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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-16-2014, 11:49 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,621
Posted By Roadracer_Al
I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the importance...

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the importance of a step stool in the loading process -- it's a real confidence booster when you don't have to make a giant step up into the bed of the truck as...
Forum: Thumpers 04-16-2014, 11:27 PM
Replies: 15,488
Views: 1,575,878
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Sounds like you didn't get the slipper installed...

Sounds like you didn't get the slipper installed correctly.

You need special bolts to compress the slipper springs before installing the clutch plates and pressure plate.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 04-16-2014, 11:15 PM
Replies: 1,957
Views: 91,210
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Hey, lookit that, a 690 that doesn't run. ...

Hey, lookit that, a 690 that doesn't run.

:baldy

I *finally* got mine back together and running. I'm pretty sure it's mostly fixed. :deal
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 04-16-2014, 06:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 441
Posted By Roadracer_Al
There are only a few passes over the Sierras. ...

There are only a few passes over the Sierras.

If you are going South of the Sierras -- assuming clockwise direction around CA -- then I highly recommend swinging a little bit further south and...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 04-16-2014, 02:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 335
Posted By Roadracer_Al
While you're in the area, you can stop in to one...

While you're in the area, you can stop in to one of the Sierra Visitors Centers (I want to say it's in Big Pine, but not 100% on that) and see if they have OHV trail maps. I purchased a book a few...
Forum: Thumpers 04-14-2014, 09:16 AM
Replies: 15,488
Views: 1,575,878
Posted By Roadracer_Al
If you can't get camera film, overhead projector...

If you can't get camera film, overhead projector slides work great too! :lol3
Forum: Some Assembly Required 04-12-2014, 09:44 AM
Replies: 575
Views: 67,561
Posted By Roadracer_Al
I am SO in touch with flavor of OCD. :deal:rofl

I am SO in touch with flavor of OCD. :deal:rofl
Forum: Thumpers 04-08-2014, 08:50 PM
Replies: 15,488
Views: 1,575,878
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Interesting development. I got my 690 buttoned...

Interesting development. I got my 690 buttoned up with the new fuel pump and hoses, and fuel level sender. Good news: the fuel level sender works.

File under "One step forward, one step back...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 04-08-2014, 05:38 PM
Replies: 1,957
Views: 91,210
Posted By Roadracer_Al
I was about to ask which Pac Coast, but I guess I...

I was about to ask which Pac Coast, but I guess I was thinking Pyramid.

Where is Pac Coast then?
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 04-08-2014, 08:39 AM
Replies: 1,957
Views: 91,210
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Looks like somebody got a new toy!

Looks like somebody got a new toy!
Forum: Orange Crush 04-08-2014, 08:37 AM
Replies: 1,215
Views: 320,135
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Mission Creep = "Hey, while I'm in here, I ought...

Mission Creep = "Hey, while I'm in here, I ought to fix...."
Forum: Some Assembly Required 04-07-2014, 10:57 AM
Replies: 575
Views: 67,561
Posted By Roadracer_Al
.0005" is about as close as I've ever been able...

.0005" is about as close as I've ever been able to get a rim. I have heard from multiple sources that .01" is as good as is needed -- we roll over pebbles bigger than that. Well done!!

Congrats...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 04-07-2014, 10:52 AM
Replies: 4,615
Views: 397,790
Posted By Roadracer_Al
I hope that is subsistence skeet shooting. :rofl

I hope that is subsistence skeet shooting. :rofl
Forum: Thumpers 04-05-2014, 11:01 PM
Replies: 15,488
Views: 1,575,878
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Yes, that is almost precisely what happened, but...

Yes, that is almost precisely what happened, but with one strange coincidence that threw off my diagnostic quite badly.

In my case, I parked the bike and it wouldn't restart -- I had run out of...
Forum: Thumpers 04-03-2014, 02:52 PM
Replies: 15,488
Views: 1,575,878
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Fuel Level Sender

OK, finally got off my butt and tested the fuel level sensor. It reads full continuity all the time -- even tested the sensor by dunking in a can of gas. Looks like I have to order one.

BTW,...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 04-02-2014, 12:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 651
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Nice event! Glad we toughed out the rain at the...

Nice event! Glad we toughed out the rain at the beginning!

a & z
Forum: Thumpers 03-31-2014, 06:26 PM
Replies: 15,488
Views: 1,575,878
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Viton O-Rings

http://www.levelfive.com/TardMo/ORING.jpghttp://www.levelfive.com/TardMo/PN.jpg

OK, finally found some time to work on my bike and measure the Viton O-Ring in the EFI system. This is the brown,...
Forum: Thumpers 03-31-2014, 09:40 AM
Replies: 15,488
Views: 1,575,878
Posted By Roadracer_Al
I installed double rim locks specifically for the...

I installed double rim locks specifically for the balance issue.

While it does make balancing much more reasonable, I don't recommend it if you change tires manually. It makes tire changes...
Forum: Thumpers 03-26-2014, 04:02 PM
Replies: 15,488
Views: 1,575,878
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Don't put the agritube on the back of the rack,...

Don't put the agritube on the back of the rack, hang it off the bottom edge of the rack.
Forum: Thumpers 03-22-2014, 11:05 PM
Replies: 881
Views: 101,623
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Werd. And I miss my self-etching primer from the...

Werd. And I miss my self-etching primer from the rest of the world.

a
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-22-2014, 10:56 PM
Replies: 2,606
Views: 702,412
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Made perfect sense to me. Just have to put...

Made perfect sense to me. Just have to put yourself in the mindset of a teenage scandanavian gangbanger.
Forum: The Garage 03-20-2014, 10:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 846
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Never store acid in a plastic container that is...

Never store acid in a plastic container that is not specifically designated as safe for acid.

Maybe 15 years ago, I was tinkering with anodizing at home, and had 2 gallons of muriatic acid...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-19-2014, 09:41 AM
Replies: 2,606
Views: 702,412
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Unlike most motorcycle videos, I really like the...

Unlike most motorcycle videos, I really like the music. Reminds me... I should watch Fight Club again.
Forum: Thumpers 03-15-2014, 04:12 PM
Replies: 15,488
Views: 1,575,878
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Bad news, 690 peeps... The slick-looking...

Bad news, 690 peeps...

The slick-looking filter from the eBay fuel pump won't go through the opening in the fuel tank. It's just a wee bit too big. It could be made to fit if someone were brave...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 03-12-2014, 11:28 PM
Replies: 575
Views: 67,561
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Yeah, that would probably want to be properly...

Yeah, that would probably want to be properly heat treated afterward.

At least I didn't suggest building your own swing arm. :rofl
Forum: Some Assembly Required 03-12-2014, 11:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,775
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Um, not to your face? :D just kidding. ...

Um, not to your face? :D

just kidding.

Naah, I'm referring to the BTR.... which is awesome, Kurt did an amazing job with the transmission -- yes, he built his own transmission with vertically...
Forum: Thumpers 03-12-2014, 11:16 PM
Replies: 15,488
Views: 1,575,878
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Yes. Ditch the shitty KTM mirrors. I put...

Yes. Ditch the shitty KTM mirrors.

I put Suzuki OEM dual sport mirrors (same mirrors on both the DRz and DR) and.... wait for it.... I've never looked back.


OOoohh. ...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 03-11-2014, 09:50 PM
Replies: 575
Views: 67,561
Posted By Roadracer_Al
You're going to hate me for suggesting it.... ...

You're going to hate me for suggesting it.... But if you just use the bandsaw to take two little cuts out of the swingarm in the right place, you can gain some valuable sprocket clearance. It's...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 03-11-2014, 09:33 PM
Replies: 1,957
Views: 91,210
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Nice to see you lot. Plenty of KTM 690 talk. :)

Nice to see you lot. Plenty of KTM 690 talk. :)
Forum: Thumpers 03-11-2014, 09:31 PM
Replies: 15,488
Views: 1,575,878
Posted By Roadracer_Al
I'm not short whatsoever, but one thing I've...

I'm not short whatsoever, but one thing I've taken to doing is flicking the kickstand up, putting my left foot on the peg and riding off, then swinging my right leg over the seat. It's much easier...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 03-09-2014, 06:14 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 8,350
Posted By Roadracer_Al
That's been about the extent of my forays into...

That's been about the extent of my forays into FRP construction as well.

I've found that for one-offs, glass-over-foam is a labor saver. The finished part is definitely heavier, however.

Don't...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 03-09-2014, 05:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,775
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Here's a modern version of this concept: ...

Here's a modern version of this concept:

http://btrmoto.com/

I've seen it in person, it's way smaller than it looks in pictures!

a
Forum: Some Assembly Required 03-09-2014, 05:45 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,733
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Probably lack of reading comprehension on my...

Probably lack of reading comprehension on my part, but are you planning on using the **mega** squirt or the **micro** squirt?

I have a microsquirt lying around waiting for me to turn from a...
Forum: Thumpers 03-09-2014, 01:04 PM
Replies: 15,488
Views: 1,575,878
Posted By Roadracer_Al
1: O-Rings are an industrial commodity. I'd be...

1: O-Rings are an industrial commodity. I'd be shocked if they are not available by the hundreds for pennies apiece. I plan to clean my injector (since I have it exposed) and I will measure it...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 03-08-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 575
Views: 67,561
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Ugh. Bummer. Work on stuff long enough and...

Ugh. Bummer. Work on stuff long enough and you'll eventually do this kind of stuff.

Any aluminum-on-aluminum threads ****require**** anti-seize lube.
Forum: Thumpers 03-08-2014, 05:55 PM
Replies: 15,488
Views: 1,575,878
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Dunno... I haven't taken the cap off. I splurged...

Dunno... I haven't taken the cap off. I splurged on an Oeiteker clamp kit off of Amazon, I figure I do enough of this kind of work that I really should have one.
Forum: Thumpers 03-08-2014, 05:54 PM
Replies: 15,488
Views: 1,575,878
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Ha! Yeah. Someone should make an adaptor for a...

Ha! Yeah. Someone should make an adaptor for a Honda S2000 car injector.
Forum: Thumpers 03-08-2014, 08:20 AM
Replies: 15,488
Views: 1,575,878
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Cheap Pump Filter

OK, so I bought the new, cheap fuel pump off eBay (2 actually), and they came equipped with two different snap-on pre-filter options. One is quite large, and won't work, but the second is a pretty...
Forum: Thumpers 03-07-2014, 08:12 PM
Replies: 15,488
Views: 1,575,878
Posted By Roadracer_Al
How's this: the weight of a DRz400 with the HP of...

How's this: the weight of a DRz400 with the HP of first-gen SV650, hung in a sexy trellis chassis supporting decent suspension and brakes?
Forum: Thumpers 03-07-2014, 06:44 PM
Replies: 15,488
Views: 1,575,878
Posted By Roadracer_Al
Awesome info, Noah. Thanks. That's enough for...

Awesome info, Noah. Thanks. That's enough for me to troubleshoot.
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