What did you do to your bike today?

Discussion in 'Technical & Maintenance' started by fortech, Oct 10, 2014.

  1. Trash

    Trash Member

    After discovering that my "local" (200+ mile away) BMW Dealer no longer offered loaner bikes with an overnight service, I decided to tackle the 12k mile and annual service on my F700GS. I did have to purchase a couple relatively inexpensive BMW tools in preparation of the project, but with Factory Shop Manual on CD in hand, the project went reasonably well. Luckily, I did not have to tackle pulling the cams, as the valves were all in spec. The brake fluid flush was probably a little messier than it should have been, but there was a definite improvement in brake feel when I test rode the bike in my cul-de-sac after re-assembling the body-work. I also "scrubbed in" my newly mounted Mitas E-07 semi-knobbly (50/50) tires. I definitely left more rubber on the road than I am accustomed to with my typically more street oriented tires. My GS will now be parked in anticipation of the TLH, and a Newfoundland return trip in June.
     
  2. murph

    murph Active Member

    Put some new rubber on the Big Ruckus today. I had enough of the drone of the Kenda Dual sport tires and went with a set of Avon street tires. Hoping for less scalloping due to speed which happened far too quickly for a scooter.
     
  3. -Cy-

    -Cy- Member

    So doing full spring maintenance (change all oil and bearings etc), i mad the bonehead move of removing the rear brake pivot shaft without removing the cotter pin first while using a cordless ratchet. Metal bolt, metal cotter pin, aluminum frame... you can guess what happened.

    Ran a tap through the threads and the bolt will go in cleanly but is a tad sloppy till tightened up. Does anyone know if any shops around do Time-Serts? Helicoil would be my next option but the time-serts are supposed to be a little more durable. M10 x 1.25
     
  4. Wayne

    Wayne Active Member

  5. HerrDeacon

    HerrDeacon Member

    Finally got around to installing the swingarm on my CB350, new bronze bushings were installed a while ago. Went fairly smooth after I found out how the inner rubber seals went on. Next up, cleaning up and replacing the seals and gaskets in the engine, hopefully start in on that this weekend.

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  6. HerrDeacon

    HerrDeacon Member

    Gotta love previous owners :mad: The things I've seen working on old bikes continues to baffle me. At what point did the guy realize that his method just wasn't working? Three of the four head screws are like this :rolleyes:

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  7. HunterSon

    HunterSon Member

    Got a new Mitas E07 in 130/80-17 for the WRX. Holy crap! The thing weighs 17.4 lbs! I can sit on it and not buckle the tire. And it is not even the Dakar heavy sidewall version.

    I will have to add another cylinder to the little 250 to get it up to highway speed......
     
  8. HerrDeacon

    HerrDeacon Member

    I've never weighed one of my tires or even seen posted weights but that sounds hefty. I must try and remember to weigh mine next time I buy a new one, something I never really considered.
     
  9. HunterSon

    HunterSon Member

    Thinking about selling it. It would be great on a bigger bike like a DR650 or KLR650. I have read good reviews about them on WR250Rs but it seems a little heavy duty for a little 250.
     
  10. fortech

    fortech Member

    I always liked the Michelin T63 on the KLR. Great tire and nice and cheap (used to be anyways).
     
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  11. HerrDeacon

    HerrDeacon Member

    Productive weekend in the garage, broke down the majority of the CB350 engine. Left the bottom end alone for now, will open it up once I have the top end cleaned up since I don't have the space to have it all apart at once. Few stripped screws slowed me down a bit but it went fairly smooth for the most part. So far, all the insides look good which is a relief.

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  12. Wayne

    Wayne Active Member

    I agree, the T63 is a great tire for the price. I've used a bunch of these on my klr.
     
  13. HunterSon

    HunterSon Member

    I have a T63 on the WR right now but I didn't think it was going to last through my camping trip this spring. Since I heard and read good reviews on the E07 and how long it lasted I decided to give it a try.
     
  14. sleepyhead65

    sleepyhead65 Member

    I love watching your progress. Keep it up!
     
  15. murph

    murph Active Member

    Reinstalled the final drive in the GSA.
    I had a slight weep on the input shaft seal and hauled it out to make sure it was not the transmission output shaft seal. It was not and the leak was not bad enough to go through the hassle of a repair. Nor did I have the BMW tool to pull the thing apart. But the Toy box did so I had them do the repair.
    Sometimes you just have to know when to say... when.
     
  16. Trash

    Trash Member

    How True!
    It also doesn't hurt when you know you can trust the shop to do quality work.
     
  17. sleepyhead65

    sleepyhead65 Member

    Replaced the rear shock on the Varadero over the last couple of weeks. No rush as the weather was piss poor. Did a major cleaning to the whole rear end while I was there.

    Saturday I replaced the fork seal and dust cover on the right fork. Alas! Discovered the both forks would be slightly more than the one liter of fork oil I had. So I only fixed the leaking one.

    Put it back together anyway to ride the Cape Shore Trail Sunday. mmmmmm double digit temps! lost about 8 degrees btw Butterpot and St John's on the return!

    Between these two repairs the bike seems much more firmly planted on the road --especially in the corners. But my butt still hurts after a day riding....time for a gel seat fatso. :)
     
  18. murph

    murph Active Member

    Put another set of Tourances on the GSA today. The rear was still usable (6000km) and will go on the Tiger. According to the wear I sit a little to my brake side and compensating for that means the clutch side is worn more. Anyone behind me see this?
    Either that or I am running a lot of fast left hand corners.

    Valve clearance this evening as well. Installed new spark plug hole donut gaskets as the old ones were chewed up from some guy doing too many valve clearance checks.
     
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  19. murph

    murph Active Member

    Installed a height adjustable sidestand on the GSA. The new suspension makes the bike taller so it leans a little farther over. I had one kicking around the shed. The biggest PITA being reinstalling the springs that keep it up when riding.
     
  20. murph

    murph Active Member

    After I rolled the BMW out the Tiger went in to the shed. The stock regulator is a known deficiency in the British triples. So much so that Triumph makes a patch cord that allows a "plug and play" upgrade from the shunt type (stock) to the mosfet type regulator more common on Japanese bikes. As a more efficient system it helps the stator run cooler and thus last longer. We will see but at 46000km supposedly it is just a matter of when, not if.
    Don't anyone be fooled that I know what the hell I am talking about here because I don't. I just read it on the interwebz.
     
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2017

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