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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-16-2014, 10:12 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,573
Posted By Farmer Hank
I guess my advice is just relax, enjoy what...

I guess my advice is just relax, enjoy what you're doing, and wait for a moment of clarity (an epiphany if you want to use big words). I thrive on discovery. A new road I haven't explored before is...
Forum: Beasts 08-05-2014, 02:59 AM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 492,968
Posted By Farmer Hank
The chain will stretch as it breaks in over the...

The chain will stretch as it breaks in over the first few hundred miles. You will either need to supply a 36mm wrench to loosen the rear axle and adjust the chain, or you can bugger up the nut using...
Forum: Beasts 08-01-2014, 01:05 PM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 492,968
Posted By Farmer Hank
This month's Motorcycle Consumer News compared...

This month's Motorcycle Consumer News compared them head to head and pretty much called it a draw. The Tenere was a better touring bike. The V-Strom a better twisty road hooligan bike. I think they...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-29-2014, 06:21 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,312
Posted By Farmer Hank
I love, love, love the downhill twisty bits that...

I love, love, love the downhill twisty bits that all my friends freak out on. The skiing/motorcycle technique of keeping your weight forward for control is spot on. I think the dirt motorcycling...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-24-2014, 05:55 PM
Replies: 228
Views: 7,991
Posted By Farmer Hank
Uhhh.... I'm kinda having trouble seeing any real...

Uhhh.... I'm kinda having trouble seeing any real difference between "trail braking" and "plain braking while turning". True, trail braking happens before the apex and involves a progressive release...
Forum: Beasts 06-20-2014, 04:22 PM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 492,968
Posted By Farmer Hank
Eh? The stock engine is great. Extreme flexibility,...

The stock engine is great. Extreme flexibility, no surging, no bucking at low rpms, good to excellent mileage. I'd say there's a 99 to 1 chance that any mods you do will make it worse rather than...
Forum: Beasts 06-09-2014, 05:20 PM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 492,968
Posted By Farmer Hank
I'm sure Happy Trails or someone else will come...

I'm sure Happy Trails or someone else will come out with a large rear rack in a few months.
Forum: Beasts 06-08-2014, 06:02 PM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 492,968
Posted By Farmer Hank
I have used a Motofizz Medium on my new Veek. The...

I have used a Motofizz Medium on my new Veek. The new rear rack is made of some sort of plastic/resin and is super light in weight compared to the gen 1 cast aluminum. Also the passenger handgrips...
Forum: Beasts 04-30-2014, 08:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 593
Posted By Farmer Hank
Ditto, springs and a re-valve of the stock Suzuki...

Ditto, springs and a re-valve of the stock Suzuki cartridge made a huge difference, especially on potholes and stutter bumps.
Forum: Beasts 04-29-2014, 02:17 PM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 492,968
Posted By Farmer Hank
Talking 650 to 1000 comparison

The handling is similar but slightly better than my 07 wee (which had a Penske shock and reworked forks). The bike is better balanced and has sharper steering with the USD forks. The brakes are...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-22-2014, 06:18 PM
Replies: 392
Views: 27,410
Posted By Farmer Hank
For me, eye discipline is paramount. Keeping my...

For me, eye discipline is paramount. Keeping my eyes up, looking as far down the road or around a turn toward the vanishing point (where your view of the road actually ends) makes my riding far...
Forum: Beasts 04-20-2014, 06:51 PM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 492,968
Posted By Farmer Hank
I agree totally with the 1 bike approach. Every...

I agree totally with the 1 bike approach. Every time I have owned more than 1 bike I seemed to spend hours dithering over which bike would be best to ride today. Half the time when I was riding I was...
Forum: Beasts 04-16-2014, 03:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 770
Posted By Farmer Hank
No I'm blind enough that I saw Vee instead of...

No I'm blind enough that I saw Vee instead of Wee. Big changes in Vee, none in Wee. I nuked my confusing post... go for the 2012 Wee.
Forum: Beasts 04-05-2014, 04:06 PM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 492,968
Posted By Farmer Hank
Overlong, wordy 2nd ride report

:clapI finally managed to get a good long ride in on my new 2014 DL1000. It was cold and windy as sh*t today, but I had to get out and ride the new moto…. I put 275 miles on the bike today and here...
Forum: Beasts 03-28-2014, 06:13 AM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 492,968
Posted By Farmer Hank
The dealer said that the bike had been run at all...

The dealer said that the bike had been run at all rpms and all gears on a chassis dyno at the factory before shipping to check everything. His statement was "everyone has a different recipe for...
Forum: Beasts 03-27-2014, 04:49 PM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 492,968
Posted By Farmer Hank
Took the long way home - First Impressions

Finally got a half decent day to pick up my new 2014 DL1000 at the dealers. Been sitting there for 10 days due to weather and a ski vacation. The dealer is only 2 miles from my house, but I managed...
Forum: Beasts 03-11-2014, 07:14 PM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 492,968
Posted By Farmer Hank
Accessory prices in US are pretty steep. $310 for...

Accessory prices in US are pretty steep. $310 for heated grips. $800 for crash bars and skid plate. $285 for center stand. $235 for touring windscreen. I'll wait a couple months and see if the...
Forum: Beasts 03-11-2014, 04:54 PM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 492,968
Posted By Farmer Hank
Just got a call from the local Kawhonukiaha...

Just got a call from the local Kawhonukiaha dealer here in the Mid-Atlantic. Looks like a few 2014 Strom 1000's will be released soon to those who ordered one early. Since yours truly falls in that...
Forum: Beasts 03-02-2014, 04:58 PM
Replies: 702
Views: 68,585
Posted By Farmer Hank
5' 17" tall (6' 5" for the math challenged) 35"...

5' 17" tall (6' 5" for the math challenged) 35" inseam. DL 650A Weestrom with a Russell saddle, Madstad bracket and screen. Seems to cover lots of miles without much pain and suffering.
Forum: Beasts 02-28-2014, 02:32 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,427
Posted By Farmer Hank
The DL 1000 is a great bike if you ever ride 2 up...

The DL 1000 is a great bike if you ever ride 2 up or for wide open western spaces. If you want to hustle thru tight mountain twisties, the Wee 650 is a much more nimble dancing partner. If you can...
Forum: Beasts 01-25-2014, 06:49 AM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 492,968
Posted By Farmer Hank
Cruise control

I added an Audiovox cruise control to my 07 Wee with excellent results. The new DL still has actual throttle cables connected to the throttle bodies, i.e., it is not an ECM controlled "drive by wire"...
Forum: Thumpers 01-11-2014, 05:04 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,094
Posted By Farmer Hank
Could never get My DR stable at highway speeds -...

Could never get My DR stable at highway speeds - always seemed to want to wobble, hunt, and weave, even with scorpion A/T (Street) tires. This experience is what prejudices me against it.
My...
Forum: Thumpers 01-10-2014, 06:48 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,094
Posted By Farmer Hank
My DR 650 was far worse on the highway than my...

My DR 650 was far worse on the highway than my Wee-Strom was/is on gravel. Unless you're really going to spend a lot of effort seeking primitive roads, take a reliable 650 to 800 cc twin, they are...
Forum: Beasts 01-08-2014, 11:56 AM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 492,968
Posted By Farmer Hank
Laugh Vee Strom, Wee Strom, Beak Strom

Just ordered a new 2014 DL1000 from the local dealer. I've been riding Stroms since I became "slightly" upset at the amount of service my new BMW was requiring. 14 years after my first, (A DL1000K1...
Forum: Beasts 03-28-2013, 09:50 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,404
Posted By Farmer Hank
I'm 6"5" and the bike fits me well --- This makes...

I'm 6"5" and the bike fits me well --- This makes me think you might have trouble.
Forum: Beasts 03-28-2013, 09:44 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 11,667
Posted By Farmer Hank
Wee Strom Worship

Rode the S10 and liked it a lot. Got back on my wee and loved it more. The Wee is lighter and much more fun to dance with.
S10 is mucho heavier, slower handling, and the engine is as exciting and...
Forum: Beasts 02-19-2013, 03:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,821
Posted By Farmer Hank
Another vote for Rick at Cogent. I've used him...

Another vote for Rick at Cogent. I've used him several times and am very happy. I've also used him to re-valve big name / high dollar shocks that weren't close to right from the factory.
Forum: Beasts 02-19-2013, 03:02 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,511
Posted By Farmer Hank
I've had Russell Day-Long And Sergeant....

I've had Russell Day-Long And Sergeant. Dissapointed in the sargeant - it was better than stock, but not by that much. Russell is worth the hassle, still comfy after loooong hours in the saddle.
Forum: Thumpers 01-27-2012, 04:07 PM
Replies: 44,462
Views: 8,543,603
Posted By Farmer Hank
AFIK sprockets for the WR-F and YZ models will...

AFIK sprockets for the WR-F and YZ models will fit the WR250R. The rear sprocket holes on the WR-F and YZ are dished so the stock sprocket bolts need to be replaced with the ones from the racebikes....
Forum: Road warriors 10-27-2011, 03:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,287
Posted By Farmer Hank
I'd take the V-Strom off your list. It's a big,...

I'd take the V-Strom off your list. It's a big, stretched out bike that fits me well, and I am 6'5". The 650 Strom has a dished seat to lower seat height a bit, but It's still quite a reach to the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-19-2011, 10:27 AM
Replies: 190
Views: 14,239
Posted By Farmer Hank
WTF let's stir it up. I am willing to devote 100...

WTF let's stir it up. I am willing to devote 100 percent to MY safety. If it offends yer delicate sensibilities I really don't care. Modulators are a Federally approved safety device that I choose to...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-18-2011, 03:33 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 14,239
Posted By Farmer Hank
Once a long time ago that resulted in wearing...

Once a long time ago that resulted in wearing plaster and a totaled bike, Close calls used to be too frequent, even with proper lane positioning, covering the brakes, and running high beams and a...
Forum: Thumpers 08-16-2011, 09:49 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,997
Posted By Farmer Hank
I'm gonna vote for the wr250r. I have a DR650 and...

I'm gonna vote for the wr250r. I have a DR650 and it feels HEAVY! It's 80 lbs. heavier than the WRR and a lot of weight up high. It actually feels heavier than my weestrom when riding. The DR (as...
Forum: Thumpers 06-18-2011, 06:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,231
Posted By Farmer Hank
I really thouight I wanted a DR also. I bought a...

I really thouight I wanted a DR also. I bought a nice used one and did a lot of suspension and other upgrades. It turns out that I actually like my 650 vstrom much better - even for exploring gravel...
Forum: Beasts 04-17-2011, 05:27 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,285
Posted By Farmer Hank
Thumb Another vote for audiovox. Installation takes a...

Another vote for audiovox. Installation takes a bit of thinking and planning. There are instructions and pictures on VSRI and other sites, but you need to be comfortable with working on yer bike. The...
Forum: Beasts 07-07-2010, 04:02 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,056
Posted By Farmer Hank
Big fan of Anakee's and Anakee 2's. I like them a...

Big fan of Anakee's and Anakee 2's. I like them a lot more than Tourances especially in the wet. Got spit off my wee losing the stock front Trail Wing on clean, dry (but cold) pavement and have...
Forum: Beasts 01-27-2010, 04:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 932
Posted By Farmer Hank
Custom cables are available from Motion Pro....

Custom cables are available from Motion Pro. Wiring Extensions from Eastern Beaver, I combined these with Countour SE Pastrana bars and Roxx risers. Probably moved the bars up 2" and back 1". Total...
Forum: Equipment 12-01-2009, 09:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,716
Posted By Farmer Hank
My Sidis have held up mo'better than the BMW...

My Sidis have held up mo'better than the BMW touring boots I had before them. Mucho stitching ripped out of the BMW boots when tried to extricate my foot from under my bike after a lowside. (thanx...
Forum: Beasts 09-13-2009, 03:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 837
Posted By Farmer Hank
Thumb WEE Upgrades

I've just returned from a 450 mile day of twistys and gravel roads on my 07 WEE. No Strain, no pain for my aging 6'5" body. 4 critical upgrades for the WEE make this comfortable. 1 - windshield - Use...
Forum: Beasts 11-01-2007, 03:25 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,189
Posted By Farmer Hank
Ride it like you stole it. Eventually you will...

Ride it like you stole it. Eventually you will make a mistake when pushing too hard and go sliding across the pavement. This adds greatly to the excitement and chases all the boredom away (ask me how...
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