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Forum: Equipment 05-17-2015, 07:18 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,089
Posted By John Smallberries
glare

Glare can be a minor issue in the sun. That is probably the biggest drawback to the low-buck bag approach. The LifeProof bar mount is probably the best overall solution for an iPhone 6+. They...
Forum: Equipment 05-17-2015, 06:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 319
Posted By John Smallberries
Orange

It's not easy to get hold of a live person at Orange - but they will eventually call you back. I get the impression that their US sales group is a guy working out of his house. Their website is...
Forum: Equipment 05-17-2015, 06:46 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,089
Posted By John Smallberries
My iPhone 6+ mount

Here is how I did mine:
http://crenneker.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Basic-bike-pics/i-NSBfDPF/0/M/IMG_8769-M.jpg (http://crenneker.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Basic-bike-pics/i-NSBfDPF/A)...
Forum: The Garage 05-16-2015, 09:09 AM
Replies: 3,290
Views: 474,828
Posted By John Smallberries
Wow

OK - you win! That is a very cool idea. I may steal it...
Forum: The Garage 05-14-2015, 05:21 PM
Replies: 6,543
Views: 2,943,574
Posted By John Smallberries
Pre-fab garage kits? Any good

This damn thread pushed me over the edge to move. I now live in a classic Midwest subdivision with too many rules. No fences - no aux buildings, etc. Well - we just bought a place on 3 acres...
Forum: The Garage 05-10-2015, 06:37 PM
Replies: 3,290
Views: 474,828
Posted By John Smallberries
LED installed

Love the pig smoker and the boat!

I got the LED headlight installed today. I let the bike idle for ~25 minutes to smoke out any infant mortality problems. I also needed to verify that my added...
Forum: The Garage 05-10-2015, 11:23 AM
Replies: 3,290
Views: 474,828
Posted By John Smallberries
Homemade LED headlight for the KTM: Version 1

I added a set of cooling fans to my '07 KTM 400EXC. I was a bit worried about the current draw - so I thought I'd swap out the headlight for an LED. I know I could buy a simple twist-in replacement...
Forum: Equipment 05-09-2015, 06:03 PM
Replies: 578
Views: 88,752
Posted By John Smallberries
Hit-Air jacket just saved a co-worker

I've ridden with three different airbag jackets/vests for the last five years. I've shown them to hundreds of other riders and only ONE has actually bought one.

Well - the jacket just saved him...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-04-2015, 07:47 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,108
Posted By John Smallberries
Heidenau K60: cupped at ~12k, replaced at 14k

Add another datapoint: my first Heidenau K60 front started cupping at 12,000. I replaced the tire after a long trip at 14,000 miles it was severely cupped and moaning. Not much different than my...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-01-2015, 06:16 PM
Replies: 10,447
Views: 2,244,120
Posted By John Smallberries
Bmw bsa?

"What kind of bike is that?"
"It's a BMW 1200GS"
"Ah - Birmingham Small Arms. Great bike"
Forum: The Garage 04-27-2015, 01:00 PM
Replies: 3,290
Views: 474,828
Posted By John Smallberries
Flat slot

The ADVRider dispute resolution committee has met and officially ruled on this matter. One uses a flat-head screwdriver to turn a slot-head screw. Any combination/pertubation of such wording will...
Forum: The Garage 04-26-2015, 10:45 AM
Replies: 3,290
Views: 474,828
Posted By John Smallberries
1200GS brake rotors and fluid flush

I just finished changing out all three brake rotors on my GS. I was SHOCKED at the price of the OEM parts - I can only hope that the EBC units from BikeBandit don't turn out to be crap. They were...
Forum: Equipment 04-16-2015, 09:11 AM
Replies: 795
Views: 100,636
Posted By John Smallberries
Nope

My first unit (one of the earliest batch) had some static noise. The replacement that came last July has not had any issues with static/whine/hum.
Forum: Equipment 04-14-2015, 05:11 AM
Replies: 795
Views: 100,636
Posted By John Smallberries
Ditto

Yes - I am very interested in ideas for mounting a fixed mic in a flip-up helmet. I've had problems with the flip-up whacking the boom in my previous Nolan. This pushed me to a full-face, but I...
Forum: Equipment 04-12-2015, 04:52 PM
Replies: 795
Views: 100,636
Posted By John Smallberries
Good weekend for the 20S

I rode from Michigan to southern Georgia and back this weekend. That was two 11-hour+ days for the 20S and at least 3 hours of hard rain. It worked just fine.

I did have problems getting Siri to...
Forum: Africa & Mid East 04-03-2015, 01:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 548
Posted By John Smallberries
Visas

Our visas arrived today! One step closer. We fly out on June 26.

I bought a big Redverz Atacama Expedition tent for the trip. Its bigger (and heavier) than we really need, but it will allow us...
Forum: Equipment 04-02-2015, 02:41 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,987
Posted By John Smallberries
buds

earbuds: Etymotic er6i are my favorite, but not made anymore and my second set will likely die sometime this year. The combo of earbuds and the ambient sound mic were the deal-sealer for me on the...
Forum: Equipment 04-01-2015, 05:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 936
Posted By John Smallberries
Repost from X-grip thread: my answer for iPhone 6 Plus

I had a bad experience with my first X-grip with my iPhone 5 and Lifeproof case. On a nasty washboard road, the phone bounced out. Luckily the case protected it. I upgraded to the Lifeproof bar...
Forum: Equipment 04-01-2015, 04:57 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 14,468
Posted By John Smallberries
iPhone 6 Plus - back to the X-grip

I had a bad experience with my first X-grip with my iPhone 5 and Lifeproof case. On a nasty washboard road, the phone bounced out. Luckily the case protected it. I upgraded to the Lifeproof bar...
Forum: Ride reports 03-30-2015, 03:29 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,080
Posted By John Smallberries
Little bikes

I am curious to hear your experience with these little bikes and camping gear. I have a ride in Zambia coming in late June and we will be on Jialing 150s. I've done trips on my little TW200 with...
Forum: EMEA 03-29-2015, 09:07 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,835
Posted By John Smallberries
Prices

Here ya go:
http://www.rental-motorcycle.com/europe/switzerland/zurich_rental.html

I used Admo out of Munich for my last Alps ride (tied to a conference in Germany). Easy to work with - no...
Forum: Equipment 03-24-2015, 12:39 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 24,862
Posted By John Smallberries
Redverz: took the plunge

I took the plunge and bought the Redverz Atacama Expedition tent with the garage. I have an upcoming ride in Africa with two small bikes - I'm told it is a good idea to keep things out of sight at...
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 03-23-2015, 04:59 AM
Replies: 807
Views: 69,890
Posted By John Smallberries
How to play

Welcome.

To play: ride bike to location of last posted picture - "the old tag". Take photo of said bike in same location. Ride bike to new location that meets the following criteria:
- In...
Forum: Thumpers 03-18-2015, 08:50 AM
Replies: 4,960
Views: 1,325,330
Posted By John Smallberries
Go for it

Every GS needs a little brother! I love them both. Ewan and Charlie would have had a much easier "Long Way Round" on TWs - at least until they hit Alaska.
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 03-17-2015, 02:21 AM
Replies: 807
Views: 69,890
Posted By John Smallberries
New bike

I found this bike in the Flea Market over Christmas break and it just happened to be 4 miles from my house. I bought it from inmate "multistraddler". I has ice tires mounted now from my...
Forum: Ride reports 03-15-2015, 05:47 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 8,491
Posted By John Smallberries
Thanks!

Thanks for the report - I love seeing successful rides in Africa.

My son and I will be riding for 5 days in a big Zambia loop from Lusaka>Kafue>Ndola>Lusaka in June. I can't wait. We will be on...
Forum: EMEA 03-14-2015, 06:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 979
Posted By John Smallberries
Bluetooth is your pal

One item to add: get Bluetooth headsets. Riding in a group with bike-to-bike communication helps a great deal. I spent three days in the Alps last summer with two other guys and Sena headsets...
Forum: EMEA 03-14-2015, 05:56 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,372
Posted By John Smallberries
Checklist

Here is a good checklist for your ride: http://www.motorbikeeurope.com/en/routes-category/top100

Why not hit them all?
Forum: EMEA 03-14-2015, 05:54 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,845
Posted By John Smallberries
My 2c

I've done it both ways, as others have described. I did a 3-day Edelweiss tour in the Alps around Mieming, Austria and it was fantastic. It was nice to come back to the same hotel each night after...
Forum: EMEA 03-14-2015, 05:37 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,835
Posted By John Smallberries
Routes in Switzerland

I've ridden three times in the Alps crossing between Switzerland/Austria/Italy. Here are two recommendations for routes:
1) Start knocking these off:...
Forum: EMEA 03-14-2015, 05:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 583
Posted By John Smallberries
Go...

I'm 220 lbs and rode through the Dolomites on a Honda TransAlp 700 with absolutely no problems. You do not need 1200+ cc to enjoy these beautiful roads. My riding pals spent nearly 2x my cost...
Forum: Africa & Mid East 03-13-2015, 05:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 548
Posted By John Smallberries
Coming soon to ADVRider....Zambia trip report

My photo gallery for my upcoming trip has started.

Here are my bikes in the sea container being unloaded in Lusaka, Zambia:...
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 03-13-2015, 05:09 PM
Replies: 807
Views: 69,890
Posted By John Smallberries
Ready....

I've been on the beach with the kids in Florida all week and missed the big thaw. I look forward to getting the GS out for a tag soon... Glad to see the white BMWs in the game....
Forum: Africa & Mid East 02-24-2015, 10:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 548
Posted By John Smallberries
Rough moto camping in Zambia: any advice?

I'm planning a 5-day ride in Zambia this summer. My route will require us to rough camp for two nights (hotels/lodges for the rest). I'm told that this is common and safe - but I'd like to hear...
Forum: GS Boxers 02-07-2015, 12:55 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,612
Posted By John Smallberries
Yes

Riding in the Alps in Switzerland/Austria/Italy you will see 2-up GS's everywhere. I talked with one couple that swore the GS was the best choice for 2-up riding there.

BUT - on their next...
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 01-23-2015, 12:27 PM
Replies: 12,296
Views: 1,015,731
Posted By John Smallberries
Ditto

Rosenau Powersports did my set for $79.83 while I ate tamales down the street. At that rate, you could pay for a spare set of wheels in a few years.
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 01-22-2015, 05:21 AM
Replies: 12,296
Views: 1,015,731
Posted By John Smallberries
wraps

Tire wraps on order - Gorilla tape for now!
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 01-21-2015, 04:32 PM
Replies: 12,296
Views: 1,015,731
Posted By John Smallberries
New-to-me Ice Tires

Simple and I exchanged cash & ice tires after work today. I've never held a set - but now understand the PITA-factor in changing them. Those ice screws are SHARP and just carrying them is a...
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 01-20-2015, 05:35 AM
Replies: 12,296
Views: 1,015,731
Posted By John Smallberries
Sounds good

Sounds like a better idea. PM sent.
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 01-19-2015, 01:59 PM
Replies: 12,296
Views: 1,015,731
Posted By John Smallberries
Join the fun

I have two used knobbies coming and I plan to turn them into ice tires. I hope to bring my new-to-me KTM 400XCW out for the fun.
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