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Forum: Beasts 04-05-2014, 04:06 PM
Replies: 1,962
Views: 308,409
Posted By Farmer Hank
Overlong, wordy 2nd ride report

:clapI finally managed to get a good long ride in on my new 2014 DL1000. It was cold and windy as sh*t today, but I had to get out and ride the new moto…. I put 275 miles on the bike today and here...
Forum: Beasts 03-28-2014, 06:13 AM
Replies: 1,962
Views: 308,409
Posted By Farmer Hank
The dealer said that the bike had been run at all...

The dealer said that the bike had been run at all rpms and all gears on a chassis dyno at the factory before shipping to check everything. His statement was "everyone has a different recipe for...
Forum: Beasts 03-27-2014, 04:49 PM
Replies: 1,962
Views: 308,409
Posted By Farmer Hank
Took the long way home - First Impressions

Finally got a half decent day to pick up my new 2014 DL1000 at the dealers. Been sitting there for 10 days due to weather and a ski vacation. The dealer is only 2 miles from my house, but I managed...
Forum: Beasts 03-11-2014, 07:14 PM
Replies: 1,962
Views: 308,409
Posted By Farmer Hank
Accessory prices in US are pretty steep. $310 for...

Accessory prices in US are pretty steep. $310 for heated grips. $800 for crash bars and skid plate. $285 for center stand. $235 for touring windscreen. I'll wait a couple months and see if the...
Forum: Beasts 03-11-2014, 04:54 PM
Replies: 1,962
Views: 308,409
Posted By Farmer Hank
Just got a call from the local Kawhonukiaha...

Just got a call from the local Kawhonukiaha dealer here in the Mid-Atlantic. Looks like a few 2014 Strom 1000's will be released soon to those who ordered one early. Since yours truly falls in that...
Forum: Beasts 03-02-2014, 04:58 PM
Replies: 654
Views: 59,487
Posted By Farmer Hank
5' 17" tall (6' 5" for the math challenged) 35"...

5' 17" tall (6' 5" for the math challenged) 35" inseam. DL 650A Weestrom with a Russell saddle, Madstad bracket and screen. Seems to cover lots of miles without much pain and suffering.
Forum: Beasts 02-28-2014, 02:32 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,908
Posted By Farmer Hank
The DL 1000 is a great bike if you ever ride 2 up...

The DL 1000 is a great bike if you ever ride 2 up or for wide open western spaces. If you want to hustle thru tight mountain twisties, the Wee 650 is a much more nimble dancing partner. If you can...
Forum: Beasts 01-25-2014, 06:49 AM
Replies: 1,962
Views: 308,409
Posted By Farmer Hank
Cruise control

I added an Audiovox cruise control to my 07 Wee with excellent results. The new DL still has actual throttle cables connected to the throttle bodies, i.e., it is not an ECM controlled "drive by wire"...
Forum: Thumpers 01-11-2014, 05:04 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,768
Posted By Farmer Hank
Could never get My DR stable at highway speeds -...

Could never get My DR stable at highway speeds - always seemed to want to wobble, hunt, and weave, even with scorpion A/T (Street) tires. This experience is what prejudices me against it.
My...
Forum: Thumpers 01-10-2014, 06:48 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,768
Posted By Farmer Hank
My DR 650 was far worse on the highway than my...

My DR 650 was far worse on the highway than my Wee-Strom was/is on gravel. Unless you're really going to spend a lot of effort seeking primitive roads, take a reliable 650 to 800 cc twin, they are...
Forum: Beasts 01-08-2014, 11:56 AM
Replies: 1,962
Views: 308,409
Posted By Farmer Hank
Laugh Vee Strom, Wee Strom, Beak Strom

Just ordered a new 2014 DL1000 from the local dealer. I've been riding Stroms since I became "slightly" upset at the amount of service my new BMW was requiring. 14 years after my first, (A DL1000K1...
Forum: Beasts 03-28-2013, 09:50 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,306
Posted By Farmer Hank
I'm 6"5" and the bike fits me well --- This makes...

I'm 6"5" and the bike fits me well --- This makes me think you might have trouble.
Forum: Beasts 03-28-2013, 09:44 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 10,697
Posted By Farmer Hank
Wee Strom Worship

Rode the S10 and liked it a lot. Got back on my wee and loved it more. The Wee is lighter and much more fun to dance with.
S10 is mucho heavier, slower handling, and the engine is as exciting and...
Forum: Beasts 02-19-2013, 03:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,594
Posted By Farmer Hank
Another vote for Rick at Cogent. I've used him...

Another vote for Rick at Cogent. I've used him several times and am very happy. I've also used him to re-valve big name / high dollar shocks that weren't close to right from the factory.
Forum: Beasts 02-19-2013, 03:02 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,938
Posted By Farmer Hank
I've had Russell Day-Long And Sergeant....

I've had Russell Day-Long And Sergeant. Dissapointed in the sargeant - it was better than stock, but not by that much. Russell is worth the hassle, still comfy after loooong hours in the saddle.
Forum: Thumpers 01-27-2012, 04:07 PM
Replies: 41,279
Views: 7,691,993
Posted By Farmer Hank
AFIK sprockets for the WR-F and YZ models will...

AFIK sprockets for the WR-F and YZ models will fit the WR250R. The rear sprocket holes on the WR-F and YZ are dished so the stock sprocket bolts need to be replaced with the ones from the racebikes....
Forum: Road warriors 10-27-2011, 03:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,186
Posted By Farmer Hank
I'd take the V-Strom off your list. It's a big,...

I'd take the V-Strom off your list. It's a big, stretched out bike that fits me well, and I am 6'5". The 650 Strom has a dished seat to lower seat height a bit, but It's still quite a reach to the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-19-2011, 10:27 AM
Replies: 190
Views: 13,851
Posted By Farmer Hank
WTF let's stir it up. I am willing to devote 100...

WTF let's stir it up. I am willing to devote 100 percent to MY safety. If it offends yer delicate sensibilities I really don't care. Modulators are a Federally approved safety device that I choose to...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-18-2011, 03:33 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 13,851
Posted By Farmer Hank
Once a long time ago that resulted in wearing...

Once a long time ago that resulted in wearing plaster and a totaled bike, Close calls used to be too frequent, even with proper lane positioning, covering the brakes, and running high beams and a...
Forum: Thumpers 08-16-2011, 09:49 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,768
Posted By Farmer Hank
I'm gonna vote for the wr250r. I have a DR650 and...

I'm gonna vote for the wr250r. I have a DR650 and it feels HEAVY! It's 80 lbs. heavier than the WRR and a lot of weight up high. It actually feels heavier than my weestrom when riding. The DR (as...
Forum: Thumpers 06-18-2011, 06:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,022
Posted By Farmer Hank
I really thouight I wanted a DR also. I bought a...

I really thouight I wanted a DR also. I bought a nice used one and did a lot of suspension and other upgrades. It turns out that I actually like my 650 vstrom much better - even for exploring gravel...
Forum: Beasts 04-17-2011, 05:27 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,948
Posted By Farmer Hank
Thumb Another vote for audiovox. Installation takes a...

Another vote for audiovox. Installation takes a bit of thinking and planning. There are instructions and pictures on VSRI and other sites, but you need to be comfortable with working on yer bike. The...
Forum: Beasts 07-07-2010, 04:02 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,953
Posted By Farmer Hank
Big fan of Anakee's and Anakee 2's. I like them a...

Big fan of Anakee's and Anakee 2's. I like them a lot more than Tourances especially in the wet. Got spit off my wee losing the stock front Trail Wing on clean, dry (but cold) pavement and have...
Forum: Beasts 01-27-2010, 04:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 900
Posted By Farmer Hank
Custom cables are available from Motion Pro....

Custom cables are available from Motion Pro. Wiring Extensions from Eastern Beaver, I combined these with Countour SE Pastrana bars and Roxx risers. Probably moved the bars up 2" and back 1". Total...
Forum: Equipment 12-01-2009, 09:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,445
Posted By Farmer Hank
My Sidis have held up mo'better than the BMW...

My Sidis have held up mo'better than the BMW touring boots I had before them. Mucho stitching ripped out of the BMW boots when tried to extricate my foot from under my bike after a lowside. (thanx...
Forum: Beasts 09-13-2009, 03:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 793
Posted By Farmer Hank
Thumb WEE Upgrades

I've just returned from a 450 mile day of twistys and gravel roads on my 07 WEE. No Strain, no pain for my aging 6'5" body. 4 critical upgrades for the WEE make this comfortable. 1 - windshield - Use...
Forum: Beasts 11-01-2007, 03:25 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,134
Posted By Farmer Hank
Ride it like you stole it. Eventually you will...

Ride it like you stole it. Eventually you will make a mistake when pushing too hard and go sliding across the pavement. This adds greatly to the excitement and chases all the boredom away (ask me how...
Forum: Beasts 10-31-2007, 05:11 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 7,889
Posted By Farmer Hank
Keep the Wee. I spent three times as much for a...

Keep the Wee. I spent three times as much for a BMW and it was a maintenance nightmare. Another high tech, higher upkeep, can't trust it, ride it out of the shop, haul it back piece of crap (and if...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-22-2007, 08:21 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,780
Posted By Farmer Hank
Freeway riding in commuter traffic is too...

Freeway riding in commuter traffic is too stressful for me. I have found that a headlight modulator works wonderful on 2 way roads. Constantly flashing high beams definitley reduce the amount of...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-22-2007, 07:51 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,279
Posted By Farmer Hank
A little fear is healthy, but it should be...

A little fear is healthy, but it should be reasonable, not paralyzing or overwhelming. I've had to deal with more fear skiing than motorcycling but the approach seems similar.
Educate yourself. Try...
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