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Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 07:11 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
That doesn't truly apply to the others. It is...

That doesn't truly apply to the others. It is under the "adventure" moniker, which is a huge stretch as is, but "true adventure.....begins this fall"

Or so the marketing team says.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 12:24 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
The AT has an adjustable seat. That will make it...

The AT has an adjustable seat. That will make it useful for most riders. I have no problem with it being taller than I want, because it also is heavier and has a bigger engine than I want. So I...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 10:34 AM
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Posted By John Ashman
And how many stoplights did he have to deal with...

And how many stoplights did he have to deal with at 100mph across the desert? With his wife and 100lbs of luggage strapped on?
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 10:33 AM
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Posted By John Ashman
Ever seen a flat track race? Those guys are...

Ever seen a flat track race? Those guys are shitty riders!
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 10:27 AM
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Posted By John Ashman
Stop lights. 500lb ADV, remember, not a 250lb...

Stop lights. 500lb ADV, remember, not a 250lb dirt bike.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 10:24 AM
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Posted By John Ashman
This isn't actually true. If you scale a 35"...

This isn't actually true. If you scale a 35" seat bike with 9" suspension by .9, you would end up with a bike that has a bike that has 31.5" seat height 8" suspension and a 3/4 sized engine. It...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 07:59 AM
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Posted By John Ashman
I don't think Honda trusted their product enough...

I don't think Honda trusted their product enough to be successful in the US for whatever reason. Or didn't "trust" their customers. Americans are pretty picky, obviously, and also more mediocre in...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-26-2015, 08:11 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
This may have been what I read and I may be...

This may have been what I read and I may be making a bit of a leap, but I don't think so. It is an odd choice of words for a single bike. But it makes sense if they are going to be changing the...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-26-2015, 07:03 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
Nope, that's why I said "it seems" a lot. I'm...

Nope, that's why I said "it seems" a lot. I'm just basing it on the general knowledge and looking at what has been discontinued lately, what is extra long in the tooth, and how Honda tends to group...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-26-2015, 02:33 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
Here, mostly, internet press releases....

Here, mostly, internet press releases. Interviews. Dealer leaks. Seems like general knowledge, really.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-26-2015, 12:52 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
I think Honda has attempted pretty much...

I think Honda has attempted pretty much everything EXCEPT what everyone else is doing successfully. The V engine thing has played out, the V4, probably not the success they wanted. Air cooled...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-26-2015, 10:22 AM
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Posted By John Ashman
And I approve of this disinformation!

And I approve of this disinformation!
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-26-2015, 07:56 AM
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Posted By John Ashman
Not available! I like the idea as a street...

Not available! I like the idea as a street bike, but with all the expenses entailed in modding it for light offroading, plus the major costs of importation, I'm inclined to wait on Yamaha or Honda...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-26-2015, 07:06 AM
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Posted By John Ashman
I'm sure it's a typo, but it's a fun idea. The...

I'm sure it's a typo, but it's a fun idea. The CRF1000L is simply going to be another competent bike in a field of 20 competent bikes. A CRF650L could have been a game changer, because the...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-26-2015, 06:57 AM
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Posted By John Ashman
I would make the effort to lower it.

I would make the effort to lower it.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-25-2015, 07:09 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
http://m.powersports.honda.com/model/street/advent...

http://m.powersports.honda.com/model/street/adventure
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-25-2015, 05:35 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
I definitely have room for the new CRF650L on the...

I definitely have room for the new CRF650L on the Honda website :evil
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-25-2015, 02:42 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
Yamaha XTs still exist in a lot of the rest of...

Yamaha XTs still exist in a lot of the rest of the world though. The 660s are rather huge. The also have some newish 250s in the XT line, though not water cooled. Yet the XR650 not available...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-25-2015, 01:42 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
Just kidding. Though....it would be awesome.... ...

Just kidding. Though....it would be awesome.... I did a "view source" but couldn't find any hidden info, so it's been cleaned/fixed whatever. Interestingly, however, they do NOT have the engine...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-25-2015, 01:12 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
The question now is, "well....have you?"

The question now is, "well....have you?"
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-25-2015, 12:55 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
Did you miss the part about it actually being a...

Did you miss the part about it actually being a 650, not a 1000? That's important stuff right there. Too bad that employee is no doubt fired for the leak.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-25-2015, 10:57 AM
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Posted By John Ashman
^^^^^^^ Or just go with the flow, since...

^^^^^^^

Or just go with the flow, since it's destined to be a shitfest.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-25-2015, 10:32 AM
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Views: 7,155
Posted By John Ashman
True, Honda really sucks at niche product, and...

True, Honda really sucks at niche product, and even when they build it, it never sells well enough for THEM, but it would be a screaming success for an actual niche product builder. Hence the...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-25-2015, 10:19 AM
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Posted By John Ashman
Also, I'm thinking they want to sell the CRF450X...

Also, I'm thinking they want to sell the CRF450X and they have nothing to sell with a twin competing. Now, if they were to actually build a twin enduro for the people AND could win with it, well,...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-25-2015, 06:19 AM
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Posted By John Ashman
Well, they're certainly within their rights to...

Well, they're certainly within their rights to make a niche product with few actual customers if they like. Show bikes generally exist to test ideas, not executions. I think they wanted to test...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-25-2015, 05:59 AM
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Posted By John Ashman
Yes, but this isn't motocross. This is very high...

Yes, but this isn't motocross. This is very high speeds across mainly deserts, largely in straight lines, something a twin can do better. It may not have an advantage with the weight issue, but it...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-24-2015, 10:04 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
A twin would be notably more reliable than trying...

A twin would be notably more reliable than trying to squeeze every ounce out of a single.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-24-2015, 10:03 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
Yes, I checked the rules and they do allow twins....

Yes, I checked the rules and they do allow twins. Having never raced, I really don't know what would be better overall, but I'm surprised no one has tried a twin, given the top speeds they're...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-24-2015, 06:58 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
I like the way you dream. May it not be a typo,...

I like the way you dream. May it not be a typo, but some Honda person getting fired for indiscretion.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-24-2015, 06:54 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
450cc twins are also legal, which makes me wonder...

450cc twins are also legal, which makes me wonder why Honda hasn't attemped a slightly destroked version of the 471cc engine since the 450X isn't pulling it off. Maybe something with more top end...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-24-2015, 06:53 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
As I understand it, they stopped production and...

As I understand it, they stopped production and are selling off the last production. This could be for lack of demand (or saturated demand for that particular bike as is), but could also be to clear...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-24-2015, 01:17 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
A smart choice could be to make it 400cc as it is...

A smart choice could be to make it 400cc as it is above, then make a 471cc version with full sized wheels and longer suspension for others.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-23-2015, 03:59 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
Well, given that the TDM900 was going through...

Well, given that the TDM900 was going through 2013 in many parts of the world, it's hard to believe there won't be a new TDM or something like that, either at 700 or 900cc.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-23-2015, 03:34 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
About 20lbs.

About 20lbs.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-23-2015, 03:31 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
That seems..odd, why didn't you just hold onto...

That seems..odd, why didn't you just hold onto the KTM until, you know, next spring?
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-23-2015, 07:22 AM
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Posted By John Ashman
https://i.imgflip.com/lwcxd.jpg...

https://i.imgflip.com/lwcxd.jpg (https://imgflip.com/i/lwcxd)
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-23-2015, 07:18 AM
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Posted By John Ashman
Even weirder is the history of the name "shooting...

Even weirder is the history of the name "shooting brake". I don't think it even made sense back then.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-22-2015, 05:40 AM
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Posted By John Ashman
It seems to me that DCT eliminates the main...

It seems to me that DCT eliminates the main complaint about the NC, which is the short shifting.

It also occurs to me that it's just as easy to see shifting is a distraction that takes away...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-22-2015, 05:37 AM
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Posted By John Ashman
HPs are always cool, but the problem would be the...

HPs are always cool, but the problem would be the price, and it's an enduro anyway, not an ADV bike. I also understand that they want to put their flagship engine in there, but a souped up, perhaps...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-21-2015, 07:51 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
Whey may be able to use that type of design...

Whey may be able to use that type of design BECAUSE the engines aren't going for high horsepower, but that's not the reason for the low horsepower. These engines are very high performance from a...
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