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TOStester last won the day on April 2 2016

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  1. I need/use one for ease of commuting and if to go to clients on days I ride to work. I've got the monster Givi 52L. My Shoei GT Air helmet fits in without issue as well as room for plenty of other stuff. Jason's right -- when there's not much in it everything flies around inside. I took it on my first offroad camping trip and tried to only put light stuff in it and stuff i needed quick access to -- for which it worked great. On that trip we camped in one place and took day trips so I was able to leave it in my tent when on the trails. After returning home I discovered I'd broken two of the four mounting bolts. Fast forward to my only other major outing when I really considered leaving it behind since we'd be camping in different spots along the 10 day route. Short story, I decided to take it as it was too nice to pass up the lockable storage space. I broke two bolts again early in the trip and was able to replace them with others we bought at a local hardware store. Moral of the story -- I don't think I'll convince myself to take it next time -- simply too much trouble for the supposed benefit. I do believe I've got a slight misalignment that in my rack that works against me but the position of the top case hanging out behind the rear tire tends to bounce around when in rutted or other rough stuff. So long story is yes for street, no for offroad.
  2. Holy sheep dip Batman that's a lot of companies to avoid Thanks for putting the list together -- always good to be able to make an informed decision.
  3. Sounds good Brettman, it was my first time on Forest Route 6N16. My friend on the WR250R had been on it once before. The road has a little bit of everything but sand, so for me it's a great relatively close by road for fun and practice as I live in Camarillo. The gate at Spring Canyon Creek was closed so I'm hoping to explore further one of these days.
  4. Was able to get in a quick ride after mowing the lawn this weekend. This is a forest road north of Fillmore, CA heading towards the condor preserve.
  5. Hahaha! That was awesome, great video to promote his products. ... I always wondered why they never run out of air ...
  6. Yeah that feeling of taking a factory assembled motor apart early in its life just isn't a great feeling. We all want to trust that they'll do a good job and all will be well when we get it back but there's that nagging suspicion of "what if ...". The longer you ride it without issue after you get it back will dispel that uneasy feeling. I hope all goes well. Ride safe!
  7. Just got mine back today from having the recall done. No muss, no fuss, valves were in tolerance so mostly a waste of time. But here in California you need the recall done before you can renew the registration.
  8. TOStester

    BDEA 2015

    Bill and David's Excellent Adventure 2015 My 2,250 mile ride with my friend Bill to Northern California, Southern and Western Oregon, then home to Southern California via the Pacific Coast.
  9. Same here -- ride safe! I'd like to hear what you think about those Bilt helmets -- specifically the Bluetooth use and quality of sound.
  10. It definitely will "make the bike faster" -- as all farkles do. Farkles cost money thereby making the wallet lighter thereby increasing the power to weight ratio
  11. My bike decided it was time to take a nap when I came over a rise while riding some single track. This low speed unscheduled dirt sampling resulted in my handlebars bending enough to make it feel "wrong" when on the bike. After much navel gazing and dimension checking online I decided on the YZ High Protaper SE bars. So far I'm pleased with them as it noticeably reduced the sweep in the handlebars. However I do think I'll put some form of riser on to get back and inch or two of height. The bars are fine for my commute but any long rides and I think I'll want the height. I also need to get the Barkbuster Storm handguards back on but first I need to purchase different mounting hardware due to the smaller I.D. of the Protaper bars. Here are some pics of the before and after. I took the pad off after the picture was taken.
  12. Couldn't figure out how to edit my earlier post ... so here's the extra info. The Android app that works with Spotwalla.com is Bubbler GPS https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bubblergps.bubbler.lite&hl=en
  13. App is available for Android, I've had it since early last year I think. Works well. Although I took pictures with it when out of cell coverage in the Kennedy Meadows area assuming it would correctly locate the picture on my spotwalla map when it uploaded my track -- it uploaded the track information but didn't locate the pictures correctly -- weird.
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