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Forum: Latin America Yesterday, 05:18 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,731
Posted By John Ashman
They make you use license plates? :eek1

They make you use license plates? :eek1
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 05:16 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,649
Posted By John Ashman
If it's like their other stuff, it will be heavy...

If it's like their other stuff, it will be heavy as hell.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 11:40 AM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,767
Posted By John Ashman
Wes Siler apparently found this out during a test...

Wes Siler apparently found this out during a test ride :D
Forum: Latin America Yesterday, 11:37 AM
Replies: 360
Views: 73,549
Posted By John Ashman
1%!!!! Because it's more like "sa-wa-do" ...

1%!!!!

Because it's more like "sa-wa-do" :wink:

Mexican spanish is pronounced EXACTLY like it looks....except...

an R is more like a D
a V is more like a B
a B is more like a V
a D is...
Forum: Latin America Yesterday, 11:33 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,731
Posted By John Ashman
Speeding ticket? Huh. I suppose it's possible....

Speeding ticket? Huh. I suppose it's possible. :huh

I usually get that only as an excuse for attempted bribery collection. Did get stopped for running a red light and found out my license...
Forum: Latin America Yesterday, 11:31 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,731
Posted By John Ashman
Yes, I get that, but if you compare European and...

Yes, I get that, but if you compare European and other countries' taxation on vehicles, the US tax rates are low, which is why many vehicles cost less in the US than in the country of origin. ...
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 10:33 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,059
Posted By John Ashman
They will! In like 7 or 8 years :lol3

They will! In like 7 or 8 years :lol3
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-06-2015, 08:37 PM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,767
Posted By John Ashman
I agree. Especially given their twin dual sports...

I agree. Especially given their twin dual sports have always been in the 600-750cc range before. But the reality is that engines and the competition have gotten much bigger, so they must have...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-06-2015, 08:35 PM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,767
Posted By John Ashman
I would definitely buy a Mazda over most any...

I would definitely buy a Mazda over most any Honda car. My wife's uncle couldn't believe how much fun my Mazda5 minivan was to drive compared to his new Honda Accord. My father has an S2000 but...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-06-2015, 04:23 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,649
Posted By John Ashman
It makes me wonder if there are other donor bikes...

It makes me wonder if there are other donor bikes that could take this engine with less modification. I'm surprised to see the engine so much taller, except that the CB500 is a long stroke engine....
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-06-2015, 04:11 PM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,767
Posted By John Ashman
I would take one of each! [money allowing] ...

I would take one of each! [money allowing]

But a cool trick would be to simply stroke the the 250 engine to square and it's a 350cc bike and that's a notable upgrade over a 250. It would make...
Forum: Latin America 07-04-2015, 01:17 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,731
Posted By John Ashman
Yes, but I was going off of retail price, because...

Yes, but I was going off of retail price, because the deal you get at a dealer is obviously going to vary greatly. Unfortunately, in Mexico, rich business owners don't seem to care if you buy from...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-04-2015, 12:45 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,649
Posted By John Ashman
This needs to be mass produced.

This needs to be mass produced.
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 07-03-2015, 07:56 PM
Replies: 238
Views: 36,154
Posted By John Ashman
New pic of the FJ07. It's getting closer! ...

New pic of the FJ07. It's getting closer! Obviously as low slung as this is, it's not an offroader, but they may yet make an Enduro/ADV bike from it. And it could save me from buying an NC750X...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-03-2015, 07:54 PM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,767
Posted By John Ashman
Yes, it is, unfortunately. So it could be even...

Yes, it is, unfortunately. So it could be even heavier. I'm of two minds on what Honda could do. I certainly would have aimed to be as light as an F800GS at max, but with 200 more ccs. But a)...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-03-2015, 07:30 AM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,767
Posted By John Ashman
I've just been going off the differences between...

I've just been going off the differences between bikes that are offered with both options and yes, it does seem to add about that much. I think 475 is fine for an ADV bike, but it is definitely...
Forum: Latin America 07-03-2015, 06:32 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,731
Posted By John Ashman
Yeah, it's totally about availability. I'm...

Yeah, it's totally about availability. I'm waiting for these things to be sold in OXXOs. They are everywhere else.
Forum: Latin America 07-03-2015, 06:31 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,731
Posted By John Ashman
Well, sure there is more competition in the US if...

Well, sure there is more competition in the US if you can get a discount. The problem here is that there is only one dealer for the bigger bikes thus far and the Mexican business pricing strategy is...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-03-2015, 06:22 AM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,767
Posted By John Ashman
I'm going to guess the engine is more in the...

I'm going to guess the engine is more in the 135lb range, maybe even 130lbs (versus 116 for the CB500X). The problem is that you start beefing up the frame a bit, add a bit more fuel capacity,...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-02-2015, 10:43 PM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,767
Posted By John Ashman
I think they're all asleep at the switch.

I think they're all asleep at the switch.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-02-2015, 07:16 PM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,767
Posted By John Ashman
I just looked and, assumng these are correct, the...

I just looked and, assumng these are correct, the KLR engine is supposedly 120lbs, the Versys engine 126. But I'm open to other figures.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-02-2015, 04:44 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,649
Posted By John Ashman
God, yes.

God, yes.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-01-2015, 04:22 PM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,767
Posted By John Ashman
IMO, all bikes should mandatorily come in: ...

IMO, all bikes should mandatorily come in:

ADV version
Sport touring version
Enduro/Rally version
Trail/Scrambler version

Anything else is optional.

At least in the 350cc-1000cc range.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-01-2015, 04:14 PM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,767
Posted By John Ashman
I think the Versys engine is actually the same...

I think the Versys engine is actually the same weight or only slightly more than the KLR engine, which is pretty heavy. I checked it out once and found the weights but can't remember. I just sort...
Forum: Latin America 06-29-2015, 08:30 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,731
Posted By John Ashman
As another example, the NC750X w/DCT/ABS, less...

As another example, the NC750X w/DCT/ABS, less the 16% tax, is only maybe $200 more than the NC700X w/DCT/ABS.
Forum: Latin America 06-29-2015, 08:10 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,731
Posted By John Ashman
It's actually not that big of a difference in...

It's actually not that big of a difference in reality. That bike is $24,000 retail, so that makes it 434,300 with the obligatory tax in Mexico, and they're listing it for 457,000. So that's about...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-29-2015, 11:02 AM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,767
Posted By John Ashman
Afraid that people will give up and go buy...

Afraid that people will give up and go buy something that suits them now rather than wait to see if unicorns have wings.

Let's face it, if this weighs 475-500lbs, and costs $15K, there's not any...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-29-2015, 09:37 AM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,767
Posted By John Ashman
To me, the thing that makes an ADV bike is some...

To me, the thing that makes an ADV bike is some additional travel/wheel size to offer better dirt performance, a largeish tank for long rides, a sport touring oriented seat, a beefed up subframe for...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-29-2015, 08:20 AM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,767
Posted By John Ashman
The engine size/cylinder/weight seems pretty...

The engine size/cylinder/weight seems pretty arbitrary to me. If you make a 250cc single that can handle two people and a ton of luggage and fuel, seems to make it an ADV bike rather than a dual...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-29-2015, 05:51 AM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,767
Posted By John Ashman
New and improved, with 10% more bullshit!

New and improved, with 10% more bullshit!
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-29-2015, 05:26 AM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,767
Posted By John Ashman
The seat appears to be easily interchangeable...

The seat appears to be easily interchangeable between the touring model and offroad or base model.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-27-2015, 09:02 PM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,767
Posted By John Ashman
Everything matters if you're pedantic!

Everything matters if you're pedantic!
Forum: Latin America 06-27-2015, 12:27 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,731
Posted By John Ashman
The XRE is probably worse than a Tornado off road...

The XRE is probably worse than a Tornado off road from what I've seen, it's like a ADV commuter similar to the NX400. Honda really needs to update its line of smaller bikes. At least the CRF230...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-27-2015, 11:54 AM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,767
Posted By John Ashman
Seems to me that the 950R was too much of a good...

Seems to me that the 950R was too much of a good thing to be a big seller. Hopefully the new smaller engine models will get us something more like the Aprilia 450s/550s.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-27-2015, 11:21 AM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,767
Posted By John Ashman
Let's not get ahead of ourselves :D

Let's not get ahead of ourselves :D
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-27-2015, 10:40 AM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,767
Posted By John Ashman
Still, riding at night is an order of magnitude...

Still, riding at night is an order of magnitude more dangerous than riding in the day. Last night in my truck, I passed dozens of cows at various places along or on the road. I try to avoid it as...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-27-2015, 10:36 AM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,767
Posted By John Ashman
http://tf3dm.com/imgd/l55095-drone166b-38700.jpg

http://tf3dm.com/imgd/l55095-drone166b-38700.jpg
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-26-2015, 09:38 AM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,767
Posted By John Ashman
But the bear is thinking "holy shit, that human...

But the bear is thinking "holy shit, that human just hit me with a 600lb object and it HURT, I'm OUTTA HERE."
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-26-2015, 09:37 AM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,767
Posted By John Ashman
Anything is food if you have a crock pot.

Anything is food if you have a crock pot.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-25-2015, 05:28 PM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,767
Posted By John Ashman
But they could all be in a single housing to save...

But they could all be in a single housing to save weight.

On another note, observe how Honda "hides" its subframe attachment points -
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