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  2. I'm not surprised. There's a new model coming out everyday it seems. Even though I spent the big bucks on my last bike to go top end / fully manual on my 1200, I never did find nirvana as my riding style encompassed so many variables.. Riding "trials like" stuff for awhile, or general trail riding ... I could find some magic for that, but I needed a freekin' notebook for settings on sand, on colorado high traction rocky ledgy, and again for pavement. And all that divided by 2. One for just me riding light and fast, another for fully loaded with camp gear. Granted, that was for optimizing the bike to me, but frankly the engineers at BMW (and others I presume) do a dam-good job of pre-setting suspension for the ride modes that come standard. Enough so, that I no longer want to fiddle with a manual system, ON MY GS. I'm sure I'd feel differently for a midsize on-down bike. For modern adventure bikes, about 99% of riders just accept factory settings because they are pretty good-nuff, with the weak parts being big hits and hard landings.
  3. Your content is really good too @padu Thanks to you I now want a trials bike, a desert x, and to go to the DRE riding academy in Italy when I grow up
  4. I've been watching her for a while. One of my favorite places on the internet
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  6. Nice pics ..Great Info.
  7. Hi Mimi! Thanks for checking in and sharing your great ride reports. Good to hear you are adjusting to a huge lifestyle change. Wishing you all the best.
  8. She has been in situations that most of us would love to experience! https://youtube.com/c/ItchyBoots
  9. That would be epic, especially since not only has he been in some entertaining flicks, but he’s like the patron saint of good-dudery and motorcycling.
  10. Brody's is classic, end of ride lunch or dinner spot. You may even see Keanu Reeves there on one of his custom bikes. Good family run business.
  11. The first 4:50 of this video, the guy talks about what I call Noob issues with camping/sleeping. He doesn't come out and state it . .. . the problem is the pad. You need an insulated pad so mother earth doesn't suck the warmth out of you like a vampire. One can easily spend $200 on a super comfy insulated pad but there's no need when getting started. The key is insulation, so the foam pads work a treat for keeping you warm. Do you have a pad? Even on cool summer nights, it's more important than your sleeping bag for comfort/warmth. He had a zero degree bag and still froze.
  12. @DSM8 I'm in for Tech/Packing Day on Sunday the 16, count me in. I do NOT want to lose any gear or look like the Clampett's going down the road...
  13. Stored in a bag, in a cabinet, in a garage. Will leave comm system on it. Not a lot of wear as my wife just wore it on 2 up rides. Never dropped or crashed. Size S 6 7/8 - 7 Pickup in Rancho SD near Cuyamaca College.
  14. Stored in a bag, in a cabinet, in a garage. Will leave comm system on it. Not a lot of wear as I was primarily doing DS stuff. Never dropped or crashed. Size XL 7 5/8 - 7 3/4 Pickup in Rancho SD near Cuyamaca College.
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  16. Good video, adventure comes in all sizes.
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    Suspension Tuning - Actually - KTM 450 XCW

    Talked with George ( Suspension 101 ) He does not work on bikes with electronic ride height adjustment.
  18. 3 minutes and 5,000 miles of fun -- a must watch
  19. Excellent edit. Those Street bikes have nothing on the 500.
  20. 960 miles on the $65 Tusk D-Sport, I’m guessing it will go close to 2500 miles but we will see. Harder than a $2 steak, but have been doing good off-road Aired down, on road they are just fine - but the MotoZ Desert HT Rear I had before did hook up better at drastic lean angles on pavement, as the tread blocks are closer together on the MotoZ. Tusk D-Sport with 960 miles
  21. Yeah I usually try to air up for the MotoGP inspired pavement between trails, but didn't till Ramona yesterday, at the cost of some accelerated tread wear I'm sure. The Tusk D-Sport rear continues to impress for $65, I do think I will forever run the Desert HT 'fattie' (90/100/21) front on this bike. Putting a spirited road rider on a dirt bike just means the knobs always have sharp edges... but don't last terribly long
  22. The run down East Grade was memorable. An 8/10ths clip on a 500KTM with full knobs and 10psi (running Tubeliss). @shutterrev and I both stopped bottom because we were smelling something like burning rubber. Sometimes stupid things just happen
  23. Bagstr

    Suspension Tuning - Actually - KTM 450 XCW

    Looked On-line at the 2022 890R Owner Manual Read up on the Ride Modes and Shock/Fork settings Evidently the Ride Modes are limited to control of engine character and traction control. The forks and shock are manual adjustments for preload, compression and rebound. No electronic height or clicker adjustment. The shock sag recommends are 4 turns for every riding style and I think 8 for loaded. To me that would leave a good deal of room for off-road condition tuning. As typical for KTM, they give no advice about fork position. They do have several rings on the top of the fork. Possibly that is a liability issue. In terms of tuning for lazy or sharp turning feel, it appears to me the same rules mention for the PDS bikes apply. KTM is lazy about sag starting point for off-road. Hopefully the owners here on this site have intel on the state of knowledge on that subject. 🚶‍♂️ PS, Adventure Rider has a 890 Suspension thread. I do not vouch for their recommendations.
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    Let me coordinate with the wifey and try either Tuesday or Wednesday evening to swing by. I'll send confirmation once I know. (I found your number in my phone)
  25. That’s a nice tent at a decent price, looks very similar to the MSR Hubba Hubba that I’ve been using for years.
  26. This is a good small tent for riding, only thing is the pegs are a bit weak, I upgraded the pegs. https://www.hykeandbyke.com/products/yosemite-2p-backpacking-tent
  27. Bagstr

    Suspension Tuning - Actually - KTM 450 XCW

    Since the Sept ‘22 rain in the Park, about 1/3 of the South Carrizo Wash road has disappeared. Unfortunately the Taco drivers are creating a web of routes because they don’t have the original gps track to follow. So, that track may not be the best for awhile. Possibly something like Inspiration Wash might serve the purpose. Many soft and hard short radius turns. Also, I have only bike specific intel for PDS ktms. Do GS suspension shops exist? I am uninformed on the subject. Regarding setting sag on an electronically adjustable Shock pre-load: Do they have a manual mode that allows a tuner to measure and adjust based on track feedback? Likewise with KTM 890: I am going to look into their on-line owner manual. Possibly we have some in-house knowledge here on the site. I wish I had my 990 back. It would be fun to see how much the deep sand performance could be improved with rear sag and fork position. Back then, I didn’t dare venture away from original settings. Fun stuff, to feel the change in performance.
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    @TrophyHunter is a Great dude. You’ll be missed on the rides but always down to do lunch or swing by on a Jamul tour.
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