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Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 06-22-2015, 04:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,230
Posted By abruzzi
their biggest weakness is due to the double wall...

their biggest weakness is due to the double wall design. The interior is 35 liters, but they're as big as 45 liter panniers. I'm switching to 31l zegas to make my bike less wide--the supposedly fit...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 06-22-2015, 02:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 623
Posted By abruzzi
The summer in Heron and winter in Elephant Butte....

The summer in Heron and winter in Elephant Butte. I've never taken my boat to Heron, but it seems like it would be pretty nice, but maybe a bit small (and I don't think any reservoir in NM has much...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 06-22-2015, 07:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 692
Posted By abruzzi
thread title a bit wrong--not Chief, but Chef. ...

thread title a bit wrong--not Chief, but Chef. (probably a greater loss...)
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 06-21-2015, 11:13 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 623
Posted By abruzzi
Yeah, one of these, though Silver is a bit out of...

Yeah, one of these, though Silver is a bit out of your way.
Forum: Americas 06-19-2015, 06:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 393
Posted By abruzzi
+100

+100
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 06-18-2015, 08:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 341
Posted By abruzzi
The stock ktm 950 racks (that mount the gobis)...

The stock ktm 950 racks (that mount the gobis) and the touratech racks both form essentially a solid connection between the tail (the furthest back portion of the sub frame) and passenger peg mounts....
Forum: Trip Planning 06-14-2015, 05:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,482
Posted By abruzzi
Yeah, it's not a great GPS, but I much prefer the...

Yeah, it's not a great GPS, but I much prefer the handhelds to the automotive GPSs, so the Colorado will get replaced in the next year with a Montana.
Forum: Trip Planning 06-14-2015, 12:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,482
Posted By abruzzi
For whatever reason, I've found this to not be...

For whatever reason, I've found this to not be the case. I load my routes on two GPSs--both Garmin Colorados, but my Colorado has CN 2014, and my brothers has OSM maps. All my routes are in NM, CO,...
Forum: Trip Planning 06-12-2015, 05:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,482
Posted By abruzzi
I'm with you there. I've been planning my trips...

I'm with you there. I've been planning my trips using Basecamp for years, and RoadTrip before BaseCamp came out. What it lacks is the deeper information at a location, so I supplement with Google...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-16-2015, 06:10 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,286
Posted By abruzzi
I run MT21s on my 640 adv, and the fronts always...

I run MT21s on my 640 adv, and the fronts always wear like that. Not sure why.
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 05-09-2015, 04:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 568
Posted By abruzzi
It can obviously change a significant amount, but...

It can obviously change a significant amount, but I just rode it today, and a Honda Civic could it at the moment. Water level was pretty low.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-08-2015, 07:43 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 6,428
Posted By abruzzi
We all miss Badlands...

We all miss Badlands...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 05-08-2015, 04:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 568
Posted By abruzzi
There is also a lot of nice camping along forest...

There is also a lot of nice camping along forest road 150 between Mimbres and Beaverhead. It's pushing the 100mile radius a bit, but depending on the month you show up, it can get brutally hot down...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-08-2015, 04:30 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,509
Posted By abruzzi
Between 35 and 54, with an average of 44.1: ...

Between 35 and 54, with an average of 44.1:

http://badges.fuelly.com/images/sig-us/188475.png (http://www.fuelly.com/motorcycle/bmw/r1150gsa/2004/abruzzi/188475)

The low numbers come from the...
Forum: Mapping & Navigation 05-03-2015, 03:55 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,746
Posted By abruzzi
GPSs make me more free when riding. My state...

GPSs make me more free when riding. My state (NM) is covered with BLM and state land which is crisscrossed with tiny, unmarked dirt trails. My state can also be hot dry and remote. Having a GPS...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 04-29-2015, 05:20 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 13,723
Posted By abruzzi
woohoo! my cloudy, unreadable gauges will thank...

woohoo! my cloudy, unreadable gauges will thank you.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 04-25-2015, 04:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 667
Posted By abruzzi
Looks decent, but I don't get why the rear mount...

Looks decent, but I don't get why the rear mount is a separate piece. I love the fact that on the stock skid plate I only unbolt the front and pivot the plate down to do my oil change. I'm not sure...
Forum: Trip Planning 04-24-2015, 07:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,115
Posted By abruzzi
I've never done a trip quite that long, but my...

I've never done a trip quite that long, but my experience is the amount of non clothing is the same is you do 1 week/1 month (assuming you buy food as you go). So the difference between 50 liters...
Forum: Equipment 04-21-2015, 09:09 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,436
Posted By abruzzi
I had a AFX 41 and it was a decent helmet. (The...

I had a AFX 41 and it was a decent helmet. (The Fly Trekker uses the same shell.). The only complaint I had was even with all the vents closed it was very breezy in the helmet. Fine for summer use,...
Forum: Americas 04-20-2015, 08:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,137
Posted By abruzzi
Lots of rental agencies will rent pickup trucks,...

Lots of rental agencies will rent pickup trucks, you might have to go to more out of the way location to get one. You can probably even find 4 door crew cab pickups so you have a little more...
Forum: Americas 04-20-2015, 04:43 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 8,399
Posted By abruzzi
I suspect that people from and traveling in the...

I suspect that people from and traveling in the denser parts of the country have to deal more with fee camping, but in much of the west, there is more free camping, in remote spots then you could...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 04-20-2015, 11:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 926
Posted By abruzzi
I had a large amount of backfiring , especially...

I had a large amount of backfiring , especially during deceleration and lower rpms in a 950 I recently bought. Turned out the covers on the carb balance tubes had come off, and it was sucking extra...
Forum: Equipment 04-19-2015, 10:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 718
Posted By abruzzi
Most brands are interchangeable and use identical...

Most brands are interchangeable and use identical mounting schemes between bikes: touratech, hepco becker, givi, sw motech, and probably some others. The only places you'll find a problem are bike...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 04-16-2015, 03:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 719
Posted By abruzzi
While they are pretty expensive, the Touratech...

While they are pretty expensive, the Touratech mounts are rubber/foam damped and can be lockable. If I got a Montana, I'd definitely get the TT mount, and mount it to the accessory mount above the...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 04-13-2015, 11:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 613
Posted By abruzzi
Yeah, not a huge number. I'm also considering...

Yeah, not a huge number. I'm also considering the 31l, but I haven't talked me down to that size yet.

Geof
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 04-13-2015, 10:46 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 5,501
Posted By abruzzi
Both my 950s had the stepped seat, but one was a...

Both my 950s had the stepped seat, but one was a 2004 (before they lowered the standard) and 2006 (after they lowered it.) I'm 5'10" and wear 30" pants, and I prefered the older taller bike. I'm...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 04-12-2015, 08:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 613
Posted By abruzzi
Cool. Thanks for the confirmation.

Cool. Thanks for the confirmation.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 04-12-2015, 04:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 613
Posted By abruzzi
KTM/Touratech panniers

I can't find this explicitly anywhere, but with the KTM sold Touratech Zega Pro (38l, part number 60112924100) it seems as if these are supposed to mount on the standard hard pannier rack that my...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 03-16-2015, 09:38 AM
Replies: 604
Views: 178,074
Posted By abruzzi
Yes. Its only the other way that you cant go...

Yes. Its only the other way that you cant go (running a tube tire tubeless)
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 02-12-2015, 06:56 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,616
Posted By abruzzi
Draining the carb bowls on a 950 takes 30...

Draining the carb bowls on a 950 takes 30 seconds? Takes me 15-20 minutes just to get to the carbs.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 02-09-2015, 10:32 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 13,723
Posted By abruzzi
I'm in for one of each. My 640s lenses are...

I'm in for one of each. My 640s lenses are scratched to hell. The plastic bits should be the same--they look identical to the 950 gauges.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 02-09-2015, 10:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,375
Posted By abruzzi
I guess people always complain about the new KTM...

I guess people always complain about the new KTM until it gets is own forum....:rofl
Forum: Thumpers 11-23-2014, 02:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 517
Posted By abruzzi
I don't have any measuring tools more fancy than...

I don't have any measuring tools more fancy than a tape measure, but, as best as I can tell, the bottom plate is about 8mm thick at the thin point where the parts mount. The OD of the upright...
Forum: Thumpers 11-23-2014, 02:06 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 7,449
Posted By abruzzi
I'm partial to either my 640 adventure or my 950...

I'm partial to either my 640 adventure or my 950 adventure. My contention is the most important thing for a dual sport is top notch properly tuned suspension. The KTM suspension starts off better...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-20-2014, 08:54 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,398
Posted By abruzzi
I'd also point out that while small thumpers...

I'd also point out that while small thumpers frequently have $100 skid plates available, the prices for the Weld86, Slavens, or BDCW are pretty much par for the course for any multi cylinder adv...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-18-2014, 04:19 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,398
Posted By abruzzi
Perhaps, but I don't have the equipment or skill...

Perhaps, but I don't have the equipment or skill to build one myself, so the choice is between stock or plates that range from $200-$300. If I don't want to pay the $200-300 my only option is the...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-17-2014, 09:49 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,398
Posted By abruzzi
Let me add that I'm sure that the Weld86 is an...

Let me add that I'm sure that the Weld86 is an awesome plate. For me it's just convince vs protection. I'll trade 1.35mm for a touch of convenience. I doubt the weight is relevant between the...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-17-2014, 09:41 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,398
Posted By abruzzi
I drop the front, and the skid plate cradles the...

I drop the front, and the skid plate cradles the oil pan perfectly--no need to remove the rear.

Metric(according to Wikipedia):
...
Forum: Thumpers 11-17-2014, 09:17 PM
Replies: 817
Views: 131,336
Posted By abruzzi
The perforated cone is one of the DB killers. ...

The perforated cone is one of the DB killers. The other is in the tip. I haven't pulled it out to look at it yet since it is held in by a big snap ring and I don't have snap ring pliers. When I...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-17-2014, 05:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,324
Posted By abruzzi
A 950 can get better than 35mpg? On either of my...

A 950 can get better than 35mpg? On either of my 950 the best tank I ever got was 37, and I think that was because my previous fill up overfilled the right tank.
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