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Old 04-14-2013, 10:55 AM   #16
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Wonder if you worked it right if you could have a pulley to run the cable through to get the darn bike up on the center stand..... LOL

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Old 04-14-2013, 11:10 AM   #17
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With respect to the Warn XT 17 winch, what is everyone's take on the two options: handlebar mounted switch or remote switch? (I now see they have a wireless option, too, but I am more curious on the first option.)

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I'm going with handlebar switch. I figure I or a buddy will be straddling the bike and I don't want another piece of long wife and the bulky remote.
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Old 04-14-2013, 01:07 PM   #18
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With respect to the Warn XT 17 winch, what is everyone's take on the two options: handlebar mounted switch or remote switch? (I now see they have a wireless option, too, but I am more curious on the first option.)

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I got both. The handlebar is great for sludging through the mud going forward straddling the bike but there will be times when that won't be possible (Like when you're using it to retrieve a mate's bike using a tree, etc). It also gives me two controls in case one gets disabled.


I also installed the Kaoko throttle control to keep the Revs up and the battery charged.
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Old 04-14-2013, 01:44 PM   #19
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Wonder if you worked it right if you could have a pulley to run the cable through to get the darn bike up on the center stand..... LOL

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I did get a flat right after it rained and the ground was so soft that even with a plate under the center stand the bike would sink so I wasn't able to get the rear wheel off the ground. About 100 yards away I saw an Oak with a nice size lower limb so I rode down there, threw a line over the limb and I was able to get the rear wheel off the ground.

A really handy tool that I even use quite often around the house.
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:26 PM   #20
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I wonder if a big ratchet strap will work

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Old 04-16-2013, 10:20 AM   #21
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I'm sorry but this video made me chuckle. Rider leaves for a DS adventure with an expensive bike, rides the incline like a noob looks to spend more time fiddling with hardware, straps and electronics cables than actually riding. At the end of the video its night time. He looked more of a winch enthusiast than a rider
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Old 01-18-2015, 03:42 PM   #22
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Looks like their website is down right now but Adventure Engineering makes somenice compact stuff, after my buddy on a KLR went over the edge I started to pack one of these.
Their video says their block and tackle weight limit is 450 lbs.....might not be enough for a loaded bike.
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Old 01-18-2015, 10:20 PM   #23
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I'm sorry but this video made me chuckle. Rider leaves for a DS adventure with an expensive bike, rides the incline like a noob looks to spend more time fiddling with hardware, straps and electronics cables than actually riding. At the end of the video its night time. He looked more of a winch enthusiast than a rider
And he rides like shite. I wouldn't ride with him.
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Old 01-19-2015, 07:18 AM   #24
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A few thoughts. I've been in various places with my 950 where a winch might be handy, since I often ride alone in kind of nasty places as well. First of all, a winch is heavy, and takes up a lot of space. I was able to reduce the amount of crap I was carrying by enough that it isn't all that bad to pick up, and if it's really bad, I can always unload and then pick it up. I've also crashed down a hill, and while it took 3 hours to get out, a few ratchet straps was all it really took. the best thing I did was remove my crash bars, because they would dig into the ground and make it impossible to slide the bike. 990 tank protectors have been more than enough, and now I can push it around on its side easily.

I personally really like the block and tackle idea. I carried a few pulleys and some climbing rope with me, and I've never had to use it, but it's nice peace of mind. I also generally carry a military surplus e-tool for getting out of sand or mud pits. A winch just seems a little excessive to me, because of the weight and space claim. The lighter the bike, the more fun it is to ride and the less likely I am to crash, haha.

that said, I just remembered that you're on a GS. That's a lot heavier, and much more of a pain ot pick up....so ymmv. You might actually want a winch there.
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Old 01-19-2015, 08:16 AM   #25
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Everyone here can be so keyboard-critical. It is a promotional video. He is on a F800 with very street tires. Did he pick a horrible line on the hill, yes. Was he SUPPOSED to get stuck for the video, yes!

II would wager he rides better than 80% or more of the guys on this board.

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Old 01-19-2015, 08:30 AM   #26
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In my yunger days when we had a lot more off road area I had a 1966 landcruiser with a PTO winch.
I did a lot of crazy/stupid off roading.
The cable rarely if ever came out except to rescue some other vehicle from a mud pit.
Almost ALWAYS there is nothing to hook on to within reach and I found that the most useful tool was a shovel
a hi-lift jack is also more useful than a winch
also more useful than a winch for pulling out other vehicles was an elastic "Snatchum" strap that will give a mighty jerk with just a little run because usually the winch just pulls the other vehicle into the mudhole
and no matter how many times you say or scream " DO NOT DRIVE AFTER I PULL YOU OUT UNTIL WE GET THE CABLE UNHOOKED BECAUSE IT WILL GET WRAPPED AROUND AND KINK THE CRAP OUT OF MY WINCH CABLE" the damn starnger you pulled out will do it anyway and say oops soory

this is a few reasons why I will never have another winch. 99% of the time I would rather have a shovel

or in the case of adventure riding, basic riding skills mixed with wisdom
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Old 01-19-2015, 12:35 PM   #27
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or in the case of adventure riding, basic riding skills mixed with wisdom
But you can't buy wisdom. You can buy a winch.
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Old 01-21-2015, 11:27 AM   #28
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Couple of pulleys and a bit of rope and you can vertically lift a 990....with your teeth if need be.








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Old 01-21-2015, 01:27 PM   #29
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Couple of pulleys and a bit of rope and you can vertically lift a 990....with your teeth if need be. ]

Calling Eagle Scout or Military background right there.
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Old 01-21-2015, 07:03 PM   #30
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I have mine mounted on my rear rack and switch on my bars. I used a trolling motor quick disconnect for the electric
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