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Forum: Thumpers 03-04-2006, 01:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,436
Posted By paulsax
you know...

Few years ago I rode to alask with a airhead mounted buddy. Met several folks on the 650 and had a chance to look them over pretty closely. Did'nt think much about it until my partner dumped it on...
Forum: Thumpers 03-03-2006, 12:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,291
Posted By paulsax
no prob

skagway to anchorage is easy. You can call ahead to anchorage honda and have stuff like tires waiting for you if needed. Nice campground in whitehorse if you're on bikes (I think it's the robert...
Forum: Thumpers 03-03-2006, 11:56 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 8,528
Posted By paulsax
Thumb Go for it

Did alaska on my XR650L. You will get monkey butt so plan a few rest days
in places like whitehorse. Resist the urge to stack high. Makes an already tall bike real tippy. Bring a spare chain. ...
Forum: Orange Crush 02-28-2006, 12:59 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 7,105
Posted By paulsax
for what it's worth

Most discussion of weight is somewhat misleading for riding purposes because moment of inertia is actually to a very large extent what you feel. MOI is just a
measure of how the mass is distributed...
Forum: Orange Crush 09-20-2005, 01:49 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,623
Posted By paulsax
For what it's worth. I'm a longtime oregon rider...

For what it's worth. I'm a longtime oregon rider living in west texas right now. BTW
there are more deer here than in Oregon by a huge margin, I'm still shocked. I've
had a good few run ins...
Forum: Orange Crush 09-19-2005, 09:48 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,246
Posted By paulsax
Sounds odd but keep in mind that the times of the...

Sounds odd but keep in mind that the times of the year when the haul road is
motorcycle happy (summer-ish) you won't even need a headlight. Infact alaska
in the summer is light enough until...
Forum: Orange Crush 09-18-2005, 05:41 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,246
Posted By paulsax
If you plan to do Prudoe Bay... Go with the...

If you plan to do Prudoe Bay...
Go with the high fender kit. When it gets mucky it gets
real mucky. Also you may not need the fuel cell. Longest
bit with no fuel is 252 miles by my booze soaked...
Forum: Thumpers 09-01-2005, 03:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,081
Posted By paulsax
Have 2 seats for my 650L. First is a redone...

Have 2 seats for my 650L. First is a redone stocker (foam and cover) and
second is a Corbin. Corbin is OK. Not water proof and terrible fit.
Called their customer service and they really are...
Forum: Face plant 08-21-2005, 07:29 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,636
Posted By paulsax
been in this postion twice and I hope no more. ...

been in this postion twice and I hope no more. The above first aid comments are all good but a couple things left out in my experience. First I keep getting the out cold victims. When somebody...
Forum: Orange Crush 08-21-2005, 07:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 909
Posted By paulsax
while you're at it

have a good look at your fork tubes (the inner tube that is real smooth) and make sure it has no rock dings. This will pull a bit of fluid out every stroke.
Forum: Orange Crush 08-18-2005, 01:44 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,037
Posted By paulsax
On just about every bike I've ever had dropping...

On just about every bike I've ever had dropping the clamp down the tubes by a
full inch is a massive adjustment. On track bikes that is a really big (dangerous?)
move. It alters the attitude...
Forum: Thumpers 07-11-2005, 12:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,495
Posted By paulsax
What about...?

My understanding on the 525 and liekly 400/450 is that the top
2 gears are real thin and intended for transfers and such, not hwy use.
I know you can get a wide ratio tranny for dual sporting...
Forum: Thumpers 07-11-2005, 12:27 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,403
Posted By paulsax
crazy japanese guy

Met a Japanese (did I spell that right?) guy in the middle of nowhere alaska on a DR650 couple years ago. He flew with his girl friend to LA and bought 2 Dr's. Rode to alaska and then was heading...
Forum: Thumpers 07-06-2005, 09:45 AM
Replies: 258
Views: 104,454
Posted By paulsax
another 650L setup

I had no money when I did mine so thak that into account. To start with
I had additional supports welded alongside the existing subframe. THese used to be a weak point on the XR's and I planned...
Forum: Orange Crush 05-24-2005, 01:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,376
Posted By paulsax
worth consideration

WOrth a look to see how much a pro suspension outfit
will charge you. I plan on a 950 and also plan on taking it to my suspension
guy on day 2. I've personally always found it's well worth the...
Forum: Thumpers 04-25-2005, 01:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,150
Posted By paulsax
don't forget......

all the above bikes and thoughts are good ones. Now for the really
important bit! If you like your girlfriend and want to keep things happy
at home have somebody else teach her (at least the...
Forum: Thumpers 02-07-2005, 04:09 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,044
Posted By paulsax
I suspect that what you use is perhaps less...

I suspect that what you use is perhaps less important than regular lube/adjustment/cleaning, assuming of course that your choice does not eat o-rings. Personally Ive used just about every lube out...
Forum: Orange Crush 02-03-2005, 09:46 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,730
Posted By paulsax
one more for the dim

Picture this,
Pumping diesel at some middle of I-5 stop with
my KTM 200exc in the back of the truck. THis guy
walks up quietly behind me and is standing there looking
at the bike.

me: hey,...
Forum: Thumpers 01-22-2005, 03:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,025
Posted By paulsax
Had a similar idea myself a while back and a...

Had a similar idea myself a while back and a dealer who I trust cringed. The lack of a cush hub is a big issue but perhaps bigger is that for packaging reasons some of the tranny gears are teeny and...
Forum: Orange Crush 01-13-2005, 12:04 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,231
Posted By paulsax
[QUOTE=Flanny]Interesting discussion. ...

[QUOTE=Flanny]Interesting discussion.


Could a responsible n00b still be ok? Of course...but if I am to make a recommendation, I would NEVER suggest a 950 to start (Can you imagine if your...
Forum: Orange Crush 01-13-2005, 10:40 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,231
Posted By paulsax
Frankly with 7K miles under your belt noob may...

Frankly with 7K miles under your belt noob may not be the right term. If you are careful enough that you had few probs with the bmw than there is no reason why you would have any on the 950. Well...
Forum: Orange Crush 01-13-2005, 07:18 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,231
Posted By paulsax
Not that I want to piss gas on a fire but a...

Not that I want to piss gas on a fire but a thought. Last highway safety data (that I've seen) indicates that the demo group goofing themselves up fastest is the over 40 crowd either getting a first...
Forum: Thumpers 01-13-2005, 06:48 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 806
Posted By paulsax
Talking I am a sissy

Realization strikes! In 2000 I rode my XR650 from Oregon to Alaska. At every stop I was confronted by those thinking I was nuts. Picture guy in Prudoe Bay, "You made it up here on that!?". Flash...
Forum: Orange Crush 11-18-2004, 09:44 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,973
Posted By paulsax
albany dealer

Just so you know the KTM guy in albany does not handle the LC8 bikes.
He is a good guy and honest but he can't help on the 950. Now on the
other hand I suspect you could ask him who he'd take a...
Forum: Orange Crush 08-10-2004, 06:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,128
Posted By paulsax
OK here's a racing tidbit that is claimed true by...

OK here's a racing tidbit that is claimed true by the originator.

Seems that back in the racing stone ages Ferraris were planned to be raced
in the US for the first (or some of the first) time. ...
Forum: Orange Crush 08-09-2004, 01:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,128
Posted By paulsax
The cig advert bans in many countries has...

The cig advert bans in many countries has resulted in lots of "clever"
ad disguises. Much like Go!!!!!!! on the KTM you can see Go!!!!!!!
on Val Rossi's yamaha. Other good ones include

WEST...
Forum: Thumpers 08-09-2004, 07:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 545
Posted By paulsax
I only replace as a set on my vrf and that is...

I only replace as a set on my vrf and that is because I seems to wear them out at the same rate. On everything else I've replaced as needed and never as a set. I like the avons for bikes like the...
Forum: Thumpers 08-06-2004, 12:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,583
Posted By paulsax
This website might help a little. ...

This website might help a little.

http://www.4strokes.com/tech/racesag.asp

In a nutshell set your sag up for you and your gear sitting on the bike.
Get a buddy to measure. THen set up you...
Forum: Orange Crush 08-06-2004, 06:36 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,149
Posted By paulsax
another option that may work is the Dunlop desert...

another option that may work is the Dunlop desert tires
like the 695AT. Squirm on pavement badly but pretty tough with
a very stiff sidewall. I ran a loaded XR650L on a flat rear
for about 10...
Forum: Thumpers 08-04-2004, 01:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 728
Posted By paulsax
Talking Thanks for the info gentlemen. I've sent email...

Thanks for the info gentlemen. I've sent email to
moto-sport and happy trails and hope to hear back soon.

thanks

p
Forum: Thumpers 08-04-2004, 12:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 728
Posted By paulsax
Question XR650R Hardcases?

Greetings all,

I'm looking for a new touring bike and like the thumper idea but want to
address some issues I've run into before. Question for all: Has anyone mounted hardcases like the...
Forum: Orange Crush 08-02-2004, 08:23 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,850
Posted By paulsax
THe guys above who mentioned the chain tension...

THe guys above who mentioned the chain tension are hitting the nail
on the head. Too tight and you will cut you life by quite a bit especially
with a big or heavy bike. I like the 3 finger rule...
Forum: Orange Crush 07-22-2004, 09:14 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,158
Posted By paulsax
Question Another possible option

THis might not work with the 950 but somebody can confirm or deny by inspection or experiment. On many bikes the subframe is designed to
pivot around the upper mount and be held up by the lower...
Forum: Orange Crush 07-22-2004, 07:15 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,601
Posted By paulsax
sort of related

As many of you know some bikes are in"famous" for loading
of subframes. The Suzuki Hi-way-abuse-a is known for the load bearing exhaust system (so a aftermarket pipe is bad so Suzuki says). Also...
Forum: Orange Crush 07-22-2004, 06:58 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,158
Posted By paulsax
one further consideration

Another consideration in the "S" v. "non S" is that should you have an inkling of having your suspension revalved/sprung, a good suspension tuner can really do something with the extra inch of...
Forum: Orange Crush 07-19-2004, 08:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,368
Posted By paulsax
hey all another thing worth considering is that...

hey all another thing worth considering is that most of the seat height
issue for many (most?) folks is a mental comfort thing. I'm one of the
30" inseam crowd and found that a bit of time was all...
Forum: Orange Crush 07-15-2004, 12:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 663
Posted By paulsax
I found that I wasted the 739 on my YZ 426 very...

I found that I wasted the 739 on my YZ 426 very quickly but on the

other hand it proved surprisingly grippy on the road (I should'nt have I know).
I suspect that it would work OK but the sidewall...
Forum: Beasts 06-30-2004, 09:48 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 8,523
Posted By paulsax
another bead breaker option

Sounds kind of dumb but it works. A C-clamp works as a bead breaker
just fine and is potentially smaller than a dedicated breaker. Might be sort of heavy but I suppose you could drill some holes...
Forum: Thumpers 05-12-2004, 02:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,869
Posted By paulsax
keep in mind...

One thing worth considering is that some things on bikes are easy to change and some are not. Keep in mind that a bike with quality suspension that is too stiff/soft is better than a bike with iffy...
Forum: Orange Crush 05-12-2004, 02:13 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,942
Posted By paulsax
I might be cynical but....

I've heard more than once from a dealer of something that next year supplies will be down and the price will be going up. Hell I was advised a couple weeks ago that I better buy a ZX-10 now because...
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