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Forum: Ride reports 01-30-2012, 08:20 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,485
Posted By Sycamore
BTW if you're looking for a nice hidden tranquil...

BTW if you're looking for a nice hidden tranquil picnic or sea view spot near Camps Bay, ask a local to direct you Beta Beach... It's a huge rock that juts out to sea with few little tidal pools,...
Forum: Ride reports 01-30-2012, 08:05 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,485
Posted By Sycamore
Great pics - the Camps Bay and Chapman's Peak...

Great pics - the Camps Bay and Chapman's Peak pics in Cape Town made me feel like I was there again.
Don't mean to hijack the thread, but you'll recognize some of these twisties from your ride....
...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 11-06-2011, 06:37 AM
Replies: 1,005
Views: 349,572
Posted By Sycamore
lots of drops <iframe width="560"...

lots of drops

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/pj35W1UsoP0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 11-06-2011, 06:01 AM
Replies: 3,187
Views: 582,151
Posted By Sycamore
more riding on mars.... I'm on the XR650R,...

more riding on mars....

I'm on the XR650R, with 2 KTM's.


<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/j-O0YKEuvMA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 11-06-2011, 04:13 AM
Replies: 2,187
Views: 482,485
Posted By Sycamore
The red XR650R is mine. The valve busting,...

The red XR650R is mine.
The valve busting, oil-leaking, money-draining orange things are my buddies'.
Scenery is pretty monotonous, but that's about all we have....



...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 11-06-2011, 04:09 AM
Replies: 2,187
Views: 482,485
Posted By Sycamore
I wanna see more of this journey... love Vietnam

I wanna see more of this journey... love Vietnam
Forum: The Garage 11-02-2011, 01:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,449
Posted By Sycamore
good DIY. If i tried that it would be a...

good DIY.
If i tried that it would be a disaster.
Forum: The Garage 11-02-2011, 01:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,413
Posted By Sycamore
the'yre good on soft sand, when the bike tends to...

the'yre good on soft sand, when the bike tends to weave all over the place. Less arm fatigue to keep the bike tracking straight.
Forum: Face plant 10-25-2011, 11:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,151
Posted By Sycamore
you missed the comment ... that was a compilation...

you missed the comment ... that was a compilation of a few years in the sandpit :evil

here's the more everyday stuff

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Forum: Africa & Mid East 10-25-2011, 02:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 26,470
Posted By Sycamore
apart from the KTM dealer and James West,...

apart from the KTM dealer and James West, Sandstorm motorcycles also rents out desert-ready Honda CRF 450's.
These are for dune riding, not long distance touring.
http://sandstorm-motorcycles.com/...
Forum: Face plant 10-25-2011, 08:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,151
Posted By Sycamore
Eating dirt

This looks like I fall all the time, but its a compilation of a few years, I swear...:deal

Good thing about desert riding is the soft landings, but it still hurts sometimes...


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Forum: Day Trippin' 06-18-2011, 01:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 734
Posted By Sycamore
It is neat terrain, and the best thing is - no...

It is neat terrain, and the best thing is - no land ownership, hardly any fences, no emissions / noise regulation, no policing. Just point in any direction and go. The second best thing is that when...
Forum: Day Trippin' 06-18-2011, 01:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 734
Posted By Sycamore
This is the Contour HD, older model.

This is the Contour HD, older model.
Forum: Day Trippin' 06-16-2011, 06:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 615
Posted By Sycamore
This might make you feel ill - back-facing camera in the desert

Just an experiment, cam mounted on rear fender of KTM. Me following on XR650R. Kinda weird.

<iframe width="560" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/f75bgZUPkGQ" frameborder="0"...
Forum: Day Trippin' 06-16-2011, 05:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 734
Posted By Sycamore
Rush hour, desert highway

Haven't been here for a while, how y'all doing? Still messing around in the sand over here....
Honda 650R and a coupla KTM's.

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Forum: Day Trippin' 01-17-2011, 02:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 789
Posted By Sycamore
add to that - no fences, no land ownership, no...

add to that - no fences, no land ownership, no park rangers or police, no emissions or noise regulations.... :evil kinda nice
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 01-16-2011, 11:02 AM
Replies: 3,187
Views: 582,151
Posted By Sycamore
made me feel young again....

made me feel young again....
Forum: Day Trippin' 01-16-2011, 10:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 789
Posted By Sycamore
And this one is more dunes.... <object...

And this one is more dunes....


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Forum: Day Trippin' 01-16-2011, 10:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 789
Posted By Sycamore
Desert rides - dunes & flat tracks / video

Some outings around Dubai - most of the filming is from Honda XR650R, other bikes are an assortment of KTM's....

This one is more flat tracks with a bit of dunes:

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Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 09-21-2010, 10:39 PM
Replies: 618
Views: 143,616
Posted By Sycamore
These thread themes can get quite surreal ... :D ...

These thread themes can get quite surreal ... :D

Anyway, how about an ex-military vehicle...
or should that be, military ex-vehicle

...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 09-19-2010, 09:02 PM
Replies: 615
Views: 250,768
Posted By Sycamore
http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z217/Acerbistan...

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z217/Acerbistank/garage-5.jpg

Jebel Ali Beach, near Dubai. Somewhere near the white arrow, below.

This whole beach no longer exists - it's is now a...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 09-19-2010, 08:53 AM
Replies: 3,187
Views: 582,151
Posted By Sycamore
A quicky - backward facing camera in the desert

A day-trip, tried a backward-camera experiment - might make you feel like throwing up....

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<embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/f75bgZUPkGQ?fs=1&hl=en_US"...
Forum: Ride reports 02-14-2010, 12:35 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,964
Posted By Sycamore
You make my home country look great... thanks for...

You make my home country look great... thanks for visiting and thanks for the pics, made me miss the place.
Forum: Ride reports 02-14-2010, 11:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 668
Posted By Sycamore
Hi, I think end quality had a lot to do with the...

Hi, I think end quality had a lot to do with the camera -
my videos are usually pretty bad quality (using a very old samsung) but this was my buddies camera, it's a contourHD clipped to his goggle...
Forum: Ride reports 02-14-2010, 08:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 668
Posted By Sycamore
another one for you ice-bound northerners

Winter, the way it should be.
Low cloud, just after rain in the desert. cool winters day at 77 degrees :evil

Buddy's camera on KTM525, the bike in front of cam is my XR650R, the other 2 that...
Forum: Ride reports 01-11-2010, 05:15 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 668
Posted By Sycamore
yeah I think the pig lost some weight...

yeah I think the pig lost some weight...
Forum: Ride reports 01-11-2010, 12:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 668
Posted By Sycamore
Honda and 2 KTM's out in the dunes - pics + vid

Haven't been here for a while - here's a recent winter spin in the dunes - my XR650R, a KTM 525 and a 10-year old KTM 540 (if such a thing exists).


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Forum: Thumpers 11-24-2009, 12:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,402
Posted By Sycamore
Can I use a non O-Ring master link on an O-ring chain?

Just replacing an old chain on my 650R.

Bought a new O-ring chain but somehow managed to snap the clip on the master link while trying to fit it. (If anyone knows the magical mystery of getting a...
Forum: Equipment 11-15-2009, 02:24 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,486
Posted By Sycamore
Best knife sharpening system?

I'm tired of using whetstones and sharpening steel. Any other recommendations? I'd prefer something that can last at last a few years before being junked. I sharpen a lot of knives...
Forum: Racing 08-09-2009, 12:04 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 15,879
Posted By Sycamore
they don't make the R anymore, but we'll still be...

they don't make the R anymore, but we'll still be riding them for a long time to come... :evil

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z217/Acerbistank/IMG_3539b-1.jpg
Forum: Australia 07-18-2009, 04:38 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,446
Posted By Sycamore
on bike, no music (off road). Off bike: -...

on bike, no music (off road).

Off bike:
- reggae
- ska
- some more reggae
- some more ska
- and a bit more reggae.
thats it. Everything else is pathetic.
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 07-09-2009, 06:29 AM
Replies: 1,306
Views: 287,096
Posted By Sycamore
Uhhh - not really a tent but it has 4 poles and a...

Uhhh - not really a tent but it has 4 poles and a roof.


http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z217/Acerbistank/garage-5.jpg


Location - courtesy of google earth...
...
Forum: Thumpers 06-19-2009, 11:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 10,220
Posted By Sycamore
width is what makes a difference for comfort. I...

width is what makes a difference for comfort. I went wider on my 650R seat as well.
But when you gotta stand on the pegs and throw the bike around a wide seat can get in the way.
Forum: Thumpers 06-19-2009, 06:31 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,103
Posted By Sycamore
disappointingly pacifist end to a thread that...

disappointingly pacifist end to a thread that started off with some promising orange bashing. KTM owners are getting soft it seems.
Forum: Thumpers 06-13-2009, 01:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 639
Posted By Sycamore
If the Vietnamese provinces & backwoods are...

If the Vietnamese provinces & backwoods are anything similar, I also wouldn't get anything bigger than a 650. Even a 650 seems more than enough.
Unless you're planning on carrying a ton of baggage...
Forum: Thumpers 06-13-2009, 01:44 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 8,916
Posted By Sycamore
After 25 years and I-don't-know-how-many bikes,...

After 25 years and I-don't-know-how-many bikes, it's all come down to these 2 (twins, but not identical...), and this is where it ends.
I'm finally content, no more bike hunting for me.

(So I...
Forum: Thumpers 06-09-2009, 12:08 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 37,134
Posted By Sycamore
The weight of my XR650R changes every hour,...

The weight of my XR650R changes every hour, depending on how tired I am when I pick it up.
Forum: Thumpers 06-05-2009, 06:22 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,294
Posted By Sycamore
+1 liquid cooling has been around long enough...

+1
liquid cooling has been around long enough to have proved itself. I've got 2 liquid cooled hondas that I hammer (and crash), never had a reliability problem on the cooling system.
Forum: Thumpers 06-05-2009, 03:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,359
Posted By Sycamore
IMO the Edel turned a near-perfect bike into a...

IMO the Edel turned a near-perfect bike into a perfect bike..:evil each to his own I guess.
I've had kick-only thumpers since 1985, so one or 2 kicks after dropping a bike is a dream come true.
Forum: Thumpers 06-05-2009, 03:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,359
Posted By Sycamore
i got the Edelbrock from Barnums, waited a long...

i got the Edelbrock from Barnums, waited a long time for them to get stock (a few months) but they kept in contact and were pretty good about the whole thing. Shipped pre-jetted, put it on and the...
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