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Forum: Vendors 07-01-2014, 08:54 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 15,814
Posted By Desertbilly
I know you’re not soliciting product ideas, but...

I know you’re not soliciting product ideas, but I’m going to try to shoehorn one in. A few points:

A. Thanks for doing this thread; Real dialog is the best way to nurture a long-term relationship...
Forum: Equipment 11-19-2013, 01:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,965
Posted By Desertbilly
It's big and heavy. It has a lot of mass. If...

It's big and heavy. It has a lot of mass. If that's what you like, you're going to like it.
Forum: West – California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 10-28-2013, 09:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 904
Posted By Desertbilly
I've always heard good things about Iron Horse in...

I've always heard good things about Iron Horse in Tucson. It's a smaller, friendly, family-owned place. But I live in Scottdale (NE Phx) and have bought my last four bikes at GOAZ. I'll likely buy my...
Forum: Equipment 09-12-2013, 12:48 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 16,773
Posted By Desertbilly
I'll check out the Rev'its. I went through...

I'll check out the Rev'its. I went through several pairs of the Cortech Mod's with the leather liner in the knees and butt, but they quit making those.

I also had one pair of Draggin' jeans way...
Forum: Americas 08-07-2013, 03:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,035
Posted By Desertbilly
If this is still in play, let me suggest...

If this is still in play, let me suggest something. I normally don't book (in the western U.S.). On my last trip around NM and CO, I did book motels, because a co-rider wanted to.

In each little...
Forum: Thumpers 05-16-2013, 10:30 PM
Replies: 7,855
Views: 1,046,568
Posted By Desertbilly
I'm laughing at myself on this one. When I got...

I'm laughing at myself on this one. When I got the bike a couple of months ago, I looked for an accessory socket and couldn't find it, so I assumed BMW had de-contented it to reduce costs. I asked my...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 05-04-2013, 02:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,577
Posted By Desertbilly
I've done several tours in various countries, and...

I've done several tours in various countries, and I don't think Oregon has much to worry about. The groups tend to be small and infrequent. And I've never seen an amateur pay 5,000 to 15,000 to fly...
Forum: Equipment 04-16-2013, 05:09 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,409
Posted By Desertbilly
I live in Phoenix. My summers are warm, but...

I live in Phoenix. My summers are warm, but generally low humidity. My summer gear is Rev'it mesh stuff. I use all mesh, not just patches or zippers. My jacket is out of production (Scirocco?) but...
Forum: Thumpers 03-20-2013, 05:02 PM
Replies: 7,855
Views: 1,046,568
Posted By Desertbilly
DD, I think the twin is a great bike. I've...

DD,

I think the twin is a great bike. I've rented F650GS's on tours and love them. They're exteremly capable and versatile. But I just bought a Sertao, because I wanted something much more...
Forum: Thumpers 03-15-2013, 11:05 PM
Replies: 7,855
Views: 1,046,568
Posted By Desertbilly
Finally

Finally showed up and in my driveway.
http://jettanderson.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/2013-Sertao/i-62zxZrg/0/X2/Sertao-6-X2.jpg

Got a skidplate, Dakar seat, guards, TKC80s, Jesse bags and Leo Vince...
Forum: Vendors 03-01-2013, 02:52 PM
Replies: 205
Views: 46,607
Posted By Desertbilly
Too bad. I was hoping for the ADV Air suit this...

Too bad. I was hoping for the ADV Air suit this season.
Forum: Thumpers 01-03-2013, 09:31 PM
Replies: 7,855
Views: 1,046,568
Posted By Desertbilly
Waiting

I've asked my dealer to get me a Sertao. Apparently the 2012's are gone and I'm waiting on a 2013. I'm okay with that as I'm assuming the compression lever will be a non-issue.

But I'm anxious for...
Forum: The Rockies – It's all downhill from here... 12-11-2012, 02:13 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,879
Posted By Desertbilly
I would like to attend if I were in Colorado, but...

I would like to attend if I were in Colorado, but aren't, so I can't.

If it works out that you can post any video or excerpts from the event, I'd be interested in those.

Thanks.
Forum: Road warriors 11-30-2012, 10:24 AM
Replies: 335
Views: 38,256
Posted By Desertbilly
I got this 2010 1100 new a couple of years ago....

I got this 2010 1100 new a couple of years ago. It's run perfectly since. I've put on a Sargent seat and Akrapovic slip-ons, as well as an open clutch cover and Pazzo levers. Great torque; very fun....
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 10-31-2012, 03:33 PM
Replies: 236
Views: 30,995
Posted By Desertbilly
I'm also in the buy-one-tomorrow camp. This would...

I'm also in the buy-one-tomorrow camp. This would be exactly what I would want -- with the caveat that it would have to be more reliable than the 690. And I could live with 400ish wet; but the 460 of...
Forum: Equipment 10-17-2012, 11:40 AM
Replies: 2,831
Views: 442,257
Posted By Desertbilly
I figured these were in the pipeline when the...

I figured these were in the pipeline when the rebates started showing up a few months ago. Put me down for a Silver.

I have a Drift HD170 but it bit the dust when the suction cup mount let go of...
Forum: Vendors 10-16-2012, 03:23 PM
Replies: 205
Views: 46,607
Posted By Desertbilly
I need a mesh suit; I'm probably going to be in...

I need a mesh suit; I'm probably going to be in an early line for the Adventure Air. (As long as it doesn't cost $2,400!)
Forum: Ridiculous streetbikes with 6 CPUs and too much horsepower (1050/1190/1290cc) 10-12-2012, 11:47 AM
Replies: 6,782
Views: 1,635,085
Posted By Desertbilly
Jeez, I wish. Does anyone from the manufacturers...

Jeez, I wish. Does anyone from the manufacturers ever actually ride these bikes the way they're advertised and positioned?

I understand the versatility and appeal of a heavy, street-biased...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 10-10-2012, 01:41 PM
Replies: 2,780
Views: 378,496
Posted By Desertbilly
Toroweap, North Rim sunrise

http://jettanderson.smugmug.com/Photography/North-Rim-2012/i-hsHZcD8/0/XL/4P1A2172-XL.jpg
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 10-10-2012, 01:37 PM
Replies: 2,780
Views: 378,496
Posted By Desertbilly
Point Imperial, North Rim sunrise

http://jettanderson.smugmug.com/Photography/North-Rim-2012/i-GRzJDgL/0/XL/4P1A1933-XL.jpg
Forum: Road warriors 03-18-2012, 10:46 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 6,700
Posted By Desertbilly
If a manufacturer wants to roll out a special...

If a manufacturer wants to roll out a special edition to try to reach out to a new class of customers, and if people want to buy and ride them -- that's just fine with me. Triumph is doing the same...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 03-06-2012, 10:20 PM
Replies: 9,293
Views: 3,648,364
Posted By Desertbilly
Sunset in the mountains above Lushoto, Tanzania. ...

Sunset in the mountains above Lushoto, Tanzania.
http://jettanderson.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Kenya-2011/i-Rm6DwpS/0/X3/P1040080-X3.jpg
Forum: West – California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 03-01-2012, 08:54 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,297
Posted By Desertbilly
Yeah, pretty much all of the above is true. I've...

Yeah, pretty much all of the above is true. I've been here 20 years in July, and I like it more each year.

I'm in the city; but agree with the Flagstaff, Prescott, Payson & Tucson recommendations...
Forum: Road warriors 12-22-2011, 08:36 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 11,700
Posted By Desertbilly
Sorry about your ride; glad you're on the mend. ...

Sorry about your ride; glad you're on the mend.

The answer to this question is always, of course, only you can decide what is the best ride for you. I had a 1200 GS Adv for a few years, and traded...
Forum: Thumpers 12-16-2011, 01:38 PM
Replies: 7,855
Views: 1,046,568
Posted By Desertbilly
I haven't seen anyone claim it's a major...

I haven't seen anyone claim it's a major innovation in any way -- just an update of the reasonably popular Dakar. Sure, everyone would love if they'd shaved 30 - 50 pounds off of it, but that's...
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-08-2011, 08:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,066
Posted By Desertbilly
This is just about exactly what I want for my...

This is just about exactly what I want for my next bike -- maybe with the yellow and black paint, if it comes to the states.
Forum: Road warriors 09-08-2011, 12:51 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 10,305
Posted By Desertbilly
I used to have a C14; and have a 2011 RT now....

I used to have a C14; and have a 2011 RT now. They're both great bikes, with different personalities, and different price points. Either will be a great choice. If you're leaning toward the RT, get...
Forum: West – California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-27-2011, 08:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,693
Posted By Desertbilly
I've been in Scottsdale for 19 years and I'm a...

I've been in Scottsdale for 19 years and I'm a big fan of it. The riding is great, I like Scottsdale and the metro area, and there are ~200 golf courses in the metro area. It's a very good dual-sport...
Forum: Road warriors 05-16-2011, 04:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,350
Posted By Desertbilly
People said the same thing about automobile...

People said the same thing about automobile airbags decades ago.

They work fine.

And considering the size and configuration of a Wing (I rode an 05 for three years) and that something like 38%...
Forum: Road warriors 05-10-2011, 08:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,514
Posted By Desertbilly
It's interesting that it has more leg room than...

It's interesting that it has more leg room than an RT -- I thought it would have a little less, like the 12 & 13 GTs.

I just bought an RT, thinking I would wait a few years for BMW to work the...
Forum: Road warriors 04-15-2011, 08:03 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,603
Posted By Desertbilly
Yeah, if it didn't really float your boat, it's...

Yeah, if it didn't really float your boat, it's not the bike for you.

As to it being unimpressive, it is a 25-year-old design; it was a value bike even when it was in production; and I'm guessing...
Forum: Road warriors 04-03-2011, 07:07 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,003
Posted By Desertbilly
I got a 2010 M1100 last summer, and it's a very...

I got a 2010 M1100 last summer, and it's a very nice bike. I just put on a Sargent seat, which is a lot more comfortable, and eliminates the slide-forward-into-the-tank effect. The engine is very...
Forum: Thumpers 03-27-2011, 12:57 PM
Replies: 706
Views: 203,322
Posted By Desertbilly
I like your white/black/gray CMike. I'm going to...

I like your white/black/gray CMike. I'm going to be interested in one of these next year. I just traded my 1200 Adv for an RT, and am going to need something for the gentle gravel and dirt roads that...
Forum: West – California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-11-2011, 09:30 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,446
Posted By Desertbilly
Tucson, IMO, is great. Southern AZ is great, AZ...

Tucson, IMO, is great. Southern AZ is great, AZ is great. The Southwest is great. The West is great. There is great riding, and many other activities, within a 1, 3, 8 and 15-hour radius. With summer...
Forum: Road warriors 01-08-2011, 09:23 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,515
Posted By Desertbilly
200 was comfortable. 230 was about the farthest I...

200 was comfortable. 230 was about the farthest I would go (but I'm out in the desolate West.) A strong headwind at Interstate speeds will cut down your mileage.
Forum: Road warriors 12-12-2010, 10:52 PM
Replies: 1,102
Views: 184,048
Posted By Desertbilly
Yeah, I'm definitely interested in a GT, but...

Yeah, I'm definitely interested in a GT, but there's no harm in waiting to see how the first year's production fares. Maybe it will be a great bike out of the gate, but maybe there will be a few...
Forum: Road warriors 12-08-2010, 09:12 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,887
Posted By Desertbilly
The answer to this question is always the same:...

The answer to this question is always the same: ride both and follow your heart.

That said, I bought a Monster 1100 six months ago, and just love it. The engine is simple, pure, elegant and has...
Forum: Road warriors 11-30-2010, 09:25 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,881
Posted By Desertbilly
I demo'd an LT and bought a Wing, and put about...

I demo'd an LT and bought a Wing, and put about 30k on it in 3 years. They're both good but not perfect. There is no substitute for demo'ing both and then you'll know which one's right for you.
...
Forum: Road warriors 11-03-2010, 10:55 AM
Replies: 1,102
Views: 184,048
Posted By Desertbilly
They don't have to be so big, but manufacturers...

They don't have to be so big, but manufacturers make them because customers buy them.

If you don't want an engine that big, you don't have to buy one.

It's really pretty simple.
Forum: Road warriors 11-02-2010, 08:56 PM
Replies: 1,102
Views: 184,048
Posted By Desertbilly
Prices

I don't know if these are accurate, or just teasers to get potential customers in the door, but my local dealer -- GoAZ in Scottsdale -- is showing the price of $23,090 for both the GT and the GTL....
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