Its really depressing what these little guys have done to forests in the area. Sounds like the solution is seeding various Japanese beetles that feed on it, but the woolly adelgid had a half-century head start on those projects.
@Alfalfa big thumbs up on the Moose’s and Sidi’s. I’ve got friends that it took YEARS to convince to buy proper motocross boots for dirt riding. I went riding with one them and biffed it BIG (to him). He looked panicked and came running over as I shoved my bike off me. He was “OMG’ing!” and “you alright’ing?” And I was a bit perplexed. Reached over and hit the kill switch. He asked if I was hurt, and I was still perplexed. Pulled the bike up and place on kickstand. And then he asked if my leg was ok… and then I figured it out. He was worried about my ankle. I was 100% fine. Fully motocross armoured up. I’ve done way worse and still unscathed. That convinced him to armour up too. I guess his friend shattered an ankle in a similar oops years before that. Helps that my Husky is less than 250lbs. But still. Helmets and boots. Two most important elements. Gotta keep the brain alive. Gotta be able to walk out. Can break both hands and arms. But no walkie = bear food.
Having actually met you, it'll be on the small side for you (and where you live). You would probably only ride it for a season at most and you'd probably want to go bigger.
That said, I also hated the [older] 790 I rode on Demo. I dunno if it was on race mode or something but it had the worst fuelling I've ever experienced on any bike [any cc], the throttle was absolutely awful.
Yeah thanks. I'm thinking the 500cc minimum probably.
@Alfalfa Dammit, still waiting for mine! Totally jealous! Would actually brave the icy side street in my neighborhood with something that lightweight and chuckable, my NC is too big to risk it yet... All the roads except the two that run to my house are dry dammit!
@alfalfa I’ve yet to try riding the CB yet…it just arrived in our garage in November. I have absolutely no frame of reference. Was honestly just curious, in case I came off as offensive. Figured your 3k miles of experience would have valuable info.
A buddy of mine had a Duke390 for 2 years and quickly realized it was too small, despite being a hoot around town and easy to maneuver. He stepped up to a Duke 690 and likes it more, but he doesn't have a great dealer support network near him.... 😕
I loved the Duke 690 I rented in Switzerland for 24 hours, but then it was just a 24 hour g-force orgy - not a tour/commute/wknd ride situation.
@nermal per my comment above, all the counties that aren't in the boonies including my own have emissions inspection requirements, and registering dirt-only vehicles for street use is actually pretty easy and straightforward here in Utah. You see side-by-sides quite often
@xsnowpig when I sold my Mazda 3 I mentioned that I may accept trades for bikes and a guy offered his R6 of similar MY. At least 6 months later, I was perusing classifieds as one does and found his listing, the exact same picture he sent me, and was only open to trades because he needed a car for his coming newborn. Not sure why he decided a trade was the only way to go, obviously it wasn't working out well for him lol
@bbg2d mine does not have the tripper. The 650 bikes on the showroom all had them but none of the Himalayans did. Maintenance intervals are reasonable at 3k, and it's pretty easy to work on. The biggest potential annoyance is that they say tappets should be checked every service interval, but that's also not too bad (I've done it once already for break-in service)
@amgtech I managed to get it, just couldn't remember what specific combo worked next time I hopped on after taking pictures. After looking at the manual, it seems it's probably just a kind of shitty button that's hard to press with gloves.
@alfalfa Decades ago, I stuck on some airflow deflectors made by SAENG onto the tiny windshield of my Suzuki. The windshield took the wind off my chest and the diverter took the airflow over my helmet.
Back to your title, the acronym was Surface Aerodynamic Engineering or something.
@alfalfa I was an off-road motor-thing rider as a teen. I ALWAYS wanted a road bike (since 3 or 4 years old) but kept all my money for university. Later in life, while married, in 2010 I went and bought one. A cheap little Korean 250cc. Was a great leaner bike. I ride a 350 Husky enduro now. Nobody likes that I ride a motorcycle. But it’s a thing I just NEEDED for so long. But t makes me happy. Good on you.
The counter argument is that there are a lot of the big BMW bikes out there and maybe HD is going after that market. Those people typically have a lot more money and I can see them cross shopping the BMW and HD. The Multistrada is a weird bike where it has a lot of style and technology but I don't see it mentioned when people talk about adventure bikes.
HD is trying to be a premium brand and I think they are positioning themselves to be in the same tier as BMW and Ducati and this bike fits with that narrative. Will that result in sales? I don't know but based on the specs, people will have to include this bike when they shop for big bore ADV bike.
The Multi is a bit weird but it does fit what mostly what people do with the ADV and it's basically just use it like like a more compliant sport touring bike. Maybe the occasionally stray off-road with the Enduro model like the average ride would do with their 1250GS. A bit apples and oranges, I'll admit.
Harley still has that associated stigma though and I really don't see a GS owner jumping off. They're bought into that heavy badge and model tie-in, the BMW GS is a legendary bike after all going on 40 years now. The Multi owners are going to have the snooty attitude. The KTM guys are probably the most likely perhaps off the 1290 Super Adventure, but they're usually the sporty hooligan type.
I just think it could be a tough sell being a clean sheet. Even if it is technically competitive on paper they still have both their history and the other brands history to contend with regarding riders mindset. We'll see how it does.
Yeah, I had a little bumble around the old scoot ads because I knew you were describing either an Elite or Helix. Honda has the Passport [Super Cub] earlier however it wouldn't have storage or 80's fairing though.
'Tube always surprises me that I can find these things.