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Forum: Equipment 04-23-2015, 07:46 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,572
Posted By V-Tom
It would be helpful when poured on corners. ...

It would be helpful when poured on corners.

Actually I have come across diesel spilled on intersections.. hi-viz Diesel oil would have helped me see it sooner.

..Tom
Forum: Equipment 04-22-2015, 01:05 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,572
Posted By V-Tom
What is important is that other people do as we...

What is important is that other people do as we do since it validates our obvious high level of intelligence.

..Tom
Forum: Layin' down tracks 04-21-2015, 12:05 PM
Replies: 1,160
Views: 172,882
Posted By V-Tom
I don't really see it as an issue, and yes I have...

I don't really see it as an issue, and yes I have ridden out west. Yes at large zoom levels there isn't great detail and it would be nice in some cases to have a bit more but I suspect that I'm like...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 04-21-2015, 09:33 AM
Replies: 1,160
Views: 172,882
Posted By V-Tom
Almost useless for what? ..Tom

Almost useless for what?

..Tom
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-20-2015, 03:04 PM
Replies: 3,625
Views: 742,883
Posted By V-Tom
Agreed! I can't stand loud exhausts. I...

Agreed!

I can't stand loud exhausts.

I love the sound of a DL1000 with a nice exhaust.. So sweet! (And I ride a DL650.)

..Tom
Forum: Equipment 04-17-2015, 01:07 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 18,110
Posted By V-Tom
I will be replacing the rear Tourance Next...

I will be replacing the rear Tourance Next tomorrow on my 2012 V-Strom DL650 and going back to a regular Tourance there. The tire will have less than 19,000 km and is down to the wear bars. I...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-09-2015, 06:04 PM
Replies: 4,319
Views: 839,353
Posted By V-Tom
I put it on the center stand and with my right...

I put it on the center stand and with my right hand rotate the wheel and with my left spray Wurth HHS2000 on the chain near the front sprocket. I spray the lube on the area where the plates overlap...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-09-2015, 12:59 PM
Replies: 4,319
Views: 839,353
Posted By V-Tom
I would stongely suggest a comfy seat! I...

I would stongely suggest a comfy seat!

I would also suggest you do some shakeout rides to see what would make the bike work for you. What works for other might not mean a thing to you. Maybe...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-30-2015, 04:07 PM
Replies: 4,319
Views: 839,353
Posted By V-Tom
Since I live a Canada, and ride in cold, and used...

Since I live a Canada, and ride in cold, and used heated gear I had a volt and amp meter on my 2006 DL650. It also displayed the temperature. I found I rarely looked at volts and amps on the thing,...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 03-24-2015, 08:22 PM
Replies: 1,160
Views: 172,882
Posted By V-Tom
Based on what you said the sensor that was on the...

Based on what you said the sensor that was on the rear didn't work correctly when on the front, and the one that was on the front worked fine on the rear. If that is what you meant to say it sure...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 03-18-2015, 04:24 PM
Replies: 1,160
Views: 172,882
Posted By V-Tom
I'm surprised if that's true.. my previous Garmin...

I'm surprised if that's true.. my previous Garmin and my Zumo 660 let me edit routes on the unit, and one of the editing functions is to reverse the route. Is that function gone?

..Tom
Forum: Equipment 03-15-2015, 11:03 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,663
Posted By V-Tom
I think I see your problem: you need to...

I think I see your problem: you need to completely undo the left zipper.

The way it goes on is step in the right leg, insert your right arm , insert your left arm, then zip the leg zippers. The...
Forum: Equipment 03-13-2015, 12:46 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,836
Posted By V-Tom
Have any of you guys used Wiggy Bags? I know...

Have any of you guys used Wiggy Bags?

I know many say Wiggy (the owner) has a reputation of being a total Ass, doesn't advertise in the camping magazines so doesn't get his prouducts reviewed,...
Forum: Equipment 03-13-2015, 06:06 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,663
Posted By V-Tom
A cycle in the Laundry Dryer can quickly speed up...

A cycle in the Laundry Dryer can quickly speed up the "softening".

I don't understand your "set the zipper" comment. You undo the pant-leg zippers as far as you can. The Right Leg zipper to the...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-11-2015, 10:31 AM
Replies: 4,319
Views: 839,353
Posted By V-Tom
Thanks.. that's what they are for! My 2006 DL650...

Thanks.. that's what they are for! My 2006 DL650 had 202,435 km when I last gassed it before I parked it. It was running fine at the time and I suppose I would stil be riding it if the 2012 DL650...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-10-2015, 02:45 PM
Replies: 3,625
Views: 742,883
Posted By V-Tom
There's a nice bit of satisfaction feeling that...

There's a nice bit of satisfaction feeling that "pop" of the push pins when putting things back together.

..Tom
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-10-2015, 01:48 PM
Replies: 4,319
Views: 839,353
Posted By V-Tom
I woke up my 2012 DL650 on Sunday. It will be...

I woke up my 2012 DL650 on Sunday. It will be three years on March 12th. 119,000+ km 74,000+ miles.


http://i201.photobucket.com/albums/aa319/V-Tom/IMG_20150308_120819_zps70iqejcu.jpg...
Forum: Equipment 03-10-2015, 12:17 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,663
Posted By V-Tom
I have a two-piece I bought in 2009. It probably...

I have a two-piece I bought in 2009. It probably has over 250,000 km on it riding with it in temperatures in the single digit f to over 100 f. I also wore the jacket in Death Valley at...
Forum: Equipment 03-10-2015, 12:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,407
Posted By V-Tom
I hope you allow my answer since I wear a two...

I hope you allow my answer since I wear a two piece Roadcrafter. (It is pretty much always zipped together though.)

In summer I ride with shorts and T-Shirt under my Roadcrafter. When I stop the...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-10-2015, 10:34 AM
Replies: 3,625
Views: 742,883
Posted By V-Tom
Don't know if it's true of the V2, but many...

Don't know if it's true of the V2, but many people on earlier Stroms ran 40 front and 42 or so rear. 36 seemed too low and led to the front tire cupping.

..Tom
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-28-2015, 12:35 PM
Replies: 4,319
Views: 839,353
Posted By V-Tom
If you have a factory center stand it comes with...

If you have a factory center stand it comes with an extended feeler-peg on the left side. If installed it will scrape long before the centerstand does.

..Tom
Forum: Equipment 02-12-2015, 07:29 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,008
Posted By V-Tom
Frogg Toggs Road Toads. Cheap, Inexpensive,...

Frogg Toggs Road Toads.
Cheap, Inexpensive, pack well, breathe incredibly well and, if put on properly. have been 100% waterproof for me in the past.

..Tom
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-10-2015, 08:13 AM
Replies: 3,625
Views: 742,883
Posted By V-Tom
I think that was basically it. ..Tom

I think that was basically it.

..Tom
Forum: Equipment 01-27-2015, 03:00 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,461
Posted By V-Tom
Agreed! I think the moisture wicking stuff...

Agreed!

I think the moisture wicking stuff is silly if our riding is a matter of simply riding roads and highways. I'n that case we aren't skiing, or running, or doing stuff that generates sweat...
Forum: Canada 01-08-2015, 01:08 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,043
Posted By V-Tom
I dropped Rider's plus Several years back as...

I dropped Rider's plus Several years back as Primmum/TD were much less money.

I can't stand insurance companies in general but I don't understand what all the crying about. I'm sure this is...
Forum: Equipment 01-03-2015, 07:28 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 15,326
Posted By V-Tom
I'm with you for the most part in keeping the...

I'm with you for the most part in keeping the phone as a backup.

One thing to consider is that if the phone was on, and you were unable to reach the phone, then it could be tracked in an...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-20-2014, 06:17 PM
Replies: 3,625
Views: 742,883
Posted By V-Tom
Hindle exhausts are made 5 minutes from my home....

Hindle exhausts are made 5 minutes from my home. Lang Hindle is a great guy and his company makes super products!

..Tom
Forum: Equipment 11-20-2014, 08:30 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 8,678
Posted By V-Tom
I ride down into the teens, snow and ice on the...

I ride down into the teens, snow and ice on the road its the factor that stops me riding. I am not an offroad rider so I'm sure this would all be different if I was.


I use to get...
Forum: Equipment 11-13-2014, 10:08 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,701
Posted By V-Tom
My coldest riding as an adult was -16c/3f...

My coldest riding as an adult was -16c/3f without heated gear for a one hour commute. I wasn't really comfortable.. that was pushing things for me. And the clothes really was bulky.

I don't...
Forum: Equipment 11-13-2014, 10:02 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,701
Posted By V-Tom
That's exactly why I question the often-mentioned...

That's exactly why I question the often-mentioned warm base layers, etc.I find I'm much better off with your normal street clothes and then a very few layers on top. I'll do anything I need to do...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 11-12-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 1,160
Views: 172,882
Posted By V-Tom
I think he actually did a good job running...

I think he actually did a good job running Toronto, certainly better than his predecessors. If I lived there I would have voted for him when he was running.

But besides that, I would of thought...
Forum: Equipment 11-11-2014, 11:07 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,701
Posted By V-Tom
I wear the same riding suit all year round. In...

I wear the same riding suit all year round. In colder weather I replace my short windshield on m yV-Strom with my tall Givi one. If it is mainly below freezing I block off the bottom of my factory...
Forum: Equipment 11-05-2014, 03:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,821
Posted By V-Tom
I don't think the pants work as well by...

I don't think the pants work as well by themselves as do the AD1. You can get suspenders that will help them stay up and they have belt loops but I can't really imagine using them without the jacket....
Forum: Equipment 11-05-2014, 08:14 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,821
Posted By V-Tom
For what it's worth I commute daily until there...

For what it's worth I commute daily until there is snow on our roads. I wear a suit and tie at work.

My pants are the ones that come with my Aerostich Roadcrafter two-piece. I wear them in the...
Forum: Canada 10-28-2014, 06:36 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,548
Posted By V-Tom
I'm at 35,047km as of my last fill up. Down from...

I'm at 35,047km as of my last fill up. Down from last year as home stuff got in the way of riding a bit.

..Tom
Forum: Equipment 10-28-2014, 04:31 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,806
Posted By V-Tom
Tilley Travel Dress Socks. They are my...

Tilley Travel Dress Socks.

They are my everyday socks.. On the bike used from over 126f in Death Valley down to single digit f commute for an hour (ok that was pushing them. My feet were cold.) I...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 10-21-2014, 02:09 PM
Replies: 4,319
Views: 839,353
Posted By V-Tom
Batteries can go quickly as they short out. I...

Batteries can go quickly as they short out. I think, though, that you should double check all the connections at the battery. It isn't uncommon for the battery terminal bolts to work lose.

..Tom
Forum: Equipment 10-16-2014, 01:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,002
Posted By V-Tom
I use an Autocom (AVI-PRO) for my comms needs....

I use an Autocom (AVI-PRO) for my comms needs. When I used to have a passenger it provided flawless communication with her while at the same time playing music from my iPod. It allowed me to hear...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 10-09-2014, 01:47 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,605
Posted By V-Tom
I retired my 2006 DL650 in March of 2012. It is...

I retired my 2006 DL650 in March of 2012. It is sitting in my hanger and last time i tired it (a year and a half ago) it ran fine. It has 202,4500 km or over 125,750 miles. I replaced it with a 2012...
Forum: Canada 09-18-2014, 12:28 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,492
Posted By V-Tom
The center lines are ADVISORY. Last I looked the...

The center lines are ADVISORY. Last I looked the is nothing in the Ontario Highway Traffic Act (http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/statutes/english/elaws_statutes_90h08_e.htm#BK224) to say you cannot...
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