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  1. CBBaron

    700x32 tire recommendations

    Gatorskins are a good tire for what you say you want. Durable long lasting and puncture resistant. I ran them for a few years commuting and a coworker has done the same. Both of ours are/were the 28mm version. I think the Schwalbes were a little better in the wet but I had them on a different bike in wider width.
  2. CBBaron

    700x32 tire recommendations

    Why not Gatorskins? They are available in 700x32. Personally I prefer a little wider. I usually run 38-42mm on my gravel bike. Compass tires are really light and fast and comfortable in those wider sizes but not the most durable. Schwalbe tires have always been very tough for me. Marathon Racer or Marathon Supreme are in the right size range. Durano would also work. Schwalbes are a little expensive though.
  3. Kind of last minute but a friend and his dad invited me to join them riding the MABDR https://ridebdr.com/MABDR We started with 400 miles of slab Sunday, mostly I77 but we did take a detour over "Back of the Dragon". Three bikes on knobbies with riders cold and stiff from hours on the freeway don't have quite the pace I did last time with a group from here but it was still a fun pass. The route mixed gravel and dirt forest roads with fun and/or scenic paved rural routes. The other riders were on BMW 1200GSAs while I rode my DRZ supermoto with knobbies. The freeway sucks on the DRZ especially in the cold but on the challenge sections the light weight made for a fun time. We finished the 1000 mile route Friday about lunch. We got a hot meal at a local diner then slabbed it home before the rain moved in.
  4. CBBaron

    What did you do to your bike today?

    Slick mount B-mac. That looks much better than the ones cantilevering the box out behind the rear tire. OTH that is a fugly looking box, especially on such a slick looking machine. The Vstrom is atleast similarly fugly
  5. CBBaron

    FTR1200 Released

    17" wheels and a 180 rear would not fit the look. I would hope that a styling variation with 17s would be planned for the future. Would seem to help amortize a basically new platform if it sells.
  6. CBBaron

    AEP recreation park near McConnellsvile ?

    Learned something new, I was supposed to have a permit to ride the roads in AEP. I was exploring back roads down south last spring and ended up in this area. I only guessed it was AEP lands because I had heard of the AEP lands and the terrain was very different than the surrounding area. There appeared to be many roads and 2 track with various levels of maintenance. It really wasnt clear what was a road and what was a path that might go nowhere. I need to print a permit and go back there again, preferably with someone as there was no cell service and some area were quite remote.
  7. CBBaron

    What did you do to your bike today?

    Flushed coolant and replaced with Engine Ice. And replaced the exhaust I broke off a couple bolts on the stock muffler when cleaning the spark arrestor so I used that excuse to replace the system with an FMF Q4 full exhaust. It is definitely lighter and looks better. Will give it a ride today to see how it sounds and if I can notice a power difference.
  8. CBBaron

    New Harleys...no, really.

    I knew I had seen that bike before Looks and awful lot like the HD "street fighter" Interesting that Ducati making a cruiser and HD making a sportbike end up at the same place
  9. CBBaron

    Prime Day Motor Oil Deal

    unlikely, last time I was down that way was last week in May. And I was wearing an MX jersey and helmet (yellow ofcourse)
  10. CBBaron

    Prime Day Motor Oil Deal

    I got me some. That is 3 oil changes for the DRZ
  11. I'm just shocked there is a review of any of these machines. I think the last one I saw in a magazine was in print at least a decade ago. There is something to be said for the theme of the article, thats why I'm riding my DRZ. It kind of splits the difference between these and the euro dirtbike models.
  12. CBBaron

    What did you do to your bicycle today?

    After a 66 mile gravel ride this weekend I tore down the drive train. The chainring was missing a couple teeth and the rest of the narrow wide ring was all very narrow. Might explain dropping the chain many times during the ride. Since the BB was also very gritty and the crankset was described as vintage by the chainring manufacturer, I decided to replace the whole crankset. New SRAM GX 30tooth on its way.
  13. CBBaron

    07 DRZ400

    False news. Some Euro dealer listed the CRF250L hp on the CRF450L. Honda says in the 40s, they won't list hp specs on a dirt bike. The DRZ is basically unchanged since early 2000s. The good news is OEM and aftermarket parts are easy to find. The bad news is its heavy and/or underpowered compared to the more premium dual sports. However it is inexpensive and easy to work on. Justin you should ride it. There are some great places to ride a dual sport near you. It alot of fun exploring the back roads in that area. That price is barely a down payment on a KTM or CRF450.
  14. CBBaron

    What did you do to your bicycle today?

    LOL, if I bought new I was buying a Stache, but reviews are pretty good on the Fuze and this one came up for a great price. Gotta love guys who go through new bikes every year or 2. They make for some great deals Bicycles or motorcycles.
  15. CBBaron

    Trans-am trail du sport

    The TAT is fairly challenging on a motorcycle that will be really tough, though probably not as bad as the Tour Divide Water in the west will be an issue. I know there are stretches which require a 200 mile range for fuel out there. As long as they don't hit mud in Oklahoma or snow in the mountain passes they should be OK. I think OK will be brutal on a bicycle. I currently plan to ride the western half of the TAT next year,