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Forum: Equipment 03-01-2015, 07:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 737
Posted By sagedrifter
Bolted mine to the concrete driveway near the...

Bolted mine to the concrete driveway near the garbage cans, when its not used I surround it with metal 30 gallon cans. Helps keep the cans from blowing away when its windy out. :rofl

I had to bolt...
Forum: Equipment 02-21-2015, 03:00 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,616
Posted By sagedrifter
Thumb I like the Canari brand too for cycle shorts. I...

I like the Canari brand too for cycle shorts. I use the bicycle liner gel shorts on the motorcycle. Very light and cool with some padding, much cooler than the regular Gel shorts. On my MTB I wear...
Forum: Equipment 02-21-2015, 02:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 287
Posted By sagedrifter
I have the Verizon LTE4 hot spot service, it is...

I have the Verizon LTE4 hot spot service, it is better than the Straight Talk version. I've traveled the US with mostly AT&T and Verizon, I only use Verizon now. Straight Talk customer service is...
Forum: Equipment 02-14-2015, 10:54 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 12,463
Posted By sagedrifter
7 to 10 days is normal from GB to the US east...

7 to 10 days is normal from GB to the US east coast. I've had some arrive in 4 days, but most recently hit around 7 business days. Heck, China usually takes 12 days USPS express packet to Alabama. I...
Forum: Equipment 02-14-2015, 10:25 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,497
Posted By sagedrifter
My recent seat concepts experience has been good...

My recent seat concepts experience has been good on the V-Strom. I like it better than my past Sargent.

I've given up on expensive seats, I've spent over $700 on one. Never got it right. The SC...
Forum: Equipment 02-14-2015, 10:10 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,723
Posted By sagedrifter
Progressive is one of the worst out there IMO for...

Progressive is one of the worst out there IMO for bait and switch rate hikes, was a customer about 6 years ago. They are king of teaser rates. I've experienced the rate hikes even though the...
Forum: Equipment 12-21-2014, 06:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,201
Posted By sagedrifter
My favorite things to wear under moto pants are...

My favorite things to wear under moto pants are light weight $25 GEL padded bicycle liner shorts, or just straight up $35 bicycle shorts that are thicker, or just plain athletic boxers like the $9.00...
Forum: Equipment 09-30-2014, 08:48 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,024
Posted By sagedrifter
Love mine, easy to install too. But, having the...

Love mine, easy to install too. But, having the correct screws must help... :rofl

I thought the directions were decent, must not be too bad. I installed mine late one cold night outside in a...
Forum: Equipment 09-28-2014, 09:37 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 9,161
Posted By sagedrifter
No issues with the 150/17 Tourance from China,...

No issues with the 150/17 Tourance from China, seems to wear as usual on my V-Strom DL1000. Sticks well to me and I ride aggressively.

I don't get 8,000 miles from rear tires usually, this one...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 09-14-2014, 08:00 PM
Replies: 9,446
Views: 3,762,419
Posted By sagedrifter
If I can fix it with JB, it will be my back up...

If I can fix it with JB, it will be my back up rotor. If the magnents were easy to remove I would have tried it without heat, but I don't want to pry hard and break one into pieces. I would rather...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 09-14-2014, 03:58 PM
Replies: 9,446
Views: 3,762,419
Posted By sagedrifter
Bluhduh Its a good idea to install a Datel Volt Meter to...

Its a good idea to install a Datel Volt Meter to serve as an early warning system. My 06 DL1000 stopped charging due to the following:
...
Forum: Equipment 08-12-2014, 10:00 PM
Replies: 264
Views: 72,498
Posted By sagedrifter
Etymotic HF5 are $129 retail and are the direct...

Etymotic HF5 are $129 retail and are the direct replacement for the old favorite. 42db isolation, low profile deep insertion fits under helmets and a little better durability. Uses the same triple...
Forum: Equipment 08-02-2014, 09:45 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,607
Posted By sagedrifter
I run centramatics on my big truck, those work....

I run centramatics on my big truck, those work. Does that help? :rofl

I've run a few tires with nothing and they get the same wear and miles as those balanced with weights, liquids, BB's or...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 08-02-2014, 05:21 PM
Replies: 4,136
Views: 795,281
Posted By sagedrifter
Really like the Tusk ATV Sport bend bars, I went...

Really like the Tusk ATV Sport bend bars, I went out for a 120 mile dinner run to make sure the set up was to my liking and all.

The 2006 Vee is getting a bit accessorized now that I've had it...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 08-02-2014, 05:11 PM
Replies: 9,446
Views: 3,762,419
Posted By sagedrifter
Before the suspension upgrade... ...

Before the suspension upgrade...
http://sagebrush.smugmug.com/photos/i-PMKmxxJ/0/XL/i-PMKmxxJ-XL.jpg

Since then I added a 13.4kg rear spring, need to head up the Cherohala again for another pic....
Forum: Equipment 07-29-2014, 07:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,242
Posted By sagedrifter
If you want to keep your hearing use ear...

If you want to keep your hearing use ear protection while riding. I use 42db isolating IEMs and my hearing is fine after years of listening and riding. Its not worth loosing your hearing and those...
Forum: Equipment 07-27-2014, 12:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 615
Posted By sagedrifter
I thought my last Tourance was a bear too. I...

I thought my last Tourance was a bear too. I replaced a Tourance EXP and it came right off easily. The Tourance from CHINA seemed a bit small, I was able to force one bead on by hand, but it took a...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-26-2014, 11:14 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 9,417
Posted By sagedrifter
This thread got me to change out my springs. Old...

This thread got me to change out my springs. Old but good and appreciated.

I was 280 pounds when I got the DL1000 and needed the upgrade bad. Did the Sonic 1.0 springs only with new oil. Huge...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-26-2014, 07:15 AM
Replies: 4,136
Views: 795,281
Posted By sagedrifter
I see my DL1000 as moderate size touring bike...

I see my DL1000 as moderate size touring bike that can do it all. When out with friends, I ride mostly with sport touring bikes and it does well never having to lag behind. When I take a less...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-25-2014, 08:38 PM
Replies: 4,136
Views: 795,281
Posted By sagedrifter
Really, if you have to ask if you need the power...

Really, if you have to ask if you need the power of the 1000 you probably won't miss it. There are people who get 10,000 miles from a rear tire then you have a guy like me that might see 5k......
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-24-2014, 04:41 PM
Replies: 4,136
Views: 795,281
Posted By sagedrifter
I would not even consider the 650 for two up...

I would not even consider the 650 for two up touring. I don't find the 1000 overly powerful at all. But, I weigh 250 pounds naked. If your light weight or slow, the 650 will get much better economy....
Forum: Equipment 07-22-2014, 09:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,504
Posted By sagedrifter
It depends on the trailer's frame. If you can...

It depends on the trailer's frame. If you can support a class 5 hitch you can use one of these:

http://www.mightyhauler.com/images/halfton.jpg

Lots of choices out there.

I decided a toy...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-22-2014, 09:13 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 103,841
Posted By sagedrifter
I started out riding KTM bikes as my first street...

I started out riding KTM bikes as my first street legal rides, looking back I realize that was mainly because my friends and the magazines said they were the bomb. Many years later I have to say my...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-22-2014, 05:08 PM
Replies: 4,136
Views: 795,281
Posted By sagedrifter
The people around me complain about their BMW GS...

The people around me complain about their BMW GS bikes buffeting too. One fellow told me he was going back to a DL1000 after trying a new BMW. I would think the shaft drive and the electronic stuff...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-22-2014, 11:32 AM
Replies: 4,136
Views: 795,281
Posted By sagedrifter
I'm a tall fellow, 34" inseam, 6'-4", 50" chest...

I'm a tall fellow, 34" inseam, 6'-4", 50" chest etc...

The stock wind shield was horrible for me, I had to take it off and run in the breeze. Sounds to me that people in general with actual harsh...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-21-2014, 12:56 PM
Replies: 4,136
Views: 795,281
Posted By sagedrifter
A spring upgrade is cheap and easy, if thats not...

A spring upgrade is cheap and easy, if thats not enough you can always drop in Cogent's DL650 stuff. But, I'm happy with a simple spring upgrade so far. I spent around $120 on the DL1000 forks,...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-21-2014, 08:59 AM
Replies: 4,136
Views: 795,281
Posted By sagedrifter
Yes, its exactly how a high reving v-twin will...

Yes, its exactly how a high reving v-twin will run. Running a good fuel map helps, but really its too far below the torque curve to expect much below 4k. That's less than half the red line.

I run...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-17-2014, 05:11 PM
Replies: 4,136
Views: 795,281
Posted By sagedrifter
Luggage

If you ride mostly mild roads, Shad offers some well made cases at about half what GIVI runs. When my luggage wears out I'm going to give Shad a shot or maybe some Alloy boxes. I have had a Shad top...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-14-2014, 06:15 PM
Replies: 4,136
Views: 795,281
Posted By sagedrifter
There are many Stroms out there with low miles,...

There are many Stroms out there with low miles, it would have to be almost free for me to mess with one near 100K.

Has it been maintained by the service manual? What does well maintained mean? I...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-11-2014, 09:40 PM
Replies: 4,136
Views: 795,281
Posted By sagedrifter
The brackets flex a bit, depends on the shield...

The brackets flex a bit, depends on the shield and if the holes were drilled correctly. The Madstad shield is curved so I have to align the brackets with the shield, thats normal. Never tried the...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-11-2014, 08:49 AM
Replies: 4,136
Views: 795,281
Posted By sagedrifter
There is a budget option for a stiff alloy handle...

There is a budget option for a stiff alloy handle bar, one that is far more responsive than stock. The Tusk ATV bend I'm using now gives a substantial increase in height, no need for risers. $29 at...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-30-2014, 08:56 AM
Replies: 4,136
Views: 795,281
Posted By sagedrifter
No ADV size bike is good off road, to me even a...

No ADV size bike is good off road, to me even a DR650 is a PIG off road and is not fun at all on trails. There is a big difference between off road and a dirt road.

To me a KLR was too much...
Forum: Thumpers 06-26-2014, 10:55 AM
Replies: 1,220
Views: 146,619
Posted By sagedrifter
I read about a KTM 950 and a Suzuki DL1000 having...

I read about a KTM 950 and a Suzuki DL1000 having transmission issues lately, I bet there are others too...

Nothing is perfect, but the DR650 has been BEAT on HARD for 70,000 plus miles a few...
Forum: Equipment 06-24-2014, 04:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,310
Posted By sagedrifter
The HF approach requires mild mods, but I could...

The HF approach requires mild mods, but I could not justify the nicer stands for a few tire changes a year.

The current HF moto adapter will not hold a wheel in place. I doubt its changed...
Forum: Equipment 06-24-2014, 02:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,166
Posted By sagedrifter
For around the world I would leave the jetting...

For around the world I would leave the jetting stock. Nothing wrong with the stock jetting.

I ended up "needing" more power, so I put on the titanium GSXR muffler with the Kientech mid pipe and a...
Forum: Equipment 06-24-2014, 02:25 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 10,318
Posted By sagedrifter
The only thing that works for me is from...

The only thing that works for me is from Etymotic. I must have a triple flange deep inserting bud to isolate well. I've tried a few others, the ER6i was my old stand by, went through two pairs. Now...
Forum: Equipment 06-24-2014, 02:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,310
Posted By sagedrifter
The cost of labor and availbility of tires when I...

The cost of labor and availbility of tires when I need them got me into self tire changes years ago. I started just using spoons on the tube tires, but found the larger bikes with stiffer tires...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-23-2014, 04:57 PM
Replies: 4,136
Views: 795,281
Posted By sagedrifter
Barkbuster makes hand guards for the Strom and...

Barkbuster makes hand guards for the Strom and the set up has weights/spacers. The back bones actually fully protect the full length levers. IMO the Barkbusters reduce vibration a bunch with the OEM...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-23-2014, 02:08 PM
Replies: 4,136
Views: 795,281
Posted By sagedrifter
A Tusk alloy T-10 bar is $29 and it comes with a...

A Tusk alloy T-10 bar is $29 and it comes with a brace, has a few different bends available and is far stiffer than OEM. Available at Rocky Mountain MC/ATV. They come in KX, CR, ATV High bends etc.....
Forum: Equipment 06-22-2014, 06:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 656
Posted By sagedrifter
Arrow bed? Pretty common around here, a little...

Arrow bed? Pretty common around here, a little more support than the regular thin ones, but they don't last for me. They can get expensive depending on the model.

I don't think they are really...
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