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Forum: Thumpers 04-06-2015, 05:08 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,139
Posted By Trail Boss
Cody, The DRZ is about 30 lbs lighter than...

Cody,

The DRZ is about 30 lbs lighter than the XRL (319 lbs versus 349 lbs).

I've owned both a DRZ and a XRL and, for me, the DRZ is better in the dirt than the XRL. The difference between the...
Forum: Thumpers 04-03-2015, 05:37 AM
Replies: 6,297
Views: 831,562
Posted By Trail Boss
I bought a TR650 Terra 4 months ago and have just...

I bought a TR650 Terra 4 months ago and have just now completed the farkling process (side racks, rear rack, windscreen, Seat Concepts seat, etc). My experience has been all of the stuff I wanted...
Forum: Thumpers 03-26-2015, 09:51 AM
Replies: 559
Views: 55,818
Posted By Trail Boss
Understood. You stated your local guy...

Understood.

You stated your local guy sells all his 690s. My point was that even though your local guy sells all his 690s it doesn't mean 690s aren't available for purchase elsewhere, right...
Forum: Thumpers 03-26-2015, 09:37 AM
Replies: 559
Views: 55,818
Posted By Trail Boss
Do you really want a 690? I just checked Cycle...

Do you really want a 690? I just checked Cycle Trader and there are 3 new ones listed within 100 miles of Annapolis. How about a 500 EXC? You could buy one today, from an ad on Cycle Trader, less...
Forum: Thumpers 03-26-2015, 09:22 AM
Replies: 559
Views: 55,818
Posted By Trail Boss
Anyone who claims to want a modern dual sport...

Anyone who claims to want a modern dual sport bike but doesn't or hasn't owned one has their reason or reasons for not buying one. The reasons I've seen most commonly expressed are reliability,...
Forum: Thumpers 03-26-2015, 08:37 AM
Replies: 559
Views: 55,818
Posted By Trail Boss
Interesting comment. It made me wonder if I...

Interesting comment. It made me wonder if I could buy a 690 today if I wanted one. Are there a lot of riders who want to buy a modern dual sport bike but simply can't find one to buy (i.e. KTM...
Forum: Thumpers 03-26-2015, 05:50 AM
Replies: 559
Views: 55,818
Posted By Trail Boss
I agree - the Big 4 are only giving us old dual...

I agree - the Big 4 are only giving us old dual sport options, which sucks. We would all like to see at least one of them produce a modern dual sport bike.

That being said I submit that the...
Forum: Thumpers 03-25-2015, 07:22 PM
Replies: 559
Views: 55,818
Posted By Trail Boss
Great advice from 2013 that is even better advice...

Great advice from 2013 that is even better advice today.
Forum: Thumpers 03-25-2015, 06:59 PM
Replies: 559
Views: 55,818
Posted By Trail Boss
None

None that I know of. But there have been a number that were close - certainly much, much closer than any of the Japanese models. The Husky TE 610/630 came the closest. The 610 was pretty much the...
Forum: Thumpers 03-25-2015, 03:28 PM
Replies: 559
Views: 55,818
Posted By Trail Boss
There, fixed it for you. When enough riders...

There, fixed it for you.

When enough riders bought big adventure bikes from the Europeans (BMW) then the Japanese motorcycling manufacturers took notice and began producing adventure models.
...
Forum: Thumpers 03-15-2015, 06:08 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,334
Posted By Trail Boss
Interesting question. The characteristics that...

Interesting question. The characteristics that make a bike good on pavement are opposite of the characteristics that make a bike good off road. It's not hard to find bikes that are better off road...
Forum: Thumpers 03-14-2015, 05:56 PM
Replies: 3,603
Views: 778,519
Posted By Trail Boss
Riding the Texas hill country

It's been a (relatively) cold and rainy winter this year in central Texas. Thankfully the weather was nice today and I was able to get out for a nice 200 mile ride in the Texas hill country. One of...
Forum: Thumpers 03-08-2015, 06:43 PM
Replies: 6,297
Views: 831,562
Posted By Trail Boss
I have the Madstad and standard Seat Concepts on...

I have the Madstad and standard Seat Concepts on my Terra. I really like the Madstad - for me it makes the bike all day comfortable for highway riding. The Seat Concepts is a nice improvement over...
Forum: Thumpers 02-20-2015, 12:32 PM
Replies: 83,458
Views: 9,518,461
Posted By Trail Boss
Are you, by chance, running heavy duty tubes?

Are you, by chance, running heavy duty tubes?
Forum: Thumpers 02-19-2015, 02:18 PM
Replies: 83,458
Views: 9,518,461
Posted By Trail Boss
How do we go about purchasing a set?

How do we go about purchasing a set?
Forum: Thumpers 01-26-2015, 12:25 PM
Replies: 6,297
Views: 831,562
Posted By Trail Boss
Not all, but many new bikes are equally "flawed"....

Not all, but many new bikes are equally "flawed". For example, the KLR650, DR-Z400, and XR650L all come from the factory with multiple, known flaws, some of which have the potential to prematurely...
Forum: Thumpers 01-18-2015, 09:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 520
Posted By Trail Boss
Yes, wind screens really do provide some...

Yes, wind screens really do provide some protection. That's why so many riders (me included) put them on bikes that don't have them.

How much protection depends on several factors, as noted...
Forum: Thumpers 01-16-2015, 11:25 AM
Replies: 3,603
Views: 778,519
Posted By Trail Boss
I've had 2 KLRs and I agree, they fell short of...

I've had 2 KLRs and I agree, they fell short of the mark for me too.


The TR650 is about 20 lbs lighter and the weight is lower with the fuel tank below the seat. So, while it is a bit lighter...
Forum: Thumpers 01-06-2015, 08:27 AM
Replies: 3,603
Views: 778,519
Posted By Trail Boss
Thanks. I'm planning on adding the AF-Xied...

Thanks.

I'm planning on adding the AF-Xied to solve the lean/stalling issue my bike has. As far as I can tell, my buddy didn't burp the bike. But it's been cool since I got the bike so no...
Forum: Thumpers 01-05-2015, 12:07 PM
Replies: 3,603
Views: 778,519
Posted By Trail Boss
I've joined the ranks

Picked up a used 2013 TR650 Terra from a friend in the DFW metro area.
http://www.richgibbens.com/Adventure/Motorcycles-1/Husqvarna-TR650-Terra/i-Lr9SMkW/0/L/_MG_0289-L.jpg


I've started the...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 01-04-2015, 04:01 PM
Replies: 1,364
Views: 757,994
Posted By Trail Boss
Big Bend National Park from the Mexico side of the river

http://www.richgibbens.com/Adventure/Motorcycle-Adventure/Big-Bend-Christmas-2014/i-GdBKNwx/0/L/_1110353_4_5_6_7-L.jpg

From this ride report: JT rides again...
Forum: Day Trippin' 12-31-2014, 05:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,395
Posted By Trail Boss
JT Rides Again

Eventually it was time to start the trek back to Presidio. Backtracking was easy and things were going well until JT's rear tire went flat. We couldn't see anything sticking out of the tire so our...
Forum: Day Trippin' 12-31-2014, 04:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,395
Posted By Trail Boss
JT Rides Again

Starting from my Uncle's place in Terlingua, we trailered my XR650L and JT's KLX400 to Presidio. After a quick breakfast we suited up in a few extra layers to deal with the 40 degree weather and...
Forum: Day Trippin' 12-31-2014, 03:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,395
Posted By Trail Boss
JT Rides Again

My friend JT is an intrepid explorer, spending many hours studying Google Earth and various maps looking for new rides and journeys. Most recently he has been examining satellite photos searching...
Forum: Thumpers 12-16-2014, 09:05 AM
Replies: 26,611
Views: 4,822,571
Posted By Trail Boss
The short answer is yes, doing such a trip on a...

The short answer is yes, doing such a trip on a DRZ is very possible. The DRZ is very capable and reliable.

That being said, there are some caveats I would suggest you investigate before making...
Forum: Thumpers 09-06-2014, 06:20 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 17,898
Posted By Trail Boss
Unfortunately there is not a universally...

Unfortunately there is not a universally agreed-upon definition of "dual sport" or "adventure bike" or even, perhaps, "enduro bike".

My personal bias is to divide adventure bikes into 3...
Forum: Thumpers 08-07-2014, 01:54 PM
Replies: 214
Views: 25,114
Posted By Trail Boss
Do you really believe you are making a fair...

Do you really believe you are making a fair comparison? Is it fair to compare the reliability (and maintenance requirements) of a street legal dirt bike - basically a race bike with lights, blinkers,...
Forum: Thumpers 08-07-2014, 01:15 PM
Replies: 214
Views: 25,114
Posted By Trail Boss
What's wrong with that? It appears to me that KTM...

What's wrong with that? It appears to me that KTM is doing a fine job - they are giving the market a variety of choices in this category and are constantly updating their products.

I've seen this...
Forum: Thumpers 07-27-2014, 10:08 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,035
Posted By Trail Boss
The DRZ is in the dual sport bike category - it's...

The DRZ is in the dual sport bike category - it's not one of the street legal dirt bikes. Don't get me wrong, the DRZ is a fine motorcycle but at 320lbs it's a handful in tight or technical terrain....
Forum: Thumpers 07-27-2014, 07:17 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,035
Posted By Trail Boss
3 categories

You might find it useful to think of dual sport bikes as basically consisting of 3 categories:


street legal dirt bikes
dual sport bikes
adventure bike

The street legal dirt bike class is...
Forum: Thumpers 07-15-2014, 11:35 AM
Replies: 26,611
Views: 4,822,571
Posted By Trail Boss
I bought a DRZ specifically as a project to see...

I bought a DRZ specifically as a project to see how much it could be improved as a dual sport adventure bike for the type of riding I do. In particular, I added the ACT gears, a big bore kit, a Lynx...
Forum: Thumpers 06-27-2014, 01:24 PM
Replies: 368
Views: 29,692
Posted By Trail Boss
You make an interesting argument. The Japanese...

You make an interesting argument. The Japanese manufacturers compete in every other segment - MX, Street, and Cruisers - on performance, not price, yet you argue they are not capable of competing on...
Forum: Thumpers 06-27-2014, 06:14 AM
Replies: 368
Views: 29,692
Posted By Trail Boss
The fact of the matter is that for serious...

The fact of the matter is that for serious off-road riding there are better choices than the DRZ. I agree with Dukeryder - trying to make the DRZ perform like a KTM 500 is going to be very expensive...
Forum: Thumpers 06-24-2014, 06:15 PM
Replies: 368
Views: 29,692
Posted By Trail Boss
It's all merely opinion. I've given mine. ...

It's all merely opinion. I've given mine. Others have given theirs. You have yours. Until someone comes up with a standard for judging "outdated" that the majority agrees to accept as the...
Forum: Thumpers 06-24-2014, 04:08 PM
Replies: 368
Views: 29,692
Posted By Trail Boss
I don't think the DRZ is outdated. I was...

I don't think the DRZ is outdated. I was pointing out that others who do consider it outdated use a different definition of "outdated" than I.

I am hesitant to speak for those who consider the...
Forum: Thumpers 06-23-2014, 12:12 PM
Replies: 368
Views: 29,692
Posted By Trail Boss
Introducing the DR-Z440w...

Introducing the DR-Z440w (http://texasadventure.net/bikes-and-gear/drz400s-adventure/introducing-the-dr-z440w/) - a 434cc DRZ with a wide ratio transmission







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Forum: Thumpers 06-23-2014, 11:52 AM
Replies: 368
Views: 29,692
Posted By Trail Boss
Agreed. Price is an important factor for most...

Agreed. Price is an important factor for most people when making a buying decision. That's why I include it as a component of my definition of "outdated".
Forum: Thumpers 06-23-2014, 08:59 AM
Replies: 368
Views: 29,692
Posted By Trail Boss
Agreed. That's why it's important to agree on a...

Agreed. That's why it's important to agree on a definition for "outdated".



It appears that you have decided to use the definition of "outdated" to mean "compared to the technology on other...
Forum: Thumpers 06-23-2014, 08:43 AM
Replies: 368
Views: 29,692
Posted By Trail Boss
I ride with a few guys that have KTM690s. They...

I ride with a few guys that have KTM690s. They have variously added skid plates, larger aftermarket gas tanks, resprung and revalved suspension, upgraded seats, windscreen, remapping, and so on......
Forum: Thumpers 06-23-2014, 08:04 AM
Replies: 368
Views: 29,692
Posted By Trail Boss
It seems to me that "outdated" is a relative term...

It seems to me that "outdated" is a relative term - outdated compared to what?

If your definition of "outdated" is "compared to the technology currently available" then, yes, the DRZ is outdated....
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