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Forum: Beasts Yesterday, 08:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 287
Posted By dman
Hypermotard or HyperStrada???

Hypermotard or HyperStrada???
Forum: Day Trippin' Yesterday, 08:46 AM
Replies: 403
Views: 72,593
Posted By dman
Interesting how localized this storm was - or...

Interesting how localized this storm was - or maybe just worse on the west slope. I was planning a 3 day ride in the area but my son joined me so we took 4 wheels. Went over Tioga on Friday and back...
Forum: Thumpers 07-20-2014, 08:41 PM
Replies: 96,020
Views: 18,084,173
Posted By dman
Premium fuel

I thought I posted about this a few weeks ago but maybe never "got a round to it". We had a real hot spell last month and I thought maybe my DR was pinging a bit on a long uphill stretch on my...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-13-2014, 10:20 PM
Replies: 4,847
Views: 426,654
Posted By dman
Saturday was the first time they offered the dual...

Saturday was the first time they offered the dual sport class. The DR650's looked showroom new compared to the the KZ1000's in the shed.

-dman
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-13-2014, 09:02 PM
Replies: 4,847
Views: 426,654
Posted By dman
Alameda County Sheriff's dual sport training for civilians

Yesterday I spent 8 hours in the hot sun taking a civilian Dual Sport Training Class offered by the Alameda County (California) Sheriff's Office. I can't say enough about this class for helping a...
Forum: Thumpers 07-13-2014, 04:49 PM
Replies: 96,020
Views: 18,084,173
Posted By dman
DR650 officer training bikes

Yesterday I spent 8 hours in the hot sun taking a civilian Dual Sport Training Class offered by the Alameda County (California) Sheriff's Office. I can't say enough about this class for helping a...
Forum: Thumpers 07-11-2014, 07:04 PM
Replies: 96,020
Views: 18,084,173
Posted By dman
+1 on this approach. I think the cockpit is too...

+1 on this approach. I think the cockpit is too crowded for a large cig lighter socket and plug AND a GPS. I just have the SAE dongle on the left side below the seat and in front of the side cover,...
Forum: Thumpers 07-08-2014, 07:45 PM
Replies: 96,020
Views: 18,084,173
Posted By dman
My stand is well away from my swing arm. But my...

My stand is well away from my swing arm. But my black (standard length?) stand seems marginally too long. So I've also wondered about the short stand on a bike with standard height suspension and...
Forum: Thumpers 07-08-2014, 07:14 PM
Replies: 96,020
Views: 18,084,173
Posted By dman
I'm usually a cheapskate about buying premium gas...

I'm usually a cheapskate about buying premium gas but I've run premium in my last two tanks and I swear my DR runs smoother under load at lower rpm ... conditions I wouldn't have considered "lugging"...
Forum: Thumpers 07-08-2014, 07:02 PM
Replies: 96,020
Views: 18,084,173
Posted By dman
:rofl +1

:rofl +1
Forum: Thumpers 07-03-2014, 06:51 PM
Replies: 96,020
Views: 18,084,173
Posted By dman
I had a Clarke tanke on my '83 XL600 also. Some...

I had a Clarke tanke on my '83 XL600 also. Some of my friends had the bigger Acerbis and I almost needed to cop a few pints from them on the first leg of the Dempster Highway. I don't think IMS was...
Forum: Thumpers 07-03-2014, 01:31 PM
Replies: 96,020
Views: 18,084,173
Posted By dman
Thanks TrophyHunter. I have two seats (stock and...

Thanks TrophyHunter. I have two seats (stock and a very low seat that came on my bike) so I think I'll get the Commuter and put it on the low seat, keeping my stock seat to sell or revert to if the...
Forum: Thumpers 07-02-2014, 09:44 PM
Replies: 96,020
Views: 18,084,173
Posted By dman
Hi - any pictures of the Commuter on the bike?...

Hi - any pictures of the Commuter on the bike? Thanks.

- dman
Forum: Thumpers 07-02-2014, 08:47 AM
Replies: 96,020
Views: 18,084,173
Posted By dman
Seats and windshields

I find I'm enjoying longer rides on my DR and it's probably time to address the seat and maybe wind protection. I know these topics have been covered ad nauseum, but there are always new products and...
Forum: Beasts 06-26-2014, 03:48 PM
Replies: 2,661
Views: 435,044
Posted By dman
Very good point - here in California there are...

Very good point - here in California there are some massive holes in the freeways and hitting those at 70 mph feels harsher than many fire roads at 30 mph. My Wee wheels are scratched and dirty but...
Forum: Vendors 06-21-2014, 11:33 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,525
Posted By dman
Saddlebag pricing?

Is the price each or per pair?
Forum: Thumpers 06-21-2014, 09:09 PM
Replies: 6,318
Views: 822,762
Posted By dman
+1

+1
Forum: Thumpers 06-20-2014, 04:17 PM
Replies: 12,738
Views: 1,179,168
Posted By dman
I think it's a bit more than I paid for my new...

I think it's a bit more than I paid for my new '83 in '84 ... but only a bit more.

-dman
Forum: Thumpers 06-20-2014, 12:02 PM
Replies: 1,423
Views: 295,498
Posted By dman
Took a 200 mile ride yesterday. Solo. Just...

Took a 200 mile ride yesterday. Solo. Just cruised a few back roads I had never explored before, in northern Monterey County, and did a few miles of easy dirt into San Benito County. I have 3 bikes...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-20-2014, 10:28 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,580
Posted By dman
The road connecting Indians and carmel Valley...

The road connecting Indians and carmel Valley (through Arroyo Seco) has been closed for about 20 years. http://www.ventanawild.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=423

-dman
Forum: Thumpers 06-20-2014, 10:16 AM
Replies: 96,020
Views: 18,084,173
Posted By dman
Tire reversal

There have been a few posts lately about front tire cupping. I had pretty major cupping/scalloping on my front D606 after about 3000 mostly-highway miles, so last week I tried reversing it. It feels...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-11-2014, 06:58 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,319
Posted By dman
I think the peninsula is a better place to start...

I think the peninsula is a better place to start than East Bay. More commute options since you don't have to cross the Bay, which limits you to BART under the water or bus or bike on the bridge....
Forum: Thumpers 06-08-2014, 08:10 PM
Replies: 96,020
Views: 18,084,173
Posted By dman
My Golden Boy doesn't say Shinko anywhere. I...

My Golden Boy doesn't say Shinko anywhere. I realize it may be identical functionally but it's like ordering a Chevy truck and getting a GMC.
Forum: Thumpers 06-08-2014, 01:02 PM
Replies: 96,020
Views: 18,084,173
Posted By dman
Golden Boy tire?

I know a lot of people are happy with Shinko 244's and I've been pleased with the balance of wear, performance and cost of the 705's on my Strom so I ordered a 244 rear for my DR from Motorcycle...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-07-2014, 07:22 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,319
Posted By dman
DV will be slightly hotter than other places...

DV will be slightly hotter than other places you'll encounter in the West in summer. The real risk is that in summer, few venture off pavement so if you do have trouble it's unlikely anyone will...
Forum: Thumpers 05-29-2014, 09:31 PM
Replies: 96,020
Views: 18,084,173
Posted By dman
D606 chunking

I glanced at my rear D606 yesterday as I got off my DR and noticed that one of the big center knobs was hanging by a thread. Last 600 or so miles have been pavement with some warm weather freeway...
Forum: Beasts 05-25-2014, 09:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,434
Posted By dman
For the record I am 5'11"" with 32" inseam. After...

For the record I am 5'11"" with 32" inseam. After several years I put on the AT foot peg lowering kit and immediately noticed a huge improvement. About 6 months later I added a stock DL1000 seat and...
Forum: Beasts 05-25-2014, 09:35 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,445
Posted By dman
I'm pushing near 20K miles on my front Shinko 705...

I'm pushing near 20K miles on my front Shinko 705 and it just won't wear out. It's scalloped and howls like a 4x4 truck with Super Swampers. My rears last about 10K. Really decent tires and cheap...
Forum: Beasts 05-23-2014, 07:39 AM
Replies: 9,041
Views: 3,491,610
Posted By dman
With all due respect, would be more beautiful to...

With all due respect, would be more beautiful to us drought-stricken Californians if there were more snow. But certainly a stunning view. As often as I ride the Tioga Road I really should try Glacier...
Forum: Day Trippin' 05-18-2014, 08:13 PM
Replies: 403
Views: 72,593
Posted By dman
Highland Road? Really curious how you will like...

Highland Road? Really curious how you will like your new DL1K over time ... I was really thinking of a SuperTen to replace my DL650, but the new 1K is more appealing for everything except tougher...
Forum: Thumpers 05-09-2014, 08:45 AM
Replies: 96,020
Views: 18,084,173
Posted By dman
:clap

:clap
Forum: Day Trippin' 05-03-2014, 07:43 AM
Replies: 403
Views: 72,593
Posted By dman
I live in this area. I've been to most of these...

I live in this area. I've been to most of these places, ridden these roads, some of them a zillion times, but when I look at your pictures, Dave, I feel like I'm seeing something new. I just haven't...
Forum: Beasts 04-26-2014, 07:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 924
Posted By dman
I'm just under 6 ft and a standard VStrom 1000...

I'm just under 6 ft and a standard VStrom 1000 seat and peg lowering brackets transformed comfort for me. The other great low-buck improvement was GSXR calipers with the SV Racing adapters. Fork...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 03-21-2014, 09:44 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 261
Posted By dman
Saddleback Butte State Park campground?

Hi ... I'm thinking of heading down to the Antelope Valley this weekend and was wondering if Saddleback Butte would likely have sites available late on Saturday. I've never been in the area so...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-07-2014, 08:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 827
Posted By dman
+1 on the rain this weekend. Good food is a...

+1 on the rain this weekend. Good food is a matter of taste, but Parish Pub, Companion Bakery, Picnic Basket, Betty's, Sabieng Thai, Pacific Cookie and Penny Ice Creamery are among my favorites. Also...
Forum: Day Trippin' 01-22-2014, 07:58 AM
Replies: 403
Views: 72,593
Posted By dman
I climbed up there a few months ago with my wife....

I climbed up there a few months ago with my wife. Awesome views but less interesting as a structure than some fire towers. We had been to the Sierra Buttes lookout last summer. Now that one is...
Forum: Thumpers 12-01-2013, 08:33 AM
Replies: 96,020
Views: 18,084,173
Posted By dman
This reminds me of a colleague I went mountain...

This reminds me of a colleague I went mountain biking with a few times, years ago. He was a good rider but no mechanical sympathy or skills at all .... couldn't fix a flat tire or adjust his...
Forum: Thumpers 11-27-2013, 08:42 PM
Replies: 96,020
Views: 18,084,173
Posted By dman
I've seen mention of Vessel tools a few times...

I've seen mention of Vessel tools a few times recently, in the context of them being a quality brand. Interesting, because my "manual" impact driver (ie the kind you hit with a hammer) that I bought...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 11-18-2013, 11:34 AM
Replies: 4,847
Views: 426,654
Posted By dman
I rode up China Grade yesterday and the gate @...

I rode up China Grade yesterday and the gate @ Johansen was open. No sign prohibiting entrance so my buddy and I rode down to the intersection with Middle Ridge Rd (the first intersection, not down...
Forum: Road warriors 11-09-2013, 11:23 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 19,241
Posted By dman
I like it, but I'm not crazy about it. But the...

I like it, but I'm not crazy about it. But the concept - mid-size upright tourer - is brilliant. Here in the US even a practical MV will continue to be a fringe bike, but Yamaha, Triumph and even...
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