What did you do to your bike today?

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

  1. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    If the reach stretches you pretty far, you can only imagine what it does to me!
    I think I will order up a set of speed bleeders for both bikes, and quit the stretching exercises... ;)
     
  2. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    I figure a set of Speedbleeders might save me a total of maybe 10-15 minutes every two years (when I flush brake and clutch hydraulics). For me, there is no particular value in putting them on my bike as I have never encountered any difficulty with bleeding using the conventional method - open/squeeze/close/release. I have not needed an assistant - don't know if it is a function of the geometry of my FJR or my relatively large stature (6'3"). Same with using a vacuum assist. Either or both are needed if you are trying to do automotive brakes unassisted - I don't usually do those myself anyway.
     
  3. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    It appears that you, like murph, have the benefit of a long reach.
    Me, not so much... ;)
     
  4. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    44B14E89-C0B7-434E-B27A-5619DDC7EF29.jpeg 47B9F611-19D1-41A5-8B92-2E73EA000487.jpeg Given the fact that I have been riding BMWs pretty exclusively for the last 18 years, I have become pretty accustomed to their typical upright riding posture. My new Triumph Trophy has felt a little cramped by comparison, despite my addition of lowered footpegs and setting the saddle in the higher of two positions. I had attempted to purchase GenMar handlebar risers, but according to Twisted Throttle, they are on their way out of business. So today I stopped by an Ace Hardware Store not far away, and purchased six chrome 1/2” spacers, and six matching 1/2” longer chrome M7 Hexheadbolts and performed my own handlebar modification. I could have purchased 3/4” or 1” spacers and their corresponding bolts, but I was concerned about stretching the brake and throttle lines too taught, and also wanted to maintain adequate tank bag clearance for the handlebars. It was a little finicky trying to get three spacers in place at a time, but after a short time searching for a “roller” all was buttoned together. I am pleased with the results, although upon inspection, I probably could have saved some $$ by using aluminum spacers instead.

    Either way, total investment was $45, versus the $100+ it would have cost for GenMar Risers.
    The second photo shows the project half completed.
     
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  5. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    I think Helibar has a riser available for the Triumph...
     
  6. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    Not that I could find.
    Either way, I think I will be happy with the 1/2” rise, as the rake also serves to bring the bars a little closer as well.
    It looks like it will add just the right amount of bend in the elbows when sitting upright.
     
  7. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    I had a quick look and thought I saw Trophy - was Tiger. If the spacers work, it is a great low-cost solution.

    I am jealous of your wintertime riding! At LEAST another four weeks before there is any significant chance of riding in New Brunswick. (I usually TRY to get out on St. Patrick's Day but that hasn't been possible the last couple of years.)
     
  8. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    I feel so lucky to be able to do some Winter riding for the first time in my life, despite the fact that the Locals are saying that this has been their coldest and wettest Winter in years. The wettest part makes total sense. I am here on a motorcycle after all! :rolleyes:

    The biggest challenge will be seeing if I can make it all the way back home when we head back towards the end of March.
    Early indications are that there is still likely to be plenty of snow on the ground, given the amount currently on the ground, with more predicted. Storage units are however easily found near strategic airports like Tulsa and Kansas City.

    Either way, its much too early to worry about that now! ;)
     
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  9. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    Some new lights for the 640 while we wait for the motor to be rebuilt. Turns out pushing coolant into it wasn't nearly as bad as the main bearing that was eating itself and putting metal shards all through the oil system. The parts list was pretty long.
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  10. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    The 525 is getting a new to me tank and a new fairing plus putting the navigation gear back on to do some rallying, but maybe not as I've got an invite to go ride Siberia in 2020. There is a clear screen that attaches to the slots to raise and lower it. Brittania Composites makes nice gear!
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  11. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    Hey Mike,
    Those photos don’t look like they were taken in the shed I am so fond of! :eek:
     
  12. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    You are correct sir, it's a little more comfortable working in the basement in the winter.
     
  13. TonisToo

    TonisToo Active Member

    Installed new rear decals to complement fresh Alpine White paint scheme.

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  14. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    Those decals look like they might have been a challenge to apply.
    They sure turned out well!
     
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  15. TonisToo

    TonisToo Active Member

    Thanks, there's a technique but it requires patience and nerves of steel. OEM decals are not cheap.
     
  16. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    I am just more than a little jealous Mike, that’s all!
    Despite the elecric heater I added to my non-insulated garage, it’s effectiveness plummets once the temperature drops too much below freezing!
     
  17. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    Just wait until I build my fully insulated and heated 30' x 40' shed right next to the old shed:p
     
  18. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    My garage is 18x36, fully insulated and I keep the heat on all winter, and it doesn't cost that much. But one thing to remember, the bigger the garage is, the more expensive it is to keep it constantly warm! I'm not a fan of heating a garage super warm and then letting it get icy cold all winter long, and cycling all winter. I also found that a fully insulated garage that is NOT heated is worse than having no insulation as there is a greater temp fluctuation from inside temps and outside temps...and leads to condensation and lots of rusty stuff! And humidity levels in the garage in the summer sky rocket! My recommendation is fully insulated and heated all winter or no insulation and lots of venting.
     
  19. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the heads up, sounds like a mini split will be going in there
     
  20. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    Smart move. I had my garage fully completed when mini splits became popular :(
     

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