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Forum: Ride reports 07-28-2011, 12:16 PM
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Views: 212,507
Posted By plonkomaticus
Hi Dave I've been lurking here on your...

Hi Dave

I've been lurking here on your patch, lapping up all these capers, adventures and malarkies topped off with a heavy dusting of excellent pics:lurk

In fact... your pics and...
Forum: Beasts 06-24-2011, 04:58 AM
Replies: 424
Views: 61,406
Posted By plonkomaticus
Leo Vince explicitly developed it for the...

Leo Vince explicitly developed it for the standard tune - there's no hesitation or stuttering anywhere, job well done.
Forum: Beasts 06-23-2011, 09:41 AM
Replies: 424
Views: 61,406
Posted By plonkomaticus
I'm at 9800km now, a mix of swift and committed...

I'm at 9800km now, a mix of swift and committed touring, some hooning but very little stop-start city traffic.

My last 25 tanks have averaged 5.88L/100km - 48.0 imp - 40.0 US
The only reason I'm...
Forum: Beasts 06-09-2011, 01:49 PM
Replies: 20,078
Views: 3,400,996
Posted By plonkomaticus
@Burgerking #1 Angel of the North #2...

@Burgerking

#1 Angel of the North
#2 Buttermere end of Honister Pass
(was there on Sunday.. also wet)
#3 Crummock Water?
#5 Yorkshire Dales on your way back to Hull??
Forum: Beasts 05-23-2011, 10:08 PM
Replies: 424
Views: 61,406
Posted By plonkomaticus
My best tank so far (4500km) is 43.7 US -52.4...

My best tank so far (4500km) is 43.7 US -52.4 imp-5.4 L/100 - and that's in the company of an almost painfully steady and timid rider, half plodding along the freeway at 100-120kmh and the other half...
Forum: Beasts 05-18-2011, 09:05 AM
Replies: 424
Views: 61,406
Posted By plonkomaticus
Swift and committed, but not manic. This is mixed...

Swift and committed, but not manic. This is mixed riding with some city, some country roads, and some major roads at 130-140kmh.
I'm shortly heading off for a 3300km Scotland tour - I'd expect...
Forum: Beasts 05-18-2011, 08:55 AM
Replies: 424
Views: 61,406
Posted By plonkomaticus
Absolutely. I'm not happy that the marginal...

Absolutely.

I'm not happy that the marginal range will force me to carry extra fuel.
Triumph screwed up on this... it's so unnecessary, there's not one single trade-off involved in providing a...
Forum: Beasts 05-18-2011, 08:40 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,477
Posted By plonkomaticus
Wilbers have a shock for the Tiger. I'll...

Wilbers have a shock for the Tiger.

I'll shortly be getting the 641 type with remote preload, high and low speed damping adjustment.

You specify the weight range you'll be carrying and your...
Forum: Beasts 05-18-2011, 08:17 AM
Replies: 424
Views: 61,406
Posted By plonkomaticus
It's a pity Triumph didn't gear the T800 with...

It's a pity Triumph didn't gear the T800 with wider spread ratios; first gear is a bit tall for tricky stuff, and the engine has easily enough torque to pull a higher 6th.

I came perilously close...
Forum: Beasts 05-16-2011, 07:24 AM
Replies: 424
Views: 61,406
Posted By plonkomaticus
At 3700km/2300mi: Ave 6.1L/100km - 46 imp - 38...

At 3700km/2300mi:
Ave 6.1L/100km - 46 imp - 38 US
Best 5.7 - 50 - 42
Worst 6.5 - 43 -36

That's similar consumption to my Fazer 1000 and Weestrom, so the consumption itself is ok... just about....
Forum: Beasts 05-07-2011, 11:04 AM
Replies: 20,078
Views: 3,400,996
Posted By plonkomaticus
Your dealer is telling porkie pies. Mine's at...

Your dealer is telling porkie pies.
Mine's at 2500mi and popping and banging as loudly as ever.
Forum: Beasts 05-03-2011, 02:04 AM
Replies: 20,078
Views: 3,400,996
Posted By plonkomaticus
That's the whole point: you only get buffeting...

That's the whole point: you only get buffeting and/or turbulent wind noise when the screen is high enough to direct the airflow at your helmet, but not high enough to push it over (at least) the top...
Forum: Beasts 05-02-2011, 01:24 AM
Replies: 20,078
Views: 3,400,996
Posted By plonkomaticus
T800 - V-Strom The Wee is a bike with...

T800 - V-Strom

The Wee is a bike with abilities out of all proportion to its modest price - it's an over-achiever considering its humble origins.

As Adv Grifter points out, it won the...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 03-30-2011, 07:46 AM
Replies: 266
Views: 74,366
Posted By plonkomaticus
Ivan also does a versions for a full system, but...

Ivan also does a versions for a full system, but I'm not sure how sensitive the setup is wrt simply eliminating the EXUP valve. I think the shape and design of the collector is an issue - again Ivan...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 03-29-2011, 11:24 PM
Replies: 266
Views: 74,366
Posted By plonkomaticus
What a project! You have cojones! (no pix...

What a project!
You have cojones! (no pix required, thanks)

If you remove the EXUP, just be aware you'll lose low and mid-range power, and you're in for some carburation setup work.

The...
Forum: Beasts 03-20-2011, 10:54 PM
Replies: 20,078
Views: 3,400,996
Posted By plonkomaticus
You would have to make up brackets to hold the...

You would have to make up brackets to hold the rear rack plate - that's the outer 4 holes on the grab rail
Forum: Beasts 03-18-2011, 09:52 AM
Replies: 20,078
Views: 3,400,996
Posted By plonkomaticus
You're absolutely correct, it's idiotic... but...

You're absolutely correct, it's idiotic... but it's the law.

For bikes sold in Germany and Austria, the manufacturer can stipulate which tyre brand(s)/model(s)/size(s) are homologated for the...
Forum: Equipment 03-11-2011, 08:14 AM
Replies: 332
Views: 67,595
Posted By plonkomaticus
@Traveling Man "... There is no convenient way...

@Traveling Man
"... There is no convenient way to lock it to the bike..."

Solution:
http://www.pacsafe.com/www/index.php?_room=3&_action=detail&id=27

I've used a Lidsafe for a couple of...
Forum: Beasts 02-09-2011, 10:54 PM
Replies: 20,078
Views: 3,400,996
Posted By plonkomaticus
I just test rode an XC with the seat in the low...

I just test rode an XC with the seat in the low position.

I'd say it's a touch more relaxed than the Wee, but not a lot in it. The seat is firmer and compresses less, which is maybe a factor to...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 01-24-2011, 04:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,000
Posted By plonkomaticus
Neat find, thanks for posting! That's...

Neat find, thanks for posting!

That's solved my on-the-road mapping requirements :1drink

Indeed, it's a bit strange that Google hosts it yet warns it's against their terms of use.

But...
Forum: Ride reports 12-28-2010, 02:22 AM
Replies: 1,075
Views: 323,006
Posted By plonkomaticus
I really like the way your own personality comes...

I really like the way your own personality comes across, making your contributions somehow more than “just” ride reports.

Having ridden down to the Peloponnese in September, I have vivid and...
Forum: Beasts 12-25-2010, 08:09 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 8,456
Posted By plonkomaticus
+1 I bought a 06 Wee this summer, and after...

+1

I bought a 06 Wee this summer, and after 2 weeks took it to my suspension guys (HK Suspension in the Netherlands). It was a wet and very blustery day and whilst not actually dangerous, it was...
Forum: Beasts 12-21-2010, 12:33 AM
Replies: 20,078
Views: 3,400,996
Posted By plonkomaticus
I ordered a Tiger 800 ABS (road bias version)...

I ordered a Tiger 800 ABS (road bias version) early in November, as soon as the first fleeting review came out.

My dealer got one in last week and I had a good bounce up and down on it, yanking...
Forum: Beasts 12-20-2010, 11:00 AM
Replies: 3,094
Views: 575,893
Posted By plonkomaticus
Airhawk

I bought an Airhawk as a stop-gap solution, but after the first long trip I abandoned plans for getting a Sargent - the Airhawk is just excellent value for money.

You quickly get used to the...
Forum: Equipment 12-17-2010, 10:44 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,529
Posted By plonkomaticus
I wanted to take the Lonely Planet guidebooks on...

I wanted to take the Lonely Planet guidebooks on an upcoming trip to Turkey, Syria and Jordan - but that's some fat heavy books and a rpita to lug around.

But as soon as I saw the LP guides are...
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