Cat Herders: Shenandoah Valley Inmates

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by HBN, Nov 3, 2008.

  1. biker128pedal

    biker128pedal Super Lurker

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    I dream for one of the 800s but smaller is so much easier to pick up. The DR650 is a good compromise. DR650s can come lowered. With a seat, large tank and a small fairing you can ride cross country. dljocky did an unofficial iron butt on his a year or so ago. The DR may not be fast but it is easy wrenching. Parts are less expensive than an X-challenge.
  2. turtlemoye

    turtlemoye Been here awhile

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    While I've never ridden the two bikes you mention I can tell you I absolutely love my Husky Terra but it may be a little two similar to your current bike. Personally I'm not worried about parts availability or dealer support and for only $6K you have plenty of coin left over for protective bits/weight reduction.
  3. T!Mster

    T!Mster Lets Ride!!

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    This is what I have been up to the last few daysÂ….

    I took one of these:
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    Added some steel and plywood and made one of these:
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    And then I did some work on my workbench to make it fit underneath. I didn't want a Harbor Freight lift taking up room in my already cluttered garage. The HF lift collapsed height was too high and I didn't want to rebuilt the entire bench.

    When I got done with the lift and bench I made a little mod to the XT:
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  4. bwalsh

    bwalsh UUU, UUU!!!

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    Brilliant! :clap
  5. mtnflow

    mtnflow LFC, more pie please

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    Awesome, love it. Cluttered? funny, I still see concrete.:huh
  6. WayneJ

    WayneJ City Slicker

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    That's a great idea Tim. I've got two of those lifts, I might have to try making one.

    :hmmmmm

    With an extra brace in the middle and a wider base maybe it will handle a big ass 700 lb. Honda.
  7. AB13

    AB13 Long timer

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    Damn Tim you must have some redneck in ya! I would make it wider that things got to be top heavy. AB :D
  8. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    Nice Tim, good old fashioned ingenuity working there :thumb
  9. biker128pedal

    biker128pedal Super Lurker

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    Bet we see them in the HF catalogue next month. :wink:
  10. CaptnSlo

    CaptnSlo Derelicte

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    Hi all -
    Thanks again for the helpful responses. I'm on my phone, so hopefully this won't be garbled.

    Lots of good points. Sounds like I already have the best bike for me. I haven't really given much thought to replacing my bike with another thumper as I've been pining for something smoother and more powerful. I didn't mention it before, but I also do a lot of pavement riding with my bf on his uber powerful Ducati. It would be nice to have a bike that'll keep up easier. And sounds the part (the Termi exhaust and the dry clutch are like angels singing). But unlike me, he has the real estate for another bike.

    I realize it's all about compromise. I have some off-road training coming up soon. If I'm not mangled after that, I'll consider how aggressive the DS riding I'd like to do, and contribute to the bike fund - either for a new ride or for some Dakar farkles.

    Which reminds me - Jax, I see you have an aftermarket exhaust on your F. What do you have and do you recommend it? I'd be looking for something that would wake the engine up a bit more.

    Thanks again everyone for your experienced advice and patience.
  11. JaxObsessed

    JaxObsessed Near Earth Object

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    No problem Blixa, we all love talking bikes. :deal

    I have a 2 brothers titanium.... I did it to get rid of the friggin stock boat anchor. :puke1 BuB BY.
    I am not pleased with it for any reason other than it netted me like 13 lbs of weight loss. It is loud... loud as hell...even with the db killer installed. Wait for the pile on.... :augie
    It also blew its guts out half way down Michigan in 2012. Now... with all that said, not too many aftermarket oems make an 05 baby gs flavor... I just looked again because I really don't want to rebuild the 2 bros again, and found slim pickens. And not in a "go back and get a shitload of dimes :jack" way. Bloody expensive and few...... I'm rebuilding my 2 brus. for the 3rd time.

    Ya might be better off going for a custom solution. The bike does go pretty well, but it's hard to tell which mod is doing what. I have modded the airbox, exhaust and added a "cold air" intake sensor.
  12. H14

    H14 I Gotta Go!

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    Blixa, whatever bike you end up with I hope you bring it here in May.
  13. H14

    H14 I Gotta Go!

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    So we get 6" of snow and CC gets most of the week of because schools are closed. WTF, when I was a kid.......................................................
  14. Scotty P

    Scotty P Funny Like a Clown

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    H14 I Gotta Go!

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    The good old days, when cousins weren't considered off-limits.
  16. biker128pedal

    biker128pedal Super Lurker

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    An barefoot. Don't forget that. :deal
  17. Scotty P

    Scotty P Funny Like a Clown

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    If they were off limits there never would have been a SMIB thread..........
  18. H14

    H14 I Gotta Go!

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    I've never really had any interest in moving to Maryland but I've got a couple of cousins that could make me reconsider.
  19. ClownBoss

    ClownBoss Funnier than da Clown

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    Off

    Yes we are keeping score
  20. H14

    H14 I Gotta Go!

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    Re-read that, I think you just scored a point too.:lol3