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Forum: Road warriors 01-30-2015, 09:12 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,758
Posted By MariusD
As a 2nd bike with already having a dedicated...

As a 2nd bike with already having a dedicated touring rig, I think you go with the fj9. It will do everything your dresser can't, so perfect compliment. But don't buy without a test ride. I thought I...
Forum: Road warriors 01-29-2015, 10:26 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,285
Posted By MariusD
The madstat is the only thing I have not tried. I...

The madstat is the only thing I have not tried. I may give it a shot still. I don't mind airflow, in fact I like it. The part that sucks with the way it is now is the crazy "bobblehead" turbulence (I...
Forum: Road warriors 01-28-2015, 06:38 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,285
Posted By MariusD
Part numbers typically don't lie, so you should...

Part numbers typically don't lie, so you should be good!
Forum: Road warriors 01-27-2015, 01:58 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,285
Posted By MariusD
Visor Down posted their review of the bike, which...

Visor Down posted their review of the bike, which seems pretty useful:

http://www.visordown.com/road-tests-first-rides/first-uk-road-test-kawasaki-versys-1000-review/26156.html

And a quote from...
Forum: Road warriors 01-27-2015, 01:32 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,285
Posted By MariusD
Thanks, that's good to know. Buffeting is a...

Thanks, that's good to know. Buffeting is a problem on vstroms, different people solve it different ways, but just about everyone battles with it. It's nice to know it might not be a problem on this...
Forum: Road warriors 01-26-2015, 10:33 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,285
Posted By MariusD
That black is simply stunning! Maybe if I swap a...

That black is simply stunning! Maybe if I swap a black vstrom for one of those the family won't notice?! Lol...

Cant wait till u guys put some miles on them and give us the scoop on comfort,...
Forum: Road warriors 01-24-2015, 01:33 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,285
Posted By MariusD
Im glad someone started this thread, as I was...

Im glad someone started this thread, as I was itching to get one going. This is my #1 most exciting bike of 2015.

gharshman: Im sure you're loosing sleep tonight. Let us know about your first...
Forum: Road warriors 01-03-2015, 11:34 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,240
Posted By MariusD
Id say hacking up a nice low mile sportster might...

Id say hacking up a nice low mile sportster might be the worst decision u can make, unless that is trully the route you are dead set to go, because you have been dreaming about doing that since you...
Forum: Road warriors 12-31-2014, 11:32 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 10,126
Posted By MariusD
The white is simply stunning! Its...

The white is simply stunning!

Its interesting that the 750 is labeled as a 2015 model, yet the 1000 is a 2016. Must mean we dont get the 1000 until late next year.
Forum: Road warriors 12-25-2014, 05:22 PM
Replies: 2,205
Views: 255,629
Posted By MariusD
I think that looks great. Perfect touring cases...

I think that looks great. Perfect touring cases if there are no issues.

Puddles:
Im quiet impressed that you are taking such a long trip with a completely stock bike. I personally would have...
Forum: Road warriors 12-20-2014, 02:27 PM
Replies: 2,205
Views: 255,629
Posted By MariusD
Remember, there are dozens of us losing sleep,...

Remember, there are dozens of us losing sleep, frantically checking this thread for your post on first real world impressions of your longish trip. But no pressure... take your time...

Until you...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 12-19-2014, 10:31 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 7,129
Posted By MariusD
What impresses me the most is that most responses...

What impresses me the most is that most responses are in the 25-50k group. Nice job guys!

I'm only at 12k on my '12 glee, but my trips are getting longer and longer and so the miles will roll.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 12-19-2014, 10:03 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,872
Posted By MariusD
So you decided against the '15 versys 650? ...

So you decided against the '15 versys 650?

The vee2 does seem like a better move if you're gonna have similar bikes. Big engine yet not that much more weight. Should be more fun than the versys....
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 12-18-2014, 12:03 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,118
Posted By MariusD
I suspect they will base incentives on leftover...

I suspect they will base incentives on leftover inventory every month, so its hard to tell.
If there are still plenty of bikes to be sold, then the incentive might stay or even go up. If inventories...
Forum: Road warriors 12-17-2014, 10:50 PM
Replies: 376
Views: 49,242
Posted By MariusD
I think your interpretation is spot on. The mt09...

I think your interpretation is spot on. The mt09 is the same weight with nearly double the power. Thats a lot more smiles per gallon than the price difference might imply. :wink:

But I wouldnt...
Forum: Road warriors 12-15-2014, 08:51 PM
Replies: 2,161
Views: 313,824
Posted By MariusD
Actually looks like a white and black lizzard...

Actually looks like a white and black lizzard creeping through the grass. Ready to attack!
Forum: Road warriors 12-10-2014, 02:41 PM
Replies: 2,205
Views: 255,629
Posted By MariusD
That's an excellent point.... Though, the price...

That's an excellent point.... Though, the price difference might be smaller if the Versys 1k doesn't sell well because of it's weight, seeing as the s10 has that problem, but your point is a good one...
Forum: Road warriors 12-10-2014, 11:27 AM
Replies: 2,205
Views: 255,629
Posted By MariusD
Which will make the perfect case for paying up...

Which will make the perfect case for paying up for the Versys 1000. I want a bike that just works out of the box. If yammy sticks us with a sh*t suspension for $10k, then I won't even look at this...
Forum: Road warriors 12-07-2014, 04:22 PM
Replies: 376
Views: 49,242
Posted By MariusD
I am coming to the conclusion that for bikes with...

I am coming to the conclusion that for bikes with no fairings it's more engine size, not so much the cooling method, that impacts the heat pushed on the rider. In the cruiser world, they all seem to...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 12-05-2014, 01:14 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 22,265
Posted By MariusD
I finally got the e7s installed on my "12 dl650...

I finally got the e7s installed on my "12 dl650 adv and did a 150 mile trip. What a freakin" FANTASTIC tire!!! I bought them for the purpose of adv touring, riding gravel roads and grass and just...
Forum: Road warriors 12-01-2014, 08:21 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,369
Posted By MariusD
Ducati monster 1200 or 821.

Ducati monster 1200 or 821.
Forum: Road warriors 11-30-2014, 09:54 AM
Replies: 376
Views: 49,242
Posted By MariusD
Arent u basically describing an fj9?

Arent u basically describing an fj9?
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-28-2014, 09:56 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,259
Posted By MariusD
At "6.5 I think you'll find the tenere more...

At "6.5 I think you'll find the tenere more comfortable. That's a big boy bike.
Forum: Road warriors 11-22-2014, 05:40 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,630
Posted By MariusD
I cant see how a 883 sportster would be more fun...

I cant see how a 883 sportster would be more fun than a 1000 vstrom. I rode the 1200 sportster, and it was fun because of the massive torque that egine provides, but u take that away, and I cant see...
Forum: Equipment 11-21-2014, 02:50 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 548
Posted By MariusD
Thanks, good to know. I ended up ordering the...

Thanks, good to know. I ended up ordering the forma majestic since there is an even better special deal $99 on size 44, which is size 10 here in U.S. and is what I typically wear. They also have a...
Forum: Equipment 11-21-2014, 10:11 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 548
Posted By MariusD
Forma Majestic as a summer boot?

So I didn't ever realize I should ride with boots in the first place, until a co-worker pointed out that bad things could happen to the feet in a crash.
(I feel saying that was necessary to show...
Forum: Road warriors 11-20-2014, 08:52 PM
Replies: 773
Views: 106,897
Posted By MariusD
I see, so just like HD, they continued the same...

I see, so just like HD, they continued the same look, just updated the engine and other tid bits im sure. Gotcha. Well, i'm curious to see what their new design will be. Seems they have a solid...
Forum: Road warriors 11-20-2014, 05:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 976
Posted By MariusD
The Voyager is belt driven like the Victory. ...

The Voyager is belt driven like the Victory.

I thought that water cooling would have some benefits on the voyager, but it doesn't at all. Poeple still have serious complaints about engine heat...
Forum: Road warriors 11-20-2014, 11:10 AM
Replies: 773
Views: 106,897
Posted By MariusD
So maybe they are finally slapping a new look on...

So maybe they are finally slapping a new look on that old design?! It wasn't bad, just long in the tooth at this point. They will probably release a revamped nomad for 2016. Its about time, i think...
Forum: Road warriors 11-20-2014, 10:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 976
Posted By MariusD
Well, parts availability is probably going to be...

Well, parts availability is probably going to be better for a kawi bike in Europe, than a Vic. The thing is I don't know what parts you'd need...

And I stand corrected, the kawi does have hydro...
Forum: Road warriors 11-20-2014, 09:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 976
Posted By MariusD
I have researched both bikes but have only ridden...

I have researched both bikes but have only ridden the Victory Cross Country personally. I own a 2007 Victory Hammer, and will say that in terms of reliability/build quality/maintenance and then the...
Forum: Road warriors 11-19-2014, 09:11 PM
Replies: 773
Views: 106,897
Posted By MariusD
So ive noticed that the 1700 vulcans havent...

So ive noticed that the 1700 vulcans havent changed for nearly a decade. I cant believe a brand new bagger with a shield V1700, basically a road king immitator, still sells for $15k! Seems even road...
Forum: Road warriors 11-19-2014, 08:51 AM
Replies: 2,205
Views: 255,629
Posted By MariusD
Well, so you're torn between a 600lb dirt bike...

Well, so you're torn between a 600lb dirt bike built for touring (as odd as that combination may sound, that is what the s10 is) or a 100 lb lighter, nimbler street bike with basic storage and likely...
Forum: Road warriors 11-15-2014, 05:59 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,922
Posted By MariusD
Damn, that is nice! Sounds like u might have...

Damn, that is nice! Sounds like u might have gotten a good deal on it. Congrats! Let us know how u like it. Im sure miles will roll by effortlessly on this. :clap
Forum: Road warriors 11-13-2014, 09:07 PM
Replies: 2,205
Views: 255,629
Posted By MariusD
Boy... thats a first! Is it because the bike...

Boy... thats a first! Is it because the bike reminds you of him:

http://imgs.tuts.dragoart.com/how-to-draw-roger-the-alien-from-american-dad_1_000000002011_5.jpg
Forum: Road warriors 11-12-2014, 01:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,366
Posted By MariusD
That is the very unfortunate truth. Some say they...

That is the very unfortunate truth. Some say they have fixed those issues with aftermarket parts, but even that seems to be hit and miss alot of times.

The other issue is gearing. Most of the...
Forum: Road warriors 11-12-2014, 09:49 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,366
Posted By MariusD
I've had a "thing" for the Speedmaster ever since...

I've had a "thing" for the Speedmaster ever since they came out. I owned a similar bike, the Suzuki M50, which had a spetty harsh suspension, and based on what I read, the Speedmaster wasn't much...
Forum: Road warriors 11-10-2014, 04:01 PM
Replies: 376
Views: 49,242
Posted By MariusD
... and I'm looking forward to your take on how...

... and I'm looking forward to your take on how it compares to the wee2. Based on the specs, it would seem the wee still might remain the better do-it-all bike, but specs alone don't tell the full...
Forum: Road warriors 11-07-2014, 01:08 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,922
Posted By MariusD
I'm very surprised by this and other responses in...

I'm very surprised by this and other responses in favor of the vee. How would the vee be more comfortable than the rt on a long trip? Is the seating position really that cramped? Are you really tall?...
Forum: Road warriors 11-07-2014, 11:42 AM
Replies: 376
Views: 49,242
Posted By MariusD
Thank's everyone for your input on the cases. I...

Thank's everyone for your input on the cases. I can definietly tell you the strom adv boxes are NOT very aerodynamic, and you notice it on the highway especially. Not that I care particularly much...
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