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  1. mountainpete

    Dealer markup on a new V-Strom?

    $6.5k for a 2012? That's an amazing price. There are some functional changes, at least as far as I understood. New oil cooler and technically a new engine but in reality there are very little changes to it. New rear shock too. Otherwise, yes mostly cosmetic. In Canada I expect the bike to...
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    Camper Shell External Rack - Vantech

    I'm running a Range Rider which is made by a small company in the interior of British Columbia. I chatted with their owners a few times over the years - always the same story. Everyone in the industry knows that a shell can hold a huge amount of weight without breaking (especially the smaller...
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    Dealer markup on a new V-Strom?

    Thanks guys. I normally wouldn't even consider buying a new bike. But I really like the changes for 2012 on the Wee. Here in Canada, this is for an MSRP of $10,899 (Canadian Adventure package is different than USA - as seen incl panniers/top case) and I'm seriously considering it: Good to...
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    Dealer markup on a new V-Strom?

    Hi all, I've never purchased a bike new but am considering one later this spring. Currently looking at the Suzuki V-Strom 650. For those with more experience, what type of markup is there on a new bike? For example, if MSRP is $10k, what's considered a good deal for a cash sale? How much...
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    Stunning video of Canada

    You're all welcome to visit anytime ;)
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    Camper Shell External Rack - Vantech

    Here's the key. Dynamic versus static load. A shell and crossbar are rated, for legal purposes, for dynamic loads - meaning while the vehicle is moving. The vast majority of shells can hold an easy 1000 lbs. In fact, I have had well over 600 lbs on top of my shell with zero issues. It's...
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    Very, very tempted right now.
  8. mountainpete

    Camper Shell External Rack - Vantech

    Why do you say that your shell is not strong enough? What brand is it? It's actually very rare to see a failure of a shell due to a RTT. It happens, but not often. Here is mine: Pete
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    GoPro HD2

    Heads up if anyone in the US is planning to buy one of these. The REI once a year 20% off coupon applies to GoPro items. That means you can get the HD Hero 2 kit for about $240 plus tax. Heck of a deal. Coupon is until April 15 -
  10. mountainpete

    Moderators please ban JONSSMITH5. It's a spam bot.

    Oh and Haven got him :costumed-smiley-007
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    Moderators please ban JONSSMITH5. It's a spam bot.

    As mentioned above, as soon as you report a post every mod gets an alert and an email (which is fun when they all come to your iPhone at 4:00 am!). If we know the post in question, it allows us to delete all of the posts created by the user and ban them in one function. Much easier for us. I...
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    Subaru Forester Bumper Build for E.J.

    Damn. Looks awesome! Spectacular work!
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    Weatherguard pack rats as storage

    Ironically, I think my brother in law has this one in his cargo van (and we are also in YYC). It's a tank and very, very heavy. The price might be right, but I would be cautious of the extra weight.
  14. mountainpete

    Depths of Central Russia.

    Great pictures! Looking forward to more of the background story!
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    Opinion on the Hobie Mirage iS9 inflatable?

    Thanks JJ - that helps. Inflatable is the only way for me right now - I wanted to go with a hardshell, but it's tough to carry a 10 ft kayak and a RTT. Too much up top. Pete
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    Opinion on the Hobie Mirage iS9 inflatable?

    Hi, Looking for opinions on the Hobie Mirage iS9 inflatable boat. Anyone have experience with it as a fly fishing boat? I'm looking to sell both my Mad River Canoe and my fly fishing pontoon boat and replacing it with an inflatable kayak with some sort of foot propelled drive. Why...
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    Yet to be named Power Wagon Build Thread

    Great job! I remember my first snorkel install. It took me over an hour to drill the first hole. I must have measured it 50 times. Based on this pic, here I my name suggestion: BISON.
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    Mac Users: Open Office 3.0 Beta

    lol - very old thread. I've since moved over to MS Office for Mac - was able to get a full version through work for a total of $15. The dark side was cheap...
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    Video Hosting

    x2 Corey - bang on. YouTube is free. Vimeo is sexier.