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Forum: Thumpers 11-15-2014, 11:45 AM
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Posted By DutchBoy
Thanks!! I got these saddlebags for a V-Star 10...

Thanks!! I got these saddlebags for a V-Star 10 years ago and they've done duty on several bikes, including six years on a Sportster I had set up as a light-duty tourer. There always seems to be a...
Forum: Thumpers 11-15-2014, 11:40 AM
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Views: 1,512,689
Posted By DutchBoy
I've been tempted by the SR400 myself, but I'm a...

I've been tempted by the SR400 myself, but I'm a small guy and 99.99% of my riding is one-up, so the TU keeps me happy. You've been a huge contributor to this thread for a long time (unlike .. cough...
Forum: Thumpers 11-15-2014, 07:47 AM
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Posted By DutchBoy
Still lovin this little can-do bike!!

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3937/15436688850_bfc2f64c4a_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/pw64ML)

Catch the Dying Sun - Impression (https://flic.kr/p/pw64ML)

I've had this little bike for two years...
Forum: Thumpers 11-15-2014, 07:28 AM
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Posted By DutchBoy
Say it ain't so Brett!!

Why'd you sell? :eek1
Forum: Thumpers 11-23-2012, 12:47 PM
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Posted By DutchBoy
Brilliant job!

Stunning!
Forum: Thumpers 10-28-2012, 02:57 PM
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Posted By DutchBoy
Blustery day in Alabama

The Sun returned today, along with 60-degree temperatures and 15-25 mph winds. I took advantage of this by turning a 25-mile round trip to Cycle Gear into another 75-miles of riding. The TU250X did...
Forum: Thumpers 10-27-2012, 09:29 PM
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Posted By DutchBoy
I would too, but going through the STP procedure...

I would too, but going through the STP procedure does seem to have reduced the steady-throttle cold-motor surging. Given how well the bike fuels otherwise it really caught my attention and the...
Forum: Thumpers 10-27-2012, 08:02 PM
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Posted By DutchBoy
I know what you mean; wind shields have a way of...

I know what you mean; wind shields have a way of being more trouble than they're worth. Most of them are a pain to install, and you don't know until you ride with them whether they're going to help...
Forum: Thumpers 10-27-2012, 07:49 PM
Replies: 8,769
Views: 1,512,689
Posted By DutchBoy
It's one of the Suzuki's two throttle position...

It's one of the Suzuki's two throttle position sensors. It's on the left side of the bike, on the side of the throttle assembly just under the tank and just forward of the frame rail. Normally, you...
Forum: Thumpers 10-27-2012, 04:16 PM
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Views: 1,512,689
Posted By DutchBoy
600-mile service behind it, Alabama winter ahead

Last weekend I did the 600-mile service on my TU250X. This weekend, with cold weather finally arriving (this being Alabama, "cold" is a relative term) I put the winter wind shield on. The astute...
Forum: Thumpers 10-14-2012, 06:39 PM
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Posted By DutchBoy
Barber Vintage Motorcycle Festival

One of the advantages to living in the South East is easy access to Barber Motorsports Park, its incredible Motorcycle Museum, and the wonderful events they hold. This weekend was the Vintage...
Forum: Road warriors 10-07-2012, 02:18 PM
Replies: 2,570
Views: 494,358
Posted By DutchBoy
Light-duty Sport tourer

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8031/8063797683_04d3ef8453_z.jpg

A brand-new engine (so no taking the Freeway), cool, wet weather, and gloves / boots that weren't waterproof or warm enough made for...
Forum: Road warriors 10-06-2012, 09:27 PM
Replies: 2,570
Views: 494,358
Posted By DutchBoy
Got mine today. My 250cc fleet ...

Got mine today. My 250cc fleet
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8322/8061369581_d364d238a2_z.jpg

160 miles to the dealership on interstate to buy it. 220 miles home on the back roads.
Forum: Thumpers 10-04-2012, 08:03 PM
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Posted By DutchBoy
Dart 2nd life

This little Dart fly screen has been sitting around doing nothing since I pulled it off my Bonnie Black 6-1/2 years ago (to trade in the Bonnie on a Sportster). I need to do a better job mounting it,...
Forum: Thumpers 10-02-2012, 09:15 PM
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Views: 1,512,689
Posted By DutchBoy
I may end up doing that as well. We have too many...

I may end up doing that as well. We have too many hills around here to swap out the rear sprocket, and I'd like to use up the stock tires first, but I do like the way these bikes look when they have...
Forum: Thumpers 10-02-2012, 09:11 PM
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Posted By DutchBoy
Oops!

Fixd:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8170/8049257520_9fbabcba76_z.jpg

Thanks for catching that NJ-Brett
Forum: Thumpers 10-02-2012, 08:33 PM
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Posted By DutchBoy
I was wondering about that... The 16T sprocket...

I was wondering about that... The 16T sprocket isn't as thick as the stock one and it seemed like having the flange facing out would pull the chain in too close to the casing.
Forum: Thumpers 10-02-2012, 07:10 PM
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Posted By DutchBoy
16T: Done

Went up a tooth today, as recommended:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8311/8048943503_22260d5558_z.jpg

I used the instructions at http://www.gz250bike.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=317 as a guide....
Forum: Thumpers 09-28-2012, 05:22 PM
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Posted By DutchBoy
Outfitting the TU250X

Got back from a business trip to find a new box in the garage:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8320/8034092631_fa24408775_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/henksijgers/8034092631/)

I commuted to...
Forum: Thumpers 09-23-2012, 04:17 PM
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Views: 1,512,689
Posted By DutchBoy
Another hundred miles on the TU250X today

Rode the back roads up to Cycle Gear and picked up an oil filter and a couple quarts of oil, then stopped for lunch.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8452/8017238026_313f8d1f94_z.jpg...
Forum: Thumpers 09-21-2012, 06:24 PM
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Posted By DutchBoy
Finally got to ride the new TU250X some

I picked her up Sunday, rode home in a monsoon, and for a short errand after the rain cleared out. Then I went out of town on business. So today was my first chance to put some miles on her. First...
Forum: Thumpers 09-18-2012, 05:55 AM
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Views: 1,512,689
Posted By DutchBoy
I've had a Ninja 250, Vespa GT200 and ET4, and...

I've had a Ninja 250, Vespa GT200 and ET4, and the XT225 along the way so I pretty much knew what to expect power-wise. So i got to focus on the handling and comfort riding the TU250X home. I do have...
Forum: Thumpers 09-17-2012, 06:35 PM
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Posted By DutchBoy
I started riding nine years ago and I've owned...

I started riding nine years ago and I've owned bikes ranging from 149cc to 984cc; there's usually two or three in the garage. I came across the minimalist touring thread a few years back and I've...
Forum: Thumpers 09-16-2012, 06:34 PM
Replies: 8,769
Views: 1,512,689
Posted By DutchBoy
New member of the herd

I've been considering a TU250X since I saw it in MCN back in 2009. This thread broke me..

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8314/7994066163_7d800266b4.jpg...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-01-2008, 03:51 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,469
Posted By DutchBoy
+1 on starting on an EX250. I did and wish I...

+1 on starting on an EX250. I did and wish I still had it. Not as an only bike, but that's because I have MBS. Nice light bike with reasonable ergos, good fuel mileage, and goldilocks power (not too...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 04-29-2008, 08:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,264
Posted By DutchBoy
I'm aware of the one-unit limit for maps, which...

I'm aware of the one-unit limit for maps, which is why I purchased a 2nd new copy of CN NT along with the new GPS. I have two DVDs, each has its own coupon code, each was used to obtain an unlock...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 04-29-2008, 07:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,264
Posted By DutchBoy
Garmin map unlock / site problems?

Has anyone else had problems with Garmin's site and / or unlock process today?

Background: bought StreetPilot i2 and CN NT 2008 last fall and have used as a light-duty GPS.

Thanks to Uncle Sam...
Forum: Thumpers 04-22-2008, 05:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,431
Posted By DutchBoy
5'9", 170#, 29.5" inseam

XT225 fits me well. If I were much longer, the bike might start to feel a bit cramped. Seat padding and bar risers might help the fit for you
Forum: Face plant 04-16-2008, 08:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,096
Posted By DutchBoy
I haven't seen this...

I haven't seen this (http://www.amazon.com/Proficient-Motorcycling-Ultimate-Guide-Riding/dp/1889540536) suggested yet. There are lots of situations like the one that bit you. Proficient Motorcycling...
Forum: Thumpers 04-12-2008, 08:37 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 16,943
Posted By DutchBoy
I went through this decision recently and ended...

I went through this decision recently and ended up getting an XT225. It cost several hundred dollars less - money that could then go into bark busters, tank bag, RAM mount for GPS, seat cover,...
Forum: Thumpers 04-08-2008, 06:15 AM
Replies: 11,450
Views: 1,740,884
Posted By DutchBoy
Seat cover

The seat cover is a $15 ATV seat cover from Walmart. It works pretty well - especially for the $$$
Forum: Thumpers 04-07-2008, 08:43 PM
Replies: 11,450
Views: 1,740,884
Posted By DutchBoy
Time to add a post to this thread

I picked this up a few weeks ago, thanks to threads like this and the MT one.

Eleventh bike. First DS.

http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk45/DutchBoyBiker/DSCN3173.jpg
Forum: Road warriors 03-01-2008, 07:36 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,977
Posted By DutchBoy
The Buell sounds even better from the seat, where...

The Buell sounds even better from the seat, where reverb comes up at you through the air-box cover. The sound is exhilarating. I just loving listening to it when I'm riding it.

I used to have a...
Forum: Battle scooters 02-20-2008, 05:08 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,284
Posted By DutchBoy
It's a real shame the MSF scoot course isn't more...

It's a real shame the MSF scoot course isn't more widely available. There are lots of people who are intimidated by motorcycles (and the process of shifting gears), but will give a scooter a try....
Forum: Road warriors 01-11-2008, 06:06 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 24,707
Posted By DutchBoy
I had a Bonnie and traded it for a Sportster...

I had a Bonnie and traded it for a Sportster Custom.

They're both fun bikes with budget suspensions and brakes. Neither one has ovewhelming power, but they're fun to ride anyway.

The Bonnie...
Forum: Road warriors 07-18-2007, 06:54 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,356
Posted By DutchBoy
Since the Monster and the Buell have come up, and...

Since the Monster and the Buell have come up, and I've owned both I'll chime in. :D

I commuted on an air-cooled Monster for almost a year. That period included several tires, new chain and...
Forum: Road warriors 05-16-2007, 06:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 601
Posted By DutchBoy
I use a strapped one of these...

I use a strapped one of these (http://www.sporttour.com/luggage/cortech/tank_bag_super_mini.htm) on my Sportster, but it's really too small to use with maps. Works great for carrying first aid kit,...
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