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Forum: Thumpers 08-07-2014, 01:54 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 9,005
Posted By Trail Boss
Do you really believe you are making a fair...

Do you really believe you are making a fair comparison? Is it fair to compare the reliability (and maintenance requirements) of a street legal dirt bike - basically a race bike with lights, blinkers,...
Forum: Thumpers 08-07-2014, 01:15 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 9,005
Posted By Trail Boss
What's wrong with that? It appears to me that KTM...

What's wrong with that? It appears to me that KTM is doing a fine job - they are giving the market a variety of choices in this category and are constantly updating their products.

I've seen this...
Forum: Thumpers 07-27-2014, 10:08 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,393
Posted By Trail Boss
The DRZ is in the dual sport bike category - it's...

The DRZ is in the dual sport bike category - it's not one of the street legal dirt bikes. Don't get me wrong, the DRZ is a fine motorcycle but at 320lbs it's a handful in tight or technical terrain....
Forum: Thumpers 07-27-2014, 07:17 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,393
Posted By Trail Boss
3 categories

You might find it useful to think of dual sport bikes as basically consisting of 3 categories:


street legal dirt bikes
dual sport bikes
adventure bike

The street legal dirt bike class is...
Forum: Thumpers 07-15-2014, 11:35 AM
Replies: 23,989
Views: 4,082,420
Posted By Trail Boss
I bought a DRZ specifically as a project to see...

I bought a DRZ specifically as a project to see how much it could be improved as a dual sport adventure bike for the type of riding I do. In particular, I added the ACT gears, a big bore kit, a Lynx...
Forum: Thumpers 06-27-2014, 01:24 PM
Replies: 369
Views: 20,478
Posted By Trail Boss
You make an interesting argument. The Japanese...

You make an interesting argument. The Japanese manufacturers compete in every other segment - MX, Street, and Cruisers - on performance, not price, yet you argue they are not capable of competing on...
Forum: Thumpers 06-27-2014, 06:14 AM
Replies: 369
Views: 20,478
Posted By Trail Boss
The fact of the matter is that for serious...

The fact of the matter is that for serious off-road riding there are better choices than the DRZ. I agree with Dukeryder - trying to make the DRZ perform like a KTM 500 is going to be very expensive...
Forum: Thumpers 06-24-2014, 06:15 PM
Replies: 369
Views: 20,478
Posted By Trail Boss
It's all merely opinion. I've given mine. ...

It's all merely opinion. I've given mine. Others have given theirs. You have yours. Until someone comes up with a standard for judging "outdated" that the majority agrees to accept as the...
Forum: Thumpers 06-24-2014, 04:08 PM
Replies: 369
Views: 20,478
Posted By Trail Boss
I don't think the DRZ is outdated. I was...

I don't think the DRZ is outdated. I was pointing out that others who do consider it outdated use a different definition of "outdated" than I.

I am hesitant to speak for those who consider the...
Forum: Thumpers 06-23-2014, 12:12 PM
Replies: 369
Views: 20,478
Posted By Trail Boss
Introducing the DR-Z440w...

Introducing the DR-Z440w (http://texasadventure.net/bikes-and-gear/drz400s-adventure/introducing-the-dr-z440w/) - a 434cc DRZ with a wide ratio transmission







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Forum: Thumpers 06-23-2014, 11:52 AM
Replies: 369
Views: 20,478
Posted By Trail Boss
Agreed. Price is an important factor for most...

Agreed. Price is an important factor for most people when making a buying decision. That's why I include it as a component of my definition of "outdated".
Forum: Thumpers 06-23-2014, 08:59 AM
Replies: 369
Views: 20,478
Posted By Trail Boss
Agreed. That's why it's important to agree on a...

Agreed. That's why it's important to agree on a definition for "outdated".



It appears that you have decided to use the definition of "outdated" to mean "compared to the technology on other...
Forum: Thumpers 06-23-2014, 08:43 AM
Replies: 369
Views: 20,478
Posted By Trail Boss
I ride with a few guys that have KTM690s. They...

I ride with a few guys that have KTM690s. They have variously added skid plates, larger aftermarket gas tanks, resprung and revalved suspension, upgraded seats, windscreen, remapping, and so on......
Forum: Thumpers 06-23-2014, 08:04 AM
Replies: 369
Views: 20,478
Posted By Trail Boss
It seems to me that "outdated" is a relative term...

It seems to me that "outdated" is a relative term - outdated compared to what?

If your definition of "outdated" is "compared to the technology currently available" then, yes, the DRZ is outdated....
Forum: Thumpers 06-23-2014, 05:56 AM
Replies: 369
Views: 20,478
Posted By Trail Boss
That's the quote I was thinking of. Thank you.

That's the quote I was thinking of. Thank you.
Forum: Thumpers 06-22-2014, 08:29 PM
Replies: 369
Views: 20,478
Posted By Trail Boss
I read it in an interview with Travis published...

I read it in an interview with Travis published in one of the motocross magazines. He didn't mention it in the interview but my guess is that Travis would not be able to run multiple laps on the DRZ...
Forum: Thumpers 06-22-2014, 07:10 PM
Replies: 369
Views: 20,478
Posted By Trail Boss
Travis Pastrana

When Travis Pastrana was still racing motocross he said he was only 1 second per lap slower on a DRZ than on his works RM. I'm sure he was talking about the E model, but still, that put things in...
Forum: Thumpers 04-29-2014, 02:57 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,293
Posted By Trail Boss
Food for thought

Walter Colebatch has written a series of 3 articles about Adv bike selection for extreme off-roading (riding across Siberia). Whether you ultimately agree or disagree with him, his logic and...
Forum: Thumpers 04-29-2014, 02:46 PM
Replies: 23,989
Views: 4,082,420
Posted By Trail Boss
I've not seen a direct comparison. Bobwest wrote...

I've not seen a direct comparison. Bobwest wrote a review of the Nova (http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/914780-drz-400-wide-range-gearbox/?hl=%20nova#!GwDrd)on Thumpertalk. Last year, after...
Forum: Thumpers 04-29-2014, 02:04 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,293
Posted By Trail Boss
There's nothing left

Unfortunately, there is no perfect bike that will exactly fit your scenario. Every option out there will be a compromise in some way. It really comes down to where you want to make exceptions -...
Forum: Thumpers 04-29-2014, 11:45 AM
Replies: 23,989
Views: 4,082,420
Posted By Trail Boss
I understand now. Your sexist remark was meant to...

I understand now. Your sexist remark was meant to imply that others on here are sexist. Thank you for the clarification.



Hmmm, makes one wonder if there might be reasons beside sexism why...
Forum: Thumpers 04-29-2014, 09:59 AM
Replies: 23,989
Views: 4,082,420
Posted By Trail Boss
What a blatantly sexist statement. You seem to...

What a blatantly sexist statement. You seem to be in the wrong forum. This is Thumpers - Jo Mamma is down in the basement.
Forum: Thumpers 04-29-2014, 06:55 AM
Replies: 23,989
Views: 4,082,420
Posted By Trail Boss
I thought the same thing when I read his post.

I thought the same thing when I read his post.
Forum: Thumpers 04-29-2014, 06:52 AM
Replies: 23,989
Views: 4,082,420
Posted By Trail Boss
I don't know how "good" it was. It's just the...

I don't know how "good" it was. It's just the facts.
Forum: Thumpers 04-29-2014, 06:19 AM
Replies: 23,989
Views: 4,082,420
Posted By Trail Boss
Stand by your original assumption if you must. ...

Stand by your original assumption if you must. It doesn't change the fact that unless you have personal knowledge of his finances your assumption is just that and has no basis of fact.
Forum: Thumpers 04-29-2014, 05:38 AM
Replies: 23,989
Views: 4,082,420
Posted By Trail Boss
Don't assume someone can't afford something just...

Don't assume someone can't afford something just because they point out that it isn't cheap.
Forum: Thumpers 04-28-2014, 01:37 PM
Replies: 23,989
Views: 4,082,420
Posted By Trail Boss
Yes

ACT came out with the wide ratio transmission for the DRZ about 2 years ago. Here is the link to the main thread about it ...
Forum: Thumpers 03-25-2014, 06:24 AM
Replies: 23,989
Views: 4,082,420
Posted By Trail Boss
My opinion is that a nearly stock DRZ is limited...

My opinion is that a nearly stock DRZ is limited as an adventure bike, mostly due to the narrow range transmission, uncomfortable seat, and lack of wind protection.

Again my opinion, but a stock...
Forum: Thumpers 03-17-2014, 09:26 AM
Replies: 789
Views: 274,097
Posted By Trail Boss
The Mountains of Arkansas

Two DRZs on an rarely used forest service "road" in the Ouchita Mountains of southwest Arkansas....
Forum: Thumpers 03-17-2014, 09:23 AM
Replies: 789
Views: 274,097
Posted By Trail Boss
Crossing the Colorado

This is a low water crossing of the Colorado River in central Texas.
http://www.richgibbens.com/Adventure/Motorcycle-Adventure/Crossing-the-Colorado-Feb-2013/i-4LCXKsV/0/L/Rich1-L.jpg
Forum: Thumpers 03-10-2014, 08:02 PM
Replies: 789
Views: 274,097
Posted By Trail Boss
DRZ in Big Bend

This is my friend Milton riding the DRZ on River Road in Big Bend National Park.
http://www.richgibbens.com/Adventure/Motorcycle-Adventure/2014-Around-the-Bend/i-FcMKscP/0/L/_1010937-L.jpg

...
Forum: Thumpers 02-20-2014, 01:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,054
Posted By Trail Boss
Me too

I had one on my Husky TE610 for 3 years and it was the best solution for me. I tried 3 other windscreens on the Husky before getting the Lynx and the Lynx was, by far, the best overall solution.
...
Forum: Thumpers 02-05-2014, 06:08 AM
Replies: 23,989
Views: 4,082,420
Posted By Trail Boss
Adjustable tripometers

I learned something interesting about my DRZ this past weekend; I did not know that the tripometers are adjustable up or down to accommodate running different size tires/wheels.

Near the end of a...
Forum: Thumpers 01-18-2014, 06:49 AM
Replies: 10,079
Views: 446,297
Posted By Trail Boss
In line with the previous logic, it would be okay...

In line with the previous logic, it would be okay to buy anything Yamaha has designed or approved to be used with the WR such as a Yamaha sold bashplate, big tank, etc.

However, taking the logic...
Forum: Thumpers 01-18-2014, 04:31 AM
Replies: 10,079
Views: 446,297
Posted By Trail Boss
Applying that same logic, you shouldn't make any...

Applying that same logic, you shouldn't make any changes or additions to your bike. Want to add a skid plate? Trust the engineers at Yamaha - if the WR needed, and would work with, a skid plate...
Forum: Thumpers 09-24-2013, 02:29 PM
Replies: 23,989
Views: 4,082,420
Posted By Trail Boss
Here's what happens when you ride on the dirt...

Here's what happens when you ride on the dirt with hard bags - broken ankle.

http://www.richgibbensphotography.com/Adventure/Motorcycle-Adventure/2013-Around-the-Bend/i-MXRXbQg/0/M/P1010137-M.jpg...
Forum: Thumpers 04-06-2013, 07:10 AM
Replies: 23,989
Views: 4,082,420
Posted By Trail Boss
In 2009 a group of 50 riders went riding in the...

In 2009 a group of 50 riders went riding in the mountains of northeast Mexico, south of Monterrey. Pete was riding a DRZ SM with knobby tires.
...
Forum: Thumpers 03-18-2013, 10:49 AM
Replies: 23,989
Views: 4,082,420
Posted By Trail Boss
Airhawk

I've been using an Airhawk (small cruiser size) for about 8 years. During that time I have used it on a KLR, DRZ, Wee Strom, and most recently on my Husky TE610. I really like the comfort that the...
Forum: Thumpers 01-11-2013, 12:43 PM
Replies: 3,521
Views: 689,335
Posted By Trail Boss
All of the performance numbers I have posted are...

All of the performance numbers I have posted are from Motorcycle Consumer News. They are the motorcycling industry's version of Consumer Reports. Every motorcycle they test is subjected to the same...
Forum: Thumpers 01-10-2013, 05:26 AM
Replies: 3,521
Views: 689,335
Posted By Trail Boss
Here are the rear wheel horsepower #s from the...

Here are the rear wheel horsepower #s from the performance index.
Strom 650 - 62.0 hp
TR 650 - 47.9 hp
KTM 690 - 46.21 hp
G650 XMoto - 45.5 hp
F650GS - 42.3 hp
Sertao - 42.15 hp
KLR 650 - 36.1...
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