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Old 07-21-2013, 06:30 PM   #78961
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back from a day in the twisties- Santa Monica mtns. & hwy 1
stopped at the rock store to check out bikes and Jay's car



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Old 07-21-2013, 06:56 PM   #78962
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I would rather ride 1100 miles than fly any day or drive. My choice, every time, if possible would be to take the bike. My wife not so much, she enjoys riding and we do long trips together, but as one poster said, shorter miles, more stops to smell the coffee, watch people or browse antique stores makes our less mile days more enjoyable.
When Fatwife and I take long trips on our motorcycles, we say that we like to take our bikes on our vacations instead of taking our vacations on the bikes. On our two week ride up to Montana in three weeks, we will average under 250 miles a day with two off days to enjoy a couple favorite places. Living where we do, we are on vacation when we leave the driveway and don't want to or have to ride freeways. That has worked for us for the last 20 years of doing multiweek trips through the Rockies every summer.
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Old 07-21-2013, 08:32 PM   #78963
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Isn't Durango home of million dollar highway?
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Old 07-21-2013, 08:42 PM   #78964
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Isn't Durango home of million dollar highway?
Test it extends from Durango to Montrose
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Old 07-21-2013, 09:51 PM   #78965
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You won't notice the welt while riding, you'll mostly notice the welt when you stop and put your feet down. The more you put your feet down the more you'll notice it. In stop and go traffic you'll notice the chaffing on your inner thigh.

On the lowered footpeg topic I was also concerned about losing the factory rubber-damped mounts but I wanted more room on the bike. I went with the Pro Cycle lowered pegs. I'm 5'9" and ride 99% street, there is no additional vibration to be concerned about. The biggest difference is you won't have that droopy peg feeling when you stand on the pegs. I'm picky about control setup and the Pro Cycle lower and wider pegs have the extra width added to the leading edge of the foot pegs which moved my feet closer to the shifter and brake pedal, since I have my DR setup for Supermoto I don't stand much or need the extra peg width. I put the factory pegs on the bike lowered peg brackets, now the distance from the pegs to the controls is perfect for me.

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I tried a friends bike with the Pro Cycle pegs,they lower the pegs so much as to put one's feet in danger riding off road,if its an on road bike this wouldnt matter so much, although I have touched the stock heidth pegs down in paved corners.
I noticed the vibration in the pegs right off with rigid pegs,that's why Suzuki rubber mounts them.

Some folks dont mind it though.
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:12 AM   #78966
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Am I missing something here? People are talking about stuffing planks in the spokes of their rear wheel, or rags in between gears - seems risky to me. I just used a long screwdriver and zip ties to pull on the rear brake lever so it held the rear wheel tight. Picture (bad quality) here: http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....ostcount=65426

Shoving rags between gears puts large side loads on them - they may be able, or designed to take the side loading, but I just don't know that.

Using the spoke to stop rotational force seems like a losing proposition. I know many have done it, but I have also read of failures and requests for emergency parts from other inmates when it was done.

The rear brake was designed to stop the bike at full speed - I don't think it will be harmed in this manner.

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Works too, but not if the engine is on the bench. And you have to disable the brake when you pull the clutch cover too. Good for CSS that are held on by big nuts and not clips though.

If the primary drive can't handle having its gears locked and damaged is caused to bearings, gears, or shafts using a piece of rag or soft metal like aluminium then you have bigger issues.
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:19 AM   #78967
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It just occurred to me that some people don't mind losing the rubber inserts. To check if you'd be fine without them, or if your preferences vary from time to time, you could use large sturdy washers over the rubber to mount the pegs fairly solidly. If it's too vibey, keep the rubber. If it's not, you have the option of using Procycle's mounts.
When I went from rubber to solid mounts I couldn't tell the difference re vibes and much prefer the improved feel and lack of flex when standing. YMMV
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Old 07-22-2013, 02:49 AM   #78968
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I tried a friends bike with the Pro Cycle pegs,they lower the pegs so much as to put one's feet in danger riding off road,if its an on road bike this wouldnt matter so much, although I have touched the stock heidth pegs down in paved corners.
I noticed the vibration in the pegs right off with rigid pegs,that's why Suzuki rubber mounts them.

Some folks dont mind it though.
LOL...you're right I suppose some are more sensitive to it than other's. I feel like the counterbalancer works real well on the DR. My old XL600 had a counterbalanced engine and rubber mounted pegs too. That bikes vibration was enough to vibrate my right foot off the peg on the street. I feel like the DR is real smooth for a big bore single.

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Old 07-22-2013, 04:15 AM   #78969
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Works too, but not if the engine is on the bench. And you have to disable the brake when you pull the clutch cover too. Good for CSS that are held on by big nuts and not clips though.

If the primary drive can't handle having its gears locked and damaged is caused to bearings, gears, or shafts using a piece of rag or soft metal like aluminium then you have bigger issues.


Exactly..........and, think about it.......the tool like the motion pro that locks one gear against the other does pretty much the same thing loadwise.

Besides, the tool puts all the force into a small area only as wide as the locking tool, where as a nice piece of shop rag evenly distributes the force across the ENTIRE width of the gear teeth.
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Old 07-22-2013, 04:31 AM   #78970
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That's more my speed too ... 250 to 400 mile days seem to be about the right distance. But unless it's ALL Super Slab and you're average speeds are over 80 mph ... then a 500 mile day will use up about 12 hours or more and mean very short stops. Got Daylight?

If you're dual sporting and riding dirt roads or trails ... then of course expect even shorter distances ... but still very long days. 10 to 12 hours is my limit, especially if you're stringing five to six days together. I'm sure the kids can do longer days ... I'm past that.

Can't count all the days in Baja where we arrived at our destination in the Dark! Add a few breakdowns, flats and crashes and some guys would be getting in at 2 am! Don't make a habit of that! (screws you the next day!)

More realistic days are what works for me. Photo stops, coffee breaks and just taking your eyes off the road for a while.

To be entirely truthfull, some of my favorite days are pokeing along at 30-40 MPH on some real rural forest road or trails. I might only cover 150 miles for the entire day. But, the breaks for fishing and checkin out the sights and scenery are as nice as the time spent rideing down the trail.

The reason I got the DR is to cover longer pavement distance , faster, and in more relaxed comfort than my old XT 350.

I have a different bike that can swallow up huge miles of pavement in total, silent , comfort if super big pavement distance is the goal .




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Old 07-22-2013, 04:57 AM   #78971
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OMG Low Budget! I was reading your post and thinking...this guy is like me. DR, XT 350, likes to poke along and then I see the PC with the kiter in the back ground. Same here! Separated at birth?
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Old 07-22-2013, 05:07 AM   #78972
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OMG Low Budget! I was reading your post and thinking...this guy is like me. DR, XT 350, likes to poke along and then I see the PC with the kiter in the back ground. Same here! Separated at birth?





Possibly, especially if you were a WERA roadracer in the early 80's and Gratten Michigan was your favorite local area track.

And, you would have to substitute a vintage custom windsurfer from the 90's in place of the kiteboard ! I dont kiteboard, but spent 20 years on shortboard windsurfers. Grand Haven MI was crazy with a strong side on westerly !
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Old 07-22-2013, 05:13 AM   #78973
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Not a racer but have been to Gratten a few times. Where was the PC picture taken? Looks like Lk. Mich somewhere? I sailed my Screamer at Muskegon. NW was best.
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Old 07-22-2013, 06:14 AM   #78974
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Old 07-22-2013, 07:22 AM   #78975
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When I went from rubber to solid mounts I couldn't tell the difference re vibes and much prefer the improved feel and lack of flex when standing. YMMV
What did you use? I'm with you, I don't like the flex when I stand. I really can't feel any difference in vibes between my DR and the other bikes I have that aren't rubber mounted.
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