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Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 06:40 PM
Replies: 3,629
Views: 1,053,481
Posted By Butters
I keep going back and forth between the YSS and...

I keep going back and forth between the YSS and low end Wilbers/Hyperpro/Yacugar/Nitron.

The stock YSS is sprung for a 180 pound rider, which suits me fine. If you're significantly more than...
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 05:52 PM
Replies: 8,303
Views: 1,350,836
Posted By Butters
I don't recall exactly. I bought a total of...

I don't recall exactly. I bought a total of three: one for my X and two for my TDM. I bought from both ADVmonster and Cyclops, but can't remember which one is which. The one in the X has a fan...
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 05:29 AM
Replies: 8,303
Views: 1,350,836
Posted By Butters
This is pretty much the issue. At a stoplight,...

This is pretty much the issue. At a stoplight, if I'm using my heated grips, heated bib, aux lights (LEDs), and GPS, I steadily lose voltage down to the low 12s. So at idle, that is beyond the...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths Yesterday, 05:09 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,293
Posted By Butters
Sometimes you're the buffalo, sometimes you're...

Sometimes you're the buffalo, sometimes you're the bear. Which one you gonna be??
http://www.adventure-journal.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Bear4.jpg

(I just wanted to post this pic).

I'll...
Forum: Old's Cool 06-29-2015, 06:32 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 999
Posted By Butters
Awesome pics! Thanks for posting. :clap

Awesome pics! Thanks for posting. :clap
Forum: Old's Cool 06-29-2015, 06:28 PM
Replies: 3,103
Views: 467,091
Posted By Butters
Seriously, with $6K you can buy a sweet ass Buell...

Seriously, with $6K you can buy a sweet ass Buell Blast sport and have $500 left over for tats for your ol' lady.
Forum: Equipment 06-29-2015, 04:26 AM
Replies: 177
Views: 21,447
Posted By Butters
It seems like motostorm uses FedEx rather than...

It seems like motostorm uses FedEx rather than DHL and your odds are higher that you'll get hit with duties. Bikerland.de and FC Moto ship DHL. The issue is discussed quite a bit in the last couple...
Forum: Old's Cool 06-28-2015, 05:11 PM
Replies: 3,103
Views: 467,091
Posted By Butters
Some of these guys seem to put a lot of money and...

Some of these guys seem to put a lot of money and effort into these bikes. But it's like they have no vision of what they want the final product to look like (other than having no ass end). They'll...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-28-2015, 07:23 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,119
Posted By Butters
Any time I have ever sat on an 08+ KLR I always...

Any time I have ever sat on an 08+ KLR I always wonder why somebody wouldn't just get a Wee Strom. I realize the KLR is the better bike when the trail gets tough, but how tough of a trail are most...
Forum: Road Warriors 06-28-2015, 07:09 AM
Replies: 1,872
Views: 303,764
Posted By Butters
I went from a K75 to a V-Strom to a VFR and none...

I went from a K75 to a V-Strom to a VFR and none of them ticked as many boxes (comfort, power, handling) as this one:
...
Forum: Equipment 06-27-2015, 09:19 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,076
Posted By Butters
+1 I've heard of some people clearing away...

+1

I've heard of some people clearing away obstructions in cheaper helmets. For instance, the holes in the foam don't line up with the shell or there was extra glue or flashing blocking the air...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 06-27-2015, 08:22 AM
Replies: 7,747
Views: 411,570
Posted By Butters
You're welcome to borrow my FG Torrent, but it is...

You're welcome to borrow my FG Torrent, but it is only 25L.
http://images1.revzilla.com/product_images/0069/4122/firstgear_torrent_duffle_bag_25_l_detail.jpg
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 06-27-2015, 08:01 AM
Replies: 39,829
Views: 10,656,392
Posted By Butters
I'm certainly not the ATGATT police and you can...

I'm certainly not the ATGATT police and you can wear whatever makes you happy. But to me, gloves and a jacket are just too easy not to throw on every time. Even just gloves.

Maybe I'm...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 06-27-2015, 07:49 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,429
Posted By Butters
I see your point Swingset, but I am far more...

I see your point Swingset, but I am far more concerned about heat exhaustion than hypothermia. I'll ride down to single digits, but if there is ice from earlier precipitation or a decent chance of...
Forum: Equipment 06-26-2015, 04:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,032
Posted By Butters
I see - I totally misunderstood. I thought you...

I see - I totally misunderstood. I thought you cobbled together EPS foam from some other source. Now I understand what you did is more akin to swapping liners for a better fit. Kind of like with...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 06-26-2015, 03:59 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,429
Posted By Butters
I lived in Northern California for 25 years and...

I lived in Northern California for 25 years and Northern Virginia for a bit over 20. I'll take California and the communists and nanny government over Northern Virginia and the crap weather (and...
Forum: Equipment 06-26-2015, 03:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,032
Posted By Butters
You make a logical argument. But it also...

You make a logical argument. But it also contains assumptions. So even though an argument is logical, if one of its premises is flawed, the conclusion may also be wrong.

Are your...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 06-26-2015, 05:04 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,429
Posted By Butters
+1 to the OP. I don't have any issue getting...

+1 to the OP. I don't have any issue getting warm enough when it is below freezing. But over 90 and humid, there's no way I can stay comfortable unless I'm moving.

I'm amazed at how many...
Forum: Thumpers 06-25-2015, 07:04 PM
Replies: 8,303
Views: 1,350,836
Posted By Butters
Thanks. I may give that a try. I generally have...

Thanks. I may give that a try. I generally have the shield as high up as it will go and keep a decent size gap to let some air flow underneath. But I think it is the dirty air hitting the top of...
Forum: Thumpers 06-25-2015, 04:14 PM
Replies: 8,303
Views: 1,350,836
Posted By Butters
Got any pics? I just use the screen in the...

Got any pics?

I just use the screen in the winter to keep the cold at bay. It works alright on the highway, but isn't particularly smooth or quiet. In the summer, the small Jester screen works...
Forum: Equipment 06-24-2015, 04:04 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,006
Posted By Butters
I have a Kodiak Canvas tent (10x10) that I use...

I have a Kodiak Canvas tent (10x10) that I use for car camping. It is awesome, but I couldn't fathom carrying that thing on a bike. It is also massive for one person.

I can easily erect it...
Forum: Equipment 06-23-2015, 11:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 305
Posted By Butters
I noticed the same thing with Progrip 714s. I...

I noticed the same thing with Progrip 714s. I like the grip, but it has greatly reduced the amount of heat getting to my hands in the winter.
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31lvxZTNg4L.jpg
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 06-23-2015, 07:40 AM
Replies: 7,747
Views: 411,570
Posted By Butters
On my ride Sunday I passed by the turnoffs for...

On my ride Sunday I passed by the turnoffs for JEB Stuart as well as Peach Orchard/Logmill. Didn't give either a second thought - of course I was on my TDM. I might give the Peach Orchard crossing...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 06-22-2015, 05:45 AM
Replies: 287
Views: 21,580
Posted By Butters
It seems people are getting hung up on a number,...

It seems people are getting hung up on a number, whether it is the speed limit, 5 over or 20 over. I think cab591 hit it on the head about speed differential. Being a good driver is being aware of...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 06-21-2015, 10:25 AM
Replies: 7,747
Views: 411,570
Posted By Butters
Hopefully all the NoVA dads out there received...

Hopefully all the NoVA dads out there received the gift of a LAMR (long ass motorcycle ride).

I saw a lot of guys solo out there. Probably like me - using their one yearly kitchen pass to get...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 06-21-2015, 05:58 AM
Replies: 7,747
Views: 411,570
Posted By Butters
That looks just like the view of my 6th or 7th...

That looks just like the view of my 6th or 7th beer
Forum: Equipment 06-20-2015, 01:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 449
Posted By Butters
I have used a couple different brands. One was...

I have used a couple different brands. One was purchased from ADVmonster and another from Cyclops. One used a fan and the other uses a heat sink. There is also a newer type that uses a steel...
Forum: Equipment 06-20-2015, 01:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,495
Posted By Butters
Well, you're right that there is no cutoff. But...

Well, you're right that there is no cutoff. But it all depends on how you aim them. I have had two mounted on my X-Challenge for several years. One is a spot and one is a flood, but they both are...
Forum: Road Warriors 06-19-2015, 06:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,298
Posted By Butters
I owned both a DL1000 and a K75. I miss my...

I owned both a DL1000 and a K75.

I miss my K75. The DL1000, not so much.
Forum: Road Warriors 06-19-2015, 06:55 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 5,000
Posted By Butters
I think some people are missing the OP's point. ...

I think some people are missing the OP's point. And as somebody stated, quality doesn't mean reliability. For that matter, reliability doesn't mean durability. While there may be some relationship...
Forum: Thumpers 06-19-2015, 05:54 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,560
Posted By Butters
If you're talking a majority of dirt riding, I...

If you're talking a majority of dirt riding, I would definitely go with a knobby type tire (as opposed to something like the IRC GP110).

I really liked the Saharas on my X-Challenge, but I would...
Forum: Thumpers 06-19-2015, 04:02 AM
Replies: 8,303
Views: 1,350,836
Posted By Butters
That sucks, Tim. But I'll be curious to hear...

That sucks, Tim. But I'll be curious to hear your comparison between the X and whatever replaces it.
Forum: The Garage 06-18-2015, 03:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,694
Posted By Butters
Worked in a bike shop for years when I was...

Worked in a bike shop for years when I was younger and the Rema TipTop was the "goto" patch. The important thing to remember on those types of patches is that the "glue" isn't glue, it is...
Forum: Road Warriors 06-17-2015, 04:16 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,298
Posted By Butters
Nothing really wrong with a DL1000. Great power...

Nothing really wrong with a DL1000. Great power and very comfortable. If you're bored with your bandit and always wanted a Strom, or just want a change, then go for it.

With that said, the...
Forum: Equipment 06-17-2015, 03:59 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,451
Posted By Butters
Stainless. You can clean it easily with a...

Stainless. You can clean it easily with a scouring pad . . . or sand, gravel, bunch of nuts and bolts, etc.

It's lighter than cast iron, although I'm not sure I would want to take either...
Forum: Equipment 06-15-2015, 11:39 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 285
Posted By Butters
Make sure you check the various threads here in...

Make sure you check the various threads here in Equipment about Motostorm and FedEx. You may get hit with duties to minimize some of your savings.

Also be aware that some European sites, like...
Forum: Equipment 06-15-2015, 11:34 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 249
Posted By Butters
My 650 Thumper came with (Sahara) Enduros as OEM....

My 650 Thumper came with (Sahara) Enduros as OEM. I now have a set of Pirelli MT90s (AT) on it. I can't really complain about the MT90s, but if I had to do it over again, I would just get the...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 06-14-2015, 05:39 PM
Replies: 287
Views: 21,580
Posted By Butters
Idiotic Geometric Progression

I have this theory, wellI think by now it is a proven fact, but it essentially goes like this:

One idiot can cause X amount of problems around him. But if you add another idiot in close...
Forum: Old's Cool 06-14-2015, 08:53 AM
Replies: 3,103
Views: 467,091
Posted By Butters
It's a bobber that runs . . . except it doesn't....

It's a bobber that runs . . . except it doesn't. Priceless.
Forum: Old's Cool 06-13-2015, 03:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,572
Posted By Butters
I keep thinking the VT500 could be the basis of a...

I keep thinking the VT500 could be the basis of a variety of builds. They're cheap, relatively light and reliable, and good looking. There's one in my local Craigslist right now for $900 :evil.
...
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