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Forum: Americas Today, 11:06 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,498
Posted By Grinnin
The OP asked about the trade-offs of luggage,...

The OP asked about the trade-offs of luggage, equipment, and cost. I don't know the OP, but 9 posts starting this month sounds like he doesn't have all the luggage and gear. I suspect he wants to...
Forum: Thumpers Today, 10:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 288
Posted By Grinnin
I have the city-lights wires turning on a relay. ...

I have the city-lights wires turning on a relay. Everything else up front gets power from that relay, or more correctly, a pair of wires from that relay to the battey. I LIKE having my GPS turn off...
Forum: Americas Today, 04:50 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,498
Posted By Grinnin
Too hot and humid will keep me from camping. ...

Too hot and humid will keep me from camping.

When I was making frequent trips to Ohio and camping along the way, I sometimes used motels even when I didn't want to. I made a list of the reasons...
Forum: Thumpers Today, 03:54 AM
Replies: 12,856
Views: 1,226,442
Posted By Grinnin
Loose metal can get into the bearings and cause...

Loose metal can get into the bearings and cause damage. You may not see much metal in the oil if it's small enough to flow to the oil intake screen. Someone else recommended looking at that screen...
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me Today, 03:40 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,007
Posted By Grinnin
When I try to visualize a 10,000km trip I come...

When I try to visualize a 10,000km trip I come up with half my 15,000 mile trip from last year. Didn't have mp3 or a traffic receiver on that trip or other trips and I still don't want those...
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 01:31 PM
Replies: 12,856
Views: 1,226,442
Posted By Grinnin
I bought a Leo Vince Duro X3 on ebay. After a...

I bought a Leo Vince Duro X3 on ebay. After a week or so the seller admitted he didn't actually have one to sell and I got a refund. :ddog

So I bought a different Leo Vince Duro X3 exhaust on...
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 07-28-2014, 06:25 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,007
Posted By Grinnin
I had the nuvi 1300LM. (Or "have the nuvi...

I had the nuvi 1300LM. (Or "have the nuvi 1300LM"; I futz with electronics and couldn't resist futzing with it -- it works again.)

I had the RAM cradle for the 1300 so it mounted well on any bike...
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 07-28-2014, 04:45 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,007
Posted By Grinnin
I have a Montana and it functions about like...

I have a Montana and it functions about like other Garmin units but is waterproof and has good power connections. Clear display in any sun, good screen resolution, does topo maps and routing. It's...
Forum: Equipment 07-27-2014, 05:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 867
Posted By Grinnin
Sidi DID sew the Velcro to the straps on my boots.

Sidi DID sew the Velcro to the straps on my boots.
Forum: Equipment 07-27-2014, 03:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 491
Posted By Grinnin
Paper. Just a small stack of 3-ring sheets...

Paper. Just a small stack of 3-ring sheets folded into my map bag (just a Zip-lok or Scent-loc).

I take a pen that won't extend itself in the tank bag -- either a twist-open ballpoint or my new...
Forum: Americas 07-27-2014, 03:34 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,498
Posted By Grinnin
A night in camp is time well spent learning about...

A night in camp is time well spent learning about the plants and critters of the area. Campgrounds tend to be more social with people saying "hi" at the water pump or on walks around the grounds.
...
Forum: Thumpers 07-26-2014, 02:36 PM
Replies: 12,856
Views: 1,226,442
Posted By Grinnin
Well crap. One of my pet peeves is people...

Well crap.

One of my pet peeves is people who post without reading. Now I see that I'm one of those people.

My apologies.
Forum: Layin' down tracks 07-26-2014, 02:22 PM
Replies: 11,081
Views: 1,186,903
Posted By Grinnin
Other Garmin GPSs will search along the active...

Other Garmin GPSs will search along the active route.

They have chosen not to include that feature in the Montana.

I can't say it's any easier to understand, but it's a different problem.
Forum: Thumpers 07-26-2014, 02:11 AM
Replies: 12,856
Views: 1,226,442
Posted By Grinnin
This may well be correct, but it would be a...

This may well be correct, but it would be a struggle for me to do it this way.

I have always put the spring on the oily side of any oil seal. Mostly because the non-oily side is the dirty side...
Forum: Thumpers 07-26-2014, 02:09 AM
Replies: 12,856
Views: 1,226,442
Posted By Grinnin
It would help if you specified what year KLR or...

It would help if you specified what year KLR or if it's a North American or European version.

I have tried a couple on my N.A.-spec 1st-gen and prefer no windshield at all. Goes across the...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 07-26-2014, 01:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 412
Posted By Grinnin
Your link does indeed say there's a FS road in...

Your link does indeed say there's a FS road in Maine. The FS web site shows no presence in Maine at all. : http://www.fs.fed.us/.

The point of my post, however is that even when both number...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 07-25-2014, 04:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 412
Posted By Grinnin
My Montana with 24k topo shows far more trails...

My Montana with 24k topo shows far more trails when I switch the profile and navigation mode to "Mt. Biking" or "Recreational". These trails are not usually displayed for "Motorcycle" or "Auto".
...
Forum: Thumpers 07-23-2014, 03:27 AM
Replies: 12,856
Views: 1,226,442
Posted By Grinnin
Awesome KLR shadow. Signal relocation looks...

Awesome KLR shadow.

Signal relocation looks good. Is it braced side-to-side? I hung mine from the bottom of the rack -- it's worked, but it's not a very thick bolt.

(I like the SAFETY THIRD...
Forum: Equipment 07-21-2014, 05:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 941
Posted By Grinnin
I'd think the thread title should be "Redwing oil...

I'd think the thread title should be "Redwing oil melts gloves", not "Aerostich gloves turn to mush".

I waited to treat the 'stich Ropers I got in '05 -- they've faded and shrunk and held up fine....
Forum: Equipment 07-20-2014, 04:11 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,686
Posted By Grinnin
While saliva does contain bad "germs" it also...

While saliva does contain bad "germs" it also contains many antimicrobial compounds to keep us healthy, including hydrogen peroxide, thiocyanate, lysozyme, lactoperoxidase, lactoferrin, and...
Forum: Equipment 07-20-2014, 03:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 591
Posted By Grinnin
Easy to remove for cleaning -- whatever the type....

Easy to remove for cleaning -- whatever the type. Both plastic and wire guards can make it difficult to clean bugs and dust from your lens.

A plastic protector gives you 3 dusty surfaces but only...
Forum: Thumpers 07-18-2014, 02:48 PM
Replies: 12,856
Views: 1,226,442
Posted By Grinnin
I'd say that 160Lbs is a good weight for an...

I'd say that 160Lbs is a good weight for an average height American male.
Forum: Equipment 07-17-2014, 04:21 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,520
Posted By Grinnin
I have only admiration for Aerostich customer...

I have only admiration for Aerostich customer service, including fitting and financial.

When I ordered a Roadcrafter, they suggested a size that would clearly be too baggy. I ordered that size...
Forum: The Garage 07-15-2014, 04:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 678
Posted By Grinnin
If your bike charges at higher voltages then you...

If your bike charges at higher voltages then you need to check more often. If it rarely gets above 14.4 volts then you can wait a while. High battery temperatures can also cause more water loss.
...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-15-2014, 03:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,160
Posted By Grinnin
The quick an easy way is to be methodical about...

The quick an easy way is to be methodical about sealing up. Although what works for me in Maine might broil you down in VA. The snowshoe area is high enough that it might be cooler. (I've been...
Forum: Ride reports 07-14-2014, 04:54 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 22,708
Posted By Grinnin
Thanks for taking this ride and posting as you...

Thanks for taking this ride and posting as you go.

I enjoyed your report AND your choice of equipment.
Forum: Thumpers 07-14-2014, 03:04 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,283
Posted By Grinnin
Telling our experiences with different tires...

Telling our experiences with different tires includes telling the strengths and weaknesses. It may sound like complaining.

Tires have to compromise so many different aspects that there isn't a...
Forum: Thumpers 07-13-2014, 10:47 AM
Replies: 12,856
Views: 1,226,442
Posted By Grinnin
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f394/Grinnin/Mot...

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f394/Grinnin/MotoMisc/PlasticSolder.jpg

This works as long as you use a compatible plastic, get good penetration, and don't burn the plastic. I've had to re-do...
Forum: Thumpers 07-13-2014, 05:09 AM
Replies: 12,856
Views: 1,226,442
Posted By Grinnin
Depends on what is causing discomfort for you. ...

Depends on what is causing discomfort for you.

For me:


the forward tilt locked me into a position too close to the tank,
trying to scoot back would leave me on a tilt and pull on my cheeks...
Forum: Thumpers 07-13-2014, 03:27 AM
Replies: 12,856
Views: 1,226,442
Posted By Grinnin
Although we frequently have posts from the...

Although we frequently have posts from the enlightened riders on other brands telling us ignorant KLR riders how good we could have it by buying the bikes they ride.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-13-2014, 03:18 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,127
Posted By Grinnin
The brain matches complex visual input to past...

The brain matches complex visual input to past patterns to create a mental model that is simple enough to work with. Trying to understand all the textures of our visual input would just bog our...
Forum: Ride reports 07-08-2014, 02:47 AM
Replies: 211
Views: 28,998
Posted By Grinnin
:clap You got a better picture even though I...

:clap You got a better picture even though I parked at the park entrance just east of this bridge, crossed the road and wandered down the trail in your pic. THEN the falls was always hidden behind...
Forum: Equipment 07-06-2014, 11:19 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,161
Posted By Grinnin
Coming home from the Northwest Territories on my...

Coming home from the Northwest Territories on my KLR last year I needed a speedometer cable day after day I couldn't find a dealer. Then I added brake pads to the list. Then chain and sprockets. I...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 07-06-2014, 03:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 681
Posted By Grinnin
Several years ago Garin had a GPS that had...

Several years ago Garin had a GPS that had avoidances set by percentages. I.e. For tolls you could slide the button from 0% to 100% avoidance. I don't know the model -- someone posted a screenshot...
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 07-06-2014, 03:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 519
Posted By Grinnin
OSM starts with publicly-available map data. ...

OSM starts with publicly-available map data. Some of the sources (for U.S.) are Federal census data, your state's road data, your county's road and property data, and your town or city's road and...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-05-2014, 05:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 893
Posted By Grinnin
Good luck. The Silver Wing has some...

Good luck.

The Silver Wing has some significant upgrades from the pre-82 CX500, mainly the simplified stator and ignition system, but also a single shock with a progressive link in the rear.
...
Forum: Equipment 07-03-2014, 04:55 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,902
Posted By Grinnin
I have "discovered" Mrs Dash seasoning mixtures. ...

I have "discovered" Mrs Dash seasoning mixtures. Most are ground finely enough to sprinkle on already-cooked meals (although tomato/basil/garlic seems to need a longer soak).

Adding nuts to...
Forum: The Garage 07-02-2014, 05:53 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 831
Posted By Grinnin
+1 on having your LEDs farther from your turn...

+1 on having your LEDs farther from your turn signals.

I have read statistics about the reduction in collisions since railroads started using a triangle of headlights, but can't find an...
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 07-02-2014, 04:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 455
Posted By Grinnin
The maps that show the most trails in my area are...

The maps that show the most trails in my area are Delorme. I have a Garmin Montana which won't display those.

On the Montana I use Garmin's 24k topo maps. These show more trails when I set the...
Forum: Ride reports 07-01-2014, 01:19 PM
Replies: 211
Views: 28,998
Posted By Grinnin
You asked how one rear pad could be worn while...

You asked how one rear pad could be worn while the other was not.

It could be that the caliper is not parallel to the disk. If one pad is being wedged into the disk it won't release as well.
...
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