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Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 09:33 AM
Replies: 99,072
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Posted By Kommando
I conserve the front tire. :evil I get...

I conserve the front tire.

:evil

I get about 6K-7K miles out of a rear K270 too though...unless I chunk all the knobs off the center by burning slab at 80MPH all day without heat-cycling it or...
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 12:03 AM
Replies: 99,072
Views: 18,908,258
Posted By Kommando
What kind of nasty offroad? I like the IRC...

What kind of nasty offroad?

I like the IRC TR8 up front for our sand and mud. It also runs nice on the slab for me. You can run a more-aggressive DOT knob up front for really nasty stuff, but...
Forum: Thumpers 09-28-2014, 11:57 PM
Replies: 99,072
Views: 18,908,258
Posted By Kommando
The sticker price means nothing. What matters is...

The sticker price means nothing. What matters is the OTD price and what you have to pay in financing.

Is Suzuki still offering 0% financing for 60mos on the DR650? If so, put only enough down to...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-25-2014, 05:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 511
Posted By Kommando
When in doubt, throttle out. Try standing up...

When in doubt, throttle out.

Try standing up in the "ready" position too. Let the bike move around under you. If you start to fall, gas it.
Forum: Thumpers 09-25-2014, 05:01 PM
Replies: 99,072
Views: 18,908,258
Posted By Kommando
Shave the seat, or get a lower Seat Concepts or...

Shave the seat, or get a lower Seat Concepts or Sargent seat, before you mess with the suspension any more. I shaved about 2" out of a stock DR seat.

One of my DRs has a seat height that is...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-22-2014, 04:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,983
Posted By Kommando
Just about any reliable bike. Most things are...

Just about any reliable bike. Most things are merely preferences.
Forum: Thumpers 09-21-2014, 01:04 AM
Replies: 99,072
Views: 18,908,258
Posted By Kommando
Have you thought about using a thin drybag inside...

Have you thought about using a thin drybag inside it, or spraying it with something like Plasti-Dip?
Forum: Thumpers 09-18-2014, 01:21 AM
Replies: 99,072
Views: 18,908,258
Posted By Kommando
Yes.

Yes.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-18-2014, 01:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,054
Posted By Kommando
Use a spotter.

Use a spotter.
Forum: Thumpers 09-17-2014, 02:57 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,422
Posted By Kommando
Yes. :D

Yes.

:D
Forum: Thumpers 09-17-2014, 02:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 798
Posted By Kommando
Add a kicker to an '02-present DR-Z400S. Then...

Add a kicker to an '02-present DR-Z400S. Then throw on a front DOT knob and a rear DOT semi-knob. Get a wider-ratio gearset if you don't want to be swapping sprockets back and forth for slab and...
Forum: Thumpers 09-14-2014, 10:57 PM
Replies: 99,072
Views: 18,908,258
Posted By Kommando
If the tire bead is seated well, you might have a...

If the tire bead is seated well, you might have a blown tire belt, a swollen tube, or your spokes may need truing.
Forum: Thumpers 09-14-2014, 10:52 PM
Replies: 99,072
Views: 18,908,258
Posted By Kommando
Try a Butty Buddy for her too, and think about...

Try a Butty Buddy for her too, and think about making some 5/16"-thick aluminum, or 3/8"-thick steel, lowering brackets to drop the passenger pegs 2"-4" for even better comfort for her. The Butty...
Forum: Thumpers 09-14-2014, 10:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 385
Posted By Kommando
:lol3 Awwwww YEAHHHHHH!!!! Resilience...

:lol3

Awwwww YEAHHHHHH!!!!

Resilience too. :freaky
Forum: Thumpers 09-14-2014, 04:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 385
Posted By Kommando
Welcome. Thank you for your interest in building...

Welcome. Thank you for your interest in building an honorable life for yourself by doing something to look out for the rest of us, rather than choosing a self-centered profession like dealing crack,...
Forum: Thumpers 09-14-2014, 04:09 PM
Replies: 99,072
Views: 18,908,258
Posted By Kommando
What kind of dirt? For almost all dirt, use...

What kind of dirt?

For almost all dirt, use an aggressive knob with good lateral stability up front. Pirelli offers a few DOT front knobs that corner decently.

For almost all dirt use an...
Forum: Thumpers 09-14-2014, 03:36 PM
Replies: 99,072
Views: 18,908,258
Posted By Kommando
Yup. I run 5.10s. Some tires are also slightly...

Yup. I run 5.10s. Some tires are also slightly undersized.
Forum: Thumpers 09-14-2014, 03:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 670
Posted By Kommando
Maybe from your perspective. I prefer a simple...

Maybe from your perspective. I prefer a simple adjustable carb, a big tank, SC seat, Cogent suspension, 15/44 sprockets, and long-wearing front DOT knob with a long-wearing DOT rear semi-knob. Keep...
Forum: Thumpers 09-14-2014, 03:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,422
Posted By Kommando
I'm a big fan of the DR650SE. I currently have 2....

I'm a big fan of the DR650SE. I currently have 2. My 2003 has over 30K miles on it, much of which was accrued in sand and mud over the last 3 yrs after I bought it with 8K miles on it. I've also...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-11-2014, 05:57 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,116
Posted By Kommando
When I first started riding in the sand down...

When I first started riding in the sand down here, I was always sitting because I could barely get the bike moving before falling over. Then I got more comfortable with throttling up, so I could then...
Forum: The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan 09-11-2014, 05:49 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,180
Posted By Kommando
I'm a weapon. Especially after a big bag...

I'm a weapon.


Especially after a big bag of beef jerky. :evil
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-08-2014, 03:09 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,212
Posted By Kommando
Set up the ergos to fit you when standing. ...

Set up the ergos to fit you when standing.

Don't stand when you don't have to. I ride sitting down most of the time. I stand for things like whoops, jumps, humps, drops, logs, dips, etc.
Forum: Thumpers 09-08-2014, 03:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 534
Posted By Kommando
Yeah, a t over 6', your buddy probably has enough...

Yeah, a t over 6', your buddy probably has enough inseam to ride just about anything he feels like wrestling around. The KLX250S is a higher-spec bike than something like an XT250 or KLR250. While it...
Forum: Thumpers 09-08-2014, 02:53 PM
Replies: 99,072
Views: 18,908,258
Posted By Kommando
What is that?

What is that?
Forum: Thumpers 09-08-2014, 09:31 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,540
Posted By Kommando
Highway capable and dirt capable? The...

Highway capable and dirt capable?

The KLR, Sertao/Dakar, TR650, and DR650SE are all worth a look. Buy used, especially if you aren't 100% sure what you want.

I'm a big fan of the simple...
Forum: Thumpers 09-08-2014, 09:25 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 11,825
Posted By Kommando
The even heavier DR650 tends to push too. I...

The even heavier DR650 tends to push too. I counter it simply by putting a more-aggressive tire on the front and a not-so-aggressive tire on the rear. Then I give it the gas, often with my inside leg...
Forum: Thumpers 09-08-2014, 09:20 AM
Replies: 99,072
Views: 18,908,258
Posted By Kommando
That's about 292K miles. I believe there's a...

That's about 292K miles. I believe there's a well-traveled Harley out there with a bit more, but it's had quite a few things rebuilt.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-07-2014, 08:46 PM
Replies: 261
Views: 8,384
Posted By Kommando
I think "Who cares? Ride your own ride.". ...

I think "Who cares? Ride your own ride.".

That's what I think.
Forum: Beasts 09-07-2014, 04:02 PM
Replies: 4,585
Views: 810,134
Posted By Kommando
Just because the rim is 2" larger in diameter, it...

Just because the rim is 2" larger in diameter, it doesn't mean that the outside diameter of the tire will necessarily be 2" larger also. A tire with a taller or shorter sidewall could also be used.
Forum: Thumpers 09-07-2014, 03:53 PM
Replies: 99,072
Views: 18,908,258
Posted By Kommando
Does your jacket have chest armor...and more back...

Does your jacket have chest armor...and more back armor than just a piece of foam?

I wear an Acerbis Cosmo chest/back protector with attached kidney belt, that has an Alpinestars chestpad...
Forum: The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan 09-07-2014, 03:14 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 8,216
Posted By Kommando
Thunder and lightning still rolling around here...

Thunder and lightning still rolling around here this morning. 'Another time.
Forum: Beasts 09-06-2014, 10:37 PM
Replies: 287
Views: 48,229
Posted By Kommando
I call it "a wisdom thing". Maybe it takes most...

I call it "a wisdom thing". Maybe it takes most people 40yrs or so to realize that they can't easily afford tickets, lawsuits, lawyers, and sky-high insurance rates if they aren't making a 6-figure+...
Forum: Thumpers 09-06-2014, 05:08 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 11,825
Posted By Kommando
The point was that the answer is...It's more a...

The point was that the answer is...It's more a matter of priority and preferences than a straight yes or no. For me, the DR650SE is more of a jack of all trades than the DR-Z400S is, especially after...
Forum: The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan 09-06-2014, 04:24 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 8,216
Posted By Kommando
I should be able to find it. I think I...

I should be able to find it.

I think I can...I think I can. WheredahellamIgoinagain?

So...About 8 miles before I hit I75 :evil, I should turn south off of 50 onto Richloam Claysink Rd, then go...
Forum: The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan 09-06-2014, 11:52 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 8,216
Posted By Kommando
This is probably posted somewhere before, but...

This is probably posted somewhere before, but where's this firetower? I can use Google Maps/GPS to find it if I have enough info.
Forum: Thumpers 09-06-2014, 11:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 990
Posted By Kommando
If you're not riding higher speeds at all, and...

If you're not riding higher speeds at all, and you don't haul a passenger longer distances, get the lighter bike. I love my DRs, but if I didn't haul a passenger or burn slab, the torque and weight...
Forum: Thumpers 09-06-2014, 11:27 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 11,825
Posted By Kommando
The lines can be a bit blurry. Enduro used...

The lines can be a bit blurry.

Enduro used to be about what dualsport means now. Now, enduro is more suited for mostly off-pavement competition where "some" roads may be involved. Enduro bikes...
Forum: Thumpers 09-06-2014, 10:54 AM
Replies: 99,072
Views: 18,908,258
Posted By Kommando
I don't really have any issues with being seen,...

I don't really have any issues with being seen, even loaded up with a topcase and saddlebags. I use DR250 tails, but I often put a www.superbrightleds.com 1157 reflector-bulb unit in them that...
Forum: Thumpers 09-06-2014, 10:32 AM
Replies: 99,072
Views: 18,908,258
Posted By Kommando
Soak the cover in a pan of gasoline. It worked...

Soak the cover in a pan of gasoline. It worked better for me than that Remove-A-Gasket stuff. I used a gasket scraper too.
Forum: The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan 09-06-2014, 10:27 AM
Replies: 10,575
Views: 827,028
Posted By Kommando
AWESOME pics, Eloy! Once my wife gets out of...

AWESOME pics, Eloy! Once my wife gets out of school and we can take vacations again :D, I want to get back out there. My mom has a place outside of Silverthorne CO that my friends and I base out of...
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