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« Reply #8760 on: December 18, 2018, 01:30:35 pm »
Hopefully the next version won't have elephantitis
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« Reply #8761 on: December 18, 2018, 01:38:11 pm »
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« Reply #8762 on: December 22, 2018, 11:49:39 am »
Honda CRF230L

Price: $4499
Dry weight: 261 lb.
Wheelbase: 52.9 in.
Seat height: 32.1 in.
Fuel mileage: 93 mpg
0-60 mph: 12.7 sec.
1/4-mile: 17.92 sec. @ 67.49 mph
Horsepower: 14.3 hp @ 6650 rpm
Torque: 11.7 ft.-lb. @ 5630 rpm
Top speed: 71 mph

Wow. Sick stats.

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« Reply #8763 on: December 22, 2018, 12:42:13 pm »
That fuel economy though
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« Reply #8764 on: December 22, 2018, 01:09:42 pm »
Furreal.  I get 80+ mpg even while trail cruisin.  Have switched to reserve once...and even that still leaves me with .7 gallons, so another 60 miles easily if I don't go too hard on 'er.

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« Reply #8765 on: December 22, 2018, 01:45:46 pm »
CAFE will soon require everyone to ride CRF230Ls.
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« Reply #8766 on: December 22, 2018, 01:49:46 pm »
Honest to God, with cell phones and incompetent cagers, it's hard to want to be a motorcyclist. maybe I'm just too old, but.....

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« Reply #8767 on: December 22, 2018, 01:52:05 pm »
Honest to God, with cell phones and incompetent cagers, it's hard to want to be a motorcyclist. maybe I'm just too old, but.....

That's partly why I enjoy riding off-road so much...don't have to worry about traffic at all.  Except on ORV trails with blind corners where you may encounter a side-by-side coming at you at the speed of sound.

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« Reply #8768 on: December 22, 2018, 01:53:42 pm »
Honest to God, with cell phones and incompetent cagers, it's hard to want to be a motorcyclist. maybe I'm just too old, but.....

I've been almost killed enough times that I really don't want to risk it anymore. I'd be all about it if I lived completely away from civilization and idiot motorists. Hell, it's bad enough just trying to keep from getting killed in a compact car around here. People just do not give a fuck and do not have a clue how dangerous they are.
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« Reply #8769 on: December 24, 2018, 07:46:27 pm »
If I get on a bike again, it will be a track day rental

Especially now with my commute being 80% highway. My backroad days are over and even if they weren't I'd feel like a dick coming anywhere near track pace on the road. So then it just becomes tooling around with significantly more risk

Glad I rode but the bike is going away next tax season.
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« Reply #8770 on: December 30, 2018, 02:08:25 pm »
GF and I hit up a few shops yesterday while running errands to try on some bikes for size. No test rides, since it was below freezing and there was salt on the roads. I think the consensus is that with any bike, I may have to consider aftermarket seating so it's comfortable for both of us. 

- Explorer 1200 - Comfortable for me, felt taller and wider than the Tiger which I like for freeway rides. GF liked that some have heated rear seats, but found the narrowness of the rear seat a little uncomfortable.

- Tiger 800 - I found it a comfortable seating position. GF liked that it wasn't as big as the Tiger. Was average on rear seat comfort.

- R1200 GS/A - If money were no object, the GSA would be at the top of the list. The comfort seat on some was definitely not comfortable though. GF found the back alright, the seat wasn't as wide as she'd like. The combo of a large gas tank, wide front area, and taller ground clearance would nail it for the riding I do. But they're so darn expensive new and used.

- R1200 RT - The unexpected favorite for the GF as we were meandering the showroom. It has widest seat to support her hips and a comfortable hip/leg angle. It's slightly more aggressive for my seating position than the rest, but not sure if it would feel alright over long rides. I need to look into it some more. I do dirt roads occasionally so the street-focus and lower clearance may not work.
 
- VStrom 1000 - We were both a bit disappointed by it. It looks so good in the black/yellow/gold scheme though. They updated the seat to slope up at the front so my junk doesn't smash the tank, but the seat cushion has some odd angles that were uncomfortable for me. It was also quite firm. Not sure if it would loosen up over time/miles but I'd have to get a Sargent or something. For GF, they redesigned the passenger area from my gen VStrom. The seat isn't as flat and wide anymore and they brought the footpegs up a little so it made her feel much more cramped. It would require a rearset dropper for her at the very least.

So GF would rank them:
1. RT
2. GS/A
3. Explorer
4. Tiger
5. Vstrom

Side note, GF found the Van Van 200 and GU250X "cute" and small enough to flat-foot. She's wanted a Vespa for a while but maybe she'll make the jump into actual motos for zipping around town.
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« Reply #8771 on: December 30, 2018, 02:35:35 pm »
Corbin seat on my bike was a lifesaver. If I could go back in time I would have got an SV with a Corbin seat. I wrote it off because the Ninja was more comfy for pillions.... on paper. In reality the OEM seat was a nightmare for both of us.
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« Reply #8772 on: January 15, 2019, 04:35:16 pm »

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« Reply #8773 on: January 15, 2019, 05:34:33 pm »
Sounds like they're all on 450s. Seems to be the bare minimum/standard for snowbikes. Need dat powaaaaa.

What do most freestyle MX riders use? 250 2smokes?

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« Reply #8774 on: January 16, 2019, 05:55:54 am »
Sounds like they're all on 450s. Seems to be the bare minimum/standard for snowbikes. Need dat powaaaaa.

What do most freestyle MX riders use? 250 2smokes?

I think a number of those guys switched to 450 thumpers.  2-strokes are getting rare.  I think Yamaha and KTM may be the only remaining manufacturers of full size 2-stroke MX bikes.  You still see them in the 80cc and under minibikes from all of the manufacturer's, but that's it.
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« Reply #8775 on: January 16, 2019, 09:51:26 am »
I think a number of those guys switched to 450 thumpers.  2-strokes are getting rare.  I think Yamaha and KTM may be the only remaining manufacturers of full size 2-stroke MX bikes.  You still see them in the 80cc and under minibikes from all of the manufacturer's, but that's it.
I didn't realize big 2 Strokes were damn near extinct!  :confused:
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« Reply #8776 on: January 16, 2019, 10:02:02 am »
I didn't realize big 2 Strokes were damn near extinct!  :confused:

Middleweight 2 strokes are pretty popular in the enduro world, and they're fuel injected now like the 4 strokes (at least KTMs are, dunno about Yammerhaw).  I think the biggest 2stroke dirtbike you can buy today from a major manuf. is the KTM 300 XC enduro. 

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« Reply #8777 on: January 16, 2019, 10:07:48 am »
Middleweight 2 strokes are pretty popular in the enduro world, and they're fuel injected now like the 4 strokes (at least KTMs are, dunno about Yammerhaw).  I think the biggest 2stroke dirtbike you can buy today from a major manuf. is the KTM 300 XC enduro. 
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« Reply #8778 on: February 02, 2019, 07:14:15 pm »
I checked and lot-rode a Super Tenere 1200 this afternoon and was surprised at how well it fit what I'm looking for. They can be found for a lot cheaper than used BMW GS models. It fit a lot like my VStrom, GF liked the passenger area a lot better. It's so far the best rated according to her - wide comfortable seat and enough vertical leg room that her hips aren't cramped. Engine was smooth and torquey but I didn't get above 25ish. It has a few more inches of ground clearance/susp travel than my V and shaft drive too. No cruise control until 2014 models though.

This example was a bit worn-looking for only having 9k miles, and had some janky aftermarket wiring done too so it was a no-go. But I'll keep my eyes open for more examples. I'd still like to find a Versys 1000 to see if it fits any better/worse, according to ergonomics charts it should be as comfortable as the Yamaha.

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« Reply #8779 on: February 15, 2019, 12:38:19 pm »
Here's what the insides of a Triumph look like. I did the 24k valve check last weekend plus fresh plugs and an air filter. There is quite a bit to take apart to reach them but the service manual was great help.
All valves were in spec luckily, so the camshafts didn't have to come out. Two valves are closer to the tight end of the acceptable range so I'll bring it in to a mechanic for the 36k check.





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« Reply #8780 on: February 15, 2019, 01:06:30 pm »
 :wub: Does Triumph have a live webcam? :wub:
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« Reply #8781 on: February 15, 2019, 01:20:27 pm »
:wub: Does Triumph have a live webcam? :wub:

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« Reply #8782 on: February 15, 2019, 02:08:55 pm »
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