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Forum: Thumpers 07-15-2014, 11:04 AM
Replies: 6,408
Views: 831,089
Posted By homme de fer
I've had a TKC80 front and a Heideneau K60 rear...

I've had a TKC80 front and a Heideneau K60 rear that had great wear; about 14 000kms on the front and 20 000kms on the rear. The Heidi is good enough on gravel and dirt but gets useless really fast...
Forum: Thumpers 07-13-2014, 05:58 AM
Replies: 6,408
Views: 831,089
Posted By homme de fer
Front fender

Well, it finally happened. I was out taking a friend down some gravel roads and at the end of it, the front fender broke.

I wanted to know if anyone here has been able to have it replaced under...
Forum: Thumpers 06-03-2014, 12:07 PM
Replies: 6,408
Views: 831,089
Posted By homme de fer
Anyone know what the torque should be for the...

Anyone know what the torque should be for the front axle and the little tightener?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-04-2014, 07:55 PM
Replies: 297
Views: 16,875
Posted By homme de fer
Sort of a non believer

If you were to compare a non high vis to a high vis suit, there isn't any doubt the high vis will be easier to see from all distances in all light types.

The problem is most accidents happen...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 03-21-2014, 07:37 PM
Replies: 1,596
Views: 367,972
Posted By homme de fer
A buddy and I camping up in Parry Sound ON before...

A buddy and I camping up in Parry Sound ON before doing the Nipissing Trail. It was absolutely beautiful, I can't remember the last time I camped without the fly on.

The tent is a Eureka Apex3
...
Forum: Thumpers 03-11-2014, 05:07 PM
Replies: 6,408
Views: 831,089
Posted By homme de fer
I'd look at it this way: Do you want a road bike...

I'd look at it this way: Do you want a road bike that go down some trails, or, do you want an off-road bike to take on some pavement?

If I were a true 50/50 rider, the KTM would fit the bill. So...
Forum: Thumpers 03-10-2014, 05:04 PM
Replies: 6,408
Views: 831,089
Posted By homme de fer
If I'm not mistaken, that's a 52 litre Givi...

If I'm not mistaken, that's a 52 litre Givi Trekker with the Givi rack. I've since added Jesse Luggage and it all fits nice.
Forum: Thumpers 03-09-2014, 01:31 PM
Replies: 6,408
Views: 831,089
Posted By homme de fer
How's this: ...

How's this:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8174/7978427297_c2ee7f7268_z.jpg

It looks odd with the top box alone (my side cases compliment it) but it can hold more than 30 beers so....
Forum: Equipment 12-31-2013, 10:37 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,280
Posted By homme de fer
My two cents, I used to use a thermorest self...

My two cents, I used to use a thermorest self inflating mattress but it was only marginally better than sleeping on the ground. It was suggested I try a Big Anges blow up mattress and it was the best...
Forum: Ride reports 12-21-2013, 09:20 AM
Replies: 1,197
Views: 431,319
Posted By homme de fer
My older son got me shooting video this year and...

My older son got me shooting video this year and it takes awhile to figure out a good workflow, especially when you're trying to cut episodes on the road. I'm kind of glad I've got a 128Gb MacBook...
Forum: Thumpers 12-09-2013, 11:13 AM
Replies: 6,408
Views: 831,089
Posted By homme de fer
Would anyone happen to know which specific Koyo...

Would anyone happen to know which specific Koyo bearing is needed for the Sertao? I need to change it next spring.
Forum: Thumpers 11-29-2013, 12:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 734
Posted By homme de fer
I have a 2012 Sertao and ride regularly with a...

I have a 2012 Sertao and ride regularly with a friend who has the V-Strom.

Off-road, there is no way he can keep up with me. Both bikes aren't "dirt bikes" but the Sertao can certainly handle more...
Forum: Canada 11-24-2013, 06:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,217
Posted By homme de fer
I have several electronic versions of the...

I have several electronic versions of the Backroad Maps and simply print the ones i need in the size that fits my tank bag. Works perfect.
Forum: Thumpers 11-20-2013, 01:00 PM
Replies: 4,898
Views: 644,024
Posted By homme de fer
I agree, unfortunately, I rely on this bike for...

I agree, unfortunately, I rely on this bike for basic transportation 9 months of the year so I'm going to have to wait for someone else to take a stab at it. Perhaps, next winter when I'm ready for...
Forum: Thumpers 11-20-2013, 11:05 AM
Replies: 4,898
Views: 644,024
Posted By homme de fer
I haven't dropped into this thread for awhile. I...

I haven't dropped into this thread for awhile. I have a 2012 Sertao and didn't want to lose the ABS on it in the front end swap as I also use it as my daily commuter. Now that it seems a new brake...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-18-2013, 11:18 AM
Replies: 1,596
Views: 208,622
Posted By homme de fer
I hit a bear last June while riding my Ducati SS....

I hit a bear last June while riding my Ducati SS. Broke my wrist and totalled the bike although I did ride away from the crash given it happened in the Adirondacks in the middle of the night (wasn't...
Forum: Thumpers 11-18-2013, 11:03 AM
Replies: 6,408
Views: 831,089
Posted By homme de fer
As counter point to the counter point, I've had...

As counter point to the counter point, I've had 1, 2 and 4 cylinder bikes in the past and I've had plenty of multi cylinder bikes that rattled more (my Ducati SS was one). I've also had bikes that...
Forum: Thumpers 11-12-2013, 08:14 PM
Replies: 6,408
Views: 831,089
Posted By homme de fer
Exactly! I'm not a big fan of the Heidi on the...

Exactly! I'm not a big fan of the Heidi on the rear; I just don't have any confidence in it in the rain. Off-road, it gets greasy really quick. I'm up over 18,000kms on the rear now and could easily...
Forum: Thumpers 11-12-2013, 12:44 PM
Replies: 6,408
Views: 831,089
Posted By homme de fer
Michelin T63

I'm still trying to catch up on the thread due to all the riding I've been doing. A couple weeks ago, I had to change out my TKC80 front while on a trip and decided to try the Michelin T63.

There...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-25-2013, 09:13 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 15,143
Posted By homme de fer
First weekend of July, I went up North to visit...

First weekend of July, I went up North to visit my parents (about 450kms one way). I did this trip a week after a 1700km trip to the Adirondacks the week before and a weekend long ride the weekend...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 10-09-2013, 05:35 PM
Replies: 1,499
Views: 148,460
Posted By homme de fer
Thanks for sending me the map. Unfortunately,...

Thanks for sending me the map. Unfortunately, things came up and I wasn't able to head down and have a go. Next year though...
Forum: Day Trippin' 08-12-2013, 06:01 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,396
Posted By homme de fer
Day 3 of the Adirondack ride

Found some interesting backroads and had our "Killboy" moment.

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Forum: Day Trippin' 08-02-2013, 06:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,396
Posted By homme de fer
Day 2 of the Lake Placid Ride

Here is day two of our group ride to the Adirondacks.

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Forum: Day Trippin' 07-29-2013, 07:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,396
Posted By homme de fer
Episode 6 - Lake Placid Day 1

And we're off to visit the location that led to the demise of my beautiful Ducati.

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Forum: Day Trippin' 07-29-2013, 07:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,396
Posted By homme de fer
My apologies for not answering earlier, I've been...

My apologies for not answering earlier, I've been away riding again. I tried a few different camera positions but it seems I get the steadiest shots from the mount on the top of my helmet. Having...
Forum: Thumpers 07-19-2013, 05:43 AM
Replies: 6,408
Views: 831,089
Posted By homme de fer
I've never had a problem with premature sprocket...

I've never had a problem with premature sprocket wear until I bought the Sertao. I could have changed it at 10 000kms but decided to keep it on. It almost cost me dearly on the way back from Lake...
Forum: Day Trippin' 07-19-2013, 05:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,396
Posted By homme de fer
Episode 5 - Meaford Dirt Ride

Went up to Meaford in the middle of June and rode some dirt. Found out how little skill I have off-road.

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Forum: Thumpers 07-18-2013, 09:42 AM
Replies: 6,408
Views: 831,089
Posted By homme de fer
Pic from the Adirondacks

I spent some time at this bend in the road taking shots of our group coming aroung the corner. One of the guys grabbed my camera and got me doing the same.
...
Forum: Day Trippin' 07-15-2013, 05:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,396
Posted By homme de fer
Episode 4

A bunch of friends an I decided a trip tp Meaford to visit Ted's Range Road Diner was in order. I'm a meataterian and liked the idea of eating crocodile and Emu. River road was nice but I think I...
Forum: Day Trippin' 07-12-2013, 05:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,396
Posted By homme de fer
Episode 3

By this point, I "branded" my video's and worked a bit on my editing skills. It wasn't a long ride or video but it's a format I've used in each video since.

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Forum: Day Trippin' 07-10-2013, 10:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,396
Posted By homme de fer
Thanks guys. It was funny, I was at the local...

Thanks guys. It was funny, I was at the local library with the kids and found the book "100 Unusual Things to See in Ontario" by Ron Brown in the travel section. It's often said that Ontario is a...
Forum: Day Trippin' 07-10-2013, 05:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,396
Posted By homme de fer
Thanks. It's been a work in progress over the...

Thanks. It's been a work in progress over the last 3 months, it's a different mindset from photography.

Here's webisode 2.

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Forum: Day Trippin' 07-09-2013, 06:40 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,396
Posted By homme de fer
Roads Ahead 2013

My son talked me into filming video along with my usual photography Here are the results.

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Forum: Equipment 06-20-2013, 09:07 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,435
Posted By homme de fer
The Rallye 3 isn't as "airy" as my Rev'It! suit...

The Rallye 3 isn't as "airy" as my Rev'It! suit it replaced but it works great with an evaporative vest. Like the others who responded, the rule of thumb is cotton kills. Wear "dry fit" type clothing...
Forum: Thumpers 06-10-2013, 07:10 AM
Replies: 6,408
Views: 831,089
Posted By homme de fer
I went from a Ducati 900ss to the Sertao. I'm...

I went from a Ducati 900ss to the Sertao. I'm very surprised how, with the Tourance tires, it can run at 75mph as smoothly as it does with little or no vibration. It seems that 70 -80 is the sweet...
Forum: Thumpers 06-07-2013, 02:39 PM
Replies: 6,408
Views: 831,089
Posted By homme de fer
I've been using Motul chain lube. Never had a...

I've been using Motul chain lube. Never had a problem with my Ducati (35,000kms on a chain) or my EX500 (40,000kms on a chain). I'll order new sprockets and a chain and get 'er done.
Forum: Thumpers 06-07-2013, 06:56 AM
Replies: 6,408
Views: 831,089
Posted By homme de fer
Thanks for the feedback. I had thought that...

Thanks for the feedback. I had thought that perhaps there was too much slack in the chain but the service manager told me there needs to be more slack in a chain on a dual sport than an SS. He's...
Forum: Thumpers 06-06-2013, 12:52 PM
Replies: 6,408
Views: 831,089
Posted By homme de fer
Perfect, thanks. Has anyone else noticed rapid...

Perfect, thanks. Has anyone else noticed rapid chain and sprocket wear on the original parts? Jeez, the tires lasted longer than the chain and sprockets did. I'm hoping good after market replacements...
Forum: Thumpers 06-06-2013, 11:20 AM
Replies: 6,408
Views: 831,089
Posted By homme de fer
Can anyone tell me what the stock gearing is for...

Can anyone tell me what the stock gearing is for the Sertao? I think it's a 16t in front and a 47t in the rear but I can't find any confirmation of it. Also, how many links do I need for the chain?
...
Forum: Canada 06-03-2013, 08:16 AM
Replies: 319
Views: 45,278
Posted By homme de fer
My only problem with Dual Sport Plus is they sell...

My only problem with Dual Sport Plus is they sell more stuff than I can afford to buy.
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