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Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 10:57 PM
Replies: 98,412
Views: 18,748,519
Posted By Kommando
If the tire bead is seated well, you might have a...

If the tire bead is seated well, you might have a blown tire belt, a swollen tube, or your spokes may need truing.
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 10:52 PM
Replies: 98,412
Views: 18,748,519
Posted By Kommando
Try a Butty Buddy for her too, and think about...

Try a Butty Buddy for her too, and think about making some 5/16"-thick aluminum, or 3/8"-thick steel, lowering brackets to drop the passenger pegs 2"-4" for even better comfort for her. The Butty...
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 10:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 282
Posted By Kommando
:lol3 Awwwww YEAHHHHHH!!!! Resilience...

:lol3

Awwwww YEAHHHHHH!!!!

Resilience too. :freaky
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 04:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 282
Posted By Kommando
Welcome. Thank you for your interest in building...

Welcome. Thank you for your interest in building an honorable life for yourself by doing something to look out for the rest of us, rather than choosing a self-centered profession like dealing crack,...
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 04:09 PM
Replies: 98,412
Views: 18,748,519
Posted By Kommando
What kind of dirt? For almost all dirt, use...

What kind of dirt?

For almost all dirt, use an aggressive knob with good lateral stability up front. Pirelli offers a few DOT front knobs that corner decently.

For almost all dirt use an...
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 03:36 PM
Replies: 98,412
Views: 18,748,519
Posted By Kommando
Yup. I run 5.10s. Some tires are also slightly...

Yup. I run 5.10s. Some tires are also slightly undersized.
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 03:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 541
Posted By Kommando
Maybe from your perspective. I prefer a simple...

Maybe from your perspective. I prefer a simple adjustable carb, a big tank, SC seat, Cogent suspension, 15/44 sprockets, and long-wearing front DOT knob with a long-wearing DOT rear semi-knob. Keep...
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 03:12 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 843
Posted By Kommando
I'm a big fan of the DR650SE. I currently have 2....

I'm a big fan of the DR650SE. I currently have 2. My 2003 has over 30K miles on it, much of which was accrued in sand and mud over the last 3 yrs after I bought it with 8K miles on it. I've also...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-11-2014, 05:57 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,365
Posted By Kommando
When I first started riding in the sand down...

When I first started riding in the sand down here, I was always sitting because I could barely get the bike moving before falling over. Then I got more comfortable with throttling up, so I could then...
Forum: The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan 09-11-2014, 05:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 916
Posted By Kommando
I'm a weapon. Especially after a big bag...

I'm a weapon.


Especially after a big bag of beef jerky. :evil
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-08-2014, 03:09 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,733
Posted By Kommando
Set up the ergos to fit you when standing. ...

Set up the ergos to fit you when standing.

Don't stand when you don't have to. I ride sitting down most of the time. I stand for things like whoops, jumps, humps, drops, logs, dips, etc.
Forum: Thumpers 09-08-2014, 03:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 486
Posted By Kommando
Yeah, a t over 6', your buddy probably has enough...

Yeah, a t over 6', your buddy probably has enough inseam to ride just about anything he feels like wrestling around. The KLX250S is a higher-spec bike than something like an XT250 or KLR250. While it...
Forum: Thumpers 09-08-2014, 02:53 PM
Replies: 98,412
Views: 18,748,519
Posted By Kommando
What is that?

What is that?
Forum: Thumpers 09-08-2014, 09:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 996
Posted By Kommando
Highway capable and dirt capable? The...

Highway capable and dirt capable?

The KLR, Sertao/Dakar, TR650, and DR650SE are all worth a look. Buy used, especially if you aren't 100% sure what you want.

I'm a big fan of the simple...
Forum: Thumpers 09-08-2014, 09:25 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 11,027
Posted By Kommando
The even heavier DR650 tends to push too. I...

The even heavier DR650 tends to push too. I counter it simply by putting a more-aggressive tire on the front and a not-so-aggressive tire on the rear. Then I give it the gas, often with my inside leg...
Forum: Thumpers 09-08-2014, 09:20 AM
Replies: 98,412
Views: 18,748,519
Posted By Kommando
That's about 292K miles. I believe there's a...

That's about 292K miles. I believe there's a well-traveled Harley out there with a bit more, but it's had quite a few things rebuilt.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-07-2014, 08:46 PM
Replies: 261
Views: 7,305
Posted By Kommando
I think "Who cares? Ride your own ride.". ...

I think "Who cares? Ride your own ride.".

That's what I think.
Forum: Beasts 09-07-2014, 04:02 PM
Replies: 4,439
Views: 776,121
Posted By Kommando
Just because the rim is 2" larger in diameter, it...

Just because the rim is 2" larger in diameter, it doesn't mean that the outside diameter of the tire will necessarily be 2" larger also. A tire with a taller or shorter sidewall could also be used.
Forum: Thumpers 09-07-2014, 03:53 PM
Replies: 98,412
Views: 18,748,519
Posted By Kommando
Does your jacket have chest armor...and more back...

Does your jacket have chest armor...and more back armor than just a piece of foam?

I wear an Acerbis Cosmo chest/back protector with attached kidney belt, that has an Alpinestars chestpad...
Forum: The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan 09-07-2014, 03:14 AM
Replies: 145
Views: 7,106
Posted By Kommando
Thunder and lightning still rolling around here...

Thunder and lightning still rolling around here this morning. 'Another time.
Forum: Beasts 09-06-2014, 10:37 PM
Replies: 262
Views: 42,420
Posted By Kommando
I call it "a wisdom thing". Maybe it takes most...

I call it "a wisdom thing". Maybe it takes most people 40yrs or so to realize that they can't easily afford tickets, lawsuits, lawyers, and sky-high insurance rates if they aren't making a 6-figure+...
Forum: Thumpers 09-06-2014, 05:08 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 11,027
Posted By Kommando
The point was that the answer is...It's more a...

The point was that the answer is...It's more a matter of priority and preferences than a straight yes or no. For me, the DR650SE is more of a jack of all trades than the DR-Z400S is, especially after...
Forum: The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan 09-06-2014, 04:24 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 7,106
Posted By Kommando
I should be able to find it. I think I...

I should be able to find it.

I think I can...I think I can. WheredahellamIgoinagain?

So...About 8 miles before I hit I75 :evil, I should turn south off of 50 onto Richloam Claysink Rd, then go...
Forum: The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan 09-06-2014, 11:52 AM
Replies: 145
Views: 7,106
Posted By Kommando
This is probably posted somewhere before, but...

This is probably posted somewhere before, but where's this firetower? I can use Google Maps/GPS to find it if I have enough info.
Forum: Thumpers 09-06-2014, 11:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 822
Posted By Kommando
If you're not riding higher speeds at all, and...

If you're not riding higher speeds at all, and you don't haul a passenger longer distances, get the lighter bike. I love my DRs, but if I didn't haul a passenger or burn slab, the torque and weight...
Forum: Thumpers 09-06-2014, 11:27 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 11,027
Posted By Kommando
The lines can be a bit blurry. Enduro used...

The lines can be a bit blurry.

Enduro used to be about what dualsport means now. Now, enduro is more suited for mostly off-pavement competition where "some" roads may be involved. Enduro bikes...
Forum: Thumpers 09-06-2014, 10:54 AM
Replies: 98,412
Views: 18,748,519
Posted By Kommando
I don't really have any issues with being seen,...

I don't really have any issues with being seen, even loaded up with a topcase and saddlebags. I use DR250 tails, but I often put a www.superbrightleds.com 1157 reflector-bulb unit in them that...
Forum: Thumpers 09-06-2014, 10:32 AM
Replies: 98,412
Views: 18,748,519
Posted By Kommando
Soak the cover in a pan of gasoline. It worked...

Soak the cover in a pan of gasoline. It worked better for me than that Remove-A-Gasket stuff. I used a gasket scraper too.
Forum: The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan 09-06-2014, 10:27 AM
Replies: 10,572
Views: 824,229
Posted By Kommando
AWESOME pics, Eloy! Once my wife gets out of...

AWESOME pics, Eloy! Once my wife gets out of school and we can take vacations again :D, I want to get back out there. My mom has a place outside of Silverthorne CO that my friends and I base out of...
Forum: Thumpers 09-06-2014, 10:07 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,172
Posted By Kommando
Sand can actually be easier with a 21" front, if...

Sand can actually be easier with a 21" front, if you're a fast rider in the stuff. The tall and narrow cuts turns like an iceskate's blade.

I think a lot of people put the wide knobs up front...
Forum: Thumpers 09-04-2014, 03:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 637
Posted By Kommando
Try an IRC TR8 front knob. They're around $52 and...

Try an IRC TR8 front knob. They're around $52 and grab much better in dirt than something like a K270 front. I like them on the slab and street too.
Forum: The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan 09-03-2014, 11:47 PM
Replies: 271
Views: 20,807
Posted By Kommando
I was followed most of the way out there by a...

I was followed most of the way out there by a Palm Bay officer this past ride, all the way from up near Malabar Rd, but he turned off somewhere by where Emerson turns into Bombardier.

I don't get...
Forum: Thumpers 09-03-2014, 11:21 PM
Replies: 98,412
Views: 18,748,519
Posted By Kommando
It sounds like you have some fasteners missing....

It sounds like you have some fasteners missing. My rear fender doesn't noticeably flop on either of my DRs, and I beat the snot out of them. I DO run DR250 tails though. It's visible enough, IMO, but...
Forum: Thumpers 09-03-2014, 11:17 PM
Replies: 98,412
Views: 18,748,519
Posted By Kommando
Probably, but Harbor Freight sometimes has a...

Probably, but Harbor Freight sometimes has a coupon for their hydraulic moto jack for $59.99.
Forum: Thumpers 09-03-2014, 11:15 PM
Replies: 98,412
Views: 18,748,519
Posted By Kommando
The stock petcock can be used if you mod the...

The stock petcock can be used if you mod the plastic tanks a little by ovalling the petcock hole in the tank.

If you use a non-vacuum petcock, you will also want to cap the vacuum port on the BST...
Forum: Thumpers 09-03-2014, 11:09 PM
Replies: 98,412
Views: 18,748,519
Posted By Kommando
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www.bikefinds.com

www.searchtempest.com

www.drriders.com
Forum: Thumpers 09-03-2014, 11:06 PM
Replies: 98,412
Views: 18,748,519
Posted By Kommando
Clearcoat it to prevent rust.

Clearcoat it to prevent rust.
Forum: Thumpers 09-03-2014, 11:01 PM
Replies: 98,412
Views: 18,748,519
Posted By Kommando
Don't lock the forks. That lock is easily...

Don't lock the forks. That lock is easily defeated by thieves anyway. The parking light could come in handy if you break down at night. Put an LED unit in there too, so it doesn't use much wattage.
...
Forum: Thumpers 09-02-2014, 06:36 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 11,027
Posted By Kommando
It depends on how you want to ride and how simple...

It depends on how you want to ride and how simple or complicated of a bike you want.

The DR is a simple and smooth tractor that can be hopped up. The 690 is a rocket, by comparison to a stock DR....
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-02-2014, 06:19 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,947
Posted By Kommando
Meritt Island Wildlife Refuge, in the middle of a...

Meritt Island Wildlife Refuge, in the middle of a thunderstorm. I killed the battery trying to restart the DR650 while figuring out that it died because the fuelcap wasn't venting.

A DR can be...
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