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Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 05:58 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,374
Posted By HandKPhil
A Real Bulldog

Don't let it get out, but I already have a Bulldog. Mine's got a 450 cc engine, a 2-speed automatic transmission, shaft drive, lots of chrome, and cool, retro 80's style. I'm heading out to the...
Forum: Parallel Universe Yesterday, 02:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 183
Posted By HandKPhil
Nice Red Ride

Awesome bike you've got there. I picked up my 2014 a few weeks ago. I'm 50, and new to BMW's too. Been slowly adding doo-dads to my bike, while waiting for Spring to spring here in Michigan. So far...
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-26-2015, 04:40 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,086
Posted By HandKPhil
Good review

Nice review and write up, UKRider. I just bought the same bike you did, for almost exactly the same reasons. I also thought the 650 V-Strom was going to be the perfect bike, and like you I decided it...
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-26-2015, 03:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 212
Posted By HandKPhil
Good advice

Well you both helped tremendously. My bike did not come with an owner's manual, so I downloaded one after seeing both of your responses to my original post.

As Geek said, the manual recommends...
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-26-2015, 11:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 212
Posted By HandKPhil
F700GS Front Suspension too stiff? (...or is it just me?)

So I picked up a 2014, very lightly used F700GS recently. I've only put around 500 miles on it, and while I like the bike overall, it has seemed liked the front suspension is awfully stiff. Keep in...
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-25-2015, 07:06 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 256
Posted By HandKPhil
Neither

Read up on this:

http://sales.nightrider.com/F700_c_134.html

I've got one on my 2014 F700GS - works great. Cheap, easy, does what it's supposed to do.
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-20-2015, 03:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 835
Posted By HandKPhil
My SHinko 705 experience

I went through one set on my 2003 KLR250, and I loved them so much I have a second, brand new set for my KLR in my spare bedroom. I also have a brand new set of them put aside for my '99 DR350SE, for...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-04-2015, 06:37 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,504
Posted By HandKPhil
Crickets Chirping....

Wow, that was apparently the most thread-killing idea in the entire history of thread killing ideas.... :rofl
Forum: Battle scooters 04-02-2015, 04:17 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,504
Posted By HandKPhil
Redneck Scooter Crowd Funding

I just had an idea!

I imagine that most of you are a lot like me, in that you've probably owned multiple motorcycles/scooters over the last few years. Well every time I sell a bike, a few weeks...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-02-2015, 03:16 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,504
Posted By HandKPhil
Thieves Suck!

I'm down with contributing towards replacing your scooter too. Many years ago, when I was a lad of about 15, I worked as a busboy. Hard, dirty work, long hours and crummy pay. Over a six month period...
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-21-2015, 03:58 PM
Replies: 526
Views: 43,046
Posted By HandKPhil
AF-Xied on my new (to me) F700GS

Just bought a very lightly used, 2014 F700GS, last week. On the first couple of rides after bringing it home I was a little unhappy with the off-idle stumble and generally snatchy throttle at low...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-26-2015, 04:34 PM
Replies: 769
Views: 194,574
Posted By HandKPhil
Nice review, Daniel. The Forza looks like a great...

Nice review, Daniel. The Forza looks like a great bike. I've sat on it a couple of times at my local dealership. and the fit and finish is typical Honda high quality. I had a Majesty 400 a couple of...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-24-2014, 03:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 703
Posted By HandKPhil
2012 numbers

From the 2012 MIC numbers:

http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/2/15436/Motorcycle-Article/2012-US-Motorcycle-Sales-Tally-452-386.aspx
Forum: Battle scooters 12-24-2014, 03:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 703
Posted By HandKPhil
Scooter sales down for 2013

The Motorcycle Industry Council says that scooter sales were down for 2013 (the last year that data is available for). Total U.S. sales of "major" manufacturers (not including Chinese) was around...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-22-2014, 07:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,584
Posted By HandKPhil
140 m.p.h. from a 250 c.c. bobber!

Followed by this ad from that same bike's previous owner:

http://detroit.craigslist.org/wyn/mcy/4814456696.html
Forum: Battle scooters 12-22-2014, 06:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,584
Posted By HandKPhil
140 miles an hour?

Here's another humorous one from yesterday:

http://detroit.craigslist.org/wyn/mcy/4814414257.html
Forum: Battle scooters 12-22-2014, 06:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,584
Posted By HandKPhil
Awesome Craigslist Ad

Satire is not dead, at least not on my local Craigslist.

Warning: This ad contains a crude word for a part of the female anatomy. If you're easily offended, please do not click on the link below....
Forum: Battle scooters 12-17-2014, 05:25 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 8,973
Posted By HandKPhil
my two cents

First of all, I'm not sure if there was some specific infraction(s) recently that earned him the boot, but I didn't find his posts too irritating. He usually just espoused an opinion that was...
Forum: Battle scooters 10-29-2014, 05:44 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,235
Posted By HandKPhil
I tend to agree with you on the outrageous...

I tend to agree with you on the outrageous freight and doc fees Jerry, but at first glance those fees didn't seem too bad on the HD200 I looked at. Then I heard from several guys (including yourself)...
Forum: Battle scooters 10-28-2014, 05:41 PM
Replies: 446
Views: 46,686
Posted By HandKPhil
Miscategorized

The "Motorcycle And Scooters For Sale" section of the Detroit Craigslist is becoming absolutely overloaded with snowmobiles, jet skis, ATV's, barstool racers, and worst of all "mobility scooters"....
Forum: Battle scooters 10-28-2014, 02:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,235
Posted By HandKPhil
OTD on a 2013 Kymco GTi300

Just got this price from another local guy, for a '13 Kymco Gti 300 complete and out the door: $4375

I think that's way too high.....
Forum: Battle scooters 10-28-2014, 01:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,235
Posted By HandKPhil
Dealer Info

I think it was called "Blackbeard Motorsports", Bob. It's on Groesbeck, in Fraser, MI
Forum: Battle scooters 10-28-2014, 11:29 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,235
Posted By HandKPhil
SYM Prices in SE Michigan

Yesterday I stopped in at a newish "Powersports" dealer here, in an East Side 'burb of Detroit. They had every kind of scooter you could imagine, from Stellas and Buddies, to Chinese and Tomos, and...
Forum: Battle scooters 10-12-2014, 06:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,749
Posted By HandKPhil
Similar, but different

Hmmm....similar to this Cleveland Cycle Works machine, except for the pedals:

http://www.clevelandcyclewerks.com/cleveland-fxx/
Forum: Thumpers 09-28-2014, 06:13 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,691
Posted By HandKPhil
Not quite convinced

I love the concept of the CCM, but the 30 lb./ft. of torque and a 5-speed really makes me hesitate, especially when we're talking about a price that would get you a low-mileage, year-old Triumph 800...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-21-2014, 11:49 AM
Replies: 446
Views: 46,686
Posted By HandKPhil
I agree. Nothing wrong with a water-cooled 250...

I agree. Nothing wrong with a water-cooled 250 for touring/adventuring. I wouldn't even mind the small wheels. I would just choose a different bike. Something along the lines of this:
...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-19-2014, 02:39 AM
Replies: 446
Views: 46,686
Posted By HandKPhil
The Zong Way 'Round

Well actually, the WR250R is a dual-sport. You might be thinking of the WR250F. Plenty of people put a rack and some bags on the R model, and go adventuring. As far as comfort, I'm pretty sure the...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-18-2014, 05:18 PM
Replies: 446
Views: 46,686
Posted By HandKPhil
Seriously?

First off, no offense to the guy (or guys) in this thread who're trying to make a living selling this bike. Second, no offense to China, the Chinese people, or anyone who's ever bought a Chinese bike...
Forum: Thumpers 09-11-2014, 10:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,057
Posted By HandKPhil
Super Kart!

Yeah, but are your 600's in super-sweet condition, like this 90 m.p.h. beast?

http://detroit.craigslist.org/wyn/mcy/4663163672.html
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 08-06-2014, 08:50 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,562
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: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 08-05-2014, 11:13 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,562
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: 28
Views: 3,560
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: 5,384
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: 3,852
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: 3,852
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: 3,852
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: 597
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: 8,658
Views: 2,456,214
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: 8,658
Views: 2,456,214
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: 8,658
Views: 2,456,214
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...
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