What did you do to your bike today?

Discussion in 'Technical & Maintenance' started by fortech, Oct 10, 2014.

  1. fortech

    fortech Active Member

    What did you do to your ride today?

    I'm a member of several forums whose members keep the site alive during "down-time" by sharing what mods, maintenance, repairs, etc they have been working on. I believe there was a similar thread on the old RTR before the big meltdown. I did a quick search and couldn't find a similar thread since Coolhand revived the site, so I figured I'd start one!

    No task is too small or too large! Post with or without pictures! What have YOU been working at today?
     
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2014
  2. fortech

    fortech Active Member

    The weather wasn't the greatest on the West Coast today so I took the opportunity to perform some maintenance on the Tenere. The odometer is currently reading 6882 kms so it's nearing the 7000 km second service. Also I have a pair of TKC80's that I've been wanting to install, so I grabbed a Tim's coffee and hunkered down in the garage.

    I have changed many tubes/tires on my previous KLR650 over the years, but never a tubeless tire. I didn't suspect it would be any different, maybe easier? No tubes to pinch anyways.

    Awhile back I ordered some things online and also purchased some rim protectors and wheel weights, knowing the big tire change was coming.

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    A real while back (3-4 years?) I remember Gee posting some pics of a custom pair of tire levers that a friend of his had fabbed out of some box end wrenches. Liking the idea at the time, I fabbed my own set for my KLR kit in the common size that would allow me to remove both the front and rear wheels in the field should the need arise. I used the levers many times over the years, and they treated me extremely well. Never pinched a tube in many a changeover!

    They likely aren't as fancy as the ones Gee posted up, but they served me well!

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    While in Florida a few years back I bought a "Bead Popper" from a Cycle Gear store. It worked on the KLR, maybe it would work on the tubeless tires of the Tenere as well?

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    Got the front removed easy enough. The rear would likely put up a stronger fight!

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    Got the front and rear all balanced up thanks to my Harbor Freight tire balancer I picked up a few years back, also in Florida. On sale for around $25 or something stupid cheap like that. Have balanced many tires over the years on the KLR. Never tried it on the Varadero as I had the shop swap the tires on the Varadero's aluminum rims.

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    I saw this waterproof grease recommended on one of the bike forums once. Been using it for a few years now with good results. Greased up both wheel axles to ease disassembly for years to come.

    After getting the tires mounted, balanced, and wheels installed back on the bike. I turned towards the maintenance part of the day.

    Removed the honkin' big piece of aluminum skid plate to gain access to the oil filter.

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    Proceeded to change the oil and filter as recommended by Yamaha. I had previously changed the final drive oil during the 1000 km service and it was not recommended by Yamaha to be performed again at this interval. After checking several fasteners, hose clamps, adjusting a few cables/wires with additional zip ties, I buttoned the bike back up just in time for supper.

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    Hoping to get a few more rides in this season yet!
     
  3. HerrDeacon

    HerrDeacon Active Member

    Great write-up, looks like you had a productive day. Nice looking shop too.

    Nice idea for the thread, hopefully gets a lot of updates, I love seeing what others are doing to their bikes and the different way they go about it. Always something to learn.
     
  4. ProZac

    ProZac New Member

    Good idea. Personally I think tubeless are way easier than tubes but that's just me. When we used to race in Ontario between my wife and I we could go through 6 sets of tires in one weekend so I had to get good at it lol. I have a similar balancer and it works great. I can balance to 1/2 weight if needed and they come out perfect every time.


    The new to me Strom had a bit of steering wobble at high speed with no hands (I always do this test on all my bikes). Tires are perfect and pressure was good so I loosened everything up, pinch bolts, triple clamps, fork brace (bonus I didn't even know the bike had one til today) and snugged everything back up along with the steering bearings. Did another test ride and zero wobble. I love free fixes. Next will be valve check/adjustment, throttle body sync and TPS adjustment.
     
  5. ProZac

    ProZac New Member

    Your bead breaker definitely looks like it works good but I wouldn't wanna miss with that big sledge hammer and hit my spokes or rim lol.

    I picked up this one at Harbor Freight for under $20 and even though it's not intended for motorcycle tires it works fantastic even on a ZX10R rear 190 with a 1" sidewall.

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  6. fortech

    fortech Active Member

    This is on my wish list for the next time I head to the USA. I see HF has them on sale this week for $14.97 lol.
     
  7. ProZac

    ProZac New Member

    If you don't get one in the next few months I am going to FL in January I could bring one back. They have a store really close to my brothers vacation house. I'll be going down with an empty suitcase :)

     
  8. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    Wow, that is cheap. I couldn't build one for that cheap.
     
  9. Scooter

    Scooter Member

    Chained needed a cleaning. Did it on Saturday:
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    Not sure if any of you have used this gadget yet, but it works very well. Picked it up at Honda. Not expensive.
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  10. murph

    murph Well-Known Member

    Did my first oil change on the Spyder this weekend. Normally I would do one on purchase but I trusted the seller that the schedule had been adhered to and was fine.
    Synthetic BRP (Can Am change kit includes oil, filter, crush washers, O-rings) ain't cheap but with it still under warranty I wanted to keep within the manufactures specs.
    Did a belt adjustment but at different spots on the belt I was getting different tension readings. I assume it wears in similar fashion to a chain.
     
  11. murph

    murph Well-Known Member

    Replaced the rear shock on the GSA this morning and while I had the wheel off I found the Tourance to be low on tread. Shoved my knobby on and dropped the wheel at the Toy Box for a new one but there were none to be had. Ended up with my first Pirelli. We will see how it works out.
     
  12. ProZac

    ProZac New Member

    Installed stock hand guards on the new VStrom. It's got aftermarket bars so I had to use some double wall fuel hose inside the bars instead of the stock rubber sleeves. It worked great and now I can keep some of the cold off the backs of my hands.
     
  13. fortech

    fortech Active Member

    I've used them in the past with good results. Mine came with an aerosol can of Tirox Chain Cleaner.
     
  14. ProZac

    ProZac New Member

    Baby brush works great too for the members of the PHC :)
     
  15. murph

    murph Well-Known Member

    The Pirelli is working out ok but the rear shock did not. Blew out the seal and lost all the oil on Tuesday so have been limping around without any damping since. It kept my mileage down and i will replace it with the original when i get home. Drive Line services told me it was rebuildable a couple of years ago but i will have to check the pricing.
    Maybe I should just get past my cheapness and pony up the cash for an Elka/Ohlins/Wilber.
     
  16. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    Driveline can usually rebuild all shock, Dean is the guys name I believe. Nice fella, but don't expect it in a hurry.....they always seem to be super busy. Probably a flat rate to rebuild the shock $100-$150 plus parts. Any good aftermarket shock will cost north of $1000 for anything decent....and most require a rebuild after two year.
     
  17. ProZac

    ProZac New Member

    There's a guy in St. John's I believe his name is Mark Murray he's been rebuilding shocks for a long time. I don't have any contact info but I'm sure someone here has heard of him
     
  18. ProZac

    ProZac New Member

    Went out to change coolant in the new V today. Plastic skid plate bolts always seem to jam tight and are always a bit stiff removing even if you don't put them tight. Well this is the first time I've had it off on the new V. Three of them were stuck pretty good but the fourth wouldn't budge. I was worried the head of the allen bolt would strip. Turns out that would be the least of my worries. The head didn't strip but my allen key snapped off in the head of the bolt. I tried a strong magnet and even laid the bike on the side tapping the bolt but no way would the piece of my allen wrench come out. So I ended up having to grind a slot in the bolt to try to remove it with a flat head. Grinding was tricky because the bolt is recessed in plastic. After a few attempts at that I gave up and decided to drill the head off. Drilling was quite tough too because of the hardened steel tip from the allen key. Managed to get the head drilled off without melting any plastic. Then I had to remove the mounting bracket from the engine case and redrill and tap the hole for another bolt. Over two hours into a half hour job and I hadn't even drained the coolant yet. Eventually I got it all sorted out though and fresh coolant in it.
     
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2014
  19. murph

    murph Well-Known Member

    Some days/jobs are like that.
    I switched the rear shock again today. Went pretty quick and feels so much better.
     
  20. gnurob

    gnurob Member

    Threw out this hard-to-find but super convenient USB adapter for the Powerlet socket on the BMW F800 GS which shat the bed after a few K of use. It still miffs me that a perfectly fine, switched power supply, 5A socket just doesn't have enough aftermarket accessories to do something as simple as power a GPS.

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    For this SAE to USB adapter available at Toy Box, attached to a battery-to-SAE cable that comes with a Battery Tender Junior. Excellent build quality. I would highly recommend picking one of these up: even to charge a phone in an emergency off-road situation.

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    P.S. It might be cool to have a battery to SAE connection for your bike, but not with a Battery Tender Jr (or any other non-temperature sensing charger). You must get the more advanced Battery Tender (plus?).
     

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