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Old 03-20-2008, 02:07 PM   #16
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Thanks Ned!! Excellent setup resource
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Old 03-20-2008, 06:38 PM   #17
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You are a class act Neduro.

That is good stuff.
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Old 03-21-2008, 12:16 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by Weirdo
You are a class act Neduro.

Shows what you know...

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Old 03-22-2008, 09:18 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by neduro
Some advice on tensioning the steering head upon reassembly- my rule is that it should be as tight as it can be, that the forks still fall to one side from center with no wheel. This isn't real scientific, but it's worked for me, so that's what you get.
First of all, thanks for the great post! I just want to make sure I read this right. If you tension your steering head bearings with the front wheel off, the forks should still fall to one side with no assistance? If I go that loose on my 640A it gets very unstable at freeway speeds. I have to tighten it so that, with the wheel on, it just barely bumps the steering lock after a tiny push of the wheel to one side.

Going off your description, I'm thinking mine might be overtightened (though there's no "wandering" like you'd get from overtightened steering head bearings). If that's the case, I wonder what's causing the headshake? I've loosened and realigned the front end, as well as repacked the bearings recently.
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Old 03-23-2008, 09:56 AM   #20
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Thanks Ned, this is all great advice. I have seen many adventures FUBAR'd by poor bike prep. If you want to be cheap, ride alone - your riding buddies don't like to watch you fix your bike in faraway places. Trust me.

Another thing to consider is a new battery. A four year old battery is a lousy thing to carry into Baja, especially if you have no kick starter. I replace them yearly on my road less traveled bikes, and they are relatively cheap HERE.
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Old 03-23-2008, 02:40 PM   #21
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Old 03-24-2008, 12:02 PM   #22
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Old 03-24-2008, 01:54 PM   #23
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It's a Beemer, it don't need no stinkin maintenance.

+1 on the swingarm/shock linkage bearings. Greased mine up real well last year in April and found them rusted solid and grinding into powder in August during a ride.

Not all greases are compatible. Check a compatibility chart before packing any bearings and write down what kind of grease you used.

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Old 03-24-2008, 02:21 PM   #24
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Not only have you penned much of your own wisdom into this, Ned, but you've linked some of the best how-to's on the site into one handy thread. Thanks!

Subscribing into my own "hall of wisdom" folder...
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Old 03-25-2008, 06:39 AM   #25
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great info, thanks NED

whenim doing an all over bike check i also use white out to mark position of quite a few fasteners. Then i can quickly check to see if bolts have loosened on last ride, kinda like a pre ride check list.! Now if it'll warm up enough for me to do alli need to do on the bike!
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Old 03-25-2008, 10:11 AM   #26
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Old 03-25-2008, 06:41 PM   #27
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Good DIY Nedster... should be beneficial for lots of folks.

You know what happens when you do stuff like this... don'tcha?

Plastic side up and all that shiz.
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Old 03-26-2008, 12:04 AM   #28
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Replace fuses and Dielectric the connection points.
Check air pressure? you might have covered that...
If your headlight bulb and blinkers (If you even have them) are getting old, replace.
Ohh, clean you spark arrestor

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Old 03-26-2008, 10:03 AM   #29
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Seriously good thread mate.
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Old 04-01-2008, 10:05 AM   #30
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Originally Posted by neduro
5) Controls: I could write a book on this topic.
You know people round here would buy it............... I know damn well I need to prep better........
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