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  1. Sounds like they've changed the electronics a bit...

    Sounds like they've changed the electronics a bit since my 2011 but as far as I know the engine is almost the same and it still has a 5 gallon tank? My gauge is supposed to flash with 0.9 gallons...
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    Congrats !! That sounds like an interesting...

    Congrats !!
    That sounds like an interesting test. Never heard of having to check driveways like that before. While the check is undoubtedly a good thing to do, do you think having to visibly move...
  3. Don't underestimate the difference scooching your...

    Don't underestimate the difference scooching your butt cheeks over makes. I've only scraped the pegs on my Versys twice and both times I was not moving my weight to the inside. The last time I was...
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    The KLR and BMW are both underwhelming to me. If...

    The KLR and BMW are both underwhelming to me. If I was to go down that route I would pick the Suzuki DR650 as it seems to be the best of that sort of bike. I did seriously consider a Husky 701 Enduro...
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    Sorry about the photo problem. Not quite sure how...

    Sorry about the photo problem. Not quite sure how to set the sharing option on individual photos in Google Photos. Here is a link to a shared album
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/xQu2VZTYm7QKz3wYA
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    Wheels and suspension are the main reasons....

    Wheels and suspension are the main reasons. Softer suspension to soak up the bumps, larger wheels to make those bumps less of a problem. Spoked wheels also help soak up the bumps but that's mainly to...
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    To answer Sorg's question about what I would look...

    To answer Sorg's question about what I would look for in an adventure bike, I would first ask what type of riding you want to do. For me I love to travel long distances and explore remote places. Not...
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    My adventure on a Versys

    Last week I went to the 2nd Mosko Moto UnRally which takes place on the Alvord Desert in the south east corner of Oregon, close to the Nevada border. Details on what exactly an unrally is and what...
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    I don't want to hi-jack the thread so I'll start...

    I don't want to hi-jack the thread so I'll start another with some details of my trip and what I would look for in a perfect bike.
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    This is what I mean. Without the desire to go off...

    This is what I mean. Without the desire to go off road the V650 is a great bike for solo travel. I've pushed its abilities off road more than I should have and it's survived but it quickly becomes...
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    I'm interested to hear your continuing...

    I'm interested to hear your continuing observations on the Versys. I've got 7 years and 55000 miles on mine and still love it, but don't really have much to compare it against. There is a decent...
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    This page...

    This page https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/wallowa-whitman/alerts-notices/?cid=stelprdb5295221 says it is open. It's a fun twisty road that connects well with others so a good option.

    The area above...
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    There seems to be a high snow pack this year so a...

    There seems to be a high snow pack this year so a lot of great roads are still closed. With that in mind I would probably cross the Cascades on Hwy-20. Extremely pretty and quite fun. Worth stopping...
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    Interesting read. Quite a few of my friends have...

    Interesting read. Quite a few of my friends have turned the 500EXC into their dual sport/adv bikes, but those guys are quite hard core. For them it's the perfect balance between off road ability and...
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    The Common Tread articles. I haven't re-read them...

    The Common Tread articles. I haven't re-read them but I recall there was issues with motorcycles (maybe with the way specifications were written) but that some of the engineers working on the problem...
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    They are saying the radar on the autonomous car...

    They are saying the radar on the autonomous car will not see motorcycles so will drive straight over them. While this is apparently a problem with the technology as it is today (and frightening given...
  17. Thread: Hi New Members!

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    Sticky: When I took my class it was a bit overwhelming....

    When I took my class it was a bit overwhelming. Trying to coordinate all 4 limbs at once was awkward and I felt I was barely getting the hang of something before we were on to the next exercise. I...
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    It's been a while since I researched the WA law...

    It's been a while since I researched the WA law on this but I believe there is no mention of putting a foot down in the regulations but that police are taught to look for a foot down as a way to...
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    :?::?::?: Once you have a modicum of bike...

    :?::?::?:

    Once you have a modicum of bike handling skills I don't think it takes very long before risk tolerance becomes the limiting factor on street rides. At least assuming you are aware of...
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    As well as a bash plate and engine guards I would...

    As well as a bash plate and engine guards I would consider adding hand guards such as BarkBuster. The odds are high you will drop it and hand guards can prevent you snapping your levers off. Off road...
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    Hah...just last Saturday I led a group ride down...

    Hah...just last Saturday I led a group ride down to Mt St Helens which is a fantastic ride but has the worst frost heaves around here. Large enough that it's equivalent to someone kicking you in the...
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    GripTwister Tour

    To the west of Seattle is the Olympic Peninsula that contains a large national forest. Skirting the outside of this are a multitude of forest roads and a local guy sells a GPS tour of the area. Itís...
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    Late summer update.... I've been doing a lot of...

    Late summer update....
    I've been doing a lot of day rides on my 250/300 and getting to grips with riding off road again. Good news is kick starting is super easy now and is something I no longer...
  24. Thread: The Lecture

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    I would reply that you know someone who died in...

    I would reply that you know someone who died in surgery. Conclusion? Surgery is dangerous and you should never do it.

    Or in other words, by definition doctors only ever see those who have failed....
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    I've had a KLX250S for about 4 years now and...

    I've had a KLX250S for about 4 years now and other than destroying the engine, it's been trouble free :grin:
    It's actually a great little bike and the engine trouble was 100% my fault. I got lazy...
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