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Forum: Road warriors Yesterday, 09:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,590
Posted By davidji
Very nice! I like the new airbox cover color much...

Very nice! I like the new airbox cover color much better than the old.
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-24-2015, 10:23 PM
Replies: 12,572
Views: 1,758,176
Posted By davidji
How do you feel riding it in bay area traffic? ...

How do you feel riding it in bay area traffic? It's pretty wide. Do you think with narrower bars it would be a good commuter?
Forum: Road warriors 03-24-2015, 08:33 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,253
Posted By davidji
I don't any maxi-scooters have the range to be...

I don't any maxi-scooters have the range to be convenient for such a commute.

I think that's true of most bikes in this thread.


It's the bike, not the power. The only bike I've had with...
Forum: Road warriors 03-21-2015, 11:24 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,253
Posted By davidji
Short range on the 1st, 6k mile valve check...

Short range on the 1st, 6k mile valve check intervals on the Multistrada 1000. Neither is good for a bike you're commuting 100 miles/day, 25k miles/year on.
Forum: Road warriors 03-21-2015, 11:18 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,253
Posted By davidji
One thing you didn't comment on is fuel tank...

One thing you didn't comment on is fuel tank range. One thing you may realize quickly is it's way more convenient if you're not filling up every day, or having to pause to refuel at odd locations...
Forum: Equipment 03-16-2015, 10:36 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,301
Posted By davidji
I've had a synthetic bag wet through, and it was...

I've had a synthetic bag wet through, and it was no big deal. And it dried a bit faster than my down bag does.
Forum: Equipment 03-16-2015, 10:28 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,301
Posted By davidji
Then don't. Everyone who likes to take a lot of...

Then don't. Everyone who likes to take a lot of crap with them has reasons for all of it. But some of us like to take less. I've been putting my pad directly on the ground since before some of you...
Forum: Equipment 03-15-2015, 09:13 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,301
Posted By davidji
It's only important to me if the bag isn't...

It's only important to me if the bag isn't insulated down there. And that only seems like a good idea if the combination is lighter than the alternatives. Which when I looked at BA anyway it wasn't....
Forum: Equipment 03-14-2015, 02:46 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,301
Posted By davidji
Moto camping I usually just take a cheap...

Moto camping I usually just take a cheap synthetic bag. Lower maintenance than down, and if it meets my needs, why not?

My last two synthetic bags were Alps Mountaineering brand from...
Forum: Road warriors 03-12-2015, 05:56 PM
Replies: 1,186
Views: 281,053
Posted By davidji
Thanks. I was wondering when they'd get here. I...

Thanks. I was wondering when they'd get here. I thought they were in Europe already and wondered why there was no news in this thread.

I think the V7 II Stone meets all but one of the criteria I...
Forum: Equipment 03-09-2015, 09:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 351
Posted By davidji
I've had symtec heaters and I didn't think a...

I've had symtec heaters and I didn't think a single high-low-off switch with one setting operating the hot element, and one the cooler element was a great way to set them up. They can be wired in...
Forum: Equipment 03-06-2015, 03:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 552
Posted By davidji
Bell has a custom fit program for those, where...

Bell has a custom fit program for those, where they scan your head. I don't think they're that light for a carbon lid. But the custom-fit ones should fit right.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-27-2015, 07:41 PM
Replies: 199
Views: 9,621
Posted By davidji
If this hasn't been posted there are a lot of...

If this hasn't been posted there are a lot of helmets listed by weight here: http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcycle-helmets/motorcycle-helmet-weights.htm Not all are available, but it might help you...
Forum: Road warriors 02-20-2015, 10:59 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 7,348
Posted By davidji
I have a similar commute. 106 miles round trip...

I have a similar commute. 106 miles round trip some days. 118 before I get home others. My 2nd gen Versys and my 1st gen FZ1 are great tools for the job.

Relatively light, relatively narrow...
Forum: Equipment 02-18-2015, 11:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 883
Posted By davidji
I'd do an overglove if I could find one that fit...

I'd do an overglove if I could find one that fit comfortably over these in XL. Well I didn't need it this Winter because it was so warm--I didn't have have any commute mornings at freezing, let...
Forum: Equipment 02-17-2015, 10:28 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 883
Posted By davidji
I understand your complaint. The W&S gloves are...

I understand your complaint. The W&S gloves are more flexible than the Gerbings gloves I tried, and I'm sure less warm.

I think they have a broad range of ambient temperatures that they're...
Forum: Equipment 02-10-2015, 08:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 380
Posted By davidji
This video? <iframe...

This video?
<iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/G3dtvSqhXug" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe>
Forum: Road warriors 02-04-2015, 08:59 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,635
Posted By davidji
7500 mile valve adjustments, but desmo and not...

7500 mile valve adjustments, but desmo and not shim under bucket. What is it for your Strom? 15k miles?

The Duc also needs timing belts replaced.
Forum: Road warriors 02-04-2015, 08:54 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,635
Posted By davidji
Do you do a 110 mile round trip daily? Or just...

Do you do a 110 mile round trip daily? Or just ride one way each day?

If the former, wouldn't you prefer commuting on a bike like your Strom that you don't have to fill every day? Also that...
Forum: Road warriors 02-01-2015, 08:25 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,472
Posted By davidji
Not sure if it's gel or not, but I've got Gamma...

Not sure if it's gel or not, but I've got Gamma tennis racket wrap over Oxford heated grips on both bikes. Mostly because it makes the grip slightly larger, and helps prevent wearing out the rubber...
Forum: Road warriors 01-29-2015, 07:43 PM
Replies: 645
Views: 119,390
Posted By davidji
For what it's worth I enjoyed the demo ride. ...

For what it's worth I enjoyed the demo ride. Unfortunately it didn't convince me it would give me the range I seek.

If they'd make an F800GT (or a nekkid belt-drive version) with the GS tank...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-27-2015, 10:03 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,226
Posted By davidji
Nice! Scenic commute. You don't mind doing it on...

Nice! Scenic commute. You don't mind doing it on such a heavy bike?

I'd been considering new commuter bikes, and the FJR sounded perfect other than the weight.
Forum: Road warriors 01-22-2015, 11:23 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 15,649
Posted By davidji
Nice! One of the things I like about the 2015...

Nice! One of the things I like about the 2015 model year Versys is all the color choices we get in the US are good ones. For both the 650 and the 1000.

In another thread a 650 buyer was claiming...
Forum: Road warriors 01-21-2015, 10:07 PM
Replies: 341
Views: 43,636
Posted By davidji
Should be a fun bike. I like the idea but not as...

Should be a fun bike. I like the idea but not as much as the idea of that engine in my Versys. OTOH I kinda want an S40/Savage. And if I got tired of it, there's no end of money I could spend on...
Forum: Road warriors 01-18-2015, 08:02 PM
Replies: 497
Views: 76,442
Posted By davidji
Thanks BruceC! It sounds like they really...

Thanks BruceC!

It sounds like they really have rectified issues with the old model. Suspension was the only one that really bothered me, but it wasn't hard or expensive to fix. Buffeting bothered...
Forum: Road warriors 01-18-2015, 07:44 PM
Replies: 645
Views: 119,390
Posted By davidji
Thanks. If I can get 65-66MPG freeway commuting...

Thanks. If I can get 65-66MPG freeway commuting all is well.

I hope to take one for a test ride.
Forum: Road warriors 01-18-2015, 01:05 AM
Replies: 497
Views: 76,442
Posted By davidji
I've had a gen 1 Ninja 650R and have a gen 2...

I've had a gen 1 Ninja 650R and have a gen 2 Versys 650. The lower compression Versys engine is much smoother. I have 70k miles between those two bikes. I think I peaked at mid 50s miles per US...
Forum: Road warriors 01-18-2015, 12:48 AM
Replies: 645
Views: 119,390
Posted By davidji
aux fuel tank? crosswinds?

So I've been thinking about a new commute bike. I posted a thread about what I'm looking for (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1034964), and the BMW F800GT is one of the closest...
Forum: Road warriors 01-12-2015, 12:26 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,206
Posted By davidji
Were Ulys harder on belts than the shorter-travel...

Were Ulys harder on belts than the shorter-travel Buells? With those I read to keep 'em loose. I was hoping that was enough to make 'em last. Belt replacement doesn't sound like an easy road-side...
Forum: Road warriors 01-09-2015, 09:28 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,206
Posted By davidji
Except for the minimum 225 miles range I think...

Except for the minimum 225 miles range I think so. They were fun bikes.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-06-2015, 02:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,623
Posted By davidji
Good one! Don't forget ...

Good one!

Don't forget
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1035295
Forum: Equipment 01-05-2015, 11:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 447
Posted By davidji
There's diagnosis you can do, but if it's not a...

There's diagnosis you can do, but if it's not a bad electrical connector or bad wire, the simplest solution is a new set of heated grips.

A quick and easy procedure might be to find the connector...
Forum: Road warriors 01-05-2015, 12:32 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,206
Posted By davidji
Good point about the oiler. I have a PD oiler on...

Good point about the oiler. I have a PD oiler on the Versys. None on the FZ1 as I didn't want it to be an oily mess.

Chain enclosure with an oil bath? Pretty rare on motos. I think some...
Forum: Road warriors 01-04-2015, 11:01 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,206
Posted By davidji
Long range shaft or belt drive commuter?

Currently I commute on a 2nd gen Versys 650 and a 1st gen FZ1. I've been wondering if I could switch to a bike with shaft or belt drive and non-linked ABS brakes without giving up the stuff that's...
Forum: Road warriors 01-03-2015, 10:32 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,797
Posted By davidji
If you're considering the VFRs you're no longer...

If you're considering the VFRs you're no longer concerned with how frequently you'll need to stop for gas? In your initial post you mentioned some bikes with longer range.

When you did this...
Forum: Equipment 12-30-2014, 08:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,713
Posted By davidji
This is at freeway speeds, wearing uninsulated...

This is at freeway speeds, wearing uninsulated (or very lightly insulated) Warm n Safe heated gloves along with the heated grips. The heated gloves and the heated grips each make a huge contribution...
Forum: Road warriors 12-29-2014, 10:05 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,797
Posted By davidji
When you don't stay in NY how far will your round...

When you don't stay in NY how far will your round trip commute be? 190-200 miles?

It might be hard to find a bike that can do that 2x on a tank, but it looks like you're considering some bikes...
Forum: Equipment 12-28-2014, 12:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,713
Posted By davidji
Heated grips make a huge difference, hand guards...

Heated grips make a huge difference, hand guards a small one.

The main benefit I see of handguards for the cold is if you use bar muffs the handguards will keep the bar muffs from pushing on your...
Forum: Road warriors 12-24-2014, 09:17 AM
Replies: 399
Views: 41,545
Posted By davidji
Most important in the list of bikes that will...

Most important in the list of bikes that will walk all over it is Honda's NC750X, which (surprise!) they don't bring to the US. To me that more than anything else shows how little they care about...
Forum: Equipment 12-17-2014, 07:14 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,724
Posted By davidji
That may be true. The viewing angle for Diamond...

That may be true. The viewing angle for Diamond grade seems good to me for what we use it for, but Solas has a different intended use and maybe it's viewing angle is greater.

Can you test with...
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