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Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-25-2015, 09:57 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,373
Posted By PeterW
Just pointing out that the DL is 'mostly there'...

Just pointing out that the DL is 'mostly there' already, O.K. it has some limitations but unlike most other options which require a lot of work before you have a rideable bike, you can start with...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-24-2015, 10:01 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,373
Posted By PeterW
Obvious comment. DL 650 ?. Google search for...

Obvious comment. DL 650 ?.

Google search for "thinstrom", get one of the older ones, throw the heavy crap away and it's quite decent. Thing is the engine already fits the frame, ithas decent...
Forum: Equipment 04-24-2015, 07:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,093
Posted By PeterW
The new gen ones that work like gortex in reverse...

The new gen ones that work like gortex in reverse (let water vapour out, keep water in) are very good. Unlike the older 'soak em down' type they last 6-8 hours between refills and refill like a...
Forum: Equipment 04-20-2015, 11:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 977
Posted By PeterW
Can be done, there are a few unexpected issues. ...

Can be done, there are a few unexpected issues.

The need for a LED relay is the first, those can be spendy depending on the bike. (Don't piss around with resistors, it's a hack, and an...
Forum: Equipment 04-20-2015, 10:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,280
Posted By PeterW
That's all I use mine for. I wanted a boot I...

That's all I use mine for.

I wanted a boot I could walk in, for when I say parked up and walked to take some photos.

An MX style boot probably would be excessive, but that seems about the sweet...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-17-2015, 07:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 828
Posted By PeterW
It's heavy, which shouldn't be a problem unless...

It's heavy, which shouldn't be a problem unless you drop it, and by reputation, "unexciting".

Which is O.K. with me, I like unexciting in my bikes, exciting usually equates to unreliable.

You...
Forum: Racing 04-17-2015, 07:10 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 8,624
Posted By PeterW
Looking at the season now, I'd put MM down for...

Looking at the season now, I'd put MM down for the win this weekend, but Rossi for the championship.

Very very hard to win the championship without a partner stealing a few points from the guys...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-17-2015, 01:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,414
Posted By PeterW
The DL 650 is about it, and that needs...

The DL 650 is about it, and that needs experience.

I mean I like my DL, but it has a steering damper, suspension mods and I'm O.K. on dirt roads, even when they get a bit nasty but it's no where...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-16-2015, 01:16 AM
Replies: 521
Views: 35,341
Posted By PeterW
Even in marginal situations, lets say snotty clay...

Even in marginal situations, lets say snotty clay downhills it's 'better'. I simply stomp on the rear and let the machine deal with that (Which stops the rear trying to pass the front) and hammer the...
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-15-2015, 09:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 807
Posted By PeterW
Just a comment, the Givi doesn't need to be tall...

Just a comment, the Givi doesn't need to be tall to work. It's the dual layer that does the heavy lifting. Mine is at minimum height and the only times I have my visor down is on the motorways or if...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-14-2015, 11:23 PM
Replies: 521
Views: 35,341
Posted By PeterW
:clap And I like ABS as well. I've owned...

:clap

And I like ABS as well. I've owned essentially the same bike (DL 650) with and without ABS, worn out rotors on both and prefer ABS, even off road. Yes, the best technique changed a little,...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-10-2015, 11:28 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,084
Posted By PeterW
Coils and or plugs cause that as well. Usually...

Coils and or plugs cause that as well. Usually due to damp leads or coil body making things leak more.

Made my life miserable several times when I lived in NZ where we had cold damp winters.

If...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-10-2015, 07:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,097
Posted By PeterW
Soft bags are the way to go riding offroad. Or...

Soft bags are the way to go riding offroad. Or don't have bags on the bike at all then.

The problem is that the odds of trapping a leg against the hard bags if you fall are quite high and the...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-10-2015, 04:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,097
Posted By PeterW
The legbreakers on the back. Yeah. KLR...

The legbreakers on the back. Yeah.

KLR riders are onto something something there, plastic milk crates held on the rear rack with duct tape don't break bones :lol3

And a comment, the TKC-80's...
Forum: Australia 04-08-2015, 04:00 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 3,740
Posted By PeterW
Go **** yourself. It works. Admitted I only...

Go **** yourself.

It works. Admitted I only wear it riding at night and autumn/spring when the light on the commute is dodgy but it cuts the number of drivers pulling out in front of me massively....
Forum: Australia 04-08-2015, 03:56 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,609
Posted By PeterW
You don't have to touch those bolts unless you...

You don't have to touch those bolts unless you are replacing the rear disc.

I'm calling bullshit on the entire mechanics overtightening them for that reason alone. If they were torqued too high it...
Forum: Racing 04-08-2015, 02:32 AM
Replies: 1,455
Views: 129,132
Posted By PeterW
Civil engineering, decent roads, clean water,...

Civil engineering, decent roads, clean water, sewer systems, and eventually Ducati ?

:)

Pete
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-08-2015, 12:31 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,100
Posted By PeterW
35 years, possibly $25k, $NZ & $AU though, so in...

35 years, possibly $25k, $NZ & $AU though, so in US $ take at least 25% off that.

The only serious cost has been the new bikes, 2x DL 650's in the last 10 years. I would have brought them second...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-05-2015, 11:37 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,953
Posted By PeterW
The K60's were O.K., didn't like wet cattle grids...

The K60's were O.K., didn't like wet cattle grids at all, but other than that no serious problems.

Couple of tips, get a pair of side cutters and trim all the hairs off, the rubber is tough as all...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-05-2015, 02:23 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,984
Posted By PeterW
Seriously, provided you get it early enough, the...

Seriously, provided you get it early enough, the chain and rear sprocket will last 2-3 fronts on a DL 650.

Pete
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-04-2015, 08:24 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,984
Posted By PeterW
With a semi-auto chain oiler I'm getting around...

With a semi-auto chain oiler I'm getting around 60,000k's on a DL, my nerves give way before the chain and rear sprocket show serious wear.

Lube every second fill and it should be fine. If you are...
Forum: Equipment 04-04-2015, 07:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 738
Posted By PeterW
Make sure someone knows your route, and any...

Make sure someone knows your route, and any alternates (in case this bridge is out etc) and stick to plan. Not as much fun, but you can always explore that side trail next time.

Second choice,...
Forum: Equipment 04-04-2015, 01:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,282
Posted By PeterW
Ebay, then add the missing bits is the best value...

Ebay, then add the missing bits is the best value for money.

If you get on well with your doctor, get some decent painkillers with a good shelf life and drop a strip of those in. I also added...
Forum: Equipment 04-02-2015, 06:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 575
Posted By PeterW
I ride every day. What limits helmet life is the...

I ride every day. What limits helmet life is the stench.

Ride only weekends, spend more but the protection is essentially the same.

Pete
Forum: Equipment 04-02-2015, 06:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 695
Posted By PeterW
The Nolan is O.K., I havn't crashed in one, but...

The Nolan is O.K., I havn't crashed in one, but i's held up well to 365 days/year use for a couple of years, comfortable, nothing broke.

The only catch is (yeah, bad pun), you have to close it...
Forum: Equipment 04-02-2015, 04:38 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,619
Posted By PeterW
Leather riding pants, bamboo underwear. ...

Leather riding pants, bamboo underwear.

Vastly more comfortable than Kevlar lined jeans. Took me far too long to work out that kevlar has a lot on common with kitchen scourers and sitting on it...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 04-02-2015, 03:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,261
Posted By PeterW
One comment, unless the shape is obscenely...

One comment, unless the shape is obscenely complicated, forget about seams, pick a hot day, sit the vinyl in the sun for a while, 'borrow' a hair dryer or better a temperature controlled heat gun....
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-30-2015, 01:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 443
Posted By PeterW
No. Pete

No.

Pete
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 03-27-2015, 02:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 754
Posted By PeterW
From a 'not a 990' I gave up on running TKC-80's...

From a 'not a 990' I gave up on running TKC-80's on my bike, really good on the dirt, but on road , scary and really bad under-steer on fast sweepers.

Problem is that the tires 'walk out' on the...
Forum: Road warriors 03-25-2015, 03:26 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,383
Posted By PeterW
LED. They work amazingly well on a DL. The...

LED.

They work amazingly well on a DL. The only catch is finding one which gives an O.K. beam pattern in your reflectors. Current is lower so you can forget the relay kit as well.

Pete
Forum: Equipment 03-24-2015, 04:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 533
Posted By PeterW
For a fresh injury I can recommend it. Mainly...

For a fresh injury I can recommend it. Mainly because it'll support the helmet and take most of the weight, saves a lot of stress on the neck. Worry about something 'better' at preventing injuries...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-23-2015, 02:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,032
Posted By PeterW
Heideneau K60. Of all the tires I've run,...

Heideneau K60.

Of all the tires I've run, the best compromise. Not as good as TKC-80's off road, but life and performance on road is good and O.K. off road provided you keep the speeds sane.
...
Forum: Equipment 03-20-2015, 05:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,116
Posted By PeterW
Yes, they work, and work brilliantly. Far better...

Yes, they work, and work brilliantly. Far better than motorcycle armor.

O.K. I do ride with Kevlar jeans so abrasion resistance isn't an issue.

The reason for brilliant, gear you wear is a lot...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-20-2015, 04:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 647
Posted By PeterW
Those k's, there's an idle adjust screw down by...

Those k's, there's an idle adjust screw down by your left hand knee. Wind it in a bit.

If you want to not have to do it again in a month, a dab of nail polish on the thread.

And yes, that is...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-19-2015, 04:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 765
Posted By PeterW
No real problem with Kevlar jeans all day here. ...

No real problem with Kevlar jeans all day here. I'm lucky I have an office where I can get away with jeans, but the more respectable looking kevlar lined pants were also comfortable, just didn't...
Forum: Equipment 03-16-2015, 02:06 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,736
Posted By PeterW
I wasn't saying buy the cheapest bag you can....

I wasn't saying buy the cheapest bag you can. There are GOOD synthetic bags, guess I've been lucky. I waited until the big stores had sales and got last years top of the line bag for 30% of new....
Forum: Equipment 03-13-2015, 12:43 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,736
Posted By PeterW
Which, seriously, is why I use a synthetic bag....

Which, seriously, is why I use a synthetic bag. They don't need pampering, and provided you air them within a few days don't care if you set up and packed up in the rain. Down bags you really do need...
Forum: Equipment 03-13-2015, 12:05 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,736
Posted By PeterW
I have a good quality down bag, but in Oz, even...

I have a good quality down bag, but in Oz, even if it does get below zero for part of the night synthetic wins. The down bag is just too warm to be comfortable.

Personally, first bag, I'd suggest...
Forum: The Garage 03-10-2015, 05:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,087
Posted By PeterW
Yeah, those things are well worth the money. ...

Yeah, those things are well worth the money. Drying painted bits and pieces for the bike is another use. Yes, you can do that without variable temp, but no where near as easy.

Pete
Forum: Equipment 03-10-2015, 03:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 756
Posted By PeterW
Re-sole is the only good option and whether...

Re-sole is the only good option and whether that's possible depends on the design of the boot. And yeah, buy the toppers.

Cobblers to you :evil

Pete
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