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Forum: Thumpers Today, 05:19 PM
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Posted By danketchpel
This is terribly comforting to read. It's exactly...

This is terribly comforting to read. It's exactly the sort of ownership experience I'm looking forward to.

I will be picking up my new Terra tomorrow.
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Forum: Thumpers Today, 05:15 PM
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Views: 696,361
Posted By danketchpel
Wow, what an AMAZING picture!!! That's worth...

Wow, what an AMAZING picture!!!

That's worth hanging on the wall.

Also, what skidplate do you have?
Forum: Beasts Today, 05:11 PM
Replies: 11,005
Views: 1,429,872
Posted By danketchpel
Your statement on the 690 was what kept coming...

Your statement on the 690 was what kept coming into my thinking as I mulled over the choices. Much of the choice has to do with where you live.



I'd fully agree with you on the Stelvio. I'm at...
Forum: Beasts Today, 05:00 PM
Replies: 11,005
Views: 1,429,872
Posted By danketchpel
Thanks for the feedback! I've only got maybe...

Thanks for the feedback!

I've only got maybe 150 miles or so on mine and I'm starting to notice a break in. The one thing I've noticed is that when the seat is cold it's much firmer than after...
Forum: Beasts Today, 12:37 AM
Replies: 11,005
Views: 1,429,872
Posted By danketchpel
Thanks! I also wonder about the long term...

Thanks!

I also wonder about the long term outlook for Husky. I really like the 70 degree Husaburgs. I test rode a FE570S and was super impressed with it. There was a whole lot right with those...
Forum: Beasts Yesterday, 07:07 PM
Replies: 11,005
Views: 1,429,872
Posted By danketchpel
It's a left over 2013. I paid $6,800...

It's a left over 2013.



I paid $6,800 OTD, which was less than most of the used 690s I could find.

This bike hits the mark for my needs. I felt the 690 was too trail biased for where I live....
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 06:06 PM
Replies: 5,029
Views: 584,821
Posted By danketchpel
After reading a huge portion of this thread and...

After reading a huge portion of this thread and the older one, and some on Cafe H. I went to look at a Terra today and test rode it.

That sealed the deal, my KLR replacement bike has been found...
Forum: Beasts Yesterday, 05:34 PM
Replies: 11,005
Views: 1,429,872
Posted By danketchpel
OK, my final "side trip" on this subject. I...

OK, my final "side trip" on this subject.

I found my KLR replacement today, wahoo!!!

http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j192/danketchpel/Dirtbiking/bike%20pix/Husky%20TR650/20140917_160319-1.jpg...
Forum: Beasts Yesterday, 05:19 PM
Replies: 11,005
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Posted By danketchpel
OK, full ride report will be due on these.... :D

OK, full ride report will be due on these.... :D
Forum: Beasts 09-15-2014, 06:01 AM
Replies: 11,005
Views: 1,429,872
Posted By danketchpel
That sounds about right. The vibey spots lessen...

That sounds about right. The vibey spots lessen with miles and good tuneups, but the ranges remain. Remapping will smooth things out quite a bit and wake up the 3-4k rev range so the fun that starts...
Forum: Beasts 09-14-2014, 07:40 AM
Replies: 11,005
Views: 1,429,872
Posted By danketchpel
Thanks for the feedback. I think I need to...

Thanks for the feedback.

I think I need to look into the 690 deeper given you all's input.
Forum: Beasts 09-14-2014, 07:39 AM
Replies: 11,005
Views: 1,429,872
Posted By danketchpel
Congrats!!! Ahh..... the picking up the new...

Congrats!!!

Ahh..... the picking up the new bike day, one of the things that makes life, and working way too much all worth it. I see you got the strapping all worked out.

Please post up your...
Forum: Beasts 09-13-2014, 06:34 PM
Replies: 11,005
Views: 1,429,872
Posted By danketchpel
I've spent some time considering the KTM 690 and...

I've spent some time considering the KTM 690 and vibes are my biggest concern, we'll and knowing I'd need to lower it ~2" at least, add fuel capacity, replace the seat, and some sort of wind...
Forum: Beasts 09-13-2014, 07:04 AM
Replies: 11,005
Views: 1,429,872
Posted By danketchpel
Thanks for the info guys. GSBS, I like what...

Thanks for the info guys.

GSBS, I like what you've done with your Dakar.

I should see about a test ride on a Sertao for comparison. I think they have one at the BMW shop near me. Too bad the...
Forum: Beasts 09-13-2014, 06:57 AM
Replies: 11,005
Views: 1,429,872
Posted By danketchpel
We stopped in the Guzzi dealer in Prescott AZ...

We stopped in the Guzzi dealer in Prescott AZ while passing through and was able to score a couple Guzzi shirts for my wife.

I had actually found these shirts browsing online and it turned out we...
Forum: Beasts 09-11-2014, 11:11 PM
Replies: 11,005
Views: 1,429,872
Posted By danketchpel
I've trailered mine a couple times. I use the...

I've trailered mine a couple times. I use the engine guards to tie to in the front (the mount for the Aux lights works great) and the grab bars around the rear seat in the rear.

I use soft ties...
Forum: Beasts 09-11-2014, 11:03 PM
Replies: 11,005
Views: 1,429,872
Posted By danketchpel
I was reading up on the Husky Terra. It seems...

I was reading up on the Husky Terra. It seems like the engine is smooth but has NO bottom end. I test rode a BMW F650G and it felt the same, weak below 4k rpm but strong above that and smooth on the...
Forum: Beasts 09-11-2014, 03:33 PM
Replies: 11,005
Views: 1,429,872
Posted By danketchpel
OK, I'm not jealous, no.... not one bit..... uh...

OK, I'm not jealous, no.... not one bit..... uh uh, no way.....

You know I'm lying through my teeth........ :D

I'd really like to do a few more rallies. I need to start looking about for...
Forum: Beasts 09-10-2014, 07:42 PM
Replies: 11,005
Views: 1,429,872
Posted By danketchpel
+1, that's where I'm at.

+1, that's where I'm at.
Forum: Beasts 09-10-2014, 07:40 PM
Replies: 11,005
Views: 1,429,872
Posted By danketchpel
I had a 2 bike solution for decades, one trail...

I had a 2 bike solution for decades, one trail bike and one pure street bike. Then things began to get blurry when I started riding dual sport events on the DRZ. Some time later I started doing some...
Forum: Beasts 09-10-2014, 05:06 PM
Replies: 11,005
Views: 1,429,872
Posted By danketchpel
I think there must be some sort of funky EPA reg...

I think there must be some sort of funky EPA reg issues preventing the Japanese from diving into the street legal DS market in the mid range sizes, or else they are simply clueless. The Euros have...
Forum: Beasts 09-10-2014, 04:43 PM
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Posted By danketchpel
To be quite honest, yes, the proximity turned out...

To be quite honest, yes, the proximity turned out to be a huge factor. My wife and I talked about it after our ride to Santa Cruz and our consensus was, let's just get 'er done locally. I got a bit...
Forum: Beasts 09-10-2014, 12:36 PM
Replies: 11,005
Views: 1,429,872
Posted By danketchpel
It is close in many ways, except expense of...

It is close in many ways, except expense of replacement parts.

I looked into this conversion and it's no longer available. There is a thread here about it and overall the guy who bought one of the...
Forum: Beasts 09-10-2014, 11:20 AM
Replies: 11,005
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Posted By danketchpel
I could see that, I'm guessing the 500 is a...

I could see that, I'm guessing the 500 is a brute, not really the more mellow tractor sort of engine I'd prefer. But that's pure speculation on my part.

What I want is an engine that doesn't need...
Forum: Beasts 09-10-2014, 11:13 AM
Replies: 11,005
Views: 1,429,872
Posted By danketchpel
A friend of mine has one of those and LOVES it!!!...

A friend of mine has one of those and LOVES it!!!

But, I'd want the same upgrades as you, larger tank, a bit more wind protection and the ability to install some soft luggage or a rear rack. It...
Forum: Beasts 09-09-2014, 09:47 PM
Replies: 11,005
Views: 1,429,872
Posted By danketchpel
If you don't mind post up your search and...

If you don't mind post up your search and results.

My Stelvio is staying but as you know I'm less than pleased with the KLR. I'm looking for a lighter ADV style bike that is smooth and has decent...
Forum: Beasts 09-08-2014, 10:52 PM
Replies: 11,005
Views: 1,429,872
Posted By danketchpel
That's kinda funny, I like the tread pattern of...

That's kinda funny, I like the tread pattern of the Mitas E07s. Different strokes...


I think that would be my call.

I ran about 6k miles or so on the 705s. They are pretty good but DEFINITELY...
Forum: Beasts 09-08-2014, 02:10 PM
Replies: 11,005
Views: 1,429,872
Posted By danketchpel
That would be a great resource for all of us,...

That would be a great resource for all of us, good idea. Peter has a great start on it, all we need are some photos of the front Aux. fuses.

Here's the fuse locations from the Service manual.
...
Forum: Beasts 09-07-2014, 10:36 PM
Replies: 1,667
Views: 380,437
Posted By danketchpel
You're looking at a S10 or 1190 and the 1190 is...

You're looking at a S10 or 1190 and the 1190 is about as light as you'll get, about 525 lbs or so. The new Vstrom 1k is lighter close to 500 lbs and puts out around 90 hp.

To be in the 420 lb...
Forum: Beasts 09-06-2014, 10:46 PM
Replies: 1,667
Views: 380,437
Posted By danketchpel
If it's light enough 45 hp would be OK. I haven't...

If it's light enough 45 hp would be OK. I haven't had a chance to ride a CB500x as getting a test ride of any Honda around here is nearly impossible. I do have a friend who has one but I don't get to...
Forum: Beasts 09-06-2014, 10:26 PM
Replies: 11,005
Views: 1,429,872
Posted By danketchpel
That looks like an awesome ride! My wife got...

That looks like an awesome ride!

My wife got a kick out of your follow up post regarding her layers, she definitely relates. But ever since I got her an electric jacket liner she's been able to...
Forum: Beasts 09-06-2014, 09:51 PM
Replies: 11,005
Views: 1,429,872
Posted By danketchpel
Which pipe expander size...

Which pipe expander size (http://www.harborfreight.com/catalogsearch/result?q=exhaust+pipe+expander) is suggested?
...
Forum: Beasts 09-06-2014, 07:30 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,533
Posted By danketchpel
I would like to see Victoy pursue the standard...

I would like to see Victoy pursue the standard bike market with smaller engines then develop an ADV bike after they have a non cruiser lineup identity established.

I agree the ADV market by itself...
Forum: Beasts 09-06-2014, 07:01 AM
Replies: 1,667
Views: 380,437
Posted By danketchpel
I'd prefer a 500 over a 1000 for my needs. ...

I'd prefer a 500 over a 1000 for my needs.

Hopefully they give it a little bump in hp. The current 500 is putting out 45 hp according to Cycleworld. If they can bump it to say 50 and keep the bike...
Forum: Beasts 09-06-2014, 06:45 AM
Replies: 11,005
Views: 1,429,872
Posted By danketchpel
Stevie, I think the idea was to go to a basic...

Stevie, I think the idea was to go to a basic metal to metal slip joint like is used on many bikes.

You would need to expand the smaller inside tube to meet the existing outside tube.

I'm not...
Forum: Beasts 09-05-2014, 10:38 PM
Replies: 11,005
Views: 1,429,872
Posted By danketchpel
Man you guys are starting to make me paranoid...

Man you guys are starting to make me paranoid about my exhaust gaskets.

I do need to order some spares for sure and pick up the tubing expander (nice tool to have anyway). I have some other Kawi...
Forum: Beasts 09-05-2014, 05:32 PM
Replies: 1,667
Views: 380,437
Posted By danketchpel
Your comments on the CB1100 indicate Honda kept...

Your comments on the CB1100 indicate Honda kept the function instep with the look, retro. What did you expect, CBR1000R performance in a CB750 package?

As for recent Honda design language, while...
Forum: Beasts 09-05-2014, 03:41 PM
Replies: 11,005
Views: 1,429,872
Posted By danketchpel
I'm glad I did the ride-in as it took a few...

I'm glad I did the ride-in as it took a few tweaks to get the seat the way I wanted it. Mostly small things, add some here, remove some there, etc. It's not an easy process that's for sure. What...
Forum: Beasts 09-05-2014, 09:55 AM
Replies: 11,005
Views: 1,429,872
Posted By danketchpel
I'm at BMS getting my custom seat made, Wahoo!!! ...

I'm at BMS getting my custom seat made, Wahoo!!!

I'll post pix and comments when it's done. There were two other guys here doing ride-in seat jobs also, both GSs, one solo & one couple.
Forum: Beasts 09-04-2014, 07:12 PM
Replies: 11,005
Views: 1,429,872
Posted By danketchpel
You're quite welcome. :D There are a few...

You're quite welcome. :D

There are a few sources for TB sync tools. There are a couple electronic ones such as the;

Carbmate...
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