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Forum: Thumpers Today, 08:50 AM
Replies: 14,447
Views: 1,491,059
Posted By aalexander
Yeah, I suppose there's a whole range of...

Yeah, I suppose there's a whole range of opinions on the subject. I've also heard of dealers refusing to do the valve check even on the correct interval for the bike. You can always do the valve...
Forum: Thumpers Today, 12:45 AM
Replies: 14,447
Views: 1,491,059
Posted By aalexander
My understanding is that *checking* valve...

My understanding is that *checking* valve clearance is a regular maintenance item, actually doing something to them is dictated by the results of the clearance check.

As I understand it, the...
Forum: Thumpers 11-20-2014, 06:36 PM
Replies: 14,447
Views: 1,491,059
Posted By aalexander
I know it would be nice to get the lower drive...

I know it would be nice to get the lower drive ratio by just swapping wheels, but once you have the bike up off the rear wheel and the chain off to swap the rear wheel, it doesn't take that much more...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-17-2014, 05:35 AM
Replies: 9,791
Views: 1,985,843
Posted By aalexander
Is it common to call them "snow machines" in ...

Is it common to call them "snow machines" in New Hampshire ? I thought that was sort of unique to Alaska. (grew up in Maine, where it was "snowmobile" or "Skidoo".
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-09-2014, 07:18 PM
Replies: 6,388
Views: 349,675
Posted By aalexander
Can you cite the statute which makes it expressly...

Can you cite the statute which makes it expressly illegal? Mind you, I'm not advocating that action, nor claiming that the guy isn't a dick, but if the driver stays within is own lane, I'm not sure...
Forum: Thumpers 11-05-2014, 11:46 AM
Replies: 14,447
Views: 1,491,059
Posted By aalexander
That may be the difference between GEN I and GEN...

That may be the difference between GEN I and GEN II. I remember that there was a difference between the GEN I and GEN II schematics for the safety circuits. (tried troubleshooting my GEN II...
Forum: Thumpers 11-05-2014, 11:07 AM
Replies: 14,447
Views: 1,491,059
Posted By aalexander
I'm like you, I'd rather fix something than...

I'm like you, I'd rather fix something than disable it, so that's what I did with mine.

It may be that you can fix it by cleaning it and possibly lubricating it. Lubrication can attract dirt and...
Forum: Thumpers 11-04-2014, 11:11 PM
Replies: 14,447
Views: 1,491,059
Posted By aalexander
No. It has to be in neutral when the side stand...

No. It has to be in neutral when the side stand is down, but if the sidestand is up, you can start it in gear, as long as the clutch is pulled in. This is for a Gen II, I'm not sure if the GEN I is...
Forum: Thumpers 11-04-2014, 09:53 PM
Replies: 14,447
Views: 1,491,059
Posted By aalexander
Right, which is what it is supposed to do, if...

Right, which is what it is supposed to do, if everything is working correctly. However, if you're clutch safety switch fails, and doesn't close when you pull kin the clutch, you won't be able to...
Forum: Thumpers 11-02-2014, 01:47 AM
Replies: 14,447
Views: 1,491,059
Posted By aalexander
Might just be the noise a KLR makes when the doo...

Might just be the noise a KLR makes when the doo is adjusted. I replaced the doo on my bike and when I opened it I found that the factory tensioner was borked and not doing it's job. After I got...
Forum: Thumpers 11-01-2014, 11:43 PM
Replies: 14,447
Views: 1,491,059
Posted By aalexander
What kind of mirror did you get? ...

What kind of mirror did you get?






Overtightenng the doo bolt isn't a good thing, but it would only clamp the doo tighter. Wouldn't change the engine sound unless you tightened it so...
Forum: Thumpers 11-01-2014, 09:28 AM
Replies: 14,447
Views: 1,491,059
Posted By aalexander
I hope not, 'cause you're taller than me and I...

I hope not, 'cause you're taller than me and I ride a KLR. I kind of wish my sidestand was a little shorter, and I have a stock suspension.
Forum: Thumpers 10-31-2014, 11:41 AM
Replies: 14,447
Views: 1,491,059
Posted By aalexander
Hmmm, usually the complaint with KLR's is that...

Hmmm, usually the complaint with KLR's is that the kickstand is too long. Was the kickstand shortened? or did the new spring add a lot of height?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-31-2014, 11:34 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 9,014
Posted By aalexander
You're pretending that the question asked by the...

You're pretending that the question asked by the OP was :

What happens when you find that you've entered a turn at a speed that exceeds the physical limits of the bike to turn, even with a very...
Forum: Thumpers 10-28-2014, 11:46 AM
Replies: 14,447
Views: 1,491,059
Posted By aalexander
I have read numerous first person accounts of the...

I have read numerous first person accounts of the spring on GENII bikes being discovered to be out of tension under 2000 miles.

I know that mine was out of tension when I bought it at around...
Forum: Thumpers 10-28-2014, 11:38 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,799
Posted By aalexander
I don't believe that his is correct Beezer, the...

I don't believe that his is correct Beezer, the original lever should stay in place, according to the directions which Eagle Mike himself references. They are located on the Leftcoast KLR website. ...
Forum: Thumpers 10-28-2014, 11:29 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,799
Posted By aalexander
Sorry, BS I've seen on other forums pics from...

Sorry, BS I've seen on other forums pics from KLR owners who have opened their left case and found that the spring still had tension on it.

I agree that the spring tension is a problem on GenII...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-28-2014, 10:59 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 9,014
Posted By aalexander
Not claiming to have superior insight on the...

Not claiming to have superior insight on the brake/no brake/front brake/rear brake/engine braking thing, but I do know that engine braking is more effective in lower gears, not higher, which is what...
Forum: Thumpers 10-26-2014, 08:00 PM
Replies: 14,447
Views: 1,491,059
Posted By aalexander
Uhhh, You sure it's painted? I'm pretty sure...

Uhhh, You sure it's painted? I'm pretty sure that my cowlings are cast out of red plastic, no paint involved
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-26-2014, 07:48 PM
Replies: 490
Views: 22,449
Posted By aalexander
I'll agree that fatalities per distance driven is...

I'll agree that fatalities per distance driven is a more meaningful number, but the source I used does not have that figure for Malaysia If you have access to that information, by all means post a...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-26-2014, 09:56 AM
Replies: 490
Views: 22,449
Posted By aalexander
You can claim that the statistics show that, but...

You can claim that the statistics show that, but you're completely wrong. For the countries mentioned, the fatalities per 100,000 people is 5 times higher for Malaysia and the traffic fatalities per...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-23-2014, 11:38 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 7,242
Posted By aalexander
Same could be said abut cutting the line at the...

Same could be said abut cutting the line at the bank; "I'm not significantly increasing the wait time for the others if I just slip in ahead and take care of my business first"

Still waiting for...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-23-2014, 09:58 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 7,414
Posted By aalexander
Heaven forbid that anyone should object to you...

Heaven forbid that anyone should object to you trespassing on their private property.

So what part of this change do you think is a result of property owners getting tired of riders trespassing...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-23-2014, 09:38 AM
Replies: 161
Views: 7,242
Posted By aalexander
OK, I have to question this one. I mentioned...

OK, I have to question this one. I mentioned this in another thread on lane splitting. Now, I'm not necessarily anti-lane splitting or filtering. There's plenty of situations where the argument...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-22-2014, 06:44 AM
Replies: 6,388
Views: 349,675
Posted By aalexander
I'm not sure why you're getting so wrapped around...

I'm not sure why you're getting so wrapped around the axle abut the term "push bike". It's a pretty common term in the UK for bicycle, y'know the kind with pedals, that you ride, just like we're...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-21-2014, 09:21 AM
Replies: 9,791
Views: 1,985,843
Posted By aalexander
Because I'm a do-it-yourself sort of guy, and...

Because I'm a do-it-yourself sort of guy, and most places I can get checked out and gone in a fraction of the time it takes for me to wait around for someone to do it for me.

My time is a lot more...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-21-2014, 08:51 AM
Replies: 9,791
Views: 1,985,843
Posted By aalexander
Huh, never knew that the Michelin man had a name.

Huh, never knew that the Michelin man had a name.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-20-2014, 12:15 AM
Replies: 9,791
Views: 1,985,843
Posted By aalexander
For what it's worth, I know of a number of stores...

For what it's worth, I know of a number of stores which have a dedicated "10 items or less" self checkout lane, but I agree with you, if there's no such designation, self checkouts have no inherent...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-28-2014, 12:43 PM
Replies: 205
Views: 16,800
Posted By aalexander
Puyallup = Pyew-wallop

Puyallup = Pyew-wallop
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-17-2014, 01:39 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 16,800
Posted By aalexander
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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-17-2014, 01:25 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 16,800
Posted By aalexander
When was the last time you saw RADAR or LASER...

When was the last time you saw RADAR or LASER capitalized all the way through?
Forum: Thumpers 08-11-2014, 11:01 PM
Replies: 14,447
Views: 1,491,059
Posted By aalexander
Do you have the new version crash bars which...

Do you have the new version crash bars which clamp to the frame, or the old version which bolt to the footpeg brackets?
Forum: Thumpers 08-11-2014, 10:34 PM
Replies: 14,447
Views: 1,491,059
Posted By aalexander
Not so fast. Happy Trails *did* make a skid...

Not so fast. Happy Trails *did* make a skid plate that was compatible with the previous version of the SW Motech crash bars. (I actually have that combination on my bike)

But, SW Motech...
Forum: Thumpers 08-09-2014, 09:36 PM
Replies: 14,447
Views: 1,491,059
Posted By aalexander
For what it's worth, I had my tank off a little...

For what it's worth, I had my tank off a little while back and decided to clean it out. About the only way to do that effectively as far as I can tell is to remove the petcock fitting and drain gas...
Forum: Alaska 08-09-2014, 07:51 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,216
Posted By aalexander
So, just out of curiosity, what do you get for...

So, just out of curiosity, what do you get for your 60 bucks? Being as i spent plenty of time up there, including being dropped of on the Barrier islands and Flaxman Island, I'm probably not a...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-09-2014, 06:24 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 16,800
Posted By aalexander
Yeah, sure, if you're talking about the guy who...

Yeah, sure, if you're talking about the guy who pickled the bombs on an US B-17, that guy is a bom-bar-deer.


Generally, that isn't what's being discussed though. Since we're talking about...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-07-2014, 10:56 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 16,800
Posted By aalexander
Or Klime. Or maybe Klym

Or Klime.

Or maybe Klym
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-07-2014, 08:08 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 16,800
Posted By aalexander
And if you go to the Klim website and watch their...

And if you go to the Klim website and watch their propaganda videos, it's also pronounced: Climb. I'm gonna assume that the pronunciation used on the company website is correct.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-03-2014, 10:32 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,667
Posted By aalexander
You don't think that there's pressure involved in...

You don't think that there's pressure involved in that action? When your folk is moving rapidly, and the fluid is providing a damping force against that action, there's pressure. that's where the...
Forum: Alaska 08-03-2014, 01:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 515
Posted By aalexander
Shame I'm not home right now, I'd like to help. ...

Shame I'm not home right now, I'd like to help. I have tools and space in Anchorage, and I've been though the doohickey shuffle. But, I'm out of the country at the moment. Sorry, I know this...
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