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Forum: Thumpers 02-14-2014, 12:44 AM
Replies: 9,789
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Posted By marktbike
Good advice. I'd add that the brakes surely...

Good advice. I'd add that the brakes surely benefit from a good bleeding. I had it done at first service and it changed completely the braking power. Have fun with the little but very capable red...
Forum: Thumpers 12-30-2013, 12:43 AM
Replies: 9,789
Views: 1,733,173
Posted By marktbike
I have a very regular pattern of use, on asphalt...

I have a very regular pattern of use, on asphalt and with an average speed of 70-75 kph. My average mileage is around 33+ km/lt (79 mpg). Very satisfied!
Forum: Thumpers 12-02-2013, 12:16 AM
Replies: 9,789
Views: 1,733,173
Posted By marktbike
Scary indeed! Are you sure the oil level is...

Scary indeed! Are you sure the oil level is correct? No problems with coolant or engine temperature?
Forum: Thumpers 08-13-2013, 10:38 AM
Replies: 9,789
Views: 1,733,173
Posted By marktbike
Auto-X Fil got the point. All I wanted was to get...

Auto-X Fil got the point. All I wanted was to get an idea about how high I was revving the engine when riding at 100 kph in 6th gear or 80 kph in 4th or whatever. Not really interested in max speed,...
Forum: Thumpers 08-12-2013, 07:52 AM
Replies: 9,789
Views: 1,733,173
Posted By marktbike
Thanks guys. Actually I was interested in the max...

Thanks guys. Actually I was interested in the max speed in each of the six gears, to have some numeric reference about the engine revs, considered the absence of a tacho.
Forum: Thumpers 08-12-2013, 03:05 AM
Replies: 9,789
Views: 1,733,173
Posted By marktbike
Does anybody know the maximum speed in the six...

Does anybody know the maximum speed in the six gears, with original gear ratios? Thanks!
Forum: Beasts 03-27-2009, 08:10 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,777
Posted By marktbike
I usually upshift somewhere below 5,000 rpm and...

I usually upshift somewhere below 5,000 rpm and live happily with this riding style. Of course, occasionally I rev it up to the red line, but it's just to remind the engine of its possibilities. I...
Forum: Beasts 08-06-2008, 06:29 AM
Replies: 290
Views: 68,803
Posted By marktbike
Of course that's right, my mistake :huh But...

Of course that's right, my mistake :huh
But that makes Motociclismo's conclusions even more absurd! The Granpasso is really a road bike, same as the Triumph Tiger...who would test a road sports...
Forum: Beasts 08-06-2008, 03:18 AM
Replies: 290
Views: 68,803
Posted By marktbike
I read the article and I can confirm it's crap,...

I read the article and I can confirm it's crap, so it's not really worth the time for the translation. They tested the bikes on a on- and off-road ride, and that's good. But then they came out with...
Forum: Ride reports 06-12-2008, 04:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,740
Posted By marktbike
Great pics! Very nice report from a place I'd...

Great pics! Very nice report from a place I'd like very much to visit. And amazing weather, too. Ok, the waterfall was quite dry, but so were you and the bikes. I'd say you were lucky! :evil
Forum: Beasts 05-26-2008, 07:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,157
Posted By marktbike
Well, that's beautiful! :clap

Well, that's beautiful! :clap
Forum: Beasts 05-15-2008, 12:41 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,664
Posted By marktbike
I lubricate it every 1,000 km and thoroughly...

I lubricate it every 1,000 km and thoroughly clean it every 20,000. I always change the bike before the chain has to be replaced. That means, for example, that on a Transalp I had the original...
Forum: Beasts 05-12-2008, 01:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 693
Posted By marktbike
I wouldn't like a bike that has had too many...

I wouldn't like a bike that has had too many hands (with too many riding styles) on her throttle grip. I'd look for another one, unless the price were too inviting to refuse the offer...
Forum: Beasts 05-08-2008, 01:20 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,546
Posted By marktbike
I agree on the blast being above the head level,...

I agree on the blast being above the head level, but the things that bothers me is the turbulence. The air is not flowing "clean" around my helmet and tends to shake my head a bit too much, according...
Forum: Beasts 05-05-2008, 12:37 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,546
Posted By marktbike
Very nice report, though I have to remark that...

Very nice report, though I have to remark that the buffeting IS an issue, at least as I'm 1,89 m tall (about 6'4"). Of course it's not anything that make me lose any sleep, but I'd like to fix it,...
Forum: Beasts 04-23-2008, 12:06 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 569
Posted By marktbike
Today I'll get my Wee-Strom K8 Traveller

Hi there!
Today I'll get my second Wee (I used to ride a K4 model back in 2004), trading in my '07 XT 660 R. If my memory's good, the bike should allow me to enjoy the twisty and bumpy roads in...
Forum: Thumpers 04-21-2008, 12:14 AM
Replies: 3,733
Views: 1,170,823
Posted By marktbike
I saw the new Ténéré (in black) on Saturday...

I saw the new Ténéré (in black) on Saturday morning at the dealer's. Very nice bike, and impressive, too. Tall and slim, I was really fascinated by the appearance of the thumper. I didn't notice the...
Forum: Beasts 04-16-2008, 06:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,774
Posted By marktbike
Though it would be very nice to see the new Tiger...

Though it would be very nice to see the new Tiger 675 as a competitor on the F 800 GS market. At least an off-road-oriented version of it, the other could still be the little sister of the 1050.
Forum: Thumpers 03-31-2008, 07:42 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 763
Posted By marktbike
You answered the question yourself. The XT isn't...

You answered the question yourself. The XT isn't really fun on highways and the V-Strom (I guess you'd choose the 650) is much better on that side. It all depends on the quantity and kind of off-road...
Forum: Thumpers 03-18-2008, 12:52 AM
Replies: 3,733
Views: 1,170,823
Posted By marktbike
I remember (but I admit I'm being too lazy to...

I remember (but I admit I'm being too lazy to search the net for proof) that Kawasaki owners suffered more than one episode of frame weakness (ZXR 750 is the first model that comes to my mind) in the...
Forum: Thumpers 03-12-2008, 01:30 AM
Replies: 3,733
Views: 1,170,823
Posted By marktbike
That's just what I was saying, isn't it?

That's just what I was saying, isn't it?
Forum: Thumpers 03-11-2008, 07:08 AM
Replies: 3,733
Views: 1,170,823
Posted By marktbike
Hmmm...rear tyre 130/80-18...I don't think it...

Hmmm...rear tyre 130/80-18...I don't think it will be a 18" wheel at all, this must be a mistake. :evil It's a touring bike, not a real off-road tool! :deal
Forum: Thumpers 03-11-2008, 01:00 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 25,307
Posted By marktbike
It's the Air Tricker, a sort of special version...

It's the Air Tricker, a sort of special version the Italian Belgarda built when they first presented the Tricker. Beautiful! I owned a yellow Tricker for a couple of years: very nice light bike, with...
Forum: Thumpers 03-07-2008, 01:56 AM
Replies: 3,733
Views: 1,170,823
Posted By marktbike
I think this is the reasonable way to see the...

I think this is the reasonable way to see the weight issue. The hypersport segment is based on weight reduction (sometimes with some serious issues about the strength of the frame structure or the...
Forum: Thumpers 02-21-2008, 06:57 AM
Replies: 3,733
Views: 1,170,823
Posted By marktbike
Great, I'm checking their site and the stuff...

Great, I'm checking their site and the stuff seems really good. Thanks a lot!
Forum: Thumpers 02-21-2008, 12:43 AM
Replies: 3,733
Views: 1,170,823
Posted By marktbike
Hi, icestorm! A tiny bit of OT: how did you...

Hi, icestorm! A tiny bit of OT: how did you modify the exhaust? I'm looking forward to coming to Iceland, I'm in love with Scandinavia and yours is the one country missing for me. I have a XT/R but...
Forum: Thumpers 02-20-2008, 11:43 PM
Replies: 481
Views: 212,608
Posted By marktbike
Hi, agricon. Did you use XT-X orange parts?

Hi, agricon. Did you use XT-X orange parts?
Forum: Thumpers 02-18-2008, 06:34 AM
Replies: 3,733
Views: 1,170,823
Posted By marktbike
Well, I don't think you should consider the...

Well, I don't think you should consider the Ténéré as a professional enduro bike, so of course it's more about the look than about suspensions. But what I'm waiting for (and I think most of the...
Forum: Thumpers 01-25-2008, 06:17 AM
Replies: 3,733
Views: 1,170,823
Posted By marktbike
Right, they started saying they would starting...

Right, they started saying they would starting sales in Aprile, but lately my local dealer is telling me that they'll probably shift the first delivery to May, because they want to produce all the...
Forum: Thumpers 01-24-2008, 01:10 AM
Replies: 3,733
Views: 1,170,823
Posted By marktbike
Don't forget all the national, regional and local...

Don't forget all the national, regional and local taxes, bureaucratic fees and all kind of Italian stuff, summing up to about 200 euros. :deal
That makes it 7,200...
Forum: Thumpers 01-23-2008, 12:01 AM
Replies: 3,733
Views: 1,170,823
Posted By marktbike
In Italy the Ténéré will sell for about € 7.200...

In Italy the Ténéré will sell for about € 7.200 (not considering the rebate you'll obtain from the dealer), and I wouldn't say it's cheap. You can find nationwide deals for the Wee Strom as low as...
Forum: Thumpers 01-16-2008, 04:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,224
Posted By marktbike
Xt 660 R

Well, in my opinion the XT fits better in your identikit. I ride it since June 2007, with great satisfaction. I'm 189 cm tall and 85 kg...light! :evil
The bike is great on twisty tarmac, with the...
Forum: Thumpers 01-04-2008, 02:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 990
Posted By marktbike
Very nice pics! Where was the last one taken?...

Very nice pics! Where was the last one taken? France and Tunisia aren't far from my place... :evil
Forum: Thumpers 12-14-2007, 06:17 AM
Replies: 481
Views: 212,608
Posted By marktbike
I got the original one, provided by Yamaha (they...

I got the original one, provided by Yamaha (they gave it to me as a gift when I bought the bike). I have it on since less than one month: I didn't remark any change in vibes or noises, except that it...
Forum: Thumpers 12-14-2007, 03:03 AM
Replies: 481
Views: 212,608
Posted By marktbike
I bought mine in June, a black '07 model. Now it...

I bought mine in June, a black '07 model. Now it has something more than 6,000 km on the clock and it's just like I expected it to be: a bit heavy, but well balanced, with great low end torque and...
Forum: Beasts 12-11-2007, 02:09 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,260
Posted By marktbike
I rode a Wee for 16,000 km and tested a...

I rode a Wee for 16,000 km and tested a Multistrada 620. I think the Suzuki is better from all points of view: comfort, engine, practical aspects, maintenance, polyvalence. Moreover, I especially...
Forum: Parallel Universe 12-06-2007, 05:56 AM
Replies: 7,626
Views: 1,361,613
Posted By marktbike
Back in 2005 I and my wife travelled happily...

Back in 2005 I and my wife travelled happily :clap from Sicily to Galicia (7,500 km) with our KTM 950 Adv equipped with 41 l ZEGA cases. Fantastic bike, great on curvy roads, perfect suspensions,...
Forum: Beasts 12-05-2007, 06:16 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,224
Posted By marktbike
Same point of view as dutchie's. I don't like...

Same point of view as dutchie's. I don't like it...
Forum: Thumpers 12-05-2007, 03:37 AM
Replies: 3,733
Views: 1,170,823
Posted By marktbike
I don't think that lack of 6th gear could be...

I don't think that lack of 6th gear could be considered an issue: I cruise quietly at 120 kph and the engine doesn't seem to be revving too high. I don't think that travelling with a "thumper" should...
Forum: Thumpers 11-29-2007, 04:35 AM
Replies: 3,733
Views: 1,170,823
Posted By marktbike
My dealer, interviewed two day sago, says there...

My dealer, interviewed two day sago, says there are delays (they're assembled in Italy so you couldn't expect anything different) and deliveries will probably shift from February to April.
So I...
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