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About paulmbowers

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  1. paulmbowers

    KTM/Husky 500(ish) Questions

    If I were you I'd grab VanJoosten's bike like RIGHT NOW. But to give a more comprehensive answer, KTM suggests 250 hours before piston replacement, about $1200 at a shop. My bike has almost 350 hours and over 10 miles and is still ripping. I believe the 2014 KTM 500 is the finest motorcycle ever conceived by nonspecifichigherpower.
  2. We went so far up June Wash we nearly saw April.
  3. I'd consider it if it were only cleaner and better equipped.
  4. You are correct, a VISA is not required. An FMM is not a VISA- it's a different thing. "Many Americans think that having a passport or visa is all that is required to travel in Mexico, but that is not the case. A Forma Migratoria Múltiple travel permit, which is different from a passport or visa, is required by all foreigners that enter Mexico whether via foot, an automobile or motorcycle, boat, or air. To obtain a permit at the immigration offices at the U.S./Mexico border on the Mexican sides — one must have a valid passport card or booklet. Another thing that adds confusion to the travelers is how the permit is sometimes referred to as a “tourist visa” despite it not officially being a visa."
  5. paulmbowers

    Tire deflators

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000VZF6YE/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 This is the one I use at the truck. I have a little pencil-type with my tiny compressor in my saddlebag.
  6. paulmbowers

    Tire deflators

    I avoid tire deflators as much as possible.
  7. paulmbowers

    Received a call from a Friend Saturday

    I saw one once- all "rally equipped". It's not so much. Looks like a fun and nimble street bike. First hard rain the bike packed mud in every crevice until it was unrideable and went on the truck.
  8. paulmbowers

    T700 Yamaha Adventure

    Nah- none taken. You know I agree, to the point where I very nearly offloaded the 990 recently. I enjoy its role as an ADV bike, and not so much as a dirt bike.
  9. paulmbowers

    T700 Yamaha Adventure

    Awww. This wounds me.