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  1. I just got a pair of Ranger Dirt Bagz for the bike. I think these are going to work well, although it is still winter here in VT so the bike hasn't been out of the garage yet. I was initially planning on going with Wolfman Expedition Dry Saddle Bags but the racks are still not available and they have been promising them for many weeks. Sorry, I'm done waiting. True the DBz are not waterproof like the Wolfman set up but for well less than the difference in price I can get a pair of waterproof stuff sacks to solve that problem. Plus the DBz are a whole lot easier to open and close (a simple zipper vs. a roll and strap lock). Since I'm going to be using the bike a lot for short jaunts, easy access is important. The only down side to the DBz so far is removing the left side passenger foot peg before installing the bracket on the same side. This cannot be done without forcing the entire under-seat collection of parts up and to the right so the pin holding the foot peg can be removed. I decided not to risk breaking anything and simply ground off the head of the pin with a Dremel. This is much safer than risking damage to costly parts and was done in a few minutes. I would highly reccommend this method vs. moving the "innerds" with a pry bar. I also installed a Ricochet bash plate. This is one serious piece of protection.
  2. Here's where I saw the reference to valve issues and other engine problems: See post by "KTM-KID". I'm not trying to start nasty rumors about this bike but my experience with it so far has been less than stellar. That doesn't make it a bad bike. It's just a $4500 bike.
  3. I think you are correct. I took the bike down to the dealer early this morning and of course they promised me the world. We'll see. Mine is the first one they sold so they have no track record with this model whatsoever. In other words, they didn't have a clue what the problem might be. I suspect it will be there a week or longer and get told no problem was found when I pick it up. "They all do that." I can hear it now. I can't wait to ride this loose bucket of bolts down the next fire road. I'll need hearing protection just to keep my sanity.
  4. The extra cost of the BMW has nothing to do with quality. You are paying for the name. And when (not if) something goes bad, be prepared for some hefty repair bills since most BMW's are loaded with proprietary parts. The KLR has withstood the test of time for more years than the Sertao will ever be around. Also know that if you have a problem and the bike is out of warranty for more than 10 seconds, you are out of luck. BMW is notorious for not standing behind their bikes when they go south. Ask anyone who has had a final drive failure. They paid dearly. As well intentioned as dealers can be, they are only as good as the company they represent. So if you want a status symbol, buy the BMW. If you want a reliable bike, get the KLR.
  5. There seems to be a fair amount of chatter on the web about Honda engines having bad valves and, or being delivered without the valves being adjusted at all. Any comments or thoughts?
  6. I've got about 500 miles on mine and can say the jury is still out on this one. She seems quite at home on pavement and dirt roads but the transmission is a bit "clunky." Changing gears creates a noise I've never heard from a Honda. The tranny on my CRF230F was smooth and quiet as a mouse. Not this one. I sounds like an old BMW, if you've ever ridden one of those dinasaurs. But what is of real concern is this same noise is heard when traveling on very bumpy roads or trails. I sounds like something is dreadfully loose and the whole bike is going to fall apart. I don't think it's the chain or kick stand. I also doubt it is suspension related because I've ridden the bike on smooth road and compressed the suspension by weighting and un-weighting the foot pegs without hearing a thing. What else could it be?
  7. Because you will be commuting I would wait for the 250L. I have not ridden the 230L (not sure what a 230M is) but I'd think having a couple of more hp would be a good thing. The 250 will move along comfortably at 50mph.
  8. The Suzuki DL650 V-Strom is hard to beat for value, dependability, and availability of after market parts/accessories. I bought one new in 2005 and have put 33,000 miles on it so far without more than routine maintenance. The riding position is upright and comfortable. The fuel tank holds almost 6 gallons which translates to a usable range of 275 miles on the watered down gas we have to buy. I recently found some ethanol free high test and got 290 miles on one tank. The engine is silky smooth at almost any speed. The only weak spot is the front suspension which needs much more rebound damping but 90% of the time is fine. The only thing it doesn't like is pot holes. Others have criticized the seat as being narrow but that is easily fixed by replacing it or having it reshaped. The bike is remarkable on dirt roads, even with street tires. The dual 60/55 watt headlights are both on in either low or high beam and provide exceptional night time illumination. If you can get by the bike's mediocre styling, once in the saddle you can't help but smile mile after mile. Check out for more info. The DL1000 looks almost identical with the exception of dual exhaust pipes but is a completely different animal. Compared with the 650 it has much more power but is 50 lbs. heavier, top heavy, and not nearly as nimble. I have ridden both and like most riders, much prefer the smaller engine.
  9. I just got my hands on a new CRF250L. Since this model was just released there are not yet model specific luggage options. Until some one comes out with mounting hardware for a set of hard panniers, what are my options? I tried a set of Ortlieb waterproof soft bags but the exhaust burned through the rear strap. The inside of the right bag was also hot as an oven. The obvious answer is a generic tail bag but I'd like more capacity and still be able to strap on a tent and sleeping bag. Would a pair of Aerostich tank panniers work? I'm concerned the flair of the front body work would push them out too far.