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Forum: Thumpers 08-02-2014, 09:06 PM
Replies: 79,045
Views: 8,680,363
Posted By Helipilot
Forkbrace

I use one just to prevent twisting of forks in ruts, rocks, etc. I'm vintage also and between the Scotts Stabilizer and the fork brace I can ride slowly but safely. Good luck in your decision!!!
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 10-18-2013, 09:44 PM
Replies: 88,580
Views: 4,387,974
Posted By Helipilot
After a lot of thought and reflection, I am...

After a lot of thought and reflection, I am selling both my bikes-the 2004 XR650L and the 2010 KTM 990A. You can see the full description for the XR650L in the Thumpers Section "XRL Owners Sign In"...
Forum: Thumpers 10-18-2013, 09:31 PM
Replies: 79,045
Views: 8,680,363
Posted By Helipilot
Thanks guys for the comments. I will not be...

Thanks guys for the comments. I will not be leaving the forum even though I have stopped riding, You guys are bunch of fine fellas and I enjoy your comments and posts.

Mendoteach, I am selling...
Forum: Thumpers 10-18-2013, 08:40 PM
Replies: 79,045
Views: 8,680,363
Posted By Helipilot
2004 Honda XR650L

Giving you guys first choice before I post to the general public. After long thought and reflection I have decided to sell my Sweetie. Have had since 2005 and has been kept in my temperature...
Forum: The Garage 09-22-2013, 07:41 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,448
Posted By Helipilot
I agree on the in-floor heat and the radiant tube...

I agree on the in-floor heat and the radiant tube being the best. However the insulation is the first thing to keep the heat in and the cold out. If you have a high wall height maybe you could...
Forum: Thumpers 09-22-2013, 07:25 PM
Replies: 79,045
Views: 8,680,363
Posted By Helipilot
Fork Brace

I use the Summers Racing fork brace and it really made a difference in the way the front end handles. I also have the Scotts steering dampener. Both help keep the bike headed in the right...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 09-22-2013, 07:16 PM
Replies: 11,215
Views: 2,393,892
Posted By Helipilot
Just washed the 990A and rode it this afternoon. ...

Just washed the 990A and rode it this afternoon. Some asphalt, some gravel, some dirt and beautiful cool temps and blue skies. Overall a beautiful end to a great weekend.
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 09-21-2013, 06:08 PM
Replies: 88,580
Views: 4,387,974
Posted By Helipilot
Nice Bike Tim:clap I like the lights, very...

Nice Bike Tim:clap
I like the lights, very clean look and not likely to breakoff in a lay down. I read in a previous post that you really liked the way it rode and handled. I that a GPS holder on...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 09-13-2013, 08:38 PM
Replies: 88,580
Views: 4,387,974
Posted By Helipilot
Hello Matt

Good to see you too. Took a minute to recognize you since I never expected to see anyone I knew at Vol Walker Hall. Finished the job today-got the Punch List done and checked off. $36.5 million...
Forum: Thumpers 09-05-2013, 07:56 PM
Replies: 79,045
Views: 8,680,363
Posted By Helipilot
Cry Good Grief RZ, That photo just ruined my...

Good Grief RZ, That photo just ruined my evening:huh I would have one of my favorite beers from Texas - Shiner Bock - but it makes my big toe hurt these days.
Forum: Thumpers 08-07-2013, 08:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,339
Posted By Helipilot
+1 on the Seat Concepts seats Wattner posted...

+1 on the Seat Concepts seats Wattner posted above. I put one on my '04 XR650L and it made a huge difference in the comfort of the seat for all day riding. High quality and a price point that...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-04-2013, 04:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 951
Posted By Helipilot
990A Farkles

Scott's steering damper. Makes the ride less "twitchy" IMHO

Canyon Welding Skid Plate, a quality piece of protection and produced by a member on this forum
Same thing with the side stand...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 07-27-2013, 08:08 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 14,728
Posted By Helipilot
Interesting subject

I think you have a good point. I have the 990A and a Honda XR650L. Both are "adventure" bikes but the KTM990A is not for technical offload with my riding skills needing help to pick it up. I will...
Forum: Equipment 07-25-2013, 06:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,917
Posted By Helipilot
Calling Going South

What size PAC Safe do you have on your bike? Nice looking rig BTW.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 07-23-2013, 08:30 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 7,559
Posted By Helipilot
Beautiful Bike? You Bet!

I have had numerous comments from fellow bikers and curious strangers about the 990A, but the most unusual was being pulled over by a Motorcycle Officer. After stopping he approached and shook my...
Forum: Thumpers 07-23-2013, 08:19 PM
Replies: 79,045
Views: 8,680,363
Posted By Helipilot
Rough running XR

Many moons ago I asked for suggestions for my '04 XR650L. After rebuilding the carb at least three times, I finally took it to my buddy at the Honda of NLR shop. Like a total noob I explained the...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 07-23-2013, 07:34 PM
Replies: 88,580
Views: 4,387,974
Posted By Helipilot
Thanks Albie, I will check it out

Thanks Albie, I will check it out
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 07-21-2013, 09:47 PM
Replies: 88,580
Views: 4,387,974
Posted By Helipilot
Thalami a drive camp spots

Suggestions and recommendations for camping spots this fall around the end of October. My sons and I are getting together for a ride and camp then. Phil lives in Denison,TX and Justified and I will...
Forum: Equipment 07-21-2013, 03:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,383
Posted By Helipilot
Thanks for the comments guys. Will check out...

Thanks for the comments guys. Will check out your recommendations and make a decision. Ride safe.
Forum: Equipment 07-19-2013, 07:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,383
Posted By Helipilot
New laptop

Finally time to upgrade my 9 year old laptop. Looking for the latest technology so it will stay current more than a month. Want to use it for motorcycle trip photos and reports while camping and for...
Forum: The Garage 07-03-2013, 10:23 PM
Replies: 2,463
Views: 337,419
Posted By Helipilot
Today in my shop.

Unloaded a 13' piece of I-beam to start the process of building a trolly hoist 2 ton roll around gantry crane. Will post pictures as I get started.

Washed the KTM 990 and the XR650L and serviced...
Forum: Equipment 06-28-2013, 11:10 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 10,924
Posted By Helipilot
JWDUB, Please post up a review on the...

JWDUB,

Please post up a review on the redverz when you have a chance to try it out. It is a great looking design with lots of room and packs up fairly small from what I have seen and read. I...
Forum: Equipment 06-27-2013, 11:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 558
Posted By Helipilot
I use the helmet liners from Flight Suits...

I use the helmet liners from Flight Suits Unlimited, cotton and about 8 bucks. keeps the inside of the helmet clean and absorbs sweat and body oils.

If you are talking about the foam/styrofoam...
Forum: Equipment 06-27-2013, 10:55 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 10,924
Posted By Helipilot
I use the Eureka 3XT which packs small and has...

I use the Eureka 3XT which packs small and has enough room for all my gear and me inside if the weather gets bad. I also use the Noah tarp which is great. My next tent will be the Redverz since I...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 06-26-2013, 09:45 PM
Replies: 2,804
Views: 166,057
Posted By Helipilot
Looking forward to it Tim.

Looking forward to it Tim.
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 06-25-2013, 10:04 PM
Replies: 2,804
Views: 166,057
Posted By Helipilot
Been missing the camp-outs and the friendship. ...

Been missing the camp-outs and the friendship. Sorry for not being at any this year but I have been mostly out of state for the entire time. In the process of buying another company and have been...
Forum: The Garage 06-21-2013, 09:12 PM
Replies: 2,463
Views: 337,419
Posted By Helipilot
All you guys have a lot of energy. I have been...

All you guys have a lot of energy. I have been working the last two days cleaning out my shop, washed the KTM 990 and filled up a large dumpster with junk.. In all fairness, I'm not really junky but...
Forum: The Garage 06-04-2013, 10:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,155
Posted By Helipilot
Just finished an energy efficient house for my...

Just finished an energy efficient house for my son and we used closed cell and no roof or gable vents. In effect, the attic became a "conditioned" space that holds the temperature very well. We did...
Forum: Day Trippin' 05-25-2013, 08:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,046
Posted By Helipilot
Nice Photos

Looks like you and your friends had a good time. Thanks for sharing!
Your Bike looks very nice.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-23-2013, 09:13 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,574
Posted By Helipilot
Wolfman

+1 to the above comments. I have the '10 990-A with the Wolfman racks and the Dry Expedition Bags with the medium Wolfman duffle and have not had any issues. Recommend them highly. And Wolfman now...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 05-20-2013, 10:44 PM
Replies: 88,580
Views: 4,387,974
Posted By Helipilot
Best wishes for you guys in NWA and Oklahoma

Hope this severe wx and tornado outbreak misses all the guys and gals in this part of the country.

Prayers out for the folks in Oklahoma.
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 03-11-2013, 10:57 PM
Replies: 2,804
Views: 166,057
Posted By Helipilot
Well, I am sorry but I will not be there for the...

Well, I am sorry but I will not be there for the March or April ride due to some new contracts we have received. I really enjoyed the rides last year and will try to make the May event. Sorry...
Forum: Thumpers 02-21-2013, 10:04 PM
Replies: 79,045
Views: 8,680,363
Posted By Helipilot
Nice bike Wombat! Just to chime in to this...

Nice bike Wombat!

Just to chime in to this conversation on the XRL, I love mine, it is my third and I have had this bike since 2004. It will be my last XR since I expect it to go for the next 20...
Forum: Thumpers 02-20-2013, 10:11 PM
Replies: 79,045
Views: 8,680,363
Posted By Helipilot
Well Spud, That brings to mind one of my...

Well Spud,

That brings to mind one of my favorite sayings: "Sticks and Stones may break my Bones but Whips and Chains Excite Me" You must have a huge storage capacity on your computer to be able...
Forum: The Garage 02-18-2013, 08:12 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 15,357
Posted By Helipilot
Take the tires to walmart - about 5 bucks to...

Take the tires to walmart - about 5 bucks to balance and it will give longer life to your tires..Legally speaking, the trailers are supposed to have ST tires on them. If you have an accident with...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 02-18-2013, 07:01 PM
Replies: 88,580
Views: 4,387,974
Posted By Helipilot
Congratulations

Elvis 70: Congratulations on the upgrade in the 407.:clap. I also think the seats are much more comfortable than the 206. Have fun with your new ride and fly safe.

Roger
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 02-13-2013, 11:48 PM
Replies: 88,580
Views: 4,387,974
Posted By Helipilot
Galveston has an interesting history along with...

Galveston has an interesting history along with some good seafood. I used to fly out of Scholes Field to the oil platforms and also down to points south. Good memories of Galveston. Thanks for...
Forum: Thumpers 02-13-2013, 09:59 PM
Replies: 79,045
Views: 8,680,363
Posted By Helipilot
The spark plug is M12 x 1.25 pitch. Just walked...

The spark plug is M12 x 1.25 pitch. Just walked over to the shop and measured it.:deal
Forum: Equipment 02-09-2013, 09:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,373
Posted By Helipilot
I have used the HJC open face motocross helmet...

I have used the HJC open face motocross helmet for the last 8 years for trail riding on my XR650L and it fits my large long oval head pretty well. However, I bought a new KTM 990 last spring and...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 02-08-2013, 11:44 PM
Replies: 754
Views: 72,144
Posted By Helipilot
Want to buy

Maybe the wrong thread but I am looking for a Box and Pan Brake 48" wide in good shape 16 gauge and a older model similar to a Roper Whitney, Tennsmith, etc. Also a 48" to 52" foot stomp Shear,...
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