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by pilot_greg
Wed Jun 09, 2010 2:36 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Race takeoffs & day / night cycles..
Replies: 11
Views: 3699

Re: Race takeoffs & day / night cycles..

I'm in Denver... Technically it is a desert... I have never seen REAL triple digit temps on the front range. I just lived for 2 years in Yuma, AZ, you wanna talk desert hehe. Its also been really wet this year on the front range. but yeah going from 50-90 in one day is fairly commonplace in these p...
by pilot_greg
Wed Jun 09, 2010 2:34 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Race takeoffs & day / night cycles..
Replies: 11
Views: 3699

Re: Race takeoffs & day / night cycles..

Wrider wrote:Well shoot I wish you would have told me sooner man... I'd have come up and helped you check your valves. I'm only down in the Springs.
I'll call you when I'm getting ready to paint it then :P.
by pilot_greg
Tue Jun 08, 2010 10:25 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Race takeoffs & day / night cycles..
Replies: 11
Views: 3699

Re: Race takeoffs & day / night cycles..

I'm in Denver... Technically it is a desert...
by pilot_greg
Tue Jun 08, 2010 2:35 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Race takeoffs & day / night cycles..
Replies: 11
Views: 3699

Re: Race takeoffs & day / night cycles..

They will at least be covered in a carport type thing, just not temperature controlled. As far as race tires on the street, I'm ok with them... I'm comfortable with the rate they lose grip and they are the right price. I'll start buying street tires when you can get a decent set for less than $200, ...
by pilot_greg
Mon Jun 07, 2010 10:56 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Race takeoffs & day / night cycles..
Replies: 11
Views: 3699

Race takeoffs & day / night cycles..

So I'm thinking about giving up my garage space at my apartment to save some money over the summer. The question is, will normal summer temperature swings 50's at night to ~100 during the day reduce the lifespan of my race takeoff tires? My concern is that the high temperatures might work like a hea...
by pilot_greg
Thu May 27, 2010 7:42 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Does carrying a passenger warrant adjusting my chain?
Replies: 17
Views: 6531

Re: Does carrying a passenger warrant adjusting my chain?

Well, I guess its time for me to readjust the thing again... Since its loose, I'll need to tighten it up so that the sidestand chain play is 20mm-30mm. Of course I'm going to have to call the shop to at least get their impression. Maybe because I'm heavier than average, taking my weight into accoun...
by pilot_greg
Thu May 27, 2010 4:45 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Paint vs. Vinyl Wrap?
Replies: 11
Views: 13419

Re: Paint vs. Vinyl Wrap?

HYPERR wrote:Two words. Street Fighter. :mrgreen:
One word: Ewwwww!
by pilot_greg
Thu May 27, 2010 4:44 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Paint vs. Vinyl Wrap?
Replies: 11
Views: 13419

Re: Paint vs. Vinyl Wrap?

Well I was referring to a professional paint job coming at at 1200 bucks. If you're gonna do it yourself I'd do the paint. Cheaper and easier than the vinyl wraps. That's an important point, the wrap itself causes ~$500, then you have to add installation costs, since installing on your own voids th...
by pilot_greg
Thu May 27, 2010 1:05 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Paint vs. Vinyl Wrap?
Replies: 11
Views: 13419

Re: Paint vs. Vinyl Wrap?

Can you say Flat Black. Not really an option... It would be too similar to too many of my friends' bikes which kinda defeats the purpose of really trying to give it a makeover. I've seen vinyl wraps last for years on cars that are daily driven. They tend to hold up better than paint too because the...
by pilot_greg
Thu May 27, 2010 10:13 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Paint vs. Vinyl Wrap?
Replies: 11
Views: 13419

Paint vs. Vinyl Wrap?

Now that all the maintenance is done on my bike, I plan on giving it a makeover. It was crashed when I bought it so the price was right, but the effect of fixing it up is that its now a frankinbike of different colored plastic. I'm working on a budget, but I still want at least a two color design so...
by pilot_greg
Thu May 27, 2010 2:58 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Does carrying a passenger warrant adjusting my chain?
Replies: 17
Views: 6531

Re: Does carrying a passenger warrant adjusting my chain?

Well, I guess its time for me to readjust the thing again... Since its loose, I'll need to tighten it up so that the sidestand chain play is 20mm-30mm. Of course I'm going to have to call the shop to at least get their impression. Maybe because I'm heavier than average, taking my weight into account...
by pilot_greg
Thu May 27, 2010 1:29 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Does carrying a passenger warrant adjusting my chain?
Replies: 17
Views: 6531

Re: Does carrying a passenger warrant adjusting my chain?

Hmmm... thats what it says in my maintenance manual as well, but I've been told on more than one occasion that that is not right, so I'm wondering whats right in this case? I know the maintenance manual is supposed to have all of the answers, but its led me wrong in the past in dealing with sprocket...
by pilot_greg
Wed May 26, 2010 10:24 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Does carrying a passenger warrant adjusting my chain?
Replies: 17
Views: 6531

Re: Does carrying a passenger warrant adjusting my chain?

Wait a second... So it shouldn't even be adjusted for me? Should I go and crank down my swing arm with a ratcheting tie down and readjust it since its only adjusted to my weight? I have it so that there is 20-30 mm of play while my 200lbs is on it...
by pilot_greg
Wed May 26, 2010 9:17 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Does carrying a passenger warrant adjusting my chain?
Replies: 17
Views: 6531

Does carrying a passenger warrant adjusting my chain?

I have my chain perfectly dialed in for me, which was a pain, so I'm resisting making the adjustment just to carry a passenger, but I'm not sure if I'm asking for trouble or not. In the past I used to carry a lot more passengers, so I had it adjusted a little loose, but now I usually ride alone, so ...
by pilot_greg
Sun May 23, 2010 2:40 pm
Forum: Maintenance & Appearance
Topic: Valve job for '02 GSX-R750 Questions
Replies: 38
Views: 15276

Re: Valve job for '02 GSX-R750 Questions

Just wanted to report in that I got everything back together and, as best as I can tell, it seems to be running well. The original "ticking" noises I heard are still there, despite the fact that the timing chain tensioner is not worn and none of the valves are out of spec, again, as best as I can te...
by pilot_greg
Wed May 05, 2010 7:50 pm
Forum: Maintenance & Appearance
Topic: Valve job for '02 GSX-R750 Questions
Replies: 38
Views: 15276

Re: Valve job for '02 GSX-R750 Questions

Well, I'm getting lots of practice installing and removing my valve cover. I got it all installed only to find out that a little silicon gasket that I smeared by accident on the cam shaft presents a critical problem, and I need to pull it again to completely clean the mess. At least I'm getting good...
by pilot_greg
Wed May 05, 2010 1:56 am
Forum: Maintenance & Appearance
Topic: Valve job for '02 GSX-R750 Questions
Replies: 38
Views: 15276

Re: Valve job for '02 GSX-R750 Questions

Ok, so I got it together finally, though I had to silicon gasket the whole rim of the cover to get the gasket to stay in place while I placed it over the engine. I know you mentioned this was not the best idea, but I've read some materials and spoken to some people who say it can be ok as long as yo...
by pilot_greg
Wed May 05, 2010 12:02 am
Forum: Maintenance & Appearance
Topic: Valve job for '02 GSX-R750 Questions
Replies: 38
Views: 15276

Re: Valve job for '02 GSX-R750 Questions

Well damn... I'm having some serious problems getting the valve cover back on... it keeps hitting a wiring harness that I can't get off, or I get silicon gasket on something in the engine, or the gasket comes off, or some o-ring comes off.... seriously, this is ridiculous...
by pilot_greg
Tue May 04, 2010 6:55 pm
Forum: Maintenance & Appearance
Topic: Valve job for '02 GSX-R750 Questions
Replies: 38
Views: 15276

Re: Valve job for '02 GSX-R750 Questions

Ok, so when I tried to take the cam chain tensor assembly off, the mounting hex bolt immediately stripped. I did a visual inspection from the top down and it looks somewhat ok, which is good enough for me right now. For sanity's sake, and the fact that I can't find a single piece of this bike that d...
by pilot_greg
Tue May 04, 2010 2:41 am
Forum: Maintenance & Appearance
Topic: Valve job for '02 GSX-R750 Questions
Replies: 38
Views: 15276

Re: Valve job for '02 GSX-R750 Questions

Ok, so I've finally gotten to measure my clearances, and unless I did it completely wrong, it looks like everything is in clearance, with one valve being borderline, but I'm not sure if its worth the effort to pull the cam shaft out just to change one tappet shim that is right on the line. This of c...