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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3750 on: October 04, 2018, 03:15:44 PM »
I have a bike?

Shit I've been busy.

For a guy whose job is only three days a week Im darned busy.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3751 on: October 04, 2018, 08:22:55 PM »
I have a bike?

Shit I've been busy.

For a guy whose job is only three days a week Im darned busy.

I hear you. Used to work 15-16 hrs a day. Now only 7. Every weekend off! Still only managed one Sat. and one Wed. eve of riding since Sept. 1

What am I doing wrong?
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3752 on: October 05, 2018, 07:23:22 AM »
I have a bike?

Shit I've been busy.

For a guy whose job is only three days a week Im darned busy.

I hear you. Used to work 15-16 hrs a day. Now only 7. Every weekend off! Still only managed one Sat. and one Wed. eve of riding since Sept. 1

What am I doing wrong?

First ride in two weeks this morning. To work.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3753 on: October 05, 2018, 09:04:45 AM »
What am I doing wrong?

First ride in two weeks this morning. To work.

I could do that but it would take me longer to gear up than actually get there.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3754 on: October 05, 2018, 01:52:06 PM »
Took a me break and aired up the rear tire to get the bike on the center stand.  I can’t find anything in the tire to cause a flat!   :shrug:   Set the pressure to 30psi and will check it tonight.


It's bone empty this morning.  Time to get dirty and get the rim off the bike.   :baldy:
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3755 on: October 05, 2018, 02:08:16 PM »
I'd check the valve stem first.

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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3756 on: October 06, 2018, 04:18:26 AM »
What am I doing wrong?

First ride in two weeks this morning. To work.

I could do that but it would take me longer to gear up than actually get there.

I rode the Sportster so I really didn't need gear.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3757 on: October 06, 2018, 09:31:13 PM »
Changed the oil Thursday after a ride in preparation for the winter maintenance mode.  On Thursday's ride I noticed a "ticking" with the chain- might be time for a new one.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3758 on: October 06, 2018, 10:32:36 PM »
Changed the oil on the cinnamon girl, reset maint lamp & went for a short ride
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3759 on: October 16, 2018, 09:16:09 AM »
Changed the oil on the cinnamon girl, reset maint lamp & went for a short ride
What kinda bike is "the cinnamon girl"?
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3760 on: October 16, 2018, 09:28:30 AM »
Yesterday;
Took the front wheel off the new-to-me BMW F800ST.  The bike is a factory low so it doesn't have a center stand (though I've read some guys have installed one).  I put the floor jack under the front of the engine and 'tipped' the bike up on the rear wheel and side stand.
The front axle is 22mm hex head.  I bought a bolt with a 22mm head and a 22mm nut.  I put a nail thru the nut and bolt (aka a drift pin).  Worked great.
I took the wheel to a local place/guy to have the 10 yr old tire (w/ only 6K miles) replaced with the Shinko 005 I bought from RockyMntn.   He also gave me a lead on who to talk to about vinyl wrapping the bike.

Today;
Just took the rear wheel off - sooo much easier.  I put a scissors jack under the right peg/brake assembly.  Will take the wheel and new ContiMotion to the guy in a bit (I'm warming up from taking the wheel off, it's @ 40degs in the garage).
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3761 on: October 16, 2018, 07:33:27 PM »
Changed the oil on the cinnamon girl, reset maint lamp & went for a short ride
What kinda bike is "the cinnamon girl"?

She is a Red BMW R1200GSA Hex Head  (2008) My redhead sweety  :inlove:

I also have the "Old Gray Goat" and
He is a Gray BMW R1150GSA Oil Head (2004)
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3762 on: October 19, 2018, 03:25:49 PM »
Put it in the back of the garage as i don't see myself riding again till spring.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3763 on: October 19, 2018, 04:21:02 PM »
Bought some oil and a filter.  I'll probably change it this Sunday. 

Gotta be ready for riding season.   :blbl:

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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3764 on: October 21, 2018, 05:21:48 PM »
Dug the Gerbings and dual controller out, gave the old girl a quick wipe down and added the top case for commuting duties. 
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3765 on: October 26, 2018, 09:48:21 AM »
Rode the piss out of it!!!
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3766 on: November 02, 2018, 04:51:04 PM »
I removed the aluminum Givi mount on the rear of the ST yesterday and conferred with a couple local ST1300 riding IBA members on aux tank installs. The picture in my mind became crystal clear and tomorrow I need to pick up some hardware after work. I've got 90% of the needed parts, but lack a couple key things like the bottom bung on the tank, fresh fuel hose and a mess of clamps.

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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3767 on: November 02, 2018, 05:04:26 PM »
I drew little designs in the sawdust on the tank.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3768 on: November 02, 2018, 05:48:35 PM »
Oil change

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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3769 on: November 05, 2018, 10:56:06 AM »
 Added balancing beads to the front and rear tires of my Majesty.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3770 on: November 05, 2018, 11:03:24 AM »
Not so much the bike.  But while shuffling the summer gloves & jackets for the winter gear,  I found the Pinlock sheild for my helmet...that I've been meaning to put in  for the last xx years.   Finally did,  and after riding yesterday morning in 43* smacked myself in the head for waiting so long.

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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3771 on: November 14, 2018, 04:47:11 PM »
Not "to" my bike, but 'for' it...
I ordered a Haynes service manual along with handlebar risers, LED driving lights and an E10 rev torx socket last month for my new-to-me F800ST.
I ordered from Amazon.  I went with an 'also available from' seller of the manual to save a few bucks.
Didn't get shipper info or a tracking # for the manual. The delivery window opened and closed.   The 'expected to be delivered by' date on Amazon order status changed, at least once.   I contacted the seller thru Amazon for status. No reply.  I waited 2 more days...
Today I requested a refund via Amazon and ordered from another seller.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3772 on: November 14, 2018, 06:14:11 PM »
Had to make sure it was tucked over to the side of the garage so the Sport-Touring Subaru could get all snuggled into he garage while we wait for the first big snow/ice event of the year.

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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3773 on: November 15, 2018, 07:03:59 AM »
Had to make sure it was tucked over to the side of the garage so the Sport-Touring Subaru could get all snuggled into he garage while we wait for the first big snow/ice event of the year.

I had to do the same in the bikeMajal.  Last year I wrestled that pig over on its centerstand and almost dropped a hershey squirt in my pants for my efforts. This year I was a little smarter and used my bike lift to push it directly sideways.

My sweet winter ride has now moved residence from the back shed to the front. Hey, it still has two wheels and is KTM Orange. Doesn't corner worth shit though.

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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3774 on: November 15, 2018, 02:28:27 PM »
Today I moved two of the scooters out of the garage and into the shed. Had to make room in the garage for the winter goldwing, snowthrower, and the Burgman, which I hope to get back in the not too distant future.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3775 on: November 15, 2018, 04:19:41 PM »
Covered them so I wouldn't get welding yuck on them.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3776 on: December 01, 2018, 08:12:25 PM »
Tucked my new babies away for a winter's nap:

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All new to me, a package deal.  I'll start playing with the black one when Ernst has his heads back on.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3777 on: December 01, 2018, 08:49:22 PM »
That RS fairing always makes me swoon.
If it weren't for the therapeutic properties of the occasional off-camber decreasing radius downhill right-hander I'd almost certainly go completely sane.


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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3778 on: December 01, 2018, 09:30:20 PM »
That RS fairing always makes me swoon.

I think that's the one I want to keep.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3779 on: December 01, 2018, 09:55:35 PM »
Sprayed them with saw dust while wood working in the barn.

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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3780 on: December 03, 2018, 10:27:44 AM »
Moved them out of the garage to put brake rotors on the wifeys Xterra. No more braking wobble.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3781 on: December 03, 2018, 12:29:05 PM »
Snow is all melted and the rain washed away the yuck on the roads, so I got out to ride for a couple of hours this morning.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3782 on: December 08, 2018, 05:55:25 PM »
The exhaust valve clearances have been closing up at each valve adjustment.  I actually did a couple valve adjustments whilst on a 2000+ mile road trip, including one at 3:00 in the morning in Ely Nevada:

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I'd have done it the afternoon before, but it was 100+ deg F out there.  62ish degrees under the full moon.  Yes, I'm using TP for shop towels. 

So going over my logbook, the valve clearances had been stable until the past year.  They've closed up at least .020" since then.  That's enough recession, quickly enough, that it's time to get the heads rebuilt.  I need to have this bike ready for pillion auditions this fall.  My local guy gave me a quote for $$$ and time, and he'll get the heads tomorrow, when he opens for business.  Today's task was to get the heads off.  Here's the right one:

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And the left one:

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I don't know if it comes across in two dimensions, but both exhausts are flush with the surface of the seat.  I don't know if it's the margin used up on the valve or the seat receding, but it's time to replace both.

Reassembly posts to come in a few weeks months.


Heads are back:

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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3783 on: December 17, 2018, 07:57:32 PM »
Heads are back on, but the left one has to come back off.  I got it all set up and gave the starter a spin, spark plugs out and valve covers off.  Here's the result on the right side:

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Plenty of oil coming to both rockers.

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Nothing on the exhaust side.  Bugger!
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3784 on: December 18, 2018, 08:27:24 AM »
pulled the carb of the TLR (again). It wasn't idling so cleaned the carb and it is better, but still not right, so I'll do a better job of cleaning the carb plus check the valves put in a new plug and see if it gets better.

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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3785 on: December 19, 2018, 06:40:06 PM »
So I was getting some advice that I could just fire it up and see if there was oil in the first few miles or so, but I felt a lot better taking it partway apart.  It was a good thing.  When I unthreaded the stud I found I'd managed to get a perfect ring of sealant in the top thread.  So I stuck it back together and gave the starter another spin.  Success!


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I'll mount the suck and blow parts in the next few days and maybe get out for a ride.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3786 on: December 20, 2018, 02:44:53 PM »
Looked at pictures of it and talked to it with assurances of it becoming mine someday. 
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3787 on: December 20, 2018, 04:38:13 PM »
Put fuel stabilizer in the two big ones and rolled the little one out of the way.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3788 on: December 21, 2018, 04:48:32 PM »
So you know, it's always something to do with the last fastener.  Today it was the nut on the left footpeg/exhaust header/motor mount.  I was tightening it up and I wondered, "Hey, what's that thing spooging out?"  It was part of the spring washer:

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So a quick run to the hardware store for a full set of new spring washers and some more Xmas shopping and I was able to finish the install.  I set the throttle cables to a baseline, opened the fuel taps, pulled the chokes, and heard it run for the first time since June!  No ride quite yet, I need the boys to help me get it down the portable ramp and out of the shed.  But it's looking good:

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A little riding, an oil change, a valve clearance check and retorque, and I'll be ready for a ride on any good day.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3789 on: December 21, 2018, 07:27:10 PM »
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3790 on: December 22, 2018, 07:30:08 AM »
Pulled the batteries out of them and will rotate them on a tender in the basement.

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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3791 on: December 25, 2018, 08:06:50 PM »
OK, cured my PMS (Parked Motorcycle Syndrome)!!!

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Then I took it back home for a quick carb sync mit the ShortMeister method:

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I should be back out on it Thursday to run some errands.  It's running great. Feels a bit more powerful and it idles more consistently than it did with the receding and possibly shrouded valves.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3792 on: December 31, 2018, 08:45:04 PM »
I put a new tailbag on the DR. I use fishing bags from Bass Pro. They last a couple years, then get replaced.

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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3793 on: December 31, 2018, 11:18:36 PM »
I put a new tailbag on the DR. I use fishing bags from Bass Pro. They last a couple years, then get replaced.

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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3794 on: January 05, 2019, 08:15:51 AM »
bloody thing got me a speeding ticket
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3795 on: January 05, 2019, 09:32:38 AM »
bloody thing got me a speeding ticket

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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3796 on: January 05, 2019, 09:53:17 AM »
bloody thing got me a speeding ticket

Yes, the bike accelerated above the speed limit all by itself.  C:-)

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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3797 on: January 05, 2019, 04:53:23 PM »
bloody thing got me a speeding ticket

Yes, the bike accelerated above the speed limit all by itself.  C:-)

He must have an FJR 🤘
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3798 on: January 11, 2019, 08:19:46 AM »
Looked at a Ventura setup for the 1000, had one on the 650 which I used a lot and liked, did't really care for it so I'll just use the old Ventura pack strapped to the seat if I need that much stuff.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today
« Reply #3799 on: January 12, 2019, 10:04:00 PM »
Just back from a valve clearance check, head retorque, and valve adjustment.

Intakes were at zero (down from .004" in 135 miles).  Exhausts were .007" and .006", where they had started at .008".

Retorquing the heads made it all .001" tighter.

Everything is back where it should be, but I'll probably check in 500ish and 1000ish miles to see what the valves are doing.
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