What did you do to your bike today?

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

  1. HerrDeacon

    HerrDeacon Member

    Sounds like it was a good call to add that tank to the 700, especially when going through some remote areas like Labrador. Thanks for the info.
     
  2. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    I don’t think I need to carry fuel to get to Tuk this summer.
     
  3. dresda

    dresda Member

    ... well I thought about my bike for a while today. And dusted around Mike's new levers since they have yet to be installed.
     
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  4. HerrDeacon

    HerrDeacon Member

    Only getting spurts in the garage lately but spent the time well today. Finished smoothing out the tank and got a coat of primer on it. Also started in on the fairing and have the first task of finishing up shaping the screen and smoothing the edges all done. I was going to wet-sand and buff the edge so it was clear but stopped at 800 grit because I liked the look. Fairing itself will take quite a while I think, going to need a bit of work to finish shaping and smoothing the edges before paint.

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  5. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    The 640 was all back together and I was ready to fire it up for a test ride on the afternoon’s dry pavement. The water pump was just rebuilt so the rocker cover had been off. When I went to fire it up the motor was dragging, the starter was having a hard time going past TDC. What the hell? So I got online and put it to the smart 640 guys on ADV. Did a reset on the cam chain tensioner and now I need to double check the valve lash.

    Dammit! Sooo close to having the poor little machine back on the road. Hopefully next week.
     
  6. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    Just finished cleaning and waxing the chain on the Varadero. Currently 10 degrees, and thinking about taking the KLR for a spin.
     
  7. HerrDeacon

    HerrDeacon Member

    Parts pile is slowly getting smaller. Was able to finish up the front fender and rear wheel over the weekend and get them installed. Bonus of the smaller parts pile is that I was able to find the center stand spring. Now only missing part is the lower engine mount bolt :oops: Hopefully it turns up before I'm done.

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  8. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    Yeah, did that double check and I was off on the exhaust side instead of the intake side. All good now and the motor spins like it should. But now I'm at why the fuck won't it fire? I put in a new spark plug and I have good spark but damned if it will even give a spit of hope? Every third or fourth punch of the starter it will pop a backfire but that's it. It's got to be something simple but damned if I can think of what?
     
  9. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    Is there some clearance with the timing off? Hopefully, a valve didn't meet up with a piston in the earlier start attempt! (A bent valve would ruin your whole day) If you have fuel and spark, compression is the next thing. Good luck!
     
  10. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    Yup, compression is the next thing to check. I think I have a compression gauge if you want to borrow it (I have to check as I did loaned it out....can't remember if I got it back yet)
     
  11. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    All good! One of the 640 ADV inmates PM'ed me with a couple of tricks. All it took was a little fiddling with the carb and then a couple of minor adjustments. Took it out for a wee spin and if the rain holds off tomorrow I'm hoping to run a full tank of gas for a test ride. Next up new wheel bearings and a little front brake caliper service. With any luck it will be all good and ready for its trip to Tuk this summer.
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  12. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    I was starting to worry that I might never see it outside of its comfy home in the Shed!
     
  13. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    In the winter it lives in the basement with the 525.:p
     
  14. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    No wonder that machine is so finnicky!
    With treatment like that, I am amazed that you ever got it running properly!
     
  15. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    It's even better when the R65 mixes it up down there:eek:
     
  16. HerrDeacon

    HerrDeacon Member

    Got a small start on the wiring by trying to route the main harness. Still not complete since I don't know the correct routing, trying to find pictures online of how it goes. Also, set the valve clearances, filled with oil and installed the Pamco unit but never tied it into the wiring yet. Last time I had it running before I tore it down I just quickly wired it up (read ugly), need to do a better job now. Installed the headers today and test fitted the mufflers. Need to do some work with these before I can do final install. Trying to figure out how I'm going to do the heat shield now too but no rush on that, I'll mull it over for a bit while I complete the other parts. Will put this bike to the side at the end of the month so I can get the other two ready for spring!

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  17. TonisToo

    TonisToo Active Member

    I see some similarities to the CB400T. Is the wiring harness to my old parts bike any good to you? Or any parts for that matter big or small.
     
  18. HerrDeacon

    HerrDeacon Member

    Thanks for the offer appreciate it, I should be good though. The harness on the bike is in surprisingly good condition, especially for a 46 year old bike. I believe the only thing I have left to buy is new shorter cables and a couple of small odds and ends.
     
  19. sleepyhead65

    sleepyhead65 Member

    Thursday I took the DR. rear shock out to Drive Line for a re-valve and a good looking over.

    I spent the weekend puttering around in the garage. Cleaned up the filthy swingarm on the DR650. Then replaced the stud on the axle holder I accidentally sheared last I had the front tire off. The studs there take a mighty 7ft lbs of torque so it's really easy to over torque them. Less easy to replace but not so bad with heat.

    While I was down there I replaced the fork gaiters with new aftermarket ones. Seems a pretty good fit.

    I decided I might have enough time so replaced the stock handlebars with 1" Rox risers and a Pro Taper set of high bars. Much fooling about to get the throttle and clutch assemblies all tidied up. Since the rear end is in pieces I can't try it out but it feels really high up.

    Question: does anyone know where I can source some decent looking 1 and 1/8" bar clamps for the windscreen? The old clamps are 7/8" and not of much use unless I go very wide.

    I figured that would be it for a Sunday and took the dog out before bed. I had to check the mail and found my shorty levers and the LED headlight bulbs had arrived. I couldn't resist installing the levers before bed.

    I should have taken some pics to share.
     
  20. sleepyhead65

    sleepyhead65 Member

    ordered pads and bearings. mulling over grips. Does anyone have any suggestions on grips?
     

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