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Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 07-03-2014, 02:05 PM
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Posted By Mikef5000
On a not busy day (as in, a not-near-a-holiday...

On a not busy day (as in, a not-near-a-holiday week day), a decent rider could enjoy the main corridor and the dorr run loop on a big bike. Some of the other trails would be doable, a couple would be...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 06-23-2014, 09:07 PM
Replies: 70,765
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Posted By Mikef5000
Thanks guys... Benly, PMed ya, I'll grab them...

Thanks guys... Benly, PMed ya, I'll grab them soon.

Left Friday morning, and got back Sunday evening.... from playing best man at a big wedding up on Lake Erie. Then started the new part-time gig...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 06-19-2014, 06:17 PM
Replies: 70,765
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Posted By Mikef5000
Looks like it's at 23 and 270, on the north end...

Looks like it's at 23 and 270, on the north end of town.
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 06-19-2014, 03:53 PM
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Posted By Mikef5000
I've never been to Wurst und Bier's (never even...

I've never been to Wurst und Bier's (never even heard of it), but I will say, as I mentioned earlier, Hofbrauhaus puts food as their 3rd priority. I've eaten at the Newport location a few times, and...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 06-19-2014, 02:32 PM
Replies: 70,765
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Posted By Mikef5000
Ah! I wondered what your connection was. You can...

Ah! I wondered what your connection was. You can most likely see my girlfriends parents house (the house she grew up in) from your work then; it's right there.

The atmosphere at the Hof is more...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-19-2014, 12:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 893
Posted By Mikef5000
I've started taking my girlfriend on adventure...

I've started taking my girlfriend on adventure rides on my 990. I'm very impressed with what it can pull off. My limiting factor is that she doesn't have near as much gear as me, so I avoid anything...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 06-19-2014, 11:43 AM
Replies: 70,765
Views: 5,789,451
Posted By Mikef5000
I'm a pretend beer aficionado. I like to try as...

I'm a pretend beer aficionado. I like to try as many new/local brews as I can, but my general impression is almost always... Yep, that's beer. 'That's bitter', or 'that's fruity', is usually as...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 06-19-2014, 10:04 AM
Replies: 70,765
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Posted By Mikef5000
Weihenstephan...

Weihenstephan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weihenstephan). They had the Hefeweissbier on draft, which is a wheat beer.
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 06-19-2014, 09:40 AM
Replies: 70,765
Views: 5,789,451
Posted By Mikef5000
The Columbus one will be roughly the same as the...

The Columbus one will be roughly the same as the Pittsburgh one:
http://www.bayerntrips.com/uploads/tx_news/pittsburg_hofbraeuhaus.jpg
Same owners, same size, etc.

The KY/Cinci one is their...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 06-13-2014, 08:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,439
Posted By Mikef5000
I've also been smacked in the helmet twice now...

I've also been smacked in the helmet twice now with the stock screen off-road.

I like the tinted version, so I'm trying to decide whether to get the moose shorty, or simply cut down mine. I've...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 06-13-2014, 08:25 AM
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Posted By Mikef5000
I've compared the two back to back, and I prefer...

I've compared the two back to back, and I prefer the Shinko. The Kenda lasted just a hair longer (~500 miles if that), but the pavement traction was lower. I found myself locking up the rear...
Forum: Thumpers 06-12-2014, 03:50 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,383
Posted By Mikef5000
He described a street legal bike, that can...

He described a street legal bike, that can comfortably ride 50-150 miles of pavement with camping gear on the back, that isn't maintenance intensive.
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 06-12-2014, 02:00 PM
Replies: 70,765
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Posted By Mikef5000
Right! And, on long days I like to wear bicycle...

Right! And, on long days I like to wear bicycle shorts with the bit of padding in them... which further complicates things.
Forum: Thumpers 06-12-2014, 01:01 PM
Replies: 46,456
Views: 9,339,525
Posted By Mikef5000
That puts your exposed light directly in the line...

That puts your exposed light directly in the line of fire of rocks, mud, and water from your back tire. I'm not sure how well it'll hold up to that. I know from experience, license plates without...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 06-12-2014, 12:50 PM
Replies: 70,765
Views: 5,789,451
Posted By Mikef5000
I have a pressure suit I like (Axo Air Cage), and...

I have a pressure suit I like (Axo Air Cage), and decently large knee/shin guards, but I've been riding without any hip armor. This bit me in WV last week, and my right hip is still all purple and...
Forum: Thumpers 06-12-2014, 12:20 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,383
Posted By Mikef5000
Depends on your size and riding style. If...

Depends on your size and riding style.

If you're average or smaller (weight), I vote WR250R first off, but a KLX250S or CRF250L will also be suitable. All will be in the price point used, and all...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 06-12-2014, 12:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 537
Posted By Mikef5000
(I'm assuming you have the stock ABS ring, and...

(I'm assuming you have the stock ABS ring, and simply need to replace a worn out rotor)

It looks to me like the oem ABS ring will simply bolt to the face of any rear rotor (of the appropriate...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-11-2014, 11:44 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,146
Posted By Mikef5000
Get a Special Op's Muffler!!! Sounds Great ...

Get a Special Op's Muffler!!!
Sounds Great

Still A Jacking Point

Still Uses The Exhaust Valve

Economical

http://www.specialops-online.com/4436.html
Forum: Thumpers 06-11-2014, 11:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,018
Posted By Mikef5000
Shinko 244's are an economical option that work...

Shinko 244's are an economical option that work well on pavement and gravel, they're not horrible in most off-road situations either, and they'll last decently long. I get around 3000 miles out of a...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 06-11-2014, 11:17 AM
Replies: 70,765
Views: 5,789,451
Posted By Mikef5000
Thanks, but I'm going to hold off. I desperately...

Thanks, but I'm going to hold off. I desperately need to slow my spending down... and the tires I've got will last fine for normal riding for another month.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 06-11-2014, 10:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,390
Posted By Mikef5000
It's not that cutting the stock one is hard, it's...

It's not that cutting the stock one is hard, it's that perhaps he wants it to look/work better than that.
Shorty levers for my dual sport are only $9 each. They look factory, but are an inch...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 06-11-2014, 10:03 AM
Replies: 70,765
Views: 5,789,451
Posted By Mikef5000
Aawww, it's gonna be a party up there! And I'm...

Aawww, it's gonna be a party up there! And I'm busy that weekend :cry.


Plus I'd want a new rear tire goddammit. I'll trade anyone 2 50% worn 50/50 rear tires for one new D606, TR8, T63, or...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 06-11-2014, 09:38 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,608
Posted By Mikef5000
The lowest I run is 25 front and rear (for fear...

The lowest I run is 25 front and rear (for fear of damaging the rim, not spinning the tire/tube). If I were in mud or sand, where rocks damaging the rim wasn't a concern, I wouldn't hesitate to go...
Forum: Thumpers 06-10-2014, 02:36 PM
Replies: 46,456
Views: 9,339,525
Posted By Mikef5000
I know I'm not the only one to do this: ...

I know I'm not the only one to do this:

http://www.mikef5000.com/uploads/5/6/3/1/5631127/9092248_orig.jpg

http://www.mikef5000.com/uploads/5/6/3/1/5631127/324890_orig.jpg

Repaired with...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 06-10-2014, 02:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 788
Posted By Mikef5000
Well, the TKC/K60 combo will last double that...

Well, the TKC/K60 combo will last double that pretty handily, which means, you won't have to worry about the tires on this trip at all.

I just read a Pirelli Scorpion Rally (rear) review that said...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 06-09-2014, 05:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 788
Posted By Mikef5000
Need more details. How long do the tires need to...

Need more details. How long do the tires need to last? If it's over 3000 miles, I'd run the TKC front and k60 rear. If it's less than that, perhaps the Pirelli scorpion pair.
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 06-08-2014, 04:22 PM
Replies: 70,765
Views: 5,789,451
Posted By Mikef5000
The WRR is very capable and very enjoyable on the...

The WRR is very capable and very enjoyable on the trails. That being said, a dedicated lighter weight woods bike would be more fun, particularly on the harder stuff.

I won't hesitate to go back on...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 06-08-2014, 09:19 AM
Replies: 70,765
Views: 5,789,451
Posted By Mikef5000
I wrote up a short report on the Hatfield McCoy...

I wrote up a short report on the Hatfield McCoy Trails for your reading pleasure:
http://www.mikef5000.com/the-short-story-collection
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-03-2014, 08:41 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 6,023
Posted By Mikef5000
Personally, as I've mentioned before, those extra...

Personally, as I've mentioned before, those extra miles wouldn't scare me, so I'd gladly take the lower cost and added extras.

Big bikes tend to be awful in sand, just so you know in advance.
Forum: Thumpers 06-03-2014, 04:01 PM
Replies: 13,059
Views: 675,608
Posted By Mikef5000
We'll be riding the rockhouse area, and staying...

We'll be riding the rockhouse area, and staying just off the trailhead. I've heard about 199... Knowing it's silly to ask in this thread... I've read it's the most difficult trail in the system... is...
Forum: Thumpers 06-03-2014, 03:35 PM
Replies: 13,059
Views: 675,608
Posted By Mikef5000
This is as good a thread to post this as any... ...

This is as good a thread to post this as any...


I wish, honestly, that KTM would make a bike to compare with the WR250R. It's obvious they currently do not, and most here know (as it has been...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-03-2014, 03:13 PM
Replies: 26,194
Views: 5,013,434
Posted By Mikef5000
This comes up a lot... here is my standard...

This comes up a lot... here is my standard answer:


In the simplest form... if you ride like a normal person... the S10 will prove to be more reliable and less maintenance. If you ride like a ...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 06-03-2014, 03:07 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,649
Posted By Mikef5000
How much PSI in the TKC? And how much mileage do...

How much PSI in the TKC? And how much mileage do you get out of the MT-21?
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-03-2014, 01:02 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 6,023
Posted By Mikef5000
All good bikes. But for what it's worth, 33k...

All good bikes. But for what it's worth, 33k miles is nothing on a strom. My dad just bought one (for $2000) with 52k miles on it, and there are numerous out on the road with 100k+.

I'm not...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 06-03-2014, 11:57 AM
Replies: 5,019
Views: 491,670
Posted By Mikef5000
Is it bad that my first thought was how much I...

Is it bad that my first thought was how much I would love to ride that thing around Sturgis Bike Week?

Even just ride it to the local bike nights and squeeze it in between the Harleys.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-03-2014, 11:52 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 6,023
Posted By Mikef5000
You can usually find reasonable condition V-Strom...

You can usually find reasonable condition V-Strom 650's for under $3000. I'd start there, and get your feet wet both on the road (and highway), and on some very easy off-road stuff. I'd do this over...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-03-2014, 10:21 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 6,023
Posted By Mikef5000
Do you have any further motorcycle related...

Do you have any further motorcycle related questions?
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-03-2014, 07:56 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 6,023
Posted By Mikef5000
Guys, the faster you realize that arguing back...

Guys, the faster you realize that arguing back and forth on a public forum makes YOU BOTH look like children, the faster you can get on with your hopefully-better-than-this lives.

Using the...
Forum: Thumpers 06-02-2014, 08:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,166
Posted By Mikef5000
The rumor over seas is that the old tenere 660 is...

The rumor over seas is that the old tenere 660 is discontinued and a new one will be rolled out next year. I highly doubt we'll see a small adventure bike before Europe, nor will we just now get an...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-02-2014, 04:05 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 6,023
Posted By Mikef5000
[Eh. I deleted my smartass comments... it wasn't...

[Eh. I deleted my smartass comments... it wasn't worth it.]

Honestly, I originally came in here to recommend the V-Strom 650 or Verseys. I still think they'll do what you want just fine. ADVrider...
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