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Forum: Battle scooters 08-03-2009, 01:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,914
Posted By lmonsanto
Hey FOXedupOne, Thanks for recommending the...

Hey FOXedupOne,

Thanks for recommending the GIVI rack instead of the Yamaha one. I'll definitely post some pics with the E55 when I have it installed. The E55 is great because it holds two...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-31-2009, 07:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,914
Posted By lmonsanto
Givi topcase on Tmax accessory rack?

[ This is probably a frequently asked question, but I couldn't find the answer by searching "Battle scooters". ]

I want to use my Givi E55 Maxia case on my new Tmax. Can I use the rear rack that...
Forum: Battle scooters 10-16-2007, 09:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,584
Posted By lmonsanto
My wife has one and loves it.

My wife has one and loves it.
Forum: Battle scooters 08-15-2007, 09:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,638
Posted By lmonsanto
I believe the Sport City and Vespa GTS share the...

I believe the Sport City and Vespa GTS share the same Piaggio engine, so performance is going to be about the same. The main difference is the wheel size, with the Sport City having 16" wheels, while...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-30-2007, 09:04 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,845
Posted By lmonsanto
moto panniers

I use Ortlieb dry bags on my Scarabeo 150. They're simple, waterproof and easy to fit.

http://www.aerostich.com/catalog/US/DryBag-Saddlebags-p-16156.html

Lynn
Forum: Battle scooters 01-05-2006, 05:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 819
Posted By lmonsanto
Any Scarabeo 150's out there?

Hi all,

I haven't seen anyone talk about their Scarabeo 150. Anyone ride one? I've been riding one around San Francisco for the last few years, and it's pretty much an adventure ride every time I...
Forum: Ride reports 09-28-2005, 02:16 PM
Replies: 2,131
Views: 572,795
Posted By lmonsanto
Expect the same thing in Lima, Peru :-(.

Expect the same thing in Lima, Peru :-(.
Forum: Ride reports 09-01-2005, 09:14 PM
Replies: 2,131
Views: 572,795
Posted By lmonsanto
Great idea to take then-and-now pictures. La...

Great idea to take then-and-now pictures. La Avenida de Mayo in B.A. sure looks different now! My wife and I were there last October. What a great city. I hope you're not a vegetarian :D Buen...
Forum: Thumpers 08-23-2005, 06:46 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 20,871
Posted By lmonsanto
The DRZ screen from Cee Bailey works well for me....

The DRZ screen from Cee Bailey works well for me. I'm 6' and it directs the wind to right below my helmet. Big improvement for highway travel.
Forum: Equipment 08-15-2005, 09:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,013
Posted By lmonsanto
Never done it before. Any tips? Thanks!

Never done it before. Any tips? Thanks!
Forum: Equipment 08-15-2005, 10:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,013
Posted By lmonsanto
R1150RT: Power to my Garmin V?

What's the best way of getting power to a Garmin V that's mounted near the handlebars? Do I have to pull the fuel tank to find a place to run a pair of wires from the battery to the GPS? Thanks for...
Forum: Road warriors 08-14-2005, 09:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 740
Posted By lmonsanto
R1150RT: power to my Garmin V?

What's the best way of getting power to a Garmin V that's mounted near the handlebars? Do I have to pull the fuel tank to find a place to run a pair of wires from the battery to the GPS? Thanks for...
Forum: Road warriors 08-14-2005, 10:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 926
Posted By lmonsanto
How adventurous on your RT?

I have a 2004 R1150RT and I'm trying to get a feel for its limits. How adventurous have you guys been on your RTs? How does it do on dirt/gravel/cobblestone roads, etc.? Thanks!
Forum: Latin America 08-10-2005, 09:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,126
Posted By lmonsanto
I have to agree that most are, especially...

I have to agree that most are, especially compared to our terrible roads in San Francisco. Still, I've run across cobblestone streets in Oaxaca that would be a real challenge on an RT. I was mainly...
Forum: Latin America 08-10-2005, 09:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,126
Posted By lmonsanto
How about the availability of high octane gas in...

How about the availability of high octane gas in some of the more remote areas of Baja? Maybe I've read too may trip reports from advriders buying gas syphoned out of a metal drum :D Are there...
Forum: Latin America 08-10-2005, 05:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,126
Posted By lmonsanto
Mexico on a street bike?

Hi all,

How practical is it to ride a street bike (R1150RT) down Baja, take the ferry to the mainland and over to Creel? I'm planning on going to the Horizons Unlimited meeting in October.

...
Forum: Equipment 07-30-2005, 10:22 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 19,571
Posted By lmonsanto
Petzl Tikka Plus LED headlamp...

Petzl Tikka Plus LED headlamp (http://www.rei.com/product/47667893.htm?). A bit pricey but bombproof design and LEDs so the batteries last longer, and you don't have to worry about the bulb burning...
Forum: Equipment 07-29-2005, 09:00 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 19,571
Posted By lmonsanto
Stoves that use a propane/butane mix do a lot...

Stoves that use a propane/butane mix do a lot better in cold weather. Pure butane generates a pretty weak flame when it's cold outside. Another consideration is you need some kind of windscreen,...
Forum: Equipment 07-28-2005, 09:40 PM
Replies: 188
Views: 19,571
Posted By lmonsanto
I used one for a while. One thing that's nice is...

I used one for a while. One thing that's nice is they are quiet; no stove roar. They take about twice as long to boil water, compared to conventional backpacking stoves, but who's in a hurry? The...
Forum: Equipment 07-28-2005, 06:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,420
Posted By lmonsanto
It's possible the extra-thick tubes deflate...

It's possible the extra-thick tubes deflate slower than conventional tubes. One problem with tubed tires is how rapidly they deflate after a puncture (compared to a tubeless tire). Might be wishful...
Forum: Equipment 07-28-2005, 06:39 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,944
Posted By lmonsanto
http://www.bestrestproducts.com/

http://www.bestrestproducts.com/
Forum: Layin' down tracks 07-27-2005, 08:20 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,238
Posted By lmonsanto
Can the 2610 and GPS V use the same power cable? ...

Can the 2610 and GPS V use the same power cable? My DRZ is wired for my GPS V and I'd like to be able to reuse it? Thanks!
Forum: Ride reports 07-24-2005, 01:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,196
Posted By lmonsanto
Nice ride! How did your Givi E21 side cases work...

Nice ride! How did your Givi E21 side cases work out? I have them on my DRZ, but not on a long trip yet. The plastic sure is flexible. Should be tough enough, though.
Forum: Vendors 07-24-2005, 10:51 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,129
Posted By lmonsanto
I have to agree, though Hwy 4 (Ebbits Pass) and...

I have to agree, though Hwy 4 (Ebbits Pass) and Hwy 89 (Monitor Pass) are a close second. Only problem is Hwy 89 intersects Hwy 395 a bit far to the north. I'd suggest coming over on either Hwy 120...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 07-20-2005, 09:37 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,995
Posted By lmonsanto
I talked to the Cycoactive guy a couple days ago....

I talked to the Cycoactive guy a couple days ago. He told me to remove the batteries before riding. Vibration causes the batteries to momentarily loose contact with connection points. This isn't...
Forum: Equipment 07-20-2005, 09:07 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,425
Posted By lmonsanto
All good points. A couple (strong) opinions: ...

All good points. A couple (strong) opinions:

1. My life is worth tens of thousands of dollars to me, so using a PLB is "cost effective", even if it costs me $40,000. :D

2. Putting someone...
Forum: Equipment 07-19-2005, 10:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,425
Posted By lmonsanto
GPS vs. satellite phone reception?

A couple days ago, I found myself riding down a road that was near the limit of my abilities. I thought that if I crash and injure myself, it will be days until some comes along and finds me. I was...
Forum: Thumpers 07-18-2005, 06:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 954
Posted By lmonsanto
Making your 5-speed into a 6-speed

http://cycoactive.com/mc/trail_tips/tip_6speed.html has an interesting solution for the XR400. Any reason why it wouldn't work with a DR-Z400S? The problem is basically the same. Many of us need...
Forum: Ride reports 07-14-2005, 06:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,160
Posted By lmonsanto
I'm the guy who did the RawHyde class with you on...

I'm the guy who did the RawHyde class with you on a DRZ. I'm glad you had a great trip! See you next time. How about doing the RawHyde trip down to the Copper Canyon this October? Lynn
Forum: Vendors 07-10-2005, 10:37 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,129
Posted By lmonsanto
This is a beautiful ride, but you need to be...

This is a beautiful ride, but you need to be careful with your timing. There's a lot of west-to-east traffic through Yosemite N.P. at the beginning of weekends. We're talking looong lines of...
Forum: Thumpers 07-09-2005, 10:12 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,892
Posted By lmonsanto
You're right, of course! A few observations: ...

You're right, of course! A few observations:

(good) (1) The total luggage weight was around 50lbs, according to my bathroom scales. The bike still handled well on the road. The guy who...
Forum: Thumpers 07-08-2005, 08:40 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 549
Posted By lmonsanto
thumper auxiliary night lighting?

What do you all use for auxiliary lighting at night? My DRZ alternator only puts out 200 watts, so permanently mounting PIAA auxiliary lights doesn't seem like a good option (even if I could find a...
Forum: Equipment 07-08-2005, 06:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,980
Posted By lmonsanto
Here they are:...

Here they are: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=86814
Forum: Thumpers 07-08-2005, 06:10 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,892
Posted By lmonsanto
Waaay too loaded :loadedShe's got to slim down....

Waaay too loaded :loadedShe's got to slim down. I'm trying some Givi E21 bags right now, which have about half the capacity of the E360. I also ordered a smaller drybag from REI. I don't really need...
Forum: Thumpers 07-07-2005, 11:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,892
Posted By lmonsanto
Thumb DR-Z400S adventure touring bike with pics.

Here are the pics to go along with my previous "What works for me" post:

http://homepage.mac.com/lmonsanto/Motorcycles/PhotoAlbum10.html
...
Forum: Equipment 07-07-2005, 09:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,980
Posted By lmonsanto
My guess is you would be happier on a R1150GS,...

My guess is you would be happier on a R1150GS, KTM 950 or similar dual-sport. You're bigger and (undoubtably) stronger than me, so a big dual-sport would feel to you about like a smaller, lighter DRZ...
Forum: Equipment 07-07-2005, 09:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,980
Posted By lmonsanto
My prediction is comfort will suck if the...

My prediction is comfort will suck if the extended multi thousand mile trip involves a lot of high-speed (>70mph), 500 mile days. The bike just doesn't have enough wind protection. The Cee Bailey...
Forum: Equipment 07-07-2005, 08:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,980
Posted By lmonsanto
The stock gearing worked pretty well for me. The...

The stock gearing worked pretty well for me. The engine felt smooth cruising at 65-70 mph (GPS indicated). At 75 mph on I-5, the front end started feeling a little vague, especially when passing...
Forum: Equipment 07-07-2005, 11:07 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,430
Posted By lmonsanto
The Ortlieb drybag with the zip top work great...

The Ortlieb drybag with the zip top work great and it's completely waterproof. Strap it to your tail rack with ROK elastic straps and cover with a bungie net so can carry extra stuff like your...
Forum: Equipment 07-07-2005, 10:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,980
Posted By lmonsanto
Thumb What works for me

Hi all,

I bought my '05 DR-Z400S a few months ago with the idea of making it a good all-around adventure touring bike. For me, this means comfortable, able to carry camping gear and reasonably...
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