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Old 07-18-2013, 09:02 AM   #9781
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For trail riding and offroad tires i don't usually bother with balancing. For road tires I do balance.
Here in Vegas it is 50 or more miles of pavement to get to/from our riding areas. Hence the need for Dual Sport bikes.
A typical ride for us is 150-300 miles of mixed pavement/dirt riding. Taking the few minutes to balance my wheels is worth it to be ready for anything.
Side note- When doing our latest tire change my son found a 6 inch long crack on his front wheel. No ding. Dunno what the heck he must've hit. I guess it is time for a new rim.
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:14 AM   #9782
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For trail riding and offroad tires i don't usually bother with balancing. For road tires I do balance.
I usually balance wheels that have rim locks. But for something like my DR or the 690 I don't bother.
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:35 AM   #9783
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For trail riding and offroad tires i don't usually bother with balancing. For road tires I do balance.
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Old 07-18-2013, 02:18 PM   #9784
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For trail riding and offroad tires i don't usually bother with balancing. For road tires I do balance.
With a bike like a 690 I find it very difficult to relegate particular tyres to 'offroad only' - you do transport legs and a lot of travel on gravel roads and farm tracks ...

Once you get over about 80kph, balancing makes a big difference - and at cruising speeds it's chalk-and-cheese ...

Completely changes the characteristics of the suspension, front and back ...

That said, $60 sounds prohibitively high - most places here will balance wheels for free if you order your tyres from them - otherwise, the cheap wheel balancers work well ...
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Old 07-18-2013, 03:18 PM   #9785
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i rode the bike to the shop so they had to pull the wheel and put it back on. the also used the elctronic automotive style machine. i just wanted to see if it would help cause i ride alot on the pavement at 70-80 mph sustained for about 15 miles each way. still not liking the factory front tire that much. louder than the motor, not that great in the sand, and wobbles at speed on hwy...
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Old 07-18-2013, 03:54 PM   #9786
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I'm a big fan of the BD Squadron, put one on my Husaberg 390 and it has been very reliable and rugged.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=784908

Takes a bit of wiring trickery but not bad. The Skene Designs is the best dimmer to integrate with the existing switchgear. The Squadron is too bright for use on highways and oncoming car, but knocking it down to 20% to 30% or so makes it tolerable for the cars and easily the equivalent of "Low beam" Halogen to play nice with cars.

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Question for the Americans on the BD squadron... I'll be back in Oct riding from Washington thru Or, Cal, Nev, Utah, Arizonia and down into Mexico.

Anyone have LEO's bother them with the squadron? Though trying to do more off road and more daylight riding the reality is I will probably rack up a 1000 miles of night time road riding in a few weeks and wondering what the odds are of getting ticketed/hassled are?
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Old 07-18-2013, 03:56 PM   #9787
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I found that even at speeds of 30-40 mph on hard surfaces can be a problem with unbalanced wheels.

I balance the wheels w/ knobbies on 450 when I go to Baja because I know there will be some paved sections....I don't balance them for the local single track w/ occasional gravel FSRoads.

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Old 07-18-2013, 05:36 PM   #9788
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I use balancing beads in my tires. My shop installs them with the tires for a modest fee ($15-ish per tire). 2 oz in my tires and they are very smooth at speed.

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...ing-Beads.aspx
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:51 PM   #9789
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I use balancing beads in my tires. My shop installs them with the tires for a modest fee ($15-ish per tire). 2 oz in my tires and they are very smooth at speed.

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...ing-Beads.aspx


I found these in my wife's stuff....will they work?




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Old 07-18-2013, 06:46 PM   #9790
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voltage regulator

my bike ran out of battery the other day 12v only and falling while its running..

the manual I have doesn't mention testing the regulator, only the stator. from other experience of testing regulators, ohm test the diodes being one direction through the regulator.....

the stator of course has continuity through the three yellows and no ground.

which I have that.. testing... is it still the regulator the problem? or can there be a mystery and an experiment in spending cash ?
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:59 PM   #9791
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I found these in my wife's stuff....will they work?




they might cut down on the vibration ...
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:22 PM   #9792
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they might cut down on the vibration ...
But you need plenty of bib moose lube.
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Old 07-19-2013, 12:34 AM   #9793
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I use balancing beads in my tires. My shop installs them with the tires for a modest fee ($15-ish per tire). 2 oz in my tires and they are very smooth at speed.

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...ing-Beads.aspx
And here I thought those were witchcraft. Maybe I should try them.
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Old 07-19-2013, 06:29 AM   #9794
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Question for the Americans on the BD squadron... I'll be back in Oct riding from Washington thru Or, Cal, Nev, Utah, Arizonia and down into Mexico.

Anyone have LEO's bother them with the squadron? Though trying to do more off road and more daylight riding the reality is I will probably rack up a 1000 miles of night time road riding in a few weeks and wondering what the odds are of getting ticketed/hassled are?
Ricky, I've ridden my Berg w/Squadron past LEO's a lot in several states and never hassled, but that was when I was dimmed to reasonable levels. Never blasted a LEO with the full beam. My gauge is if cars are flashing you to dim it down you are probably too bright. When you are back in the area, I'd be happy to show you the setup on my Berg. Not sure what I'm doing with the 690 yet, but likely the same thing. BD sells the KTM kit and the metal w/Squadron can bolt right into the OEM plastic IIRC. If not sure about fit you can ask here:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...php?p=21576795
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:25 AM   #9795
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I'm picking up a new to me 2011 tonight- stoked beyond words, been missing a bigger DS ever since I sold my 640. question for y'all. What do you recommend for a 80/20% knobby tire setup. Doesn't have to be DOT as they don't check out here, pretty much dry and rocky and I would like decent mileage out of them. Will be used for FS Roads and moderate trail usage
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