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Old 12-07-2011, 11:01 AM   #1396
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Unless $20 is too much for you, I say just ride in and park in garage next to V Center, plenty around there. Of course make sure you leave time to fight traffic, but if you take 395 to SW freeway to 395N/3rd st tunnel exit you may miss the cross town traffic. Or exit at 14th St and take Independence over to 7th St and cut up to V Center.
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Old 12-08-2011, 05:53 AM   #1397
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^ that's what I'd do, but I'm not a metro-fan

BTW most DC garages, at least in my area, are too small to fit a full size truck like my F250. If you've got a CRV or some little truck you'll be fine, if you've got a big truck and are taking it rather than the bike call ahead to see if it'll fit.
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Old 12-09-2011, 05:56 AM   #1398
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Quote below moved from the NOVA Weekend rides thread so as to try not to totally theadjack that one...

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Best update I ever did on my vstrom! If you've got some basic tools, it's not that hard, took me about 3 hours total if you count the prep and clean time. Ricor was giving significant ADV discounts if you wrote up a review, not sure if they are but here's what it entailed for me.
I've heard similar feedback from folks on the Stromtroopers site regarding how big a difference upgrading the front end made. I'm still unsure whether I want to go with the Race Tech Gold Valve emulators or the Ricor Intiminators. My initial plan was to take the deal on the RT springs and emulators that SVracing offers to Stromtroopers but I'm still researching / thinking about it.

My guess is that either one would be a big improvement over stock but both will require tuning and I'm afraid I'm nearly hopeless when it comes to mechanical aptitude so I'm probably going to have to rely on one of the local shops. I can build you a nextgen global IP network but changing the oil is about all I can manage when it comes to working on my bike.
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Old 12-09-2011, 07:07 AM   #1399
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I put the Race Tech springs and emulators in my WeeStrom, really liked them. They're also really easy to "tune," with the only catch being that a 25+" "parts grabber" is needed to retrieve the gold valves from the fork to change the compression dampening.

Regardless, highly recommended. Sold the bike to Valongbeard over in the Shenandoah Valley. Last I heard he also was enjoying the bike.
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Old 12-09-2011, 02:18 PM   #1400
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iDave put the Race Techs in his DL and likes them a whole lot. I wouldn't say you need a lot of mechanical aptitude but a little definitely. Nothing wrong with taking to the shop though, sometimes I do for simple stuff simply because I don't have time to do it myself.
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Old 12-11-2011, 07:44 AM   #1401
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Just a heads up if you want a 25% discount on Gerbings heated gear...
Act quick. The order is going in tomorrow morning.

http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...8#post17424948


Though before you jump you may want to read this...

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=649013
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Old 12-11-2011, 11:52 AM   #1402
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Anyone want my "trials course"? I'm moving to Tampa and don't think I'll want to haul it. Pallets, some logs (mostly short and fat, one long and sorta skinny--not in the picture below). It would probably all fit in a full size pickup bed or probably 2-trips in a not-full size pickup bed.






Also, I'll probably list my DR250SE for sale if anyone is interested.
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Old 12-11-2011, 12:07 PM   #1403
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BP moving??? Ya just got here
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Old 12-11-2011, 12:16 PM   #1404
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Got a job offer out of the blue that was too good to pass up and it happens that the office isn't here.
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Old 12-11-2011, 12:20 PM   #1405
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Got a job offer out of the blue that was too good to pass up and it happens that the office isn't here.
Well congrats on the job but sux to see you go to the land of flat , at least its warm and good beaches
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Old 12-11-2011, 12:24 PM   #1406
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Yeah I know, Colorado is ranked about 49-states higher on my list of favorite places than Florida, but at this point in life I'm focused on career. If you get cold you can always come and visit

One plus is there's a public trials course an hour outside of town that I've already attempted to ride (only had a KX250 there at the time, a trials bike its not ) so I'll be hitting that up and I rekon I'll finally finish up my lessons to get my pilots liscense so I can create my own three-dimensional motorsport experience
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Any Klim gear dealers near DC/nova???
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Old 12-11-2011, 02:20 PM   #1408
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Strom Forkk Improvement

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I've heard similar feedback from folks on the Stromtroopers site regarding how big a difference upgrading the front end made. I'm still unsure whether I want to go with the Race Tech Gold Valve emulators or the Ricor Intiminators. My initial plan was to take the deal on the RT springs and emulators that SVracing offers to Stromtroopers but I'm still researching / thinking about it.

My guess is that either one would be a big improvement over stock but both will require tuning and I'm afraid I'm nearly hopeless when it comes to mechanical aptitude so I'm probably going to have to rely on one of the local shops. I can build you a nextgen global IP network but changing the oil is about all I can manage when it comes to working on my bike.
Here's what I did:

*Sonic (continuous wound) Springs to your weight and riding style
*Fork Brace (Murphs was the cheapest new. Maybe you can source a used fork brace)
*15wt oil
* Careful Fork Alignment top to bottom and preload adjtmt will be the extent of tuning

= around $225 in materials and basic mechanical skills and tools to do the above

You'll notice how poor the OEM rear shock is straightaway after you experience good damping, no more fork dive and twisting. Look for Sasquatch in the vendors section for rebuild/upgrade of your OEM unit. I procured an Elka 2-way on a Stromtroopers group buy. Blaine w/SV racing has good stuff too and fairly reasonable. You could do just the emulators but I think the way I tackled this issue is more robust, and accomplishes more; but what do I know other than my Strom handles/feels just as sweetly as my Ohlins equipped GS.

Ps. Ping me if you want a referral to an excellent suspension specialist.
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:41 AM   #1409
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Any Klim gear dealers near DC/nova???

http://dualsportarmory.com/

Dual SPort Armory. Leesburg I think. I got KLIM pants, gloves and jersey a year or so ago.

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