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Forum: Ride reports Yesterday, 03:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 474
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: 36
Views: 1,255
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: 166
Views: 18,446
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: 786
Views: 66,040
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: 4,853
Views: 1,267,482
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: 786
Views: 66,040
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: 34
Views: 3,071
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: 852
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: 13
Views: 917
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: 2,475
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: 36
Views: 1,255
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: 448
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: 2
Views: 323
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: 786
Views: 66,040
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: 2
Views: 323
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: 1,515
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: 12,003
Views: 974,871
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: 12,003
Views: 974,871
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: 12,003
Views: 974,871
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: 12,003
Views: 974,871
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: 12,003
Views: 974,871
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.
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 01-14-2015, 02:41 AM
Replies: 12,003
Views: 974,871
Posted By John Smallberries
Is this your bike?

Did anyone else see this bike on Craigslist yesterday?
http://crenneker.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Basic-bike-pics/i-tbXrRvG/2/M/KTM%20550-M.jpg...
Forum: Equipment 01-09-2015, 02:26 AM
Replies: 661
Views: 77,610
Posted By John Smallberries
Sensitivity?

Did you try reducing the sensitivity of the voice control? I found that when mine was set to "high", the nice lady would ask me to "say a command" randomly as I rode. I'm guessing that wind noise...
Forum: Equipment 01-06-2015, 04:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 773
Posted By John Smallberries
Hyperlites

I'm on my second set of Hyperlites. I found that the 2-sided tape in the kit worked just fine - but the black paint on the license-plate bracket included peeled off. This left my lights hanging by...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-31-2014, 06:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 774
Posted By John Smallberries
Ride-on + Orange TPMS system = bad news

I bumped this old thread to share my painfull experience with the OP question. I check my pressure before I ride, but had two experiences in the last 5 years where I lost pressure while riding. ...
Forum: Equipment 12-29-2014, 08:27 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 14,536
Posted By John Smallberries
No and maybe

A wifi-only IPad mini will not have a GPS receiver, only the 3G/4G units do. However, Apple Location Services makes clever use of other-peoples wifi networks to provide some degree of location even...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-25-2014, 06:56 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,152
Posted By John Smallberries
Ericas....

Last fall at the RawHyde Adventure Days in Colorado my bike won the "aux light shoot-off" with Kristas. I can only imagine the light Ericas throw with 2x the LEDs. Good choice..
Forum: GS Boxers 12-25-2014, 06:50 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 19,551
Posted By John Smallberries
Cold PDM60?

I've been running a PDM60 on my '05 GS for a few years now with no problems. One day I'll upgrade to the new unit to clean up my wiring a bit - particularly by integrating my Stebel horn, which ...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-25-2014, 06:20 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,935
Posted By John Smallberries
Hoop

The Hoop was replaced with the "H" in 2006MY (maybe even a bit earlier) to make mounting on the center stand easier. My '05 takes a bit of practice to get 100% of your weight on the pedal to get...
Forum: Thumpers 12-20-2014, 04:11 PM
Replies: 4,853
Views: 1,267,482
Posted By John Smallberries
Wow

Beautiful pic - great looking TW!
Forum: Equipment 12-06-2014, 04:01 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 12,095
Posted By John Smallberries
ditto

Ditto. I ponied up for a LifeProof Nuud case and grafted their mount ball onto a Ram ball mount. Dry - secure - doesn't overheat - doesn't flop around.
Forum: Equipment 12-05-2014, 03:46 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 14,536
Posted By John Smallberries
Motion X

Motion X does this nicely. All it lacks is the ability to do audio turn-by-turn instructions to follow the downloaded GPX track.
Forum: Equipment 12-03-2014, 09:49 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 14,536
Posted By John Smallberries
iPhone maps for Zambia?

Hey - since this thread got bumped - I'll throw out a question:
Does anyone know of a good iPhone-compatible offline mapset that includes Zambia, Africa?
Forum: Equipment 11-19-2014, 07:28 PM
Replies: 568
Views: 83,935
Posted By John Smallberries
simplicity

I am a gadget geek by nature with lots of the latest electronic crap. I like the fact that my Hit-Air is 100% mechanical/pneumatic. No batteries, no charging cord, no corroded connections, no...
Forum: Equipment 11-19-2014, 07:18 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,100
Posted By John Smallberries
Hit-Air

I had a low-speed (<25 mph) low-side when my rear tire slid out from under me on a slippery Autobahn onramp. My Hit-Air vest was fully inflated before I hit the asphalt. I hopped up off the...
Forum: Equipment 11-19-2014, 07:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,360
Posted By John Smallberries
deal!

OP: you got a great deal on the cot for $132. I think your setup is my next step. I've tried the hammock route - but it just has too many issue:
1) no tree scenario, trees too far apart,...
Forum: Thumpers 11-19-2014, 02:33 AM
Replies: 4,853
Views: 1,267,482
Posted By John Smallberries
Congrats

Congratulations - have fun farkling.

Outdoor pic in Wisconsin: no snow????
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-15-2014, 05:12 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 15,637
Posted By John Smallberries
farkle-fobia in Europe?

I have a friend that invented, manufactures and sells an excellent farkle specifically-designed for the BMW 1200GS. They are selling well and he has shipped them to many parts of the world. The...
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 11-10-2014, 01:38 PM
Replies: 786
Views: 66,040
Posted By John Smallberries
Daylight savings

I headed out yesterday to knock off the tag - only to realize that I'd be shooting in the dark for the new tag. I changed plans and took a shorter ride. I sure miss the 9:30 pm dusk of June!
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 11-02-2014, 05:43 AM
Replies: 786
Views: 66,040
Posted By John Smallberries
Welcome

Welcome gravelmoose.....I love my TW200, but wonder if the XT225 would have been the better choice sometimes. I'd like a bit more suspension travel and enough power to run 70 mph and still handle...
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