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Forum: Thumpers 12-11-2014, 09:27 AM
Replies: 13,057
Views: 672,901
Posted By DesertRatliff
It's been my experience that when you combine...

It's been my experience that when you combine water with complex machinery on a long enough timeline, the results are often, at the very least, disappointing. Frustrating comes to mind. Unreliable....
Forum: Thumpers 12-11-2014, 04:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 982
Posted By DesertRatliff
I bought a 2010 R this summer. I didn't save $5K,...

I bought a 2010 R this summer. I didn't save $5K, but I did save $3.5K over new and the bike was nearly perfect.

I took the money saved and got the bike setup the way I wanted. The aftermarket...
Forum: Thumpers 12-10-2014, 07:30 PM
Replies: 13,057
Views: 672,901
Posted By DesertRatliff
Yeah...and that's just throttle body injection....

Yeah...and that's just throttle body injection. I'm looking forward to what gains will be made when direct injection becomes commonplace in moto engines (4 or 2t).

Not every vehicle needs to...
Forum: Thumpers 12-10-2014, 09:10 AM
Replies: 13,057
Views: 672,901
Posted By DesertRatliff
I think we pit different classes of bikes against...

I think we pit different classes of bikes against each other because of the limited availability of any direct competition. Or maybe because of our varying riding styles and what we expect a bike to...
Forum: Thumpers 12-10-2014, 07:41 AM
Replies: 13,057
Views: 672,901
Posted By DesertRatliff
Damn...well here's a shameful bump to bolster my...

Damn...well here's a shameful bump to bolster my post count.

If you ain't first you're last! (but I ain't first by miles :cry)

And to keep it on topic, so nice here in the SW, I pulled...
Forum: Thumpers 12-10-2014, 07:13 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 9,404
Posted By DesertRatliff
I'm pretty sure you nailed it. Ya listenin' St....

I'm pretty sure you nailed it. Ya listenin' St. Nick? Me too.

Edit: Well maybe not the stainless filters :wink:
Forum: Thumpers 12-09-2014, 06:08 PM
Replies: 13,057
Views: 672,901
Posted By DesertRatliff
:rofl:rofl:rofl

:rofl:rofl:rofl
Forum: Thumpers 12-06-2014, 06:52 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,797
Posted By DesertRatliff
You're preaching to the choir. There are a few...

You're preaching to the choir. There are a few notable wide ratio six-speeds out there, but the current 690 Enduro, based off the, street-slick wearing SMC, is not one of them.

I hope this...
Forum: Thumpers 12-06-2014, 07:23 AM
Replies: 13,057
Views: 672,901
Posted By DesertRatliff
My best guess: Lots of noodles

My best guess: Lots of noodles
Forum: Thumpers 12-06-2014, 06:55 AM
Replies: 13,057
Views: 672,901
Posted By DesertRatliff
Husky definitely set the bar with that tranny....

Husky definitely set the bar with that tranny. Hopefully, they'll get back on track when they release the 701.
Forum: Thumpers 12-05-2014, 04:38 PM
Replies: 13,057
Views: 672,901
Posted By DesertRatliff
All this back and forth about weight, specs, etc...

All this back and forth about weight, specs, etc etc...and no WRR owner mentions the brilliant WRR tranny. Wide, silky smooth, no false neutrals. It is the one thing I miss about my WRR and the...
Forum: Thumpers 12-05-2014, 07:19 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,797
Posted By DesertRatliff
That intake definitely looks the part. I'd love...

That intake definitely looks the part. I'd love to have all that filter surface area with something that actually seals well, but it's gotta be loud.

And I'm with you on what happens happens....
Forum: Thumpers 12-04-2014, 08:47 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,797
Posted By DesertRatliff
Gotcha. ...

Gotcha.

http://www.orange-point.info/typo3temp/pics/6563c74bf8.jpg
Forum: Thumpers 12-04-2014, 08:29 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,797
Posted By DesertRatliff
So what'd they do with the airbox in place of the...

So what'd they do with the airbox in place of the filler? Evo2 or some such?
Forum: Thumpers 12-04-2014, 03:06 PM
Replies: 13,057
Views: 672,901
Posted By DesertRatliff
Yeah they do ...

Yeah they do

http://www.daidegasforum.com/images/168/ktm-duke-690-nude-babe-chick.jpg
Forum: Thumpers 12-04-2014, 01:38 PM
Replies: 13,057
Views: 672,901
Posted By DesertRatliff
Jesse panniers and Touratech racks are mandatory...

Jesse panniers and Touratech racks are mandatory grocery-getter mods for any stripmall stallion. Don't think you can cram that non-sense on a WRR which, come to think of it, might be one of its best...
Forum: Thumpers 12-04-2014, 12:34 PM
Replies: 13,057
Views: 672,901
Posted By DesertRatliff
My dad had a funny habit of test driving cars...

My dad had a funny habit of test driving cars with absolutely no intention of buying. He was happy in his 22RE Toyota, but he loved to test drive new cars. And I loved to join him.

On one...
Forum: Thumpers 12-04-2014, 11:18 AM
Replies: 13,057
Views: 672,901
Posted By DesertRatliff
Good to clear the air, 'cause no one, in their...

Good to clear the air, 'cause no one, in their right mind, should say anything negative about a manual trans, big block BRBN! Pretty sure even my Ford-till-the-day-he-died Gramps would've given your...
Forum: Thumpers 12-04-2014, 10:23 AM
Replies: 13,057
Views: 672,901
Posted By DesertRatliff
Nothin' wrong with big block power...don't get me...

Nothin' wrong with big block power...don't get me wrong. I appreciate the marvels of our past and am not a fan of this throw-away culture we've become a part of.

But a 850 cfm carby'd big...
Forum: Thumpers 12-04-2014, 09:49 AM
Replies: 13,057
Views: 672,901
Posted By DesertRatliff
And how about diesel's in small trucks and...

And how about diesel's in small trucks and passenger cars?

Seems the rest of the world get's the good stuff and we're stuck buying N/A gas dinosaurs.

I told myself I won't replace my...
Forum: Thumpers 12-04-2014, 08:15 AM
Replies: 13,057
Views: 672,901
Posted By DesertRatliff
Things gleaned from this thread: (and my take...

Things gleaned from this thread:
(and my take on it)

Metallurgy=magic
(Aluminum, composite, CF and nano-hoosals are great and all but there's always some guy in some one horse town who can,...
Forum: Thumpers 12-04-2014, 06:51 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,797
Posted By DesertRatliff
+1 and: -a wider ratio six-speed. If they...

+1 and:

-a wider ratio six-speed. If they improved that and some of the gremlins (rocker arm/cam scoring, auto-decompress issues, etc), this would cure my only gripes with this nearly perfect...
Forum: Thumpers 12-02-2014, 04:49 PM
Replies: 13,057
Views: 672,901
Posted By DesertRatliff
Sweet effing Christmas, that sounds great! Hope...

Sweet effing Christmas, that sounds great! Hope to see progress chronicled on ADV.
Forum: Thumpers 12-02-2014, 02:34 PM
Replies: 13,057
Views: 672,901
Posted By DesertRatliff
Izat a CT110, GRONK? My Grandpa had one and that...

Izat a CT110, GRONK? My Grandpa had one and that was "my" first bike. I tried to break it at every opportunity. Couldn't do it.

He gave it to me years later and it ended up getting stolen out...
Forum: Thumpers 12-02-2014, 09:31 AM
Replies: 13,057
Views: 672,901
Posted By DesertRatliff
I'm a superstitious bastard. Two things I don't...

I'm a superstitious bastard. Two things I don't talk about for fear of what might be:

1) Past injuries or lack there of

2) Past mechanical failures in vehicles I own or places I ride.
...
Forum: Thumpers 11-27-2014, 11:54 AM
Replies: 13,057
Views: 672,901
Posted By DesertRatliff
As if I needed another excuse to lust after each...

As if I needed another excuse to lust after each of those bikes....


If only I was made of money!! Definitely impressed with how capable those setups appear. Up til now I just thought the...
Forum: Thumpers 11-27-2014, 11:47 AM
Replies: 13,057
Views: 672,901
Posted By DesertRatliff
Happy Thanksgiving you turkeys.

Happy Thanksgiving you turkeys.
Forum: Thumpers 11-25-2014, 07:10 AM
Replies: 13,057
Views: 672,901
Posted By DesertRatliff
Colorado is still pretty easy (from my...

Colorado is still pretty easy (from my understanding) and the local DMV/VIN check guy is a motorcycle rider, so there's that...
Forum: Thumpers 11-25-2014, 06:59 AM
Replies: 13,057
Views: 672,901
Posted By DesertRatliff
There are two KDX's for sale fairly close to me....

There are two KDX's for sale fairly close to me. A 97 for $800 and a fresh 2006 for $1800.

Swore I'd never own another Kawi after 7 years of KLR ownership, but have been turned onto the KDX, in...
Forum: Thumpers 11-25-2014, 06:40 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,860
Posted By DesertRatliff
I've got a few thousand miles on a long legged...

I've got a few thousand miles on a long legged 690 (the 2010 R) and is my current bike. Have owned and ridden 30k on a KLR, 3.6K on a WRR, 18K on XR250R.

The 690 is a pretty awesome do-it-all...
Forum: Thumpers 11-24-2014, 07:49 AM
Replies: 13,057
Views: 672,901
Posted By DesertRatliff
I'm really practical when it comes to everyday...

I'm really practical when it comes to everyday things, but life is short. If you can even remotely justify getting a buddy into DS riding by selling him a bike from your collection, do it!! If you...
Forum: Thumpers 11-20-2014, 07:13 PM
Replies: 13,057
Views: 672,901
Posted By DesertRatliff
Cheers to that! With proper black coffee, of...

Cheers to that! With proper black coffee, of course.
Forum: Thumpers 11-19-2014, 08:11 PM
Replies: 19,856
Views: 2,303,207
Posted By DesertRatliff
Good advice! I tried to silicone some resistor's...

Good advice! I tried to silicone some resistor's into a plug on a different application with non-sensor safe stuff and the outcome was not pretty. Totally fried the plug.
Forum: Thumpers 11-19-2014, 07:05 PM
Replies: 13,057
Views: 672,901
Posted By DesertRatliff
Oooh that does look good! Wasn't judging...

Oooh that does look good!

Wasn't judging anyone's decisions. But I have tried hard to reign in the wrong path I kept heading down. Funny how so many wrong paths lie waiting for you in a ski...
Forum: Thumpers 11-19-2014, 05:35 PM
Replies: 19,856
Views: 2,303,207
Posted By DesertRatliff
To my understanding the quick disconnects are...

To my understanding the quick disconnects are there in case you ever want to revert back.

I don't trust quick disconnects and am pretty handy with a soldering iron, so I believe its easy enough...
Forum: Thumpers 11-19-2014, 05:01 PM
Replies: 13,057
Views: 672,901
Posted By DesertRatliff
Totally off my radar. Have reduced my...

Totally off my radar. Have reduced my consumption of the barley pop to one or two a month.

Too many fuckstick North county drunk drivers and near misses on the moto to really enjoy the stuff...
Forum: Thumpers 11-19-2014, 04:47 PM
Replies: 13,057
Views: 672,901
Posted By DesertRatliff
This may be off-topic (for this thread?...

This may be off-topic (for this thread? off-topic? :lol3), but please enlighten us on what Yamaha riders drink, Krabil?

Or do Yamaha riders just prefer the stuff Mr. White cooks up. Team Blue...
Forum: Ride reports 11-19-2014, 06:50 AM
Replies: 401
Views: 137,181
Posted By DesertRatliff
And "Adventures in Motorcycling"...

And "Adventures in Motorcycling" ordered.
Forum: Ride reports 11-19-2014, 06:20 AM
Replies: 401
Views: 137,181
Posted By DesertRatliff
Wow! Thank you JoeyBones and all the rest for...

Wow! Thank you JoeyBones and all the rest for creating this amazing thread. Some of the best stories I've ever heard.

Thank you:bow
Forum: Thumpers 11-18-2014, 07:49 AM
Replies: 13,057
Views: 672,901
Posted By DesertRatliff
Coffee lies within a very select set of human...

Coffee lies within a very select set of human experiences (of which pizza, sex, ice cream, donuts, riding motorcycles exist) that having some is unequivocally better than having none.

I don't...
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