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Forum: Thumpers 08-21-2010, 09:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,956
Posted By bretoneer
Thanks El Gato

Thanks El Gato for the reply. Your suggestion is exactly my plan of action: get one, ride it as is, and fix only as needed. The thermobob looks like a very simple install based on the pics and...
Forum: Thumpers 08-21-2010, 09:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,956
Posted By bretoneer
Thanks for the report

Thanks Full Power for the update. Funny remark re cab heat and windshield washer option :clap :rofl

I kinda suspected things weren't as dire as they can sometimes seem based on posts etc. The...
Forum: Thumpers 08-21-2010, 07:59 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,956
Posted By bretoneer
KLR 650 '08+ Questions

Hi all,

Looking at the new KLR after coming off several years of great fun on a DL650. Couple questions (sorry if they've already been answered elsewhere, I haven't found them yet):

1)...
Forum: Beasts 05-29-2009, 08:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,558
Posted By bretoneer
Nicely done!

Any chance of troubling you for measurements and mounting points of the rack and brackets? :clap
Forum: Beasts 05-26-2009, 07:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,228
Posted By bretoneer
Hydraulic clutch on Stroms?

Glad to hear you sorted out the issues with your clutch. I think one or two inmates mentioned the "hydraulic clutch." The Stroms, to my knowledge, don't have hydraulic clutches, nor hydraulic clutch...
Forum: Equipment 05-26-2009, 11:36 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 26,107
Posted By bretoneer
Fieldsheer Adventure jacket and pants

Been riding with them for 3+ years and no complaints. The 1000 denier material, the fibers of which are coated with teflon, works great in almost all weather conditions. I like the fact that the...
Forum: Beasts 05-26-2009, 11:01 AM
Replies: 502
Views: 101,738
Posted By bretoneer
Diesel powered bikes

It will be interesting to see the longevity of a diesel engine in a motorcycle. Diesel engines like to be run for long durations at 80-90% of rated power, they do not like to be punched and idled,...
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-24-2009, 10:18 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 8,130
Posted By bretoneer
Battlewing vs Anakee

No prob RedHawk. The OEM Battlewings lasted me about 6k miles before I replaced them, there was still tread left but they had formed a pretty good ridge on either side. The Anakees (I haven't heard...
Forum: Beasts 05-22-2009, 03:48 PM
Replies: 9,166
Views: 3,570,035
Posted By bretoneer
Greener Grass

Yep, Santiago etc are my local haunts. I'm in Laguna Niguel so going out either Ortega and up the Main Divide near Blue Jay or out to Silverado Canyon up the dirt road to Santiago are a 2 hour round...
Forum: Beasts 05-22-2009, 11:28 AM
Replies: 9,166
Views: 3,570,035
Posted By bretoneer
Thanks for the 411

Hey Wulf,

Thanks for the info on the Wee vs. V. I've been pretty satisfied with the power of my Wee, and based on your observations I think I'll be sticking with it for quite a while. I think...
Forum: Beasts 05-22-2009, 11:07 AM
Replies: 9,166
Views: 3,570,035
Posted By bretoneer
Dave Hill effect

Not only does that look great, but do you have any ideas on how one might go about applying the Dave Hill effect to an actual DL paint job? :wink: Got an '06 Wee in red which I have been...
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-22-2009, 10:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 8,130
Posted By bretoneer
Anakees or Battlewings

Hey fellows,

I don't have a GS, just a Wee, but my Wee came with stock Battlewings. I have swapped over to Anakees after the OEMs did their time and the Anakees are a far better tire both on road...
Forum: Ride reports 05-15-2009, 09:25 PM
Replies: 1,730
Views: 1,058,363
Posted By bretoneer
Wow, crazy-good report!

Well done Luke. When I started reading I figured I was in for something good. Then things took a weird warp into Alice' rabbit hole before you got the heck out of Dodge and in to Mex in the early...
Forum: Ride reports 05-15-2009, 08:56 PM
Replies: 694
Views: 1,071,479
Posted By bretoneer
Bump

This stuff is just too cool and classic not to. :clap :clap :clap Bravo Weber family. Bravo to all ADVers who are still out playing on their bikes.
Forum: Beasts 05-15-2009, 08:26 PM
Replies: 9,166
Views: 3,570,035
Posted By bretoneer
Killer color on the new Wee, and congrats on the new bike

Wulf,

Congrats on the new Wee. Love the color - do you know what the official Suzuki color is? Would love to repaint and match that on my Wee K6. By the way, how are you liking the Wee compared to...
Forum: Beasts 05-08-2009, 10:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 642
Posted By bretoneer
Hi Bill, I think I chimed in on another...

Hi Bill,

I think I chimed in on another thread, but here's what I have: Fork oil is 150mm down from top tube, fully compressed (I believe OEM level is 140mm down from top, which is to say, OEM is...
Forum: Beasts 05-08-2009, 09:31 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,317
Posted By bretoneer
The Wee is about 40# lighter than the Vee (my...

The Wee is about 40# lighter than the Vee (my current and only bike at present is a Wee), and having ridden the KLR there is no comparison with the Wee overall. The Wee is far more comfortable and...
Forum: Beasts 05-08-2009, 09:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,594
Posted By bretoneer
I'm in if you decide to sell 'em

Count me in if you decide to do so. Another option might be to weld up the two squares, cut and drill the brackets to length, and then let us inmates have the brackets welded to the squares in our...
Forum: Beasts 05-08-2009, 10:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 975
Posted By bretoneer
Preload vs sag

I think a point that is missing from this conversation is the amount of rider sag, which will in turn determine how much preload you actually need to achieve this. Spacer length plays in to this...
Forum: Beasts 05-08-2009, 10:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,296
Posted By bretoneer
NADA and KBB

NADA and KBB for bikes is notoriously low compared to the actual market, so I wouldn't put too much emphasis on those numbers in terms of whether or not you feel you are getting a bargain.

To...
Forum: Beasts 05-08-2009, 09:55 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,296
Posted By bretoneer
I think this is moving in the right direction....

I think this is moving in the right direction. For reference, I paid $5,999 OTD in CA for my new 2006 Wee (purchased April, 2006). LA Cyclesport (now OTD Cyclesport) had come in to the market shortly...
Forum: Beasts 05-08-2009, 09:09 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,594
Posted By bretoneer
Excellent solution!

Well done, looks great, easy / cheap to replace if damaged, which is prob very unlikely.

Couple questions: are those 20mm cans? Any chance of providing the rest of the inmates with some specs, eg...
Forum: Beasts 05-07-2009, 07:57 PM
Replies: 344
Views: 66,585
Posted By bretoneer
DL fork tubes

Yes, they both use Showa 43mm forks, however the DL650, as you have seen in this thread, uses a damper rod for spring damping, whereas the DL1000 uses cartridge style valves that are adjustable. The...
Forum: Beasts 05-04-2009, 06:53 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,125
Posted By bretoneer
Classic!!!

:rofl ! That was too funny!!! Nice work:clap
Forum: Beasts 05-04-2009, 06:46 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,125
Posted By bretoneer
A face only a mother could love

But, I presume your mom loves you? Therefore, who cares. And, as a close buddy pointed out prior to me pushing myself beyond the looks dept and into the practicality dept, "you can't see what it...
Forum: Beasts 05-04-2009, 06:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,296
Posted By bretoneer
New or used

You didn't mention price. That will make a big diff in the equation. A few benjamins saved over new, not worth it IMHO. A few thousand benjamins saved, then it might be time to take a look under the...
Forum: Ride reports 05-04-2009, 06:21 PM
Replies: 607
Views: 89,164
Posted By bretoneer
Riding Israel

Hi Eldad,
Great report and great pics. Israel is at the top of my list of riding / exploring destinations. As far as some of the questions our fellow riders have asked in regard to...
Forum: Beasts 04-26-2009, 07:58 PM
Replies: 367
Views: 116,632
Posted By bretoneer
Thumb Good bar for stock replacement

Pro Taper ATV hi bend
Forum: Beasts 03-03-2009, 02:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,367
Posted By bretoneer
versys vs vstrom

The Versys will be a lot more vibe'y at 75mph compared to the Vstrom 1000, but both have excellent motors. The comparison is a little bit of apples to oranges though.

A more adequate comparison...
Forum: Parallel Universe 07-27-2008, 06:41 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 31,881
Posted By bretoneer
The Key

"I've seen good riders do amazing things on the 990's, but they bought the bikes to ride hard and were willing to pay the price."

This statement well sums up riding ANY of the big ADV bikes on or...
Forum: Beasts 07-26-2008, 03:12 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,742
Posted By bretoneer
Thanks for all the good input

Thanks all to the excellent feedback. Much appreciated.

Hey MNRon,

How do you like the AlaskaLeathers sheepskin and the BeadRider cover? Do they help make the Sargent even better? Which would...
Forum: Beasts 07-26-2008, 03:02 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 7,128
Posted By bretoneer
Cg

It does not lower the CG of the rider, of course, but it does lower the CG of the weight on the bike, and it is the bike that one wants to keep in a vertical orientation when riding in sand. One also...
Forum: Beasts 07-22-2008, 12:44 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,742
Posted By bretoneer
Seats: Sargent or Corbin for DL 650?

Considering upgrading my stock seat after 10k miles. Any recommendations between Sargent and Corbin from those who have actually tried both?

As an aside, should I save my money and go with an...
Forum: Beasts 07-19-2008, 07:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,829
Posted By bretoneer
30k with no valve adjustment

My good buddy has an '06 Wee, he just turned 30k, checked the valves and they didn't need adjustment. That was his first valve check. He was also an MBZ mechanic for 20 years before moving up in the...
Forum: Beasts 07-19-2008, 07:12 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,195
Posted By bretoneer
Wee vs V at 70-80mph

All the Wee's seem to be hitting the same spot, including mine, at 80mph: just under / at 6,000 rpm on the stock tach / speedo readings. One tooth bigger in the front will drop that 300rpm, just as...
Forum: Beasts 07-19-2008, 12:46 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 7,128
Posted By bretoneer
Skills

Skills are the key. I don't have them, but am practicing them.

1) Keep the CG low. This means up on the pegs so all your body weight is at that level and not at seat level.

2) Keep the bike...
Forum: Ride reports 07-19-2008, 11:47 AM
Replies: 179
Views: 35,013
Posted By bretoneer
Thanks for sharing!

An incredible ride report - great writing, great photos, great narrative. Thanks for sharing!
Forum: Ride reports 07-19-2008, 11:06 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 8,767
Posted By bretoneer
Hey Rob, Yep, it would be that Bras d Or...

Hey Rob,

Yep, it would be that Bras d Or lakes! Do you remember what section you were near?

I'm not much of a museum guy myself, been through the Bell museum as a kid several times, I was more...
Forum: Ride reports 07-18-2008, 07:47 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 8,767
Posted By bretoneer
Cape Breton Island

Great ride report, you were up in some beautiful country. My family is from Glace Bay and Sydney on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. I didn't hear any reports of exploring up around the Bras d Or...
Forum: Beasts 07-10-2008, 09:34 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,870
Posted By bretoneer
DL to DR

Hi svwayne,

Your question is one we all have struggled with many times, and to date, I don't think there is a perfect solution. Any heavy bike off road will be harder to handle (stating the...
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