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Forum: Beasts 10-29-2014, 03:31 PM
Replies: 25,396
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Posted By soldierguy
Someone around here did a mod to the seat-height...

Someone around here did a mod to the seat-height adjustment thing to level out the seat. They cut the adjuster, and I believe they installed it so the front of it was on the high setting, and the...
Forum: Beasts 10-18-2014, 12:30 PM
Replies: 303
Views: 26,262
Posted By soldierguy
Totally agree with some of your comments. But I...

Totally agree with some of your comments. But I think there are lots of people who will buy a BMW or Harley simply because it is a BMW or Harley. Just like some only buy Toyotas or Hondas or...
Forum: Beasts 10-18-2014, 09:46 AM
Replies: 303
Views: 26,262
Posted By soldierguy
My comment on the brand loyal types is probably...

My comment on the brand loyal types is probably out of line...it's just something that I've noticed over the years that if someone doesn't return the wave, they are almost always on a Harley or a BMW...
Forum: Beasts 10-17-2014, 04:21 PM
Replies: 303
Views: 26,262
Posted By soldierguy
I've bounced around between a number of bikes...

I've bounced around between a number of bikes over the past several years...800GS, 800XC, Stelvio, KLR, DL650, and I've got a Tenere now.

My take: they all aim for a spot on the spectrum of ADV...
Forum: Beasts 10-01-2014, 08:51 AM
Replies: 25,396
Views: 4,752,633
Posted By soldierguy
I guess it's all about perspective. To me, the...

I guess it's all about perspective. To me, the S10 is PLENTY powerful and fun. But my most recent rides were a WeeStrom with a hack, and a KLR, so nearly anything is going to seem powerful in...
Forum: Beasts 09-30-2014, 04:59 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,710
Posted By soldierguy
Here are pics of the BR Moto racks. I've got...

Here are pics of the BR Moto racks. I've got some soft bags that I can strap down to the racks very easily, although the racks are designed for the Wolfman bags.
...
Forum: Beasts 09-30-2014, 09:25 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,710
Posted By soldierguy
I put the BR Moto side racks on mine. They are...

I put the BR Moto side racks on mine. They are designed for Wolfman bags, but they'd work with any soft bags to keep them from flapping around or rubbing the exhaust heat shield. Slick attachment to...
Forum: Beasts 09-26-2014, 07:25 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,171
Posted By soldierguy
Ill second the dirt comments. wish I had learned...

Ill second the dirt comments. wish I had learned on dirt, and I wish I could get some seat time in one of those driver training slide cars. Learning to control a vehicle in low traction conditions is...
Forum: Beasts 09-26-2014, 07:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,883
Posted By soldierguy
To me it looks like a competitor to the Versys....

To me it looks like a competitor to the Versys. But I could be wrong...the links I've seen both have the exact same set of pictures, but one link refers to it as an ADV bike, the other as a sport...
Forum: Beasts 09-25-2014, 07:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,171
Posted By soldierguy
I'd suggest a VStrom 650. Inexpensive, all kinds...

I'd suggest a VStrom 650. Inexpensive, all kinds of aftermarket farkles if you're so inclined, reasonably powerful, economical, bulletproof...a great all around bike that'll let you gain skill...
Forum: Beasts 09-22-2014, 01:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,092
Posted By soldierguy
You might have a tough time finding a leftover...

You might have a tough time finding a leftover VStrom since it's a pretty mainstream & popular model. If you absolutely won't consider anything else, I'd do two things.

Use a Craigslist search...
Forum: Beasts 09-18-2014, 07:26 AM
Replies: 25,396
Views: 4,752,633
Posted By soldierguy
I used to own a first-generation Stelvio. I wish...

I used to own a first-generation Stelvio. I wish I had never sold it, but when I did I was thinking that I might not be able to ride again.

Stelvio: beautifully crafted, with lots of attention...
Forum: Beasts 09-17-2014, 07:45 AM
Replies: 25,396
Views: 4,752,633
Posted By soldierguy
I'm 6 ft with a 33 inch inseam for reference. ...

I'm 6 ft with a 33 inch inseam for reference.

I got some buffeting with the stock windscreen in the high position...it would shake my helmet rapidly and make my vision go funny...not good. Tried...
Forum: Beasts 09-16-2014, 04:55 PM
Replies: 25,396
Views: 4,752,633
Posted By soldierguy
I just ordered some from BR Moto, designed for...

I just ordered some from BR Moto, designed for Wolfman bags. Heard some good feedback about them. I just needed something to which I could strap down some soft bags I already have.

We'll see how...
Forum: Beasts 09-16-2014, 04:50 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 13,558
Posted By soldierguy
I appreciate all the replies on the noises. Mine...

I appreciate all the replies on the noises. Mine sounds nothing like the video. The more that I ride it, the more it seems like a bit of valve train noise and gear noise, but it's...
Forum: Beasts 09-16-2014, 04:42 PM
Replies: 25,396
Views: 4,752,633
Posted By soldierguy
Funny how a small change can have such a big...

Funny how a small change can have such a big impact on the feel of a bike.

I just got mine last week, and have about 300 miles on it. Today I tried the seat in the high position. I like that SO...
Forum: Beasts 09-12-2014, 05:41 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 13,558
Posted By soldierguy
Awesome. Thanks so much. Like I said, none of the...

Awesome. Thanks so much. Like I said, none of the noises sound bad or ominous, just ones that I'm not familiar with.


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Forum: Beasts 09-11-2014, 04:18 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 13,558
Posted By soldierguy
So what exactly are the symptoms or signs of CCT...

So what exactly are the symptoms or signs of CCT problems. The OP mentioned hearing a noise on startup that would go away once oil pressure came up to normal. Anything else?

I'm asking because I...
Forum: Beasts 09-10-2014, 11:25 AM
Replies: 25,396
Views: 4,752,633
Posted By soldierguy
I just picked up a leftover '13 yesterday. By far...

I just picked up a leftover '13 yesterday. By far the best bike I've ridden or owned. Smooth, torquey, a total mile-eater, yet is still pretty nimble and wears her weight well. A good deal, and...
Forum: Beasts 09-09-2014, 06:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,982
Posted By soldierguy
There may be something to this...I just traded a...

There may be something to this...I just traded a KLR to get a Super Tenere. No milk crate installed...yet. :lol3
Forum: Beasts 09-09-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 8,836
Views: 1,792,086
Posted By soldierguy
Just picked this up today. Since I had to go...

Just picked this up today. Since I had to go down to one bike and sold my sidecar rig to a fellow ADV'er to that end, I decided that if I can only have one bike, it should be a good one. So here's...
Forum: Thumpers 08-15-2014, 03:54 PM
Replies: 8,448
Views: 2,034,530
Posted By soldierguy
Here's a couple pics of mine from today. Got...

Here's a couple pics of mine from today. Got some Distanzias on her today, as well as a 16 tooth countershaft sprocket. Sprocket was for fewer revs on the highway, Distanzias were because I didn't...
Forum: Thumpers 07-29-2014, 07:29 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,063
Posted By soldierguy
Why should I buy a KLR 650?

I've got both a KLR 650 and a VStrom 650, although I did put a sidecar on my Wee. Oh and I've got a fair amount of seat time on a Tiger 800XC.

KLR: relaxed, comfortable, not fast, but has the...
Forum: Hacks 07-02-2014, 08:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 680
Posted By soldierguy
I'm in Pacific Grove. Haven't been out much...

I'm in Pacific Grove. Haven't been out much lately on the hack...ridiculously busy with other stuff at the moment. But I do get out now and then.
Forum: Thumpers 06-09-2014, 07:59 AM
Replies: 14,065
Views: 1,427,945
Posted By soldierguy
Nope...sorry. It's easy to find though. Go to the...

Nope...sorry. It's easy to find though. Go to the rock mountain ATV site, and work through their menus for dual sport, parts, fenders, then it should make you select your motorcycle. Once you've done...
Forum: Thumpers 06-09-2014, 07:20 AM
Replies: 14,065
Views: 1,427,945
Posted By soldierguy
I went with the Acerbis front fender from Rocky...

I went with the Acerbis front fender from Rocky Mountain ATV, for the KLR. It fits and looks very similar to the pics I've seen of the KTM fender. I haven't gotten around totaling pics of mine.
Forum: Thumpers 06-07-2014, 11:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 633
Posted By soldierguy
I'd go V-Strom or KLR. I've got both. The...

I'd go V-Strom or KLR. I've got both. The V-Strom has me leaning forward a tiny bit (I'm 6 ft and 230 lbs) whereas the KLR allows me to be completely upright. The V-Strom is definitely a 90-10...
Forum: Ride reports 04-21-2014, 07:18 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,195
Posted By soldierguy
Sokcho Joe

So cool! I love Korea...I was stationed there for a total of 7 years. I got to Sokcho a few times...great sleepy little getaway town. I always stayed south of Sokcho at a bed & breakfast that was...
Forum: Thumpers 04-10-2014, 05:49 AM
Replies: 451
Views: 69,250
Posted By soldierguy
Yeah, crash protection has been part of the plan...

Yeah, crash protection has been part of the plan for all the bikes I've had. It's taken different forms depending on whether it was a dual-sport/ADV or a street/sport bike, but yes...crash stuff is...
Forum: Thumpers 04-09-2014, 05:12 PM
Replies: 451
Views: 69,250
Posted By soldierguy
And I am happy. That really is what matters. ...

And I am happy. That really is what matters. I'm sure as I put the miles on it, I'll discover things that I don't like. Until then, I'm happy.

As for specs...who really knows. Sure the obvious...
Forum: Thumpers 04-09-2014, 01:11 PM
Replies: 451
Views: 69,250
Posted By soldierguy
I'm laughing here as I write this...:D I...

I'm laughing here as I write this...:D

I already said and agreed that if you're going to push the bike to its limits, then yes, a suspension upgrade would be necessary. EDIT: I'll also add that...
Forum: Thumpers 04-09-2014, 06:59 AM
Replies: 451
Views: 69,250
Posted By soldierguy
I ran across a spec sheet for the New Edition. ...

I ran across a spec sheet for the New Edition. It's on Kawasaki's site if you care to dig for it, in a handy PDF. Here's what it says:

Fork Oil: SAE 10W20
Capacity: 576-584cc (19.5 - 19.7 oz)...
Forum: Thumpers 04-09-2014, 06:51 AM
Replies: 451
Views: 69,250
Posted By soldierguy
I get what you're saying about the suspension. ...

I get what you're saying about the suspension. For maximum performance it would need to be upgraded. But what the New Edition does is put suspension upgrades into optional territory for someone...
Forum: Thumpers 04-05-2014, 12:04 PM
Replies: 451
Views: 69,250
Posted By soldierguy
I really like the stiffer suspension. I'm 235 lbs...

I really like the stiffer suspension. I'm 235 lbs and it's just right for me...haven't made any adjustments to it. Firm, but soaks up bumps very well...I haven't checked, but it feels like they went...
Forum: Thumpers 04-04-2014, 11:12 AM
Replies: 451
Views: 69,250
Posted By soldierguy
I think the savings is a variable. I count it as...

I think the savings is a variable. I count it as a savings, since I very likely would have replaced suspension parts if I had a '13 but don't feel a need to do it with the '14 NE. Also, there were...
Forum: Thumpers 04-03-2014, 07:49 AM
Replies: 451
Views: 69,250
Posted By soldierguy
Here's a couple pics of mine... ...

Here's a couple pics of mine...

http://i640.photobucket.com/albums/uu129/soldierguy20031/My%20Motorcycles/ff16bc99-b2cf-468c-b811-e541a1088eba_zps485dd253.jpg
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Forum: Thumpers 04-03-2014, 07:36 AM
Replies: 451
Views: 69,250
Posted By soldierguy
I've had my '14 New Edition for a week, and I...

I've had my '14 New Edition for a week, and I love it. I've had a ton of bikes over the years and enjoyed them all. I think I'm enjoying the KLR more than the others...mostly Italian bikes but no...
Forum: Thumpers 03-28-2014, 01:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,513
Posted By soldierguy
Only about 120 miles so far on my '14 KLR. But...

Only about 120 miles so far on my '14 KLR. But I've only had it for two days. ;-)
Forum: Thumpers 03-28-2014, 07:08 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,143
Posted By soldierguy
I've got both a V-Strom 650 and a KLR. either...

I've got both a V-Strom 650 and a KLR. either would fit the bill for you. The V would have more highway speed, but feels a little heavier on dirt roads than the KLR. The V is more street oriented...
Forum: Thumpers 03-26-2014, 01:35 PM
Replies: 14,065
Views: 1,427,945
Posted By soldierguy
Nice! What part of central California are you...

Nice! What part of central California are you in? I'm in Monterey.

I'm not new to ADVRider, but I'm new to this area of the boards. Just got a '14 yesterday. Without realizing it, I got one...
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