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Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-31-2014, 08:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 431
Posted By gkostolny
Question Who are you, fellow Brisbane (CA) ADVer?

This sexy jeep has been parked on my street pretty consistently for a few weeks now, and I just noticed the ADV sticker on the back.

Which of you is the lucky owner?
...
Forum: Ride reports 05-27-2014, 10:33 PM
Replies: 238
Views: 47,269
Posted By gkostolny
Subscribed. Let the living vicariously begin. ...

Subscribed. Let the living vicariously begin.

Need anyone to look after the triumph or the WRX while you're away? :evil
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 12-10-2013, 01:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 745
Posted By gkostolny
Interesting. It has been particularly cold around...

Interesting. It has been particularly cold around here lately (for the area) - 30s-40s. I'll keep an eye on it and drag it in if it happens again.

Appreciate the advice!

Gabe
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 12-09-2013, 08:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 745
Posted By gkostolny
2011 990 idling on side stand died with loud "clack"

Twice in the past week (once this evening) my 990 has died with a loud "clack". This evening it did it while warming up in front of my office on the side stand. I hadn't touched it aside from turning...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 10-21-2013, 09:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,790
Posted By gkostolny
So the folks at Scuderia were kind enough to...

So the folks at Scuderia were kind enough to replace the main starter relay under warranty same-day, and so far the bike is starting just fine. May have just gone bad in an invisible way.

Will...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 10-18-2013, 01:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,790
Posted By gkostolny
Well, turns out my home shop was full of shit....

Well, turns out my home shop was full of shit. Scuderia in SF says it's under warranty until August '14, so I left it with them. They agreed that it sounds like the starter relay, and fortunately...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 10-18-2013, 08:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,790
Posted By gkostolny
I think it's expired, but I'll call them and...

I think it's expired, but I'll call them and double-check. What I was told when I bought it was that the Adventure Dakar model had a 1-year because of the R tune on the engine.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 10-18-2013, 08:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,790
Posted By gkostolny
I haven't checked at the fusebox - will do that...

I haven't checked at the fusebox - will do that today. At the starter relay it was reading 12.8.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 10-17-2013, 11:01 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,281
Posted By gkostolny
SIDI Adventure Rain (non-Goretex). Bought them...

SIDI Adventure Rain (non-Goretex). Bought them after badly screwing up my ankle in a low-speed fall. Compared a bunch of the "adventure" boots and these were the only ones that had enough ankle...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 10-17-2013, 10:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,790
Posted By gkostolny
Thumbs down Back, and still completely boggled - Help!

So after a short period of no problems after installing a new battery, my 990 has decided to take a dump on me again, and continues to misbehave after quite a bit of messing about. Same symptoms:
...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 03-13-2013, 05:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,790
Posted By gkostolny
Thanks, Dave. That's very helpful. I'll check it...

Thanks, Dave. That's very helpful. I'll check it out.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 03-12-2013, 11:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,790
Posted By gkostolny
The battery connections should be tight - I...

The battery connections should be tight - I installed and then removed a pigtail recently, and tightened them as part of each process, but I'll give it a double-check.

Thanks!
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 03-12-2013, 11:45 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,790
Posted By gkostolny
Thanks, Deuce. I'll try to spend some time on...

Thanks, Deuce. I'll try to spend some time on that, unfortunately I have limited garage space and time at the moment, so tearing down the bike is a bit of a pain, but I imagine there's no help for it.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 03-12-2013, 11:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,790
Posted By gkostolny
Thanks, Zuber. But any idea why honking the horn...

Thanks, Zuber. But any idea why honking the horn would resolve a dirty starter contact? That seems pretty weird. I'm more suspicious that perhaps it's energizing the wiring and helping resolve an...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 03-12-2013, 11:13 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,790
Posted By gkostolny
It is pretty funny, but I don't want to get stuck...

It is pretty funny, but I don't want to get stuck someplace. :)
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 03-11-2013, 09:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,790
Posted By gkostolny
Question Bizarre '11 990 Adventure Dakar electrical gremlin

I bought a leftover 2011 Adv Dakar last August. Since then I have had a couple of problems with it - a lambda sensor was replaced, and then an electrical short that stranded me late one night due to...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 09-01-2012, 05:54 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 453
Posted By gkostolny
Hollister Hills tomorrow, anyone?

Just got my new 990 Adventure back from the 600 mile service and installed a skid plate & barkbusters, so it's time to introduce it to the dirt! Never been to HH so I'm planning to cruise down from...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-31-2012, 02:12 PM
Replies: 11,194
Views: 2,391,393
Posted By gkostolny
Just got my 2011 Adventure Dakar back from the...

Just got my 2011 Adventure Dakar back from the 900 mile service.

Previous mods: Touratech GPS mount, KTM top box.

Last night's: Found the rev limiter :evil, BDCW skid plate, Cycra pro-bends...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-16-2012, 10:12 PM
Replies: 11,194
Views: 2,391,393
Posted By gkostolny
Moved my GPS from the Ulysses over to the new...

Moved my GPS from the Ulysses over to the new 990. Kind of a pain in the ass, what with having to disassemble the front end, drill holes in the dash, etc. :huh But the results are pretty sweet!
...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-10-2012, 09:31 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,991
Posted By gkostolny
You're gonna love it! Just make sure you adjust...

You're gonna love it! Just make sure you adjust the suspension. I changed mine to the sport mode settings from the manual last night and it felt way better on this morning's ride - I think I may ease...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-10-2012, 07:26 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,991
Posted By gkostolny
Actually I meant the ones around the levers on...

Actually I meant the ones around the levers on the handlebars - but good info on the others, thanks!
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-09-2012, 10:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,991
Posted By gkostolny
nice! any thoughts on how durable those...

nice! any thoughts on how durable those brushguards it comes with are?
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-09-2012, 10:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,991
Posted By gkostolny
thanks - i can't believe how lucky i am!

thanks - i can't believe how lucky i am!
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-09-2012, 05:13 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,991
Posted By gkostolny
The very first test ride I took I freaked out...

The very first test ride I took I freaked out because it was shaking so much at idle. The guy who was showing it to me was all, "you've never ridden a Harley, have you son?"

But it's a fantastic...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-09-2012, 05:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,991
Posted By gkostolny
that is one sexy beast!

that is one sexy beast!
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-09-2012, 04:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,991
Posted By gkostolny
Thanks! I'm loving it - just gotta get used to...

Thanks! I'm loving it - just gotta get used to the front end being so far out in front of me compared to the Uly.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-09-2012, 03:13 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,991
Posted By gkostolny
Wicked Strange beast followed me home today...

I think my Ulysses is gonna be a bit jealous - anybody interested in a nicely farkled 2008 XB12XT?

https://p.twimg.com/Az4laM2CYAAKfDD.jpg:large
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-07-2012, 08:19 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 400
Posted By gkostolny
Question Price for 2011 Adventure Dakar?

Hi All,

I currently have a Buell Ulysses XB12XT (which I love), but I'm getting a hankering for something that'll get dirtier after hitting a rough 4x4 road on a trip a few weeks back with a buddy...
Forum: Beasts 07-25-2012, 06:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 996
Posted By gkostolny
How are the Trail Attacks compared to the...

How are the Trail Attacks compared to the Pirellis? I have no experience with Contis on the motos.
Forum: Beasts 07-25-2012, 06:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 996
Posted By gkostolny
Thanks for the thoughts on the TKC front - I've...

Thanks for the thoughts on the TKC front - I've ridden TKCs before on my old KLR and I wasn't very happy with their stick. My experience with the MT60s was (expectedly) way better - and since I'm on...
Forum: Beasts 07-24-2012, 12:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 996
Posted By gkostolny
Question 120 mt60 front + 180 scorpion trail rear?

Apologies if this has been discussed elsewhere - I searched around and didn't find anything.

I have an 08 Ulysses and the standard tire sizes are 120/70 & 180/55 17s. I've worn out my Scorpion...
Forum: Beasts 07-23-2012, 04:23 PM
Replies: 4,563
Views: 965,597
Posted By gkostolny
Finally got dirty again

Photos thanks to my good buddy live2ridetahoe, who lured me onto this loose, steep, nasty 4x4 road up at Gold Lake in northern CA. And then raced ahead on his Triumph 800XC to get pics of the...
Forum: Beasts 07-21-2010, 10:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,435
Posted By gkostolny
You guys are definitely making me curious to try...

You guys are definitely making me curious to try out the F800. I've also been curious about Triumphs, but the old Tiger did nothing for me and the new one seemed like even more of a streetbike than...
Forum: Beasts 07-20-2010, 05:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,435
Posted By gkostolny
See, I know that the Uly weighs in pretty close...

See, I know that the Uly weighs in pretty close and all, but it doesn't *feel* as huge as the GS. It tucks away underneath you and feels like a smaller bike. But I do hate the 17 inch front wheel in...
Forum: Beasts 07-17-2010, 12:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,435
Posted By gkostolny
Question Uly owner test-rode an '09 R12Gs today...

...while down at BMW of Santa Cruz county picking up a rallye 2 pro jacket for $525. :super

Maybe it could grow on me, but I just disliked it right off the bat: the cockpit and the engine both...
Forum: Beasts 07-13-2010, 12:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,279
Posted By gkostolny
Thanks much for the advice. I'll look around for...

Thanks much for the advice. I'll look around for a shop in the area that might be able to do it. Don't have any hookups at the moment.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-12-2010, 11:56 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,152
Posted By gkostolny
Interesting - thank you. From looking at Google...

Interesting - thank you. From looking at Google maps it appears that Boards Crossing road dead ends just before the river but it forks a bit before into 5N02 & 5N75. 5N02 seems to wrap around quite a...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-12-2010, 11:49 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,152
Posted By gkostolny
Well let me know if you want to head out that way...

Well let me know if you want to head out that way some time. I had a blast, but it's always more fun (and a bit safer) to have someone else along.

-gabe
Forum: Beasts 07-12-2010, 10:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,279
Posted By gkostolny
Sure, if I had TIG welding facilities... Or...

Sure, if I had TIG welding facilities... Or somebody who wanted to volunteer to do it for me. :ear
Forum: Beasts 07-12-2010, 08:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,279
Posted By gkostolny
Overpriced farkle saves my Uly...

(and me!) a lot of trouble yesterday, without me even knowing it:

http://gabeck.smugmug.com/Travel/4-to-88-July-2010/IMG0523/932837468_uNjbW-L.jpg

75 miles or so of forest roads, some pretty...
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