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Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Today, 04:14 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
Cable in bikes adds a fair amount to the weight. ...

Cable in bikes adds a fair amount to the weight. The great thing about LED and other modern tech is that it is smaller, lighter and/or requires less copper because it requires less amperage. Of...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 10:44 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
12:1 compression ratios will do that.

12:1 compression ratios will do that.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 09:16 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
I may be wrong, but i don't think Honda does...

I may be wrong, but i don't think Honda does dumbed down versions of its bikes for A2, as they have a broad enough range to provide A2 products that are not dumbed down. Even the NC750X was bumped...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 08:10 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
Congrats on taking a positive outlook and putting...

Congrats on taking a positive outlook and putting a negative spin on it.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 03:10 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
Probably more that they are waiting to see how...

Probably more that they are waiting to see how the FZ07 sells. Plus, it takes a solid 2 years or more to take an engine and put it in another product. If they haven't already long started on a...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 03:03 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
:clap

:clap
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-23-2015, 09:43 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
Potentially interesting observation about Honda. ...

Potentially interesting observation about Honda. When they do multiple models off of the same platform, they either do one of two things.

1. The models are basically identical differentiated...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-23-2015, 06:57 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
I agree that is probably wishful thinking. But...

I agree that is probably wishful thinking. But they do this with the CB500 series. Tubeless spokes probably won't happen either. More just pointing out that there are some pretty cool ways one...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-23-2015, 12:01 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
True, but they also distribute stress and allow...

True, but they also distribute stress and allow for a higher RPM engine.

Engines are so reliable these days, it's really rather amazing, as they often outlive the whole rest of the vehicle. ...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-23-2015, 11:34 AM
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Posted By John Ashman
Could be, though I don't know that the market is...

Could be, though I don't know that the market is that desparate for DCT. It would be interesting on a Dakar/Baja racer though. Of course, I have this weird thinking that a 450cc twin could be a...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-23-2015, 11:19 AM
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Posted By John Ashman
Mmmmm, conventionally speaking, maybe. But...

Mmmmm, conventionally speaking, maybe. But materials science and manufacturuing technology is always progressing, as well as good design. So there are ways to lighten by having better...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-23-2015, 11:10 AM
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Posted By John Ashman
Doh!

Doh!
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-23-2015, 08:52 AM
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Posted By John Ashman
I think the way Honda is letting these weights...

I think the way Honda is letting these weights leak (if that's how it happened), is that they were able to engineer a very light 1000cc twin (which is 80% of the weight battle right there, and they...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-23-2015, 06:36 AM
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Posted By John Ashman
I grew up on dirt bikes. It's why I don't get...

I grew up on dirt bikes. It's why I don't get that excited about riding a street bike off road, or thinking they've somehow been morphed into race bikes. That doesn't happen with "a few mods".
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-23-2015, 06:35 AM
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Posted By John Ashman
Sorry to throw water on your internet motorcycle...

Sorry to throw water on your internet motorcycle business by pointing out the hyperbole part.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-22-2015, 09:39 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
I never said that I could just turn it into an...

I never said that I could just turn it into an amazing dirt bike by doing that.

It is easy to change forks, shocks and wheels, but that doesn't turn a street bike into a dirt bike, let alone a...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-22-2015, 09:26 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
Simpler generally equals less weight. I...

Simpler generally equals less weight.

I don't buy that Honda plays it safe on materials and tech.

My Sabre and Hawk GT had some pretty cutting edge stuff back in the 80s, like an aluminum...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-22-2015, 08:55 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
I think Honda can do it. Whether they will or...

I think Honda can do it. Whether they will or not is another question.

I don't think 200kg is out of the realm of possibility at all. If I were Honda, the two main design goals would be more...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-22-2015, 11:43 AM
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Views: 2,345
Posted By John Ashman
Needs DCT :evil Seriously, though, I love...

Needs DCT :evil

Seriously, though, I love the concept, just gonna wait to see if Honda un-dwarfs it.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-21-2015, 07:12 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
But you also have to add water and oil.

But you also have to add water and oil.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-21-2015, 04:59 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
Nope. I have said repeatedly that it would be...

Nope. I have said repeatedly that it would be expensive to do and with unknown results. What I've said is that it would be easy for the FACTORY to do it. And inexpensive, relatively, around $1000...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-21-2015, 02:49 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
Just the KLR, but, look, way back when, when I...

Just the KLR, but, look, way back when, when I suggest more serious mods, and longer suspension and some serious weight cutting, everyone told me that this was crazy talk, that it's a street bike...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-21-2015, 02:45 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
Well, when the statement is shown to be false,...

Well, when the statement is shown to be false, the argument is destroyed.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-21-2015, 01:48 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
For another, there's a huge difference between...

For another, there's a huge difference between catching up and being more or less as good off road as a KLR and being "substantially better off road".

And even if that were true (and, IMO, it...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-21-2015, 01:44 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
For one thing, we can destroy the torque and...

For one thing, we can destroy the torque and power argument right here, where the KLR is obviously more powerful through about 6000 rpm.
...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-21-2015, 01:32 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
First, still too big and heavy for a single, and...

First, still too big and heavy for a single, and not a twin for the road.

At least I'm not throwing around obvious hyperpole in an attempt to sell product.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-21-2015, 12:52 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
For some reason, the KLR to me just rides easier...

For some reason, the KLR to me just rides easier than it specs. It should be too tall and too heavy for me, but it doesn't feel as bad as it specs. I felt the same about riding an ST1100. It was...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-21-2015, 12:49 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
I stand by my statement that this is hyperbole. ...

I stand by my statement that this is hyperbole. It's a minimization of what is required to mod the bike, while exaggerating the offroadability. A "few mods" means $thousands and replacements of...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-21-2015, 11:23 AM
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Posted By John Ashman
Okay, Dorothy. :D

Okay, Dorothy. :D
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-21-2015, 11:12 AM
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Posted By John Ashman
"When Dorothy Met Sally"

"When Dorothy Met Sally"
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-21-2015, 11:06 AM
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Posted By John Ashman
Yeah, but the idea that you can just make a "few...

Yeah, but the idea that you can just make a "few mods" and get *significantly* better off road performance is absurd. You might be able to get it into the same ball park with some expensive mods. ...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-21-2015, 10:19 AM
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Posted By John Ashman
DCT can be programmed to do this.

DCT can be programmed to do this.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-21-2015, 10:16 AM
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Posted By John Ashman
I think the bold part of this sentence strains...

I think the bold part of this sentence strains all credibility.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-21-2015, 08:58 AM
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Posted By John Ashman
There is no way to control a conjecture thread,...

There is no way to control a conjecture thread, as people just throw feces about their imaginations and fears. Once the specs are published, people will start slinging feces about actual specifics. ...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-20-2015, 09:08 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,345
Posted By John Ashman
From looking at the design. It has a better...

From looking at the design. It has a better designed seat, more storage/hauling capacity, better protection. So while the CB500X is a great all around commuter, you still have to swap the wheels...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-20-2015, 07:58 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,345
Posted By John Ashman
Yes, they are. At trade shows.

Yes, they are. At trade shows.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-20-2015, 02:39 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,345
Posted By John Ashman
The way I look at it, it has greater strengths...

The way I look at it, it has greater strengths and weaknesses than the CB500X, so if you fix those the weaknesses, you end up with a far cooler bike that the CB500X ever could be.

So I eagerly am...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-20-2015, 02:07 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,345
Posted By John Ashman
Suspension. ...

Suspension.

http://i.istockimg.com/file_thumbview_approve/20555792/3/stock-photo-20555792-young-woman-teeny-tiny-finger-gesture.jpg
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-20-2015, 02:05 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,345
Posted By John Ashman
Wheels. ...

Wheels.

http://image.made-in-china.com/43f34j00aCgQzjwdHBuT/Double-Wheels-Wheelbarrow-WB6404HD-.jpg
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-20-2015, 02:04 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,345
Posted By John Ashman
Seat height. ...

Seat height.

http://images.starpulse.com/pictures/2011/11/07/thumbs130/Verne%20Troyer-AES-049528.jpg
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