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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 02:31 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,146
Posted By smj
Trying to take off with the side stand down - and...

Trying to take off with the side stand down - and having it pointed out by my follow riders... Leaving the bike idling on the side stand, on a slight slope, just for a minute... Thud!!! Forgetting...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-14-2014, 07:24 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,406
Posted By smj
Good luck with the cr125! You might be about...

Good luck with the cr125! You might be about right (weight wise) for the suspension, check the static and rider sag, get that set right - might need to change the shock oil... If you have to spring...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-05-2014, 01:47 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,768
Posted By smj
"I see them around minor construction areas and...

"I see them around minor construction areas and wonder what constitutes "EXTREME" caution as opposed to normal caution..."

A little over a year ago, a friend and I were heading south out of...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-30-2014, 03:31 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,995
Posted By smj
Having had a chance ride several of the big bikes...

Having had a chance ride several of the big bikes out there, I agree that they are very capable - I'd say way more capable than the average rider! That said, they do not forgive poor body position,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-30-2014, 03:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,001
Posted By smj
By the way, there are lot of small and light...

By the way, there are lot of small and light weight compressors available. Pick one up, along with a tire pressure gauge, and changing tire pressure on a trip will become a non issue.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-30-2014, 03:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,001
Posted By smj
You will read about running low tire pressures...

You will read about running low tire pressures for off pavement. This is done for added traction (and less bouncy tires) over difficult conditions. While this does, in fact, help with traction, most...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-30-2014, 05:31 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,916
Posted By smj
You could set a belay to a tree or bumper of the...

You could set a belay to a tree or bumper of the family car/truck and lower it down on ropes... I took a bike down a basement stairway that way once, it worked out fine, we didn't take out the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-30-2014, 05:24 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,995
Posted By smj
I would not have thought of touring through an...

I would not have thought of touring through an old building, probably not a destination ride for most BMW riders.

What's with the spider?

The narrow quarters make most of the ride more...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-28-2014, 09:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,454
Posted By smj
Those are all sportbikes...

Those are all sportbikes...
Forum: Day Trippin' 11-23-2014, 09:02 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,768
Posted By smj
You will never forget that first meeting...

You will never forget that first meeting either... Congratulations!

I will agree that the early days can be a bit rough - but if you and your wife are willing to work together, I think you'll...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-23-2014, 08:53 PM
Replies: 1,697
Views: 224,625
Posted By smj
So... are you a blind rider, or driving with...

So... are you a blind rider, or driving with really dark face shield at night?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-22-2014, 05:21 PM
Replies: 1,697
Views: 224,625
Posted By smj
At least the turkey wasn't airborne! My dad was...

At least the turkey wasn't airborne! My dad was giving a guy a ride one time, and a bird was flying across the road... He yelled duck! And then pasted himself to the tank. The guy on the back, he was...
Forum: Thumpers 11-20-2014, 08:57 AM
Replies: 7,828
Views: 1,635,146
Posted By smj
I have thought about a larger tank for my 500 -...

I have thought about a larger tank for my 500 - what does a 19L tank do the handling of the bike? Also, what kind of range are you getting with one that large...?
Forum: Thumpers 11-15-2014, 10:46 AM
Replies: 7,828
Views: 1,635,146
Posted By smj
We were there Oct 31st through Nov 3rd. Nice...

We were there Oct 31st through Nov 3rd. Nice video!
Forum: Thumpers 11-14-2014, 05:07 PM
Replies: 7,828
Views: 1,635,146
Posted By smj
I sold my 07 XR650R to buy the 500 exc. Different...

I sold my 07 XR650R to buy the 500 exc. Different bikes to be sure, and while I would have liked to have been able to keep the XR - I would not go back to it and give up the 500!

At Moab a couple...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-14-2014, 04:48 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,355
Posted By smj
The "adventure" part is easy, and everyone has a...

The "adventure" part is easy, and everyone has a bit different idea about the content. The hard part is funding and time off to go do it!
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-14-2014, 04:30 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 6,296
Posted By smj
Anyone try these??? ...

Anyone try these???

http://www.hippohands.com/


or these, this one looks like it might work well -
the original link was to the UK, here is one for the states:
...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-10-2014, 06:47 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,335
Posted By smj
I rode my bike home from work on ice once (rather...

I rode my bike home from work on ice once (rather than leaving the bike at work and hitching a ride home). It was about 1:00 AM, I didn't think there'd be many out in the middle of the night. At the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-09-2014, 03:17 PM
Replies: 1,697
Views: 224,625
Posted By smj
Back in the 70's, I rode my DT250 everywhere. One...

Back in the 70's, I rode my DT250 everywhere. One day I was riding through the park, not going fast, and two kids were playing with a beach-ball. I took my eyes off of them and looked to the other...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-08-2014, 04:21 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 6,296
Posted By smj
I like heated grips, with at least 4 settings....

I like heated grips, with at least 4 settings. Gore-Tex for shells. I like the BMW balaclava. Block as much air as you can - for example wind blockers on the bars to help your hands. A scarf can be...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-28-2014, 12:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,300
Posted By smj
Thanks NT - and by all means, please do add my...

Thanks NT - and by all means, please do add my comments to the main thread!
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-27-2014, 08:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 575
Posted By smj
My grips have gone out as well. Tonight I...

My grips have gone out as well. Tonight I unplugged and re-plugged the electrical connections: Grips are heating again.

On mine, the controller showed power and all setting selections. But no...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-27-2014, 08:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,300
Posted By smj
The dealer where I bought the bike, Elite in...

The dealer where I bought the bike, Elite in Loveland, CO, did a warranty repair on the bike for me. I've had the bike about 17 months... AND - they turned the bike in two days. I had to pay for...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-26-2014, 05:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,209
Posted By smj
My 990r had what sounds like the same issue - the...

My 990r had what sounds like the same issue - the speedo just stopped working. Turn out to be the sensor on the front wheel.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-23-2014, 05:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,300
Posted By smj
Here is the story of Steve's dead bike... ...

Here is the story of Steve's dead bike...

First sign of trouble, turning the bars to the left dropped power to the console and killed the engine. A few more left turns, and I heard a very slight...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-18-2014, 05:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,300
Posted By smj
Thank you for the input!!! I ran out of time over...

Thank you for the input!!! I ran out of time over the weekend to check if this problem I have is the same, hope so, but will look it over tonight. Thank you again for the input, I'll let you know...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-17-2014, 11:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,300
Posted By smj
Dead bike, no electrical...

I have a 2012 990 r that is now dead. Two weeks ago we did the COBDR, then also the Moose Dual Sport Rally. The last day of the Moose, I noticed that when I turned the bars for a left turn, the...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 06-09-2014, 05:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 724
Posted By smj
Just about all shops are closed on Monday... That...

Just about all shops are closed on Monday... That said, if you can wait till Tuesday, from the link above -

Elite Motorsports
1400 E. Eisenhower Blvd. Loveland, CO 80538

Give these guys are...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 06-08-2014, 03:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,600
Posted By smj
Thank all! Flyingp - I head out to the COBDR the...

Thank all! Flyingp - I head out to the COBDR the last week of July this year... I'll have to get out and try the lower pressure before we leave. I think I'll go for 28 psi, and go from there.
Forum: Day Trippin' 06-08-2014, 03:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 939
Posted By smj
When do you wanna go Trin? I had a chance to...

When do you wanna go Trin?

I had a chance to clean up the bike and look at the turn signal - not broken! I had to pop the clear lens off and re-seat the reflector part on the mount. Good as new...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 06-08-2014, 06:56 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,600
Posted By smj
Thanks "now" - have you run off road at 28 psi in...

Thanks "now" - have you run off road at 28 psi in the rear tire? Reading through some other postings, someone called "CJ" apparently runs off road at 30 psi... But that was a second hand reference...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 06-07-2014, 07:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 724
Posted By smj
Try one of these... ...

Try one of these...

http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/15/10/Motorcycle-Dealers-State-Manufacturer/Colorado-KTM-Dealers.aspx
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 06-07-2014, 03:53 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,600
Posted By smj
How soft can the rear tire run on 990r off pavement?

I put the Heidenau Scouts front and back on my 990R. They have seemed a bit "hard" on pavement, notice this mostly during breaking when the rear seems to skid more than before. Otherwise, they have...
Forum: Day Trippin' 06-05-2014, 06:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 939
Posted By smj
Nice, easy ride after work... Boulder, CO

Here is a not so quick ride report for a ride we took this past Tuesday evening after work or my first REALLY off pavement on a 990r
As we all know, there are a ton of groups on the internet...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-30-2014, 05:15 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,459
Posted By smj
Maybe this will help? ...

Maybe this will help?

http://www.differencebetween.com/difference-between-center-of-gravity-and-vs-center-of-mass/
Forum: Thumpers 05-30-2014, 03:44 PM
Replies: 7,828
Views: 1,635,146
Posted By smj
Sold my 07 XRR, and pick up my 2014 500 exc...

Sold my 07 XRR, and pick up my 2014 500 exc tomorrow! I don't think I will miss the Honda to much, but I sure wish I could have kept it! Anyway, I am looking forward to getting a leg over the new one...
Forum: Thumpers 05-16-2014, 05:23 AM
Replies: 7,828
Views: 1,635,146
Posted By smj
I currently have an 2007 xr650r... I am thinking...

I currently have an 2007 xr650r... I am thinking about selling that bike and replacing it with a 2014 500 exc. As much as I like the honda, I'd like a 6-speed trans, efi, and a starter. The 500 is...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-15-2014, 12:42 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,226
Posted By smj
I did some travels in the 70's. My observation is...

I did some travels in the 70's. My observation is that so long as you don't set a standard higher than you can keep up with - you can do it. Just understand that there may be times when you have eat,...
Forum: Face plant 05-10-2014, 02:59 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 15,089
Posted By smj
Without knowing all the details it seems a bit...

Without knowing all the details it seems a bit hard to determine who is at fault - if indeed anyone is... The property owner may not be the one who put the gate in the fence. Anyone with mineral...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-09-2014, 09:42 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,459
Posted By smj
Couple other notes - if when seated on the bike...

Couple other notes - if when seated on the bike and sitting up straight your forearms are angled up, the bars might be a bit high. If when seated and sitting up straight your forearms are angled...
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