What did you do to your bike today?

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

  1. versys Rob

    versys Rob Active Member

    I took my baby out for the first time this year. Half hour ride around CBS, lots of sand and gravel to watch our for but I could not wipe the smile off my face for most of the day. Let the riding begin. I wanna park my truck soooo badly.
     
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  2. Backdraft

    Backdraft Member

    ^^^^ :)
     
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  3. sleepyhead65

    sleepyhead65 Member

    Here's the latest iteration on the DR. The DR is often called a "bush pig". I'm thinking this is more of a "bush rat". Certainly fits the bill as a rat bike anyhow. I had a little snag as I dropped it off the stand and broke the windscreen. now it's even more ratty. There's many more things to putz about with and tweak but she's rideable for now.

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  4. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    I managed to get out on the Thursday before Easter for a couple hours or so for the first time this year - later than usual. That's it so far. Hoping to get out later this week.
     
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  5. Shel

    Shel New Member

    Got some front and rear stands coming so I can do some planned maintenance like change the oil, flush mount signals up front, integrated taillight, fender eliminator, flash relay. I wanna replace my hand grips (just for aesthetic purposes), but I don't like the idea of having to cut the OEM grips off the bike to do it. I'll post some before/after pix when I get the other stuff done.
     
  6. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    Try a blast of compressed air. I've done it before and worked perfectly.
     
  7. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    I need new grips for my 525
     
  8. HunterSon

    HunterSon Active Member

    Just put a new battery in the WRX. The original has been there since 2009 and is a little tired. It was tiny and expensive but Atlantic Rec made it worth my while to replace it with an OEM.
     
  9. Littlepeter

    Littlepeter Member

    If the original lasted that long I think you made the right choice!
     
  10. murph

    murph Well-Known Member

    Changed the air filter in the Big Ruckus today. She was a little sluggish (I know it is a scooter and it is all relative). It was contaminated with oil from the crankcase vent.
    The foam filter for the induction fan for the drive pulley was dusty as well and had some leaves in it so I bet the dirt out of it as best I could. This keeps the drive belt from overheating and shortening the lifespan of it.
    Changed the rear brake fluid through the front caliper. Odd way to do it but was easier than bleeding the rear because the lever is up on the bars where the clutch is on a bike.
     
  11. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    I'm in the middle of refilling the front brakes and bleeding them after caliper service. Damned slow processs, I should buy a bleeder for sure.
     
  12. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    Got that done, it took awhile! Lever feel is good, going for a test ride later.
     
  13. versys Rob

    versys Rob Active Member

    shout out of thanks to the biggest, grumpiest old coot around. Thank you Murph for helping with my fork seal replacement. He made 2 trips to my place after I sheepishly called him to ask for help. He would never turn me down. Finally got them installed last night, cleaned the calipers then test rode. To be honest I did not feel any difference going from OEM honda fork oil up to 10 weight oil. It was -1 last night when I test rode and look forward to really giving my bike a run this weekend.
    next job.. Rad, and brake flush and replace. I will keep Murph on speed dial just in case!!
    I have your torque wrench at work, I will drop by after work to return it if you are home.
     
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  14. Gregg J.

    Gregg J. New Member

    Replaced the battery today! I've been riding it to work on the good days for the past two weeks now, however, it was rather sketchy starting it after sitting in the school parking lot for all day with only 2-6 degrees out!
    Also, not today, but earlier last month, versys Rob dropped by and we installed bar risers on the bike. Great addition. Thanks bud;-)
    Last week, I also put a new windshield on my ST1300. Any of you who have ridden with me over the past few years have probably got used to my whining about the excessive noise. I purchased a National Cycle VStream Replacement Windscreen Windshield on e-bay. Some deal!!!! They sell for $220 plus tax and post; got it for $100 delivered to my door! Best money I ever spent an any of my bikes to date. I'm really looking forward to enjoying it while on our great ride this summer!
     
  15. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    I've had great luck with a lithium batteries, great for seasonal vehicles. A lithium battery will only lose 10% of its charge over a full year of non use. I have one in my KLR for about 8 years now, and it's never been disconnect from the bike and never seen a battery charger. And in the last 3-4 years this bikes gets less than 1000klm per year.
     
  16. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    I’ve managed to keep 3 batteries good all winter! Having SAE plugs on all 3 bikes makes it so much easier.
     
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  17. HunterSon

    HunterSon Active Member

    I kept the 9 year old battery out of the WRX, it works great with the little air compressor for topping up the tires.
     
  18. versys Rob

    versys Rob Active Member

    I tore all the tupperware off my bike last night. First time for total strip down. Originally to reassess my power windscreen for replacement or repair. Then I decided to do a radiator flush and fill. In the middle of that a friend asked for help with his 1980 XL 500 barn find. My powerful leg cracked off the spline which the kick start bolts onto. I guess that will be a big job to replace. I felt so bad. What a pig to kick over even with decompression lever. Almost broke my knee with the kickback several times. Oh yeah. I might as well flush my brakes as there is a flush point well hidden in the upper middle of the frame that is usually covered in the tupperware. Lord only knows if I will ever get my baby back together again. I should have done all this over the winter, but alas, better late than ever. I assume I can replace coolant with Prestone which says it is compatible with all coolants and cars. Currently bike has green coolant. I plan to flush that completely after dumping it with distilled water, then replace with the orange Prestone stuff. Anyone know if that is ok???
     
  19. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    Last coolant conversation I saw on ADV said it doesn’t matter.
     
  20. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    I usually go green or yellow specifically stated as safe for aluminum radiators. The colors are just fluorescent dyes but the orange is generally the so-called long life organic acid technology (OAT) stuff. They say its safe but I remember problems when it first came out - haven't heard of issues lately. Despite what they say about it being compatible with other antifreeze, a thorough flush can never be a bad idea. If you buy the full strength stuff, always dilute with distilled or demineralized water.
     

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