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Forum: Thumpers 04-15-2014, 07:00 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,988
Posted By Taurkon
I've ridden ST on both the 690 and 500 on fairly...

I've ridden ST on both the 690 and 500 on fairly tight ST with lots of logs and hills. I race the 40B and consider myself a reasonable rider. Factually speaking, I can ride the 500 hard for about 2...
Forum: Thumpers 04-03-2014, 09:19 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 269
Posted By Taurkon
Importing a new(er) KTM 500 exc to Canada?

I just checked the RIV.ca website and it seems you cannot import any street legal KTM newer than 2007 into Canada. Was thinking of bringing in a 500 exc if the price was right but apparently it's...
Forum: Face plant 04-03-2014, 07:57 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 10,581
Posted By Taurkon
RIP to your friend's brother. Very sad and...

RIP to your friend's brother. Very sad and definitely highlights the risks of riding that we cannot compensate for, yet accept each time we click into 1st.

I hit a Canadian Goose a few years...
Forum: Thumpers 03-10-2014, 12:54 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,182
Posted By Taurkon
Thank you! I've been thinking of doing a 3 month...

Thank you! I've been thinking of doing a 3 month N.America to S.America trip with the wife and the smallest bike to got to in my head was a KLR or DR650. You know, there is a lot to be said about a...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 03-10-2014, 12:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,519
Posted By Taurkon
Not sure what ST is like in your neck of the...

Not sure what ST is like in your neck of the woods, but there is NO WAY i'd ride my 990 again on ST. Way too tight, too many logs to get the front end over, to many steep, switchback, heavily tree'd...
Forum: Face plant 02-13-2014, 11:36 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 19,385
Posted By Taurkon
The crash sucks, but glad it wasn't serious and...

The crash sucks, but glad it wasn't serious and good to see you riding your bike in the conditions it was meant to be ridden in.

Also, nice choice in boots. I wear with MX boots of the Forma...
Forum: Face plant 02-13-2014, 11:30 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 35,241
Posted By Taurkon
I am still stunned by the footwear folks think is...

I am still stunned by the footwear folks think is adequate.

These are my main boots I wear:

Gaerne SG-12 MX boots
http://www.spoke-store.sk/photos/original/gaerne-sg-12.jpg

And I wear these...
Forum: Thumpers 02-13-2014, 10:38 AM
Replies: 13,057
Views: 672,901
Posted By Taurkon
Hmm, the ignorance that comes from people...

Hmm, the ignorance that comes from people astounds me sometimes.

When I purchased my 990A, I heard from all sorts of folks that its a great bike when it runs, but I'd be wrenching it a lot. I...
Forum: Thumpers 02-13-2014, 10:25 AM
Replies: 13,057
Views: 672,901
Posted By Taurkon
Good mod. I've put both the Steahly flywheel...

Good mod. I've put both the Steahly flywheel weight (12 oz I believe) and G2 cam. It did make a considerable difference.

BTW, nice skills your wife has. She is ripping it pretty good! :D
Forum: Thumpers 02-13-2014, 10:23 AM
Replies: 13,057
Views: 672,901
Posted By Taurkon
I've ridden the Fraiser Canyon area on the bigger...

I've ridden the Fraiser Canyon area on the bigger Adventure bikes and loved it. It is a long ways though, about the same time to get there as it is to Utah. :)
Forum: Thumpers 02-11-2014, 07:15 PM
Replies: 13,057
Views: 672,901
Posted By Taurkon
Wow, someone piss in your cereal this morning? ...

Wow, someone piss in your cereal this morning? Fact is, different strokes for different folks. I saw this thread and figured I may get some good info on the WR250R for a specific purpose.

I am...
Forum: Thumpers 02-11-2014, 07:06 PM
Replies: 13,057
Views: 672,901
Posted By Taurkon
Excellent feedback thank you! We do a lot...

Excellent feedback thank you!

We do a lot of Adventure riding, her on an F650GS and I on my 990. The thought was to start looking at bikes that fit between the dirt bikes and the adventure...
Forum: Thumpers 02-11-2014, 01:28 PM
Replies: 13,057
Views: 672,901
Posted By Taurkon
Not looking for regret feedback, but ridability

My wife currently has a KTM 200XC but is a high beginner, low intermediate rider. The terrain we ride is mostly single and quad track, lots of trees, and lots of hills.

The wife started on a...
Forum: Thumpers 01-13-2014, 08:25 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 7,776
Posted By Taurkon
1. Forget about $$$. We are not talking money...

1. Forget about $$$. We are not talking money that will impact retirement. Get the bike that you really want, in this case the 690. You won't regret it.

2. Keep the DRZ and give it to the GF...
Forum: Thumpers 12-20-2013, 07:22 AM
Replies: 1,711
Views: 518,267
Posted By Taurkon
Wife on her F650 last summer. /sign boy do I...

Wife on her F650 last summer. /sign boy do I miss summer. At least its warmed up to a balmy -16C today. :)

...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-04-2013, 09:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 702
Posted By Taurkon
Thanks for confirming my thoughts guys. Will...

Thanks for confirming my thoughts guys. Will pull her apart in the next few weeks and report back once the issue is resolved.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 10-30-2013, 08:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 702
Posted By Taurkon
No power on hard left

Final days of a 2 week adventure this year and my 07' 990A became ornery. On a hard left turn, I loose all power... engine cuts, and there is no power to anything. I found this out on the last day...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 10-30-2013, 08:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,931
Posted By Taurkon
Honestly, what is wrong with both? I'll be...

Honestly, what is wrong with both? I'll be picking up an 1190 when they hit the dealerships here, but I won't sell another bike which includes the 990!
Forum: Racing 08-27-2013, 08:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 858
Posted By Taurkon
JR was an instructor at a GS training course my...

JR was an instructor at a GS training course my wife attended earlier this summer. She praised him for his insane riding abilities and his teaching skills. She pulled his business card out...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 08-09-2013, 10:28 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,823
Posted By Taurkon
We found this out the day we arrived in Elk City....

We found this out the day we arrived in Elk City. The lady at the ranger station suggested it could possibly be closed for the remainder of the summer. It really put a snag into our trip so we...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 07-25-2013, 06:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 786
Posted By Taurkon
I changed mine at 30,000km on my 07' 990. It was...

I changed mine at 30,000km on my 07' 990. It was not leaking but I wanted to use the 08' water shaft kit. If I recall, the 08' + were changed, but not the 07'. It's been awhile so /shurg.

I've...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 07-24-2013, 11:59 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,823
Posted By Taurkon
Anyone know if there is premium gas in Elk City?

Anyone know if there is premium gas in Elk City?
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 07-23-2013, 07:07 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,823
Posted By Taurkon
Very much appreciate this thread. I just...

Very much appreciate this thread. I just finished planning a 10 day ride from Calgary to Southern Idaho and back for my wife and I, and I'd never hear of this corridor. Somehow though, I ended up...
Forum: Thumpers 07-17-2013, 02:10 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,468
Posted By Taurkon
What year is your 350? Also, what gearing are...

What year is your 350? Also, what gearing are you running and do you have an est top speed?
Forum: Thumpers 07-16-2013, 12:30 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,468
Posted By Taurkon
Agreed! I will be riding these bikes from sea...

Agreed! I will be riding these bikes from sea level to 7k and don't want to always be playing with jetting.

I have EFI on my 990 and it's never failed me. I spend at least 15% of my time...
Forum: Thumpers 07-16-2013, 12:20 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,468
Posted By Taurkon
My wife currently rides a KTM 200XC and a BMW...

My wife currently rides a KTM 200XC and a BMW F650GS. She rides her XC on ST, and her BMW on quad tracks, although I'd say most of the riding is in the intermediate range. She is comfortable enough...
Forum: Canada 07-15-2013, 07:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 474
Posted By Taurkon
That's all I need to know. This trip is feeling...

That's all I need to know. This trip is feeling more and more like it will be a Travel Trailer trip with the dirt bikes, and doing the spoke and hub type adventures daily.
Forum: Canada 07-15-2013, 07:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 474
Posted By Taurkon
Good info; that kills that part of the route!

Good info; that kills that part of the route!
Forum: Thumpers 07-15-2013, 02:42 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,468
Posted By Taurkon
I won't be riding anything super tight and gnarly...

I won't be riding anything super tight and gnarly with my wife, and a key requirement is the bikes need to be plated, which is difficult (not impossible) here in Alberta. I'm not that worried about...
Forum: Thumpers 07-15-2013, 12:21 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,468
Posted By Taurkon
Just the feedback I was looking for. Our...

Just the feedback I was looking for. Our adventure bikes are great for those 8,000km two week adventure trips, but there is just something about crawling into places an adventure can't quite get to,...
Forum: Thumpers 07-15-2013, 10:27 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,468
Posted By Taurkon
KTM 500 and 350

Yes, I know there is a 284 page thread on the 500, and likely one the same length on the 350. Just need you guys with them to nut out a few things.

I want to pick up a new 350 and 500 for my wife...
Forum: Canada 07-15-2013, 10:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 474
Posted By Taurkon
Koko Claims west of Elkford, BC -> Doable?

A couple questions for those of you who know and ride the Elkford area.

1. With the recent flooding, can anyone tell me if Koko Claims is accessible?
2. If accessible, is it doable on adventure...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 06-13-2013, 08:02 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 13,482
Posted By Taurkon
44, I am a husband and father of 2 daughters,...

44, I am a husband and father of 2 daughters, aged 24 & 23.

I manage an IS development team for a mid-sized North American Oil and Gas company. They give me about 7 weeks of vacation a year,...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-16-2013, 04:03 PM
Replies: 324
Views: 47,907
Posted By Taurkon
Zumo 550 caved on me, therefore I went with a...

Zumo 550 caved on me, therefore I went with a Montana. Would not have replaced it had it continued to work. In other words, I agree although I think the Montana can be had for about $450, whereas...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-15-2013, 08:52 AM
Replies: 324
Views: 47,907
Posted By Taurkon
I read the first page, and have not gone through...

I read the first page, and have not gone through a lot of the follow up posts, but here are a few thoughts based on 5 years of owning a 990A and gearing it up...

Bash Plate: I went with an...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-15-2013, 08:31 AM
Replies: 324
Views: 47,907
Posted By Taurkon
You're welcome to take my 07' 990 for a test...

You're welcome to take my 07' 990 for a test drive. It's far from stock, but you will get a good feeling for what it's like to ride a 990A. Shoot me a PM and we can arrange something. This weekend...
Forum: GPS Tracks - Rockies 03-27-2013, 04:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,648
Posted By Taurkon
Nice RR and it looks like some nice roads. Any...

Nice RR and it looks like some nice roads. Any chance you have some gps tracks for it? I can likely figure out most of the roads if not based on destinations you indicated.

Cheers!
Forum: GPS Tracks - Rockies 03-23-2013, 02:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,648
Posted By Taurkon
Muchly appreciated. First glance, and they look...

Muchly appreciated. First glance, and they look good! :D
Forum: GPS Tracks - Rockies 03-18-2013, 03:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,648
Posted By Taurkon
If Idaho is so great, prove it!!!

** This is a repost. I believe I originally put it in the wrong category (GPS Tracks - West & PNW)

Hey guys, looking for some good adventure tracks for a summer trip. My wife and I ride a 990A...
Forum: Ridiculous streetbikes with 6 CPUs and too much horsepower (1050/1190/1290cc) 03-14-2013, 08:10 AM
Replies: 1,650
Views: 490,963
Posted By Taurkon
Igor, thanks for the fantastic pictures. I'll be...

Igor, thanks for the fantastic pictures. I'll be picking up an 1190R next year, retiring the 990A to the bike museum (not selling another single bike; gonna will em all to my grand kids eventually).
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