What did you do to your bike today?

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

  1. Shel

    Shel New Member

    I agree with everyone else. They will last the trip and that'll be a very good real world road test. Keep the others in mind for the next splurging purchase knowing it's to determine whether your dream tire is manufacturer's hype or not.
  2. Littlepeter

    Littlepeter Member

    Just put these on today. Expensive, but they last. More riding than wrenching is worth it for me. $520 delivered for the pair. This is my second set. I ride two up most of the time.
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  3. Bob

    Bob Active Member

  4. murph

    murph Well-Known Member

    10,000 kms on the bearings but more on the rubber. Speed and age may be factors. (for me and the tire)
  5. HunterSon

    HunterSon Active Member

    I thought the older you get the less hearing you have.
  6. murph

    murph Well-Known Member

    Well I won't be listening to that Shinko anymore. I found the front end on the highway was feeling ugly and sounding worse so when I came home I swapped on a Tourance to match the rear. I really don't like tubes but my nemesis of putting the stem through the hole went easier than usual and for this I am grateful.
  7. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    There is a trick for this, and makes it easy. I’ll show you some time.
  8. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    Pulled the clutch basket looking for any signs of where the wee ball bearings came from showed me nothing. Now the motor is coming out of the bike to go the shop. Damn!
  9. EmmBeeDee

    EmmBeeDee Member

    On the KTM? Maybe they are from your valve rockers?
  10. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    Picked up my 640 Motor just before I left, and a big bag with a whole lot of replaced parts. This should be like a brand new motor now. All I need is a little time to get it back in the bike and pull the motor on the 525.
  11. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    I made a jack adapter for my Varadero, worked well, so made one for the 1290 too. Great to lift the front wheel for a tire change or other work.

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  12. EmmBeeDee

    EmmBeeDee Member


    I washed the V Strom and Stephanie’s YZF-R3. I do that once a year whether or not they need it.

    They don’t get washed often because as the old saying goes, if it’s nice enough to wash, it’s nice enough to ride.
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  13. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    AB73A1AE-5A62-4979-8689-1043CA541D55.jpeg Now that the Trophy has accumulated its first 10,000 miles, its due for a Service.
    In order to replace the air cleaner, as advised in the Owners Manual, much bodywork, plus the fuel tank need to be removed. Given the over two hours of time that it takes to remove everything, I plan to replace the stock paper air filter with a K&N washable filter that will only require attention every 20,000 miles, when the valves need inspecting, and the spark plugs and fuel filter also need replacement.

    Yesterday I started phase one, and removed the bodywork. Once I accomplished that, I replaced the wimpy stock speakers with a pair of PowerBass replacements, made in Canada. Other than removing a rubber gasket from the old speakers, and re-installing them on the new ones, it was a simple direct replacement. Tonal range and volume have both improved, due to the lower impedance, and heavier construction. That will come in handy on those long Interstate days!
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  14. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    B5BCB0AB-E70A-47CC-BA82-2683A433CC0F.jpeg After installation of the new speakers, the next step was to remove the fuel tank, which involved draining four fuel lines, and the removal of the battery and disconnection of various electrical components. I ended up wearing much petrol...

    After servicing the air filter, I buttoned everything back together, re-filled the fuel tank, and fired ‘er up, only to discover a very fine spray of fuel below the tank. :eek:

    To be continued...
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