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Old 01-17-2014, 10:46 PM   #4441
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VACommuter, I'd love to but I'm actually taking a day trip back to Texas. I'm probably going to be doing the doo here in a few weeks, though. Thanks for offering!
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Old 01-18-2014, 07:46 AM   #4442
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Oddly enough no one else rode to Crossroads Cycle for their 9 am open today. The Beast's cylinder cover is just about sorted by now.

Hmmm..... I will say, I'm now a little more motivated to solve the heated hand grip issue.....
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Old 01-18-2014, 07:47 AM   #4443
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Those are good prices. I feel like they have a store in Charlottesville where I used to get the odd laptop battery in college.

Thanks for the tip!
Must be a different business. As Wayne stated, this company has a store in Winchester VA and Martinsburg WV. When the first opened I was kind of skeptical...and have a buddy who works for Interstate Batteries on Hoadley Rd.
I have bought a few batteries from them since then and have been more than pleased. I replaced both batteries in my truck for around $160! I had them replace a battery in another car. I have also had them re-cell a bicycle light battery pack. when I took the truck in I also took my XRL battery in to test...the one in it when I bought it back in 09. They could have easily sold me a new one but told me the CCA's were still good. No need to replace.
If looking for a cage battery they have a pallet of "blem" batteries for a huge discount. Ask if they have one for your application. I doubt they have Motorcycle blem batteries though..

They have every battery there you can think of. I would highly recommend them!
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Old 01-18-2014, 02:12 PM   #4444
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Mike, thanks for sharing the garage space and tools. A good time was had by all.
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Old 01-18-2014, 07:48 PM   #4445
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Looks to be a wee bit chilly out there right now
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Old 01-20-2014, 03:08 PM   #4446
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Over the past many days riding opportunities have been sorta sparse...so today seeing that it was "ride today or else"...

I grabbed the DR200 and strapped on the hitch carrier behind the truck and headed up to Linden, VA & Freezeland Road. Very nice, sunny, no wind to speak of, gravel roads partially covered in ice in places - otherwise, just thin slurry mud. A nice day to run around. Only saw one other MC but many hikers out enjoying the road.

Did a dual purpose trip...Squirrel is in season so walked around the WMA a bit trying to bag one with our old Stevens .410...no luck.

Of course...Apple House Restaurant on the way out: Love that Buffalo Burger!
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Old 01-20-2014, 03:50 PM   #4447
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It was definitely nice but overnight it will drop like crazy
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Old 01-20-2014, 07:03 PM   #4448
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Sold the TW for asking price!


Now to make a Ruckus
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Old 01-20-2014, 07:05 PM   #4449
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Well done! That TW was a bargain for sure. So clean...
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Old 01-20-2014, 07:14 PM   #4450
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Congrats on the sale and the next toy. I think I'd bite on the Grom vice the Ruckus if going new... Either one would get me in trouble around work.
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Old 01-21-2014, 05:12 AM   #4451
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Sold the TW for asking price!

Now to make a Ruckus
Congrats!

Can I ride the new Grom...?
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Old 01-21-2014, 05:15 AM   #4452
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The parts guy at Coleman FC has a sweet one setup for winter commuting with handguards, locking case and a few other farkles. Sweet little bikes.

Still leaning Ruckus though
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Old 01-21-2014, 05:20 AM   #4453
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bike question

Hey guys,

I am thinking of buying this bike:

http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/n...292167183.html

Its a great condition 2009 650 with 4500 miles. I haggled down the price a little (4400 is pretty steep, even for nova) and met with the guy the other day. The condition is excellent, and its obvious the guy took care of the bike.

I deal with people at my job every day and we are trained to spot deception. When I asked if there were any mechanical issues, he was very sure there wasn't.

BUT, here is what is holding me back from buying it. The oil was a milky light brown, which google has told me means that their is either a coolant leak OR that condensation has collected on the insides from sitting for a while.

Now, I know its not a huge issue, and its more than likely something that can be fixed with a simple oil change, but the bigger issue is spending that much on a bike that may or may not have internally rusted.

What do you guys think?
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Old 01-21-2014, 05:20 AM   #4454
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Now to buckle down and get this thing running



Ol Stinky lives! (but at the moment has a fouled plug naturally)
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Old 01-21-2014, 05:36 AM   #4455
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BUT, here is what is holding me back from buying it. The oil was a milky light brown, which google has told me means that their is either a coolant leak OR that condensation has collected on the insides from sitting for a while.
It doesn't sound like the seller knows very much about his bike as I would be dubious of the service performed under his tutelage. Fortunately, the milleage is low enough that it is barely past the second oil change. My curt research indicates that frequent short trips and cold starts provides a rich environment for condensation to build inside the crank case and emulsify with the oil to create that milky color. This is especially exacerbated in cold conditions. Warming up the bike and getting it hot on a 20+ minute run is what helps burn off a little condensation. If you don't pay attention to this on some bikes, it can lead to the current situation you describe. I would cerrtainly want to change the oil out first thing but if you have no discernible smoke on start up and when running, the coolant level looks good and there are no noticeable leaks or blown seals...you're probably okay.

Got any oil in the coolant? That may indicate a head gasket.
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