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Old 02-13-2013, 07:25 PM   #2911
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I found a Ma and Pop shop to do my work. They take pride in every thing they do, and he has what it takes to get the job done right. His kids rock because he keeps a close eye open at all times !!!

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Old 02-13-2013, 09:19 PM   #2912
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You could always put it past your wife to sell the ducati and with the same money buy a Vstrom and dual sport. Win-win.

At least you recognize it's not a dual sport, or even an adventure bike. You'd be surprised how many swear that bike is the "do it all wonder". They are nice bikes though. I'd get one for ADV Touring.

Sure, you can flog them down whatever you want. I used to ride the odd gravel road on a supersport bike. It's do-able, but I won't recommend it. haha.

It's more rewarding and most times cheaper to do the work yourself. The benefit here is you LEARN. Not only how to do it, but the mechanics of your bike. It's the first step to kicking dealerships and their 120$/hr charges.


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LOL - DesmoDab sold his Vstrom when he bought his Duc. It was the right decision for him and the riding he does. You can't compare a Strom to a MS12 for street riding .

He is also pretty mechanically adept - he did a gold valve install on the forks of the strom and posted an instructional how-to thread.

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Old 02-13-2013, 10:04 PM   #2913
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Here's my gold valve! Free99 too.

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Old 02-14-2013, 04:21 PM   #2914
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Hey Beema Killa!

10 degrees and sunny tomorrow (friday). Are you into it? Was SW a few days ago and everything gravel was dry as a popcorn fart. 0 snow south of Turner Valley. Or we could do a nice 200kms quickie no further south than TV. Its all dry. Got a few guys for saturday too. May do a long one all the way down to #3 and back, as much gravel as possible. That'll be it for a while according to the forecast.
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:41 PM   #2915
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I had planned on tomorrow too but no can do. My daughter has strep throat and has had a fever for a couple days so I will be home tending to her. Saturday is a possibility depending on how long a trip you guys have planned.
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:03 PM   #2916
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Ok.

Tomorrow 3 of us are meeting at 11am Petro Can at 130th/Douglasdale Blvd. Heading south in case you can make it. Too soon to decide on Saturdays where and when but 2 maybe 4 of us going for sure.
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:47 PM   #2917
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Cool. I'll try to make Saturday.
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Old 02-15-2013, 03:17 PM   #2918
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went out for a ride to try heated gear.

It was too warm to turn it on.
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:17 PM   #2919
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Tomorrow?
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:19 PM   #2920
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Beema Killa!

3 or 4 of us meeting at the same place tomorrow at 10am. Heading south again in a round about way.
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:24 PM   #2921
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Cool. Approx duration?
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:27 PM   #2922
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I'm in. Cya there. May head back early if ride is going longer than I can do tomorrow.
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:37 AM   #2923
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6 Hours!

I'd like to be home by at least 5pm. Some others may go later.
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:59 AM   #2924
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First, thanks for everyone's comments. Much appreciated.

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You could always put it past your wife to sell the ducati and with the same money buy a Vstrom and dual sport. Win-win.
Ha ha - as Canoehead said, been there, done that! VStroms are good bikes but are crap for off-road, especially the HEAVY DL1000 that I had (but you guys already know this). I have come to the conclusion that the right mix for me is my Multistrada AND a Dual Sport bike... more on that to come.

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It's more rewarding and most times cheaper to do the work yourself. The benefit here is you LEARN. Not only how to do it, but the mechanics of your bike. It's the first step to kicking dealerships and their 120$/hr charges.
I completely agree, and have done a fair amount on my Multi already and plan to do more. I just changed out my Ohlin's rear spring for a heavier fat-ass part and I did a lot of work on my VStrom also and enjoyed it. That being said, for recalls, warranty work and some of the electronics there's only so much you can do yourself. For instance, I can do the 12K mechanical service myself, but I can't reset the computer, etc. so like it or not I need a dealer for some things.

For anyone interested, here are links to the Rear shock replacement with Elka and the Gold valve posts I did:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=656113

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=663973

Sorry I can't make it today, but I'd be street-only anyway, so have fun.

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Old 02-16-2013, 05:05 PM   #2925
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I'm sure you have, but if you haven't, read online. I'd be surprised if you can't reset your computer / warning light yourself.

If you can't, just another reason to sell the Duc before it's too late!
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