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Forum: Thumpers Today, 10:50 AM
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Posted By danketchpel
How does this tap into the stock tank work out? ...

How does this tap into the stock tank work out?

This is the primary thing keeping me from the Safari tank approach.
Forum: Beasts 12-23-2014, 02:05 PM
Replies: 11,867
Views: 1,609,749
Posted By danketchpel
These look like most of what's out there for our...

These look like most of what's out there for our bikes. I also looked at Icon a bit.

It has to have remote preload and comp/rebound adjustment, period.

I think Todd said you can get remote...
Forum: Thumpers 12-23-2014, 07:22 AM
Replies: 5,585
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Posted By danketchpel
I didn't like the idea they would continue to...

I didn't like the idea they would continue to drain the battery down to 10.5v before shutting off if I forgot to turn them off. I'm "usually" pretty good about remembering to shut things off but...
Forum: Thumpers 12-23-2014, 07:10 AM
Replies: 25,119
Views: 4,430,346
Posted By danketchpel
Nice! I remember when my 2000 looked like that in...

Nice! I remember when my 2000 looked like that in blue. It morphed into yellow and stayed that way. I still have all the original blue parts.

Enjoy, they are great bikes.
Forum: Equipment 12-22-2014, 11:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 427
Posted By danketchpel
Yes, I think Rev It gear is cut for very...

Yes, I think Rev It gear is cut for very skinny/tall people.

I bought a pair of over pants for my petite Asian wife and they were very tight in the waist and still too long on the inseam.

They...
Forum: Thumpers 12-22-2014, 10:59 PM
Replies: 5,585
Views: 697,727
Posted By danketchpel
Dang Marc, it seems we are leading nearly...

Dang Marc, it seems we are leading nearly parallel lives LOL.

I cut down the rib at the end also. The problem I had was no good way to apply pressure to keep it moving in. The grip glue...
Forum: Thumpers 12-22-2014, 07:57 PM
Replies: 5,585
Views: 697,727
Posted By danketchpel
#2. I reshaped the MSR shift lever to better...

#2. I reshaped the MSR shift lever to better match this bike.

http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j192/danketchpel/Dirtbiking/bike%20pix/Husky%20TR650/20141222_122456-1.jpg...
Forum: Thumpers 12-22-2014, 07:47 PM
Replies: 5,585
Views: 697,727
Posted By danketchpel
It got a couple upgrades done. #1. I got the...

It got a couple upgrades done.

#1. I got the Oxford heated grips installed.

http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j192/danketchpel/Dirtbiking/bike%20pix/Husky%20TR650/20141222_122539-1.jpg...
Forum: Beasts 12-21-2014, 11:53 PM
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Posted By danketchpel
It sounds like a great ride, got a few more pix? ...

It sounds like a great ride, got a few more pix?

And yes, the rear shock leaves a fair amount to be desired. I getting pretty close to wanting to replace mine. I just need to decide which one I...
Forum: Beasts 12-21-2014, 11:51 PM
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Posted By danketchpel
Ya, all of my "newer" bikes have USD forks,...

Ya, all of my "newer" bikes have USD forks, including the Ducati. I've had the tool for awhile, don't know why I procrastinated about using it???

Anyway, lesson learned.
Forum: Thumpers 12-21-2014, 10:15 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,333
Posted By danketchpel
That's what is so great about the 300, you can...

That's what is so great about the 300, you can just cruise on it tractoring along with plenty of grunt. It's more relaxing to ride for me. Just use good judgment with the throttle and you'll be fine...
Forum: Thumpers 12-20-2014, 02:55 PM
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Views: 4,430,346
Posted By danketchpel
I think what you are seeing is the results of...

I think what you are seeing is the results of bikes setup quite differently and different people's tolerance and feedback.

Something as simple as changing handlebars can make a pretty big...
Forum: Thumpers 12-19-2014, 09:20 PM
Replies: 362
Views: 25,165
Posted By danketchpel
I've experienced pinging on my bike at times...

I've experienced pinging on my bike at times depending on how hard it's loaded. California gas sucks.
Forum: Thumpers 12-19-2014, 03:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 810
Posted By danketchpel
I had riding buddies with an XR600 and the older...

I had riding buddies with an XR600 and the older 620 LC4, kick start only. Those didn't have a balance shaft but the newer E start LC4 models have balance shafts but some how it seems KTM didn't get...
Forum: Beasts 12-19-2014, 12:40 PM
Replies: 11,867
Views: 1,609,749
Posted By danketchpel
I finally used the Seal Dr tool on my weepy left...

I finally used the Seal Dr tool on my weepy left side seal and bingo, it's not leaking anymore. Why did I wait so long to do it??? It only took me about 15 minutes.

Anyway, a bunch of junk did...
Forum: Beasts 12-19-2014, 12:36 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 14,849
Posted By danketchpel
I have thought the Dorsoduro would be a good...

I have thought the Dorsoduro would be a good platform to make a decent 70/30 ADV bike.

I rode the 750 Dorso and that engine is REALLY sweet plus the ergos are good. I'd like more trail as it's...
Forum: Beasts 12-19-2014, 12:24 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,879
Posted By danketchpel
IMO a 425 lb twin is very close to reality. It...

IMO a 425 lb twin is very close to reality. It could be closer to or a bit below 400 lbs but stuff will start to get wimpier. 50 lbs is DEFINITELY a noticeable amount of weight loss. Strap 50 lbs of...
Forum: Thumpers 12-18-2014, 08:05 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,333
Posted By danketchpel
I'd agree. I had a '95 KTM 300 MXC and it was an...

I'd agree. I had a '95 KTM 300 MXC and it was an awesome trail bike. I can only guess how much better the newer 300s are.

I loved the tractor motor that still had eye watering top end when you...
Forum: Thumpers 12-18-2014, 07:56 PM
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Posted By danketchpel
At 90 km/hr (~55 mph) not at all. My DRZ is fine...

At 90 km/hr (~55 mph) not at all. My DRZ is fine up to 70-75 mph (~ 115 - 120 km/hr vibration wise, it's a pretty smooth motor overall.

But as mentioned, getting blown around in the wind, or...
Forum: Beasts 12-18-2014, 07:42 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,879
Posted By danketchpel
Unicorns weren't on the poll. If a Tiger...

Unicorns weren't on the poll.

If a Tiger 800XC wet weight is 475 Lbs based on Triuimph's website asking for a 425 lb 530cc twin is NOT out of line at all.

A Honda CB500x twin is listed on their...
Forum: Beasts 12-18-2014, 05:11 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,879
Posted By danketchpel
It would depend a great deal on what else is in...

It would depend a great deal on what else is in the garage.

If it were my only bike, I'd probably prefer the 800 triple.

If I had a larger bike for primarily road use, I'd want the 530 twin for...
Forum: Thumpers 12-18-2014, 07:29 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,010
Posted By danketchpel
I tried to make my 2nd gen KLR into what I was...

I tried to make my 2nd gen KLR into what I was looking for but in the end I found out the same as you did. I wish I'd started with a DR instead. But I found a Husky TR650 and it's better than either...
Forum: Beasts 12-18-2014, 07:01 AM
Replies: 737
Views: 181,909
Posted By danketchpel
It was a pretty good review. I'm glad to see Kawi...

It was a pretty good review. I'm glad to see Kawi rubber mounting the engine to get rid of the typical 4 cyl buzzy feeling.

I sat on this bike at the Long Beach MC show and it's comfy and...
Forum: Thumpers 12-17-2014, 06:00 AM
Replies: 25,119
Views: 4,430,346
Posted By danketchpel
If you're doing a fair amount of freeway running...

If you're doing a fair amount of freeway running going a little taller than stock works good as long as you don't want to ride goat trails the same day.

I tried 15/42 gearing and it's pretty good...
Forum: Beasts 12-16-2014, 07:45 PM
Replies: 11,867
Views: 1,609,749
Posted By danketchpel
Well a few of us did just as you are...

Well a few of us did just as you are contemplating. It's not that expensive and it made sense to me. If you do order the cast wheels by all means order the angled valve stems at the same time. The...
Forum: Beasts 12-16-2014, 07:32 PM
Replies: 11,867
Views: 1,609,749
Posted By danketchpel
Ha, I didn't even notice. Actually I do like...

Ha, I didn't even notice.

Actually I do like the black frame a little better.
Forum: Beasts 12-16-2014, 01:11 PM
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Posted By danketchpel
Rally bike = KTM?

Rally bike = KTM?
Forum: Beasts 12-16-2014, 12:42 PM
Replies: 11,867
Views: 1,609,749
Posted By danketchpel
Dunno, I just can't get into the whole matte...

Dunno, I just can't get into the whole matte finish thing, on anything, cars, bikes, whatever. Maybe a Jeep......

But that's just me, "possibly" being too old school???

What can I say, I like...
Forum: Beasts 12-16-2014, 12:38 PM
Replies: 11,867
Views: 1,609,749
Posted By danketchpel
Whaaaat? No...... What's gonna replace it?

Whaaaat? No......

What's gonna replace it?
Forum: Beasts 12-15-2014, 05:23 PM
Replies: 11,867
Views: 1,609,749
Posted By danketchpel
I must say that looks like a very "functional"...

I must say that looks like a very "functional" motorcycle.

There is a lot to be said for a low bike, both center of gravity and seat height. Sometimes you can get that bike through a tricky...
Forum: Beasts 12-15-2014, 05:18 PM
Replies: 11,867
Views: 1,609,749
Posted By danketchpel
I haven't seen that bike in person. It appears to...

I haven't seen that bike in person. It appears to have more than a little Buell influence in the design.
Forum: Thumpers 12-15-2014, 12:23 PM
Replies: 5,585
Views: 697,727
Posted By danketchpel
I think you nailed it. Between the beefier...

I think you nailed it.

Between the beefier frame/swingarm and twin exhaust I'd say 20lbs easy.

Personally, I'll take the slightly extra pork given the choice of the extra performance, ie usable...
Forum: Thumpers 12-15-2014, 11:00 AM
Replies: 362
Views: 25,165
Posted By danketchpel
Just adding a little correction/clarification...

Just adding a little correction/clarification regarding the PC5 + AT.

On this bike the PC5 picks up engine rpm off the crank position sensor feed which you tap into.

It also has the ability to...
Forum: Thumpers 12-12-2014, 09:44 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 10,916
Posted By danketchpel
It's the most updated & modern outdated single...

It's the most updated & modern outdated single cylinder pig you can buy from Japan that is street legal in the 400+ size. At least in the States. Maybe some lucky blokes elsewhere have less outdated...
Forum: Beasts 12-12-2014, 09:23 PM
Replies: 11,867
Views: 1,609,749
Posted By danketchpel
Ya they probably have produced what you describe...

Ya they probably have produced what you describe and I wasn't aware of it. I don't pay too much attention to HD models mostly because I can't keep track of them all, there are a LOT of them. I've...
Forum: Beasts 12-12-2014, 06:02 PM
Replies: 11,867
Views: 1,609,749
Posted By danketchpel
On the air cooled bikes it's definitely a matter...

On the air cooled bikes it's definitely a matter of over cooling. Engines run more efficiently at higher temps, hence the fairly high thermostat temps in most modern cars. On aircooled bikes the...
Forum: Thumpers 12-12-2014, 12:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,244
Posted By danketchpel
I don't know what it is about the Euro love of...

I don't know what it is about the Euro love of brick hard seats.

I see this on the Husky website.

SEAT

"The harder and more durable seat cover improves grip and also gives the seat a firmer...
Forum: Thumpers 12-12-2014, 12:05 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,233
Posted By danketchpel
You have a good point there. I don't know how...

You have a good point there. I don't know how Pierer Ind. views the purchase of Husky and Husaburg and how it fits into their overall scheme of things.

I think all we can do is sit back and watch...
Forum: Beasts 12-12-2014, 11:50 AM
Replies: 11,867
Views: 1,609,749
Posted By danketchpel
Ya, it's kinda disturbing to be honest. I have a...

Ya, it's kinda disturbing to be honest. I have a Honda Insight car that routinely gives me 42 - 45 mpg driving 75 mph.

It's actually way more efficient than my bikes considering the mass I'm...
Forum: Beasts 12-12-2014, 11:12 AM
Replies: 11,867
Views: 1,609,749
Posted By danketchpel
I know when I've been touring about 80% of the...

I know when I've been touring about 80% of the bikes you see on the open road are HDs. It makes me wonder where the H all the rest of the brands are. There's no doubt HD has the country smothered in...
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