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  1. I guess it all depends on what you want from a bike. As I said, there is no real rational reason for me to buy a big ADV. I am pretty sure I'm just going to get another CRF. Realistically I don't think I'll do much long distance, or even multi-day touring. But have to see if I can find a group of other riders. I also have to see where I am going to live, not sure I would want to park an expensive bike on the street if I can't get a place with a garage. And from what I have seen there aren't that many apartments with garages, and I'm not going to get a house just for myself. Have to say, the moving from place to place is starting to stress me out. I have to take care of apartment, car, bike, insurances, phone, internet etc. once again. And my company is so slow.. I am supposed to fly out on the 31st, flights are booked. But because everything else took so long I will have a chat with our company tax advisor for the first time tomorrow, will have the appointment at the consulate for the visa on Friday, and I still didn't get a date for the moving company to come to my place to get my stuff... It's finally starting to get nice over here, too. Did some riding last weekend, been a while. And now I want to go even less... And I'm still not sure what to do with my bike over here. It might not exactly be a very desirable bike, but for the riding I do over here it's all I need. I don't feel I need more power, it's smooth, reliable, comfortable and easy to ride. And I usually get over 400km between filling up, which I like too. Probably just store it in a friends barn...
  2. It probably would, problem is, I feel no desire to own a KLR 650. I am sure the bike can do more than I can do, but it just doesn't excite me in any way. I think the only "middle" sized dual sport I wouldn't mind would be one of the Yamaha XT660, but you can't get those in the states. I guess it also depends on if I can find people that I can ride with, and what type of riding that will be. The only "rational" reason I have to own a big ADV (I think "wanting" one just "because" is irrational ) is that it would be worth it bringing it back from the US. A bike like the Super Tenere or KTM Adventure is new something like 3500-4000 USD more expensive over here.
  3. Sorry to dig up an old thread, but it looks like I'll be in the US starting April. I'm not sure yet which bike to get, there are so many options. I guess first I want to look around what type of riding I can do in the area (south of Atlanta). I don't think I'll go for a big ADV, as much as I'd like to have one, I think it's just too heavy/expensive to take off the road, given my level of experience, and if I don't take it off road, then there is no point in buying one. At the moment I lean towards a 250 (CRF or WR) plus an inexpensive bike for touring on the street. Something like the Honda CB500 or Suzuki V-Strom 650. On a side note, it looks like I have to take both car and motorbike licences again, because Georgia apparently doesn't recognize the ones I have...
  4. The region here in the Black Forest (home of Touratech for example) is really, really nice for on-road riding. Seriously. No riding for me this weekend though:
  5. Alright, I finally got internet! Took over a month, ridiculous. I miss my CRF, though there aren't any trails to ride over here, and it's cold. Back on my CBF, but as I said it's cold, and these days it is very foggy in the mountains (below 50m visibility at some point today), so I'm not out that often. Though I try to ride whenever it's dry to not get out of training, so to say. Some pictures from today. Good thing though, I can legally ride faster than 60kph over here
  6. I got a pair of Forcefield Shorts...though I didn't think about more comfort when buying them to be honest, I had other motives... I think my longest tour on road on the CRF so far was around 180 miles in a day, and I had no problem with the stock seat (that was before I bought the pants). Compared to riding the CBR though it felt to me that my lower back was the most uncomfortable part after riding for a long time sitting down, while on the CBR it was usually my shoulders who started to complain first. The nice thing about the CRF (or any Enduro/DS I guess) is though, I can comfortably ride standing up, and then neither my shoulder nor my back complain, and most definitely not my butt
  7. So I dropped the bike off at my dealer earlier. A bit sad, the bike really grew on me, and I had a lot of fun this morning again. I also had the chance to ride on a KTM 250 Six Days today. Well, even though I only rode it just for a little bit, the suspension immediately felt a lot nicer. A lot smoother, less harsh...hard to tell. I'm no expert in suspensions and the CRF was my first Enduro, so what can I say. The KTM also felt lighter, the clutch felt lighter, which was nice, but the throttle felt somewhat jerky. I didn't like that, but maybe that's something to get used to. Or maybe because I'm a beginner and it's actually a good thing for me that the CRF doesn't have a lot of power. He also rode my CRF, and he said that the bike feels very friendly, with a good and gentle heart. Not sure if that's just a nice way of saying it's weak, but that's what he said Now I have to get back and pack my stuff for the move tomorrow
  8. One last time: The guy with the KTM (same guy with the BMW HP2 Enduro yesterday) told me next time I am here and have some time to spare, he wants to ride with me again. He said he's got plenty of helmets and protectors, and I could even use one of his BMWs, so I wouldn't need to bring anything. Not sure if I could accept that, but I sure feel very grateful for that offer!
  9. Mugen Dual Exhaust See also here http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/1027455-crf250l-dual-exhaust/
  10. So, for today my local dealer organized a final touring event for me. Went to the mountains, to a tunnel where they hit a spring while digging, so they had to give up the plan to run a train through, then rode a bit more, had a nice picknick (the owner came with a van and brought lunch) and back. 9 people with bikes, plus two with the van. Everybody says that summer is more or less over, and indeed there were leaves falling from the trees. Nevertheless, it was 29°C/84°F, which to me is still rather warm And I got a nice present...I guess now I have to get another CRF when I'm in the states My friend with the 250L converted to SM also joined today: And then the guy with the BMW asked me if I didn't have even a little bit of time to spare to go and ride some off-road forrest roads one last time together, and well, I gave in and will meet him and another friend tomorrow at 7 in the morning That will make me very busy, because I also have to sell the bike tomorrow and then prepare everything for the move on Tuesday, but well, sleep is overrated anyways
  11. And while at the topic of skid plates, what do you guys think of skid plate foam? http://www.drcproducts.com/body/d58-17/index.html
  12. I guess this wouldn't be enough protection for you, right?
  13. Good morning! You guys like Jonny Walker?
  14. Good night!!! (The stuff after 1:10 is kinda scary...)
  15. Yeah you can save the 19% tax, bus still, the vehicle must comply to all the safety and emission standards. And if the manufacturer won't certify that, you have to pay for all the testing, and if it does fail the certification process, you have spent a lot of money and a vehicle that you have to export again. For example, it has to fulfil the EPA standards. It either needs a sticker on the engine or a letter from the manufacturer that the engine does fulfil the standards. If not, have to pay for the testing, which is according to a few pages I found about 5000$. And that's just EPA emissions. I guess I will call the manufacturer if the bike fulfil the standards, but if it would, why wouldn't they sell it in the states to begin with? I heard the strict requirements and testing that needs to be done is a reason why the US doesn't get a lot of the motorcycles that the rest of the world gets. Oh and my bike is a CBF600S, nothing special, but I like it. Easy to ride, comfy and decent fuel economy. Adjustable seat and shield are standard on this bike. And looking back, I wish I would have paid the money to bring it to Japan.