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Forum: Beasts 08-06-2014, 08:50 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,890
Posted By HandKPhil
Bonnies and Scrams

I test drove a '14 Bonnie the same day I test drove the Tiger 800 XC. It was quite an interesting bike. Believe it or not, if I hadn't bought the Tiger, I was considering a Scrambler. I had...
Forum: Beasts 08-05-2014, 11:13 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,890
Posted By HandKPhil
Versys versus

Ok, here's one of the few replies you're going to get from someone who's actually ridden both bikes: I owned an '08 Versys for about 3 years, and I'm 6'0" with a 33 inch inseam. Stock seat is...
Forum: Equipment 07-30-2014, 06:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,353
Posted By HandKPhil
Fly 'n Ride - Where do you put your helmet?

So I'll be doing a fly 'n ride next week, to pick up a bike I bought from an inmate.

My question is, do most domestic airlines let you store your helmet in the overhead bin? Does it need to be...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-21-2014, 12:45 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,663
Posted By HandKPhil
CL360 shocks

Nvr home,

I installed a set of low-mileage Honda CL360 shocks on my '87 Elite 150, and it was the best thing I ever did for the comfort and handling of the bike. The original shocks on a 150...
Forum: Thumpers 06-12-2014, 12:29 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,728
Posted By HandKPhil
DR350 in Action

Here's a shot of my DR350SE from that recent trip. My buddy is riding my '03 KLR250 in this shot. That's another bike that may fit your bill, but it's not really in the same league as the DR350 when...
Forum: Thumpers 06-12-2014, 12:23 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,728
Posted By HandKPhil
Trail machine

Just took mine on a long trail-riding weekend. A typical day was driving on public roads a short distance to the trailhead, then riding 40-50 miles of sandy trails and single track, then riding 50-60...
Forum: Thumpers 06-12-2014, 12:14 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,728
Posted By HandKPhil
The Obvious Solution

Get a '98 or '99 DR350SE. Nice, clean examples go for $2000-$2500
Good power. Spend another $500 for front suspension rebuild and new fork springs (for your weight and riding style) from RaceTech....
Forum: Thumpers 05-23-2014, 07:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 503
Posted By HandKPhil
Ever rode a DR350?

How about finding yourself a nice, clean, low-mileage DR350? I see them come up in my area every couple of months. They have (in my opinion) more serious off-road abilities than most 250's (though...
Forum: Thumpers 05-17-2014, 08:42 PM
Replies: 7,894
Views: 2,120,996
Posted By HandKPhil
Long Time No Chat

Hey Coop, how's it going? Still exploring the hills and dales of Wisconsin?

Phil
Forum: Thumpers 05-17-2014, 08:24 PM
Replies: 7,894
Views: 2,120,996
Posted By HandKPhil
Pure Sand

Unfortunately the tight trails through the woods eventually gave way to about 2-3 miles of deep sandy chutes, which alternated between scratching and clawing uphill sections, followed by terrifying...
Forum: Thumpers 05-17-2014, 08:05 PM
Replies: 7,894
Views: 2,120,996
Posted By HandKPhil
Tight Woods

Right after cresting Old Man Hill, the woods suddenly got very tight, and the soil a little blacker and firmer. Whomever is maintaining these trails is doing a fantastic job. The trail began twisting...
Forum: Thumpers 05-17-2014, 07:54 PM
Replies: 7,894
Views: 2,120,996
Posted By HandKPhil
After a few miles of relatively open,...

After a few miles of relatively open, cross-country trails, we entered a hilly, wooded section of the trail, that stretched for approximately 5-6 miles. This section was a lot of fun, and included a...
Forum: Thumpers 05-17-2014, 07:40 PM
Replies: 7,894
Views: 2,120,996
Posted By HandKPhil
Back in the saddle

Tire selection aside, we had an absolute blast. My buddy Patrick is getting back into dual-sporting after a 30-year hiatus, and I'm a casual woods/trail rider at best. We're both 50 years old and...
Forum: Thumpers 05-17-2014, 07:33 PM
Replies: 7,894
Views: 2,120,996
Posted By HandKPhil
The Trail

Though the day started out cold, the sun was out and the chill in the air was soon forgotten. The loop we took began on a dirt road that cut into a thick pine woods. The road zig-zagged north and...
Forum: Thumpers 05-17-2014, 07:07 PM
Replies: 7,894
Views: 2,120,996
Posted By HandKPhil
Sand, sand, and more sand

It had rained hard in the area for the 3-4 days prior to our trip, but the trails were in surprisingly good shape. The fact that 90% of the "trail" portion of our 50 mile loop was sand (or sandy...
Forum: Thumpers 05-17-2014, 06:59 PM
Replies: 7,894
Views: 2,120,996
Posted By HandKPhil
Dual-sport Adventure

Friday morning dawned clear and cold, and after repairing a crusty sidestand switch on the KLR250, in the gravel outside our hotel room, we jumped on the M-30 to St. Helen loop of the MCCCT, which...
Forum: Thumpers 05-17-2014, 06:54 PM
Replies: 7,894
Views: 2,120,996
Posted By HandKPhil
Mini-MCCCT Trail Riding Adventure this weekend

Just got back from a weekend trail ride on an interesting section of the Michigan Cross-Country Cycle Trail, near Gladwin, Michigan. My buddy and I drove up to Gladwin County, Michigan from my place...
Forum: Thumpers 04-19-2014, 03:49 PM
Replies: 25,818
Views: 3,099,582
Posted By HandKPhil
Wrench Time

I also managed to spend a little time on the '83 GS450GA that I restored over the winter. Installed a new regulator/rectifier yesterday, and pulled off the stator cover to replace the stator. Well...
Forum: Thumpers 04-19-2014, 03:34 PM
Replies: 25,818
Views: 3,099,582
Posted By HandKPhil
The Red Sled

Also found the time to clean the winter salt off of the GTI. Washed it, and cleaned the door jambs and inside of the hatch of all the winter salt that had accumulated there. Cleaned the wheels while...
Forum: Thumpers 04-19-2014, 03:28 PM
Replies: 25,818
Views: 3,099,582
Posted By HandKPhil
Spring in Michigan

It was a pretty nice day here in Michigan. Sunny and 60, with the leaves just beginning to bud out on the trees. I spent the day getting my bikes and trailers ready for an upcoming dual-sport ride to...
Forum: Thumpers 04-19-2014, 03:15 PM
Replies: 25,818
Views: 3,099,582
Posted By HandKPhil
The plains in Spain

Wow, nice pictures. Your area looks like a dual-sport paradise. Spain is on my list of places to visit, hopefully within a year or two. I'll be in Switzerland and Liechtenstein in June, with maybe a...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-21-2014, 06:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,032
Posted By HandKPhil
Small and efficient

Yep, give me something like an Aptera, with an efficient, powerful gas engine, and I could be quite happy with that. My daily driver is a VW GTI, so I'm already onboard with "small & efficient".
Forum: Thumpers 02-21-2014, 09:06 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,382
Posted By HandKPhil
Good info

These are some very good comments. I have no DRZ experience, but I have a '99 DR350SE. I love it, but I'm a big guy and I could use a little more power.

I bought the DR to replace a KLR250. The...
Forum: Thumpers 02-08-2014, 07:45 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,196
Posted By HandKPhil
The Ultimate light-duty dual sport

Just in case you need a visual :D.

http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n153/handkphil/311_zps5810cb07.jpg (http://s111.photobucket.com/user/handkphil/media/311_zps5810cb07.jpg.html)
Forum: Thumpers 02-08-2014, 07:38 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,196
Posted By HandKPhil
1997-1999 dr350se

In my neck of the woods you can pick up a solid, gently-used 1997 DR350SE for around $1800.

Change all fluids and filters, install a good, new AGM battery, put on a nice set of 80/20 tires, and...
Forum: Road warriors 01-26-2014, 09:58 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,600
Posted By HandKPhil
Shed

Thank you. It's nice and warm too. It's -18 C today here in balmy, Detroit, MI, USA. :D
Forum: Road warriors 01-25-2014, 10:24 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,600
Posted By HandKPhil
One more gratuitous picture

One more pic, just for the hell of it...:D

http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n153/handkphil/20131226_132954_zpscebf9934.jpg...
Forum: Road warriors 01-25-2014, 10:16 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,600
Posted By HandKPhil
Good as New

All done, and now I know the back of this bike is as good as new (I cleaned out the rear brakes and hub while I had the wheel off).

...
Forum: Road warriors 01-25-2014, 10:14 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,600
Posted By HandKPhil
Not much OEM grease...

http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n153/handkphil/20131207_115056_zps42917cca.jpg (http://s111.photobucket.com/user/handkphil/media/20131207_115056_zps42917cca.jpg.html)
Forum: Road warriors 01-25-2014, 10:02 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,600
Posted By HandKPhil
Shafty maintenance

I recently put a new rear tire on an '83 GS450GA shafty that I'm bringing back to life. Even though the bike was in rough shape when I bought it, it only had 1800 miles on the odometer and was still...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-24-2014, 05:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,802
Posted By HandKPhil
Curse you, Craigslist!

Craigslist was singing me a siren's song today too. About 3-4 bikes on there that appeared to be great deals. Luckily my new car doesn't yet have a trailer hitch, my trailer's out behind my shed...
Forum: Equipment 01-07-2014, 01:52 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 5,490
Posted By HandKPhil
One outta two

I've had two Corbins. The first one for my ZR-7S that was pretty nice, comfort and looks-wise. Very, very heavy though.

The second one was made for my Versys. Hard as a fricken diamond. Never...
Forum: Thumpers 01-04-2014, 06:53 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 32,458
Posted By HandKPhil
Good experiences with Shinkos

Well I liked the 700's so much on my KLR250 that I bought another brand new pair, and I'm sure the pair that's still on my bike is not even halfway used up yet.

I've had a total of 4 sets of...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-01-2014, 01:53 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,345
Posted By HandKPhil
Great scoot!

Man, isn't that the truth! I totally re-did an '87 Elite 150, and it took a lot of work and frustration to get it right. Lots of bystarters were harmed in the making of that bike too. When I was all...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-01-2014, 12:57 PM
Replies: 241
Views: 13,038
Posted By HandKPhil
Keep the faith

Jerry, you are clearly a man of good taste and distinction. Don't let all the naysayers on this forum get to you. I enjoy reading your posts, and I usually get exactly what you're saying. I don't...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-31-2013, 09:14 PM
Replies: 3,383
Views: 1,315,014
Posted By HandKPhil
Red Ride

Nice Lammy, Fizzy. There's something so "elemental" about those old scoots that's very appealing.
Forum: Battle scooters 12-31-2013, 05:37 PM
Replies: 241
Views: 13,038
Posted By HandKPhil
A third option

Since this thread is old, and got off topic about 123 posts ago, I figured I'd post an alternative to the CVT vs. manual tranny debate.

This is my recently acquired '83 Suzuki GS450GA. It has a...
Forum: Road warriors 12-27-2013, 11:18 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,520
Posted By HandKPhil
The latest pic

My winter restoration project is almost complete. For those of you interested in automatic bikes, here's the latest pic of my '83 Suzuki GS450GA:

...
Forum: Road warriors 12-26-2013, 05:43 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 8,567
Posted By HandKPhil
Upgrading the downgrade

I'm almost done upgrading my latest downgrade. Total invested so far is around $1450, including the purchase price. Over the last few days I've installed a new horn, front brake light switch, and a...
Forum: Thumpers 12-22-2013, 07:23 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,762
Posted By HandKPhil
The Grompa

Here's the old Grom....er,....I mean ST90 that I had a few years ago. It was a '75, and I bought it from the original owner. IIRC it had 1100 miles on it the day I brought it home. I installed a set...
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