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Forum: Road warriors 04-14-2014, 10:27 AM
Replies: 269
Views: 49,462
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: 747
Views: 103,242
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: 747
Views: 103,242
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: 6,688
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: 2,966
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: 3,320
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: 19,616
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: 747
Views: 103,242
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: 69,048
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: 19,616
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: 3,320
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: 747
Views: 103,242
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: 2,186
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: 2,420
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: 19,616
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: 1,413
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: 106,888
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: 13,077
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: 13,077
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: 13,077
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: 2,911
Views: 469,834
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: 4,194
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: 568
Views: 88,908
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.
Forum: Road warriors 02-18-2014, 06:04 AM
Replies: 2,911
Views: 469,834
Posted By John Ashman
Is that why it's so damned expensive? Well, I...

Is that why it's so damned expensive? Well, I think a 700 Tenere could be lighter and a better offroader than the 800GS at a lower price. It would be in such a different price category that I'd...
Forum: Road warriors 02-17-2014, 09:41 PM
Replies: 2,911
Views: 469,834
Posted By John Ashman
Although the new FZs are pretty cool, what I...

Although the new FZs are pretty cool, what I REALLY would have liked to see, and would have caused me serious finacial stress, would be an FJR900 and a Tenere 700. It seems to me that the naked...
Forum: Road warriors 02-17-2014, 09:32 PM
Replies: 568
Views: 88,908
Posted By John Ashman
Wait. Are you guys actually suggesting that you...

Wait. Are you guys actually suggesting that you must adapt to the bike? That it doesn't come instantly programmed for your current riding style? Preposterous!!!!
Forum: Road warriors 02-17-2014, 10:59 AM
Replies: 747
Views: 103,242
Posted By John Ashman
New Coke.

New Coke.
Forum: Road warriors 02-16-2014, 01:34 PM
Replies: 1,186
Views: 96,489
Posted By John Ashman
Seems odd to pay extra for a bike that has a...

Seems odd to pay extra for a bike that has a deadly engine, then pay extra to put in all the electronics to keep you from killing yourself.

Didn't know it could automatically prevent a flip,...
Forum: Road warriors 02-16-2014, 01:15 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 20,755
Posted By John Ashman
Well, they still have a few things going for...

Well, they still have a few things going for them.

1. The engine is better than the 800GT and a lot of people distrust/don't like BMW (I'm not one of those people)

2. There are a lot of...
Forum: Road warriors 02-16-2014, 11:42 AM
Replies: 568
Views: 88,908
Posted By John Ashman
Curious what you think of the engine. A lot of...

Curious what you think of the engine. A lot of people complain about it as its number one defect. I can't imagine the same people like the NC700X any more. Usually I see "boring" or something...
Forum: Road warriors 02-16-2014, 11:37 AM
Replies: 197
Views: 20,755
Posted By John Ashman
Well, first, you're not subsidizing anything...

Well, first, you're not subsidizing anything except a greedy government because companies don't arbitrarily charge Australia more.

Secondly, we have to look at what the competition is. It's not...
Forum: Road warriors 02-16-2014, 11:33 AM
Replies: 1,186
Views: 96,489
Posted By John Ashman
You mean it DOES have that?

You mean it DOES have that?
Forum: Road warriors 02-16-2014, 11:27 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 15,411
Posted By John Ashman
Different buyer. Different bike.

Different buyer. Different bike.
Forum: Road warriors 02-15-2014, 03:22 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 13,077
Posted By John Ashman
I mostly agree, but a 375cc is pretty good size...

I mostly agree, but a 375cc is pretty good size for a single. Would love to see a 750cc twin, which is apparently in the works. Well, 500cc and 800cc. But, man, the new 375 makes me want it...
Forum: Road warriors 02-15-2014, 02:48 PM
Replies: 1,186
Views: 96,489
Posted By John Ashman
Here's a great video test of the 1290R's...

Here's a great video test of the 1290R's electronic flip over protection. Wait, it doesn't have that?

http://www.autoevolution.com/news/fast-crash-for-ktm-1290-super-duke-r-video-76991.html
Forum: Road warriors 02-14-2014, 08:12 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 13,077
Posted By John Ashman
I'm wanting to see a KTM 390 trail /mini ADV bike...

I'm wanting to see a KTM 390 trail /mini ADV bike

But what I really want is for Triumph to lop a cylinder off the Tiger 800 XC and shrink the whole thing by about 90%. Tiger Cub XC 530.
...
Forum: Road warriors 02-14-2014, 07:35 PM
Replies: 568
Views: 88,908
Posted By John Ashman
Seems to me the ST1300 was pretty much tied with...

Seems to me the ST1300 was pretty much tied with the R1200RT and surprisingly nimble too. The 800GT seems like it would be pretty sucky for a long term ride, based on very high noise level and...
Forum: Road warriors 02-14-2014, 12:49 PM
Replies: 568
Views: 88,908
Posted By John Ashman
The girlfriend.

The girlfriend.
Forum: Road warriors 02-14-2014, 12:48 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 21,725
Posted By John Ashman
An FJR900 would be the stuff.

An FJR900 would be the stuff.
Forum: Road warriors 02-14-2014, 09:37 AM
Replies: 568
Views: 88,908
Posted By John Ashman
Near as I can tell, the GT/sport touring group is...

Near as I can tell, the GT/sport touring group is down to about 4 bikes. The BMW, the Triumph, the Kawasaki, the Honda VFR.

But only the BMW and Kawasaki Ninja 1000 are available on in North...
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