re- reading your ride...

Hi Dorito, I was just re- reading your ride report last night ... thanks for the reply!
Forum: Americas 07-04-2014, 02:03 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,123
Posted By river-rider
CDR in Early August using Cannonshot's tracks

I'd like to also take a moment to thank Cannonshot and Bigdog for making it easier for us to enjoy this trail. The tracks gave me the confidence to ride the CDR solo. Im riding S to N around August...
Forum: Parallel Universe 07-03-2014, 06:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 808
Posted By river-rider
off-road gas mileage

I usually run in 2nd gear in gravel here in Iowa. The western gravel looks fast across the long fuel free zones. I'd be in third on great gravel riding solo. I have dropped a tooth on the counter...
Forum: Parallel Universe 07-03-2014, 11:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 808
Posted By river-rider
Help ... Offroad gas mileage of F650 twin

In a month I'm riding the CDR, S to N, no long rides so far off road and hope someone can give me some insight into off-road gas mileage. I'll be carrying a extra 30oz MSR bottle of gas but want to...
Forum: Americas 06-30-2014, 08:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 493
Posted By river-rider
CR sights

On your way to Fortuna (Arenal Volcano) check out Paos volcano and LaPaz waterfalls and butterfly garden .... try and see Manuel Antonio park if possible .... worth skipping Jaco for,
I've had...
Forum: Trip Planning 06-27-2014, 01:40 PM
Replies: 211
Views: 33,480
Posted By river-rider
or soon to be /hope to be someday/ wannabes like...

or soon to be /hope to be someday/ wannabes like me :rofl

Here's something I think I just made up: Money and Time, only a very lucky person has both when they are useful.

I can remember...
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-23-2014, 07:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,236
Posted By river-rider
F658 front springs

+1 for the Ricors, If they didn't fix my brake dive I would have replaced the springs .... they fixed the problem and I love them. No more pogo stick stops ... worth a look
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-20-2014, 08:09 AM
Replies: 328
Views: 105,903
Posted By river-rider
Nice Tool set, What's not there that's required

I just ordered the set for $30 and in store pickup. Thanks for the heads up. If someone has already compared what's required for our bikes that's not in the set I'd be grateful if they shared the...
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-01-2014, 04:42 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 11,341
Posted By river-rider
brake line question

Hi, I've had Rox risers and installed a longer brake line (17") for them. It's pretty taut at left full lock but has worked ok for years. Now I'm installing a Ralle Moto steering dampner that adds an...
Forum: Ride reports 04-15-2014, 02:19 PM
Replies: 323
Views: 97,812
Posted By river-rider
Thank you!

Thanks for sharing Lola and your RR with us. You made many of us think about sidecars so we could take our "best friends' with us too. I judge people on how they treat their pets and children, you...
Forum: Parallel Universe 02-24-2014, 05:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 999
Posted By river-rider
Eek congratulations

Good luck with the new bike. Someone on Adv posted that you should give yourself 1000 miles to get to know any new to you bike and 5x that before you put a passenger on it. That repeats to a smaller...
Forum: Ride reports 11-19-2013, 01:00 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 18,985
Posted By river-rider
Enjoyed your report

Just wanted to say I enjoyed your report ... loved the photos you shared and learned some important tips ... I think I learn more by reading reports that have a few bumps than those that go as planned
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-21-2013, 12:15 PM
Replies: 2,260
Views: 253,946
Posted By river-rider
Thumb numb problem

I had that problem, solved with Rox Risers 2" adjustables, brought the bars toward me. Ricor's solved the front end dive during hard braking. Add an Airhawk and it becomes a different bike, trust me
Forum: Parallel Universe 01-31-2013, 06:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 7,206
Posted By river-rider
congratulations on your new bike

Looks like those are battlewing tires, watch out in wet grass until you change to dual sport tires. You can guess how I know:eek1
Forum: Parallel Universe 01-06-2013, 09:33 AM
Replies: 425
Views: 156,482
Posted By river-rider
grear looking backplate Mike

Hi Mike, So much better than tourtechs, PM'd you
Forum: Parallel Universe 11-28-2012, 02:08 PM
Replies: 425
Views: 156,482
Posted By river-rider
thumb nut solution

I had my D3 partially come off at highway speed once. Called for replacement thumb nuts and was told to carefully squeeze the replacement nuts, AFTER removing , with pliers to very slightly alter...
Forum: Parallel Universe 11-28-2012, 08:05 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,503
Posted By river-rider
great idea

I had to have my skid plate powder coated twice to get a good looking plate. Like the bed liner idea too. In case you are wondering the F650gs won't clear a normal parking space curb stop. Will the...
Forum: Parallel Universe 10-09-2012, 02:29 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 20,910
Posted By river-rider
I get beat up all the time cuz I ride a "girlie bike" help!

"I check out the skid pans for scratches, dings, big dents. If they are pristine its give a clear measure of how that bike is ridden, if the rider is a profiler or real. A quick look at the tires...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 09-24-2012, 01:46 PM
Replies: 6,345
Views: 407,985
Posted By river-rider
Welcome to the forum Joe

Lots of great riding advice here. Welcome to the site!
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 09-17-2012, 01:53 PM
Replies: 6,345
Views: 407,985
Posted By river-rider
Route to yellow river forest

I do that loop often from Davenport. I like to stop at Balltown scenic overlook before going into the park via hwy 76 to Hwy 364 (Great River Rd) to Donahue Rd. Pikes Peak park is a great 3 state...
Forum: Ride reports 06-11-2012, 01:22 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 11,430
Posted By river-rider
Thank you for your CR ride report

I've been visiting CR since 83. You have seen some of the best of CR and shared with us, Thank You! I almost don't want to share this but, and feel free to disreguard, but that photo of the bus next...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 05-21-2012, 02:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,080
Posted By river-rider
River road route

Hi , I make that loop 3 or 4 times a year. I take Z36 N from Folletts.Hwy 136W to Z34. Then HWY 64 E to Z34 to HWY 52 to Bellevue. HWY 52 N out Bellevue though St.Donatus on to Balltown N of Dubuque...
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-30-2012, 01:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,852
Posted By river-rider
Tank Bag for f650 twin

I use the Cortech super mini tank bag and like it's size, looks right on the bike. Easy to remove from bike.The map pocket is a little small however....
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-13-2012, 09:00 AM
Replies: 2,260
Views: 253,946
Posted By river-rider
tubless on a f650

I'm running K60's on my bike after removing battlewings. I think TKC80's would wear faster but be more suited for dirt and gravel. I'm loving the K60's
Forum: Parallel Universe 02-29-2012, 11:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,189
Posted By river-rider

Thanks for the link! Just placed my order:clap
Forum: Americas 02-18-2012, 10:51 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 12,815
Posted By river-rider
Thanks, Great idea. If I could humbly suggest...

Thanks, Great idea. If I could humbly suggest including the title/author or a one line description for the links above and for future additions.It would make finding things 10x faster. Thanks to all...
Forum: Parallel Universe 10-11-2011, 02:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,172
Posted By river-rider
[QUOTE=Moto Mikey;17031155]Installed some new...

[QUOTE=Moto Mikey;17031155]Installed some new farkles. Haven't seen much posted about these items, so figure I'd post some pics up for all to see:

Pelican 1170 case mounted on the inside pannier...
Forum: Parallel Universe 10-02-2011, 03:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,020
Posted By river-rider
Ride em both on some curvy roads, then decide

+1 on that.Plus if you replace the front springs and/or add Intimidators, put an after-market rear shock on, the F658 will be even higher. You'll have a great highway/street friendly dual sport bike,...
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-14-2011, 09:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,292
Posted By river-rider
800 vs 650

I went with a low seat on my 650, not lowered. No loss of weigh carrying capacity. Room for an Airhawk cushion on the stock low seat. I use an Alaskian Leather pad now but am saving for the Airhawk.
Forum: Ride reports 07-26-2011, 01:47 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 13,620
Posted By river-rider
I'm subscribed

Thanks for the detailed list in each kit, I'm planning the CDT for next year and look forward to reading your report!
Forum: Ride reports 07-15-2011, 01:51 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 31,327
Posted By river-rider
I'm looking forward to your report!

I laughed when I saw your work space. Just like mine, even the thermos, except yours is cleaner. I also work in a basement (old fallout shelter) for the goverment. Same story with riding friends too....
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 06-21-2011, 12:43 PM
Replies: 6,345
Views: 407,985
Posted By river-rider
Trail riding with son, place to go

I just need a easy ride down a secluded, abandoned rail line with my teen to try and connect again. No mx track with a million kamikaze riders zooming round and round.


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