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Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-24-2015, 06:36 PM
Replies: 4,543
Views: 887,137
Posted By V-Tom
If by "real hitch" you mean "ball type trailer...

If by "real hitch" you mean "ball type trailer hitch" then I'm sure you would need more than one wheel or it would fall over.

..Tom
Forum: Equipment 06-18-2015, 07:10 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,736
Posted By V-Tom
I am a big guy and a side sleeper and my Synmat 9...

I am a big guy and a side sleeper and my Synmat 9 DLX works very well for me. It packs very small and works. Negatives are there is a bit of pumping to get it inflated but the pump is built it.

I...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-08-2015, 08:51 PM
Replies: 4,543
Views: 887,137
Posted By V-Tom
Did you use them? ..Tom

Did you use them?

..Tom
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-04-2015, 11:48 AM
Replies: 4,543
Views: 887,137
Posted By V-Tom
I don't know how much common knowledge it is.....

I don't know how much common knowledge it is.. some people have had issues, most haven't.

On my 2006 DL650 the switch needed to be cleaned at I think about 170,000 KM or about 106,000 miles. Has...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-03-2015, 02:40 PM
Replies: 3,854
Views: 805,316
Posted By V-Tom
Curious why going from the BMW, especially after...

Curious why going from the BMW, especially after only 50,000 km? (I am assuming by GS you mean a BMW GS, and not a Suzuki GS850, GS100, etc.)

..Tom
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-26-2015, 02:42 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 9,007
Posted By V-Tom
Exactly! Longer polar moments make a huge...

Exactly! Longer polar moments make a huge difference!

..Tom
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-26-2015, 12:26 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 9,007
Posted By V-Tom
A long yardstick is much easier to balance...

A long yardstick is much easier to balance vertically than is a short pencil.

..Tom
Forum: Equipment 05-25-2015, 07:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 988
Posted By V-Tom
The two-piece gets on and off exactly the same...

The two-piece gets on and off exactly the same way as the one piece; it just has an extra zipper.

..Tom
Forum: Equipment 05-21-2015, 06:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 932
Posted By V-Tom
I picked one up a while ago for lubing my wife's...

I picked one up a while ago for lubing my wife's Gladius chain. It works brilliantly! She hasn't used it herself since she has me around but I'm sure she will be able to use it.

..Tom
Forum: Equipment 05-18-2015, 07:57 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,404
Posted By V-Tom
I know this is a little of topic but if LED's are...

I know this is a little of topic but if LED's are so efficient why do they run so hot?

..Tom
Forum: Equipment 05-18-2015, 07:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 917
Posted By V-Tom
I don't know.. It's kind of nice having a map...

I don't know.. It's kind of nice having a map that centres on your location, shows the nearest gas station or gas station gas station along your route, same with restaurants and hotels/campsites,...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-18-2015, 07:43 AM
Replies: 4,543
Views: 887,137
Posted By V-Tom
Welcome aboard! ..Tom

Welcome aboard!

..Tom
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-16-2015, 06:34 AM
Replies: 4,543
Views: 887,137
Posted By V-Tom
You probably shouldn't then. ..Tom

You probably shouldn't then.

..Tom
Forum: Equipment 05-12-2015, 12:01 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,014
Posted By V-Tom
It may be that safer riders tend to wear hi-viz...

It may be that safer riders tend to wear hi-viz as the ones thinking about safety have been told that hi-viz is safer.

I'm am not really against hi-viz but think it's benefits are largely over...
Forum: Equipment 05-08-2015, 02:32 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 26,827
Posted By V-Tom
I guess quality is what you expect. It...

I guess quality is what you expect.

It isn't like the Bermester system in some of the cars I work with but it is very listenable for most music.

..Tom
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-08-2015, 11:56 AM
Replies: 4,543
Views: 887,137
Posted By V-Tom
Thanks! I think the soul comes from the...

Thanks!

I think the soul comes from the rider, not the bike.

..Tom
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-08-2015, 10:00 AM
Replies: 4,543
Views: 887,137
Posted By V-Tom
What I have found in riding over 200,000 miles of...

What I have found in riding over 200,000 miles of riding two Stroms that it really isn't about the bike, it's about me riding.

I think people looking for the bike to excite them probably should...
Forum: Equipment 05-08-2015, 06:00 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 26,827
Posted By V-Tom
Perhaps they don't work for you but they seem to...

Perhaps they don't work for you but they seem to work well for many people using systems like Autocomm.

I know mine works fabulously and has for the last 7 years or so. (And yes I always wear...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-06-2015, 01:30 PM
Replies: 4,543
Views: 887,137
Posted By V-Tom
DO NOT lube the throttle cables! I...

DO NOT lube the throttle cables!

I understand they are Teflon coated inside.. no lubing is needed!

..Tom
Forum: Equipment 05-04-2015, 08:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 788
Posted By V-Tom
Lots of people (including myself) love Alpinestar...

Lots of people (including myself) love Alpinestar Web Goretex boots. Great all round boots that work in just about any condition.

..Tom
Forum: Equipment 04-23-2015, 07:46 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,014
Posted By V-Tom
It would be helpful when poured on corners. ...

It would be helpful when poured on corners.

Actually I have come across diesel spilled on intersections.. hi-viz Diesel oil would have helped me see it sooner.

..Tom
Forum: Equipment 04-22-2015, 01:05 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,014
Posted By V-Tom
What is important is that other people do as we...

What is important is that other people do as we do since it validates our obvious high level of intelligence.

..Tom
Forum: Mapping & Navigation 04-21-2015, 12:05 PM
Replies: 1,261
Views: 204,442
Posted By V-Tom
I don't really see it as an issue, and yes I have...

I don't really see it as an issue, and yes I have ridden out west. Yes at large zoom levels there isn't great detail and it would be nice in some cases to have a bit more but I suspect that I'm like...
Forum: Mapping & Navigation 04-21-2015, 09:33 AM
Replies: 1,261
Views: 204,442
Posted By V-Tom
Almost useless for what? ..Tom

Almost useless for what?

..Tom
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-20-2015, 03:04 PM
Replies: 3,854
Views: 805,316
Posted By V-Tom
Agreed! I can't stand loud exhausts. I...

Agreed!

I can't stand loud exhausts.

I love the sound of a DL1000 with a nice exhaust.. So sweet! (And I ride a DL650.)

..Tom
Forum: Equipment 04-17-2015, 01:07 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 19,519
Posted By V-Tom
I will be replacing the rear Tourance Next...

I will be replacing the rear Tourance Next tomorrow on my 2012 V-Strom DL650 and going back to a regular Tourance there. The tire will have less than 19,000 km and is down to the wear bars. I...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-09-2015, 06:04 PM
Replies: 4,543
Views: 887,137
Posted By V-Tom
I put it on the center stand and with my right...

I put it on the center stand and with my right hand rotate the wheel and with my left spray Wurth HHS2000 on the chain near the front sprocket. I spray the lube on the area where the plates overlap...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-09-2015, 12:59 PM
Replies: 4,543
Views: 887,137
Posted By V-Tom
I would stongely suggest a comfy seat! I...

I would stongely suggest a comfy seat!

I would also suggest you do some shakeout rides to see what would make the bike work for you. What works for other might not mean a thing to you. Maybe...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-30-2015, 04:07 PM
Replies: 4,543
Views: 887,137
Posted By V-Tom
Since I live a Canada, and ride in cold, and used...

Since I live a Canada, and ride in cold, and used heated gear I had a volt and amp meter on my 2006 DL650. It also displayed the temperature. I found I rarely looked at volts and amps on the thing,...
Forum: Mapping & Navigation 03-24-2015, 08:22 PM
Replies: 1,261
Views: 204,442
Posted By V-Tom
Based on what you said the sensor that was on the...

Based on what you said the sensor that was on the rear didn't work correctly when on the front, and the one that was on the front worked fine on the rear. If that is what you meant to say it sure...
Forum: Mapping & Navigation 03-18-2015, 04:24 PM
Replies: 1,261
Views: 204,442
Posted By V-Tom
I'm surprised if that's true.. my previous Garmin...

I'm surprised if that's true.. my previous Garmin and my Zumo 660 let me edit routes on the unit, and one of the editing functions is to reverse the route. Is that function gone?

..Tom
Forum: Equipment 03-15-2015, 11:03 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,595
Posted By V-Tom
I think I see your problem: you need to...

I think I see your problem: you need to completely undo the left zipper.

The way it goes on is step in the right leg, insert your right arm , insert your left arm, then zip the leg zippers. The...
Forum: Equipment 03-13-2015, 12:46 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,208
Posted By V-Tom
Have any of you guys used Wiggy Bags? I know...

Have any of you guys used Wiggy Bags?

I know many say Wiggy (the owner) has a reputation of being a total Ass, doesn't advertise in the camping magazines so doesn't get his prouducts reviewed,...
Forum: Equipment 03-13-2015, 06:06 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,595
Posted By V-Tom
A cycle in the Laundry Dryer can quickly speed up...

A cycle in the Laundry Dryer can quickly speed up the "softening".

I don't understand your "set the zipper" comment. You undo the pant-leg zippers as far as you can. The Right Leg zipper to the...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-11-2015, 10:31 AM
Replies: 4,543
Views: 887,137
Posted By V-Tom
Thanks.. that's what they are for! My 2006 DL650...

Thanks.. that's what they are for! My 2006 DL650 had 202,435 km when I last gassed it before I parked it. It was running fine at the time and I suppose I would stil be riding it if the 2012 DL650...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-10-2015, 02:45 PM
Replies: 3,854
Views: 805,316
Posted By V-Tom
There's a nice bit of satisfaction feeling that...

There's a nice bit of satisfaction feeling that "pop" of the push pins when putting things back together.

..Tom
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-10-2015, 01:48 PM
Replies: 4,543
Views: 887,137
Posted By V-Tom
I woke up my 2012 DL650 on Sunday. It will be...

I woke up my 2012 DL650 on Sunday. It will be three years on March 12th. 119,000+ km 74,000+ miles.


http://i201.photobucket.com/albums/aa319/V-Tom/IMG_20150308_120819_zps70iqejcu.jpg...
Forum: Equipment 03-10-2015, 12:17 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,595
Posted By V-Tom
I have a two-piece I bought in 2009. It probably...

I have a two-piece I bought in 2009. It probably has over 250,000 km on it riding with it in temperatures in the single digit f to over 100 f. I also wore the jacket in Death Valley at...
Forum: Equipment 03-10-2015, 12:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,595
Posted By V-Tom
I hope you allow my answer since I wear a two...

I hope you allow my answer since I wear a two piece Roadcrafter. (It is pretty much always zipped together though.)

In summer I ride with shorts and T-Shirt under my Roadcrafter. When I stop the...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-10-2015, 10:34 AM
Replies: 3,854
Views: 805,316
Posted By V-Tom
Don't know if it's true of the V2, but many...

Don't know if it's true of the V2, but many people on earlier Stroms ran 40 front and 42 or so rear. 36 seemed too low and led to the front tire cupping.

..Tom
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