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Forum: Hacks 07-02-2014, 08:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 413
Posted By soldierguy
I'm in Pacific Grove. Haven't been out much...

I'm in Pacific Grove. Haven't been out much lately on the hack...ridiculously busy with other stuff at the moment. But I do get out now and then.
Forum: Thumpers 06-09-2014, 07:59 AM
Replies: 12,593
Views: 1,190,551
Posted By soldierguy
Nope...sorry. It's easy to find though. Go to the...

Nope...sorry. It's easy to find though. Go to the rock mountain ATV site, and work through their menus for dual sport, parts, fenders, then it should make you select your motorcycle. Once you've done...
Forum: Thumpers 06-09-2014, 07:20 AM
Replies: 12,593
Views: 1,190,551
Posted By soldierguy
I went with the Acerbis front fender from Rocky...

I went with the Acerbis front fender from Rocky Mountain ATV, for the KLR. It fits and looks very similar to the pics I've seen of the KTM fender. I haven't gotten around totaling pics of mine.
Forum: Thumpers 06-07-2014, 11:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 467
Posted By soldierguy
I'd go V-Strom or KLR. I've got both. The...

I'd go V-Strom or KLR. I've got both. The V-Strom has me leaning forward a tiny bit (I'm 6 ft and 230 lbs) whereas the KLR allows me to be completely upright. The V-Strom is definitely a 90-10...
Forum: Ride reports 04-21-2014, 07:18 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,832
Posted By soldierguy
Sokcho Joe

So cool! I love Korea...I was stationed there for a total of 7 years. I got to Sokcho a few times...great sleepy little getaway town. I always stayed south of Sokcho at a bed & breakfast that was...
Forum: Thumpers 04-10-2014, 05:49 AM
Replies: 426
Views: 52,885
Posted By soldierguy
Yeah, crash protection has been part of the plan...

Yeah, crash protection has been part of the plan for all the bikes I've had. It's taken different forms depending on whether it was a dual-sport/ADV or a street/sport bike, but yes...crash stuff is...
Forum: Thumpers 04-09-2014, 05:12 PM
Replies: 426
Views: 52,885
Posted By soldierguy
And I am happy. That really is what matters. ...

And I am happy. That really is what matters. I'm sure as I put the miles on it, I'll discover things that I don't like. Until then, I'm happy.

As for specs...who really knows. Sure the obvious...
Forum: Thumpers 04-09-2014, 01:11 PM
Replies: 426
Views: 52,885
Posted By soldierguy
I'm laughing here as I write this...:D I...

I'm laughing here as I write this...:D

I already said and agreed that if you're going to push the bike to its limits, then yes, a suspension upgrade would be necessary. EDIT: I'll also add that...
Forum: Thumpers 04-09-2014, 06:59 AM
Replies: 426
Views: 52,885
Posted By soldierguy
I ran across a spec sheet for the New Edition. ...

I ran across a spec sheet for the New Edition. It's on Kawasaki's site if you care to dig for it, in a handy PDF. Here's what it says:

Fork Oil: SAE 10W20
Capacity: 576-584cc (19.5 - 19.7 oz)...
Forum: Thumpers 04-09-2014, 06:51 AM
Replies: 426
Views: 52,885
Posted By soldierguy
I get what you're saying about the suspension. ...

I get what you're saying about the suspension. For maximum performance it would need to be upgraded. But what the New Edition does is put suspension upgrades into optional territory for someone...
Forum: Thumpers 04-05-2014, 12:04 PM
Replies: 426
Views: 52,885
Posted By soldierguy
I really like the stiffer suspension. I'm 235 lbs...

I really like the stiffer suspension. I'm 235 lbs and it's just right for me...haven't made any adjustments to it. Firm, but soaks up bumps very well...I haven't checked, but it feels like they went...
Forum: Thumpers 04-04-2014, 11:12 AM
Replies: 426
Views: 52,885
Posted By soldierguy
I think the savings is a variable. I count it as...

I think the savings is a variable. I count it as a savings, since I very likely would have replaced suspension parts if I had a '13 but don't feel a need to do it with the '14 NE. Also, there were...
Forum: Thumpers 04-03-2014, 07:49 AM
Replies: 426
Views: 52,885
Posted By soldierguy
Here's a couple pics of mine... ...

Here's a couple pics of mine...

http://i640.photobucket.com/albums/uu129/soldierguy20031/My%20Motorcycles/ff16bc99-b2cf-468c-b811-e541a1088eba_zps485dd253.jpg
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Forum: Thumpers 04-03-2014, 07:36 AM
Replies: 426
Views: 52,885
Posted By soldierguy
I've had my '14 New Edition for a week, and I...

I've had my '14 New Edition for a week, and I love it. I've had a ton of bikes over the years and enjoyed them all. I think I'm enjoying the KLR more than the others...mostly Italian bikes but no...
Forum: Thumpers 03-28-2014, 01:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,289
Posted By soldierguy
Only about 120 miles so far on my '14 KLR. But...

Only about 120 miles so far on my '14 KLR. But I've only had it for two days. ;-)
Forum: Thumpers 03-28-2014, 07:08 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,905
Posted By soldierguy
I've got both a V-Strom 650 and a KLR. either...

I've got both a V-Strom 650 and a KLR. either would fit the bill for you. The V would have more highway speed, but feels a little heavier on dirt roads than the KLR. The V is more street oriented...
Forum: Thumpers 03-26-2014, 01:35 PM
Replies: 12,593
Views: 1,190,551
Posted By soldierguy
Nice! What part of central California are you...

Nice! What part of central California are you in? I'm in Monterey.

I'm not new to ADVRider, but I'm new to this area of the boards. Just got a '14 yesterday. Without realizing it, I got one...
Forum: Thumpers 03-25-2014, 10:22 PM
Replies: 8,250
Views: 1,920,390
Posted By soldierguy
I think I may have accidentally stumbled on to...

I think I may have accidentally stumbled on to the upgraded bits. There is an adjuster on the rear suspension, but it's dark out now so I can't get a good look. I've honestly never ridden a KLR...
Forum: Thumpers 03-25-2014, 09:27 PM
Replies: 8,250
Views: 1,920,390
Posted By soldierguy
Thanks! The graphics are a '14 thing...I...

Thanks!

The graphics are a '14 thing...I think you either get a green bike with the previous year's graphics, or if you get the matte grey/black, you get different graphics and a price tag that's...
Forum: Thumpers 03-25-2014, 09:00 PM
Replies: 8,250
Views: 1,920,390
Posted By soldierguy
Just brought mine home today. 22 miles on it so...

Just brought mine home today. 22 miles on it so far, and it's already gotten wet and a little muddy from the ride home.
...
Forum: Thumpers 03-25-2014, 08:40 PM
Replies: 8,250
Views: 1,920,390
Posted By soldierguy
Is that bedliner material or rhino lining? Or a...

Is that bedliner material or rhino lining? Or a crinkle black paint job? Either way, that looks great!
Forum: Americas 01-07-2014, 08:13 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,041
Posted By soldierguy
Camping the PCH: Dos, Don'ts and Need to Knows.

Ditto. I retired from the army in February and gave myself a year off to travel and have fun. Looks like that year is going to stretch out much longer than anticipated, but For good reasons...I'm...
Forum: Hacks 01-03-2014, 08:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 745
Posted By soldierguy
Bob's exactly right. I stopped in at a weigh...

Bob's exactly right. I stopped in at a weigh master. Weighed each wheel individually, the whole rig, just the bike (sidecar wheel off the scale), with me on it, without me...pretty much every combo...
Forum: Hacks 01-02-2014, 09:16 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,869
Posted By soldierguy
I haven't ruled out doing more for the front. I...

I haven't ruled out doing more for the front. I think I'm limited on options...Racetech doesn't show anything for the current generation Wee. Progressive does, but it seems pretty expensive. Right...
Forum: Hacks 01-02-2014, 05:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 745
Posted By soldierguy
Suspension upgrade for my Wee-Strom tug

Just had to throw this out there. Today I installed an Ohlins rear spring & shock, and Ohlins fork springs up front.

Results: :clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

It feels...
Forum: Hacks 01-02-2014, 02:51 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,869
Posted By soldierguy
Hack for V-strom or trade in for Ural?

My setup is all from DMC and I'm very happy with it.

Thought I'd update on the Ohlins install on my Wee. HUGE difference, for the good! I went with their fork springs up front, and it's a huge...
Forum: Hacks 01-02-2014, 08:43 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,869
Posted By soldierguy
True, the VStrom doesn't have a subframe from the...

True, the VStrom doesn't have a subframe from the factory. However, that's the case with most motorcycles these days...with the exception of Harleys, the classic-looking triumphs, cruisers, and a...
Forum: Hacks 12-31-2013, 08:00 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,869
Posted By soldierguy
Hack for V-strom or trade in for Ural?

Before I hacked my v-Strom 650 I was concerned about not having reverse. Turns out to not be a big deal at all. Just takes a tiny amount of thought before parking it. I push mine all the time into...
Forum: Hacks 12-01-2013, 03:35 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,869
Posted By soldierguy
I've got a '13 wee Strom 650 that I recently...

I've got a '13 wee Strom 650 that I recently hacked with a DMC M72D sidecar. I love it.

The 650 does well hauling the extra weight, although I did change to a 14 tooth front sprocket to make...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 11-27-2013, 05:23 AM
Replies: 9,768
Views: 3,069,619
Posted By soldierguy
Either one will do it, but the 1000 would give...

Either one will do it, but the 1000 would give more torque, an important thing for hacks if you're hauling bigger loads. I used the bike I had and generally run empty so the 650 does well. But if...
Forum: Beasts 11-25-2013, 02:04 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 23,081
Posted By soldierguy
Ok...finished the test ride about 2 hours ago. ...

Ok...finished the test ride about 2 hours ago. I'll say right up front...the Super Tenere is the best bike I've ever ridden. Hands down.

I see what you mean about it being a bike that could be a...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 11-24-2013, 07:59 PM
Replies: 9,768
Views: 3,069,619
Posted By soldierguy
Thanks! It's the 650. It handles the load fine,...

Thanks! It's the 650. It handles the load fine, although I did help it out a bit by switching to a 14 tooth sprocket up front. Suspension is getting upgraded next....as far as total weight on the...
Forum: Beasts 11-23-2013, 03:22 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 23,081
Posted By soldierguy
It's funny how some vehicles aren't so great on...

It's funny how some vehicles aren't so great on the test ride/drive, but end up being great in the long run. In my experience some of the most satisfying vehicles I've had were a little underwhelming...
Forum: Beasts 11-23-2013, 01:53 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 23,081
Posted By soldierguy
I know 😉👍 I'm test riding one on...

I know 😉👍

I'm test riding one on Monday...can't wait!
Forum: Beasts 11-19-2013, 05:12 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 23,081
Posted By soldierguy
LOL! Just waiting on some money to hit my...

LOL! Just waiting on some money to hit my account is all, plus going through the last minute concerns about writing such a hefty check. I agree it's a good value, especially at the discounted price...
Forum: Beasts 11-19-2013, 02:29 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 23,081
Posted By soldierguy
Winter isn't that big of a deal here on the...

Winter isn't that big of a deal here on the California coast. But the dealer does want them gone. I've known them all there for a while and have bought a few bikes there. He said he's set to make...
Forum: Beasts 11-19-2013, 01:48 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,999
Posted By soldierguy
To me, the wee-strom is just a friendly, honest...

To me, the wee-strom is just a friendly, honest bike to ride. No pretenses at all. The engine is pretty smooth…no big bumps or hiccups in power from idle to redline. The handling is stable, the...
Forum: Beasts 11-19-2013, 12:29 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,999
Posted By soldierguy
I'll start by repeating some advice I saw around...

I'll start by repeating some advice I saw around here a while back: buy the one that makes your heart go pitter-patter. Motorcycles are about far more than spec sheets and data…they should be fun...
Forum: Beasts 11-19-2013, 09:23 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 23,081
Posted By soldierguy
I looked at the VStrom online...looks like a nice...

I looked at the VStrom online...looks like a nice bike. But with the new Super Tenere coming out, deals are out there on the '13 models that make the S10 less expensive. A local dealer said he...
Forum: Road warriors 11-15-2013, 02:12 PM
Replies: 7,387
Views: 1,091,267
Posted By soldierguy
There's a used one for sale at a local shop. ...

There's a used one for sale at a local shop. Can't remember the price or miles off the top of my head, but I do remember that the price seemed very reasonable, as did the miles on it. It's in the...
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