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Forum: Canada Yesterday, 05:55 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,729
Posted By cycleman2
I'll second that location. We moved here from...

I'll second that location. We moved here from Regina 4yrs ago and haven't regretted it. An hour from the US and about an hour from the Rockies.
Forum: Ride reports 02-26-2015, 08:42 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 27,759
Posted By cycleman2
Good to see you got the bike sorted out. ...

Good to see you got the bike sorted out. Enjoying arm chair riding along with your adventure. It seems over here that the KLR650 is the bike of choice for a lot of folks doing what you are doing,...
Forum: Hacks 02-24-2015, 05:51 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,990
Posted By cycleman2
I would just walk away. Sidecar looks OK and the...

I would just walk away. Sidecar looks OK and the front end on the 83 wing looks OK but it is not stock, somebody has put air assisted shocks on it.

If you could buy the car separate with the...
Forum: Ride reports 02-21-2015, 06:07 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 27,759
Posted By cycleman2
Excellent ride report. May see you next year in...

Excellent ride report. May see you next year in Canada.
Forum: GS Boxers 02-17-2015, 12:21 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 11,154
Posted By cycleman2
That's to help keep them out of the traffic. They...

That's to help keep them out of the traffic. They are closer to the shoulder and less likely to get picked off if they mount from the right.
Forum: GS Boxers 02-17-2015, 12:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,094
Posted By cycleman2
The disks look like they are very close to being...

The disks look like they are very close to being true so I would think the hub is fine. If the hub was out of round I would suspect a problem with the axle itself not the hub.

From what I see...
Forum: GS Boxers 02-17-2015, 12:07 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,025
Posted By cycleman2
Rear peg height will affect knee pain the same as...

Rear peg height will affect knee pain the same as too high rider front pegs affect the riders knee pain. After market seats may help with the sitting portion but likely won't lengthen the distance...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-16-2015, 05:53 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 10,692
Posted By cycleman2
I don't know if you upgraded the front and rear...

I don't know if you upgraded the front and rear suspension on your bike but you should look at something like Sonic Linear springs ( based on your weight ) and a stronger back spring. I changed out...
Forum: Trip Planning 02-16-2015, 05:42 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,560
Posted By cycleman2
I use one of those small fold up cots, ( made by...

I use one of those small fold up cots, ( made by Thermarest I think ) they keep you about 3 inches off the ground, allow you to roll over and they are warmer than an air mattress. They roll up to...
Forum: Trip Planning 02-16-2015, 05:37 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,657
Posted By cycleman2
It all depends on where, what the roads are,...

It all depends on where, what the roads are, comfort of the bike, you etc etc. Some examples:

On # 1 Hwy along the coast in California and up into Oregon I find that 300 mile days are about...
Forum: Trip Planning 02-16-2015, 05:29 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,323
Posted By cycleman2
1. Side stand with something to keep it from...

1. Side stand with something to keep it from sinking into the dirt.

2. I use the saddlebags for clothes etc, some kind of bag ( cheap ) that the clothes, shaving kit, extra shoes etc fit into...
Forum: Trip Planning 02-16-2015, 05:16 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,715
Posted By cycleman2
Sounds like you are riding solo so I would take a...

Sounds like you are riding solo so I would take a minimal camping outfit with you, it can sit on the seat behind you.

I prefer one of the small fold up ( roll up ) cots, ( I think thermarest...
Forum: Canada 02-16-2015, 08:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 818
Posted By cycleman2
If you plan on camping then I would head south...

If you plan on camping then I would head south through the US. You will find it warmer, but the mountain passes will still be an issue in March/April. May for the most part is safer. Not much for...
Forum: GS Boxers 02-15-2015, 06:05 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 11,154
Posted By cycleman2
I when riding solo mount the bike on the left...

I when riding solo mount the bike on the left about half of the time, with the side stand down, and using the left foot peg and have had no issues through out the life of the bike. My bike is not in...
Forum: GS Boxers 02-15-2015, 05:57 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,717
Posted By cycleman2
When you do the valves on these 4 valve heads...

When you do the valves on these 4 valve heads make sure you use feeler gauges on all 4 valves at the same time.

Backfire is more fuel/air related and it doesn't sound like you touched that,...
Forum: GS Boxers 02-15-2015, 05:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 766
Posted By cycleman2
You should get more than 10 k out of a rear...

You should get more than 10 k out of a rear brake, unless you are unknowingly riding the brake pedal. Ask somebody that rides behind you if they are seeing the brake light on. If you use a lot of...
Forum: Ridiculous streetbikes with 6 CPUs and too much horsepower (1050/1190/1290cc) 02-14-2015, 05:23 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,196
Posted By cycleman2
Buy the one that fits your budget, that keeps it...

Buy the one that fits your budget, that keeps it simple and leaves something for the if only !!!!!.

Up here a 2014 1190 Adventure with aftermarket exhaust, heated seat. bags and a few other...
Forum: Airheads 02-13-2015, 08:54 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 994
Posted By cycleman2
If you are just after a rider then go with the...

If you are just after a rider then go with the cheaper bigger engine. Makes sense to me.

I've restored old airheads and you can spend a fortune putting them back on the road and unless it is...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-12-2015, 05:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,317
Posted By cycleman2
Before you change gearing etc, ride the bike the...

Before you change gearing etc, ride the bike the way you are going to use it and then adjust if needed. In most cases the factory got it right for most of us and the bikes intended use.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-12-2015, 05:37 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,416
Posted By cycleman2
As always when buying a used bike, mileage and if...

As always when buying a used bike, mileage and if it has a maintenance history. Not much other than routine maintenance for the first 24K kilometers is required on these bikes, so it boils down to...
Forum: Hacks 02-12-2015, 08:27 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,804
Posted By cycleman2
Most rear m/c tires on the bigger bikes, even on...

Most rear m/c tires on the bigger bikes, even on my Vstrom 650, have a load rating of around 950 lbs @ 42 lbs cold. That's for a 150 size rear tire and I don't think there is much difference for any...
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 02-11-2015, 05:44 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,880
Posted By cycleman2
Buy the right tool. Yes you can make just about...

Buy the right tool. Yes you can make just about anything work, but right out of the box my 590LM works with my headset, my bikes tire sensors and in my car with the included car mount, and Bluetooth...
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 02-11-2015, 05:34 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,555
Posted By cycleman2
A stand alone GPS is just that, no frills,...

A stand alone GPS is just that, no frills, doesn't care where you are, no roaming charges etc.

Yes you can make just about anything work, but there is a reason why they make all this stuff!!!! ...
Forum: GS Boxers 02-09-2015, 08:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 617
Posted By cycleman2
Yep wired mine to the battery. When the 590 is...

Yep wired mine to the battery. When the 590 is not on the bike I just use the cover that came with it and place it where the GPS sits. Covers all the pins etc and keeps water/dirt out.
Forum: Ridiculous streetbikes with 6 CPUs and too much horsepower (1050/1190/1290cc) 02-09-2015, 08:19 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,594
Posted By cycleman2
The chain has to be slack enough to maintain the...

The chain has to be slack enough to maintain the factory spec throughout the bikes suspension travel. It doesn't matter if you are solo, 2 up, empty or loaded. It is a good idea to check the chain...
Forum: Canada 02-08-2015, 05:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 799
Posted By cycleman2
One thing to consider. Harley Davidson dealers...

One thing to consider. Harley Davidson dealers will ship bikes. A couple of years ago I bought a BMW R1100R site unseen and had them ship the bike from Winnipeg to Regina. The bike was a trade in...
Forum: Canada 02-08-2015, 05:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 982
Posted By cycleman2
If you have the bike and the trailer registered...

If you have the bike and the trailer registered in your home country, then nobody will really care too much. If your friend has a plate and registration for a home built trailer, who is to know that...
Forum: GS Boxers 02-08-2015, 05:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 584
Posted By cycleman2
Not a Nav but on my new Garmin 590 LM, bought in...

Not a Nav but on my new Garmin 590 LM, bought in Dec 2014 I had to pay for the LM feature. When I went to update the maps it sent me to where I had to buy the LM feature. It was around $ 80 or so...
Forum: GS Boxers 02-08-2015, 05:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 973
Posted By cycleman2
Possible yes, but it won't handle the amp draw if...

Possible yes, but it won't handle the amp draw if 2 electric jackets are on at the same time. You could put a large amp fuse but then the wiring wouldn't handle the load. If memory serves me...
Forum: Americas 02-08-2015, 09:22 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 818
Posted By cycleman2
As a general rule if your bike and trailer are...

As a general rule if your bike and trailer are legal in your home country then you should be ok. Insurance is another matter. You have to be able to show that your bike and trailer are insured to a...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-02-2015, 06:23 PM
Replies: 395
Views: 45,278
Posted By cycleman2
Will be 67

Still riding, only real change has been to go to a lighter bike. Wife of 66 still travels with me, but we go the Motel/Hotel route. I still camp but when I'm travelling solo.

Common sense has...
Forum: Equipment 02-02-2015, 05:55 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 9,250
Posted By cycleman2
Re: Bathroom at night. Make up a pee...

Re: Bathroom at night.

Make up a pee bottle, can be just about anything, just don't mix it up with your water bottle. Makes life much easier during the night.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-02-2015, 07:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,317
Posted By cycleman2
The chain itself would be marked with its size. ...

The chain itself would be marked with its size. Rear sprocket also is likely marked.

Might be just as cheap to buy the Suzuki OEM kit sprockets and chain. Up here that is the cheapest way to...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-30-2015, 08:02 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,416
Posted By cycleman2
It wouldn't be worth your trouble or money to try...

It wouldn't be worth your trouble or money to try and install ABS on the DL1000, if it could be done. I don't know your wife's inseam but the 1000 weight about 40-50 lbs more than the 650, which for...
Forum: The Garage 01-17-2015, 05:54 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,857
Posted By cycleman2
I find this method works well for a lot of things.

I find this method works well for a lot of things.
Forum: The Garage 01-17-2015, 05:50 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,683
Posted By cycleman2
They actually have some master links that use a...

They actually have some master links that use a threaded bolt type end and you put a locking nut on the other end. They fall between the clip and rivet type as far as reliability and I have no...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-17-2015, 08:00 AM
Replies: 199
Views: 18,161
Posted By cycleman2
The basic MSF course or one of its similar...

The basic MSF course or one of its similar cousins, its called many different things and in my opinion is just that a basic course. This course can be taught in a parking lot, or something similar...
Forum: The Garage 01-16-2015, 05:32 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,683
Posted By cycleman2
There is always the possibility of a clip type...

There is always the possibility of a clip type master link coming off but you could safety wire it so that it won't do that. If you rivet the master link on then it is not going to come off.

...
Forum: Airheads 01-16-2015, 07:20 AM
Replies: 569
Views: 87,543
Posted By cycleman2
A few of us are.

A few of us are.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-15-2015, 05:42 PM
Replies: 4,140
Views: 795,867
Posted By cycleman2
I would think this was tire related as that type...

I would think this was tire related as that type of tire is going to move around some on asphalt. Blocks are primarily designed for mostly off road so there will be a trade off on asphalt.
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