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Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me Yesterday, 07:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 332
Posted By Butters
I have a Garmin Montana on my Thumper, but also...

I have a Garmin Montana on my Thumper, but also have a Nuvi 500 (or 550) that I used on my street bikes. They are waterproof and I imagine fairly vibration resistant as they are intended for cars,...
Forum: Equipment 04-12-2014, 08:23 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,291
Posted By Butters
I agree about the quality of the FX-39. It is...

I agree about the quality of the FX-39. It is definitely the lowest quality helmet I own. But I don't expect much in a cheap helmet. However, my equally cheap GMax is far superior in terms of...
Forum: Equipment 04-12-2014, 08:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,291
Posted By Butters
It's funny - Nolan's website said one area BMW...

It's funny - Nolan's website said one area BMW dealer (Bob's) was a dealer but they had none. Another BMW dealer (Morton's) wasn't listed but they have a pretty good selection. However, while they...
Forum: Equipment 04-11-2014, 10:49 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 991
Posted By Butters
It sounds like you know the risks of going with...

It sounds like you know the risks of going with different materials. If you are willing to accept that risk (which I think is probably greatly exaggerated), then go for it.

Having grown up in...
Forum: Equipment 04-09-2014, 08:53 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,291
Posted By Butters
Nolan N44/N43 is sort of a cross between a DS and...

Nolan N44/N43 is sort of a cross between a DS and Modular Helmet:

http://images0.revzilla.com/product_images/0062/9826/nolan_n44_helmet_detail.jpg...
Forum: Thumpers 04-07-2014, 11:33 AM
Replies: 6,106
Views: 935,452
Posted By Butters
So I find when I'm in stop and go traffic my...

So I find when I'm in stop and go traffic my clutch seems to drag a bit when disengaged (regardless of adjustment). In addition, while feathering the clutch at low speeds it seems to be more choppy...
Forum: Thumpers 04-07-2014, 05:09 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,266
Posted By Butters
Convert the KLX to 21/18 and keep it for dirt,...

Convert the KLX to 21/18 and keep it for dirt, and then buy a decent V-Strom for about $3000.
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 04-04-2014, 02:45 PM
Replies: 5,215
Views: 218,237
Posted By Butters
I put Pilot Activs on my old K75 and really liked...

I put Pilot Activs on my old K75 and really liked them compared to the lasertecs that people typically put on them. Pretty limited choices for decent bias ply tires, but I was impressed with those...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 04-03-2014, 06:24 PM
Replies: 5,215
Views: 218,237
Posted By Butters
I assume what you are talking about is there is a...

I assume what you are talking about is there is a low spot in the tire where the bead won't pop out evenly on the rim. Definitely frustrating. I don't know if there is a perfect fix for that. When...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 04-01-2014, 05:06 PM
Replies: 5,215
Views: 218,237
Posted By Butters
I know George has a BMW only rule, but I didn't...

I know George has a BMW only rule, but I didn't realize it extended to wheels. But he had said the few times he worked on other makes he got burned (time wise) since it is hard for him to know what...
Forum: Thumpers 03-24-2014, 04:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 895
Posted By Butters
You guys are harsh! The guy put on 11K in a...

You guys are harsh! The guy put on 11K in a short riding season up there in Siberia which is more than I can say for myself. (Although Virginia may have rivaled MN for snow this winter :huh).
...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 03-15-2014, 08:59 AM
Replies: 5,215
Views: 218,237
Posted By Butters
+1 Unless he's changed prices it's $25 if...

+1

Unless he's changed prices it's $25 if you just bring the wheel and $50 if it is still one the bike.
Forum: Equipment 03-15-2014, 08:56 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,946
Posted By Butters
Is the liner waterproof and/or insulated? ...

Is the liner waterproof and/or insulated?

This jacket reminds me of my Olympia Bushwacker - which I love as a summer jacket. The Bushwacker comes with a liner that is both insulated and...
Forum: The Garage 03-02-2014, 08:16 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,159
Posted By Butters
I like the idea behind Kickstarter. It lets...

I like the idea behind Kickstarter. It lets people directly decide if they want to invest in something - versus the stock market which seems to have grown into price speculation and price...
Forum: Thumpers 02-28-2014, 04:27 PM
Replies: 6,106
Views: 935,452
Posted By Butters
Certainly nothing wrong with Ohlins. But their...

Certainly nothing wrong with Ohlins. But their application for the X-Challenge actually raises the already high seat height. A good deal too. Not an issue if you are 6'2", but it was a deal killer...
Forum: Thumpers 02-28-2014, 03:37 PM
Replies: 6,106
Views: 935,452
Posted By Butters
I've had the 460 for about a year and have no...

I've had the 460 for about a year and have no complaints. In addition, you can always convert the 460 to a 461 down the line, but it will be more expensive than doing it upfront. Maybe I'm content...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-24-2014, 04:58 PM
Replies: 366
Views: 20,458
Posted By Butters
My confession . . .

I was riding home today and coming up to a nice tight S turn (tight right then tighter left) on a 40 mph two lane road. I've taken this turn hundreds of times and it is a highlight of my commute. ...
Forum: The Garage 02-20-2014, 04:49 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,159
Posted By Butters
You guys are totally missing the point. He's...

You guys are totally missing the point. He's developed the "most aesthetically pleasing" screw holder. Where's my checkbook?
Forum: Equipment 02-13-2014, 05:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,095
Posted By Butters
The Gaerne Balance Oiled are even nicer looking...

The Gaerne Balance Oiled are even nicer looking than the Balance Pro Tech and are very subtle under jeans. They cost more than the Pro Techs however.
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 02-13-2014, 03:40 PM
Replies: 5,215
Views: 218,237
Posted By Butters
I've always liked the idea of having a SM, but it...

I've always liked the idea of having a SM, but it is too similar to my thumper to justify. Having owned a DRZ 400S, I'm pretty sure that wouldn't be my choice for an SM. I'd be far more inclined to...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-11-2014, 09:32 AM
Replies: 850
Views: 41,834
Posted By Butters
I have to disagree with this assessment. An...

I have to disagree with this assessment. An individual's experience IS data. And while I commend you for trying to bring some objectivity to this long debated subject, your test essentially had a...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-09-2014, 04:22 PM
Replies: 850
Views: 41,834
Posted By Butters
Don't get too excited, but we are now only 56...

Don't get too excited, but we are now only 56 posts behind the last car tire thread. I'm going to put the over-under at March 1, 2014 for when we surpass it.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-09-2014, 12:03 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,943
Posted By Butters
:eek1 Have you ever bought into the "theory" that...

:eek1 Have you ever bought into the "theory" that plastic/composites break on impact and it may not be visible, especially under paint? Or the theory that styrofoam compresses and it may not be...
Forum: Equipment 02-07-2014, 03:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 865
Posted By Butters
I own a pair of Sidi Adventure Rains and owned a...

I own a pair of Sidi Adventure Rains and owned a pair of G-Adventures. Haven't owned the Balance Oiled, but they may be my next pair if I don't get another pair of Sidis.

I too would essentially...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 02-06-2014, 07:53 PM
Replies: 5,215
Views: 218,237
Posted By Butters
Good deal on a Motorcycle lift . . .

I saw this over on Slickdeals - A Kobalt MC lift for $33. However, the best I could find local is $40 with two available at the Gaithersburg Lowes:...
Forum: Equipment 02-04-2014, 05:04 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,475
Posted By Butters
I don't have any experience with the other two,...

I don't have any experience with the other two, but I had the G-Adventures for a brief time. While they are a fine boot and good value, they are nowhere near as protective as my Sidi Adventures, and...
Forum: Equipment 02-02-2014, 05:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 849
Posted By Butters
The Olympia X-Moto ($260) and Moab ($190) would...

The Olympia X-Moto ($260) and Moab ($190) would probably fit your needs. I wear the previous version of the Moab (Bushwacker) as my Summer jacket and have been very impressed with it. I've always...
Forum: Thumpers 02-01-2014, 02:18 PM
Replies: 6,106
Views: 935,452
Posted By Butters
You could always keep the X and get something...

You could always keep the X and get something like a Strom or Versys (or Versys 1K since you're in Canada!). You're probably not looking at much more cash than selling the X and buying an F800. I...
Forum: Thumpers 02-01-2014, 05:44 AM
Replies: 6,106
Views: 935,452
Posted By Butters
If you look at the first post of this thread, you...

If you look at the first post of this thread, you can see a lot of the typical issues. But by and large, you'll just want to find a well maintained, non-abused example. If I was buying one today,...
Forum: Thumpers 02-01-2014, 05:31 AM
Replies: 6,106
Views: 935,452
Posted By Butters
It isn't that bad. IIRC, you need to remove, or...

It isn't that bad. IIRC, you need to remove, or at least loosen the rear wheel. Maybe it isn't necessary, but I think I found it was worth getting it out of the way (I didn't totally remove it).
...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 02-01-2014, 05:21 AM
Replies: 5,215
Views: 218,237
Posted By Butters
I've been pretty impressed with PW Forest. We've...

I've been pretty impressed with PW Forest. We've camped there several times and it typically doesn't fill up except for really popular weekends (i.e. 3 day weekends in the spring/summer). The...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-29-2014, 07:12 PM
Replies: 850
Views: 41,834
Posted By Butters
I don't want to make any blanket statements here,...

I don't want to make any blanket statements here, because I think the one thing this thread shows is that if you try to make an absolute statement you'll probably be absolutely wrong.

Although I...
Forum: Equipment 01-29-2014, 06:53 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,635
Posted By Butters
Sorry - no pics, but I just compared both types...

Sorry - no pics, but I just compared both types inside my garage. My garage is roughly 20'x20'. I set up the lights at the back of the garage and shined them on the garage door. In short, they...
Forum: Equipment 01-22-2014, 03:13 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,635
Posted By Butters
My lights arrived today. Here's my impressions: ...

My lights arrived today. Here's my impressions:

Quality seems fine, especially given the price. We'll see if they last.
As discussed, they're a bit over 4.5". They are quite heavy, maybe 3...
Forum: Equipment 01-21-2014, 10:21 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,635
Posted By Butters
You could do that since the draw is only about 2...

You could do that since the draw is only about 2 amps. I would think most switches can handle that fine. But you need to remember to turn them off when you're done. I always prefer using a relay -...
Forum: Equipment 01-21-2014, 09:31 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,635
Posted By Butters
I bought a pair of both. I'm thinking of using...

I bought a pair of both. I'm thinking of using one pair as back up lights on my truck. I'll figure out a use for the other pair or keep them around until I get another bike. Maybe some aux lights...
Forum: Equipment 01-20-2014, 09:36 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,635
Posted By Butters
Cheap LED lights on sale on Amazon

Saw this over on Slickdeals ($19.99 each):

Square 30 degree LEDs: ...
Forum: Thumpers 01-17-2014, 04:38 AM
Replies: 182
Views: 10,876
Posted By Butters
Even if the OP were correct (which I doubt as I...

Even if the OP were correct (which I doubt as I think JohnCW has shown), not many people want to ride a dirt bike where you have to always be at 4-5000 rpm to get suitable power. Moreover, look at...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 01-12-2014, 01:05 PM
Replies: 5,215
Views: 218,237
Posted By Butters
Sorry I didn't see this earlier. However, since...

Sorry I didn't see this earlier. However, since my wife had the Landcruiser, I couldn't have gotten you until today. Hopefully the tow wasn't too much $$$.
Forum: Thumpers 01-06-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 8,565
Views: 1,219,296
Posted By Butters
Well, I hope this doesn't doesn't give you...

Well, I hope this doesn't doesn't give you buyer's remorse, but I actually didn't notice a huge difference in heat mitigation when I switched to a LV exhaust on my my X-Challenge. Obviously, the cat...
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