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Forum: Hacks 07-28-2014, 12:41 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,499
Posted By JohninVT
That's a great looking rig. Wish I had a spare...

That's a great looking rig. Wish I had a spare 15 grand laying around so I could set up my Vstrom like that.
Forum: Hacks 07-28-2014, 10:45 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,499
Posted By JohninVT
Ok. I'm still curious if the traction control,...

Ok. I'm still curious if the traction control, electronic suspension and ABS work when a sidecar is attached to a big GS. The electronics are part of the reason folks pay so much more for a BMW.
Forum: Hacks 07-28-2014, 04:18 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,499
Posted By JohninVT
A GSA costs $10,000 more than a Vstrom. Can't...

A GSA costs $10,000 more than a Vstrom. Can't you build a pretty nice sidecar rig for ten grand?

Does all the electronic stuff that BMW loads onto the GSA(like ESA and the ABS)work on a sidecar...
Forum: Road warriors 07-03-2014, 05:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,447
Posted By JohninVT
A Stone, Jackal, Metal, EV...etc, will crank over...

A Stone, Jackal, Metal, EV...etc, will crank over a mountain road like no other "cruiser". Truth is, while they look like cruisers they're really the Italian version of a UJM...only with better...
Forum: Beasts 07-03-2014, 04:41 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,299
Posted By JohninVT
Looking at your priority list, I come to the...

Looking at your priority list, I come to the opposite conclusion. Scheduled maintenance is not the same as being stranded. The chances of being stranded by a BMW are magnitudes of order higher with...
Forum: Beasts 07-02-2014, 03:43 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,299
Posted By JohninVT
Comparing the price listed for the DL vs the GS...

Comparing the price listed for the DL vs the GS is deceiving. The price listed for the Suzuki is about what you'd actually pay. The price listed for the GS is a lot less than what you would...
Forum: Beasts 06-15-2014, 05:43 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 7,050
Posted By JohninVT
I'm wondering why the dl650 is getting compared...

I'm wondering why the dl650 is getting compared to the S10 when the dl1000 exists? The 650 is a great bike but the 1000 is better two up. Ergo's are slightly roomier on the 1000(the seat is an inch...
Forum: Beasts 06-15-2014, 04:27 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,060
Posted By JohninVT
I bought a new, leftover 2012 1000 ADV. It cost...

I bought a new, leftover 2012 1000 ADV. It cost less than half what a new GS costs. WAY less than half since it's impossible to find a GS at a dealer that isn't loaded with expensive options.
...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-03-2014, 03:30 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 10,480
Posted By JohninVT
I've had several mopeds, two Honda Passports and...

I've had several mopeds, two Honda Passports and three TW200's. The problem with mopeds and Passports is that if you try to leave town, you have to ride the shoulder. Instead of a 10' wide lane,...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-01-2014, 05:41 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 10,480
Posted By JohninVT
Last year I saw a Tomos moped with a milk crate...

Last year I saw a Tomos moped with a milk crate on the back. It was packed with a tent, sleeping bag and mess kit, sitting at a gas station. The owner was smoking a cigarette and drinking a Coke...
Forum: Beasts 05-10-2014, 01:23 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,509
Posted By JohninVT
The S10 is great looking but weighs a bazillion...

The S10 is great looking but weighs a bazillion pounds. Riding off road means crashing. Picking up a S10 could cause you to prolapse your tobyhole from the strain.

A $2500 Concours C10 is...
Forum: Road warriors 05-02-2014, 04:23 PM
Replies: 582
Views: 114,747
Posted By JohninVT
No. Stock, new BMW 1200's put out nearly...

No. Stock, new BMW 1200's put out nearly identical hp and torque numbers as a stock ZRX100...and slightly less than a ZRX1200. The BMW puts out 95-96hp and 72-73ft/lbs.

It's stupid-easy to tune...
Forum: Beasts 05-01-2014, 04:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 955
Posted By JohninVT
If I was riding mostly slab, my mod priorities...

If I was riding mostly slab, my mod priorities would be;
1)Madstad and screen
2)Madstad and screen
3)Madstad and screen
4)Fork brace
5)Beads, Airhawk or custom seat
6)Madstad and screen...
Forum: Beasts 04-27-2014, 04:51 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,275
Posted By JohninVT
Trailwings are OK. I got over 8,000 miles on my...

Trailwings are OK. I got over 8,000 miles on my OEM Wings. The main gripe I have with them is two_fold; they give zero feedback from the front end and they're very expensive for the performance...
Forum: Beasts 04-12-2014, 09:05 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,275
Posted By JohninVT
Yup. I chuckled at that. Also at the part that...

Yup. I chuckled at that. Also at the part that said Strom's have bad suspension(but the Bandit doesn't). I dunno why people are saying the Strom suspension isnt adjustable. Mine can't be the only...
Forum: Beasts 04-12-2014, 03:58 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,275
Posted By JohninVT
By "top end rush" I was actually referring to the...

By "top end rush" I was actually referring to the power characteristics of the engine. Your very underrated and cool z750 uses a sleeved down zx-9 engine. At low rpms, it's kind of soft. Wick it...
Forum: Beasts 04-11-2014, 04:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,484
Posted By JohninVT
Two questions; is Suzuki still offering $0 down,...

Two questions; is Suzuki still offering $0 down, zero % financing and is the 2012 DL1000 the Adventure model?

If yes to those questions...that's the best deal.

A $20k BMW @ 6% over five years...
Forum: Beasts 04-11-2014, 04:27 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,275
Posted By JohninVT
Have you ridden many V-twins? The power delivery...

Have you ridden many V-twins? The power delivery is much different than an inline 4. You have mentioned liter bikes a couple times and even referenced 1/4 mile times. If you're yearning for the...
Forum: Road warriors 04-05-2014, 12:27 PM
Replies: 1,731
Views: 173,253
Posted By JohninVT
Did you see the guy who is worried about getting...

Did you see the guy who is worried about getting his groceries home on the SR? That's a performance benchmark that actually applies to this bike.

If you truly have the skills to turn a drum...
Forum: Road warriors 04-05-2014, 09:41 AM
Replies: 1,731
Views: 173,253
Posted By JohninVT
I usually enjoy your posts but you've added...

I usually enjoy your posts but you've added nothing to this thread. Instead of shitting all over the Yamaha(because it's not your Kawasaki)...keep in mind we all use different benchmarks for...
Forum: Road warriors 03-23-2014, 01:12 PM
Replies: 228
Views: 44,265
Posted By JohninVT
I dug my 1200 Sport. Did it shatter the whole...

I dug my 1200 Sport. Did it shatter the whole fairing? If it's just the center section/windshield...I still have mine in the shed and you can have it.

The Breva 1100 Touring shield actually...
Forum: Road warriors 03-23-2014, 05:21 AM
Replies: 950
Views: 168,847
Posted By JohninVT
Unless you filled it with ether, I've never heard...

Unless you filled it with ether, I've never heard of a tube exploding. Rapidly losing air? Sure. I've had that happen twice. Once while I was riding at 70 and it induced a pants shitting tank...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-23-2014, 05:09 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 8,900
Posted By JohninVT
My father is 72. Despite living in northern VT,...

My father is 72. Despite living in northern VT, he doesn't own a car but has two motorcycles; a XS1100 Standard and a 94' ZX11. It's nothing for him to put 500 miles on his ZX in a day just...
Forum: Road warriors 03-23-2014, 04:26 AM
Replies: 228
Views: 44,265
Posted By JohninVT
The ZRX1100 was the "final act" for the ZX11...

The ZRX1100 was the "final act" for the ZX11 engine. The ZRX was an incredibly flexible bike that could be tweaked into just about anything you wanted.

SV1000S had Aprilia/Ducati-like...
Forum: Road warriors 03-22-2014, 05:13 PM
Replies: 252
Views: 23,538
Posted By JohninVT
If it was JUST ugly, I could live with it. ...

If it was JUST ugly, I could live with it. However, it has maybe 50hp...weighs 560lbs...has handlebars stolen from a Troybuilt rototiller and my wife says the seating position is similar to a...
Forum: Beasts 03-12-2014, 04:35 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,995
Posted By JohninVT
How about in Guatemala? Or in any non first...

How about in Guatemala? Or in any non first world country? Pointing out that most people need to buy oil online for their Guzzis only serves to illustrate my point regarding some of the hurdles to...
Forum: Beasts 03-09-2014, 08:49 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,995
Posted By JohninVT
Love Guzzi's. I've owned five so far and will...

Love Guzzi's. I've owned five so far and will own another. All 8 valve Guzzis require 10-60 4T for the top end to live. Certain aspects of Guzzi maintenance are easy but $20/quart, hard to find...
Forum: Beasts 02-26-2014, 04:39 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,995
Posted By JohninVT
The DL1000 engine puts out 90-ish HP but was...

The DL1000 engine puts out 90-ish HP but was designed for more than twice that output while racing(and destroying) Ducati's. There isn't another adv bike engine that comes close in terms of how...
Forum: Beasts 02-07-2014, 12:47 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,965
Posted By JohninVT
Yup. I agree with you on the range thing. There...

Yup. I agree with you on the range thing. There are very few bikes that can go 200 miles on a stock tank. An older Concours is probably the bike I'd choose in the OP scenario.
Forum: Beasts 02-07-2014, 11:27 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,965
Posted By JohninVT
Squish...read the original post. Dude asked what...

Squish...read the original post. Dude asked what sub $3k bike to buy if you were in the middle of a trip and had to ride 5,000 miles to finish it. He further specified something comfortable for...
Forum: Beasts 02-07-2014, 06:16 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,965
Posted By JohninVT
Most of the bikes you listed are pretty miserable...

Most of the bikes you listed are pretty miserable to ride for more than 20 miles on the slab, let alone for 5,000 miles of mixed riding in a few weeks. With a few exceptions, most also have pretty...
Forum: Road warriors 02-06-2014, 11:03 AM
Replies: 197
Views: 20,873
Posted By JohninVT
Only a hardcore Honda fanatic would choose a VFR...

Only a hardcore Honda fanatic would choose a VFR over a Sprint ST or GT at the same price.

As for 10/10ths and his "math"...the yen / dollar exchange is extremely favorable right now. That's...
Forum: Road warriors 02-05-2014, 01:47 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 20,873
Posted By JohninVT
Most of us shop segments or niche's in the...

Most of us shop segments or niche's in the market. We weigh options, specs and standard equipment and make our decision based on value(using our own perspective of what "value" means).

On the...
Forum: Road warriors 02-05-2014, 11:39 AM
Replies: 197
Views: 20,873
Posted By JohninVT
I love Interceptors. I had an 83' 750 and two...

I love Interceptors. I had an 83' 750 and two different 86' 500's. I'm even a fan of the 1200. However, 1200's have to be discounted below $13k in order to sell, so wtf is Honda thinking by...
Forum: Beasts 02-04-2014, 05:02 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,658
Posted By JohninVT
The big V is a great all around bike. With cheap...

The big V is a great all around bike. With cheap tweaking, it has great ergos for single or two-up riding. The addition of a Cee Bailey screen on a Madstad cured the buffeting and gives good...
Forum: Road warriors 01-14-2014, 04:44 AM
Replies: 544
Views: 107,104
Posted By JohninVT
A note on Guzzi break-in; all the CARC bikes use...

A note on Guzzi break-in; all the CARC bikes use 10-60 full synthetic and have lined bores for durability. You REALLY have to seat the rings and the best way to do that is accelerating hard and...
Forum: Road warriors 01-10-2014, 02:41 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,108
Posted By JohninVT
Fuel consumption doesn't soley determine heat...

Fuel consumption doesn't soley determine heat load. A lean running bike runs hotter that one that's tuned rich at idle. While you need more fuel to make more power, it has to be in the right ratio...
Forum: Road warriors 01-10-2014, 02:26 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,888
Posted By JohninVT
Carrozzeria wheels, Ohlins front and rear, pods,...

Carrozzeria wheels, Ohlins front and rear, pods, master cylinders from a zx6?, Ted's radiator shrouds, adjustable rearsets, Corbin, Muzzy....that is a beast. Set up very similar to my old bike.
...
Forum: Road warriors 01-10-2014, 11:15 AM
Replies: 149
Views: 18,906
Posted By JohninVT
Every bike on the list leaves me feeling...

Every bike on the list leaves me feeling kinda...meh. Now, if there was a Yamaha TW350 on there...THAT would be a different story.
Forum: Road warriors 01-10-2014, 10:29 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,888
Posted By JohninVT
Anyone who says a ZRX is boring lacks...

Anyone who says a ZRX is boring lacks imagination.

Had one for ten years. Mine had the round headlight swap, Woodcraft clip-ons, zx11 cams, Teds ignition advancer, pods and underseat storage, ...
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