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Forum: Ride reports 11-22-2014, 02:06 PM
Replies: 512
Views: 103,153
Posted By happyclam
Beautiful...., Had to respond. Been trying to...

Beautiful...., Had to respond. Been trying to hold off to catch up on this wonderful thread. Best reading I've done in a while....way to go Reaver.
Forum: Beasts 11-04-2014, 12:10 PM
Replies: 17,286
Views: 5,118,032
Posted By happyclam
http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/11/04/561fcc7...

http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/11/04/561fcc7884f716d1b5923559e2ed379c.jpgpic of my sunrise red rattle can crash bars.
Forum: Beasts 10-27-2014, 05:21 PM
Replies: 17,286
Views: 5,118,032
Posted By happyclam
agm battery

OK, Sorry for the quick writeup. Using my phone/tapatalk for the photo, it's too small for all the details. Anyway, bought it at battery warehouse here in Westminster, Md. 410-876-7188.$79.99 + tax....
Forum: Beasts 10-24-2014, 06:32 PM
Replies: 17,286
Views: 5,118,032
Posted By happyclam
http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/24/d02f708...

http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/24/d02f7085a647a0b7dd9c1536797ab022.jpg new battery, $80., fit right in, maintenance free, better start amps.
Forum: Beasts 10-10-2014, 04:06 PM
Replies: 17,286
Views: 5,118,032
Posted By happyclam
Test pic[emoji2] ...

Test pic[emoji2]
http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/10/7ce45c800eaf8945651e07ab1854d7b1.jpg
Forum: Beasts 10-07-2014, 06:28 PM
Replies: 17,286
Views: 5,118,032
Posted By happyclam
Thanks again Gummie, Called a nearby battery...

Thanks again Gummie, Called a nearby battery warehouse today. They said they had a couple of types, maintenance free for around $75. Think one was dex something. I'll check out ebay. I've cleaned all...
Forum: Beasts 10-06-2014, 06:37 PM
Replies: 17,286
Views: 5,118,032
Posted By happyclam
thanks gummie and gssp750. I checked the volts,...

thanks gummie and gssp750. I checked the volts, it was 12.2, thought that should be fine. Swapped out my vstrom battery and everththing lit up. So looks like the battery. I did add distilled h20 and...
Forum: Beasts 10-04-2014, 08:13 PM
Replies: 17,286
Views: 5,118,032
Posted By happyclam
electrical issue

Ok Gurus, Went to start my ta (roxie) today, heard a little click then nothing, no lights, nothing. Figured battery, right? She's been sitting for a few weeks and wasn't ridden much before that. I do...
Forum: Beasts 09-16-2014, 06:03 PM
Replies: 17,286
Views: 5,118,032
Posted By happyclam
I've got 1. Changed out to xrl setup. Pm me..

I've got 1. Changed out to xrl setup. Pm me..
Forum: Beasts 08-11-2014, 08:11 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 8,188
Posted By happyclam
Awesome, I'm gonna copy you.. My dog "stella"...

Awesome, I'm gonna copy you.. My dog "stella" thanks you. Whats undernieth for structure?
Forum: Beasts 07-06-2014, 06:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 560
Posted By happyclam
might be the shifter itself. Happened to me and I...

might be the shifter itself. Happened to me and I couldn't shift out of 2nd. Just needed to lube shifter/axle. Some guys actually weld on a grease nipple for this problem. Couple drops of oil and I...
Forum: Beasts 07-03-2014, 03:56 PM
Replies: 17,286
Views: 5,118,032
Posted By happyclam
COOL... I'm on it.

COOL... I'm on it.
Forum: Beasts 07-03-2014, 03:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 510
Posted By happyclam
You should call Ricor. Nothing better than the...

You should call Ricor. Nothing better than the source. If you have a center stand, makes it easier to turn spring load nut.( take stress off spring).
Forum: Beasts 07-01-2014, 06:26 PM
Replies: 17,286
Views: 5,118,032
Posted By happyclam
Hey Mark, No i didn't use a heat gun. Probably...

Hey Mark, No i didn't use a heat gun. Probably would have made it easier. But i wanted to do it in my living room while i was hanging out with the kids. Took 2 nights, and a little cussing( after...
Forum: Beasts 07-01-2014, 06:21 PM
Replies: 17,286
Views: 5,118,032
Posted By happyclam
thanks, ill check it out. It seems some people...

thanks, ill check it out. It seems some people can use their phone directly to the site. Just a guess though....
Forum: Beasts 06-30-2014, 07:58 PM
Replies: 17,286
Views: 5,118,032
Posted By happyclam
seat recover

Finally acquired a original seat.( thanks Santa). Bought some moto vinyl from diyupholsterysupply.com. All sport electric blue. Turned out nice. Just stretched and stapled till I got it right. Used...
Forum: Beasts 06-12-2014, 04:17 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,649
Posted By happyclam
At this point I'm keeping both. Don't want to...

At this point I'm keeping both. Don't want to give the wee away, can't part with the ta. So... the shocks will have to wait. Did get a new/old seat and recovered it. I'll post some up to date pics...
Forum: Beasts 05-25-2014, 06:29 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,649
Posted By happyclam
Hey Boon Booni, I here ya. I've done just about...

Hey Boon Booni, I here ya. I've done just about everything you did to your strom to mine. Still need a rear shock. Made the mistake of taking her out for a 2 hr. spin today, fell in love all over...
Forum: Beasts 05-22-2014, 07:06 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,649
Posted By happyclam
WOW Guys, your not making this any easier. O.K. ...

WOW Guys, your not making this any easier. O.K. I already put on xr650 forks with stainless brake line..better travel, feels acceptable, but if I keep her i'll add supermoto disk and much better...
Forum: Equipment 05-20-2014, 08:31 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,739
Posted By happyclam
Plus 1. sold mine.

Plus 1. sold mine.
Forum: Beasts 05-20-2014, 07:55 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,649
Posted By happyclam
well said. I took my 12 year old daughter on back...

well said. I took my 12 year old daughter on back to back rides on both. i asked which 1 do you like better. she said i don't know. I said it's like comparing apples with oranges. She said, " I like...
Forum: Beasts 05-20-2014, 07:50 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,649
Posted By happyclam
That's the plan, another easy $700plus.

That's the plan, another easy $700plus.
Forum: Beasts 05-20-2014, 07:47 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,649
Posted By happyclam
I've been trying to, but the wife doesn't want to...

I've been trying to, but the wife doesn't want to hear it. That's how I got the 2nd bike to start with...
Forum: Beasts 05-19-2014, 08:09 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,649
Posted By happyclam
It is, but I've been lucky so far. Most you can...

It is, but I've been lucky so far. Most you can get or substitute something else, thanks to the modifications thread, etc.
Forum: Beasts 05-19-2014, 08:02 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,649
Posted By happyclam
Your dead on. I wish I could afford the tiger....

Your dead on. I wish I could afford the tiger. I'd trade both bikes for 1. I keep saying if I could combine these two I'd have the perfect bike....
Forum: Beasts 05-19-2014, 07:06 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,649
Posted By happyclam
Cheers Mark, Your right again...I just appreciate...

Cheers Mark, Your right again...I just appreciate other inmates point of view...These decisions can be anguishing.
Forum: Beasts 05-19-2014, 07:00 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,649
Posted By happyclam
Just because of the age, the vstrom feels...

Just because of the age, the vstrom feels bulletproof. The TA hasn't stranded me yet.
Forum: Beasts 05-18-2014, 08:36 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,649
Posted By happyclam
sell transalp or wee?

O.k, so I've pondered this for over a year. I bought the wee cause I couldn't justify 3k for an old TA. Then I picked up a "project" TA that's turned out pretty nice. Truth is I can't afford to keep...
Forum: Beasts 05-01-2014, 07:55 PM
Replies: 3,391
Views: 677,941
Posted By happyclam
thanks for this link.

thanks for this link.
Forum: Beasts 04-15-2014, 06:04 PM
Replies: 17,286
Views: 5,118,032
Posted By happyclam
Hey Norcal, Sorry to here about your situation....

Hey Norcal, Sorry to here about your situation. After all those miles and all you input, here, and on the other site I can't imagine you'll stray far. I have both the wee and ta as well. Can't...
Forum: Beasts 03-19-2014, 08:13 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 13,978
Posted By happyclam
So Firebrick, What have you decided? This thread...

So Firebrick, What have you decided? This thread was very entertaining. I have a dl650 and a transalp. If I could blend them both, I'd have the perfect bike.( for me). I will probably have to sell...
Forum: Beasts 01-18-2014, 03:08 PM
Replies: 17,286
Views: 5,118,032
Posted By happyclam
Just to clarify..... The bulbs replaced were...

Just to clarify.....
The bulbs replaced were the 3 for the speedo, tach, and temp., not the turns, neutral, or hi beam.(these were still in good shape). The brightness seems similar if not a tad...
Forum: Beasts 01-17-2014, 06:07 PM
Replies: 17,286
Views: 5,118,032
Posted By happyclam
LED in dash

Hey fellow alpers, My dash bulbs had burned out, (the 1's that are always on). So, after much research I went with these. Superbrightleds.com, wled-whp5: cool white. Direct fit, seem to be bright...
Forum: Beasts 01-03-2014, 02:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,479
Posted By happyclam
Thanks Palak, Just did mine. It only has 6k miles...

Thanks Palak, Just did mine. It only has 6k miles on it and they all needed adjustment. Intake valves were way too tight. Maybe that explains the carbon biuld up on the exhaust? I didn't know what...
Forum: The Garage 12-01-2013, 07:55 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,099
Posted By happyclam
Ok, I just checked out the link. Sounds like the...

Ok, I just checked out the link. Sounds like the best approach is better oil, the basic bel ray was way low on the VI scale compared to the good ones.. Thanks again all. I trust it's gonna be better.
Forum: The Garage 12-01-2013, 07:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,099
Posted By happyclam
I had A feeling I might be more confused when I...

I had A feeling I might be more confused when I asked this question. I did soo much research on my forks, oil, springs, gold valves, rods, etc. last year when I did the upgrades. I just figured it...
Forum: The Garage 11-30-2013, 04:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,099
Posted By happyclam
Hey beezer, I've already added racetech gold...

Hey beezer, I've already added racetech gold valves. Maybe ricor are better, but I was happy with the small bumps being absorbed by the rgv's. It is the " square" bumps I'm trying to improve....
Forum: The Garage 11-30-2013, 09:32 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,099
Posted By happyclam
Thanks for all your responses. I know oil is...

Thanks for all your responses. I know oil is thicker/slower in cold temps. just from years of self maintenance on a lot of engines,(lived in Breckenridge, Co. for ten years,Elevation 10,000 ft.) But...
Forum: The Garage 11-29-2013, 04:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,099
Posted By happyclam
fork oil,in cold temps.

I have 10w fork oil in my vstrom, new springs, gold valves. Been playing with pre load for a year. Pretty much decided that eventually I will go to 5w for quicker spring action.( my theory). But...
Forum: Beasts 11-21-2013, 05:33 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,533
Posted By happyclam
That was my predicament exactly. Couldn't afford...

That was my predicament exactly. Couldn't afford 10k on a bike, couldn't justify 3k on an old ta, bought a vstrom 650,04 super low miles. Started riding and farkling, did the occasional ta search,...
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