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Forum: Beasts Today, 01:05 PM
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Posted By danketchpel
I completely agree, especially about the heart...

I completely agree, especially about the heart attack inducing black marshmallows.

I found the SW-Motech pegs in the low position with the rubber on were slightly lower then that stock pegs with...
Forum: Beasts Today, 12:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,406
Posted By danketchpel
I looked into it and I can get the PR4 std...

I looked into it and I can get the PR4 std version rear in 150/70-17 for my Stelvio. I think I'll go that way instead of the softer Trail version. I'm not sure I see the advantage of the softer...
Forum: Beasts Today, 12:09 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 917
Posted By danketchpel
Thanks for the feedback. I totally agree it...

Thanks for the feedback. I totally agree it depends on the definition of dirt riding. I'd use the DRZ for the more technical for sure, but was hoping the XC felt comfortable enough this side of...
Forum: Beasts Today, 12:00 PM
Replies: 10,655
Views: 1,386,983
Posted By danketchpel
I would agree. I have tried a few different...

I would agree.

I have tried a few different types of riding shorts. Traditionally I've used the Fox moto shorts for dirtbike riding and liked them. I have tried bicycle shorts and recently decided...
Forum: Beasts Yesterday, 07:25 PM
Replies: 10,655
Views: 1,386,983
Posted By danketchpel
Very cool the dealer got you hooked up with a new...

Very cool the dealer got you hooked up with a new ECU, it can happen. It's what a warranty is all about. Generally though I do believe that ECU is quite robust. It's the same one on my Ducati and...
Forum: Beasts Yesterday, 04:55 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 917
Posted By danketchpel
Ya, that's the bike I'm waiting on, hopefully it...

Ya, that's the bike I'm waiting on, hopefully it will be based on the -07 twin.
Forum: Beasts 08-27-2014, 11:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 917
Posted By danketchpel
Hey CA Stu, I believe you were a KLR rider...

Hey CA Stu,

I believe you were a KLR rider at one time if I recall. I'm in a similar situation considering trading the KLR for an XC, but..... I don't need it as an all around bike, more of a big...
Forum: Beasts 08-27-2014, 01:52 PM
Replies: 1,422
Views: 328,548
Posted By danketchpel
I'm guessing if they do it up right and it sells...

I'm guessing if they do it up right and it sells well it will last. I can't believe Honda still sells the Rebel 250, virtually unchanged from 2 decades ago. I guess it sells.......

I also wish the...
Forum: Beasts 08-27-2014, 01:45 PM
Replies: 1,422
Views: 328,548
Posted By danketchpel
They could build it in 2 flavors like Triumph...

They could build it in 2 flavors like Triumph does with the Tiger 800 and KTM does with the 1190.

It doesn't take that much change in spec to alter a bike's focus.
Forum: Beasts 08-27-2014, 06:52 AM
Replies: 10,655
Views: 1,386,983
Posted By danketchpel
I'd agree. In fact I'd say the Pilot series are...

I'd agree. In fact I'd say the Pilot series are the best street tires I've had on any bike to date.

I'm very happy with the Pilot Power 3 front & Pilot Road 2 rear combo on my Ducati.
Forum: Beasts 08-27-2014, 05:50 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 917
Posted By danketchpel
It sounds to me like the roadie would be the...

It sounds to me like the roadie would be the better choice just based on usage. I rode both and they have a different feel. I think the roadie feels lighter and smaller which I liked better.

The...
Forum: Beasts 08-26-2014, 05:55 PM
Replies: 10,655
Views: 1,386,983
Posted By danketchpel
OK, rub it in :D That was a good deal. I've...

OK, rub it in :D

That was a good deal. I've been quite happy with my PR3 Trails. For $100 less I'd have been even happier.
Forum: Beasts 08-26-2014, 01:55 PM
Replies: 10,655
Views: 1,386,983
Posted By danketchpel
I have PR 3 Trails on the bike now and have been...

I have PR 3 Trails on the bike now and have been super happy with them. The rear is nearing the end of it's life with about 9k miles on it. I could "maybe" get another 1k out of it but I have a ride...
Forum: Beasts 08-26-2014, 01:16 PM
Replies: 10,655
Views: 1,386,983
Posted By danketchpel
About 100 miles is about all I can stand on the...

About 100 miles is about all I can stand on the stock seat in one sitting. Maybe I have a wimpy butt, whatever, I want to be able to ride at least 150-200 miles none stop if need be without my butt...
Forum: Beasts 08-25-2014, 12:01 PM
Replies: 605
Views: 154,668
Posted By danketchpel
Maybe someday Kawi will bring one to the states...

Maybe someday Kawi will bring one to the states and I will be able to try it. For now the best I've been able to do is sit on it, which surprised me as to how light it felt.

I was posing those...
Forum: Beasts 08-25-2014, 11:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 373
Posted By danketchpel
New or used? There's a lot of bikes in between...

New or used? There's a lot of bikes in between those two.

As you said, very different bikes for sure. Personally I much rather have the Scrambler but that's my feelings about the two bikes showing...
Forum: Beasts 08-25-2014, 11:44 AM
Replies: 605
Views: 154,668
Posted By danketchpel
Is that the general market feeling up there? We...

Is that the general market feeling up there? We don't get it here so I have no idea about the market reception. I know the Versys 650 doesn't sell very well.

What do you perceive as the primary...
Forum: Thumpers 08-24-2014, 04:42 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,442
Posted By danketchpel
I totally agree. Honda totally dropped the ball...

I totally agree. Honda totally dropped the ball and stuck with the lame XRL650 which is older than the hills, 'bout the same age as the KLR.

They did make the XRR engine with e-start and offered...
Forum: Beasts 08-24-2014, 04:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,108
Posted By danketchpel
Thanks for the tip on Fontana Radiator, I didn't...

Thanks for the tip on Fontana Radiator, I didn't know about those guys.
Forum: Beasts 08-24-2014, 04:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,125
Posted By danketchpel
I've been wondering about that. I have ridden the...

I've been wondering about that. I have ridden the older LC4 engine and couldn't wait to get off the bike. I had read that the 690 was much better but getting a test ride one one is nigh well...
Forum: Thumpers 08-23-2014, 08:09 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,442
Posted By danketchpel
Wow, very different ends of the spectrum. The two...

Wow, very different ends of the spectrum. The two bikes are nothing alike. I own a KLR and have two friends with XRRs so I've ridden both

It depends a great deal on how much time you will spend on...
Forum: Beasts 08-23-2014, 07:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,108
Posted By danketchpel
If Yamaha won't warranty it I'd send it to...

If Yamaha won't warranty it I'd send it to Myler's Motorcycle Radiators (http://www.motorcycleradiators.com/) in Utah.

They do awesome work, very reasonably priced, and very fast turn around.

I...
Forum: Beasts 08-22-2014, 11:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 911
Posted By danketchpel
It converts to a little over $6,000 US. It's...

It converts to a little over $6,000 US. It's probably about right for a very clean example.

What throws you is the use of a Dollar sign instead of a Peso sign, probably not on the keyboard.

I...
Forum: Beasts 08-22-2014, 11:08 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 10,928
Posted By danketchpel
I'm not holding my breath, but hoping in a big...

I'm not holding my breath, but hoping in a big way something close to this becomes realty on our shores........ from somebody, hopefully Yamaha with that sweet -07 engine. That could make my year.
...
Forum: Beasts 08-21-2014, 08:41 AM
Replies: 10,655
Views: 1,386,983
Posted By danketchpel
I would tend to agree with you. Simply...

I would tend to agree with you.

Simply turning it off for a while to see if things change should indicate what to do next, either leave it off or search for bad connections.
Forum: Beasts 08-20-2014, 01:30 PM
Replies: 10,655
Views: 1,386,983
Posted By danketchpel
I run my ATC disabled also. I vaguely remember...

I run my ATC disabled also. I vaguely remember some lights (the triangle?) flashing on the dash when I first got it, then I went through the menu and turned that nonsense off, haven't seen anything...
Forum: Beasts 08-19-2014, 06:59 PM
Replies: 10,655
Views: 1,386,983
Posted By danketchpel
I was kinda wondering the same thing. I...

I was kinda wondering the same thing.

I think my suggestions is go to a dealer, take one off the center stand, swing a leg over it, rock it back and forth. Try to remember the fuel tank is pretty...
Forum: Beasts 08-19-2014, 09:37 AM
Replies: 10,655
Views: 1,386,983
Posted By danketchpel
Sweet!!! Thanks a bunch for the info.

Sweet!!!

Thanks a bunch for the info.
Forum: Beasts 08-19-2014, 09:32 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,033
Posted By danketchpel
I originally bought the KLR thinking it would be...

I originally bought the KLR thinking it would be good for 2 up adventure type riding. I passed on the DR as the rider's footpegs are really high. I looked at the 690 for about 3 minutes and realized...
Forum: Beasts 08-18-2014, 06:26 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,033
Posted By danketchpel
It's one of the difficult things about trying to...

It's one of the difficult things about trying to figure out what bike to buy. It's hard enough to just get a demo ride, much less one on a properly uncorked/setup bike. If you don't have anything...
Forum: Beasts 08-18-2014, 05:22 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,214
Posted By danketchpel
Now that sounds pretty exciting to me. I...

Now that sounds pretty exciting to me.

I love the 5th Gen pre-VTEC VFR800 but the ergos are too extreme for me and I've got a personal issue with plastic cladding on bikes. But a stripped VFR800...
Forum: Beasts 08-18-2014, 01:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,406
Posted By danketchpel
My Stelvio is on PR3 Trails now and I'm really...

My Stelvio is on PR3 Trails now and I'm really happy with them. I've got about 8,500 miles on them now. I think I "might" get another 1,000 from the rear then I'll be at the wear bars. The front...
Forum: Beasts 08-18-2014, 01:08 PM
Replies: 10,655
Views: 1,386,983
Posted By danketchpel
Very nice pix, love those Big Boys. I got to see...

Very nice pix, love those Big Boys. I got to see one here in CA that was heading out to be rebuilt and put back into service for specialty passenger service.

I sure wish I had the time and...
Forum: Beasts 08-18-2014, 01:04 PM
Replies: 10,655
Views: 1,386,983
Posted By danketchpel
Yes, that's what I use when I'm posting from my...

Yes, that's what I use when I'm posting from my Android phone. I let the photo be hosted by Tapatalk (I think that's right from memory), no need to place it on a hosting board like smugmug, flicker,...
Forum: Beasts 08-16-2014, 03:08 PM
Replies: 10,655
Views: 1,386,983
Posted By danketchpel
Well..... ya came to the right place for a bunch...

Well..... ya came to the right place for a bunch of well informed opinions.

Overall I think the Guzzi is pretty bullet proof, as long as you check the ground connections once in a while. That...
Forum: Beasts 08-16-2014, 09:33 AM
Replies: 10,655
Views: 1,386,983
Posted By danketchpel
Yes, please do post a RR for such a nice coast to...

Yes, please do post a RR for such a nice coast to coast ride. I'd really like to do that one day..... when I finally get the time off to do it "my way".

I don't want to do an ironbutt run, I want...
Forum: Beasts 08-15-2014, 05:51 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,033
Posted By danketchpel
Ya, when I rode the Versys I thought the engine...

Ya, when I rode the Versys I thought the engine was pretty vibey. Somehow Kawi didn't go to the same balance school as Honda or Triumph did with their parallel twins. It's got some poke, but I see...
Forum: Beasts 08-15-2014, 05:21 PM
Replies: 10,655
Views: 1,386,983
Posted By danketchpel
I started learning all about the expanding fuel...

I started learning all about the expanding fuel tank problem with Ducatis, I don't get that one. You'd think Ducati "probably" has a company like Acerbis mold their tanks and they would use the...
Forum: Beasts 08-15-2014, 02:55 PM
Replies: 10,655
Views: 1,386,983
Posted By danketchpel
Ya, I guess burnt out Aux lights and fuzzy...

Ya, I guess burnt out Aux lights and fuzzy battery terminals aren't quite the same. I'll fess up to a less than perfect clutch but the bike was 100% rideable so not a critical "failure".

I'm a bit...
Forum: Beasts 08-15-2014, 05:46 AM
Replies: 1,073
Views: 324,975
Posted By danketchpel
I think you'll get closer to 6-7k out of the 705,...

I think you'll get closer to 6-7k out of the 705, maybe 8k. I've got about 5k on one that was on my Stelvio and I'd guess there's about 1k left, maybe a bit more depending on how far you'd want to...
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