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Forum: Equipment 03-15-2014, 10:36 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 40,778
Posted By dilrod
Exactly Right

That post by (slowoldguy) has been my experience exactly. The K60 is a car or sidecar tire. If you ride at a decent pace, you will slide the rear in every turn. You will also slide on centre lines...
Forum: Equipment 01-12-2014, 09:03 AM
Replies: 320
Views: 73,738
Posted By dilrod
Nice Simile

Originally Posted by Yossarian™ (
Sidi Vertigos
Paid $180 for them,...
Forum: Equipment 11-06-2013, 07:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 449
Posted By dilrod

I have a very narrow foot as well. I wear Sidis because they are comfortable--still a bit wide--but not bad. Again, they are Italian as are Gaernes, which also fit me well. I wear a 49 Euro or size...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-06-2013, 07:08 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 12,391
Posted By dilrod
Let Them Pass?

Why would you let them pass? They are all assholes (gang members). Never let them pass you. They are the lowest of the low.
Forum: Beasts 09-22-2013, 10:30 AM
Replies: 3,153
Views: 595,342
Posted By dilrod
Nailed it!

If the price point is there, then I think they've nailed it--at least as a tourer with occasional off-pavement forays.
Forum: Beasts 09-22-2013, 09:00 AM
Replies: 3,153
Views: 595,342
Posted By dilrod
Let's just hope that it doesn't have the "absence...

Let's just hope that it doesn't have the "absence of power" like the Wee. I don't see any horsepower specs.
Forum: Face plant 03-08-2013, 07:08 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 11,110
Posted By dilrod
Oil Slick

I found the initial responses to your video unbelievable. They must have been written by a bunch of very old men or women. To ride hard is the essence of the pastime--I've been riding that style...
Forum: Equipment 01-30-2013, 07:07 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,187
Posted By dilrod
Thanks to all!

Thanks to all who replied in helping me make an informed decesion. The most impressive experience related (Replies #2 & 6) was ULTRANR's whose 15000 miles on the rear doubled my best ever on...
Forum: Equipment 01-29-2013, 08:53 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 11,364
Posted By dilrod
Tecnic Freeway

Best I ever had--no additional raingear needed--warm when cold--well vented when hot--comfortable--safe--30.000 miles and counting--Technic Freeway
Forum: Equipment 01-29-2013, 06:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,187
Posted By dilrod
Regular PR3?

I didn't realize Michelin made a non-Trail Pilot Road 3 in a 150/70/17 size. The only PR3s I can find for my DL1000 are "Trail" designated for heavier "Adventure" bikes (90% road/ 10% off-road).
Forum: Equipment 01-28-2013, 07:16 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,187
Posted By dilrod
Michelin Pilot Road 3 Trail

Many thanks to those who have replied so far. It seems to me that the PR3 Trail choice is a no-brainer over the Anakee 2s for road-only travel. I have yet to hear from someone who has used the tires...
Forum: Equipment 01-27-2013, 08:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,187
Posted By dilrod

Thanks for the response. I was just wondering how many of those miles were while touring, with a load on? Thanks.
Forum: Equipment 01-27-2013, 01:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,187
Posted By dilrod
Experience withPilot Road 3 Trail tires?

My long, two week trip to Laguna Seca this year (DL1000 Vstrom) will not involve any off-road riding. So I am considering buying a set of Michelin PR 3 Trails, thinking they will outlast and...
Forum: Canada 02-13-2012, 06:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,172
Posted By dilrod

Appreciate it.
Forum: Canada 02-13-2012, 06:49 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 11,061
Posted By dilrod
Stay put

Please encourage your friends--just stay where you are.
Forum: The Garage 02-12-2012, 06:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,630
Posted By dilrod
DT's Dremel

D.T. has it right! If you do not have a Dremel tool--buy one. You won't believe how handy they are. Anyway D.T.'s idea is right on and the easiest way: make a slot--then turn it out with a big slot...
Forum: The Garage 02-11-2012, 09:48 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,378
Posted By dilrod

Forum: Canada 02-11-2012, 09:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,172
Posted By dilrod
"Shock Therapy", Nanaimo ??

He did some great work for me last year (rebuilt rear shock on DL1000 Vstrom) and I would like him to do some more suspension work this year but number seems to be out of service. Does anyone know...
Forum: Beasts 02-05-2012, 10:56 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,914
Posted By dilrod
Like everything else on the 650, it's inferior to...

Like everything else on the 650, it's inferior to the DL1000 component. The 1000 rear shock is rebuildable and worth rebuilding. Sasquach Suspensions in Boise, Idaho does a tremendous job.
Forum: Beasts 01-22-2012, 10:52 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 6,397
Posted By dilrod
Full Agreement

In my experience (mostly long-distance, heavily-laden mixed-terrain, high-speed touring) the stock gearing is perfect. When at home, I sometimes switch to a 43 tooth rear sprocket (just for fun and I...
Forum: Equipment 01-22-2012, 09:21 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,462
Posted By dilrod
Best Jacket

Your research was done well. These are the best jackets. I've had mine for three years and 60000 klms. It's been to Inuvik and to California and to many places in between. The jacket has been...
Forum: Beasts 01-02-2012, 10:18 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,521
Posted By dilrod
Six of one

I have run through two sets of each. I find them equally wonderful with regard to on-road stick in wet or dry. This is the most important point for me. In terms of durability, I found that the Anakee...
Forum: Beasts 12-15-2011, 07:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,321
Posted By dilrod
I rode one and want one

I've owned several DL1000 Vstroms and have tried out all of the others adventure tourers and this is the first time that I was not so happy to get back on the Suzuki. The Tenere is fast, torquey,...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 11-26-2011, 06:28 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,110
Posted By dilrod

I've been riding for 47 years and appreciate very much--your journey--in pictures--and music--very moving!!
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-15-2011, 08:40 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 9,506
Posted By dilrod
. . . how very unfortunate! The ad was great. If...

. . . how very unfortunate! The ad was great. If I was Nissan, I would have given you that old cliched phrase:

F_ _k you if you can't take a joke, you over-reacting b - - - - - d.
Forum: Beasts 08-12-2011, 10:11 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 12,511
Posted By dilrod
The engine!

To me--having owned two DL1000's, the Super ten has much to prove by way of engine performance and durability if it hopes to match the big Vstrom. The rest of the bike can be tailored to the owner's...
Forum: The Garage 07-03-2011, 08:03 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,767
Posted By dilrod
Winning Post!!

This is the way to do it. I have one large C-clamp and four bike tire irons--This combination always works!
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-30-2011, 07:14 AM
Replies: 1,362
Views: 98,990
Posted By dilrod

Once in a while, on a long tour, I cross my arms on the bars. Besides the initial challenge of keeping the bike on the road, this exercise really illuminates the small counter-steering inputs that...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-15-2011, 10:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 879
Posted By dilrod

My DL1000 and I rode over 1300 off-road miles last summer (Dempster and Denali Highway). The TKC 80's worked well but didn't last long. They were a good choice since I also rode 4800 highway miles...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-27-2010, 10:03 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 8,242
Posted By dilrod
Triumph 650 Trophy

Back in 1967, I owned a 1964 Honda 305 SuperHawk. I was hit by a car in an intersection and parlayed the insurance money into a used 1964 Triumph 650 Trophy. That bike made all of the difference for...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-26-2010, 06:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,929
Posted By dilrod
This quote represents the antithesis of...

This quote represents the antithesis of motorcycling!
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-26-2010, 06:35 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 6,246
Posted By dilrod
Thanks for posting this. I have seen it before...

Thanks for posting this. I have seen it before and enjoy it every time. It is great and represents the essence of motorcycling.
Forum: Canada 12-17-2010, 09:56 PM
Replies: 866
Views: 73,578
Posted By dilrod
Port Alberni

There are a few of us here. I ride a DL1000 around 15,000 klms per year.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-03-2010, 06:14 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,478
Posted By dilrod

There should be no debate. The best machine for this trip, by far, if you factor in fun, comfort and reliability, is the big Vstrom--any year! :1drink
Forum: Orange Crush 11-23-2010, 07:13 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,604
Posted By dilrod
Buy good tools

I agree with "Chuckracer" 100%. Buy good tools and good boots. Live long and live well. I too use the Motion-pro chain tool. It works fine for peace of mind when you are pushing the outer limits. If...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-30-2010, 09:57 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,627
Posted By dilrod
Faster than ambient traffic

It has been my number one rule since I purchased my first bike in 1966. I believe that it is absolutely imperative (for safety sake) that a motorcyclist exceed the pace of surrounding traffic. In...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-30-2010, 09:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,307
Posted By dilrod
You need tires

Really--you need to buy good tires for a change. Both your former stock Bridgestones and the Shinkos are junk. The two best tires for the Vstrom are the Metzler Tourances and the Michelin Anakee 2's....
Forum: Beasts 09-09-2010, 07:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,794
Posted By dilrod
Great Machine

I have 75,000 klms on my 2005 DL1000. This summer I loaded it up and rode 10,000 klms to the Arctic and back. I cannot imagine a better all-around bike: strong, wonderful engine, great handler, great...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-02-2010, 09:49 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 14,891
Posted By dilrod
Don't be an ass

I'm with "Sortadirty". In fact I'll go one step farther and say that motorcyclists who don't acknowlege other motorcyclists with a wave are simply assholes.
Forum: Beasts 09-02-2010, 09:31 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,337
Posted By dilrod
NEP throttle lock

For the money, this style is simply the most efficient and best type of cruise controm available. They work so well, that I can't imagine having a motorcycle without one. The rest are simply too...
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