Separate names with a comma.
Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by NSFW, Mar 5, 2008.
Dint you do dat lat weekund?
psssssst, come over here before we get yelled at. http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=579185&page=405
fresh pics on the RR
I just got back from a week riding big bikes in Europe...Played with the Triumph 1200 Explorer...the Multistrada and the GS..
The Strada is a beast and sexy and fast...but it is a streetbike...period....a wonderful one....:eek1
The GS is what it is...I rode 1000 miles of the Pyrenees on a standard GS and the bike was stable, predictable and comfortable...the new Dakar edition has everything one needs without the weight of the Adventure...
but for my money...the new Triumph gets the nod....everything good from the GS with gobs more power...
I was approved and ready to pull the trigger on a Tiger 800 roadie to replace my Versys. Out of all the bikes I've been pouring over it clicks the most boxes for me. The price is right, it's the right size, and would be a great road bike for me and for when the wife comes along.
Sat on the new 1200 Explorer and it is really nice as well. But it's the same weight and cost as the Super Tenere.
I really think the mid-sized bike fits me better - old man 170lb weakling.
But I'm having buyers remorse before I even buy it, so I guess I'm waiting a few days to see how I feel about it.
I'm not really looking for something more offroading, I have the husky for that. I just don't want to be sorry I didn't get the XC or a 990 or something that is more offroad oriented. The GS and Tenere are too big and heavy, and too much money. The 990 and 'Strada are too finicky and maintenance fussy.
I had picked out the Venom Yellow one. These bikes get absolutely rave reviews. They do not have demo models, but could probably convince them to let me take one around the block.
EDIT: BTW, Irv Seaver has one of those dakar-model GS's on the floor - $20G's. Ouch. The Tiger is $12G out the door with everything.
Badass looking tiger Chris! I don't know about the rest of your checklist, but it sure LOOKs good!
Yikes, that venom yellow almost looks as fast as red
I finally got off the fence regarding buying a small(er) dirt bike. Thanks to all that have offered to let me try out their bikes.
Mind is made up though ...decided to work on the Chevelle as it's been sitting in the garage neglected for too long. This week the beast had the rear end rebuilt and new set of gears, engine bay cleaned up and dyno'd. Some misc parts over the next few weeks and off to the paint shop. The value seems to hold better on the car than on another bike. Plus I know I would just hurt myself trying to do stupid stuff on the smaller bike. The big GS at least keeps me from riding like a maniac (nothing against those who do though).
Here's the before shot, hoping by early Sept to post the after shot. Joel, sorry for posting a car on your thread!
I could always put a hitch on the back and tow a motorclyce trailer.
so what did the dyno say??
I could always put a hitch on the back and tow a motorclyce trailer.[/QUOTE]
wise move todd, that means you're a grown up who wants a bigger toy and more wheels.....
seriously, small bike <525 is nice to have, though i haven't rode mine since january. and the xr4 since a year 1/2 ago. prefer a bigger bike like what chris is doing for long distance comfort riding. maybe a triumph 1200 or anything with a driveshaft.
at 2,200 miles... :huh, the blue bike started to leak oil at the FD. bmw had 5 recalls on this bike, and will fix it at no charge. i wanted to take it to irv seaver but ventura is a lot closer.
like the old sage said,
'with age, comes cage'
someone even smarter said:
"you don't stop riding because you get old, you get old because you stop riding".
after you get the car pimped and a few new borads you will still want another bike...
so what hurts more? a fall at 60mph on a big bike or a fall at 30mph on a small bike
dont kid yourself, get a small bike too. getting a small bike will make you a way better big bike rider. nice car, 4-speed?
This past weekend I went for a ride. After about 10 months without having my G650X (not going into details) I finally got it back and knew it was time to hit the road. I commuted about 100 miles in and around LA running a few errands before I was loaded up and headed to Viroqua, WI to visit family and work (gasp!) for a bit.
Friday morning at 4:45am I hit the road and left for breakfast in Vegas.
Nothing like Ronald's donuts (vegan!) and coffee (minus the styrofoam cup).
It was a little dark when I left so here's my set up outside of Ronalds.
I spent somewhere between 1-1/2 to 2 hours in Vegas having breakfast, refueling, airing up my tires (up to mid 30's - forgot to check when I left), facebooking, and rearranging a few items for faster access on the road. With such a long time away from this bike I had forgotten some of my routine and set up for easy travel. With all being set I continued heading east.
I was originally going to leave as early as Wednesday that week so I could take my time lallygagging my way 8 states away but other things came up delaying my departure. I also wasn't quite sure how long it would take me with this set up. As you can tell I'm running a full set of knobs (D606's) and also had it set with dirt gearing (14/49 vs stock 15/47). When I was putting this bike together again this particular ride wasn't on my mind, but when it happened I didn't quite have the time to swap parts around to make it a more comfortable slab muncher. Oh well. So instead, I tried to remember to keep my stops small (outside of the Vegas stop), and just keep on moving. So I apologize in advance for the lack of photos and quality of such as I only used my phone for this segment.
Soon enough I had crossed into Arizona and then Utah. I forget how much I appreciate UT's beauty even though it's 100+ degrees out. In fact I didn't even check the weather before or during my ride as it truly didn't matter - that was the direction I needed to go regardless of the weather. Unfortunately I got to Fruita, CO after my buddy's coffee shop had closed - a little spro would had hit the spot. Around 11pm I was crossing Vail's pass at over 11,000'. Yes it was cold and no I did not have electrics outside of grips with me. Soon enough I descended into Denver but not before this.
By this time I was tired and ready to rest. My GPS found a hostel in Denver and I called to see if they had space. When I got there I didn't like the situation where the bike was going to be since I had no intention of removing my bags when I was only going to sleep the hours I needed. So I motored back to the highway and up 76 towards Nebraska. If you've been on this road before you know there's not much of services along route. I did find a rest area and went inside and had a free heated space just to myself - and anyone else walking to the restrooms. Ha!
Some time the next morning I finally did cross into Nebraska.
I had been making much better time than I had expected. In Iowa I flipped a coin. Heads I detour north into Minnesota to see my parents and my best friend that was still in the hospital from open heart surgery, or Tails continue to my sister's in Viroqua, WI.
See you soon mom.
At dinner I also took some time to arrange a breakfast with some friends the following morning.
I was now on the home stretch, but since I detoured my route was actually going to be short of 2,000 miles so I added in a few points to make a loop in Minneapolis and St Paul before ending at my parents.
This is what my tires looked like approximately 2,300 miles later after I arrived in WI.
I too was pretty surprised how much tire was left when I got here. I guess when you're not heavy breaking/accelerating, sliding into/through/out of a turn, or roosting knobs can last a bit longer.
I hope to take a mostly dirt route back to LA when the time is right.
Enjoy your summer gents!
good to hear someone's doing a long ride!
have fun mark.
NSFW = No Sympathy For Whinners! ! !