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Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 09:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 422
Posted By Kommando
Seriously? Why not something more 50/50, like a...

Seriously? Why not something more 50/50, like a 690 or a DR?
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 09:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,237
Posted By Kommando
There's still room for a passenger too...unless...

There's still room for a passenger too...unless she has a large personality.

Personally, I think the bike just needs a skid, some knobs, a small tankbag, and a hydration pack...Go anywhere. Why...
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 07:21 AM
Replies: 91,712
Views: 17,078,159
Posted By Kommando
Spare pair of socks, spare pair of undies, a...

Spare pair of socks, spare pair of undies, a toothbrush, a tube of toothpaste, debit card. Wash, rinse, dry, and repeat.

Pack it in a Wolfman Pocket or Enduro tankbag. You could also fit this in...
Forum: Thumpers 04-16-2014, 03:52 PM
Replies: 91,712
Views: 17,078,159
Posted By Kommando
:rofl Uhh...no. My new wife just went back...

:rofl

Uhh...no. My new wife just went back to school at the DAVE school in Orlando. They give her an included apartment for the 1st 3 months, so she's staying over there the majority of weekdays....
Forum: Thumpers 04-16-2014, 03:30 PM
Replies: 91,712
Views: 17,078,159
Posted By Kommando
I went and done did it!

Here I am, feeling somewhat out of sorts for not stopping by for almost a week...because I got married on Saturday.

:lol3
Forum: Thumpers 04-10-2014, 07:21 AM
Replies: 91,712
Views: 17,078,159
Posted By Kommando
Nope. I run it up to 100MPH indicated...

Nope. I run it up to 100MPH indicated sometimes...no tank slappers. I even run a front knob. Something isn't right with your bike. I'd look at steering geometry and aerodynamics. Have you raised or...
Forum: Thumpers 04-08-2014, 12:15 PM
Replies: 91,712
Views: 17,078,159
Posted By Kommando
IMS makes a 4.9. Acerbis makes a 5.3 and a 6.6....

IMS makes a 4.9. Acerbis makes a 5.3 and a 6.6. Safari makes a 7.9. Clarke makes a 3.9 or so.

The IMS is durable, but looks like hell. The Safari is HUMONGOUS, and you'll likely want to...
Forum: Thumpers 04-08-2014, 12:11 PM
Replies: 91,712
Views: 17,078,159
Posted By Kommando
You can stiffen the springs and add better...

You can stiffen the springs and add better damping to control the dive better. The springs installed by the PO may still not be stiff enough for your weight or cargo. If they haven't also upgraded...
Forum: Thumpers 04-08-2014, 12:08 PM
Replies: 91,712
Views: 17,078,159
Posted By Kommando
The countershaft seal fails on some DRs. The CS...

The countershaft seal fails on some DRs. The CS seal retainer is what you want. www.Procycle.us (http://www.Procycle.us) sells them, as does Ron Ayers, and most Suzuki dealers.
Forum: Thumpers 04-06-2014, 06:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 791
Posted By Kommando
The liquid-cooled DR-Z can do it, but you'd...

The liquid-cooled DR-Z can do it, but you'd likely want to go up a tooth on the front sprocket and put on a comfier seat. It tends to feel twitchier on the slab than something like a DR.

The XRL...
Forum: Thumpers 04-06-2014, 06:01 PM
Replies: 91,712
Views: 17,078,159
Posted By Kommando
Stick adhesive amber LED strips on the sides of...

Stick adhesive amber LED strips on the sides of the rear fender. When you pull the rack off, unplug the stock signals and plug in the LED strips. Leave the LED strips on when you re-install the rack...
Forum: Thumpers 04-06-2014, 05:42 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,874
Posted By Kommando
I don't look at dirt use in percentages. Around...

I don't look at dirt use in percentages. Around here, our roads can go from pavement to sugarsand. I don't want to ride anything bigger than a DR in our sand. Most of the people I've ridden with...
Forum: Thumpers 04-06-2014, 05:25 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,874
Posted By Kommando
I may be a heathen, but I shower at least once a...

I may be a heathen, but I shower at least once a month, whether I need it or not!



For being able to commute, ride dirt, and travel on the same inexpensive bike.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-06-2014, 03:12 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,053
Posted By Kommando
Uhh...sort of, but not really. Just on a DR650,...

Uhh...sort of, but not really. Just on a DR650, the carb screws are over-torqued and the NSU screws aren't loctited. Grease can be almost non-existent on some bearings. Suzuki used a paper base...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-06-2014, 03:00 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,053
Posted By Kommando
I'm not an engineer or aircraft qualified. I was...

I'm not an engineer or aircraft qualified. I was a technician in various fields, and I've been in the habit of asking another set of eyes to inspect/QC my work on a rebuild, with a checklist in hand,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-05-2014, 08:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 862
Posted By Kommando
I cartwheeled a DR650 across a ditch at 50MPH and...

I cartwheeled a DR650 across a ditch at 50MPH and didn't yardsale bike parts like that.
Forum: Thumpers 04-04-2014, 09:54 AM
Replies: 91,712
Views: 17,078,159
Posted By Kommando
Jay, thanks for the incredible ride reports. ...

Jay, thanks for the incredible ride reports.

Yes, the Motion Pro beadbreaker levers work. I've broken the bead on a 15" cruiser tire with over 15K miles on it by using those levers. Then they...
Forum: Thumpers 04-03-2014, 02:42 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 5,601
Posted By Kommando
Copy a DR250SE or XR250, but with a wide-ratio...

Copy a DR250SE or XR250, but with a wide-ratio 6spd and adjustable seat-height. Build in provisions for adding a kickstart and an oil-cooler later as options. Use screw/locknut valves.

It...
Forum: Thumpers 04-03-2014, 02:34 PM
Replies: 91,712
Views: 17,078,159
Posted By Kommando
That's hot. :wink:

That's hot.


:wink:
Forum: Thumpers 04-03-2014, 02:32 PM
Replies: 91,712
Views: 17,078,159
Posted By Kommando
On behalf of everybody here, thanks for the link....

On behalf of everybody here, thanks for the link. :freaky
Forum: Thumpers 04-03-2014, 09:39 AM
Replies: 91,712
Views: 17,078,159
Posted By Kommando
Welcome. Some tankbag possibilities that I can...

Welcome. Some tankbag possibilities that I can think of would be the Wolfman Enduro or Wolfman Pocket. Wolfman sideracks with expedition saddlebags, or possibly even bigger, work well on the DR.
...
Forum: Beasts 04-01-2014, 07:13 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 12,516
Posted By Kommando
Yup. 500lb+ and 1200cc is too freaking much for...

Yup. 500lb+ and 1200cc is too freaking much for mere mortals riding dirt.

400-450lb curb and a smooth torquey 700cc jap twin that makes 100HP+/L, on decent suspension and 21/17 or 21/18, with...
Forum: Beasts 04-01-2014, 06:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,447
Posted By Kommando
5'6" and 30" inseam? Riding alone in the dirt, I...

5'6" and 30" inseam? Riding alone in the dirt, I wouldn't go much over 400-450lb. It's not necessarily a problem to pick up a 450lb bike. It can, however, be a considerable problem to pick up a...
Forum: Thumpers 04-01-2014, 06:29 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 894
Posted By Kommando
Big Ruckus or little Ruckus? :lol3 ...

Big Ruckus or little Ruckus?

:lol3


The Grom 125 would fit 12" knobbies too. :evil
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-01-2014, 05:04 PM
Replies: 244
Views: 10,782
Posted By Kommando
Contact your local reps about putting in...

Contact your local reps about putting in yield/stop signs or flashing red/yellow lights.



I can't speak for the others, but I don't assume anything like that. I've lived, worked, and traveled...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-01-2014, 05:02 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 4,455
Posted By Kommando
Carry good life and medical policies, so that if...

Carry good life and medical policies, so that if something DOES happen to you, your family isn't financially screwed. If you can afford riding after paying for that, you're probably better off than...
Forum: Thumpers 04-01-2014, 04:53 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 894
Posted By Kommando
If you're strong, shave the seat on a 367lb DR650...

If you're strong, shave the seat on a 367lb DR650 and then improve the suspension damping. I'm 5'8"/30" inseam and ride an unlowered DR on sandy/muddy singletrack without issue. It'll run interstate...
Forum: Thumpers 04-01-2014, 03:41 PM
Replies: 91,712
Views: 17,078,159
Posted By Kommando
www.procycle.us also sells the CS seal retainers....

www.procycle.us also sells the CS seal retainers. They also sell cam-chain tensioner gaskets, but I just used RTV.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-01-2014, 09:58 AM
Replies: 244
Views: 10,782
Posted By Kommando
You should contact your local reps about putting...

You should contact your local reps about putting in sensors.
Forum: Beasts 03-31-2014, 05:42 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 58,139
Posted By Kommando
The 21/17 wheels, provisions for a skid, and...

The 21/17 wheels, provisions for a skid, and suspension travel are what the CB500X should have been. An updated KLE500 with ABS as an option would be sweet. 'Doubtful we'd ever see one in the US...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-31-2014, 02:38 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 4,599
Posted By Kommando
I'd like a boat too. 'Maybe a small power-sailer...

I'd like a boat too. 'Maybe a small power-sailer that sleeps 2 and can pull a skier. Then if I don't have money for gas some weekends, I can still hoist sail and get out on the water to fish, sail,...
Forum: Thumpers 03-31-2014, 09:26 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,275
Posted By Kommando
Your location? Even most modern 250cc...

Your location?

Even most modern 250cc thumpers will haul 300lb to 60MPH quicker than most cars will be moving off of stoplights. 300lb bikes just aren't likely to be comfy on the highway.
...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-30-2014, 06:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,071
Posted By Kommando
I don't race. I commute, tour, roadtrip, and ride...

I don't race. I commute, tour, roadtrip, and ride dirt.

That was also just a list that I would pick in order of buying. The OP asked what to get first.

Just because you don't gear up as much...
Forum: Thumpers 03-30-2014, 05:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 399
Posted By Kommando
'98-'99 dr350se.

'98-'99 dr350se.
Forum: Thumpers 03-30-2014, 04:37 PM
Replies: 91,712
Views: 17,078,159
Posted By Kommando
:rofl

:rofl
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-30-2014, 04:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,071
Posted By Kommando
Helmet. Offroad boots. Armored gloves. ...

Helmet.

Offroad boots.

Armored gloves.

Chest/Back protection, preferably with kidney belt.

Elbow/Forearm armor.
Forum: Thumpers 03-30-2014, 01:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 320
Posted By Kommando
Yup, bed them in. If they still aren't hauling...

Yup, bed them in. If they still aren't hauling the bike down, try braided stainless hoses.
Forum: Thumpers 03-30-2014, 01:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 540
Posted By Kommando
Under 275lb, with 25-30HP, $2K or less,...

Under 275lb, with 25-30HP, $2K or less, long-distance reliable, and street-legal? Tell everybody where and I'm sure a bunch of guys will spring for a van, a trailer, and a carpool to pick you up on...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-30-2014, 01:17 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,795
Posted By Kommando
This is true. Some people are shocked that I'd...

This is true. Some people are shocked that I'd ride a DR650 across the country. It'll go 100MPH, cruise comfortably enough at 80MPH, and get up to cruising speed quicker than most cars. It'll even do...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-30-2014, 01:09 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,937
Posted By Kommando
Quit passing on double yellows. The risks will go...

Quit passing on double yellows. The risks will go down substantially. :deal
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