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Forum: Equipment 03-15-2015, 11:43 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,417
Posted By Flounder
There is really nothing unique about the...

There is really nothing unique about the long-strand filament used in a Wiggy's bag. They sure try to make it sound as if it's unique technology, but it is...not. Not saying it doesn't perform well,...
Forum: Equipment 03-13-2015, 08:16 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,417
Posted By Flounder
By the way, when I'm on the bike in a hot,...

By the way, when I'm on the bike in a hot, sweaty, dirty trip, I take a crappy old synthetic bag. I recently did a trip to Baja for 12 days. Daytime temps were over 100. It was dusty. I was gross....
Forum: Equipment 03-13-2015, 08:13 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,417
Posted By Flounder
You know what....that tide is changing. I'm the...

You know what....that tide is changing. I'm the senior editor for Overland Journal and Expedition Portal. We work very closely with brands that normally only occupied the human travel space like Big...
Forum: Equipment 03-12-2015, 10:59 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,417
Posted By Flounder
Zero is on to something above, though. That MT...

Zero is on to something above, though. That MT Hardware Lamina bag is about as nice as synthetics get. The welded construction has much to do with the performance of that bag.
Forum: Equipment 03-12-2015, 10:56 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,417
Posted By Flounder
My number one strike against synthetic is seldom...

My number one strike against synthetic is seldom allocated any talking points. It has to do with vapor transference. Ever been asleep and then you feel warm, then warmer, then you're soaking in...
Forum: Equipment 03-12-2015, 10:50 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,417
Posted By Flounder
Hahaha...it is a sweet gig. Next month I head...

Hahaha...it is a sweet gig. Next month I head into the Utah desert and test a new prototype bag/pad/shelter system from a major outdoor brand.

By the way, I have replaced all of my personal bags...
Forum: Equipment 03-12-2015, 10:16 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,417
Posted By Flounder
By the way, I'm of the opinion (having worked in...

By the way, I'm of the opinion (having worked in the outdoor industry for over a decade) that Sea to Summit makes some of the best bags on the market. Second to that, I tend to really favor the bags...
Forum: Equipment 03-12-2015, 10:08 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,417
Posted By Flounder
That's kinda silly. Some of us moto riders have...

That's kinda silly. Some of us moto riders have backpacked hundreds of nights and worked in the outdoor industry for years and years.

To the OP:

Down will always have the advantage on weight...
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 03-12-2015, 08:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 923
Posted By Flounder
Yes. I fried my iPhone in less than 30 minutes in...

Yes. I fried my iPhone in less than 30 minutes in my GL Fandango bag. As in crispy. Ruhnt.
Forum: EMEA 02-19-2015, 03:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 641
Posted By Flounder
I spent six weeks in Iceland this summer and...

I spent six weeks in Iceland this summer and after trying to figure out a good way to get my bike there....rented. It was the way to go. I will also say, I kind of feel like Iceland was best seen...
Forum: Latin America 02-18-2015, 05:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 861
Posted By Flounder
No offense to the post above, but I happen to...

No offense to the post above, but I happen to have a BMW Dakar, and while it's a great bike, I'd still take a KLR over it. The KLR is about as simple as an anvil. It's also as reliable.

If you're...
Forum: Latin America 02-18-2015, 03:50 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 861
Posted By Flounder
I've ridden both extensively including a few...

I've ridden both extensively including a few thousand miles on the KLR in the Andes. The magazine I write for had a Gear Up for a couple years and we used it extensively. When I think of riding the...
Forum: Thumpers 01-08-2015, 12:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 592
Posted By Flounder
Well, my wife said it started fine today, had...

Well, my wife said it started fine today, had even more foaming of the oil, but was showing a serious amount of smoke in the exhaust.

Does that tell of anything?
Forum: Thumpers 01-07-2015, 02:51 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 408
Posted By Flounder
BMW F650 Dakar - Overheating Issue

I'll try to make this brief - I have a 2002 BMW F650 Dakar that has been lovingly maintained and only has 6800 miles on it. On my last ride in high ambient temps (90) I was standing and after about...
Forum: Thumpers 01-07-2015, 02:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 592
Posted By Flounder
Could a failure at the water pump invite coolant...

Could a failure at the water pump invite coolant into the oil? Again, I don't necessarily see coolant in the oil, but definitely some very slight aerating of the oil.
Forum: Thumpers 01-07-2015, 12:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 592
Posted By Flounder
Well, the plot thickens. The coolant levels...

Well, the plot thickens.

The coolant levels are at 95% of max in the overflow reservoir and look perfectly normal in color. After idling the engine for just 3-4 minutes and looking at the oil...
Forum: Thumpers 01-07-2015, 08:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 592
Posted By Flounder
I definitely saw the light go off, but because I...

I definitely saw the light go off, but because I was standing for 3-4 minutes, I don't know how long it was on. No more than that.

I still don't know why we were unable to get any additional water...
Forum: Thumpers 01-06-2015, 06:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 592
Posted By Flounder
I should say, small amounts of exhaust smoke....

I should say, small amounts of exhaust smoke. There wasn't any funky smells of oil or coolant, though when I came to a stop.
Forum: Thumpers 01-06-2015, 06:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 592
Posted By Flounder
Thank you for that. The rider behind me said he...

Thank you for that. The rider behind me said he was seeing some small amounts of smoke just before I came to a stop. Does that add anything to the puzzle?
Forum: Thumpers 01-06-2015, 01:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 592
Posted By Flounder
BMW F650 Dakar - Head gasket?

I have a 2002 BMW Dakar with 7500 miles on the odometer. It's been very lovingly cared for, but on a ride in October I was standing for a very long time and when I sat down, I thought I caught a...
Forum: Road warriors 06-17-2014, 08:08 PM
Replies: 9,673
Views: 1,617,645
Posted By Flounder
I attended the US press launch for that bike. It...

I attended the US press launch for that bike. It was as much fun as I've had on two wheels in a very long time. Such a great bike that will likely not sell well here in the states. It's just not...
Forum: Americas 01-25-2014, 04:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 331
Posted By Flounder
By the way, your question is largely moot. With...

By the way, your question is largely moot. With your tight schedule, you'll be blowing past all the good stuff anyway. Two days from Denver to Phoenix would allow you to actually enjoy the drive....
Forum: Americas 01-25-2014, 04:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 331
Posted By Flounder
I do the drive from Denver to Prescott, Arizona...

I do the drive from Denver to Prescott, Arizona as many as four times a year and have for ages. The most attractive routes take I-70 to at least Glenwood Springs, or Moab then south. If you want a...
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 01-11-2014, 07:23 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 643
Posted By Flounder
Garmin Zumo 390lm- topos?

Does anyone know if the Zumo 390LM is compatible with Garmin's Topographical SD cards?

Which is the best Zumo unit for use with topos?
Forum: Thumpers 12-14-2013, 10:20 PM
Replies: 16,623
Views: 2,066,863
Posted By Flounder
It's a Ztechnik. It's a wee bit too tall, but...

It's a Ztechnik. It's a wee bit too tall, but pretty nice at highway speed. I'm 6'1", but short of torso.
Forum: Thumpers 12-14-2013, 01:54 PM
Replies: 16,623
Views: 2,066,863
Posted By Flounder
It's really great. This is the seat designed for...

It's really great. This is the seat designed for adventure riding. Here's my official review:
...
Forum: Thumpers 12-14-2013, 12:11 PM
Replies: 16,623
Views: 2,066,863
Posted By Flounder
I really love my Dakar. I found one in Colorado...

I really love my Dakar. I found one in Colorado with less than 5,000 miles on the ticker. I added a lot of Touratech goodies as well as the new Performance Plus seat from Sargent. It has been great....
Forum: Thumpers 12-14-2013, 11:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,319
Posted By Flounder
I lived in Haines, Alaska for five years. I'd...

I lived in Haines, Alaska for five years. I'd simply add that EVERYTHING in Alaska is just a tad more complicated, and more expensive. If you're in Anchorage or Fairbanks, that's less true, but any...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 12-05-2013, 06:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,114
Posted By Flounder
If you're inclined to do so, you can buy a copy...

If you're inclined to do so, you can buy a copy of Overland Journal's current issue (winter). I wrote a 14 page review of the latest satellite communicators including the inReach SE which I gave the...
Forum: The Garage 10-25-2013, 04:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 983
Posted By Flounder
The chain is a collection of finely pitted plates...

The chain is a collection of finely pitted plates and it's got a multiple set of links that are really stiff. Even my best attempts to work some lube voodoo on it haven't helped.

New chain going...
Forum: The Garage 10-25-2013, 03:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 983
Posted By Flounder
New chain, old sprockets?

I just picked up a BMW F650GS with only 4800 miles on the odometer. The previous owner looks to have never lubed the chain. I just happen to have a brand new Renthal chain sitting on a shelf. I...
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 10-06-2013, 09:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,650
Posted By Flounder
I'm the technical editor for Overland Journal...

I'm the technical editor for Overland Journal magazine. I just completed a six week review of PLBs and satellite trackers to be featured in a 15 page piece which is at the printer this week. It will...
Forum: Ridiculous streetbikes with 6 CPUs and too much horsepower (1050/1190/1290cc) 10-01-2013, 05:34 PM
Replies: 6,784
Views: 1,703,075
Posted By Flounder
There's starting to be a lot of accessories...

There's starting to be a lot of accessories available for this bike stateside. I can't wait for the bike to get here.
...
Forum: Road warriors 08-01-2013, 07:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,310
Posted By Flounder
Will do. Should that bearing fail in just...

Will do.

Should that bearing fail in just 17,000 miles?? That seems odd. What sort of labor bill should I expect if it is the rear bearing?

Are there any other preventative things I should do...
Forum: Road warriors 08-01-2013, 02:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,310
Posted By Flounder
It appears to be this. The oil is most certainly...

It appears to be this. The oil is most certainly running down the inside of the swingarm. That much I can confirm. There is ample oil around the transmission output seal and it appears to be getting...
Forum: Road warriors 08-01-2013, 01:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,310
Posted By Flounder
Oil Leak BMW R1100s

Here's the backstory: I bought this bike a year ago with 13k on the clock. Mint condition, well loved, yada, yada. I had all the fluids changed in May and did a 3000 mile trip in June. The bike sat...
Forum: Road warriors 06-20-2013, 04:37 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,355
Posted By Flounder
Last summer I bought a BMW R1100s from a local...

Last summer I bought a BMW R1100s from a local BMW enthusiast. He finally decided to part with one of his nine well loved bikes and I passed his interview. He seriously grilled me for ten minutes...
Forum: Road warriors 05-05-2013, 05:02 PM
Replies: 416
Views: 122,026
Posted By Flounder
I'm only about 7 months into my '04 R1100s and...

I'm only about 7 months into my '04 R1100s and I'm completely enamored with this thing. I've owned lots of fun bikes, but this one is quickly becoming a favorite.

It's a solid, stable, fun and...
Forum: Road warriors 05-05-2013, 08:38 AM
Replies: 500
Views: 192,822
Posted By Flounder
I bought my first 900ss CR in France in 1995. I...

I bought my first 900ss CR in France in 1995. I put 12,000 miles on that bike in the first eight months. Loved it. When I moved back to the US I bought a 900ss Super Light in Denver and rode it to...
Forum: Road warriors 04-22-2013, 06:55 PM
Replies: 9,673
Views: 1,617,645
Posted By Flounder
I agree. I continually get compliments on my...

I agree. I continually get compliments on my R1100s. Gets far more comments than my GS which gets none complements. None.

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