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Forum: Beasts Yesterday, 12:32 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
I would expect the Stelvio NTX to feel and ride...

I would expect the Stelvio NTX to feel and ride heavier over a GS. That's because the Stelvio is best compared to the BMW GSA, not the standard GS, due to the large fuel tank on the NTX (8.5...
Forum: Beasts Yesterday, 09:11 AM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
:clap:clap:clap Congrats Rob! Make sure...

:clap:clap:clap

Congrats Rob!

Make sure all the TSB's have been done before you pick her up, keep an eye on the battery (fuzz growing on the terminals is a sign it's a leaky one, replace it...
Forum: Beasts 07-10-2014, 10:50 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Check out my sig. I owned a GS, put a bit over...

Check out my sig. I owned a GS, put a bit over 20k miles on it, now I own a Stelvio and have just under 10k miles on it. While the GS is a good bike, I got tired of all the niggly stuff. Up until...
Forum: Beasts 07-08-2014, 02:41 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Sorry you missed out. There are very few...

Sorry you missed out.

There are very few Stelvios on the 2nd hand market here too, so I guess that's a good sign. People must like them once they get them home! :thumb

-SM
Forum: Beasts 07-06-2014, 09:37 AM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Here's the issue with the battery. First, it is...

Here's the issue with the battery. First, it is not mounted vertically (i.e. with the posts pointing up). It's at a bit of an angle. Add to that the fact that Guzzi, for whatever reason, is...
Forum: Beasts 07-04-2014, 11:10 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
It's part of the Distracted Driving law. If the...

It's part of the Distracted Driving law. If the cop feels you're being distracted by it, then it's his judgement call to write you up for it or not.

-SM
Forum: Beasts 07-04-2014, 05:49 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
This is one case where I wish other states would...

This is one case where I wish other states would follow California's lead. Here, it's illegal to use a phone while driving unless it is via a hands free kit of some sort. If a cop sees you holding...
Forum: Beasts 07-04-2014, 10:21 AM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
The last time something like this happened to me,...

The last time something like this happened to me, I was coming around a blind left hand curve and there was a pickup truck coming at me in my lane....in reverse!!! Apparently the knucklehead missed...
Forum: Beasts 07-03-2014, 07:22 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
+1 First, glad you are OK, second :thumb...

+1

First, glad you are OK, second :thumb goes to the bike being OK.

A great big :fyyff to the :asshat that nearly boned you though.

Kudos to the other cager for helping you get the big...
Forum: Beasts 07-02-2014, 12:05 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
I've had soft tail bags before for everyday use...

I've had soft tail bags before for everyday use and now I run with a hard case. The main reason is security. Not necessarily for the contents but for the bag itself. I often found myself parking in...
Forum: Beasts 07-01-2014, 09:47 AM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Congrats! :clap Looking forward to reading...

Congrats! :clap

Looking forward to reading your ride report.....:wink:

-SM
Forum: Beasts 06-27-2014, 04:01 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
The only time I've gotten a woody when riding a...

The only time I've gotten a woody when riding a motorcycle was when my lovely passenger gave my willy a reach-around snuggle during a nice Sunday ride. :augie

It was a bit of a "guilty" woody...
Forum: Beasts 06-27-2014, 11:39 AM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
I won't say "Yes" because I don't want the secret...

I won't say "Yes" because I don't want the secret to get out.......oh wait..... :lol3

-SM
Forum: Beasts 06-27-2014, 11:29 AM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
I've been thinking about this (always a dangerous...

I've been thinking about this (always a dangerous thing for me to do), and while "gives you wood while you ride" and other, ah, "colorful" anecdotes are fine, they don't contain a lot of information...
Forum: Beasts 06-27-2014, 10:52 AM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Thanks for that. :thumb Good to hear re....

Thanks for that. :thumb

Good to hear re. PGA. I had thought parts supply was improving based on personal experience and 3rd hand data, so it always puzzles me when a "new" dealer comes along and...
Forum: Beasts 06-27-2014, 09:44 AM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Thanks for setting the record straight. :thumb ...

Thanks for setting the record straight. :thumb

This sort of thing drives me nuts. A dealer of another brand (or brands) thinks it would be cool to pick up Guzzi, somehow convinces MG/PGA to...
Forum: Beasts 06-26-2014, 09:29 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Doh! :becca Yeah, you're right, and I...

Doh! :becca

Yeah, you're right, and I should know better because I've ordered parts from MPH. :shog

Anyway, I think there are enough well-stocked dealers around that he shouldn't have to wait...
Forum: Beasts 06-26-2014, 06:04 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
I'm with you, how the heck...... :dunno Mine...

I'm with you, how the heck...... :dunno

Mine took my large socket handle and 2 swear words before it popped loose. No loctite or anything on it, just a big torque value. :confused

Anyway,...
Forum: Beasts 06-26-2014, 05:53 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Call MI in Seattle or RPM in Houston. They...

Call MI in Seattle or RPM in Houston. They usually stock that stuff.

And do you really mean head gasket, or valve cover gasket?

-SM
Forum: Beasts 06-24-2014, 09:07 AM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Update on WPS battery and Conti Trail Attack 2 tires

Well, I've been running the new battery and the new tires for a little over a week now, and so far, so good.

The battery cranks the big girl over just fine, but I won't know about any possible...
Forum: Beasts 06-23-2014, 09:42 AM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Did you do the servicing? If so, did you happen...

Did you do the servicing? If so, did you happen to use 50W oil in the engine vs. 60W? When I did this on my Norge, it ran hotter. Also make sure the levels of fluids are correct (engine oil and...
Forum: Beasts 06-22-2014, 10:06 AM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
I have the ROX Anti Vibration 2 1/4" risers on...

I have the ROX Anti Vibration 2 1/4" risers on mine and had to move my cables behind the forks/triples vs in front. They are long enough and I can turn the bars lock to lock without binding. Linky...
Forum: Beasts 06-22-2014, 12:18 AM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
:eek1 Fortunately mine only groans when I'm...

:eek1

Fortunately mine only groans when I'm being oafish with the clutch, otherwise it's quiet as a church mouse, and certainly no knocking, chattering, or other untoward behavior. :uhoh

-SM
Forum: Beasts 06-21-2014, 06:05 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Correct me if I'm wrong Dan, but this grabby...

Correct me if I'm wrong Dan, but this grabby clutch business didn't keep you off the road, right? I think you just kept riding until the parts came in, then had them swapped out......

-SM
Forum: Beasts 06-20-2014, 10:15 AM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Just don't take it off-road as they are all...

Just don't take it off-road as they are all ingesting a fair amount of dirt and ruining their top ends. And don't ride them on the street because they're so hot that they're cooking the man-parts...
Forum: Beasts 06-17-2014, 08:00 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Must resist urge of pretty seat.....must...

Must resist urge of pretty seat.....must resist...... :lol3:lol3

Very nice looking. May your butt be forever grateful. :clap

-SM
Forum: Beasts 06-17-2014, 05:28 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
No, mainly due to Honda using the same frame as...

No, mainly due to Honda using the same frame as they use on their big scooters. It's completely incompatible with this type of modification. :cry

-SM
Forum: Beasts 06-17-2014, 04:32 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Actually the YSS stuff can be had at reasonable...

Actually the YSS stuff can be had at reasonable prices and have progressive springs available for the shocks, and of course you can go crazy with forks. You can't get rising RATE, but hey, look at...
Forum: Beasts 06-17-2014, 03:12 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Open them up, and viola, inside the springs are...

Open them up, and viola, inside the springs are WHITE, just as they were back in 1977 when they started (hence the original name, White Power, now just WP for greater global political correctness). ...
Forum: Beasts 06-17-2014, 11:43 AM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Agreed, but there are a ZILLION options out there...

Agreed, but there are a ZILLION options out there to improve the suspension. Just sayin'...... :evil That's one of the great things about the Scrambler. It's been around so long there are bits and...
Forum: Beasts 06-17-2014, 09:49 AM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Exactly. Trying to use one bike for both off...

Exactly. Trying to use one bike for both off road and long distance touring results in a compromise everywhere: a bike that's a handful in the gnarly off road bits and not nearly as comfy as a...
Forum: Beasts 06-16-2014, 07:15 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
:clap:clap:clap Great to hear. I hope the...

:clap:clap:clap

Great to hear. I hope the risers put the bars just where you want them. I love the adjustability, so you should find a "happy place".

So far my bike doesn't exhibit a mind of...
Forum: Beasts 06-16-2014, 03:45 PM
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Views: 14,143
Posted By Sock Monkey
Public Service Announcement

My local Aprilia/Moto Guzzi/Triumph/MV Agusta (and others) dealer is hosting an Aprilia Demo Day tomorrow, Tuesday, June 17, from 10am to 6pm, and of course they will have the new '15 Capo there for...
Forum: Beasts 06-16-2014, 12:09 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Thanks for the riding impression on the Capo Dan....

Thanks for the riding impression on the Capo Dan. :thumb

Re. the weight of our big girls, it was funny but when I was at my dealer this Saturday picking up my Stelvio I sat on nearly every bike...
Forum: Beasts 06-15-2014, 08:29 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
They are on a relay, so as long as you aren't...

They are on a relay, so as long as you aren't beyond the current rating of the relay, you should be fine. The lenses on the Hella's are glass, so I doubt you will hurt the lights......

-SM
Forum: Beasts 06-15-2014, 06:14 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
They're just a standard H3 55W Halogen bulb: ...

They're just a standard H3 55W Halogen bulb: H312V/55W Bulb

You can get them pretty much anywhere. These lights (Hella Micro DE) are used primarily on cars. Linky...
Forum: Beasts 06-14-2014, 09:43 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
My dealer had the new Klim vented jacket. :tb ...

My dealer had the new Klim vented jacket. :tb

Good thing I've got no money to spend. :lol3

-SM
Forum: Beasts 06-14-2014, 08:52 PM
Replies: 10,050
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Good news???

So, I went to my dealer today and picked up my Stelvio. New battery, new battery box, new starter motor cover, and I had them spoon on some new tires that were sitting in my garage since winter...
Forum: Beasts 06-14-2014, 07:32 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Negative. Even in 100deg+ temps it's fine. At...

Negative. Even in 100deg+ temps it's fine. At those temps it's the rest of me that's roasting...... :shog

-SM
Forum: Beasts 06-14-2014, 05:15 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
It's an odd thing, but the taller you are the...

It's an odd thing, but the taller you are the more clearance there is. The sales guy at the shop was exactly your height and his knees never came close to the cylinders. There was another sales guy...
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