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Forum: Vendors 05-10-2015, 07:46 PM
Replies: 1,672
Views: 294,478
Posted By dman
DR650 seat

I just got back from a 3 day 850 mile ride on my new SeatConcepts DR650 standard seat. In a nutshell, seat comfort was a non-issue. A great investment and about 1/2 the cost of the other guys' seats....
Forum: Thumpers 05-09-2015, 01:16 PM
Replies: 109,428
Views: 21,985,554
Posted By dman
Correction - they are petroglyphs (carved) not...

Correction - they are petroglyphs (carved) not pictographs (painted). Though unfortunately there is vandalism of both varieties.
Forum: Thumpers 05-09-2015, 12:32 PM
Replies: 109,428
Views: 21,985,554
Posted By dman
Sometimes I think I spend more time on this...

Sometimes I think I spend more time on this thread than riding but I did get out on a good 3 day, 850 mile ride last week. Perfect timing too, as most of the Sierra passes which had finally opened...
Forum: Australia 05-09-2015, 11:40 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,582
Posted By dman
Here's a screenshot while I was riding my DR650...

Here's a screenshot while I was riding my DR650 with the Neutrino. Voltage and ambient temp are coming from the Black Box. The temp sensor is on a long wire and I have it routed out to the underside...
Forum: Equipment 05-08-2015, 10:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,049
Posted By dman
Icon Variant is close

I wear a medium Signet Q and have worn this shape Arai (Profile, Signet, etc) for decades. I also have an Icon Variant and it fits very well, though it's slightly looser (not sure of the size) so...
Forum: Australia 05-08-2015, 01:57 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,582
Posted By dman
Hi ... I'm in the US, not Australia - and, FULL...

Hi ... I'm in the US, not Australia - and, FULL DISCLOSURE - I'm a friend of the Neutrino developer. I have a Black Box in my truck with camper and also on my DR650. Even if I'm not actually powering...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-08-2015, 12:56 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,450
Posted By dman
+1 for Benton Hot Springs.

+1 for Benton Hot Springs.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-08-2015, 08:54 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 970
Posted By dman
If you have to decide between a southern route...

If you have to decide between a southern route (25, 198, 178 etc) or the route you have mapped, I'd stay north. Tehachapi ain't that exciting on a bike (though neither are Tucson or Tonopah; I've...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-08-2015, 08:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 415
Posted By dman
Based on this Spring so far, I would have said it...

Based on this Spring so far, I would have said it should be pretty mild, but there was pretty decent snow yesterday. All the seasonal passes that just opened are closed again. I have experienced...
Forum: Thumpers 05-07-2015, 09:09 PM
Replies: 109,428
Views: 21,985,554
Posted By dman
I also mis-spelled "principles" so I probably...

I also mis-spelled "principles" so I probably deserve a demerit.

-dman
Forum: Thumpers 05-07-2015, 05:31 PM
Replies: 109,428
Views: 21,985,554
Posted By dman
Torque wrenches

There's been lots of good advice here but it's always useful to go back to first principals. 36 ft-lbs is 25 lbs force applied on an 18" lever arm (18" = 1.5' and 1.5 x 25 = 36 or close enough). So...
Forum: Thumpers 05-07-2015, 05:16 PM
Replies: 109,428
Views: 21,985,554
Posted By dman
I don't think I ever got a record player that I...

I don't think I ever got a record player that I had taken apart, back together. Nor a clock (the kind with springs and gears, not a little black plastic box with batteries and an electric motor). But...
Forum: Thumpers 05-06-2015, 08:35 AM
Replies: 109,428
Views: 21,985,554
Posted By dman
When I took my test, the DMV guy asked me to ride...

When I took my test, the DMV guy asked me to ride counterclockwise around the outer perimeter of the parking lot, upshifting to at least 3rd or 4th gear, then downshift to 1st as I came back around...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-05-2015, 10:20 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,436
Posted By dman
I rode Sonora, Monitor and Ebbetts this weekend,...

I rode Sonora, Monitor and Ebbetts this weekend, but had to get home before Tioga opened. Experienced a brief and painful 44 degree hailstorm on 120 east of 395 ... it went from sunny and about 80,...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-05-2015, 10:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 685
Posted By dman
It's all good indeed. But although Northern CA is...

It's all good indeed. But although Northern CA is beautiful and can indeed be less crowded, one aspect of motowest's route is the variety: the coast highway ( note that is NOT called the PCH much...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-05-2015, 09:56 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 970
Posted By dman
Lots of good suggestions already ... I just rode...

Lots of good suggestions already ... I just rode over Hwy 89 and 4 from near Bishop on Saturday, and there was basically no traffic. 120 wasn't open yet (it is now) but it does have more and slow...
Forum: Thumpers 05-04-2015, 08:51 PM
Replies: 109,428
Views: 21,985,554
Posted By dman
Thanks - I like this look too and think it should...

Thanks - I like this look too and think it should work well on a DR. By the, those look like Shinko 705's not 205's.
Forum: Thumpers 05-04-2015, 02:36 PM
Replies: 109,428
Views: 21,985,554
Posted By dman
Wider rear tires and rims - also seat

So is the implication that a 150/70 bulges out more on the stock rim and actually has less clearance than on a wider rim? I am considering going to "milder" tires on my DR since the reality is that...
Forum: Thumpers 05-02-2015, 07:27 AM
Replies: 109,428
Views: 21,985,554
Posted By dman
I'm sure I had the same issue. I had about 20...

I'm sure I had the same issue. I had about 20 miles on reserve and after removing the fuel line and pulling it down until fuel started to flow again, then reattaching it, it started almost instantly....
Forum: Thumpers 05-01-2015, 09:10 PM
Replies: 109,428
Views: 21,985,554
Posted By dman
IMS tank capacity

So a while ago there was discussion on the need to rotate the carb fuel inet with an IMS tank to eliminate a high spot in the line. I adjusted my fuel line length but felt no need to rotate the...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 04-25-2015, 10:30 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,250
Posted By dman
The last few years I have had bad luck finding...

The last few years I have had bad luck finding ANY avaiable sites at the campgrounds right on Hwy 1 between Cambria and Monterey (without a reservation). Realistically, if you leave LA in the morning...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 04-25-2015, 10:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 904
Posted By dman
I have gone from 88 to 4 and vice versa many...

I have gone from 88 to 4 and vice versa many times, but not for years, though I doubt that any routes are closed. From Hwy 4, take 7N09, cross Winton Rd and head down to cross the Mokulumne River at...
Forum: Thumpers 04-23-2015, 12:18 PM
Replies: 109,428
Views: 21,985,554
Posted By dman
DR650 in Santa Cruz??

I saw a nice DR with Acerbis tank (I think, not IMS) parked on Pacific Ave in Santa Cruz yesterday. Inmate here?

-dman
Forum: Thumpers 04-18-2015, 10:35 PM
Replies: 109,428
Views: 21,985,554
Posted By dman
Backup camera

See PM.
Forum: Thumpers 04-16-2015, 09:31 AM
Replies: 109,428
Views: 21,985,554
Posted By dman
Funny, that's how I feel when I visit my wife's...

Funny, that's how I feel when I visit my wife's family in Western Mass and central CT in the summer, then come home to California.

-dman
Forum: Thumpers 04-08-2015, 11:35 AM
Replies: 109,428
Views: 21,985,554
Posted By dman
Me too. My'06 is like your '04. But these are...

Me too. My'06 is like your '04. But these are listed by Oneida Suzuki (missing years don't seem to be available in white). Maybe it's just different BNG.

#1-2 2000-01 COVER WHITE 51811-32E00-30H ...
Forum: Thumpers 04-08-2015, 10:52 AM
Replies: 109,428
Views: 21,985,554
Posted By dman
Headlight cowl??

I'm thinking of converting from blue to white plastics. Fenders are readily available with several options (OEM, DSA, super too front etc), side panels are already white, and my tank is the...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 04-06-2015, 08:46 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,095
Posted By dman
I've been through N-F many times and it's never...

I've been through N-F many times and it's never been closed, and I've never seen a guard at the entrance. But I have see temporary closures of the side roads in the base. YMMV. N-F is a great way...
Forum: Thumpers 04-04-2015, 10:55 AM
Replies: 109,428
Views: 21,985,554
Posted By dman
SeatConcepts

I saw a couple of questions on SeatConcepts ... I just bought their standard height seat, but before I pulled the trigger I just called them and got all my questions answered. I'd talk to them and...
Forum: Thumpers 04-04-2015, 09:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 472
Posted By dman
Oh, one other point. The guy I bought the DR from...

Oh, one other point. The guy I bought the DR from was quite a bit shorter than me and it had a lowered seat on it. I only lasted a few weeks on that seat and it was unbearably thin and I felt every...
Forum: Thumpers 04-04-2015, 09:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 472
Posted By dman
Hi - I'm taller - 5'11" or so with 32"...

Hi -

I'm taller - 5'11" or so with 32" inseam. However, I found touring on my DR that seat to foot peg was cramped. I'm not a young guy and have this problem on all my bikes, and a foot peg...
Forum: Road warriors 04-02-2015, 08:02 AM
Replies: 500
Views: 113,172
Posted By dman
Thanks for more impressions. I have a 650 dual...

Thanks for more impressions. I have a 650 dual sport and an older air-cooled Ducati, so I am really tempted by a good combo of their characteristics, but not as hard-edged as the original air-cooled...
Forum: Road warriors 04-01-2015, 12:20 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 8,178
Posted By dman
TR650 has a Safari tank available too, which...

TR650 has a Safari tank available too, which makes range a non-issue. And TR650 Strada has ABS also. OTOH it's kind of an orphan, but that also be a non-issue. A friend who is a year-round commuter...
Forum: Road warriors 04-01-2015, 07:38 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 8,178
Posted By dman
I was doing 80 miles (40 each way) and it was...

I was doing 80 miles (40 each way) and it was fine. Remember, a lot of these miles are lane splitting and I keep under 30 mph for that. Also, I mentioned the big aftermarket tank. Dual sport thumpers...
Forum: Road warriors 03-31-2015, 10:11 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 8,178
Posted By dman
I just noticed this thread. I have owned a '99...

I just noticed this thread. I have owned a '99 M900 since new, also have a DL650 and DR650 (more recent acquisitions). I have commuted all over the west/South Bay, most recently from Santa Cruz to...
Forum: Road warriors 03-31-2015, 09:33 PM
Replies: 500
Views: 113,172
Posted By dman
Thanks, this is good to know. I have an...

Thanks, this is good to know. I have an air-cooled Ducati 900 so I have some reference. But the Hyperstrada that I rode in 2013 was pretty jerky, though not unrideable. Sounds like there has been an...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 03-31-2015, 08:45 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,557
Posted By dman
Hi there Hans! Well, this is closer to home...

Hi there Hans!

Well, this is closer to home than last year's rally in Colorado, so I have no excuse not to attend. I may be selling my Wee, but I do have another Suzuki 650 which should be OK,...
Forum: Road warriors 03-31-2015, 04:42 PM
Replies: 500
Views: 113,172
Posted By dman
So almost two years ago I test rode the 'Strada...

So almost two years ago I test rode the 'Strada http://http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=21282587&postcount=143, but decided to keep with my current fleet, but now I'm feeling the urge...
Forum: Thumpers 03-31-2015, 04:21 PM
Replies: 109,428
Views: 21,985,554
Posted By dman
Interesting, I put the darts at the back (behind...

Interesting, I put the darts at the back (behind the fuel cap). That seemed to match the shape of the tank better, though I may tweak it again. I also sewed my loops at the bottom of the bags. It was...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 03-30-2015, 09:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,058
Posted By dman
Get a map. The paper kind, and not a DeLorme type...

Get a map. The paper kind, and not a DeLorme type of atlas which shows too many roads, some of which are private. The old AAA "Bay and River Area" was great, but I'm sure a good book store or even...
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