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Old 12-13-2009, 01:26 PM   #16
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I've always kept notes in the shop manual for each motor in the household.

But when I fixed up this shop I got a dry erase board and mounted it right above my desk. I list each motor (chainsaws and lawnmowers as well) and what is on the to do list. Keeps me a little ahead of the game.
That is a BRILLIANT idea! Why the heck didn't I think of that?

I always have a "list of things" to do/adjust on the bikes when I get back from a ride. Sometimes I jot it on a piece of paper (and promptly lose it).. sometimes (like with my rear brake pads recently) I buy the parts and lose them in the pile and find them months later and go "ooops! I was supposed to change those".

I just told Cheryl all I want for Christmas is a dry erase board (and a 990R but she laughed at that )
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Old 12-13-2009, 01:52 PM   #17
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All,
I have a quick question that I'm hoping someone has some thoughts on. I've chosen to use these cold days to wire up a newly acquired Autocom system to my 1150 GS which already has a GPS and connections for heated gear for the wifey. I've already got the relay and fused distribution setup but am having a heck up a time finding a place for the autocom system. I just picked up the SuperPro AVI and have read most the autocom threads on this site but the most recommend permanent mounting spots (on top of airbox and under seat) are taken up by my BMW alarm and toolkit respectively. I've toyed with pitching the tool kit but will undoulbtedly need it the very next ride . Does anyone have any other creative ideas? I don't normally ride with a tank bag so am not a fan of that option either.
Thanks in advance
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Old 12-13-2009, 01:53 PM   #18
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Off my arse?

I've got 2 project Suzuki's waiting a lot of time, and a bit of money:

The GS-700ES ('85) sportbike to full resto-mod as a back-up ride for 'Lil Miss Duckie. Custom paint, different carbs with necessary machine-shop fabrication, hanging a new pipe, and general go-through.

The '81 PE-175, collected 'free to a good home' from a friend of Opie's in Boulder. This one will be all function, not gonna worry 'bout how she looks. Neither running nor seized, the Ugly Duckling will get a freshened engine and carb, suspension, cables, brakes, and whatever mechanical she needs to be safe and reliable. As I'm hardly a dirt rider, this one will most likely become a ready Rockies ADV loaner for those needing extra rides. I've also pondered an auction for ADV-only members, with all proceeds going to a proper rider-oriented cause. I'll have already invested the time and money as a donation.

The 700 will take much more money than time, while the PE will be very much the opposite. I'm still mentally tossing coins to see which one gets done first.
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Old 12-13-2009, 01:58 PM   #19
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I hate to admit to how long I used the lost scraps of paper method.

It toook me a while to remember to do it, but when I get off a bike and am looking for busted stuff - I WRITE IT DOWN RIGHT THEN AND THERE - before it falls out of my perforated brain.

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That is a BRILLIANT idea! Why the heck didn't I think of that?

I always have a "list of things" to do/adjust on the bikes when I get back from a ride. Sometimes I jot it on a piece of paper (and promptly lose it).. sometimes (like with my rear brake pads recently) I buy the parts and lose them in the pile and find them months later and go "ooops! I was supposed to change those".

I just told Cheryl all I want for Christmas is a dry erase board (and a 990R but she laughed at that )
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Old 12-13-2009, 02:16 PM   #20
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All,
I have a quick question that I'm hoping someone has some thoughts on. I've chosen to use these cold days to wire up a newly acquired Autocom system to my 1150 GS which already has a GPS and connections for heated gear for the wifey. I've already got the relay and fused distribution setup but am having a heck up a time finding a place for the autocom system. I just picked up the SuperPro AVI and have read most the autocom threads on this site but the most recommend permanent mounting spots (on top of airbox and under seat) are taken up by my BMW alarm and toolkit respectively. I've toyed with pitching the tool kit but will undoulbtedly need it the very next ride . Does anyone have any other creative ideas? I don't normally ride with a tank bag so am not a fan of that option either.
Thanks in advance
Move your tool kit to a fanny pack or a tool tube and strap it on the rear of the bike. That'll free up your space.

Here you can see my fanny tool pouch on the rear - its so large I can carry tire irons and tons of spares. I don't even know its there when riding.



And here are some tool tubes (I'm pretty sure I've seen pics of guys with these mounted inside the hard cases on GSs):

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Old 12-13-2009, 02:33 PM   #21
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Cool thread, Geek! Currently buttoning up a grip-heater install on the SV, and should finish the XR fork re-build today as well. Damn, 45 feels awesome!
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Old 12-13-2009, 02:40 PM   #22
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Geek,
Good idea. I think I'll go with the tool tube. Thanks for the input and pics.
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Old 12-13-2009, 04:55 PM   #23
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My wheels are really beat up. Lots of loose spokes, not straight, etc.

I'm trying to decide if I have "that much patience" or if I should just drop the coin and drop them off at Woody's.

Anybody know what Woody charges for a "wheel tuneup"?
hmmmm....maintenance trade possibility...you help with my cam chain on the te610 and I can help with your wheel. it is easy and fun. Did my 950 front with great success. It was much easier than I thought it would be.

Now I can say "Look Ma. no hands". Just one hand was a nightmare before with the wobble.
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Old 12-13-2009, 06:02 PM   #24
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I have a garage and most tools out here in Parker. If you need help with minor stuff (tires, chains, oil, minor motor fixes, PM me. ) Many folks I know don't have access to a garage-so there you go.
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Old 12-13-2009, 06:30 PM   #25
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Todd: Deal!

We should discuss it over beers at Oscar Blues don't you think?
I'll call Paul this week.
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Old 12-13-2009, 07:54 PM   #26
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Whoohoo! The 950 is back on it's own two feet!

I gotta change the front tire and then it's ready for Baja!!!
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Old 12-13-2009, 08:06 PM   #27
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Whoohoo! The 950 is back on it's own two feet!

I gotta change the front tire and then it's ready for Baja!!!
Pics of it in your living room or it didn't happen



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Old 12-13-2009, 08:08 PM   #28
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Pics of it in your living room or it didn't happen






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Old 12-13-2009, 08:18 PM   #29
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OK, it's not the living room but the she's lived in the Cottage for the last month and a half or two months. All tucked in for the night:



The 525 gets the living room:




I really need a garage.
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Old 12-13-2009, 08:36 PM   #30
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My bike to-do list is a bit long right now! I did get a chance to take care of a few things yesterday though...
  • Installed new battery in the Super Enduro & completely checked out the charging system. Good resistance and AC voltage coming on the stator, and a stable 14V at varied RPMs after the rectifier/regulator. I think my recent battery failure was just a random internal battery failure.
  • Tracked down and (hopefully) fixed a minor oil leak in the SE, gear position sensor. Evidently a somewhat common leak location. My bolts were a bit loose, so I just tightened them down a bit. If it still leaks, I'll pull it and replace the o-ring.

I also picked up a few great tips from friend for keeping track bike stuff...
  • Gaffers tape on the seat of the bike with the to-do list on the tape. Hard to forget that the bike needs oil when it is written on the seat! Just cross out whats done, add stuff when you remember it, and stick the tape on the wall if you go out for a ride before everything is done.
  • And I now also record the oil change mileage/hours (on the handlebars), clicker settings (on the fork caps), carb settings (on the engine case), etc. right on the bike with a sharpie. I keep copies in my notes as well, but it is almost always easier to just look on the bike. Seems to hold up fine to washing, etc.

Geek, is a new license plate on your to-do list?:
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