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Forum: Road Warriors Yesterday, 01:39 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 26,831
Posted By cls
So what's the final take on these bikes? I've...

So what's the final take on these bikes? I've heard of mpg's from the mid-40's to mid-50's, w/mention of 60's. I've also heard there was quite a bit of buzz; no, it went away w/mileage; to it never...
Forum: Road Warriors 07-03-2015, 05:44 PM
Replies: 548
Views: 110,950
Posted By cls
650 vs. 1000 is primarily priorities. If you...

650 vs. 1000 is primarily priorities. If you want room, suspension, power, lower revs at speed, etc., the 1K is in the lead. If you want lighter weight, value, economy, nimble handling, etc., the...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-03-2015, 10:44 AM
Replies: 3,332
Views: 414,926
Posted By cls
I still like to have fun on the ride, but I don't...

I still like to have fun on the ride, but I don't ride anything like I used to. 2-up, off-road, in comfort, w/good ability is a lot to ask. As I said, probably too much. There are certainly...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-03-2015, 09:29 AM
Replies: 3,332
Views: 414,926
Posted By cls
You want to expand your comfort zone by learning,...

You want to expand your comfort zone by learning, and earning, more skills and experience. Done it for decades. Running well over a ton around in the woods has its challenges (As well as speed and...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-03-2015, 09:22 AM
Replies: 3,332
Views: 414,926
Posted By cls
Yep, had a bunch. Still haven't found the right...

Yep, had a bunch. Still haven't found the right combo for on/off-pavement fun. My wife, especially, has specific needs w/some medical issues. Ya' gotta' make your own choices, for your...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-03-2015, 08:42 AM
Replies: 3,332
Views: 414,926
Posted By cls
Yeh, my AT bike has to do 2-up the great majority...

Yeh, my AT bike has to do 2-up the great majority of the time, so my needs are a bit different from most. I still want light, manageable, and aggressive, but w/comfort and ease. Is that too much to...
Forum: Road Warriors 07-03-2015, 07:39 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,102
Posted By cls
No FZ for me. Bought one and sold it shortly...

No FZ for me. Bought one and sold it shortly thereafter. The Z is a great bike, but I'm waiting for the GSX-S 1KF. I hope that will be the ticket. We shall see.

Find your thing and enjoy. ...
Forum: Road Warriors 07-03-2015, 07:34 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,344
Posted By cls
Sort of seems so, but I love that exact combo: ...

Sort of seems so, but I love that exact combo: great suspension action over real world roads, great viewpoint from on high, and easy lean angles. A little extra ground clearance for the regular...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-03-2015, 06:35 AM
Replies: 3,332
Views: 414,926
Posted By cls
Wow, do spoke wheels and tube tire weigh that...

Wow, do spoke wheels and tube tire weigh that much more? Never paid much attention, I reckon. Regardless, were the bike to come in at 475# wet, I'd be tickled, if all else was as it should be. ...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-03-2015, 06:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 585
Posted By cls
Most any bike can do most things most any other...

Most any bike can do most things most any other bike can do. That does not begin to make them equals. I have both bikes currently in the garage, properly modded for AT work (Adventure, not SE.). ...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-03-2015, 06:16 AM
Replies: 8,069
Views: 1,479,673
Posted By cls
Mod the bike, don't mod the bike; make it where...

Mod the bike, don't mod the bike; make it where you enjoy it. Screw the frog and eat his legs when he's cooked.

No real point, BTW. Just thought it was funny...Slow, rainy morning here in GA.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-03-2015, 06:11 AM
Replies: 8,069
Views: 1,479,673
Posted By cls
It's always interesting to check the different...

It's always interesting to check the different perspectives, opinions, and/or preferences of folks. I find the stock screen about perfect at 6'01" and 33" inseam. I also find the power amazingly...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-30-2015, 03:02 PM
Replies: 8,069
Views: 1,479,673
Posted By cls
I wouldn't trade it, it's been awesome. I'm well...

I wouldn't trade it, it's been awesome. I'm well north of 80 bikes...and I'm sure I've forgotten at least a couple over the years. As long as you can do it and still meet your obligations (including...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-30-2015, 10:45 AM
Replies: 8,069
Views: 1,479,673
Posted By cls
I've had a bunch of them. I've been selling off...

I've had a bunch of them. I've been selling off the last of the performance and expensive bikes for a couple of years and, before that, I swapped them around like crazy (And I do mean crazy.). All...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-30-2015, 04:40 AM
Replies: 8,069
Views: 1,479,673
Posted By cls
Both great bikes and both of mine have TBR...

Both great bikes and both of mine have TBR slip-ons (That are very quiet for after-market, and especially TBR's.). Surprisingly, I'd take the 500 over the 700, contrary to my history and M.O. I...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-29-2015, 06:50 AM
Replies: 8,069
Views: 1,479,673
Posted By cls
Excellent and I figured your entry was a shot at...

Excellent and I figured your entry was a shot at me, perhaps incorrectly. Personal choice is still a good option, though frequently abused and mistreated, for sure (Though I enjoy my after-market...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-28-2015, 06:14 PM
Replies: 8,069
Views: 1,479,673
Posted By cls
Ya' gotta' make your own call. That's for sure.

Ya' gotta' make your own call. That's for sure.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-28-2015, 05:54 PM
Replies: 8,069
Views: 1,479,673
Posted By cls
Aviation noise is not typical motorcycling noise....

Aviation noise is not typical motorcycling noise. Earplugs are cheap and an excellent idea, regardless of exhaust. Most people aren't trying to out-perform researchers or pilots (In fact, I'm...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-28-2015, 05:48 AM
Replies: 8,069
Views: 1,479,673
Posted By cls
Glad you guys like it. I, OTOH, wish my TBR...

Glad you guys like it. I, OTOH, wish my TBR exhaust on there was a bit more throaty. All good. Be (reasonably) considerate, but enjoy it.
Forum: Road Warriors 06-27-2015, 07:28 AM
Replies: 384
Views: 67,297
Posted By cls
I know everyone has their own opinion on such...

I know everyone has their own opinion on such things, but, as for mine, PLEASE pull out the DB killer(s)!

Looks good.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-25-2015, 04:35 PM
Replies: 8,069
Views: 1,479,673
Posted By cls
Yep, I've spent a mini-fortune over the last 30+...

Yep, I've spent a mini-fortune over the last 30+ years trying to ride them all. Wouldn't trade it for anything (Hardly...); too much fun. Narrowing down now to fun, practical, comfortable,...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-24-2015, 06:52 PM
Replies: 8,069
Views: 1,479,673
Posted By cls
Yeh, I waited a bit for the 750 to come to the...

Yeh, I waited a bit for the 750 to come to the states. Finally gave up and went for the 700. On paper, it would be my favorite: I love torque and low revs, rarely shifting after 5K revs (and...
Forum: Road Warriors 06-24-2015, 01:25 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,513
Posted By cls
The FZ-07 is a great little bike, but it ain't...

The FZ-07 is a great little bike, but it ain't roomy. That's the reason I sold mine (Of course, I'm a bit over 5'08".). It also lacks wind protection for your longer trips, though a screen is...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-23-2015, 06:30 PM
Replies: 8,069
Views: 1,479,673
Posted By cls
I have both. For bikes so similar, they are also...

I have both. For bikes so similar, they are also quite different. You won't know which you like better until you ride them. The 500 is lighter, more flickable, more playful, revvier, feels a...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-22-2015, 11:32 AM
Replies: 8,069
Views: 1,479,673
Posted By cls
ABS is a definite safety advantage. However, go...

ABS is a definite safety advantage. However, go w/o it and save the money and weight, while having a little more riding versatility when/if you want it. Either way has advantages. Go w/your...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-21-2015, 05:25 PM
Replies: 8,069
Views: 1,479,673
Posted By cls
Just took the X out for a run-around after having...

Just took the X out for a run-around after having ridden the 950 Adventure all week. And it was like riding a cloud (Poetic, no?). It's just so light feeling, nimble, slick, smooth, and easy. Way...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-17-2015, 04:36 PM
Replies: 3,332
Views: 414,926
Posted By cls
"Grow up?" Silliness. And you are also...

"Grow up?" Silliness.

And you are also incorrect. On the contrary, horse-drawn carriages are (pretty much) all about the passion, art, and history. They are renowned for special occasions,...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-17-2015, 06:29 AM
Replies: 3,332
Views: 414,926
Posted By cls
Options are good, no doubt.

Options are good, no doubt.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-17-2015, 06:27 AM
Replies: 3,332
Views: 414,926
Posted By cls
Incorrect, sir. But I do appreciate the thought...

Incorrect, sir. But I do appreciate the thought that went into it (Truly.). Please complete the quote correctly and wholly: "...the passionate motorcycle enthusiast in me..." That makes it an...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-16-2015, 05:48 PM
Replies: 3,332
Views: 414,926
Posted By cls
I still don't understand to this day why folks...

I still don't understand to this day why folks have to push their opinion or view on others. Do what suits you, especially when it's a 'druther...which, for most of us, motorcycling is.

For the...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-16-2015, 11:46 AM
Replies: 3,332
Views: 414,926
Posted By cls
No DCT, no way. I want to shift my bikes (and...

No DCT, no way. I want to shift my bikes (and cars). I like it. Less weight, less money, and more involved in the experience. It's a no-brainer for me. To each his own. If DCT is your thing,...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-15-2015, 05:36 PM
Replies: 8,069
Views: 1,479,673
Posted By cls
I know what I read and feel. I'm not much for...

I know what I read and feel. I'm not much for the technical or mechanical, I'm afraid. I figured I lost some back pressure w/the slip-on that cost me low-end response. Otherwise, TPS, timing...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-15-2015, 12:12 PM
Replies: 8,069
Views: 1,479,673
Posted By cls
The stock muffler is awesome...if you like it. I...

The stock muffler is awesome...if you like it. I go aftermarket for my exhaust. The sound and looks of the bike is too much of the enjoyment for me. A little weight savings and extra oomph don't...
Forum: Road Warriors 06-15-2015, 05:56 AM
Replies: 193
Views: 30,706
Posted By cls
Indeed, it does. Somewhere reported it didn't...

Indeed, it does. Somewhere reported it didn't have rebound in the shock. Excellent. I'm gladly wrong.

Thanks.
Forum: Road Warriors 06-14-2015, 06:42 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,530
Posted By cls
I'll go w/the GSX-S F, I suspect. I'd love to...

I'll go w/the GSX-S F, I suspect. I'd love to see a blend of the GSX-S and the Bandit: put the 1250 engine in the GSX-S, w/just a front fairing. I don't need 100-whatever hp any more, but I do...
Forum: Road Warriors 06-14-2015, 06:54 AM
Replies: 193
Views: 30,706
Posted By cls
I'm too lazy to look it up, but I believe the...

I'm too lazy to look it up, but I believe the shock is only preload and compression, no rebound. Not a huge deal, but not fully adjustable. If it's done right, no big problem.
Forum: Road Warriors 06-12-2015, 12:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 544
Posted By cls
That's about exactly what I would have expected...

That's about exactly what I would have expected from the analysis. I've loved my Katooms, but they're no longer worth it to me for the daily grind. Great bikes and they're capable of more...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-12-2015, 12:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,279
Posted By cls
I've also had/have both. Simple answer: Versys...

I've also had/have both. Simple answer: Versys if mostly on-road, sporty, back-road, handling priorities and Wee if mostly econo-touring and/or AT duties. Both are great. The Wee is more comfy,...
Forum: Road Warriors 06-12-2015, 06:35 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,524
Posted By cls
Again, the YZF600R is a great bike. Very smooth,...

Again, the YZF600R is a great bike. Very smooth, responsive, good low-end for an I-4 600cc, relatively comfy, does great in the twisties or on the highway, 2-up worthy, good wind/weather protection,...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-11-2015, 05:34 PM
Replies: 8,069
Views: 1,479,673
Posted By cls
I reckon that'd do it...And it's not funny. Not...

I reckon that'd do it...And it's not funny. Not sure why I chuckled.
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