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Forum: Beasts 09-05-2014, 09:21 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 13,311
Posted By bleedgrn
Very nice write-up and congratulations on turning...

Very nice write-up and congratulations on turning 100K, sounds like that was a goal. After all the heart you put into this bike I would think you should just keep riding. BTW your bike is lacking a...
Forum: Beasts 08-30-2014, 07:41 PM
Replies: 9,165
Views: 3,566,173
Posted By bleedgrn
The crash bar bags I sourced from the luggage...

The crash bar bags I sourced from the luggage section at Wall-Mart for $9 bucks each. They were actually backpacks and I cut off the back straps. Has side clips that fit on the crash bars and I zip...
Forum: Beasts 08-28-2014, 09:03 PM
Replies: 9,165
Views: 3,566,173
Posted By bleedgrn
Packed and ready for the Road

She feels a little heavy on the side stand, but in motion very stable. Carrying my water in the front crash bar bags.
...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 07-11-2014, 05:14 PM
Replies: 2,000
Views: 133,739
Posted By bleedgrn
Here is a couple of quick pics from the ride...

Here is a couple of quick pics from the ride Jesse led. BTW thanks to all those involved in organizing the event. Great fun ride today, even though it was a little wet. Very impressed with the...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 07-10-2014, 05:21 PM
Replies: 2,000
Views: 133,739
Posted By bleedgrn
I appreciate the feedback. Actually not...

I appreciate the feedback. Actually not concerned at all about the dirt roads. I ride dirt roads regularly just when wet they feel a little slick. Looking forward to the ride. Should be three of...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 07-10-2014, 05:54 AM
Replies: 2,000
Views: 133,739
Posted By bleedgrn
I'm in

I was talking if over with musty40 and he talked me into it. We are interested in the big bike ride and plan to link up with the group for morning coffee. Should be fun. I was a little sketchy...
Forum: Beasts 06-20-2014, 07:38 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,281
Posted By bleedgrn
Reading these types of threads makes me think the...

Reading these types of threads makes me think the V-Strom is the only bike that suffers from buffeting. Being 5'8" 29 inseam the Tuono mirrors, Madstad bracket and windshield fixed "my" buffeting...
Forum: Beasts 05-28-2014, 07:16 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,522
Posted By bleedgrn
If we are talking best value of any bike I would...

If we are talking best value of any bike I would have to say the KLR 650 probably takes the cake. I own and love my 12 DL650 which is heavily farkled but have spent way more than I ever would have...
Forum: Beasts 05-12-2014, 02:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,154
Posted By bleedgrn
I would say Yann's Enduro Guardian skid plates...

I would say Yann's Enduro Guardian skid plates rates probably the highest. I run a SW-Motech skidplate which has been fine although I don't treat my V-Strom like a MX bike. Probably worth spending...
Forum: Beasts 05-05-2014, 06:37 AM
Replies: 9,165
Views: 3,566,173
Posted By bleedgrn
Here is a latest pic of my farkled out DL 650. ...

Here is a latest pic of my farkled out DL 650.

...
Forum: Beasts 05-05-2014, 06:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 721
Posted By bleedgrn
I personally have the SW-Motech skidplate. Like...

I personally have the SW-Motech skidplate. Like the clean look but of course there are others that maybe a little better. The Yann Enduro Guardian probably rates the best among V-Strom lovers. ...
Forum: Beasts 04-30-2014, 08:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 835
Posted By bleedgrn
Assuming you are not posting from the U.S....

Assuming you are not posting from the U.S. because this nice polycylinder bike is not available to us Yankees. I have read reviews on the KLE 500 and they are a great bike for the money. Not as...
Forum: Beasts 04-26-2014, 08:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,024
Posted By bleedgrn
Farkling is part of the fun with this bike. If...

Farkling is part of the fun with this bike. If on road comfort and safety is #1 &2. I would find a 2011 or earlier because there is a huge number of cheap windscreens, seats, bar riser (can go 30mm...
Forum: Beasts 04-10-2014, 07:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,482
Posted By bleedgrn
If you were to compare the V-strom to the Versys,...

If you were to compare the V-strom to the Versys, the strom is a far better load carrier and has a far better aftermarket following to setup to meet your needs. The Versys is a great road bike/...
Forum: 2 smokers 03-16-2014, 06:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,024
Posted By bleedgrn
Well the 01 sold before I could see it. There is...

Well the 01 sold before I could see it. There is a good running, avg condition 97 YZ 250 I am going to go look at tomorrow. Asking $1000, hoping to spend 800-900 perhaps. We will see on condition....
Forum: 2 smokers 03-11-2014, 07:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,024
Posted By bleedgrn
Looking at a 01 YZ250 on Thursday hopefully for...

Looking at a 01 YZ250 on Thursday hopefully for $1300. Upper and lower engine rebuild last year. I appreciate all the above feedback. I totally agree with sticking with the 99 or newer for...
Forum: 2 smokers 03-09-2014, 07:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,024
Posted By bleedgrn
Thanks for the feedback. I have been reading...

Thanks for the feedback. I have been reading more about this vintage of bike and sounds like most of the better updates occurred in 06. 99 and new have a revised motor. I am considering a couple...
Forum: 2 smokers 03-08-2014, 05:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,024
Posted By bleedgrn
Well finally got to go see the 98 or what is left...

Well finally got to go see the 98 or what is left of it. Lying against the back wall with the carb hanging from vacuum lines. The motor was still apart with the jug simply set on. The clutch...
Forum: 2 smokers 03-08-2014, 07:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,024
Posted By bleedgrn
A little more info, but have not gone to look...

A little more info, but have not gone to look yet. The 98 has the motor out. The owner rebuilt the lower end and put a new piston in, FMF pipe/silencer. Sounds like a couple of parts are missing...
Forum: 2 smokers 03-07-2014, 07:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,024
Posted By bleedgrn
Talking Give me pointers on the 98-01 YZ 250

A friend and I are looking at buying a couple of Yamaha YZ 250s. One is a 98 the other a 01. First question is are there differences in these two bikes? From what I have read they are nearly...
Forum: Beasts 02-04-2014, 07:48 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,062
Posted By bleedgrn
Well Halky, Glad you found something to meet...

Well Halky,
Glad you found something to meet your finicky taste. Sounds like you really wanted a Honda product from the beginning. What year is your Varadero? About what did you pay for it? I...
Forum: Beasts 02-04-2014, 08:24 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,062
Posted By bleedgrn
Where are the spoked rims you required?

Where are the spoked rims you required?
Forum: Beasts 02-04-2014, 08:22 AM
Replies: 1,519
Views: 722,741
Posted By bleedgrn
Why do you think the Suzuki DL is called a...

Why do you think the Suzuki DL is called a V-Strom? Because it is a V-twin!
Forum: Beasts 01-23-2014, 02:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 952
Posted By bleedgrn
If you used a "torque wrench" like you said, it...

If you used a "torque wrench" like you said, it will need re-calibrated at least.

Don't I feel like an idiot. I have use my torque wrench occasionally to break loose a stubborn bolt. Usually use...
Forum: Beasts 01-23-2014, 02:10 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 14,810
Posted By bleedgrn
Great explanation, thanks! I purchased the same...

Great explanation, thanks! I purchased the same Madstad 20" with bracket. Seemed to be a great deal. I have yet to use it since I purchased in December and currently have 3 feet snow on the ground...
Forum: Beasts 01-13-2014, 08:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,251
Posted By bleedgrn
+1 for riding the DL650 two up. My wife and I...

+1 for riding the DL650 two up. My wife and I (similar 400lbs with gear) ride usually no more than 100 miles together. The bike is great for one and in my opinion most other bikes two up lack the...
Forum: Beasts 01-12-2014, 10:32 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 6,743
Posted By bleedgrn
Not sure how someone can pick apart this bike and...

Not sure how someone can pick apart this bike and make it sound like a bad value. Perfect world would be the V-strom 650 or 1000, and a light weight WR250 or 450 for dirt work. The WR will run...
Forum: Beasts 01-08-2014, 10:53 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 6,743
Posted By bleedgrn
My standard 2012 was $7300 OTD $8200 considering...

My standard 2012 was $7300 OTD $8200 considering my local tax. Rode almost daily for the last riding season and really consider this bike to be well balanced. The aftermarket support is almost...
Forum: Beasts 12-14-2013, 12:01 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,125
Posted By bleedgrn
Just thought I would chime in here since you...

Just thought I would chime in here since you sound as though you are still contemplating. I too was comparing bikes when I decided on my 12 DL650. The bikes I considered were similiar: older wee...
Forum: Beasts 10-20-2013, 10:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 932
Posted By bleedgrn
Looks like a great price for a 07, so long as its...

Looks like a great price for a 07, so long as its not trashed. Make sure you go for a good ride, bring up to running temp, go through all gears. Believe it or not, you can 2 up on the 650, maybe...
Forum: Beasts 10-18-2013, 03:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,058
Posted By bleedgrn
Well said. I also tend to stay loose in a...

Well said. I also tend to stay loose in a variable side wind. I ride over a very high bridge 2 mile span which catches 40+mph wind fairly often. Staying loose and slowing down makes negotiating...
Forum: Beasts 10-18-2013, 08:50 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,125
Posted By bleedgrn
S10 nicer than the DL1K, TBD once the new one is...

S10 nicer than the DL1K, TBD once the new one is released. I think you are on the right track waiting for the DL1K for comparison. I own a 12 DL650 heavily farkled to my liking and ride primarily...
Forum: Beasts 10-17-2013, 05:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,058
Posted By bleedgrn
Truth is, no bike handles well in a strong...

Truth is, no bike handles well in a strong (30-40mph) crosswind. I don't know if I would base my bike buying decision on one aspect. If choosing between these two, I would think the DL1K would be...
Forum: Beasts 10-10-2013, 01:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 603
Posted By bleedgrn
Not sure about the V series, I know they hug the...

Not sure about the V series, I know they hug the frame differently, but my E45/36 cases I simply removed the red tape and replaced with a wide band of white tape to help match my bike. The tape is...
Forum: Beasts 10-10-2013, 01:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,684
Posted By bleedgrn
I would guess it would be fairly difficult to...

I would guess it would be fairly difficult to find a 2011 wee brand new, but they probably do exist. If this is any judge, I bought my 2012 in January 2013 for $7300. I have seen the 12 as cheap as...
Forum: Beasts 10-03-2013, 03:42 PM
Replies: 527
Views: 449,647
Posted By bleedgrn
Couple of recent pics of my 2012. Considering...

Couple of recent pics of my 2012. Considering adding the E36 Givi bags for longer touring, but the E21s are great for local stuff. The E45 top case is perfect to store my helmet for local riding,...
Forum: Beasts 09-10-2013, 08:30 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 15,635
Posted By bleedgrn
From what the original OP stated "only $1000...

From what the original OP stated "only $1000 difference" has to be total B.S. if you are comparing new bikes. I paid $7300 for my 12 DL650 std OTD $8200. There is no way in hell the 800XC was $9300...
Forum: Beasts 08-31-2013, 08:43 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 10,918
Posted By bleedgrn
Just read the complete thread and to me IMHO, the...

Just read the complete thread and to me IMHO, the only real comparable point to these two bikes is price. If you look hard you can buy a new KLR for around $5300 or a DL650 std $7300 roughly $2K...
Forum: Beasts 07-22-2013, 07:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,228
Posted By bleedgrn
I personally would have bought a KLE 500 if it...

I personally would have bought a KLE 500 if it was sold in the U.S. I ended up buying a 2012 V-Strom 650 which is also a good bike, but something tells me I would have liked the KLE better,...
Forum: Beasts 07-01-2013, 07:58 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,905
Posted By bleedgrn
Another good source. I have purchased a lot of...

Another good source. I have purchased a lot of accessories from Aerostich.com who are famed for their renowned riding apparel. They also have tons of other accessories. I bought my waterproof...
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