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Forum: Beasts Today, 11:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 525
Posted By Motomantra
If you go with the Vstrom you'll have to slow...

If you go with the Vstrom you'll have to slow down on the gravel roads. It can be a chore to keep the front end under it. AMHIK
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. Today, 10:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 240
Posted By Motomantra
As long as he doesn't try to blow the candle out,...

As long as he doesn't try to blow the candle out, he should be okay.
Forum: Beasts Today, 10:34 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 119
Posted By Motomantra
I didn't do any of that "calculating" stuff....

I didn't do any of that "calculating" stuff. There is such a huge following of the DLs, I just researched as many threads as I could & came away with a starting point for best spring weight. You'll...
Forum: Equipment Today, 10:08 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 712
Posted By Motomantra
You say you're wanting to hear from the...

You say you're wanting to hear from the engineers. Has it occurred to you that it was the engineers that determined what said tire should have for pressure?
They are the ones that came up with...
Forum: Equipment Today, 09:56 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,262
Posted By Motomantra
Funny. I have the same set-up. Carhartts yellow...

Funny. I have the same set-up. Carhartts yellow top & orange bibs. Don't get the cheaper stuff, it won't survive the wind. I'm also a firm believer in hippo hands (handle bar gauntlets). I do not...
Forum: Equipment Today, 09:49 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 607
Posted By Motomantra
Another vote for rain gear from the Great N.W.

I prefer to ride in leather. It's just more comfortable to me. But most of the time I'm in my textile. I have Langlitz leathers that I bought a loong time ago. Ross Langlitz sold me my jacket; I...
Forum: Vendors 10-17-2014, 10:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 314
Posted By Motomantra
Care to break the set? I could use the front.

Care to break the set? I could use the front.
Forum: The Garage 10-17-2014, 10:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 863
Posted By Motomantra
love it

My 1966 Suzuki 250 X6 came from the factory with a similar "gauge". There were two 90* elbows welded to the upper & lower sections of the tank with a piece of clear tubing connecting them.
Forum: Equipment 10-17-2014, 10:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,652
Posted By Motomantra
Same old question

Can anyone add to this old thread? I've got an armored body suit & am looking for the right jacket to go over this. It doesn't have to be vented, doesn't have to be goretex. Something of a dual...
Forum: The Garage 10-15-2014, 11:08 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,029
Posted By Motomantra
I have a feeling you're old enough to see that...

I have a feeling you're old enough to see that society never stops changing. Our parents were the greatest generation.
(My contribution to the de-railment)
Forum: The Garage 10-15-2014, 11:04 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 796
Posted By Motomantra
You are seeing what you want to see. I have...

You are seeing what you want to see. I have serviced hundreds of cars using "snake oil." We got a lot of repeat customers where I worked. Some of them have taken the time to report back to me of the...
Forum: The Garage 10-14-2014, 10:06 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 291
Posted By Motomantra
Sorry-Got no answer

I would never attach a "Devise" to my valve stem.
Forum: The Garage 10-14-2014, 09:58 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 796
Posted By Motomantra
Snake oil?

What is a "Piston bolt"?
What kind of a bike are you using 95 octane in?
Run the lowest grade gasoline that the engine runs proper on. What octane rating is recommended by the manufacture?
...
Forum: The Garage 10-14-2014, 09:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 375
Posted By Motomantra
My first guess is you'll need to replace the head...

My first guess is you'll need to replace the head unit. It's an easy job. Should you have to do that, there are two different brands. Look for a small brand name on the face. Most likely it's NS...
Forum: Equipment 10-14-2014, 09:39 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,135
Posted By Motomantra
This guy knows cold & wet in the great PNW

There is a bit of "Getting use to" when you start using muffs/handle bar gauntlets, but it's worth it. My hands stay warm & dry. A side benefit is the switches stay out of the weather
Forum: Beasts 10-07-2014, 06:36 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,911
Posted By Motomantra
The wee is very sensitive to higher speeds. Most...

The wee is very sensitive to higher speeds. Most of them will start using oil & fuel above 75 mph. I've gotten as little as 38 with bags & a head wind @ 75 mph.
Try a tank keeping it under 70. (Of...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 10-07-2014, 10:29 AM
Replies: 424
Views: 25,624
Posted By Motomantra
Jeff & Shelly

You guys pulled it off, again. Despite having a full plate on your hands, everything worked out anyway.

Build it & they will come.
Forum: The Garage 10-07-2014, 09:52 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,029
Posted By Motomantra
You would hate them a lot more when you have to...

You would hate them a lot more when you have to dismount & mount a set for the first time.
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 09-29-2014, 12:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 962
Posted By Motomantra
So, Peterman

Who said, I'm no freak, but I like to freak."
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 09-29-2014, 09:47 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 962
Posted By Motomantra
I sorta' do remember

"Please Mrs. Avery, I just want to talk to her., to tell her good bye."

A lot'a fog back then.
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 09-29-2014, 09:44 AM
Replies: 424
Views: 25,624
Posted By Motomantra
You should be able to tie that little DR onto to...

You should be able to tie that little DR onto to the back bumper, no?
Forum: The Garage 09-29-2014, 09:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 608
Posted By Motomantra
Also, put a finger over the snap ring so that you...

Also, put a finger over the snap ring so that you can still see it, but it won't fly across the room.
Forum: Beasts 09-28-2014, 09:37 AM
Replies: 3,789
Views: 703,632
Posted By Motomantra
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DOT_5.1 Are you...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DOT_5.1
Are you using DOT 5 or DOT 5.1? Google is your friend.
Forum: The Garage 09-28-2014, 09:20 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,418
Posted By Motomantra
I use an O-ring pick to hold it up. If you add...

I use an O-ring pick to hold it up.
If you add connectors to the battery & find you need a longer bolt, whatever you do be sure the bolt doesn't puncture the battery or bottom out before it's tight.
Forum: Equipment 09-28-2014, 09:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 647
Posted By Motomantra
Wrong thread

You (O.P.) should go over to the BMW thread before we start having more fun with their idea of how to design an electrical system.
Forum: Beasts 09-27-2014, 09:40 AM
Replies: 3,789
Views: 703,632
Posted By Motomantra
There is a for sale section here. This should be...

There is a for sale section here. This should be posted there. And....

Don't use dot 5.
Forum: Beasts 09-26-2014, 05:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 863
Posted By Motomantra
I think most don't like the beak. What a bike...

I think most don't like the beak.
What a bike looks like is not much of a priority for me, as long as it performs as expected. (Probably a bunch of posers in this crowd)
Forum: The Garage 09-26-2014, 12:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 521
Posted By Motomantra
Don't need it

I'd question the mechanical ability of someone needing a torque wrench for a 6 x 1 bolt. IMO
Forum: Beasts 09-26-2014, 12:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 863
Posted By Motomantra
The easiest DL650 update

I ran into a Suzuki guy that says they've been after Suzuki to put the 650 engine in the '14 DL000. It would be the least expensive way to give the wee a good update.
So come on Suzuki, do it.
Forum: Americas 09-26-2014, 09:28 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,292
Posted By Motomantra
A good start, here

the Adventurous Motorcyclists Guide/ALASKA (a book)

L Klancher/P. Freeman
Forum: The Garage 09-25-2014, 03:48 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,493
Posted By Motomantra
You might get away with it, but

For the price of the rotor, I wouldn't risk it.
The old pads may not get equal pressure on the rotor, creating hot spots, creating warpage.
Forum: Equipment 09-25-2014, 09:45 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,762
Posted By Motomantra
Rubber slippery when wet.

I replaced my rubber pegs with DR metal pegs for this reason. You can reduce the wear on your boots by taking a small cutting wheel, small grinder, or file (the slow way) to the points. Leave the...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 09-24-2014, 10:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 771
Posted By Motomantra
Air flow. Get a shield that will stay where you...

Air flow. Get a shield that will stay where you put it.
Forum: The Garage 09-24-2014, 09:48 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 857
Posted By Motomantra
The manual does not know what tire is on there,...

The manual does not know what tire is on there, nor how it's being used. I'll bet a six pack the next tire will do the same thing.
Forum: Equipment 09-24-2014, 09:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,011
Posted By Motomantra
Wear the over pants as is. Good water repellant. ...

Wear the over pants as is. Good water repellant.

Seriously, the safest thing is to use hot water & Dawn. Repeat. Repeat.
Forum: The Garage 09-23-2014, 01:42 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,717
Posted By Motomantra
Not your bad

Potato/potaato.
It's kind of a waste of time on my part, anyway. Most people use "cupping" to describe feathering.
Forum: The Garage 09-23-2014, 11:10 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,113
Posted By Motomantra
As a (retired) mechanic I've seen plenty of dog...

As a (retired) mechanic I've seen plenty of dog food inside airboxes & chewed wires. Almost always the owner has a rural address.

For the bike you might try two or three (per bike) cat or tuna...
Forum: The Garage 09-23-2014, 11:02 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,717
Posted By Motomantra
The price for fun

Not that anyone is paying attention to what larryboy is saying, but feathering is what we're looking at here. Cupping isn't common on motorcycles. Cupping appears when more that one single tread...
Forum: Beasts 09-22-2014, 11:10 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,157
Posted By Motomantra
25 K miles on a DL650 is just broken in. MUCH...

25 K miles on a DL650 is just broken in. MUCH info available if you look.
My worst mileage was 38mpg, no passenger but a full load running 75mph in a head wind. My best has been 54mpg.
The KLR I...
Forum: The Garage 09-22-2014, 10:48 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,156
Posted By Motomantra
Great read. Thanks guys

In the places where cracks have developed in my monolith slab driveway, should I seal the cracks to stop water getting in & freezing?
It has cracked where they put the trowel valleys, so I guess...
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