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Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 01-17-2015, 05:46 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 775
Posted By Manwell
sdthorpe - those reports look like a lot of fun...

sdthorpe - those reports look like a lot of fun was had! It's cool because it's close by and I could see doing bits and pieces as day rides. My plan is to get out for a while again today and continue...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 01-16-2015, 07:06 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 775
Posted By Manwell
I've spent a lot of time up there on the pavement...

I've spent a lot of time up there on the pavement over the years, I mean a lot of time! Great riding without any doubt... My goal is to check out the rest of the area, as much as I can on two-wheels,...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 01-16-2015, 04:23 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 775
Posted By Manwell
Yes, it looks like the Tellico Plains area is...

Yes, it looks like the Tellico Plains area is sweet... trying to get my arms wrapped around it a bit. Being a rooking with the off pavement side if this world I was hoping to find an "all in one...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 01-11-2015, 10:23 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 7,204
Posted By Manwell
I'm so ready to do some dual-sport riding, been...

I'm so ready to do some dual-sport riding, been dabbling on some gravel and dirt in the general Coweta area, I must get next to you all and start participating in Bike Night! My plan is to not live...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 01-11-2015, 10:03 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 775
Posted By Manwell
Is there a place where GPS ready files are...

Is there a place where GPS ready files are available detailing the forest service roads in general?
Thanks,
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-05-2012, 05:04 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 6,635
Posted By Manwell
It's interesting for sure and I appreciate the...

It's interesting for sure and I appreciate the education! But, it sounds like I would need new sprockets and I just changed the front sprocket and have a spare 525 chain right now... Maybe at some...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-05-2012, 05:20 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 6,635
Posted By Manwell
What is the exact difference between the 525 and...

What is the exact difference between the 525 and 530? I’m new to the whole chain thing as I’ve been in the drive shaft world for quite some time. I carry a spare 525, but if the 530 is bigger, better...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-02-2012, 04:38 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 6,635
Posted By Manwell
I've just borrowed a TEKA and hope to do some...

I've just borrowed a TEKA and hope to do some fine tuning and maybe take care of the occasional lowspeed backfire and then I'll be good to go! What a fun bike! Been thinking about doing some LD...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 12-31-2011, 02:03 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 6,635
Posted By Manwell
I just recently changed the front to 16 tooth on...

I just recently changed the front to 16 tooth on my K9 DL1000 and I'm very pleased! I was seeking better drivability in first and second without such a large step between the gears. Low speed is more...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-26-2011, 07:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,103
Posted By Manwell
I'm borrowing a Teka and will make adjustments in...

I'm borrowing a Teka and will make adjustments in that manor first before trying either a Dale Walker or PCV modification. I've also pretty much decided to try a 16 T sprocket and see how that feels....
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-26-2011, 07:44 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 7,486
Posted By Manwell
After around 2000 miles this week I'm still...

After around 2000 miles this week I'm still thinking the brakes need some work as well as the front fork springs. I have my fork brace on hand and will install that today and I'm curious to see the...
Forum: Equipment 11-26-2011, 04:14 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 41,209
Posted By Manwell
According to Mitas the E09 that will fit my Vee...

According to Mitas the E09 that will fit my Vee isn't available in North America right now, but new distribution is in the works and some changes will be happening very soon. I'm planing to try this...
Forum: Equipment 11-25-2011, 06:52 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 41,209
Posted By Manwell
This tire looks great and just what I've been...

This tire looks great and just what I've been thinking about. I wonder if one is available to fit the rear position of my V-Strom DL1000K9?
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-24-2011, 06:22 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 13,047
Posted By Manwell
Oh well, did over 2000 miles this week and didn't...

Oh well, did over 2000 miles this week and didn't record the first damn thing! Rain and cold on the first leg, didn't feel like dealing with it and then trying to get home today... started with a...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-19-2011, 05:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 9,211
Posted By Manwell
Great write up on that valve and spring job! I...

Great write up on that valve and spring job! I need to do the same on my '09 for sure - the OEM set-up sucks without any doubt...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-19-2011, 05:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,103
Posted By Manwell
What exactly does this modification do? Just...

What exactly does this modification do? Just recently bought an '09 and have read several places that the change makes it a whole new bike...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-19-2011, 04:15 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 7,486
Posted By Manwell
I ordered a fork brace and will probably address...

I ordered a fork brace and will probably address the springs next and the brakes when the current pads need replacement. The bike is very rideable just as is, room for improvement as with most...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-18-2011, 05:01 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 13,047
Posted By Manwell
The Fuelly site looks interesting, but I'll...

The Fuelly site looks interesting, but I'll probably just keep a log on one leg of the trip or the other and see where I'm at. In the near future I'll be checking / adjusting the FI mapping and...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-18-2011, 04:19 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 7,486
Posted By Manwell
You could easily be correct and I have yet to try...

You could easily be correct and I have yet to try aftermarket pads; bought this bike used, so I'm not positive what's on there right now. With me on the bike, mine will most likely never see anything...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-17-2011, 02:37 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 7,486
Posted By Manwell
I'm getting ready to do the same up-grade om my...

I'm getting ready to do the same up-grade om my K9 Vee - the front brakes mostly suck!
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-15-2011, 05:32 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 13,047
Posted By Manwell
Looks like I'll be doing an Atlanta to Chicago...

Looks like I'll be doing an Atlanta to Chicago ride next week. I have an aux fuel tank that gives me a total of 11 gallons per fill-up and this will be a good chance for me to see the difference if...
Forum: Regional forums 11-14-2011, 08:05 AM
Replies: 413
Views: 46,966
Posted By Manwell
Ready to plan!

I'm so ready to start filling my 2012 schedule with activities - this sounds like a must do! I'll be keeping my eye on this one for sure... The newly added V-Strom to my stable opens up some new...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-14-2011, 07:41 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,074
Posted By Manwell
Nice!

New to the Strom, have an '09 DL1000 and it needs some brake work for sure, all stock right now... Looks like this shit is well figured out and there are some good quality options! Soon I will get...
Forum: Vendors 11-13-2011, 07:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,944
Posted By Manwell
These do look interesting - hope they are still...

These do look interesting - hope they are still available...
Forum: Vendors 11-13-2011, 07:07 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 33,880
Posted By Manwell
Just though I would chime in and say this gear is...

Just though I would chime in and say this gear is awesome and a must have if you are going to be spending any serious time in the saddle... well worth the price of admission!
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-13-2011, 06:39 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 13,047
Posted By Manwell
Being new to the DL1000 I was wondering the same...

Being new to the DL1000 I was wondering the same thing about fuel, running more premium fuel in other bikes never made enough difference to cover the added cost of the fuel. I will look at it when I...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-12-2011, 05:40 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 23,381
Posted By Manwell
Purchased an '09 Vee with just at 30,000 on the...

Purchased an '09 Vee with just at 30,000 on the odometer a couple weeks ago, extended warrantee through Dec '13 I think, sweet maching and a lot of fun, already logged almost 2000 miles. The bike has...
Forum: Road warriors 01-04-2009, 04:47 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 11,575
Posted By Manwell
The ST-1300 rocks! Does anything else need to be...

The ST-1300 rocks! Does anything else need to be said?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-04-2009, 03:28 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 6,349
Posted By Manwell
I'm a huge believer is staying hydrated,...

I'm a huge believer is staying hydrated, especially while doing long-distance riding. I have a hydration system that I keep in my trunk full time. A hose with a bite valve is in reach all of the...
Forum: Road warriors 01-04-2009, 10:26 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 11,575
Posted By Manwell
The way I look at it is the reason they make a...

The way I look at it is the reason they make a lot of different motorcycles is because there are a lot of different expectations. The GL1800 works great for my needs, but is not for everyone and...
Forum: Road warriors 01-04-2009, 10:21 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 11,575
Posted By Manwell
I didn't realize this was a sealed gear box... I...

I didn't realize this was a sealed gear box... I personally change gear lube every time I change motor oil or around every 8000 miles. The lube looks like new even after 8000 miles, but I figure...
Forum: Road warriors 01-04-2009, 04:24 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 11,575
Posted By Manwell
I was actually very hesitant about making any...

I was actually very hesitant about making any comment about the final drive, but it is a real issue. As someone who is in the gear box / power transmission business professionally, I simply don't...
Forum: Road warriors 01-03-2009, 02:02 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 11,575
Posted By Manwell
I'm on my second Gl1800 an '03 and '05 - the '05...

I'm on my second Gl1800 an '03 and '05 - the '05 has the full blown Traxxion suspension and handles like a dream for a big touring machine. For me, I want comfort and dependability. I use my bike...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-03-2009, 01:41 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 30,415
Posted By Manwell
What planet have I been on? I've never seen one...

What planet have I been on? I've never seen one of these things before...
Forum: Ride reports 01-02-2009, 03:39 PM
Replies: 630
Views: 96,642
Posted By Manwell
Klasjm, Wow, I really enjoyed all of your...

Klasjm,

Wow, I really enjoyed all of your photos... you've done an excellent job with so many of them. Thanks for sharing.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-07-2008, 03:59 AM
Replies: 223
Views: 14,688
Posted By Manwell
I’ve had mostly good experiences being let go...

I’ve had mostly good experiences being let go many times after being stopped… I wear good gear and am polite as I can be. No need in totally kissing ass in my opinion. I don’t ride recklessly and...
Forum: Ride reports 01-06-2008, 06:04 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 24,443
Posted By Manwell
Your photos and report are just fantastic… Have I...

Your photos and report are just fantastic… Have I ever enjoyed them! So many places to go and things to see!
Forum: Ride reports 01-06-2008, 04:22 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,516
Posted By Manwell
Good report… I too like the black and white...

Good report… I too like the black and white photos, as they gave it a better feeling of that era. Nice job!
Forum: Ride reports 01-06-2008, 02:03 PM
Replies: 306
Views: 104,690
Posted By Manwell
Looks like your having an awesome time… Keep the...

Looks like your having an awesome time… Keep the reports coming!

Also, don’t down play the fact that at least you stopped and tried to help the guy who was tangled in the barbed wire… its good...
Forum: Ride reports 01-06-2008, 01:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,894
Posted By Manwell
Nice collection of FUN!! I will be sure to at...

Nice collection of FUN!! I will be sure to at least give you the heads-up next time I’m heading in that general direction!
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