ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Riding > Regional forums > Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 04-22-2013, 02:12 PM   #22531
Dirtmonkey8
VA is for Riders
 
Dirtmonkey8's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2009
Location: Richmond, VA
Oddometer: 827
Quote:
Originally Posted by bastardbiker View Post
Well I had a good day today! I'll let the pictures speak for themselves...
Did you have the bags on the bike before? Don't forget that big gas tank. After you get it you won't know how you lived without it. I sure wish I could romance my woman like that...
__________________
A little dirt don't hurt.
Dirtmonkey8 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2013, 02:17 PM   #22532
skychs
chuck smith
 
skychs's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2010
Location: Glen Allen Va (N. Richmond)
Oddometer: 855
Bad day

I guess its just not my day. I found two issues with my GS. Once scares me really bad. Any thoughts?

 photo IMG_2436_zpsa5466b00.jpg
 photo IMG_2434_zpsbc52e521.jpg
skychs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2013, 02:23 PM   #22533
jgiacobbe
Skid plate tester
 
jgiacobbe's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2008
Location: Near Richmond VA
Oddometer: 1,935
Are they actually small cracks on that part of the subframe? Does the surface feel different when you rub your hand over it? Is it just that one side?

Off hand, I'd say you need a friend with a TIG/MIG welder to reinforce that section of your sub frame. Have you found anyone else talking about similar issues online?
jgiacobbe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2013, 02:36 PM   #22534
skychs
chuck smith
 
skychs's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2010
Location: Glen Allen Va (N. Richmond)
Oddometer: 855
frame

When I rub my fingers on it I can't feel anything abnormal. Its only on the left side of the bike. So far I have not found any cracks. There is nothing that attaches to that area or rubs on that part of the frame.
Here is a better view of where it is located on the left side of the bike.

 photo IMG_2437_zpsce71f3a9.jpg
skychs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2013, 04:15 PM   #22535
kwn306
Gnarly Adventurer
 
kwn306's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2006
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
Oddometer: 442
Quote:
Originally Posted by skychs View Post
When I rub my fingers on it I can't feel anything abnormal. Its only on the left side of the bike. So far I have not found any cracks. There is nothing that attaches to that area or rubs on that part of the frame.
Here is a better view of where it is located on the left side of the bike.

Put a straight edge across that part of the frame, to me it looks stressed but it could be an optical illusion because of the spring right above the area. If it is stressed either get it reinforced or find a used rear member for replacement.
__________________
Kurt Nordstrom
Spotsylvania, VA
kwn306 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2013, 04:20 PM   #22536
jgiacobbe
Skid plate tester
 
jgiacobbe's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2008
Location: Near Richmond VA
Oddometer: 1,935
Still looks like it is stress related to me. Is the sub frame aluminium, possibly with a clear coat?
jgiacobbe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2013, 05:33 PM   #22537
bastardbiker
Lost in the Void
 
bastardbiker's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2010
Location: North Richmond, VA
Oddometer: 278
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dirtmonkey8 View Post
Did you have the bags on the bike before? Don't forget that big gas tank. After you get it you won't know how you lived without it. I sure wish I could romance my woman like that...
Filling up every 100 miles or so definitely gets a bit old. A bigger tank is on the list for sure. I got the bags from another VA guy who sold them to be with the bars for $110, a very fair deal considering they're $250 new. I"m hoping I can find a similar deal here on a slightly rough oversize tank at the Flea Market.

My girl was a trooper. It's a tall bike and it was also her first time driving anything with a clutch. Took her some time to keep from stalling out but she got it! Not bad for a first day. It's a good thing she's almost 6 feet tall though! She did drop it a few times but didn't let it freak her out. And it's no worse than what I did to the bike at the training grounds on Sunday! That gigantic hill I aced the first time made me its bitch twice this time. But anyway I'm hoping she really gets into riding and eventually gets a little dual-sport of her own.
__________________
bastardbiker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2013, 07:44 PM   #22538
skychs
chuck smith
 
skychs's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2010
Location: Glen Allen Va (N. Richmond)
Oddometer: 855
Quote:
Filling up every 100 miles or so definitely gets a bit old. A bigger tank is on the list for sure. I got the bags from another VA guy who sold them to be with the bars for $110, a very fair deal considering they're $250 new. I"m hoping I can find a similar deal here on a slightly rough oversize tank at the Flea Market.
The 3.9 gal gets me around 150 miles before I hit reserve. Almost 200 miles before I get stranded on the side of the road. Definitely a good upgrade. Congrats on getting the significant other to ride her own bike. Mine just likes to sit on the back and enjoy the view.
skychs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2013, 07:47 PM   #22539
MotoMujer
Adventurette
 
MotoMujer's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2011
Location: Planet Earth
Oddometer: 653
Quote:
Originally Posted by bastardbiker View Post
My girl was a trooper. It's a tall bike and it was also her first time driving anything with a clutch. Took her some time to keep from stalling out but she got it! Not bad for a first day. It's a good thing she's almost 6 feet tall though! She did drop it a few times but didn't let it freak her out. And it's no worse than what I did to the bike at the training grounds on Sunday! That gigantic hill I aced the first time made me its bitch twice this time. But anyway I'm hoping she really gets into riding and eventually gets a little dual-sport of her own.
YAY, another female rider in the making!
__________________
Priors: 73 CB500, 06 F650GS. Next: in 2015 (if things go per plan).

We're not heroic like the great travelers but all the same we amateurs are a pretty tough breed. No matter how horrendous the last journey we never give up hope for the next one, God knows why. - Martha Gellhorn
MotoMujer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2013, 05:17 AM   #22540
Jeff Munn
Just along for the ride..
 
Jeff Munn's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2003
Location: Petersburg, Virginia
Oddometer: 1,890
Quote:
Originally Posted by skychs View Post
I guess its just not my day. I found two issues with my GS. Once scares me really bad. Any thoughts?
Chuck,
That is bad news. That is the spot where most GS's snap the frame. You have a load of torque right on the rear subframe. In addition, I don't know about your bags, but my Jesse bags push up and into the subframe right there too. Bad combination. Usually it takes a combination of very heavy loads, and lots of bad roads, to get that type of metal fatigue.

The next time you come over, I'll show you the gussets I had added to my frame after it broke.

jeff
__________________
Ride to challenge yourself and to expand your horizons. But be warned, once you've ridden beyond the U.S. border, you might begin to realize that the world doesn't revolve around us......

2004 ADVRider Mileage Champion 48,350 miles

Riding Central America Feb 2006

England to China Apr-Aug 2007

Central America Ride Planning and Road Wisdom
Jeff Munn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2013, 05:30 AM   #22541
Eddy Alvarez
Addicited to ALL bikes!
 
Eddy Alvarez's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2008
Location: Chester,VA. Growing on me or getting used to it?
Oddometer: 2,044
Chuck,
Ground your GS immediately, DO NOT ride it until you gusset that frame! Too much $hit on your bike, too much rough gravel and speed! A failure would be disastrous!

Go see Jeff stat! The Spring Fling is three weeks away!
__________________
Me: BMW F800GS, BMW F650ST, KTM 525EXC.....Gabriel: KTM 50...Elena: Honda CRF70
Eddy Alvarez is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2013, 05:33 AM   #22542
kwn306
Gnarly Adventurer
 
kwn306's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2006
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
Oddometer: 442
Quote:
Originally Posted by Eddy Alvarez View Post

Go see Jeff stat! The Spring Fling is three weeks away!
Eddy,

You on Morton's payroll?
__________________
Kurt Nordstrom
Spotsylvania, VA
kwn306 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2013, 05:35 AM   #22543
bastardbiker
Lost in the Void
 
bastardbiker's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2010
Location: North Richmond, VA
Oddometer: 278
Wow, those late-model BMWs sure don't seem all they're cracked up to be.



__________________

bastardbiker screwed with this post 04-23-2013 at 05:45 AM
bastardbiker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2013, 05:41 AM   #22544
Eddy Alvarez
Addicited to ALL bikes!
 
Eddy Alvarez's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2008
Location: Chester,VA. Growing on me or getting used to it?
Oddometer: 2,044
Quote:
Originally Posted by kwn306 View Post
Eddy,

You on Morton's payroll?
Damn, I'm busted! Yes, They actually do pay me in free brochures, a couple of free meals each year at the Open House and Octoberfest and free coffee...LOL! Chuck has been planning on tearing it up with me at the Spring Fling for weeks now! I'd hate for him to have to take the DRZ400 and have a 200 pound weight advantage during the DS ride!
__________________
Me: BMW F800GS, BMW F650ST, KTM 525EXC.....Gabriel: KTM 50...Elena: Honda CRF70
Eddy Alvarez is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2013, 05:59 AM   #22545
jgiacobbe
Skid plate tester
 
jgiacobbe's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2008
Location: Near Richmond VA
Oddometer: 1,935
Quote:
Originally Posted by kwn306 View Post
Eddy,

You on Morton's payroll?
I think he just has a man crush on Mortons.
jgiacobbe is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 02:48 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014