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Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 06-23-2015, 06:31 PM
Replies: 838
Views: 72,830
Posted By John Smallberries
No contest

No contest: Cheetah: 75 mph. Jialing 150: 56 mph.

They have cheetahs in Kafue National Park, where we will visit. They don't allow you to ride motorcycles through!
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 06-23-2015, 02:58 AM
Replies: 838
Views: 72,830
Posted By John Smallberries
Jialing!

Here is my Jialing GY2 150:
http://crenneker.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Zambia-2015/i-3p7xVZ3/0/M/20150311_122307%20%281%29-M.jpg (http://crenneker.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Zambia-2015/i-3p7xVZ3/A)...
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 06-21-2015, 04:11 PM
Replies: 838
Views: 72,830
Posted By John Smallberries
Bike

Man - that is a great looking bike!!! My summer has been packed with graduations, travel and moving house. I just haven't had the time to snag a tag for a while. We are moving into Washtenaw...
Forum: Equipment 06-14-2015, 11:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,080
Posted By John Smallberries
Purple?

I've had two in the last 5 years. Both were reasonably comfortable - but both turned a weird purple color after a while. They just look butt-ugly on the bike. I switched to a Saddleman Adventure...
Forum: Equipment 06-14-2015, 11:14 AM
Replies: 875
Views: 115,435
Posted By John Smallberries
Water

You always hear the bad news on these forums - naturally. I can testify that my 20S (July 2014 build) has had no water problems with several rides in the hard rain. I had an early unit with the...
Forum: Equipment 06-14-2015, 10:30 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,323
Posted By John Smallberries
Redverz on a small bike?

My son and I are heading to Zambia in 2 weeks for a moto camping trip. I bought the green Redverz Atacama tent specifically for the trip. I like the garage idea to keep the bikes out of sight at...
Forum: Equipment 06-14-2015, 07:28 AM
Replies: 875
Views: 115,435
Posted By John Smallberries
Two

That is the price for TWO Cardo PackTalks - still more expensive than a pair of 20S units. Cardo didn't add the ambient mic feature for us headphone users - so they are still a notch behind Sena.
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 06-11-2015, 02:25 AM
Replies: 10,563
Views: 2,299,702
Posted By John Smallberries
Brother crashed

"I'm glad to see you wearing protective gear. My brother had a horrible accident and was in the hospital for over a year. He still isn't right..."

Why do total strangers feel COMPELLED to tell...
Forum: Equipment 06-10-2015, 03:36 AM
Replies: 875
Views: 115,435
Posted By John Smallberries
Inmates in southeast Michigan: keep an eye out for my 20S!

Well - I'm in the market for another 20S. Some scumbag swiped my helmet from my garage (my kids left the door open all night!). If any of you come across a white HJC IS16 with a lovely 20S...
Forum: The Garage 06-08-2015, 05:46 PM
Replies: 3,489
Views: 512,722
Posted By John Smallberries
Ford Transit Connect Wagon

That, my friend, is a 2015 Ford Transit Connect Wagon;...
Forum: The Garage 06-07-2015, 06:43 PM
Replies: 3,489
Views: 512,722
Posted By John Smallberries
Loves it

Don't let the look fool you - he was in his glory working on his old man's bike and showing off his certified mechanic skills.
I need the oil changed and the valves adjusted. I hope he comes back...
Forum: The Garage 06-07-2015, 05:16 PM
Replies: 3,489
Views: 512,722
Posted By John Smallberries
Bad boot?

I found a way to save time on moto maintenance: get Son #3 to do the work.
http://crenneker.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Basic-bike-pics/i-S7Cpf3v/0/M/FullSizeRender-M.jpg...
Forum: The Garage 05-30-2015, 04:52 PM
Replies: 3,489
Views: 512,722
Posted By John Smallberries
KTM clutch handle

Son #1 broke the clutch lever on my KTM 400 XCW. Son #3 fixed it with some pins and epoxy. It should survive our ride tomorrow:...
Forum: Equipment 05-17-2015, 07:18 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,522
Posted By John Smallberries
glare

Glare can be a minor issue in the sun. That is probably the biggest drawback to the low-buck bag approach. The LifeProof bar mount is probably the best overall solution for an iPhone 6+. They...
Forum: Equipment 05-17-2015, 06:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 559
Posted By John Smallberries
Orange

It's not easy to get hold of a live person at Orange - but they will eventually call you back. I get the impression that their US sales group is a guy working out of his house. Their website is...
Forum: Equipment 05-17-2015, 06:46 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,522
Posted By John Smallberries
My iPhone 6+ mount

Here is how I did mine:
http://crenneker.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Basic-bike-pics/i-NSBfDPF/0/M/IMG_8769-M.jpg (http://crenneker.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Basic-bike-pics/i-NSBfDPF/A)...
Forum: The Garage 05-16-2015, 09:09 AM
Replies: 3,489
Views: 512,722
Posted By John Smallberries
Wow

OK - you win! That is a very cool idea. I may steal it...
Forum: The Garage 05-14-2015, 05:21 PM
Replies: 6,601
Views: 2,983,361
Posted By John Smallberries
Pre-fab garage kits? Any good

This damn thread pushed me over the edge to move. I now live in a classic Midwest subdivision with too many rules. No fences - no aux buildings, etc. Well - we just bought a place on 3 acres...
Forum: The Garage 05-10-2015, 06:37 PM
Replies: 3,489
Views: 512,722
Posted By John Smallberries
LED installed

Love the pig smoker and the boat!

I got the LED headlight installed today. I let the bike idle for ~25 minutes to smoke out any infant mortality problems. I also needed to verify that my added...
Forum: The Garage 05-10-2015, 11:23 AM
Replies: 3,489
Views: 512,722
Posted By John Smallberries
Homemade LED headlight for the KTM: Version 1

I added a set of cooling fans to my '07 KTM 400EXC. I was a bit worried about the current draw - so I thought I'd swap out the headlight for an LED. I know I could buy a simple twist-in replacement...
Forum: Equipment 05-09-2015, 06:03 PM
Replies: 588
Views: 92,067
Posted By John Smallberries
Hit-Air jacket just saved a co-worker

I've ridden with three different airbag jackets/vests for the last five years. I've shown them to hundreds of other riders and only ONE has actually bought one.

Well - the jacket just saved him...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-04-2015, 07:47 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,499
Posted By John Smallberries
Heidenau K60: cupped at ~12k, replaced at 14k

Add another datapoint: my first Heidenau K60 front started cupping at 12,000. I replaced the tire after a long trip at 14,000 miles it was severely cupped and moaning. Not much different than my...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 05-01-2015, 06:16 PM
Replies: 10,563
Views: 2,299,702
Posted By John Smallberries
Bmw bsa?

"What kind of bike is that?"
"It's a BMW 1200GS"
"Ah - Birmingham Small Arms. Great bike"
Forum: The Garage 04-27-2015, 01:00 PM
Replies: 3,489
Views: 512,722
Posted By John Smallberries
Flat slot

The ADVRider dispute resolution committee has met and officially ruled on this matter. One uses a flat-head screwdriver to turn a slot-head screw. Any combination/pertubation of such wording will...
Forum: The Garage 04-26-2015, 10:45 AM
Replies: 3,489
Views: 512,722
Posted By John Smallberries
1200GS brake rotors and fluid flush

I just finished changing out all three brake rotors on my GS. I was SHOCKED at the price of the OEM parts - I can only hope that the EBC units from BikeBandit don't turn out to be crap. They were...
Forum: Equipment 04-16-2015, 09:11 AM
Replies: 875
Views: 115,435
Posted By John Smallberries
Nope

My first unit (one of the earliest batch) had some static noise. The replacement that came last July has not had any issues with static/whine/hum.
Forum: Equipment 04-14-2015, 05:11 AM
Replies: 875
Views: 115,435
Posted By John Smallberries
Ditto

Yes - I am very interested in ideas for mounting a fixed mic in a flip-up helmet. I've had problems with the flip-up whacking the boom in my previous Nolan. This pushed me to a full-face, but I...
Forum: Equipment 04-12-2015, 04:52 PM
Replies: 875
Views: 115,435
Posted By John Smallberries
Good weekend for the 20S

I rode from Michigan to southern Georgia and back this weekend. That was two 11-hour+ days for the 20S and at least 3 hours of hard rain. It worked just fine.

I did have problems getting Siri to...
Forum: Africa & Mid East 04-03-2015, 01:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 615
Posted By John Smallberries
Visas

Our visas arrived today! One step closer. We fly out on June 26.

I bought a big Redverz Atacama Expedition tent for the trip. Its bigger (and heavier) than we really need, but it will allow us...
Forum: Equipment 04-02-2015, 02:41 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,297
Posted By John Smallberries
buds

earbuds: Etymotic er6i are my favorite, but not made anymore and my second set will likely die sometime this year. The combo of earbuds and the ambient sound mic were the deal-sealer for me on the...
Forum: Equipment 04-01-2015, 05:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 976
Posted By John Smallberries
Repost from X-grip thread: my answer for iPhone 6 Plus

I had a bad experience with my first X-grip with my iPhone 5 and Lifeproof case. On a nasty washboard road, the phone bounced out. Luckily the case protected it. I upgraded to the Lifeproof bar...
Forum: Equipment 04-01-2015, 04:57 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 15,040
Posted By John Smallberries
iPhone 6 Plus - back to the X-grip

I had a bad experience with my first X-grip with my iPhone 5 and Lifeproof case. On a nasty washboard road, the phone bounced out. Luckily the case protected it. I upgraded to the Lifeproof bar...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 03-30-2015, 03:29 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,211
Posted By John Smallberries
Little bikes

I am curious to hear your experience with these little bikes and camping gear. I have a ride in Zambia coming in late June and we will be on Jialing 150s. I've done trips on my little TW200 with...
Forum: EMEA 03-29-2015, 09:07 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,980
Posted By John Smallberries
Prices

Here ya go:
http://www.rental-motorcycle.com/europe/switzerland/zurich_rental.html

I used Admo out of Munich for my last Alps ride (tied to a conference in Germany). Easy to work with - no...
Forum: Equipment 03-24-2015, 12:39 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 25,981
Posted By John Smallberries
Redverz: took the plunge

I took the plunge and bought the Redverz Atacama Expedition tent with the garage. I have an upcoming ride in Africa with two small bikes - I'm told it is a good idea to keep things out of sight at...
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 03-23-2015, 04:59 AM
Replies: 838
Views: 72,830
Posted By John Smallberries
How to play

Welcome.

To play: ride bike to location of last posted picture - "the old tag". Take photo of said bike in same location. Ride bike to new location that meets the following criteria:
- In...
Forum: Thumpers 03-18-2015, 08:50 AM
Replies: 5,002
Views: 1,361,284
Posted By John Smallberries
Go for it

Every GS needs a little brother! I love them both. Ewan and Charlie would have had a much easier "Long Way Round" on TWs - at least until they hit Alaska.
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 03-17-2015, 02:21 AM
Replies: 838
Views: 72,830
Posted By John Smallberries
New bike

I found this bike in the Flea Market over Christmas break and it just happened to be 4 miles from my house. I bought it from inmate "multistraddler". I has ice tires mounted now from my...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 03-15-2015, 05:47 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 13,169
Posted By John Smallberries
Thanks!

Thanks for the report - I love seeing successful rides in Africa.

My son and I will be riding for 5 days in a big Zambia loop from Lusaka>Kafue>Ndola>Lusaka in June. I can't wait. We will be on...
Forum: EMEA 03-14-2015, 06:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,015
Posted By John Smallberries
Bluetooth is your pal

One item to add: get Bluetooth headsets. Riding in a group with bike-to-bike communication helps a great deal. I spent three days in the Alps last summer with two other guys and Sena headsets...
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