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Forum: Trip Planning 12-01-2014, 04:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,430
Posted By Stu
11909 r

That is a great pick but not for me. Too tall and massive. I would prefer my 500 EXC over that and live with the compromises. You are right about being able to pick up jobs and cash in So Cal...
Forum: Trip Planning 11-30-2014, 05:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,430
Posted By Stu
Hello?

Evermore,

Where are you now? What are your plans? What bike did you pick?

Stu
Forum: Beasts 11-27-2014, 07:59 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 20,104
Posted By Stu
Ss / sm

It would be interesting to know how many SM kits for KTMs 450/500 sold. It might be an indication of the interest and/or the willingness of customers to pay for and get these sorts of kits for their...
Forum: Beasts 11-24-2014, 06:33 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 20,104
Posted By Stu
Choices

If you do not have the NC700X then the NC750X makes a lot of sense for those that want to ride on road only with a few easy gravel roads thrown into the mix. I'm not sure that is going to work for...
Forum: Beasts 11-24-2014, 06:27 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 12,949
Posted By Stu
Crf 230

John...

I've ridden that bike. A nice bike. You would never be satisfied with it. If you want a bike that will be pleasant off road and climb over everything like a trials bike get in line and...
Forum: Beasts 11-21-2014, 10:34 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 12,949
Posted By Stu
Cold Water

I hate to be a party pooper but don't forget that any bike introduced here will require expensive certification tests that take a lot of time to get approved. I think this is one of the main reasons...
Forum: Beasts 11-21-2014, 09:58 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 12,949
Posted By Stu
Ideal Mid-sized Bike

John,

Your original query about the upcoming new 600~900 c.c. bikes may have some manufacturers noting this development in the market. Manufacturers answer to stockholders, not customers,...
Forum: Beasts 11-19-2014, 06:02 PM
Replies: 978
Views: 98,312
Posted By Stu
World Explorer

The currently configured Scrambler is MORE than capable of RTW trips. My cousin bought a used 175 Puch 2 stroke in India (now think -- used in India) and rode it all over the subcontinent, through...
Forum: Beasts 11-19-2014, 06:29 AM
Replies: 978
Views: 98,312
Posted By Stu
Attributes

Low weight, narrow profile, decent & probably comfortable suspension, fairly low maintenance engine (check valves between 15K & 18K miles according to Ducati and do the rest of the stuff yourself...
Forum: Beasts 11-18-2014, 06:36 PM
Replies: 978
Views: 98,312
Posted By Stu
Scrambler Off Road

I would have to change my off road riding style to make the Scramber work for me. Most riders don't hurtle with electrifying & blatant speed. The KTM 500 works for that. For those with more...
Forum: Beasts 11-18-2014, 04:38 PM
Replies: 978
Views: 98,312
Posted By Stu
The UE is NOT an off road bike. This should have...

The UE is NOT an off road bike. This should have been clear with the marketing materials presented. I agree that it is unfortunate that a more off road capable model was not in the lineup for...
Forum: Beasts 11-18-2014, 08:49 AM
Replies: 978
Views: 98,312
Posted By Stu
UE Underside

TVScum,

Did the oil lines look exposed to brush or rocks tossed by the front wheel? It looks like the oil filter is covered by the alloy skid plate. Did that plate look easy to get off to...
Forum: Beasts 11-16-2014, 04:51 PM
Replies: 978
Views: 98,312
Posted By Stu
ARkansas Dirt

I would love to come down there and scream around in the woods with you on my KTM 500 EXC ("street legal"). The Scrambler would be another great bike to do that on. It has the characteristics of...
Forum: Beasts 11-16-2014, 03:25 PM
Replies: 978
Views: 98,312
Posted By Stu
$10k

This is an extremely cost conscious Ducati. $10K is reasonable given what you get which is a classic look (take your other bikes to WallyWorld and style but this bike transcends that) and the...
Forum: Beasts 11-16-2014, 03:16 PM
Replies: 978
Views: 98,312
Posted By Stu
Underwhelmed?

I'm 5'8", 29" inseam and I get along fine with my 37" seat height KTM 250 XC seat so I thing this bike will be great. Handlebars? I plan on getting Pro Taper's bar conversion for 1 1/8" bars,...
Forum: Beasts 11-13-2014, 04:23 AM
Replies: 978
Views: 98,312
Posted By Stu
Welds

The first production run could have been done by hand welding with jigs and not typical of what will come from a serial production line. You will have to look at a production sample, not a...
Forum: Beasts 11-10-2014, 06:50 AM
Replies: 978
Views: 98,312
Posted By Stu
High Pipe

There is no need for a high pipe if the existing one can be protected. Nearly all of the Dakar bikes all have low pipes, for example. One of the photos clearly shows the exposed lines and the oil...
Forum: Beasts 11-09-2014, 06:56 AM
Replies: 978
Views: 98,312
Posted By Stu
Middle Weight

"But I'm not the only one lamenting the lack of a dual purpose middleweight or smaller twin"

John, there are a lot of us together with our wish for this. Years ago I rode my Bonneville...
Forum: Beasts 11-08-2014, 02:54 PM
Replies: 978
Views: 98,312
Posted By Stu
You may be right that this is a good product for...

You may be right that this is a good product for Ducati. I am indifferent to that. I want what many want: a durable, mildly capable off-road bike that can be ridden long distances and then taken...
Forum: Beasts 10-16-2014, 06:25 PM
Replies: 978
Views: 98,312
Posted By Stu
Compromises

Wizz,

I agree. What struck me about the scrambler variations was how much more capable it would be than either my '64 Bonneville or my '65 Norton Fastback, both bikes I rode very long distances...
Forum: Beasts 10-16-2014, 01:08 PM
Replies: 978
Views: 98,312
Posted By Stu
Hipster?

Oh, those marketing folks...legs thrown over the arms of their best chaise longue, contentedly reading movie magazines with their coffee and brandy dreaming of impressario moments when they can...
Forum: Beasts 10-16-2014, 12:48 PM
Replies: 978
Views: 98,312
Posted By Stu
Whiskey?

"It's a ducati, you just need enough room for a bottle of whiskey and a pack of rubbers."

It's an Italian Ducati. Wine. :rofl

Stu
Forum: Beasts 10-16-2014, 08:36 AM
Replies: 978
Views: 98,312
Posted By Stu
Sprockets

Anyone know if you can put a 16T on the front to cut chain wear for longer trips? The 16/48 (& new chain) = 3.0 final ratio whereas the stock 15/46 = 3.07. A very small change. Nothing in the rear...
Forum: Thumpers 08-31-2014, 03:30 PM
Replies: 301
Views: 71,280
Posted By Stu
New Motor

Neduro,

I dropped my original oil after 45 minutes. Filter and screens had minimal manufacturing slivers of metal and residual fine particulate matter. I went back with Shell Rotella T6 5W-40...
Forum: Thumpers 08-25-2014, 04:44 PM
Replies: 301
Views: 71,280
Posted By Stu
Globetrottin

Neduro,

Jim helped me out as well and I have one of his racks thoroughly tested by him (with scars) that I have now and have given another shakedown. Still solid. Hard to beat that.

Stu
Forum: Beasts 08-17-2014, 08:50 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 20,104
Posted By Stu
Decisin Makers

Agreed. I don't think media managers are calling the shots. I doubt that an updated version would be missing in any market. As interest wanes with any product new updated versions are announced to...
Forum: Beasts 08-14-2014, 02:32 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 20,104
Posted By Stu
Nc750x

OK. I agree, mostly. Honda has launched models that did not do well but were superb motorcycles. I do not know if the NCs are in that category or not. That said, what if the new NC750X had been...
Forum: Thumpers 08-14-2014, 11:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,092
Posted By Stu
300 XC-W on the street

It depends on what you can tolerate as well. Riding my 2T down highways to get to trails in Moab got pretty tiresome for me but once on the trails I was incredibly relieved to be on the 300 Vs. the...
Forum: Beasts 08-14-2014, 11:30 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 20,104
Posted By Stu
Gravel Road Riding

Ever feel the need for an 19" front wheel? Does the 17" move around, slide, etc.?

Stu
Forum: Beasts 08-13-2014, 08:26 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 20,104
Posted By Stu
Badmouthing the NC750X

Making fun of this new model baffles me. I have a KTM 250 XC for off road, a Ktm 500 EXC for dual sport and would like an interstate bike that is inexpensive to operate, easy to maintain and...
Forum: Thumpers 08-13-2014, 06:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,092
Posted By Stu
300 on Pavement?

I had an '11 300 XC-W and now have a '13 250 XC. Both are incredibly capable off road bikes and win all sorts of awards for this. I would say that riding my 300 XC-W (it was plated) around town was...
Forum: Thumpers 06-28-2014, 08:19 AM
Replies: 505
Views: 203,467
Posted By Stu
SCBob's RR

SCBob,

Interesting! Thanks! I look forward to a longer report with pix.

What made the return trip so difficult? The racing suspension? Did you reset rebound / compression for softer riding...
Forum: Thumpers 05-30-2014, 05:18 AM
Replies: 505
Views: 203,467
Posted By Stu
New Rekluse

Zuber,

You are spot on in my experience. I can ride my 500 with 15/48 everywhere around here (no mountains in Kansas) with it. When I need to check the valves I just re-set the external adjuster...
Forum: Vendors 05-28-2014, 10:44 AM
Replies: 588
Views: 98,204
Posted By Stu
Backpack

Kurt, Justin,

Thanks for the replies. I would not want to carry heavy stuff in a backpack for long, just like you. The backpack, and the kube pocket (for a multitool and other trailside...
Forum: Vendors 05-28-2014, 06:26 AM
Replies: 588
Views: 98,204
Posted By Stu
Backpack

Kurt,

Thanks for the post. The items you took with the explanation for your White Rim ride helps a lot. What backpack did you use? I've considered this:
...
Forum: Thumpers 05-28-2014, 05:55 AM
Replies: 505
Views: 203,467
Posted By Stu
Maintenance Again

I would agree that the 500 is better off-road than on hard surface streets. I definitely disagree about the maintenance. I have a friend who has almost 14,000 miles on his '13 500 EXC with zero...
Forum: Thumpers 05-10-2014, 06:23 AM
Replies: 505
Views: 203,467
Posted By Stu
Mileage

Master Marine,

Good question on gearing! I keep my 15T on all the time to cut down on chain wear. I run 15/52 for serious off road riding, 15/50 for trails in Utah and Colorado and just tried...
Forum: Thumpers 05-01-2014, 07:49 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 16,757
Posted By Stu
P/Ns

Master Marine,

Thanks for the links! I can get these items ordered. I lowered my 500 1" and the standard kickstand works just fine nearly all the time. Repositioning the bike on ground sloped...
Forum: Thumpers 04-30-2014, 10:49 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 16,757
Posted By Stu
Irresponsibility

Alvin,

YES!! A big hand bump to you!

Stu
Forum: Thumpers 04-30-2014, 10:17 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 16,757
Posted By Stu
Heating Issues

Ottercycler:

My '13 500 EXC was on the end of the bell curve for heating issues. It was just too lean. Popped and died everywhere. I desmogged it & installed the '14 500 XC-W map on it. Note...
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