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Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 03-21-2014, 09:44 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 205
Posted By dman
Saddleback Butte State Park campground?

Hi ... I'm thinking of heading down to the Antelope Valley this weekend and was wondering if Saddleback Butte would likely have sites available late on Saturday. I've never been in the area so...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-07-2014, 08:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 682
Posted By dman
+1 on the rain this weekend. Good food is a...

+1 on the rain this weekend. Good food is a matter of taste, but Parish Pub, Companion Bakery, Picnic Basket, Betty's, Sabieng Thai, Pacific Cookie and Penny Ice Creamery are among my favorites. Also...
Forum: Day Trippin' 01-22-2014, 07:58 AM
Replies: 337
Views: 59,884
Posted By dman
I climbed up there a few months ago with my wife....

I climbed up there a few months ago with my wife. Awesome views but less interesting as a structure than some fire towers. We had been to the Sierra Buttes lookout last summer. Now that one is...
Forum: Thumpers 12-01-2013, 08:33 AM
Replies: 91,657
Views: 17,068,910
Posted By dman
This reminds me of a colleague I went mountain...

This reminds me of a colleague I went mountain biking with a few times, years ago. He was a good rider but no mechanical sympathy or skills at all .... couldn't fix a flat tire or adjust his...
Forum: Thumpers 11-27-2013, 08:42 PM
Replies: 91,657
Views: 17,068,910
Posted By dman
I've seen mention of Vessel tools a few times...

I've seen mention of Vessel tools a few times recently, in the context of them being a quality brand. Interesting, because my "manual" impact driver (ie the kind you hit with a hammer) that I bought...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 11-18-2013, 11:34 AM
Replies: 4,618
Views: 397,889
Posted By dman
I rode up China Grade yesterday and the gate @...

I rode up China Grade yesterday and the gate @ Johansen was open. No sign prohibiting entrance so my buddy and I rode down to the intersection with Middle Ridge Rd (the first intersection, not down...
Forum: Road warriors 11-09-2013, 11:23 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 17,130
Posted By dman
I like it, but I'm not crazy about it. But the...

I like it, but I'm not crazy about it. But the concept - mid-size upright tourer - is brilliant. Here in the US even a practical MV will continue to be a fringe bike, but Yamaha, Triumph and even...
Forum: Beasts 11-09-2013, 10:30 PM
Replies: 1,977
Views: 311,430
Posted By dman
The Adventure model at the San Mateo show had an...

The Adventure model at the San Mateo show had an ordinary looking aluminum SWMotech skidplate, not the styled/molded plastic job shown in derrickb's pictures from Dallas. Getting closer to...
Forum: Beasts 11-01-2013, 02:20 PM
Replies: 3,094
Views: 576,365
Posted By dman
I put 10K miles on my rear 705, before replacing...

I put 10K miles on my rear 705, before replacing with another 705, and still have the front with about 17K and lots of tread. No problems with cracks/bubbles etc including some pretty high temps in...
Forum: Orange Crush 11-01-2013, 02:16 PM
Replies: 447
Views: 36,407
Posted By dman
I rode both at the demo in Mountain View,...

I rode both at the demo in Mountain View, California (or is that dealership really in Sunnyvale?). Anyway, it was sunny and 70F and I noticed no abnormal heat, and found the instrumentation to be...
Forum: Beasts 10-31-2013, 02:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 652
Posted By dman
I removed the forks 'cause I had to replace the...

I removed the forks 'cause I had to replace the seals. And it certainly makes draining the oil easier. Also, I believe the oil height (level) needs to be measured with the forks vertical. I followed...
Forum: Beasts 10-31-2013, 09:18 AM
Replies: 1,977
Views: 311,430
Posted By dman
skidplate

The 2014 show unit definitely had a SW Motech skidplate, but is that the stock mounting or should it also tie into the crashbars at the front? The booth guy (not a US Suzuki employee) asked me...
Forum: Beasts 10-31-2013, 08:52 AM
Replies: 3,094
Views: 576,365
Posted By dman
Cogent DDCs

I installed DDC's on my '04 Strom ... posted about it here http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=929734 but figure this is really the right thread. After a few more weeks, still all...
Forum: Road warriors 10-31-2013, 08:35 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,833
Posted By dman
Let's just wait for this engine, sans turbo, to...

Let's just wait for this engine, sans turbo, to show up in a new more dirt-oriented WeeStrom.

-dman
Forum: Orange Crush 10-31-2013, 08:33 AM
Replies: 6,570
Views: 1,416,382
Posted By dman
Multi vs KTM

To each his own, but I'm not sure why anyone would consider the 1190 if they don't plan to go off road. But based on my brief experience riding the 1190's last week, I think rider skill and...
Forum: Thumpers 10-31-2013, 08:17 AM
Replies: 91,657
Views: 17,068,910
Posted By dman
I have a similar situation (noisy chain, though...

I have a similar situation (noisy chain, though no obvious kinks or stiffness) with my new 520 ProCycle chain and sprocket setup ... posted about it a few weeks ago but didn't get any comments. I did...
Forum: Thumpers 10-29-2013, 07:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,319
Posted By dman
You wrote that you have a 10 km round trip. My...

You wrote that you have a 10 km round trip. My math skills tells me that's 5 km each way, or 3.1 miles. I think 20-26 mpg (US mile, US gallons :) isn't bad if each trip has a cold start. Mt DR650...
Forum: Orange Crush 10-28-2013, 08:38 PM
Replies: 6,570
Views: 1,416,382
Posted By dman
Demo ride notes - USA

My local dealer hosted the 1190 demo tour today and I got about 30 minutes each on both the standard and R versions. We had a dealer salesman lead, and a KTM guy ride sweep. The route was suburban...
Forum: Beasts 10-28-2013, 08:07 PM
Replies: 1,977
Views: 311,430
Posted By dman
I took pics of the Adventure version but it may...

I took pics of the Adventure version but it may be a while before i upload them. But a Google image search of 2014 VStrom adventure shows plenty of pictures - better than mine.

Reach to the bars...
Forum: Beasts 10-28-2013, 11:12 AM
Replies: 1,977
Views: 311,430
Posted By dman
I also sat on and scoped out the new bike at the...

I also sat on and scoped out the new bike at the IMS show. Honestly, with higher quality bars and a decent skidplate it looks just as good as a GS or 1190ADV for 90% of riding conditions at lower...
Forum: The Garage 10-26-2013, 09:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,216
Posted By dman
I had a '93 FZJ80 for 12 years and 100K miles...

I had a '93 FZJ80 for 12 years and 100K miles (bought at 40K, sold at 140K). Rugged, reliable, and other than putting gas in the tank, very cheap to run as nothing really went wrong. If it's been...
Forum: Day Trippin' 10-25-2013, 10:44 AM
Replies: 337
Views: 59,884
Posted By dman
I think this is the first fall I haven't gotten...

I think this is the first fall I haven't gotten up to the Sierras in a very long time. Thanks Dave for letting me at least see them through your pictures!

-damn
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 10-24-2013, 09:19 PM
Replies: 4,618
Views: 397,889
Posted By dman
Thanks for pointing this out, and longtallsally's...

Thanks for pointing this out, and longtallsally's subsequent posting as well. I think we are lucky in California to have so much federal land available; the downside is that the Feds can also close...
Forum: Beasts 10-24-2013, 08:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 652
Posted By dman
Cogent DDC's on DL650 WeeStrom

I had to replace a fork seal after 46K miles on my Strom so I decided to install DDC's and straight rate springs while I was at it. New fluid too of course, perhaps the first fluid change in its ...
Forum: Thumpers 10-23-2013, 07:56 PM
Replies: 91,657
Views: 17,068,910
Posted By dman
I have a Makita "sawzall". I also had a couple of...

I have a Makita "sawzall". I also had a couple of Makita cordless drill-drivers in the '80's ... was there any other brand back then? As for SkilSaw, I think I'm old enough that this too is a generic...
Forum: Thumpers 10-21-2013, 02:51 PM
Replies: 91,657
Views: 17,068,910
Posted By dman
Yes, but I want a second rim so I don't have to...

Yes, but I want a second rim so I don't have to swap tires. I used to do that when I was young but getting tired of it ....

-dman
Forum: Thumpers 10-21-2013, 02:46 PM
Replies: 91,657
Views: 17,068,910
Posted By dman
19" front wheel and tire?

I've seen some threads such as this http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=751285 but nothing recent. What do people think of getting a 19-incher as a second front wheel, with a more...
Forum: Beasts 10-13-2013, 08:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,509
Posted By dman
I notice that the OP is in the East Bay...

I notice that the OP is in the East Bay (California). Depending on his commute route, that one hour could only be 20 miles or so :) A DR650 (I have one) is just fine. A DL650 (I have one also, and...
Forum: Thumpers 10-13-2013, 08:41 PM
Replies: 91,657
Views: 17,068,910
Posted By dman
Speaking of which, I put a new chain and...

Speaking of which, I put a new chain and sprockets on about 1000 miles ago and the new chain seemed really noisy, even just pushing the bike in the garage. I had aligned it with the adjustor marks...
Forum: Road warriors 10-05-2013, 01:02 PM
Replies: 2,458
Views: 368,328
Posted By dman
The demo bike I rode had no excess play .... to...

The demo bike I rode had no excess play .... to me it felt more like a combination of sensitive fueling/throttle response and a very light return spring. Not unlike the HyperStrada I rode a few...
Forum: Road warriors 10-04-2013, 11:19 AM
Replies: 2,458
Views: 368,328
Posted By dman
I own a Monster (14 years & 35K miles) and have...

I own a Monster (14 years & 35K miles) and have test-ridden the HyperStrada and the FZ09, and preferred the FZ09 motor .... with the HUGE caveat that this is based purely on short test rides.
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Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 10-04-2013, 11:09 AM
Replies: 4,618
Views: 397,889
Posted By dman
Where in San Jose? San Jose is huge .... it can...

Where in San Jose? San Jose is huge .... it can take over an hour to go from one end to another in rush hour, worse than many commutes from elsewhere into SJ. I live in Santa Cruz (city) and I'm...
Forum: Road warriors 10-01-2013, 08:45 PM
Replies: 2,458
Views: 368,328
Posted By dman
Back to the FZ09

I rode one at the demo at the Laguna WSBK. Very nice. In the past 6 months I have ridden the new HyperStrada, Tiger 800 roadie and the NC700x. I own a Wee and a Ducati Monster. The demo route was...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 09-16-2013, 10:19 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,525
Posted By dman
I got gas at the Inn in Rachael last year, no...

I got gas at the Inn in Rachael last year, no problem and very helpful once they learned it was for a bike. It wasn't cheap but all-in-all a good deal.

-dman
Forum: Thumpers 09-02-2013, 05:50 PM
Replies: 91,657
Views: 17,068,910
Posted By dman
I considered a new seat but decided my knees (and...

I considered a new seat but decided my knees (and ability to stand up when needed) took priority, so I got ProCycle's lowered footpegs. Voila, the seat was suddenly much more comfortable as well, on...
Forum: Road warriors 08-30-2013, 07:53 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 9,559
Posted By dman
My 900F was my 4th bike, first new bike, and 2x...

My 900F was my 4th bike, first new bike, and 2x the displacement and power of anything I'd owned, after owning and riding street bikes for 7 years. It was the bike on which I discovered (sport)...
Forum: Road warriors 08-29-2013, 09:46 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,331
Posted By dman
I've had a '99 M900 since new. 34K miles and just...

I've had a '99 M900 since new. 34K miles and just replaced clutch; removed forks and freshened them up (seals and fluid) and lubed/adjusted steering head. Other than that, just maintenance: belts,...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 08-29-2013, 09:15 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 5,055
Posted By dman
I was up in Ebbetts Pass/Markleeville and...

I was up in Ebbetts Pass/Markleeville and Gardnerville last weekend and the smoke was pretty bad starting below Angels Camp. I'm thinking about camping at Big Trees State Park mid-next week before...
Forum: Road warriors 08-27-2013, 09:35 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 9,559
Posted By dman
I realize tastes are subjective, but I'm...

I realize tastes are subjective, but I'm surprised to see multiple mentions of the Nighthawk 750. A fine bike, I'm sure, but aesthetically and functionally they seem like pure transportation devices,...
Forum: Beasts 08-27-2013, 01:50 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 16,765
Posted By dman
Very interesting. Any ideas yet on kit pricing? ...

Very interesting. Any ideas yet on kit pricing?

-dman
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