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Old 01-20-2013, 08:31 AM   #2371
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Crazy how they bent it back. Is that epoxy or something down in the corner? You surely saved some money on that one.
Yes, it developed a leak after they straightened it and use some super duper epoxy to seal it. The guy at OK Radiator is a bike racer and stands behind his repair to be durable, but with that said I just ordered a Flatlands guard to help strengthen it up as I'm sure that perfect big rock in the perfect spot will jump out suddenly again.

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Old 01-20-2013, 08:33 AM   #2372
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Radiator

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Make sure you carry some radiator sealer in case it pops some pinhole leaks. There are numerous brands at the auto parts store. One we have here in MI is Bars Leak....it looks like molasses with little rabbit pellets in it, the other is silvaseal, which is very fine aluminum dust. The "mollasses" is a water soluble water pump lube. The container is obviously for a car sized radiator, so adjust the quantity appropriately for the tiny bike radiator. A one ounce(liquid) container of the silva seal would do, and of course always have full camelbak or similar drink systems. I've heard stories of guys filling leaks with pepper from a restaurant, or egg whites. I know the two products I mention work....I owned a water cooled DRZ Suzuki!!
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Old 01-20-2013, 08:40 AM   #2373
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Good suggestion Ed, will ad that to my list. I always carry JB weld on the trail, but knowing we have a less than perfect radiator it can't hurt to be very well prepared, especially where we ride. Hopefully the Flatland guard will be robust enough and be Nancy proof.

Congrats on finally getting your own LRP!
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Old 01-20-2013, 08:54 AM   #2374
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https://docs.google.com/folder/d/0B9...N6b2RwUEE/edit

Here are the pics of the bike, with handguard and risers, John

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Old 01-20-2013, 09:21 AM   #2375
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Here are the pics of the bike, with handguard and risers, John
oops...no pix...don't feel bad, I haven't been able to attach pix anymore since they changed their "process"
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:20 AM   #2376
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Have any of you seen any Long Distance Ride Reports on the "L"? I am tempted to buy one but have been a bit put off by the fuel capacity and am wondering if it can do 300 to 500 miles per day for a few weeks at a time. I did have a 08' KLR650 but only rode it about 4,000 miles. It was one that used oil so I got rid of it. Went back to my Goldwing but I'm getting the urge to go south. I have owned a few Honda Rebels over the years and have often thought they would work well if you could get a bit more distance between the seat and the handlebars and another gallon of gas. They get 80 mpg and are about as dependable as it gets.
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Old 01-20-2013, 11:45 AM   #2377
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Have any of you seen any Long Distance Ride Reports on the "L"? I am tempted to buy one but have been a bit put off by the fuel capacity and am wondering if it can do 300 to 500 miles per day for a few weeks at a time. I did have a 08' KLR650 but only rode it about 4,000 miles. It was one that used oil so I got rid of it. Went back to my Goldwing but I'm getting the urge to go south. I have owned a few Honda Rebels over the years and have often thought they would work well if you could get a bit more distance between the seat and the handlebars and another gallon of gas. They get 80 mpg and are about as dependable as it gets.
I put on about 250 in a day once. 80% hardball and the rest logging roads with a tiny bit of single. Only thing that suffered was the ass and my knees but the knees have been shot since the Corps so... I usually go between 100 and 130 between fill ups and that puts me on the last bar on the gauge. Usually only put in 1.2-1.8 gallons. Seems to drop off quite a bit when I do mostly offroad but can still run most of a day when my buddy has to go back a refuel his crf250r a bunch. Hope that helps.
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:11 PM   #2378
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Yep!, the 100 to 130 mile between fill ups is kind of what I thought. The plastic and seat on the bike won't really let you use just any old tank either. Maybe I better take another look at how to stretch a Rebel. Due to limited fixed income my choices will have to stay under 6K and I want as new a machine as I can get.
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Old 01-20-2013, 02:27 PM   #2379
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https://docs.google.com/folder/d/0B9...N6b2RwUEE/edit

Here are the pics of the bike, with handguard and risers, John
Trainman: 1 1/4" risers?
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Old 01-20-2013, 04:28 PM   #2380
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The risers are whatever 30mm equals, that's 1.1811 inches,

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Old 01-20-2013, 04:47 PM   #2381
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The risers are whatever 30mm equals, that's 1.1811 inches,

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Old 01-20-2013, 08:15 PM   #2382
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Hi Trainman,

I found the exact handguards on ebay in a "nearly new" condition for $30. I 'm curious how you handled the throttle tube. Did you cut the end off or drill it out?

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Old 01-20-2013, 08:45 PM   #2383
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More info on the trials tires please? Pics?

Shinko SR241 in 3.0x21 and 4.0x18. I had Shinko's on my last CRF and they are very sticky on the street and excellent offroad. So far so good with these too. Worked great today on all the dirt/clay/sand I came across.
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Old 01-20-2013, 09:51 PM   #2384
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Irish769, as far as I know and from probably installing some 20 sets of handguards on probably 20 motorcycles they are all pretty much the same. Since the throttle handle extends beyond the end of the bar you will have to cut the end off so you can get the handguard end clamps into the end of the bar, this can be done 2 or 3 ways, I used my Dremel to cut my end off, you could also use a hacksaw, the third way would be some sort of knife, but since the plastic on the throttle handle is tuff stuff, I'd pass on the knife. You asked about a drill, I guess you could drill out the end, but you are still going to need a way to shorten the plastic throttle assembly and a drill won't do that. You need the end off first so you can see how much extra needs to be cut off so the throttle handle will clear the handlegards you will be installing. You are going to cut the plastic throttle handle back about 3/16" from the end of the bar, this is so the bar end clamp will not interfere with the operation of the throttle when you install the handguards. One note here, since I was installing new grips I took the old grips off first which can make things a little clearer to what you are doing. One thing about using a Dremel is it will cut the grip and the plastic very smooth and you can take off a little at a time and cut as needed for a nice look and fit. Due note that you are going to have to cutoff both handle grips for the handguard to fit into the bars, but only the throttle side will require the extra trimming because of the truing of the throttle. This is like any other job, with the right tools it's easy to do the correct way.

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Old 01-20-2013, 10:01 PM   #2385
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fork oil?

hi guys :)

Does anyone know how much fork oil (how far from the top), and what viscosity?

I wonder if they have different amounts, right and left, because the one doesn't have a spring. Even the same amount would come to a different height, with spring and no spring.

The service manual, from Helimos or whatever it is, is it the genuine Honda part or is it a scanned copy?
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