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Forum: Trip Planning Yesterday, 01:07 PM
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Posted By shu
Either way can work fine. If I'm not sure...

Either way can work fine.

If I'm not sure my tires will make the whole trip and I'm traveling someplace where getting tires can be difficult, I'll just change 'em before I leave.

Otherwise, I...
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 12:06 PM
Replies: 96,119
Views: 18,122,588
Posted By shu
I have to agree with everyone else. I'm 5'9 155...

I have to agree with everyone else. I'm 5'9 155 pounds- no problem riding the DR in it's tall form. It's totally unnecessary to be able to put both feet flat on the ground. You'll get used to how...
Forum: Thumpers 07-24-2014, 05:57 PM
Replies: 96,119
Views: 18,122,588
Posted By shu
:D well I'm no wheeler-dealer I can tell you...

:D well I'm no wheeler-dealer I can tell you that- I'm a pretty poor capitalist. My idea of a good deal is one where both the buyer and the seller walk away happy.

Here's the full story: It was an...
Forum: Thumpers 07-24-2014, 05:42 AM
Replies: 96,119
Views: 18,122,588
Posted By shu
Likewise, I've always found wind resistance,from...

Likewise, I've always found wind resistance,from 65+ mph highway speeds to be the biggest factor in gas mileage.

I can ride dirt and twisties all day getting 52 mpg. Get out on the open highway...
Forum: Thumpers 07-23-2014, 08:17 PM
Replies: 96,119
Views: 18,122,588
Posted By shu
My '08 had 70,000 miles on it when I sold it and...

My '08 had 70,000 miles on it when I sold it and was still running fine. Based on my experience:

I would guess your steering head bearing is about done, and sometime in the next 10,000 + miles...
Forum: Thumpers 07-22-2014, 05:18 PM
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Views: 18,122,588
Posted By shu
Both very good tires with good life spans, but...

Both very good tires with good life spans, but not duplicates of each other: Expensive, but much longer lasting than many of the cheaper tires.

MEFO Explorer 99 rear:
...
Forum: Thumpers 07-11-2014, 06:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,470
Posted By shu
Aside from the tank a couple of drops shouldn't...

Aside from the tank a couple of drops shouldn't have hurt the bike. 2011; 2,000 miles- I would think you could get $4,000 for it.

BTW, you can probably pick up a replacement stock tank in very...
Forum: Thumpers 07-11-2014, 02:51 PM
Replies: 96,119
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Posted By shu
Sounds normal to me too. I don't hear anything...

Sounds normal to me too. I don't hear anything unusual.


................shu
Forum: Americas 07-10-2014, 07:07 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,059
Posted By shu
Never. Also never had a huge beard or...

Never.

Also never had a huge beard or acted like a lunatic (well, maybe once or twice :wink:)



......................shu
Forum: Thumpers 07-10-2014, 04:43 PM
Replies: 96,119
Views: 18,122,588
Posted By shu
Type of tire can make a huge difference. A worn...

Type of tire can make a huge difference. A worn front knobby on rain-grooved concrete can be an interesting experience. Throw in a little gusty wind and some rain..........:huh

I always look to...
Forum: Equipment 07-10-2014, 10:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 858
Posted By shu
Tank Panniers (for an ATV), handlebar map case,...

Tank Panniers (for an ATV), handlebar map case, no tank bag- works for me.

http://i831.photobucket.com/albums/zz239/pshushan/NMex%20Ariz%20MAR%2011/NmexAZMar11022.jpg...
Forum: Thumpers 07-10-2014, 09:45 AM
Replies: 96,119
Views: 18,122,588
Posted By shu
My stand has been shortened 1 inch. Clears the...

My stand has been shortened 1 inch. Clears the swingarm by about 1/4 inch- never touches it.


http://i831.photobucket.com/albums/zz239/pshushan/DR650/DSCF3286.jpg...
Forum: Thumpers 07-08-2014, 07:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 482
Posted By shu
:rofl ..........shu

:rofl

..........shu
Forum: Americas 07-06-2014, 06:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 257
Posted By shu
Are you planning to travel to large cities with...

Are you planning to travel to large cities with high crime rates? if not, don't worry about it. Lots of people travel with panniers that don't lock.

Pack your gear in saddlebag liner bags (or...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-06-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 4,990
Posted By shu
Yup. The word 'drop' rather than 'crash' or'...

Yup. The word 'drop' rather than 'crash' or' wreck' clarifies things I think.

And yes, I include drops on the dirt- You can get hurt there, too. A guy I know-decent rider, too- got a ride in an...
Forum: Thumpers 07-06-2014, 01:53 PM
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Views: 18,122,588
Posted By shu
I've run many sets of MEFO rear tires. It's a...

I've run many sets of MEFO rear tires. It's a great tire and although expensive, in the long run it's not as much more as you might think.
I get 7,000 miles of excellent tread on a nice round...
Forum: Thumpers 07-05-2014, 12:07 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,259
Posted By shu
Ugly??? ...

Ugly???

http://i831.photobucket.com/albums/zz239/pshushan/Mexico%202013/DSCF2746.jpg (http://s831.photobucket.com/user/pshushan/media/Mexico%202013/DSCF2746.jpg.html)

All in the eye of the...
Forum: Thumpers 07-05-2014, 05:31 AM
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Views: 18,122,588
Posted By shu
Sounds like it will work with just the one set. ...

Sounds like it will work with just the one set. I think you can count on 10,000 km out of the rear K60.


...........shu
Forum: Thumpers 07-04-2014, 09:27 PM
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Views: 18,122,588
Posted By shu
The Heidenau k60 series is tricky. The DR...

The Heidenau k60 series is tricky.
The DR takes a 130/80 x 17 while the Vstrom 650 takes a 150/70 x 17 ( I think).
...
Forum: Thumpers 07-04-2014, 07:32 PM
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Views: 18,122,588
Posted By shu
Talking Hey Ron- :wave Yes you could probably take...

Hey Ron- :wave

Yes you could probably take the front Heidenau to 15,000 miles (24,000 km). It's a pretty good tire: really nice on pavement, and not bad on dirt and rocks. Obviously more...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 07-03-2014, 04:36 PM
Replies: 11,072
Views: 1,182,876
Posted By shu
I piss and moan just as much as anyone else when...

I piss and moan just as much as anyone else when it comes to Garmin GPS and BaseCamp behaviors. The inability to search along a route, or take a detour come to mind.

But.............I was really...
Forum: Thumpers 06-30-2014, 04:25 PM
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Views: 18,122,588
Posted By shu
:rilla:rilla:rilla ................shu

:rilla:rilla:rilla

................shu
Forum: Thumpers 06-30-2014, 02:35 PM
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Views: 18,122,588
Posted By shu
I missed it, too. Still not sure what it means,...

I missed it, too. Still not sure what it means, guess I'm too literal minded. :wink:

............shu
Forum: Thumpers 06-30-2014, 02:32 PM
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Views: 18,122,588
Posted By shu
Let us know if you find good JIS bits somewhere....

Let us know if you find good JIS bits somewhere. :ear

.................shu
Forum: Thumpers 06-30-2014, 10:46 AM
Replies: 96,119
Views: 18,122,588
Posted By shu
..............shu

..............shu
Forum: Thumpers 06-30-2014, 10:41 AM
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Views: 18,122,588
Posted By shu
We really don't know how far they will go without...

We really don't know how far they will go without rebuilding. There have been reports from a few with over 100,000 miles that are still running. i just sold my 2008 with 70,000 miles- running just...
Forum: The Garage 06-27-2014, 01:04 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,976
Posted By shu
I like the Marc Parnes as well. I find it...

I like the Marc Parnes as well.

I find it much more sensitive (therefore easier, more accurate and repeatable) to use than the bike axle and wheel bearings. I just set mine up on a pair of...
Forum: Equipment 06-23-2014, 06:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,336
Posted By shu
I know, but you'll notice it's in line with my...

I know, but you'll notice it's in line with my theme of not introducing frills and complexities to the bike. There are things that must be done to the DR for the sake of reliability (NSU bolts,...
Forum: Thumpers 06-21-2014, 04:42 PM
Replies: 96,119
Views: 18,122,588
Posted By shu
why do you ride without a rear brake?:ear ...

why do you ride without a rear brake?:ear

.............shu
Forum: Equipment 06-21-2014, 11:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,336
Posted By shu
Hey Steve- Everyone has their own way of...

Hey Steve-

Everyone has their own way of doing things. Your plan is looking good.

Here are my comments based on my DR with 70,000 miles, including several trips through Mexico and a 15,000 mile...
Forum: Americas 06-20-2014, 11:39 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,929
Posted By shu
Yes, no matter the race/country of origin of the...

Yes, no matter the race/country of origin of the manager. I always ask to see the room (and flush the toilet) when I'm going cheap.

In the US, I start with Mom and Pop motels:
...
Forum: Thumpers 06-18-2014, 03:32 PM
Replies: 96,119
Views: 18,122,588
Posted By shu
I put on close to 6,000 miles on my recent Mexico...

I put on close to 6,000 miles on my recent Mexico trip so it was time to do a full service on my '09. As I pulled the tank off I remembered that BergDonk had published a nifty way to set the valves...
Forum: Thumpers 06-18-2014, 09:52 AM
Replies: 96,119
Views: 18,122,588
Posted By shu
stock is 120/90 x 17 I usually run 130/80 x...

stock is 120/90 x 17

I usually run 130/80 x 17 with no problems.

Some guys have successfully used 140/80 x 17- for me that's too big.



.............shu
Forum: Thumpers 06-12-2014, 07:14 PM
Replies: 96,119
Views: 18,122,588
Posted By shu
Yes, I forgot to put that in. It will do fine...

Yes, I forgot to put that in. It will do fine anyway, but I do adjust the idle mixture and idle speed between sea level and 5000 feet- above 5000 it doesn't seem to need anything else
...
Forum: Thumpers 06-12-2014, 05:09 PM
Replies: 96,119
Views: 18,122,588
Posted By shu
I live and ride in Colorado from 5,000 feet to...

I live and ride in Colorado from 5,000 feet to 14,000 feet- stock carb, airbox and exhaust. it works fine, won't be any more down on power at elevation than any other DR . No need to change...
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 06-12-2014, 12:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 657
Posted By shu
I didn't switch either, too.......also. :D ...

I didn't switch either, too.......also. :D

............shu
Forum: Thumpers 06-11-2014, 04:07 PM
Replies: 96,119
Views: 18,122,588
Posted By shu
Heh, heh...yup. Here's my bike recently in...

Heh, heh...yup.

Here's my bike recently in southern Mexico. Note the bike is so dirty you can't see any of the license plate, nor rear wheel, or swingarm and the front is caked with mud. But the...
Forum: Thumpers 06-11-2014, 02:58 PM
Replies: 96,119
Views: 18,122,588
Posted By shu
Like Mongle and others, I put a bit of 90 w gear...

Like Mongle and others, I put a bit of 90 w gear oil on with my same small paintbrush, work it in,then wipe off the excess with a paper towel.

A small can of WD40, a few oz of gear oil and a one...
Forum: Equipment 06-10-2014, 07:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 446
Posted By shu
$100- they seem worth it to me. ...

$100- they seem worth it to me.

http://www.rei.com/product/863401/marmot-precip-full-zip-rain-pants-mens-regular

...................shu
Forum: Layin' down tracks 06-10-2014, 01:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 435
Posted By shu
Does it turn itself back on, too? Power cord...

Does it turn itself back on, too? Power cord issue?

.............shu
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