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Old 11-19-2012, 08:53 PM   #2746
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Glad to hear you managed to get her out in the sun. How do you like her so far?

Thanks - truly awesome bike so far. I've ridden a lot of different bikes over the years, and I'd describe the Adventure as the most confidence inspiring of the lot. Completely at home on the gravel and mud at speed, and with the little bit of fooling around I did it was not as heavy feeling as I thought it would be, and it was very comfortable to ride standing. Even through patches of snow and ice I never got in trouble. And the hp really helps on the highway and out of corners. I can see riding this for a long time!

Great job on the route map...that's pretty time consuming work. I'm going to start trying to get a week off at that time now. I might try some short o/n trips at the start of the summer too, get my gear tested out. I have the side panniers for the KTM, plus a custom rear case I put together for delicate (expensive) camera gear that worked out well on the XRR.
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:54 PM   #2747
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Glad you like the new KTM. I look forward to riding with the twin orange dragons. It will be the closest I will come to being with twins.
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Old 11-22-2012, 07:47 PM   #2748
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Congrats on the KTM. LOVE mine too. Have to get them out and run them through their paces. Be nice to have them and us meet. Cheers.
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Old 11-22-2012, 08:08 PM   #2749
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Lemme know if you guys hit the mx park too. I have never been and could be convinced to check it out!
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Old 11-22-2012, 10:39 PM   #2750
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Congrats on the KTM. LOVE mine too. Have to get them out and run them through their paces. Be nice to have them and us meet. Cheers.

Thanks, and for sure we need to ride! I hope to have some time over the winter to prep mine up a bit - I like how both yours and Lycan1's have the fender relocation kit, I think that's a must do for me as well. Looks like you used the 950 SE fender? Although since mine is the 950 with no ABS I think the procedure is a bit different. And you did an awesome job on the Killa graphics, I'm really tempted to design something up. Maybe an Orange Dragon theme. The only thing trick right now on the bike is the steering damper.




And btw Lycan1, I just read your intro to your 12 days on the Orange Dragon post and I totally agree with your description of the bike...
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Old 11-23-2012, 05:47 PM   #2751
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Damper is on my list too. Thx on the graphics. I actually used the 690 fender. Works great and cheap too!
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:13 AM   #2752
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For any locals looking for an interesting ride this summer, have a look at this. I am planning a two week, back-road trip through Montana (Continental Divide Trail), and Idaho (with a brief excursion over into Wyoming to Yellowstone). Hard to tell when putting the tracks together on Dual-sport Maps and Google but most is gravel with short sections of nice pavement in Idaho. A couple of guys have expressed interest so far, but always open to new people in the group. Time frame is late July / early August. Big Bike friendly.






The tracks can be found here:http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...2#post20110442


I had not added the Fuel waypoints in when I posted the track, but I have them now and a range of 285 km is the max needed. There are only two stretches at the south end of the Idaho track where that kind of range is required. Otherwise 150 km is good.

The B.C. portion on the way home is still under construction (and open to suggestions) but will be heading up around Nelson, then over Grey Creek Pass then maybe back-roading into Fernie. Camping when the weather is good, Option for Motel/ Hotel when it's not.

Grand Teton > Yellowstone.

The continental Divide trail north and south of Kalispel is really nice. Some fun roads with lots of jumps too. Great roads to blast down and then stop at the lakes for a bit of a rest.

I've only rode pavement west of here from my sport bike days so no comment on the return section.
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Old 12-06-2012, 01:19 PM   #2753
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Hey Guys,

Whats the current state of affairs or registering a dirt bike for on road use? I was under the impression that its mostly impossible here and if a shop got caught doing an out of province type inspection that they could get their credentials pulled.

I have a buddy who will only buy a Honda and we keep trying to get him into dual sporting, and since Honda doesnt make DS bike in NA, he's thinking of buying a CRF450 and converting.

Thoughts or recent experiences?

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Old 12-06-2012, 02:27 PM   #2754
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Hey Guys,

In case any of you are looking for LED driving lights, I just picked up a set of 2x2 LED's from Mopac (http://www.mopacautosupply.com/) here in Calgary. They're on Hiway #1 and Center Street. Same specs as all the other offerings out there, available in flood or spot, in stock and $79 each. 1440 lumens each, good build quality, stainless hardware and even come with weatherpac connectors, very long leads and even lighted switches.

I can post pics etc if interested.

Between these and my 50W HID projector, I should be lighting up the night!

Cheers,

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Old 12-06-2012, 03:15 PM   #2755
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Hey Guys,

In case any of you are looking for LED driving lights, I just picked up a set of 2x2 LED's from Mopac (http://www.mopacautosupply.com/) here in Calgary. They're on Hiway #1 and Center Street. Same specs as all the other offerings out there, available in flood or spot, in stock and $79 each. 1440 lumens each, good build quality, stainless hardware and even come with weatherpac connectors, very long leads and even lighted switches.

I can post pics etc if interested.

Between these and my 50W HID projector, I should be lighting up the night!

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I'd think about installing those on my truck before bike. Too big and combersome for a smaller bike but you are correct. LED's are slick. I personally just bought a 20" bar for my Toyota.

For those of you in the sub 400lb bikes, I've had people give good reviews to the Baja Designs Squadran light. Super bright, but not cheap!

Bad reviews regarding the dimmer though. Both of them broke in Baja with only a few days use.

For a cheaper solution I've seen people mount two of those lights Wesley is talking about behind factory light shrouds. Looked great, worked pretty damn well too. Not exceptional for highway, but great offroad!
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:36 PM   #2756
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Whats the current state of affairs or registering a dirt bike for on road use?
Don't try it with an out-of-province bike. Purchase the CRF in AB, then take it to a "sympathetic" registry to get the plate. There are a few around that do it, I recently plated my KDX no questions asked. Whether it is street-legal or not is another question... some are concerned about that, others are not.
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:41 AM   #2757
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Many of the ppl at various registries don't know or care.
Had one a while ago would happily have street registered my son's CRF-50.
When I said; no - off road only, he said; oh, it's a quad...

BUT, be ready to show mirrors, signal lights, etc to Fish n Wildlife or police.
Big thing for me and others is IF your insurance company would disavow you if anything bad ever happened.
I don't have much faith in them, personally.

Tell your buddy to crawl out of the 90's and buy a KTM.
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:32 AM   #2758
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Don't try it with an out-of-province bike. Purchase the CRF in AB, then take it to a "sympathetic" registry to get the plate. There are a few around that do it, I recently plated my KDX no questions asked. Whether it is street-legal or not is another question... some are concerned about that, others are not.
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Many of the ppl at various registries don't know or care.
Had one a while ago would happily have street registered my son's CRF-50.
When I said; no - off road only, he said; oh, it's a quad...

BUT, be ready to show mirrors, signal lights, etc to Fish n Wildlife or police.
Big thing for me and others is IF your insurance company would disavow you if anything bad ever happened.
I don't have much faith in them, personally.

Tell your buddy to crawl out of the 90's and buy a KTM.
Thanks Guys.

And yes, my 1st response to him was to buy a katoom...
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:16 AM   #2759
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Thanks Guys.

And yes, my 1st response to him was to buy a katoom...

Personally I'd go WR450 for a dual sport.

IMO, better engine, more reliable, better built, etc. Not street legal though.
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:24 PM   #2760
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My off-season was short this year. Just took delivery of studded tires to give winter riding a try. I'm a convert now, I can see how some guys say riding in winter beats riding in the summer.
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