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Forum: Road warriors 11-25-2014, 09:29 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,068
Posted By Rackemcrackem
jebe, Is the Ducati dealer planning to...

jebe,

Is the Ducati dealer planning to import the new scrambler for 2015? That might be something to hold out for, especially if they will give a test ride.
Forum: Road warriors 11-25-2014, 01:47 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,068
Posted By Rackemcrackem
Ginger Beard, Just noticed your thread on...

Ginger Beard,

Just noticed your thread on your "Scramster" build. Very cool.... me likey! That bike would probably do very well on Luzon and with the high pipe, could even traverse the knee-deep...
Forum: Road warriors 11-25-2014, 11:04 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,068
Posted By Rackemcrackem
I have the impression that some of the replies to...

I have the impression that some of the replies to this thread are from riders who have little appreciation for road conditions in the Philippines.

Compared to the relatively good roads and highly...
Forum: Road warriors 11-24-2014, 08:22 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,068
Posted By Rackemcrackem
Excellent plan to have a test ride! I'm very...

Excellent plan to have a test ride! I'm very interested to hear from you about the 883R after your ride. Also the strreet models if you wait long enough to test ride those.

I don't know about...
Forum: Road warriors 11-23-2014, 11:17 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,068
Posted By Rackemcrackem
I have found stock Strom mirrors to be excellent...

I have found stock Strom mirrors to be excellent when modified with inexpensive extenders that set them out an inch wider. Otherwise, they are set to narrow for an average size or large rider.
...
Forum: Road warriors 11-22-2014, 09:06 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,068
Posted By Rackemcrackem
Another consideration is that water cooling is...

Another consideration is that water cooling is nice in city traffic. Never any problem with Strom motors overheating or feeling too hot against my legs.

I imagine that Sportsters do fine in 30-35C...
Forum: Road warriors 11-22-2014, 08:37 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,068
Posted By Rackemcrackem
About 3 years ago, I rode a 1st generation DL1000...

About 3 years ago, I rode a 1st generation DL1000 V-Strom (Herc's bike) for a couple of multi-day rides on Luzon and to Mindoro. I also have experience riding 1st and 2nd generation DL650s in the US...
Forum: Equipment 11-13-2014, 12:40 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 13,597
Posted By Rackemcrackem
I've had a GT Air All Seasons Transition and a...

I've had a GT Air All Seasons Transition and a 3/4 length AST for several years and I generally like both jackets.

The GT Air will definitely flow a lot more air with the vents opened than the...
Forum: Americas 08-18-2014, 01:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,818
Posted By Rackemcrackem
Haven't seen any activity on this thread for...

Haven't seen any activity on this thread for quite a while. Are you still planning a ride this fall, Metalcarver?

Was hoping for a good fall ride in the lower 48 but finances and family...
Forum: Equipment 06-16-2014, 08:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,013
Posted By Rackemcrackem
My left Sidi Adventure Rain boot started leaking...

My left Sidi Adventure Rain boot started leaking after a couple of years although the right side boot has continued to keep water out into about the fourth year. I attribute the left side leak to...
Forum: Asia 05-12-2014, 01:06 AM
Replies: 1,661
Views: 228,131
Posted By Rackemcrackem
It's the start of our summer season in Alaska and...

It's the start of our summer season in Alaska and we've had a few sweltering days as "hot" as 18 degrees C. :lol3

Thankfully, the skies are overcast today and the weather has returned to a far...
Forum: Asia 05-12-2014, 12:47 AM
Replies: 1,661
Views: 228,131
Posted By Rackemcrackem
Ditto, riderako, nice report and a seriously...

Ditto, riderako, nice report and a seriously impressive ride! It's great to see pics of many locations that I haven't seen before.
Forum: Asia 05-07-2014, 09:41 PM
Replies: 1,661
Views: 228,131
Posted By Rackemcrackem
Fantastic pics, as always, Toddy! Glad to see...

Fantastic pics, as always, Toddy! Glad to see that you're back in las Pilipinas! :clap
Forum: Asia 05-03-2014, 07:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,839
Posted By Rackemcrackem
I've ridden an XR200 but not a CRF250 so take my...

I've ridden an XR200 but not a CRF250 so take my free comments for what they're worth. The XR200 rental bikes are a little lighter but are likely to have a lot of kms under their wheels. They will...
Forum: Asia 05-03-2014, 06:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,839
Posted By Rackemcrackem
I don't have much advice regarding phone cards...

I don't have much advice regarding phone cards but Globe and Smart sim cards are used widely around the Phils. You can buy them everywhere. I just use a cheap 'dumb' phone that I bought in the Phils...
Forum: Alaska 04-12-2014, 11:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,574
Posted By Rackemcrackem
...and you rode there during some NICE weather! ...

...and you rode there during some NICE weather! :lol3
Forum: Alaska 04-12-2014, 11:47 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,574
Posted By Rackemcrackem
The current in the Copper River at Mile 36 is...

The current in the Copper River at Mile 36 is often in the range of 8-10 knots and the channel is at least 300 yards wide. It's a big, mean river and I don't think a packraft is gonna make it across...
Forum: Asia 03-23-2014, 11:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,888
Posted By Rackemcrackem
There is some excellent riding in Rizal and...

There is some excellent riding in Rizal and Quezon provinces, just to the east of metro Manila. Some very nice twisty roads without much traffic.

If you do end up with a smaller bike than is...
Forum: Equipment 03-22-2014, 01:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,833
Posted By Rackemcrackem
Thanks, Steelerider, for your thoughtful and...

Thanks, Steelerider, for your thoughtful and well-written review of the Motorrad jacket. It looks like a high quality piece of gear at only a modest premium over the price of a Hit-Air vest. A lot of...
Forum: Asia 03-09-2014, 07:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,888
Posted By Rackemcrackem
Nice-Bike in Angles City, Pampanga, rents Honda...

Nice-Bike in Angles City, Pampanga, rents Honda TransAlps, XR200s and others at reasonable rates. The bikes are older but reasonably well maintained. I've rented from them several times for a week to...
Forum: Asia 03-07-2014, 12:35 AM
Replies: 1,661
Views: 228,131
Posted By Rackemcrackem
You're going to have a great time, Jeepsterman! ...

You're going to have a great time, Jeepsterman! Welcome to the forum!

Is there a commercial business that has DRs in the Philippines now? Even knowing of a private individual with a single DR...
Forum: Equipment 02-11-2014, 05:27 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,929
Posted By Rackemcrackem
I'll also be curious to hear about those Forma...

I'll also be curious to hear about those Forma Terrains. They look very nice and protective at a very good price for a hinged boot.
Forum: Equipment 02-11-2014, 05:13 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,929
Posted By Rackemcrackem
Didn't mean to denigrate your new Honda in any...

Didn't mean to denigrate your new Honda in any way. I should have said very, very good for the price! :D

There are a lot of good bikes out there and I think all the modern, reasonably...
Forum: Equipment 02-10-2014, 10:23 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,929
Posted By Rackemcrackem
The new CRF250L sounds pretty good for the price....

The new CRF250L sounds pretty good for the price. Maybe not as capable as a WR250R but for a lot less money.

Just practice, practice, practice at slower speeds, in safe areas. Especially your...
Forum: Equipment 02-10-2014, 07:38 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,929
Posted By Rackemcrackem
Cool! Or maybe hot, depending on the weather! ...

Cool! Or maybe hot, depending on the weather! :lol3 Let us know how the gear works out for you. I'm interested in hearing more about that Leatt 5.5, especially. Good to see a new rider...
Forum: Equipment 02-10-2014, 05:35 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,929
Posted By Rackemcrackem
Actually, the Thor guards do have a hard...

Actually, the Thor guards do have a hard protector over the patella. It's just that it's recessed a little so the thigh plastic can articulate over the patellar portion. I think it would take a lot...
Forum: Equipment 02-10-2014, 04:49 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,929
Posted By Rackemcrackem
New2Moto, Psssst!!! If you wear a size...

New2Moto,

Psssst!!! If you wear a size L, there's a Motoport jacket in the flea market right now. :D
Forum: Equipment 02-10-2014, 04:32 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,929
Posted By Rackemcrackem
You might look at the Alpinestars padded shorts...

You might look at the Alpinestars padded shorts for plastic outer hip protection. I've never worn a pair. Usually, I wear Knox shorts with a dense rubber-like padding. They are pretty comfortable for...
Forum: Equipment 02-10-2014, 02:12 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,929
Posted By Rackemcrackem
As a case in point to further this discussion,...

As a case in point to further this discussion, I've crashed once on pavement. It was a few years ago when I had been on bikes for only about 2500 miles total.

Was wearing some Tourmaster...
Forum: Equipment 02-10-2014, 12:30 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,929
Posted By Rackemcrackem
I don't know of any other other manufacturers...

I don't know of any other other manufacturers using the same mesh as Motoport. I know Vanson uses Cordura mesh in some garments. Others use Kevlar weave solid material like Armacor (sp?) but don't...
Forum: Equipment 02-10-2014, 11:22 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,929
Posted By Rackemcrackem
New2Moto, If you search for Motoport mesh...

New2Moto,

If you search for Motoport mesh kevlar on this forum, you will find many posts regarding this small business in southern California.

There are a few complaints regarding issues...
Forum: Equipment 02-10-2014, 06:45 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,929
Posted By Rackemcrackem
I agree that crashing at speeds over 60 mph (and...

I agree that crashing at speeds over 60 mph (and often, at less that that) is tough on many of the outer fabrics that riders wear, often including leather gear with cheaply constructed seams.
...
Forum: Equipment 02-09-2014, 07:52 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,929
Posted By Rackemcrackem
Ditto on the Thor knee guards. I also appreciate...

Ditto on the Thor knee guards. I also appreciate mine, although the neoprene can get a litlle warm.

You might need to wear a thin legging under the Thors or other guards to prevent chafing and/or...
Forum: Americas 02-09-2014, 11:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,818
Posted By Rackemcrackem
Metalcarver, I used to see your posts...

Metalcarver,

I used to see your posts occasionally in the Alaska forum. That white DL is nice but I waited a little longer and got a black glee. Actually, I'm halfway thinking about changing...
Forum: Americas 02-08-2014, 10:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,818
Posted By Rackemcrackem
That part of the world looks amazing,...

That part of the world looks amazing, Metalcarver. I can't help anyone with geography lessons for an area that I only slabbed through on a bike a few years ago.

Would love to ride your...
Forum: Equipment 02-08-2014, 05:25 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,979
Posted By Rackemcrackem
Fox Creek makes some very nice jackets and it...

Fox Creek makes some very nice jackets and it looks like they also manufacture leather overpants. Also, On the Brink Leathers (formerly Stone Lake) makes bibs that look good on their website.

Like...
Forum: Equipment 02-08-2014, 05:09 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,979
Posted By Rackemcrackem
First Gear makes (or used to make) "Sport Tour"...

First Gear makes (or used to make) "Sport Tour" silicone impregnated leather overpants with decent knee and hip armor and a 1/2 length zipper. Pretty comfy and protective. Not sure if they are still...
Forum: Beasts 02-08-2014, 01:29 PM
Replies: 1,578
Views: 754,662
Posted By Rackemcrackem
Could be that I'm not a very good rider, because...

Could be that I'm not a very good rider, because I can't imagine taking my Strom through some of that terrain, especially without a skid plate, no gloves and no knee armor! Maybe I just value my...
Forum: Face plant 01-23-2014, 05:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,456
Posted By Rackemcrackem
Having read three reports regarding my friend...

Having read three reports regarding my friend Herc's death, it's clear that their accuracy is questionable. Each article describes the events differently and gives Herc's name incorrectly.
...
Forum: Asia 01-22-2014, 03:24 PM
Replies: 1,661
Views: 228,131
Posted By Rackemcrackem
Just found an ABS-CBN news article....wish I...

Just found an ABS-CBN news article....wish I hadn't. Herc was killed by a truck on C5 in a hit and run.

RIP, my friend, and my deepest sympathy to your family. You will always be missed.
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