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Forum: Thumpers 03-13-2007, 07:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,389
Posted By mattp
I took my turn on a SWVA 1991 dr (see Mr....

I took my turn on a SWVA 1991 dr (see Mr. Honcho's avatar) and wouldn't have sold it to him except that my commute HAD long road miles. With new job and new house 15 minutes across town, I want the...
Forum: Beasts 01-30-2007, 07:14 PM
Replies: 3,294
Views: 920,250
Posted By mattp
Maybe someone has asked and even answered this...

Maybe someone has asked and even answered this already...but why not bring the new TDM to the states, especially with the recent success with the Stroms? And the TDM is SO much better looking than...
Forum: Road warriors 12-10-2006, 02:25 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 20,774
Posted By mattp
Aha. Thanks for the pics. I found that rack...

Aha. Thanks for the pics. I found that rack while searching earlier and was wondering about it. It looks like it would be more stable than the givi since it uses the grab bar mounts instead of...
Forum: Road warriors 12-06-2006, 10:37 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 20,774
Posted By mattp
Alright, so I picked up that 2002 EX500 last...

Alright, so I picked up that 2002 EX500 last night and so far so good. :clap I almost feel like I am getting away with something by getting something that seems to fit my needs so well for so little...
Forum: Road warriors 11-28-2006, 06:33 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 20,774
Posted By mattp
I test rode a 2002 ex500 tonight and from the...

I test rode a 2002 ex500 tonight and from the short ride, I liked it. It is very different from the recent bikes I've had (dualsports). Just out of curiousity, is it easy/possible to lower the...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 11-27-2006, 05:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 896
Posted By mattp
Indian Valley? Have you been riding Mack's...

Indian Valley? Have you been riding Mack's Mountain? I've done some mountain biking up there. BIG Fun.

Good to hear the bike is treating you well. Testament to the fact that you don't need...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 11-27-2006, 07:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 896
Posted By mattp
I'd love to...wait, I don't have a bike anymore....

I'd love to...wait, I don't have a bike anymore. :cry How's the dur treating you?
Forum: Beasts 11-23-2006, 06:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,639
Posted By mattp
Search: wind buffeting issues + v-strom ...

Search: wind buffeting issues + v-strom

Every bike that I have had with a windshield has had buffeting issues. A windshield is worth its weight in gold to me in the winter time though.

I am...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-17-2006, 04:26 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 616
Posted By mattp
I know this is an old post, but have you tried...

I know this is an old post, but have you tried these sites?

http://www.ex-500.com/

http://diycycle.info/index.php/board,9.0.html
Forum: Road warriors 11-15-2006, 08:20 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 7,466
Posted By mattp
I understand your point, but $6000 will by a LOT...

I understand your point, but $6000 will by a LOT of chains, lube, and valve service.
Forum: Road warriors 11-14-2006, 08:53 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,473
Posted By mattp
We'll lose interest in a couple of months. dl650?...

We'll lose interest in a couple of months. dl650? KTM 950 (are they that light)?
Forum: Road warriors 11-11-2006, 05:04 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,186
Posted By mattp
I knew you were out there! At 6'2, how do you fit...

I knew you were out there! At 6'2, how do you fit on the EX500? Cramped? Could you see doing any distance on one?

I think I really need to just sit on, and if possible, ride each one of these to...
Forum: Road warriors 11-10-2006, 02:10 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,186
Posted By mattp
How does the Katana's seating position compare to...

How does the Katana's seating position compare to the Bandit? Is it more sporty?
Forum: Road warriors 11-10-2006, 01:59 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,186
Posted By mattp
I am interested in the SV but as someone else...

I am interested in the SV but as someone else mentioned, it seems harder to find one within my meager budget. I also wonder about the fit and range (did I mention I want at least a 200 mile range?)....
Forum: Road warriors 11-10-2006, 07:30 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,186
Posted By mattp
According to Google Maps, only 1,121 mi (about 22...

According to Google Maps, only 1,121 mi (about 22 hours 4 mins). Do you want to drop by and take a look? :lol3
Forum: Road warriors 11-10-2006, 07:02 AM
Replies: 345
Views: 147,058
Posted By mattp
Interesting. My fiance is Canadian and I have a...

Interesting. My fiance is Canadian and I have a maple syrup habit, can I have one? :ear

http://www.motonline.com/img_repository/ok-1-versy.gif
Forum: Road warriors 11-10-2006, 06:51 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,186
Posted By mattp
Help Me Choose a Budget Commuter/Sport Tourer

I am in the selection process of my next bike. My last three bikes have had at least some DS influence and I think this time I need to go strictly street. I use my bike for commuting and rarely for...
Forum: Road warriors 11-06-2006, 12:11 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 20,774
Posted By mattp
Soooo....who's turned an EX500 into a capable...

Soooo....who's turned an EX500 into a capable sport touring bike? :ear
Forum: Beasts 10-26-2006, 08:33 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,555
Posted By mattp
I'd say at least 3. I would look at this bike...

I'd say at least 3. I would look at this bike pretty seriously if it were here. I like small displacement bikes but I am tall and don't think I fit very well on the ones we have.
Forum: Thumpers 10-09-2006, 07:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 911
Posted By mattp
Thanks for the replies. I have ordered a...

Thanks for the replies. I have ordered a needle/seat assembly and hopefully it will do the trick. If not, it's prolly something else.:D

FYI, I started ordering the part through...
Forum: Thumpers 10-08-2006, 03:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 911
Posted By mattp
Yeah, its rubber. The offroad version of the...

Yeah, its rubber. The offroad version of the DR350 may be different though.

Thanks, Yater, I will try replacing those. Any good sources for such parts?
Forum: Thumpers 10-08-2006, 02:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 911
Posted By mattp
DR350S: Urinator Carburetor

On my recently purchased 91 DR350S, I have been having an intermittent problem with my carburetor overflowing gas. It seems to happen worse when it is cooler outside. I have taken it apart and taken...
Forum: Thumpers 09-11-2006, 08:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,042
Posted By mattp
I will agree with those pointing you in the...

I will agree with those pointing you in the direction of a small dirt bike, especially if most of the riding will be offroad. For this type of riding and learning, the two bikes that you list are a...
Forum: Thumpers 07-23-2006, 06:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 604
Posted By mattp
:ear

:ear
Forum: Thumpers 07-22-2006, 01:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 604
Posted By mattp
DR350s Mods for Commuting

I just bought a 91 dr350s in great shape and with low miles that I want to turn into an econo commuter. The bike is fun to ride and gets GREAT gas mileage but there are a couple of things to address...
Forum: Thumpers 07-10-2006, 02:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 828
Posted By mattp
Tall Man Ponders the KLR 250...OR...How MattP Loathes being Bikeless

For the first time in many years, I have found myself without a bike and wouldn't you know it, its not working out too well. My last bike was a dl650 which I really enjoyed
(except the horrendous...
Forum: Thumpers 06-26-2006, 06:00 AM
Replies: 343
Views: 63,764
Posted By mattp
:rofl

:rofl
Forum: Thumpers 06-21-2006, 05:07 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,071
Posted By mattp
Thanks B'Rob. Its good to hear the downside of a...

Thanks B'Rob. Its good to hear the downside of a bike in contrast to all of the self-congratulatory sugar coating. Without bitter, there is no sweet...

With that said, I think a KLR may be me...
Forum: Beasts 04-26-2006, 07:56 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,714
Posted By mattp
I should hope so, but how does your drilled...

I should hope so, but how does your drilled stocker sound compared to your stocker stocker.:ear
Forum: Beasts 04-24-2006, 05:52 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,300
Posted By mattp
:clap

:clap
Forum: Beasts 04-24-2006, 05:44 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,300
Posted By mattp
This is it, right here! Its going to push me to...

This is it, right here! Its going to push me to start ebay'in for SV parts. I think I would stop before I changed the tank though. I like my 250 mile range and I wouldn't want to reverse that...
Forum: Beasts 04-21-2006, 10:26 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,300
Posted By mattp
I don't think so....although I've never ridden an...

I don't think so....although I've never ridden an SV. I want to think its more of an SV for big kids with longer suspension travel and cockpit roominess. I love everything about the dl except for the...
Forum: Beasts 04-20-2006, 09:56 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,300
Posted By mattp
Very nice! I have often thought of looking into...

Very nice! I have often thought of looking into trying this. That fairing/windshield combo, which IMO is the ugliest thing about the bike, does a great job of funking up the air stream at your head...
Forum: Beasts 04-19-2006, 09:52 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,564
Posted By mattp
If this turned out to be a problem, wouldn't it...

If this turned out to be a problem, wouldn't it be a warranty issue? Why pay a non-dealer mechanic to figure it out when it should be fixed for free? If someone else works on it, it would also give...
Forum: Beasts 04-17-2006, 10:49 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,815
Posted By mattp
LOTS of tire info here...

LOTS of tire info here (http://11109.rapidforum.com/). Pack a lunch.
Forum: Beasts 04-13-2006, 04:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,023
Posted By mattp
Come on...really? :huh I've thought about...

Come on...really? :huh

I've thought about mounting a chicken to my bike or maybe a tennis shoe. Would prolly work OK.
Forum: Beasts 04-12-2006, 07:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,023
Posted By mattp
Can (or has) anyone comment(ed) on the air flow...

Can (or has) anyone comment(ed) on the air flow characteristics of the shorty MP screen? I like the no or low windshield approach and have recently lowered my stock shield by drilling some new holes...
Forum: Beasts 11-09-2005, 08:54 AM
Replies: 9,172
Views: 3,573,009
Posted By mattp
Since this thread was instrumental in pushing me...

Since this thread was instrumental in pushing me to get a V-Strom, I figured I should post a pic of my 2005 dl650 purchased in March. This is from one of my local business jaunts from earlier this...
Forum: Equipment 10-31-2005, 06:11 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,478
Posted By mattp
Actually, I just realized mine is a 1610. Still...

Actually, I just realized mine is a 1610. Still pretty large, though. It is the smallest one I could find to fit my needs. Once you strip off the airport wheels and handle, the weight becomes...
Forum: Beasts 10-30-2005, 02:57 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,871
Posted By mattp
I usually try to cruise at around least 5K and up...

I usually try to cruise at around least 5K and up to 6K. That's just where it seems to run the best.
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