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Forum: Thumpers 07-25-2014, 08:08 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
That's pretty cool, Rob. Your bikes are...

That's pretty cool, Rob. Your bikes are certainly worth it......


.....although I fail to see the DNA link between the new V-Strom and the Big.


Marketing people certainly see the world...
Forum: Beasts 07-14-2014, 11:02 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
Yes it is. You haven't done anything wrong...

Yes it is. You haven't done anything wrong except for overthinking it a bit.

After a technical trail ride (with a minor amount of clutch abuse) my TA will also not find "N" with the engine...
Forum: Beasts 07-12-2014, 10:37 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
But knowing what the problem is...doesn't get it...

But knowing what the problem is...doesn't get it fixed on the side of the trail. The more electro-trickery you have the higher the chance of a servo-motor or flux-capacitor going off and the more...
Forum: Thumpers 07-12-2014, 09:15 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
OEM parts are always insanely expensive. ...

OEM parts are always insanely expensive.

I've just done a complete cooling system overhaul on my ST1100 Pan European. All hoses, O-rings, seals, water pump (over $250 itself), drive belt, idler...
Forum: Beasts 07-12-2014, 08:58 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
Yep....you won't find any electrical problems...

Yep....you won't find any electrical problems with any of those bikes....they are much simpler than the TA.





.......can't find an emoticon for "sarcasm"


Take the front panel off the...
Forum: Beasts 07-11-2014, 01:10 PM
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Posted By Ladder106
This is a very odd failure and MAY not be related...

This is a very odd failure and MAY not be related to the CDIs.

The ignition sensor units (mounted inside the right case on the TA) have been known to fail under heat stress in certain Goldwing...
Forum: Thumpers 07-10-2014, 07:47 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
Check Jim Davis website at Eastern Beaver. ...

Check Jim Davis website at Eastern Beaver.

He's in Japan and has all the high quality connectors, plugs and tools necessary to build an excellent wiring harness.

http://www.easternbeaver.com/
Forum: Thumpers 07-05-2014, 09:14 PM
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Posted By Ladder106
Vent tubes are COOL ! :clap ...

Vent tubes are COOL ! :clap
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v236/241880/images-1_zpsa49217f1.jpg
Forum: Thumpers 07-05-2014, 07:30 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
Nothin's ever easy

Having done 2 fork swaps I think I understand a bit of what your going through.

The decision you have to make at this point is whether to have that last 45 mm of travel eliminated or not. A good...
Forum: Beasts 07-03-2014, 07:12 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
If you remove your exhaust pipes and take a peek...

If you remove your exhaust pipes and take a peek inside you'll see what I mean. Depending on the guy doing the welding, some are not too badly obstructed....others are horrible.

You can use a...
Forum: Thumpers 07-03-2014, 06:27 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
Rob, Did you mate the flatsides with the...

Rob,

Did you mate the flatsides with the standard airbox? Did they (the carbs) make a big difference?

I'm ordering some stuff from Stefan right now and the flatsides are sooooo tempting (but...
Forum: Beasts 07-03-2014, 06:25 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
.....and file down the horrible Honda welds on...

.....and file down the horrible Honda welds on the inside of the pipe for the exhaust attachment flange. These generally protrude well inside of the pipe and reduce the ID size as well as creating a...
Forum: Thumpers 07-01-2014, 08:07 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
Shipping cost to the States? Beautiful bike as...

Shipping cost to the States? Beautiful bike as always, Rob.




Congrats on the Triumph. Everyone here seems to like 'em too. Personally they just don't look right to me, sorry.

BUT, ABS? ...
Forum: Beasts 06-30-2014, 05:31 PM
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Posted By Ladder106
At some point it has been taken down to the...

At some point it has been taken down to the frame.

The frame has been painted or powder coated along with the wheels. Seat redone, Nice Mitas tires.

As long as the work was done by someone...
Forum: Beasts 06-28-2014, 10:07 PM
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Posted By Ladder106
I've heard that the back of those led bulbs can...

I've heard that the back of those led bulbs can generate serious heat

Any experience with that. As tightly as motorcycles are packaged up front with wiring/cables etc. a really hot part there...
Forum: Beasts 06-28-2014, 11:27 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
I'd really like to do this. Practically,...

I'd really like to do this.

Practically, it's about a 50% chance right now....maybe a bit better...depends on Carole's surgery date.

Keep me posted.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-28-2014, 10:16 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
Gate was open the last few rides. But...

Gate was open the last few rides.

But haven't been there for about 3 weeks. It's always a bit chancey.

Have an alternate route planned.
Forum: Thumpers 06-27-2014, 07:45 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
My opinion

My advice is to bin the K&N.

It's probably OK for pavement but most people here who ride off-road have not had good luck with them.

I've found dirt particles on the "clean" side of my...
Forum: Thumpers 06-26-2014, 08:17 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
Will do ! The aluminium body is actually...

Will do !

The aluminium body is actually finished. We just got a shipment of tubing to build the rear body mounts and are trying to figure out some form of weather stripping for the doors.
...
Forum: Thumpers 06-25-2014, 07:41 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
Attending your rallye and being able to see...

Attending your rallye and being able to see Stefan's Big up close would be EPIC !
Forum: Beasts 06-25-2014, 07:38 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
Watching you drag that nice RD03 tank across the...

Watching you drag that nice RD03 tank across the rocks was painful.

I know that was the only way out but for those of us in the US those tanks are a rare part.

Impressed with your ability to...
Forum: Beasts 06-23-2014, 05:29 PM
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Posted By Ladder106
Buy a basic screwdriver and 10mm wrench. ...

Buy a basic screwdriver and 10mm wrench.

Remove the right side panel and wiggle the battery connections.

I'll bet they are loose. Tighten with wrench and go ride with no further problems.
Forum: Beasts 06-22-2014, 10:15 PM
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Posted By Ladder106
It's a bashplate guys.....meant to...

It's a bashplate guys.....meant to be...uhm....BASHED.

Clean is good, pretty is just silly.





Unless your that guy who cleans between the knobs on his tires with armor-all.
Forum: Beasts 06-21-2014, 01:16 PM
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Posted By Ladder106
Thanks for the excellent photos. How are the...

Thanks for the excellent photos.

How are the Metzelers holding up?
Forum: Beasts 06-15-2014, 06:19 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
Tools are cool

The bike is very well done. But I'm also curious about your shop.

Would you show us some photos of your work area?
Forum: Thumpers 06-14-2014, 07:13 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
I only use them on my DRZ400 since I ride more...

I only use them on my DRZ400 since I ride more technical off-road on that bike and drop air pressures to 10-14 psi in sandy or muddy rides.

I very very rarely drop tire pressure on the Big so...
Forum: Beasts 06-13-2014, 07:28 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
Enjoy the ride guys....wish I was there.

Enjoy the ride guys....wish I was there.
Forum: Beasts 06-10-2014, 08:09 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
Clutch Fry-Up

Wow....can I get a side order of potatoes, a bagel and a large coffee with that
Forum: Beasts 06-10-2014, 07:47 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
Anytime ! If you can to to Ohio for a filter,...

Anytime ! If you can to to Ohio for a filter, you can sure come to California for dinner.

I'd be happy to have you out here. There's lots to see out on the left coast. San Francisco north is...
Forum: Thumpers 06-10-2014, 07:42 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
Visual learner

Mait.....

One photo of this project is just not enough. It's more teasing than a movie trailer.

Not asking for step-by-step....but I would sure like to see exactly what you've done here.
...
Forum: Beasts 06-10-2014, 07:23 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
All the way to Ohio just for an oil and filter. ...

All the way to Ohio just for an oil and filter.

You're the long distance-guy, Carlos

Bike not wants to fall to the right.....right??

Is your stand too long when the bike isn't loaded with...
Forum: Thumpers 06-09-2014, 01:17 PM
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Posted By Ladder106
WOW !! That is truly jaw-dropping, Mait. ...

WOW !!

That is truly jaw-dropping, Mait. Very very nice.

Where does the fuel go?? Perfect chance to do an under-the-seat fuel tank.

Want to sell me your old aluminium box and save me a ton...
Forum: Beasts 06-09-2014, 01:11 PM
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Posted By Ladder106
Too far for me this year without any...

Too far for me this year without any planning....sorry.

Say "Hi" to Jeff for me.

If Honda ever does get off their dead asses and build a new AT I truly hope that they use the KTMs 950 through...
Forum: Beasts 06-09-2014, 09:03 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
Wait....you fell over FOUR times on the Ten ???...

Wait....you fell over FOUR times on the Ten ??? :eek1

I'm definitely NOT getting one. Isn't it about 100 pounds more than the AT?
Forum: Beasts 06-09-2014, 07:40 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
Remove the air filter and check the area of the...

Remove the air filter and check the area of the airbox behind the filter. Small critters like to set up house in that environment also.

Check and make certain that the drain plug on the end of...
Forum: Beasts 06-09-2014, 07:20 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
Jim....Jim Rowley....007

Which you would have had if you'd ridden the AT rather than that 600 pound Yamaha creation.....yeah....the one you've told nobody here that you bought.

For penance (raised Catholic, sorry) you get...
Forum: Thumpers 06-08-2014, 10:16 PM
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Posted By Ladder106
Many thanks for checking Rob. BTW...you're...

Many thanks for checking Rob.

BTW...you're the one who wrote "Toni" with an (i).

I very tactfully did NOT comment.
Forum: Beasts 06-08-2014, 06:45 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
My expert analysis

Somthin' big is broke somewhere.
Forum: Thumpers 06-07-2014, 04:48 PM
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Posted By Ladder106
Well.....the beak is cracked with only a very...

Well.....the beak is cracked with only a very small piece missing from the very front.

I'm sure I can repair it.

BUT.

The car driver was found to be at fault and his insurance will fix my...
Forum: Beasts 06-07-2014, 09:31 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
Yes. you will need different springs both front...

Yes. you will need different springs both front and rear.


Racetech lists the standard Transalp fork spring as .51 kg/mm and the rear as 10.7 kg/mm. The AT should be close to those values. You...
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