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Forum: Equipment 12-31-2012, 01:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 878
Posted By Kestrel
Grab a helmet lock, and store the helmet on the...

Grab a helmet lock, and store the helmet on the outside. Should give you plenty of room on the inside for everything else. I'm able to fit my boots, gloves, jacket, and pants (both textile) inside...
Forum: Equipment 12-29-2012, 01:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 878
Posted By Kestrel
Have you considered hard luggage? It'd be vastly...

Have you considered hard luggage? It'd be vastly superior for the mission you described, and you can easily get away with one of the Givi E36 or E45 for 130-140 bucks. The VStrom already has a...
Forum: Equipment 12-29-2012, 10:32 AM
Replies: 340
Views: 74,097
Posted By Kestrel
http://www.ebay.com/itm/30-ft-Strand-Red-Teflon-wi...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/30-ft-Strand-Red-Teflon-wire-30-awg-Silver-Plated-/251196075216?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a7c73ecd0

^ This stuff was exactly what I used. Seems to work pretty well,...
Forum: Equipment 12-28-2012, 10:16 AM
Replies: 340
Views: 74,097
Posted By Kestrel
Given the colder weather, I figured I'd give this...

Given the colder weather, I figured I'd give this thread a bump.

I've ridden year round for quite a few years now, and have had my fair share of frigid winter days where heated gear would have...
Forum: Equipment 11-18-2012, 08:08 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 11,570
Posted By Kestrel
If budget is a concern, you may want to try DIY. ...

If budget is a concern, you may want to try DIY. I recently made my own, per this thread (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=514532), for about $30 bucks total, including the jacket,...
Forum: Equipment 11-17-2012, 02:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,243
Posted By Kestrel
It's generally a very good idea to separate the...

It's generally a very good idea to separate the sleeping bag from the tent, unless you're damned sure that the tent is bone dry. Leaving a damp tent in a sealed bag (dry bag) all day long with your...
Forum: Equipment 10-15-2012, 06:56 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,811
Posted By Kestrel
Absolutely. It generally doesn't pay to keep...

Absolutely. It generally doesn't pay to keep 'waiting' because the products keep coming...

But we are currently right at the edge of a year long refresh cycle. Anything you buy now, with a few...
Forum: Equipment 10-14-2012, 07:45 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,811
Posted By Kestrel
As a prior poster hinted at... Now is *not*...

As a prior poster hinted at...

Now is *not* the time to buy a tablet. There are many upgraded and/or new tablets (Surface, Ipad Mini, Nexus 7 revisions, New Kindles / Nooks) coming out this...
Forum: Road warriors 08-08-2012, 11:48 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 10,662
Posted By Kestrel
A VFR is about the biggest bike you can ride at a...

A VFR is about the biggest bike you can ride at a true sportbike pace (including track days). You can do it on larger bikes, but they tend to become more 'tour' as the weight increases past that...
Forum: Equipment 07-16-2012, 04:25 PM
Replies: 1,911
Views: 342,995
Posted By Kestrel
Made one myself, but purchased a mosquito net...

Made one myself, but purchased a mosquito net from REI on sale for 9 bucks shipped to my door. It was actually cheaper to buy the pre-assembled cot net rather than buying the material from scratch. ...
Forum: Equipment 07-10-2012, 11:51 PM
Replies: 287
Views: 87,356
Posted By Kestrel
I snagged two of those a few months ago at Target...

I snagged two of those a few months ago at Target on clearance for 7 bucks a piece. Use them with my alky stove, as well ;p The entire stove, windscreen, and fuel bottle fits inside - it's a pretty...
Forum: Equipment 07-09-2012, 06:55 PM
Replies: 818
Views: 111,836
Posted By Kestrel
I'm about to place an order for a PP/PR2 set for...

I'm about to place an order for a PP/PR2 set for the VFR, as well as the Givi rear mounting rack. Could *definitely* use a 10% off coupon if somebody has one.

Thanks!
Forum: Equipment 06-26-2012, 06:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,961
Posted By Kestrel
If you're spending the money on Racer, you might...

If you're spending the money on Racer, you might look to Helimot. Hand made out in CA, excellent service, and arguably a superior and better crafted glove for the price. Not as 'flashy', but...
Forum: Equipment 05-06-2012, 07:04 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 7,392
Posted By Kestrel
^ But this isn't the first time we've heard...

^

But this isn't the first time we've heard of Wayne's infamously poor customer service. It's all peaches and cream until the product gets into the hands of the customer and is paid for, but any...
Forum: Ride reports 05-06-2012, 05:00 PM
Replies: 503
Views: 570,988
Posted By Kestrel
Giving this a bump for old times sake. Frank -...

Giving this a bump for old times sake. Frank - still doing alright after that injury?

Was going to forward this thread to a friend, but found everything had disappeared and had all been...
Forum: Road warriors 04-27-2012, 09:50 PM
Replies: 2,888
Views: 1,077,685
Posted By Kestrel
Seconded. While the K75 has a bulletproof...

Seconded. While the K75 has a bulletproof reputation, that's still a lot of money for a bike that has a lot of miles. They're asking beyond top dollar, IMO.
Forum: Road warriors 04-24-2012, 10:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 969
Posted By Kestrel
NSR250 bodywork would be significantly too narrow...

NSR250 bodywork would be significantly too narrow to fit on something like an older CBR600. The NSR is a very narrow bike (2 stroke V-twin) versus the wide inline 4 of the CBR600. Not a chance in...
Forum: Road warriors 04-24-2012, 09:52 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 10,919
Posted By Kestrel
Re: the VFR... While it may be slightly more...

Re: the VFR... While it may be slightly more aggressive than something like a K75, it's going to have a sportbike inspired chassis, rather than a steel framed soggy noodle, and it'll actually handle...
Forum: Road warriors 04-24-2012, 09:38 PM
Replies: 2,888
Views: 1,077,685
Posted By Kestrel
M.R - What's the deal on your bike? This gent...

M.R - What's the deal on your bike? This gent has had your bike for over a year at this point (14 months) and it still isn't back into your hands.

Status update? What exactly is taking him...
Forum: Equipment 04-22-2012, 02:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,520
Posted By Kestrel
Sierra Trading Post is where I purchase a *lot*...

Sierra Trading Post is where I purchase a *lot* of gear. If you sign up for their email list, they will bombard you about once per day with a coupon for 25-35% off. Pretty great way to get some...
Forum: Equipment 04-22-2012, 02:13 PM
Replies: 1,911
Views: 342,995
Posted By Kestrel
Being a frequent backpacker, I've recently given...

Being a frequent backpacker, I've recently given the hammock thing a whirl. ENO Doublenest, with a DIY bug net, DIY tarp, DIY Whoopie Slings, and a DIY Poncho Liner underquilt. Lotta DIY in there.....
Forum: Road warriors 04-01-2012, 12:22 PM
Replies: 489
Views: 94,957
Posted By Kestrel
Agreed. Rear cylinder access through the most...

Agreed. Rear cylinder access through the most forward portion of the subframe, while the radiator and lower ducting must be removed for the front. Doesn't look bad at all. Hell, my old SV650 was...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 03-28-2012, 09:20 PM
Replies: 4,491
Views: 206,384
Posted By Kestrel
Forest service road riding? Or are there trails...

Forest service road riding? Or are there trails in that region that I don't know about?
Forum: Thumpers 03-27-2012, 01:44 PM
Replies: 2,221
Views: 351,469
Posted By Kestrel
An update... As if mocking me, the XR250R...

An update...

As if mocking me, the XR250R was a bitch to start today, and wouldn't accept anything less than a pushstart. Yesterday? No problem - started within a kick or two. The difference? ...
Forum: Equipment 03-26-2012, 07:53 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,192
Posted By Kestrel
For all of you upset about wearing through the...

For all of you upset about wearing through the Helds, give Helimot gloves a shot. Hand made out in CA by a gent who has been making gloves and suits for *many* years. I find that the build quality is...
Forum: Thumpers 03-26-2012, 06:39 AM
Replies: 2,221
Views: 351,469
Posted By Kestrel
On my XR250L, which uses the same came chain as...

On my XR250L, which uses the same came chain as the old R (and maybe the new R too?), it was shot at about 10,000 miles. Bike was ridden moderately hard, and ate two pistons due to the idiots never...
Forum: Thumpers 03-26-2012, 06:27 AM
Replies: 2,221
Views: 351,469
Posted By Kestrel
Ahh... Directly comparing the two, you can see...

Ahh... Directly comparing the two, you can see that while the 'L' rack perhaps bolts up in the same place on the rear fender as the XR250R, the front mounts are *significantly* farther forward on the...
Forum: Thumpers 03-26-2012, 06:12 AM
Replies: 2,221
Views: 351,469
Posted By Kestrel
Appreciate the technique. I'll give it a whirl...

Appreciate the technique. I'll give it a whirl later this morning. I'm also going to double check the carb intake boot, as the O-Ring is likely the 1995 original and probably needs replaced. I...
Forum: Thumpers 03-24-2012, 10:43 PM
Replies: 2,221
Views: 351,469
Posted By Kestrel
^ Nice rack! Quick question... Off hand,...

^

Nice rack! Quick question... Off hand, does that look like it would line up and fit on your XR650L? I've got a 250L that I wouldn't mind finding a small rear rack for, and something like that...
Forum: Thumpers 03-22-2012, 05:59 PM
Replies: 2,221
Views: 351,469
Posted By Kestrel
Let me retract my previous statement... After...

Let me retract my previous statement... After installing the R carb, the bike started perfectly.. The only catch was that it was *warm* at the time. Starting the bike this morning was an absolute...
Forum: Thumpers 03-21-2012, 04:10 PM
Replies: 2,221
Views: 351,469
Posted By Kestrel
Ditched the stock carb on my XR250L today and...

Ditched the stock carb on my XR250L today and replaced it with an XR250R unit from Fleabay, which cleaned up *very* nicely. 4th position from the top on the needle, with 40/135 jets... Bike is a...
Forum: Thumpers 03-20-2012, 07:33 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,267
Posted By Kestrel
Good luck on that one....:huh The DRZ is one of...

Good luck on that one....:huh The DRZ is one of the best bang for the buck hooligan bikes in existence.

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Forum: Thumpers 03-12-2012, 06:41 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,151
Posted By Kestrel
Oh, cool. I know Pine well from my days at the...

Oh, cool. I know Pine well from my days at the Swimming Hole. Aside from my usual Grey Road loop, there is another nice gravel road down 73 right past the baseball fields if you're headed...
Forum: Thumpers 03-12-2012, 06:28 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,841
Posted By Kestrel
No misunderstanding, I'm afraid. Here is...

No misunderstanding, I'm afraid.

Here is pre-rebuild.

http://i.imgur.com/SRfXPh.jpg

Here is post-rebuild, with the new cam chain in place.

http://i.imgur.com/mOVkNh.jpg
Forum: Thumpers 03-11-2012, 03:00 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,151
Posted By Kestrel
Lake Norman, eh? I live next door in Davidson,...

Lake Norman, eh? I live next door in Davidson, and have an XR250L. You're more than welcome to take a look at it to see if something like it would meet your needs. It was rebuilt last summer/fall,...
Forum: Thumpers 03-11-2012, 02:50 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,841
Posted By Kestrel
With 10k miles on my XR250L, the cam chain had...

With 10k miles on my XR250L, the cam chain had stretched to the point where it needed replacing. Check my build thread in my sig for pictures.

RockymountainATV sells a Pro-X cam chain (made by...
Forum: Road warriors 03-11-2012, 08:00 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,344
Posted By Kestrel
The Ricor units do not work as well as the...

The Ricor units do not work as well as the Racetechs when it comes to a high performance situation, such as aggressive twisty riding, or track riding. This is well documented, and a lot of folks...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 03-07-2012, 04:40 AM
Replies: 4,318
Views: 274,997
Posted By Kestrel
Double post.

Double post.
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 03-07-2012, 04:20 AM
Replies: 4,318
Views: 274,997
Posted By Kestrel
All, I'm currently on a week long trip and will...

All, I'm currently on a week long trip and will eventually be working my way into Northern GA. Today's goal is perhaps something west and then south of Asheville... Probably going to try to work...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 03-06-2012, 07:13 AM
Replies: 2,203
Views: 156,298
Posted By Kestrel
Carden's Bluff is indeed a great campground....

Carden's Bluff is indeed a great campground. Unfortunately, it is still closed for the season. I checked a couple of other places and forest service roads in the area, but didn't fid a reasonable...
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