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Old 04-19-2013, 10:01 PM   #2326
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Dumb question time. Anyone leave their fjr outside for weeks at a time, or know of a way to cover a bike within 15 minutes of getting home? Any issues with fading switches, water getting places, etc? Probably looking at about 2 weeks, maybe 3.

I'm staying in my van for work and riding the klr as my dd, thinking about switching to the fjr when I go home on Sunday. The klr is for sale, figured on Sunday I can give it a good cleaning and have it ready for a buyer.
You lost me here....what do you mean by cover a bike within 15 minutes of getting home? I would say buy a cheap $20 cover and slap it on when you park it.


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Old 04-19-2013, 11:05 PM   #2327
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You lost me here....what do you mean by cover a bike within 15 minutes of getting home? I would say buy a cheap $20 cover and slap it on when you park it.


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Sorry, guess I wasn't clear. I work midnight shift, 7 pm to 7 am, and stay in my camper. When I get home at 8 am all I want to do is shower and go to bed. So if I pull in at 8, by 815 I'm going to sleep. Not sure if I can cover it that soon without melting the cover.

It's one thing on a trip, but I hate to see it just sitting outside so much. Night is one thing but the sun beating on it every day can't be good for it

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Old 04-19-2013, 11:30 PM   #2328
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Sorry, guess I wasn't clear. I work midnight shift, 7 pm to 7 am, and stay in my camper. When I get home at 8 am all I want to do is shower and go to bed. So if I pull in at 8, by 815 I'm going to sleep. Not sure if I can cover it that soon without melting the cover.

It's one thing on a trip, but I hate to see it just sitting outside so much. Night is one thing but the sun beating on it every day can't be good for it

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Just be careful about where you lay the cover. You don't have to have it wrapped all over the exhaust.
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Old 04-20-2013, 12:18 AM   #2329
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Good point. Guess I'm overthinking this too much. My commute right now is about 25 highway miles, the fjr would be a way better choice than the klr anyways.

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Old 04-20-2013, 02:09 AM   #2330
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I will say that my 04 with 80K miles is starting to show it's age on all the black plastics. Actually, I've been in the process of fixing those faded plastics for the past week or so. Wiped all the plastics down with lacquer thinner to get rid of all the silicon that's been slathered on for all these years, then scuffed them off with a fine 3M pad and painted them with Rustolem's "plastic" semi-gloss black paint. Still need to do the panniers and the plastics around the bezel but so far,,, looks pretty good for 4-5$.
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Old 04-20-2013, 02:30 AM   #2331
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That's kinda what I'm trying to avoid. It's not like its a show bike or anything, but I still don't like to see it start looking bad from what could be considered neglect. I once looked at a 2007 BMW GS that spent its life outside, most of the black plastic was gray, the writing on the switches was gone, stuff like that.

I guess after 80,000 miles you'll have that.

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Old 04-20-2013, 05:52 AM   #2332
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Welp, this past weekend a group from the FJRforum had another successful midwest Tech Day (this was Tech Day VI, dating back to 2010) in sunny, beautiful Owosso, Michigan.

Due to the shitty weather several guys didn't make it, but we did have two guys there who did a SS1K and rode up from West Palm Beach, FL. It was snowing when they arrived.

The most exciting thing I did to my bike was installed an Admore LED light kit in my Givi. They compliment the Admore lights on my side bags which, incidentally, spurred the conversations that led to Tech Day I.

Good times were had by one and all.

I think at Tech Day VII it's gonna be time for a valve check - my bike should be right around 100,000 miles by then.
How involved was the light install on the side bags? I like the look of those.
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Old 04-20-2013, 06:34 AM   #2333
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First off they make bike covers with heat shields along the bottom half. 2nd my black pieces on my 06 with 120k miles still look new but i treat them with back to black periodically.
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Old 04-20-2013, 12:13 PM   #2334
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First off they make bike covers with heat shields along the bottom half. 2nd my black pieces on my 06 with 120k miles still look new but i treat them with back to black periodically.
Those covers with the heat shields work ok? How long would I have to let the bike cool before putting them on?

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Old 04-20-2013, 03:55 PM   #2335
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How long do you have to wait? I don't know I always waited a while before I put the cover on the bike. Could be a good question from where you are looking to purchase it from. sorry.
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Old 04-20-2013, 04:14 PM   #2336
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I've tucked bike covers over my rear tire when I thought the pipes might be too hot. The rest stays protected.
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Old 04-21-2013, 11:12 AM   #2337
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Those covers with the heat shields work ok? How long would I have to let the bike cool before putting them on?
Get home, park. Go inside and remove my gear, grab a beer. Go outside & put cover on bike. Haven't melted a cover yet.
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:05 PM   #2338
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Get home, park. Go inside and remove my gear, grab a beer. Go outside & put cover on bike. Haven't melted a cover yet.
That works good enough for me. Thanks.

It's kind of a pain traveling for work like this. It's all or nothing as far as riding goes when I'm on the road. My 'camper' is a conversion van, I normally haul the klr with me then ride it to work and back. Can't really take the van to work, unless I leave the bike sitting in a campground with nothing around. Too easy to steal IMO.

The fjr is a much better commuter, never had it with the van at the same time. Doesn't fit inside.

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Old 04-21-2013, 02:17 PM   #2339
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Rear suspension linkages checked and greased, PO was fastidious, and had been there before, splines were done as well

That meant that I could finally ride it for the first time

When I say it was good, that would be an understatement, image from yesterday, and managed a few more miles today

Mine is the blue one, the silver one belongs to Tim who helped me do the linkages (Big thanks for that)

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Old 04-21-2013, 08:44 PM   #2340
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Nelson Rigg makes a nice small cover that covers the top half of the FJR and packs into a quart size bag. Makes for good protection from the sun, rain showers, pollen and dust.
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