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Old 07-15-2010, 11:53 AM   #751
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Hey guys and gals! I'm headed your way from Eugene, Oregon and desperately in need of a good shop (or garage and guidance) to fix a carb issue on my bike. I'm not sure if it's just an o-ring or the float needle or what but I am pretty sure fuel is getting into my oil and I should probably fix it sooner rather than later. I figured I'd rather be stuck there if I have to wait for parts and such, so I'm going to change the oil and make a run for it, but I'd like to know who best to order from and/or have the work done by if it's more than I can handle. It's a klx400r which is exactly a drz400e if that matters. Thanks in advance!
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Old 07-15-2010, 12:41 PM   #752
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Torch and welder/shop needed

I'm in Emeryville with an 89 transalp, in need of a garage/shop with torch, vise and welder to straighten out a Givi engine guard. Thanks to a drunk pedestrian I bounced off the corner of the rear bumper of the car in front of me as we both braked hard and swerved to keep from hitting him. No damage to me or the pedestrian, the car's bumper is bent, broken taillight lens and her car is smeared with Transalp paint. The bike's cowling and side panel are scarred and cracked but repaired already with epoxy, etc. Bike runs fine, tracks fine, front fender has a slight paint scrape..that's how close it was. lucky puppy as I wasn't touched and didn't even fall over... just a very quick stop. very fortunate

The Givis took the impact and have a 90 degree bend and a mounting flange is twisted and bent. Basically have to fit the guard to the bike's mounting points and probably cut the bend out and weld an insert..not a huge job as the bend is in the rear single tube.

I can bring the guard and bike to your location, please contact at; backtalk8124@sbcglobal.net or 580-554-6227. I'm working/visiting from Oklahoma so all help is very appreciated, thanks in advance.

Stephen

footnote: was returning from Hilltop Sears after buying 2 metric box wrenches to complete my toolkit for the bike. I used both wrenches to pull parts off the bike
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Old 07-15-2010, 08:37 PM   #753
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The 800 does ok at slower speeds, but it's a big bike and a bit top heavy, especially if you load it up with camping gear, etc. Not to mention that twitch throttle off idle. So momentum is your friend. You don't necessary have to wick it up, but get a little extra speed going and it'll plow right through stuff.

How are you likin the 800? I love mine. Such a fun bike. A hoot in the twisty goats and not bad off road for a big bike.

I've yet to ride up in Mendo. I'd love to head up there for a weekend and ride some of the easier stuff sometime.
D00d. The bike is super capable, even loaded up with camp gear. It's a little top heavy, but it isn't bad. It'll get you through stuff you never imagined you'd have to get through. Super fun! You should take it out to the desert some time and wick it up a bit.
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Old 07-15-2010, 09:52 PM   #754
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Hey guys and gals! I'm headed your way from Eugene, Oregon and desperately in need of a good shop (or garage and guidance) to fix a carb issue on my bike. I'm not sure if it's just an o-ring or the float needle or what but I am pretty sure fuel is getting into my oil and I should probably fix it sooner rather than later. I figured I'd rather be stuck there if I have to wait for parts and such, so I'm going to change the oil and make a run for it, but I'd like to know who best to order from and/or have the work done by if it's more than I can handle. It's a klx400r which is exactly a drz400e if that matters. Thanks in advance!
It's not an o-ring. think float bowel level or needlevalve and seat assembly. I can help you if you find yourself in the Santa Cruz area. Tell me why you think there is an overage of petrol in your oil please. check that your aircleaner isn't overly dirty (less air equals more fuel) do you know your current jetting spec?? I noticed you have a slippy or maybe full system on your bike.
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Old 07-16-2010, 10:25 AM   #755
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It's not an o-ring. think float bowel level or needlevalve and seat assembly. I can help you if you find yourself in the Santa Cruz area. Tell me why you think there is an overage of petrol in your oil please. check that your aircleaner isn't overly dirty (less air equals more fuel) do you know your current jetting spec?? I noticed you have a slippy or maybe full system on your bike.
The oil level seemed to have risen and thinned out. Someone suggested the fuel thing and I thought it smelled a bit like gas, but I might just be paranoid. It was stalling, hard starting and dripping fuel from the drainage tubes, but seems okay now. Maybe some grit was just interrupting the float needle and worked its way out? I dunno. Maybe I'll just try to ride it home.. You'll get a call if I break down near Santa Cruz :P
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Old 07-16-2010, 10:33 AM   #756
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The oil level seemed to have risen and thinned out. Someone suggested the fuel thing and I thought it smelled a bit like gas, but I might just be paranoid. It was stalling, hard starting and dripping fuel from the drainage tubes, but seems okay now. Maybe some grit was just interrupting the float needle and worked its way out? I dunno. Maybe I'll just try to ride it home.. You'll get a call if I break down near Santa Cruz :P
Probably just caught a cold. Next time it acts up give the carb a few good whacks on the side to loosen up a sticky float, and close the fuel tap when stopped.
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Old 07-16-2010, 01:10 PM   #757
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but seems okay now.
watch the mpg, thats an ez to see indicator
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Old 07-16-2010, 01:17 PM   #758
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The oil level seemed to have risen and thinned out. Someone suggested the fuel thing and I thought it smelled a bit like gas, but I might just be paranoid. It was stalling, hard starting and dripping fuel from the drainage tubes, but seems okay now. Maybe some grit was just interrupting the float needle and worked its way out? I dunno. Maybe I'll just try to ride it home.. You'll get a call if I break down near Santa Cruz :P

If your bike has a float bowl plug or drain, turn petcock off, remove bowl plug/open drain and turn on the petcock. If there is something in the float seat this may wash it away and allow the float to seal and stop the overflow. Change the oil if it smells of gas. If you still have problems when you get to San Francisco ping me.
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Old 07-16-2010, 03:45 PM   #759
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I thought Penny Pines was off 108? That's a long way from Stonyford...
There's a Penny Pines in almost every forest. They are plantations that cover up previously burned or logged areas. People donate money to plant a tree and then get to have a plaque with their name on it, or they could put "In memory of" or whatever on it. It's part of the forest service's reforestation plan




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Old 07-16-2010, 03:47 PM   #760
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There's a Penny Pines in almost every forest.
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It's part of the forest service's reforestation plan
Interesting. Thanks for the info!
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Old 07-16-2010, 04:36 PM   #761
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Penny Pines

Penny Pines is an improved camp ground in Mendocino NF about 7 miles above CC Camp.
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Old 07-16-2010, 10:20 PM   #762
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After spending a small fortune to fix it, I just got my Husky TE610 back and I've got one good (maybe two) rides left on the tires on the 800GS.

Anyone riding this weekend? Preferably someplace not incredibly hot?
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Old 07-19-2010, 01:47 AM   #763
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Paul and Todd's Weekend Ride

This weekend's ride had it all

Amazing Views
Great Camping right on a river
Knife Throwing
Heat
Snow
Rain
Great Dirt and Street Riding
Thrills
Spills (Todd)
9k feet climb up cow mtn
Totally Submerged bikes under water ... Yup Todd again
Broken Bikes

here are the pics.. I will fill in the typing part later when it's not 1:47am


































































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Old 07-19-2010, 04:18 AM   #764
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This weekend's ride had it all

Amazing Views
Great Camping right on a river
Knife Throwing
Heat
Snow
Rain
Great Dirt and Street Riding
Thrills
Spills (Todd)
9k feet climb up cow mtn
Totally Submerged bikes under water ... Yup Todd again
Broken Bikes

here are the pics.. I will fill in the typing part later when it's not 1:47am

Nice photos! Looks like a realy nice high-elevation place to ride




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Old 07-19-2010, 06:23 AM   #765
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Ditto on the nice pics!!! that's a record number of pics per trip frpm you, good job!!!! I loved everything on that list except for that dreaded word "Heat" me no likey that word. Even those am campsite pics looked as if the temp was already over a balmy 70 More info on the oil leaky pic. mixing oil & water???
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