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Forum: Road warriors 03-28-2015, 07:23 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 13,561
Posted By danketchpel
How many wish Suzuki would build an SR650 style...

How many wish Suzuki would build an SR650 style bike based on the DR650.

The other bike that came to mind was the Ducati Scrambler. Service is a tad more involved with the Desmo valves but...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-28-2015, 08:15 AM
Replies: 12,634
Views: 1,766,419
Posted By danketchpel
Thanks Leafman for the great write-up on the LED...

Thanks Leafman for the great write-up on the LED upgrade.

I think I'll pursue that a little later after I've recovered from the rear shock investment that's next on the list.
Forum: Thumpers 03-27-2015, 06:14 AM
Replies: 6,185
Views: 802,696
Posted By danketchpel
I put the GPR steering damper on and with the...

I put the GPR steering damper on and with the setting at 5 it's quite stable now. I had that frightening experience behind a truck once and ordered it when I got home.

I consider it a must have on...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-27-2015, 05:52 AM
Replies: 12,634
Views: 1,766,419
Posted By danketchpel
How well does the vibration isolation seem to...

How well does the vibration isolation seem to work? When you're riding and reach down and touch the housing, is it vibrating like crazy or not so much?

They look like an excellent solution.

Can...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-26-2015, 10:50 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,051
Posted By danketchpel
How did you like the SMT? I'm rather fond of that...

How did you like the SMT? I'm rather fond of that bike but have never ridden one, only sat on it. I thought it made huge sense.

I've ridden the MTS 1200, a couple of them, and both variants of the...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-25-2015, 09:58 PM
Replies: 12,634
Views: 1,766,419
Posted By danketchpel
I test rode one of those. I thought the...

I test rode one of those.

I thought the suspension was pretty nice but found the front a bit twitchy, basic steering geometry/17" wheel issue mostly.

The engine pulled nice from low revs but...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-25-2015, 09:46 PM
Replies: 12,634
Views: 1,766,419
Posted By danketchpel
That is just too cool. Talk about the stars...

That is just too cool. Talk about the stars aligning. What are the chances of you running into a fellow Stelvio rider, much less one who's been active on this forum.

So....what the rest of us want...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-25-2015, 10:50 AM
Replies: 12,634
Views: 1,766,419
Posted By danketchpel
Yup, I've found the same thing.

Yup, I've found the same thing.
Forum: Road warriors 03-24-2015, 06:44 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 20,663
Posted By danketchpel
If could find a similar deal I might go for it. I...

If could find a similar deal I might go for it. I like the bikes, but don't want to pay $6k for one. Something around $4k seems 'bout right.

I'd like to ride the Connie GT to see how much it has...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-24-2015, 11:56 AM
Replies: 12,634
Views: 1,766,419
Posted By danketchpel
I use the rear but not excessively. I think it's...

I use the rear but not excessively. I think it's a matter of 2x the pads to handle the front. I found the same situation on my Ducati, the rears were worn more than the fronts. That bike was also at...
Forum: Thumpers 03-23-2015, 07:11 PM
Replies: 6,185
Views: 802,696
Posted By danketchpel
Hmm... those are some interesting concept bikes,...

Hmm... those are some interesting concept bikes, kinda like Cafe Racers but truncated.

I think the newer KTM based Huskys have better fueling from what I've read, but still EPA/Gov't lean so...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-23-2015, 06:52 PM
Replies: 2,071
Views: 205,387
Posted By danketchpel
What a sweet shot that is! Somehow my photo in...

What a sweet shot that is! Somehow my photo in that location didn't come out nearly as artistic.

It's good to see somebody giving the bike a good solid workout in the real world. Hopefully Ducati...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-23-2015, 02:18 PM
Replies: 2,071
Views: 205,387
Posted By danketchpel
I've seen somebody riding a yellow Scrambler...

I've seen somebody riding a yellow Scrambler around Ventura County. I suspect it's a press bike also. I've seen it on the freeway twice now.
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-23-2015, 02:13 PM
Replies: 12,634
Views: 1,766,419
Posted By danketchpel
No, not yet. I'm not sure you can get an accurate...

No, not yet. I'm not sure you can get an accurate runout reading with a full floating rotor. I might setup a dial indicator to see if I can detect which rotor (or both?) are warped. I can definitely...
Forum: Thumpers 03-23-2015, 05:01 AM
Replies: 6,185
Views: 802,696
Posted By danketchpel
A riding buddy has a TE449 I've ridden a few...

A riding buddy has a TE449 I've ridden a few times, don't care for it much. He likes my DRZ better and so do I.

I totally understand what you're looking for but suggest a test ride FOR SURE before...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-23-2015, 04:39 AM
Replies: 7,170
Views: 1,180,836
Posted By danketchpel
I'm right with you. I have little interest in...

I'm right with you. I have little interest in liter+ sized bikes in the dirt. I don't care who can superman what pig down a trail, I'm just not interested to wrestle a beast over 450 lbs in the dirt...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-22-2015, 09:38 PM
Replies: 2,071
Views: 205,387
Posted By danketchpel
Likewise, I was very close to buying the T...

Likewise, I was very close to buying the T Scrambler. At first to make into the Scrambler very close to those in the Raise the Dust video, then later considered melding one with a Thruxton.

I test...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-22-2015, 07:07 PM
Replies: 12,634
Views: 1,766,419
Posted By danketchpel
I finally did the fork seals/oil change on my...

I finally did the fork seals/oil change on my Stelvio this weekend (thanks JA for the tips).

I thought I'd post a photo of the forks apart for your entertainment and general reference.
...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-22-2015, 06:50 PM
Replies: 12,634
Views: 1,766,419
Posted By danketchpel
I'd probably choose a F800GS or a Tiger 800 XCX...

I'd probably choose a F800GS or a Tiger 800 XCX (personally I favor the Tiggers, but the 800GS is supposed to be better in the dirt) but I'm not sure either with give you the Guzzi feeling we all...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-21-2015, 05:20 AM
Replies: 2,071
Views: 205,387
Posted By danketchpel
I totally agree, there is too much worry "my bike...

I totally agree, there is too much worry "my bike isn't good enough". If it doesn't have ABS and traction control I'm gonna die on it. If it doesn't have 150hp it's way too slow.

I wish the...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-21-2015, 05:01 AM
Replies: 2,071
Views: 205,387
Posted By danketchpel
That was a good video. I do hope Triumph...

That was a good video.

I do hope Triumph gives some love to their Scrambler, especially some more wheaties.

I can't wait to demo the Scrambler, my only worry is I'll find it too much to ride....
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-20-2015, 05:36 AM
Replies: 12,634
Views: 1,766,419
Posted By danketchpel
Thanks Peter. My front brakes pulse pretty...

Thanks Peter.

My front brakes pulse pretty bad. I need to check the bobbins for sure. The wheel is coming off today for a new PR4 Trail front tire. I'll check it out. I wouldn't be surprised if...
Forum: Thumpers 03-19-2015, 10:11 AM
Replies: 6,185
Views: 802,696
Posted By danketchpel
Well I finally broke the stupid rear fender...

Well I finally broke the stupid rear fender extension on my last dirt ride. I knew it was coming, just didn't know when.

So now it's time to re-engineer the whole deal for a permanent solution.
...
Forum: Thumpers 03-18-2015, 11:13 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,010
Posted By danketchpel
+1 Having come off a '09 KLR after 20k miles...

+1

Having come off a '09 KLR after 20k miles I find my TR650 far better both on the pavement and in the dirt.

The Husky TEs are better still in the dirt but I think the TR is a great match for...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-18-2015, 11:03 AM
Replies: 12,634
Views: 1,766,419
Posted By danketchpel
I agree, the blue looks nice. I haven't seen one...

I agree, the blue looks nice. I haven't seen one of those yet. The local dealer didn't have a blue one the last time I was in there.
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-17-2015, 07:04 PM
Replies: 12,634
Views: 1,766,419
Posted By danketchpel
I ride with quite a few Harleys. Some of those...

I ride with quite a few Harleys. Some of those guys also own sport bikes and we hit the canyons together also. The HDs come out for the couple's rides.

I don't have anything against HDs other than...
Forum: Equipment 03-13-2015, 06:12 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,475
Posted By danketchpel
How wind/cold proof is the shell? By that I mean...

How wind/cold proof is the shell? By that I mean if there is little insulation in it does the jacket feel cold? I understand you will need under layers etc. I normally use a heated jacket liner but...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-11-2015, 07:16 PM
Replies: 12,634
Views: 1,766,419
Posted By danketchpel
I use a 15amp fuse on my powerlet sockets and...

I use a 15amp fuse on my powerlet sockets and have never had a problem.

I'm getting tired of the adapters and have a powerlet plug I'm going to graft onto the slime compressor cord and cut off...
Forum: Road warriors 03-10-2015, 04:29 PM
Replies: 327
Views: 94,483
Posted By danketchpel
Thanks for the pillion info. My wife is right in...

Thanks for the pillion info. My wife is right in that size range so it's spot on for my needs. From all I've read it sounds like a Sargent seat or similar would be a good investment. I'm not too...
Forum: Thumpers 03-09-2015, 06:57 PM
Replies: 6,185
Views: 802,696
Posted By danketchpel
Yes, so many have said it's what the KLR and it's...

Yes, so many have said it's what the KLR and it's ancient cohorts should have evolved into if Japan Inc. ever work up from their deep sleep.

Being a "ex"KLR owner I fully understand the progress...
Forum: Thumpers 03-09-2015, 05:18 PM
Replies: 6,185
Views: 802,696
Posted By danketchpel
I have a Madstad windshield and Seat Concepts...

I have a Madstad windshield and Seat Concepts seat, no Safari tank though.

I like both the Madstad and Seat Concepts products, though slightly customized both. I ordered my Madstad screen short,...
Forum: Thumpers 03-09-2015, 04:09 PM
Replies: 6,185
Views: 802,696
Posted By danketchpel
I rode my Terra to work today after spending the...

I rode my Terra to work today after spending the past couple weeks riding my other bikes. Dang.... I forgot just how smooth this honey is. I swear it might be the smoothest running bike in the...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-09-2015, 03:53 PM
Replies: 12,634
Views: 1,766,419
Posted By danketchpel
Hopefully you can avoid ping land, it sucks. My...

Hopefully you can avoid ping land, it sucks. My Stelvio rolled over 20,000 miles on yesterday's ride over the San Jacinto Mtns through Idylwild to Palm Springs.
...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-07-2015, 04:50 PM
Replies: 12,634
Views: 1,766,419
Posted By danketchpel
I've always run premium, usually Chevron if I can...

I've always run premium, usually Chevron if I can get it.

The first year or so I had no problems with pinging, but last year in the summer time it pinged pretty badly when I was riding 2 up but no...
Forum: Road warriors 03-07-2015, 04:02 PM
Replies: 327
Views: 94,483
Posted By danketchpel
Nice to know about the suspension options. I...

Nice to know about the suspension options.

I put braided lines on all my bikes that don't come with them. I consider them essential.

I am planning on a small fly screen.

I have a Dart screen...
Forum: Road warriors 03-07-2015, 01:47 PM
Replies: 327
Views: 94,483
Posted By danketchpel
Great commentary on the pillion situation. My gal...

Great commentary on the pillion situation. My gal is petite so it should work out OK for the rides I have in mind for this bike.

Kevin, thanks for clarifying the CB suspension info. It seems like...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-06-2015, 01:11 PM
Replies: 12,634
Views: 1,766,419
Posted By danketchpel
Very possible. If it has the FTDI chip it will...

Very possible. If it has the FTDI chip it will probably work.
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-06-2015, 01:10 PM
Replies: 12,634
Views: 1,766,419
Posted By danketchpel
SM, I have been using the "5AM guzzidiag two...

SM,

I have been using the "5AM guzzidiag two lambda V1.26.xdf" file.

I see there is now an updated V1.28 xdf file on the site. I will begin using that one as Paul has probably made some tweaks....
Forum: Road warriors 03-06-2015, 12:57 PM
Replies: 327
Views: 94,483
Posted By danketchpel
Thanks for the feedback guys. I was looking...

Thanks for the feedback guys.

I was looking at a CB1100 yesteday, the suspension is really basic, almost zero adjustability other than rear preload.

My Ducati Sport Classic has reminded me how...
Forum: Road warriors 03-05-2015, 06:59 PM
Replies: 327
Views: 94,483
Posted By danketchpel
I'm strongly considering a naked standard "UJM"...

I'm strongly considering a naked standard "UJM" type of bike to add to the stable (see sig below).

This won't be a primary bike. It's roll as I see it now are more local rides, often 2 up,...
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