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Forum: Face plant 09-17-2014, 12:05 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 15,925
Posted By bill_in_pittsburgh
You did just fine. I’ve been in similar...

You did just fine. I’ve been in similar scenarios, and, like you, I always like to do an assessment afterwards to see what I could have done better.

Check – Call – Care – A – B – Cs

Check –...
Forum: Trip Planning 09-03-2014, 02:40 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 6,935
Posted By bill_in_pittsburgh
What I do: Normally, I pack the tent either...

What I do:

Normally, I pack the tent either into a hard top case (waterproof) or an Ortlieb dry bag (also waterproof).

If I need to pack the tent wet, then I'll usually separate the tent and...
Forum: Thumpers 06-07-2013, 10:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,057
Posted By bill_in_pittsburgh
Many thanks for your input.

Many thanks for your input.
Forum: Thumpers 06-06-2013, 09:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,057
Posted By bill_in_pittsburgh
You know, I had tired put on it a few months...

You know, I had tired put on it a few months prior to this problem. I'm guessing the chain was a little tight.
Forum: Thumpers 06-06-2013, 09:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,057
Posted By bill_in_pittsburgh
Thanks, I'll definitely be checking the...

Thanks,
I'll definitely be checking the crankcase vent.
Forum: Thumpers 06-06-2013, 09:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,057
Posted By bill_in_pittsburgh
Hi, thanks. I did think of the countershaft...

Hi, thanks.

I did think of the countershaft sleeve and had it put in on the 2nd go-around on the seal replacement. I thought it was blowing the seal out - the failure was sudden and resulted in a...
Forum: Thumpers 06-06-2013, 01:40 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,057
Posted By bill_in_pittsburgh
Thank you for the advice. I too was wondering...

Thank you for the advice. I too was wondering about increased crankcase pressure. My mechanic seemed discount this idea, arguing that increased crankcase pressure would likely cause oil in the...
Forum: Thumpers 06-05-2013, 11:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,057
Posted By bill_in_pittsburgh
KLR Oil Leak Problem

Hi all, I'm hoping someone can help me with some sound advice.

I have a 1996 KLR650 with about 20K on the odometer. I put over 12K miles on the bike over the past year or so, including a...
Forum: Thumpers 05-06-2012, 06:07 PM
Replies: 14,907
Views: 1,614,392
Posted By bill_in_pittsburgh
[QUOTE=sandalscout;18621440]Has anyone ever...

[QUOTE=sandalscout;18621440]Has anyone ever experienced the cooling system "whining" after a coolant replacement?]

SNIP

My new (used) KLR did this too. If you open the gas cap, on the right...
Forum: Ride reports 04-08-2012, 11:13 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,134
Posted By bill_in_pittsburgh
Wonderful trip, GREAT pictures! Thank you for...

Wonderful trip, GREAT pictures! Thank you for sharing. I will be taking a similar trip in the next year or two and I appreciate the information.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-07-2012, 05:24 PM
Replies: 9,936
Views: 2,046,315
Posted By bill_in_pittsburgh
This past summer on a 4,500 mile round-trip from...

This past summer on a 4,500 mile round-trip from Pittsburgh, PA to Montana while wearing ATGATT:

North Dakota Chick: "Wow, you rode all the way here from Pennsylvania on that?"
Me: "Yes"'
North...
Forum: Face plant 04-07-2012, 04:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,498
Posted By bill_in_pittsburgh
I'm 6'4", and wear a high-viz fluorescent green...

I'm 6'4", and wear a high-viz fluorescent green jacket, a big white full-face helmet, and always use my high-beam. In about 20,000 miles of riding in this gear, I've only had two people pull on in...
Forum: Face plant 04-07-2012, 04:33 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,884
Posted By bill_in_pittsburgh
At least you didn't have far to travel to get the...

At least you didn't have far to travel to get the bike back home :D

It was 32F when I took a short trip to the store this morning - I was worried about the exact same thing happening to me.
Forum: Ride reports 04-07-2012, 09:27 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 29,278
Posted By bill_in_pittsburgh
Thank you for writing this trip report - a...

Thank you for writing this trip report - a similar trip is on my short-list to do in the next couple of years. :clap
Forum: Ride reports 04-05-2012, 07:32 PM
Replies: 644
Views: 366,676
Posted By bill_in_pittsburgh
[QUOTE=juniorADV;18370866]Hey Man, I am...

[QUOTE=juniorADV;18370866]Hey Man,

I am totally inspired by your trip. I am actually 19. I just started college in Upstate NY (St. Lawrence University). My buddy and I did a week long trip to...
Forum: Thumpers 04-05-2012, 07:20 PM
Replies: 14,907
Views: 1,614,392
Posted By bill_in_pittsburgh
Hey guys, I'm one of you now :evil I picked...

Hey guys, I'm one of you now :evil

I picked up a mint-condition 1996 KLR650 with 12K miles on her a few weeks ago for a great price.
...
Forum: Americas 02-10-2012, 11:12 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,098
Posted By bill_in_pittsburgh
+100 I took, essentially, this route last...

+100

I took, essentially, this route last summer from Pittsburgh, PA to Western Montana and Wyoming. It was a great trip - the upper peninsula of Michigan is beautiful, as was MN and ND. I was...
Forum: Road warriors 12-19-2011, 04:09 PM
Replies: 2,266
Views: 567,722
Posted By bill_in_pittsburgh
Thank you for the info!

Thank you for the info!
Forum: Road warriors 12-19-2011, 09:26 AM
Replies: 2,266
Views: 567,722
Posted By bill_in_pittsburgh
+1 on the dead starter motor. The clicking is...

+1 on the dead starter motor. The clicking is the sound of the starter relay - engaging and completing the circuit between the battery and starter motor.

My major question is whether not it is...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 12-17-2011, 11:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,427
Posted By bill_in_pittsburgh
Wow...I've spent the last few months thinking...

Wow...I've spent the last few months thinking about doing EXACTLY the same thing (putting a parallel twin engine in a dual sport frame).

I love what the Weber brothers did. I just wish they...
Forum: Road warriors 12-17-2011, 10:54 AM
Replies: 2,266
Views: 567,722
Posted By bill_in_pittsburgh
Hi guys, I have a 2000 Bandit 600 (GSF-600S) with...

Hi guys, I have a 2000 Bandit 600 (GSF-600S) with a problem.

About a year ago, the bike wouldn't start. The starter would make a funny sound and seemed to be spinning, but the engine wouldn't...
Forum: Americas 11-30-2011, 10:18 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,647
Posted By bill_in_pittsburgh
Great thread - thanks for the info! I went from...

Great thread - thanks for the info! I went from Pittsburgh out to Montana/Wyoming this summer and decided that I must ride more of the Rockies. I decided that this summer, I'll go on out to...
Forum: Road warriors 09-12-2011, 01:36 PM
Replies: 2,266
Views: 567,722
Posted By bill_in_pittsburgh
I like the Buell pegs idea - that's the first...

I like the Buell pegs idea - that's the first I've heard of it! Thanks!
Forum: Road warriors 09-11-2011, 10:20 PM
Replies: 2,266
Views: 567,722
Posted By bill_in_pittsburgh
Hi Sniff, My 2000 Bandit 600s held up great....

Hi Sniff,

My 2000 Bandit 600s held up great. I put a power outlet in the fairing and changed the oil before taking off. 13 days covering 4,500 miles through rain and shine (and 100+ degree days)...
Forum: Road warriors 09-09-2011, 12:18 PM
Replies: 2,266
Views: 567,722
Posted By bill_in_pittsburgh
Wishing I were somewhere else right now...

Hey all,

I'm just getting geared up to begin the RR from a trip I took in July from Pittsburgh, PA to Montana and Wyoming. I'm just testing to see if a URL link to my file backup service works on...
Forum: Road warriors 07-23-2011, 10:27 PM
Replies: 2,266
Views: 567,722
Posted By bill_in_pittsburgh
Hey Guys, My 2000 Bandit 600s last week on...

Hey Guys,

My 2000 Bandit 600s last week on Beartooth Pass - on my first long-distance trip. 4,400 miles over two weeks - Pittsburgh, PA to Montana and Wyoming through the Upper Peninsula of...
Forum: Road warriors 07-08-2011, 03:16 PM
Replies: 2,266
Views: 567,722
Posted By bill_in_pittsburgh
That's really fantastic - I'm glad to see that...

That's really fantastic - I'm glad to see that you've done a ton of miles on your Bandit 600. I leave for my first long trip this weekend - Pittsburgh, PA to Glacier National Park (Montana) and who...
Forum: Road warriors 07-01-2011, 10:50 AM
Replies: 2,266
Views: 567,722
Posted By bill_in_pittsburgh
My ride (2000 Bandit 600s) at Mt. Vernon Furnace,...

My ride (2000 Bandit 600s) at Mt. Vernon Furnace, PA.

http://i1234.photobucket.com/albums/ff408/wsszczepaniak/Motorcycle%20Pics/IMAG0115.jpg
Forum: Some Assembly Required 06-23-2011, 02:11 PM
Replies: 1,602
Views: 1,128,392
Posted By bill_in_pittsburgh
This is a great thread - I'm glad to see that I'm...

This is a great thread - I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who has been thinking about converting a road bike to a dual-sport.

My crazy idea is to take my first bike - a Nighthawk 250 -...
Forum: Road warriors 06-21-2011, 02:31 PM
Replies: 2,266
Views: 567,722
Posted By bill_in_pittsburgh
MFW Vario Footpeg Mount for the Bandit

I have a question for all of you Bandit owners:

Have any of you used the MFW Vario Adjustable footpeg mounts?
...
Forum: Road warriors 05-31-2011, 07:23 PM
Replies: 2,266
Views: 567,722
Posted By bill_in_pittsburgh
I haven't done these mods yet, but this is what...

I haven't done these mods yet, but this is what my research on the subject is leading me to try in the near future.

First, I've been thinking about installing the GenMar handlebar risers. The...
Forum: Road warriors 05-27-2011, 09:16 AM
Replies: 2,266
Views: 567,722
Posted By bill_in_pittsburgh
Thank you all for your helpful comments. ...

Thank you all for your helpful comments.

This past weekend, I took the Bandit for a 175 mile ride in warm weather. I averaged 46 MPG - which I was what I was getting before my carb rebuild.

It...
Forum: Road warriors 05-27-2011, 09:08 AM
Replies: 2,266
Views: 567,722
Posted By bill_in_pittsburgh
I had this problem recently, and this is what I'd...

I had this problem recently, and this is what I'd check/do:

1. Fuel petcock - which on the Bandit is vacuum actuated (fuel does not flow unless the petcock receives vacuum from the engine) IF the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-18-2011, 12:39 PM
Replies: 9,936
Views: 2,046,315
Posted By bill_in_pittsburgh
I used to get the same thing with my first bike...

I used to get the same thing with my first bike (a lot actually) - a Honda Nighthawk 250.

It was puzzling. "What is that a 600?", or "Is that a 650?", they'd ask.

"Uh, no", I'd respond,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-15-2011, 06:24 PM
Replies: 9,936
Views: 2,046,315
Posted By bill_in_pittsburgh
Actually, When a drug-addled twitchy idiot...

Actually,

When a drug-addled twitchy idiot rudely interrupts a conversation I'm having, and gets entirely too close to me for my comfort, giving the retard a curt unfriendly response is the nicest...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-13-2011, 04:09 PM
Replies: 9,936
Views: 2,046,315
Posted By bill_in_pittsburgh
A co-worker and I were leaving work (we work in a...

A co-worker and I were leaving work (we work in a hospital) wearing hi-viz jackets and carrying our helmets.

Some skeezy meth-head-looking loser sees us, runs up to us, and loudly (very loudly)...
Forum: Road warriors 05-11-2011, 11:27 AM
Replies: 2,266
Views: 567,722
Posted By bill_in_pittsburgh
Bandit 600 MPG Question

Hey all,

I have a 2000 Bandit 600, my 2nd bike.

Last fall, I cleaned and synched the carbs, and after a little fiddling (first time doing this) everything seems to work just fine. As far as I...
Forum: Ride reports 05-02-2011, 10:14 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,087
Posted By bill_in_pittsburgh
Outstanding ride report - Thank you! I've...

Outstanding ride report - Thank you!

I've been doing some serious thinking about purchasing a bike for Europe and leaving it with a friend of mine in Germany. Until I read your ride report, I...
Forum: Ride reports 04-28-2011, 10:11 AM
Replies: 2,566
Views: 1,762,559
Posted By bill_in_pittsburgh
I've been reading your thread on the build of...

I've been reading your thread on the build of this machine and waiting for this trip to start all winter!!! I have crazy ideas about building my own custom-adventure bike (on the other end of the...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-19-2011, 04:36 PM
Replies: 3,137
Views: 901,537
Posted By bill_in_pittsburgh
:rofl Aristotle Onassis (Self-made...

:rofl

Aristotle Onassis (Self-made gazillionaire and Jackie Kennedy's second husband) used to have a swanky yacht that he would load up with Europe's hottest socialites and sail up and down the...
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