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CBBaron last won the day on December 10 2019

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    `16 Sukuki DRZ400SM

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  1. CBBaron

    What did you do to your bike today?

    @TimTheAzn doesnt get it....the only way to ADV is with a full set of lockable Aluminum Panniers, loaded with every conceivable camping convenience and a tool kit to rebuild everything on the bike except the part that will actually fail. 😂
  2. CBBaron

    What did you do to your bike today?

    And those that know usually just say "GSA", the rest of the description is redundant 🤣 My coworker who rides a GSA thinks the same thing...until he was asking for help picking it up
  3. CBBaron

    What did you do to your bike today?

    After his mods and luggage Dan's DR650 is not really light anymore. Maybe lighter than a GSA but that is not saying much I'm hoping to do the KAT next summer but will be riding a DRZ400, I do plan on riding the "hard" sections, so there is that.
  4. CBBaron

    Random Track Talk

    Have you watched ice racing before? Some of those racers have more grip than a MotoGP bike. 😳 Ofcourse when your tires look like this....
  5. CBBaron

    Anyone else order one?

    I love early adopters, they pay the premium to pay for the R&D to make the tech mainstream. I'm suggesting I'm not really an early adopter either. The tech is now mature enough to be good options in some cases and viable options in many. And I think both those groups continue to grow in the next few years. Should you get and EV? it depends... Ofcourse the same answer applies to a pickup truck, sports car, etc. I guess you could say I very happy with my decision. Last year when the Model 3 first came out I thought much the same as you, but after some research I realized and EV was a reasonable choice for my use.
  6. CBBaron

    Anyone else order one?

    A few years ago definitely true, thats why I paid %40 of new for a low mileage EV. However that is changing. Current gen vehicles now have functional ranges and features with much less premium over ICE. Model 3, bolt and latest gen Leaf are holding value comparable to other vehicles in their segments. Batteries and drivetrains are proving to run high mileage with low maintenance costs which helps hold value. So while tech will continue to evolve the EV costs are less of a factor in the vehicle costs. I think you will see a strong resale market. Just avoid those first gen Leafs and California compliance cars, those were underpowered and battery pack monitoring was insufficient. As for infrastructure, for second car use its not much of an issue. I've owned my EV for 6 months and 7000 miles and used a public charger 3 times and have yet to use a DC charger. As main stream I can see it being important to have support. Unlike Beta/VHS though it is fairly easy to support the 2 standards for DC charging and most sites do. Level 2 has just 1 standard. Tesla is proprietary which is a concern as they are a large portion of the EVs. I'm not sure how that will play out. It maybe an Apple vs PC type thing, where both coexist. 1 keeps it easy for customers but you are kind of locked in, the other is open standards but may be less convenient to use. Currently in OH the stations are sparse but standards based chargers far outnumber Tesla.
  7. CBBaron

    Anyone else order one?

    I think you are pessimistic. As the second vehicle used primarily for commute and errands they have been viable for several years already, if you have a home where you can install a charger. Just purchased a used BMW i3 this summer that fits that use and I am loving it. As a primary vehicle cars like the Model 3 are viable now though the infrastructure is barely there outside of EU and Cal. With 300 mile range thats 4 hrs on the highway. Many people seldom take trips that long, for those that do its less convenient on the trips but doable. For the rest of the time EVs are more convenient, as you dont stop to fuel, there's less maintenance and it costs less per mile. Plus quieter and often quicker. Cost parity is still a few years aways away but that i looking like less than 10 as Tesla's truck is very comparable to F150 despite it being ugly as sin. And its changing rapidly. In the last 18 months our office has went from 0 to 4 EVs in the parking lot (about 60 employees). That is in very EV unfriendly Ohio. States like PA, and CO are seeing much more.
  8. CBBaron

    Let's help a brotha out.(EDIT: FUND RAISER ENDED)

    Missed the window also as I'm seldom on the computer on the weekend. But I have definitely been following your post here and on ADVrider and wish you the best on your travel. Great of time to set this up. I know you will make good use of the resources. Keep up the blog, we are all enjoying your travels immensely.
  9. CBBaron

    Best "No Ads" Streaming Device?

    I prefer Roku. Amazon, Google and Apple all seem to allow other content currently but that has not always been the case. As Roku is independent they seem to do the best to support any service. Any of the basic streaming devices are cheap and sufficient for what you need. Looks for black friday deals and get something cheap.
  10. CBBaron

    Funny picture thread.

    The Jeep owner only wishes it was foam. The cage around a plastic container on a pallet is a pretty common way to haul bulk liquids. It has basically replaced the steel barrel in may cases.
  11. CBBaron

    Funny picture thread.

    same
  12. CBBaron

    Funny picture thread.

    repeat. stupid interface.
  13. CBBaron

    Funny picture thread.

    Pretty sure I saw these a few years ago.
  14. CBBaron

    Communicating While Riding in Groups

    I was always anti-comm until I did a couple ADV trips with some friends. On my bike at highway speeds the comm is not very useful but on trails and back roads it was very useful to provide trails warnings, make quick decisions on route/fuel/breaks and provide general safety when a member has a drop. Most of my rides are solo and I don't even do music but I definitely will use comms for group rides, especially off road. Dan definitely is an interesting character and I'm sure he could be interesting for a full day of riding
  15. CBBaron

    Ride 9/21

    I can't imagine a Grom on a big track. I don't really want to take the DRZ on a big track as I would spend much of the time screaming in top gear. Grom on a Kart track would be tons of fun. The DRZ was a handful on the PittRace kart track, I really need to find some more experienced riders to run with to help improve my skills. OMRL always seems to run Pitt when I am out of town.
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