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Forum: GS Boxers 04-16-2015, 06:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 787
Posted By cycleman2
On other bikes with water pumps and weep holes,...

On other bikes with water pumps and weep holes, it is not uncommon for them to drip occasionally during the cold weather when they sit, more than they are ridden. It stops once the bike is run more...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-16-2015, 06:28 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,720
Posted By cycleman2
I've owned oil heads in the past and did lube the...

I've owned oil heads in the past and did lube the rear splines as a matter of routine maintenance, as well as lubing & checking the pivot bearings. I'd never really heard of this particular issue...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-05-2015, 04:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,469
Posted By cycleman2
Yep after a ride, leave on side stand for 10...

Yep after a ride, leave on side stand for 10 minutes or so and then onto the center stand or hold the bike level and check the oil.

Its seems that the oil gets trapped in the oil cooler and...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-05-2015, 04:20 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,205
Posted By cycleman2
Use 4 feeler gauges, 1 for each valve on the side...

Use 4 feeler gauges, 1 for each valve on the side you are adjusting and then do the same on the other side. Repeat several times as they seem to be very fussy when adjusting. This seems to help in...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 04-05-2015, 08:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,000
Posted By cycleman2
I work at a multi bike dealership and you can get...

I work at a multi bike dealership and you can get either the old style battery with a vent or the newer style with no vent and are AGM. No matter which one, we add the acid and seal the AGM ones. ...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-23-2015, 06:49 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,260
Posted By cycleman2
I wouldn't rule out something stupid like these...

I wouldn't rule out something stupid like these two items. The side stand switch can cause issues on these bikes, even if all the way up, ditto the clutch neutral switch.

If you have spark then...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 03-17-2015, 04:39 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 11,731
Posted By cycleman2
I agree.

I agree.
Forum: Airheads 03-17-2015, 04:24 PM
Replies: 675
Views: 112,160
Posted By cycleman2
Well done and good luck in you adventures.

Well done and good luck in you adventures.
Forum: Ridiculous streetbikes with 6 CPUs and too much horsepower (1050/1190/1290cc) 03-11-2015, 04:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,038
Posted By cycleman2
I use the Electronic Scottoiler and like it, but...

I use the Electronic Scottoiler and like it, but I ride street. It really depends on if you are riding asphalt or dirt, but you can shut the Scottoiler off if you need to. Once its set up very easy...
Forum: Ridiculous streetbikes with 6 CPUs and too much horsepower (1050/1190/1290cc) 03-11-2015, 04:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 839
Posted By cycleman2
Just use the oil weight the manufacture suggests....

Just use the oil weight the manufacture suggests. You can't go wrong with that.
Forum: GS Boxers 03-11-2015, 04:29 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,836
Posted By cycleman2
I'm a believe in replace a stock motorcycle...

I'm a believe in replace a stock motorcycle battery every 3 years ( maybe more if it is a high end Odessy or something similar ). For a good replacement AGM $ 140 ( I live in Canada ) is cheap...
Forum: Canada 03-03-2015, 04:55 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 9,462
Posted By cycleman2
I'll second that location. We moved here from...

I'll second that location. We moved here from Regina 4yrs ago and haven't regretted it. An hour from the US and about an hour from the Rockies.
Forum: Ride reports 02-26-2015, 07:42 AM
Replies: 302
Views: 61,796
Posted By cycleman2
Good to see you got the bike sorted out. ...

Good to see you got the bike sorted out. Enjoying arm chair riding along with your adventure. It seems over here that the KLR650 is the bike of choice for a lot of folks doing what you are doing,...
Forum: Hacks 02-24-2015, 04:51 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,450
Posted By cycleman2
I would just walk away. Sidecar looks OK and the...

I would just walk away. Sidecar looks OK and the front end on the 83 wing looks OK but it is not stock, somebody has put air assisted shocks on it.

If you could buy the car separate with the...
Forum: Ride reports 02-21-2015, 05:07 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 61,796
Posted By cycleman2
Excellent ride report. May see you next year in...

Excellent ride report. May see you next year in Canada.
Forum: GS Boxers 02-17-2015, 11:21 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 11,770
Posted By cycleman2
That's to help keep them out of the traffic. They...

That's to help keep them out of the traffic. They are closer to the shoulder and less likely to get picked off if they mount from the right.
Forum: GS Boxers 02-17-2015, 11:16 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,234
Posted By cycleman2
The disks look like they are very close to being...

The disks look like they are very close to being true so I would think the hub is fine. If the hub was out of round I would suspect a problem with the axle itself not the hub.

From what I see...
Forum: GS Boxers 02-17-2015, 11:07 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,408
Posted By cycleman2
Rear peg height will affect knee pain the same as...

Rear peg height will affect knee pain the same as too high rider front pegs affect the riders knee pain. After market seats may help with the sitting portion but likely won't lengthen the distance...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-16-2015, 04:53 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 13,089
Posted By cycleman2
I don't know if you upgraded the front and rear...

I don't know if you upgraded the front and rear suspension on your bike but you should look at something like Sonic Linear springs ( based on your weight ) and a stronger back spring. I changed out...
Forum: Trip Planning 02-16-2015, 04:42 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,509
Posted By cycleman2
I use one of those small fold up cots, ( made by...

I use one of those small fold up cots, ( made by Thermarest I think ) they keep you about 3 inches off the ground, allow you to roll over and they are warmer than an air mattress. They roll up to...
Forum: Trip Planning 02-16-2015, 04:37 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,261
Posted By cycleman2
It all depends on where, what the roads are,...

It all depends on where, what the roads are, comfort of the bike, you etc etc. Some examples:

On # 1 Hwy along the coast in California and up into Oregon I find that 300 mile days are about...
Forum: Trip Planning 02-16-2015, 04:29 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,558
Posted By cycleman2
1. Side stand with something to keep it from...

1. Side stand with something to keep it from sinking into the dirt.

2. I use the saddlebags for clothes etc, some kind of bag ( cheap ) that the clothes, shaving kit, extra shoes etc fit into...
Forum: Trip Planning 02-16-2015, 04:16 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,299
Posted By cycleman2
Sounds like you are riding solo so I would take a...

Sounds like you are riding solo so I would take a minimal camping outfit with you, it can sit on the seat behind you.

I prefer one of the small fold up ( roll up ) cots, ( I think thermarest...
Forum: Canada 02-16-2015, 07:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 935
Posted By cycleman2
If you plan on camping then I would head south...

If you plan on camping then I would head south through the US. You will find it warmer, but the mountain passes will still be an issue in March/April. May for the most part is safer. Not much for...
Forum: GS Boxers 02-15-2015, 05:05 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 11,770
Posted By cycleman2
I when riding solo mount the bike on the left...

I when riding solo mount the bike on the left about half of the time, with the side stand down, and using the left foot peg and have had no issues through out the life of the bike. My bike is not in...
Forum: GS Boxers 02-15-2015, 04:57 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,077
Posted By cycleman2
When you do the valves on these 4 valve heads...

When you do the valves on these 4 valve heads make sure you use feeler gauges on all 4 valves at the same time.

Backfire is more fuel/air related and it doesn't sound like you touched that,...
Forum: GS Boxers 02-15-2015, 04:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 895
Posted By cycleman2
You should get more than 10 k out of a rear...

You should get more than 10 k out of a rear brake, unless you are unknowingly riding the brake pedal. Ask somebody that rides behind you if they are seeing the brake light on. If you use a lot of...
Forum: Ridiculous streetbikes with 6 CPUs and too much horsepower (1050/1190/1290cc) 02-14-2015, 04:23 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,534
Posted By cycleman2
Buy the one that fits your budget, that keeps it...

Buy the one that fits your budget, that keeps it simple and leaves something for the if only !!!!!.

Up here a 2014 1190 Adventure with aftermarket exhaust, heated seat. bags and a few other...
Forum: Airheads 02-13-2015, 07:54 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,135
Posted By cycleman2
If you are just after a rider then go with the...

If you are just after a rider then go with the cheaper bigger engine. Makes sense to me.

I've restored old airheads and you can spend a fortune putting them back on the road and unless it is...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-12-2015, 04:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,501
Posted By cycleman2
Before you change gearing etc, ride the bike the...

Before you change gearing etc, ride the bike the way you are going to use it and then adjust if needed. In most cases the factory got it right for most of us and the bikes intended use.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-12-2015, 04:37 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,455
Posted By cycleman2
As always when buying a used bike, mileage and if...

As always when buying a used bike, mileage and if it has a maintenance history. Not much other than routine maintenance for the first 24K kilometers is required on these bikes, so it boils down to...
Forum: Hacks 02-12-2015, 07:27 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 10,500
Posted By cycleman2
Most rear m/c tires on the bigger bikes, even on...

Most rear m/c tires on the bigger bikes, even on my Vstrom 650, have a load rating of around 950 lbs @ 42 lbs cold. That's for a 150 size rear tire and I don't think there is much difference for any...
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 02-11-2015, 04:44 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,342
Posted By cycleman2
Buy the right tool. Yes you can make just about...

Buy the right tool. Yes you can make just about anything work, but right out of the box my 590LM works with my headset, my bikes tire sensors and in my car with the included car mount, and Bluetooth...
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 02-11-2015, 04:34 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,854
Posted By cycleman2
A stand alone GPS is just that, no frills,...

A stand alone GPS is just that, no frills, doesn't care where you are, no roaming charges etc.

Yes you can make just about anything work, but there is a reason why they make all this stuff!!!! ...
Forum: GS Boxers 02-09-2015, 07:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 718
Posted By cycleman2
Yep wired mine to the battery. When the 590 is...

Yep wired mine to the battery. When the 590 is not on the bike I just use the cover that came with it and place it where the GPS sits. Covers all the pins etc and keeps water/dirt out.
Forum: Ridiculous streetbikes with 6 CPUs and too much horsepower (1050/1190/1290cc) 02-09-2015, 07:19 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,296
Posted By cycleman2
The chain has to be slack enough to maintain the...

The chain has to be slack enough to maintain the factory spec throughout the bikes suspension travel. It doesn't matter if you are solo, 2 up, empty or loaded. It is a good idea to check the chain...
Forum: Canada 02-08-2015, 04:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 916
Posted By cycleman2
One thing to consider. Harley Davidson dealers...

One thing to consider. Harley Davidson dealers will ship bikes. A couple of years ago I bought a BMW R1100R site unseen and had them ship the bike from Winnipeg to Regina. The bike was a trade in...
Forum: Canada 02-08-2015, 04:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,122
Posted By cycleman2
If you have the bike and the trailer registered...

If you have the bike and the trailer registered in your home country, then nobody will really care too much. If your friend has a plate and registration for a home built trailer, who is to know that...
Forum: GS Boxers 02-08-2015, 04:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 695
Posted By cycleman2
Not a Nav but on my new Garmin 590 LM, bought in...

Not a Nav but on my new Garmin 590 LM, bought in Dec 2014 I had to pay for the LM feature. When I went to update the maps it sent me to where I had to buy the LM feature. It was around $ 80 or so...
Forum: GS Boxers 02-08-2015, 04:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,116
Posted By cycleman2
Possible yes, but it won't handle the amp draw if...

Possible yes, but it won't handle the amp draw if 2 electric jackets are on at the same time. You could put a large amp fuse but then the wiring wouldn't handle the load. If memory serves me...
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