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Forum: Beasts 09-20-2013, 04:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 447
Posted By freecat
How does the battery test out? It's very easy to...

How does the battery test out? It's very easy to convince yourself there's a short when a bad battery will do all kinds of crazy-seeming things. BTDT. Rather than hunting for a short, test the...
Forum: Beasts 09-20-2013, 05:01 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,776
Posted By freecat
On unfamiliar roads with blind curves, I find ABS...

On unfamiliar roads with blind curves, I find ABS to be a major confidence booster. On the other hand, maybe I shouldn't be charging blind corners, ABS or not.

As for which bike, which one is...
Forum: Beasts 09-17-2013, 05:00 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 12,001
Posted By freecat
I think the 800 is probably better for the paved...

I think the 800 is probably better for the paved roads I was riding today. But I think a supermoto would've been even better.

:D
Forum: Beasts 09-14-2013, 06:05 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 12,001
Posted By freecat
It was a point about flexibility, more of an...

It was a point about flexibility, more of an everyday ride-ability issue. Usable torque, rather than the kind of torque that lengthens your arms when the road is open and no cops are around. The idea...
Forum: Beasts 09-11-2013, 05:48 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 12,001
Posted By freecat
When people talk about the flexibile powerband of...

When people talk about the flexibile powerband of the Tiger 800, this is what they mean:

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Forum: Beasts 09-11-2013, 01:10 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 39,346
Posted By freecat
Same engine, same transmission, same frame, same...

Same engine, same transmission, same frame, same steering geometry, even the same tires as 2011 I'm guessing. The main change is the bodywork. The suspension wasn't even really changed, just the...
Forum: Beasts 09-10-2013, 04:50 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 14,918
Posted By freecat
When I say "Goat trails" I really mean narrow and...

When I say "Goat trails" I really mean narrow and essentially unmaintained roads that may have been paved once -- or the primary method of maintenance is chip-seal with generous doses of gravel....
Forum: Beasts 09-08-2013, 03:26 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 14,918
Posted By freecat
I haven't ridden an S10, but if you've ridden an...

I haven't ridden an S10, but if you've ridden an FJR, even one with some heat-reducing mods, the Tiger's heat is hardly worth noting. It's more than the Wee puts out. But without a fairing you can...
Forum: Beasts 09-08-2013, 07:55 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 14,918
Posted By freecat
My Roadie has less suspension adjustability than...

My Roadie has less suspension adjustability than my '04 Wee did (the Wee has rear preload and rebound, and front preload, whereas the Roadie only has rear preload).

However, the Tiger has much,...
Forum: Beasts 09-08-2013, 04:06 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 14,918
Posted By freecat
The magazines didn't really test the Roadie very...

The magazines didn't really test the Roadie very much -- they focused (understandably) on comparisons between the XC and the F800GS. But the Roadie is lighter, figures to be ever so slightly quicker....
Forum: Beasts 09-07-2013, 02:14 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 14,918
Posted By freecat
Performance

Motorcycle Consumer News got the following figures for the Tiger 800XC:

0-60: 4.06 seconds
Standing quarter mile: 12.19 seconds @ 108.72 mph.

I think that's quicker than a Wee Strom.

Edit:...
Forum: Beasts 09-07-2013, 02:11 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 14,918
Posted By freecat
Heat issue

To get a sense of the "heat issue" on the Tiger, take the heat poured onto your legs by an FJR on a hot summer day at low speeds and divide by 10.
Forum: Beasts 09-07-2013, 04:11 AM
Replies: 194
Views: 39,346
Posted By freecat
I wish I'd seen this thread

I was very much on the fence between a 2013 DL650 and a 2013 Roadie. My main bike for the past few years was an '04 DL650 that I sold in June, mainly because I just wanted a new bike, preferably with...
Forum: Face plant 08-06-2013, 03:27 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 29,388
Posted By freecat
Storm II Ultra failure

I just had a Storm II Ultra fail yesterday:

http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc131/freecat500/null-13.jpg (http://s212.photobucket.com/user/freecat500/media/null-13.jpg.html)

The bike is a...
Forum: Beasts 07-07-2012, 07:59 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 14,421
Posted By freecat
Hey Jud, when I met you a couple of years ago...

Hey Jud, when I met you a couple of years ago (you put tires on my DL650 before I rode it to Newfoundland), you were all about the KTM Adventure series! Is maximum trail-ability no longer the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-03-2012, 06:55 AM
Replies: 292
Views: 23,472
Posted By freecat
I think good riders can ride with or without...

I think good riders can ride with or without braking in curves. Generally IMO it's better to practice the following drills (not necessarily in this order, but #4 is definitely last):

1. Ride your...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-03-2012, 06:19 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,322
Posted By freecat
Practice riding twisty roads in a lower gear...

Practice riding twisty roads in a lower gear (maybe two gears lower) and don't use the brakes. If you're not past redline, don't worry about blowing your bike up. You won't. Learn to slow down, hold...
Forum: Ride reports 05-21-2011, 03:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,738
Posted By freecat
I was planning on writing up the next couple of...

I was planning on writing up the next couple of days this morning, but I'm going riding instead! Can you blame me? It's going to be a nice day and twisty roads are calling my name.
Forum: Ride reports 05-19-2011, 11:44 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,738
Posted By freecat
Note on the photos:

An important note on the photos: Dave, John, and Giselle were all nice enough to share their photos with me to make this ride report better. I deserve only a fraction of the credit for the pictures!
Forum: Ride reports 05-19-2011, 11:38 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,738
Posted By freecat
Four Wee Stroms to Newfoundland

Prologue: Recliner (my house) 0 miles

May 2009. I was at the VX800 Rally at the now-gone TWO in Suches, Georgia. I was getting ready for a trip out West (Ride report here:...
Forum: Beasts 11-16-2010, 03:02 PM
Replies: 21,197
Views: 3,722,017
Posted By freecat
Am I the only person who is too short for a...

Am I the only person who is too short for a "real" ADV bike? The KTMs might as well be skyscrapers.

The cast-wheel regular version of the T8 looks pretty good to me, and not prohibitively tall.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-23-2010, 08:56 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,858
Posted By freecat
What bothers me about the story is nothing you...

What bothers me about the story is nothing you did, but the way she just stopped and waited for a collision. Why do so many drivers do that? Would it have been nearly as close a call if she had...
Forum: Ride reports 07-08-2010, 06:12 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,100
Posted By freecat
Roebling Viaduct

I am really enjoying your ride reports, pics or no!

For some reason I have been in that spot (Lackawaxen) many times. The first time was in 1994 on a shiny red VX800 when I was stationed at Ft....
Forum: Ride reports 07-08-2010, 04:51 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,183
Posted By freecat
Oh, I'll probably take the Wee Strom to...

Oh, I'll probably take the Wee Strom to Newfoundland.
Forum: Ride reports 07-04-2010, 06:52 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,183
Posted By freecat
Thanks, Rick! Hopefully we'll either meet...

Thanks, Rick!

Hopefully we'll either meet one day at TWO or at a West Coast VX Rally!
Forum: Equipment 06-24-2010, 10:18 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,926
Posted By freecat
I just bought some Held Nero gloves (kangaroo...

I just bought some Held Nero gloves (kangaroo skin). Now you guys have me wondering if they're good enough!
Forum: Ride reports 06-24-2010, 04:41 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,183
Posted By freecat
Postscript: Final Drive Issues

So I promised to add a few pictures of the final drive. I took the rear wheel of after I got home (it may have been the next day, I don't remember).
...
Forum: Ride reports 06-23-2010, 11:47 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,183
Posted By freecat
Day 8: Heading home via the Tail of the Dragon

I really don't remember when I got up, when I left, if I ate breakfast, or what. I just got on the biggest road out of Kennett, toward a bridge over the Mississippi River, and into Tennessee. From...
Forum: Ride reports 06-21-2010, 04:33 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,183
Posted By freecat
Bike Trouble

So at a gas stop on the way to meet Noel I decided to go crazy and check all the bike's fluids: oil, coolant, gear oil. While checking the gear oil (which was fine), I noticed a definite oozing from...
Forum: Ride reports 06-21-2010, 02:40 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,183
Posted By freecat
Day 7: Ozarks

This was a long day, hot for most of the day, fun, relaxing in a way, but very, very long. Day 6 was over 600 miles, but mostly interstate. Day 7 was even more mileage, but mostly on secondary...
Forum: Ride reports 06-21-2010, 06:48 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,183
Posted By freecat
I'll get there! Maybe next year I'll do a...

I'll get there! Maybe next year I'll do a coast-to-coast, and save Alaska for the year after.

My primary goal for this trip was the Black Hills, but I had to at least see the Rockies, just a...
Forum: Ride reports 06-21-2010, 06:29 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,183
Posted By freecat
Day 6

Good morning, Day 6, a long, long day was next. Now the campground I was at had hot breakfast on Saturday and Sunday only; luckily it was a Sunday. I think it was 2 pancakes, 2 sausage links, toast,...
Forum: Ride reports 06-19-2010, 03:59 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,183
Posted By freecat
So just to wrap up Day 5, just before Walden, CO...

So just to wrap up Day 5, just before Walden, CO I made camp. Being tentless, I rented a cabin:

http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc131/freecat500/black%20hills%20trip/IMG_1306.jpg

I think I...
Forum: Ride reports 06-19-2010, 07:25 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,183
Posted By freecat
Sorry, what happened is my third child was born...

Sorry, what happened is my third child was born while I was writing the RR, and life kind of got in the way! I had research to do, new classes to prep for, we bought a house that needed work, etc....
Forum: Ride reports 06-19-2010, 07:08 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,183
Posted By freecat
Poudre River run

Route 14 looked like an interesting road on the map, so I decided that it should be my introduction to the Rockies. I should have realized it would be a popular whitewater rafting and kayaking spot!...
Forum: Ride reports 06-19-2010, 06:59 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,183
Posted By freecat
Into the Rockies

I didn't take many pictures in Wyoming. Did I mention it was COLD? I rode some pleasant, but not exactly twisty backroads. I saw more antelope and eagles. I learned that it's darned difficult to...
Forum: Ride reports 06-19-2010, 06:51 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,183
Posted By freecat
So the next day, after a hail storm destroyed my...

So the next day, after a hail storm destroyed my tent, I woke up in a puddle, took a hot shower, dried off, and hit the road. Temps were in the high 30s and rainy.
...
Forum: Ride reports 06-19-2010, 06:45 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,183
Posted By freecat
Well, it's been a year, maybe I should finish...

Well, it's been a year, maybe I should finish this ride report!
Forum: Ride reports 06-19-2009, 09:16 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,494
Posted By freecat
Great RR, man! I generally agree about the...

Great RR, man!

I generally agree about the Dragon vs. the Cherohala (or Wayah Rd., or GA 60, or hundreds of other roads in the area). But last week I hit the Dragon from the North (on my way home...
Forum: Ride reports 06-18-2009, 04:13 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,183
Posted By freecat
Day 4: The Black Hills (Part 2)

I hope this post goes on the next page, there sure seem to be enough pictures for one page already! So after Mt. Rushmore, it was time for lunch in Keystone!

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