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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Today, 07:24 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 3,595
Posted By der_saeufer
Nope, every "true" dualsport (as opposed to...

Nope, every "true" dualsport (as opposed to "adventure tourer") I've ever seen has had a three-phase permanent magnet generator with a separate winding for the CDI. Some older bikes (XT350, off the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Today, 07:13 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 3,595
Posted By der_saeufer
BMW R-bikes, which have a car alternator. Like a...

BMW R-bikes, which have a car alternator. Like a lot of older German cars, the charge warning light will stay on until you hit ~1200rpm the first time to kick in the alternator.

Otherwise? Nope,...
Forum: Equipment Yesterday, 03:51 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 15,557
Posted By der_saeufer
Boots are subject to pretty steep duty--up to 35%...

Boots are subject to pretty steep duty--up to 35% depending on what they're made of. The fact that they're motorcycle boots doesn't matter to Uncle Sam.



Yep. FedEx and UPS are required not to...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-24-2015, 07:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 209
Posted By der_saeufer
Tanks were plastic from the factory through '96,...

Tanks were plastic from the factory through '96, but BMW offered a free replacement later on. The replacement was metal. The vast majority of bikes had the tank replaced. You can tell pretty easily...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-20-2015, 07:29 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 3,595
Posted By der_saeufer
FI wins for sure. In 116k on my V-Strom, the FI...

FI wins for sure. In 116k on my V-Strom, the FI has had one part fail--the throttle position sensor, which failed in the idle range, a known wear spot that leaves the bike rideable but unable to...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-20-2015, 04:06 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 131
Posted By der_saeufer
R1100GS old Touratech headlight rebuild

Anybody ripped apart the old TT dual headlight and replaced the pieces? I just bought a GS that came with one, and it kinda sucks.

My lenses are marked "Tri.O.M. 400009" which appears to be a...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-19-2015, 02:53 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,968
Posted By der_saeufer
That's only on the first couple years of the...

That's only on the first couple years of the 1000. 650s and newer 1000s stop at 999,999.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-19-2015, 05:14 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,979
Posted By der_saeufer
Put the windscreen all the way down. If that...

Put the windscreen all the way down. If that doesn't work, the Madstad bracket adjusted to let air "leak" under the stock screen will.

Even the 650 is a great freeway commuter--unless you're...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-18-2015, 03:51 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,975
Posted By der_saeufer
F@#k those things. Closest I've ever gotten to...

F@#k those things. Closest I've ever gotten to rear-ending a car on a bike.

Riding along Sunset in Beverly Hills, cameras at every friggin light. Light goes yellow, I have enough time that I'll be...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-15-2015, 08:50 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,293
Posted By der_saeufer
Don't do that. File an eBay claim for "not as...

Don't do that. File an eBay claim for "not as described". They'll refund you AND make the seller pay return shipping. And it'll cost him on his seller ratings too--he can potentially lose listing...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-13-2015, 08:36 AM
Replies: 3,831
Views: 577,883
Posted By der_saeufer
I figured the fatality rate would be higher, but...

I figured the fatality rate would be higher, but this prompted me to look it up. I couldn't find data in mileage terms for Thailand, but in deaths per 100,000 population, according to the WHO:
...
Forum: The Garage 05-12-2015, 05:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 687
Posted By der_saeufer
Had one on the V-Strom. It outlasted the rest of...

Had one on the V-Strom. It outlasted the rest of the chain.
Forum: Equipment 05-12-2015, 10:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 600
Posted By der_saeufer
Most states that have a rule say 2/32" (1.6mm),...

Most states that have a rule say 2/32" (1.6mm), but the majority of US states don't have safety inspections. The only way the law would get you is if you happened to get stopped by a cop who cared...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-11-2015, 05:39 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,968
Posted By der_saeufer
116k as of yesterday, and this is accurate. In...

116k as of yesterday, and this is accurate. In the 4000-mile oil change interval, I go through around a quart--more if I'm running 80mph all day with the stock countershaft sprocket, less if I'm...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 05-10-2015, 09:21 AM
Replies: 422
Views: 22,144
Posted By der_saeufer
From the how-far-can-I-move-it department, new: ...

From the how-far-can-I-move-it department, new:
http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/05/10/d5bdfce67f485c4af30e352300e52c38.jpg
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 05-10-2015, 09:20 AM
Replies: 422
Views: 22,144
Posted By der_saeufer
Old, moist and covered in scales: ...

Old, moist and covered in scales:
http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/05/10/10b67b4526c622dd8850a4726de1562f.jpg
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-09-2015, 05:39 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,570
Posted By der_saeufer
Unfortunately, between then and now Uncle Sam...

Unfortunately, between then and now Uncle Sam decided that forcing states to make sure people were in the country legally was a good policy. Consequently, your state driver's license will expire with...
Forum: Equipment 05-08-2015, 05:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,001
Posted By der_saeufer
This is it right here... and it's why the S4...

This is it right here... and it's why the S4 Active has an IPS (LCD) screen while the regular S4 has Samsung's usual AMOLED screen. As a biologist who uses smartphones outdoors a lot, I've played...
Forum: Equipment 05-08-2015, 05:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,151
Posted By der_saeufer
On my DL650, the A3 front cupped like most tires...

On my DL650, the A3 front cupped like most tires do and wore out faster than the front! Definitely the only time that's happened. Got 13k from the front; the rear still has some left with 17k :eek1....
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-05-2015, 05:40 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,570
Posted By der_saeufer
:clap Have an awesome trip! We'll be waiting...

:clap

Have an awesome trip! We'll be waiting for pictures in Trip Reports.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-04-2015, 04:45 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,570
Posted By der_saeufer
And California requires a "real" motorcycle...

And California requires a "real" motorcycle license (M1) for a 49cc scooter without bicycle pedals.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-04-2015, 04:17 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,570
Posted By der_saeufer
The NDR only lists drivers who have had their...

The NDR only lists drivers who have had their licenses suspended or revoked or who've had "major" convictions (generally felonies and impaired driving convictions). If you have never done any of...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-04-2015, 01:22 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,570
Posted By der_saeufer
With regard to a non-commercial driver's license,...

With regard to a non-commercial driver's license, this is only sorta correct.

Although it's against state law in some states, there's nothing federal stopping a person from having more than one...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 05-03-2015, 11:49 AM
Replies: 1,435
Views: 79,988
Posted By der_saeufer
New: ...

New:

http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/05/03/406ccaa1aefaece80419895f00cc4238.jpg
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 05-03-2015, 11:48 AM
Replies: 1,435
Views: 79,988
Posted By der_saeufer
Old: ...

Old:
http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/05/03/659bdc5c8741b596759589c739cde330.jpg

Waccamaw NWR headquarters, hwy 701, Georgetown County.
Forum: Equipment 05-03-2015, 07:33 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,793
Posted By der_saeufer
So does Nikon. I have their 18-200 VR on a D40....

So does Nikon. I have their 18-200 VR on a D40. It kicks major ass. If you can spare the couple hundred bucks to pick one up used, it's definitely worth it. It's heavier than the 18-55, but the Nikon...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-27-2015, 07:12 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,539
Posted By der_saeufer
Exactly. :deal ...which is why it's illegal...

Exactly. :deal

...which is why it's illegal in pretty much the entire civilized world. 4-way flashers are for stopped vehicles or used for a couple seconds as a quick "YO!" to following vehicles...
Forum: Equipment 04-27-2015, 05:36 AM
Replies: 515
Views: 51,829
Posted By der_saeufer
Helmets to the U.S. are duty free. (not the case...

Helmets to the U.S. are duty free. (not the case for boots and gloves)
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 04-27-2015, 05:20 AM
Replies: 422
Views: 22,144
Posted By der_saeufer
I was just on Edisto yesterday afternoon too....

I was just on Edisto yesterday afternoon too. Should've hung out longer and asserted my tag dominance :deal :rofl

Awesome roads down that way for sure--and surprisingly little traffic.
Forum: Equipment 04-26-2015, 02:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 428
Posted By der_saeufer
No problem. Cheapest way to go is one of the...

No problem.

Cheapest way to go is one of the Harbor Freight trailers (http://http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=123255). The 4x4 can carry a light bike with the front wheel on the...
Forum: Equipment 04-26-2015, 02:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 428
Posted By der_saeufer
Not gonna happen. You need a 2" receiver...

Not gonna happen.

You need a 2" receiver (generally found on Class III/IV hitches) for that. With the exception of a few big boys like the Crown Vic, passenger car hitches are almost always Class...
Forum: Vendors 04-26-2015, 07:21 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 16,868
Posted By der_saeufer
The other reason postal shipping is better is...

The other reason postal shipping is better is because with FedEx, they're paid to correctly classify merchandise, they do it all day, and they get fined if they get caught screwing up. The CBP staff...
Forum: Americas 04-25-2015, 07:19 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,648
Posted By der_saeufer
I currently ride a lightly-modified '04 V-Strom...

I currently ride a lightly-modified '04 V-Strom 650 with 115k on the clock. Before I bought the Strom, I had a '98 KLR and a street bike. I kept both the KLR and the Strom for a couple years and sold...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 04-21-2015, 06:31 AM
Replies: 422
Views: 22,144
Posted By der_saeufer
It's less than a mile from the old tag. That...

It's less than a mile from the old tag. That should narrow it down enough.
Forum: Vendors 04-15-2015, 10:26 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 16,868
Posted By der_saeufer
International orders are never duty-paid unless...

International orders are never duty-paid unless the seller explicitly says so. Motostorm still should've warned you, but import duty is the buyer's responsibility. I suspect they don't do much...
Forum: Vendors 04-15-2015, 09:41 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 16,868
Posted By der_saeufer
Motostorm aren't the crooks unless the terms were...

Motostorm aren't the crooks unless the terms were DDP (delivered duty paid) or if they promised to use a different carrier and used FedEx without warning.

FedEx, on the other hand, is a bunch of...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-15-2015, 09:24 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 6,420
Posted By der_saeufer
Yep. You should see the looks you get on a 50cc...

Yep. You should see the looks you get on a 50cc scooter in an Aerostich and a dualsport helmet.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-14-2015, 06:13 PM
Replies: 3,831
Views: 577,883
Posted By der_saeufer
There's a section of US-50 west of South Lake...

There's a section of US-50 west of South Lake Tahoe that has a straight uphill passing area after miles of curves and double-yellows. There's often a cop sitting just past the crest of the hill.
...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-09-2015, 09:56 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,637
Posted By der_saeufer
Back up to a hill. Anywhere you can put the...

Back up to a hill. Anywhere you can put the bottom of the ramp higher than the truck's wheels gives you less angle.
Forum: Equipment 04-09-2015, 07:59 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,262
Posted By der_saeufer
I use these in Charleston. Seconded. Even...

I use these in Charleston. Seconded.

Even better, since the "leather" palm is actually Clarino, they're machine washable and don't get damaged by riding in the rain. They're also surprisingly...
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