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Old 11-04-2012, 07:24 AM   #136
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A couple hundred miles today, mostly twisties. Just a short stretch of high speed gravel as well, which made me very happy.


This describes the leak, so I put a new seal on, but it didn't fix my weep.



Tried to seal as best I could, we'll see how that goes.


USPS delivered a new oil pan gasket, oil filters and crush washers, so I was off to tackle the low hanging drain plug.

She came off and cleaned up easily:


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After:


Cleaned up and flushed the plug/crush washer surface with some bastard files. Getting the pan back on was somehow difficult for me... but I eventually got it with just a few cuss words. The end result is much better, and whilst the drain plug still hangs down a little, I think a skid plate will take care of the rest. I guess that makes it next on the list.




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And Rick Clemson snapped one of me on Palomar... Thanks Rick.



Also forgot to mention, got a record setting MPG hit on this ride, north of 40! I don't usually ride too slow though...

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Old 11-04-2012, 10:54 AM   #137
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T-shirts... now in color!

The ink that came with the new printer sucks though, the black comes out more brownish.

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Old 11-05-2012, 06:21 PM   #138
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T-shirts... now in color!

The ink that came with the new printer sucks though, the black comes out more brownish.

Put me down for one of those KLRE t-shirts. I love your style, just get it done hands on. Keep up the great work.

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Old 11-05-2012, 08:23 PM   #139
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Put me down for one of those KLRE t-shirts. I love your style, just get it done hands on. Keep up the great work.
Great to hear - thanks! PM sent for some Tee's.


Ok - I lied about the next bit being the bash plate. I scored a centerstand on fleabay... kind of.

I think it's a SW Motech bit - which is awesome - but it was sold as missing some bits, which is why it was cheap. I started by making the missing mount. I got halfway through, but it was bedtime for the girls and I had to put the power tools away. Just before I finished, I got to try out my "new" (months old!) plasma cutter for the first time. Mind you, I haven't used one since high school ('bout the year 2000) - so as expected, a Polak and his plasma cutter is not better than a Polak and his welder. I need to play with the settings a bit more... LOTS of slag buildup and got the tip really dirty. Do I even need to mention how I can cut a straight line to save my life? I'll have to read up on the process a bit more. One day, I suppose.

Too embarrassed to post a mid-stage photo.






On a side note, I bought a cheap-o air compressor a while back. While it work well enough for occasional use and I like the tank size, it's annoyingly loud, the gauges are busted up from falling over during move, and just plain sucks. A nice, new, quiet one is on the wish list.

Anyway, the centerstand doesn't have the little foot extension where you would normally push down with your foot to get the bike up, which is weird, but I"m totally OK with that. I'll weld one on if I think I need one later.

Once the new bracket is done, I'll try to scrounge up some bolts - and hopefully that'll be that. THEN, maybe I can get to the skid-plate.

I actually feel pretty bad about working on the KLRE now - I bought a ZX-6RR with some issues to flip - I should be showing her more love, but I realllly can't help but pimp the favorite.
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Old 11-06-2012, 07:02 PM   #140
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Love it. Went in, but had to play around a bit with the parts to make it fit. I ordered a kit from DDM again, and it wasn't as good this time - last time (for an 1150 GSA) the kit was totally effortless, this time I had to cut some of the adapter to make it fit then adjust the headlights a bit... which took forever. The KLRE's headlights only come on with the motor running, so it idled a lot. Confirmed that the radiator fan works tonight, which gives me a warm and fuzzy. The fan's realllly quiet, which I love. Anyway, all's well with the lights now. I have another setup for the high beam, but I'm going to keep that incandescent since high beams are typically turned on and off more, which isn't great for HID.

I was looking at my centerstand shenanigans, and I may need to modify the plan of attack. I don't think the exhaust will support any more width around the right peg. I took a week off work starting today, so ZX project permitting, I'd like to finish the centerstand, get that skid plate done, and maybe go do a couple of day rides.

Some more goodies may come in the mail soon too.
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Old 11-09-2012, 05:33 PM   #141
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OK, finished up what I thought I needed to do on the centerstand. It fit well, but the spring mounts had to be relocated. I did that, threw on some paint, and started on a skid plate while the paint dried. As you can see, I bought waaaayyy too much alum, but hey, it's not like it goes bad... it'll come in handy, I'm sure.




Got to use the plasma cutter again - much better results this time, but still lots of slag. I found out my air pressure was way too low. It may still be low, or my amperage is off... either way - steps in the right direction!



Welding was not going well for me on this stuff - got it good enough eventually - but man it was tough. Not sure why... I'm guessing operator error. Anyway - the drain plug was still lower than all else, so I built a little workaround for extra protection.





Ok, with that done, I reinstalled the centerstand but I screwed up the spring mounts somehow. No bueno.
Looking at it, I don't think I can make it work, which hasn't happened in long time. I took it off and got a little pissed... lotsa time and money wasted on that one.



Ah well... nothing like a GPS in the mail to cheer you up. I'll have to see about a RAM mount to fit the big fat bars... their width is so annoying.

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Old 11-10-2012, 06:08 PM   #142
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A few hundred relaxing miles again today.

Threw on a battery tender pigtail before the ride, which is what my heated vest plugs into as well. I didn't think I'd need it, but I might have died w/o it today. It was in the low 50's, possibly lower, and I didn't layer up at all. I am glad I had a balaclava and the warm gloves in the topcase. The grips are great to have, but a couple more amps wouldn't hurt... when you're cold the gear is never hot enough.


First stop was the post office - SuperRio's got some shirts comin'! I raided your online photos - hope you don't mind.


GPS is working well, but fogged up a little today on the inside ... it cleared eventually, but I wasn't stoked about it. I might throw it in a bag of rice to try to dry her out. Otherwise, it was nice to have today and got to hit some new roads as well as old favorites. Also a plus, I GPS verified that my speedo is spot on.

Back out to Anza Borrego State Park in the desert. I tried to do Canyon sin Nombre, but there was too much sand too fast for my (lack of) skill level, so I found another path that ended up with just as much sand, but eased into it, which made me happy. Blair something or other I think it was called. Lots of hikers around - I guess there's some graffiti that's a few centuries old that people like to go see. Anyway, heard some rocks pinging against the new skidplate, which was nice. A proper christening.

The area:




The path:




Headed north and saw some local wildlife:




Back southish home w/o further incident. The neutral switch is a little loose - the light flickered a few times. Came home after dark - the new headlights are workin' great!

Still wish I had a centerstand... thinking more about it, I can most likely make it work if the exhaust were tapered out just a little... ah whatever.

Edit: Forgot to mention - I think the oil leak appears to be fixed.. =) Also, at the very end of the ride, saw a KTM adventure... while the KLRE seems pretty quick for the money, the bark of that liter twin made me pretty jealous...

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Old 11-12-2012, 10:20 AM   #143
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Ok, little thing was bugging me... the windscreen was clear all the way - so it looked dumb, IMO. A little tape, sandpaper, and spray paint in the garage in the AM.

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After:





I got a cheap piece of CF in fleabay - I just cut out a piece to clean up the dash a little. Obviously, it would look better if I took the time to form it, but I don't think that's gonna happen.

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Old 11-14-2012, 07:06 PM   #144
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OK - so a little background on today's most difficult tasking.

The bike was previously registered in my name in Virginia - whose DMV is the worst of any I've ever seen. People complain about California, but I'll take Cali over VA six days a week and twice on Sunday. Of the few problems I've had had with this bureaucracy, the KLR related ones stemmed from insurance. First off - state mins cost me twice as much in VA than in FL. WTF. Secondly, when you cancel insurance to switch companies or b/c you stored the bike, the insurance company is obligated to tell the state, who, in turn, sends you a nasty letter.

Ok, so I move to Cali and keep VA registration, which is legal for me, but buy a CA insurance policy, which is cheaper and just plain makes sense. The Commonwealth sent me a few letters asking me to provide insurance (which I did, but they won't recognize a CA policy), or to pay some ridiculous fine. I don't know the technicalities of registration, but since I was tired of the whole thing, I told these ass clowns that I sold the bike so they'd leave me alone. Well, I was going to park for a while, I was considering selling the bike, I figured I would reregister elsewhere once the tags were due, AND I almost never keep a bike for more than a couple of years (and I bought 2 year registration).

So yesterday I picked up DR-Z400SM project that needed some registering and a new plate (and pay late registration fees... that is the big suckfest in CA). I went the local DMV, which isn't usually THAT crowded, but it was a ZOO yesterday. Two hour wait at the least, so I decided to go home and make an appointment for today. Since I was already going there and the KLRE registration is up in December, I figured I could do the old 'two birds/one stone' trick.

I did an hour of the paperwork/waiting game, paid, and then the lady's like, oh, by the way, I just need you to go through vehicle verification, since the bike is from out of state. F in the A - I was hoping to skip this as I know I don't have a Cali emissions sticker (or any emissions equipment). Another wait in the verification line, where the guy verifies the info I already told them on a vehicle I've owned for years. Anyway, the fact that the engine was different wasn't a problem, the bike looking like a Junkyard Wars creation was AOK, the dash/mileage works fine, and the inspection guy only gave a 20 second attempt to find a non-existent emissions sticker on the McGyver bike while I played dumb. After another line to get another appointment ticket and another short wait, the fact that he checked "none" for the sticker section didn't seem to hinder the plate acquisition (which surprised me, as I've heard some bad stories regarding this). All ended well, just two and a half hours and $99 later... and they didn't even check my insurance (which I have).

After all that, I am still glad to be done with the douche canoes at the VA DMV.



Back home I put the GPS (which still fogs a little) in a big of rice and decided to throw it in the oven on 'low' with the door cracked to get things moving while I got working on the other project bikes. All was going well, so I turned the oven off and closed the door while Uncle Garmin sat quietly on the rack. While I'm in the garage, the wife preheats the oven for dinner.

Long story short, GPS works fine (fogging TBD), vacuums work best to clean up rice, and never leave rice unattended ever again.
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Old 11-22-2012, 10:47 AM   #145
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Happy Thanksgiving to all readers!

New horn is on, but the mounting is... zip tied for now. I blocked the back of the mounting point with the HID box. A few links are binding, so a new chain is on the way.
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:58 PM   #146
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Thanks for the shirts. I wear one every day.

Keep up the good work.
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:19 PM   #147
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Sure thing man. Let me know when you wear them out - I'll send you some more.


Was on the road for a few days, but got the new chain on finally... also took the slack out of the throttle cable and fixed the turn signal that had gone bad (turned out to be the connector - not the bulb). Feels like a new bike now. I've got a couple other projects I'm wrapping up and selling off - was thinking about selling this one as well to fund something amazing... as my daily rider, this one will go up for sale last though.
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Old 12-11-2012, 08:36 PM   #148
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Flat tire on the rear today...

I don't have a spare tube for the back either...
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Old 12-12-2012, 02:22 PM   #149
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Flat tire on the rear today...

I don't have a spare tube for the back either...
Hit me up...I might have a spare.
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Old 12-12-2012, 06:01 PM   #150
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Hit me up...I might have a spare.
Thanks man - swung by JP Motorsports (love that place) on the way home from work and grabbed two rears... now I'll have a spare (unless I pinch the tube again). I wish I had time to just give them the wheel and have them do it...


UPDATE: Looks like I'm back in business. New tube went in w/o too much hassle. The old one looked decent overall but had a pinhole in a small wrinkle... no nail, just wear. Weird. I'm pretty sure I asked for a new tube last time the rear tire was swapped out... that's pretty fast wear. This is why I like tubeless tires. I feel vulnerable with tubes b/c I don't carry spoons and can't patch a tube to save my life.

At least I had a compressor and was able to limp home last night and was able to borrow a vehicle for today.

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