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Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 05:55 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
I....don't...understand the question..... ...

I....don't...understand the question.....

But let me guess. I think either the triple clamp or the fork tubes themselves port right over and I vaguely recall having the Thailand guys tell me that...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 04:49 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
Not even once ^^^^^

Not even once ^^^^^
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 04:11 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
See, this is where you don't understand Honda's...

See, this is where you don't understand Honda's powerful research arm which knows better what you want. They polled Adam West 458 times about what kind of bike aging Batman stars wanted and 87% of...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 03:18 PM
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Views: 952,878
Posted By John Ashman
That train sailed along time ago. But I...

That train sailed along time ago.

But I have the Larry, Moe and Curly fan club going here and they do enjoy following me so. I should start a Twitter account.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 03:16 PM
Replies: 5,339
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Posted By John Ashman
Of course you can, because the standard...

Of course you can, because the standard assumption would be that they are not. Because businesses don't like to forego profit. And because they are new products, you don't start off with the...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 02:52 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
As reasonably decent figures, let's say that the...

As reasonably decent figures, let's say that the cast wheels cost them $200 each, and the wired ones cost them $300 each. Then the Showa front forks cost $600 and the WPs cost them $800. And the...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 02:38 PM
Replies: 5,339
Views: 952,878
Posted By John Ashman
Sure, they DO, in rare instances, but it makes no...

Sure, they DO, in rare instances, but it makes no sense at all to create the XC with $1500 worth of extra cost for only $1000 more. Since they could simply charge more. But more than that, we...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 02:33 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
No tap dancing. If they're willing to throw...

No tap dancing. If they're willing to throw money at me, I'm all for it. But since he wants me to "prove" that I can make them money with a start up motorcycle company (essentially impossible),...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 01:32 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
Being confident in one's opinion is fantastically...

Being confident in one's opinion is fantastically annoying to those with poor self esteem and a need to stand out. Apparently.

I don't actually need to know what Triumph's profit margins are. ...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 01:20 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
Oh, well, too bad they're not Honda then, because...

Oh, well, too bad they're not Honda then, because Honda can certainly do it.

Me? I'm on my own business plan at the moment and that involves my own designs and creations in another field. BUT...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 12:38 PM
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Posted By John Ashman
Bring it on. If they have the money, I'll be...

Bring it on. If they have the money, I'll be glad to start building bikes with it.

Keep in mind that it is far easier to be successful as an existing company with existing infrastructure,...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 12:35 PM
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Views: 952,878
Posted By John Ashman
This seems to be almost precisely a Tiger XC. ...

This seems to be almost precisely a Tiger XC. Very close, anyway. I think if the stats as "leaked" (or made up) are correct, the bike has everything going for it but a great price tag (so far). ...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 12:30 PM
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Views: 952,878
Posted By John Ashman
Perfectly logical to you maybe, but incorrect. ...

Perfectly logical to you maybe, but incorrect. The point I made is that many of the upgrades that seem to be very expensive to do, in fact are not, at least to the manufacturer, and may only add a...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 10:23 AM
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Posted By John Ashman
Fantastic advice. That's why I must ignore it...

Fantastic advice. That's why I must ignore it :evil
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 10:13 AM
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Posted By John Ashman
And so what? My point wasn't anything more than...

And so what? My point wasn't anything more than motorcycles have higher gross profit margins built in and need to for various reasons. You're arguing against something I didn't say.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 09:58 AM
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Posted By John Ashman
Has anyone tried swapping the CRF250L front...

Has anyone tried swapping the CRF250L front suspension in? It would need some upgrading internally, but it should be a direct swap otherwise. Not sure about wheel size issues w/respect to hitting...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 09:39 AM
Replies: 5,339
Views: 952,878
Posted By John Ashman
Oh, I am. One of my ideas was to take a CRF250L...

Oh, I am. One of my ideas was to take a CRF250L and upgrade and port its suspension and wheels over, but the issue is that the rear suspension arrangement is a bit trickier as they are different...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 09:36 AM
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Posted By John Ashman
This is exactly what I've been saying ^^^^^ ...

This is exactly what I've been saying ^^^^^

So, yes.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 09:13 AM
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Posted By John Ashman
This article backs me up on a few things. ...

This article backs me up on a few things.

Namely that the Honda 500s/700s are key models for them, that motorcycles are more profitable than cars, and that the emerging market trend is for...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers Yesterday, 09:00 AM
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Views: 73,092
Posted By John Ashman
I do believe my old Honda Sabre had...

I do believe my old Honda Sabre had self-cancelling turn signals.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 08:48 AM
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Views: 952,878
Posted By John Ashman
I have a HawkGT. But what I really need is a...

I have a HawkGT. But what I really need is a medium distance commuter and the Hawk has no wind protection, nor good saddle bag options, a crappy seat and no 6th gear so it isn't fun in long straight...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 08:41 AM
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Posted By John Ashman
Right, because a 1000cc dirt bike makes sense and...

Right, because a 1000cc dirt bike makes sense and a 500cc dirt bike is pure insanity.

Besides, a True Adventure 500 would be awesome as a ground up design, as I've said earlier. But I'd TAKE a...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 07:47 AM
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Posted By John Ashman
If something someone says about something else...

If something someone says about something else angers you, maybe you should actually, seriously, see a psychiatrist. You get offended by things, then go out of your way to make personal...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 07:37 AM
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Posted By John Ashman
Also, I really don't know what people expect from...

Also, I really don't know what people expect from a thread that is about a bike that doesn't exist outside of a mysterious prototype form and is two years late to market according to the thread...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 07:17 AM
Replies: 5,339
Views: 952,878
Posted By John Ashman
I do high-end digital sound systems for resorts. ...

I do high-end digital sound systems for resorts. And all my inlaws are here.

I am always surprised by the chicken/egg thing of "Americans don't buy our stuff" and "We don't import our stuff to...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 07:06 AM
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Posted By John Ashman
Hah, true, I always thought that had a 21", I...

Hah, true, I always thought that had a 21", I know the old GSs had them, but of course, when you look at the sales of twin cylinder motorcycles with spoked wheels, either 21" or 19", it's quite high....
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-26-2015, 10:01 PM
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Views: 952,878
Posted By John Ashman
"Troll" is a personal attack used by internet...

"Troll" is a personal attack used by internet bullies to try to shut up people that accidentally take attention from them or for any other perceived slight.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-26-2015, 09:23 PM
Replies: 5,339
Views: 952,878
Posted By John Ashman
Several tens of thousands. I always love...

Several tens of thousands.

I always love it when internet forum members are obnoxious because someone has an opinion they don't like.



That's true. But that's not the actual reason. ...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-26-2015, 05:41 PM
Replies: 5,339
Views: 952,878
Posted By John Ashman
Also, yes. Product designers actually ask for...

Also, yes. Product designers actually ask for my input and share unpublished information with me and several of my design concepts have been actually created by companies. I am good friends with...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-26-2015, 05:38 PM
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Views: 952,878
Posted By John Ashman
^^^^^^

^^^^^^
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-26-2015, 05:36 PM
Replies: 5,339
Views: 952,878
Posted By John Ashman
Yeah, knowing how much things cost is such an...

Yeah, knowing how much things cost is such an amazing talent, it's no suprise that most lack it.

For instance, the Tiger XC gives you longer WP suspension, wire rim wheels, a 21" front and more...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-26-2015, 04:51 PM
Replies: 5,339
Views: 952,878
Posted By John Ashman
Give that the CB500X is profitable at $6000, they...

Give that the CB500X is profitable at $6000, they could have more quickly put out a bike based on that with longer, upgraded suspension and wheel choices for less than $8K, i would imagine, and would...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-25-2015, 07:04 PM
Replies: 5,339
Views: 952,878
Posted By John Ashman
Yest, the ridiculousnous of the EPA and NTHSA in...

Yest, the ridiculousnous of the EPA and NTHSA in just one country is off the charts expensive.

And I was wrong. Honda has at least 100 models they sell in their Power Sports division. That...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 01-25-2015, 06:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 618
Posted By John Ashman
Sorry, but Oberdan Gezzi just likes making...

Sorry, but Oberdan Gezzi just likes making motorcycle "sketches" to stir up stuff and look for design work. I like a lot of his designs, but don't know of any that have specifically come to...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-25-2015, 05:59 PM
Replies: 5,339
Views: 952,878
Posted By John Ashman
The reality is, motorcycles just aren't that...

The reality is, motorcycles just aren't that expensive to produce. It's mostly about total sales numbers and to a large extent, they seem to purposefully limit their own sales by making too much...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 01-23-2015, 07:09 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 20,873
Posted By John Ashman
This is getting close to what the Scrambler should be....

http://s1.cdn.autoevolution.com/images/news/gallery/awesome-custom-ducati-scramblers-make-appearance-at-verona-motor-bike-expo_1.jpg
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-22-2015, 02:45 PM
Replies: 5,339
Views: 952,878
Posted By John Ashman
I have to keep popping into this thread because...

I have to keep popping into this thread because the LAMESTREAM MEDIA is not covering the important speculation surrounding this bike that may or may not happen.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-19-2015, 07:27 AM
Replies: 5,339
Views: 952,878
Posted By John Ashman
Ugh, totally missing my Ascot now. One of the...

Ugh, totally missing my Ascot now. One of the many 80's Hondas that should be upgraded and resurrected. But, yes, 125 miles. Like clockwork. Same with my HawkGT.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-19-2015, 12:09 AM
Replies: 5,339
Views: 952,878
Posted By John Ashman
Hah. Totally sorry to ruin your life by not...

Hah. Totally sorry to ruin your life by not finding fault with a bike that doesn't exist. :norton
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-18-2015, 09:47 PM
Replies: 5,339
Views: 952,878
Posted By John Ashman
Don't forget that the TA is a diesel which is...

Don't forget that the TA is a diesel which is good for fuel economy, but not all stations have diesel. :D
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