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Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Today, 01:31 PM
Replies: 6,012
Views: 1,124,733
Posted By John Ashman
I would take a used DCT, but I don't think I'd...

I would take a used DCT, but I don't think I'd pay extra for it. Weird how they bundle with ABS, like they're holding it hostage. Why put an important safety feature with something that many don't...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Today, 12:01 PM
Replies: 6,012
Views: 1,124,733
Posted By John Ashman
Weird how ABS is STILL a $500 upgrade. ...

Weird how ABS is STILL a $500 upgrade.

Yet, on the NC700X, for $600, you get ABS and DCT both.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Today, 08:06 AM
Replies: 559
Views: 114,504
Posted By John Ashman
Well, I think the ideal bike based on this or the...

Well, I think the ideal bike based on this or the CB500 engine would come in at least two flavors. Keep in mind that low weight really isn't a huge priority on street bikes anyway.

1. a very...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers Yesterday, 02:22 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,409
Posted By John Ashman
This is the kind of crap I had to deal with from...

This is the kind of crap I had to deal with from electronics companies. They'd sign up a new dealer rep and then they'd make money from me for 3 or 4 years having NEVER come by my shop and then...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports Yesterday, 01:34 PM
Replies: 216
Views: 25,144
Posted By John Ashman
I saw them for as low as $3500. It was...

I saw them for as low as $3500. It was depressing.
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers Yesterday, 11:49 AM
Replies: 844
Views: 95,983
Posted By John Ashman
That's twice as much as the Mexican daily wage.

That's twice as much as the Mexican daily wage.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 09:57 AM
Replies: 6,012
Views: 1,124,733
Posted By John Ashman
It used to be that people bought normal bikes. ...

It used to be that people bought normal bikes. Now it seems like if the bike isn't extreme in one or more ways, no one will buy it, or build it. Or, they take it to the opposite, where the bike...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 09:15 AM
Replies: 6,012
Views: 1,124,733
Posted By John Ashman
It seems to me that a top box well to the rear on...

It seems to me that a top box well to the rear on a short wheel base bike would make for a whole lot of needless instability. I would never do a top box for that reason, but it may make more sense...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers Yesterday, 09:10 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 7,341
Posted By John Ashman
My fascination with a light twin such as a 450...

My fascination with a light twin such as a 450 Dakar or 530 Tiger Trail reminds me of Stan's desire to be a woman.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFBOQzSk14c
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers Yesterday, 09:08 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 7,341
Posted By John Ashman
So, as it turns out, if you took the 675 Street...

So, as it turns out, if you took the 675 Street Triple engine (upon which the Tiger 800 is based) and drop a cylinder, you'd have a 450cc twin that would legally be able to compete in Dakar, and...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 02-25-2015, 07:28 PM
Replies: 1,811
Views: 174,620
Posted By John Ashman
I can't imagine it struggles at 70mph with a 6...

I can't imagine it struggles at 70mph with a 6 speed and 75hp. That makes no sense. It has a great feel, more like a large dirt bike with the saddle and ergos. Probably a much better bike for...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-25-2015, 06:53 PM
Replies: 5,988
Views: 1,053,681
Posted By John Ashman
What we need is for Clint Eastwood to steal the...

What we need is for Clint Eastwood to steal the prototype.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-24-2015, 11:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,121
Posted By John Ashman
I've always found that a) the best price is...

I've always found that a) the best price is usually at the smallest dealer in the smallest town and b) that if you are at least an hour away or more and say that you were just passing by but were...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 02-23-2015, 09:51 AM
Replies: 1,811
Views: 174,620
Posted By John Ashman
I wonder if the bike is someone stiffly damped...

I wonder if the bike is someone stiffly damped but softly sprung? I think that could account for some of the choppiness, even if the bike sags a big when sitting on it. Obviously they're not...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-23-2015, 09:46 AM
Replies: 5,988
Views: 1,053,681
Posted By John Ashman
I was called "Gaston" once for my smooth dismount...

I was called "Gaston" once for my smooth dismount of a G450X that was obviously too big for me. I'm not quite THAT short, fortunately.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-23-2015, 09:44 AM
Replies: 5,988
Views: 1,053,681
Posted By John Ashman
I don't know, but this gives me some hope for...

I don't know, but this gives me some hope for future bike development - http://www.gizmag.com/steel-alloy-strong-light-titanium/35996/ - which could take a good 25-50kg off a bike if used in large...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 02-22-2015, 06:52 PM
Replies: 1,811
Views: 174,620
Posted By John Ashman
Looking at the Open Secrets website, it is very...

Looking at the Open Secrets website, it is very easy to find that pretty much every big car dealer donates the maximum to one or both political parties. Aside from being a license to print money...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-22-2015, 03:20 PM
Replies: 5,988
Views: 1,053,681
Posted By John Ashman
I think they need a fender redesign. It's doing...

I think they need a fender redesign. It's doing a terrible job of protecting the engine and fairing.
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 02-22-2015, 03:16 PM
Replies: 1,811
Views: 174,620
Posted By John Ashman
Funny thing. It costs about $100 per bike to...

Funny thing. It costs about $100 per bike to ship across the ocean. I have a hard time believing that it costs $800 to ship one to Colorado when it is no doubt shipped on a truck with 20 other...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-21-2015, 10:20 AM
Replies: 6,012
Views: 1,124,733
Posted By John Ashman
Right, because that is only valid if you're...

Right, because that is only valid if you're trying to sell those type of mods on a forum. No irony there at all.
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 02-21-2015, 10:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 686
Posted By John Ashman
Build this around an RXV550 and I'm in. Or even...

Build this around an RXV550 and I'm in. Or even the 750 engine for that matter.

IMO, it's the most badass looking one on the market.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-21-2015, 09:34 AM
Replies: 5,988
Views: 1,053,681
Posted By John Ashman
Haha, you want 80s Honda.

Haha, you want 80s Honda.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-21-2015, 08:06 AM
Replies: 5,988
Views: 1,053,681
Posted By John Ashman
Sadly, this is the problem, no doubt. Honda...

Sadly, this is the problem, no doubt. Honda doesn't have the discipline to do what is really desired by a large amount of people, which is a straight up, simple, clean design. They think they...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 02-20-2015, 03:45 PM
Replies: 216
Views: 25,144
Posted By John Ashman
Oh, lookie, CL450 - ...

Oh, lookie, CL450 -

http://cdn.rideapart.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/OneMotoShow3.jpg
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-20-2015, 08:12 AM
Replies: 5,988
Views: 1,053,681
Posted By John Ashman
I resemble this statement. I can't wait for...

I resemble this statement. I can't wait for Aprilia to leak an air cooled cruiser and the thread that ensues.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-19-2015, 09:57 PM
Replies: 5,988
Views: 1,053,681
Posted By John Ashman
Yeah, I thought it was pretty funny too :rofl

Yeah, I thought it was pretty funny too :rofl
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-19-2015, 08:41 PM
Replies: 5,988
Views: 1,053,681
Posted By John Ashman
By the time this comes out, they might have three...

By the time this comes out, they might have three or four entirely new bikes in this range.
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 02-19-2015, 05:12 PM
Replies: 1,811
Views: 174,620
Posted By John Ashman
I've had that feeling with every KTM and Aprilia...

I've had that feeling with every KTM and Aprilia I've tried. Funny how your body just says "no". Didn't care for the Ducati Classic series or the Triumph Scrambler either. LOVE the ZRX1200 and...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-18-2015, 10:06 PM
Replies: 5,988
Views: 1,053,681
Posted By John Ashman
I think the Honda approach makes quite a bit of...

I think the Honda approach makes quite a bit of sense (maybe went a bit too far with the NC700 though). But the fact that all we ever talk about is horsepower and not torque is why short stroke...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-18-2015, 09:44 PM
Replies: 6,012
Views: 1,124,733
Posted By John Ashman
Why are you here if you're not shopping for a...

Why are you here if you're not shopping for a bike and don't have a CB?

There are thousands of threads here and I participate in about 5 of them.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-18-2015, 02:09 PM
Replies: 6,012
Views: 1,124,733
Posted By John Ashman
The amount of money they want to import a CB in...

The amount of money they want to import a CB in Mexico is frickin' ridiculous. There is a small oligopoly that gets to charge whatever they want for the importation, regardless of what the actual...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 02-18-2015, 01:50 PM
Replies: 216
Views: 25,144
Posted By John Ashman
Royal Enfield....to the rescue? ...

Royal Enfield....to the rescue?

http://cdn.rideapart.com/wp-content/uploads/2015%2F02%2FRoyal-Enfield-Himalayan-adventure-motorcycle-rendering1.jpg
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-18-2015, 09:58 AM
Replies: 5,988
Views: 1,053,681
Posted By John Ashman
Still hoping that "True Adventure" is just the...

Still hoping that "True Adventure" is just the category and Africa Twin and TransAlp will be amongst the models that are recreated and sold.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-17-2015, 07:02 AM
Replies: 6,012
Views: 1,124,733
Posted By John Ashman
In the Hawk GT world, this is standard operating...

In the Hawk GT world, this is standard operating procedure. Hawks are some of the most heavily modified and upgraded bikes on the planet. Everything is game - engine (including larger engines),...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-17-2015, 06:55 AM
Replies: 6,012
Views: 1,124,733
Posted By John Ashman
^^^^^^^

^^^^^^^
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-17-2015, 06:54 AM
Replies: 6,012
Views: 1,124,733
Posted By John Ashman
Incorrect, but thanks for playing. I've owned...

Incorrect, but thanks for playing. I've owned 4 Hondas in the 500cc-700cc range over time and the CB/NC bikes are the first Hondas that make me want to buy in a long time. Especially since they...
Forum: Thumpers 02-17-2015, 06:38 AM
Replies: 136
Views: 9,442
Posted By John Ashman
Yeah, I just realized that it lists the seat...

Yeah, I just realized that it lists the seat heights as the same for the various versions, but that can't be right either. Oh well! Not that worried about it, it seems like they put better stuff...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-17-2015, 06:24 AM
Replies: 6,012
Views: 1,124,733
Posted By John Ashman
Okay, so a street bike can be turned into an...

Okay, so a street bike can be turned into an adventure bike.

But a street bike can't be turned into a scrambler.

Got it.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-16-2015, 07:59 PM
Replies: 6,012
Views: 1,124,733
Posted By John Ashman
Okay, it helps to read the posts, so let me sum...

Okay, it helps to read the posts, so let me sum up for the third time.

1. $500 less.
2. No limits with upgraded front suspension/wheels because of the lack of fixed fairing.
3. Different seat...
Forum: Thumpers 02-16-2015, 07:47 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 9,442
Posted By John Ashman
I noticed that the PR3 doesn't use a progressive...

I noticed that the PR3 doesn't use a progressive linkage. Does the 3.5 have the PR4 rear suspension with the different swingarm? Or is it basically still a PR3?

If you haven't seen the user...
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