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Forum: Beasts Today, 08:13 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,304
Posted By danketchpel
That's my thought also. I'm not keen on the...

That's my thought also. I'm not keen on the F800's engine at all.




That would make a lot of marketing sense, at least in my mind.

I'm looking for somebody to make a light twin to step up...
Forum: Beasts Today, 08:04 AM
Replies: 10,029
Views: 1,293,559
Posted By danketchpel
Yes, it is too bad. I agree there aren't very...

Yes, it is too bad. I agree there aren't very many Stelvios on the used market. I don't know what happened to Oca's bike. He traded his in on a Griso. It was a sweet 2012 in great condition with low...
Forum: Beasts Today, 07:59 AM
Replies: 10,029
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Posted By danketchpel
Looks like a great event. Any group ride pix? ...

Looks like a great event. Any group ride pix?

I sure wish this event had been last year while we were in CO.

I think our next major road trip will be to Idaho and the general area.
Forum: Beasts 07-07-2014, 05:06 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,304
Posted By danketchpel
I think you can look to the existing Tenere and...

I think you can look to the existing Tenere and Super Tenere to be their design/styling guides if they push forward with this. I hope they do, a mini Tenere with a FZ-07 engine sounds very exciting...
Forum: Beasts 07-07-2014, 05:01 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 6,393
Posted By danketchpel
I'm assuming you're referring to the big Versys....

I'm assuming you're referring to the big Versys. I wish we had that option here. For the life of me I can't figure out why Kawi didn't bring that bike to the States. I understand the fugly factor,...
Forum: Beasts 07-06-2014, 04:23 PM
Replies: 10,029
Views: 1,293,559
Posted By danketchpel
I have not had any electrical problems with my...

I have not had any electrical problems with my bike. For whatever reason my battery has not leaked and I've checked the major heavy current connections during my routine servicing.

The Aux lights...
Forum: Beasts 07-06-2014, 04:02 PM
Replies: 10,029
Views: 1,293,559
Posted By danketchpel
I'm trying to recall, but I don't remember it...

I'm trying to recall, but I don't remember it being too hard. The dash panel comes out pretty easy and the front surround/headlight assembly comes off without too much nonsense. I have photos of it...
Forum: Beasts 07-04-2014, 04:05 PM
Replies: 10,029
Views: 1,293,559
Posted By danketchpel
I totally agree. There are laws against it but...

I totally agree. There are laws against it but they don't seem to be enforced, WTF? I understand it's hard to enforce like seatbelt laws, but this really effects everybody else on the road so it...
Forum: Beasts 07-03-2014, 10:54 PM
Replies: 10,029
Views: 1,293,559
Posted By danketchpel
+1 What an asshat car driver running both of...

+1

What an asshat car driver running both of you off the road.

I'm glad you and the bike are OK.

Ride safe.
Forum: Beasts 06-28-2014, 05:55 AM
Replies: 10,029
Views: 1,293,559
Posted By danketchpel
I think my local dealer needs some training or...

I think my local dealer needs some training or ??? They are a Piaggio only dealer (Aprilia, Guzzi, Vespa). They are good people and seem to be trying but I've had to wait too long (multiple weeks,...
Forum: Beasts 06-28-2014, 05:32 AM
Replies: 200
Views: 9,679
Posted By danketchpel
I totally agree. Riders who think grabbing all...

I totally agree. Riders who think grabbing all the brake they can and then yanking the throttle wide open hoping the bike will sort it out and get you through teaches you NOTHING about rider skills....
Forum: Beasts 06-26-2014, 01:03 AM
Replies: 200
Views: 9,679
Posted By danketchpel
I rather agree. I wish you could buy a bike more...

I rather agree. I wish you could buy a bike more based on options. They could sell a base model and enable the extra features as you paid more. It could be dealer enabled/downloaded as it's all...
Forum: Beasts 06-23-2014, 08:02 PM
Replies: 10,029
Views: 1,293,559
Posted By danketchpel
LMFAO, that had me rolling. Thanks for posting...

LMFAO, that had me rolling. Thanks for posting that up. I would love to have that as a T-shirt graphic.
Forum: Beasts 06-23-2014, 08:01 PM
Replies: 10,029
Views: 1,293,559
Posted By danketchpel
I find it's very dependent on the ambient...

I find it's very dependent on the ambient temperature. Above a certain ambient temperature (about mid 80s for me) I start to notice the engine heat, below that I barely notice it. When temps rise...
Forum: Beasts 06-23-2014, 02:26 AM
Replies: 10,029
Views: 1,293,559
Posted By danketchpel
There is a video review of ADV bikes in 2012 done...

There is a video review of ADV bikes in 2012 done by Motorcycle.com (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kdthBV6kfg) which includes the Stelvio and some realistic dirt riding. They rated the Stelvio much...
Forum: Beasts 06-23-2014, 02:07 AM
Replies: 10,029
Views: 1,293,559
Posted By danketchpel
Mine wasn't too bad the first week or two, then...

Mine wasn't too bad the first week or two, then progressively got worse and plateau'd after about 2-3 months (maybe 2k miles or so). It stayed the same till it was fixed at ~14,500 miles.
Forum: Beasts 06-21-2014, 02:11 PM
Replies: 10,029
Views: 1,293,559
Posted By danketchpel
My bike was pretty bad, not just the first couple...

My bike was pretty bad, not just the first couple starts in the morning, more like the first 20 starts and then it would do it again once it cooled back down. As long as it was really hot it was OK....
Forum: Beasts 06-20-2014, 02:53 PM
Replies: 10,029
Views: 1,293,559
Posted By danketchpel
If I'm not mistaken I think you can change the...

If I'm not mistaken I think you can change the seal with the engine in the frame. Just pull the trans off supporting the engine from the bottom with a small scissor jack. Then pull the clutch...
Forum: Beasts 06-20-2014, 02:48 PM
Replies: 10,029
Views: 1,293,559
Posted By danketchpel
Ya, just read that this morning. Why didn't they...

Ya, just read that this morning. Why didn't they include the Stelvio in the shootout? The Stelvio is better than the TEX in the dirt for sure.

At least they rated the 1190 best, if the GS had won...
Forum: Beasts 06-20-2014, 02:42 PM
Replies: 10,029
Views: 1,293,559
Posted By danketchpel
Well I picked up my bike today after getting the...

Well I picked up my bike today after getting the clutch replaced under warranty. After seeing the pressure plates I can see why it was chattering. That's about the worst clutch surface I've seen....
Forum: Beasts 06-18-2014, 09:43 AM
Replies: 10,029
Views: 1,293,559
Posted By danketchpel
Correct, the NGK caps I have are straight. I...

Correct, the NGK caps I have are straight.

I use a long thin blade screwdriver to assist in pulling the caps up. I work the driver into position through the small opening above the exhaust port so...
Forum: Beasts 06-17-2014, 10:53 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,997
Posted By danketchpel
OMG, I know. What in the world is Kawi thinking...

OMG, I know. What in the world is Kawi thinking with that funky Cyclops styling on the Versys line? They wonder why they don't sell well. Maybe some test marketing at the motorcycle shows with...
Forum: Beasts 06-17-2014, 06:26 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 12,109
Posted By danketchpel
Thanks a bunch for the feedback. You guys are...

Thanks a bunch for the feedback. You guys are pointing out the truly critical things for the more extreme riding, that's what I was looking for. I know the bike can cruise through the easier stuff,...
Forum: Beasts 06-17-2014, 06:06 PM
Replies: 10,029
Views: 1,293,559
Posted By danketchpel
Ya, the 700 is pointless except to get good mpg....

Ya, the 700 is pointless except to get good mpg. It's a good commuter bike.

At least the CB500x has a little potential. A friend of mine has one and likes it as his primary road bike. He rides a...
Forum: Beasts 06-17-2014, 03:41 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,997
Posted By danketchpel
Guzzi Stelvio NTX = What I bought after going...

Guzzi Stelvio NTX = What I bought after going through the same process. It has the charm and performance to keep a smile on my face. It's rugged and easy to work on. It's heavy to push around but...
Forum: Beasts 06-17-2014, 03:14 PM
Replies: 10,029
Views: 1,293,559
Posted By danketchpel
Ya I know, lots of high zoot suspension stuff...

Ya I know, lots of high zoot suspension stuff like Ohlins etc. But it's still a basic twin shock, no rising rate, or easily increased travel.

I think if you stick to "reasonably" smooth dirt roads...
Forum: Beasts 06-17-2014, 11:09 AM
Replies: 10,029
Views: 1,293,559
Posted By danketchpel
Yup, I'm totally on board with you guys there. I...

Yup, I'm totally on board with you guys there. I gave up the one bike thing decades ago and for years had a pure dirt bike and pure street bike. Then I got into dual sport with the DRZ and the lines...
Forum: Beasts 06-16-2014, 06:14 PM
Replies: 10,029
Views: 1,293,559
Posted By danketchpel
I know what you mean, and for the open road the...

I know what you mean, and for the open road the Stelvio is just about right.

But for city riding and 'round town I do find it more than ideal. I've gotten used to it but when I ride lighter bikes...
Forum: Beasts 06-16-2014, 06:05 PM
Replies: 10,029
Views: 1,293,559
Posted By danketchpel
SWEEEET!!! That's a beautiful bike. I'd love...

SWEEEET!!! That's a beautiful bike.

I'd love to ride an older Guzzi like that. I have never had the chance. The oldest one I've ridden was a 850-T3, mid '70s vintage I think.

I sat on a Griso...
Forum: Beasts 06-16-2014, 10:51 AM
Replies: 10,029
Views: 1,293,559
Posted By danketchpel
I was in my local dealer to check on my mythical...

I was in my local dealer to check on my mythical clutch parts. Low and behold, they actually arrived after the manager wrote 6 very strongly worded emails to some people higher up the food chain....
Forum: Beasts 06-13-2014, 07:43 PM
Replies: 10,029
Views: 1,293,559
Posted By danketchpel
I put out the offer to make you a set of my...

I put out the offer to make you a set of my shorter risers if you're interested.

I don't have any cable binding problems, and for me, it puts the bars at a perfect position with the Rox risers....
Forum: Beasts 06-13-2014, 01:42 PM
Replies: 10,029
Views: 1,293,559
Posted By danketchpel
Here's how mine run. I'm not sure about the...

Here's how mine run. I'm not sure about the "around the headstock" as mine appear to pass behind the headstock proper. I can't remember if I rerouted them, I don't remember doing that. All I remember...
Forum: Beasts 06-13-2014, 12:50 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 12,109
Posted By danketchpel
Wow, what a great collection of real life...

Wow, what a great collection of real life off-road riding on the Tiger!

And a HUGE thanks for not overlaying a bunch musical sound tracks. I really wanted to listen to the engine to get a feel for...
Forum: Beasts 06-12-2014, 03:57 PM
Replies: 1,149
Views: 250,920
Posted By danketchpel
Now we're on the same page. I just don't...

Now we're on the same page.

I just don't care much about a true CRF450F style race bike. They have great performance but require way too much servicing.
Forum: Beasts 06-12-2014, 03:53 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,625
Posted By danketchpel
If they built a light weight Elephant based on a...

If they built a light weight Elephant based on a 796 2V motor with good dirt suspension and proper wheels I could be into that.
Forum: Beasts 06-12-2014, 02:30 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,625
Posted By danketchpel
You should read through the Triumph Scrambler...

You should read through the Triumph Scrambler thread. There are a lot guys riding them in the dirt, some more serious than you'd think. Check out these videos

Raise the Dust 3 part series...
Forum: Beasts 06-12-2014, 11:37 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 6,393
Posted By danketchpel
Exactly what I said. Ya the bike will do it,...

Exactly what I said.

Ya the bike will do it, but you will be wringing out out pretty good on the hills and at higher elevation.

I rode a DL1000 for a while and you can make 100+ mph passes 2 up...
Forum: Beasts 06-12-2014, 10:33 AM
Replies: 1,149
Views: 250,920
Posted By danketchpel
"Are new Honda will be made to be raced dirt bike...

"Are new Honda will be made to be raced dirt bike style? I doubt it."

I don't recall that ever being mentioned, anywhere.

There's no market for a race bike like that except for the handful of...
Forum: Beasts 06-12-2014, 10:18 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,625
Posted By danketchpel
I'd second that cast wheels would turn me off big...

I'd second that cast wheels would turn me off big time. If it comes out close to the mock up shown earlier I think it could sell very well.

I'd hope Ducati adds some flywheel weight to it. My...
Forum: Beasts 06-11-2014, 09:58 PM
Replies: 20,728
Views: 3,593,763
Posted By danketchpel
And so...... waz happening?

And so...... waz happening?
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