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Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-01-2015, 10:45 PM
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Posted By mcpenner
2009 is the best year I think. It has all the...

2009 is the best year I think. It has all the upgrades the old model got, but is old enough to get a good price on. I would need a seat before Alaska. I thought the stock seat was OK while doing...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 12-31-2014, 03:33 PM
Replies: 9,370
Views: 3,727,053
Posted By mcpenner
I agree except I think the mirrors are only a...

I agree except I think the mirrors are only a secondary problem. The problem for me is the V shaped cut outs in the fairing. They are needed to allow for the hand guards at full lock. I put small...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-13-2014, 08:30 AM
Replies: 4,065
Views: 774,544
Posted By mcpenner
cargo straps and/or block and tackle to rafters...

cargo straps and/or block and tackle to rafters works
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 10-06-2014, 08:15 PM
Replies: 742
Views: 124,255
Posted By mcpenner
Wow, people really didn't used to think about...

Wow, people really didn't used to think about acceptability did they? That entrancde looks scary for able bodied people.
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 10-06-2014, 05:52 PM
Replies: 742
Views: 124,255
Posted By mcpenner
The days are getting shorter up here in the north...

The days are getting shorter up here in the north country. Any ride could be the last so I was happy to get out for a good ride again this Sunday. Appropriate to stop at a church I think.
...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 10-05-2014, 07:46 AM
Replies: 9,370
Views: 3,727,053
Posted By mcpenner
I wish I could go up there more often. Breath...

I wish I could go up there more often. Breath taking views.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 10-01-2014, 06:38 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 27,301
Posted By mcpenner
To beak or not to beak...I don't really care, but...

To beak or not to beak...I don't really care, but I thought they were originally built to help keep the front end of a tall overpowered dirt bike down at speeds a large front tire and high fender...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 09-21-2014, 07:07 PM
Replies: 1,966
Views: 501,978
Posted By mcpenner
:rofl:clap I make sure to ride through that...

:rofl:clap
I make sure to ride through that area at least once a year too. It's best in June. Weather is nice, days are long enough and the motor-homes have mostly not arrived yet....
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 09-18-2014, 12:44 PM
Replies: 4,065
Views: 774,544
Posted By mcpenner
I thought an update after several thousand Kms...

I thought an update after several thousand Kms would be a good idea.
The Corbin really does break in after a good amount of time in the saddle. I could feel the seat getting more and more formed to...
Forum: The Garage 09-18-2014, 12:39 PM
Replies: 480
Views: 251,897
Posted By mcpenner
I've got over 3000kms on this system now. Still...

I've got over 3000kms on this system now. Still working good and I haven't had to refill the reservoir yet. It's a keeper.
Forum: Equipment 09-16-2014, 11:05 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,873
Posted By mcpenner
Nice, but I'd get thrown out of the house if i...

Nice, but I'd get thrown out of the house if i ever spent that kind of money on a riding jacket! Guess I could travel the world then?? Let me see; warm bed with warmer woman every night and...
Forum: Equipment 09-16-2014, 08:40 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,873
Posted By mcpenner
I haven't mentioned the feet. I use seal skin...

I haven't mentioned the feet. I use seal skin socks. They are the same item that is issued to the Canadian military for arctic deployments. You can wear them under any foot wear and your feet will...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 09-15-2014, 09:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,658
Posted By mcpenner
dl100 - not so good, but a dl 300 might be fun -...

dl100 - not so good, but a dl 300 might be fun - of course a dl1000 is better lol
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 09-15-2014, 09:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,658
Posted By mcpenner
Update. I bought a 2009 DL650 with factory...

Update. I bought a 2009 DL650 with factory luggage. I'm just fine in all but the very strongest of winds (still rideable, but not any fun). A fork brace makes it even better. I'm happy. Love this...
Forum: Equipment 09-15-2014, 08:59 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,873
Posted By mcpenner
In the end I went with a good quality over rain...

In the end I went with a good quality over rain cover. My decision was helped along by the fact that I happened upon a good sale on a top quality jacket. It goes in a compression sack with my rain...
Forum: Thumpers 09-15-2014, 08:55 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,078
Posted By mcpenner
I still miss Betty. I'll have another KLR one...

I still miss Betty. I'll have another KLR one day, but for now I can only have one and she just couldn't handle the little bit of two up riding I like to do now and then.
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 09-15-2014, 08:51 PM
Replies: 742
Views: 124,255
Posted By mcpenner
Just a little ride through Viking Alberta today. ...

Just a little ride through Viking Alberta today.

http://p1.bikepics.com/2014%5C09%5C15%5Cbikepics-2696329-800.jpg
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 08-29-2014, 09:42 PM
Replies: 9,370
Views: 3,727,053
Posted By mcpenner
new tire, new trails

For the first time ever I changed my own tire this week. I used the infamous, you'll probably die and may cause the apocalypse youtube 2x4 method to break the bead. Worked great but I took no...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 08-17-2014, 07:36 AM
Replies: 4,065
Views: 774,544
Posted By mcpenner
I didn't know they came any other way??? Every...

I didn't know they came any other way??? Every time some evil demon tempts me to pick up a rag and some cleaning agent I have been able to resist the temptation, turn the key and go put some more...
Forum: The Garage 08-03-2014, 11:49 PM
Replies: 480
Views: 251,897
Posted By mcpenner
I do that if I'm planning to stop, but most of my...

I do that if I'm planning to stop, but most of my rides start and stop at home. Don't like stopping in between. So some oil is better then none.
Forum: The Garage 08-02-2014, 10:42 PM
Replies: 480
Views: 251,897
Posted By mcpenner
changed it up

I changed it up a little:
http://p1.bikepics.com/2014%5C07%5C08%5Cbikepics-2681587-800.jpg
It doesn't look as impressive, but it's better. Oil now gets to the rear sprocket which is better. No oil...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 08-01-2014, 01:49 PM
Replies: 4,065
Views: 774,544
Posted By mcpenner
[QUOTE=studad;24751478] Shelter won't insure it!...

[QUOTE=studad;24751478] Shelter won't insure it! /QUOTE]

Yah, I had one company that rated the DL650 as a sport bike (wouldn't insure it) and the Versys 650 as a touring bike. Go figure:confused
...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 07-30-2014, 10:33 PM
Replies: 742
Views: 124,255
Posted By mcpenner
Your bike at church

Let's see pictures of your motorcycle at church. Any church will do but I'd prefer pictures of the little old church, mostly closed down, buildings that dot the landscape of rural secondary roads.
...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-29-2014, 01:51 PM
Replies: 4,065
Views: 774,544
Posted By mcpenner
:rofl:lol3:rofl But really, we could fill...

:rofl:lol3:rofl

But really, we could fill pages...

I'd like a little side door into the from plastic on my 09 650. Could fit more sandwiches in there then you can in the poor excuses for...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-25-2014, 11:07 PM
Replies: 4,065
Views: 774,544
Posted By mcpenner
I've put a little time on the Corbin. It will be...

I've put a little time on the Corbin. It will be a while before I have time to go long enough in a day to really know what it's like.

Just thought I'd give a few first impressions;
- First of...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-25-2014, 10:41 PM
Replies: 4,065
Views: 774,544
Posted By mcpenner
I was in the same place as you this past winter...

I was in the same place as you this past winter only I was looking at the first versions of both bikes. After weighing all the pro's and con's of the 650 and 1000. After test riding both. After...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-25-2014, 02:20 PM
Replies: 4,065
Views: 774,544
Posted By mcpenner
ebay delivered

I was about to order a Sargent seat (due to their money back guarantee) or a seat concepts (good price) when I unexpectedly won with a half price bid on E bay for a Corbin. Got it this week. Skipped...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-22-2014, 11:51 AM
Replies: 4,065
Views: 774,544
Posted By mcpenner
I find lowest and highest (4th) best. The rest...

I find lowest and highest (4th) best. The rest make my nose itchy.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-22-2014, 06:44 AM
Replies: 4,065
Views: 774,544
Posted By mcpenner
It is obvious that what one person calls...

It is obvious that what one person calls buffeting, another calls a gentle breeze, but for some of us the disturbed air flowing off the fairing and windshield can cause enough head shaking to induce...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-21-2014, 11:33 PM
Replies: 4,065
Views: 774,544
Posted By mcpenner
strom ears

I know there are 100 V-strom buffeting threads. I've read lots of them, but I have not seen anyone try this yet.

http://p1.bikepics.com/2014%5C07%5C21%5Cbikepics-2684520-full.jpg...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-11-2014, 09:07 PM
Replies: 4,065
Views: 774,544
Posted By mcpenner
madstad alingment

My Madstad bracket seems to be out of line. When I go to attach the stock windshield if I put the screws in one side the screws on the other side are out of line by about 1/2 inch. Is this normal? I...
Forum: The Garage 07-08-2014, 08:20 AM
Replies: 480
Views: 251,897
Posted By mcpenner
Chain oiler 1.01

I found after a while that a thin film of oil was getting on things up by my handlebar and dash. I also wanted to get the oil to the inside of the chain so I build version #2. I thought it might fall...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-05-2014, 10:47 PM
Replies: 9,370
Views: 3,727,053
Posted By mcpenner
A few days on the road.

Took the strom on a road trip. Four days behind those big rocks you can just see on the horizon. 2897kms. I'm liking this one.

http://p1.bikepics.com/2014%5C07%5C04%5Cbikepics-2680456-800.jpg
Forum: Ride reports 07-04-2014, 08:40 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 344
Posted By mcpenner
a few days in BC

I don't get out much, and never for the long rides. But I managed to get away for four days in the British Columbia interior.

First time on a V-strom after years of traveling on a cruiser. Don't...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 07-03-2014, 11:27 PM
Replies: 1,966
Views: 501,978
Posted By mcpenner
Clearwater

Finally got out for a few nights. I'm a hanger too.

http://p1.bikepics.com/2014%5C07%5C04%5Cbikepics-2680453-800.jpg

A little close the the A&W in the background, but the coffee and eggs in the...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-27-2014, 08:34 AM
Replies: 9,370
Views: 3,727,053
Posted By mcpenner
For now I don't want to put anything in them that...

For now I don't want to put anything in them that I would be sad to loose. If they prove to want to stay there I expect to use one for tire and chain maintenance stuff (nice isolated location to keep...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-26-2014, 11:01 PM
Replies: 9,370
Views: 3,727,053
Posted By mcpenner
Finally got them mounted. hope they stay there. ...

Finally got them mounted. hope they stay there.

http://p1.bikepics.com/2014%5C06%5C26%5Cbikepics-2678953-800.jpg
http://p1.bikepics.com/2014%5C06%5C26%5Cbikepics-2678955-full.jpg
Now to figure...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 06-25-2014, 10:33 AM
Replies: 1,966
Views: 501,978
Posted By mcpenner
I parked the back end of the bike behind the...

I parked the back end of the bike behind the picnic table. A heavy rain can turn solid ground into soup. The other problem with these set ups is you can't leave the tent and use the bike. I almost...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 06-25-2014, 09:58 AM
Replies: 1,966
Views: 501,978
Posted By mcpenner
I love the simplicity but it would hurt on the...

I love the simplicity but it would hurt on the day the kick stand sinks into the ground and the bike falls over! Might be worth the risk for not having to carry poles? I've had to set up my Hennessy...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-20-2014, 01:47 PM
Replies: 4,065
Views: 774,544
Posted By mcpenner
sorry about the big picture. Got it all back...

sorry about the big picture.

Got it all back together now.
http://p1.bikepics.com/2014%5C06%5C20%5Cbikepics-2677284-full.jpg
http://p1.bikepics.com/2014%5C06%5C20%5Cbikepics-2677285-800.jpg...
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