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Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports Today, 06:05 AM
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Posted By Stu
Demo Ride

My dealer says they will have one of the pre-release Scramblers to look at and sit on March 3 but no demo ride at all. They did offer a ride on a Monster with the similar engine. If someone has...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports Yesterday, 06:20 PM
Replies: 1,548
Views: 142,727
Posted By Stu
Scrambler

I would suggest we get back on track. This thread is about the Scrambler, not oil or manufacturer malfeasance. I suggested to the poster that they might consider different maintenance schedules. I...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports Yesterday, 06:03 PM
Replies: 1,548
Views: 142,727
Posted By Stu
You can service your vehicle any way you wish. ...

You can service your vehicle any way you wish. Manufacturers have agendas that we are not privilege to. They also make incredible mistakes. You can accept their statements or you can look at...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports Yesterday, 05:48 AM
Replies: 1,548
Views: 142,727
Posted By Stu
Waste

Don't you recycle your oil?

Stu
Forum: Trip Planning 01-25-2015, 12:06 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,362
Posted By Stu
95%

Evermore,

You are my kind of guy! I agree. If a bike will do most of what you want it to do you have a winner. Just ride it.

Stu
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 01-25-2015, 12:02 PM
Replies: 1,548
Views: 142,727
Posted By Stu
Rebuilds

Too many projects? You are my kind of guy! You can learn rebuilds by buying a junked / dead bike for $100 USD and just taking it apart and then trying to put it together again. Lots of amusement...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 01-24-2015, 04:21 PM
Replies: 1,548
Views: 142,727
Posted By Stu
English

Your English is most likely far, far better than my trying to speak your native language. Your point was clear. Street bikes achieve better mileage because they are not raced. Years ago I stripped...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 01-24-2015, 03:53 PM
Replies: 1,548
Views: 142,727
Posted By Stu
Doubting Thomas's

I just keep accurate records. They are never questioned.

Stu
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 01-24-2015, 03:47 PM
Replies: 1,548
Views: 142,727
Posted By Stu
Engine checks

Yes, but the new KTM 690 engine has valve seats that are harder than the hinges of hell. They just don't beat themselves up. My KTM 500 has, for all the times I have checked the valves, NEVER...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 01-24-2015, 03:35 PM
Replies: 1,548
Views: 142,727
Posted By Stu
Schedule / Costs

Your Italian dealer says:

621 mi, $134 USD to change oil and filter
9,320 mi., $246 USD to change oil and filter and what? check valve clearance?
18,641 mi., $504 USD to change oil, filter,...
Forum: Trip Planning 01-23-2015, 03:50 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,362
Posted By Stu
Update

Evermore,

How goes it with the 1190? I know they are a lot of fun, just as my 950 was, and would like to hear how you are doing with it. I was in Baja a month ago riding a rental Honda 450 X on...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 01-23-2015, 02:45 PM
Replies: 1,548
Views: 142,727
Posted By Stu
"Real" Scrambler

Those 1959 Ceriani forks on that mock up are period correct but laughable. Even the limited fork / shock setup on the Scrambler is better than those pathetic legs and I know since I had to repair...
Forum: Trip Planning 12-01-2014, 04:44 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,362
Posted By Stu
11909 r

That is a great pick but not for me. Too tall and massive. I would prefer my 500 EXC over that and live with the compromises. You are right about being able to pick up jobs and cash in So Cal...
Forum: Trip Planning 11-30-2014, 05:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,362
Posted By Stu
Hello?

Evermore,

Where are you now? What are your plans? What bike did you pick?

Stu
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-27-2014, 07:59 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 24,349
Posted By Stu
Ss / sm

It would be interesting to know how many SM kits for KTMs 450/500 sold. It might be an indication of the interest and/or the willingness of customers to pay for and get these sorts of kits for their...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-24-2014, 06:33 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 24,349
Posted By Stu
Choices

If you do not have the NC700X then the NC750X makes a lot of sense for those that want to ride on road only with a few easy gravel roads thrown into the mix. I'm not sure that is going to work for...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-24-2014, 06:27 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 20,817
Posted By Stu
Crf 230

John...

I've ridden that bike. A nice bike. You would never be satisfied with it. If you want a bike that will be pleasant off road and climb over everything like a trials bike get in line and...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-21-2014, 10:34 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 20,817
Posted By Stu
Cold Water

I hate to be a party pooper but don't forget that any bike introduced here will require expensive certification tests that take a lot of time to get approved. I think this is one of the main reasons...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-21-2014, 09:58 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 20,817
Posted By Stu
Ideal Mid-sized Bike

John,

Your original query about the upcoming new 600~900 c.c. bikes may have some manufacturers noting this development in the market. Manufacturers answer to stockholders, not customers,...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-19-2014, 06:02 PM
Replies: 1,548
Views: 142,727
Posted By Stu
World Explorer

The currently configured Scrambler is MORE than capable of RTW trips. My cousin bought a used 175 Puch 2 stroke in India (now think -- used in India) and rode it all over the subcontinent, through...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-19-2014, 06:29 AM
Replies: 1,548
Views: 142,727
Posted By Stu
Attributes

Low weight, narrow profile, decent & probably comfortable suspension, fairly low maintenance engine (check valves between 15K & 18K miles according to Ducati and do the rest of the stuff yourself...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-18-2014, 06:36 PM
Replies: 1,548
Views: 142,727
Posted By Stu
Scrambler Off Road

I would have to change my off road riding style to make the Scramber work for me. Most riders don't hurtle with electrifying & blatant speed. The KTM 500 works for that. For those with more...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-18-2014, 04:38 PM
Replies: 1,548
Views: 142,727
Posted By Stu
The UE is NOT an off road bike. This should have...

The UE is NOT an off road bike. This should have been clear with the marketing materials presented. I agree that it is unfortunate that a more off road capable model was not in the lineup for...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-18-2014, 08:49 AM
Replies: 1,548
Views: 142,727
Posted By Stu
UE Underside

TVScum,

Did the oil lines look exposed to brush or rocks tossed by the front wheel? It looks like the oil filter is covered by the alloy skid plate. Did that plate look easy to get off to...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-16-2014, 04:51 PM
Replies: 1,548
Views: 142,727
Posted By Stu
ARkansas Dirt

I would love to come down there and scream around in the woods with you on my KTM 500 EXC ("street legal"). The Scrambler would be another great bike to do that on. It has the characteristics of...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-16-2014, 03:25 PM
Replies: 1,548
Views: 142,727
Posted By Stu
$10k

This is an extremely cost conscious Ducati. $10K is reasonable given what you get which is a classic look (take your other bikes to WallyWorld and style but this bike transcends that) and the...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-16-2014, 03:16 PM
Replies: 1,548
Views: 142,727
Posted By Stu
Underwhelmed?

I'm 5'8", 29" inseam and I get along fine with my 37" seat height KTM 250 XC seat so I thing this bike will be great. Handlebars? I plan on getting Pro Taper's bar conversion for 1 1/8" bars,...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-13-2014, 04:23 AM
Replies: 1,548
Views: 142,727
Posted By Stu
Welds

The first production run could have been done by hand welding with jigs and not typical of what will come from a serial production line. You will have to look at a production sample, not a...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-10-2014, 06:50 AM
Replies: 1,548
Views: 142,727
Posted By Stu
High Pipe

There is no need for a high pipe if the existing one can be protected. Nearly all of the Dakar bikes all have low pipes, for example. One of the photos clearly shows the exposed lines and the oil...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-09-2014, 06:56 AM
Replies: 1,548
Views: 142,727
Posted By Stu
Middle Weight

"But I'm not the only one lamenting the lack of a dual purpose middleweight or smaller twin"

John, there are a lot of us together with our wish for this. Years ago I rode my Bonneville...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-08-2014, 02:54 PM
Replies: 1,548
Views: 142,727
Posted By Stu
You may be right that this is a good product for...

You may be right that this is a good product for Ducati. I am indifferent to that. I want what many want: a durable, mildly capable off-road bike that can be ridden long distances and then taken...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 10-16-2014, 06:25 PM
Replies: 1,548
Views: 142,727
Posted By Stu
Compromises

Wizz,

I agree. What struck me about the scrambler variations was how much more capable it would be than either my '64 Bonneville or my '65 Norton Fastback, both bikes I rode very long distances...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 10-16-2014, 01:08 PM
Replies: 1,548
Views: 142,727
Posted By Stu
Hipster?

Oh, those marketing folks...legs thrown over the arms of their best chaise longue, contentedly reading movie magazines with their coffee and brandy dreaming of impressario moments when they can...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 10-16-2014, 12:48 PM
Replies: 1,548
Views: 142,727
Posted By Stu
Whiskey?

"It's a ducati, you just need enough room for a bottle of whiskey and a pack of rubbers."

It's an Italian Ducati. Wine. :rofl

Stu
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 10-16-2014, 08:36 AM
Replies: 1,548
Views: 142,727
Posted By Stu
Sprockets

Anyone know if you can put a 16T on the front to cut chain wear for longer trips? The 16/48 (& new chain) = 3.0 final ratio whereas the stock 15/46 = 3.07. A very small change. Nothing in the rear...
Forum: Thumpers 08-31-2014, 03:30 PM
Replies: 301
Views: 73,525
Posted By Stu
New Motor

Neduro,

I dropped my original oil after 45 minutes. Filter and screens had minimal manufacturing slivers of metal and residual fine particulate matter. I went back with Shell Rotella T6 5W-40...
Forum: Thumpers 08-25-2014, 04:44 PM
Replies: 301
Views: 73,525
Posted By Stu
Globetrottin

Neduro,

Jim helped me out as well and I have one of his racks thoroughly tested by him (with scars) that I have now and have given another shakedown. Still solid. Hard to beat that.

Stu
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 08-17-2014, 08:50 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 24,349
Posted By Stu
Decisin Makers

Agreed. I don't think media managers are calling the shots. I doubt that an updated version would be missing in any market. As interest wanes with any product new updated versions are announced to...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 08-14-2014, 02:32 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 24,349
Posted By Stu
Nc750x

OK. I agree, mostly. Honda has launched models that did not do well but were superb motorcycles. I do not know if the NCs are in that category or not. That said, what if the new NC750X had been...
Forum: Thumpers 08-14-2014, 11:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,188
Posted By Stu
300 XC-W on the street

It depends on what you can tolerate as well. Riding my 2T down highways to get to trails in Moab got pretty tiresome for me but once on the trails I was incredibly relieved to be on the 300 Vs. the...
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