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Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 12-25-2014, 12:59 PM
Replies: 6,434
Views: 321,550
Posted By Butters
I've been there and was pretty impressed. It's...

I've been there and was pretty impressed. It's obviously not their complete inventory (I think they have warehouses on both coasts as well as drop ship), but it has a bit more inventory than most...
Forum: Equipment 12-24-2014, 10:22 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,563
Posted By Butters
I don't know if I would call a Buff a poor man's...

I don't know if I would call a Buff a poor man's anything. A Buff is $20 for a tube of material, whereas I can probably find a Balaclava for about $5.

But I'll be damned if the Buff isn't worth...
Forum: Beasts 12-23-2014, 10:44 AM
Replies: 4,379
Views: 830,918
Posted By Butters
Per that Wiki: "21 inch front and 19 inch rear...

Per that Wiki: "21 inch front and 19 inch rear tires".

19" rear? That isn't right is it? Well, I guess we can't know for sure until it shows up, but that doesn't seem right.
Forum: Road warriors 12-22-2014, 07:45 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,164
Posted By Butters
One thing I noticed about my K bike was how well...

One thing I noticed about my K bike was how well it handled gravel roads. As long as you didn't tax the suspension too much on big ruts, it was really stable. I found I could comfortably stand on...
Forum: Road warriors 12-22-2014, 07:22 PM
Replies: 1,591
Views: 163,224
Posted By Butters
I don't want to derail this thread too much on...

I don't want to derail this thread too much on TDM talk even though I agree the FJ-09 is pretty much a modern TDM. But here in the US they would never re-use that name as it was a commercial flop. ...
Forum: Thumpers 12-22-2014, 06:57 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,652
Posted By Butters
Unfortunately you can't plate a DRZ-E in VA. ...

Unfortunately you can't plate a DRZ-E in VA.

I had a DRZ-S and got rid of it because I hated it going over 60 mph. I wouldn't enjoy going on I-66 to get to the mountains, but maybe a more...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 12-22-2014, 01:06 PM
Replies: 6,434
Views: 321,550
Posted By Butters
If you want to go cheap, my Fieldsheer Mercury...

If you want to go cheap, my Fieldsheer Mercury pants have been totally watertight for several years. Certainly not the quality of a Stich, but not near the price either (probably about $120). But...
Forum: Thumpers 12-22-2014, 06:44 AM
Replies: 7,295
Views: 1,154,186
Posted By Butters
I try to insulate the bars a little before...

I try to insulate the bars a little before applying the heating elements. Heat Shrink tubing on the left side of the bar works OK, but I've had better luck with silicone/self-almagamating tape...
Forum: Road warriors 12-21-2014, 05:16 PM
Replies: 1,591
Views: 163,224
Posted By Butters
The US only got 1992-3 Mk1s (and no TRXs). I...

The US only got 1992-3 Mk1s (and no TRXs). I really like the engine it has and was surprised to hear they changed the engine essentially just for character. But now that I have put some mileage on...
Forum: Road warriors 12-21-2014, 04:53 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,348
Posted By Butters
I really don't have chances to do long tours,...

I really don't have chances to do long tours, just weekend rides of 2-300 miles/day. As nice as it is to be in a quiet, protective bubble behind a windscreen, I absolutely despise looking through a...
Forum: Road warriors 12-21-2014, 04:46 PM
Replies: 1,591
Views: 163,224
Posted By Butters
Some of us Yankees understand . . . ...

Some of us Yankees understand . . .
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-TVkOa-MGnLA/VHn_aBtSTYI/AAAAAAAABXY/XQb3vKbvHlY/s640/Left%2520Front.jpg

Regarding the FJ-09 - I don't like those "race blu"...
Forum: Road warriors 12-21-2014, 02:45 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 6,997
Posted By Butters
For me, the biggest issues seem to be my hips. ...

For me, the biggest issues seem to be my hips. My back and shoulders can take the forward lean, but my hips don't seem to like the tight angle created between my torso and upper legs. I'm not...
Forum: Beasts 12-21-2014, 09:49 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 15,047
Posted By Butters
ADV'er "MND" has a CX500 that he rides the ****...

ADV'er "MND" has a CX500 that he rides the **** out of. He takes it some pretty impressive places. Last time I saw it, it looked like he done something to increase the rear travel, but I'm not sure...
Forum: Road warriors 12-20-2014, 06:28 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 6,997
Posted By Butters
That's funny - I traded a DL1000 for a 5th Gen. ...

That's funny - I traded a DL1000 for a 5th Gen. I'm only in my mid 40s, but I found out pretty quickly the ergos of the VFR just weren't going to work out for me. Which is a shame, because I really...
Forum: Road warriors 12-20-2014, 06:20 PM
Replies: 1,591
Views: 163,224
Posted By Butters
I also had a '99 VFR and really liked it - a lot....

I also had a '99 VFR and really liked it - a lot. But it became clear that I would never be able to get along with the ergos for extended rides. I actually acquired the VFR in a trade where a...
Forum: Thumpers 12-19-2014, 08:20 PM
Replies: 750
Views: 107,797
Posted By Butters
Thanks Aprilian - only one page back too! I must...

Thanks Aprilian - only one page back too! I must have used the wrong search terms to miss your post. Maybe I'll try changing the oil before even swapping the springs. I take it from your other...
Forum: Beasts 12-19-2014, 07:26 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,698
Posted By Butters
It's a philosophical question: To beak, or not...

It's a philosophical question: To beak, or not to beak?
Forum: Thumpers 12-19-2014, 07:13 PM
Replies: 750
Views: 107,797
Posted By Butters
Different weight oil in each leg??

I've put off my fork oil change long enough (it's original :shog), and I won't be doing a fork swap anytime soon. So I will be ordering some Hyperpro springs to put in while I'm in there.

But...
Forum: Road warriors 12-18-2014, 05:29 AM
Replies: 1,591
Views: 163,224
Posted By Butters
FYI - Your link has an extra "://" at the...

FYI - Your link has an extra "://" at the end.
Forum: Road warriors 12-18-2014, 05:26 AM
Replies: 1,591
Views: 163,224
Posted By Butters
Per the cycleworld article, 415W output. I think...

Per the cycleworld article, 415W output. I think somebody asked about that a couple pages back.
Forum: Road warriors 12-16-2014, 05:05 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,563
Posted By Butters
I didn't realize you were comparing the DRZ to...

I didn't realize you were comparing the DRZ to the XR-L. I thought you were comparing it to the CB500X or NC700X. I stand corrected as well.
Forum: Beasts 12-15-2014, 02:56 PM
Replies: 3,364
Views: 963,448
Posted By Butters
You may want to check out the massive Lithium...

You may want to check out the massive Lithium battery thread over in Equipment. I have on on my X-Challenge and it has been trouble free. But . . .

DO NOT get a "direct replacement", i.e. what...
Forum: Road warriors 12-15-2014, 02:43 PM
Replies: 1,591
Views: 163,224
Posted By Butters
I dunno, "monstrosity" is exactly the word that...

I dunno, "monstrosity" is exactly the word that came to my mind when I saw that garage door made out of plexiglass. Sure, function trumps style, but I'm thinking I would wait and see what other...
Forum: Road warriors 12-15-2014, 02:38 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,563
Posted By Butters
The Honda has a 32" seat height and the DRZ has a...

The Honda has a 32" seat height and the DRZ has a 37" seat height. Are you perhaps thinking a DR200 which has the same seat height as the Honda (but a narrower seat)? Even the DR650 has almost a...
Forum: Road warriors 12-13-2014, 11:14 PM
Replies: 1,591
Views: 163,224
Posted By Butters
I wonder if they are actually designed to augment...

I wonder if they are actually designed to augment the windscreen. They certainly have a strange shape, but they almost appear as if the wind coming off the lower windscreen would be further...
Forum: Thumpers 12-13-2014, 11:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 729
Posted By Butters
Meh - needs more buckles.

Meh - needs more buckles.
Forum: Beasts 12-13-2014, 11:00 PM
Replies: 4,379
Views: 830,918
Posted By Butters
I own none of the above, but all of those bikes...

I own none of the above, but all of those bikes are terrific for what they are intended to do and they do it at a reasonable cost. Just because a bike doesn't check your boxes, it doesn't mean it...
Forum: Road warriors 12-11-2014, 04:56 PM
Replies: 258
Views: 28,706
Posted By Butters
While I think there is some truth to this, I...

While I think there is some truth to this, I would suggest the biggest factor is simply design. Radiator placement is huge - if the wind blowing over the radiator blows directly to any part of your...
Forum: Road warriors 12-07-2014, 04:08 PM
Replies: 1,591
Views: 163,224
Posted By Butters
Yep. I would guess there is a decent chance a...

Yep. I would guess there is a decent chance a modern bike like the FJ-09 may have steel-braided lines already. But as to how to check without seeing them - I have no idea. Maybe check out the...
Forum: Road warriors 12-07-2014, 01:20 PM
Replies: 1,591
Views: 163,224
Posted By Butters
Many times the OEM lines are steel braided, but...

Many times the OEM lines are steel braided, but they are covered up and people think they are unbraided rubber lines. My old Yamaha is like this. I would be certain what the bike had before...
Forum: Equipment 12-06-2014, 05:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 752
Posted By Butters
If you look under each item it says "marketplace...

If you look under each item it says "marketplace item." It then lists who the actual vendor is. Walmart and Bestbuy websites do the same thing. Maybe they are trying to be a pseudo Amazon.
Forum: Road warriors 12-06-2014, 05:16 PM
Replies: 1,591
Views: 163,224
Posted By Butters
18 litres = 4.755 US gallons 44 mpg would...

18 litres = 4.755 US gallons

44 mpg would give you 200 miles with about a qtr gallon left. Not sure I would want to be pushing it to only a qtr gallon left. I'm also not sure it will get 44 mpg.
Forum: Equipment 12-06-2014, 03:27 PM
Replies: 636
Views: 166,486
Posted By Butters
I bought the same/similar lights a couple weeks...

I bought the same/similar lights a couple weeks ago off Amazon for about $32/pair (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CXTMKIQ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1). I've seen lights that...
Forum: Beasts 12-04-2014, 05:52 PM
Replies: 4,379
Views: 830,918
Posted By Butters
Mind you, that was just a patent I happened...

Mind you, that was just a patent I happened across when doing various searches. It may very well have nothing to do with any future Honda motorcycles. I was more interested as it pertained to the...
Forum: Beasts 12-04-2014, 02:35 PM
Replies: 4,379
Views: 830,918
Posted By Butters
It does look like that. But I don't know how...

It does look like that. But I don't know how much faith you can put in the pics, since I think the concept is patented, not the exact drawing. Some of those images don't look like anything they...
Forum: Beasts 12-04-2014, 02:08 PM
Replies: 4,379
Views: 830,918
Posted By Butters
Speaking of patents and throwing gas on the...

Speaking of patents and throwing gas on the thumper/twin argument . . .

It looks like Honda files several patents per month, and who knows when those patents started with respect to this bike. ...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 12-04-2014, 01:35 PM
Replies: 13,204
Views: 651,944
Posted By Butters
It was quite a ways down and didn't come up when...

It was quite a ways down and didn't come up when I did several similar searches. It certainly wasn't as easy as I may have implied, but I was bored and did some google exploring. :D
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 12-04-2014, 01:19 PM
Replies: 13,204
Views: 651,944
Posted By Butters
Well, one could do a google image search for...

Well, one could do a google image search for "brick sculpture tree virginia" and one might see a similar picture which links to a website for the artist which mentions where the sculpture now...
Forum: Beasts 12-03-2014, 01:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,169
Posted By Butters
Aren't there go-arounds at most of the difficult...

Aren't there go-arounds at most of the difficult sections? Not that I would want to take a bike planning to take work arounds, but it's nice to know they are available if you get in over your head.
Forum: Beasts 12-02-2014, 01:07 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,853
Posted By Butters
Here's a link to 30+ pages of DL1000 gearing...

Here's a link to 30+ pages of DL1000 gearing thoughts: http://www.stromtrooper.com/dl1000-2002-2012/59001-16-43-sprockets-optimum-dl1000.html

The stock gearing is insanely high - to the point...
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