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Forum: Americas 07-24-2013, 12:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 947
Posted By john_h
Nice reply Grifter - many thanks. Concur...

Nice reply Grifter - many thanks.

Concur with all you said.

Yes, it's a buggy bike, but after 20k+ miles including 3 3500+ mile trips, it's proven its durability to me. It gets me there and...
Forum: Americas 07-17-2013, 01:55 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,994
Posted By john_h
I another thread, it was suggested to have a big...

I another thread, it was suggested to have a big zip lock dedicated to each country, each with it's own copies of all pertinent docs, receipts, etc. Damn simple way to stay organized - decreased...
Forum: Americas 07-15-2013, 11:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 947
Posted By john_h
For my purposes, I'm pretty well convinced the...

For my purposes, I'm pretty well convinced the F650 is the one that needs to go. Stupid durable (after 3 years of beating the weaknesses out of her), easy to maintain and fix, no electronics, and I...
Forum: Americas 07-13-2013, 03:29 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,994
Posted By john_h
Updated Border Crossing PDF

Hey Gang,

I went ahead and added Sjoerd's updated border crossing info to the previous pdf.

You can view and download it here...
Forum: Ride reports 07-03-2013, 01:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,077
Posted By john_h
Spot track map added to the first post... I...

Spot track map added to the first post...

I do have plans to go back - and soon - I picked up a marketing project down there by chance :) I'd love to pick your brain about additional routes and...
Forum: Ride reports 07-03-2013, 09:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,077
Posted By john_h
Hey guys, quick question - would you ever attempt...

Hey guys, quick question - would you ever attempt such a road on a 425lb 1997 F650 with proper knobby tires? My belly tells me it can make the climb if dry, but I'm not sure if the knobbies can...
Forum: Ride reports 07-03-2013, 09:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,077
Posted By john_h
The funnest road I've ever been on...

Absolutely the funnest road I've ever been on: with one caveat...
Its all of maybe 25 miles, but it gets you deep into absolutely authentic Costa Rican back country - riding ridge lines, mountain...
Forum: Ride reports 07-02-2013, 12:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,077
Posted By john_h
San Jose to Parrita

A nice, easy, wide gravel road from San Jose to Parrita via Santiago de Puriscal on road 239. The red mark is a great little restaurant overlooking the mountains - its near Alto Gloria. It's right...
Forum: Ride reports 07-02-2013, 11:38 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,077
Posted By john_h
Thanks for the input on the video - still...

Thanks for the input on the video - still learning how to assemble it properly...

Get off any single or double digit numbered highway/road, and you're on dirt - no worries there.

I'm back home...
Forum: Ride reports 07-02-2013, 11:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,077
Posted By john_h
Laugh Gear, Luggage, and Costa Rica Basics

The Bike: 2012 Honda XR250:

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-dpl8fCnZX_I/UbiXo-hfR5I/AAAAAAAADVo/zOWg3A8NGIg/w1301-h976-no/20130611_094447.jpg

I rented this from Thorsten at Wild Rider in...
Forum: Ride reports 07-02-2013, 10:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,077
Posted By john_h
Costa Rica June 2013 - Adventures on Red Clay...

This is my first official ADV Ride report, gang... First time dual-sporting out of the country. Here's a teaser:

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Forum: Americas 06-17-2013, 07:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 947
Posted By john_h
Cool. Well, part of me also thinks it may be...

Cool. Well, part of me also thinks it may be time to let go of the f650 as its somewhat redundant with the 800xc, and add a capable dirt bike to the stable that I *could* ride distance with. ...
Forum: Americas 06-16-2013, 11:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 947
Posted By john_h
Thx for the reply. Ive found the Honda 250 (I...

Thx for the reply. Ive found the Honda 250 (I think its the cfr250 in the states) lagging at altitude, and have done a bit of research on the wr250r and think it would be a great bike for all roads...
Forum: Americas 06-15-2013, 04:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 947
Posted By john_h
Tiger 800xc solo to Costa Rica?

Hey gang,

So I'm currently in Costa Rica tearing things up to the best of my modest ability on a rented xc 250 (ride report on my return).

I was warned this would be addictive. Im trying to...
Forum: Equipment 05-28-2013, 03:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 694
Posted By john_h
Proper Riding Pants Length/Knee Guard Placement?

Hey Gang,

I'm trying to decide on a pair of riding pants (new BMW Rallye) and have a question about fittment.

The knee/shin guard drops below the knee when standing, but when on the bike, it...
Forum: Trip Planning 05-27-2013, 06:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,119
Posted By john_h
Many thanks for the replies. I ordered up a...

Many thanks for the replies. I ordered up a Giant loop Great Basin bag that was on sale - will work for my other bikes at home, and if its too big to the XR, the owner of the bike shop in Costa Rica...
Forum: Trip Planning 05-26-2013, 10:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,119
Posted By john_h
Many thanks for the thread link and the info on...

Many thanks for the thread link and the info on the XR reliability - my 97' f650 requires a bit of backup goodies just in case.

I think I'm going to acquire a GL coyote bag and call it good :) ...
Forum: Trip Planning 05-26-2013, 04:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,119
Posted By john_h
This gives me a good template: ...

This gives me a good template:

http://i511.photobucket.com/albums/s358/creedyflyr/DSCF3389Large.jpg
Forum: Trip Planning 05-26-2013, 03:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,119
Posted By john_h
Mant thanks for helping me sort through this Jim....

Mant thanks for helping me sort through this Jim.

I'm riding solo and staying at hotels/guesthouses. Extra clothing should be fairly basic, but packing light on a bike is not my strength :)
...
Forum: Trip Planning 05-26-2013, 12:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,119
Posted By john_h
Luggage Bag Options on a XR250?

Hey Gang,

I'm renting a xr250 in Costa Rica for 2 weeks (first time dual-sporting out of the USA), and I'm trying to figure out what the functional limitations are for packing gear on this bike. ...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 04-03-2013, 08:19 AM
Replies: 400
Views: 30,079
Posted By john_h
In!! :)

In!! :)
Forum: Beasts 03-18-2013, 01:20 PM
Replies: 21,751
Views: 4,007,456
Posted By john_h
Good question (i have the same one :)... I...

Good question (i have the same one :)...

I suppose you could back out the shock preload and raise the fork tubes incrementally until the geometry feels like it's proper, and see how that height...
Forum: Beasts 03-18-2013, 12:36 PM
Replies: 21,751
Views: 4,007,456
Posted By john_h
I spoke with a fellow inmate with a lowered XC...

I spoke with a fellow inmate with a lowered XC that has a shorter inseam than me (30-31" - as well as a former racer) and the bike height and handling accommodates him fine. Didn't ask specifically...
Forum: Beasts 03-18-2013, 08:30 AM
Replies: 21,751
Views: 4,007,456
Posted By john_h
Copy that... 45 lbs of rack/bags on the back...

Copy that... 45 lbs of rack/bags on the back would probably allow me to raise the fork tubes at least 1/2", which may make the height acceptable - it's about the same height I have my F650 and...
Forum: Beasts 03-17-2013, 03:36 PM
Replies: 21,751
Views: 4,007,456
Posted By john_h
XC ergonomics

Thanks for the input guys.

I'd like to cycle back to a few XC questions - I don't want to dismiss the bike too soon based on my feel of the riding position...

Since it looks like the bars can...
Forum: Beasts 03-16-2013, 10:01 PM
Replies: 21,751
Views: 4,007,456
Posted By john_h
Great info, thanks for that response! Yes, I...

Great info, thanks for that response! Yes, I might find the bike too nice to take off road and leave that work for the F650.
Forum: Beasts 03-16-2013, 08:50 PM
Replies: 21,751
Views: 4,007,456
Posted By john_h
The Roadie - Ergo's, Suspension, and Off-Road Q's...

Hey Folks,

I've scanned through a good 80 pages of the thread and have some general answers to my Q's, but all the same, I'd like some direct feedback on the Roadie if you don't mind :)

I test...
Forum: Ride reports 01-26-2013, 09:51 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 12,468
Posted By john_h
Chabon!! Nice report bro - stumbled upon it...

Chabon!!

Nice report bro - stumbled upon it as I ponder doing Baja solo... No F650 for the trip, eh? Was the idea to stay as light as possible? You see any issues with me rolling with the jesse...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 01-14-2013, 06:48 PM
Replies: 524
Views: 43,637
Posted By john_h
well, i did install crash bars and a bash plate...

well, i did install crash bars and a bash plate for a reason... this trip i guess i'll have to remember to bring a rubber mallet and a stick to straighten out my risers after said drops :)
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 01-14-2013, 06:15 PM
Replies: 524
Views: 43,637
Posted By john_h
Oh man... This looks like a gig I gotta...

Oh man...

This looks like a gig I gotta consider - I did DV 2 years ago solo but didn't have the experience to get in too deep. And Goler and Mengel are West Coast rights of passage that really...
Forum: Thumpers 10-12-2012, 05:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 390
Posted By john_h
I own a '97 that I bought in Feb of 2011, and...

I own a '97 that I bought in Feb of 2011, and have pretty well gone through all of the maintenance and mods and never wrenched on a motorcycle before - I've had a ball doing it, this bike has taught...
Forum: Airheads 09-01-2012, 11:39 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 15,898
Posted By john_h
Nice write up bro, fine work, much envy...

Nice write up bro, fine work, much envy (especially your garage!).

I'm studying up on the r100gs as I'm just flat-out intrigued by the machine and would like another modest project bike to tinker...
Forum: Regional forums 08-12-2012, 10:07 PM
Replies: 389
Views: 53,811
Posted By john_h
I rode thru this area in the cage just a month...

I rode thru this area in the cage just a month ago, glad I stumbled on this thread!

Let's see... One day from SF to Albany, OR to Mr. Ed's Moto so I can swap out for that stiffer rear spring I've...
Forum: Thumpers 10-20-2011, 10:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,775
Posted By john_h
Any update on this? Curious to find out if...

Any update on this? Curious to find out if coletrain hit the nail on the head...
Forum: Thumpers 10-01-2011, 07:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 852
Posted By john_h
My take on the F650 compared with my other 2...

My take on the F650 compared with my other 2 bikes (R1150R and Kawasaki r650) is it was WAY easier to maintain - I'm talking about the carbureted model. I chose that in large part because of the...
Forum: Thumpers 10-01-2011, 06:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,691
Posted By john_h
I know what you mean - you do have to dig for...

I know what you mean - you do have to dig for info on a lot of stuff which can be tiresome when you're looking for definitive answers, but the info is there. The folks there are incredibly helpful...
Forum: Thumpers 10-01-2011, 06:07 PM
Replies: 1,622
Views: 260,290
Posted By john_h
My '97 F650 "Bellisima" had a slight problem...

My '97 F650 "Bellisima" had a slight problem with gravity on my recent trip to Mt. Lassen. She hadn't been laid down yet, so she was due...
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Forum: Thumpers 10-01-2011, 06:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 852
Posted By john_h
I can't speak for the KTM, but I know you can't...

I can't speak for the KTM, but I know you can't go wrong with one.

The F650 is a comparative piece of cake when it comes to maintenance I've found - I've learned a ton with the help of the folks...
Forum: Thumpers 10-01-2011, 05:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,691
Posted By john_h
The Chain Gang is the definitive spot for all...

The Chain Gang is the definitive spot for all that stuff for sure. Modifying the exhaust can be somewhat tricky business as it applies to having to possibly re-jet the carbs and adjust the needle...
Forum: Thumpers 10-01-2011, 05:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,056
Posted By john_h
My God. That is silly clean - you're gonna have...

My God. That is silly clean - you're gonna have to fix that! Have you disconnected the charcoal canister yet? I know when I bought my Bellisima ('97 F650), I put about 3 weeks into routine...
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