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Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 01-23-2015, 07:09 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 20,605
Posted By John Ashman
This is getting close to what the Scrambler should be....

http://s1.cdn.autoevolution.com/images/news/gallery/awesome-custom-ducati-scramblers-make-appearance-at-verona-motor-bike-expo_1.jpg
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-22-2015, 02:45 PM
Replies: 5,217
Views: 943,361
Posted By John Ashman
I have to keep popping into this thread because...

I have to keep popping into this thread because the LAMESTREAM MEDIA is not covering the important speculation surrounding this bike that may or may not happen.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-19-2015, 07:27 AM
Replies: 5,217
Views: 943,361
Posted By John Ashman
Ugh, totally missing my Ascot now. One of the...

Ugh, totally missing my Ascot now. One of the many 80's Hondas that should be upgraded and resurrected. But, yes, 125 miles. Like clockwork. Same with my HawkGT.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-19-2015, 12:09 AM
Replies: 5,217
Views: 943,361
Posted By John Ashman
Hah. Totally sorry to ruin your life by not...

Hah. Totally sorry to ruin your life by not finding fault with a bike that doesn't exist. :norton
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-18-2015, 09:47 PM
Replies: 5,217
Views: 943,361
Posted By John Ashman
Don't forget that the TA is a diesel which is...

Don't forget that the TA is a diesel which is good for fuel economy, but not all stations have diesel. :D
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-18-2015, 07:11 PM
Replies: 5,217
Views: 943,361
Posted By John Ashman
That's the issue with fuel range. A big engine...

That's the issue with fuel range. A big engine means you need more fuel, fluids, frame, muffler, intake, etc, etc, etc so the weight adds up very fast. An NC700X has about a 250 mile range with...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-18-2015, 02:58 PM
Replies: 5,217
Views: 943,361
Posted By John Ashman
Interesting. I've never heard of any real...

Interesting. I've never heard of any real problems with these bikes and they seem to have an incredible reputation for reliability. [BTW, the upcoming AJP P7 is 660-based and should rock] I...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-18-2015, 02:50 PM
Replies: 5,217
Views: 943,361
Posted By John Ashman
XPat. CB500 X-Patriot would be an...

XPat.

CB500 X-Patriot would be an excellent name for a True Adventure based on the 500.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-18-2015, 02:43 PM
Replies: 5,217
Views: 943,361
Posted By John Ashman
I am 99% positive this is a simple...

I am 99% positive this is a simple misunderstanding in the article.

200cc and 373cc desctibe the new Duke 200 and 390 single engines. The new V-twins will be 500-600cc for one and 700cc-900cc...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-18-2015, 07:41 AM
Replies: 5,217
Views: 943,361
Posted By John Ashman
I totally get that people want 21" wheels, but it...

I totally get that people want 21" wheels, but it doesn't make sense to me for an RTW bike that might do 1000 miles of pavement before seeing a mile of dirt.

But for instance, it makes more...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-17-2015, 04:43 PM
Replies: 5,217
Views: 943,361
Posted By John Ashman
Hah. Yes.

Hah. Yes.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-17-2015, 04:42 PM
Replies: 5,217
Views: 943,361
Posted By John Ashman
And I think they have the right approach, though...

And I think they have the right approach, though the bad thing is that each one is heavier than they should be, heavier than their competition and more expensive as well. I mean, how many people...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-17-2015, 01:13 PM
Replies: 5,217
Views: 943,361
Posted By John Ashman
SIMPLE. Build two or three versions.

SIMPLE. Build two or three versions.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-17-2015, 11:22 AM
Replies: 5,217
Views: 943,361
Posted By John Ashman
If anything, putting the front wheel up lowers...

If anything, putting the front wheel up lowers the back half where that tall dude is standing, so that is one large bike, way too big for me. Not to mention the high camera angle. That seat is up...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-17-2015, 10:56 AM
Replies: 5,217
Views: 943,361
Posted By John Ashman
Well the G650GS is only 420lbs. Which isn't...

Well the G650GS is only 420lbs. Which isn't flyweight, but it's not awful. The BMW X-Country was 353 lbs. The X-Challenge 344 from what I can find. I should have bought a X-Country when I had...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-17-2015, 10:20 AM
Replies: 5,217
Views: 943,361
Posted By John Ashman
There are a few Teneres around now as they had a...

There are a few Teneres around now as they had a big promotion last year. None of the others. They are very expensive ($10,000) and very heavy for what they are.

I mean, that bike is more...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-17-2015, 09:58 AM
Replies: 5,217
Views: 943,361
Posted By John Ashman
http://scramblerducati.com/immagini/home/urban-end...

http://scramblerducati.com/immagini/home/urban-enduro.png
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-17-2015, 09:46 AM
Replies: 5,217
Views: 943,361
Posted By John Ashman
Wait. What is this "Elsinore 500" thing? Is...

Wait. What is this "Elsinore 500" thing? Is that supposed to be a CB500 off roader or what?

Edit: Just read the Solo Moto article. Sounds like EXACTLY what I want, which is why it will never...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 01-17-2015, 09:22 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 20,605
Posted By John Ashman
Thanks, yeah, I saw the CFMoto "1/2 ST1300" and...

Thanks, yeah, I saw the CFMoto "1/2 ST1300" and it's actually quite cool as a commuter, from looks anyway because who needs a full ST1300? It's kinda bike I actually need for long commutes. I...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-17-2015, 08:40 AM
Replies: 5,217
Views: 943,361
Posted By John Ashman
But, hey, here's an oddball 250cc liquid cooled...

But, hey, here's an oddball 250cc liquid cooled totally not-ADV tourer that you can practically strap on to a BMW 1200GS. It weighs less than 200lbs. 31.5" seat height, and while it has no fuel...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-17-2015, 08:35 AM
Replies: 5,217
Views: 943,361
Posted By John Ashman
300lb ADV Tourer - ...

300lb ADV Tourer -

https://31.media.tumblr.com/14920d23d615f7b229e0da2795618337/tumblr_inline_myka1arMLb1r3yqwj.jpg
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-16-2015, 09:41 PM
Replies: 5,217
Views: 943,361
Posted By John Ashman
I don't think anyone is fretting about fuel tank...

I don't think anyone is fretting about fuel tank size. This is just a part of what makes an RTW bike heavier than an Enduro. That, subframe, thicker saddle, bigger alternator, more fairing, etc. ...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-16-2015, 02:47 PM
Replies: 5,217
Views: 943,361
Posted By John Ashman
Well, sure, the bike would be entirely different....

Well, sure, the bike would be entirely different. But making a bike that is notably lighter than the competition would play better into that image. Basically that it's a large CRF450. In fact,...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 01-16-2015, 11:31 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,950
Posted By John Ashman
Think of it this way. If Triumph made an...

Think of it this way. If Triumph made an additional level below the XC that was the 2014 model, and it was 15% less, would you buy it? IOW, think of it as a 2015 and evaluate it that way. If...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-16-2015, 11:25 AM
Replies: 5,217
Views: 943,361
Posted By John Ashman
Given the prototype's aesthetic, I'm pretty sure...

Given the prototype's aesthetic, I'm pretty sure they WILL use Dakar to market it, but unless there is a lightweight version, like just over 400lbs, not sure how it will apply. Obviously, the...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-15-2015, 01:05 PM
Replies: 5,217
Views: 943,361
Posted By John Ashman
Well, I could have swapped in the BMW 800 GS or...

Well, I could have swapped in the BMW 800 GS or KTM 990 as the target here. I just think it's going to have to be as offroadable as the best, but mid priced, or it won't really impact the market...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-15-2015, 12:53 PM
Replies: 5,217
Views: 943,361
Posted By John Ashman
Hah, true, I shouldn't have said "yet". These...

Hah, true, I shouldn't have said "yet". These indeed fit the general bill except the 690 Adventure was discontinued and the Tenere is shockingly heavy for some reason.

But the aesthetic, I...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-15-2015, 11:56 AM
Replies: 5,217
Views: 943,361
Posted By John Ashman
Hah, true, but let's assume, you know, somewhat...

Hah, true, but let's assume, you know, somewhat modern technology and another cylinder :D

The rumors of 1000cc are good as they're obviously not going to try to be the biggest bike. The...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-15-2015, 10:44 AM
Replies: 5,217
Views: 943,361
Posted By John Ashman
The problem here, I think, is that everyone has a...

The problem here, I think, is that everyone has a different view on what "right" is and in marketing, that is a big problem. What BMW has done is "define" right. That makes it very hard for a...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 01-15-2015, 09:16 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 20,605
Posted By John Ashman
This is another promising development. First,...

This is another promising development. First, they will want more cc's. Next, they will want more cylinders. And so while this could be a 300cc GS single, tomorrow? Maybe we'll have an F500GS.
...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 01-14-2015, 06:05 PM
Replies: 579
Views: 71,155
Posted By John Ashman
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=98...

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=988765

I do believe the older Tigers/Sprints had the reputation more than the 800s. There are numerous complaints about the older bikes using a bit...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 01-14-2015, 04:20 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 20,605
Posted By John Ashman
Of course, they were out during the 80s and 90s...

Of course, they were out during the 80s and 90s before the idea of ADV touring really caught on and discontinued because it wasn't a "thing" back then. Now that people actually want these kinds of...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 01-13-2015, 11:16 PM
Replies: 579
Views: 71,155
Posted By John Ashman
4. People who post 3x as often in a smaller time...

4. People who post 3x as often in a smaller time frame complaining that other people post too much.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-13-2015, 07:22 PM
Replies: 5,217
Views: 943,361
Posted By John Ashman
Let's face it, people are in love with the True...

Let's face it, people are in love with the True Adventure because it is ANY BIKE YOU WANT IT TO BE. Until it actually comes out and then 75% of the people are going to say "I told you it was going...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 01-13-2015, 07:19 PM
Replies: 579
Views: 71,155
Posted By John Ashman
Now that is the kind of pure evil I can totally...

Now that is the kind of pure evil I can totally respect :evil
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 01-13-2015, 06:18 PM
Replies: 579
Views: 71,155
Posted By John Ashman
:rofl There are 3 things that raise irony to...

:rofl

There are 3 things that raise irony to a new level for me (not talking about TeepS):

1. People wasting bandwidth complaining about other people wasting bandwidth.

2. People sitting...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 01-13-2015, 10:20 AM
Replies: 579
Views: 71,155
Posted By John Ashman
They're supposed to start comining into the...

They're supposed to start comining into the states at the end of the month but don't know if that means they will actually be shipping.
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 01-13-2015, 10:07 AM
Replies: 579
Views: 71,155
Posted By John Ashman
You really like to make things personal. Maybe...

You really like to make things personal. Maybe you should think about why people bother you so much.

The liability statement doesn't actually remove liability, not that it probably matters,...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 01-13-2015, 09:33 AM
Replies: 579
Views: 71,155
Posted By John Ashman
Hah, I miss Sheetz. I used to know the family,...

Hah, I miss Sheetz. I used to know the family, didn't know they made it that far south.
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 01-13-2015, 09:08 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 20,605
Posted By John Ashman
Thanks for the...um...offer! Though, you...

Thanks for the...um...offer!

Though, you should be able to get a ton of bolt on engines. Actually, here in Mexico, there are probably a ton of these engines laying around after people crash...
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