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Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Today, 03:12 PM
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Posted By Starchamp
Meh. Mud is obviously sprayed on. Still a road...

Meh. Mud is obviously sprayed on. Still a road bike.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 02:47 PM
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Posted By Starchamp
Pics or it didn't happen.

Pics or it didn't happen.
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 02-26-2015, 08:44 PM
Replies: 341
Views: 18,552
Posted By Starchamp
What's the snowfall been like up that way, so far?

What's the snowfall been like up that way, so far?
Forum: Thumpers 02-26-2015, 08:40 PM
Replies: 25,989
Views: 4,650,695
Posted By Starchamp
+1 on the Ballistic Evo2. Been running an 8-cell...

+1 on the Ballistic Evo2. Been running an 8-cell for about 4 years now, no issues and starts every time, any temperature, and no tender needed.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-25-2015, 09:21 PM
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Posted By Starchamp
No need for Clint Eastwood, Honda has been doing...

No need for Clint Eastwood, Honda has been doing that themselves! :rofl
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 02-23-2015, 04:19 PM
Replies: 1,838
Views: 180,346
Posted By Starchamp
Well, obviously, those bikes won't be as good off...

Well, obviously, those bikes won't be as good off road as most Harleys, but maybe you're like to talk about the two bikes the adults were talking about? :evil
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 02-23-2015, 02:08 PM
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Views: 180,346
Posted By Starchamp
Do I detect a bit of defensiveness? :D IMO,...

Do I detect a bit of defensiveness? :D

IMO, the Triumph is more usable as a 'scrambler'--instead of just being styled like a scrambler--if for no other reason than that it has a cradle frame...
Forum: Thumpers 02-23-2015, 08:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 265
Posted By Starchamp
One of the brake rotor bolts, or near it. I'll...

One of the brake rotor bolts, or near it. I'll see if I can find a pic of mine.
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 02-23-2015, 08:27 AM
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Views: 180,346
Posted By Starchamp
Great review, thanks for the post Sarah! ...

Great review, thanks for the post Sarah!



Now, move this thread to Road Warriors. :evil
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-22-2015, 12:14 PM
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Posted By Starchamp
Unfortunately, it'll be at least a season until...

Unfortunately, it'll be at least a season until the bike is for sale anywhere, possibly longer here in the states.
Forum: Thumpers 02-22-2015, 12:10 PM
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Posted By Starchamp
Unless you've disabled the clutch safety switch. ...

Unless you've disabled the clutch safety switch. Then you'll have your hands full!
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-22-2015, 06:51 AM
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Posted By Starchamp
It was probably running extremely lean when they...

It was probably running extremely lean when they pushed it up onto the stage. :D
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-21-2015, 08:05 AM
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Posted By Starchamp
I hear you, and agree completely. But it...

I hear you, and agree completely. But it shouldn't take a year's worth 'more R&D' to go simpler on a basically complete bike, or to improve fuel mapping. So, IMO, there's more to the story as to why...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-21-2015, 07:18 AM
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Posted By Starchamp
More time in R&D isn't going to make for a...

More time in R&D isn't going to make for a lighter bike. It's going to get heavier and more complicated, because Honda will be continually reacting to bikes that other manufacturers are actually...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 02-20-2015, 08:06 PM
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Views: 180,346
Posted By Starchamp
No harm, no foul; even my wife doesn't get my...

No harm, no foul; even my wife doesn't get my sense of humor sometimes.
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 02-20-2015, 03:13 PM
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Views: 180,346
Posted By Starchamp
Not really, since everybody keeps comparing it to...

Not really, since everybody keeps comparing it to the Triumph Scrambler. I understand the natural tendency to do such a thing (though I'm disappointed nobody thinks to include the venerable CJ-8),...
Forum: Thumpers 02-20-2015, 07:11 AM
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Posted By Starchamp
I have a full Yoshi E exhaust on my SM, didn't...

I have a full Yoshi E exhaust on my SM, didn't need to fab a mount, just played around with spacers for the lower mount by the rear brake MC. Not quite the same as what you're trying to do, but not...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 02-20-2015, 07:05 AM
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Posted By Starchamp
If Ducati's goal was to be better than bikes that...

If Ducati's goal was to be better than bikes that have been around in their current form for almost 10 years, they set the bar pretty low.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-20-2015, 06:56 AM
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Posted By Starchamp
I for one, would like to see a picture, maybe...

I for one, would like to see a picture, maybe even a video (crazy, I know), of said bike in motion, under its own power, before I put too much stock in the words of some 'local rep' about how...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 02-19-2015, 07:25 PM
Replies: 341
Views: 18,552
Posted By Starchamp
My two cents: Start with a good base map...

My two cents:

Start with a good base map (gpsfiledepot.com is a good place for free topos). You'll want to set how the colorado displays them, like locking the orientation of the screen for how...
Forum: Thumpers 02-19-2015, 03:03 PM
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Posted By Starchamp
You can use the S rotor on the SM rim. Some will...

You can use the S rotor on the SM rim. Some will balk that it's too small, but unless you're actually riding it like a true supermoto, you'll be fine. I run an E swing-arm on my SM: you'll be fine,...
Forum: Thumpers 02-19-2015, 01:05 PM
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Posted By Starchamp
It depends on the size of the tire on the SM rim...

It depends on the size of the tire on the SM rim (and to some extent, the manufacturer). There are/were limited choices in the stock 140/70 size, so many folks run 150/60, which is about the same...
Forum: Thumpers 02-18-2015, 05:55 PM
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Posted By Starchamp
Seems like we go through this every few pages. :D...

Seems like we go through this every few pages. :D

The SM wheelset is compatible in terms of axles, spacers, etc., but you'll need to use your E brake rotors front and rear (maybe you can knock a...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 02-17-2015, 03:53 PM
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Views: 18,552
Posted By Starchamp
You say that like it's a bad thing! Well, as...

You say that like it's a bad thing! Well, as long as it's the 1980's TJ Hooker Heather Locklear...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-17-2015, 11:58 AM
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Posted By Starchamp
Fast forward to February 2016: "HRC just won...

Fast forward to February 2016:

"HRC just won (a stage of) Dakar! Now please buy this 'edition' built on 'racing technology' that's twice as many cylinders, twice the weight, and half the...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-17-2015, 11:54 AM
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Posted By Starchamp
There would actually have to be a running...

There would actually have to be a running prototype for that to happen.





:hide
Forum: Thumpers 02-16-2015, 10:26 PM
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Posted By Starchamp
I've never used the DB stuff; the site doesn't...

I've never used the DB stuff; the site doesn't mention anything about the bags being waterproof like the Wolfman stuff, and I try to avoid zippers whenever I can, those would be my only concerns. ...
Forum: Thumpers 02-16-2015, 01:11 PM
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Posted By Starchamp
I'm not aware of locking caps for any of the...

I'm not aware of locking caps for any of the aftermarket DRZ tanks.
Forum: Thumpers 02-16-2015, 09:49 AM
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Posted By Starchamp
No issues here with the Clarke 3.9g (which now...

No issues here with the Clarke 3.9g (which now fits 4.25g after years of expansion). Mine was one of the earlier tanks with a sub-par cap seal, but I've heard Clarke fixed that some years back.
Forum: Thumpers 02-16-2015, 09:44 AM
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Posted By Starchamp
I use these...

I use these (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Suzuki-DRZ400S-Side-Racks-DRZ-400-KLX400S-DRZ400-sm-/311271905551?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&hash=item487940590f&vxp=mtr) ebay side racks and a pair of...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-14-2015, 03:02 PM
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Posted By Starchamp
Naturally. But is the better mpg worth the extra...

Naturally. But is the better mpg worth the extra $ per gallon? In my experience, it never is.
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 02-14-2015, 08:14 AM
Replies: 1,838
Views: 180,346
Posted By Starchamp
Wouldn't you expect pre-production bikes intended...

Wouldn't you expect pre-production bikes intended for the show circuit to have a higher degree of fit and finish, considering the attention they're going to get and their intended purpose of...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-13-2015, 08:21 PM
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Posted By Starchamp
:huh ...

:huh

http://www.suzukicycles.com/Product%20Lines/Cycles/Products/DR-Z400/2015/DRZ400S.aspx
Forum: Thumpers 02-13-2015, 02:06 PM
Replies: 6
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Posted By Starchamp
'89+ RM250, judging by the left stanchion.

'89+ RM250, judging by the left stanchion.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-12-2015, 06:23 PM
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Posted By Starchamp
Agreed, and the no show at IMS events is telling.

Agreed, and the no show at IMS events is telling.
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 02-12-2015, 04:12 PM
Replies: 1,838
Views: 180,346
Posted By Starchamp
Too bad nobody actually rode that bike to that...

Too bad nobody actually rode that bike to that location for the photo shoot. :cry
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-12-2015, 09:43 AM
Replies: 6,200
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Posted By Starchamp
And I think the reasoning (beyond safety) for...

And I think the reasoning (beyond safety) for limiting it to 450ccs, is that it was supposed to give more privateers a chance to participate and actually be competitive without having to have the...
Forum: Thumpers 02-12-2015, 06:59 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,381
Posted By Starchamp
Hot Tub Time Machine, anyone? :D

Hot Tub Time Machine, anyone? :D
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 02-10-2015, 05:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,014
Posted By Starchamp
I think you'll find some kindred spirits in this...

I think you'll find some kindred spirits in this thread: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1023353
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-10-2015, 04:35 PM
Replies: 6,200
Views: 1,075,612
Posted By Starchamp
Nope! :D Thought he was talking about the...

Nope! :D

Thought he was talking about the 660.
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