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Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains Today, 06:01 PM
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Posted By jdrocks
if Nessie is a grebe, then that's Nessie. ...

if Nessie is a grebe, then that's Nessie.

western grebe, plentiful in that area, and much larger than the ones i see around here.
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains Today, 05:24 PM
Replies: 30,836
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Posted By jdrocks
great photos, but that's not a coot.

great photos, but that's not a coot.
Forum: Ride reports Today, 07:30 AM
Replies: 336
Views: 41,698
Posted By jdrocks
simmer down boys, Scott should be along with an...

simmer down boys, Scott should be along with an explanation before long.
Forum: Ride reports Today, 07:25 AM
Replies: 367
Views: 44,902
Posted By jdrocks
that photo is near the Jack Wade Junction on the...

that photo is near the Jack Wade Junction on the Taylor Highway. the TOW technically ends at the border and is connected to the Taylor by the Boundary Spur, although riders from "outside" often refer...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains Yesterday, 09:27 PM
Replies: 21,176
Views: 1,123,484
Posted By jdrocks
yeah, 3 weeks ago, empty package from the UK that...

yeah, 3 weeks ago, empty package from the UK that had been torn open on one end. i got the post office to stamp it "CONTENTS NOT RECEIVED", opened a case, and got a full refund in 2 weeks.
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains Yesterday, 05:42 PM
Replies: 31,724
Views: 1,543,316
Posted By jdrocks
if so, that 650 is really a 798 tip-over machine.

if so, that 650 is really a 798 tip-over machine.
Forum: Ride reports Yesterday, 04:55 PM
Replies: 336
Views: 41,698
Posted By jdrocks
Day Fourteen: Saturday, November 1 I’d...

Day Fourteen: Saturday, November 1

I’d fooled with my journal entry for the day, tried the netbook for a brief time, but I was on the fringe of the 3Step wifi signal, sometimes I’d get it,...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 01-24-2015, 08:29 AM
Replies: 3,103
Views: 671,377
Posted By jdrocks
the DL1000 front wheel has been on 4 different...

the DL1000 front wheel has been on 4 different bikes starting in 2009, and i used DL rotors too, but not anymore...so just the wheel and spacers now, that's it for the DL. the R1 shock has been on 3...
Forum: Ride reports 01-24-2015, 08:09 AM
Replies: 367
Views: 44,902
Posted By jdrocks
sad, but very true. won't be any need for a...

sad, but very true. won't be any need for a dualsport above the 49th soon.

of course, that nice pavement doesn't stay that way long before the frost heaves turn it into a roller coaster and it...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 01-23-2015, 08:44 AM
Replies: 30,836
Views: 1,815,390
Posted By jdrocks
that's right...those foot patrol guys are geared...

that's right...those foot patrol guys are geared up exactly like an anti-insurgent patrol in Afghanistan, and the people they find might also be armed with AK47s. this is all happening within the...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 01-22-2015, 08:52 PM
Replies: 30,836
Views: 1,815,390
Posted By jdrocks
riding those roads, the signs are no joke. if...

riding those roads, the signs are no joke. if alert, you see little tell tales that mark a smuggling route that crosses the road.

the Border Patrol uses the tire drags in some areas to spot...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 01-22-2015, 08:36 PM
Replies: 30,836
Views: 1,815,390
Posted By jdrocks
Prada is west of Marfa, you can google the story....

Prada is west of Marfa, you can google the story. Marfa has an unusual vibe, definitely not a typical high plains ranching community. i wasn't accurate when i said the border was .5 miles below the...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 01-22-2015, 07:28 PM
Replies: 30,836
Views: 1,815,390
Posted By jdrocks
left a message on your blog... don't forget...

left a message on your blog...

don't forget to stop for some bling at the Prada store west of Marfa. from Marfa, if the weather is good and roads dry, south on 2810 (paved) to Pinto Canyon (20...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 01-22-2015, 06:54 PM
Replies: 3,103
Views: 671,377
Posted By jdrocks
this is the rear wheel that that i'm going to...

this is the rear wheel that that i'm going to run, another 3 spoke Suzuki from a late model SV650. near showroom new, and very inexpensive. the guy said low mile, and this wheel has never seen a tire...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 01-21-2015, 09:26 PM
Replies: 3,103
Views: 671,377
Posted By jdrocks
might be more brake than you need, or at least i...

might be more brake than you need, or at least i need, but that's what is ideal about these builds...there are many directions the builder can take to suit his individual criteria.

the same with...
Forum: Ride reports 01-21-2015, 09:18 PM
Replies: 367
Views: 44,902
Posted By jdrocks
that is an amazing comparison, and you've got a...

that is an amazing comparison, and you've got a good eye in picking it up.

i've always said that the north is getting paved faster than most realize, ride now before it's all paved.
Forum: Ride reports 01-21-2015, 09:07 AM
Replies: 336
Views: 41,698
Posted By jdrocks
no, but i bet i came back missing 400 frames on...

no, but i bet i came back missing 400 frames on the Nikon, and another 3-400 unusable on the Olympus. i expected to find a bunch of bad photos on the Olympus, but i can't figure out what happened...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 01-21-2015, 08:54 AM
Replies: 3,103
Views: 671,377
Posted By jdrocks
lucky for you, all that Touratech stuff you guys...

lucky for you, all that Touratech stuff you guys bolt on is made out of tinfoil, chinesium, or other light weight material.


back home after a short trip to the wintery rust belt, avoided all...
Forum: Americas 01-21-2015, 08:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,027
Posted By jdrocks
besides the road itself, which i found a great...

besides the road itself, which i found a great experience, it takes some fuel management since you're crossing the longest stretch of road in all of North America without reliable fuel.

from the...
Forum: Americas 01-19-2015, 05:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,099
Posted By jdrocks
Three, c'mon, Trans Taiga has more gravel than...

Three, c'mon, Trans Taiga has more gravel than the Dalton or TransLab.
Forum: Some Assembly Required 01-16-2015, 02:52 PM
Replies: 3,103
Views: 671,377
Posted By jdrocks
hey, don't laugh, didn't BMW say your F800...

hey, don't laugh, didn't BMW say your F800 weighed 360?
Forum: Ride reports 01-16-2015, 02:36 PM
Replies: 336
Views: 41,698
Posted By jdrocks
nah, i just got stuck at 3Step for 6 weeks. ...

nah, i just got stuck at 3Step for 6 weeks.

from there i'm down to 4 corners, then back in the Navajo Nation...never a dull moment.
Forum: Some Assembly Required 01-16-2015, 07:39 AM
Replies: 3,103
Views: 671,377
Posted By jdrocks
forgot to mention in the list of changes for...

forgot to mention in the list of changes for 2015...a new damped bar clamp. it's still proprietary, but has retrofit/swap possibilities if it doesn't interfere with the 08-14 tank.

the 2015 says...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 01-16-2015, 07:06 AM
Replies: 31,724
Views: 1,543,316
Posted By jdrocks
jack, that's going to pay big dividends out...

jack, that's going to pay big dividends out there, or anywhere. helped me too, now i need to get back on the program.


the SMIBs getting all armored up, pretty smart planning for a bunch of self...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 01-15-2015, 05:00 PM
Replies: 3,103
Views: 671,377
Posted By jdrocks
all weights are wet, but no accessories. to stay...

all weights are wet, but no accessories. to stay under 500 dressed for travel, Kawasaki needs to borrow the scale that BMW uses to weigh their bikes.
Forum: Some Assembly Required 01-15-2015, 04:02 PM
Replies: 3,103
Views: 671,377
Posted By jdrocks
here's some better photos of the R1 shock prep......

here's some better photos of the R1 shock prep...

i don't use the rubber mounted bushing on the R1 anymore, by the time the steel sleeve is drilled to 12mm, there's not much left, especially if...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 01-15-2015, 03:29 PM
Replies: 3,103
Views: 671,377
Posted By jdrocks
i doubt it, why show a weight over 500#?

i doubt it, why show a weight over 500#?
Forum: Alaska 01-15-2015, 02:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 332
Posted By jdrocks
Virginia...you were close.

Virginia...you were close.
Forum: Some Assembly Required 01-15-2015, 01:55 PM
Replies: 3,103
Views: 671,377
Posted By jdrocks
i don't want the whole bike, but i'd like to look...

i don't want the whole bike, but i'd like to look at some specific parts, and that's also a good reason to build something lighter.

if the 2015 weighs 500, then you add motech bars, skid,...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 01-15-2015, 07:30 AM
Replies: 3,103
Views: 671,377
Posted By jdrocks
when you look at the list of changes made to this...

when you look at the list of changes made to this model, ya have to wonder about the origin of each specific one. engineering department, focus groups, dealer feedback, owner surveys...or do the...
Forum: Americas 01-15-2015, 07:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 298
Posted By jdrocks
sounds simple enough, but in practice, it's not. ...

sounds simple enough, but in practice, it's not.

i delivered a bike from Denver International to Anchorage a couple years ago for an ADV inmate and Colorado rider, great guy, and the bike was...
Forum: Americas 01-14-2015, 07:41 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,635
Posted By jdrocks
man, gotta love these charity rides. safe...

man, gotta love these charity rides. safe travels, and yes, it is an easy ride these days. except for construction zones, paved all the way. nobody said you couldn't have fun, bond, whatever.
Forum: Americas 01-14-2015, 08:13 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,817
Posted By jdrocks
Beautiful fall scenery at that time of year,...

Beautiful fall scenery at that time of year, but...

the weather can be very iffy all the way, including snow and below freezing riding temps, and daylight is short. There's nowhere on that route...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-13-2015, 04:08 PM
Replies: 5,533
Views: 1,050,236
Posted By jdrocks
always a problem with the transverse radiator...

always a problem with the transverse radiator setup, because unless there is enough low fender to cover a good part of the rear of the tire, mud will clog the radiator, temp light comes on, and...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 01-13-2015, 07:44 AM
Replies: 3,103
Views: 671,377
Posted By jdrocks
give them a test, report back.

give them a test, report back.
Forum: Some Assembly Required 01-13-2015, 07:40 AM
Replies: 3,103
Views: 671,377
Posted By jdrocks
the Vulcan swingarm doesn't have the beef that's...

the Vulcan swingarm doesn't have the beef that's required for these heavy bikes and the way they get ridden, at least mine. the Versys is supposed to have the strongest swingarm of the ER6 series of...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 01-12-2015, 04:43 PM
Replies: 31,998
Views: 1,890,362
Posted By jdrocks
VStrom Wheel

i've got a VStrom rear wheel in the FM if anyone needs one. fits some DL650 model years too. Wheel found here. (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1035123)

price would be lower if no...
Forum: Americas 01-11-2015, 09:23 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,635
Posted By jdrocks
The 49cc moto was loaded with the usual travel...

The 49cc moto was loaded with the usual travel gear and the max speed was 35mph under ideal conditions, so yes, the same ride on a 99cc moto with no gear that might be able to at least get close to...
Forum: Americas 01-11-2015, 06:11 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,635
Posted By jdrocks
Key West to Deadhorse has been done on a 49cc...

Key West to Deadhorse has been done on a 49cc moto riding solo. 99cc with a support bike should be downright easy. Safe travels.
Forum: Some Assembly Required 01-10-2015, 06:09 PM
Replies: 3,103
Views: 671,377
Posted By jdrocks
Versys guys might be interested in a 120/70, they...

Versys guys might be interested in a 120/70, they list the sizes i use also, but no pricing, and it looks like limited distribution in the US. where do you buy these tires? i'm still going with the...
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