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Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 09:52 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
http://hooniverse.com/2011/05/10/two-wheel-tuesday...

http://hooniverse.com/2011/05/10/two-wheel-tuesday-the-curse-of-the-comstars/

There are several articles like this. Not why they stopped making them, but they can apparently develop problems...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 08:58 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
Well, maybe not as much like them as I hope in...

Well, maybe not as much like them as I hope in that they might not flex enough to be real dirt bike rims, but the look to be incredibly light and it was the rivets that were the weak spot of the...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 08:49 PM
Replies: 7,037
Views: 1,166,744
Posted By John Ashman
Do you actually own a strawman factory?

Do you actually own a strawman factory?
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 08:40 PM
Replies: 7,037
Views: 1,166,744
Posted By John Ashman
Hey, I didn't say the confidence wasn't...

Hey, I didn't say the confidence wasn't misplaced. Honda really thought Shamu was going to own the world.

And the reaction to Shamu letdown hopefully taught them a huge lesson.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 05:27 PM
Replies: 7,037
Views: 1,166,744
Posted By John Ashman
Not just the price, but the magazine bias on the...

Not just the price, but the magazine bias on the CRF was off the charts. I love Honda, for the most part, and would typically buy it over other Japanese brands on blind faith, but the CRF articles...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 05:22 PM
Replies: 7,037
Views: 1,166,744
Posted By John Ashman
Usually companies do this when they believe they...

Usually companies do this when they believe they can cause people to stop buying and wait for their product to arrive. Knowing that they won't be in time for the northern hemisphere riding season,...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 05:18 PM
Replies: 7,037
Views: 1,166,744
Posted By John Ashman
Okay, that's a strawman argument, but I...

Okay, that's a strawman argument, but I understand you have to defend your Queen.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 12:59 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
Well, they're top of the heap in more areas, but...

Well, they're top of the heap in more areas, but they are getting their asses handed to them in others.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 12:24 PM
Replies: 7,037
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Posted By John Ashman
The problem with this reasoning is that you're...

The problem with this reasoning is that you're counting a lot of $1500 125cc motorcycles as each being as important as a $15,000 motorcycle.

No one is saying that Honda is scared. We're saying...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports Yesterday, 10:34 AM
Replies: 231
Views: 28,099
Posted By John Ashman
There are several bikes that I think Honda should...

There are several bikes that I think Honda should do with the 500 twin.

1. Take that Bulldog concept and make it the real ADV tourer that the street oriented CB500X simply can't be, with a 21"...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 09:25 AM
Replies: 7,037
Views: 1,166,744
Posted By John Ashman
Yeah..., but I still think that Honda is only...

Yeah..., but I still think that Honda is only stupid, not brain-dead. I think they finally see the market difference and realize that America still has a think called "dirt roads". They've been...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports Yesterday, 09:14 AM
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Views: 202,256
Posted By John Ashman
:lurk

:lurk
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 09:08 AM
Replies: 7,037
Views: 1,166,744
Posted By John Ashman
The odd thing to be about the CRF250 Dakar is...

The odd thing to be about the CRF250 Dakar is that it probably wouldn't be competitive in any actual race, neither Dakar, nor motocross. And yet may be too extreme for a dual purpose bike, so not...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-26-2015, 05:59 PM
Replies: 635
Views: 125,686
Posted By John Ashman
Those wheels are like modernized ComStar wheels,...

Those wheels are like modernized ComStar wheels, without the flaws. Pretty sweet. It would be great to see that kind of wheel in a tough, adventure/dual sport design.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-26-2015, 04:14 PM
Replies: 7,037
Views: 1,166,744
Posted By John Ashman
Cable in bikes adds a fair amount to the weight. ...

Cable in bikes adds a fair amount to the weight. The great thing about LED and other modern tech is that it is smaller, lighter and/or requires less copper because it requires less amperage. Of...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-25-2015, 10:44 PM
Replies: 7,037
Views: 1,166,744
Posted By John Ashman
12:1 compression ratios will do that.

12:1 compression ratios will do that.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-25-2015, 09:16 PM
Replies: 7,037
Views: 1,166,744
Posted By John Ashman
I may be wrong, but i don't think Honda does...

I may be wrong, but i don't think Honda does dumbed down versions of its bikes for A2, as they have a broad enough range to provide A2 products that are not dumbed down. Even the NC750X was bumped...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-25-2015, 08:10 PM
Replies: 7,037
Views: 1,166,744
Posted By John Ashman
Congrats on taking a positive outlook and putting...

Congrats on taking a positive outlook and putting a negative spin on it.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-25-2015, 03:10 PM
Replies: 635
Views: 125,686
Posted By John Ashman
Probably more that they are waiting to see how...

Probably more that they are waiting to see how the FZ07 sells. Plus, it takes a solid 2 years or more to take an engine and put it in another product. If they haven't already long started on a...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-25-2015, 03:03 PM
Replies: 7,037
Views: 1,166,744
Posted By John Ashman
:clap

:clap
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-23-2015, 09:43 PM
Replies: 7,037
Views: 1,166,744
Posted By John Ashman
Potentially interesting observation about Honda. ...

Potentially interesting observation about Honda. When they do multiple models off of the same platform, they either do one of two things.

1. The models are basically identical differentiated...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-23-2015, 06:57 PM
Replies: 7,037
Views: 1,166,744
Posted By John Ashman
I agree that is probably wishful thinking. But...

I agree that is probably wishful thinking. But they do this with the CB500 series. Tubeless spokes probably won't happen either. More just pointing out that there are some pretty cool ways one...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-23-2015, 12:01 PM
Replies: 7,037
Views: 1,166,744
Posted By John Ashman
True, but they also distribute stress and allow...

True, but they also distribute stress and allow for a higher RPM engine.

Engines are so reliable these days, it's really rather amazing, as they often outlive the whole rest of the vehicle. ...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-23-2015, 11:34 AM
Replies: 7,037
Views: 1,166,744
Posted By John Ashman
Could be, though I don't know that the market is...

Could be, though I don't know that the market is that desparate for DCT. It would be interesting on a Dakar/Baja racer though. Of course, I have this weird thinking that a 450cc twin could be a...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-23-2015, 11:19 AM
Replies: 7,037
Views: 1,166,744
Posted By John Ashman
Mmmmm, conventionally speaking, maybe. But...

Mmmmm, conventionally speaking, maybe. But materials science and manufacturuing technology is always progressing, as well as good design. So there are ways to lighten by having better...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-23-2015, 11:10 AM
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Posted By John Ashman
Doh!

Doh!
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-23-2015, 08:52 AM
Replies: 7,037
Views: 1,166,744
Posted By John Ashman
I think the way Honda is letting these weights...

I think the way Honda is letting these weights leak (if that's how it happened), is that they were able to engineer a very light 1000cc twin (which is 80% of the weight battle right there, and they...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-23-2015, 06:36 AM
Replies: 6,559
Views: 1,198,703
Posted By John Ashman
I grew up on dirt bikes. It's why I don't get...

I grew up on dirt bikes. It's why I don't get that excited about riding a street bike off road, or thinking they've somehow been morphed into race bikes. That doesn't happen with "a few mods".
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-23-2015, 06:35 AM
Replies: 6,559
Views: 1,198,703
Posted By John Ashman
Sorry to throw water on your internet motorcycle...

Sorry to throw water on your internet motorcycle business by pointing out the hyperbole part.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-22-2015, 09:39 PM
Replies: 6,559
Views: 1,198,703
Posted By John Ashman
I never said that I could just turn it into an...

I never said that I could just turn it into an amazing dirt bike by doing that.

It is easy to change forks, shocks and wheels, but that doesn't turn a street bike into a dirt bike, let alone a...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-22-2015, 09:26 PM
Replies: 7,037
Views: 1,166,744
Posted By John Ashman
Simpler generally equals less weight. I...

Simpler generally equals less weight.

I don't buy that Honda plays it safe on materials and tech.

My Sabre and Hawk GT had some pretty cutting edge stuff back in the 80s, like an aluminum...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-22-2015, 08:55 PM
Replies: 7,037
Views: 1,166,744
Posted By John Ashman
I think Honda can do it. Whether they will or...

I think Honda can do it. Whether they will or not is another question.

I don't think 200kg is out of the realm of possibility at all. If I were Honda, the two main design goals would be more...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-22-2015, 11:43 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,465
Posted By John Ashman
Needs DCT :evil Seriously, though, I love...

Needs DCT :evil

Seriously, though, I love the concept, just gonna wait to see if Honda un-dwarfs it.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-21-2015, 07:12 PM
Replies: 7,037
Views: 1,166,744
Posted By John Ashman
But you also have to add water and oil.

But you also have to add water and oil.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-21-2015, 04:59 PM
Replies: 6,559
Views: 1,198,703
Posted By John Ashman
Nope. I have said repeatedly that it would be...

Nope. I have said repeatedly that it would be expensive to do and with unknown results. What I've said is that it would be easy for the FACTORY to do it. And inexpensive, relatively, around $1000...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-21-2015, 02:49 PM
Replies: 6,559
Views: 1,198,703
Posted By John Ashman
Just the KLR, but, look, way back when, when I...

Just the KLR, but, look, way back when, when I suggest more serious mods, and longer suspension and some serious weight cutting, everyone told me that this was crazy talk, that it's a street bike...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-21-2015, 02:45 PM
Replies: 6,559
Views: 1,198,703
Posted By John Ashman
Well, when the statement is shown to be false,...

Well, when the statement is shown to be false, the argument is destroyed.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-21-2015, 01:48 PM
Replies: 6,559
Views: 1,198,703
Posted By John Ashman
For another, there's a huge difference between...

For another, there's a huge difference between catching up and being more or less as good off road as a KLR and being "substantially better off road".

And even if that were true (and, IMO, it...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-21-2015, 01:44 PM
Replies: 6,559
Views: 1,198,703
Posted By John Ashman
For one thing, we can destroy the torque and...

For one thing, we can destroy the torque and power argument right here, where the KLR is obviously more powerful through about 6000 rpm.
...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-21-2015, 01:32 PM
Replies: 6,559
Views: 1,198,703
Posted By John Ashman
First, still too big and heavy for a single, and...

First, still too big and heavy for a single, and not a twin for the road.

At least I'm not throwing around obvious hyperpole in an attempt to sell product.
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