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Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 12:46 AM
Replies: 3,853
Views: 804,300
Posted By Phipsd
That's good to know about the shield. It makes...

That's good to know about the shield. It makes you wonder. The bike is so wonderful to ride it's sublime. It's almost hard to believe compared to most other bikes in this price class; what a good job...
Forum: Old's Cool Yesterday, 12:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,102
Posted By Phipsd
Actually when you consider that you could get a...

Actually when you consider that you could get a new VW for $2000 back then and what can you get for $20,000 now?; $650 was a fair chunk of change. One of the reasons why those bikes were quality,...
Forum: Road Warriors 07-03-2015, 10:40 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,320
Posted By Phipsd
At six four plus, me and Sportsters don't really...

At six four plus, me and Sportsters don't really get along; but I could own a bike like that just to sit and look at it. I think that is the most beautiful Sportster I've ever seen. To me it is the...
Forum: Battle Scooters 07-02-2015, 07:07 PM
Replies: 307
Views: 60,652
Posted By Phipsd
Considering how durable the Symba is, if you keep...

Considering how durable the Symba is, if you keep yours and take care of it, very likely it could last as long as you will.
Forum: Battle Scooters 07-02-2015, 06:59 PM
Replies: 307
Views: 60,652
Posted By Phipsd
Re: Symba parts. How many small 60's Honda's are...

Re: Symba parts. How many small 60's Honda's are still out there being used? People manage.

It shouldn't be too hard to get parts from Taiwan if the Symba was a model sold in Taiwan. If parts are...
Forum: Road Warriors 07-02-2015, 03:16 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,959
Posted By Phipsd
Nice bike. I can recall when they first came out...

Nice bike. I can recall when they first came out thinking;" Very nice bike, sensible design but the 'unwashed' will never go for something that modern."

I parked beside one at MacDonald's the...
Forum: Road Warriors 07-02-2015, 02:57 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,320
Posted By Phipsd
You want a cure for Sportster lust? Go for a...

You want a cure for Sportster lust? Go for a short ride on the new generation V-Strom 1000 ABS. The bike is so nimble and comfortable, dead smooth with peak torque @ 3800 and killer brakes.

I've...
Forum: Road Warriors 07-02-2015, 02:31 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 6,682
Posted By Phipsd
These are the first sensible words I've seen...

These are the first sensible words I've seen about chains on this thread. On my older 02 DL1000 chain adjustments were fairly frequent and somewhat messy.

On my 14 DL1000 ABS I keep looking at the...
Forum: Road Warriors 07-02-2015, 01:16 PM
Replies: 381
Views: 66,608
Posted By Phipsd
You might be surprised, but I actually agree with...

You might be surprised, but I actually agree with you. Kawasaki has built a different class of machine, a higher spec machine but also a more expensive machine.I've owned 27 HP bikes and 37 HP bikes...
Forum: Battle Scooters 07-01-2015, 11:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 494
Posted By Phipsd
A high quality synthetic is a good idea so that...

A high quality synthetic is a good idea so that you can stretch out your oil change interval. You can use car oil instead of expensive bike oil because you don't have a wet clutch on your scooter. I...
Forum: Road Warriors 07-01-2015, 08:42 PM
Replies: 381
Views: 66,608
Posted By Phipsd
If I was in the market for this class of bike I...

If I was in the market for this class of bike I would be inclined to get the Honda over the other Japanese bikes. Why?

I've come across a couple of thoughtful reports: One in Europe and one in...
Forum: Road Warriors 07-01-2015, 07:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,810
Posted By Phipsd
It seems to me that the best deal isn't a good...

It seems to me that the best deal isn't a good deal if it isn't what you really wanted. There are plenty of non currents around that aren't discontinued, so that you should be able to get exactly...
Forum: Road Warriors 07-01-2015, 07:03 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,959
Posted By Phipsd
I don't get it. Why should anybody care what you...

I don't get it. Why should anybody care what you ride? It's a free country and it's your money. It seems to me that if they were real friends, it wouldn't be an issue.
Forum: Road Warriors 07-01-2015, 06:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 494
Posted By Phipsd
FWIW: For the riding I do solo, I would take my...

FWIW: For the riding I do solo, I would take my V2 in a heartbeat. But for what you want to do, the Versys would be my first choice. It's more of a pure touring bike.
Forum: Battle Scooters 07-01-2015, 01:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 687
Posted By Phipsd
There are lots of Burgman 650's out there that...

There are lots of Burgman 650's out there that owners are happy with. But the early ones were more troublesome than later models. The problem is that if anything ever goes wrong with the complicated...
Forum: Road Warriors 06-30-2015, 07:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 494
Posted By Phipsd
Provided the vibration is under control; I look...

Provided the vibration is under control; I look at the larger thicker seat on the Kawasaki, the bigger fairing and all those Kawi horses.

OTOH the V2 is so light and nimble feeling, power from...
Forum: Battle Scooters 06-29-2015, 02:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,002
Posted By Phipsd
Yeah. If you are good at figuring out context and...

Yeah. If you are good at figuring out context and don't mind using Google Translate: Check out www.scooter-infos.com

The French take their scooters seriously and there is an interesting comparison...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-29-2015, 11:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 371
Posted By Phipsd
I would think the chain has likely stretched...

I would think the chain has likely stretched enough to take care of one tooth. Considering how much torque the V2 has and how responsive the throttle is; it feels to me like the V2 is under geared...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-29-2015, 10:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 371
Posted By Phipsd
This is exactly the info I needed. 400 rpm at a...

This is exactly the info I needed. 400 rpm at a typical highway speed. No wonder the V2 doesn't feel as smooth or relaxed at higher speeds as the old one. Considering the power characteristics of the...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-29-2015, 02:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 371
Posted By Phipsd
My 02 1000 had an O/D sixth. The new V2 has a...

My 02 1000 had an O/D sixth. The new V2 has a direct sixth. In sixth, the new bike runs at higher rpms than the old bike.

At lower highway speeds, the newer bike is also very smooth, much...
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 06-29-2015, 01:01 AM
Replies: 1,077
Views: 215,758
Posted By Phipsd
I don't have a Triumph but I do have an adventure...

I don't have a Triumph but I do have an adventure bike with a truly wretched stock screen. The Vario seems to work well for riders several inches shorter, but as you found out what works for more...
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 06-28-2015, 11:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 531
Posted By Phipsd
Rich does good work. I had the seat done on my 02...

Rich does good work. I had the seat done on my 02 V-Strom 1000 years after I had bought it. It was great for a couple of years, then the Suzuki part of the seat collapsed, while the Rich foam was...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-28-2015, 07:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 371
Posted By Phipsd
Gearing: V-Strom 1000 ABS

I'm wondering if it's possible to bump up the gearing on my V-Strom 1000? More than once the thought has occurred to be that I wish the V2 had an O/D for high speed cruising like the old 1000 had.
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Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-28-2015, 07:11 PM
Replies: 3,853
Views: 804,300
Posted By Phipsd
That sounds ideal. I like it best when my helmet...

That sounds ideal. I like it best when my helmet is in clean air.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-28-2015, 07:03 PM
Replies: 3,853
Views: 804,300
Posted By Phipsd
That's a really good idea; vastly cheaper than a...

That's a really good idea; vastly cheaper than a Madstead. I'm really tall, so the real problem is that the stocker just isn't tall enough. But if I get something larger this could really help....
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-28-2015, 06:54 PM
Replies: 3,853
Views: 804,300
Posted By Phipsd
Thanks. That's good to know. I'll look into it....

Thanks. That's good to know. I'll look into it. Lucky for me my homemade solution works remarkably well. The faster I go the smoother and quieter the ride. Still I will need a permanent solution.
...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-27-2015, 11:16 AM
Replies: 3,853
Views: 804,300
Posted By Phipsd
I noticed the neutral steering as well. Instead...

I noticed the neutral steering as well. Instead of going for high tech flash and dazzle; it's clear to me that someone put a lot of effort into refining this bike to make it functionally uniformly...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-27-2015, 11:05 AM
Replies: 3,853
Views: 804,300
Posted By Phipsd
My annual good idea.

The only rain on my parade is the windshield. I checked the Madstead website and they have brought out a shield for the V2. Yippie!!!! With the adjustments, I know I can make that work well.

I've...
Forum: Road Warriors 06-26-2015, 03:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,025
Posted By Phipsd
Is the Honda 650F worth the extra money? It...

Is the Honda 650F worth the extra money? It wouldn't be to me and I like Honda's. If I wanted that style of bike and I could get a GSX650F for $1500 less, that would be my choice. That machine is the...
Forum: Road Warriors 06-26-2015, 03:03 PM
Replies: 4,491
Views: 840,596
Posted By Phipsd
Using that line of thinking, we would all go back...

Using that line of thinking, we would all go back to driving air cooled VW Bugs. I loved my Bug; but would I want to go back to driving a 46 HP 1600cc car?

No thanks. Air cooling puts a major...
Forum: Road Warriors 06-26-2015, 02:23 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,520
Posted By Phipsd
I spent a day riding my brothers 800 XC and I was...

I spent a day riding my brothers 800 XC and I was very impressed with the performance and especially the handling. It had a fluid tip into the corners that was really quite wonderful.

It made my...
Forum: Road Warriors 06-26-2015, 02:10 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 4,967
Posted By Phipsd
I did slouch on my old 1000, not on the new one....

I did slouch on my old 1000, not on the new one. The rider sits about an inch and a half further forward, closer to the bars on the new bike. This was actually a concern for me because I'm tall, but...
Forum: Road Warriors 06-26-2015, 01:43 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 4,967
Posted By Phipsd
I had the 1000 Strom from 02 and I've ridden the...

I had the 1000 Strom from 02 and I've ridden the 650: If you look at the specs of the new 1000 Strom you would think like I did, "Meh, how much better could it be?"

It is shocking how much better...
Forum: Road Warriors 06-25-2015, 10:37 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 10,417
Posted By Phipsd
A TU does 80 mph???? Maybe indicated. It's a bike...

A TU does 80 mph???? Maybe indicated. It's a bike I've recommended to new riders who were looking for a fine durable reliable first bike; but speedy they are not. My SYM Citycom could keep up easily ...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-25-2015, 08:45 PM
Replies: 3,853
Views: 804,300
Posted By Phipsd
I would agree about the suspension being better...

I would agree about the suspension being better on the 1000 but it's a heavier bike that feels much heavier on steep tight technical paved mountain logging roads that I like to ride on. They are not...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-25-2015, 08:15 PM
Replies: 3,853
Views: 804,300
Posted By Phipsd
Some bikes ride better in the real world than...

Some bikes ride better in the real world than their specs would indicate. This is one of those bikes. I was expecting that it would be a little better than the old 1000; but it is a huge amount...
Forum: Road Warriors 06-25-2015, 07:35 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 10,417
Posted By Phipsd
I've done 500 miles on a 400 lb bike many times....

I've done 500 miles on a 400 lb bike many times. I used to do it on my 72 CB450, but I was much younger then:) These days I've done it on my SYM Citycom 300i and it was great. It's as comfortable as...
Forum: Road Warriors 06-25-2015, 07:16 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 33,541
Posted By Phipsd
I wouldn't call the Pacific Coast sporty. I...

I wouldn't call the Pacific Coast sporty. I recall passing one on a twisty mountain road one day with my SYM Citycom 300i:)
Forum: Road Warriors 06-25-2015, 07:02 PM
Replies: 423
Views: 72,732
Posted By Phipsd
I'm with you on the DL1000 and the FZ6. Stick...

I'm with you on the DL1000 and the FZ6. Stick some good tires on the DL and a braided line so the front brake has some bite; and the bike is plenty entertaining on twisty mountain backroads. Most...
Forum: Road Warriors 06-24-2015, 07:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,263
Posted By Phipsd
Sometime ago I recall reading about Wera688's...

Sometime ago I recall reading about Wera688's 350,000 mile V-Strom and he also wrote about his Evo HD with 362,000 miles. He did note that the HD did require more work than the Suzuki to go that far...
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