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Forum: Road warriors 02-22-2015, 02:13 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 14,229
Posted By Gryphon12
Because they would cost something like USD $8,500...

Because they would cost something like USD $8,500 to import to the USA and at that price, no one would buy one!
Forum: Road warriors 02-06-2015, 04:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,095
Posted By Gryphon12
I have friends who were born and raised in India...

I have friends who were born and raised in India and did their post-grad degrees in the USA. They own their own companies - one in the US and one in India. One has a sibling who is a manager at...
Forum: Road warriors 02-05-2015, 09:45 PM
Replies: 241
Views: 34,262
Posted By Gryphon12
Roadster or Interstate?

Roadster or Interstate?
Forum: Road warriors 02-05-2015, 09:36 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 16,707
Posted By Gryphon12
Thanks much. Your practical review is very...

Thanks much. Your practical review is very useful for me. Have you ridden far enough to get a feel for rear tire wear? Some of the bigger bikes chew through them quickly, but these are often...
Forum: Thumpers 02-05-2015, 10:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 469
Posted By Gryphon12
There are several Duke 690 threads here on...

There are several Duke 690 threads here on AdvRider. Use Google to search for the relevant threads.
Forum: Thumpers 01-30-2015, 02:08 PM
Replies: 1,281
Views: 291,700
Posted By Gryphon12
Go back and read this thread from the beginning. ...

Go back and read this thread from the beginning. It will only take you an hour or so, and you'll get a feel for almost all of the available dual sports and some converted enduros that fit shorter...
Forum: Road warriors 01-15-2015, 05:12 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,231
Posted By Gryphon12
I asked these same questions several years ago. ...

I asked these same questions several years ago.

1. The Daytona 675 has a fairing for aero on the track; it offers very little actual weather protection.

2. The Honda 600RR is a sofa...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-12-2015, 01:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 958
Posted By Gryphon12
There is a full KLE500 thread here. Use Google...

There is a full KLE500 thread here. Use Google to search.
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 01-07-2015, 02:31 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 25,833
Posted By Gryphon12
You are mixing your rumors. The KTM's...

You are mixing your rumors.

The KTM's announcement by Stephan Pierer of a 390 Duke-based ADV thumper (to complete the 390-Trio of Duke, RC, & Adv) predate their announcement of new 500-800cc...
Forum: Road warriors 01-05-2015, 08:45 PM
Replies: 210
Views: 30,352
Posted By Gryphon12
I'll be watching, too. There have also been some...

I'll be watching, too. There have also been some very positive stories on the Duke 390, not only from India, but also from the UK. What keeps me a little bit hopeful is that the RC will be a...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 12-31-2014, 05:38 PM
Replies: 6,208
Views: 1,077,712
Posted By Gryphon12
Not if you want range without a 6.5 gallon tank. ...

Not if you want range without a 6.5 gallon tank.

75-85 HP is about optimal. If you want a race bike, buy a KTM.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 12-25-2014, 03:15 PM
Replies: 6,208
Views: 1,077,712
Posted By Gryphon12
Yes, absolutely! Custom after-market tanks are...

Yes, absolutely! Custom after-market tanks are very expensive to develop, hence are expensive to buy. They are only offered on a very few motorcycles, typically dirt bikes and some few Adv bikes...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 12-19-2014, 07:16 PM
Replies: 27,152
Views: 5,301,773
Posted By Gryphon12
See the S-10 Skidplate thread.

See the S-10 Skidplate thread.
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 12-15-2014, 06:12 PM
Replies: 220
Views: 25,833
Posted By Gryphon12
I'm sorry, someone explain to me why no one is...

I'm sorry, someone explain to me why no one is making custom (mild) cam shafts and a rear sub-frame support for an Aprilia RXV4.5 and 5.5? I believe that a larger tank is available. Done.
Forum: Thumpers 12-11-2014, 04:23 PM
Replies: 1,281
Views: 291,700
Posted By Gryphon12
So...Beta Crosstrainer? Better fit for you, 300cc...

So...Beta Crosstrainer? Better fit for you, 300cc with mellow power, reasonable price.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 12-10-2014, 11:37 PM
Replies: 6,208
Views: 1,077,712
Posted By Gryphon12
There is one longer XLV thread on AdvRider...you...

There is one longer XLV thread on AdvRider...you guys who have experience should update that thread so that rest of us can get a bigger picture of this cool old bike!
...
Forum: Thumpers 12-10-2014, 05:21 PM
Replies: 47,783
Views: 9,785,415
Posted By Gryphon12
Go to the ride reports sub-forums. Lots of folks...

Go to the ride reports sub-forums. Lots of folks ride KTM Enduros on the TAT, so the WRF should be about the same in terms of maintenance - carry oil with you, etc.

To me it really depends on...
Forum: Road warriors 12-10-2014, 05:14 PM
Replies: 1,241
Views: 292,003
Posted By Gryphon12
The OP who started this thread, QueenPDog, did...

The OP who started this thread, QueenPDog, did exactly that. She wanted the all-roads capability of the Tiger 800 in her touring. She may not ride as aggressively as you do though.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 12-10-2014, 05:11 PM
Replies: 6,208
Views: 1,077,712
Posted By Gryphon12
+1

+1
Forum: Road warriors 12-10-2014, 10:18 AM
Replies: 1,241
Views: 292,003
Posted By Gryphon12
Fuel economy / range might also be a concern....

Fuel economy / range might also be a concern. Highly-tuned motors often use more fuel to produce all that power. This is why the BMW F800-series has less power (than say the VFR800) but gets much...
Forum: Road warriors 12-05-2014, 06:24 PM
Replies: 1,241
Views: 292,003
Posted By Gryphon12
Maybe not. The FJ-09 added a larger tank than the...

Maybe not. The FJ-09 added a larger tank than the FZ-09, and the ST3 already has an adequate tank; ditto sub-frame. The Daytona 675 has a full fairing and still weighs only, what, 415 lbs.?

The...
Forum: Road warriors 12-05-2014, 04:12 PM
Replies: 1,241
Views: 292,003
Posted By Gryphon12
I tend to agree. The only exception might be...

I tend to agree.

The only exception might be marketing these bikes to women. The F800GT has bee a bit hit with women in the EU, and a minor hit with women here in the USA. Perhaps not...
Forum: Thumpers 12-05-2014, 03:36 PM
Replies: 8,444
Views: 2,379,146
Posted By Gryphon12
Several older threads on the NX250 here on...

Several older threads on the NX250 here on ADVrider:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=795440 (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=795440)
...
Forum: Road warriors 12-05-2014, 03:09 PM
Replies: 1,241
Views: 292,003
Posted By Gryphon12
I've wanted a 675 Sprint ST for a very long time....

I've wanted a 675 Sprint ST for a very long time. It wouldn't take much for Triumph to modify the rear sub-frame and tweak the Daytona 675 fairing for more height & width. I seem to be alone in my...
Forum: Thumpers 12-03-2014, 05:20 PM
Replies: 276
Views: 51,573
Posted By Gryphon12
And not in a "Picture" thread... Try...

And not in a "Picture" thread...

Try here...

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1021817 (http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1021817)
Forum: Road warriors 11-27-2014, 07:57 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,254
Posted By Gryphon12
If budget is no option, the lowest CG Adv bike...

If budget is no option, the lowest CG Adv bike that handles very well and will do all roads is a Yamaha XT-1200Z Super Tenere.
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 11-27-2014, 04:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,585
Posted By Gryphon12
Look on Orange Crush and in the Ride Reports...

Look on Orange Crush and in the Ride Reports forums for the stories of those who have taken the KTM 950/990 ADVs on the Trans-America Trail (TAT). Lots of folks have done it. If I remember...
Forum: Road warriors 11-25-2014, 03:42 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 6,094
Posted By Gryphon12
This bike and many of its contemporaries were...

This bike and many of its contemporaries were never imported to the USA. Too bad. I'd love a Honda VTR250R.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-20-2014, 11:51 PM
Replies: 6,208
Views: 1,077,712
Posted By Gryphon12
I wonder what is the total investment in this...

I wonder what is the total investment in this motorcycle?
Forum: Road warriors 11-20-2014, 03:32 PM
Replies: 210
Views: 30,352
Posted By Gryphon12
The coefficient of friction is a characteristic...

The coefficient of friction is a characteristic of the materials: rotor and pads. Size doesn't matter.

Swept area affects heat dissipation (and wear rate), which is why two rotors cool more...
Forum: Road warriors 11-20-2014, 02:33 PM
Replies: 210
Views: 30,352
Posted By Gryphon12
So a 320mm rotor that is only 2mm wide will...

So a 320mm rotor that is only 2mm wide will provide the same braking force as a 320mm rotor that is 50mm wide?
Forum: Road warriors 11-19-2014, 04:45 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 20,639
Posted By Gryphon12
I think you mean a 2005 Sprint ST, or perhaps RS.

I think you mean a 2005 Sprint ST, or perhaps RS.
Forum: Road warriors 11-18-2014, 09:36 PM
Replies: 210
Views: 30,352
Posted By Gryphon12
Several ADV reviews from the UK and EU for the...

Several ADV reviews from the UK and EU for the Duke 390 say that the stock brakes are just fine, but that they come with poor quality pads from the Bajaj factory. Just change the pads and they will...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-17-2014, 03:04 PM
Replies: 6,208
Views: 1,077,712
Posted By Gryphon12
I agree in general, but with the XT660Z Tenere...

I agree in general, but with the XT660Z Tenere weighing 453 lbs. wet, and not being available in the USA, the Husky TR650 Terra at 403 lbs. wet might be a better choice (if you are skipping the...
Forum: Road warriors 11-17-2014, 02:49 PM
Replies: 370
Views: 86,480
Posted By Gryphon12
And just to compare apples-to-apples: ...

And just to compare apples-to-apples:

CBR300F naked $3999
CBR300F naked w/ abs - NOT LISTED on Honda's USA Website so, NA?
KTM Duke 390 naked w/ abs $4,999

CBR300R fairing $4,399
CBR300R...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-17-2014, 11:49 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 25,833
Posted By Gryphon12
And as long as we're fantasizing, how about a...

And as long as we're fantasizing, how about a higher-reliability version of the KTM 950 SE? It was "only" 443 lbs. wet. Or, same concept with the rumored new-in-design 500-750cc KTM twin motor?
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-17-2014, 11:32 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 25,833
Posted By Gryphon12
I think the way to do this for the Aprilia RXV4.5...

I think the way to do this for the Aprilia RXV4.5 and RXV5.5 is with different (milder) cams, tuned for max torque rather than max power, along with changing the pistons to a lower compression ratio....
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-17-2014, 10:55 AM
Replies: 6,208
Views: 1,077,712
Posted By Gryphon12
The KTM still doesn't have the 630 transmission,...

The KTM still doesn't have the 630 transmission, and is still less reliable. Unfortunately, it is the only real choice in currently manufactured bikes.
Forum: Thumpers 11-14-2014, 06:11 PM
Replies: 1,281
Views: 291,700
Posted By Gryphon12
You might also check out the new Beta...

You might also check out the new Beta Cross-trainer 300 2T. Detuned from a full enduro 300RR for uniform torque and power across the rev range, in a frame 10% smaller and 1-2.5" shorter than the...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-14-2014, 03:04 PM
Replies: 6,208
Views: 1,077,712
Posted By Gryphon12
Why does everyone assume that a Rally Raid race...

Why does everyone assume that a Rally Raid race bike is an ADV platform? The only new ADV platform that is smaller and lighter is the CCM GP450. This GG looks like a race bike, as did the 450...
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