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Forum: Road Warriors Today, 08:14 AM
Replies: 1,168
Views: 197,890
Posted By markjenn
Isn't this a bike that occasionally sees a gravel...

Isn't this a bike that occasionally sees a gravel road? If so, I'd strongly caution not to do the fashion-conscious fender bob. I was recently on a 5-day tour in British Columbia and encountered...
Forum: Road Warriors 06-22-2015, 07:34 AM
Replies: 3,846
Views: 1,061,316
Posted By markjenn
It's cool as heck but if we're talking about pure...

It's cool as heck but if we're talking about pure looks, I have to go with the later CB450's. Style-wise, I'd characterize the black bombers as ungainly, and good-looking only if you think an Edsel...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-18-2015, 08:14 AM
Replies: 7,990
Views: 1,461,123
Posted By markjenn
Helm is just given an exclusive by Honda to print...

Helm is just given an exclusive by Honda to print and distribute Honda manuals and although I don't know how much profit Helm makes, I suspect the majority of the money goes to Honda; Helm is simply...
Forum: Road Warriors 06-10-2015, 12:13 PM
Replies: 4,488
Views: 836,911
Posted By markjenn
Good memory, I recall low-90's on a magazine dyno...

Good memory, I recall low-90's on a magazine dyno which was impressive for its time.... this was the era when the superbikes of the day were generally making mid-80's. The good ol' days were never...
Forum: Road Warriors 05-26-2015, 06:34 AM
Replies: 1,168
Views: 197,890
Posted By markjenn
Waiting a year or two for bugs to be exorcised is...

Waiting a year or two for bugs to be exorcised is always a prudent strategy (especially with any BMW), but I think it is worth pointing out that the amount of "new" in the XR isn't that much and most...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-17-2015, 10:56 AM
Replies: 7,990
Views: 1,461,123
Posted By markjenn
Given the bike's mission and price point, it's...

Given the bike's mission and price point, it's something simple/cheap, designed only to cut the engine when the bike falls over. Most FI bikes have them.

- Mark
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-16-2015, 09:36 PM
Replies: 7,990
Views: 1,461,123
Posted By markjenn
The CB500X has a simple tip over sensor that cuts...

The CB500X has a simple tip over sensor that cuts ignition if the bike is on its side to protect it from oil starvation during an upset. These sensors are pretty common on most bikes these days,...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-16-2015, 08:48 PM
Replies: 28,439
Views: 5,788,543
Posted By markjenn
I don't know what the 3600cc on the engine case...

I don't know what the 3600cc on the engine case is referring to.

Here's the exact amounts from the service manual....

Engine oil quantity
Total amount: 4.20 L (4.44 US qt, 3.70 Imp.qt)...
Forum: Racing 05-16-2015, 07:58 AM
Replies: 206
Views: 14,156
Posted By markjenn
Good explanation of the physics of flipping.... ...

Good explanation of the physics of flipping....

http://www.roadandtrack.com/motorsports/a25734/why-helio-castroneves-indycar-flipped-over-yesterday/

- Mark
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-15-2015, 06:18 PM
Replies: 3,116
Views: 380,791
Posted By markjenn
Honda, if you're reading this, figure out a way...

Honda, if you're reading this, figure out a way to put tubeless tires on this beast or it becomes a non-starter for me and six or eight other folks I know who might be in the market.

- Mark
Forum: Road Warriors 05-14-2015, 06:18 PM
Replies: 3,512
Views: 548,371
Posted By markjenn
Misleading is probably the wrong word. But it is...

Misleading is probably the wrong word. But it is a truly worthless way to ask for pricing advice on a forum if you're expecting to compare prices from different locales where TTL varies. I don't...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-11-2015, 07:58 PM
Replies: 28,439
Views: 5,788,543
Posted By markjenn
KTM is the only motorcycle mfg I'm aware of that...

KTM is the only motorcycle mfg I'm aware of that routinely specs mineral oil in clutch circuits (which BTW, basically means hydraulic fluid like you'd use in a jack, not the stuff you buy in a drug...
Forum: Road Warriors 05-11-2015, 07:10 AM
Replies: 4,921
Views: 610,163
Posted By markjenn
I can absolutely guarantee you that the long-term...

I can absolutely guarantee you that the long-term cost of ownership of a boutique, limited-production, no aftermarket support, tiny dealer network bike like the Motus will be WAY higher than any...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-09-2015, 02:24 PM
Replies: 28,439
Views: 5,788,543
Posted By markjenn
On the heated grips retrofit, I don't know if you...

On the heated grips retrofit, I don't know if you want to go to the trouble, but there is a long thread on the S10 forum that describes how you can order the grips as separate parts from Yamaha and...
Forum: Road Warriors 05-09-2015, 11:32 AM
Replies: 1,168
Views: 197,890
Posted By markjenn
Yep, that's exactly where I am too. The XR is...

Yep, that's exactly where I am too. The XR is just a couple grand pricier and a couple-ten lbs heavier than I was hoping for, especially given where the R sits on price and weight. But we'll...
Forum: Road Warriors 05-09-2015, 08:07 AM
Replies: 1,168
Views: 197,890
Posted By markjenn
Early reviews are, as expected, very positive. I...

Early reviews are, as expected, very positive. I just wish BMW had stayed a bit closer to the S1000R's price and weight - instead, they're basically both in R1200GS territory and then you have to...
Forum: Road Warriors 05-08-2015, 08:28 PM
Replies: 3,846
Views: 1,061,316
Posted By markjenn
I'm prejudice because I own one, but still have...

I'm prejudice because I own one, but still have to go with the early CB750s as strong candidates for the title of "best looking". Of course, they appeared at the time I first started lusting after...
Forum: Road Warriors 05-08-2015, 06:54 PM
Replies: 3,512
Views: 548,371
Posted By markjenn
Every engine? I sincerely doubt this. Some of...

Every engine? I sincerely doubt this. Some of the high-end mfgs like Porsche and AMG may have a standard (and typically pretty brief) run-in regimens for their new engines, but I'd bet a Yaris gets...
Forum: Road Warriors 05-08-2015, 09:02 AM
Replies: 3,512
Views: 548,371
Posted By markjenn
Break-in is controversial, but I'm in the camp...

Break-in is controversial, but I'm in the camp that brief (and becoming less brief) bursts of full throttle and high RPM (well above the break-in limits) are very good for a new motor as they help...
Forum: Road Warriors 05-07-2015, 07:21 AM
Replies: 1,168
Views: 197,890
Posted By markjenn
Nice job on the photo splices. When I sat on the...

Nice job on the photo splices. When I sat on the XR prototype at the motorcycle show it felt sportbike-like short-coupled and the seat was very firm, very grippy, sloped forward, and aggressive. ...
Forum: Americas 05-04-2015, 06:53 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,912
Posted By markjenn
Sorry for your troubles, but you can't get blood...

Sorry for your troubles, but you can't get blood out of a turnip. You said yourself that the shock is not repairable and even if it was, these guys probably couldn't do the job. You simply gave the...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-28-2015, 02:36 PM
Replies: 28,439
Views: 5,788,543
Posted By markjenn
The bleed air screws are there to trim idle sync...

The bleed air screws are there to trim idle sync where mis-sync is most noticeable. As loads and RPM rise, their effect is less and less and there is no provision on these electronic throttles to do...
Forum: Road Warriors 04-28-2015, 06:59 AM
Replies: 4,488
Views: 836,911
Posted By markjenn
I'd say that they'll probably hold value somewhat...

I'd say that they'll probably hold value somewhat better if they're discontinued, just due to basic supply-demand. The worst-case scenario for used bike values is that the mfg keeps pumping out new...
Forum: Road Warriors 04-28-2015, 06:22 AM
Replies: 4,488
Views: 836,911
Posted By markjenn
Not clear; could be just a year break or could be...

Not clear; could be just a year break or could be longer/indefinite.

- Mark
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-27-2015, 07:08 AM
Replies: 28,439
Views: 5,788,543
Posted By markjenn
Just point the SAE connector towards the rear of...

Just point the SAE connector towards the rear of the bike and it will nicely emerge along the frame underneath the tank and panel where it can be tie-wrapped to the frame. This is a nice/secure...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-26-2015, 09:47 AM
Replies: 28,439
Views: 5,788,543
Posted By markjenn
You might have gotten lucky. I have blown a...

You might have gotten lucky. I have blown a couple 10A fuses wired directly to batteries with the startup current of compressors, including the Slime one. If the Tiger has a stock 15A circuit on...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-24-2015, 11:47 AM
Replies: 7,990
Views: 1,461,123
Posted By markjenn
Thanks for your review, but you might want to...

Thanks for your review, but you might want to check your math on this. Wee's (of both generations) are right around 475 and the CB500X is around 430.

- Mark
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-19-2015, 08:31 AM
Replies: 28,439
Views: 5,788,543
Posted By markjenn
Protection stuff is great if you need it (and it...

Protection stuff is great if you need it (and it certainly sounds like you do), but not everyone does and I don't agree that it is "mandatory" and should be standard. I have a 2012 that has seen a...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-18-2015, 08:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,023
Posted By markjenn
You've gotten some good comments. But I want to...

You've gotten some good comments. But I want to address this concern. I've ridden the F7800/800's a fair number of miles and always thought they were pretty smooth, so if yours had typical vibes...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-18-2015, 07:41 PM
Replies: 28,439
Views: 5,788,543
Posted By markjenn
Grease on the axle itself is used to protect if...

Grease on the axle itself is used to protect if from corrosion and to facilitate inserting it for wheel changes. It has nothing to do with the wheel bearings which are sealed. Wheel bearings do...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-18-2015, 07:38 PM
Replies: 28,439
Views: 5,788,543
Posted By markjenn
Yamaha's various publications list fuel capacity...

Yamaha's various publications list fuel capacity as 6.0, 6.08, and 6.1 gal. Several of us have run the tank dry and it takes about 5.7 if you stop filling when you're supposed to (when the level...
Forum: Road Warriors 04-16-2015, 06:19 PM
Replies: 4,488
Views: 836,911
Posted By markjenn
You're right, we'll see. I hope it works out for...

You're right, we'll see. I hope it works out for you but every exhaust mfg claims they've got the Goldilocks formula to get just a little more of the "right" noise, when frankly, most are just darn...
Forum: Road Warriors 04-16-2015, 04:43 PM
Replies: 4,488
Views: 836,911
Posted By markjenn
Hard to see it being very quiet with that tiny...

Hard to see it being very quiet with that tiny muffler. The way you reduce noise is with muffler volume and this one has very very little.

- Mark
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-14-2015, 08:20 PM
Replies: 28,439
Views: 5,788,543
Posted By markjenn
As long as you secure the wiring and make sure...

As long as you secure the wiring and make sure its not directly impinging on hot engine parts, you'll be fine. But be sure you're using big-enough wiring for the long runs to/from the battery (wire...
Forum: Road Warriors 03-30-2015, 05:03 PM
Replies: 1,168
Views: 197,890
Posted By markjenn
Done all the time by BMW (and Honda, Yamaha,...

Done all the time by BMW (and Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, KTM, .....).

- Mark
Forum: Road Warriors 03-26-2015, 10:34 PM
Replies: 4,488
Views: 836,911
Posted By markjenn
All that is known is that Honda isn't building...

All that is known is that Honda isn't building 2015 MY bikes and is going to let existing stock handle demand for the short-term. Whether this represents just a one-year break (which Honda often...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-26-2015, 05:40 PM
Replies: 28,439
Views: 5,788,543
Posted By markjenn
I recall maybe one guy had an issue. I really...

I recall maybe one guy had an issue. I really don't think there was anything needing fixing.

- Mark
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-25-2015, 01:35 PM
Replies: 28,439
Views: 5,788,543
Posted By markjenn
Sounds like exactly the tradeoffs you make when...

Sounds like exactly the tradeoffs you make when you take a 90-10 road-biased tire and substitute a 50-50 tire. I haven't been on the K60's, but have gone through multiple sets of TKC80's and they...
Forum: Racing 03-25-2015, 01:27 PM
Replies: 2,142
Views: 165,828
Posted By markjenn
Pleeeezzz.... can we avoid another discussion...

Pleeeezzz.... can we avoid another discussion where the totally unqualified weigh in with medical opinions on a situation in which they have zero first-hand knowledge?

- Mark
Forum: Road Warriors 03-24-2015, 04:51 PM
Replies: 3,512
Views: 548,371
Posted By markjenn
What he said. V-twins have no inherent torque...

What he said. V-twins have no inherent torque advantage (torque has much to do with engine tuning and little to do with engine configuration) and the FJ-09 makes more torque than the Wee at every...
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