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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-19-2015, 09:56 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,419
Posted By davidji
Not carried away, or even tipped over, but at a...

Not carried away, or even tipped over, but at a refueling stop on I5 somewhere in the north, my bike blew off the side-stand twice, and landed back on it with a bang. If it had blown over, maybe it...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-19-2015, 09:52 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,419
Posted By davidji
Is that a 1st generation Vstrom? Some of the...

Is that a 1st generation Vstrom? Some of the owner comments I've read make it sound like one of the worst in crosswinds. Not saying there are or aren't thing you could do differently to make it go...
Forum: Road warriors 05-17-2015, 06:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 986
Posted By davidji
1st gen Super Teneres might be in your price...

1st gen Super Teneres might be in your price range.
Forum: Road warriors 05-16-2015, 08:58 PM
Replies: 493
Views: 55,234
Posted By davidji
I'd expect a go cruise to work on any bike. They...

I'd expect a go cruise to work on any bike. They work for me anyway. By far the best of any modern throttle lock I've tried. Simplest too.
Forum: Road warriors 05-16-2015, 08:50 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,023
Posted By davidji
The half-faired Sv650S is more like a sport bike....

The half-faired Sv650S is more like a sport bike. The nekkid SV650 is more upright, but IIRC a bit more leaned over than the gen 1 Ninja 650R, which should also be in your price range.
...
Forum: Road warriors 05-16-2015, 08:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 730
Posted By davidji
Do you have a source for that? Not disagreeing,...

Do you have a source for that? Not disagreeing, just curious. I was at a dealer recently and they had better fuel economy numbers listed for the 500s than the 700.

My personal issue with the 700...
Forum: Road warriors 05-16-2015, 08:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 730
Posted By davidji
I love the Versys and would recommend it, though...

I love the Versys and would recommend it, though I doubt it's as good on dirt roads as the Wee Strom--I expect it's more fun on paved roads. I've put 91k km on a gen 2 Versys, but only done a short...
Forum: Equipment 05-16-2015, 12:41 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 52,987
Posted By davidji
Sort of. They dropped their long-oval Profile and...

Sort of. They dropped their long-oval Profile and now the rounder Signet Q is the closest shape they have. They choose not to make a helmet for me anymore, so I bought my last helmet from Bell, who...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-15-2015, 05:51 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,763
Posted By davidji
Both my 1st gen FZ1 and my 2nd gen Versys are...

Both my 1st gen FZ1 and my 2nd gen Versys are mostly freeway commute bikes, and I think they're both good tools for the job. Honestly I think most multicylinder bikes qualify. Both of mine should...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-13-2015, 09:50 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,958
Posted By davidji
The turning the wrong way part makes me wonder if...

The turning the wrong way part makes me wonder if she's good on a bicycle.

If she doesn't bicycle, or is awkward rather than fluid on a bicycle that's a good place to start.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-11-2015, 10:28 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,958
Posted By davidji
Wasn't an issue for me. Everybody is different...

Wasn't an issue for me. Everybody is different though. I'd think if anything it would be an advantage as fine clutch control is paramount to learning to ride and you get to do that with your better...
Forum: Equipment 05-09-2015, 04:54 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,244
Posted By davidji
Sanding does seem like a better idea than...

Sanding does seem like a better idea than compressing the EPS.

When I did it (compressing, not sanding) I needed to remove more than this .5mm being discussed.
Forum: Equipment 05-08-2015, 01:00 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,244
Posted By davidji
Note that Bells custom fit is truly a helmet...

Note that Bells custom fit is truly a helmet custom made for your head--the EPS is shaped to fit. You don't need to size up and stuff with pads.

If Arai can do that for you it's great though,...
Forum: Road warriors 05-05-2015, 10:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 566
Posted By davidji
In addition to the bikes you listed, there's the...

In addition to the bikes you listed, there's the 2016 Moto Guzzi V7 II, arriving soon in the US. The V7 II has been available elsewhere for a year so there are reviews. Not sure it needs more...
Forum: Equipment 05-02-2015, 09:26 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,244
Posted By davidji
I have the same issue: helmets don't have room...

I have the same issue: helmets don't have room for my forehead.

Once in the past I've used a spoon and a rock to reshape the EPS, and it worked fine. Be aware though that the helmet is no longer...
Forum: Equipment 04-24-2015, 11:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,062
Posted By davidji
That's what Aerostich says.

That's what Aerostich says.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-24-2015, 11:06 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,490
Posted By davidji
I've ridden without the screen at all before....

I've ridden without the screen at all before. Sucked on the freeway--where I spend a lot of time--nice elsewhere. I have the MRA Touring screen which is pretty awesome. I don't get buffeted like I...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-23-2015, 12:05 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,490
Posted By davidji
I recently got a new helmet, which is the loudest...

I recently got a new helmet, which is the loudest I've had.

I've worn the same type of ear plugs for years. But with the new helmet my ears can be ringing after a commute on my Versys--hasn't...
Forum: Road warriors 04-16-2015, 08:39 PM
Replies: 519
Views: 95,150
Posted By davidji
Well done! Seriously, how did you find a...

Well done!

Seriously, how did you find a used 2015?? And at that price? That's essentially new. My 2011 anyway had 4 miles when I bought new.

From your pics I gather we're in the same...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-16-2015, 08:31 PM
Replies: 436
Views: 92,281
Posted By davidji
That's what color XT I rode. Not fond of silver...

That's what color XT I rode. Not fond of silver or grey for bike or car colors. For awhile it seemed like that was all they'd sell us.
Forum: Road warriors 04-15-2015, 04:18 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,770
Posted By davidji
For me range. It seems Yamaha stopped putting...

For me range. It seems Yamaha stopped putting decent-sized tanks on their standard motorcycles after the FZ6.
Forum: Road warriors 04-14-2015, 08:43 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,770
Posted By davidji
I guess the point of the warning is to go looking...

I guess the point of the warning is to go looking for fuel (though you may have 30 miles or more available). But the bike isn't supposed to give you anxiety. It's supposed to give you a Rush!

Are...
Forum: Road warriors 04-12-2015, 08:16 PM
Replies: 665
Views: 127,382
Posted By davidji
True, but they're a guideline. If nobody gets it...

True, but they're a guideline. If nobody gets it to go as far as I want it to go that's a bad sign. Even the riders who get great fuel economy seem to fill it sooner, and I don't even know the real...
Forum: Road warriors 04-12-2015, 08:41 AM
Replies: 519
Views: 95,150
Posted By davidji
My 2011 could be the least vibey bike I've owned....

My 2011 could be the least vibey bike I've owned. I think a lot of it varies from bike to bike.
Forum: Road warriors 04-09-2015, 09:08 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,770
Posted By davidji
What prompts you to start looking for fuel then?...

What prompts you to start looking for fuel then? Fuel lights? How much gas does it hold at that point? I'd expect 250+ mile easy from that bike, though fuel economy will be less before break-in.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-08-2015, 08:45 PM
Replies: 436
Views: 92,281
Posted By davidji
I took a group demo ride on one last Saturday. I...

I took a group demo ride on one last Saturday. I enjoyed it. Also rode the Vee2, but didn't get to ride anything else. I think I'd enjoy either. The biggest contrast between them on my paved road...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-04-2015, 08:18 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,188
Posted By davidji
A good reason to install a new chain before a 10k...

A good reason to install a new chain before a 10k mile trip is to reduce the chance you'll need to adjust it during the trip, or reduce the number of adjustments needed. If it's all pretty new not...
Forum: Road warriors 04-03-2015, 10:29 PM
Replies: 665
Views: 127,382
Posted By davidji
As far as the range, what Swimmer said. ...

As far as the range, what Swimmer said.

Except I've never gone more than a little over 240 miles on my 2011 Versys tank, and not getting that at the moment. Swimmer, is yours a gen 3 (2015)? I...
Forum: Road warriors 04-03-2015, 07:26 AM
Replies: 665
Views: 127,382
Posted By davidji
quote isn't working, but I'm replying to the post...

quote isn't working, but I'm replying to the post about the getting the 61MPG from bike computer. I had thought it came from your calculations.

I was reading on another thread where a guy...
Forum: Road warriors 04-02-2015, 10:33 PM
Replies: 665
Views: 127,382
Posted By davidji
61 miles per US gallon, or per imperial gallon?...

61 miles per US gallon, or per imperial gallon? Since the riding was in the UK I might assume the latter, which isn't that good. But you list an address in the US, and wishful thinking says maybe...
Forum: Hacks 04-02-2015, 03:07 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 43,684
Posted By davidji
Many people would choose an affordable enclosed...

Many people would choose an affordable enclosed trike like this for HOV lane usage.
Forum: Road warriors 04-02-2015, 12:08 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 8,123
Posted By davidji
What the range do you get from a tank commuting? ...

What the range do you get from a tank commuting? How fast do those commutes get?

The F800GT seemed like a great answer to my own search, except for the range. And when I demoed one I didn't see...
Forum: Road warriors 03-25-2015, 09:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,075
Posted By davidji
Very nice! I like the new airbox cover color much...

Very nice! I like the new airbox cover color much better than the old.
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-24-2015, 10:23 PM
Replies: 13,104
Views: 1,863,266
Posted By davidji
How do you feel riding it in bay area traffic? ...

How do you feel riding it in bay area traffic? It's pretty wide. Do you think with narrower bars it would be a good commuter?
Forum: Road warriors 03-24-2015, 08:33 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 8,123
Posted By davidji
I don't any maxi-scooters have the range to be...

I don't any maxi-scooters have the range to be convenient for such a commute.

I think that's true of most bikes in this thread.


It's the bike, not the power. The only bike I've had with...
Forum: Road warriors 03-21-2015, 11:24 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 8,123
Posted By davidji
Short range on the 1st, 6k mile valve check...

Short range on the 1st, 6k mile valve check intervals on the Multistrada 1000. Neither is good for a bike you're commuting 100 miles/day, 25k miles/year on.
Forum: Road warriors 03-21-2015, 11:18 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 8,123
Posted By davidji
One thing you didn't comment on is fuel tank...

One thing you didn't comment on is fuel tank range. One thing you may realize quickly is it's way more convenient if you're not filling up every day, or having to pause to refuel at odd locations...
Forum: Equipment 03-16-2015, 10:36 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,973
Posted By davidji
I've had a synthetic bag wet through, and it was...

I've had a synthetic bag wet through, and it was no big deal. And it dried a bit faster than my down bag does.
Forum: Equipment 03-16-2015, 10:28 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,973
Posted By davidji
Then don't. Everyone who likes to take a lot of...

Then don't. Everyone who likes to take a lot of crap with them has reasons for all of it. But some of us like to take less. I've been putting my pad directly on the ground since before some of you...
Forum: Equipment 03-15-2015, 09:13 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,973
Posted By davidji
It's only important to me if the bag isn't...

It's only important to me if the bag isn't insulated down there. And that only seems like a good idea if the combination is lighter than the alternatives. Which when I looked at BA anyway it wasn't....
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