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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3500 on: May 01, 2018, 03:25:49 PM »
Thought about starting after the recent op. Decided against it.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3501 on: May 01, 2018, 07:55:24 PM »
I have been neglecting my beloved. First time in almost two weeks I have hopped on board (having a fare up so no riding) TiCK TicK Tickk  :mad: Dang it she has been on the tender the last 2 days! Ok I asked her for a ride today and she said "NO not today" Ya she is mad at me. Put the big battery charger on, will ask again tomorrow. I may have to buy her a battery, before she smiles at me again  :naughty:
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3502 on: May 01, 2018, 08:20:49 PM »
Took Liz's VFR to the DMV today on lunch break to renew the tags.

Well... tried to.

Got about a mile from home and the FI light came on the engine shut down.

No pumpy-pumpety from the gassy whizzy thingie. All other sparkety-spark things work fine, and the big silver thing goes vroogeda vroogeda vroogeda when you push the go-ey-go-go button. So maybe no sparkety spark is getting to the gassy whizzy thingie, or the gassy whizzer ist kaput. That's some figgerin' for another day.

Cut my lunch break short, finished up some work, then went back at the end of the work day (hah!) to fetch the bike with my trailer. Now it sits until I have a few minutes to rub together and make time to check it out.

Stupid Honda reliability musta leaked out.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3503 on: May 01, 2018, 10:07:45 PM »
Got it dirty. Went for a 300 km ride.
It's been raining solid for the past five days. Today we had  break in the weather.
The country roads are real dirty, full of mud from the farm equipment. Gotta be careful, it's  slippery.
More rain on the way
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3504 on: May 02, 2018, 09:27:15 AM »
The country roads are real dirty, full of mud from the farm equipment. Gotta be careful, it's  slippery.
More rain on the way
Dunno how to tell you this... but... that ain't all mud.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3505 on: May 02, 2018, 09:42:10 AM »
Ordered a new Rear Tire for the LT
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3506 on: May 02, 2018, 10:11:29 AM »
The country roads are real dirty, full of mud from the farm equipment. Gotta be careful, it's  slippery.
More rain on the way
Dunno how to tell you this... but... that ain't all mud.


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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3507 on: May 02, 2018, 03:21:12 PM »
The country roads are real dirty, full of mud from the farm equipment. Gotta be careful, it's  slippery.
More rain on the way
Dunno how to tell you this... but... that ain't all mud.


Well, that stinks!

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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3508 on: May 02, 2018, 08:35:23 PM »
Got a free bike wash today.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3509 on: May 04, 2018, 10:43:31 PM »
Replaced a leaking fork seal on the speedy.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3510 on: May 06, 2018, 09:39:12 AM »
Took Liz's VFR to the DMV today on lunch break to renew the tags.

Well... tried to.

Got about a mile from home and the FI light came on the engine shut down.

No pumpy-pumpety from the gassy whizzy thingie. All other sparkety-spark things work fine, and the big silver thing goes vroogeda vroogeda vroogeda when you push the go-ey-go-go button. So maybe no sparkety spark is getting to the gassy whizzy thingie, or the gassy whizzer ist kaput. That's some figgerin' for another day.

Cut my lunch break short, finished up some work, then went back at the end of the work day (hah!) to fetch the bike with my trailer. Now it sits until I have a few minutes to rub together and make time to check it out.

Stupid Honda reliability musta leaked out.

Spent some garage time yesterday out of need for a mental break from the day job.

Dug into the VFR and found that the aftermarket VFRNess just had a rub spot in it, and a fuse popped. Fixed all that with tape and re-routing, then took it for a ride, then did Spring maintenance on this and the other bikes, where applicable:
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3511 on: May 06, 2018, 11:50:08 AM »
What in the name of Sam Hill is a "aftermarket VFRNess"?!?
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3512 on: May 06, 2018, 01:23:08 PM »
What in the name of Sam Hill is a "aftermarket VFRNess"?!?

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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3513 on: May 07, 2018, 02:36:14 PM »
Being the tool hoarder I am, I stumbled across this deal on ST Owners forum and had to get some.  JIS screwdriver set for a mere $34.95CAN shipped.  If you work on your own Japanese bike, you need these to prevent screw heads rounding out.


https://www.gofastinnovations.com/store1


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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3514 on: May 07, 2018, 07:00:16 PM »
Fixed my wife's aux light.
Replaced the Skene controller with a newer one, compatible with the BMW Canbus.
Washed the bikes. There was lots of crud and stuff in the pail after. They did need that wash.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3515 on: May 13, 2018, 09:19:28 AM »
Got the new battery set up and charging.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3516 on: May 15, 2018, 03:29:53 PM »
Today I installed the new battery in the bike, and looked out at a torrential downpour, precluding a test ride.Thank God for garages.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3517 on: May 15, 2018, 09:40:56 PM »
Got new tires
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3518 on: May 16, 2018, 08:27:55 AM »
ordered some highway pegs for the 1190  sometimes it's nice to stretch your legs....
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3519 on: May 16, 2018, 09:22:54 PM »
Worked a bit on the Beemer* today.  Valve adjustment, cleaned out the pilot jets (they get blocked on today's nasty gas), and flushed and bled the front brake.











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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3520 on: May 16, 2018, 10:31:46 PM »
Put more gas in the tank.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3521 on: May 17, 2018, 06:52:04 AM »
Fixed some of accessory wiring  (Whelan LED brake light, Givi trunk wiring) that the mices ate.

Did you know, you can smell your own bike burning at at 75mph on the highway. Oddly, it wasn't coming from in front of me, but in the tail section.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3522 on: May 17, 2018, 08:12:12 AM »
Prepping the bike for my upcoming Alaska trip.

Yesterday I installed a new air filter and new spark plugs. Not that easy to get to the plugs on the big S10. 

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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3523 on: May 17, 2018, 08:39:07 AM »
Cleaned it the rode it in the rain.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3524 on: May 17, 2018, 10:49:24 AM »
Removed the last rider's seat I had for the ST1300 and shipped it to it's new owner.   :o  3-4 weeks from Monday, the new Corbin Canyon Close will be here.  I hope.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3525 on: May 17, 2018, 06:50:36 PM »
Fixed some of accessory wiring  (Whelan LED brake light, Givi trunk wiring) that the mices ate.

Did you know, you can smell your own bike burning at at 75mph on the highway. Oddly, it wasn't coming from in front of me, but in the tail section.
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YES the wind seems to circle back, not a lot but just enough, and one may catch a sniff of impending doom
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3526 on: May 18, 2018, 12:44:56 PM »
Good day in the garage with the DR350.  Stock front end back off, RM250 tree and USD forks back on.  Gotta run to the hardware store for a few washers and a piece of sheet metal.  Need to hand make a mount for the new Trailtech Vapor dash with turn signals and neutral light and then the stock ignition switch.  Simple stuff.  It's gonna be awesome again. 
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3527 on: May 18, 2018, 01:22:47 PM »
I am recovering from surgery. So I thought I might ride tomorrow. Heh.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3528 on: May 18, 2018, 05:51:15 PM »
Rolled it outta the garage and showed it to a prospective buyer. After he took a ride I put it away. 
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3529 on: May 19, 2018, 06:11:21 AM »
Good day in the garage with the DR350.  Stock front end back off, RM250 tree and USD forks back on.  Gotta run to the hardware store for a few washers and a piece of sheet metal.  Need to hand make a mount for the new Trailtech Vapor dash with turn signals and neutral light and then the stock ignition switch.  Simple stuff.  It's gonna be awesome again.

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Please post up your thoughts on the trailtech vapor and dash lights. I'm on the fence of buying one for the KLX so I can quickly change wheel size settings when I switch from dirt to SM.

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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3530 on: May 19, 2018, 06:33:37 AM »
Good day in the garage with the DR350.  Stock front end back off, RM250 tree and USD forks back on.  Gotta run to the hardware store for a few washers and a piece of sheet metal.  Need to hand make a mount for the new Trailtech Vapor dash with turn signals and neutral light and then the stock ignition switch.  Simple stuff.  It's gonna be awesome again.

Tom,
Please post up your thoughts on the trailtech vapor and dash lights. I'm on the fence of buying one for the KLX so I can quickly change wheel size settings when I switch from dirt to SM.


Gonna be about a week or so, I would think.  Still gotta purge the tank, carb and fuel lines, check/set the valves and work on the rear wheel brake set-up.  It's been sitting for a year or so and I'm sure everything fuel related is green inside.  The front end is nearly back together.  Still have to puzzle out the ignition switch removal from the gauge cluster.  It's a very tight install and hard to see inside for release mechanisms.  The OEM manual doesn't have a word about it.  I may end up buying a new OEM and just using it instead.  It's the only key operated thing on the bike since I put the Clarke 4 gallon tank on.


I'm trying to figure out if the RM250 rear brake mount will work on the DR350.  If I can find one cheap, I may buy it to compare in person.  Axle diameter is the big question.  I'm pretty sure the slider/stop is the same size.


Well, I said the hell with it and ordered a complete used RM250 brake assembly off eBay.  $38 ain't gonna break the bank.  I found a reference chart!  It's the same axle size.   :bigok:
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3531 on: May 19, 2018, 07:37:28 AM »
I put a Trail Tech on one my Magnas that had some bad gauges. I liked it a lot. Super easy to wire in and use, and adding the temp sensor inline in the radiator hose was very cool - the temp sensor can be used for air temp, metal engine temp for air cooled engines, or inline in the coolant for water cooled. Very cool little computer, and you can tune the speedo to actually be accurate for a change - quite a novelty on Japanese motorcycles.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3532 on: May 19, 2018, 08:06:42 AM »
Thanks for the info Chris!  :bigok:
I will probably go this route. Its either the vapor, or just get the simple SM speedo drive. The vapor is only $50-60 more than i can get a drive for plus i get engine temp and a tach. I think it looks better than the stock DRZ dash too. I could probably sell the stock speedo to recoupe most if not all the cost to. Talked myself into it. Vapor it is.  :bigsmile: 

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« Reply #3533 on: May 19, 2018, 08:52:02 AM »
You go, girl!  :bigok:
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3534 on: May 19, 2018, 09:17:57 AM »
Instructions are straight forward enough.  I added the actual dash lighting kit to mine for turn signals, neutral light and high beam.  Air cooled, so I don't need that option.  Speedo is a magnet in the rotor running past a sensor on the brake caliper.  Tach is attached to the spark plug wire and is adjusted by how many times you wrap the wire around.
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« Reply #3535 on: May 19, 2018, 02:42:39 PM »
didn't go faster than 110.
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« Reply #3536 on: May 19, 2018, 03:39:12 PM »
Looked at it a little bit while getting the stands out of the garage for Jeff.

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« Reply #3538 on: May 20, 2018, 05:51:48 AM »
You should add some lights so you can see things.
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« Reply #3539 on: May 20, 2018, 10:29:58 AM »
No kidding! 

In all seriousness, BMW F800’s burn out their reflectors with horrible regularity.  It actually melts and blackens.  A new one is, of course, crazy expensive.  I was able to fab this up with just some garage spares and a matched male end plug for $8 shipped.  Hard to beat that!
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3540 on: May 20, 2018, 10:41:27 AM »
Needs more bug guts on the bike Robert

But I like the lights  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #3542 on: May 20, 2018, 11:14:28 AM »
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3543 on: May 20, 2018, 10:25:09 PM »
After mowing the lawn and replacing the water filters, I got a bit of time to spend on the Ural. Unboxed the Wally World battery, filled and charger. Removed and replaced the turn signal lenses (fley bay). Popped the battery in & dropped in $3.50 of dinosaur  juice. Hit the start button and back in action.
  Spent the rest of the day giving the boys rides around town. Had to stop at the petrol station added another $5.
  Over the next bit, it will be clean and polish, and when done CRAIGSLIST.  Time to recycle the toy-fund  :bigok:   
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3544 on: May 22, 2018, 05:52:46 PM »
Instructions are straight forward enough.  I added the actual dash lighting kit to mine for turn signals, neutral light and high beam.  Air cooled, so I don't need that option.  Speedo is a magnet in the rotor running past a sensor on the brake caliper.  Tach is attached to the spark plug wire and is adjusted by how many times you wrap the wire around.

I have a similar kit on my XR650- but my tach is adjusted in the settings?  I like it- it works great.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3545 on: May 26, 2018, 11:47:44 AM »
Refitted the RM250 front end to DR350, added the right size mounts for the bark busters and started wiring up the TrailTech.  Needed a break from the wiring after I broke the kill switch mount (real old plastic), so I tore the rear end out and fitted the RM stuff and wheel to it.  Ran into a fitment problem.  Need a custom brake rotor to fit the RM wheel's bolt pattern, but DR350 outer diameter and caliper.  I'll go up to Majic Racing on Tuesday and talk with them about checking their stock for something that will work.  I found one from Ali Baba supply in China, but 30-40 days to get it!  And Chinese steel cheese doesn't inspire me to buy it.   ;D


ETA: I need a longer chain too.  I upped the rear sprocket size for dirt work.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3546 on: May 26, 2018, 12:21:52 PM »
Removed the monstrous tail light and license plate holder on the KLX.

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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3547 on: May 26, 2018, 12:31:17 PM »
Removed the monstrous tail light and license plate holder on the KLX.


Much more departure and landing clearance now! 
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3548 on: May 26, 2018, 12:37:57 PM »
Installed a DRC edge LED tail light and thumper talk bracket. Much cleaner look. I was a bit worried about the brightness with how much smaller than stock it is. You loose a bit of brightness on the sides but is much brighter from the rear where it counts. Kept the stock indicators since I don't mind how they look. I like that they are farther out from the brake light and are bright enough. I'm pleased with how it turned out!

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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3549 on: May 26, 2018, 12:49:12 PM »
Moar light to see with!



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