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Forum: Thumpers 06-29-2015, 12:06 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,326
Posted By Taurkon
Na! Both have fans and I've not yet over-heated...

Na! Both have fans and I've not yet over-heated my 501 to the point of being concerned. Yes, the fan has come on occasionally.
Forum: Thumpers 06-29-2015, 11:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 576
Posted By Taurkon
I've the Husky 501, but from what I understand...

I've the Husky 501, but from what I understand the KTM EXC bikes will be a better dual sport due to a stronger, less flexible subframe. The Huskies are great bikes, but if you are going to strap on...
Forum: Thumpers 06-29-2015, 11:20 AM
Replies: 13,344
Views: 2,623,020
Posted By Taurkon
Was the bicycle comfortable though? :D

Was the bicycle comfortable though? :D
Forum: Thumpers 06-25-2015, 05:34 AM
Replies: 9,966
Views: 2,081,206
Posted By Taurkon
Running the Maxxis Desert IT's on my TE250 2T and...

Running the Maxxis Desert IT's on my TE250 2T and it seems indestructable. 15 hours and it is almost new still, though 10 hours was desert riding with not a lot of hard pack to wear it out. I tried...
Forum: Thumpers 06-24-2015, 11:02 AM
Replies: 187
Views: 34,016
Posted By Taurkon
Jeez, that is beautiful. I bought my wife an 83'...

Jeez, that is beautiful. I bought my wife an 83' XR200R a few years ago in good shape... not nearly as mint as this one. We then gifted it to my son-inlaw who promptly beat the shit out of it and...
Forum: Thumpers 06-24-2015, 05:57 AM
Replies: 13,344
Views: 2,623,020
Posted By Taurkon
Very nice Derek, thanks for posting.

Very nice Derek, thanks for posting.
Forum: Thumpers 06-17-2015, 09:08 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,329
Posted By Taurkon
I have the 501S version (street) but desmogged...

I have the 501S version (street) but desmogged and remapped with the euro mapping. Can't say enough about the bike.... perfect for everything except tight single track stuff around here.
Forum: Thumpers 06-17-2015, 07:16 AM
Replies: 841
Views: 79,815
Posted By Taurkon
Thanks again. I have a wheel balancer so I don't...

Thanks again. I have a wheel balancer so I don't mind spending the extra 5 minutes balancing my plated bikes, regardless of their purpose but I suspected the slime would both make it impossible to...
Forum: Thumpers 06-17-2015, 04:46 AM
Replies: 841
Views: 79,815
Posted By Taurkon
Really excellent information, despite the fact...

Really excellent information, despite the fact it's not directly related to our Huskies. I've a two questions. First, I am not sure I follow you with applying Slim before mounting. So, you have...
Forum: Thumpers 06-16-2015, 12:32 PM
Replies: 13,344
Views: 2,623,020
Posted By Taurkon
+ 1 on the Trakmaster II's. Put them on my...

+ 1 on the Trakmaster II's. Put them on my wife's bike at a cost of $138 CDN, and sold the stock rubber with 85km on them for $100. The $38 net cost was well worth it. Pretty decent in the mud and...
Forum: Thumpers 06-16-2015, 06:18 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,473
Posted By Taurkon
I know you say 95% of the bikes for sale in your...

I know you say 95% of the bikes for sale in your area are MX bikes, but why limit yourself to your area. As many have mentioned, it addes to the price of the bike when you start switching out rear...
Forum: Thumpers 06-16-2015, 06:11 AM
Replies: 13,344
Views: 2,623,020
Posted By Taurkon
Awesome pics. Any idea how much weight you have...

Awesome pics. Any idea how much weight you have on your CRF and any complaints? I still think this bike might be the ticket for a 28,000 km ride with the wife to the tip of S. America and back. I...
Forum: Thumpers 06-16-2015, 06:05 AM
Replies: 13,344
Views: 2,623,020
Posted By Taurkon
I suppose it is possible it was regulated, but...

I suppose it is possible it was regulated, but apparently the 2012 G650GS has 48 hp and weighs 426 lbs. I'd not say 48hp is tones... it has "some".

To qualify my statement that the CRF feels...
Forum: Thumpers 06-15-2015, 11:54 AM
Replies: 13,344
Views: 2,623,020
Posted By Taurkon
Mike, can you give me your definition of perfect?...

Mike, can you give me your definition of perfect? I bet dollars to donuts it's different than mine. Based on the bikes you ride and how you describe "Adventure riding", we have very different...
Forum: Thumpers 06-15-2015, 05:46 AM
Replies: 13,344
Views: 2,623,020
Posted By Taurkon
I am blessed with a good inseam, but I do know...

I am blessed with a good inseam, but I do know what you mean. When I first started riding street, being on my tippy toes was a little unsettling (until the bike settled in, then I was almost flat...
Forum: Thumpers 06-12-2015, 01:43 PM
Replies: 13,344
Views: 2,623,020
Posted By Taurkon
Thanks Mike, I will have her slap on the Montana...

Thanks Mike, I will have her slap on the Montana and check that this weekend. I was not aware that Honda monitors speed in the transmission rather than the front tire. bah!
Forum: Thumpers 06-12-2015, 01:41 PM
Replies: 13,344
Views: 2,623,020
Posted By Taurkon
I don't own a small bike, my wife has both small...

I don't own a small bike, my wife has both small (CRFL) and larger (F650GS) but we have been discussing a trip from Calgary, Ab to Patagonia, Argentina. Since she already has a CRFL, I would...
Forum: Thumpers 06-12-2015, 11:39 AM
Replies: 13,344
Views: 2,623,020
Posted By Taurkon
I often ride a couple hundred km's in an...

I often ride a couple hundred km's in an afternoon on the tarmac and gravel with full dirt knobbies. Some people talk about vibration and it's a big deal to them, but I guess it's about...
Forum: Thumpers 06-11-2015, 01:41 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,467
Posted By Taurkon
If my mother in-law passes hers on to my wife, I...

If my mother in-law passes hers on to my wife, I am sure my wife will burn it in short order.
Forum: Thumpers 06-11-2015, 07:05 AM
Replies: 13,344
Views: 2,623,020
Posted By Taurkon
+2 on the WR. The only thing imo the CRFL has...

+2 on the WR. The only thing imo the CRFL has over the WRR is price. Engine, suspension, weight, ergo's... all go to the WRR.

Of course, I will throw my plug in for the KTM 350 EXC or Husky...
Forum: Thumpers 06-11-2015, 05:47 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,467
Posted By Taurkon
Doors were from Nicksbuilding.com. I saved a...

Doors were from Nicksbuilding.com. I saved a ridiculous amount purchasing them south of the border, and so far so good as they don't seem to be showing any real weathering.

As a poster just...
Forum: Thumpers 06-10-2015, 11:13 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,467
Posted By Taurkon
Nope, all the exterior man doors are knotty...

Nope, all the exterior man doors are knotty alder, and the garage doors are cedar with an insulated core.

Yes, the collection is growing, and I'm determined not to sell another bike. I want to...
Forum: Thumpers 06-10-2015, 05:52 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,467
Posted By Taurkon
+2 on the WR250R. Like I said, the wife finds...

+2 on the WR250R. Like I said, the wife finds the CRF250L underpowered, but liked the bike due to the height. The WR also has much better suspension than the CRF250L.
Forum: Thumpers 06-10-2015, 05:25 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,467
Posted By Taurkon
My wife started on a 83' XR200R for dirt and a...

My wife started on a 83' XR200R for dirt and a Kawasaki Versys 650 on the street. The Versys was the wrong bike for her for sure and she tipped over a few times which was very discouraging.
...
Forum: Face Plant 06-08-2015, 06:39 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,457
Posted By Taurkon
There are a number of other brands as well that...

There are a number of other brands as well that have a slight twist on how they absorb the impact. I use an Atlas neck brace which transfers the energy to the shoulder blades rather than the spine.
Forum: Thumpers 06-08-2015, 05:30 AM
Replies: 841
Views: 79,815
Posted By Taurkon
No doubt, this thread has gone to hell pretty...

No doubt, this thread has gone to hell pretty fast.
Forum: Thumpers 06-02-2015, 01:08 PM
Replies: 13,344
Views: 2,623,020
Posted By Taurkon
Tabitha just installed the Kenda Trakmaster II's...

Tabitha just installed the Kenda Trakmaster II's on her bike, with the 80/100x21 up front and 120/100x18. I had to trim down the chain guard as the 120's were rubbing slightly.

She rode last...
Forum: Thumpers 05-22-2015, 12:52 PM
Replies: 841
Views: 79,815
Posted By Taurkon
When you say harsh, what types of riding and what...

When you say harsh, what types of riding and what speeds?

I weigh 215lbs with all gear on, resprung front and back, and am very happy with the suspension so far. The riding I have done is...
Forum: Thumpers 05-22-2015, 08:24 AM
Replies: 841
Views: 79,815
Posted By Taurkon
Welcome to the best party in the neighbourhood!

Welcome to the best party in the neighbourhood!
Forum: Thumpers 05-22-2015, 08:22 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,878
Posted By Taurkon
I do know what you are saying. It does depend on...

I do know what you are saying. It does depend on the individual, their experience, comfort on the bike, and as always, how they deal with situations mentally. The picture of my wife above was taken...
Forum: Thumpers 05-22-2015, 05:27 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,878
Posted By Taurkon
That picture was of a 5' 4" woman @ 135lbs riding...

That picture was of a 5' 4" woman @ 135lbs riding a bike probably loaded up with a gross weight of 480+ lbs riding Fleecer Ridge, MT.

Then there was this "rutted dirt road" too... many more as...
Forum: Thumpers 05-21-2015, 07:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 517
Posted By Taurkon
I'd recommend you consider a bike like the WRR...

I'd recommend you consider a bike like the WRR and truck it for the 25 miles more often than not. I've a plated dirt bike, but I prefer to truck it and then take advantage of the plate to connect...
Forum: Thumpers 05-21-2015, 07:50 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,878
Posted By Taurkon
I second this... here is my wife on the F650GS. ...

I second this... here is my wife on the F650GS.

http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g151/Taurkon/September%202011%20Bike%20Trip/5a2817ca-2efa-4e40-b1a4-08855f859d2e_zps51abf300.jpg...
Forum: Thumpers 05-20-2015, 11:27 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,878
Posted By Taurkon
+2 on the shorty pants thread. One note...

+2 on the shorty pants thread.

One note GypsyWriter... the KTM 690 is actually the same weight or lighter than all the bikes the OP posted, and is also lighter than the CRF250L and a bit heavier...
Forum: Thumpers 05-19-2015, 08:21 AM
Replies: 13,344
Views: 2,623,020
Posted By Taurkon
I've owned XR and XL's from the 70's and 80's and...

I've owned XR and XL's from the 70's and 80's and I can tell you without a doubt, they were significantly lighter than the current CRF. I've lifted them enough to know.


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Forum: Thumpers 05-19-2015, 06:26 AM
Replies: 13,344
Views: 2,623,020
Posted By Taurkon
I don't buy it. The wheel has been invented so...

I don't buy it. The wheel has been invented so there is no need to invest heavily into re-inventing it. Sure, and engine may weight a bit more due to usee of common metallurgy applications, but...
Forum: Thumpers 05-19-2015, 05:50 AM
Replies: 13,344
Views: 2,623,020
Posted By Taurkon
That last sentence is where I am really...

That last sentence is where I am really challenged. This bike is not light considering it is a 250cc bike, regardless of how you define an "Adventure" bike. When a 690cc adventure bike comes in dry...
Forum: Thumpers 05-14-2015, 01:43 PM
Replies: 13,344
Views: 2,623,020
Posted By Taurkon
Having ridden Tabitha's CRF250L, I can completely...

Having ridden Tabitha's CRF250L, I can completely understand where you are coming from. The platform it's self is pretty good, but the suspenders and engine receive an "F" as far as I am concerned. ...
Forum: Thumpers 05-13-2015, 01:36 PM
Replies: 13,344
Views: 2,623,020
Posted By Taurkon
Hey michaelkozera, I see you are selling the...

Hey michaelkozera, I see you are selling the ride. Just wondering if you mind sharing your thoughts on why? Just curious if you are looking to replace... not trying to be nosy.
Forum: Thumpers 05-13-2015, 01:20 PM
Replies: 8,858
Views: 2,562,402
Posted By Taurkon
:thumbup Greaet thread; fantastic pic!

:thumbup Greaet thread; fantastic pic!
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