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Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Today, 07:37 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 17,614
Posted By Phipsd
The new DL1000 reminds me of the 650 only better....

The new DL1000 reminds me of the 650 only better. My old 1000 absolutely did not. The old beast felt somewhat cumbersome to ride in comparison and a challenge to keep in the power band in the tight...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Today, 07:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,251
Posted By Phipsd
I think the Versys is probably the most under...

I think the Versys is probably the most under appreciated bike out there. When I rode my brother's, I was riding my old V-Strom 1000. Brother said he thought his Versys was more fun than my 1000. I'm...
Forum: Battle scooters Today, 08:23 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 12,417
Posted By Phipsd
Yes, in the US and Canada the 300i is it. And our...

Yes, in the US and Canada the 300i is it. And our 300i isn't even the biggest 300i available. We get the last generation 263 while the rest of the world gets a higher spec 278 with about 7 more HP.
...
Forum: Battle scooters Yesterday, 01:44 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 12,417
Posted By Phipsd
Everyone has missed the fundamental point. Some...

Everyone has missed the fundamental point. Some bikes like my Taiwanese SYM are so well engineered that they are exceptionally easy to access and work on. It's all simple but very high quality. It's...
Forum: Day Trippin' 03-28-2015, 06:34 PM
Replies: 601
Views: 122,052
Posted By Phipsd
For a number of years I had a big cruiser (Suzuki...

For a number of years I had a big cruiser (Suzuki C90) my Strom 1000 and a SYM Citicom 300i. I bought the scoot to commute in the Urban grind, but it was so much fun and so relaxing that the big...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-28-2015, 02:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 576
Posted By Phipsd
Bulldog.

I can see where the Bulldog could be a great street bike for the urban rider. It's a bike that as presented could be ideal for the smaller rider and it would be simple to have a second model with...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-28-2015, 02:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 576
Posted By Phipsd
Grom fun

When I was a kid back in the late 60's I used to go out to the Victoria motorcycle property in Metchosin and watch bike racing on a dirt track they had on the property. It was pretty casual in those...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-28-2015, 01:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 576
Posted By Phipsd
Damn, that does look like fun but it would never...

Damn, that does look like fun but it would never fly in anti-fun BC on public roads. Popping a wheelie or doing a stoppie? That would be verboten in the new improved world we live in. Stunting you...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-27-2015, 06:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 576
Posted By Phipsd
Yeah, but you never know. I'm sure nobody thought...

Yeah, but you never know. I'm sure nobody thought the Vultus would ever see the light of day and shazzamm there it is. I'm old enough to remember when the Cub was a funny little bike.

I think...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-27-2015, 12:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,346
Posted By Phipsd
Truth to tell: I could be happy with either bike....

Truth to tell: I could be happy with either bike. The s10 is amazing with it's wider range. with it's size and weight it's more of a highway cruiser than the Strom and it is more off roadish too. Add...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-27-2015, 11:08 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,335
Posted By Phipsd
One of the most fun bikes I ever owned was my...

One of the most fun bikes I ever owned was my 1980 KZ 750. Quick steering (for the time), agile, punchy responsive motor ( especially after I added the MAC pipe ), great brakes. Although not a light...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-27-2015, 10:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 576
Posted By Phipsd
Honda Bulldog

motorcycle.com review
It looks like Honda has developed an off road utility bike for longer distance travel. It's only 400cc, so it's not about speed; maybe the folks in Mongolia want to travel?
...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-26-2015, 10:18 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,614
Posted By Phipsd
On a motorcycle I want ABS; on a scooter it's a...

On a motorcycle I want ABS; on a scooter it's a nice to have and not a deal killer. My own personal stone age CPU can much more easily cope with modulating hand brakes, than a front hand and rear...
Forum: Road warriors 03-26-2015, 09:40 PM
Replies: 985
Views: 202,107
Posted By Phipsd
The thing I really like about the V-Strom is that...

The thing I really like about the V-Strom is that Suzuki has created a bike that can do everything that I need a bike to do in terms of speed handling and comfort without thousands of dollars worth ...
Forum: Road warriors 03-26-2015, 09:11 PM
Replies: 985
Views: 202,107
Posted By Phipsd
With the new V-Strom 1000 what Suzuki has done is...

With the new V-Strom 1000 what Suzuki has done is create an excellent modern update of the old fashioned standard and it is built to a price. Five of the bikes you listed are more expensive.

You...
Forum: Road warriors 03-26-2015, 12:52 AM
Replies: 985
Views: 202,107
Posted By Phipsd
It's funny you should say that. I now have a 14...

It's funny you should say that. I now have a 14 V-Strom 1000 SE (Canadian model). It is pretty much better in every way except for surface finish. It's more nimble, handles better, way smoother, much...
Forum: Road warriors 03-26-2015, 12:08 AM
Replies: 985
Views: 202,107
Posted By Phipsd
My 1000 was good once I got rid of the Death Wing...

My 1000 was good once I got rid of the Death Wing on the front and switched to Michelin Anakee. It also helped greatly to get the steering head bearings adjusted properly and if things were really...
Forum: Ride reports 03-25-2015, 04:41 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 13,459
Posted By Phipsd
In a pinch, kitchen catchers and duct tape can...

In a pinch, kitchen catchers and duct tape can keep your boots dry.
Forum: Battle scooters 03-25-2015, 04:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 599
Posted By Phipsd
Not only did I do the switch in the wrong...

Not only did I do the switch in the wrong position thing on my Citycom; but I recently sold my big Suzuki C90 cruiser and I couldn't get it to run. This was embarrassing because it was in front of...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-25-2015, 08:26 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 17,614
Posted By Phipsd
At last, somebody who gets it.

At last, somebody who gets it.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-24-2015, 07:00 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 17,614
Posted By Phipsd
Lucky for us not everybody automatically agrees...

Lucky for us not everybody automatically agrees that the 650 is better so that we have a choice. I would agree that the 650 was better than the old 1000 by a fair margin. My 02 was top heavy with an...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-23-2015, 06:49 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,456
Posted By Phipsd
I'm wondering what's with these guys. They are...

I'm wondering what's with these guys. They are complaining about abrupt fuelling, too sensitive a throttle, uncomfortable seating position, clunky gearbox and it's bland?????

I was immediately...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-23-2015, 05:53 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 12,417
Posted By Phipsd
I really don't see why this is an issue. My SYM...

I really don't see why this is an issue. My SYM is a very reliable bike, less trouble than the Japanese bikes I have owned.

It is a very simple bike and the mechanicals are very easy to access....
Forum: Road warriors 03-23-2015, 01:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 926
Posted By Phipsd
I had several of these bikes a four speed, I...

I had several of these bikes a four speed, I think it was an 88, then a 95 five speed and an new 03. A Metzler Lasertec on the front transformed the handling.No more front end wander. The bike also...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-22-2015, 09:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,251
Posted By Phipsd
You being a bicycle guy, the lighter CB500x would...

You being a bicycle guy, the lighter CB500x would probably be more fun. The V-Strom is comfortable but not as nimble. The Versys is more nimble and fun than the V-Strom, but doesn't have a...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-22-2015, 09:05 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,456
Posted By Phipsd
You and I bought exactly the same bike. I...

You and I bought exactly the same bike. I especially like the relative lightness, the nimbleness, the stability and comfort along with the room for my six four plus and lets not forget the...
Forum: Ride reports 03-22-2015, 06:09 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 16,598
Posted By Phipsd
This reminds me of the first long bike camping...

This reminds me of the first long bike camping trip I made in 86. It seems that everywhere I went through Northern Canada, then south down the west coast and then east through the West it would be...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-21-2015, 10:59 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 12,417
Posted By Phipsd
Ha! I got all excited when I saw the '400'. I...

Ha! I got all excited when I saw the '400'. I don't understand why Kymco is sticking with the old 500 lump here. That 400 offers class leading performance and handling and if there was any justice in...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-21-2015, 10:35 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 12,417
Posted By Phipsd
The people of Taiwan may be Chinese, but like the...

The people of Taiwan may be Chinese, but like the Japanese before them; being on a small island they knew it was export quality or starve. I have a 35 year old made in Taiwan NAD amp that works...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-21-2015, 03:26 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,456
Posted By Phipsd
I was very careful not to say that my bike is...

I was very careful not to say that my bike is best. I don't think it is. I don't see how one can make such a blanket statement given the diversity of riders; the kinds of characteristics they prefer...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-21-2015, 02:47 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,456
Posted By Phipsd
It just depends what you are looking for. I...

It just depends what you are looking for. I wanted strong low end and midrange, smoothness, easy handling, decent and comfortable suspension, a seat that won't cause me pain and light weight. That is...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-21-2015, 01:49 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,456
Posted By Phipsd
I spent a day riding a 800XC on backroads and I...

I spent a day riding a 800XC on backroads and I was very impressed with the performance and the handling. If anything, I would give the XC an edge in terms of handling over my bike. It has a lovely...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-21-2015, 12:23 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,456
Posted By Phipsd
I've ridden the Tiger 800. Great motor,...

I've ridden the Tiger 800. Great motor, especially compared to my old V-Strom 1000, but I must say I much prefer my new 14 V-Strom 1000. Compared to the old Strom the new one is both more nimble and...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-20-2015, 09:46 PM
Replies: 548
Views: 100,702
Posted By Phipsd
The first thing that crossed my mind when I saw...

The first thing that crossed my mind when I saw this photo was," Hey! Your scooter likes you." lol
Forum: Battle scooters 03-20-2015, 08:14 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,399
Posted By Phipsd
This may be a stupid question; but why not just...

This may be a stupid question; but why not just buy a Kymco?
Forum: Battle scooters 03-20-2015, 07:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 349
Posted By Phipsd
It depends how far back you want to go. My first...

It depends how far back you want to go. My first bike was a 67 Honda Cub 90, it was an OHV model with 6.5 screaming HP. 50cc Cubs were the most popular back then. Years later in the 80's I saw Honda...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-20-2015, 06:38 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 12,417
Posted By Phipsd
Yeah….It's funny how the rest of the world gets...

Yeah….It's funny how the rest of the world gets it about SYM's and Taiwan scoots and we here in North America don't. What's wrong with a good basic functional well engineered machine that will be...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-20-2015, 11:42 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 12,417
Posted By Phipsd
Just for the hell of it I punched in 'Alliance...

Just for the hell of it I punched in 'Alliance Powersports' and on the SYM website clicked on 'Find a Dealer' and up popped:

Seattle Cycle Center
Aprox 110.4 miles from your location
10201...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-19-2015, 05:38 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 12,417
Posted By Phipsd
The good part about Burgman's being sold along...

The good part about Burgman's being sold along bikes is that the dealers don't have to depend on hit or miss scooter sales to survive. The relative large number of Suzuki dealers is one of the...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-18-2015, 11:51 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,676
Posted By Phipsd
Here's the deal. Some bikes defy clear categories...

Here's the deal. Some bikes defy clear categories and the Vultus appears to be one of those bikes. It's like my new V-strom 1000. Is it a dual-sport? Not really. A touring bike? Well kinda, but not...
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