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Forum: Layin' down tracks 05-03-2015, 03:55 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 650
Posted By abruzzi
GPSs make me more free when riding. My state...

GPSs make me more free when riding. My state (NM) is covered with BLM and state land which is crisscrossed with tiny, unmarked dirt trails. My state can also be hot dry and remote. Having a GPS...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 04-29-2015, 05:20 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 9,471
Posted By abruzzi
woohoo! my cloudy, unreadable gauges will thank...

woohoo! my cloudy, unreadable gauges will thank you.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 04-25-2015, 04:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 549
Posted By abruzzi
Looks decent, but I don't get why the rear mount...

Looks decent, but I don't get why the rear mount is a separate piece. I love the fact that on the stock skid plate I only unbolt the front and pivot the plate down to do my oil change. I'm not sure...
Forum: Trip Planning 04-24-2015, 07:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,317
Posted By abruzzi
I've never done a trip quite that long, but my...

I've never done a trip quite that long, but my experience is the amount of non clothing is the same is you do 1 week/1 month (assuming you buy food as you go). So the difference between 50 liters...
Forum: Equipment 04-21-2015, 09:09 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,762
Posted By abruzzi
I had a AFX 41 and it was a decent helmet. (The...

I had a AFX 41 and it was a decent helmet. (The Fly Trekker uses the same shell.). The only complaint I had was even with all the vents closed it was very breezy in the helmet. Fine for summer use,...
Forum: Americas 04-20-2015, 08:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,018
Posted By abruzzi
Lots of rental agencies will rent pickup trucks,...

Lots of rental agencies will rent pickup trucks, you might have to go to more out of the way location to get one. You can probably even find 4 door crew cab pickups so you have a little more...
Forum: Americas 04-20-2015, 04:43 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 7,802
Posted By abruzzi
I suspect that people from and traveling in the...

I suspect that people from and traveling in the denser parts of the country have to deal more with fee camping, but in much of the west, there is more free camping, in remote spots then you could...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 04-20-2015, 11:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 703
Posted By abruzzi
I had a large amount of backfiring , especially...

I had a large amount of backfiring , especially during deceleration and lower rpms in a 950 I recently bought. Turned out the covers on the carb balance tubes had come off, and it was sucking extra...
Forum: Equipment 04-19-2015, 10:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 614
Posted By abruzzi
Most brands are interchangeable and use identical...

Most brands are interchangeable and use identical mounting schemes between bikes: touratech, hepco becker, givi, sw motech, and probably some others. The only places you'll find a problem are bike...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 04-16-2015, 03:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 667
Posted By abruzzi
While they are pretty expensive, the Touratech...

While they are pretty expensive, the Touratech mounts are rubber/foam damped and can be lockable. If I got a Montana, I'd definitely get the TT mount, and mount it to the accessory mount above the...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 04-13-2015, 11:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 505
Posted By abruzzi
Yeah, not a huge number. I'm also considering...

Yeah, not a huge number. I'm also considering the 31l, but I haven't talked me down to that size yet.

Geof
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 04-13-2015, 10:46 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,898
Posted By abruzzi
Both my 950s had the stepped seat, but one was a...

Both my 950s had the stepped seat, but one was a 2004 (before they lowered the standard) and 2006 (after they lowered it.) I'm 5'10" and wear 30" pants, and I prefered the older taller bike. I'm...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 04-12-2015, 08:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 505
Posted By abruzzi
Cool. Thanks for the confirmation.

Cool. Thanks for the confirmation.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 04-12-2015, 04:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 505
Posted By abruzzi
KTM/Touratech panniers

I can't find this explicitly anywhere, but with the KTM sold Touratech Zega Pro (38l, part number 60112924100) it seems as if these are supposed to mount on the standard hard pannier rack that my...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 03-16-2015, 09:38 AM
Replies: 604
Views: 175,565
Posted By abruzzi
Yes. Its only the other way that you cant go...

Yes. Its only the other way that you cant go (running a tube tire tubeless)
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 02-12-2015, 06:56 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,460
Posted By abruzzi
Draining the carb bowls on a 950 takes 30...

Draining the carb bowls on a 950 takes 30 seconds? Takes me 15-20 minutes just to get to the carbs.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 02-09-2015, 10:32 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 9,471
Posted By abruzzi
I'm in for one of each. My 640s lenses are...

I'm in for one of each. My 640s lenses are scratched to hell. The plastic bits should be the same--they look identical to the 950 gauges.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 02-09-2015, 10:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,300
Posted By abruzzi
I guess people always complain about the new KTM...

I guess people always complain about the new KTM until it gets is own forum....:rofl
Forum: Thumpers 11-23-2014, 02:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 477
Posted By abruzzi
I don't have any measuring tools more fancy than...

I don't have any measuring tools more fancy than a tape measure, but, as best as I can tell, the bottom plate is about 8mm thick at the thin point where the parts mount. The OD of the upright...
Forum: Thumpers 11-23-2014, 02:06 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 6,927
Posted By abruzzi
I'm partial to either my 640 adventure or my 950...

I'm partial to either my 640 adventure or my 950 adventure. My contention is the most important thing for a dual sport is top notch properly tuned suspension. The KTM suspension starts off better...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-20-2014, 08:54 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,113
Posted By abruzzi
I'd also point out that while small thumpers...

I'd also point out that while small thumpers frequently have $100 skid plates available, the prices for the Weld86, Slavens, or BDCW are pretty much par for the course for any multi cylinder adv...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-18-2014, 04:19 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,113
Posted By abruzzi
Perhaps, but I don't have the equipment or skill...

Perhaps, but I don't have the equipment or skill to build one myself, so the choice is between stock or plates that range from $200-$300. If I don't want to pay the $200-300 my only option is the...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-17-2014, 09:49 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,113
Posted By abruzzi
Let me add that I'm sure that the Weld86 is an...

Let me add that I'm sure that the Weld86 is an awesome plate. For me it's just convince vs protection. I'll trade 1.35mm for a touch of convenience. I doubt the weight is relevant between the...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-17-2014, 09:41 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,113
Posted By abruzzi
I drop the front, and the skid plate cradles the...

I drop the front, and the skid plate cradles the oil pan perfectly--no need to remove the rear.

Metric(according to Wikipedia):
...
Forum: Thumpers 11-17-2014, 09:17 PM
Replies: 815
Views: 127,524
Posted By abruzzi
The perforated cone is one of the DB killers. ...

The perforated cone is one of the DB killers. The other is in the tip. I haven't pulled it out to look at it yet since it is held in by a big snap ring and I don't have snap ring pliers. When I...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-17-2014, 05:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,230
Posted By abruzzi
A 950 can get better than 35mpg? On either of my...

A 950 can get better than 35mpg? On either of my 950 the best tank I ever got was 37, and I think that was because my previous fill up overfilled the right tank.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-17-2014, 05:17 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,113
Posted By abruzzi
My objection to the Weld86 design is I understand...

My objection to the Weld86 design is I understand the plate no longer swings down fully on the rear bolts, and that all four need to be removed for access. I actually quite like that feature of the...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-17-2014, 11:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,230
Posted By abruzzi
And because the left tank is the one removed...

And because the left tank is the one removed whenever you do an oil change, there is a non-zero probability that someone just forgot to plug it back in.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-17-2014, 11:08 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,113
Posted By abruzzi
Most seem to think the Weld86 is the strongest. ...

Most seem to think the Weld86 is the strongest. On a previous 950 I had a BlackDog and that was very stout. On the new bike I'm leaning toward Slavens.
Forum: Thumpers 11-17-2014, 08:57 AM
Replies: 815
Views: 127,524
Posted By abruzzi
Maybe an inch or two longer at most. Overall fit...

Maybe an inch or two longer at most. Overall fit seems ok.

My complaints so far are that the mounting pieces are a bit lacking. I have to make a strap for the elbow mount point, and a spacer for...
Forum: Thumpers 11-16-2014, 09:53 PM
Replies: 815
Views: 127,524
Posted By abruzzi
I'm sure I'll curse a minimum of 30 minutes. ...

I'm sure I'll curse a minimum of 30 minutes. But, since I have a day job and will not progress as fast as y'all may like, here are a couple of pics of the exhaust:

All the parts unpacked:
...
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 11-16-2014, 07:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,650
Posted By abruzzi
+1 I still have a left leg thanks to...

+1

I still have a left leg thanks to Thunderbike--head in collision with a F150, both going 35mph. I swerved to miss, and glanced off the front corner. The bars took the brunt of the impact. ...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-16-2014, 07:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,612
Posted By abruzzi
Yup, things have changed since 2008 (zombie...

Yup, things have changed since 2008 (zombie thread revival...)
Forum: Thumpers 11-15-2014, 04:37 PM
Replies: 9,402
Views: 2,119,301
Posted By abruzzi
Can someone confirm for me: does removing the...

Can someone confirm for me: does removing the carb require removing the subframe, or is there an easier way?

Is there a link with directions anywhere?

Thanks.
Forum: Thumpers 11-15-2014, 04:35 PM
Replies: 815
Views: 127,524
Posted By abruzzi
It's on. Just needed to take wire wheel to the...

It's on. Just needed to take wire wheel to the header to clean it up. That plus the mallet and it looks good. I don't have pictures yet because I need to improve a couple things:

- the main...
Forum: Thumpers 11-13-2014, 05:16 PM
Replies: 815
Views: 127,524
Posted By abruzzi
Yeah, I was just wondering if on other systems...

Yeah, I was just wondering if on other systems fitting the exhaust pipe over the header pipe is a tight fit.
Forum: Thumpers 11-13-2014, 04:37 PM
Replies: 815
Views: 127,524
Posted By abruzzi
Quick question. I received the GPR, and it all...

Quick question. I received the GPR, and it all looks good (seven days, purchased last thursday, shipped from Milan on monday, arrived today). Is there any trick to getting the exhaust input pipe...
Forum: Thumpers 11-12-2014, 08:39 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,852
Posted By abruzzi
While the Ulysses is fine with the low mount...

While the Ulysses is fine with the low mount muffler and water crossings, the Blast muffler isn't nearly as solid, and IIRC the header pipe and muffler are one piece. Its probably fine for graded...
Forum: Thumpers 11-12-2014, 07:26 AM
Replies: 815
Views: 127,524
Posted By abruzzi
I love the akras, but the slip on is twice the...

I love the akras, but the slip on is twice the price of all the other brands. I just cant justify it.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-11-2014, 07:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,537
Posted By abruzzi
I'd be all over it, but I'm not in the PNW, and I...

I'd be all over it, but I'm not in the PNW, and I don't have time for a long ride...
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