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Forum: Road warriors Today, 06:38 AM
Replies: 459
Views: 62,695
Posted By vtbob
Looking for better long distance ergonomics, i...

Looking for better long distance ergonomics, i think putting r1200R higher and wider handle bars on the R1200RS is a good idea. Now if BMW or the after market offers peg that are a bit lower and...
Forum: Parallel Universe Yesterday, 09:52 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,455
Posted By vtbob
[ At the end of the day, I still put the...

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At the end of the day, I still put the overall safety difference between these 50/50 dual sport tires and 90/10 road tires as very small compared to the overall risk of motorcycle...
Forum: Parallel Universe Yesterday, 04:46 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,455
Posted By vtbob
[QUOTE=MTrider16;26051281]Did you factor in the...

[QUOTE=MTrider16;26051281]Did you factor in the gaps closing up some as the tire deforms some? Also most road tires last longer than the 4000-5000 miles the Conti's, so the rubber is probably...
Forum: Parallel Universe 01-30-2015, 09:14 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,455
Posted By vtbob
good question on dry pavement it is easier,...

good question

on dry pavement it is easier, fewer variables. Adhesion is mainly the "stickyness" of the tire to the pavement.
Assuming the the rubber is the same compound i.e. Stickyness...it...
Forum: Road warriors 01-29-2015, 12:50 PM
Replies: 459
Views: 62,695
Posted By vtbob
My first RT was an R100RT and weighed in the...

My first RT was an R100RT and weighed in the 500+lb range, The R1100RT weight a lot more but was still a compact design. The 1200s are just phsically bigger...too big..too much fairing. Yes the WC...
Forum: Road warriors 01-29-2015, 08:42 AM
Replies: 459
Views: 62,695
Posted By vtbob
I've owned two RTs and over 150k miles in the...

I've owned two RTs and over 150k miles in the some what distant past. The new RTs are just too big, to bulbous and are over 600lbs.

I hope the R1200RS will provide a great sport touring,...
Forum: Parallel Universe 01-28-2015, 05:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 470
Posted By vtbob
I bought a F650GS because it is a better bike for...

I bought a F650GS because it is a better bike for my type of riding.

Sounds like the F700GS fit your style better too.

I do recommend the intimidators....easy to install and does make a big...
Forum: GS Boxers 01-28-2015, 04:49 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,222
Posted By vtbob
FWIW I don't know who copied who...or more...

FWIW

I don't know who copied who...or more importantly if there was any copying needed to design a product for the same solution.


i've been around for quite a while.....bought my first Maier...
Forum: Road warriors 01-26-2015, 03:04 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,059
Posted By vtbob
Great blog. I'm in exactly the same...

Great blog.


I'm in exactly the same search. But my list is now.

BMW R1200RS.....likely with the Bar risers from the new R1200R...and hopefully some low pegs from some where. And the full up...
Forum: Parallel Universe 01-26-2015, 09:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,283
Posted By vtbob
FYI The F800GS has lower (gives better...

FYI

The F800GS has lower (gives better acceleration but more revs on high way/ hurts gas milage) gearing. If you take the std front sproket off the F700 and put on the F800 sprocket, you will...
Forum: GS Boxers 01-12-2015, 09:26 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,892
Posted By vtbob
It all depends on how much you need excess HP. ...

It all depends on how much you need excess HP. 70hp will give you performance better than most Porsche...
It will cruise all day at 85 and do about 110 easily....more than that is slow progress....
Forum: Parallel Universe 01-11-2015, 04:19 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,475
Posted By vtbob
The F650GS twins are designed to run on regular. ...

The F650GS twins are designed to run on regular. Using higher octane fuels does no good.

ps FYI regular gas has more power (energy) per gallon/liter what ever than high test gas....suprise but...
Forum: Parallel Universe 01-10-2015, 07:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 609
Posted By vtbob
+1 on that. This issue, if there is one, is...

+1 on that.

This issue, if there is one, is grim on the sliders which will get into the seals, and eventually accelerate their wear. Then you have a weeping seal....some effort to replace.

I...
Forum: Parallel Universe 01-04-2015, 12:28 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,798
Posted By vtbob
you have clearly documented the top case is the...

you have clearly documented the top case is the cause of the problem.

This is not at all uncommon. The top case position is the WORSE place to carry stuff on a motor cycle. Physics at work!
...
Forum: Parallel Universe 01-04-2015, 07:34 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,230
Posted By vtbob
Using the front brake is much more effective than...

Using the front brake is much more effective than the rear,,,,due to weight transfer when decelerating.

Still, the rear brake does help. ABS kick in? hard to tell. Did you feel any rapid/buzz...
Forum: Parallel Universe 01-03-2015, 07:43 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 19,896
Posted By vtbob
Yep If you are a dirt rider and are really into...

Yep If you are a dirt rider and are really into it, pushing your self and the bike on more and more challenging terrain you fall down often. If you are not falling down in these conditions you are...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 01-02-2015, 12:43 PM
Replies: 22,264
Views: 6,648,133
Posted By vtbob
After having ridden on Heidenau K60s for over 10k...

After having ridden on Heidenau K60s for over 10k miles, I'm not a fan!

Their main claim to fame is long life/high mileage. Yep my 10k+ miles has the rear almost worn out and the front only half...
Forum: Parallel Universe 01-02-2015, 08:12 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 19,896
Posted By vtbob
[QUOTE=Excite-Bike;25822112]I feel like I got...

[QUOTE=Excite-Bike;25822112]I feel like I got pretty lucky finding a top notch 800cc BMW adventure bike with just 4,300 miles on it for $7,500.

I wasn't aware there was anything girlie about it....
Forum: Parallel Universe 01-02-2015, 08:01 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 19,896
Posted By vtbob
I don't think seat height is a beginners issue. ...

I don't think seat height is a beginners issue.

If you buy a bike where you can not put your feet firmly on the ground...sooner or later you will fall down...beginner or not.


Many of the 500...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-11-2014, 09:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 626
Posted By vtbob
lowered wet head

Do they offer a lower wet head?

What the down side of a lowered suspension?

How mush lower is it at seat height?

Just how much shorter is the suspension travel?

Does the lowered...
Forum: Road warriors 11-14-2014, 10:09 AM
Replies: 719
Views: 114,174
Posted By vtbob
F800R tweeted the hp, new...

F800R

tweeted the hp, new suspension...details, etc
Forum: Parallel Universe 11-07-2014, 06:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,237
Posted By vtbob
I believe they announce a new F800R in italy this...

I believe they announce a new F800R in italy this week. 90hp...better suspension(upside down forks), not sure about cruise
Forum: Parallel Universe 10-18-2014, 03:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 770
Posted By vtbob
I have a F650GS with Intiminators which I put it....

I have a F650GS with Intiminators which I put it.

The thin oil they provide is very important. The disc valving give a much more compliant front suspension...better ride, better control. I did...
Forum: Parallel Universe 10-12-2014, 01:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 703
Posted By vtbob
FWIW Get the output of your...

FWIW

Get the output of your Rectifier/Regulator. Simple volt meter check. Vary the RPM of the engine.

I don't know the specific specs...but some one on this site does.

I believe the...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 10-09-2014, 10:35 AM
Replies: 22,264
Views: 6,648,133
Posted By vtbob
Like the others have said....the engine is pretty...

Like the others have said....the engine is pretty bullet proof

This bike has the air box eliminators kit, K&N filter and A BC exhaust.....that means, almost certainly, the carburator jets have...
Forum: Parallel Universe 10-07-2014, 05:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 812
Posted By vtbob
+1 simple small strap is all that is needed

+1 simple small strap is all that is needed
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-28-2014, 03:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 870
Posted By vtbob
I don't understand this. If they wired...

I don't understand this.

If they wired the pig tail directly to the battery, there should be no problem.
I've had this installation on my 2010 F650GS (the same as the 700) for nearly 5 years...
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-24-2014, 07:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 923
Posted By vtbob
FWIW I'm in the same age bracket and have minor...

FWIW I'm in the same age bracket and have minor hip problem. These reasons and your reason are why I bought an F650GS in 2010.

I love the F650GS. Have taken it to Alaska, Labrador and lots of...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-19-2014, 08:21 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,218
Posted By vtbob
Tough Choice....buy both!! I have had a...

Tough Choice....buy both!!

I have had a Bonniville and now have a Scrambler (270 degree crank...sounds better IMHO) which I a have modified quite a bit toward a cafe racer style.

These triumphs...
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-19-2014, 05:11 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,584
Posted By vtbob
FYIW My 2010 F650GS lower suspension came with...

FYIW My 2010 F650GS lower suspension came with the front forks in the full down position...(top of fork flush with top of steering yoke i.e. the same position as a std suspension bike). If I want...
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-17-2014, 03:34 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,584
Posted By vtbob
Yes the side stand is shorter.

Yes the side stand is shorter.
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-17-2014, 12:07 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,584
Posted By vtbob
I got the high rent Wilber's about $1100. Same...

I got the high rent Wilber's about $1100. Same price for the shorter low suspension version or the longer std suspension.
This price includes a new spring...appropriate to weight and riding...
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-16-2014, 09:21 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,584
Posted By vtbob
Go on the BMW site and look up the seat...

Go on the BMW site and look up the seat heights....the true seat height data is all there. They also explain the impact of wider vs narrower seats on effective inseam length. Go to the dealer an...
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-16-2014, 10:58 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,584
Posted By vtbob
I have a 2010 F650GS with low suspension. I...

I have a 2010 F650GS with low suspension.

I recommend the center stand. Yes a shorten BMW stand works fine. A couple of note above recommend sources. PS it seems the shortened factory stand...
Forum: Ride reports 09-13-2014, 11:45 AM
Replies: 197
Views: 31,344
Posted By vtbob
ooop Sunday after is a good time for a ride...

ooop

Sunday after is a good time for a ride to the Prohibition Pig or some similar spot.

let me know about what time.
Forum: Ride reports 09-13-2014, 11:40 AM
Replies: 197
Views: 31,344
Posted By vtbob
That sounds like a great trip....a bit cool in...

That sounds like a great trip....a bit cool in October but no bugs.

If your going north to the Route du Nord turn off....I'd think about first continuing north to Radisson and off to the west to...
Forum: Ride reports 09-13-2014, 08:59 AM
Replies: 197
Views: 31,344
Posted By vtbob
Eldor, Thanks for sharing an absolutely...

Eldor,

Thanks for sharing an absolutely great trip report! Wonderful pictures.

What is your next big trip?

vtbob
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-10-2014, 11:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 846
Posted By vtbob
don't worry!

don't worry!
Forum: GS Boxers 09-09-2014, 12:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,043
Posted By vtbob
The tourance next is primarily a road tire. ...

The tourance next is primarily a road tire. good sticky in the twisties. Ok on dry dirt roads too. on wet dirt or off road not much special there.


The Karoo 3 is much more dirt oriented. ...
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-01-2014, 06:09 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,068
Posted By vtbob
another +1 on this. If you want to really...

another +1 on this.

If you want to really enjoy the dirt...a light bike is the only way to go.

Then something else for the pavement.
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