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Forum: Thumpers 06-30-2015, 03:38 PM
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Posted By danketchpel
It looks like a great ride! I'd sure like to ride...

It looks like a great ride! I'd sure like to ride that part of the country sometime.

How do you like your Husaberg 70 degree? Is it a 570S?

I was pretty keen on the FE-570S and test rode one...
Forum: Road Warriors 06-28-2015, 10:38 PM
Replies: 407
Views: 108,227
Posted By danketchpel
That's cool, the bike, the guy's threads, the...

That's cool, the bike, the guy's threads, the whole bit.
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 06-28-2015, 10:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 569
Posted By danketchpel
I agree, the bike really takes a while to settle...

I agree, the bike really takes a while to settle in. It just keeps getting better as the miles pile on.

A remap will bring out more than you knew was hiding in there, and it's easy. The whole...
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 06-28-2015, 02:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 749
Posted By danketchpel
They do look like a copy of the Happy Trails...

They do look like a copy of the Happy Trails boxes, but only in 1 size.

The only downside I found to the HT boxes is they are heavier than the Trax boxes but it's what you'd expect with them being...
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 06-28-2015, 07:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 749
Posted By danketchpel
I have a set that came on my Guzzi Stelvio. I...

I have a set that came on my Guzzi Stelvio. I agree with the statement above. They aren't built very ruggedly and personally I don't like that the lid is hinged in the front.

I had a set of Happy...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 06-27-2015, 10:31 PM
Replies: 13,413
Views: 1,942,148
Posted By danketchpel
Thanks for the feedback. I think I'll try a pair....

Thanks for the feedback. I think I'll try a pair. I was planning to wear them under my pants.
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 06-26-2015, 10:23 PM
Replies: 13,413
Views: 1,942,148
Posted By danketchpel
Any comments on those? I've been thinking about...

Any comments on those? I've been thinking about trying a pair.

I tried the Moto Skiveez (http://motoskiveez.com/) but didn't really like them all that much, especially the feeling of having a...
Forum: Thumpers 06-23-2015, 07:41 PM
Replies: 6,585
Views: 910,478
Posted By danketchpel
Wow, that is a nice tail bag. I didn't even know...

Wow, that is a nice tail bag. I didn't even know it existed.

http://www.offroadexplorer.com/Blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/DSC_0045.jpg
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 06-23-2015, 10:23 AM
Replies: 13,413
Views: 1,942,148
Posted By danketchpel
Yes, for the 5AM ECU. Don't try to use the one...

Yes, for the 5AM ECU. Don't try to use the one for the 15AM, won't work.

You'll also need a suitable ODBII / USB cable with the FTDI chipset...
Forum: Thumpers 06-23-2015, 09:49 AM
Replies: 6,585
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Posted By danketchpel
Thanks for the pix! OK, you guys convinced...

Thanks for the pix!

OK, you guys convinced me the Wolf Tail is the way to go.

I ordered both the Wolf Tail for my Husky and the Peak bag for my DRZ.
Forum: Thumpers 06-22-2015, 04:49 PM
Replies: 6,585
Views: 910,478
Posted By danketchpel
Thanks for the feedback! Can you post a...

Thanks for the feedback!

Can you post a couple photos of the Wolf Tail mounted up?

I spent some time looking around and the Wolf Tail Bag still looks like the best bet overall. Plus it matches...
Forum: Thumpers 06-22-2015, 12:50 PM
Replies: 6,585
Views: 910,478
Posted By danketchpel
Thanks for the feedback. Ya, my DRZ rattles but...

Thanks for the feedback. Ya, my DRZ rattles but "maybe" just a tad less with 10k miles on it.

I think I just need to accept it's a noisy beast and use earplugs more often, LOL.

Do you get some...
Forum: Thumpers 06-22-2015, 12:43 PM
Replies: 6,585
Views: 910,478
Posted By danketchpel
Have any of you found a really good tail bag that...

Have any of you found a really good tail bag that fits the Nordic rack well?

I measured my KLR bag and it's roughly about 14" long x 14" wide x 7"or so collapsed and maybe 12" tall expanded. I...
Forum: Thumpers 06-22-2015, 12:01 PM
Replies: 6,585
Views: 910,478
Posted By danketchpel
Ya, I agree. Unless the weather patterns change...

Ya, I agree. Unless the weather patterns change big time I don't see things improving.

On another note, I've got about 6k miles on my bike now. I noticed the mechanical clatter really increase...
Forum: Thumpers 06-22-2015, 11:18 AM
Replies: 6,585
Views: 910,478
Posted By danketchpel
What the hell is all that wet looking stuff? ...

What the hell is all that wet looking stuff?

We don't have any in California, can you send some our way???
Forum: Thumpers 06-22-2015, 11:13 AM
Replies: 3,994
Views: 396,387
Posted By danketchpel
I love that color scheme!!! I'm not a huge...

I love that color scheme!!!

I'm not a huge fan of the orange scheme. My '95 300 was of the white/purple era.
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 06-19-2015, 10:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 828
Posted By danketchpel
I'd like to see Moto Morini return to the US...

I'd like to see Moto Morini return to the US market. I rode a (3 1/2, 350cc) decades ago and it was probably one of the best handling bikes I've ever ridden. It was pretty potent for a 350.
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 06-18-2015, 03:24 PM
Replies: 13,413
Views: 1,942,148
Posted By danketchpel
The key point in my mind. If I rode with a...

The key point in my mind.

If I rode with a pack of guys all the time I wouldn't sweat it so much. But I do a lot of riding with only my wife and I and she's near useless when it comes hefting up...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 06-18-2015, 10:17 AM
Replies: 13,413
Views: 1,942,148
Posted By danketchpel
I agree, but if he picks his routes accordingly...

I agree, but if he picks his routes accordingly it might not be so bad.

You really don't need to go over the Darian Gap...... or be crossing the Amazon in a canoe with your beast strapped in.
...
Forum: Thumpers 06-18-2015, 09:15 AM
Replies: 491
Views: 46,377
Posted By danketchpel
Thanks for the offer Roger. But removing the...

Thanks for the offer Roger.

But removing the PC5+AT is not a trivial task and I'm very happy with that setup with the exception of the cold start reliability.

I "suspect" that some of the...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 06-17-2015, 09:03 PM
Replies: 13,413
Views: 1,942,148
Posted By danketchpel
Yup..... maybe Royal Enfield is on to...

Yup..... maybe Royal Enfield is on to something....... thump thump......




Maybe, just maybe..... your wife is having too much fun on that Street Triple. Those bikes are FUN to ride. :-)

I...
Forum: Thumpers 06-17-2015, 03:10 PM
Replies: 491
Views: 46,377
Posted By danketchpel
Thanks for posting that. It explains why I have...

Thanks for posting that. It explains why I have such a hard time with cold start, which always seem too rich. You can often smell the raw gas in the exhaust.

I wish there was a way to remap that...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 06-17-2015, 12:46 PM
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Views: 1,942,148
Posted By danketchpel
I have the same thoughts. I have a 2012 Honda...

I have the same thoughts. I have a 2012 Honda Insight with a 1300cc 4cyl and while it's a hybrid the battery assist doesn't do "all that much".

I routinely get 42-45 mpg driving it pretty hard...
Forum: Thumpers 06-17-2015, 12:30 PM
Replies: 6,585
Views: 910,478
Posted By danketchpel
Thanks! I need to work on a better tailbag....

Thanks!

I need to work on a better tailbag. I used an old leftover KLR tailbag I had laying around. I like the size and expandability of it but it's not rugged enough. I need to search out...
Forum: Thumpers 06-17-2015, 10:09 AM
Replies: 6,585
Views: 910,478
Posted By danketchpel
I got in a great 4 day ~1,000 mile DS ride in the...

I got in a great 4 day ~1,000 mile DS ride in the western Sierras last weekend. The bike worked great! It sure is nice to have fuel injection at 7,000+ ft elevation.

Here's a few pix.
...
Forum: Thumpers 06-17-2015, 09:57 AM
Replies: 6,585
Views: 910,478
Posted By danketchpel
Interesting baffle design. I suspect it will...

Interesting baffle design. I suspect it will still have some bark as the blades don't overlap each other.

I do like the "screw type" baffle design though. I built something like that for some...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 06-16-2015, 02:35 PM
Replies: 13,413
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Posted By danketchpel
I had a '06 Vstrom 1000 and with the PC3 mapping...

I had a '06 Vstrom 1000 and with the PC3 mapping and regeared (+2 on the rear) I rarely topped 40 mpg, usually closer to 36 or so. I did one ride with a guy on a bone stock '09 Vstrom 1000 out in...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 06-15-2015, 06:38 PM
Replies: 13,413
Views: 1,942,148
Posted By danketchpel
I'm certainly one of those who'd like a smaller,...

I'm certainly one of those who'd like a smaller, more manageable NTX. I think a 850 (a traditional Guzzi size) based on the current big block top end design with a lighter CARC, or even dual sided...
Forum: Thumpers 06-10-2015, 09:41 AM
Replies: 6,585
Views: 910,478
Posted By danketchpel
Yes, they are the SW-Motech racks. I'm a pretty...

Yes, they are the SW-Motech racks. I'm a pretty big fan of them. I've had them on 4 bikes now including the OEM racks on my Moto Guzzi which are made by Sw-Motech but w/o the quick detach feature I...
Forum: Thumpers 06-10-2015, 06:08 AM
Replies: 6,585
Views: 910,478
Posted By danketchpel
I've been working on a better way to mount my 2...

I've been working on a better way to mount my 2 Rotopax jugs.

Here's my new setup. The jugs rest on the passenger pegs which carry the weight. The mounting plates only hold them in position.
...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 06-06-2015, 10:07 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,357
Posted By danketchpel
Wow, The Duc Scrambler I sat on at the MC...

Wow,

The Duc Scrambler I sat on at the MC was sprung very soft. It sagged about 2+" just sitting on it.

Did they change the spring rates after going into production?
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 06-06-2015, 08:08 PM
Replies: 13,413
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Posted By danketchpel
I've ridden a '15 R1200RT and the new WC boxer is...

I've ridden a '15 R1200RT and the new WC boxer is pretty nice but I didn't really feel it would be comparable to the Guzzi in character. They are very different in character and feel. The BMW had...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 06-06-2015, 09:35 AM
Replies: 13,413
Views: 1,942,148
Posted By danketchpel
I honestly think Guzzi would do well to sell both...

I honestly think Guzzi would do well to sell both versions here. I think many would find the std version more attractive.

I also like how the std luggage looks and mounts. I remove my racks when...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 06-03-2015, 10:59 PM
Replies: 13,413
Views: 1,942,148
Posted By danketchpel
That's correct. Intake - 0.006" (0.15mm) ...

That's correct.

Intake - 0.006" (0.15mm)
Exhaust 0.008" (0.20mm)
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 06-03-2015, 12:56 PM
Replies: 13,413
Views: 1,942,148
Posted By danketchpel
Wet got in a quick 2 day (850 mile) ride through...

Wet got in a quick 2 day (850 mile) ride through the Sierras last week. It was supposed to be 4 day ride but I had to cut it short due to work, hate when that happens......

We had a great trip...
Forum: Thumpers 06-02-2015, 08:26 PM
Replies: 6,585
Views: 910,478
Posted By danketchpel
I used the stock brake line with the GPR 3/4"...

I used the stock brake line with the GPR 3/4" raised mounts, no major problem. I think I flipped the hose clamp near the lower triple clamp over but nothing more. Here's a shot of the clamp....
Forum: Thumpers 06-01-2015, 07:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 701
Posted By danketchpel
JET, Your experience points out what a lot...

JET,

Your experience points out what a lot of guys also find out the hard way, often a bike is too big/heavy to do the "hardest" stuff and that smaller bikes really aren't so well suited for...
Forum: Thumpers 06-01-2015, 05:31 PM
Replies: 6,585
Views: 910,478
Posted By danketchpel
Yes, it definitely helps. You have to play with...

Yes, it definitely helps. You have to play with the settings to find what you like but I ended up on 5 (about the middle of the range) and have left it there ever since. I don't fear the dirty air or...
Forum: Thumpers 06-01-2015, 05:28 PM
Replies: 6,585
Views: 910,478
Posted By danketchpel
You might want to check on CHusky, there's some...

You might want to check on CHusky, there's some work going on for an over the peg style brake lever. I think it's kinda large for what's needed but.....

Check it out. But nothing immediately...
Forum: Thumpers 06-01-2015, 05:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 701
Posted By danketchpel
It depends on the type of pavement riding, mostly...

It depends on the type of pavement riding, mostly backroads, lots of slab, or ???

But given the overall mission statement I'd probably be looking at some sort of twin also if there's much slab...
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