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Forum: Road warriors 03-26-2015, 10:34 PM
Replies: 4,358
Views: 764,067
Posted By markjenn
All that is known is that Honda isn't building...

All that is known is that Honda isn't building 2015 MY bikes and is going to let existing stock handle demand for the short-term. Whether this represents just a one-year break (which Honda often...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-26-2015, 05:40 PM
Replies: 27,407
Views: 5,390,450
Posted By markjenn
I recall maybe one guy had an issue. I really...

I recall maybe one guy had an issue. I really don't think there was anything needing fixing.

- Mark
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-25-2015, 01:35 PM
Replies: 27,407
Views: 5,390,450
Posted By markjenn
Sounds like exactly the tradeoffs you make when...

Sounds like exactly the tradeoffs you make when you take a 90-10 road-biased tire and substitute a 50-50 tire. I haven't been on the K60's, but have gone through multiple sets of TKC80's and they...
Forum: Racing 03-25-2015, 01:27 PM
Replies: 1,822
Views: 117,457
Posted By markjenn
Pleeeezzz.... can we avoid another discussion...

Pleeeezzz.... can we avoid another discussion where the totally unqualified weigh in with medical opinions on a situation in which they have zero first-hand knowledge?

- Mark
Forum: Road warriors 03-24-2015, 04:51 PM
Replies: 2,882
Views: 378,631
Posted By markjenn
What he said. V-twins have no inherent torque...

What he said. V-twins have no inherent torque advantage (torque has much to do with engine tuning and little to do with engine configuration) and the FJ-09 makes more torque than the Wee at every...
Forum: Road warriors 03-24-2015, 11:33 AM
Replies: 416
Views: 121,823
Posted By markjenn
Bumble-bees are fine-looking bikes. If BMW does...

Bumble-bees are fine-looking bikes. If BMW does something similar to this paint on a R1200RS, I may have to get one.

- Mark
Forum: Racing 03-23-2015, 09:35 AM
Replies: 1,822
Views: 117,457
Posted By markjenn
First, I doubt non-superstar racers like Canard...

First, I doubt non-superstar racers like Canard and Weimer make enough in a few years of racing to retire. Second, would it be acceptable to you if your employer provided a place of work where you...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 03-22-2015, 07:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 925
Posted By markjenn
I don't think very many riders would...

I don't think very many riders would intentionally run an engine a full-tooth off spec, trying to do some kind of engine tuning. If valve timing is adjusted off stock, it is typically done by...
Forum: Road warriors 03-21-2015, 08:40 AM
Replies: 4,453
Views: 532,894
Posted By markjenn
I've seen 2WD Yamaha dirtbikes and other...

I've seen 2WD Yamaha dirtbikes and other unobtainable exotica on Cycle Trader. They'll do anything to generate a phone call. But the fact a dealer is willing to actually advertise the bike must...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-20-2015, 02:00 PM
Replies: 7,138
Views: 1,176,385
Posted By markjenn
You're assuming it had all the ancillary stuff on...

You're assuming it had all the ancillary stuff on the bike to begin with. It probably never had any of this stuff.... it's a concept bike, not a production model. My bet for some time now is that...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 03-20-2015, 06:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 925
Posted By markjenn
I'm with the others... the engine is able to...

I'm with the others... the engine is able to tolerate a small mis-time like this without issue. Valve timing is a compromise and you simply had an engine with the compromise shifted a bit. It will...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-16-2015, 01:34 PM
Replies: 7,138
Views: 1,176,385
Posted By markjenn
Doesn't mean much.... they might have built a...

Doesn't mean much.... they might have built a mock-up primarily for the patent appl and decided to get a little more mileage out of it by showing it as the TA concept.

Remarkably little hard info...
Forum: Road warriors 03-13-2015, 06:30 PM
Replies: 2,882
Views: 378,631
Posted By markjenn
The "guy" sounds like a typical salesman who...

The "guy" sounds like a typical salesman who doesn't know squat. The bags list for $400 each.

- Mark
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-05-2015, 08:43 AM
Replies: 6,585
Views: 1,203,955
Posted By markjenn
What a silly rationale. If it fails (and...

What a silly rationale. If it fails (and properly installed ones almost never do), then you put another plug in, just like you did originally. If you accept the risk of having a flat on a new...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-02-2015, 02:06 AM
Replies: 6,585
Views: 1,203,955
Posted By markjenn
So you're frustrated that a faraway dealer won't...

So you're frustrated that a faraway dealer won't provide a written/firm OTD price for a bike you might buy a year from now. Sounds like a textbook reason why most dealers don't do such quotes.

-...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-01-2015, 10:53 AM
Replies: 6,585
Views: 1,203,955
Posted By markjenn
I agree, they should be honest and ethical. But,...

I agree, they should be honest and ethical. But, as was this case, there is nothing dishonest by saying that you don't do price quotes over phone or over email. And there is nothing dishonest about...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-01-2015, 08:55 AM
Replies: 6,585
Views: 1,203,955
Posted By markjenn
Bingo. A dealership is a privately run business...

Bingo. A dealership is a privately run business and they are free to handle price negotiations in any way they choose. And the customer is free to take their business anywhere they choose. All I...
Forum: Road warriors 02-27-2015, 08:42 PM
Replies: 2,882
Views: 378,631
Posted By markjenn
As I just said AT EVERY ENGINE SPEED the Ninja...

As I just said AT EVERY ENGINE SPEED the Ninja makes significantly more torque and therefore more HP. (Not surprisingly since both engines are in similar states of tune but the Kawi has 23% more...
Forum: Road warriors 02-27-2015, 03:35 PM
Replies: 2,882
Views: 378,631
Posted By markjenn
Lay the FJ-09 and Ninja 1000 dyno charts next to...

Lay the FJ-09 and Ninja 1000 dyno charts next to one another and the Ninja has more torque at every engine speed and 20-odd horse advantage on top. And no limiter. If speed is what you're after,...
Forum: Road warriors 02-26-2015, 10:28 AM
Replies: 2,882
Views: 378,631
Posted By markjenn
Good catch, but I'm more accepting of this on a...

Good catch, but I'm more accepting of this on a naked retro which probably has a non-limited top speed of 120 mph or so anyway. The FJ-09 is much more of a performance bike and probably has a...
Forum: Road warriors 02-26-2015, 01:28 AM
Replies: 2,882
Views: 378,631
Posted By markjenn
It's the degree of limiting. Sure, many big GT...

It's the degree of limiting. Sure, many big GT bikes have had the 300 kph (186 mph) limit and a few bikes have had restrictions in lower gears to improve control ability and prevent inadvertent...
Forum: Road warriors 02-25-2015, 06:05 PM
Replies: 2,882
Views: 378,631
Posted By markjenn
It's definitely not a one-bike deal or specific...

It's definitely not a one-bike deal or specific to Europe - the magazines all show that the bike has a hard limit of about 110 mph top speed as well as power restrictions in the first three gears.
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Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-25-2015, 09:53 AM
Replies: 27,407
Views: 5,390,450
Posted By markjenn
Making power with RPM rather than throttle...

Making power with RPM rather than throttle generally reduces pinging. I'd tend to leave it in the lower gears and let it rev. Good luck with your trip.

- Mark
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-24-2015, 08:00 AM
Replies: 27,407
Views: 5,390,450
Posted By markjenn
This is 95 RON (Research Octane Number) which is...

This is 95 RON (Research Octane Number) which is a different system than US Pump Octane (which is the average of RON and MON). 95 RON is about 90-91 US pump octane which is consistent with the 91...
Forum: Racing 02-23-2015, 11:31 AM
Replies: 1,822
Views: 117,457
Posted By markjenn
Sooner or later, all SX racers do "cheap take...

Sooner or later, all SX racers do "cheap take outs". Rigorously keep score and you end up hating everyone. I say Reed is about average in aggression and he generally doesn't get down and dirty...
Forum: Racing 02-22-2015, 03:23 PM
Replies: 1,822
Views: 117,457
Posted By markjenn
Yeah, sure, no big deal. To tell the truth, RC's...

Yeah, sure, no big deal. To tell the truth, RC's accomplishments were crap too.

The whole point is that he IS riding additional years, and successfully competing in the top class at his age. ...
Forum: Road warriors 02-22-2015, 10:01 AM
Replies: 4,453
Views: 532,894
Posted By markjenn
Let's hope for a better outcome - the rebirth of...

Let's hope for a better outcome - the rebirth of Norton has been tortuous.

- Mark
Forum: The Garage 02-21-2015, 07:47 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,596
Posted By markjenn
Nice work, but I think you're going to find that...

Nice work, but I think you're going to find that the height is way too high for anything other than work directly underneath the bike. I have a factory lift and it doesn't go nearly as high as yours...
Forum: Road warriors 02-18-2015, 10:53 AM
Replies: 4,453
Views: 532,894
Posted By markjenn
I'm sure they could, but one of the risks in...

I'm sure they could, but one of the risks in developing a technology-centric bike (as opposed to a image bike) on a protracted schedule is that the technology moves underneath you. It's like...
Forum: Road warriors 02-18-2015, 10:14 AM
Replies: 2,882
Views: 378,631
Posted By markjenn
They also confirmed the top speed limiter - in...

They also confirmed the top speed limiter - in the Performance and Specifications Section.... Measured Top Speed: 110.75 mph (electronically limited).

- Mark
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-16-2015, 10:07 AM
Replies: 6,585
Views: 1,203,955
Posted By markjenn
There is a lot of controversy about whether...

There is a lot of controversy about whether countershaft sprockets are supposed to have some designed-in lateral play.... play that presumably wouldn't be there if you have to use a hammer to get it...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-14-2015, 11:14 AM
Replies: 7,138
Views: 1,176,385
Posted By markjenn
Great theory, but it has never been borne out in...

Great theory, but it has never been borne out in any tests. Put cars, bikes, trucks, etc, on dynos with E10 and they consistently get 3% less mileage than on E0, exactly as you'd expect with a 10%...
Forum: Road warriors 02-09-2015, 02:07 AM
Replies: 786
Views: 134,404
Posted By markjenn
I doubt you'll be riding a prototype come summer....

I doubt you'll be riding a prototype come summer. Production bikes are supposed to be in dealerships in May. I was told the bike making the show circuit was a non-runner.

- Mark
Forum: Road warriors 02-09-2015, 01:57 AM
Replies: 4,453
Views: 532,894
Posted By markjenn
I hope so too, but they haven't released any...

I hope so too, but they haven't released any product yet, so whether the delays have kept the product from being "flawed" is TBD.

- Mark
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-07-2015, 10:27 PM
Replies: 27,407
Views: 5,390,450
Posted By markjenn
Officially, never. - Mark

Officially, never.

- Mark
Forum: The Garage 02-07-2015, 11:41 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 5,982
Posted By markjenn
And there is nothing wrong with this either. ...

And there is nothing wrong with this either. This thread will be the general repository of table saw information in advrider.

And I love the irony of someone perpetuating a thread by complaining...
Forum: The Garage 02-03-2015, 03:09 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 5,982
Posted By markjenn
You've gotten a ton of good comments. A table...

You've gotten a ton of good comments. A table saw is about the most useful "first non-portable" major power tool to get.

On the big vs. small question, I'd love to have a big cabinet saw, but...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-01-2015, 11:55 AM
Replies: 27,407
Views: 5,390,450
Posted By markjenn
I hear ya. It's a tough tradeoff. I've...

I hear ya. It's a tough tradeoff.

I've owned two KTM's and both were reasonably reliable, but neither was as complex as the 950's or 1190's. There is some higher risk, but I think if you're...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-01-2015, 09:06 AM
Replies: 27,407
Views: 5,390,450
Posted By markjenn
I owned a DL650 for four years and currently have...

I owned a DL650 for four years and currently have a S10. I've used both as adventure bikes with considerable off-pavement work.

I side with the first few posts here which say there are...
Forum: Road warriors 01-31-2015, 05:38 PM
Replies: 786
Views: 134,404
Posted By markjenn
Are you talking about Apple's CarPlay? This is a...

Are you talking about Apple's CarPlay? This is a whole different deal than we're talking about here. CarPlay is an integrated system that essentially mirrors the functionality of the phone into the...
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