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Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-02-2015, 01:34 PM
Replies: 4,289
Views: 832,190
Posted By EtowahKLR
Crosswinds

Most any bike will be effected by a strong crosswind on an elevated surface. I remember crossing the Burlington, Ontario "skyway" returning home from Mosport WSB races on my 1990 VFR. A storm was...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-29-2015, 09:17 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 331
Posted By EtowahKLR
FS: 2006 Yamaha Majesty 400

Just listed.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=26464416#post26464416...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-19-2015, 09:56 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,366
Posted By EtowahKLR
I whole-heartedly agree! After 20+ motorcycles in...

I whole-heartedly agree! After 20+ motorcycles in 40+ years, the new Glee-Strom hits the mark.:clap
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-15-2015, 02:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 985
Posted By EtowahKLR
Seat Concepts

I've had Sargent and Corbin seats, and I way more pleased with Seat Concepts. They send the foam and cover. You pull off your old foam and cover and staple theirs on, or you can send them your seat...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-09-2015, 01:50 PM
Replies: 4,289
Views: 832,190
Posted By EtowahKLR
I have a 2012 DL650 ABS, and after several...

I have a 2012 DL650 ABS, and after several necessary mods I find that it's the best bike I've ever owned. It's not the fastest. It's not the best handling. It's not the prettiest. It's not an enduro....
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-07-2015, 06:55 AM
Replies: 4,289
Views: 832,190
Posted By EtowahKLR
Brake Pads

The only thing I ever use is EBC HH. Check out your pads before you score the rotors. You should be able to check out their condition while the calipers are still on the bike. Use a flashlight to see...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-07-2015, 06:03 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,551
Posted By EtowahKLR
Reason?

Apparently because he can! 'Nuff said.:wink:
Forum: Battle scooters 01-04-2015, 10:26 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,712
Posted By EtowahKLR
Lloyd & Harry are in!

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a5df25b3127ccee85dd4369eaf00000030O0wAZtGLJs5cM2bUHt58N/cC/f%3D0/ls%3D00533896214320150104182431539.JPG/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/
Forum: Equipment 11-20-2014, 02:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,252
Posted By EtowahKLR
Have you tried thicker cheek pads? Not to be a...

Have you tried thicker cheek pads? Not to be a smart-ass, but not everyone's head is perfectly symmetrical. I know of some people who have to wear a thicker cheek pad on one side than the other side...
Forum: Equipment 11-20-2014, 02:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 610
Posted By EtowahKLR
Try before you buy.

If you're happy with Scorpion, the new EXO-T1200 looks very nice. If you like a modular, you can't beat the Shoei Neotech if you can pony of the scratch. It's the quietest Shoei modular yet. I've had...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-20-2014, 04:51 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,846
Posted By EtowahKLR
Suspension

I agree 100%. Trying to increase HP on a 650cc motorcycle will cost significant dollars for very little return on the investment. Suspension upgrade is a much more noticeable improvement. If you ride...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-11-2014, 04:41 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,715
Posted By EtowahKLR
Two years ago I was in the market for a...

Two years ago I was in the market for a mid-weight "adventure bike". The Honda NC700X was relatively new, but I couldn't find a dealer that would let me demo one. The latest gen Vstrom had been out...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 10-26-2014, 04:45 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,796
Posted By EtowahKLR
2012 DL650 Fuel Mileage

After 18K miles, I have averaged 60 MPG. I've gotten as low as 54 MPG pounding super-slab at an indicated 80 MPH with panniers loaded. I've gotten as high as 65 MPG riding sedately in the mountains....
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 10-15-2014, 09:38 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,801
Posted By EtowahKLR
Vstrom

I bought a leftover 2012 Vstrom 650 in January of 2013. I had ridden a demo at Daytona the previous year and was impressed with the motor and transmission. The bike is a great platform to make...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 10-11-2014, 05:54 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 20,593
Posted By EtowahKLR
Beak or beakless

I stopped by my local dealer to inquire about availability of the new tubeless spoked rims for conversion of my 2012 DL650. He says that the spoked wheels and the beak will only come to the US on the...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 09-16-2014, 01:04 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 7,118
Posted By EtowahKLR
That calculates to from 56 MPG to 63 MPG. I have...

That calculates to from 56 MPG to 63 MPG. I have ranged from 53 MPG to 64 MPG over the last 17K miles.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 09-11-2014, 07:43 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 7,118
Posted By EtowahKLR
I have two friends with 800 Tigers, one has the...

I have two friends with 800 Tigers, one has the XC and one has the roadie. Both of them have ridden my 2012 Wee Strom (and I theirs), and they both wish they had ridden the Strom before buying the...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 08-13-2014, 07:36 AM
Replies: 413
Views: 83,562
Posted By EtowahKLR
Switchable ABS

If they really want to make it "dirt worthy", provide a switch to disable the ABS with a LED reminder light.

It would be nice to have a wire wheel conversion package. The "beak" is already...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-08-2014, 05:28 PM
Replies: 730
Views: 62,940
Posted By EtowahKLR
650 Vstrom

Look into a 650 Vstrom. Even though it comes with ABS, Eastern Beaver makes an ABS adapter to switch on/off the ABS. It goes for about $22. You would have a bullet-proof multi-cylinder ADV bike more...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-10-2014, 11:56 AM
Replies: 3,593
Views: 733,912
Posted By EtowahKLR
Seat Concepts

I contacted Seat Concepts to inquire about their plans for the new DL1000. Lendon says it's on their radar, but they are working on a couple of high profile seats right now, so it will be a couple of...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-07-2014, 01:49 PM
Replies: 3,593
Views: 733,912
Posted By EtowahKLR
If you can hold out until Seat Concepts offers...

If you can hold out until Seat Concepts offers the seat foam and cover for the new DL1000, it should be worth the wait. I bought one for my 2012 Wee and it's great! IMHO it's better than a Corbin or...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-31-2014, 04:39 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 7,956
Posted By EtowahKLR
Wtf

I've owned four VFRs, and that just ain't right!:eek1 What's next.... a GS track bike? Oh wait..... I've seen that at Mid-Ohio Vintage Days.:dhorse
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 05-30-2014, 04:29 PM
Replies: 22,729
Views: 6,900,518
Posted By EtowahKLR
I used Conti Trail Attack on mine, They are...

I used Conti Trail Attack on mine, They are adequate in the dirt and great on pavement.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-29-2014, 06:12 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,550
Posted By EtowahKLR
I hear that a lot from cruiser riders.:muutt I...

I hear that a lot from cruiser riders.:muutt I guess it's an acquired taste, but some people will never get it.:1drink
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-29-2014, 05:55 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,550
Posted By EtowahKLR
Duh! Dopey me!:ricky

Duh! Dopey me!:ricky
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-29-2014, 05:53 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,550
Posted By EtowahKLR
Laugh I'm fortunate to live close to Cogent Dynamics...

I'm fortunate to live close to Cogent Dynamics here in North Carolina, so I had Rick install the DDC (drop-in damping cartridges), heavier fork springs, and World Edge rear shock. He did the install...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-29-2014, 05:40 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,550
Posted By EtowahKLR
$200 is a righteous price, but make sure it's for...

$200 is a righteous price, but make sure it's for a 2012+. "Getting very bad GAS"? Mileage or crappy gasoline?:puke1
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-29-2014, 04:45 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,550
Posted By EtowahKLR
Center Stand

They vary in price. The Suzuki one is around $300. The SW Motech one from Twisted Throttle is $240.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-29-2014, 02:35 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,550
Posted By EtowahKLR
I bought mine and immediately put on the center...

I bought mine and immediately put on the center stand and hand guards. The first thing I ordered was a Touratech bash plate to protect the vulnerable oil filter.

The stock seat I found was good...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-29-2014, 09:56 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,550
Posted By EtowahKLR
For the money!

I wouldn't say it's the "best bike ever", but it certainly is the best all around bike for the money. I've been riding for 40+ years and over 300K miles on 20 assorted bikes, and my 2012 DL650 is the...
Forum: Vendors 04-28-2014, 01:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 869
Posted By EtowahKLR
Cogent Dynamics

You won't be sorry if you go to Cogent Dynamics. Rick and Joyce are the best!:clap
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-21-2014, 12:40 PM
Replies: 4,289
Views: 832,190
Posted By EtowahKLR
Madstad Footpeg Lowering brackets Fork brace ...

Madstad
Footpeg Lowering brackets
Fork brace
GoCruise
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 03-14-2014, 04:34 PM
Replies: 509
Views: 121,226
Posted By EtowahKLR
'73 h1

1973 Kawasaki H1 was my very first bike! Lucky to still be alive! It was the flexi-flyer.
Forum: Battle scooters 02-26-2014, 10:37 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 546
Posted By EtowahKLR
Depends?

What's the size in liters? Is it a Monolock or Monokey? Do you have both keys? Is it a universal mounting plate, and is it off the scooter? Price may be high depending on size. You can buy a brand...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-06-2014, 07:53 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,910
Posted By EtowahKLR
More info on Woody's Wheel Works. Here's a nice...

More info on Woody's Wheel Works. Here's a nice set of spokes rims for a Vstrom (or other bike that comes with cast rims). They also do rime straightening on cast rims....
Forum: Equipment 02-04-2014, 04:41 PM
Replies: 413
Views: 121,938
Posted By EtowahKLR
Cooling Bandanna

Frogg Toggs Chilly Dana Cooling Bandanna from Walmart for $10. Just soak it in water and keep in its' storage tube. When the heat gets unbearable, drape it around your neck and shoulders. Just like...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-04-2014, 12:24 PM
Replies: 4,289
Views: 832,190
Posted By EtowahKLR
Hey Larry! I've been riding for 40+ years on...

Hey Larry! I've been riding for 40+ years on everything from 4 VFR's, 3 Airhead Beemers, 4 Hinkley Triumphs, and assorted Kawasakis, Yamahas, and Suzukis. I finally decided at 63 that I needed...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-04-2014, 12:05 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,497
Posted By EtowahKLR
It was very interesting to read all of the advice...

It was very interesting to read all of the advice from US Inmates. Then you chose a model that has never been available here. I think Honda missed the boat by discontinuing to import (if they ever...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 02-04-2014, 08:25 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,318
Posted By EtowahKLR
Condolences

So very to hear about your father. When I lived in the Rochester area, we used to ride to you father's shop at the first sign of Spring weather. Although we liked the bikes, I think it was your dad's...
Forum: Trip Planning 01-27-2014, 09:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,324
Posted By EtowahKLR
Battery operated CPAP

I haven't really missed camping that much since I started using a CPAP, but there are times I wish I could pack the tent and sleeping bag and enjoy camping if necessary on a trip. I have avoided it...
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