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Old 11-15-2013, 05:31 AM   #18526
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My remarks were aimed at 1150s and my 06 GS and older bikes with a bunch of miles.

Looking at your profile I see you have an '11 GSA. Is it ESA? Either way you are talking some big bucks for Ohlins, Wilbers etc. I'd consider holding off until you have those close to worn out, especially if your a normal size guy. That is unless you aren't satisfied with them or you have 2 grand you don't need.

Check that what you have is set up to the best of it's ability. My biggest reason for going Ohlins is if I can't change springs on the stock shock or if the shock is worn.

I'm a pretty big guy so I pretty much have to make some changes to any bike I buy if I want the suspension to be correct.
Yes, it has ESA. There are several settings, as you're aware. On the firmest setting the suspension isn't soft, but it isn't exactly firm either. This is especially so with a full tank of fuel and full panniers, etc. With just me and about 1/2 tank (or less) of fuel the suspension feels close. I don't have 2K burning a hole in my pocket, so I'll live with it like it is for the foreseeable future.

Thanks for the insight.

Didn't realize you did an Alaska trip until seeing the picture of your yellow gs. Looks awesome. That trip is on my bucket list.
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Old 11-15-2013, 06:10 AM   #18527
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I've got Ohlins on my 05 1200GS you're welcome to try it out anytime if your considering an upgrade.

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Thanks for the offer. I may do that.

Saw your post about the WR and YZ differences. Mostly everything that was said is correct. The WR has an 18" rear wheel and the YZ a 19". Your bike, and most dual sport bikes all have 18" wheels. All mx bikes have 19" rear wheels. The YZ is a much lighter bike (no starter or starter gears, lights, wiring harness, etc.)

In '12 the WR got a pretty good suspension upgrade that fixed the "too soft" complaints for the prior years. I still have the stock set-up on mine. '12 was also the year that the WR went to fuel injection. They've had issues with starting (check out my post on Thumper Talk). It's a real issue, but it looks as though there's a way to partially cure it. After the thing is started, it runs beautifully. You can change the fuel mapping in a matter of minutes, which is why I bought the bike. I didn't want to mess with jetting a carb again. Other than the starting issue, I've been very pleased it.

Yamaha will typically feature the latest bike technologies or developments on the YZ first. They went to fuel injection in '09 or '10 on that bike. They have a new engine (at least on the 450) this year and I'm sure a bunch of other upgrades. Those changes will trickle down to the WR eventually.

It would be much easier to convert a WR into a dual sport type bike than a YZ. For the type of riding that we do in this area, the WR makes more sense. If you had a mx background, then maybe a converted YZ would fit better.

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Old 11-15-2013, 02:31 PM   #18528
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Motorcycle Mechanics Workshops

Anyone know of upcoming motorcycle mechanics workshops or evening classes in the Hampton Roads area? Looking to increase my knowledge/confidence in properly maintaining my own bike. Currently I have zero experience so any suggestions would be helpful.
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Old 11-15-2013, 03:51 PM   #18529
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Old 11-15-2013, 04:39 PM   #18530
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Anyone know of upcoming motorcycle mechanics workshops or evening classes in the Hampton Roads area? Looking to increase my knowledge/confidence in properly maintaining my own bike. Currently I have zero experience so any suggestions would be helpful.
There is always Nuggets' free bike tech clinic
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Old 11-15-2013, 05:55 PM   #18531
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Looks like rain tonight, but clear in the morning, mid 60s - perfect for a DN mud run! I plan to be in the Food Lion parking lot at 1000. At 1010 I'm rolling into the swamp! Come on out and have some fun!

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Old 11-15-2013, 06:20 PM   #18532
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Old 11-15-2013, 07:50 PM   #18533
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Old 11-16-2013, 04:58 AM   #18534
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=( this is really really sad. Kurt was a great rider and an even more amazing person. Apparently the accident was caused by a booby trap along the Baja 1000 course. There is some crazy kind of evil in this world.


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Old 11-16-2013, 05:56 AM   #18535
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Got a text early this AM about this.

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=( this is really really sad. Kurt was a great rider and an even more amazing person. Apparently the accident was caused by a booby trap along the Baja 1000 course. There is some crazy kind of evil in this world.


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Old 11-16-2013, 06:16 AM   #18536
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Alright, where am I riding to today? With my current front tire condition, the only off road I'll do is gravel.
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Old 11-16-2013, 07:04 AM   #18537
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What a loss... he seemed like a genuinely decent and humble guy who could ride the hell out of a dirtbike. I really enjoyed watching his helmet cam vids. Who the hell would booby trap the Baja?!

Rest in Peace, Kurt
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=( this is really really sad. Kurt was a great rider and an even more amazing person. Apparently the accident was caused by a booby trap along the Baja 1000 course. There is some crazy kind of evil in this world.


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Old 11-16-2013, 05:52 PM   #18538
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Calling Daang

I'm sure there is a honda enthusiast on this site somewhere

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I would consider selling my CRF. Either complete or the rally kit only.

It's an 09 which was bought new in a crate in january 2011, did a few hours on it before desert challenge that year and a few rides between DC 2011 and 2012. Hardly ridden since DC2012. Has less than 10 hours since full top end overhaul which included valves, camshaft, piston etc. Bike has done Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2011 and 2012. Is full current FIM spec (i.e smaller gps etc).

Also has a full spares package as I have always looked after my own bike. Includes a spare set of wheels (haan cush-drive hubs), spare cylinder head assembly, boxes of gaskets, filters etc. etc. etc.

Everything you would need to enter FIM Cross Country Rally or similar events. I have the original shipping crate. Bike is located in Wiltshire UK and is fully road legal and registered in the UK.

Open to sensible enquiries.



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Old 11-17-2013, 07:16 AM   #18539
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=( this is really really sad. Kurt was a great rider and an even more amazing person. Apparently the accident was caused by a booby trap along the Baja 1000 course. There is some crazy kind of evil in this world.


Sad.
I hear the Mexicans booby trap it every year.
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Old 11-17-2013, 10:03 AM   #18540
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I thought that it was caused by a trap was refuted by the team?
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