What did you do to your bike today?

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

  1. fortech

    fortech Active Member

    Some pretty fancy looking fabrication there. I always find it very satisfying to make a tool or other such device for personal use. Much better than forking out money for store bought items.

    Congrats on a job well done, looking forward to seeing the end product!
     
  2. HerrDeacon

    HerrDeacon Member

    Thanks. Yeah, I always like to try and make a tool or parts if I can, great bit of fun.
     
  3. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    Oil and filter on the Varadero done. I wonder if my bike thinks about me too.
     
  4. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    No Wayne, it doesn't.:p
     
  5. murph

    murph Well-Known Member

    New Tourances for the GSA this week.
     
  6. Bob

    Bob Member

    Not today but last time I changed the engine oil&filter, air filter, transmission oil, final drive oil and lubed the splines on the Rallye...
    Grandson Liam provided QA by tasting the shop towels air filter. IMG_0286.jpg IMG_0289.jpg
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  7. HerrDeacon

    HerrDeacon Member

    Very slow progress of late with the CB350. I usually get a nice bit of garage time over the holidays but some chronic health issues had other ideas this year. Finally felt good enough yesterday though to balance the front wheel and assemble and install the front brakes (feeling it today though). So front wheel is all done now but need the fender done before I can install. Rear tire I wanted is finally in stock after being back-ordered for some time so I ordered that last week, really hoping to have the bike up on two wheels by the end of January. Still slugging along with polishing a few parts, finished one of the front fork axle holders yesterday so I think there are only two parts remaining to be polished (I hope anyway, getting sick of it now). Here's a picture of the axle holder, sad to reflect on how much time and effort went into it considering it can hardly be seen when installed on the bike :(

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  8. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    Polishing seems to be good therapy.
     
  9. HerrDeacon

    HerrDeacon Member

    Finished up the remainder of the polishing this morning (glad that's all done), installed the center stand and then temporarily mounted the front wheel so I could get the bike off the table. While waiting for the rear wheel to get done I'll start in on finishing up the fairing mounts so I can then get the fairing, tank and seat started. Starting to look like a bike once again.

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  10. murph

    murph Well-Known Member

    Today I washed the GSA, drained the tank and removed it before hauling/pushing it into the rec room for winter maintenance.
     
  11. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    Installed a ‘new to me’ Michelin T63 and new tube on the rear of my KLR today.
     
  12. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    Finally got the water pump done last time I was home plus finished installing the Time Serts to remount the skid plate and rally boxes. Next going to pull the front calipers for a bit of service and going to install new wheel bearings Tobe ready for the road to Tuk. Bit of an oil leak but it’s only an old gasket for the internal oil filter which is in town. It’s been waaay too long!
     
  13. sleepyhead65

    sleepyhead65 Member

    I'm a little behind on this thread. These have been done in the last couple of months:

    On the DR.
    • replaced the stock seat with a Seat Concepts "Commuter" seat. Could not believe the difference this one single upgrade made to the comfort of the bike
    • replaced the vacuum carburetor (BST 40) with one from a WR450 (FCR 39). The reason for this is the presence of an accelerator pump on the replacement as well as a few minor tech bits that do things like reduce decel popping.
    • replaced the Eibach .47 front fork springs with Cogent .63 springs. I'm a big boy and was able to easily bottom out the front springs when off road.
    • installed Cogent DDCs (Drop in Damper Cartridge) in the front forks
    There is still a long list of to do for the DR but next up is revalving and spring replacement on the rear shock. Hopefully that will finish the most expensive things.

    On the Varadero.
    • Just the usual end of year oil change
     
  14. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    IMG_0177.JPG The one thing I miss from the F700GS was the extended range offered by the auxiliary fuel tank I added. I decided to fabricate a mount for a Rotopax one gallon tank using the pannier mount on the LH side. A visit to the scrap yard yielded the $4 aluminum plate bracket, and the local hardware store produced the fasteners. I think the result looks good as long as there is sufficient clearance. I will check that in Spring.
     
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  15. HerrDeacon

    HerrDeacon Member

    That looks great, nice work.

    Out of curiosity, what kind of range were you getting out of the 700GS with and without the auxiliary tank (assuming Camel)? One thing I love about my 500X is the range I can get out of the 17 litre tank and would find it hard going to a bike with a short range tank.
     
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  16. TonisToo

    TonisToo Active Member

    I'm sure Trash will give you the specifics but lemme tell you the range was so good that this guy would pass up free gas in the middle of no where on the Trans-Lab. Also it was a very tidy install too with the Camel.
     
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  17. murph

    murph Well-Known Member

    He turned down the gas because he did not want to be dragged into the whole "Russiagate" thing.
     
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  18. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    The OEM tank Capacity is only 4.2gal, with a maximum range of around 230 miles, which I figured would be insufficient for the TLH or the Dalton Hwy to Prudhoe Bay in Alaska.
    With the addition of the Camel tank I was consistently able to get 300+ miles per fill-up.
    That 800cc parallel twin yielded mileage in the mid 50s as long as the speed was kept below 70mph.
    Above that speed the economy dropped pretty dramatically to around 40mpg, which made the additional Capacity that much more beneficial in the Western USA, where I could still get over 200 miles per fill- up.

    I toyed a little with buying a GS Adventure for the 7.9 gallon fuel Capacity, but ultimately decided against the additional weight of the GSA, especially since it is carried so high in the larger tank. The regular GS will suit me just fine for over 90% of my riding, and hopefully my Rotopax set-up will cover the rest.
     
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  19. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    You may think it was “free gas” my friend, but I am afraid you will feel much differently when you get that phone call for a “favor” in the middle of the night...
     
  20. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    See previous post...
     

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