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Forum: Thumpers 08-19-2014, 09:16 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
CCM/Garry, One of the best looking 17 in...

CCM/Garry,

One of the best looking 17 in front mods I've seen. Well done .. And you're a lucky guy to be able to ride in that country .. I'd love to give it a try.
Forum: Thumpers 08-19-2014, 09:13 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
Try comparing two 33 mm carbs for a 66 mm carb...

Try comparing two 33 mm carbs for a 66 mm carb bore size (I know a single large tube will always flow more than two smaller ones) rather than comparing it to a single 40. The early 650 singles that...
Forum: Beasts 08-18-2014, 04:49 PM
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Posted By Ladder106
Mark, +1 for Silver. Dunno why American...

Mark,

+1 for Silver. Dunno why American Honda wanted black.
Forum: Beasts 08-18-2014, 04:47 PM
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Posted By Ladder106
Finnyfire, Standard cables should work for...

Finnyfire,

Standard cables should work for about a 30 to 35 mm rise. I found that using rise only is not the answer for the TA since the clamps are angled to the rear. Too much rise puts the...
Forum: Thumpers 08-18-2014, 06:38 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
The first question is the answer to the second...

The first question is the answer to the second question:




A large motor company would never use twice the amount of parts on something unless they found it absolutely necessary to achieve...
Forum: Beasts 08-17-2014, 02:59 PM
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Posted By Ladder106
Greenlaning is off-roading in the UK. I'd love...

Greenlaning is off-roading in the UK. I'd love to go and try it. The photos I've seen all involve water and mud.

Given that, Skapegoat, I'd advise some seriously knobbly tyres (oh yeah, I speak...
Forum: Beasts 08-15-2014, 09:27 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
I'll be thinking about you every time I get on...

I'll be thinking about you every time I get on the bike

Which is alot.

We'll give NAATS a go next year.

Keep us posted
Forum: Beasts 08-14-2014, 09:36 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
Not really. Think of both forks, the front...

Not really.

Think of both forks, the front axle and the triple clamps all as one unit rather than individual fork legs. The spring rates and preload will all average out for the assembly.

In...
Forum: Beasts 08-12-2014, 08:33 PM
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Posted By Ladder106
My Apologies, Fellas, Carole and I got out...

My Apologies, Fellas,

Carole and I got out dates crossed (my fault actually) and she booked a trip for us that includes that weekend.

So I'm officially OUT........drat:becca

Hope everything...
Forum: Beasts 08-08-2014, 02:10 PM
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Posted By Ladder106
The rope is on the crash bar so that it gets worn...

The rope is on the crash bar so that it gets worn away by the fall thereby creating lots of short pieces that are useless in retrieving the bike.....



.......but + 10 points for "coolness"
Forum: Thumpers 08-04-2014, 08:08 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
I understand. I love the look of those also. ...

I understand. I love the look of those also.

To my knowledge, nothing like that is built for the new (post 96) DR650. You'll have to adapt something or build a one-off.

The last photo you...
Forum: Thumpers 08-03-2014, 09:13 PM
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Posted By Ladder106
Really?? post links to some of those photos. ...

Really?? post links to some of those photos.

But unfortunately, since the Big never came to the USA, Big plastic bits are "unobtanium" in the US. You'd have to check european eBay or other...
Forum: Beasts 08-03-2014, 09:04 PM
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Posted By Ladder106
Leo, If your considering using the bike as a...

Leo,

If your considering using the bike as a race machine, you might want to consider removing the AT tank, radiator panels and front fairing and substituting Honda Transalp parts.

The...
Forum: Beasts 08-03-2014, 08:58 PM
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Posted By Ladder106
Spent some time comparing the parts diagrams. ...

Spent some time comparing the parts diagrams. The RD03 and the USA Transalp are very similar.

I really think that the major TA hoses will work perfectly for your 03.

Take a look at these 2...
Forum: Beasts 08-03-2014, 02:59 PM
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Posted By Ladder106
Hows the coffee??

Hows the coffee??
Forum: Beasts 08-03-2014, 12:12 PM
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Posted By Ladder106
Is Jordan's TA at home? I know the AT motor is a...

Is Jordan's TA at home? I know the AT motor is a bit different in hose configuration between the cylinders than the TA, but I'm thinking the main (pump to radiator) hoses might be the same or very...
Forum: Thumpers 08-03-2014, 08:04 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
What do you mean by "fry" the battery. Do you...

What do you mean by "fry" the battery. Do you mean the battery overheated and melted or that all the water evaporated and the battery started smelling like sulfur? Or that the battery just lost...
Forum: Beasts 08-03-2014, 07:58 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
Good time to replace all coolant hoses, O-rings...

Good time to replace all coolant hoses, O-rings and seals. I'd even consider replacing the water pump.

Protect your engine work from any overheating problems.
Forum: Thumpers 07-30-2014, 09:40 PM
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Posted By Ladder106
Looks as though you raised the bars a touch, Rob.

Looks as though you raised the bars a touch, Rob.
Forum: Thumpers 07-30-2014, 09:42 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
Morning Rob, I'm thinking your front and...

Morning Rob,

I'm thinking your front and rear tires are a bit....uhmm...schizophrenic.
Forum: Thumpers 07-30-2014, 07:06 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
Nice !!

Well the Freedom Cycle vid is a hoot.

A bit contrived at first but the riding was good.

Most "real" section was the snow. Even with spiky tires I could really identify with those two. After...
Forum: Thumpers 07-29-2014, 06:44 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
You should be able to do a diagnostic resistance...

You should be able to do a diagnostic resistance reading on the stator per the service manual.

At least on my Transalps having the tacho dropping down is the sign of a CDI box going bad. No test...
Forum: Thumpers 07-25-2014, 08:08 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
That's pretty cool, Rob. Your bikes are...

That's pretty cool, Rob. Your bikes are certainly worth it......


.....although I fail to see the DNA link between the new V-Strom and the Big.


Marketing people certainly see the world...
Forum: Beasts 07-14-2014, 11:02 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
Yes it is. You haven't done anything wrong...

Yes it is. You haven't done anything wrong except for overthinking it a bit.

After a technical trail ride (with a minor amount of clutch abuse) my TA will also not find "N" with the engine...
Forum: Beasts 07-12-2014, 10:37 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
But knowing what the problem is...doesn't get it...

But knowing what the problem is...doesn't get it fixed on the side of the trail. The more electro-trickery you have the higher the chance of a servo-motor or flux-capacitor going off and the more...
Forum: Thumpers 07-12-2014, 09:15 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
OEM parts are always insanely expensive. ...

OEM parts are always insanely expensive.

I've just done a complete cooling system overhaul on my ST1100 Pan European. All hoses, O-rings, seals, water pump (over $250 itself), drive belt, idler...
Forum: Beasts 07-12-2014, 08:58 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
Yep....you won't find any electrical problems...

Yep....you won't find any electrical problems with any of those bikes....they are much simpler than the TA.





.......can't find an emoticon for "sarcasm"


Take the front panel off the...
Forum: Beasts 07-11-2014, 01:10 PM
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Posted By Ladder106
This is a very odd failure and MAY not be related...

This is a very odd failure and MAY not be related to the CDIs.

The ignition sensor units (mounted inside the right case on the TA) have been known to fail under heat stress in certain Goldwing...
Forum: Thumpers 07-10-2014, 07:47 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
Check Jim Davis website at Eastern Beaver. ...

Check Jim Davis website at Eastern Beaver.

He's in Japan and has all the high quality connectors, plugs and tools necessary to build an excellent wiring harness.

http://www.easternbeaver.com/
Forum: Thumpers 07-05-2014, 09:14 PM
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Posted By Ladder106
Vent tubes are COOL ! :clap ...

Vent tubes are COOL ! :clap
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v236/241880/images-1_zpsa49217f1.jpg
Forum: Thumpers 07-05-2014, 07:30 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
Nothin's ever easy

Having done 2 fork swaps I think I understand a bit of what your going through.

The decision you have to make at this point is whether to have that last 45 mm of travel eliminated or not. A good...
Forum: Beasts 07-03-2014, 07:12 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
If you remove your exhaust pipes and take a peek...

If you remove your exhaust pipes and take a peek inside you'll see what I mean. Depending on the guy doing the welding, some are not too badly obstructed....others are horrible.

You can use a...
Forum: Thumpers 07-03-2014, 06:27 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
Rob, Did you mate the flatsides with the...

Rob,

Did you mate the flatsides with the standard airbox? Did they (the carbs) make a big difference?

I'm ordering some stuff from Stefan right now and the flatsides are sooooo tempting (but...
Forum: Beasts 07-03-2014, 06:25 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
.....and file down the horrible Honda welds on...

.....and file down the horrible Honda welds on the inside of the pipe for the exhaust attachment flange. These generally protrude well inside of the pipe and reduce the ID size as well as creating a...
Forum: Thumpers 07-01-2014, 08:07 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
Shipping cost to the States? Beautiful bike as...

Shipping cost to the States? Beautiful bike as always, Rob.




Congrats on the Triumph. Everyone here seems to like 'em too. Personally they just don't look right to me, sorry.

BUT, ABS? ...
Forum: Beasts 06-30-2014, 05:31 PM
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Posted By Ladder106
At some point it has been taken down to the...

At some point it has been taken down to the frame.

The frame has been painted or powder coated along with the wheels. Seat redone, Nice Mitas tires.

As long as the work was done by someone...
Forum: Beasts 06-28-2014, 10:07 PM
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Posted By Ladder106
I've heard that the back of those led bulbs can...

I've heard that the back of those led bulbs can generate serious heat

Any experience with that. As tightly as motorcycles are packaged up front with wiring/cables etc. a really hot part there...
Forum: Beasts 06-28-2014, 11:27 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
I'd really like to do this. Practically,...

I'd really like to do this.

Practically, it's about a 50% chance right now....maybe a bit better...depends on Carole's surgery date.

Keep me posted.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-28-2014, 10:16 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
Gate was open the last few rides. But...

Gate was open the last few rides.

But haven't been there for about 3 weeks. It's always a bit chancey.

Have an alternate route planned.
Forum: Thumpers 06-27-2014, 07:45 AM
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Posted By Ladder106
My opinion

My advice is to bin the K&N.

It's probably OK for pavement but most people here who ride off-road have not had good luck with them.

I've found dirt particles on the "clean" side of my...
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