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Forum: Thumpers 11-23-2014, 03:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 351
Posted By abruzzi
I don't have any measuring tools more fancy than...

I don't have any measuring tools more fancy than a tape measure, but, as best as I can tell, the bottom plate is about 8mm thick at the thin point where the parts mount. The OD of the upright...
Forum: Thumpers 11-23-2014, 03:06 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,772
Posted By abruzzi
I'm partial to either my 640 adventure or my 950...

I'm partial to either my 640 adventure or my 950 adventure. My contention is the most important thing for a dual sport is top notch properly tuned suspension. The KTM suspension starts off better...
Forum: Orange Crush 11-20-2014, 09:54 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,018
Posted By abruzzi
I'd also point out that while small thumpers...

I'd also point out that while small thumpers frequently have $100 skid plates available, the prices for the Weld86, Slavens, or BDCW are pretty much par for the course for any multi cylinder adv...
Forum: Orange Crush 11-18-2014, 05:19 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,018
Posted By abruzzi
Perhaps, but I don't have the equipment or skill...

Perhaps, but I don't have the equipment or skill to build one myself, so the choice is between stock or plates that range from $200-$300. If I don't want to pay the $200-300 my only option is the...
Forum: Orange Crush 11-17-2014, 10:49 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,018
Posted By abruzzi
Let me add that I'm sure that the Weld86 is an...

Let me add that I'm sure that the Weld86 is an awesome plate. For me it's just convince vs protection. I'll trade 1.35mm for a touch of convenience. I doubt the weight is relevant between the...
Forum: Orange Crush 11-17-2014, 10:41 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,018
Posted By abruzzi
I drop the front, and the skid plate cradles the...

I drop the front, and the skid plate cradles the oil pan perfectly--no need to remove the rear.

Metric(according to Wikipedia):
...
Forum: Thumpers 11-17-2014, 10:17 PM
Replies: 681
Views: 110,930
Posted By abruzzi
The perforated cone is one of the DB killers. ...

The perforated cone is one of the DB killers. The other is in the tip. I haven't pulled it out to look at it yet since it is held in by a big snap ring and I don't have snap ring pliers. When I...
Forum: Orange Crush 11-17-2014, 06:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 841
Posted By abruzzi
A 950 can get better than 35mpg? On either of my...

A 950 can get better than 35mpg? On either of my 950 the best tank I ever got was 37, and I think that was because my previous fill up overfilled the right tank.
Forum: Orange Crush 11-17-2014, 06:17 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,018
Posted By abruzzi
My objection to the Weld86 design is I understand...

My objection to the Weld86 design is I understand the plate no longer swings down fully on the rear bolts, and that all four need to be removed for access. I actually quite like that feature of the...
Forum: Orange Crush 11-17-2014, 12:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 841
Posted By abruzzi
And because the left tank is the one removed...

And because the left tank is the one removed whenever you do an oil change, there is a non-zero probability that someone just forgot to plug it back in.
Forum: Orange Crush 11-17-2014, 12:08 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,018
Posted By abruzzi
Most seem to think the Weld86 is the strongest. ...

Most seem to think the Weld86 is the strongest. On a previous 950 I had a BlackDog and that was very stout. On the new bike I'm leaning toward Slavens.
Forum: Thumpers 11-17-2014, 09:57 AM
Replies: 681
Views: 110,930
Posted By abruzzi
Maybe an inch or two longer at most. Overall fit...

Maybe an inch or two longer at most. Overall fit seems ok.

My complaints so far are that the mounting pieces are a bit lacking. I have to make a strap for the elbow mount point, and a spacer for...
Forum: Thumpers 11-16-2014, 10:53 PM
Replies: 681
Views: 110,930
Posted By abruzzi
I'm sure I'll curse a minimum of 30 minutes. ...

I'm sure I'll curse a minimum of 30 minutes. But, since I have a day job and will not progress as fast as y'all may like, here are a couple of pics of the exhaust:

All the parts unpacked:
...
Forum: Beasts 11-16-2014, 08:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,386
Posted By abruzzi
+1 I still have a left leg thanks to...

+1

I still have a left leg thanks to Thunderbike--head in collision with a F150, both going 35mph. I swerved to miss, and glanced off the front corner. The bars took the brunt of the impact. ...
Forum: Beasts 11-16-2014, 08:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,614
Posted By abruzzi
Yup, things have changed since 2008 (zombie...

Yup, things have changed since 2008 (zombie thread revival...)
Forum: Thumpers 11-15-2014, 05:37 PM
Replies: 9,124
Views: 1,993,462
Posted By abruzzi
Can someone confirm for me: does removing the...

Can someone confirm for me: does removing the carb require removing the subframe, or is there an easier way?

Is there a link with directions anywhere?

Thanks.
Forum: Thumpers 11-15-2014, 05:35 PM
Replies: 681
Views: 110,930
Posted By abruzzi
It's on. Just needed to take wire wheel to the...

It's on. Just needed to take wire wheel to the header to clean it up. That plus the mallet and it looks good. I don't have pictures yet because I need to improve a couple things:

- the main...
Forum: Thumpers 11-13-2014, 06:16 PM
Replies: 681
Views: 110,930
Posted By abruzzi
Yeah, I was just wondering if on other systems...

Yeah, I was just wondering if on other systems fitting the exhaust pipe over the header pipe is a tight fit.
Forum: Thumpers 11-13-2014, 05:37 PM
Replies: 681
Views: 110,930
Posted By abruzzi
Quick question. I received the GPR, and it all...

Quick question. I received the GPR, and it all looks good (seven days, purchased last thursday, shipped from Milan on monday, arrived today). Is there any trick to getting the exhaust input pipe...
Forum: Thumpers 11-12-2014, 09:39 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,306
Posted By abruzzi
While the Ulysses is fine with the low mount...

While the Ulysses is fine with the low mount muffler and water crossings, the Blast muffler isn't nearly as solid, and IIRC the header pipe and muffler are one piece. Its probably fine for graded...
Forum: Thumpers 11-12-2014, 08:26 AM
Replies: 681
Views: 110,930
Posted By abruzzi
I love the akras, but the slip on is twice the...

I love the akras, but the slip on is twice the price of all the other brands. I just cant justify it.
Forum: Orange Crush 11-11-2014, 08:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,196
Posted By abruzzi
I'd be all over it, but I'm not in the PNW, and I...

I'd be all over it, but I'm not in the PNW, and I don't have time for a long ride...
Forum: Road warriors 11-10-2014, 07:40 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 12,447
Posted By abruzzi
In fairness, it was already going downhill. But...

In fairness, it was already going downhill. But in penance, I'll add something relevant.

In my mind there is a tension between the idea that "an adventure is what I call an adventure, even if I'm...
Forum: Road warriors 11-10-2014, 02:10 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 12,447
Posted By abruzzi
Good to see that I could completely derail the...

Good to see that I could completely derail the discussion...
Forum: Orange Crush 11-10-2014, 11:06 AM
Replies: 734
Views: 94,027
Posted By abruzzi
Sounds like a badly adjusted bike. I wasn't...

Sounds like a badly adjusted bike. I wasn't pulling wheelies, but it ran just fine.
Forum: Orange Crush 11-10-2014, 09:22 AM
Replies: 734
Views: 94,027
Posted By abruzzi
I've ridden my bike (with carbs) from my home at...

I've ridden my bike (with carbs) from my home at 3900ft to Colorado and through several 12000ft passes, including RMNP without a hiccup. Yes it was down on power--there's less oxygen at 12k, but it...
Forum: Road warriors 11-09-2014, 11:50 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 12,447
Posted By abruzzi
Dicks and pussies, yes, but you forgot about...

Dicks and pussies, yes, but you forgot about assholes:

http://youtu.be/32iCWzpDpKs
Forum: Orange Crush 11-08-2014, 08:29 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,453
Posted By abruzzi
Of course a 20yo land cruiser make it most likely...

Of course a 20yo land cruiser make it most likely a FZJ80, which is the best LC made.
Forum: Orange Crush 11-07-2014, 09:18 AM
Replies: 734
Views: 94,027
Posted By abruzzi
+1 I find reading these sorts of rumor...

+1

I find reading these sorts of rumor threads amusing in a sad way. With no real information a detail gets injected, and within a few pages, it is taken as gospel. No verification, no...
Forum: Thumpers 11-07-2014, 09:00 AM
Replies: 681
Views: 110,930
Posted By abruzzi
Not fast. They claim shipping in 7-10 days, and...

Not fast. They claim shipping in 7-10 days, and that is international shipping from Italy. eBay estimated something like Nov 29-Dec 15. A long time to wait, but the bike's not running now, so it...
Forum: Thumpers 11-06-2014, 11:32 PM
Replies: 681
Views: 110,930
Posted By abruzzi
Well, after hemming and hawing for a while, I was...

Well, after hemming and hawing for a while, I was about to pull the trigger on the pro circuit, but everyone was commenting on the loudness. I searched back a few years, and volume seems to be an...
Forum: Orange Crush 11-04-2014, 05:46 PM
Replies: 734
Views: 94,027
Posted By abruzzi
I wonder about the automatic (DCT) in the AT...

I wonder about the automatic (DCT) in the AT though. It would be more interesting if it had a nice simple six speed manual--maybe both will be available.
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 10-31-2014, 07:10 PM
Replies: 479
Views: 26,488
Posted By abruzzi
Geez, can we skip the politics and get back to...

Geez, can we skip the politics and get back to riding?
Forum: Orange Crush 10-30-2014, 04:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 887
Posted By abruzzi
I was riding Karoo3 tires pretty heavily this...

I was riding Karoo3 tires pretty heavily this past weekend through a lot of stuff. I'm at 1100 miles, and in another 1100 the rear will probably be down far enough that they will be marginal...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 10-30-2014, 02:50 PM
Replies: 12,369
Views: 1,601,017
Posted By abruzzi
I've seen perfect ones to sell for upwards of...

I've seen perfect ones to sell for upwards of $5k. This seems pretty clean, so I'd say the upper end of reasonable.
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 10-29-2014, 08:47 PM
Replies: 479
Views: 26,488
Posted By abruzzi
Yup. They say they're going to shoot Ashton...

Yup. They say they're going to shoot Ashton Kutcher into space from there. We're all hoping it a one way ticket.

http://spaceportamerica.com...
Forum: Orange Crush 10-29-2014, 12:02 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,584
Posted By abruzzi
You won't know for a while. I think Taos was...

You won't know for a while. I think Taos was announced in March or April.
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 10-28-2014, 09:54 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,573
Posted By abruzzi
http://www.ecsvin.com/images/compare/fordOriginal2...

http://www.ecsvin.com/images/compare/fordOriginal2.gif
Forum: Orange Crush 10-28-2014, 05:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,042
Posted By abruzzi
Can't say specifically, but in the past KTM...

Can't say specifically, but in the past KTM accessories have been other brand gear at a significant discount. Some years ago KTM sold the TT GPS mounts for much less that TT. They still sell the...
Forum: Orange Crush 10-27-2014, 04:02 PM
Replies: 11,041
Views: 2,340,688
Posted By abruzzi
Its Spaceport America where Richard Branson will...

Its Spaceport America where Richard Branson will be shooting Ashton Kutcher into space.

http://spaceportamerica.com
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