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by Skier
Sun Jun 07, 2009 6:02 pm
Forum: Member Motorcycle Blogs
Topic: Misadventures in wrenching and riding
Replies: 265
Views: 89032

I am become death, destroyer of motorcycle tires.

Less than 200 miles before my trip I puncture the front tire on my bike. In the middle of nowhere Montana my friend punctures his rear tire.

Trip writeup sometime tomorrow.
by Skier
Wed Jun 03, 2009 8:54 am
Forum: Member Motorcycle Blogs
Topic: Misadventures in wrenching and riding
Replies: 265
Views: 89032

White rag soaked in old red fork oil. ;)
by Skier
Wed Jun 03, 2009 12:28 am
Forum: Member Motorcycle Blogs
Topic: Misadventures in wrenching and riding
Replies: 265
Views: 89032

Yeah that brake pin slider is fine.

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by Skier
Wed Jun 03, 2009 12:27 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Headlight modulators don't improve your safety
Replies: 2
Views: 4554

The rider crashed his bike, but moments before the oncoming truck was alerted to his presence with the modulator. As stated in my original post, the truck may have noticed the modulating headlamp but would be unable to garner any detail about speed and distance of the motorcycle due to a single refe...
by Skier
Mon Jun 01, 2009 8:46 pm
Forum: Member Motorcycle Blogs
Topic: Misadventures in wrenching and riding
Replies: 265
Views: 89032

I'm averaging about 7,000 miles between tire punctures on my 599.

A friend has over 100,000 miles on motorcycles and no punctures.

My bike is cursed. :x
by Skier
Mon May 25, 2009 10:31 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Want to upgrade my head light bulb for visability
Replies: 6
Views: 3152

Silverstars overdrive the element leading to a shorter lifespan.

One of the best upgrades I've found to a stock motorcycle light is a headlight relay kit. It uses bigger wire from your battery to your light to avoid the voltage drop from which the stock wiring harness suffers.
by Skier
Sat May 23, 2009 11:57 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Bad Economy = Good Time to Buy Used
Replies: 12
Views: 2201

Those are some nice prices for bikes! Around here people are pricing KLRs in the four grand ballpark.

Must be held together by gold plated duct tape instead of the regular stuff.
by Skier
Thu May 21, 2009 10:03 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Too many fatalities this year already
Replies: 45
Views: 10424

mazer wrote:congrats to your sis and your friend...practice, practice, practice makes us all better riders.
My state's sister program has little to nothing to do with my sister. ;)
by Skier
Thu May 21, 2009 12:43 am
Forum: Member Motorcycle Blogs
Topic: Misadventures in wrenching and riding
Replies: 265
Views: 89032

My bike is back together but I'm kicking myself. I had a beer with dinner and no riding after drinkin'.

Solution: another beer and wake up early tomorrow for the test ride. :)
by Skier
Wed May 20, 2009 6:27 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Too many fatalities this year already
Replies: 45
Views: 10424

Helping to prevent rider fatalities, my friend dropped me a line today and informed me he's in the process of becoming an instructor in my rider training program's sister program. :clapping:
by Skier
Tue May 19, 2009 7:10 pm
Forum: Maintenance & Appearance
Topic: WD40 on a chain driven motorcycle?
Replies: 15
Views: 9504

35,000 miles is way more than what I get out of my chains. I still get more mileage than other 599 owners but compared to other bikes my 20,000 miles is a bit low. This chain and sprocket set I'm trying the bare minimum of cleaning and lubing just to see if it makes a difference. 12,000 miles and co...
by Skier
Tue May 19, 2009 7:07 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: 2/3rds don't take a safety class....
Replies: 22
Views: 3457

XB08 wrote:( know that you "lean your body to turn a motorcycle.". ) I really hope that the one that wrote this and you know who you are, dose not teach MSF. You do not Lean your body to turn a motorcycle, You counter steer to turn a motorcycle.
Read his post a bit closer.
by Skier
Sun May 17, 2009 8:50 pm
Forum: Maintenance & Appearance
Topic: WD40 on a chain driven motorcycle?
Replies: 15
Views: 9504

My bike and swingarm gets dirty from riding so I don't worry about a little more dirt. :)
by Skier
Wed May 13, 2009 10:00 pm
Forum: Member Motorcycle Blogs
Topic: Misadventures in wrenching and riding
Replies: 265
Views: 89032

Servicing the Hornet's front forks has been pretty rough. Old fork oil looked like raw sewage and fork seals stuck hard, preventing the bushings from popping out the fork slider. I succeeded in mangling my workbench and vise screws trying to separate them. Pretty much every wear part in the forks is...
by Skier
Tue May 12, 2009 7:35 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Making you bike yours.
Replies: 21
Views: 3410

My bike is mine by virtue of the wear marks my riding gear puts on it.

Throwing money at accessories doesn't make a bike yours, it just makes it more expensive. :)
by Skier
Mon May 11, 2009 12:06 am
Forum: Member Motorcycle Blogs
Topic: Misadventures in wrenching and riding
Replies: 265
Views: 89032

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It was a fun weekend. :)
by Skier
Mon May 04, 2009 9:34 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Too many fatalities this year already
Replies: 45
Views: 10424

I'm not really worried about riders more than usual this season, but it seems we've put a lot of the usual amount of fatalities in the beginning of the year. A bit depressing. A nice 50 mile ride after work today before the rain did wonders to uplift my spirits, though. The riders wadding up their b...
by Skier
Fri May 01, 2009 7:40 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Too many fatalities this year already
Replies: 45
Views: 10424

Too many fatalities this year already

In Washington, we've had maybe 40 or 50 days of riding where there's no snow or the temperature is above 50 degrees F. So far, there's been at least 16 fatal motorcycle accidents. :( A lot of motorcycles aren't even out of garages or the shops for spring tuneups. The influx of new, young riders on s...
by Skier
Fri May 01, 2009 7:13 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: I love a good windshield
Replies: 17
Views: 3295

RhadamYgg, Flipper: I bought my bar end weights at Twisted Throttle. They have a "what fits my bike" section so you can see if there are any weights available for your bike. On my '04 599 they were one hex bolt per side to unscrew. The new weights came with a longer hex bolt you reinstall. Easy pea...
by Skier
Tue Apr 28, 2009 8:17 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: I love a good windshield
Replies: 17
Views: 3295

Flipper wrote:I put a windshield on my 599 and could never ride without it now.
The wind is just too punishing for me.
I also love my topcase.
What other comfort items am I missing?
Huge bar end weights. Manic Salamander makes some and Twisted Throttle sells 'em. I love mine on my Hornet.