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Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by mr moto, Feb 9, 2008.
Glad to hear it! Are you going to make the Tenere rally next month?
Send the link I'll check my calendar
Just got a new air condtioner for my Tenere.
The vest works pretty well. Did a test drive in 96 degree weather and was very pleased. The phase change cool packs didn't build up any condensation. It made a big difference at stops.
The packs are 58 degree and last about 3 hours. Also, freeze in only 25 minutes in ice or 45 minutes in the freezer. Although it looks a little like you are wearing a life vest. I could wear it under my jacket with no problems. The liquid is not water but a phase change liquid that is lighter than water... but only slightly. It doesn't crystalize like ice but instead is like tight packed sand. You can bash it into shape if it froze in a wierd shape.
It even comes with an insulated duffle bag to keep it in.
They fit big. A medium fits me perfectly with a 42" chest. There is a lot of adjustment capability by using the velcro straps.
Zoro tools seems to be the cheapest place to get them $107. They are $150 everywhere else. You can order them from their site if you don't like ebay.
OK, now everyone gets to call me a panzy wimp for wearing a silly looking ice vest.
This is a similar product. it uses the same packs.
I have a couple of the plain Hydroweave ones. Just give it a soak and ride.
They actually work pretty well.
I was going 80 mph on a two lane country road on a warm sunny afternoon - and the one-and-only deer in my 570 mile day, decided to jump on the road.
I first saw it in the opposite lane, accessed some old club road racing memories, pulled in the clutch, and applied the front brake as hard as I dared.
When the long travel fork finally decided it had no more room to travel, I was fully braced against the bars, tank and pegs, then the front tire got that greasy feeling that says....hey I am about to slide. The bars did some waggling about as well. The rear wheel may have been off the ground.
By then the deer was directly in front of me and about 8 feet from my wheel, and it scampered off the road.
I released the front brake.
I never heard from ABS.
The Canary remained remarkably composed, it does not have the level of brakes that my Ninja 1000 had, and it weighs 100 lbs more and other than an initial soggy feeling at the break lever, I am very impressed with how the bike handled the emergency.
The ABS is extremely non-intrusive even when it kicks in. Given your description I'm guessing it kept you from skidding.
I have had people riding with me who have observed the ABS working on the back wheel while I wasn't even aware it had kicked in.
The first thing I did with mine after picking it up, was to try out the brakes.
They were the best brakes I'd had up to that point. I have slapped them hard on both gravel and hard surface and never had the type of reaction you did. just sayin
Hope you get them fixed..
i challenge friends to a stop contest down hill on hard dirt. at 40 or 5o mph i just jam the front brake as hard as i can and the bike stops much shorter and safer than anyone else. but ive done it on grass and stone as well.
What tires are you running?
I am on the original tires, Tourance EXP.
Just read the new Australian motorcycle news where they tested most of the big adv bikes such as GS, GSA, Cross tourer, KTM1190/R, Explorer, Stelvio, ST.
The ST was one of the thirstiest and it had the least powerful engine and was a bit rough and not so smooth and very slow compared to most of the others but pretty good off road, not very good riding but who cares, I`m quite happy with mine. Looking at the 0-100 km/h stats compared to my old DL this ST is slower..... Even the irrelevant quarter mile is about the same as DL650...
But on dirt roads who needs 150 hp?
Just won't stop just short of the back of a car.
Glad you are healed up and back in the saddle.
Could you possibly put up some links to pics of the pages that you might have taken...
Sounds like complete bullshit to me. The S10 and a DL1000 are similar so they are also saying that the DL1000 is no faster than a DL650? I've owned both the DL1000 and the S10 at the same time.
I ride with a guy on a R1200RT and the S10 at legal speeds is more economical that the "slippery" RT. No way it is more economical than a DL650 though but it's not far off at similar speeds.
i think it would have had i hit the brake lever
Regarding the massive test in AMCN, I read some last night after work but read a bit more today and they do say it got a very comfortable seat and riding position. If all the test people swapped the eight bikes between them and did a fair test the figures should be fair especially the dyno graphs if it was made during the same day with the same dyno operator, the ST had by far the least hp which we all know does not mean it would be a less bike sometimes it can be better such as off road.
After have read the test I do still think I should have test ridden the KTM1190R... but that bike got a chain, probably not as good pillion seat, speeding fine engine (hooligan power), bit more expensive but not much compared to a new ST (I bought a demo).
The nice parts of the KTM could have been: 21" front wheel, lighter, way lower fuel consumption (at least in this test), the 50% more hp could come in handy at times but also bring the hooligan out, also has a smoother engine and an awesome TC/ABS set up, thought the ST was good. So far the ST has been good and is getting better for me, has cost me a fortune in farkles but I guess any other bike would have done that too. In this test the best overall bike that won was the new BMW1200 (the KTM demolished all of the bikes on dirt roads but overall the Beemer won this test). Still think the ST rocks!
Now it sounds like they got everything wrong.
I just think a magazine test is an indication but not the whole story think the ST got more than what is in that particular test, most reporters are just exited of all the new models I think.