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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-20-2013, 01:04 AM
Replies: 338
Views: 63,203
Posted By idleidol
and for those who doubt its ability on road...

and for those who doubt its ability on road tyres:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ZSy4I7g4xdw

the fast action starts at about a minute in
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 12-20-2013, 12:59 AM
Replies: 10,509
Views: 3,462,126
Posted By idleidol
Here's my three adventure bikes. The first...

Here's my three adventure bikes.

The first is great on gravel despite the small wheels and it's surprisingly good with a passenger too. It is a struggle in gnarly trails but will surprise most.
...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-20-2013, 12:34 AM
Replies: 338
Views: 63,203
Posted By idleidol
No mention of my favourite adventure bike. I...

No mention of my favourite adventure bike. I bought it in March and have done around 10,000 km with almost zero service required so far. Unlike the KTM450, Husky 510, Husaberg 570, etc which all...
Forum: Thumpers 10-27-2011, 05:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,206
Posted By idleidol
In NZ the Prestige was 'like' an SMR but had a...

In NZ the Prestige was 'like' an SMR but had a few extra/better components. It was the first model released here in 2007/8.
They didn't sell well mainly because they were seen as ugly and...
Forum: Thumpers 10-27-2011, 02:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,206
Posted By idleidol
17" adventure tyres

I know that 17" and "adventure tyres" really don't go together but on my 690smc, that's the only cheap option to start with.

I looked long and hard at this but as the ride in 2 weeks time is my...
Forum: Thumpers 10-27-2011, 01:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,206
Posted By idleidol
I've been looking back at some of my old posts...

I've been looking back at some of my old posts given recent changes to my fleet (bought a Multistrada 1200S).

Now that I have the Multistrada, I have put adventure tyres and a safari tank on my...
Forum: Asia Pacific 10-26-2011, 12:26 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 910
Posted By idleidol
that's actually a good time to go as most...

that's actually a good time to go as most holidays here don't start until the day before Christmas and most folk will spend the first week at home with friends and relatives. However, the weeks after...
Forum: Thumpers 08-04-2008, 01:53 AM
Replies: 1,032
Views: 290,667
Posted By idleidol
Stuff the pipe I WANT THAT SEAT!!!!! Is it...

Stuff the pipe I WANT THAT SEAT!!!!!

Is it comfy?
Would it be good on the SMC for 500 kilometres?
Forum: Road warriors 03-15-2008, 12:58 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,455
Posted By idleidol
I had a 2003 640SM and traded it for the 950SM. ...

I had a 2003 640SM and traded it for the 950SM.
Now the 950SM is in the shop and I'm trading it for a 690 Duke and a 690SMC.

The new motor is mind blowingly different to the old LC$. So smooth...
Forum: Thumpers 03-12-2008, 12:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,206
Posted By idleidol
the SMC doesn't have rear pegs so there's nowhere...

the SMC doesn't have rear pegs so there's nowhere for er indoors to sit: is that a plus or a minus?
Forum: Thumpers 03-11-2008, 11:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,206
Posted By idleidol
yeah, i like the low fuel tank too; wish it was...

yeah, i like the low fuel tank too; wish it was on the Duke etc.

However, I think it's only 12 litres and that would piss me off on a ride with my mates. I figure going hard you'd probably hit...
Forum: Thumpers 03-11-2008, 11:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,206
Posted By idleidol
because it's about more than appearances. I...

because it's about more than appearances.

I like the looks of the SMR but I have to consider which will be the best for the kind of riding I do: carving up my riding mates on thier big triumph,...
Forum: Thumpers 03-11-2008, 12:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,206
Posted By idleidol
Choices Bloody Choices!

Do I buy the 690 Prestige, the 690 Duke, the 690SMR or the 690SMC?

The "odd man out" is the Duke but since this would be my scratcher bike, I think it deserves a place in there.

I've had a 2003...
Forum: Ride reports 06-11-2007, 04:57 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,925
Posted By idleidol
Mordor was based on the volcanic cones of...

Mordor was based on the volcanic cones of Ruapehu, Ngarahoe and Tongariro in the central North Island.
Forum: Ride reports 06-11-2007, 04:56 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,925
Posted By idleidol
BTW: love the photos and the words too

BTW: love the photos and the words too
Forum: Road warriors 06-11-2007, 12:09 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,190
Posted By idleidol
i'd doubt it, ducati might be a little more...

i'd doubt it, ducati might be a little more honest than yamaha, honda etc but it isn't afraid to be creative with specs. i'd like to see exactly how and what was weighed. KTM are supposed to weigh...
Forum: Road warriors 06-10-2007, 11:56 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 46,586
Posted By idleidol
pay attention and read the next page

pay attention and read the next page
Forum: Road warriors 06-10-2007, 11:54 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 46,586
Posted By idleidol
hmmm, i rejected them because of incredibly high...

hmmm, i rejected them because of incredibly high parts prices, long parts delivery times, massive service costs and uncomfortable riding position

could be different elsewhere b ut IMO that's the...
Forum: Road warriors 06-10-2007, 11:51 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 46,586
Posted By idleidol
about as many times as i did on my 640 SM ...

about as many times as i did on my 640 SM

the KTM is about at the limit of not being a supermoto but anyone who steps off the 640SM onto the 950SM will agree that they're the same only different....
Forum: Ride reports 06-07-2007, 08:37 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,925
Posted By idleidol
Brings a smile to my face. Born in Invercargil,...

Brings a smile to my face. Born in Invercargil, lived in Christchurch for many years and now live in Auckland. The South Island has the mountains but the North Island has the forests (and some damn...
Forum: Australia 06-07-2007, 08:13 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 3,804
Posted By idleidol
Now you're talking! if you've gotta live ion...

Now you're talking!
if you've gotta live ion West Island (Australia), live in Perth or better still, piss the mainland off and live in Tassie.

I was asked by a tourist online once which was the...
Forum: Australia 06-07-2007, 08:09 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 3,804
Posted By idleidol
Funny how you guys always leave out the good...

Funny how you guys always leave out the good stuff like all the critters that can kill you in Queensland (including the locals)
Forum: Australia 06-07-2007, 08:06 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 3,804
Posted By idleidol
Ha! ha! Neil Finn (a Kiwi) wrote that about his...

Ha! ha! Neil Finn (a Kiwi) wrote that about his home country (New Zealand) not about Melbourne. It does fit quite well though.
I see the boys are getting back together. Neil Finn lives a few doors...
Forum: Road warriors 06-07-2007, 07:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,190
Posted By idleidol
me too, that's why i bought the KTM. 12 litres is...

me too, that's why i bought the KTM. 12 litres is silly here in NZ. At the pace I usualy hit on the road, that'd get me all of 150km to reserve at best and maybe only 120km!

the suspension on the...
Forum: Road warriors 06-06-2007, 11:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,249
Posted By idleidol
awesome motobee and very timely too! thanks...

awesome motobee and very timely too!

thanks heaps, i'll print that and take it to my dealer tomorrow
Forum: Road warriors 06-06-2007, 10:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,190
Posted By idleidol
KTMSommer in Austria makes a bigger tank for the...

KTMSommer in Austria makes a bigger tank for the Superduke but man is it expensive!
My old 640SM had the 18 litre tank and 'cruising' on the backroads it could get 25-30km per litre (i never got...
Forum: Road warriors 06-06-2007, 10:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,249
Posted By idleidol
sprague is the original and technical name for...

sprague is the original and technical name for the one way clutch using spiral set bearings (there's even a US patent), spag is an abreviation or maybe a bastardisation; regardless, they're the same...
Forum: Road warriors 06-06-2007, 10:27 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 46,586
Posted By idleidol
because that is how Aprilia are selling it to the...

because that is how Aprilia are selling it to the journos who test them judging by the two tests i've read so far

i agree, both the ducati hypermoto and the shiver are sporty naked bikes with wide...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 06-06-2007, 08:20 PM
Replies: 4,563
Views: 965,993
Posted By idleidol
a bike journo here in NZ bought the X. His...

a bike journo here in NZ bought the X. His choices were the Buell or the KTM Supermoto 950.

His comments were that the KTM would easily be the quicker bike on the road but the Buell was wheelie...
Forum: Road warriors 06-06-2007, 08:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,184
Posted By idleidol
lots of gravel roads here in NZ and several...

lots of gravel roads here in NZ and several friends on Tuonos have ridden with us along the gravel stretches to get to the good seal.

Think of the Tuono as a Mille with wide bars though. It's a...
Forum: Road warriors 06-06-2007, 08:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,249
Posted By idleidol
not lilely to be a sprague clutch, just a normal...

not lilely to be a sprague clutch, just a normal pinion gear but don't quote me on that. It feels like the pinion isn't engaing when it's thrown out.

This is what internet forums are good for:...
Forum: Road warriors 06-06-2007, 08:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,190
Posted By idleidol
yeah, i'm surprised nobody has done it before....

yeah, i'm surprised nobody has done it before. Fuel, drink bottle, small things you can't fit under the seat etc.
I guess you could buy a small tank and do the cut and plastic weld thing.

My...
Forum: Road warriors 06-06-2007, 06:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,249
Posted By idleidol
i'm keeping tabs on that starter. they say it's...

i'm keeping tabs on that starter. they say it's 'normal' but i've never heard anything like it (and i worked in a KTM dealership for a while)

main thing is i've logged a query so if it breaks i...
Forum: Road warriors 06-06-2007, 06:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,190
Posted By idleidol
what size tanks? i hope they're not like the...

what size tanks?

i hope they're not like the ridiculous MH Replica of a couple of years ago: 8 litres!

8 litres = stranded on many New Zealand roads!

Maybe some underslung tank or fill up...
Forum: Road warriors 06-06-2007, 06:29 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 46,586
Posted By idleidol
the word 'supermoto' is being degraded by this...

the word 'supermoto' is being degraded by this and the ducati hypermoto IMO.

they may be great bikes but supermotos they are not. to start with the suspension is too short and too hard and...
Forum: Road warriors 06-06-2007, 06:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,190
Posted By idleidol
if you do, let me know. that space on the...

if you do, let me know.

that space on the tank is a strangew shape though and to take advantage of the wasted space you'd probably need a decicated mould.
Forum: Road warriors 06-06-2007, 05:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,249
Posted By idleidol
KTM 950SM: What's with that starter motor!?

It's embarrasing!
The noise is like a broken starter clutch or a few gears missing from the pinion.
My dealer says it's 'normal'. NORMAL!? Normal for a starter to misfire half the time and sound...
Forum: Road warriors 06-06-2007, 04:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,190
Posted By idleidol
snap! that's just what I was thinking...

snap!

that's just what I was thinking actually. a manual reserve of about 3 litres would give my bike a reasonable range.

the shape is a bit odd but I suspect that if someone did make these,...
Forum: Road warriors 06-06-2007, 03:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,190
Posted By idleidol
KTM 950SM Downunder in Aotearoa

Does anyone make a big fuel tank for the 950SM yet?
Those cutaways on the sides are silly, they waste space that would make all the difference and that would probably accomodate about 3 litres of...
Forum: Road warriors 06-06-2007, 03:33 PM
Replies: 10,020
Views: 1,590,071
Posted By idleidol
Dear Lord, Forgive my absence

It's been a long time since I've been here and in the meantime I've committed many sins:
I speed constantly,
I'm learning to wheelie on the road
I laugh at cops
I run slicks on the road
I...
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