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Forum: Australia 09-13-2013, 12:09 AM
Replies: 314
Views: 43,470
Posted By michelsavage
well...

Virago 920 and 2011 BMW F650GS. Not for reliability but for handling reasons...
Forum: Road warriors 04-11-2013, 07:34 PM
Replies: 2,570
Views: 492,784
Posted By michelsavage
Yep, 250, then in scond position. CBR500R

Northern Thailand, the land of extreme twisties and very dangerous roads. Mountains, crazy drivers who pass anywhere, anytime. I commuted with a Honda Wave 100. It's OK for commuting, like a million...
Forum: Road warriors 03-26-2013, 05:07 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,124
Posted By michelsavage
It comes down to...

Comfort and ease on a bike comes down to one main thing: feel at ease. In my biker life (barely intermediate if ya wanna know), I truly hated high bikes such as the Virago 920 and, well, yes, the...
Forum: Road warriors 03-02-2013, 01:36 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,124
Posted By michelsavage
Six months, six bikes and the best is...

Northern Thailand, the land of extreme twisties and very dangerous roads. Mountains, crazy drivers who pass anywhere, anytime. I commuted with a Honda Wave 100. It's OK for commuting, like a million...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-20-2013, 08:51 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,222
Posted By michelsavage
Intersting!!!

My name is Michel (French), not Michael. And, I lean left left, far left. Ex professor of Humanities, convinced hippie, cannabis adept, bass player, writer and novelist, and, finally, full time...
Forum: Road warriors 02-19-2013, 06:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,508
Posted By michelsavage
Good post, old fart

Funny thing. I really, really don't like tall bikes with high center of gravity. This being said, I'm 65 and not a very experienced rider (I'm more of a sailor, but that's another story). First bike...
Forum: Road warriors 02-19-2013, 05:19 AM
Replies: 793
Views: 181,632
Posted By michelsavage
Cbr500r

Cost 1400 bahts in Chiang Mai at Pops. Did not drive agressively. The CBR250R I had just tested before loved 130 km/h plus. For some reason, the 500 felt more noisy. Also, the torque you get at low...
Forum: Road warriors 02-19-2013, 05:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,508
Posted By michelsavage
Ninja 650 vs Versys

In a few days, I'm renting both bikes. In Kawa corporate lingo, they say about the Versys: "Can go anywhere on pavement, any pavement, asphalt, concrete, concrete, asphalt...." Now this sounds silly,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-17-2013, 04:40 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,222
Posted By michelsavage
6 months later...

Sold the F650GS and went to Thailand. Rode Honda Phantom and Honda CBR b250 and Honda CGR 500 and Kawa Ninja perfectly centered. Go figure,,,
Forum: Road warriors 02-16-2013, 01:27 AM
Replies: 793
Views: 181,632
Posted By michelsavage
From Thailand

Just rented a 500 from Pop's in Chiang Mai. Did 300 km in extremely twisty roads (Chiang Mai to Pai and back is about 1,500 curves). Great control. Feel good factor high. Not for high speed. At about...
Forum: Parallel Universe 02-15-2013, 02:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,741
Posted By michelsavage
Beleive it or not!!!!

Just back from a short trip from Chiang Mai, Thailand, to Pai and back. That's 280 km. But because of the somewhat 1500 curves on this trip, the two-way trip took 7 hours. The bikes? One Honda...
Forum: Road warriors 02-11-2013, 04:32 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,575
Posted By michelsavage
ER-6 n or f for long distance touring?

Anyone with any experience of long distance touring with an ER-6 n or f? Not the Versy nor the Ninja: the ER-6 by Kawa. I saw one in Thailand with all farkles (hard aluminium cases, headlight...
Forum: Road warriors 02-11-2013, 02:18 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,575
Posted By michelsavage
ER-6 n or f for long distance touring?

Surfing online, the reviews of Kawasaki's ER-6 n or f are all exceptionally positive and quite favorable. The ER is somewhat similar to the Ninja, with an upright seating position. I just had a...
Forum: Parallel Universe 02-10-2013, 10:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,741
Posted By michelsavage
Indeed

Indeed, I have learned recently the F650GS, like its big brother the 800, needs to be adapted for each rider's ergonomy/physiology. Despite many posts here, I failed to realize that critical apsect...
Forum: Parallel Universe 02-08-2013, 08:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,741
Posted By michelsavage
F650GS, 6 months later

Some might remember me.

I was going to South America from Quebec. I had bought a brand new F650GS with all farkles and complete touring/camping equipment. Well... After 4 months and about 3 000...
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-20-2012, 04:44 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,794
Posted By michelsavage
Just back

I'm just back from the dealer. Alignment is Ok as well as handles centered according to them. I'm still leaning left, less but still a bit. Without high screen, Zega cases and bag, at 110 km/h,...
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-19-2012, 05:52 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,794
Posted By michelsavage
My hans off???

Did your list of farkles include a cruise control, or throttle lock? If so, try taking your hands off the handle bars while cruising, and see if the bike tracks straight.[/QUOTE]

Holy...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-18-2012, 06:16 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,222
Posted By michelsavage
Love that one

Great response !! :clap
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-18-2012, 06:13 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,794
Posted By michelsavage
Barbadi...

I'm 5,8, normal seam, normal all (except 10 kg too many...). Fact is that with the small windshield and lower air pressure and no Zega cases, the bike is very different. I'm riding back to twom...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-17-2012, 11:32 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,222
Posted By michelsavage
See my thread - I really need advice - problem solved!!!

Yep. see my other thread and participate in the Quizz - the winner gets a French Kiss from me.
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-17-2012, 11:30 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,794
Posted By michelsavage
Problem solved!!! Almost

Go figure.

I removed the Zega Pro boxes (remember the starboard one is significantly wider than the other.)

I replaced the original windshield from the V-Stream that Pierre at Moto...
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-16-2012, 03:15 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,794
Posted By michelsavage
Mmm...

Excellent advice here. Strangely, no one has suggested to get a lower gravity road bike instead of the light and high-gravity twin...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-16-2012, 08:40 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,222
Posted By michelsavage
Help, I ride off-center

Just bought an F650GS. I did a 1,000 km trip and, lo and behold, I ride 6-8 inches (10-15 cm) left of centerline. In other words, I lean left. This means I get wind turbulence from my V-Stream...
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-15-2012, 09:25 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,794
Posted By michelsavage
Yep, new

Yep, completely new bike - 1500 km. Ready for first oil change.

I think that the tension may ease with time and taking classes/courses. That will take care of the hand problem. The burning butt...
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-15-2012, 05:20 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,794
Posted By michelsavage
Thanks

No top case. Tourance tires. TT aluminum boxes. I'm 5 feet 8 inches. The "spine" comment actually does make sense. I';m really riding off-center even if I try very hard to have a centered position....
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-15-2012, 02:26 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,794
Posted By michelsavage
I (really) need advice

I bought a Twin 650GS this Fall. I bought every farkle imaginable for a long trip South this Fall/Winter. I had experience with street bikes like Intruder 12 years ago, and a long trip 20 years ago...
Forum: Ride reports 06-07-2012, 01:49 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 79,614
Posted By michelsavage
Nowwait a minute...

[You're in Baja California. What do you mean by "you crossed in december"... Is my geography all screwed up or what? You're still in Mexico, how could you have crossed the darien? I'm all mixed up...
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-06-2012, 02:14 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 12,818
Posted By michelsavage
Hey guys ! Thanks !

This is very encouraging, and I'm booking at once off-road riding lessons/sessions with Moto Inter.

We all have fantasies. here's mine:

I'm riding on a Mexican at 80 km/h, enjoying the...
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-05-2012, 05:11 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 12,818
Posted By michelsavage
Got it

So, if the F650GS is a road bike, maybe I should have kept my Intruder and save a bundle.

Yet, on the other hand, I'm committed to the twin and will try to make the best out of it. From now on,...
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-04-2012, 09:24 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 12,818
Posted By michelsavage
Good advice

i have zero experience off-road. Taking lessons is probably the only way to go. Thanks.
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-04-2012, 08:14 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 12,818
Posted By michelsavage
Enduro, really?

For a Montreal Ushuaia trip this Fall, I bought a F650GS all farkled up. On my first outing off road, I hit a bit of sand and I hit the ground. Now, I'm beginning to have doubts: is it possible that...
Forum: Canada 05-21-2012, 04:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 949
Posted By michelsavage
hey slowphil !

Cool. I'll definitely spend time in Guatemala sometime this Fall/winter. Check for a blue F650GS and yellow bag (what else). :rofl
Forum: Canada 05-20-2012, 11:07 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 949
Posted By michelsavage
Montreal-Argentina October 2012 wanna join?

Leaving Montreal on my F650GS October 1 2012 going as far south as can be - slowly and open to adventures, long stays, side trips, whatever. I'm a 64 year old educated bum who's spent most of his...
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-06-2012, 05:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,124
Posted By michelsavage
That's a good one

It's a good one, not only because it's funny, but also because, indeed, one must always think, plan, about departure when parking in wilderness, sans, hill, etc.
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-06-2012, 04:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,124
Posted By michelsavage
Yep

Yep, the Mike the Bike is very proyected !!
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-05-2012, 08:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,124
Posted By michelsavage
I know

Somehow, this bike is different. I know we will be friends...
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-05-2012, 08:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,124
Posted By michelsavage
First Ride, First Fall

My first 250 km today on my new F650GS Twin. Weather was 10 C. Mountains. I expected my ass to burn, but it's my hands and wrists that ached after a while. It's been 12 years since my last Suzuki...
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-29-2012, 06:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,196
Posted By michelsavage
Tried it

I tried the Shoei Neotec in zero degree Celsius. Good fit, for sure. I hear wind on both sides, but no buffeting like the C3. The chin strap is comfortable. No fog despite the cold. I`ll adapt.
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-27-2012, 06:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,196
Posted By michelsavage
Thank you

Well, I finally replaced the C3 with a Shoei Neotec. I haven't tried it on the road yet, but the fit is quite tight. Plus, the chin strap is a double D (sounds like a bra). So tomorrow, I will test...
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-26-2012, 07:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,196
Posted By michelsavage
Helmet urgent help please

Just received my new F650GS twin, all farkled up. Very agile bike, very easy to "marry". Lots of low-end torque. Anyway, here's my problem. At the store, i tried the X-551 X-Lite helmet. That's the...
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