What did you do to your bike today?

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

  1. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    That reminds me that I need to call them, if they have RAM mounts I need another piece for one of my Double Take mirrors.

    edit: I called Fortnine and they said to send an email explaining my mirror loss and they'd see what they could do. I'll wait to hear back before I order RAM parts.
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2020
  2. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    What is the screw size and thread pitch? RAM makes two different thread sizes that thread directly into an appropriate hole or a couple of different offset ones like the one Wayne posted. I have used this one in the past.
    Currently using this one.
    Worst case scenario, if the existing hole is too small, you can drill it out and tap it to one of the standard RAM sizes.
  3. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    Hang on, there's a guy making alternative RAM balls out of aluminum. I know he does a few thread sizes to fit different bikes. Give me a little time to find out his website.
  4. Bob

    Bob Active Member

    If you're committed to that setup just pull one of the bar riser bolts and get the diameter and pitch then order one about a half inch longer. That little trick cost me $30.00 odd bucks for an OEM bolt. Looked weird because the Allen head protruded above the ram mount mounting hole so I took it off again and mounted the ram mount on the left mirror stock. Before you do that just buy a longer 10mm Allen head bolt and try it for looks before you buy the OEM bolt.
    I ended up with a ram mount under the mirror arm which was ok for what I wanted, and you can use either or both sides.
    For some reason the ram mount balls that screw directly into bolt holes are hard to find... maybe they're not DOT approved to replace the OEM riser bolts...?
  5. versys Rob

    versys Rob Active Member

    The big screw in the middle of my bar riser is designed for a ram mount. Remove the screw and screw in mount. The small screw in ball that RossKean posted is what I need. I think.
    Hope skibum can find the guy he posted about.
  6. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    Just waiting for RTWPaul to get back to me...stand by. I met the guy at the MOA rally last year, I believe he was the original Jesse Bag guy. Nice person to talk to and knows his shit, I know he had a number of options for thread sizes etc for his RAM balls.
  7. townieglenn

    townieglenn Active Member

    Time for a new back tire on the R80..Toy Box just happened to have a Heidenau the exact size I needed there in the shop. Easy.
    Next I simply remove these 3 nuts ...



    And pop the wheel off-one more reason why I love this bike..back wheel off in under 5 mins. Trailside repairs made easy. You could even fix a flat without removing the wheel !
    So then I used the BMW tire levers from the toolkit and had the new tire on a short time later. The local bike mechanic does have a wheel balancer but but had no lead weights soI used a 2oz bottle of Counter Act micro beads that I had been saving for the F650. That bike is wearing a new set of Meztlers that I had mounted in Clarenville at Wisemans but they don't have a balancer- Strange for a Motorsports shop.
    I have no previous experience with this product but I can say that on a recent run up through Gambo to Gander I felt no vibrations whatsoever and was quite pleased at how quiet and smooth this off road tire was. Will definitely order more of this for all the other bikes.
    new rubber- surprisingly quiet for all the big blocks..
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  8. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

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  9. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    Spent some time yesterday on the rebuild. It's getting closer...

    And I registered and insured it to keep me motivated. Got the 640 all legal yesterday so will get out on that today for a shakedown to see if that oil weep is fixed.
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  10. HunterSon

    HunterSon Active Member

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  11. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    Fortnine is sending me a new mirror to replace the one that flew off. I call that excellent customer service!
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  12. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    They do have great customer service.
  13. HerrDeacon

    HerrDeacon Active Member

    I clear coated the tank, seat and rear fender a couple of weeks ago using SprayMax 2K. Shine was really nice and deep looking but wasn't the smoothest. Was initially just going to just leave it but thought I'd I may as well try and smooth it out a bit. Glad I did, made a huge difference. Couple of before and after pictures to show the difference.


    Also, after this mornings ride I did a bit of routine maintenance on the MB5. Cleaned and lubed the chain (important to keep it clean and lubed since an old school unsealed chain) and then removed the exhaust baffle to clean the soot off it. I wasn't too bad but decided to clean it while it was out anyway. Cleaned it with a combination of brake cleaner, wire brush and then burn off the remaining spooge with my MAP torch. Took a bit of effort to remove it so when I reinstalled I used a bit of copper grease.

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  14. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    That's a pretty big difference in finish!
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  15. HerrDeacon

    HerrDeacon Active Member

    Even more so in person, really hard to capture it on camera. In person the paint looks liquid now. It's a bit nerve-wracking doing it though since its very easy to end up sanding through the clear coat. Not bad in this case since I knew how thick the clear was and I could just respray if I went through. Scary when the paint is unknown to you though. I sprayed the MB5 last year and its not perfect so I may attempt that one next.
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  16. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    My new front tire is scheduled to land at the shop on Wednesday so I guess that makes Friday for me to go in and change it.
  17. Bob

    Bob Active Member

    Before you mount anything expensive you might want to scan this thread: https://advrider.com/f/threads/perfect-squeeze-off-road-phone-mount.1144781/
    FWIW I've had hits and misses with different ram mounts mounted directly to the bike for GPS, iPhone and GoPro/other cameras... all due to vibrations depending on the sensitivity of the units to the bike's vibrations and the road surface.
    WRT video I've found the helmet mount works best.
    I've tried 'insulating' the bike mounts with pieces of rubber, tubing, HD foam, tape, and para-cord with limited success. The helmet mount works fine as is... on pavement, dirt, walking, falling etc.
    The GPS and the iPhone work fine off road if I attach them with velcro to the tank bag. Got some longer USB cords so everything is wired directly to the bike no matter where it's mounted.
    Here's a couple of pics of the different mounts:

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  18. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    ADVrider drives me crazy with threads like this! Somebody comes up with a nice secure vibration reducing mount for a phone and it spawns a (so far) 1,239 response thread!
    I had a quick look through some of it and essentially - "Be careful, excess vibration could damage your electronic device - YMMV".
    I figure that my Zumo GPS is designed for the motorcycle environment and it has survived the last 250,000 km or so. Don't plan on mounting my phone directly to the bike. Don't know what I would do with a video action cam but probably wouldn't worry about it - handlebar or helmet.
  19. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    Got out for another shakedown on the 640 and no oil leak! Can't believe it took so long to get that and the swingarm bolt straightened out. Anyway I'm going to ride it to work in Long Harbour tomorrow to make it feel better.
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  20. Bob

    Bob Active Member

    High response good for OP in Vendor thread. YMMV...

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