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Forum: Thumpers 03-05-2015, 01:46 PM
Replies: 12,529
Views: 2,409,173
Posted By marktbike
Yes, that's the voice of reason. But everybody...

Yes, that's the voice of reason. But everybody knows that reason has little to do with these questions. Anyway, hopefully, this horrible winter will be over soon and I'll ride more and think less...
Forum: Thumpers 03-05-2015, 08:47 AM
Replies: 12,529
Views: 2,409,173
Posted By marktbike
Thanks, actually I'm fine with the CRFL but...

Thanks, actually I'm fine with the CRFL but sometimes I think I could enjoy some smoother delivery at very low rpm. For longer stretches I already have a 7 months old V-Strom 1000. So I cannot take...
Forum: Thumpers 03-05-2015, 03:50 AM
Replies: 12,529
Views: 2,409,173
Posted By marktbike
CRF250L vs CB500X

Hi Jett,
I read you have experience with both bikes. I ride quite exclusively on paved roads, so the CB500X looks appealing for a series of reasons. I am 189 cm/6'3" tall and I love the CRF's...
Forum: Thumpers 11-16-2014, 12:55 AM
Replies: 12,529
Views: 2,409,173
Posted By marktbike
Just spray some WD40 where the lever pivots and...

Just spray some WD40 where the lever pivots and it will be fine.
Forum: Thumpers 10-14-2014, 03:04 AM
Replies: 12,529
Views: 2,409,173
Posted By marktbike
Beautiful, I can't wait to read a full review,...

Beautiful, I can't wait to read a full review, but it already looks amazingly fine!
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 09-20-2014, 08:01 AM
Replies: 3,621
Views: 741,440
Posted By marktbike
I know that the clutch has been a big thorn in...

I know that the clutch has been a big thorn in the side (or a PITA, you choose) of Vee's owners. So an increasingly noisy clutch when idling in neutral is starting to make me thoughtful. The bike has...
Forum: Thumpers 09-20-2014, 05:56 AM
Replies: 12,529
Views: 2,409,173
Posted By marktbike
Thanks, actually the oil level is correct, so it...

Thanks, actually the oil level is correct, so it should't be somthing related to excessive pressure in the circuit. Anyway, as you say, it seems nothing to be worried about. I'll wipe the area and...
Forum: Thumpers 09-20-2014, 02:45 AM
Replies: 12,529
Views: 2,409,173
Posted By marktbike
Has anybody had this kind of oil spray/leak? It...

Has anybody had this kind of oil spray/leak? It kind of bothers me, though the bike is expected for the annual service in less than one month. 6,000 km till now and no problems to report, except the...
Forum: Thumpers 02-14-2014, 12:44 AM
Replies: 12,529
Views: 2,409,173
Posted By marktbike
Good advice. I'd add that the brakes surely...

Good advice. I'd add that the brakes surely benefit from a good bleeding. I had it done at first service and it changed completely the braking power. Have fun with the little but very capable red...
Forum: Thumpers 12-30-2013, 12:43 AM
Replies: 12,529
Views: 2,409,173
Posted By marktbike
I have a very regular pattern of use, on asphalt...

I have a very regular pattern of use, on asphalt and with an average speed of 70-75 kph. My average mileage is around 33+ km/lt (79 mpg). Very satisfied!
Forum: Thumpers 12-02-2013, 12:16 AM
Replies: 12,529
Views: 2,409,173
Posted By marktbike
Scary indeed! Are you sure the oil level is...

Scary indeed! Are you sure the oil level is correct? No problems with coolant or engine temperature?
Forum: Thumpers 08-13-2013, 10:38 AM
Replies: 12,529
Views: 2,409,173
Posted By marktbike
Auto-X Fil got the point. All I wanted was to get...

Auto-X Fil got the point. All I wanted was to get an idea about how high I was revving the engine when riding at 100 kph in 6th gear or 80 kph in 4th or whatever. Not really interested in max speed,...
Forum: Thumpers 08-12-2013, 07:52 AM
Replies: 12,529
Views: 2,409,173
Posted By marktbike
Thanks guys. Actually I was interested in the max...

Thanks guys. Actually I was interested in the max speed in each of the six gears, to have some numeric reference about the engine revs, considered the absence of a tacho.
Forum: Thumpers 08-12-2013, 03:05 AM
Replies: 12,529
Views: 2,409,173
Posted By marktbike
Does anybody know the maximum speed in the six...

Does anybody know the maximum speed in the six gears, with original gear ratios? Thanks!
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-27-2009, 08:10 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,973
Posted By marktbike
I usually upshift somewhere below 5,000 rpm and...

I usually upshift somewhere below 5,000 rpm and live happily with this riding style. Of course, occasionally I rev it up to the red line, but it's just to remind the engine of its possibilities. I...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 08-06-2008, 06:29 AM
Replies: 290
Views: 70,435
Posted By marktbike
Of course that's right, my mistake :huh But...

Of course that's right, my mistake :huh
But that makes Motociclismo's conclusions even more absurd! The Granpasso is really a road bike, same as the Triumph Tiger...who would test a road sports...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 08-06-2008, 03:18 AM
Replies: 290
Views: 70,435
Posted By marktbike
I read the article and I can confirm it's crap,...

I read the article and I can confirm it's crap, so it's not really worth the time for the translation. They tested the bikes on a on- and off-road ride, and that's good. But then they came out with...
Forum: Ride reports 06-12-2008, 04:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,028
Posted By marktbike
Great pics! Very nice report from a place I'd...

Great pics! Very nice report from a place I'd like very much to visit. And amazing weather, too. Ok, the waterfall was quite dry, but so were you and the bikes. I'd say you were lucky! :evil
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-26-2008, 07:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,211
Posted By marktbike
Well, that's beautiful! :clap

Well, that's beautiful! :clap
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-15-2008, 12:41 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,978
Posted By marktbike
I lubricate it every 1,000 km and thoroughly...

I lubricate it every 1,000 km and thoroughly clean it every 20,000. I always change the bike before the chain has to be replaced. That means, for example, that on a Transalp I had the original...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-12-2008, 01:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 742
Posted By marktbike
I wouldn't like a bike that has had too many...

I wouldn't like a bike that has had too many hands (with too many riding styles) on her throttle grip. I'd look for another one, unless the price were too inviting to refuse the offer...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-08-2008, 01:20 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,634
Posted By marktbike
I agree on the blast being above the head level,...

I agree on the blast being above the head level, but the things that bothers me is the turbulence. The air is not flowing "clean" around my helmet and tends to shake my head a bit too much, according...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-05-2008, 12:37 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,634
Posted By marktbike
Very nice report, though I have to remark that...

Very nice report, though I have to remark that the buffeting IS an issue, at least as I'm 1,89 m tall (about 6'4"). Of course it's not anything that make me lose any sleep, but I'd like to fix it,...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-23-2008, 12:06 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 604
Posted By marktbike
Today I'll get my Wee-Strom K8 Traveller

Hi there!
Today I'll get my second Wee (I used to ride a K4 model back in 2004), trading in my '07 XT 660 R. If my memory's good, the bike should allow me to enjoy the twisty and bumpy roads in...
Forum: Thumpers 04-21-2008, 12:14 AM
Replies: 3,738
Views: 1,216,446
Posted By marktbike
I saw the new Ténéré (in black) on Saturday...

I saw the new Ténéré (in black) on Saturday morning at the dealer's. Very nice bike, and impressive, too. Tall and slim, I was really fascinated by the appearance of the thumper. I didn't notice the...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-16-2008, 06:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,852
Posted By marktbike
Though it would be very nice to see the new Tiger...

Though it would be very nice to see the new Tiger 675 as a competitor on the F 800 GS market. At least an off-road-oriented version of it, the other could still be the little sister of the 1050.
Forum: Thumpers 03-31-2008, 07:42 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 883
Posted By marktbike
You answered the question yourself. The XT isn't...

You answered the question yourself. The XT isn't really fun on highways and the V-Strom (I guess you'd choose the 650) is much better on that side. It all depends on the quantity and kind of off-road...
Forum: Thumpers 03-18-2008, 12:52 AM
Replies: 3,738
Views: 1,216,446
Posted By marktbike
I remember (but I admit I'm being too lazy to...

I remember (but I admit I'm being too lazy to search the net for proof) that Kawasaki owners suffered more than one episode of frame weakness (ZXR 750 is the first model that comes to my mind) in the...
Forum: Thumpers 03-12-2008, 01:30 AM
Replies: 3,738
Views: 1,216,446
Posted By marktbike
That's just what I was saying, isn't it?

That's just what I was saying, isn't it?
Forum: Thumpers 03-11-2008, 07:08 AM
Replies: 3,738
Views: 1,216,446
Posted By marktbike
Hmmm...rear tyre 130/80-18...I don't think it...

Hmmm...rear tyre 130/80-18...I don't think it will be a 18" wheel at all, this must be a mistake. :evil It's a touring bike, not a real off-road tool! :deal
Forum: Thumpers 03-11-2008, 01:00 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 26,849
Posted By marktbike
It's the Air Tricker, a sort of special version...

It's the Air Tricker, a sort of special version the Italian Belgarda built when they first presented the Tricker. Beautiful! I owned a yellow Tricker for a couple of years: very nice light bike, with...
Forum: Thumpers 03-07-2008, 01:56 AM
Replies: 3,738
Views: 1,216,446
Posted By marktbike
I think this is the reasonable way to see the...

I think this is the reasonable way to see the weight issue. The hypersport segment is based on weight reduction (sometimes with some serious issues about the strength of the frame structure or the...
Forum: Thumpers 02-21-2008, 06:57 AM
Replies: 3,738
Views: 1,216,446
Posted By marktbike
Great, I'm checking their site and the stuff...

Great, I'm checking their site and the stuff seems really good. Thanks a lot!
Forum: Thumpers 02-21-2008, 12:43 AM
Replies: 3,738
Views: 1,216,446
Posted By marktbike
Hi, icestorm! A tiny bit of OT: how did you...

Hi, icestorm! A tiny bit of OT: how did you modify the exhaust? I'm looking forward to coming to Iceland, I'm in love with Scandinavia and yours is the one country missing for me. I have a XT/R but...
Forum: Thumpers 02-20-2008, 11:43 PM
Replies: 531
Views: 246,470
Posted By marktbike
Hi, agricon. Did you use XT-X orange parts?

Hi, agricon. Did you use XT-X orange parts?
Forum: Thumpers 02-18-2008, 06:34 AM
Replies: 3,738
Views: 1,216,446
Posted By marktbike
Well, I don't think you should consider the...

Well, I don't think you should consider the Ténéré as a professional enduro bike, so of course it's more about the look than about suspensions. But what I'm waiting for (and I think most of the...
Forum: Thumpers 01-25-2008, 06:17 AM
Replies: 3,738
Views: 1,216,446
Posted By marktbike
Right, they started saying they would starting...

Right, they started saying they would starting sales in Aprile, but lately my local dealer is telling me that they'll probably shift the first delivery to May, because they want to produce all the...
Forum: Thumpers 01-24-2008, 01:10 AM
Replies: 3,738
Views: 1,216,446
Posted By marktbike
Don't forget all the national, regional and local...

Don't forget all the national, regional and local taxes, bureaucratic fees and all kind of Italian stuff, summing up to about 200 euros. :deal
That makes it 7,200...
Forum: Thumpers 01-23-2008, 12:01 AM
Replies: 3,738
Views: 1,216,446
Posted By marktbike
In Italy the Ténéré will sell for about € 7.200...

In Italy the Ténéré will sell for about € 7.200 (not considering the rebate you'll obtain from the dealer), and I wouldn't say it's cheap. You can find nationwide deals for the Wee Strom as low as...
Forum: Thumpers 01-16-2008, 04:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,636
Posted By marktbike
Xt 660 R

Well, in my opinion the XT fits better in your identikit. I ride it since June 2007, with great satisfaction. I'm 189 cm tall and 85 kg...light! :evil
The bike is great on twisty tarmac, with the...
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