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Forum: Road warriors 03-06-2010, 01:46 PM
Replies: 517
Views: 105,898
Posted By ShortOnSkill
Just found a ride review: ...

Just found a ride review: http://www.ashonbikes.com/content/ducati-mts1200-multistrada-s

I've been between bikes for 2.7 years while in grad school. This will likely be my second present for...
Forum: Beasts 07-12-2008, 01:18 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,696
Posted By ShortOnSkill
:clap Followed this thread for some time and...

:clap Followed this thread for some time and can't see how people can get pissed about your observations.

I never had my Strom airborn two up, never hit 100+ mph in the dirt, and never did...
Forum: Beasts 07-04-2008, 05:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,313
Posted By ShortOnSkill
My first bike was a DL1000. The year was 2003...

My first bike was a DL1000. The year was 2003 and the 650 hadn't come out. Dropped it doing emergency stops and low speed practice. Dropped it 35,000 miles later on a gnarly dirt road. Crash bars...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-22-2008, 06:39 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 15,239
Posted By ShortOnSkill
Thanks for creating the best comparison I've read...

Thanks for creating the best comparison I've read (and I've read every magazine over the last 4 years). I'm re-entering the motorcycle market this coming fall/winter. Although I keep lusting after...
Forum: Road warriors 12-24-2007, 10:55 AM
Replies: 191
Views: 16,977
Posted By ShortOnSkill
Drop the price, and everyone will own one. BMW...

Drop the price, and everyone will own one. BMW ownership would no longer have an exclusive, unique, or elite aura. Get to many BMW's on the road and they'd look as generic as any Japanese bike (in my...
Forum: Road warriors 12-20-2007, 03:52 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 16,977
Posted By ShortOnSkill
MotorcycleUSA just reviewed the HP2 Sport. They...

MotorcycleUSA just reviewed the HP2 Sport. They loved it.

Perhaps in 20 years my discretionary budget will allow for such a toy. Until then, I will simply hope and pray that parts of this bike...
Forum: Beasts 12-14-2007, 08:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,230
Posted By ShortOnSkill
I highly recommend thread searching this issue. ...

I highly recommend thread searching this issue. If not, contact Woody. Here are two threads to help get you on your way:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=5096529&postcount=36
...
Forum: Beasts 12-14-2007, 07:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,230
Posted By ShortOnSkill
Lots of threads on V-Strom cast wheels. The...

Lots of threads on V-Strom cast wheels. The things are damn tough.

In those threads you'll read about different casting techniques. BMW wheels have traditionally been light & easily bent (per...
Forum: Beasts 12-14-2007, 09:57 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,660
Posted By ShortOnSkill
Great questions. It takes little research time...

Great questions. It takes little research time to figure out which mods are most common. Test bikes with the most common upgrades against each other. There's a strong chance that the magazine...
Forum: Beasts 12-13-2007, 11:30 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,660
Posted By ShortOnSkill
I agree with the concept of keeping them on the...

I agree with the concept of keeping them on the pavement. However, the test was comprised of nearly perfect pavement with very few corners. Nothing on their route even resembles a backroad.
Forum: Beasts 12-13-2007, 08:03 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,660
Posted By ShortOnSkill
Aside from a couple roads, the entire review was...

Aside from a couple roads, the entire review was superslab. It was about I-5, Hwy 126, Hwy 101, etc. These are roads designed for Motorhomes!

Their chosen route was good for goldwings. ...
Forum: Road warriors 12-11-2007, 10:38 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,118
Posted By ShortOnSkill
Too forward thinking for my tastes. Might change...

Too forward thinking for my tastes. Might change this opinion after seeing it in person or warming up to the idea.

Those bars look like traps just waiting to snap your femurs. Don't want to go...
Forum: Road warriors 12-11-2007, 07:40 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 4,822
Posted By ShortOnSkill
+1 for the R12RT. I want a comfortable touring...

+1 for the R12RT. I want a comfortable touring mount that dances through corners (and still be a touring bike). I'm less interested in high speed thrills.

Does this mean I'm getting Old?
Forum: Beasts 12-10-2007, 04:28 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,421
Posted By ShortOnSkill
I'd go with the one she finds sexiest (likely...

I'd go with the one she finds sexiest (likely Ducati). Well - maybe comfort should play a roll as well (possibly Strom). Hopefully she's into test riding.
Forum: Beasts 12-10-2007, 04:18 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 19,432
Posted By ShortOnSkill
No ill will here. Just reinforcing my hunch that...

No ill will here. Just reinforcing my hunch that nobody in your group is pushing the envelope's edge. Over the years, my riding has evolved to staying <80 mph and enjoying tight corners on crappy...
Forum: Parallel Universe 12-10-2007, 04:06 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,014
Posted By ShortOnSkill
No time to ride for the next 12 months. Going to...

No time to ride for the next 12 months. Going to watch the 800gs. If it's not exactly what I want, will go for two bikes, one of which will be KTM's 690 Adv.
Forum: Beasts 12-09-2007, 08:15 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 19,432
Posted By ShortOnSkill
Funny that you should mention this. I cried less...

Funny that you should mention this. I cried less when selling my DL1000 because it was only a matter of time. Lean it over in a low gear and rear wheel spin is not difficult. Not bad until you...
Forum: Beasts 12-07-2007, 05:09 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 19,432
Posted By ShortOnSkill
Do I remember correctly that you're doing this on...

Do I remember correctly that you're doing this on a stock suspension (except for fork brace)?
Forum: Beasts 11-27-2007, 10:42 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,459
Posted By ShortOnSkill
With nearly 3,000 views of this thread, I bet on...

With nearly 3,000 views of this thread, I bet on more than 8. Lots of jaded people hoping for an upgrade, but not willing to discuss pipe dreams.
Forum: Beasts 11-27-2007, 10:23 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,459
Posted By ShortOnSkill
The number of people interested in an upgrade...

The number of people interested in an upgrade seems to indicate the need.
Forum: Beasts 11-22-2007, 07:43 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,459
Posted By ShortOnSkill
Only a few months until April Fools Day. They're...

Only a few months until April Fools Day. They're putting feelers out for a great story.
Forum: Beasts 11-18-2007, 10:01 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,953
Posted By ShortOnSkill
We're in similar situations. My wife has...

We're in similar situations. My wife has approved a similar budget. In about 12 months I anticipate having enough free time to make the purchase.

Having owned a DL1000, I wouldn't hesitate to...
Forum: Beasts 11-17-2007, 11:35 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,772
Posted By ShortOnSkill
I cannot resist pointing out that he WAS...

I cannot resist pointing out that he WAS following a 12GS. The motor undoubtedly did not have to work hard. Hence no symptoms. :D
Forum: Beasts 11-17-2007, 09:13 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 25,123
Posted By ShortOnSkill
Per Race-Tech's website and the shop that tuned...

Per Race-Tech's website and the shop that tuned my strom's suspension, damping rods can be upgraded.



http://www.race-tech.com/SubMenu.asp?cMenu=5&c=Yes&cSubMenu=15&showPage=

"Race Tech...
Forum: Beasts 11-16-2007, 05:45 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,772
Posted By ShortOnSkill
Still, like virtual rider mentioned, wouldn't you...

Still, like virtual rider mentioned, wouldn't you expect to see smoke, decreased performance, or something ominous first?
Forum: Beasts 11-15-2007, 10:27 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,772
Posted By ShortOnSkill
:thumb :thumb Way to go Slide. Would...

:thumb :thumb

Way to go Slide.

Would uncommon oil additives contribute? Those super cleaning agents some people recommend pre-oil change come to mind.
Forum: Beasts 11-14-2007, 06:53 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,772
Posted By ShortOnSkill
I'd do no better than you based on sound. In...

I'd do no better than you based on sound. In high school I remember pulling plugs and cranking motors with no compression. No real life experience though.

Anyway, I was dead wrong on the...
Forum: Beasts 11-14-2007, 05:02 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,772
Posted By ShortOnSkill
Atypical problem + Typical dealer = misguided...

Atypical problem + Typical dealer = misguided response?

Wouldn't you have noticed something was "odd" while trying to start the bike? Thanks for the update. I can't wait to hear the final story.
Forum: Beasts 11-09-2007, 11:23 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,772
Posted By ShortOnSkill
Just to clarify. In my case, the stock...

Just to clarify.

In my case, the stock Strom surged, but did not foul plugs. An idiot playing with PCIII maps (me) cased the plug fouling.
Forum: Beasts 11-09-2007, 10:29 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,772
Posted By ShortOnSkill
Damn thing about USB's. The best map was...

Damn thing about USB's.

The best map was not hugely different from the good non-fouling map. 5 second remap with my laptop versus changing plugs. Laziness won.
Forum: Beasts 11-09-2007, 07:41 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,772
Posted By ShortOnSkill
It doesn't take much water. I dealt with the...

It doesn't take much water. I dealt with the issue twice and the symptoms were similar to the OP. On one occasion, it was simply bad gas during a remote trip. The other time, I had filled up at...
Forum: Beasts 11-09-2007, 06:36 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,772
Posted By ShortOnSkill
I had this issue too. Ended up with a map that...

I had this issue too. Ended up with a map that would foul plugs while cruising, but ran wonderfully during spirited riding. The other map was more compromise and plug friendly.

I still bet the...
Forum: Parallel Universe 11-07-2007, 08:46 AM
Replies: 7,626
Views: 1,368,221
Posted By ShortOnSkill
Combine the first letter of each word - GS. ...

Combine the first letter of each word - GS. Someone capable of being a geek/snob at a distance would be tele-GS (not far removed from teliosGS).

When weather or circumstance do not permit...
Forum: Parallel Universe 11-07-2007, 06:47 AM
Replies: 7,626
Views: 1,368,221
Posted By ShortOnSkill
I took the opportunity to be stupid with KTM950...

I took the opportunity to be stupid with KTM950 riders a couple of times. That wheel allows the machine to drag parts. Ever since then, I've sort of figured that a 21'' wheel still offers more...
Forum: Parallel Universe 11-06-2007, 05:39 PM
Replies: 7,626
Views: 1,368,221
Posted By ShortOnSkill
High centering on most surfaces looks relatively...

High centering on most surfaces looks relatively OK. Outside of landing on something with sharp corners and sliding off, how will they get hit?

Probably insufficient protection for boulder...
Forum: Parallel Universe 11-06-2007, 10:24 AM
Replies: 7,626
Views: 1,368,221
Posted By ShortOnSkill
Has anyone noticed that this thread wouldn't have...

Has anyone noticed that this thread wouldn't have 2,000+ responses were it not for numerous restarts?

It seems that quite a few people in G-Spot assume that two cylinder adventure bikes made by...
Forum: Road warriors 11-06-2007, 07:32 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,811
Posted By ShortOnSkill
It has to happen. Today's most expensive...

It has to happen.

Today's most expensive BMW costs little more than Honda's top line Civic. What's left for someone with resources who wants to stand out?

My guess is that more of these...
Forum: Parallel Universe 11-06-2007, 07:05 AM
Replies: 7,626
Views: 1,368,221
Posted By ShortOnSkill
Not to change the subject from cost, but how...

Not to change the subject from cost, but how crash worthy will this bike be? Looking at the pictures, it appears that there is an inexpensive looking plastic bumper that will protect the top. There...
Forum: Parallel Universe 11-06-2007, 06:19 AM
Replies: 7,626
Views: 1,368,221
Posted By ShortOnSkill
I'd have to bite at those numbers. I hope they...

I'd have to bite at those numbers. I hope they produce enough of these things.

Something in the back of my head warns of irrational exuberance. How could something so good from BMW be...
Forum: Parallel Universe 11-06-2007, 05:53 AM
Replies: 7,626
Views: 1,368,221
Posted By ShortOnSkill
So we're looking at between $12,500 and $14,600...

So we're looking at between $12,500 and $14,600 here in the states?

On the HP numbers. This bike's engine won't be wasting as much power on the shaft drive. The current 12GS makes between 83 &...
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