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Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 08:19 AM
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Posted By phobe
Of the few comments Honda have made, one of them...

Of the few comments Honda have made, one of them was the suggestion of excellent off road capabilities. I'm optimistic that it will lean a bit closer to the dual sport end of the spectrum because...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-24-2015, 09:33 AM
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Posted By phobe
I live an hour from the Rockies. I want to ride...

I live an hour from the Rockies. I want to ride to the mountains, ride in the mountains, maybe camp, then ride home. And I want to do big dirty wheelies everywhere and take it off small jumps. And I...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-24-2015, 06:07 AM
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Posted By phobe
I'm holding out hope that there are multiple...

I'm holding out hope that there are multiple versions and one of them is the big badass dirtbike they showed us last fall.

Otherwise, I'll get my deposit back. I don't need a tall sport touring...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-18-2015, 01:51 PM
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Posted By phobe
Same top end, different cases, crank and gearbox.

Same top end, different cases, crank and gearbox.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-14-2015, 06:10 PM
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Posted By phobe
What kind of moron thinks it would be competitive...

What kind of moron thinks it would be competitive in a gp race? That's completely beside the point. Want to know what an actual race ready rcv costs, not including spares and a tram of mechanics?...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-14-2015, 02:34 PM
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Posted By phobe
No it is in fact an actual motogp bike. They...

No it is in fact an actual motogp bike. They started with the customer race bike (like Nicky's) and calculated the minimum amount of changes they would need to make to turn it into a street bike. 80%...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-11-2015, 10:40 AM
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Posted By phobe
The unicam top end looks similar. The cases do...

The unicam top end looks similar. The cases do not.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-09-2015, 06:55 AM
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Posted By phobe
Don't know about the frame but I'll bet the motor...

Don't know about the frame but I'll bet the motor is very light. It looks to be a unicam head with 1 camshaft positioned directly over the intake valves.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-04-2015, 10:14 PM
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Posted By phobe
I have a deposit on one but if there isn't an...

I have a deposit on one but if there isn't an available off-road biased version along the lines of the eicma bike I won't bother. If the bike in the spy photos is all that's available I don't want...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-29-2015, 09:58 AM
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Posted By phobe
Same as triumph... Xc, xr, etc

Same as triumph... Xc, xr, etc
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-29-2015, 09:54 AM
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Posted By phobe
Montesa Spain is what I've been told

Montesa Spain is what I've been told
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-29-2015, 08:49 AM
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Posted By phobe
http://www.visordown.com/motorcycle-news-new-bikes...

http://www.visordown.com/motorcycle-news-new-bikes/touring-spec-africa-twin-spotted/26742.html

Good observations here.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-28-2015, 11:11 AM
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Posted By phobe
All I'm saying is I'd prefer a version note...

All I'm saying is I'd prefer a version note biased to off road capability. A stripped down one.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-28-2015, 11:10 AM
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Posted By phobe
Try to design a bike with long travel suspension,...

Try to design a bike with long travel suspension, off road capability and the ability to be loaded up with 550lbs of passengers and luggage. Gotta be tough to find that sweet spot. That's why I'm...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-28-2015, 11:04 AM
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Posted By phobe
I like the bronze case cover Edit: pretty...

I like the bronze case cover

Edit: pretty sure there is an adjustable seat. At least we know they submitted a patent application for one.

As far as ergonomics... My main concern is that it can...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-28-2015, 10:26 AM
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Posted By phobe
Yeah that looks like some sort of torture test. ...

Yeah that looks like some sort of torture test.

I want to believe there will be a more off road version with tkc80s and a 1 piece seat. If so That's the one I want.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-19-2015, 11:58 AM
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Posted By phobe
I personally won't get the factory bags. Plastic...

I personally won't get the factory bags. Plastic mounting hardware... tree...

I'll stick with dry bags, no hard luggage probably.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-19-2015, 11:22 AM
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Posted By phobe
On closer examination it does indeed have the...

On closer examination it does indeed have the same luggage mounting system as the VFR. There's a guide built in to the passenger peg and there will be bosses built in to the subframe for the hooks on...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-17-2015, 04:18 PM
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Posted By phobe
The frame is steel. Look at the drawings. The...

The frame is steel. Look at the drawings. The intersection of the spars and headstock would be way thicker if it were aluminum. The test mule had paint worn off on the side plates and a bit of rust....
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-16-2015, 09:35 PM
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Posted By phobe
No, probably not... I'm intrigued but I'm not...

No, probably not... I'm intrigued but I'm not ready yet. Hopefully I'll get a test ride on one before I take delivery. I'll keep an open mind.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-16-2015, 04:36 PM
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Posted By phobe
I put a deposit on one today. The salesman (who...

I put a deposit on one today. The salesman (who is a friend and one of the biggest enthusiasts I know) didn't have new information but their Honda rep told them to expect the bike in late fall and...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-16-2015, 06:23 AM
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Posted By phobe
Believe I will go see the Honda man today and...

Believe I will go see the Honda man today and give him some money.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-15-2015, 04:31 PM
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Posted By phobe
Full. Of. Shit.

Full.
Of.
Shit.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-15-2015, 03:21 PM
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Posted By phobe
it has a steel frame

it has a steel frame
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-15-2015, 11:29 AM
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Posted By phobe
They could squeeze 125+ All you do is shift the...

They could squeeze 125+ All you do is shift the torque curve over. I'm sure but the power characteristics in the low end and midrange are far more important than the peak output for this bike's...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-15-2015, 08:49 AM
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Posted By phobe
It could conceivably weigh similar to a hp2. That...

It could conceivably weigh similar to a hp2. That old 1200 motor is not light, and the shaft drive adds ~30lbs vs chain.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-14-2015, 11:21 AM
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Posted By phobe
You're probably right. The prototype was a giant...

You're probably right. The prototype was a giant single and honda decided to re-engineer the entire project since November. Makes sense.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-14-2015, 07:40 AM
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Posted By phobe
It's a completely different setup. THe VFR clips...

It's a completely different setup. THe VFR clips the bags to the mudguard and supports from the passenger foot peg.... Which would suck on this because you wouldn't be able to remove either to use...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-13-2015, 09:46 PM
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Posted By phobe
With the cat (and presumably flapper) built into...

With the cat (and presumably flapper) built into the silencer it will see significant gains with a slip-on. weight savings too.

I also like that the pillion pegs don't double as and exhaust...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-12-2015, 02:55 PM
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Posted By phobe
Probably like the VFR1200 muffler. Flapper valve...

Probably like the VFR1200 muffler. Flapper valve inside, low RPM using strictly the smaller exit, high rpm using both.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-12-2015, 11:46 AM
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Posted By phobe
wonder what the model code is.... SC70?

wonder what the model code is.... SC70?
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-12-2015, 08:58 AM
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Posted By phobe
If not it's easy enough to take a drive south of...

If not it's easy enough to take a drive south of the border and import one.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-06-2015, 06:21 PM
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Posted By phobe
I'm hoping part 2 will show the bike being ridden

I'm hoping part 2 will show the bike being ridden
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-06-2015, 07:04 AM
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Posted By phobe
I'd probably rip out the pair system, evap system...

I'd probably rip out the pair system, evap system and put in a Shorai lfx battery. Then hack the gear position sensor wires to defeat the power restriction. Then a pipe and pcV, heated grips and of...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-29-2015, 09:05 PM
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Posted By phobe
Ask Larryboy. He can press a ruler against his...

Ask Larryboy. He can press a ruler against his computer screen and scale it up to the exact specification within fractions of a mm.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-29-2015, 06:43 AM
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Posted By phobe
Hancock's comment comparing it to the original...

Hancock's comment comparing it to the original Fireblade is exciting.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-28-2015, 06:37 PM
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Posted By phobe
What a dolt. Honda have been pissing around with...

What a dolt. Honda have been pissing around with uneven firing intervals for several generations going back to the '83 VT700 shadow and whole pile of 2 and 4-cylinder bikes since.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-28-2015, 09:52 AM
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Posted By phobe
Hondas always seem to ride and feel better than...

Hondas always seem to ride and feel better than their spec sheets suggest. Carefully tuned torque curve, mass centralization, good balance etc etc.

I'd agree on Aprilia as well... the earlier...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-15-2015, 08:55 AM
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Posted By phobe
I'd be good with that. I can't really leave my...

I'd be good with that. I can't really leave my wife and children and job for several weeks to bugger off to Mongolia but I'd sure as hell like to ride out to the mountains, head up a trail and camp a...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-13-2015, 06:56 PM
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Posted By phobe
I tried a F800R. I found the engine slow and...

I tried a F800R. I found the engine slow and boring. I'm sure it's a solid powerplant it just wasn't exciting. I hope this Honda has more character.
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