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Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 04:22 PM
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Views: 390,711
Posted By John Ashman
IMO, all bikes should mandatorily come in: ...

IMO, all bikes should mandatorily come in:

ADV version
Sport touring version
Enduro/Rally version
Trail/Scrambler version

Anything else is optional.

At least in the 350cc-1000cc range.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 04:14 PM
Replies: 3,173
Views: 390,711
Posted By John Ashman
I think the Versys engine is actually the same...

I think the Versys engine is actually the same weight or only slightly more than the KLR engine, which is pretty heavy. I checked it out once and found the weights but can't remember. I just sort...
Forum: Latin America 06-29-2015, 08:30 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,266
Posted By John Ashman
As another example, the NC750X w/DCT/ABS, less...

As another example, the NC750X w/DCT/ABS, less the 16% tax, is only maybe $200 more than the NC700X w/DCT/ABS.
Forum: Latin America 06-29-2015, 08:10 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,266
Posted By John Ashman
It's actually not that big of a difference in...

It's actually not that big of a difference in reality. That bike is $24,000 retail, so that makes it 434,300 with the obligatory tax in Mexico, and they're listing it for 457,000. So that's about...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-29-2015, 11:02 AM
Replies: 3,173
Views: 390,711
Posted By John Ashman
Afraid that people will give up and go buy...

Afraid that people will give up and go buy something that suits them now rather than wait to see if unicorns have wings.

Let's face it, if this weighs 475-500lbs, and costs $15K, there's not any...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-29-2015, 09:37 AM
Replies: 3,173
Views: 390,711
Posted By John Ashman
To me, the thing that makes an ADV bike is some...

To me, the thing that makes an ADV bike is some additional travel/wheel size to offer better dirt performance, a largeish tank for long rides, a sport touring oriented seat, a beefed up subframe for...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-29-2015, 08:20 AM
Replies: 3,173
Views: 390,711
Posted By John Ashman
The engine size/cylinder/weight seems pretty...

The engine size/cylinder/weight seems pretty arbitrary to me. If you make a 250cc single that can handle two people and a ton of luggage and fuel, seems to make it an ADV bike rather than a dual...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-29-2015, 05:51 AM
Replies: 3,173
Views: 390,711
Posted By John Ashman
New and improved, with 10% more bullshit!

New and improved, with 10% more bullshit!
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-29-2015, 05:26 AM
Replies: 3,173
Views: 390,711
Posted By John Ashman
The seat appears to be easily interchangeable...

The seat appears to be easily interchangeable between the touring model and offroad or base model.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-27-2015, 09:02 PM
Replies: 3,173
Views: 390,711
Posted By John Ashman
Everything matters if you're pedantic!

Everything matters if you're pedantic!
Forum: Latin America 06-27-2015, 12:27 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,266
Posted By John Ashman
The XRE is probably worse than a Tornado off road...

The XRE is probably worse than a Tornado off road from what I've seen, it's like a ADV commuter similar to the NX400. Honda really needs to update its line of smaller bikes. At least the CRF230...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-27-2015, 11:54 AM
Replies: 3,173
Views: 390,711
Posted By John Ashman
Seems to me that the 950R was too much of a good...

Seems to me that the 950R was too much of a good thing to be a big seller. Hopefully the new smaller engine models will get us something more like the Aprilia 450s/550s.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-27-2015, 11:21 AM
Replies: 3,173
Views: 390,711
Posted By John Ashman
Let's not get ahead of ourselves :D

Let's not get ahead of ourselves :D
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-27-2015, 10:40 AM
Replies: 3,173
Views: 390,711
Posted By John Ashman
Still, riding at night is an order of magnitude...

Still, riding at night is an order of magnitude more dangerous than riding in the day. Last night in my truck, I passed dozens of cows at various places along or on the road. I try to avoid it as...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-27-2015, 10:36 AM
Replies: 3,173
Views: 390,711
Posted By John Ashman
http://tf3dm.com/imgd/l55095-drone166b-38700.jpg

http://tf3dm.com/imgd/l55095-drone166b-38700.jpg
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-26-2015, 09:38 AM
Replies: 3,173
Views: 390,711
Posted By John Ashman
But the bear is thinking "holy shit, that human...

But the bear is thinking "holy shit, that human just hit me with a 600lb object and it HURT, I'm OUTTA HERE."
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-26-2015, 09:37 AM
Replies: 3,173
Views: 390,711
Posted By John Ashman
Anything is food if you have a crock pot.

Anything is food if you have a crock pot.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-25-2015, 05:28 PM
Replies: 3,173
Views: 390,711
Posted By John Ashman
But they could all be in a single housing to save...

But they could all be in a single housing to save weight.

On another note, observe how Honda "hides" its subframe attachment points -
...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-25-2015, 05:11 PM
Replies: 3,173
Views: 390,711
Posted By John Ashman
Seems to me that two headlights are unnecessary...

Seems to me that two headlights are unnecessary these days adds unnecessary weight, just for style. It's a shame none of these bikes take a "gram strategy" approach. LEDs, smaller alternator, etc.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-25-2015, 05:08 PM
Replies: 3,173
Views: 390,711
Posted By John Ashman
I'd actually be confused if it were called the...

I'd actually be confused if it were called the "Dakar Triple".
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-25-2015, 02:00 PM
Replies: 3,173
Views: 390,711
Posted By John Ashman
Honda uses parts to cover where the subframe...

Honda uses parts to cover where the subframe joins on the CB500X. I think this is what they are doing here.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-24-2015, 08:08 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 12,467
Posted By John Ashman
My only issue is that Honda would make it 50lbs...

My only issue is that Honda would make it 50lbs too heavy, because they're Honda. If that weighted 375 wet, even 400, it would sell like hotcakes. But it will likely end up nearly as heavy as an...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-24-2015, 07:47 AM
Replies: 3,173
Views: 390,711
Posted By John Ashman
This seems a little counter intuitive, but I like...

This seems a little counter intuitive, but I like the way you think.

The question is, how many people REALLY want a 400-450lb dirt bike rather than a tall sport tourer.

But Honda could do...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 06-23-2015, 11:42 PM
Replies: 237
Views: 35,550
Posted By John Ashman
Visordown says it's going to happen for 2016 ...

Visordown says it's going to happen for 2016

http://www.visordown.com/motorcycle-news-new-bikes/yamaha-mt-07-tracer-revealed/27867.html#ixzz3duOwatpE
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-23-2015, 05:50 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 12,467
Posted By John Ashman
Simply awesome.^^^^^^^^^^^

Simply awesome.^^^^^^^^^^^
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-22-2015, 03:31 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 12,467
Posted By John Ashman
Ain't nothing that can't be fixed with a rattle...

Ain't nothing that can't be fixed with a rattle can.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-22-2015, 07:57 AM
Replies: 3,173
Views: 390,711
Posted By John Ashman
Curious if these were issues on road or off road...

Curious if these were issues on road or off road or both. Was thinking in getting an NC750X for street use, but the very first are just arriving and might have to do a "sight unseen" kind of...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-21-2015, 07:43 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 12,467
Posted By John Ashman
BTW, I'm really just giving you shit for no...

BTW, I'm really just giving you shit for no reason. The Bulldog is plenty cool as is. But I just don't think they're going to make it as is, or they'd have already announced their intentions to...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-21-2015, 07:31 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 12,467
Posted By John Ashman
https://i.imgflip.com/n82az.jpg...

https://i.imgflip.com/n82az.jpg (https://imgflip.com/i/n82az)
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-21-2015, 07:23 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 12,467
Posted By John Ashman
Target audience here - ...

Target audience here -

http://i.ytimg.com/vi/Cod4wiM1-yM/maxresdefault.jpg
Forum: Latin America 06-21-2015, 11:55 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,266
Posted By John Ashman
So far, looks like they have Gold Wings, VFR800s,...

So far, looks like they have Gold Wings, VFR800s, Cross Runners, Cross Tourers and the NC750X and CTX products, but apparently no CRF250L or CB500 series, no doubt because they are from Thailand. I...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-21-2015, 11:38 AM
Replies: 3,173
Views: 390,711
Posted By John Ashman
This thread needs a bit more curmudgeon, if only...

This thread needs a bit more curmudgeon, if only for balance :wink:
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-21-2015, 12:12 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 12,536
Posted By John Ashman
Triumph does, in effect, going from the Tiger XR...

Triumph does, in effect, going from the Tiger XR to the XC. Wire rims, WP suspension and more for only $1000. That's an awesome deal that would sell like gang busters on the CB500X. Of course,...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-20-2015, 08:53 PM
Replies: 3,173
Views: 390,711
Posted By John Ashman
FWIW, Mexico is finally getting high-end Hondas...

FWIW, Mexico is finally getting high-end Hondas and they are teasing the CRF1000L. Oddly, not the CB500X or CRF250L, yet they are getting the NC750X and Cross Runner/Cross Tourer. These choices...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-20-2015, 04:36 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 12,467
Posted By John Ashman
Ultra low seat height, paint scheme, tiny wheels....

Ultra low seat height, paint scheme, tiny wheels. You didn't see all the short Asian women sitting on it at the show?
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 06-20-2015, 10:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 359
Posted By John Ashman
Still can't believe they won't detune this engine...

Still can't believe they won't detune this engine a bit and make a bike for real people that don't have professional mechanics on staff.

Seems like the demand is huge, because that is the enduring...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-20-2015, 10:36 AM
Replies: 3,173
Views: 390,711
Posted By John Ashman
Don't forget anti-gravity modules to get it under...

Don't forget anti-gravity modules to get it under 440lbs wet.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-20-2015, 08:14 AM
Replies: 3,173
Views: 390,711
Posted By John Ashman
I would totally buy that as a true off roading...

I would totally buy that as a true off roading dual sport if it actually is even close to what it should be. But KTM is supposed to have a 500-600cc twin and a 700-800cc twin up and running...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-20-2015, 08:09 AM
Replies: 3,173
Views: 390,711
Posted By John Ashman
Of course. It should be more like 3.5 seconds,...

Of course. It should be more like 3.5 seconds, really. Unless it's a tractor engine. I doubt it will be such a long stroke like the NC700X.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-20-2015, 08:01 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 12,467
Posted By John Ashman
I sincerly believe that this bike would be much...

I sincerly believe that this bike would be much better off with a CRF250L engine as designed. Much lighter. As it stands, it's going to be over 400lbs wet, probably 420-440lbs. That's a lot for...
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