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Old 01-27-2013, 05:05 PM   #52471
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If you want to be inspired, you might enjoy watching the following video. If not, skip over it.



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Old 01-27-2013, 05:12 PM   #52472
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:13 PM   #52473
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The video is quite inspiring. Good for him.
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:22 PM   #52474
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Twin...you may know him...he lives in Dunedin...his 350 won first place in the cafe bike category.

Here is a picture I took of it down by the water.

Wow, I wouldn't want one of those either but I love looking at it - it's gorgeous and the restore is immaculate - thanks for the eye candy!
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:42 PM   #52475
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Thanks for leading the way, taking the switch apart, and sharing the information with us. It's nice to know one can disassemble that switch without destroying it! That switch causes a lot of electrical problems, and I just might clean my switch this winter, before the riding season begins.

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Yeah, you'd think switches are pretty easy but hopefully it will help others in the same position I was in. That's the hardest part of working on anything now days...trying to figure out how a part is held together as there are so many different ways.
Now that I know the correct way to take it apart it seems easy. Just make sure you spread the housing apart with a small screwdriver on the slot side and use a bigger screwdriver on the wires side to spread the housing while prying up out of the four tabs.

The reason I broke the other tab is I was trying to pry the piece open from the wrong end. I was assuming the rocker was held on by a small tab and didn't bother to examine the switch better. Stupid me!
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:49 PM   #52476
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Well I would have thought that would work to...and did for close to two damn years of sporadic starting. Even though I bought a CDI when it first acted up(since that's supposed to be the catch all fix with XRL's not starting)I'm usually not one to change out parts until I figure out which one is not working.
To say it's been frustrating is an understatement. I took it apart to the point where the four tabs kept me from taking it apart further. I probably sprayed two, three cans worth of brake cleaner, electric parts cleaner into that switch.
I did the test light and a multi-meter numerous times at the connection. Always checked out good.
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I understand it was/is frustrating. I forget exactly but when a year or two ago you started having problems I offered to troubleshoot it for you if you wanted to bring it up here, but you were good. Remember that? I am glad you lived, but unclear on what you learned. . Are you saying it's starting and running well now, and that it was the switch the whole time, that you thought it tested good but must have had some error in your testing procedure?
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:57 PM   #52477
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Thanks for leading the way, taking the switch apart, and sharing the information with us. It's nice to know one can disassemble that switch without destroying it! That switch causes a lot of electrical problems, and I just might clean my switch this winter, before the riding season begins.

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If you're sitting around trying to figure out what to do.... And you fingers aren't gonna get frostbit...
Otherwise, it's easy to troubleshoot and easy to bypass.
Yep, bypass.
No problem, then fix later.

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Old 01-27-2013, 05:58 PM   #52478
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The J.C. Whitney Travel Trunk is very rugged. However, since it is well constructed, this trunk is heavy.
Just how heavy is the trunk and mounting plate together? My Outdoor Case with the mounting I have right now is right around 10 pounds.

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That looks great! Similar mounting to what I did. What kind of rack is that? Looks huge! And much sturdier than mine.

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I'm thinking a small pelican case may be the answer to what I'm thinking. Now if I could mount a small pelican and mount the quick release on top of it so I keep my basket I may really have something
Or possibly cheaper than the actual Pelican case, is the same company that makes the outdoor case I used. B&W Cases. Mine is a Type 55, and the Type 50 is the same length and width, but shorter. About the same dimensions as a Pelican case, water/dust proof. The Type 40 is a bit smaller still and only weighs 5 pounds.

Type 50 $88 shipped:
http://alltimetools.com/p-2244-b-w-t...ase-empty.aspx

Type 40 $61 shipped:
http://alltimetools.com/p-2235-b-w-t...ase-empty.aspx
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figures...my stud was rusty I played with my nuts a little and it cranked right over
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:28 PM   #52479
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Just how heavy is the trunk and mounting plate together? My Outdoor Case with the mounting I have right now is right around 10 pounds.



That looks great! Similar mounting to what I did. What kind of rack is that? Looks huge! And much sturdier than mine.



Or possibly cheaper than the actual Pelican case, is the same company that makes the outdoor case I used. B&W Cases. Mine is a Type 55, and the Type 50 is the same length and width, but shorter. About the same dimensions as a Pelican case, water/dust proof. The Type 40 is a bit smaller still and only weighs 5 pounds.

Type 50 $88 shipped:
http://alltimetools.com/p-2244-b-w-t...ase-empty.aspx

Type 40 $61 shipped:
http://alltimetools.com/p-2235-b-w-t...ase-empty.aspx
The mounting bracket doesn't weigh much but the top case weighs about 10 pounds. Thanks for the links for the cases, those look nice. I also stumbled on to this http://www.carrycasesplus.com/seahor...es/se-300.html
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:33 PM   #52480
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Twin...you may know him...he lives in Dunedin...his 350 won first place in the cafe bike category.

Here is a picture I took of it down by the water.

That's pretty sweet. I'm not a real big fan of the cafe's although I like a nicely done up one. I don't think I could ride one very far :) I had an old Honda CJ360 for awhile. Wish I still had it for just playing with.
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:49 PM   #52481
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Hey!
Thought it was time to drop in and say hello and introduce myself, (hope I am doing this in the right place).

I am the proud owner of a (new to me) 2008 XR650L which I purchased 4 days before Christmas (Merry Christmas to me!!!) and was fortunate enough to get it out for a run on Christmas day which is Awesome considering I live in Cambridge, Ontario. I've done a lot of reading on this site since then and I'm pumped to have found such a community of generous, free thinking, knowledge sharing riders as you lot. Regardless of when spring actually happens, this is destined to be the longest winter of my life.. I've toyed with the idea of buying a thumper for a few years now but for whatever reason waited till I hit my mid 40's to actually take the dive. I'm sure I will regret not doing it sooner but... C'est la vie.

There are a few questions I need to ask of any local riders, hopefully someone can help me out here. I am going to be getting licensed as a new rider (M1) because I let my license lapse for too long so I am hoping for some idea's on where to get the best deal on insurance. My previous ride was a Suzuki VZ800 and I was paying $1500.00/yr (the reason I quit riding) and if I can't find a better deal now I may have to consider selling again. I have done a rider training course and will only be looking to get liability coverage so if anyone has a contact or connection that might help get me a better rate I will be eternally grateful. I was also wondering if there are any riders in my neck of the woods who can give some input on places near to home to get off the beaten path, dirt roads, wide trails and scenic routes or group rides around these parts. I am going to throw out a "Thanks in advance" and look forward to hearing from any of you.

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Old 01-27-2013, 06:53 PM   #52482
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Hey!
Thought it was time to drop in and say hello and introduce myself, (hope I am doing this in the right place).

I am the proud owner of a (new to me) 2008 XR650L which I purchased 4 days before Christmas (Merry Christmas to me!!!) and was fortunate enough to get it out for a run on Christmas day which is Awesome considering I live in Cambridge, Ontario. I've done a lot of reading on this site since then and I'm pumped to have found such a community of generous, free thinking, knowledge sharing riders as you lot. Regardless of when spring actually happens, this is destined to be the longest winter of my life.. I've toyed with the idea of buying a thumper for a few years now but for whatever reason waited till I hit my mid 40's to actually take the dive. I'm sure I will regret not doing it sooner but... C'est la vie.

There are a few questions I need to ask of any local riders, hopefully someone can help me out here. I am going to be getting licensed as a new rider (M1) because I let my license lapse for too long so I am hoping for some idea's on where to get the best deal on insurance. My previous ride was a Suzuki VZ800 and I was paying $1500.00/yr (the reason I quit riding) and if I can't find a better deal now I may have to consider selling again. I have done a rider training course and will only be looking to get liability coverage so if anyone has a contact or connection that might help get me a better rate I will be eternally grateful. I was also wondering if there are any riders in my neck of the woods who can give some input on places near to home to get off the beaten path, dirt roads, wide trails and scenic routes or group rides around these parts. I am going to throw out a "Thanks in advance" and look forward to hearing from any of you.

Bud
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Welcome fellow Canadian........insurance was expensive as hell the first year i got back into riding,,State Farm is your cheapest place till you have 3 years riding experience.........then i went to Wawanesa Insurance and now pay 200 bucks a year..

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Old 01-27-2013, 08:00 PM   #52483
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$1500 a year!?!?

I don't even pay that much a year for full coverage on my truck and wife's suv, and my bike combined! My bike insurance is $85 a year, and I just got my street endorsement in July.
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:02 PM   #52484
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The mounting bracket doesn't weigh much but the top case weighs about 10 pounds. Thanks for the links for the cases, those look nice. I also stumbled on to this http://www.carrycasesplus.com/seahor...es/se-300.html
That supplier that I linked to has a LOT of case options, including the pelican cases, and most of them have free shipping. Take the time to browse through it and you can probably find something to fit your needs well.
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:07 PM   #52485
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Welcome fellow Canadian........insurance was expensive as hell the first year i got back into riding,,State Farm is your cheapest place till you have 3 years riding experience.........then i went to Wawanesa Insurance and now pay 200 bucks a year.. B
Yes, welcome Bud! Loved Ontario and canoeing the Spanish River... If that's not too off- topic to mention in the xrl thread. Sorry about insurance being so outrageously priced there but I suppose Canada IS somewhat more socialistic than what we're becoming... and everything does have it's cost. Insurance is still $75 / yr / bike for me, which I consider reasonable for the xrl and a Honda 1100 screamer . Hope you're able to get a good rate. Do you have Allstate up 'er?
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