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Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 03:58 PM
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Posted By ex_MGB
Makes sense a heavy bike works the rider a lot...

Makes sense a heavy bike works the rider a lot more on trails. I would imagine I'd do the harder trails after getting comfortable in a locale, removing the gear and doing day trips with other folks. ...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 02:40 PM
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Posted By ex_MGB
That's my plan. I should either be retired or...

That's my plan. I should either be retired or about to retire when I pick up my Twin. I plan on a 4 month plus ADV tour to start out the retirement.

That 20 pounds is my safety factor for missed...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 05:14 AM
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Posted By ex_MGB
Of course, sometimes you do need weight and...

Of course, sometimes you do need weight and power:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnCKGI7Fnm8&index=1&list=FLMNKupfLmqP1syCd4slp97g

A forged titanium centerstand is child's play...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-23-2015, 05:53 PM
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Posted By ex_MGB
Interesting read. Seems like the comment of 200...

Interesting read. Seems like the comment of 200 kgs wet for the new Twin is upper limit.

I wonder whether the real difference between an adv bike and a dual sport is the ability to do extended...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-23-2015, 05:15 PM
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Posted By ex_MGB
Actually the station part comes from train...

Actually the station part comes from train station and the suburban part comes from transport from the station to the suburban estate. Suburbans were truck based while station wagons were car based....
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-23-2015, 06:16 AM
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Posted By ex_MGB
Personally, I'm not cutting Honda any slack on...

Personally, I'm not cutting Honda any slack on the new Twin in the weight department. I already plan on losing 20 pounds and traveling like a hobo that just got robbed :D

The new Twin needs to...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-23-2015, 05:43 AM
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Posted By ex_MGB
It must drive the powertrain designers nuts when...

It must drive the powertrain designers nuts when they get hammered to shave two pounds of weight while the frame designer and centerstand designer get a free pass :D
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-23-2015, 05:29 AM
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Posted By ex_MGB
If a manufacturer states they designed their ADV...

If a manufacturer states they designed their ADV bike for 50/50 on/off road, one is led to believe they are pushing the ADV envelope toward being a dual sport.

However, perhaps by definition a...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-23-2015, 03:11 AM
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Posted By ex_MGB
Time for a good rant about weight. In my...

Time for a good rant about weight.

In my younger days I through hiked 600 miles on the AT starting at the north end heading south in the fall. Most of the hike was in the snow. When you spend nine...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-22-2015, 11:04 PM
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Posted By ex_MGB
There's probably a nice market for forged...

There's probably a nice market for forged titanium center stands, wonder if VSMPO-AVISMA in Titanium Valley has looked into it?

In any case, Honda would have these supplied by others.

Seems...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-22-2015, 10:15 AM
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Posted By ex_MGB
Now we're talking 5th Gen.

Now we're talking 5th Gen.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-22-2015, 10:13 AM
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Posted By ex_MGB
Wonder what a forged titanium center stand would...

Wonder what a forged titanium center stand would weigh? Probably wouldn't be cheap, but you would think under a $1,000.

How about titanium cases?
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-22-2015, 07:29 AM
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Posted By ex_MGB
I hope Honda is able to control the weight...

I hope Honda is able to control the weight somehow. The beauty of the big Panzer Kampfwagon approach is nobody in their right mind is going to bash a $22k, 600 lb. beast on a gnarly single track. And...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-22-2015, 03:01 AM
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Posted By ex_MGB
What's with the Debby Downer?

What's with the Debby Downer?
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-21-2015, 02:59 AM
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Posted By ex_MGB
What gives me hope is Honda already has the...

What gives me hope is Honda already has the NC700X with DCT. By Honda saying they want the Twin to be 50/50 road/off-road, they are setting the bar for themselves fairly high. That is, the Twin will...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-20-2015, 02:16 AM
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Posted By ex_MGB
I think Honda needs to walk the walk and sponsor...

I think Honda needs to walk the walk and sponsor a Vendee Globe type RTW ADV race, any bike allowed. No support team. Put a course in supplied GPS units, no speeding on public roads, mandated rest...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-19-2015, 03:40 PM
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Posted By ex_MGB
A 5th Gen frame is what Big Red brings to the...

A 5th Gen frame is what Big Red brings to the table.

Economy of scale, world wide sourcing, manufacturing and final assembly. Crack the whip on the design team, crack the whip on the sourcing...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-19-2015, 02:46 PM
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Posted By ex_MGB
Ultimately in terms of go anywhere large capacity...

Ultimately in terms of go anywhere large capacity it boils down to would you rather have 20 lbs of frame or 20 lbs of fuel? If the answer is, 20 lbs of fuel, then it becomes a question of how much...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-19-2015, 02:02 PM
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Posted By ex_MGB
What would be nice would be for someone to set up...

What would be nice would be for someone to set up a "generation" system for ADV bikes like there is for tanks and fighter planes to make discussions easier as there would be a common frame of...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-19-2015, 08:12 AM
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Posted By ex_MGB
The DCT crowd will do a group buy on a backup...

The DCT crowd will do a group buy on a backup jump starter. As mentioned, great backup for cell phone, GPS, computer, camera, sat phone, SPOT, flash light, VFR radio, quad copter drone, Go Pro, etc.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-19-2015, 02:49 AM
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Posted By ex_MGB
From Wiki. This is why you see the Twin prototype...

From Wiki. This is why you see the Twin prototype as steel and as stated, Euro bikes as steel. However, just as in airplanes, you save weight by getting away from steel and using aluminum, titanium,...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-18-2015, 12:14 PM
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Posted By ex_MGB
I am of the camp that Honda needs to hit a home...

I am of the camp that Honda needs to hit a home run on the frame weight and total weight for this to be a halo bike. Mazda adopted a gram strategy on their new ND Miata. That is, every gram not...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-18-2015, 08:28 AM
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Posted By ex_MGB
Forged aluminium frame with welded titanium...

Forged aluminium frame with welded titanium tubing subframe. Should save at least 20 lbs. over all steel.

No way is it all steel.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-17-2015, 02:26 PM
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Posted By ex_MGB
Honda went with the bigger engine to get plenty...

Honda went with the bigger engine to get plenty of low end grunt with excellent fuel economy. The only way to shave weight on the frame, and 20 lbs less is huge, is to get away from steel. There's a...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-17-2015, 01:59 PM
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Posted By ex_MGB
Heck, I'm thinking pillion swivel shooter seat....

Heck, I'm thinking pillion swivel shooter seat. Put that 110 hp twin to work...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-17-2015, 11:18 AM
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Posted By ex_MGB
Titanium isn't the exotic it once was. Heck you...

Titanium isn't the exotic it once was. Heck you can buy titanium camp ware. Have the frame fabricated in China. The frame would be nearly half the weight of steel and would not need to be painted....
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-17-2015, 02:23 AM
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Posted By ex_MGB
The prototype has a steel frame, easier to...

The prototype has a steel frame, easier to fabricate in a one or two off in the prototype shop. The production version will be a WR250R on steroids. I wish the frame was titanium fabricated in China...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-16-2015, 03:48 PM
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Posted By ex_MGB
It will be interesting to see what the new Twin...

It will be interesting to see what the new Twin will weigh in at. The aluminum frame will help. As well, the wet weight will be kept down by a smallish fuel tank given the expected ~60 mpg.
...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-16-2015, 05:55 AM
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Posted By ex_MGB
It wouldn't bother me a bit to drop another $3k...

It wouldn't bother me a bit to drop another $3k on the new Twin if that would get me a titanium frame.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-16-2015, 04:08 AM
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Posted By ex_MGB
Honda with this bike is going long ball out of...

Honda with this bike is going long ball out of the park. Think WR250R on steroids. This is going to be Honda's halo bike in the super ADV category. The bike is meant to get people into the showroom....
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-15-2015, 03:09 PM
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Posted By ex_MGB
Even though I own a Honda Helix and am a big fan...

Even though I own a Honda Helix and am a big fan of the scooter especially around town and compared to my CBR250R is an order of magnitude better in an urban environment, I would never have...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-14-2015, 04:30 PM
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Posted By ex_MGB
Which is $14K+

Which is $14K+
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-14-2015, 02:51 PM
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Posted By ex_MGB
I agree with the $14k price. This bike will be...

I agree with the $14k price. This bike will be high end, aluminum frame and all. Maybe $16kish...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-13-2015, 04:43 PM
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Posted By ex_MGB
The CeeBee is just a part of the day, 42 mile...

The CeeBee is just a part of the day, 42 mile tiny back road jaunt to the beach. Maybe 120 miles a day. For my butcher shop microbrewery run I throw on saddle bags, that's only 30 miles or so round...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-13-2015, 01:17 PM
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Posted By ex_MGB
Well the Honda nay sayers must be feeling...

Well the Honda nay sayers must be feeling chagrined. I was one of the first to buy a CBR250R and 20k miles later, simply love it.

Who would have thought Honda would bring out a FI 250cc? Yet, it...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-25-2015, 05:02 PM
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Posted By ex_MGB
Just ran into a guy I know who I had recommended...

Just ran into a guy I know who I had recommended a CBR250R to. He had researched and recently bought one, a left over 2012 for $2800. If you stay on the slab, it's an interesting compliment to the...
Forum: Road warriors 03-15-2015, 02:00 AM
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Posted By ex_MGB
A smaller bike has the same quality intrinsically...

A smaller bike has the same quality intrinsically as a bigger bike. The quality of the materials in the components and the manufacturing methods are the same for both.

Frame steel the same,...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-21-2015, 07:33 AM
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Posted By ex_MGB
Good try, it really was. Hard to get around...

Good try, it really was. Hard to get around manufacturer's recommendation. BTW, the new U.S. version of the Mazda 3 has a 13:1 compression ratio and runs on regular.

Of course, it has a knock...
Forum: Road warriors 01-21-2015, 02:48 PM
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Posted By ex_MGB
Based on my 2011 bought new CBR250R, oil level...

Based on my 2011 bought new CBR250R, oil level shouldn't be a concern. In between 7500 mile oil changes I do not detect oil usage and never "top up".
Forum: Road warriors 01-21-2015, 01:50 PM
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Posted By ex_MGB
Nice project looks very cool. I see a Miata in...

Nice project looks very cool. I see a Miata in the background. A 250 is the perfect stablemate. I have a 2001SE Miata and a CBR250R.

Just added a $1,600 1995 Geo Tracker LSi 4x4 hi-lo to my...
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