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Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-02-2015, 12:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 312
Posted By PeterW
If you plan on riding off the seal, stick with...

If you plan on riding off the seal, stick with soft luggage ?. (Or plan to leave the cases in the tent when you go exploring).

Touring long distances on seal hard cases do make sense, off road...
Forum: Equipment 06-28-2015, 11:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 444
Posted By PeterW
I've had a similar vest for three summers here. ...

I've had a similar vest for three summers here.

It works well enough. It's not powered, so there are limits, but turning stinking hot day into something that feels more like spring, yeah works...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-28-2015, 01:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,136
Posted By PeterW
I own a DL 650, I've only ridden a Versys,...

I own a DL 650, I've only ridden a Versys, swapped with the owner for an hour or so. Either of us on the DL was faster.

The Versys has more 'character' but the DL was the quicker bike and not by a...
Forum: The Garage 06-27-2015, 10:44 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 309
Posted By PeterW
Mo power

Mo power
Forum: Equipment 06-25-2015, 12:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 472
Posted By PeterW
My wife tried on my Forma Adventures, they fitted...

My wife tried on my Forma Adventures, they fitted her well.

She wanted something a bit more casual for work, but the adjustable straps were a clear win here as they can cope with a wide range of...
Forum: Road Warriors 06-24-2015, 12:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 316
Posted By PeterW
Did that, didn't work. Mine wouldn't go in...

Did that, didn't work. Mine wouldn't go in 'fast', no matter what. Unbolting a support for the ABS lines and tying the brake lines out of the way I was able to drive it in square finally.

Pete
Forum: Road Warriors 06-24-2015, 02:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 316
Posted By PeterW
Same problem last weekend. And yes that looks...

Same problem last weekend. And yes that looks very close.

I used some teflon anti-seize in there to make sure it slipped in and yes, a real bastard to get in and straight.

Thanks, you've made...
Forum: Equipment 06-19-2015, 01:36 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 402
Posted By PeterW
I have a pair of leather riding pants with built...

I have a pair of leather riding pants with built in knee armor, those are great, all day comfortable, seem fairly protective and stop just short of the top of my boot.

I also have a pair of Troy...
Forum: Face Plant 06-19-2015, 01:13 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,410
Posted By PeterW
Well, it;s the fastest way to stop on a loose...

Well, it;s the fastest way to stop on a loose surface without ABS as well, problem is that without ABS the bike bucks like a pissed off bull and unless you are really skilled and well balanced the...
Forum: The Garage 06-18-2015, 10:50 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,300
Posted By PeterW
Sodium Perchlorate used to be real popular. ...

Sodium Perchlorate used to be real popular.

Problem is, if you try and buy it these days .....

:rofl

Pete
Forum: Racing 06-17-2015, 03:24 AM
Replies: 273
Views: 16,813
Posted By PeterW
He was doing better than that, he was faster than...

He was doing better than that, he was faster than Lorenzo (wouldn't have nearly hit him otherwise).

Thing is, he may not win this year, but Lorenzo is very fast because he's very smooth, enough...
Forum: Face Plant 06-16-2015, 03:21 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,410
Posted By PeterW
On a bike you get back OFF the brakes them hammer...

On a bike you get back OFF the brakes them hammer them as hard as you can until the ABS kicks in again, repeat.

You can stop pretty damned quickly on an ABS equipped bike that way and with less...
Forum: Equipment 06-15-2015, 01:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 852
Posted By PeterW
Any decent jacket should be fine, most fabric...

Any decent jacket should be fine, most fabric jackets will survive, they may get a bit torn by they generally protect the contents O.K..
I used to ride (and crash a lot) at 80-100kph wearing heavy...
Forum: Equipment 06-14-2015, 12:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 852
Posted By PeterW
I wear MX armor with a leather mesh jacket over...

I wear MX armor with a leather mesh jacket over it 3/4 of the year. (Leather elbows, shoulders, back)

Probably not as good at multiple 100kph, but at commute speeds where the risk is impact not...
Forum: Equipment 06-12-2015, 03:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 323
Posted By PeterW
Very few vendors make them, but a cylindrical...

Very few vendors make them, but a cylindrical lens or fresnel lens which compresses the beam in the vertical direction is what's needed.

(Luck finding that, but that's what you need)

Pete
Forum: Australia 06-12-2015, 02:56 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,127
Posted By PeterW
I'm happy with the ABS on my bike. I've...

I'm happy with the ABS on my bike.

I've owned non-ABS and ABS versions, yes a heavy pig of a bike but.

Same section of nasty nasty dirt road on both bikes:

Non-ABS version "Christ, I wish I...
Forum: EMEA 06-12-2015, 02:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 406
Posted By PeterW
He's hiring a Ural, 50MPH is going to be a...

He's hiring a Ural, 50MPH is going to be a struggle. Odds are the deer will be able to run away fast enough :rofl


Pete
Forum: Road Warriors 06-12-2015, 12:11 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,511
Posted By PeterW
If the SV floats your boat, check out the DL 650...

If the SV floats your boat, check out the DL 650 as well. It's better on the commute and retains SOME dirt (road) capability.

Pete
Forum: Equipment 06-11-2015, 02:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 838
Posted By PeterW
The new gen evap cooling vests that work like...

The new gen evap cooling vests that work like reverse Gortex, water stays in, water-vapour escapes. Fill them like a camel back, last for six-eight hours between fills.

They do need airflow, but...
Forum: Equipment 06-11-2015, 02:41 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,565
Posted By PeterW
Topeak Mountain Morph Flexible hose, flip...

Topeak Mountain Morph

Flexible hose, flip out foot pad. Which makes pushing 300 odd times a lot more tolerable.

Pete
Forum: Thumpers 06-10-2015, 11:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 466
Posted By PeterW
Find someone who rebuilds wheels, send it in and...

Find someone who rebuilds wheels, send it in and get it rolled and re-trued. Anything you do is likely to crack it.

Pete
Forum: The Garage 06-09-2015, 03:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,603
Posted By PeterW
Doubt that, those things have a LOT of expensive...

Doubt that, those things have a LOT of expensive little bit's and pieces inside.

Hit the insurance auctions, look for a crashed one where it didn't lose all it's fluids on impact. Odds are the...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-09-2015, 02:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 357
Posted By PeterW
The ideal shift point is when you reach peak...

The ideal shift point is when you reach peak torque, probably below 8500. Find a dyno chart. Save that for competitive situations :)

Most modern bikes though you'll be shifting well below that...
Forum: The Garage 06-09-2015, 01:07 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,603
Posted By PeterW
IF you can find a replacement engine do that. ...

IF you can find a replacement engine do that.

Yes, some sold on ebay are crap, problem is, you aren't a mechanic, doing it yourself is no guarantee it'll be done right and it'll take LOTS of...
Forum: Equipment 06-07-2015, 09:20 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,725
Posted By PeterW
Carry a cheap dumb phone on bike trips and leave...

Carry a cheap dumb phone on bike trips and leave it switched off when you aren't making calls ?.

Mine lives in my jacket pocket in a waterproof bag, I pull it out every 3-6 months, leave it on for...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 06-06-2015, 05:32 PM
Replies: 279
Views: 32,207
Posted By PeterW
My absolute worst effort. Waved over for no...

My absolute worst effort.

Waved over for no good reason in the local twisties, and where they want me to pull in is a large patch of gravel left over from road works - not really a good place to...
Forum: Vendors 06-05-2015, 01:11 AM
Replies: 1,649
Views: 313,714
Posted By PeterW
The harmonizer is actually stable, so tuning is...

The harmonizer is actually stable, so tuning is all plugging it in, doing the adjust, buttoning it up again. The tuning part becomes trivially easy.

"than a properly adjusted Twinmax."

That's...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 06-04-2015, 01:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,216
Posted By PeterW
Buying another bike will likely be cheaper ?. Not...

Buying another bike will likely be cheaper ?. Not a criticism, just a warning.

I hear Woodies Wheel Works are the "go to" place in the US, he's in the vendor threads, ask there.

Pete
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 06-04-2015, 01:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,285
Posted By PeterW
The forks legs are twisting inside the triple...

The forks legs are twisting inside the triple clamps.

Sounds stupid - the fork legs are round right ?. But think a twist top to bottom which moves the two sets of mounting points out of line.
...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-02-2015, 11:39 PM
Replies: 3,235
Views: 403,297
Posted By PeterW
:topes What usually comes out in the end I...

:topes

What usually comes out in the end I suspect.

Pete
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 06-02-2015, 11:01 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,900
Posted By PeterW
Electric pushbike. Even if the good...

Electric pushbike.

Even if the good batteries go, well hopefully by then the zombies have rotted away, you won't need the speed and lead-acid will still work.

There's an advantage in the sucky...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-31-2015, 01:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 862
Posted By PeterW
Rear suspension linkage bearings, steering head...

Rear suspension linkage bearings, steering head bearings. Lube both sets and adjust the front.

Check the bolts on the steering stem that hold the front plastics on.

There really isn't a lot...
Forum: The Garage 05-30-2015, 08:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 662
Posted By PeterW
Depends on the bike and to a lesser extent the...

Depends on the bike and to a lesser extent the tires.

A pig like a DL 650, 28PSI is as low as I'd normally run on dirt roads. If I knew I was going to be doing a LOT of deep soft sand, I might...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 05-30-2015, 12:08 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,167
Posted By PeterW
Air velocity needs to be high to pick up fuel...

Air velocity needs to be high to pick up fuel efficiently. That means four carbs/injectors are more efficient than one big one.

Pete
Forum: Australia 05-29-2015, 03:08 AM
Replies: 609
Views: 28,854
Posted By PeterW
Where I've seen that used bigtime is irrigation...

Where I've seen that used bigtime is irrigation systems on farms. It works for that, it's not an absolute disaster if the pumps are down for 48 hours. Not so good for the house where the food in the...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 05-29-2015, 01:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 931
Posted By PeterW
Fix the ergonomics, which, I'll concede is easier...

Fix the ergonomics, which, I'll concede is easier said than done.

Make sure the bars are at a comfortable seated position, that may require new bars or risers. If you use a keyboard THAT position....
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-29-2015, 12:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 456
Posted By PeterW
Anything up to 2013 AFAIK. I'm not 100%...

Anything up to 2013 AFAIK.

I'm not 100% certain on that though, try Stromtrooper.com for a more definitive answer.

If they aren't creased they can be straightened (professionally) and...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-28-2015, 01:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,211
Posted By PeterW
DR650 ~45 HP ~160KG 240km+ range. Will run all...

DR650 ~45 HP ~160KG 240km+ range. Will run all day at 110kph

DL650 ~65 HP ~200kg 440km+ range. Will run all day at 160kph.

The DR is more capable than the DL on worse than dirt roads, the DL...
Forum: Road Warriors 05-27-2015, 02:50 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,250
Posted By PeterW
DL 1000, not as punchy as the SV, but essentially...

DL 1000, not as punchy as the SV, but essentially the same motor detuned and sane ergo's.

Test ride one, you'll either love it or hate it.

Pete
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-26-2015, 04:01 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 18,896
Posted By PeterW
I think you are overstating it, DL's are O.K. in...

I think you are overstating it, DL's are O.K. in wind, there are almost certainly better bikes in wind, but it's never been a real problem for me.

I've led a mixed pack of touring bikes through...
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