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Forum: Orange Crush 08-13-2014, 08:52 AM
Replies: 293
Views: 31,766
Posted By John Ashman
I'm not buying an adventure bike until it has 6...

I'm not buying an adventure bike until it has 6 cylinders, 250hp and weighs at least 600lbs. And a 40" seat height.
Forum: Orange Crush 08-12-2014, 09:29 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,459
Posted By John Ashman
Well, the Duke 390 has a 31.5" seat height. ...

Well, the Duke 390 has a 31.5" seat height. That's not exactly small for a 375 and certainly higher than all of my street bikes I've owned, but it is lower than any other KTM thus far. If they...
Forum: Orange Crush 08-12-2014, 09:24 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,459
Posted By John Ashman
Well, I disagree of course, because with these...

Well, I disagree of course, because with these bikes, you could no doubt swap out the subframe, the wheels, shocks, swing arm from your suppliers and make small changes in ergos and it's a bike. It...
Forum: Orange Crush 08-12-2014, 08:17 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,459
Posted By John Ashman
Yeah...just saying you shouldn't have to screw...

Yeah...just saying you shouldn't have to screw with fundamental aspects of a motorcycle to make it more useable as that can screw up the handling quite a bit. A scaled down moto would cost less,...
Forum: Orange Crush 08-11-2014, 05:47 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,459
Posted By John Ashman
FWIW, the idea here isn't to go over the obvious....

FWIW, the idea here isn't to go over the obvious.

Yes....I know there are options from other companies.

Yes....I know anything can be modified with money and time.

I was simply proposing a...
Forum: Orange Crush 08-11-2014, 05:36 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,459
Posted By John Ashman
As i recall, 450s started beating the 650s before...

As i recall, 450s started beating the 650s before that happened, but I could be wrong. I thought I remember reading an article to that effect.
Forum: Orange Crush 08-09-2014, 04:27 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,459
Posted By John Ashman
Well, uhhh, yeah. Because it's too big to buy. ...

Well, uhhh, yeah. Because it's too big to buy. That's my point. KTM always wants to build "the best" but that's a niche within a niche. And if they scale it, rather than dumb it down and lose...
Forum: Orange Crush 08-09-2014, 01:12 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,459
Posted By John Ashman
One would also say that a light bike is better...

One would also say that a light bike is better than a heavy one. The off road races are now being all run by lighter, faster 450 singles. So I could argue that these bikes should be designed for...
Forum: Orange Crush 08-09-2014, 11:15 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,459
Posted By John Ashman
Okay, but this has nothing to do with my actual...

Okay, but this has nothing to do with my actual idea. There's nothing fundamental to a high seat height for an offroader, unless you're building it for very tall people. I used to beat the living...
Forum: Orange Crush 08-09-2014, 11:05 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,459
Posted By John Ashman
Not really. If you look at what I stated, doing...

Not really. If you look at what I stated, doing a simply 9/10s scaling of every component would yield a bike with a 3.5" lower seat height, ergonomics for smaller people but would yield less than an...
Forum: Orange Crush 08-06-2014, 06:17 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,459
Posted By John Ashman
That's the point though. I might totally prefer...

That's the point though. I might totally prefer an Adventure over a GS but it would be too much of a hassle to ride for me to make it enjoyable. I looked into the 690s even though I prefer twins...
Forum: Orange Crush 08-05-2014, 08:53 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,459
Posted By John Ashman
Keep in mind, not in any way advocating that...

Keep in mind, not in any way advocating that anyone stop making big bikes, but it is curious to me that they don't simply scale them with bigger frames and bigger engines for bigger people and the...
Forum: Orange Crush 08-05-2014, 08:37 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 7,863
Posted By John Ashman
FWIW, KTM has said there will be a 500 twin and...

FWIW, KTM has said there will be a 500 twin and 750 twin coming up.

It would just be nice to have one of them with a useful seat height for people who are forced to play soccer instead of...
Forum: Orange Crush 08-05-2014, 08:55 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,459
Posted By John Ashman
And the single cylinder and the 35" seat height...

And the single cylinder and the 35" seat height and.........
Forum: Beasts 08-04-2014, 07:52 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,355
Posted By John Ashman
Seems to me that the FZ09 would be a better base...

Seems to me that the FZ09 would be a better base for an FJR900 or a road oriented ADV bike while the FZ07 would be a better base for a DP bike that could compete both with 650 thumpers and 800cc and...
Forum: Australia 08-04-2014, 07:38 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 31,625
Posted By John Ashman
http://indianautosblog.com/2014/08/ktm-390-adventu...

http://indianautosblog.com/2014/08/ktm-390-adventure-off-road-2015-140044
Forum: Orange Crush 08-04-2014, 05:40 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,459
Posted By John Ashman
9/10s scale 1190 Adventure

Actually, this is sort of a general observation, but when I check out KTMs, I can't help but noticing that they're pretty much designed for people that are 6' tall or more. Since I am almost...
Forum: Road warriors 04-14-2014, 10:27 AM
Replies: 282
Views: 52,315
Posted By John Ashman
It's very tempting to buy a 3D printer and start...

It's very tempting to buy a 3D printer and start churning out plastics for bikes......
Forum: Road warriors 03-31-2014, 07:44 PM
Replies: 830
Views: 122,542
Posted By John Ashman
Or this -...

Or this - http://derestricted.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Yamaha-TMAX-530cc-Hyper-Modified-Roland-Sands-design_05-970x623.jpg
Forum: Road warriors 03-31-2014, 07:42 PM
Replies: 830
Views: 122,542
Posted By John Ashman
How about a 500cc twin dual purpose? ...

How about a 500cc twin dual purpose? http://www.visordown.com/uploads/images/large/63040.jpg
Forum: Beasts 03-16-2014, 06:51 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 6,961
Posted By John Ashman
1200 Tiger? I'm a pretty short guy and...

1200 Tiger?

I'm a pretty short guy and althought the 800GS is a bit too tall, to me, they feel like a fairly compact dirt bike (I almost bought the street version before my wife converted that...
Forum: Thumpers 03-16-2014, 06:41 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,074
Posted By John Ashman
I find it ridiculous how overwrought the press on...

I find it ridiculous how overwrought the press on the CRF-L is. It's way too heavy and about the only advantage it has is the fuel injection, which is useful if you're planning on winning an EPA...
Forum: Road warriors 03-16-2014, 05:43 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,575
Posted By John Ashman
Hah! I wouldn't call one bike, one on the way,...

Hah! I wouldn't call one bike, one on the way, and and a twinkle "crowded".

Still, the 800 seems to be a nice compromise for a sport tourer, not that racy and maybe a good way to segway out of...
Forum: Road warriors 03-16-2014, 04:51 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 20,476
Posted By John Ashman
Yes, but weight DOES help a bike be settled,...

Yes, but weight DOES help a bike be settled, stable and confident. There are better ways to achieve if for the most part, but I really wouldn't want a 200lb sport tourer, because you'd get blown off...
Forum: Road warriors 03-15-2014, 06:17 AM
Replies: 830
Views: 122,542
Posted By John Ashman
To be honest, I'd probably go for an NC700X for...

To be honest, I'd probably go for an NC700X for those reasons (and the "frunk"), but it's not going to be available here. Honda of Mexico sucks pene de burro.

Factory luggage is good though....
Forum: Road warriors 03-14-2014, 10:04 PM
Replies: 459
Views: 72,114
Posted By John Ashman
I agree with Mike. I simply don't understand...

I agree with Mike. I simply don't understand the obsession with revving the crap out of an engine. I never liked to rev my bikes over 5000 RPM. I prefer a bike that effortlessly goes without...
Forum: Road warriors 03-14-2014, 08:59 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 20,476
Posted By John Ashman
It would be great to see Kawasaki do a Ninja 650...

It would be great to see Kawasaki do a Ninja 650 version of this. Though, here, the prices of Kawasaki is entirely absurd. A Ninja 650R costs as much as the Ninja 1000 in the US.
Forum: Road warriors 03-14-2014, 07:48 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,575
Posted By John Ashman
I would love to see a Sprint 800, personally.

I would love to see a Sprint 800, personally.
Forum: Road warriors 03-14-2014, 07:46 PM
Replies: 830
Views: 122,542
Posted By John Ashman
I love the idea of this bike and it is coming our...

I love the idea of this bike and it is coming our way in about 2 months. My biggest issue is the lack of practical design to it. I think this would make a great commuter tourer during the week and...
Forum: Road warriors 03-11-2014, 06:18 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,240
Posted By John Ashman
I sat on my friend's Versys and immediately took...

I sat on my friend's Versys and immediately took it off the list for being so tall. If it were more like the ZRX in seat height, it would be a great little commuter bike for less than tall people.
Forum: Road warriors 03-11-2014, 06:04 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,645
Posted By John Ashman
The CX is for old people that just want to ride a...

The CX is for old people that just want to ride a comfortable bike and not be vibrated to pieces.

The Bolt is for young people that want to be old skool cool while not riding a complete piece...
Forum: Road warriors 03-04-2014, 08:11 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 20,476
Posted By John Ashman
I agree that shaft would be nice, but even if...

I agree that shaft would be nice, but even if not, it's like like there are any shaft sport tourers under 1000cc or $10,000 anyway.

I wouldn't care if it's the fastest thing on the block, as...
Forum: Road warriors 03-02-2014, 03:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,482
Posted By John Ashman
I will buy an Indian motorcycle 10 times before...

I will buy an Indian motorcycle 10 times before buying a Chinese one, but I have to admit, they are literally doing the kind of bike that I would want, which is a compact sport tourer. It's just...
Forum: Road warriors 02-25-2014, 11:45 AM
Replies: 544
Views: 108,266
Posted By John Ashman
A V7 Norge would be a cool thing.

A V7 Norge would be a cool thing.
Forum: Road warriors 02-25-2014, 11:30 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 13,613
Posted By John Ashman
The KTM 390 and Freeride series is like F'ing...

The KTM 390 and Freeride series is like F'ing heroin. I need to get a night job.
Forum: Road warriors 02-21-2014, 10:01 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 13,613
Posted By John Ashman
You don't need to go to work on your bike, you...

You don't need to go to work on your bike, you need to WIN the race to work. You don't need to go to the grocery store for milk, you need to CRUSH the other shoppers.
You don't need to get out...
Forum: Road warriors 02-19-2014, 10:39 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 13,613
Posted By John Ashman
Personally, I would prefer something in a...

Personally, I would prefer something in a 600-800cc range, but YEAH. I absolutely love the ZRX, but don't really need 1200cc.........
Forum: Road warriors 02-18-2014, 04:46 PM
Replies: 2,925
Views: 490,131
Posted By John Ashman
Sounds like a Michael McDonald song.....

Sounds like a Michael McDonald song.....
Forum: Road warriors 02-18-2014, 04:31 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,287
Posted By John Ashman
Any country that puts ethanol in its fuel...

Any country that puts ethanol in its fuel deserves to be relegated to the dustbin of history.
Forum: Road warriors 02-18-2014, 12:45 PM
Replies: 571
Views: 91,991
Posted By John Ashman
Yes, but it's amazing how much credibility you...

Yes, but it's amazing how much credibility you lose when you go from recounting your experience to directly trying to harm the company instead.
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