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Old 05-11-2013, 04:34 PM   #4366
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Great review. Thank you.
Thanks, I bought the bike un-tested and was pretty nervous.

Docwells, I just signed up for the seat purchase, thanks for the heads-up. It will take cajones to rip apart a brand new seat, but after my 60 mile ride I'm sure Big Jim and the twins will thank me...

Regarding the Battleaxes, I'm sure they are more tire than I'll ever need on the road. I'm wondering about the gravel and two-track that my friends frequent, though. I always managed (barely) to keep up with those reprobates while riding Broom Hilda (GSA) but then she (he?) was wearing TKC shoes. Anyway, I cant see ditching brand new radials so of course I'll keep them 'til they're worn out.
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Old 05-11-2013, 04:52 PM   #4367
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Thanks, I bought the bike un-tested and was pretty nervous.

Docwells, I just signed up for the seat purchase, thanks for the heads-up. It will take cajones to rip apart a brand new seat, but after my 60 mile ride I'm sure Big Jim and the twins will thank me...

Regarding the Battleaxes, I'm sure they are more tire than I'll ever need on the road. I'm wondering about the gravel and two-track that my friends frequent, though. I always managed (barely) to keep up with those reprobates while riding Broom Hilda (GSA) but then she (he?) was wearing TKC shoes. Anyway, I cant see ditching brand new radials so of course I'll keep them 'til they're worn out.
I'm going with TKC's front and Karro 3 OR K60 rear,depends on weather the Karoos are available by the end of next week or not.


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Old 05-11-2013, 05:47 PM   #4368
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Thanks, I bought the bike un-tested and was pretty nervous.

Docwells, I just signed up for the seat purchase, thanks for the heads-up. It will take cajones to rip apart a brand new seat, but after my 60 mile ride I'm sure Big Jim and the twins will thank me...

Regarding the Battleaxes, I'm sure they are more tire than I'll ever need on the road. I'm wondering about the gravel and two-track that my friends frequent, though. I always managed (barely) to keep up with those reprobates while riding Broom Hilda (GSA) but then she (he?) was wearing TKC shoes. Anyway, I cant see ditching brand new radials so of course I'll keep them 'til they're worn out.
I just did a 150 mile ride this afternoon, and I'll be glad when my junk stops hitting the frunk...
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Old 05-11-2013, 06:53 PM   #4369
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I just did a 150 mile ride this afternoon, and I'll be glad when my junk stops hitting the frunk...
Get in on the Seat Concepts group buy!!.


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Old 05-12-2013, 04:30 AM   #4370
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I just did a 150 mile ride this afternoon, and I'll be glad when my junk stops hitting the frunk...
Doc,

You are free to borrow my spare front seat if you are buying one where you have to send your stocker in for modification.
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Old 05-12-2013, 04:49 AM   #4371
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I already did ...just waiting for word from Seat Concepts... I don't know if they are going to notify anyone about sending in their seat before the deadline on the 18th.
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Old 05-12-2013, 04:56 AM   #4372
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I just did a 150 mile ride this afternoon, and I'll be glad when my junk stops hitting the frunk...
Fixing that is the easiest mod done on this bike. Two rubber feet or spacers from a hardware store placed under the existing ones at the front underside of the seat levels the seat.
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Old 05-12-2013, 06:14 AM   #4373
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I already did ...just waiting for word from Seat Concepts... I don't know if they are going to notify anyone about sending in their seat before the deadline on the 18th.
My understanding of the seat concepts deal is that they send you new padding/foam and a new cover. It would be up to you to complete the assembly. I could be wrong but I think that's why it's so cheap.

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Old 05-12-2013, 06:31 AM   #4374
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I already did ...just waiting for word from Seat Concepts... I don't know if they are going to notify anyone about sending in their seat before the deadline on the 18th.
I've had 2 SC seats done, and I just had them send the cover and foam and I took it to my local Upholsterer who charged me $20 and did it while I waited. No down time.
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Old 05-12-2013, 09:56 AM   #4375
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Question something different

I've been riding dirt and sport for 20+ years, but I've always maintained separation between the 2. My dirtbikes were just dirtbikes (xr250, xr400, yz426) and my sport bikes were just sport bikes (cbr600, gsxr750, r1). I've never owned a street legal bike that was capable of offroad. I'm new to the arena but the 700 seems like "the bike" for me. I'm over the need for 0-100-0 in 11 seconds, just trying to take it down a notch or 2 and live for a few more years. It's either go all the way with a dirt capable road bike, or drop almost twice the cash on the 500exc


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Old 05-14-2013, 08:15 AM   #4376
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You go - we are all waiting for the final tally and if the MSR will get you started and back.

Well here is what I found out:

1- It's really hard not to overfill the MSR bottle at the pump.
2- The storage compartment gets pretty hot either when the bike is running, or just sitting in the sun.
3- An overfilled MSR bottle will leak when it's overfilled and gets hot.
4- And according to dduelin, you can get 239 miles out of a tank.

I hope this helps.
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:44 AM   #4377
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Well here is what I found out:

1- It's really hard not to overfill the MSR bottle at the pump.
2- The storage compartment gets pretty hot either when the bike is running, or just sitting in the sun.
3- An overfilled MSR bottle will leak when it's overfilled and gets hot.
4- And according to dduelin, you can get 239 miles out of a tank.

I hope this helps.
a black Givi trunk gets pretty hot in the sun too, but not affect when the bike is running.
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:58 AM   #4378
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Thumb Funny thing happened on the way to the Suzuki dealer...

I sold my XR650L on Sat and the project GL500I the week before, so I was looking for a new bike; couldn't stand being bike-less for more than a day...

Had narrowed it down to the Versys, WeeStrom, and the NC700X. I had ridden a 'new' 2011 Versys, and liked the bike, good power and nice suspension, and they had it marked down; however, shifting was a bit clunky and I wasn't excited to buy a 2-yr old demo (probably a lot of hard riding on a cold engine from people like me test riding it ). Was headed to the Suzy dealer to see if they had a Wee for a test ride, got kinda lost, and noticed a Honda dealer (it was actually across a big intersection from the dealer I was looking for, but I didn't know that at the time).

It was a small shop that only dealt Hondas, and it was a bit after 9 on Mon morning. The owner was there and let me test ride a red NC, I've been very interested in it but hadn't ridden one. I really like Hondas, especially red ones. Long story short, I liked how it felt, he gave me a fair deal (no 'talking w/ the manager bs') and I bought it. I guess I had that itch, if the Kawi dealer had been open on Monday, I might be joining the Versys thread...



But here I am and very happy with the bike. First 100 miles impressions:
- much less buzz than my XR650 (duh), but a little twin throbbing is there in a good way
- love the low end & midrange pull, power is always available without revving.
- I haven't hit the rev limiter, trying to be nice for the first few hundred miles
- I don't mind giving up the top end power for better fuel mileage
- low COG gives great balance, felt good on the dirt roads on the 'long way' into work this morning
- handy trunk is handy
- I like that it's a practical, economical ride that is quick and fun
- smooth & stable at 75+
- saddle is a slide, hoping my bony butt will tamp it down a bit in the back, gonna wait and see, might do the raise-the-front mod

Heated grips are on the way (I do live in MN). Looking for some Givi saddlebags for more capacity...

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Old 05-14-2013, 12:19 PM   #4379
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I sold my XR650L on Sat and the project GL500I the week before, so I was looking for a new bike; couldn't stand being bike-less for more than a day...

Had narrowed it down to the Versys, WeeStrom, and the NC700X. I had ridden a 'new' 2011 Versys, and liked the bike, good power and nice suspension, and they had it marked down; however, shifting was a bit clunky and I wasn't excited to buy a 2-yr old demo (probably a lot of hard riding on a cold engine from people like me test riding it ). Was headed to the Suzy dealer to see if they had a Wee for a test ride, got kinda lost, and noticed a Honda dealer (it was actually across a big intersection from the dealer I was looking for, but I didn't know that at the time).

It was a small shop that only dealt Hondas, and it was a bit after 9 on Mon morning. The owner was there and let me test ride a red NC, I've been very interested in it but hadn't ridden one. I really like Hondas, especially red ones. Long story short, I liked how it felt, he gave me a fair deal (no 'talking w/ the manager bs') and I bought it. I guess I had that itch, if the Kawi dealer had been open on Monday, I might be joining the Versys thread...



But here I am and very happy with the bike. First 100 miles impressions:
- much less buzz than my XR650 (duh), but a little twin throbbing is there in a good way
- love the low end & midrange pull, power is always available without revving.
- I haven't hit the rev limiter, trying to be nice for the first few hundred miles
- I don't mind giving up the top end power for better fuel mileage
- low COG gives great balance, felt good on the dirt roads on the 'long way' into work this morning
- handy trunk is handy
- I like that it's a practical, economical ride that is quick and fun
- smooth & stable at 75+
- saddle is a slide, hoping my bony butt will tamp it down a bit in the back, gonna wait and see, might do the raise-the-front mod

Heated grips are on the way (I do live in MN). Looking for some Givi saddlebags for more capacity...

Dv
Here's the Givi E36's on the Givi rack.





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Old 05-14-2013, 12:27 PM   #4380
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Here's the Givi E36's on the Givi rack.





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The bags look nice, size seems a good compromise too. I'm going for an SW Motech rack w Bags Connection PVC juts like the ones on the Twisted Throttle project bike. A few other mods and I'll be good to go. Will post pix when she's complete.

Also, it seems that the dealer may have mounted my windscreen in the "low" position. Is it even worth the trouble to raise to the "high" position, or does it suck equally at both heights?
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