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Forum: Equipment 03-06-2014, 09:37 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 11,890
Posted By tentative_rider
Thanks FTB for that thoughtful review. There is...

Thanks FTB for that thoughtful review. There is no substitute for a review by someone who has used the gear as it needs to be used in order to find weaknesses etc.

Guess I will keep looking for...
Forum: Thumpers 12-28-2013, 12:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 844
Posted By tentative_rider
another thought

If you are short, def check out stand over heights.

When you get to be an expert rider, seat height does not matter, but if you want to have fun as a novice, get a bike you are comfortable...
Forum: Thumpers 12-28-2013, 11:57 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 9,628
Posted By tentative_rider
ill never go back to big bikes

I am 5'6" 145 lbs on a good day and rode a stock 2007 R1200GSA for 2 years. Finally realized I hated it on everything other than pavement. Terrified of the thing would be a better description.
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Forum: Equipment 12-28-2013, 11:43 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 11,890
Posted By tentative_rider
rackless

Hello light-weight colleagues.

First off, this is a GREAT review. Thanks so much for putting the time and effort in.

Second, I was wondering if anyone has updates with potential solutions for...
Forum: Thumpers 12-27-2013, 04:29 PM
Replies: 6,476
Views: 1,276,248
Posted By tentative_rider
Thanks Bigfella

Thanks for the reply Bigfella. Great pictures. Reminds me of all those times I laid in ditches!

Well I guess I will keep my GL bag.

Did you fabricate that little rack yourself?
Forum: Thumpers 12-26-2013, 09:09 PM
Replies: 6,476
Views: 1,276,248
Posted By tentative_rider
see the Kriega bags

Bigfella -

How does your bud like the Kriega bags? I was getting ready to purchase them, but thought I would seek out others opinions first. I have a tough time packing in my giant loop bag,...
Forum: Thumpers 12-26-2013, 09:02 PM
Replies: 7,459
Views: 1,511,446
Posted By tentative_rider
proper forum?

Hey Y'all I have a coupla aftermarket parts for sale for 500EXC (rack system and aux gas can mount). Mounted but not used on a ride. Is this the proper forum for that sort of thing, and if not, can...
Forum: Parallel Universe 11-04-2012, 04:06 PM
Replies: 332
Views: 148,959
Posted By tentative_rider
throttle issues

I have had similar problems with wear on TKC 80 and Karoo because I love to spin the rear wheel on gravel. My last TKC had about 1100 miles and was fairly well finished.

I now run 130/80 18"...
Forum: Parallel Universe 10-28-2012, 04:34 PM
Replies: 727
Views: 177,816
Posted By tentative_rider
T63 for my money

I didn't read the whole post, but I have an 18" x 3.5" rear wheel on my 2012 800 and run Michelin T63 130/80/18 with Michelin UHD (4mm thick) tube. I love the T63 for it's bite, reasonable life and...
Forum: Thumpers 10-28-2012, 08:46 AM
Replies: 294
Views: 66,805
Posted By tentative_rider
fuel tanks

I have mounted the big (5.3gal) Acerbis tank. Install was very straight forward. The overall width is actually narrower than the shrouds on the stock tank. I did wash the tank out thoroughly and...
Forum: Thumpers 08-27-2012, 10:10 PM
Replies: 501
Views: 195,105
Posted By tentative_rider
super duper confused

ok all -

I have a 2013 500 EXC. I have already removed the SAS and evap canister, installed the 5.3 gal Acerbis tank (routed the vent hose through leftover hose that is attached to the left frame...
Forum: Thumpers 08-23-2012, 08:57 AM
Replies: 7,459
Views: 1,511,446
Posted By tentative_rider
Acerbis 5.3 2013 compatibility

Any one out there know if the 5.3 gal Acerbis tank for the 2012 500 will fit the 2013? I bought one and am going to put it on mine during the "desmogging" procedure this week. I remember a ways...
Forum: Thumpers 08-14-2012, 10:36 PM
Replies: 7,459
Views: 1,511,446
Posted By tentative_rider
quick tire question

anyone running maxxis desert IT 120/100 18 rear on their 500 EXC? Got one im gonna mount and wondering if it will rub the airbox deflector. i don't want to change gearing right now. Thanks. (my...
Forum: Thumpers 08-08-2012, 07:27 PM
Replies: 7,459
Views: 1,511,446
Posted By tentative_rider
That makes sense. Thanks for the tip, I...

That makes sense. Thanks for the tip, I appreciate it.
Forum: Thumpers 08-07-2012, 06:15 AM
Replies: 7,459
Views: 1,511,446
Posted By tentative_rider
tire question

Anyone have advice on tires that have a bit more mileage in them? I ride a mix of gravel and dirt, but on long trips there is always more of the dreaded highway than I would like. I am willing to...
Forum: Thumpers 08-06-2012, 08:26 PM
Replies: 7,459
Views: 1,511,446
Posted By tentative_rider
fuel tank

this has probably been addressed already, and if so, could someone direct me to opinions on the various larger fuel tanks for the 500EXC (mine is 2013 but don't think it makes a difference). Saw KTM...
Forum: Thumpers 08-02-2012, 08:10 PM
Replies: 7,459
Views: 1,511,446
Posted By tentative_rider
also i had read in a review that the 2012 exc...

also i had read in a review that the 2012 exc changed from krizman to a screen type spark arrestor. ill post a pic later after I look at mine.

in any case my hunch is that our Forest Service...
Forum: Thumpers 08-02-2012, 08:03 PM
Replies: 7,459
Views: 1,511,446
Posted By tentative_rider
thanks, will wire this weekend. I had sort of...

thanks, will wire this weekend. I had sort of thought about doing that, I take it you also ran the wire thru the screen since it is a 2 piece affair.
Forum: Thumpers 08-01-2012, 09:13 PM
Replies: 7,459
Views: 1,511,446
Posted By tentative_rider
verification of lack of beer can opener

When I picked up my 2013 500 EXC the manual had not yet been printed. got it 2 weeks later. Tool kit does have a 13 mm combo open end and closed end wrench. One nit pick: have managed to lose 2...
Forum: Thumpers 07-31-2012, 06:48 AM
Replies: 7,459
Views: 1,511,446
Posted By tentative_rider
Clarification. What is the bash plate on...

Clarification. What is the bash plate on colemanfu's 500?
Forum: Thumpers 07-30-2012, 08:56 PM
Replies: 7,459
Views: 1,511,446
Posted By tentative_rider
What bash plate is on that beautimus '12 500?

What bash plate is on that beautimus '12 500?
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-10-2012, 05:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,531
Posted By tentative_rider
That looks great! I was also thinking of getting...

That looks great! I was also thinking of getting an 18" rear for my second set of wheels. 3 questions:

1) is your center stand still functional?

2) how do you like the 908's on the...
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-10-2012, 05:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,155
Posted By tentative_rider
Thanks all - I appreciate your listening. I do...

Thanks all - I appreciate your listening. I do think the GB bag is an excellent, sturdy and EXTREMELY light weight option. I am ALSO glad that I now know its limitations, and that I didn't just get...
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-09-2012, 09:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,155
Posted By tentative_rider
love the light weight but not waterproof

Just finished a 6 day day trip through WA, OR and NV complete with several multi-hour deluges and a freak snow storm.

I won't use this system again on a spring trip in the pacific NW, it is NOT...
Forum: Parallel Universe 10-22-2011, 12:48 PM
Replies: 309
Views: 65,585
Posted By tentative_rider
ride it

i ride my 800 like a really big dirt bike. i used to ride my GSA like that too but the 800 is much more confidence inspiring. I dont have an actual dirt bike though. so i guess many out there will...
Forum: Parallel Universe 10-10-2011, 10:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,714
Posted By tentative_rider
i did

The GSA has always been my dream bike, ever since I first saw one back in 2001 or so.

I just sold my my 07GSA which was fully equipped (ohlins front and rear, wunderlich bash plate, and just...
Forum: Parallel Universe 10-09-2011, 10:36 AM
Replies: 309
Views: 65,585
Posted By tentative_rider
dan thanks for your comments as well. I have no...

dan thanks for your comments as well. I have no problem sinking $ into the suspension later. I would much rather have to one-foot it occasionally when turning around on single lane roads etc......
Forum: Parallel Universe 10-09-2011, 10:27 AM
Replies: 309
Views: 65,585
Posted By tentative_rider
Thanks Mikey. I have decided to hold off...

Thanks Mikey. I have decided to hold off lowering the bike. (mine came with factory BMW low seat and is already a bit lower, even unloaded, than the 1200 GSA with stock height Ohlins that I rode...
Forum: Parallel Universe 10-09-2011, 10:03 AM
Replies: 309
Views: 65,585
Posted By tentative_rider
what have all of you done with your sidestands...

what have all of you done with your sidestands and center stands?

I have both (the bike came with them) and I am on the fence as to whether or not to install the touratech lowering kit. I really...
Forum: Parallel Universe 10-05-2011, 10:26 PM
Replies: 309
Views: 65,585
Posted By tentative_rider
pardon this silly question

I just sold my 07 GSA and bought a '12 800. I have already purchased the Touratech Hyperpro Lowering kit and was having my dealer install it at the 600 mile service (coming up soon as I put 510...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 08-29-2010, 10:51 AM
Replies: 1,844
Views: 215,591
Posted By tentative_rider
Thanks, I am downloading it now. Just curious as...

Thanks, I am downloading it now. Just curious as to what is meant by your reference to single files versus the way the Mac handles things (I have only had my mac for 6 months and don't understand...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 08-29-2010, 10:25 AM
Replies: 1,844
Views: 215,591
Posted By tentative_rider
apologies for not reading the whole thread

Hello all - I am sorry to ask for a rehash of a thread that is more than 2 years old and at the risk of asking stupid questions, here is mine:
1) Is there any mac compatible Garmin (or third...
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