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Forum: Thumpers 03-28-2009, 06:11 PM
Replies: 97,277
Views: 18,428,512
Posted By NDVR
I've waited 25 years for this day.

I saw her on Cycle Trader last night in the wee hours, and showed up bright and early this morning at All Seasons in Wooster, OH.

2009 DR650. Black and beautiful. This is the bike I have...
Forum: Thumpers 06-21-2008, 11:48 AM
Replies: 10,972
Views: 1,598,637
Posted By NDVR
A little help....

Can someone tell me if I need to adjust the ring nut in order to straighten the handlebars and forks in the tripletree, or can I just loosen the bolts on the steering shaft and handlebar crown? I...
Forum: Thumpers 05-26-2008, 09:01 PM
Replies: 10,972
Views: 1,598,637
Posted By NDVR
torque wrenches

I downloaded the service manual from xt225.com, and it seems that the torque settings for various fasteners have a wide range, from around 2 ft. lbs. to 61 ft. lbs. Am I right in thinking that I...
Forum: Thumpers 04-28-2008, 02:48 PM
Replies: 7,877
Views: 2,114,620
Posted By NDVR
steve gs

I'll be headed to the Duluth rally in August if I can master some mechanical skills between now and then. I'm way too noob to attempt a ride from Ohio to Minnesota without some idea of what to do...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-21-2008, 01:35 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,342
Posted By NDVR
AdventureExpress...

I've had my 1100R serviced at All Seasons in Wooster, and once at Mathias. All Seasons is weird about common business practices. They dont' call when your bike is done, which I've heard is common...
Forum: Thumpers 04-13-2008, 02:11 PM
Replies: 7,877
Views: 2,114,620
Posted By NDVR
Hammock dweller....

Great ride report. It's so hard to visualize the experiences of those men. Thanks for posting.
Forum: Thumpers 04-10-2008, 10:02 PM
Replies: 7,877
Views: 2,114,620
Posted By NDVR
my 2cents....

My issues with the lean settings on the xt225 have been resolved, and this week I've had a chance to put it through its paces. I am VERY impressed. It does all that I ask, the most of which is...
Forum: Thumpers 04-07-2008, 05:21 PM
Replies: 10,972
Views: 1,598,637
Posted By NDVR
on the road again...

Well, turns out there was 1 inch of water at the bottom of the tank. :huh
And no, I've never filled the tank from a can. The kid at the dealership said he felt bad because when he was fiddling...
Forum: Thumpers 04-05-2008, 07:20 PM
Replies: 10,972
Views: 1,598,637
Posted By NDVR
yeesh....

So my mother tried to suprise me by picking up my supposedly fixed bike from the dealership today while I was at work. She said everything was normal, the serv. mgr. was there, she backed up to the...
Forum: Thumpers 03-31-2008, 08:17 PM
Replies: 10,972
Views: 1,598,637
Posted By NDVR
took xt to dealer tonight to get the 3 turn mod.

I wrote a while back that I had a good chat with the service mgr. and he was in complete agreement re: the screw and jetting. Well, tonight he had forgotten more about our conversation than he...
Forum: Thumpers 02-16-2008, 09:00 PM
Replies: 10,972
Views: 1,598,637
Posted By NDVR
Braindead

Wilmot would be cool. Southern Tuscawarus county, Holmes county...etc.
Thanks for offering the help. I'll probably take you up on it.
Forum: Thumpers 02-16-2008, 08:58 PM
Replies: 10,972
Views: 1,598,637
Posted By NDVR
Everybody who has modified....

:ear

Have you sacrificed gas mileage? If so, how much?

Dirtcheap - I hope my experience helps you with your dealer. You can also call Yamaha. I know it's a pain in the ass, and you're sick...
Forum: Thumpers 02-15-2008, 12:00 PM
Replies: 10,972
Views: 1,598,637
Posted By NDVR
xt and warranty, ie. what dealer can do for you

I talked to the Serv. mgr. at my dealership a couple of weeks ago re: the lean, no...anorexic xt. I asked him right out of the gate if he'd jet the sucker, after explaining that it won't start at...
Forum: Equipment 01-30-2008, 07:40 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,722
Posted By NDVR
recently sold on godawful ugly hi-viz

I didn't want it at first b/c it's ugly, and I've never headbutted a cage in order to properly set my perspective. :wink:
But then one night, I was sitting in the window at the local
highway...
Forum: Equipment 01-30-2008, 07:22 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,660
Posted By NDVR
oh yeah...

if the other guy forgets to look up the list in the book, I'll look it up. I work in a bookstore.
Forum: Equipment 01-30-2008, 07:21 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,660
Posted By NDVR
They're movie actors, for chrissakes. Of course...

They're movie actors, for chrissakes. Of course they're going to make a movie of their trip. And of course they're going to get their shit for free. So?Are you upset that BMW, Snap-On, etc. lost...
Forum: Thumpers 01-28-2008, 11:30 PM
Replies: 10,972
Views: 1,598,637
Posted By NDVR
oh, one more thing....

We're invisible.

No one can see us. At all. Ever. Not even in Hi-vis gear. Not even when they look right into our eyes before pulling right out in front of us.

I adhere to this idea like...
Forum: Thumpers 01-28-2008, 11:17 PM
Replies: 10,972
Views: 1,598,637
Posted By NDVR
Re: relevance of these books for Europe, etc.....

These particular books were published in the states. The photos of traffic situations are photos taken in the states. But these authors are also avid riders, so I distinctly remember them adding...
Forum: Thumpers 01-26-2008, 06:54 PM
Replies: 10,972
Views: 1,598,637
Posted By NDVR
Nick

glad you're ok!

Dirtcheap, I'd suggest you read a few books on riding techniques.
Proficient Motorcycling by David Hough (pronounced "huff") is excellent. ISBN: 9781889540535 There's...
Forum: Thumpers 01-23-2008, 02:43 PM
Replies: 7,877
Views: 2,114,620
Posted By NDVR
Fi 250

Yeah, I was thinking it's still a carb. I made a decision to stick with carbureted bikes until I get some experience wrenching. I thought having a carb would be easier to fix if something went...
Forum: Thumpers 01-23-2008, 02:30 PM
Replies: 10,972
Views: 1,598,637
Posted By NDVR
Re: roadkill seat

Let that be a warning to the ego-maniac 'possum running out in front of you: FEARthe reaper! :gun1
Forum: Thumpers 01-20-2008, 09:37 PM
Replies: 7,877
Views: 2,114,620
Posted By NDVR
Well, that gives me hope moterbiker...

That's....incredible. Jeez. Must be that a little mod goes a long way.
And I only weigh 165! :lol3
Forum: Thumpers 01-20-2008, 01:31 PM
Replies: 7,877
Views: 2,114,620
Posted By NDVR
cold day! aaargghh! (twitching).......

:rofl

Klay: I use the same route-picking strategy. It adds about 10 minutes to my commute, but it's well worth it. I did it when I was riding the beemer, but now it will be easier to pick...
Forum: Thumpers 01-20-2008, 12:53 PM
Replies: 10,972
Views: 1,598,637
Posted By NDVR
Hey Dirtcheap...

check out the Minimalist Touring thread's last couple of posts.

I'm going to have to shut up b/f people accuse me of hijaking every damn thread on the site.

Also, I found a Why Do You Ride one....
Forum: Thumpers 01-20-2008, 12:48 PM
Replies: 7,877
Views: 2,114,620
Posted By NDVR
Queen:

Shocker! :huh

NOT :lol3

I'm laughing, but not with humor. More like...mmm...a permanent resident of an asylum.
BTW, what did he have to say about it? I'll be suprised if he's unaware of...
Forum: Thumpers 01-20-2008, 12:41 PM
Replies: 7,877
Views: 2,114,620
Posted By NDVR
thanks, Klay

The minimalist philosophy is a noble one, but not at the price of safety. And I've experienced my share of impatient tailgaters, as I'm sure you have. It makes me wonder how the guys on 125s and...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-20-2008, 12:35 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,303
Posted By NDVR
I ride to find dead center. The state where

I'm held straight up by force on all sides of me. Balanced perfectly, vulnerable, but completely stable for the time being. As opposed to life, where I tend to wobble.

Riding is like slipping...
Forum: Thumpers 01-20-2008, 11:45 AM
Replies: 699
Views: 227,061
Posted By NDVR
Tenere will probably be soon to follow....

since they gave us the xt250 this year. And it's not like the 225 didn't sell, so maybe yamaha is coming to it's senses. But I can't say I blame you. You're wondering about big thumper...where's...
Forum: Thumpers 01-20-2008, 11:28 AM
Replies: 7,877
Views: 2,114,620
Posted By NDVR
thanks guys for part two!

:beer

If anyone has been to the xt225 thread, you'll know that my new '07 w/ 70 miles on it isn't starting. The usual cold weather reasons. I'm pretty disappointed. I have lots of good...
Forum: Thumpers 01-20-2008, 10:57 AM
Replies: 10,972
Views: 1,598,637
Posted By NDVR
Absolutely, Optimus...

post away! I've also noticed that if I do an Image search on Google, there are a LOT of C. & S. American bikes that come up. On the whole, they look really sharp!

Dirtcheap...thanks for the...
Forum: Thumpers 01-17-2008, 02:36 PM
Replies: 10,972
Views: 1,598,637
Posted By NDVR
that's my conundrum...

I'm just a noob at workin' on stuff. Something tells me not for long!
I desperately want to learn, but a baptism by fire wasn't really on my wish list. Gotta dig in there and not be...
Forum: Thumpers 01-17-2008, 02:13 PM
Replies: 7,877
Views: 2,114,620
Posted By NDVR
Friggin' amazing, Jess!

Did you see the post on this thread from Jan. 5? Colorado Ron posted pics of his red one. And he's in Frederick, CO.
Forum: Thumpers 01-17-2008, 02:04 PM
Replies: 10,972
Views: 1,598,637
Posted By NDVR
Did you have to drill the airbox, etc. to make...

Did you have to drill the airbox, etc. to make yours run ok at that altitude? and/or any carb mods?
Forum: Thumpers 01-17-2008, 01:47 PM
Replies: 7,877
Views: 2,114,620
Posted By NDVR
Thumb Nice!

We don't get very many small cc bikes in the states b/c we have the rep of being torque mad foam mouthed vtwin junkies, but they give us Derbi scooters and keep that one to themselves. Bummer.
Forum: Thumpers 01-17-2008, 01:41 PM
Replies: 10,972
Views: 1,598,637
Posted By NDVR
Eh? for the luvva....

I'm trying it! :clap

Now if you had suggested anything in the realm of suck starting, I'm afraid that's where I'd have to draw the line. :D
Forum: Thumpers 01-17-2008, 01:34 PM
Replies: 10,972
Views: 1,598,637
Posted By NDVR
Hey Dirtcheap

Man, they're gonna keep it til March? That sucks. Maybe when I figure out what the hell I'm doing and modify what needs modifying, you can go get your lazy wench from the stealer and I'll walk you...
Forum: Thumpers 01-17-2008, 01:24 PM
Replies: 10,972
Views: 1,598,637
Posted By NDVR
oh bummer...

The weather didn't get as cold as expected, so I'm really jonesin' now!

Nick - nice clean bike!

Thanks, guys for helping me clarify the differences in the models.

I'm going to call my...
Forum: Thumpers 01-16-2008, 07:08 PM
Replies: 10,972
Views: 1,598,637
Posted By NDVR
also...

If you look at Reggie's 250 from an earlier post (he's "the cameraman") and Reefshark's 225, you can see they look quite different. The '08 XT250 coming to North America will be almost exactly like...
Forum: Thumpers 01-16-2008, 05:58 PM
Replies: 10,972
Views: 1,598,637
Posted By NDVR
Welcome, Reefshark! Dirtcheap...a lot of the...

Welcome, Reefshark!

Dirtcheap...a lot of the overseas serows are 250s. I don't know if they ALL are or not. 2008 will be the first year in...I dunno, boys how many years has it been?......a long...
Forum: Thumpers 01-15-2008, 10:09 PM
Replies: 10,972
Views: 1,598,637
Posted By NDVR
that's an important piece of information they neglected to tell you...

That really sucks. Must have been a demo....? They didn't tell you that the bike had been fully put together? (ie "PID'd"...need a little help with my vocab) My salesman was sure to mention that my...
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