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Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 04-28-2015, 07:11 AM
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Views: 235,592
Posted By VikB
http://www.motorkarem.cz/wp-content/uploads/2014/1...

http://www.motorkarem.cz/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/scrambler-urban-enduro-2.jpg

Here is some distraction to enjoy. :evil
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Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 04-27-2015, 12:24 PM
Replies: 2,232
Views: 235,592
Posted By VikB
BTW - my local dealer is getting in 9 Scramblers...

BTW - my local dealer is getting in 9 Scramblers of which 1 will be the Urban Enduro model. Wasn't clear if that was the whole volume for 2015 or not, but that's at least what will be available...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 04-27-2015, 12:20 PM
Replies: 2,232
Views: 235,592
Posted By VikB
Who would do that? :evil:lol3

Who would do that? :evil:lol3
Forum: Ride reports 04-27-2015, 09:21 AM
Replies: 752
Views: 225,596
Posted By VikB
Bingo! People let fear keep them locked up...

Bingo!

People let fear keep them locked up in cages. Very plush luxurious cages, but cages nevertheless.

There is always a logical reason for why they don't get out of the cage. That's why it's...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 04-27-2015, 08:01 AM
Replies: 2,232
Views: 235,592
Posted By VikB
I would think with ABS the linked brake thing...

I would think with ABS the linked brake thing would be less important since you can stomp on the rear brake as hard as you want without sliding the rear wheel.
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 04-27-2015, 07:33 AM
Replies: 2,232
Views: 235,592
Posted By VikB
When I sat on the stock seat it was scooped out...

When I sat on the stock seat it was scooped out and then the edges were relieved to make it as easy as possible to get your feet to the ground. I think just making it level with the rear of the...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 04-27-2015, 07:13 AM
Replies: 2,232
Views: 235,592
Posted By VikB
I'm looking forward to seeing and Urban Enduro...

I'm looking forward to seeing and Urban Enduro model in person. I didn't find the styling of the Icon all that appealing [to me].
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 04-26-2015, 08:02 PM
Replies: 2,232
Views: 235,592
Posted By VikB
As a chubby middle aged dude of average skill. 75...

As a chubby middle aged dude of average skill. 75 HP and ~400lbs weight is more than enough power for me to do anything I want to do.

I don't need a more "real" Ducati. :evil

I don't want to...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 04-26-2015, 07:32 PM
Replies: 2,232
Views: 235,592
Posted By VikB
Yup. Not part of the Ducati image, but there was...

Yup. Not part of the Ducati image, but there was a lot of interest in the Scrambler. I guess that's not surprising for a new bike. Despite the "it's not a real Ducati" from the dealer I think it will...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 04-26-2015, 01:10 PM
Replies: 2,232
Views: 235,592
Posted By VikB
I'm talking about the bike in the title of this...

I'm talking about the bike in the title of this thread. The Ducati.
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 04-26-2015, 08:41 AM
Replies: 2,232
Views: 235,592
Posted By VikB
5'11" with 33" pants inseam. The bar height...

5'11" with 33" pants inseam.

The bar height was great. The saddle was a bit low. If I bought one I'd get the saddle reworked so it was flat. An extra inch higher would make it pretty comfy.
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 04-25-2015, 09:55 PM
Replies: 2,232
Views: 235,592
Posted By VikB
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7595/17082814210_00...

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7595/17082814210_00b3b867e5_b.jpg

My local Duc dealer had 3 icons on the floor to check out today. No test rides, but they say that will be allowed in a week or two....
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 04-23-2015, 10:44 AM
Replies: 2,232
Views: 235,592
Posted By VikB
Saving you a click and a scroll... :deal

Saving you a click and a scroll... :deal
Forum: Thumpers 04-22-2015, 03:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,055
Posted By VikB
I wouldn't bother unless you are totally broke...

I wouldn't bother unless you are totally broke and can't afford something lower mileage? The likeihood of problems is high and the difference in cost for a bike with 20K-40K less miles isn't huge.
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Forum: Thumpers 04-22-2015, 01:31 PM
Replies: 571
Views: 104,987
Posted By VikB
Very true. I'm not nearly as awesome as some of...

Very true. I'm not nearly as awesome as some of the KLR riders on this forum.

Just a fat middle aged guy getting 'er done slowly, but surely. :evil
Forum: Thumpers 04-22-2015, 01:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,120
Posted By VikB
I don't mind having more fuel capacity. I can...

I don't mind having more fuel capacity. I can always fill it a bit less.

How did you find access the last bit of fuel in the tank? How much do you figure you can't actually get to the carb due to...
Forum: Thumpers 04-22-2015, 11:00 AM
Replies: 571
Views: 104,987
Posted By VikB
I have no doubt you are right. The thing is you...

I have no doubt you are right. The thing is you can just keep going with that train of thought and say why by a KLR at all when you can buy X or Y that's so much better? You can spend every penny you...
Forum: Thumpers 04-22-2015, 09:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,120
Posted By VikB
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5446/16609725053_90...

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5446/16609725053_902027c497_b.jpg

Just rec'd a Safari Tank. You still have to remove the AIS according to the product website at Safari Tanks USA. I will confirm...
Forum: Thumpers 04-21-2015, 07:59 PM
Replies: 5,322
Views: 1,401,594
Posted By VikB
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5446/16609725053_90...

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5446/16609725053_902027c497_b.jpg

This was delivered to my office. :evil
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 04-21-2015, 09:28 AM
Replies: 2,232
Views: 235,592
Posted By VikB
Great photos ^^^ :D

Great photos ^^^ :D
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 04-20-2015, 08:36 AM
Replies: 2,232
Views: 235,592
Posted By VikB
My buddy was down at the Duc dealer buying some...

My buddy was down at the Duc dealer buying some bling and was told Scramblers would be here next weekend for demo and there would be 3 different models on hand.

I'll believe it when I see it. ...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 04-16-2015, 04:05 PM
Replies: 2,232
Views: 235,592
Posted By VikB
Ask him to show you one even if it's still in the...

Ask him to show you one even if it's still in the crate. :deal
Forum: Thumpers 04-16-2015, 09:03 AM
Replies: 571
Views: 104,987
Posted By VikB
I've been riding for 30yrs. I haven't bothered...

I've been riding for 30yrs. I haven't bothered messing with the stock suspension for my weight and type of riding.

I can see heavier riders wanting stiffer suspension and folks riding offroad...
Forum: Thumpers 04-16-2015, 08:58 AM
Replies: 571
Views: 104,987
Posted By VikB
For a data point I'm 180lbs and for paved/logging...

For a data point I'm 180lbs and for paved/logging roads I find the 2008-2013 stock suspension isn't too soft.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-16-2015, 08:42 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,489
Posted By VikB
My buddy bought one last June. Rode it through...

My buddy bought one last June. Rode it through the summer. Stored it for the winter and just sold it with 3K miles on it.

He found it pretty uninspired and boring to ride.

I had a chance to...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-09-2015, 07:38 AM
Replies: 8,049
Views: 1,308,026
Posted By VikB
It's worth reading parts 2 & 3 as well. ...

It's worth reading parts 2 & 3 as well.

http://www.sibirskyextreme.com/2013/08/bike-selection-101/

It's also worth defining offroad. Does that mean maintained dirt roads? Unmaintained dirt...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 04-09-2015, 07:25 AM
Replies: 2,232
Views: 235,592
Posted By VikB
I'm thinking the same thing. I can't afford a...

I'm thinking the same thing. I can't afford a fleet of bikes so unless a new one fits me well I can't accept a comfort compromise.

Like you I'm going to go check one out at my local dealer and...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 04-07-2015, 12:41 PM
Replies: 2,232
Views: 235,592
Posted By VikB
The passenger always gets to wear the pack. :evil

The passenger always gets to wear the pack. :evil
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-06-2015, 07:42 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,457
Posted By VikB
I'm not against FI for an ADV bike, but I have...

I'm not against FI for an ADV bike, but I have never owned a FI bike and never taken a carb out nor paid anyone else to take a carb out to service it decades.

Both solutions work just fine for...
Forum: Ride reports 04-03-2015, 05:58 AM
Replies: 532
Views: 107,793
Posted By VikB
Excellent idea. Obviously the bike breaking...

Excellent idea. Obviously the bike breaking frequently is the worst case scenario, but having lighter bikes would also make them more enjoyable to ride which is worthwhile even if they were not...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-02-2015, 03:55 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,457
Posted By VikB
I think you can make some reasonable arguments...

I think you can make some reasonable arguments for both carb or FI, but there are other aspects of an ADV moto that are far more important and should be the deciding factors.
Forum: Thumpers 04-02-2015, 06:29 AM
Replies: 16,786
Views: 1,929,890
Posted By VikB
It's one of those mods that nobody can prove does...

It's one of those mods that nobody can prove does or doesn't do anything for the KLR's engine it terms of service life.

In 10yrs of running KLRs I haven't done any engine mods, including the Doo...
Forum: Thumpers 04-01-2015, 02:24 PM
Replies: 16,786
Views: 1,929,890
Posted By VikB
I've ridden KLRs for a decade up in Canada where...

I've ridden KLRs for a decade up in Canada where temps are on the cold side. Never had an issue and never done any cooling system mods.
Forum: Ride reports 03-29-2015, 07:14 AM
Replies: 328
Views: 70,353
Posted By VikB
Throw the plan out. It was useful for getting you...

Throw the plan out. It was useful for getting you focused on the trip and getting out the door. Now that you are on the road let your hearts lead you where they want to.

You are dualsport riders...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-28-2015, 11:24 AM
Replies: 2,232
Views: 235,592
Posted By VikB
Congrats! :clap What sort of ETA did the...

Congrats! :clap

What sort of ETA did the dealer give you?
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-28-2015, 11:23 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,187
Posted By VikB
The Bulldog is a twin. :deal

The Bulldog is a twin. :deal
Forum: Thumpers 03-28-2015, 06:51 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,118
Posted By VikB
I realize this is an old thread, but it still...

I realize this is an old thread, but it still shows up on the 1st page of Google searches so I figured I'd add the info below I found while researching a Safari tank for the 2008+ KLR. :deal
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-28-2015, 06:13 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,187
Posted By VikB
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4Cu4cdjYvw ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4Cu4cdjYvw

I was wrong. Let the GromADVentures begin! :clap
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-28-2015, 05:51 AM
Replies: 2,232
Views: 235,592
Posted By VikB
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7615/16334432593_e4...

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7615/16334432593_e482b929b3_b.jpg

Maybe Punxsutawney Phil knows the answer? :evil
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-27-2015, 03:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,187
Posted By VikB
http://amsterdamtoanywhere.nl/wp-content/gallery/o...

http://amsterdamtoanywhere.nl/wp-content/gallery/ongekende-gastvrijheid/ongekende-gastvrijheid-45.jpg

A better choice would be the Honda CRF250L. Small displacement bigger wheels and better...
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