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Forum: GS Boxers 07-08-2014, 01:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 433
Posted By DeFens
Also be aware that, at least in those model year...

Also be aware that, at least in those model year bikes (up to about 2007), the rear brakes seem to wear a lot faster than the front ones. I've burned through several rear discs and pads on mine, with...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 07-02-2014, 03:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 495
Posted By DeFens
As Madaddy said, Segment 2 is the most...

As Madaddy said, Segment 2 is the most technically challenging of the entire route. I took my 1200GS over it and definitely would have been happier on my 650 Dakar, which my wife was riding. There...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 06-25-2014, 10:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 326
Posted By DeFens
Just a wild thought, but you might try the...

Just a wild thought, but you might try the hearing aid center at Costco (there's one in Kirkland, just north of you). They do molded ear plugs, and they do hearing aids - maybe they can do a repair?
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 06-11-2014, 02:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,047
Posted By DeFens
That's the off-road equivalent of a Great White...

That's the off-road equivalent of a Great White Shark sitting there. Looks like its only purpose in life is to consume rugged terrain in large quantities.

Congrats!
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 06-02-2014, 10:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 854
Posted By DeFens
Done

Done
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 04-29-2014, 04:58 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 181
Posted By DeFens
Discount coupons for Geigerrig gear

This most likely belongs in the Vendor or Equipment forum, but I thought I'd share locally first....

I was an early adopter of the Geigerrig hydration systems, currently owning two packs and two...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 04-28-2014, 04:43 PM
Replies: 2,348
Views: 246,854
Posted By DeFens
It freakin' rocked my ribcage on my R1200! :evil ...

It freakin' rocked my ribcage on my R1200! :evil Only a couple busted ones, and they grew back together okay. Can't wait to try it again on one of my smaller, and less overloaded bikes.
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 04-23-2014, 09:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 575
Posted By DeFens
That's a nice route for later in the year, but FS...

That's a nice route for later in the year, but FS 6700 is going to require a snowmobile this time of year - I imagine you'd find 4 foot drifts on north facing sections of it.

After it's thawed...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 04-14-2014, 09:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 851
Posted By DeFens
Thanks much for the ride report - I love little...

Thanks much for the ride report - I love little mini-adventures like that, whether on two wheels or in my Jeep. My brother has a Geo Tracker - another capable little Zuki-sized rig; he has a blast in...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 04-07-2014, 05:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 416
Posted By DeFens
The Snoqualmie Regonal trail is a Rails-to-Trails...

The Snoqualmie Regonal trail is a Rails-to-Trails conversion. Much of it runs through people's back yards, farmland, and boggy areas. It's a fun stroll, and a great and easy mt. bike ride, but not...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-29-2014, 10:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 959
Posted By DeFens
I'd avoid Bainbridge like the plague. Internal...

I'd avoid Bainbridge like the plague. Internal politics on that ritzy island is inbred and corrupt beyond repair, the water supply from the sole-source aquifer is threatened, and there are a host of...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-19-2014, 09:53 AM
Replies: 2,348
Views: 246,854
Posted By DeFens
We did Segment 2 only a couple of summers ago, on...

We did Segment 2 only a couple of summers ago, on two R1200GS and one F650 Dakar. I was riding one of the pigs, and I thought that a good portion of the segment was a lot of fun, ascending Clemon...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-05-2014, 11:13 PM
Replies: 2,348
Views: 246,854
Posted By DeFens
My wife ran Mefo Explorers on my Dakar a couple...

My wife ran Mefo Explorers on my Dakar a couple years ago when we ran Segment 2 of the WABDR; they did quite well most places and about as good as might be expected on the baby heads. I believe their...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-05-2014, 01:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 711
Posted By DeFens
I'd agree heartily with the suggestion to shop...

I'd agree heartily with the suggestion to shop around a bit - in fact, that's a worthwhile exercise to do every couple years or so.

I was with Liberty Mutual on our bikes (three Beemers) and cars...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-01-2014, 08:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,033
Posted By DeFens
Great show this year! Surprised that Jeff Tasky...

Great show this year! Surprised that Jeff Tasky wasn't there, but really enjoyed seeing all the GS bikes, otherwise.


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 02-23-2014, 10:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 994
Posted By DeFens
I'm 5'7" with a 29" inseam. I have a BMW F650gs...

I'm 5'7" with a 29" inseam. I have a BMW F650gs Dakar with a kuba ( lowering) link a d a Husaberg FE390 that's been lowered about an inch and a half. Both work very well for me, off road. I think you...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 10-10-2013, 01:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,269
Posted By DeFens
Looks like you had a good time, hit some of the...

Looks like you had a good time, hit some of the high points of the WABDR, and saw some of the other byways that we like so much up hereabouts.

With a bit more riding under his belt, your buddy...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 10-10-2013, 01:06 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 5,754
Posted By DeFens
So, how much is it saving the Government to have...

So, how much is it saving the Government to have rangers stand around and be dicks to the public, vs. having the same number of rangers selling tickets and doing business as usual?
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 10-07-2013, 03:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 737
Posted By DeFens
Snow is definitely hitting the high country, so a...

Snow is definitely hitting the high country, so a lot of the GS-friendly roads will be closing up soon. I live in the Hwy. 2 corridor, east of Monroe. I have an R1200GS, an F650GS Dakar, and a...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 10-02-2013, 01:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,755
Posted By DeFens
Style-wise, I think they've made a great...

Style-wise, I think they've made a great improvement over the old 'Stroms. I just couldn't get past the looks before, but really quite like the new look.

I didn't dive too deeply into the site,...
Forum: Vendors 09-17-2013, 04:36 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 6,660
Posted By DeFens
Just picked one up for my R1200GS - lots more...

Just picked one up for my R1200GS - lots more compact than the big Monkey Grip T-handle unit I'd been carrying. No need for a separate tube of glue, either?
Forum: The Garage 09-06-2013, 12:59 PM
Replies: 1,382
Views: 233,683
Posted By DeFens
Thanks to Cy and this thread for providing me...

Thanks to Cy and this thread for providing me some enlightenment! I was considering a Shorai battery for my F650 Dakar, but the usage for that particular bike just doesn't seem all that compatible...
Forum: Vendors 09-06-2013, 08:46 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,859
Posted By DeFens
Inbox full?

Hi Adam,
I've sent you a couple of PMs and an e-mail, requesting the discount code. I have a 2001 BMW F650GS Dakar in need of a new Shorai. I'll order today if I can get the code from you.
...
Forum: Equipment 08-24-2013, 10:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,715
Posted By DeFens
I've been pleased with lights in that lumen range...

I've been pleased with lights in that lumen range from Eagletac and NiteCore. Battery Junction has good pricing on several reputable brands. Surefire also makes great lights, but they tend to be...
Forum: Equipment 08-17-2013, 12:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 758
Posted By DeFens
Fast way works fine on my Dakar, but I did need...

Fast way works fine on my Dakar, but I did need to lengthen out my shifter quite a bit to get my Crossfire boot toe under it. Pegs provide great support and stability while standing.


Sent from...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 08-16-2013, 01:29 PM
Replies: 2,348
Views: 246,854
Posted By DeFens
For a bit more interest than just slabbing down...

For a bit more interest than just slabbing down Hwy 97, take the Old Blewitt Pass Highway, which exits the main highway near the summit. It winds around nicely on deteriorating pavement and gravel -...
Forum: Equipment 08-14-2013, 02:58 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 10,353
Posted By DeFens
Thanks for the great comparison/review - these...

Thanks for the great comparison/review - these are the two systems I've been considering for use with both my Husaberg FE390 and my Beemer F650 Dakar. The Overlanders would require that I stick...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 08-11-2013, 10:42 PM
Replies: 2,348
Views: 246,854
Posted By DeFens
Segment 2, north of Packwood is probably he most...

Segment 2, north of Packwood is probably he most technically demanding part of the route from Bethel Ridge o Ellensberg. Your bike will be a blast here.

I beat myself and equipment (R1200GS) on...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 07-03-2013, 01:57 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,739
Posted By DeFens
Took the survey - filled in a detailed comment at...

Took the survey - filled in a detailed comment at the end. Chose the Beckler River area, Stampede Pass, and Barlow Pass/Monte Cristo/ Mt. Loop Highway regions as my favorite areas.
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 07-01-2013, 11:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 916
Posted By DeFens
I live on Ben Howard myself - its a pretty easy...

I live on Ben Howard myself - its a pretty easy road to get a bit exuberant on, despite the 35 mph speed limit. It's also pretty common to see either a bike stuffed into one of the two nearly right...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 04-18-2013, 11:05 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,238
Posted By DeFens
Working at Hanford, working as a geologist...

Working at Hanford, working as a geologist managing a big drilling project. Ash cloud went from horizon to horizon - with lightning bolts crossing the entire distance. Stayed away from tall drill rig...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 04-16-2013, 09:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 573
Posted By DeFens
I thought about it, but I already know how to...

I thought about it, but I already know how to pack and camp off my bike, am proficient in GPS and navigation, and know how to work on my bike. I also have had lots of practice in picking various pigs...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 04-16-2013, 08:48 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,238
Posted By DeFens
Great pix! Reminds me of the ride some of my...

Great pix! Reminds me of the ride some of my friends and I took when the road to the Spirit Lake overlook reopened. There really weren't any true dual sports then - you just rode what you had, where...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 04-16-2013, 08:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 573
Posted By DeFens
You'll have fun - and likely be a bit tired by...

You'll have fun - and likely be a bit tired by the end of the day! I took the intermediate course twice. The first time in 2011 on my BMW F650GS (only big dually in a class full of 150-230 cc...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 01-28-2013, 09:37 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,627
Posted By DeFens
To recap: Peterman goes in to get sloshed in...

To recap:

Peterman goes in to get sloshed in a bar in Eugene, on his bike, comes out and his bike is missing, comes here to whine and lament and gets 7 pages of commiseration about the "thieving...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 01-28-2013, 09:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,340
Posted By DeFens
Very nice video! That "warp" effect around 2:20...

Very nice video! That "warp" effect around 2:20 was pretty cool - at first I wondered it you had some sort of mechanical panning device on the camcorder; or a videographer along with you.
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 01-15-2013, 11:45 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,376
Posted By DeFens
It's also good to ride on manicured asphalt with...

It's also good to ride on manicured asphalt with putting green quality runouts on the corners.
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 01-06-2013, 05:33 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,381
Posted By DeFens
Given the WA Dept. of Ecology's confused,...

Given the WA Dept. of Ecology's confused, ignorant, heavy-handed, and often ignorant approach to many aspects of their purview,I'm in the environmental remediation industry, working nationwide - and...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 12-17-2012, 05:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,234
Posted By DeFens
Done - selecting the most politically-incorrect,...

Done - selecting the most politically-incorrect, motorized or gunpowder burning recreation options wherever possible.
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 12-11-2012, 05:29 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,096
Posted By DeFens
Les Schwab swapped out my wife's summer wheels...

Les Schwab swapped out my wife's summer wheels (OEM Subaru with TPMS) for the winter rims and tires (non-TPMS) just a few days ago. We bought from them last year; nothing was said about any...
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