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Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 10:36 AM
Replies: 559
Views: 54,478
Posted By montesa_vr
Do you mean to tell me that a twin-cylinder...

Do you mean to tell me that a twin-cylinder fat-tanked overgrown TW is not EXACTLY what you were looking for?
...
Forum: Thumpers 03-17-2015, 06:26 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,460
Posted By montesa_vr
http://blog.motorcycle.com/wp-content/uploads/2015...

http://blog.motorcycle.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/031715-honda-crf250-rally-concept-f.jpg
Forum: Thumpers 03-13-2015, 01:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 443
Posted By montesa_vr
Looks like the original poster is leaning toward...

Looks like the original poster is leaning toward the Honda. Possibly the right choice from a functional view, but I'd trust the XT more.

http://www.onthewanderlist.com/the-bikes.html
Forum: Thumpers 03-11-2015, 08:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 443
Posted By montesa_vr
The chart in the post above is excerpted from a...

The chart in the post above is excerpted from a four-way comparison in Motorcyclist magazine. http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/reviews/backyard-adventure-mc-comparo

As you can see, fuel...
Forum: Thumpers 03-11-2015, 07:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 443
Posted By montesa_vr
<table class="MsoNormalTable"...

<table class="MsoNormalTable" style="mso-cellspacing:1.5pt; mso-yfti-tbllook:1184" border="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody><tr style="mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes"> <td style="padding:.75pt...
Forum: Thumpers 03-06-2015, 01:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 419
Posted By montesa_vr
The XT250 is neither as well suspended nor as...

The XT250 is neither as well suspended nor as powerful as the other Japanese 250 dual sports. It is a low-maintenance (FI and air cooling) low seat height dual sport with friendly low rpm grunt. It...
Forum: Thumpers 12-11-2014, 12:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,047
Posted By montesa_vr
Funny. However, I've seen photos of some of those...

Funny. However, I've seen photos of some of those "sheds". The expense of adding Wifi would be a mouse pee in the ocean compared to the rest of the contents.

Actually, I think KTM model diversity...
Forum: Thumpers 12-10-2014, 01:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,047
Posted By montesa_vr
Interesting comparison to 2007, when this thread...

Interesting comparison to 2007, when this thread was started. #2 DR thread is now number one by a mile, the WR250R thread is now #2, followed by XRL owners, DRZ400, Husqvarna TE610, DR350, XR650R,...
Forum: Thumpers 12-03-2014, 05:22 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 12,670
Posted By montesa_vr
Except that Mark Blackwell, the first US 500 cc...

Except that Mark Blackwell, the first US 500 cc motocross champion, has been Victory's vice president and general manager.
Forum: Thumpers 11-29-2014, 06:06 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 12,670
Posted By montesa_vr
I wish I could agree with you. Dual sport is a...

I wish I could agree with you. Dual sport is a tiny market. According to motorcycle-usa.com, dual sports continue to sell in miniscule numbers. All dual sports combined - 8.1%. Street bikes are...
Forum: Thumpers 11-29-2014, 05:38 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,716
Posted By montesa_vr
The 690 is an amazing motorcycle. Just be aware...

The 690 is an amazing motorcycle. Just be aware that you are losing 20mm of suspension travel, gaining 35 pounds, and going to a considerably narrower gear spread. Oh, and the Grand Coulee Dam...
Forum: Thumpers 11-24-2014, 11:53 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,949
Posted By montesa_vr
Having been involved in some "spirited"...

Having been involved in some "spirited" discussions in which RideFreak has taken part, I think it is highly unlikely that he has ever flamed anyone. He seems to go out of his way to be helpful and...
Forum: Thumpers 11-14-2014, 12:48 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 12,676
Posted By montesa_vr
This review in Dirt Rider is interesting: ...

This review in Dirt Rider is interesting:

http://www.dirtrider.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/2015-Freeride-01.jpg

http://www.dirtrider.com/features/2014-ktm-freeride-e/
Forum: Thumpers 10-29-2014, 07:50 PM
Replies: 319
Views: 72,916
Posted By montesa_vr
The second column is a more complicated...

The second column is a more complicated calculation, but it's the way I started this thread because it made sense to me. The way it works is to start by changing the final drive ratio so that high...
Forum: Thumpers 10-17-2014, 11:57 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 7,518
Posted By montesa_vr
No, it is the replacement for last year's WR250F ...

No, it is the replacement for last year's WR250F



No.

Speculation? I speculate that the WR250R will be replaced on the exact same timeline as the DRZ400, KLR650, and XR650L. Meaning many of...
Forum: Thumpers 10-14-2014, 08:55 AM
Replies: 214
Views: 24,622
Posted By montesa_vr
That's a really interesting idea. The only fly in...

That's a really interesting idea. The only fly in the ointment is Hodaka's glory days all involved 90 and 100cc engines. By the time the Thunderdog 250 came out, Hodaka was already dead. There...
Forum: Thumpers 10-09-2014, 03:30 PM
Replies: 15,686
Views: 863,999
Posted By montesa_vr
Best post yet.

Best post yet.
Forum: Thumpers 10-09-2014, 11:12 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,027
Posted By montesa_vr
When you put the 500 and the 690 on a scale with...

When you put the 500 and the 690 on a scale with full gas tanks ready to ride, the weight difference is 70 pounds. I don't have a weight for the 350.

KTM 690 Enduro R, 336 lbs, Cycle World, June...
Forum: Thumpers 10-07-2014, 07:31 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,826
Posted By montesa_vr
http://www.motorcycle.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/...

http://www.motorcycle.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/093014-2015-suzuki-v-strom-650xt-DL650XAL5_YYG_Right-633x385.jpg
Forum: Thumpers 10-06-2014, 06:43 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,020
Posted By montesa_vr
I'd like to see your source for that information....

I'd like to see your source for that information. Cycle World tested the 690 in their June 2009 issue and it weighed 336 on their scale. Motorcyclist tested the WR250R in October 2008 and it was 301...
Forum: Thumpers 10-04-2014, 07:44 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,016
Posted By montesa_vr
Well, that would be smarter than thinking you...

Well, that would be smarter than thinking you could could sell it there or ship it home. (Don't ask me how I know.) How much time do you have for your trip?

You could fly to Anchorage with your...
Forum: Thumpers 10-04-2014, 07:23 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,826
Posted By montesa_vr
I would think a 650L would be a disappointing...

I would think a 650L would be a disappointing step down from your 650R. Also, the EXC should be at least as reliable as your R. I hope you buy the 500 -- it ought to settle the issue of how strong...
Forum: Thumpers 10-04-2014, 06:24 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,020
Posted By montesa_vr
I'm trying to figure out if your 950 is so fast...

I'm trying to figure out if your 950 is so fast the 690 feels slow to you, or if there was something seriously wrong with the 690 Enduro you rode. The 690 is a rocketship of a single, way more...
Forum: Thumpers 10-04-2014, 04:22 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,020
Posted By montesa_vr
I would avoid the DR650 if you wish to progress...

I would avoid the DR650 if you wish to progress to any "gnarly stuff". It takes a really skilled rider to handle a 365 pound motorcycle in serious off road conditions. The DR650 is simple and...
Forum: Thumpers 10-04-2014, 09:45 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,016
Posted By montesa_vr
The ferry is an economical way to travel if you...

The ferry is an economical way to travel if you don't want to ride both directions, but plan ahead and scrutinize the ferry schedule closely. When I came back from Haines to Seattle, almost all the...
Forum: Thumpers 10-03-2014, 07:37 AM
Replies: 214
Views: 24,622
Posted By montesa_vr
That would be sweet if they did it right....

That would be sweet if they did it right. However, the Bonneville, to me, is a an awful botch in weight and appearance compared to its earlier namesake. If they built a new Trophy 650 with some real...
Forum: Thumpers 10-02-2014, 02:24 PM
Replies: 15,686
Views: 863,999
Posted By montesa_vr
And what magazines are those? Cycle World's WRX...

And what magazines are those? Cycle World's WRX topped out at 85 and their WRR at 87 mph.

http://www.cycleworld.com/2008/07/16/frugal-fuelers-yamaha-wr250x-first-look/...
Forum: Thumpers 10-01-2014, 11:35 AM
Replies: 1,076
Views: 205,207
Posted By montesa_vr
I don't know which I envy more, your photography...

I don't know which I envy more, your photography skills, your sense of adventure, or you navigating capabilities. If I had done that trip alone I would have been lost 2 miles past the last road sign.
Forum: Thumpers 09-30-2014, 09:37 PM
Replies: 15,686
Views: 863,999
Posted By montesa_vr
If you want to keep using Jimmy Lewis as an...

If you want to keep using Jimmy Lewis as an example, at least get it right.



http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=578195&page=2
Forum: Thumpers 09-29-2014, 12:27 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,596
Posted By montesa_vr
That's a good thought. Kind of like Dodge putting...

That's a good thought. Kind of like Dodge putting 8-speed transmissions and Ford going to aluminum in their pickups, while Toyota continues selling a Tundra that hasn't change since its 2007...
Forum: Thumpers 09-29-2014, 10:38 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,596
Posted By montesa_vr
Wow. I had no idea how unusual Minnesota's...

Wow. I had no idea how unusual Minnesota's complete lack of vehicle inspections really is. Also true of two other states where I have lived: Montana and Nebraska. I've gotten spoiled.
...
Forum: Thumpers 09-29-2014, 10:28 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,596
Posted By montesa_vr
Well, there are street legal KTMs and there are...

Well, there are street legal KTMs and there are street legal KTMs. From the 690 Duke/Enduro on up, they all seem to have catalytic converters. We're talking here about the two "ready to race models"...
Forum: Thumpers 09-29-2014, 08:05 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,596
Posted By montesa_vr
Strictly speaking, KTM does not qualify as a...

Strictly speaking, KTM does not qualify as a small volume manufacturer according to EPA regulations. The EPA defines a small entity as "U.S. highway motorcycle annual sales of fewer than 3,000 units...
Forum: Thumpers 09-27-2014, 07:21 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,596
Posted By montesa_vr
That might be because although the DRZ400 has one...

That might be because although the DRZ400 has one of the narrowest range 5-speeds in all of dual sports, the gap between first and sixth in the TE510 is even narrower.

I agree with you about...
Forum: Thumpers 09-27-2014, 05:07 PM
Replies: 15,686
Views: 863,999
Posted By montesa_vr
Since your "ONE example" doesn't actually exist,...

Since your "ONE example" doesn't actually exist, it kind of hurts your argument. Tell you what, you find where I said regreasing a new bike chassis must only be a KTM thing and I'll tell you whether...
Forum: Thumpers 09-27-2014, 04:55 PM
Replies: 15,686
Views: 863,999
Posted By montesa_vr
Actually, the axe wars are just like the...

Actually, the axe wars are just like the motorcycle wars. You have the $300 Gransfors Bruks vs. the $30 Estwing. One is an exotic tool preferred by elitists and the few people left who know how to...
Forum: Thumpers 09-27-2014, 01:57 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,596
Posted By montesa_vr
I'm sure the manufacturers would love to do that....

I'm sure the manufacturers would love to do that. Unfortunately, an engine can be powerful and reliable and wonderful in every way, and not meet EPA standards. And trying to meet EPA standards can...
Forum: Thumpers 09-27-2014, 07:58 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 18,006
Posted By montesa_vr
I'm a big fan of the WRR but I'm afraid I would...

I'm a big fan of the WRR but I'm afraid I would belong in your naysayer bucket when it comes to modifying the engine. In the first place, the stock engine is a pretty happy combination -- smooth,...
Forum: Thumpers 09-26-2014, 05:03 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,596
Posted By montesa_vr
You're just about right. ATV sales for 2013...

You're just about right. ATV sales for 2013 totalled 228,305 units, and that doesn't even count the new UTV side by side rigs.
Forum: Thumpers 09-26-2014, 03:39 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,596
Posted By montesa_vr
Dual sport is a tiny market. According to...

Dual sport is a tiny market. According to motorcycle-usa.com, first quarter sales of dual sports continue to sell in miniscule numbers. All dual sports combined - 8.1%. Street bikes are 69.1%,...
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