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Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 04-12-2014, 01:03 PM
Replies: 613
Views: 40,433
Posted By John Smallberries
Photochromatic shield

Very nice. How do you like the shield? Does it get dark enough to handle full sun?
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 04-11-2014, 05:55 PM
Replies: 613
Views: 40,433
Posted By John Smallberries
welcome doc

Welcome aboard! Great tag.

What kind of helmet izzat?
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 04-10-2014, 04:20 PM
Replies: 613
Views: 40,433
Posted By John Smallberries
Why are we lagging??

OK - why aren't we knocking off these tags faster now that the weather is nice? I was hoping to see the new folks out!!...
Forum: Equipment 03-26-2014, 05:06 AM
Replies: 457
Views: 58,205
Posted By John Smallberries
my experience

For the last 4 years I've ridden with this technology and been a vocal advocate to many of my riding peers. I have two friends that have had serious horse fall accidents and I've pointed them in...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 03-22-2014, 07:14 AM
Replies: 613
Views: 40,433
Posted By John Smallberries
Smallberries on the board for 2014

Well - it was a bit cold and those dirt roads can be very greasy - but I got the tags:
http://crenneker.smugmug.com/Other/PhotoSync/i-jSxpDrn/0/M/smugshot_3761938-M.jpg...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 03-19-2014, 03:36 PM
Replies: 613
Views: 40,433
Posted By John Smallberries
Ready......

I put a new Odyssey battery in my GS last fall. She's been sitting under a cover on my patio since late November, on a battery tender. I pulled off the cover yesterday and she fired up instantly!! ...
Forum: Equipment 03-18-2014, 07:36 AM
Replies: 457
Views: 58,205
Posted By John Smallberries
Just bought my 3rd airbag

I just ordered a Hit-Air MLV-YC airbag vest from Safer-Moto. This brings me up to three airbag gadgets. I started with my first airbag jacket from "Impact Jackets", which I wore for several years....
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 02-28-2014, 06:08 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 9,293
Posted By John Smallberries
Waze

I like Waze. My brother drives the LA freeways every day and swears by it. I used it on a visit with him and was impressed by its ability to change the recommended route based on traffic reports...
Forum: GS Boxers 02-24-2014, 08:09 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,349
Posted By John Smallberries
Which bike?

What bike are you considering? I, along with many others, mounted mine under the seat in the space for the stock BMW tool tray in my 1200GS. As the battery is under the seat in many bikes, this is...
Forum: The Garage 02-09-2014, 04:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,244
Posted By John Smallberries
gloves

There are gloves included in the kit. it is water activated with no 2-part mixing common with epoxy.
Forum: The Garage 02-08-2014, 03:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,244
Posted By John Smallberries
Fiber Fix - new item for my tool kit

Anyone tried Fiber Fix tape yet? It's a water-activated epoxy tape that cures in 5 minutes.

I saw it in Home Depot today and bought some. Looks like a good idea for fixing bike stuff on the fly:...
Forum: Equipment 02-06-2014, 02:25 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 7,912
Posted By John Smallberries
Flo

The seminar was given by a rider/attorney with lots of experience trying to recover money for clients from these big agencies. It was his opinion.

Ironically, I chose to go with "Leslie Kay's"...
Forum: Equipment 02-05-2014, 08:07 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 7,912
Posted By John Smallberries
Advice

I attended a great seminar on motorcycle insurance at the RawHyde Adventure Days last year. I learned a lot - here is what I remember:
- Avoid the companies with the most expensive national TV...
Forum: Equipment 02-05-2014, 10:39 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,872
Posted By John Smallberries
Rain

Lots of opinions on this subject!

I'm sold on Klim Latitude gear. ~$950 for jacket/pants - but I believe it is the last gear I will need. I've tried FroggToggs and Joe Rocket polyester/PVC...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 02-04-2014, 04:53 PM
Replies: 613
Views: 40,433
Posted By John Smallberries
I've about had it!

This is, by far, the longest. i've gone without riding since I bought my GS. I am about sick of this weather. I'd love to knock off a tag!
Forum: GS Boxers 01-25-2014, 02:38 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 14,116
Posted By John Smallberries
Christian from Edelweiss

I did the same Edelweiss tour in 2012 with a guide named Christian. Is this your guy in the middle? I'm on the left. To the right is Steve Ruth, inventor of the "SideKicker" and "Kruz Locker"...
Forum: GS Boxers 01-24-2014, 01:49 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,870
Posted By John Smallberries
Assembly plant video: 2014 1200GS & others

Forgive me if this is a 205. My son sent me a link to the attached video of the BMW Berlin plant, showing the assembly of a WC GS, a Police GS and an S1000. Very interesting.

I showed up at this...
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 01-11-2014, 06:46 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 9,293
Posted By John Smallberries
heat

I used to run with the Ram AquaBox and my old iPhone 3GS. I had big problems with overheating in the summer sun.
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 01-11-2014, 08:59 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 9,293
Posted By John Smallberries
wireless charging

If I could integrate this gadget: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46C_yTffeL4 into my handlebar mount - it would be the Holy Grail of smartphone bike nav solutions. It may only take a dab of...
Forum: Ride reports 01-08-2014, 03:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,973
Posted By John Smallberries
Bump!

Hey guys - I just listened to your podcast interview from 2012 with Tom Lowdermilk on "Side Stand Up". I was so interested I flicked over to Amazon and bought your DVD. I then found an episode on...
Forum: GS Boxers 01-07-2014, 01:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 395
Posted By John Smallberries
Time delay on time delay

I've had a PDM60 on my '05 for nearly four years now with no problems. I used the blue-green wire from the diagnostic port. One detail that had me puzzled for a few minutes after the install was...
Forum: Equipment 01-07-2014, 02:46 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,460
Posted By John Smallberries
Compare

True - you can upgrade to the G650GS Sertao version for $8650 and get wire wheels, a larger front tire, 1-1/2"more suspension travel and 2 lbs of weight.

Other features for V-Strom vs. G650GS,...
Forum: Equipment 01-06-2014, 05:57 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,460
Posted By John Smallberries
Ymmv

I did more digging and found quite a range of numbers from various sources.
XR650: four different sources: 31, 34, 36 and 43 Horsepower. No info on the Honda website.
KLR650: four different...
Forum: Equipment 01-06-2014, 05:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,460
Posted By John Smallberries
password

probably is "1200GS". I'm surprised you need that as I can see the table just in the web browser.
Forum: Equipment 01-06-2014, 02:05 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,460
Posted By John Smallberries
Yes - sort of

Yes - They are to the best of my Googling abilities. I found that the manufacturers don't typically include engine power in their specification sheets. I found different numbers for various models,...
Forum: Equipment 01-06-2014, 01:36 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,460
Posted By John Smallberries
V-Strom, why not BMW?

In the process of adding the VStrom 650 to my matrix, I looked up the info on the BMW G650GS. I was surprised to see it was actually cheaper and lighter than the V-Strom:...
Forum: Equipment 01-05-2014, 05:05 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,460
Posted By John Smallberries
Dual Sports

I've been considering filling in the gap between my 1200GS and my little Yamaha TW200 with a similar price range to yours. I've put together this little matrix of the options I've been considering. ...
Forum: Equipment 01-02-2014, 05:51 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,267
Posted By John Smallberries
Autoswitch

I've had an Autoswitch on my bike for 4 years now to operate my Clearwater Krista aux lights. Works fine. I was happy to avoid adding another waterproof switch to my bars.
Forum: Equipment 12-31-2013, 05:44 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,267
Posted By John Smallberries
Key chain

I have a tiny keychain remote for my bike and cars as well.
Forum: GS Boxers 12-24-2013, 05:07 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,349
Posted By John Smallberries
Battery tender/heated gear

I spliced a fused SAE plug pigtail into the battery leads to my PDM60. I use this both for my heated gear and battery tender. It lets me keep only two bolted connections to the battery: 1) PDM60,...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-23-2013, 04:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,754
Posted By John Smallberries
real

Original Cobras go in museums - not garages. I'd rather have the kit to enjoy.

If it is an original - we are in the presence of automotive royalty.
Forum: GS Boxers 12-23-2013, 04:51 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,754
Posted By John Smallberries
More to do

Great find!!! You will love this bike. Yours looks identical to my bike - I guess it is a very early 2005 (made in '04?) with the C-shaped center stand. Lots of good ideas listed - do whatever...
Forum: Equipment 12-22-2013, 09:37 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,068
Posted By John Smallberries
Klim

After screwing with liners, Frogg Toggs, Joe Rocket plastic rain suit - I finally wised up and bought some proper riding gear: the Klim Latitude suit. Hours in the rain, temps from 30s to 90 - no...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-17-2013, 03:28 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,402
Posted By John Smallberries
Module Masters

I posted this in another thread, but I thought it would be helpful here as well.

I have an '05 and my servos work fine. However, I've exchanged emails with Tyler at Module Masters to see if they...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-16-2013, 01:20 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,496
Posted By John Smallberries
Module Masters

Before you plunk down $2500+ for a new ABS module - call Tyler at Module Masters (http://www.modulemaster.com/en/index.php). I've just exchanged emails with him and they have the parts necessary to...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-14-2013, 02:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,496
Posted By John Smallberries
curious

Im curious - did you do the bleed on your servo ABS unit every year (or two?) Do you ride with heavy loads (e.g. two-up, lots of luggage)?
Forum: GS Boxers 12-14-2013, 03:55 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,496
Posted By John Smallberries
my 05

There are several threads out there for prospective 2005 GS buyers - check around.
I tell people (no joke) that my 2005 GS is the single most satisfying purchase I have made. I bought mine 4 years...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-14-2013, 03:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 681
Posted By John Smallberries
ditto

agree - plus, the proper method gives you a chance to inspect and lube the driveshaft u-joint spline with this stuff: http://www.amazon.com/Genuine-Honda-08734-0001-Moly-Grease/dp/B0083BWUYW

It...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-14-2013, 03:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 675
Posted By John Smallberries
Barrel connector

I wired a pigtail directly to the battery with a female barrel connector that mates to my Warm-n-Safe heated gear. I then did a little surgery on my Battery Tender Jr. to wire in a male version of...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-14-2013, 03:24 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,522
Posted By John Smallberries
Autoswitch

Another approach is to use one of these: http://www.autoswitch.com/index.php

I toggle my aux lights on/off with my stock turn signal cancel switch with the Autoswitch wired in. Has worked...
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