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Forum: Equipment 11-20-2014, 03:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 992
Posted By EtowahKLR
Have you tried thicker cheek pads? Not to be a...

Have you tried thicker cheek pads? Not to be a smart-ass, but not everyone's head is perfectly symmetrical. I know of some people who have to wear a thicker cheek pad on one side than the other side...
Forum: Equipment 11-20-2014, 03:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 428
Posted By EtowahKLR
Try before you buy.

If you're happy with Scorpion, the new EXO-T1200 looks very nice. If you like a modular, you can't beat the Shoei Neotech if you can pony of the scratch. It's the quietest Shoei modular yet. I've had...
Forum: Beasts 11-20-2014, 05:51 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,854
Posted By EtowahKLR
Suspension

I agree 100%. Trying to increase HP on a 650cc motorcycle will cost significant dollars for very little return on the investment. Suspension upgrade is a much more noticeable improvement. If you ride...
Forum: Beasts 11-11-2014, 05:41 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,439
Posted By EtowahKLR
Two years ago I was in the market for a...

Two years ago I was in the market for a mid-weight "adventure bike". The Honda NC700X was relatively new, but I couldn't find a dealer that would let me demo one. The latest gen Vstrom had been out...
Forum: Beasts 10-26-2014, 05:45 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,123
Posted By EtowahKLR
2012 DL650 Fuel Mileage

After 18K miles, I have averaged 60 MPG. I've gotten as low as 54 MPG pounding super-slab at an indicated 80 MPH with panniers loaded. I've gotten as high as 65 MPG riding sedately in the mountains....
Forum: Beasts 10-15-2014, 10:38 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,299
Posted By EtowahKLR
Vstrom

I bought a leftover 2012 Vstrom 650 in January of 2013. I had ridden a demo at Daytona the previous year and was impressed with the motor and transmission. The bike is a great platform to make...
Forum: Beasts 10-11-2014, 06:54 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 14,940
Posted By EtowahKLR
Beak or beakless

I stopped by my local dealer to inquire about availability of the new tubeless spoked rims for conversion of my 2012 DL650. He says that the spoked wheels and the beak will only come to the US on the...
Forum: Beasts 09-16-2014, 02:04 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,216
Posted By EtowahKLR
That calculates to from 56 MPG to 63 MPG. I have...

That calculates to from 56 MPG to 63 MPG. I have ranged from 53 MPG to 64 MPG over the last 17K miles.
Forum: Beasts 09-11-2014, 08:43 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,216
Posted By EtowahKLR
I have two friends with 800 Tigers, one has the...

I have two friends with 800 Tigers, one has the XC and one has the roadie. Both of them have ridden my 2012 Wee Strom (and I theirs), and they both wish they had ridden the Strom before buying the...
Forum: Beasts 08-13-2014, 08:36 AM
Replies: 306
Views: 51,652
Posted By EtowahKLR
Switchable ABS

If they really want to make it "dirt worthy", provide a switch to disable the ABS with a LED reminder light.

It would be nice to have a wire wheel conversion package. The "beak" is already...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-08-2014, 06:28 PM
Replies: 730
Views: 55,773
Posted By EtowahKLR
650 Vstrom

Look into a 650 Vstrom. Even though it comes with ABS, Eastern Beaver makes an ABS adapter to switch on/off the ABS. It goes for about $22. You would have a bullet-proof multi-cylinder ADV bike more...
Forum: Beasts 06-10-2014, 12:56 PM
Replies: 3,270
Views: 620,950
Posted By EtowahKLR
Seat Concepts

I contacted Seat Concepts to inquire about their plans for the new DL1000. Lendon says it's on their radar, but they are working on a couple of high profile seats right now, so it will be a couple of...
Forum: Beasts 06-07-2014, 02:49 PM
Replies: 3,270
Views: 620,950
Posted By EtowahKLR
If you can hold out until Seat Concepts offers...

If you can hold out until Seat Concepts offers the seat foam and cover for the new DL1000, it should be worth the wait. I bought one for my 2012 Wee and it's great! IMHO it's better than a Corbin or...
Forum: Beasts 05-31-2014, 05:39 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,240
Posted By EtowahKLR
Wtf

I've owned four VFRs, and that just ain't right!:eek1 What's next.... a GS track bike? Oh wait..... I've seen that at Mid-Ohio Vintage Days.:dhorse
Forum: Beasts 05-30-2014, 05:29 PM
Replies: 21,994
Views: 6,503,298
Posted By EtowahKLR
I used Conti Trail Attack on mine, They are...

I used Conti Trail Attack on mine, They are adequate in the dirt and great on pavement.
Forum: Beasts 05-29-2014, 07:12 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,928
Posted By EtowahKLR
I hear that a lot from cruiser riders.:muutt I...

I hear that a lot from cruiser riders.:muutt I guess it's an acquired taste, but some people will never get it.:1drink
Forum: Beasts 05-29-2014, 06:55 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,928
Posted By EtowahKLR
Duh! Dopey me!:ricky

Duh! Dopey me!:ricky
Forum: Beasts 05-29-2014, 06:53 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,928
Posted By EtowahKLR
Laugh I'm fortunate to live close to Cogent Dynamics...

I'm fortunate to live close to Cogent Dynamics here in North Carolina, so I had Rick install the DDC (drop-in damping cartridges), heavier fork springs, and World Edge rear shock. He did the install...
Forum: Beasts 05-29-2014, 06:40 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,928
Posted By EtowahKLR
$200 is a righteous price, but make sure it's for...

$200 is a righteous price, but make sure it's for a 2012+. "Getting very bad GAS"? Mileage or crappy gasoline?:puke1
Forum: Beasts 05-29-2014, 05:45 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,928
Posted By EtowahKLR
Center Stand

They vary in price. The Suzuki one is around $300. The SW Motech one from Twisted Throttle is $240.
Forum: Beasts 05-29-2014, 03:35 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,928
Posted By EtowahKLR
I bought mine and immediately put on the center...

I bought mine and immediately put on the center stand and hand guards. The first thing I ordered was a Touratech bash plate to protect the vulnerable oil filter.

The stock seat I found was good...
Forum: Beasts 05-29-2014, 10:56 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,928
Posted By EtowahKLR
For the money!

I wouldn't say it's the "best bike ever", but it certainly is the best all around bike for the money. I've been riding for 40+ years and over 300K miles on 20 assorted bikes, and my 2012 DL650 is the...
Forum: Vendors 04-28-2014, 02:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 819
Posted By EtowahKLR
Cogent Dynamics

You won't be sorry if you go to Cogent Dynamics. Rick and Joyce are the best!:clap
Forum: Beasts 04-21-2014, 01:40 PM
Replies: 3,916
Views: 747,275
Posted By EtowahKLR
Madstad Footpeg Lowering brackets Fork brace ...

Madstad
Footpeg Lowering brackets
Fork brace
GoCruise
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 03-14-2014, 05:34 PM
Replies: 370
Views: 78,475
Posted By EtowahKLR
'73 h1

1973 Kawasaki H1 was my very first bike! Lucky to still be alive! It was the flexi-flyer.
Forum: Battle scooters 02-26-2014, 11:37 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 498
Posted By EtowahKLR
Depends?

What's the size in liters? Is it a Monolock or Monokey? Do you have both keys? Is it a universal mounting plate, and is it off the scooter? Price may be high depending on size. You can buy a brand...
Forum: Beasts 02-06-2014, 08:53 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,362
Posted By EtowahKLR
More info on Woody's Wheel Works. Here's a nice...

More info on Woody's Wheel Works. Here's a nice set of spokes rims for a Vstrom (or other bike that comes with cast rims). They also do rime straightening on cast rims....
Forum: Equipment 02-04-2014, 05:41 PM
Replies: 318
Views: 96,405
Posted By EtowahKLR
Cooling Bandanna

Frogg Toggs Chilly Dana Cooling Bandanna from Walmart for $10. Just soak it in water and keep in its' storage tube. When the heat gets unbearable, drape it around your neck and shoulders. Just like...
Forum: Beasts 02-04-2014, 01:24 PM
Replies: 3,916
Views: 747,275
Posted By EtowahKLR
Hey Larry! I've been riding for 40+ years on...

Hey Larry! I've been riding for 40+ years on everything from 4 VFR's, 3 Airhead Beemers, 4 Hinkley Triumphs, and assorted Kawasakis, Yamahas, and Suzukis. I finally decided at 63 that I needed...
Forum: Beasts 02-04-2014, 01:05 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,277
Posted By EtowahKLR
It was very interesting to read all of the advice...

It was very interesting to read all of the advice from US Inmates. Then you chose a model that has never been available here. I think Honda missed the boat by discontinuing to import (if they ever...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 02-04-2014, 09:25 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,002
Posted By EtowahKLR
Condolences

So very to hear about your father. When I lived in the Rochester area, we used to ride to you father's shop at the first sign of Spring weather. Although we liked the bikes, I think it was your dad's...
Forum: Trip Planning 01-27-2014, 10:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,079
Posted By EtowahKLR
Battery operated CPAP

I haven't really missed camping that much since I started using a CPAP, but there are times I wish I could pack the tent and sleeping bag and enjoy camping if necessary on a trip. I have avoided it...
Forum: Beasts 01-02-2014, 07:25 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,229
Posted By EtowahKLR
New Gen Wee Strom

Alan,

Don't rule out the standard DL650 w/ABS. The Adventure is nice, but there are a lot of options for outfitting and farkling a basic Vstrom. I bought a 2012 DL650 and have had a great time...
Forum: Equipment 10-16-2013, 11:42 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 13,689
Posted By EtowahKLR
I recently bought a used Yamaha Majesty scooter...

I recently bought a used Yamaha Majesty scooter with a MBK 44 liter topcase. The scooter only had one set of keys, but I was able to get a blank ignition key from the Yamaha dealer. The topcase key,...
Forum: Battle scooters 10-08-2013, 06:43 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 7,708
Posted By EtowahKLR
One of the European sites has indicated that the...

One of the European sites has indicated that the Kawasaki 300 is a collaboration with Kymco based on their City 300. Kymco has been doing engine manufacturing for Kawasaki and other big name...
Forum: Beasts 08-01-2013, 05:52 PM
Replies: 3,916
Views: 747,275
Posted By EtowahKLR
I bought my 2012 DL650 back in January and have...

I bought my 2012 DL650 back in January and have put 7000 miles on it. I, too put on the AdventureTech fork brace as well as their footpeg lowering brackets. The bike tracks like it's on rails even...
Forum: Beasts 03-23-2013, 09:09 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,163
Posted By EtowahKLR
I purchased my 2012 DL650 on January 6th. The...

I purchased my 2012 DL650 on January 6th. The first thing I did was install a Touratech skid plate, Suzuki center stand and hand guards. I've since installed an AdventureTech fork brace and peg...
Forum: Americas 03-22-2013, 05:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 587
Posted By EtowahKLR
Planning trip to the Gulf Coast

In 40 years of riding, I've never been to the Gulf Coast from the pan-handle of FL through Alabama, Mississippi, and on to The Big Easy. I want to do a relaxing trip and definitely avoid the super...
Forum: Equipment 07-02-2012, 12:26 PM
Replies: 188
Views: 92,481
Posted By EtowahKLR
I just returned from a 2000 miles trip with my...

I just returned from a 2000 miles trip with my Neotech. This is my 12th Shoei helmet which has included a Duotech, Syncrotech, and Multitech, and it is by far the best (and most expensive) modular...
Forum: Beasts 03-23-2012, 11:14 AM
Replies: 21,994
Views: 6,503,298
Posted By EtowahKLR
Yes it is!

Yes it is!
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