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Forum: Trials 10-11-2011, 10:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,896
Posted By oldturtle
Wow, beautiful ! I previously owned a 73 Bultaco...

Wow, beautiful ! I previously owned a 73 Bultaco Alpina 350 2S and an 86 Honda Reflex 200 4S. Both niche bikes that were fun for me. I now enjoy plunking around on my Bros BETA Rev-3 but get tired...
Forum: Beasts 08-24-2011, 04:39 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,929
Posted By oldturtle
I owned a grey market 5 speed carb model Varadero...

I owned a grey market 5 speed carb model Varadero and loved bike. Sold only because registering in CA was out. So I moved on to a DL650 and then a DL1000. They are all good.
Forum: Beasts 08-24-2011, 04:19 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,309
Posted By oldturtle
I love my 2011 Versys for what it does...

I love my 2011 Versys for what it does exceptionally well and that would be casual twisty road riding. For this type of riding and also commuting there are not many bikes that could put the Versys...
Forum: Beasts 08-22-2011, 09:47 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,309
Posted By oldturtle
I have owned and sold KLR gen 1 & 2 and a DL650...

I have owned and sold KLR gen 1 & 2 and a DL650 Wee. I now own DL1000 and Versys. Even though many owners are riding the Versys off pavement it is not a smart choice. The Versys is a 100% street bike...
Forum: Beasts 08-04-2011, 04:29 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 8,568
Posted By oldturtle
I am very happy with my 06 DL1000 after stiffer...

I am very happy with my 06 DL1000 after stiffer springs and lighter/less oil in forks and after Sasquatch rebuild and re-sprung shock. My plan was to modify fork valving only if needed after other...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-18-2011, 12:23 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 14,444
Posted By oldturtle
I was alone on my DR650 at Cache Cr last week and...

I was alone on my DR650 at Cache Cr last week and checked out road from East end. Easy access around barricades and across concrete river crossing. No water over road bed. I rode about three miles up...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-14-2011, 07:46 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,942
Posted By oldturtle
Geezer dual sport riders needed Nor Cal

Looking for like minded Geezer Northern Cal dual sport and adventure riders. Retired and available during week days preferred. Have ridden most of organized dual sport runs throughout Nor Cal. Have...
Forum: Beasts 07-12-2011, 08:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,295
Posted By oldturtle
I rode LA-B-V twice on plated XRs. I was very...

I rode LA-B-V twice on plated XRs. I was very happy to be on a dirt bike while riding the long, loose, and whooped out sand washes. Several riders on KLR650s with big full tanks were suffering. I...
Forum: Beasts 07-07-2011, 08:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,318
Posted By oldturtle
Any pics of bung in fuel pump mounting collar. Or...

Any pics of bung in fuel pump mounting collar. Or possibly more details of installation. I have 5.0 gal auto fuel cell that I would like to plumb up to my Vee.
Forum: Beasts 06-01-2011, 07:55 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,354
Posted By oldturtle
I was referring to the street legal S because it...

I was referring to the street legal S because it is now available new. I do not believe the off road E is available new. The off road E should be better if you can locate good model and if you can...
Forum: Beasts 06-01-2011, 08:45 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,354
Posted By oldturtle
Compromise your objectives. You are much better...

Compromise your objectives. You are much better off just slowing down on super slab with middleweight than to suffer big-time in rock patch with heavy multi. Been there and done that with both. So...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-20-2011, 07:45 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,017
Posted By oldturtle
Look, if the deer has your number then there is...

Look, if the deer has your number then there is no missing them no matter what you do. I was riding north on US97 thru Oregon and very large Muley jumped out from behind a string of south bound...
Forum: Beasts 04-19-2011, 09:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 7,699
Posted By oldturtle
You just got bit by thinking used is always...

You just got bit by thinking used is always better. Normally you would be correct but not always. And you just lost out. Who knows how the previous owner cared for and rode the Versys. So either...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-17-2011, 01:20 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,562
Posted By oldturtle
Your buddy should do better job of keeping out of...

Your buddy should do better job of keeping out of harms way. My preference would be for your buddy to be in left side of left lane with you staggered to his right at about 3 bike lengths behind. This...
Forum: Road warriors 04-17-2011, 09:23 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,495
Posted By oldturtle
Only two sensible options for your consideration...

Only two sensible options for your consideration depending on your priorities. Kawi Versys or Suzi Wee Strom.

The Versys is slightly better for local twisty road riding due to more sport oriented...
Forum: Road warriors 04-17-2011, 08:56 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,725
Posted By oldturtle
I was in same situation while owning a DL1000 for...

I was in same situation while owning a DL1000 for LD touring and a DR650 for dirt roads. I looked at Suzuki SV650, Yamaha FZ6, and Ninja 650. My priorities were sit-up comfort and decent suspension....
Forum: Beasts 04-15-2011, 08:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,863
Posted By oldturtle
urbanXJ. Thanks for info. I have been considering...

urbanXJ. Thanks for info. I have been considering doing a track day for some time but other priorities interfere. Now that I own a bike like the Versys I may need to reconsider and go for it. For me...
Forum: Beasts 04-13-2011, 06:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,863
Posted By oldturtle
Curious about your suspension and brakes, stock...

Curious about your suspension and brakes, stock or modified? What did you run for tires. What is opinion about your suspension, brakes, and tires after the track day?
Forum: Beasts 04-11-2011, 09:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,672
Posted By oldturtle
With regard to torque effect, absolutely no diff....

With regard to torque effect, absolutely no diff. However, with regard to sprocket life, some difference. The larger front sprocket should last longer due to more contact points and due to increased...
Forum: Beasts 04-08-2011, 09:33 AM
Replies: 6,740
Views: 1,501,877
Posted By oldturtle
IMO the Versys is a little nicer pure street ride...

IMO the Versys is a little nicer pure street ride although the Wee is also extremely nice. Both are totally smooth if left stock. The shorter Versys would be my choice for city riding.

For touring...
Forum: Beasts 04-05-2011, 11:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,109
Posted By oldturtle
I 2004 at age of 64 I bailed on KTM two smoker...

I 2004 at age of 64 I bailed on KTM two smoker and broke tibia and fibula and shattered tibial plateau. So now three surgeries later I am keeping my bad stock right knee but with much less range of...
Forum: Beasts 04-04-2011, 08:23 AM
Replies: 6,740
Views: 1,501,877
Posted By oldturtle
The Wee is an extremely versatile adventure...

The Wee is an extremely versatile adventure tourer that performs well in street duty. The Versys is a capable street bike that will never do well in adventure duty compared to the Wee.

So owner...
Forum: Road warriors 03-24-2011, 10:41 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 9,321
Posted By oldturtle
Need or Want??? How about Want.

For past 15 years I have had 4 bikes.
1. Touring/sport touring. Bikes have been GL1200, Kawi Concours, and GL1800.
2. Adventure touring. Bikes have been Transalp, Varadero, KLR650, and DL650.
3....
Forum: Beasts 03-23-2011, 08:00 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,850
Posted By oldturtle
This really depends on your riding priorities and...

This really depends on your riding priorities and on the maximum size of your motorcycle stable.

IMO the best two motorcycles for your needs would be a 650 Versys for sport/street and a DR650 for...
Forum: Beasts 03-23-2011, 07:18 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,305
Posted By oldturtle
My 06 DL1000 stock seat was taller than my 09...

My 06 DL1000 stock seat was taller than my 09 DL650 stock seat.
Forum: Road warriors 03-20-2011, 09:25 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 11,037
Posted By oldturtle
My take after owning both.

The DL650 is very versatile bike and near perfect for one bike owner who expects to do moderate amount of very easy dirt/gravel. The DL650 is slightly handicapped by 17/19 street rubber sizes for...
Forum: Beasts 03-15-2011, 08:13 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,790
Posted By oldturtle
All I can say to this is DL650 Wee, DL1000 Vee,...

All I can say to this is DL650 Wee, DL1000 Vee, GS1200, KLR650, etc. Hundreds of bikes would be appropriate for the 12K paved but only a handfull for 12K paved plus 2.5K gravel. And I would sure put...
Forum: Racing 03-14-2011, 04:47 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,920
Posted By oldturtle
Don't do it.

You could easily lose more in deprecation (or damage repair) in one race than purchase price of an appropriate dirt bike.

If you are beginner dirt rider you will probably get so discouraged you...
Forum: Road warriors 03-06-2011, 09:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,177
Posted By oldturtle
I bought new NT700V and then sold after 6 months...

I bought new NT700V and then sold after 6 months and about 5,000 miles. There is not one damn thing wrong with the bike. Problem was all with me and my expectations. Strengths were handling in...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-06-2011, 09:03 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 10,646
Posted By oldturtle
After many, many years of this subject I have...

After many, many years of this subject I have developed into a FU attitude to the Harley riders. I will never wave to anyone under any condition on a MFing HD. To all others I will only respond to...
Forum: Beasts 03-04-2011, 08:52 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 84,573
Posted By oldturtle
Old topic but interesting anyway. I plan to keep...

Old topic but interesting anyway. I plan to keep my DL1000 Vee with Jessie bags and I will call this my adventure touring ride. Very convenient for high speed, heavy loads, and will function on...
Forum: Thumpers 03-03-2011, 12:41 PM
Replies: 99,847
Views: 19,151,083
Posted By oldturtle
Have not ridden very far at speed so jury is...

Have not ridden very far at speed so jury is still out on highway comfort. The wind chill on chest is much less and I do not require as much clothing. But as far as head buffeting and noise I don't...
Forum: Thumpers 03-03-2011, 11:22 AM
Replies: 99,847
Views: 19,151,083
Posted By oldturtle
My new Cee Bailey wind screen.

Here is my new windscreen.

<a href="http://s773.photobucket.com/albums/yy14/oldturtle/?action=view&amp;current=IMG_1261.jpg" target="_blank"><img...
Forum: Thumpers 03-03-2011, 09:28 AM
Replies: 15,585
Views: 1,830,845
Posted By oldturtle
Small Cee Bailey windscreen.

Here is my new Cee Bailey windscreen.

<a href="http://s773.photobucket.com/albums/yy14/oldturtle/?action=view&amp;current=IMG_1261.jpg" target="_blank"><img...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-03-2011, 09:12 AM
Replies: 1,150
Views: 220,539
Posted By oldturtle
Full touring set-up. <a...

Full touring set-up.

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Forum: Road warriors 02-08-2011, 09:42 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,053
Posted By oldturtle
I rec'm either 96+ ST1100 or 93+ GL1500. Both...

I rec'm either 96+ ST1100 or 93+ GL1500. Both bikes wear well and will hold up to your needs with minimal maintenance. The ST gets substantially better milage (45 vrs 35) but the GL1500 might be more...
Forum: Thumpers 02-07-2011, 11:50 AM
Replies: 206
Views: 21,497
Posted By oldturtle
For several years I owned these three; 02...

For several years I owned these three;
02 XR650R
03 KLR650
99 XR250R

Justification was the XR650R needed for Baja and semi long distance adventure rides with some rough sections.

The KLR650...
Forum: Road warriors 02-06-2011, 06:00 PM
Replies: 372
Views: 51,583
Posted By oldturtle
I would sure think about the 2011 Honda CBR250RR...

I would sure think about the 2011 Honda CBR250RR for $3999 MSRP. All new low maintenance water-cooled 4-valve single; not the high maintenance old uni-cam on dirt models.
Forum: Beasts 02-06-2011, 01:30 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 27,445
Posted By oldturtle
Drive shafts have failed in U-joints, in splines,...

Drive shafts have failed in U-joints, in splines, and in cush drive mechanism. None of these could be predicted by inspection. Rear diffs have often failed without oil leaking. If you are lucky the...
Forum: Beasts 02-04-2011, 04:19 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 27,445
Posted By oldturtle
I do not hate shaft drive. I have had shaft on 1...

I do not hate shaft drive. I have had shaft on 1 BMW, 4 Goldwings, 1 Concours, and one ST700V. I regularly lubed splines and never had an issue even though U-joints were never touched. I just would...
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