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Old 08-10-2011, 11:06 AM   #46
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Looking good Bill. Are you bringing your new farkles west to the cabins in a few weeks?
.. that's the plan .. man I'm looking forward to getting out for a day or two .. though I am on vacation this week and next week too .. lol .. headed down to Florida to visit with my cousin before he ships out to Germany for three years ..

.. see you guys soon ..
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Old 08-10-2011, 11:09 AM   #47
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.. good point ..

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Clean the deck? That's time and effort that could be put into riding and farkling. The man has his priorities straight.

Great looking bike BTW
.. and thanks .. I'm completely in love .. lol ..
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Old 08-10-2011, 12:22 PM   #48
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... well well well .. I mentioned this before ..

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.. and yes .. I am loving the KLR .. still learning about her .. things like .. the 4.6 gallons (about 213 miles) before you have to tilt the bike over to get to the last gallon-and-a-half of gas out of the right side of the tank AND how that eerily coincides with the reserve on the petcock .. almost like it was planned in case you left your reserve on .. hmm .. I wonder ..
.. and KLRCary (RIP) had the answer all along .. I had read this once before and it's exactly what my bike is doing .. here's the link ..

http://klrworld.com/forums/index.php/topic,62.0.html

.. so I'm gonna clean up the seals and see if that helps .. I crash often enough not to like the thought of a fuel spill .. but I may end up losing the seals all together .. at least my question has been answered by someone who seriously knew what the hell he was talking about .. wish I could have met him IRL ...
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Old 08-10-2011, 05:45 PM   #49
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.. a little more wrenching while baby sitting ..

.. so my two favorite mechanics came outside with me today to help "fix" the KLR .. lol .. which roughly means that everything takes about three times as long to get done, but much more fun was had ..

.. first up was to take the tank off and get some mods and repairs done .. namely the fairings needed to be re-attached .. the T-Mod needed to be done .. a new piece of fuel line installed (more for just being able to visually see fuel if there's a problem) .. and it was time to remove the kickstand safety ..

.. couple of shots of the family fun .. fairings .. used some extra hardware I had from buying a bolt collection from a parted out KLR .. used two sets of the seat washers to sandwich the tank rubber bushings with a 6mm machine screw .. and some safety nylock nuts for a "platform" (rather than using a nylon spacer that would fall off during removal of the fairing) and topped it of with another nylock for now .. maybe later I'll come up with some acorn nuts to make it look prettier ..



.. and the T-Mod .. enough has probably been written about this .. but here's my version of the task .. and you can catch a glimpse of the new fuel line too .. you can also see the small red connector tucked in behind the frame, this is the connector for the kickstand safety ..



.. and the kickstand safety is now an historical fact .. I chose to completely remove it as I plan on installing a small project box in there a new "electrical center" complete with fused buss and relocated fuses and some new relays for lighting and power supplies to gear/equipment .. the now-empty side cover .. note - the mounting bracket has to be re-installed at is used to mount the cover .. and you'll need spacers or will have to use nylock nuts to create a false space (platform) to correctly space the cover out to re-fit .. btw .. neat little mechanical switch (2nd pic) .. the easiest way to bypass this is to snip the wired off just below the red connector and wirenut them together and wrap the whole thing up in electricians tape ..



.. not a bad day of wrenching .. frisbee recovery from the neighbors yard and the Doberman (ours) .. and giving the wife a break for a few hours ..
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Old 08-10-2011, 06:26 PM   #50
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Hey Bill, if you're definitely coming out to Joe's cabins you might want to post up in the Fall Fire Ball thread. Joe's looking for a confirmed headcount.
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Old 08-10-2011, 06:45 PM   #51
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Hey Bill, if you're definitely coming out to Joe's cabins you might want to post up in the Fall Fire Ball thread. Joe's looking for a confirmed headcount.
.. gotcha .. I'll go do it now .. thanks for the heads-up ..

(EDIT 08-11/12-2011) .. In and posted info .. reserving cabin this weekend .. really looking forward to seeing y'all again ..
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Old 08-13-2011, 02:50 PM   #52
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Tool Tube .. finally ..

.. so up early for a run over to Home Despot .. because they sell a particular end cap that I want to use .. it's raining so it's a great chance to use the rain gear I have never had to use .. so out I go, heck, it's only 20 miles .. past the Lowe's I work at .. down to GSO and to the Home Despot .. only to find out they no longer even stock ABS Black Pipe, much less the particular end I want to use .. lol .. perfect .. so back to the Lowe's where I work .. pick up some parts and glue .. and back home in time for the wife to go to work .. my two favorite helpers jumped right in to help create our new tool tube .. by the time we got done pharting around it stopped raining and out our little troop went to strap it on ..

.. not to wide .. Super-Hero Doberman optional ..


.. and just barely clears the front fender .. perfection ..


.. love the warning on the test cap .. didn't plan that .. "Caution: Stand Clear While In Use" .. scha-weet ..


.. all-in-all .. I like it .. I finally have a place to carry the tire irons I never hope to use (while I have been carrying the patch kit all along .. lol ), and I'll have to send an e-mail to the inmate who makes the custom sewn tube bags so I can load up the heavier wrenches and put them in there with the Tire Irons .. should lend some room elsewhere for things like a tent and netbook and stuff .. not to mention a more balanced load and lower that center of gravity maybe an inch or three .. lol ..
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Old 08-13-2011, 03:03 PM   #53
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.. and another think ..

.. couple of decisions made after today's water-ride ..

I have always been the "wind in your face" kinda guy .. rain, shine, who cares except for ice and snow .. but I'm feeling my age I guess and I am liking some creature comforts more and more with each B-Day candle .. upgraded seats .. nicer riding gear .. electric vest and gloves .. the self-farkles are adding up .. already got a nice vintage fairing for the cruiser .. but now for the KLR ..

1. There will be a taller windscreen in my future ..

.. absolutely .. indulgence ..

2. There will be some better rain gear at some point too ..

.. eventually .. see, another self-farkle ..

3. This morning's slab-ride in the rain just served to remind me how much I like full-faced helmets in the rain also .. not something I used to even care about on the cruiser .. BUT, I did buy a full face a few years ago and have been known to use them .. so I'm saving my nickels for one of those fancy-schmancy Dual Sport Hybrid Helmets .. heck .. the Joe Rocket one is made by HJC (edit) .. a decent helmet for the price, and they fit my melon very comfortably .. so there will be yet another helmet in my future too .. been wearing HJC's stuff for years .. them and AMF have always been a good fit and a decent price for the helmet ..

.. later rather than sooner though .. I need the windscreen first .. lol .. that stinking motor-cross helmet catches to much wind with that visor ..

.. speaking of which .. my new helmet of choice for the KLR .. next post ..
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Old 08-13-2011, 06:16 PM   #54
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Helmets ..

.. took me years to get used to wearing a full face helmet .. now I love them .. especially the flip-face ones .. so much so that I have been keeping my old Fulmer alive for probably longer than I should .. top vents broke so I slapped on some Gorilla Tape .. repaired one of the side attachements/hinges .. can't find the visors anymore .. etc .. time to start shopping though ..



the Silver AFX FX-9 is my current favorite .. even has a John Deere logo from the mfg .. decent helmet for a seriously discounted price from a Honda Dealer selling them off on eBay ..

The Black Fulmer Modus Flip Face I have had for seven years .. love this helmet .. it's long overdue for a replacement ..

One Kombat .. bought this one on the cheap off eBay to see how the fit is .. I hate it .. it's now a toy for my kids to play with .. decently made helmet though, just fits my melon poorly ..

That plane-jane HJC has been a good helemt .. a tad snug on me, but I have crashed in it and it held up insanely well and my bell only got slightly rung .. damn good helmet for the money and I wear it off-road sometimes when I want a shield instead of glasses or goggles .. just need to retro-fit a visor and I'd be in love ..

.. my two favorites ..



.. still can't believe I found a helmet with a John Deere logo .. lol .. I love that helmet .. just hysterical with the JD logo and fits my melon almost perfectly .. the visor is plastic and I like that too (something about a stiff visor willing to scoop up tons of dirt and rock just does not excite me) .. I own two of these now (soon to be three) with one still in the box for when the time comes to retire it's brother ..
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Old 08-14-2011, 11:12 AM   #55
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Dear Bill,

I hate to see you so down and out. I was afraid when I sold you this bike that it might happen. You seemed before like a depressed man with so much time on your hands. Sad and bored would have been my description.

I had thought that this KLR business might have brought you out of your shell and given you something to do and to think about. I'm sorry to see it hasn't helped at all. I hope some day for your sanity you will find something to make life fun again.

Ever considered collecting stamps?

Peace,
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BTW, who pays the Visa bill in your household?
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Old 08-14-2011, 11:57 AM   #56
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Dear Bill,

I hate to see you so down and out. I was afraid when I sold you this bike that it might happen. You seemed before like a depressed man with so much time on your hands. Sad and bored would have been my description.

I had thought that this KLR business might have brought you out of your shell and given you something to do and to think about. I'm sorry to see it hasn't helped at all. I hope some day for your sanity you will find something to make life fun again.

Ever considered collecting stamps?

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BTW, who pays the Visa bill in your household?
.. thankfully I pay the bills .. lol .. as soon as I get out of this funk I'll look into stamp collecting .. or maybe coins ..

.. have not been enjoying the bike at all .. you sold me down the river of doom and despair .. my only hope at this point is for them to bring Hee Haw back to TV so I can join in for the song ..

.. good to hear for you Randy .. been having a blast as you may have read .. found some local trails too, though I am starting to get out a little more and stretch my legs .. I love this bike .. really looking forward to getting back out to Nantahala next month and back into some longer rides on something other than blacktop and pavement .. though I can't whine to load with the BRP so close by as well as some great back roads .. thanks for dropping me a note man .. it is good to hear from you .. hope we have the chance to catch up sometime for a ride or just a chat ..
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Old 08-14-2011, 12:09 PM   #57
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.. thankfully I pay the bills .. lol .. as soon as I get out of this funk I'll look into stamp collecting .. or maybe coins ..

.. have not been enjoying the bike at all .. you sold me down the river of doom and despair .. my only hope at this point is for them to bring Hee Haw back to TV so I can join in for the song ..

.. good to hear for you Randy .. been having a blast as you may have read .. found some local trails too, though I am starting to get out a little more and stretch my legs .. I love this bike .. really looking forward to getting back out to Nantahala next month and back into some longer rides on something other than blacktop and pavement .. though I can't whine to load with the BRP so close by as well as some great back roads .. thanks for dropping me a note man .. it is good to hear from you .. hope we have the chance to catch up sometime for a ride or just a chat ..
I was just gratified as I read your thread not to find any disparaging reference to the PO as having done something stupid to the bike. (I didn't, btw...at least as far as I know...)

Glad to see you're having fun with her. I do miss that bike.

As I live within about 12 miles of the BRP/Skyline Drive, you be sure to holler when you go for your birthday ride. Holler loud and wave too! I might not recognize the bike!

Take care,
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Old 08-14-2011, 04:00 PM   #58
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That's a well farckled toxic green adventure bike...
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Old 08-14-2011, 08:41 PM   #59
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tank saddlebags?

Nice KLR,

What kind of tank panniers do you have on your KLR, and how do you like them?
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Old 08-16-2011, 09:34 PM   #60
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.. JoeWannabe is to blame ..

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Nice KLR,

What kind of tank panniers do you have on your KLR, and how do you like them?
... Joe had a set on his KLR .. they are the cheapo ATV Logic tank panniers .. you can find them on-line and on eBay for cheap .. I think about $15-$18 bucks .. I scored mine for less off eBay ..
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