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Forum: Parallel Universe 11-02-2007, 08:46 AM
Replies: 7,626
Views: 1,377,322
Posted By Holmes
http://www.motorcycledaily.com/01november07_motogu...

http://www.motorcycledaily.com/01november07_motoguzzi.htm
Forum: Beasts 10-02-2007, 08:56 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,793
Posted By Holmes
You can buy a small Rubbermaid 'Action Packer'...

You can buy a small Rubbermaid 'Action Packer' storage box at Wal Mart for around $15 bucks. Just needs a pair of slightly longer bolts for the luggage rack to mount it (from pretty much any hardware...
Forum: Beasts 09-20-2007, 12:47 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,726
Posted By Holmes
I wonder if perhaps they are designing a new...

I wonder if perhaps they are designing a new 'cleaner' engine to keep up with stricter emissions like they did for the Bandit 1250?
Forum: Beasts 09-20-2007, 10:08 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 20,687
Posted By Holmes
Bedliner fairings? Hmmmm... got any pics of that?...

Bedliner fairings? Hmmmm... got any pics of that? I scuffed by right fairing pretty good a few weeks ago and figure it probably won't be the last time...
Forum: Beasts 09-19-2007, 11:45 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 20,687
Posted By Holmes
Interesting - never heard of this one before....

Interesting - never heard of this one before. I've got a SW centerstand on my bike and have beaten the piss out of it on a jeep trail recently with no issues (other than me wiping out). I'll take a...
Forum: Road warriors 09-18-2007, 04:56 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,797
Posted By Holmes
Because you can ;-) I was reading BIKE magazine...

Because you can ;-) I was reading BIKE magazine the other day and saw an article about adding turbo, supercharging and nitrous to various bikes. GSXR-1000's and Hayabusa's cranking out 400hp and...
Forum: Beasts 09-04-2007, 01:17 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,975
Posted By Holmes
The weestrom is a tough bike for a novice to...

The weestrom is a tough bike for a novice to muscle around in rough conditions, and having to pick it up after a spill is not much fun...
Forum: Beasts 08-30-2007, 11:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,775
Posted By Holmes
+1 I've ordered all manner of crap from TT...

+1

I've ordered all manner of crap from TT and they have treated me right. I recall ordering something that they didn't have in stock and got a phone call that day explaining the situation and...
Forum: Beasts 08-29-2007, 09:32 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 12,581
Posted By Holmes
HONDA HORNET 600 7.624 KAWASAKI Z 750 5.374 ...

HONDA HORNET 600 7.624
KAWASAKI Z 750 5.374

Of course the two top selling bikes in Italy aren't even available here in the U.S. Here's hoping that both of those make it stateside at some point...
Forum: Beasts 08-20-2007, 08:05 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 12,581
Posted By Holmes
I agree with the original post from the...

I agree with the original post from the standpoint that

a) they are somewhat different beasts and
b) the Versys is not yet 'proven'.

Given both of the above it's kinda hard to say that...
Forum: Beasts 08-03-2007, 07:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,108
Posted By Holmes
I found the stock 650 seat wasn't quite broad...

I found the stock 650 seat wasn't quite broad enough for my taste, and I also needed a bit more leg room on long trips. The Suzuki 'tall' touring seat has been absolutely comfy for me for 300 - 500...
Forum: Beasts 08-02-2007, 07:48 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,159
Posted By Holmes
> The owner told me it was excess oil from the...

> The owner told me it was excess oil from the chain he just oiled. Given the location this is next to impossible.

Hate to say it but that right there would put me off buying it, or at least give...
Forum: Beasts 08-01-2007, 03:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,045
Posted By Holmes
Check out -...

Check out - http://11109.rapidforum.com/topic=111077920557
Forum: Beasts 08-01-2007, 10:30 AM
Replies: 3,913
Views: 747,078
Posted By Holmes
Coming up on 14k miles on my 06' DL650. As many...

Coming up on 14k miles on my 06' DL650. As many others have said, it's a true do-it-all wunderbike. The more miles I have put on it the more I've come to appreciate just how versatile it is....
Forum: Road warriors 07-23-2007, 12:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,821
Posted By Holmes
Having not ridden one, I think the Versys will be...

Having not ridden one, I think the Versys will be a bit better handling / sportier feeling bike compared to the weestrom. However, I think the 'strom makes for a better touring bike as it has more...
Forum: Beasts 07-23-2007, 08:23 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,172
Posted By Holmes
I bought my DL650 from Colorado Powersports in...

I bought my DL650 from Colorado Powersports in Boulder (they have a shop in Denver as well). I've had good experiences with them. I had actually tested a DL650 beforehand at another dealership off...
Forum: Beasts 07-23-2007, 08:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 730
Posted By Holmes
Hmmm... I've ridden in some fairly heavy rain on...

Hmmm... I've ridden in some fairly heavy rain on my 650 without any problems but this sounds like it was a Biblical level of precipitation.
Forum: Beasts 07-19-2007, 03:01 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,570
Posted By Holmes
I've done several long trips (2 - 3k miles) on my...

I've done several long trips (2 - 3k miles) on my dl650, changes thus far:

- Suzuki 'Tall' touring seat, much broader / flatter than stock, I find it very comfy, gives me the extra leg room I...
Forum: Beasts 07-12-2007, 05:01 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 8,887
Posted By Holmes
Errrm - maybe in Canada the V-Strom is a big...

Errrm - maybe in Canada the V-Strom is a big seller, but here in the U.S. I am pretty sure that the 'stroms are a tiny speck on a moto-landscape dominated by cruisers, crotch-rockets and big touring...
Forum: Beasts 07-12-2007, 11:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,306
Posted By Holmes
My experience is that dropping the front end...

My experience is that dropping the front end increases stability both during cornering and in a straight line (especially in cross-winds) - the bike just seems to track better overall. The loss of...
Forum: Road warriors 06-12-2007, 04:51 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,439
Posted By Holmes
Ditto - congrats on the new bike. Please ignore...

Ditto - congrats on the new bike. Please ignore any negative comments I have made as there is a > 95% probability that I am full of shit :D
Forum: Beasts 06-12-2007, 04:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 948
Posted By Holmes
As long as you are OK with not having big power...

As long as you are OK with not having big power for passing (particularly when 2-up) then the 650 does just fine - it's an amazing bike. You just have to be patient occasionally, which is not a bad...
Forum: Road warriors 06-12-2007, 02:23 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,439
Posted By Holmes
Ditto - my father-in-law recently bought a...

Ditto - my father-in-law recently bought a well-equipped, low mileage 04' R1150R for about $8.5k. It's a fun bike, awesome brakes, and while I'm not sure I would buy one I thought it was a good deal...
Forum: Road warriors 06-12-2007, 12:18 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,439
Posted By Holmes
Hmmm... good points here, although I disagree...

Hmmm... good points here, although I disagree with your assumption that I must find the rest of the BMW line overpriced. Well, OK dammit, yes, they are spendy as hell, but when I look at a bike like...
Forum: Road warriors 06-12-2007, 10:49 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,439
Posted By Holmes
Bike also had a group test of the 800S, and...

Bike also had a group test of the 800S, and SV650S, Ninja 650R, TDM900 and Honda CBF600S. Road to down to Paris and back if I remember right, with a track day thrown in for good measure. The 800S...
Forum: Road warriors 06-12-2007, 07:49 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,439
Posted By Holmes
Errm, I'd say the F800S is closer to an SV650S...

Errm, I'd say the F800S is closer to an SV650S than a VFR.
Forum: Beasts 06-08-2007, 04:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,397
Posted By Holmes
Got to Wal-Mart and buy a small RubberMaid action...

Got to Wal-Mart and buy a small RubberMaid action packer in the camping section. You can bolt it directly to the rear rack, maybe cost you $15. It will be big enough to hold boots, jacket and pants...
Forum: Beasts 06-07-2007, 02:30 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,843
Posted By Holmes
Drop front end = zero dollars and 10 minutes...

Drop front end = zero dollars and 10 minutes :evil

What brand and rate springs did you use, and what weight oil? I am debating on whether or not it's worth going with race tech cartridge...
Forum: Beasts 06-07-2007, 12:30 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,843
Posted By Holmes
Suspension upgrades are on my to-do list this...

Suspension upgrades are on my to-do list this summer, but as a quick and dirty fix dropping the front end is pretty hard to beat ;-)
Forum: Beasts 06-07-2007, 10:23 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,843
Posted By Holmes
Raising the front forks in the triple clamps (say...

Raising the front forks in the triple clamps (say 10 - 15mm) and adding some preload to the rear makes a huge difference in stability during heavy cross winds on the DL650.
Forum: Road warriors 06-05-2007, 05:24 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 13,528
Posted By Holmes
Personally I am pretty interested in the new...

Personally I am pretty interested in the new 1250S - nice to hear some real world feedback (thanks Paul). Haven't done more than throw a leg over one at a local dealer but it felt right for a tall...
Forum: Beasts 06-05-2007, 08:53 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,094
Posted By Holmes
Not to quibble, but from what I have read the...

Not to quibble, but from what I have read the Versys makes about the same HP as the DL650 (60ish). But like you say, it's a different beast altogether (lighter, probably a bit more agile and nicer...
Forum: Beasts 06-04-2007, 01:45 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,516
Posted By Holmes
I just did a 2,300 mile trip (350 - 500 miles per...

I just did a 2,300 mile trip (350 - 500 miles per day) using the 'wide' Cramp Buster. Best $10 I've spent on my bike for sure, really helped keep my right hand / wrist comfy.
Forum: Beasts 05-30-2007, 08:05 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,064
Posted By Holmes
Same here - I'm also 6'2" and on my first big...

Same here - I'm also 6'2" and on my first big road trip with the Wee last Sept I discovered that I hated the shape of the stock seat and that my knees would start to feel a bit cramped after a few...
Forum: Beasts 05-16-2007, 09:44 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,220
Posted By Holmes
Yep - I am your size and do the same on mine,...

Yep - I am your size and do the same on mine, works great. Obviously the 650 doesn't have the same level of power as the 1000, so passing in certain situations requires more patience and good timing....
Forum: Road warriors 05-15-2007, 08:31 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 13,528
Posted By Holmes
All of the reviews I have read in the Brit press...

All of the reviews I have read in the Brit press are raving about the new 1250S. Another in the long line of Suzuki bikes that kicks ass in the 'bang for buck' category. Trying to score a test ride...
Forum: Beasts 05-14-2007, 12:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,734
Posted By Holmes
+1

+1
Forum: Beasts 05-14-2007, 11:55 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,653
Posted By Holmes
How about a lightly used Concours? Given that the...

How about a lightly used Concours? Given that the revamped model about to hit the showrooms soon it seems like you could get a good deal on a leftover bike as well.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-07-2007, 02:59 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 13,045
Posted By Holmes
FWIW -I talked to someone at a local Toyota...

FWIW -I talked to someone at a local Toyota dealer last year and she told me that the actual mileage people were seeing with the Prius was a fair bit less than the published numbers (at least here in...
Forum: Beasts 04-26-2007, 10:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,178
Posted By Holmes
Yep, the Action Packer white-trash top box is the...

Yep, the Action Packer white-trash top box is the way to go. Just like the guy in that thread I had one laying around and it's a simple job to just bolt it straight to the rack. I've done about 6k...
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