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Forum: Thumpers 06-26-2014, 07:52 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,825
Posted By DesertRatliff
Beautiful work, MasterMarine. You've successfully...

Beautiful work, MasterMarine. You've successfully made me yearn for a 500EXC and my decision between that bike and a 690R much more difficult. Great info though. I hope whichever bike I go with next...
Forum: The Garage 05-23-2014, 11:12 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,528
Posted By DesertRatliff
:lurk Great info guys. Thank you. For the...

:lurk Great info guys. Thank you.

For the last 10 years, my home and shop have been a 55 mile trip round trip to a decent hardware store. I work on my motos, but also have a penchant for...
Forum: The Garage 05-22-2014, 07:06 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,528
Posted By DesertRatliff
Good, quick info guys, thank you. Good to...

Good, quick info guys, thank you.

Good to hear you like your Irwin set. They make some great stuff and was the direction I was inclined to go. Precision tools like this are something I don't...
Forum: The Garage 05-22-2014, 06:16 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,528
Posted By DesertRatliff
Best Metric Tap and Die Set

I really would like to invest in a nice tap and die set. I talked with the MAC tools rep here in town and the set he suggested is on backorder.

Does anyone have experience with a quality metric...
Forum: Thumpers 05-02-2014, 05:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 410
Posted By DesertRatliff
+1 on that. My bike does well on elevations from...

+1 on that. My bike does well on elevations from 0-13K ft. But I've run into all kinds of trouble with tank venting. Check the vent lines and make sure those o-rings on the cap are seated properly.
Forum: Ride reports 04-09-2014, 04:28 AM
Replies: 3,511
Views: 1,574,698
Posted By DesertRatliff
Winter's over here in Durango and I finally had...

Winter's over here in Durango and I finally had some time to put up the skis and pull out the bike along with getting caught up on your adventure. Thanks Noah. Great stuff. Subscribed.
Forum: Thumpers 02-20-2014, 01:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 943
Posted By DesertRatliff
839 miles/50 mpg= 16.78 gallons * $3.50/gallon=...

839 miles/50 mpg= 16.78 gallons * $3.50/gallon= $58.73.

Last time I was there, I paid around $4 for shrimp tacos and $2 gringo price on a Tecate. Family in Flagstaff and San Diego help the...
Forum: Thumpers 02-20-2014, 01:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 943
Posted By DesertRatliff
I paid ~$65 for a shapely piece of plastic sent...

I paid ~$65 for a shapely piece of plastic sent to my door... exactly the $$ I'd need to get to Ensenada and eat shrimp tacos for lunch.

I won't derail this one on the virtures of being a cheap...
Forum: Thumpers 02-20-2014, 08:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 943
Posted By DesertRatliff
Have run a Phoenix on my KLR for over 10,000...

Have run a Phoenix on my KLR for over 10,000 miles. It's been to Baja and all over the west. I had to bolster my stock sub-frame, but the Phoenix itself is a very nice piece. Improved wind protection...
Forum: Thumpers 06-19-2013, 01:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,369
Posted By DesertRatliff
I say go for it! KLR's are easy to work on and...

I say go for it! KLR's are easy to work on and the amount of information and support on the net alone are amazing. Like someone else said, if the bottom is toast, too, part it out. Even with a blown...
Forum: Thumpers 03-21-2013, 07:59 PM
Replies: 43,319
Views: 8,209,436
Posted By DesertRatliff
Safari tank?

Has anyone heard what's going on with the Safari tank for our WR? Haven't been able to find one for over a year now.
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 03-14-2013, 05:49 AM
Replies: 2,062
Views: 550,468
Posted By DesertRatliff
^ In 2010 there was a place in Guerrero Negro...

^ In 2010 there was a place in Guerrero Negro that made us a "proper" cup o' joe. Wasn't cheap, but it was a nice treat after a month of the powdered stuff.
Forum: Ride reports 03-07-2013, 04:56 PM
Replies: 4,852
Views: 3,173,928
Posted By DesertRatliff
well if it's un-stickied, I guess we'll have to...

well if it's un-stickied, I guess we'll have to keep it at the top. Here's a bump and huge thank you to the team. Best entertainment on the net and probably responsible for me dropping out of life to...
Forum: Thumpers 02-28-2013, 05:00 PM
Replies: 43,319
Views: 8,209,436
Posted By DesertRatliff
As an owner of a heavily modded KLR and a WR/R,...

As an owner of a heavily modded KLR and a WR/R, I'd always wondered about the 610. Not interested in the 630 for access to parts/lack of aftermarket and the Terra does nothing for me, but the 610...
Forum: The Garage 01-17-2013, 04:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 562
Posted By DesertRatliff
Thanks for the tip. Gonna do the quote thing on...

Thanks for the tip. Gonna do the quote thing on uship and talk with some of the local companies. Good advice all around
Forum: The Garage 01-17-2013, 06:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 562
Posted By DesertRatliff
Off topic but...best auto transport/shipping company?

Hi,

Trading my 87 4Runner for a 3.4L supercharger and fuel mods for my Tacoma. The 4Runner is dead reliable, but I don't have the time or desire to drive it 800 miles to Los Angeles area from...
Forum: Thumpers 10-25-2012, 05:30 AM
Replies: 43,319
Views: 8,209,436
Posted By DesertRatliff
Graves Full System Spark Arrested Silencer

WR250R/X owners-

Just got official word that a spark arrested silencer will be available for the Graves full system. Good news for those that need a USFS approved spark arrestor for trails and...
Forum: Thumpers 10-03-2012, 03:25 PM
Replies: 3,517
Views: 668,575
Posted By DesertRatliff
Yes...cause nothing spells "attention whore" like...

Yes...cause nothing spells "attention whore" like romping around the West on a scratched up, clapped out KLR. :rofl

Now let me show you pictures of my '87 4Runner and 1970's Harvest Gold kitchen....
Forum: Thumpers 10-03-2012, 06:57 AM
Replies: 3,517
Views: 668,575
Posted By DesertRatliff
I think you got it right Spikes...The TR650 is...

I think you got it right Spikes...The TR650 is the first bike since the X-Challenge came out that got my attention. There were just too many short comings in the stock X-Challenge (or any of the...
Forum: Thumpers 10-02-2012, 09:04 PM
Replies: 3,517
Views: 668,575
Posted By DesertRatliff
Sigh...another go-anywhere-do-anything KLR owner...

Sigh...another go-anywhere-do-anything KLR owner that was serioulsy interested in what could have been its replacement. After years of waiting for a 640 Adventure update or a 660 Tenere to come...
Forum: Thumpers 09-27-2012, 07:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 892
Posted By DesertRatliff
Another common mistake that got me after a crash...

Another common mistake that got me after a crash was my Moose skid plate mounts had moved enough to interfere with the shifting. I thought I'd lost first gear and my gear box was toast when all it...
Forum: Face plant 09-19-2012, 06:46 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,885
Posted By DesertRatliff
Thanks for sharing. Gives me a little more piece...

Thanks for sharing. Gives me a little more piece of mind as I had an off on dirt just south of there that was only bad enough to scare the fun out of it for a few days, but definitely had me...
Forum: Face plant 09-18-2012, 09:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,885
Posted By DesertRatliff
First off, I wish you a speedy recovery and hope...

First off, I wish you a speedy recovery and hope the hand heals soundly.

I always cringe when I go past the "Face Plant" threads. Never like hearing about or seeing crashes. This one has me...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 06-06-2012, 07:25 AM
Replies: 2,062
Views: 550,468
Posted By DesertRatliff
Please enlighten me...what's whitebait? Didn't...

Please enlighten me...what's whitebait? Didn't get to have that in NZ when I was there.
Forum: Thumpers 05-30-2012, 11:11 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 792
Posted By DesertRatliff
+1 on swearing by SeaFoam. Great stuff. ...

+1 on swearing by SeaFoam. Great stuff.

Also, anytime I've had a choke issue on my KLR650 it was due to the plastic choke fitting at the carb (where the cable/plunger attach to the carb) being...
Forum: Thumpers 05-29-2012, 05:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,614
Posted By DesertRatliff
144 Kilos. Ouch! Even if that is the wet weight,...

144 Kilos. Ouch! Even if that is the wet weight, it's more than 20 pounds heavier than my already portly skid-plated and wet WR250X/R (at least as per the bathroom scale).
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 05-20-2012, 07:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,935
Posted By DesertRatliff
Nice guys! That's what I'm talkin' about!

Nice guys! That's what I'm talkin' about!
Forum: Thumpers 05-16-2012, 05:04 AM
Replies: 43,319
Views: 8,209,436
Posted By DesertRatliff
Amazing photos. Thanks for sharing!!

Amazing photos. Thanks for sharing!!
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 05-04-2012, 05:39 AM
Replies: 3,670
Views: 807,071
Posted By DesertRatliff
A ride from Druango to Mt. Hood, here part of the...

A ride from Druango to Mt. Hood, here part of the way on the old Pony Express route somewhere in Utah.



http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3129/2905893130_c7ac24f0a6_z.jpg
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Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 04-22-2012, 06:29 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,935
Posted By DesertRatliff
Been done before? Can someone point me to that...

Been done before? Can someone point me to that thread? Otherwise, post up inmates...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 04-21-2012, 01:41 PM
Replies: 2,062
Views: 550,468
Posted By DesertRatliff
Yeah!!! Nothin' like a PB&J for the road... ...

Yeah!!! Nothin' like a PB&J for the road...
http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4115/4790881659_6d1673a33e_z.jpg
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 04-19-2012, 08:50 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,935
Posted By DesertRatliff
Macgyver Pics: What you did to get back on the road

Nuke this thread if it exists, but I wanted to see all of your trail fixes and what you did to get the bike moving again. Here are a couple of mine:

Sheared footpeg somewhere in the Wasatch......
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 12-05-2011, 04:13 PM
Replies: 2,062
Views: 550,468
Posted By DesertRatliff
Isn't that what pregnant women eat? Add ice cream...

Isn't that what pregnant women eat? Add ice cream and another pickle and I think you're close :D
Forum: Thumpers 12-04-2011, 06:35 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,766
Posted By DesertRatliff
I hear you!!! Instead of a 660 or a WR450R we...

I hear you!!! Instead of a 660 or a WR450R we Yanks get this?!!? C'mon Yamaha.
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 10-10-2011, 08:43 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,227
Posted By DesertRatliff
Nice talking with you at City Market. I was the...

Nice talking with you at City Market. I was the guy on the black Frankenstein KLR. Glad to see you made it east, although the weather wasn't kind to you. Hope you can come back sometime when it's as...
Forum: Thumpers 10-06-2011, 07:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,074
Posted By DesertRatliff
http://www.safaritanks.com.au/home/17-Kawasaki/68-...

http://www.safaritanks.com.au/home/17-Kawasaki/68-Kawasaki-KLR-650/flypage.tpl.html

Looks like 32 L! That's a lot of fuel. Almost 8.5 gallons if my calculations are correct. That would put my...
Forum: Thumpers 09-15-2011, 07:20 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,455
Posted By DesertRatliff
Here's my opinion: Get them both. If you...

Here's my opinion:

Get them both. If you can swing $2K, try out the XR and see what you think. If you like it, great, sell the DR. If it was a mistake, then at least you know and you aren't...
Forum: Thumpers 09-14-2011, 05:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,354
Posted By DesertRatliff
+1!!! I would like nothing more than a 450...

+1!!!

I would like nothing more than a 450 as easy and cheap to work on as my WR250X (6K mile oil changes and 26,600 mile valve check intervals! Are you kidding me? Yamaha says "nope"). And that...
Forum: Thumpers 09-14-2011, 06:44 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 17,398
Posted By DesertRatliff
http://imageshand.yamahamotors.com/img.jpg?id=1451...

http://imageshand.yamahamotors.com/img.jpg?id=14512&class=med640
http://imageshand.yamahamotors.com/img.jpg?id=15152&class=med640
Forum: Thumpers 09-14-2011, 06:40 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 17,398
Posted By DesertRatliff
End the rumours...this is it: ...

End the rumours...this is it:

http://www.yamaha-motor.com/sport/products/modelhome/210/0/home.aspx


http://imageshand.yamahamotors.com/img.jpg?id=14511&class=med640


Fuel injected,...
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