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Old 10-06-2013, 07:38 AM   #2401
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Yesterday the better half and I took the bike on a 95 mile road trip. Not the bright and sunny day the weather man was predicting but it was still a great day! The ride home got a little wet with some pretty heavy downpours the 15 miles or so. Once we got to the garage, she said to me... "That rain wasn't bad. I was laughing the entire time!" She's a great riding partner!
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Old 10-06-2013, 08:36 AM   #2402
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Old 10-06-2013, 11:34 AM   #2403
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My bike had developped lazy starts probaly due to my battery. Dont know why, it is only 1 year old (BOSCH) battery.

So I slapped on my trusty old imax charger and I am now charging it at 0.5 amps (can go up to 5A)

We will see how it goes.
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Old 10-06-2013, 01:46 PM   #2404
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Ohlins TTX ESA + offroad

Took my 2009 GSA with new Ohlins TTX ESA out for an offroad ride yesterday. Looks like they passed the test. On a more technical uphill portion, only 2 bikes out of 10 (incl a few LC) made it on the 1st attempt (including me ). Now since I'm no expect rider, I guess I'll have to give some credits to the new Ohlins for handling those loose rocks and ruts.

It was a bit uneasy to see a friend crashing his new LC a few times while attempting the ascent. After a while, he was so exhausted that he asked me if I could take his bike up the hill. I gave it a shot, but the clutch is so darn different on the new LC that I ended up stalling the bike while trying to adjust speed and balance. Made me love my 2009 even more I think..
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Old 10-06-2013, 05:37 PM   #2405
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Replaced the battery

After she let me down one 30 degree night last week (spitting snow and freezing rain... Yuk!), I bought and installed a new LiFePo battery from Scorpion.

Holy cow, this thing is small and LIGHT! Also 330 CCA with a 2 year full replacement and 1 year prorated warranty. For $134 US it's hard for me to pass it up, especially when a sealed lead acid is almost $100 with a 6 month warranty...

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a41capt screwed with this post 10-06-2013 at 05:39 PM Reason: fixed an incomplete sentence. Syntax is important!!!
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Old 10-06-2013, 06:31 PM   #2406
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Location: Verchučres, QC, Can. Land of the looooooong winter
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I installed:

Kenda Big block
A set of SWMotech crash bars,
LED light kit
Wide pegs,
Large rear LED brake light bar

More coming.

I guess when I'll be finished, it will be time to get a new 2014 GSA

But meantime, I have lots of fun riding in the dirt.

I'm wondering if i's worth it to fit a set of aftermarket shocks????
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Old 10-06-2013, 07:41 PM   #2407
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After she let me down one 30 degree night last week (spitting snow and freezing rain... Yuk!), I bought and installed a new LiFePo battery from Scorpion.

Holy cow, this thing is small and LIGHT! Also 330 CCA with a 2 year full replacement and 1 year prorated warranty. For $134 US it's hard for me to pass it up, especially when a sealed lead acid is almost $100 with a 6 month warranty...

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I rode through there yesterday and had to use my electric liner and hippo hands. I think it was in the mid 30's when I rode through Prescott and 70's when I left Phoenix.
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Old 10-06-2013, 09:37 PM   #2408
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I'm wondering if i's worth it to fit a set of aftermarket shocks????
First thing you should have done and biggest bang for the buck...by the power of ten..
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Old 10-07-2013, 08:59 AM   #2409
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Some place...

Hi Ron, you recognize the place in Neuquen, don't you?
There was where I did the trade.
Good people and nice place.
Good to know you where around.

Cheers

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In january I and my Wife visited dealer Codasco Austral - Argentina and was change an lamp free. Good Friends!!
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:34 AM   #2410
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Thumb Wow!!!

As part of my re-build over the last two weeks, I installed new throttle cables on my GSA. My bike's got 110,000 miles on it and I' not sure if they have ever been replaced before. Tim?? Anyways, they did not feel bad or like they were dragging, but I could feel a difference between my throttle and my friend's bike that only has 30k miles. So, replace them I did . . .


OH. MY. GOD.


I am not exaggerating when I say it feels like a whole new bike. Not one bit. I have an IICE Air and the XIED which both made improvements to the bike. But nothing like this.

The throttle is now soooo much lighter. The bike actually revs easily now! Rev matching on downshifts is now a simple matter. Accelerating, it feels like somebody took 20% off the fly wheel. I've popped three little wheelies shifting into second gear just because I'm not yet used to how much faster the bike revs up. Dare I say it, it feels like the engine on my 1200GS did!

Apparently, my throttle cables were a lot worse than I thought. It's sad to think that my throttle cables were actually making it harder for the bike to rev up.

The moral of the story is, if your bike has over 50,000 miles, you might want to seriously consider replacing your throttle cables. The DIY in the Hall of Wisdom makes it a simple job. It took me about 2 1/2 hours over two sessions (an hour to remove the old, an hour and a half to install the new). Oh, and it was a TON easier to synch the TB's when I was done too.
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Old 10-07-2013, 02:49 PM   #2411
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Skid plate

Made up a skid plate out of some scrap aluminum I had.

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Old 10-07-2013, 02:57 PM   #2412
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refitted wheels and tires

Installed the spare wheels that have the Anakees after removing the wheels with Heidenhau K60s - preparing for a for a paved road trip.
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Old 10-07-2013, 08:29 PM   #2413
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Did the Cam Chain Tensioner upgrade on my old 1100GS. No more clatter at start up!
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Old 10-07-2013, 08:42 PM   #2414
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I put a Blue air filter on my Sertao. I'm happy to say I notice a real increase in power and throttle response. I think I can hear it but I might be hearing things.
I have a Sertao. What;s a blue filter? I use K&M.
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Old 10-07-2013, 08:43 PM   #2415
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Installed two powerlets...flushed brake system...that is all..
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