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Forum: Thumpers 08-10-2013, 08:25 PM
Replies: 4,334
Views: 705,815
Posted By TexBiker
You might double-check and make sure your...

You might double-check and make sure your side-stand interlock wiring is still in good shape after removing the switch. If you break that circuit (loose wire, corrosion, etc) you'll kill the...
Forum: Equipment 07-24-2013, 10:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,503
Posted By TexBiker
A good quality mesh jacket will offer MUCH more...

A good quality mesh jacket will offer MUCH more protection while giving away very little in comfort. I wouldn't trust any jersey to hold up to friction on asphalt.
Forum: Equipment 07-24-2013, 09:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 911
Posted By TexBiker
I'm a big fan of Fastways. My feet are a bit...

I'm a big fan of Fastways. My feet are a bit bigger than yours (20E) and most factory pegs fee like I'm standing on a push-pin. I put them on all my bikes. And if they don't make a peg for it, I...
Forum: Equipment 07-24-2013, 06:52 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,119
Posted By TexBiker
Do you realize you replied to an 8 year old...

Do you realize you replied to an 8 year old thread? If it was a child, it would be starting 3rd grade in about a month! :D
Forum: Thumpers 07-22-2013, 01:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 291
Posted By TexBiker
Weak subframe, soft suspension and no provision...

Weak subframe, soft suspension and no provision for rear pegs.

Although, if you're a decent welder, this guy can hook you up with pegs:

http://www.fourstrokesonly.com/passengerpegs3.html

But...
Forum: Equipment 07-22-2013, 10:00 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,904
Posted By TexBiker
Not unless the author of the original post...

Not unless the author of the original post uploads the pictures to another site and edits the post to reflect the new location. You might send him a PM to see if he will do so. But he hasn't logged...
Forum: Thumpers 07-20-2013, 08:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 333
Posted By TexBiker
Any muffler shop should be able to handle it...

Any muffler shop should be able to handle it without a problem.
Forum: Equipment 07-19-2013, 08:44 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,972
Posted By TexBiker
If it has "big dents/gouges" all over it, it's...

If it has "big dents/gouges" all over it, it's probably toast anyway. Helmets are designed to take one hit. The liner does not compress again. If any of my helmets fall more than a couple of feet...
Forum: Thumpers 07-16-2013, 02:48 PM
Replies: 4,334
Views: 705,815
Posted By TexBiker
I agree with this. No difference other than...

I agree with this. No difference other than easier starting. Once underway, you'll never know you changed the jetting.

My wife's Sherpa has the Dr. J kit. Mine is stock, other than turning...
Forum: Thumpers 07-10-2013, 03:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 348
Posted By TexBiker
With Distanzias, we usually got ~8k on the rear...

With Distanzias, we usually got ~8k on the rear and ~14k on the front. Mefos are just as good on the road and the rear lasts about ~10k. Front's are about the same as the Avons.
Forum: Thumpers 07-10-2013, 02:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 348
Posted By TexBiker
I've never used the Dunlop, but the Scorpion is a...

I've never used the Dunlop, but the Scorpion is a good tire. I prefer Mefo Explorers over all of them, though. Long life, great on wet/dry pavement and the best gravel/packed dirt tires I've ever...
Forum: Equipment 07-08-2013, 09:42 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,458
Posted By TexBiker
My Held Steve's are going on 8yrs/100k miles and...

My Held Steve's are going on 8yrs/100k miles and still look/feel great. The stitching around the gauntlet velcro was a little frayed last year, but my local dry cleaner was able to restitch it for...
Forum: Thumpers 07-06-2013, 10:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 670
Posted By TexBiker
There isn't much uncorked horsepower in these...

There isn't much uncorked horsepower in these Rotax thumpers. I did pipe/intake mods and gained 1.4hp at 5400RPM according to the dyno while losing quite a bit of low-end torque. They are built for...
Forum: Equipment 07-06-2013, 06:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 626
Posted By TexBiker
I used to do the the same when I commuted in a...

I used to do the the same when I commuted in a Roadcrafter. I kept a towel in my bag to wipe off the suit when I arrived (so I didn't leave a trail of water in the lobby) and just hung it up on my...
Forum: Thumpers 07-05-2013, 08:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 554
Posted By TexBiker
My bad...my wife's old CBR250 was a 4cyl. Sorry...

My bad...my wife's old CBR250 was a 4cyl. Sorry about that.
Forum: Thumpers 07-05-2013, 06:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 554
Posted By TexBiker
Nice little bikes! You'll probably get more...

Nice little bikes! You'll probably get more input if you post it in "Road Warriors" since this forum (Thumpers) is for single-cylinder bikes.
Forum: Equipment 07-04-2013, 12:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,543
Posted By TexBiker
I've been wearing their gloves for almost 20...

I've been wearing their gloves for almost 20 years, but I didn't even know they made jackets or pants.

For what it's worth, Held gloves are the best I've ever tried. Comfortable and tough.
Forum: Thumpers 07-04-2013, 12:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,626
Posted By TexBiker
But impossible to insure. If you have an...

But impossible to insure. If you have an accident, the VIN will show it to be an illegally imported street bike. And much unpleasantness will ensue.
Forum: Thumpers 07-04-2013, 11:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,626
Posted By TexBiker
You'll need a valid US title to register a bike...

You'll need a valid US title to register a bike in any state...which you won't get if you buy it in Mexico and ride across the border. And the VIN won't be in the insurance databases, so it'll be...
Forum: Thumpers 07-04-2013, 09:26 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,626
Posted By TexBiker
Most of those are cars that are either over 25...

Most of those are cars that are either over 25 years old and exempt from the emissions laws or newer cars that are already US compliant and purchased abroad for other reasons.

If the vehicle is...
Forum: Thumpers 07-04-2013, 09:20 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,626
Posted By TexBiker
Yamaha probably thought it would take too long to...

Yamaha probably thought it would take too long to recoup the ~$100k investment needed to certify the bike in the US.
Forum: Thumpers 07-03-2013, 02:25 PM
Replies: 4,334
Views: 705,815
Posted By TexBiker
That's just the nature of a light bike with wide...

That's just the nature of a light bike with wide bars and a 21" front wheel on the highway. Not much you can do about that unless you want to start playing with wheel sizes. Or shorter bars. Of...
Forum: Equipment 07-01-2013, 05:07 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,284
Posted By TexBiker
I've got almost 6 years on my original AST jacket...

I've got almost 6 years on my original AST jacket and Ranger pants, plus almost 4 years on an Airglide jacket. Fantastic gear. I was committed to Aerostich and wore a Roadcrafter for almost a...
Forum: Thumpers 07-01-2013, 11:24 AM
Replies: 4,334
Views: 705,815
Posted By TexBiker
Over 30k combined miles between our two Sherpas...

Over 30k combined miles between our two Sherpas and neither has ever leaked around the covers. Actually, they've never leaked anywhere other than the drain plug when I got heavy handed and stripped...
Forum: Thumpers 07-01-2013, 10:51 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,083
Posted By TexBiker
Over 114k on my wife's Rotax 654 with nothing...

Over 114k on my wife's Rotax 654 with nothing more than valve adjustments, a new VR and a set of water pump seals. Over 35k on mine with a new VR and no mechanical issues at all. I'd guess it's...
Forum: Thumpers 07-01-2013, 09:18 AM
Replies: 4,334
Views: 705,815
Posted By TexBiker
Armor All works well on the grommets, too. Lasts...

Armor All works well on the grommets, too. Lasts a few months and keeps the rubber pliable.
Forum: Equipment 07-01-2013, 08:26 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,709
Posted By TexBiker
A couple of years ago, I asked Freddie Spencer...

A couple of years ago, I asked Freddie Spencer why racers were still using leather when there were more advanced fabrics available and he said it came down to comfort and feel. A custom fit leather...
Forum: Thumpers 06-30-2013, 11:34 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 614
Posted By TexBiker
Most likely the WD40 residue burning off.

Most likely the WD40 residue burning off.
Forum: Thumpers 06-28-2013, 06:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,626
Posted By TexBiker
The short answer is no. The long answer is maybe,...

The short answer is no. The long answer is maybe, but probably not. Otherwise, you'd see a lot more of them in the States. Same for the Africa Twin and other tasty bikes that were never sold in the...
Forum: Thumpers 06-28-2013, 06:30 PM
Replies: 4,334
Views: 705,815
Posted By TexBiker
Probably the speedo gear. They tend to whine when...

Probably the speedo gear. They tend to whine when dry. Lube it up and I bet the noise goes away. Just follow the speedo cable to your front hub and you'll find it.
Forum: Equipment 06-27-2013, 05:42 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 15,267
Posted By TexBiker
I'm currently running Mefo Explorers on four...

I'm currently running Mefo Explorers on four different bikes. Much quieter and smoother than the TKC's I used for the last decade and they last 2x-3x as long. Infinitely better stability on wet...
Forum: Thumpers 06-26-2013, 02:55 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,872
Posted By TexBiker
I'd have a 690 Enduro R right now if I could...

I'd have a 690 Enduro R right now if I could justify spending $10k-$11k on a mid-sized dual-sport. If I had spent another hour on that bike over the weekend, I'd have probably broken down and...
Forum: Thumpers 06-25-2013, 02:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,519
Posted By TexBiker
As mentioned above, the Funduro was built by...

As mentioned above, the Funduro was built by Aprilia with Rotax engines. In 2001, BMW began building the bikes in-house (F650GS) with Rotax engines. The F650 Classic (Funduro), GS, Dakar, CS; G650X...
Forum: Thumpers 06-25-2013, 02:52 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,872
Posted By TexBiker
Having ridden a 500 (not sure what year) and a...

Having ridden a 500 (not sure what year) and a brand new 690 over the weekend, I'd pick the 690. I'm 6'5", 220lbs and the 690 was much more comfortable for me. Both seemed light as feathers, but...
Forum: Thumpers 06-24-2013, 04:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 343
Posted By TexBiker
I had a similar issue with my F650. The gasket...

I had a similar issue with my F650. The gasket around the gas cap had shrunk and allowed rainwater to enter the tank.

I went with a keyless gas cap from Slingshot Racing...
Forum: Thumpers 06-20-2013, 06:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,273
Posted By TexBiker
Don't know if you saw it, but there is already a...

Don't know if you saw it, but there is already a 180+ page thread about the Sherpa currently running:

Super Sherpa Mega Thread...
Forum: The Garage 06-20-2013, 02:48 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,812
Posted By TexBiker
Looks like eye-bolts for tie down straps on the...

Looks like eye-bolts for tie down straps on the rear of the base.
Forum: Thumpers 06-20-2013, 06:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,519
Posted By TexBiker
Fantastic bikes. Not much info here on ADV since...

Fantastic bikes. Not much info here on ADV since F650.com has the great FAQ section with everything you'll ever want to know about all versions of the F650. Mods, maintenance, history, parts...
Forum: Equipment 06-19-2013, 12:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 598
Posted By TexBiker
Want to make a dealer laugh? Call and ask if...

Want to make a dealer laugh? Call and ask if they can get any boots in a 20E. :D
Forum: Equipment 06-19-2013, 06:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,802
Posted By TexBiker
My old Tiger loved Avon Distanzias. Great...

My old Tiger loved Avon Distanzias. Great mileage and worked well on pavement (especially good in the wet), gravel and packed dirt. Never had the urge or skill to take that heavy beast anywhere...
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