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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by onaXR, Jan 18, 2006.
Thank you for helping them out! Sounds like they need all the help they can get...
Someday, I hope to equip my bike with a ray gun with both kill and stun settings (maybe one that inflicts pain too). Hopefully, I don't have to use the kill very often
In California, our digital highway signs have been saying, "Motorcyclists, start seeing them." Kinda of a nice thing!
Christian, you are a good man. Someday (......someday.....) I will buy a beer at your cafe (maybe 143 beers--eventually you will have to ask me to leave!).
In my younger days as a street rider I used to carry one of the long glass coke bottles (remember those) between my legs and when someone in a cage got too close I'd wave it at them. They always got the picture and backed off. But that was then...
I've been using these.
Work great and cheaper than the fleabay versions. My bet is they are the same peg. I did spot face the pivot so the worked better, but for $10, no complaints. I've put them on my XR400, an XR200R, and a buddy's XR250L (check aplications, also available.)
Also, their bar end mirrors can be used inboard for a fantastic dual sport mirror. I'll take a pic if there is interest, but I mount it so its positioned like dual-star.com's mirror. Basically you skip the bar insert and mount it inboard of the clutch lever.
There was a guy in Ride Reports named BigAlSmith that rode his DR from Alaska to Argentina. he had a similar accident in Columbia where he broke his leg etc., I left him a PM and asked him to reach out to you in case he could share his own experience. my recollection is it was a major hassle - besides all the pain.
(in my van) I had a tire iron that I would wave violently when someone would do something stupid. This dumbass in mexico with dark skin, pulled in underneath me in a u turn as I was looking right. I didn't see him until I almost took his front end off. He came up behind honking and screaming in his little saturn. I took out my boom stick, waved it violently and he pulled out his pistol. The cops didn't arrest him, nor me, and I never asked who he was to be open carrying in MX.
Just a funny story. I still carry the tire iron. What are the chances it'll happen twice?
He was a cop am sure. I was in Ensenda on my ninja for a 3 day weekend. We decided to head towards La bufordora. On the way there I had to stop for gas. While my bike was being fueled a guy walked to me and asked me about my bike. After about 30 seconds he pulled out a gun and ask me for the bike at gun point. My friend was inside getting a few sodas while this was happening. He seen what was going on so he ran up to the guy from behind and cracked him on the side of the face with a coke bottle. He reached for his face dropping the gun. We spent the next 3 to 5 minutes giving the guy a world class beating. We only stopped because we were tired. We held him at gun point till the cops showed up. As soon as the cop arrived I threw away the guy so they can see me doing it. After cuffing the guy and searching his pockets they found a badge. They were pissed and wanted to know what the fu@k was going on. The gas attendant told him what he seen and showed them the a video tap of what has happened. One cop wanted to arrest us for the beating we gave the another wanted to let us go. After 30 minutes when a sgt showed and heard the story he told us to leave Mex. As far as I know nothing happened to the cop legally. But damn did he get a Rodney King type beating that day.
They're lucky you're there, I'm sure they can use all the help they can get.
Holy Jeepers! Maybe this is why my Momma never let me go to Mexico. Such things really happen?? The hair on my neck is still standing.
got my truck and wife's CRF stolen there during Baja 1000. Great memories for all.
This was back in 96. Believe or not the cops are a lot better now. Its been years since a cop has suggest a bribe.
LOL... taking a tire iron to a gun fight.:eek1
Have you guys heard of " Anger Management"?
In my latest cycle mag, they did a review on the Honda crf-250l, along with the Husky Terra 650. The 250 weighed over 320lbs wet, the Terra 408 wet (claimed), Our 650L's weigh 346 wet, and with some simple lightening mods I've gotten mine down another 20 or so lbs...which puts it VERY close to the 250. Even the KTM's have put weight on over the years :huh It seems like most all the big-bore dual sport thumpers are making a mad dash for the 400+lb range and beyond......
That really seems to be the opposite of what alot of us would like out of a street-legal dirt bike.
Are the manufacturers missing the customers needs in this area, or are us guys who'd like a dirt bike that is actually light enough to be fun in the dirt the minority anymore?
Its sad when the 250 class is now weighing close to a slightly lightened XR650L, and substantially more than a dual-sported XR650R
I'm not suprised there's so many guys riding crf-230l's, xt225's, tw200's etc, with the way the 250 and big-bore dual-sports are packing on the weight.....like a weight-watcher who's fallen off the wagon :eek1
I guess big bore torque/hp and light weight don't play well together anymore .....and its starting to seem the same can be said about the 250 class as well
I can't wait to see what kind of heavyweight Honda replaces the xrl with........if the crf-250L is any indication, its going to be a real porker..........
With this type of trend developing, I think I'll just lighten up my xrl some more, put on some USD forks, and let CW do his mega-motor magic on my motor when its rebuild time
First off, thanks everybody for all the feedback
It looks like the E-bay or D2 pegs are the overwhelming favorite, and I'll prolly try them first since they're so damn cheap...like me
But honestly, what Ben linked to above is exactly what I'm looking for......but that price....ouch!!!
Something like the works connection weld ons might be a possibility, but honestly I might just go whole hog on this one down the road, and pick up the pivot-pegz and long foot extensions......that really looks like what I need to make the bike and my big feet work the best together
I think it is primarily for 2 reasons. First and foremost is the down turn in the world wide economy. Saving weight is expensive. Like the Husky Terra using steel for a subframe and swingarm vs aluminum. That's just one example.
Secondly, the green movement. Dual sports have to meet all road type emissions standards and that takes complex engineering and equipment. That's expensive and heavy (compared to having none of that). The XRL if not a legacy bike would never meet smog standards applied to newer designs.
Yes, funny movie.
Hey guys, elsalvadorklr told me that some of you were interested in what has been happening with my buddy Justin.
My name is Bryce. Myself and fellow inmate Ed Zachtamundo (Justin) were in the middle of a trip to Ushuaia up until a few days ago. Justin and I met on ADVrider several months ago and decided to try and ride together from Oregon to Ushuaia. I'm on an XR650L and he is riding a KTM 690 Enduro. We met up in California at the HU conference on October 18th and have been riding together ever since.
We crossed into El Salvador three days ago and were on our way to see fellow inmate elsalvadorklr and his bar. As we were passing through an intersection, Justin was hit by truck. We got him to a hospital and paid off the cops to keep him from getting in trouble.
After arriving on scene, the cops did a perfuntory investigation and determined that Justin was at fault. They had taken his passport, motorcycle, and other douments and were going to keep a cop with him at the hospital until he recovered in order to ensure that he didn´t leave the country. It was all kind of shady and I know they probably just wanted money; but at the time we were more concerned with being able to get him out of El Salvador as fast as possible. So, we got a lawyer, settled with the other driver, had a form drawn up and notarized that released Justin from fault, then got all of his documents back from the Cops.
He had a serious compound fracture in his right leg; it was broken in several places and the bone was protruding from the skin. An ortopeadic surgeon from San Salvador came to the hospital and performed surgery last night to put him back together. They had to reatach multiple bone fragements and used a substantial number of screws and plates to fix his leg. All told, the surgery took about four and a half hours.
Ás of this morning he´s still in a lot of pain and probably more than a little scared. He has been able to eat a little food and the doctors are hopefull that he will be able to make a full recovery. They estimate that it will probably take over a year for him to fully heal.
I'm currently staying at the Hospital with him. We are in the town of Ahuachapan at the private hospital. It's called "centro medico de ahuachapan". GPS coordinates as follows:
N 13* 55' 21.4"
W 089* 50' 38.0"
Justin does not have medevac insurance (i.e. Medjet Assist); luckily, he does have Health Insurance in the states.
Unfortunately, and we had to settle with the driver of the truck for $2,000. It was all a little shady; however, at the time we were more concerned with getting his documents and being able to get him out of the country post haste. We also had to pay $200 for the lawyer, and a $30 bribe to get his bike out of the impound lot.
Additionally, Justin may have to pay out of pocket for the surgery and hospital stay which will cost around $3,200 as well as getting a flight back to the United States, shipping or storing his bike, and whatever other costs he may incur as he recovers.
Like many of us who embark on these kinds of adventures, Justin quit his job in order to complete this trip. I have set up a donation button through his paypal account. If anyone is willing to help out a fellow rider who has been hit with some seriously hard times, I know that he, his family and myself would appreciate it!
You can click the link in my signature, or go to my blog at: http://brycebissinger.blogspot.mx/ and click on the button labled: "Justin´s Recovery Fund".
Thanks to everyone in advance for their prayers and support!
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donation made. good luck to justin on the recovery.