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Forum: Beasts 03-10-2012, 09:48 AM
Replies: 259
Views: 65,421
Posted By varaman
I'm glad you got it into the US Al. I was...

I'm glad you got it into the US Al. I was curious because a couple American friends, upon riding mine, immediately tried to get a Varadero into the States. There were plenty of restrictions and red...
Forum: Beasts 03-09-2012, 11:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,557
Posted By varaman
Hi Ken This is pic of my Varadero with the...

Hi Ken

This is pic of my Varadero with the factory Honda top box. If you need additional photographs, I can take a few more detailed pics in a few weeks.
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Forum: Beasts 03-09-2012, 11:28 PM
Replies: 259
Views: 65,421
Posted By varaman
Nice Al. Was it difficult to get it into the US?

Nice Al. Was it difficult to get it into the US?
Forum: Beasts 02-28-2012, 10:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,557
Posted By varaman
Hi Ken Sorry I didn't respond yet to your pm...

Hi Ken

Sorry I didn't respond yet to your pm in regards to my topbox on my Varadero. I'm not here that often and just recently read my pm's when I logged on. I'll dig around for some photos of...
Forum: Beasts 02-20-2012, 09:58 PM
Replies: 2,193
Views: 616,014
Posted By varaman
Couldn't agree more. At 6'5" and 200 lbs., I...

Couldn't agree more. At 6'5" and 200 lbs., I want a large bike. And since most of my riding consists of touring and rough road travel (as many of us seem to be doing these days) as opposed trail or...
Forum: Beasts 02-19-2012, 11:43 AM
Replies: 2,193
Views: 616,014
Posted By varaman
Thanks for your review Two Plugs. Like all...

Thanks for your review Two Plugs. Like all reviews, I think much is dependent upon the biases and wants of the personal tester, with the best of course being a test ride by the potential purchaser. ...
Forum: Beasts 02-17-2012, 01:04 PM
Replies: 2,193
Views: 616,014
Posted By varaman
The initial "first ride" tests seem favouarble. ...

The initial "first ride" tests seem favouarble. I'll wait until I ride one, however, before I decide if it's for me. That being said, I'm in no real hurry to get rid of my Varadero either.
Forum: Beasts 02-12-2012, 10:41 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 17,141
Posted By varaman
Others may not agree, but I think KLR. Since the...

Others may not agree, but I think KLR. Since the mid-eighties I've had four of them, and they've carried me to many far away places. Slow, not entirely comfortable, but as reliable as a wood stove....
Forum: Road warriors 02-10-2012, 05:30 PM
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Views: 1,116,265
Posted By varaman
Where did you read that?

Where did you read that?
Forum: Road warriors 02-07-2012, 10:07 AM
Replies: 5,626
Views: 1,116,265
Posted By varaman
Nice post RR. I too don't have any brand...

Nice post RR.

I too don't have any brand loyalty, and am curious as to how it performs by actually riding it. Something I intend to do once it becomes available. It certainly seems to be a bike...
Forum: Beasts 02-03-2012, 05:26 PM
Replies: 1,809
Views: 487,387
Posted By varaman
Hi Swaino I can only give you my thoughts...

Hi Swaino

I can only give you my thoughts based on three years of owning a three year old Varadero, purchased new in 2008. The Varadero is a very large, rather heavy, all road machine. It feels...
Forum: Beasts 01-31-2012, 10:39 AM
Replies: 259
Views: 65,421
Posted By varaman
When I was looking for another bike in Canada, a...

When I was looking for another bike in Canada, a European friend that knew my riding style consisted of highway travel combined with rough road exploring recommended the Varadero. He told me that...
Forum: Beasts 01-29-2012, 12:10 AM
Replies: 1,809
Views: 487,387
Posted By varaman
I know what you mean. My Varadero has been one...

I know what you mean. My Varadero has been one of the most enjoyable bikes I have ever owned over almost a forty year riding period. For three years it's been traveling Canadian highways and back...
Forum: Beasts 01-27-2012, 11:18 PM
Replies: 1,809
Views: 487,387
Posted By varaman
That thing really looks great with the black rims.

That thing really looks great with the black rims.
Forum: Beasts 01-24-2012, 07:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,443
Posted By varaman
My '08 Varadero has been happily traveling the...

My '08 Varadero has been happily traveling the Canadian highways and back roads without a complaint using regular fuel. As far as the air filter is concerned, I'd stick with the factory piece.
Forum: Beasts 11-23-2011, 11:09 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 12,598
Posted By varaman
Can't. I've yet to ride either, and don't have...

Can't. I've yet to ride either, and don't have any faith whatsoever in spec sheet armchair reviews. If I were to purchase a refined, all road long distance tourer however, I would look at the Honda...
Forum: Beasts 11-15-2011, 06:59 PM
Replies: 1,809
Views: 487,387
Posted By varaman
Have a great trip RTW! I think the Varadero...

Have a great trip RTW! I think the Varadero would be a great bike for RTW adventure. Ride safely and have a great time!
Forum: Beasts 10-18-2011, 01:52 PM
Replies: 2,193
Views: 616,014
Posted By varaman
I'd love to ride one eventually as well. My...

I'd love to ride one eventually as well. My Varadero is an outstanding long distance all road tourer, and I suspect the CT will be much the same.
Forum: Beasts 08-27-2011, 09:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 919
Posted By varaman
12k is the sticker price at my local dealer right...

12k is the sticker price at my local dealer right now, Even with last years economy we only saw left over 09 650's go down to 8k last year. Maybe I should buy one from the USA?[/QUOTE]


Keep...
Forum: Beasts 08-27-2011, 12:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 919
Posted By varaman
If you want it, then go for it. I think the...

If you want it, then go for it. I think the 'Strom is a great bike, and 50 000 km. isn't very much. Depending on the year, it may be a good buy considering the accessories. The 12K you mentioned...
Forum: Beasts 08-26-2011, 11:11 AM
Replies: 2,193
Views: 616,014
Posted By varaman
As much fun as that looks, it also looks...

As much fun as that looks, it also looks uncomfortable. I actually hope the CT will be big and comfortable. There are plenty of great bikes for offroad or aggressive adventure riding, but I hope...
Forum: Beasts 08-25-2011, 06:02 PM
Replies: 2,193
Views: 616,014
Posted By varaman
Yeah, at this point much seems to be speculation....

Yeah, at this point much seems to be speculation. I don't think anyone can really comment until it's made a available. I do hope it's lighter than the Varadero however, as the 'Dero is a very large...
Forum: Beasts 08-25-2011, 12:43 PM
Replies: 2,193
Views: 616,014
Posted By varaman
Excellent observation. Absolutely agree. Your...

Excellent observation. Absolutely agree. Your definition is what I, along with many others, subscribe to. I want a tourer capable of "all road" travel, and if the new CT meets these requirements...
Forum: Beasts 08-19-2011, 12:54 AM
Replies: 259
Views: 65,421
Posted By varaman
Cool pics Howie!

Cool pics Howie!
Forum: Beasts 08-16-2011, 10:42 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,904
Posted By varaman
lol! You sound like me! In late 2007 I...

lol!

You sound like me! In late 2007 I began to look in earnest at other bikes as well. I loved my KLRs (still do), but wanted something a little more road orientated. The 1000DL was a definite...
Forum: Beasts 08-01-2011, 10:57 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,361
Posted By varaman
Personally, I know a number of V-strom riders...

Personally, I know a number of V-strom riders with a lot more miles on their bikes than what you currently have on yours. If you're not proficient at wrenching, then phone around to a few of the...
Forum: Beasts 08-01-2011, 10:51 PM
Replies: 259
Views: 65,421
Posted By varaman
I really love seeing all these pics. Reinforces...

I really love seeing all these pics. Reinforces my love of the Varadero as a wonderful all-road tourer. Unfortunately I won't be making any extended trips with my 'Dero this year, but it sure is...
Forum: Beasts 07-14-2011, 01:29 PM
Replies: 259
Views: 65,421
Posted By varaman
Great pictures Howie. I'm jealous. ...

Great pictures Howie.

I'm jealous. Unfortunately, due to other matters, I won't be traveling this year. The Varadero and the KLRs will only be making short jaunts here and there. This year I...
Forum: Beasts 07-08-2011, 04:58 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 10,336
Posted By varaman
I don't really mind it how it is. I think the...

I don't really mind it how it is. I think the majority of riders here are enthusiasts and actually enjoy all brands of motorcycles. Oh sure you have those that are only loyal to a specific brand,...
Forum: Beasts 06-07-2011, 09:29 AM
Replies: 1,684
Views: 262,084
Posted By varaman
I agree entirely. I have a number of friends,...

I agree entirely. I have a number of friends, confident of their riding ability and wants that have the resources to purchase any bike they choose, and have purchased a 'Strom. None of them have...
Forum: Beasts 05-24-2011, 07:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,118
Posted By varaman
I know a good Honda parts guy whom I'll be seeing...

I know a good Honda parts guy whom I'll be seeing later this week. I'll ask him while I'm there if you like.






Terry
Forum: Beasts 05-15-2011, 06:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,353
Posted By varaman
Congrats! Looks nice! Terry

Congrats! Looks nice!






Terry
Forum: Beasts 05-15-2011, 10:06 AM
Replies: 1,809
Views: 487,387
Posted By varaman
Nice pics six mile. I especially like the first...

Nice pics six mile. I especially like the first one. The way the weather goes in the Rockies, we could still have the same conditions in June.:)
Forum: Beasts 05-14-2011, 06:19 PM
Replies: 259
Views: 65,421
Posted By varaman
Nice! I find my Varadero really great two-up...

Nice!

I find my Varadero really great two-up as well. Loaded down on rough roads it really comes into it's element.
Forum: Beasts 05-08-2011, 12:03 PM
Replies: 1,809
Views: 487,387
Posted By varaman
I really enjoyed reading about your trip. Thanks...

I really enjoyed reading about your trip. Thanks for taking the time to report!








Terry
Forum: Beasts 05-08-2011, 12:02 PM
Replies: 1,809
Views: 487,387
Posted By varaman
Bike really looks nice! Terry

Bike really looks nice!






Terry
Forum: Beasts 04-27-2011, 08:43 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,175
Posted By varaman
Personally, I like the Wee. I don't own one, but...

Personally, I like the Wee. I don't own one, but have ridden several. I think it's a great bike at any price range. I've swapped rides a few times with friends that own them, they riding my...
Forum: Beasts 04-27-2011, 08:29 PM
Replies: 1,809
Views: 487,387
Posted By varaman
I agree. I've had safety switches go bad on...

I agree.

I've had safety switches go bad on a KLR and a 1200GS. More of a pain in the arse than anything. So far, my Varadero hasn't suffered any such maladies. Good luck finding it. If you...
Forum: Beasts 04-27-2011, 05:27 PM
Replies: 1,809
Views: 487,387
Posted By varaman
I wonder if it could be a faulty safety switch of...

I wonder if it could be a faulty safety switch of sorts? Did it stall immediately after the clutch was pulled in?






Terry
Forum: Beasts 04-23-2011, 02:50 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 39,317
Posted By varaman
Excellent, impartial writeup! Somewhat a rarity...

Excellent, impartial writeup! Somewhat a rarity these days. Thanks for taking the time.






Terry
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