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Forum: GS Boxers 02-27-2013, 09:16 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,997
Posted By swimmonkey
Number 5

Two 1200gs'
and now -

All bikes have their strengths and weaknesses. I have a KTM525. It's like a vintage sports car. Fun but a ton of maintenance. Bought the F800gs used, put...
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-15-2012, 05:21 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,103
Posted By swimmonkey

I had Woody re-machine my rear hub (eliminated bearing failure), build me a 19" front using my OEM hub and build me a wider 17" rear (using my re-machined rear hub). I opted for the tubeless with...
Forum: Thumpers 08-23-2012, 07:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,217
Posted By swimmonkey
Puke My take

Coolant and oil. Don't put it on a sandwich!
Forum: Day Trippin' 02-06-2012, 06:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,133
Posted By swimmonkey

Very cool! I love the compositions in most all of the shots.
Forum: Day Trippin' 02-01-2012, 05:58 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 9,162
Posted By swimmonkey

1911ryder - I hope you enjoy your KLX as much as I have mine. I'm from the other end of the spectrum. I have been dual sporting since before it was ever thought about as dual sporting. I've had...
Forum: Parallel Universe 11-30-2011, 08:40 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,398
Posted By swimmonkey
my choice

I have a Sargent and it is great. Had some earlier Sargent seats and they were marginal. I must say, they now have all the finer points of comfort figured out. I have 30K miles on my F800 and they...
Forum: Parallel Universe 11-16-2011, 06:55 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,225
Posted By swimmonkey
my technique

I've used this for years. Silicon spray. Personally like the Liquid Wrench Spray Silicon. Yes, it eventually washes off but it also makes cleaning the bike easier after a mud run. I also put this on...
Forum: Parallel Universe 11-01-2011, 08:09 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 8,382
Posted By swimmonkey

Forgot to mention, with the wider 19 front, the bike handling is just fine off road but way, way better in sand.
Forum: Parallel Universe 11-01-2011, 08:07 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 8,382
Posted By swimmonkey
Love my Woody's

My bike is everything I thought it could be with my Woody's. Kept the stock hubs since I bought the bike used. Went with a 19 front and kept the 17 rear. Had the bearing fix done and went with...
Forum: Parallel Universe 10-20-2011, 07:43 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,635
Posted By swimmonkey
Exactly what I just did - Picked up a 2009...

Exactly what I just did - Picked up a 2009 KLX250s cheap and am having the time of my life. Rode 200 miles this past Sunday. I even got pulled over by a Sherif on an RT. He let me go when he saw I...
Forum: Parallel Universe 10-07-2011, 03:01 PM
Replies: 350
Views: 68,790
Posted By swimmonkey
It just looks like the old KLR fenders. I have...

It just looks like the old KLR fenders. I have replaced a lot of those for friends who claim they have high-speed head shake and we put on a newer low-profile fender that is stiffer and it goes away.
Forum: Parallel Universe 10-06-2011, 08:28 PM
Replies: 350
Views: 68,790
Posted By swimmonkey
I think it will flap all over the place.

I think it will flap all over the place.
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-25-2011, 07:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,145
Posted By swimmonkey
Keep paddling.

I tried tires. I tried the steering damper. After 28K miles of f*%king around, I finally got some real wheels laced up on the stock hubs. While I was at it, I had the rear hub machined because I was...
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-20-2011, 05:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,172
Posted By swimmonkey
Laugh Won't get better

I went through four sets of bearings in 27K miles. I finally went this route. I also had a new set of Excel rim wheels built up and it is like I have a totally different and far superior machine....
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-24-2011, 05:58 PM
Replies: 214
Views: 57,714
Posted By swimmonkey

There's a lot of fender talk here. I didn't have time to go through all the posts but, I'm running a 2.5 inch wide 19" front. Many more tire choices and never had a mud clog issue. Best of all, the...
Forum: Parallel Universe 07-24-2011, 06:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,543
Posted By swimmonkey

Possibly the most ridiculous thread by one of the most uniformed riders I have ever read on this site.
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-10-2011, 05:53 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,613
Posted By swimmonkey

My uncle used to have a chicken processing plant. They used to cut the beaks off of the chickens so that they wouldn't injure on another in the pens. That's what I see when I look at this conversion....
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-22-2011, 05:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,211
Posted By swimmonkey
I was stranded by this problem a loooong time...

I was stranded by this problem a loooong time ago, got a free tow and the dealer fixed it under warranty.

I remember these pics. I don't remember this being a common problem.
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-21-2011, 07:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,211
Posted By swimmonkey

Internal shift lever? There is no way the shift shaft can bend unless you slam the shit out of it on an immovable object. i.e....large rock or tree stump. And then, I would question the diagnosis....
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-05-2011, 08:17 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,167
Posted By swimmonkey

Always changed my tires on my dirt bikes. After this happened, I got all of the necessary equipment to change my tires and balance my wheels. Two sets later, I'm bot happier and saved a butt load of...
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-05-2011, 07:01 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,167
Posted By swimmonkey
I agree

I had some new tires put on my F8 about six months ago. I was riding home and the front end was feeling very wobbly. I attributed this unusual steering feedback to the new TKC's that were just been...
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-31-2011, 05:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,303
Posted By swimmonkey

Have the same thing when I run TKC 80's. When I run Metzler Tourance, it goes away.
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 03-28-2011, 07:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 533
Posted By swimmonkey

I'd be up for it but that is too damned early. I'd rather head out Thursday after work or maybe even a little earlier. Hit me up with a PM if you have some leeway.
Forum: Parallel Universe 01-03-2011, 03:29 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,752
Posted By swimmonkey

I also have the TT set-up. HID on left and Halogen on right. I run them all of the time including PIAA Blue head lamps on high during the daytime. Why, you may ask? On June 26, 2010, a pick-up truck...
Forum: Parallel Universe 12-17-2010, 05:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,172
Posted By swimmonkey
I'm with ya

Have 22K on my F8 GS and have replaced the rear wheel bearings (they were just dragging a bit) and the shock dampers in the rear wheel. The dealer actually did both of these replacements under...
Forum: Parallel Universe 11-28-2010, 04:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,821
Posted By swimmonkey

Anybody mount one of these on the top of a HB BMW top case?
Forum: Parallel Universe 11-23-2010, 03:28 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,550
Posted By swimmonkey

I once rode on a dirt road and forgot to turn my ABS off. A deer jumped into my path right in front of me. This happens quite frequently since I do most of my riding in the Texas Hill Country. Well,...
Forum: Parallel Universe 11-17-2010, 07:09 PM
Replies: 218
Views: 35,364
Posted By swimmonkey

I now have 21K miles on my 09 F8 GS and the milage keeps getting worse and worse. It all seemed to happen at around 18K miles. Not quite sure what the deal is. I service the bike as recommended,...
Forum: Parallel Universe 11-15-2010, 08:21 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 13,810
Posted By swimmonkey
buy new or warranty

I changed mine at 20K miles. Bitched about a little drag to the dealer (Lone Star in Austin, TX). Drank a cup of decent coffee while the job was done. Checked my email on my iPad. They pulled the...
Forum: Thumpers 10-30-2010, 06:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,565
Posted By swimmonkey
Good entry level bike

Looks like competition for the KLR for not a whole lot more (price wise).

The BMW site says the wheels are wire spoke. The above posted pic shows cast wheels.
Forum: Parallel Universe 10-29-2010, 07:51 PM
Replies: 500
Views: 56,813
Posted By swimmonkey

Been racing in the desert for a long, long time. Nothing beats a Scott's. I'm just sayin"!
Forum: Parallel Universe 10-21-2010, 08:30 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,971
Posted By swimmonkey

The GS - often imitated, but never duplicated. I'll take a speed triple!
Forum: Parallel Universe 10-08-2010, 03:04 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 8,699
Posted By swimmonkey

Guess I know what I'm getting for Christmas.
Forum: Parallel Universe 10-04-2010, 06:18 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,060
Posted By swimmonkey
I'm quite sure you're so much more of a manly...

I'm quite sure you're so much more of a manly rider than I, ChiTea. Beating the shit out of your bike doesn't make you a better rider. I don't think there is anything judgmental by commenting that...
Forum: Parallel Universe 10-03-2010, 07:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,060
Posted By swimmonkey
New Title

"Those Who Need To Learn How To Ride"
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-25-2010, 12:42 PM
Replies: 7,981
Views: 2,730,738
Posted By swimmonkey
Ever Changing
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-25-2010, 12:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 855
Posted By swimmonkey

I made a punch tool out of a long skinny phillips head screw driver I purchased from Harbor Freight. Cost me about $5. I took it home and ground the tip and rounded it off on the end. Made sure I did...
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-13-2010, 08:50 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,950
Posted By swimmonkey

Just put some TKC's on my 8. How many miles can I expect out of these tires? Will ride on the street quite a bit but some dirt too. Ridden around town about 100 miles, nice and slow. They already...
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-28-2010, 05:29 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,828
Posted By swimmonkey

I have found the 800 brakes to be great. You need to remember that you're riding a street bike albeit one that is pretty capable off-road.

I race both a WR 250 and 450. Yamaha brakes are very...
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-23-2010, 03:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,020
Posted By swimmonkey
My vote

Burn out you're wife's hair dryer. (Assuming you're married!) A true heat gun is way too hot for the plastic air box cover. Take it from me. I'm a professional wood restoration specialist. Those heat...
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