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Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 02-27-2015, 09:11 AM
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Posted By Stu
I didn't know rocks and logs needed protection. ...

I didn't know rocks and logs needed protection. I picked up a neat bumper sticker the last time I was in Moab: "God forgives. Rocks Don't."

Stu
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 02-26-2015, 01:30 PM
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Posted By Stu
Comfort

Marty,

Your input on the F700 GS and the Scrambler are very much appreciated. They match my feelings about the two as well. However, on comfort, I am in a different category. I grew up on...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 02-26-2015, 05:18 AM
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Posted By Stu
Eek R700 gs

John,

Thanks for the response. I noticed that BMW has had reliability problems since the auto division took over the motorcycle division in 2002. That may be history now but it is discouraging. ...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 02-24-2015, 04:39 AM
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Views: 177,837
Posted By Stu
Another Comparison

Has anyone had any experience with BMW's entry "adventure" bike, the R700 GS? Reviews had said it was comfortable, for a while, it struggled above 70 MPH on freeways and got blasted around by trucks...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 02-22-2015, 04:20 PM
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Views: 177,837
Posted By Stu
Money...Greed

John,

This is a "profit enhancement opportunity". That is, they can get more for a bike by adding on charges. Remember autos and all the add-ons that went into the retail pricing? You got...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 02-21-2015, 04:43 PM
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Views: 177,837
Posted By Stu
Price

My investigations revealed a price differential that is unacceptable. My local dealer quoted 9,175 for the Icon Red which should retail (no discounts) for $8,495. Erico Motorsports in Denver quoted...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 02-19-2015, 05:51 PM
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Views: 177,837
Posted By Stu
Sold Out

John,

The run may well be sold out in the US as well. It depends on how much production can be maintained in Thailand. The reviews all say the same thing: you are crazy if you do not get one.
...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 02-14-2015, 12:07 PM
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Posted By Stu
Expectations

I would add that perfection is another fast track to disappointment.

If you look at the plastic on the Monster you will probably see more of it. Look at all of it you have to removed, including...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 02-11-2015, 04:39 AM
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Posted By Stu
Cheap?

You can get handlebar mounts and tapered handlebars with a variety of bends from Pro Taper. They are substantial. Isn't the dash just the digital speedo? You don't like the digital displays? If...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 02-08-2015, 05:36 PM
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Views: 177,837
Posted By Stu
Rideability Issues

I don't know what this reference is. It is certainly not made clear. I would add that the reviewers have noted that the Scrambler is unhappy running in mid range RPMs. Several reviewers have noted...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 02-07-2015, 04:51 PM
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Posted By Stu
Exceptions

Uh, as with the 690 Duke or the new RC 390? Look like street bikes to me with some marketing emphasis.

As for the comment about Chinese consumers they may be constrained by law. My experience in...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 02-02-2015, 02:43 PM
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Views: 177,837
Posted By Stu
Scrambled 690s

As I mentioned the Scrambler will be a great bike. I was irritated by Cycle World's "review" which was nothing more than a rehash of the earlier "promoview". Nothing new. Just "impressions". Why...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 02-01-2015, 03:39 PM
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Views: 177,837
Posted By Stu
Great Response! I loathe ingratiating and...

Great Response! I loathe ingratiating and fawning appeals for my money. Hipster marketing seems to me to be immeasuarbly sneaky and being practiced upon a mostly defenseless motorcycling public. ...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 01-31-2015, 04:59 PM
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Views: 177,837
Posted By Stu
Cycle World

What do you think of the Scramber Ducati review in Cycle World? I thought it was well written and analyzed the marketing aspect pretty well, indicating to me that they had the same press preview as...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 01-29-2015, 06:22 PM
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Posted By Stu
Cant you just turn your monitor upside down? ...

Cant you just turn your monitor upside down? Come on.

Missing a decimal? Sounds like political math to me.

Stu
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 01-27-2015, 01:02 PM
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Posted By Stu
Hipsters?

Hilarious!

Stu
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 01-27-2015, 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 01-26-2015, 06:20 PM
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Views: 177,837
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: Trip Planning 01-25-2015, 12:06 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,843
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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: 3,843
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
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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: 3,843
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: 3,843
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: 106
Views: 26,693
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: 106
Views: 26,693
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: 220
Views: 25,520
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: 220
Views: 25,520
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: 220
Views: 25,520
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
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Views: 177,837
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
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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
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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
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Views: 177,837
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
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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
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Views: 177,837
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
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Views: 177,837
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...
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