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Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) Yesterday, 03:15 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,744
Posted By DesertSurfer
Another pesky opinion...

First my compliments on how well you transitioned yourself during the get off and into your slide. High scores for composure. And the bike slid out equally as well.

My take is that you were front...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 03-01-2015, 06:29 PM
Replies: 19,348
Views: 8,059,455
Posted By DesertSurfer
Now here's where I get confused...

I don't understand when people bag on the looks of these bikes. I lust over them. This profile shot makes me instantly want to grab my bike and GTF out of here... head for a mountain jeep trail,...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 02-28-2015, 06:32 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 21,538
Posted By DesertSurfer
Order an SE from rim DID Dirtstar and have it...

Order an SE from rim DID Dirtstar and have it relaced with your stock stainless spokes. Low buck High quality fix.
Forum: Ride reports 02-28-2015, 12:22 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 7,114
Posted By DesertSurfer
Just stumbled on this... Ha, wondered how the...

Just stumbled on this... Ha, wondered how the trip went. I'm stuck getting rained on in Oregon right now so it's nice to see beautiful Baja stories! I like your choices of places to stay. More pics...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 02-27-2015, 12:22 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,425
Posted By DesertSurfer
Weather like that makes for a short riding...

Weather like that makes for a short riding season. I hope you didn't make a "cabin fever" call on clearing the garage out. The only thing worse than selling a well sorted 9xx is starting from scratch...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 02-27-2015, 12:14 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,024
Posted By DesertSurfer
Another thought... A modded Transalp. It's a v...

Another thought... A modded Transalp. It's a v twin that works well on long pavement stretches and with suspension mods give it better off road handling. If you check out the Transalp thread on...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 02-26-2015, 01:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,461
Posted By DesertSurfer
If it had a performance upgrade it may increase...

If it had a performance upgrade it may increase interest. And if it was significant like a 990 motor with FI then it might increase value.

Bodywork? Do you mean updated paint and graphics? Body...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 02-26-2015, 12:52 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,930
Posted By DesertSurfer
A Great 990 "To Do" List

I call my bike "The Rush"... Which about sums it all up.

The KTM 9xx's do have a way of making one feel like a drug addict, don't they?

Come on... You know what I'm talking about...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 02-21-2015, 01:07 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 666
Posted By DesertSurfer
/\ Exactly what he said!

/\ Exactly what he said!
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-20-2015, 02:51 PM
Replies: 6,077
Views: 1,066,587
Posted By DesertSurfer
Said TA/AT's will sell, believe me. I'm...

Said TA/AT's will sell, believe me.

I'm glad Honda is taking their time unlike KTM, which releases their bikes without enough product testing.

The longer Honda takes to R&D, the better in my...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 02-20-2015, 01:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,228
Posted By DesertSurfer
Along with adding a second fan, I found swapping...

Along with adding a second fan, I found swapping stock radiator grill for a screen type and using Engine Ice coolant help. Found all of these mods in concert made a noticeable difference.

Also...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 02-18-2015, 04:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 498
Posted By DesertSurfer
Glad you got it solved. I was trying to locate...

Glad you got it solved. I was trying to locate you a disc set through the CPR riders. Baja Rudy is an excellent source of info by the way, since he's from those parts... A great rider, a humble guy...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 02-18-2015, 02:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 523
Posted By DesertSurfer
The rubber overflow tube is a culprit in clouding...

The rubber overflow tube is a culprit in clouding up the reservoir with black hose residue. Once residue is removed you'll be fine.

Mine leaves small amounts of residue in my reservoir making me...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 02-17-2015, 09:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 943
Posted By DesertSurfer
If it's in sound condition... Buy that sum bich!

If it's in sound condition... Buy that sum bich!
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 02-15-2015, 09:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,237
Posted By DesertSurfer
Is his listed price per peg? I like Black!

Is his listed price per peg?

I like Black!
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 02-15-2015, 12:17 AM
Replies: 446
Views: 81,138
Posted By DesertSurfer
Damn, I was down in Baja in Dec. with a small...

Damn, I was down in Baja in Dec. with a small Rottweiler group led by Chris Parker and Rudy Iribe... all of us on 9xx Adventures. I would have loved to run into you on a desolate ride into a tiny...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-14-2015, 11:43 PM
Replies: 6,077
Views: 1,066,587
Posted By DesertSurfer
Hey Asshat, show me where I combined in the same...

Hey Asshat, show me where I combined in the same sentence what bike Meoni was riding when he passed away? So stop making bogus accusations based on your wrong assumptions and trying to create...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-14-2015, 02:41 PM
Replies: 6,077
Views: 1,066,587
Posted By DesertSurfer
Feel free to argue lame points...

The switch happened.... Whether you agree with it or not, it was a switch that happened for a reason.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-13-2015, 08:04 PM
Replies: 6,077
Views: 1,066,587
Posted By DesertSurfer
Re follow my post...

The concerns for safety were why they banned the big twins and reduced the bikes from 690 to 450. You had three very popular and well respected riders pass away within 3 months of each other. Sainct,...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-13-2015, 01:09 AM
Replies: 6,077
Views: 1,066,587
Posted By DesertSurfer
And to add...

When Fabrizio passed away during a stage at the Dakar that really emotionally hit hard the entire rally community and the race organizers. I think Ettiene had been contemplating how bike development,...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 02-12-2015, 10:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 597
Posted By DesertSurfer
9xx Adventure tank removal aid

I use a wheeled low mechanic's stool as a rest for my Adventure tanks when I pull them or re-install them.

http://phx.smugmug.com/Other/Local/i-kF6LqzR/0/M/image-M.jpg

I bought this from Harbor...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 02-12-2015, 12:10 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,054
Posted By DesertSurfer
Decals are by Decalmoto in Italy. Check out their...

Decals are by Decalmoto in Italy. Check out their .com website. They have rally replica decals and did custom colors for me.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-11-2015, 08:15 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 10,807
Posted By DesertSurfer
What I would tell him...

His seat looks like the gel seat. That seat is designed for warmer weather. When the outside temps go below 58f the gel gets cold and hard. So I can understand his complaint. But it's an easy fix. I...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 02-11-2015, 12:19 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,692
Posted By DesertSurfer
2nd fan works great but...

I've been running the 2nd fan for 5 plus years and it's great at shedding the heat off the motor at various conditions. But I've had problems with the cooler thermo switches blowing. I've gone...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 02-10-2015, 03:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,054
Posted By DesertSurfer
Tell me you're gonna ride it when you're done...

Regardless of said monkey... it's about how big is your wallet. And also how strong you are. Two main reasons. 1. A true rally replica needs the rear aux tanks, which are not easy to find and are not...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 02-09-2015, 09:44 PM
Replies: 11,639
Views: 2,514,717
Posted By DesertSurfer
Still a few victory blues out there... ...

Still a few victory blues out there...



http://phx.smugmug.com/Other/Local/i-S4DTPKx/0/L/image-L.jpg

http://phx.smugmug.com/Other/Baja-rides/i-76Mcd7N/0/L/image-L.jpg
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 02-04-2015, 06:04 PM
Replies: 11,639
Views: 2,514,717
Posted By DesertSurfer
Nice work JTMETZ

Don't forget to add a side stand relocator... And a real bashplate... Before you take it out over the rocky bits.

Good on ya for swapping out the hoses. I hear that Samco kit can be a tough fit....
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 01-31-2015, 07:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,259
Posted By DesertSurfer
It's why Doctors need 2nd opinions...

I treat my bike like a child... I wouldn't trust a doctor or mechanic with it without me hovering. And even then things can still slip through the cracks.

I don't think you can pin poor mechanic...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 01-31-2015, 02:33 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,924
Posted By DesertSurfer
+1 on the Scorpion Rally. I rode 1400 miles mixed...

+1 on the Scorpion Rally. I rode 1400 miles mixed dirt/ sand and tarmac from L.A. Ca. to Cabo on a set of them. They worked great and front only half worn. Rear was getting toasted.
Forum: Racing 01-28-2015, 11:48 PM
Replies: 11,280
Views: 840,134
Posted By DesertSurfer
Great news indeed...

Something to quench or rally thirst and to root for one of our own!

Yeah yeah!!!
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-28-2015, 07:58 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 10,807
Posted By DesertSurfer
Truth about KTM's...

1. KTM Adventure Twin Seats are fine with plenty of seat options available. Anyone owning a $17k bike who doesn't know how to sort out their seating, probably is in the wrong activity. Here's a...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-27-2015, 11:26 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 10,807
Posted By DesertSurfer
Oh really?

I just rode 1400 miles from Los Angeles, California to Cabo, Baja, Mexico on a 2004 KTM 950 Adventure that had 25,000 miles on it when I left... on an early stock seat.
...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 01-27-2015, 03:35 PM
Replies: 318
Views: 53,087
Posted By DesertSurfer
Some fun in pondering...

Is this an avenue for companies like KTM in the future... Hiring the likes of design creatives to reimagine a product for extending greater appeal.

I myself could easily see an SE effectively...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 01-27-2015, 03:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,506
Posted By DesertSurfer
Because I get shitty gas mileage...

I have a carbed 950 Adventure and my gas mileage fluctuates radically. Sure I can get 35 plus if I'm on a long flat freeway... But I can also get 28 or below if I'm riding nasty sand washes. My...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 01-25-2015, 12:38 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,676
Posted By DesertSurfer
There should be a fix...

Keep in mind this could be a problem that is fixable... It could be caused by an error in the smog connection or disconnection and/ or an ECU error. I've witnessed similar issued solved by having a...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 01-25-2015, 12:00 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,883
Posted By DesertSurfer
It's a Ferrari ( of Adventure bikes)...

Look, these bikes require a fair bit of dedication to stay up on them. The guys who are used to tearing dirt bikes down and going through them with a fine tooth comb will say these bikes are a piece...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 01-24-2015, 03:05 PM
Replies: 318
Views: 53,087
Posted By DesertSurfer
Oh my oh my...

Now I'm getting a taste of this devil...
Forum: Racing 01-22-2015, 07:38 PM
Replies: 11,280
Views: 840,134
Posted By DesertSurfer
What more...

That's about the perfect topper to following a Dakar... National rookie takes 3rd and shows up at your hang then gives you an hour.

And I love his t shirt! Mad props!!!

TP has the look of a...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 01-21-2015, 11:13 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,676
Posted By DesertSurfer
Programmability...

The 950 is a great bike. And you have some variables to help boost performance, adding hi pro exhaust, open air filter and re jetting. You can gain a few more horses... at the sacrifice of fuel...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 01-19-2015, 10:21 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 21,538
Posted By DesertSurfer
Big Thumbs Up!

Keep on trailblazing for us Donnie!!!
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