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by GS_in_CO
Sun Jul 28, 2013 9:28 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Passed my test!!!!!! Now what??
Replies: 14
Views: 9337

Re: Passed my test!!!!!! Now what??

Downshifting is good technique as long as you aren't slipping the clutch to do it. Do try to be as smooth as you can be.

But be aware that brake pads are cheap and easy to change compared to clutches and transmission parts.
by GS_in_CO
Sat Jul 27, 2013 5:59 pm
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: 1998 superhawk, stops running at operating temp.
Replies: 10
Views: 4743

Re: 1998 superhawk, stops running at operating temp.

The question is whether it's running short of fuel or heat is causing the ignition system to quit. Seems to me a simple way to tell after the trick of opening the tank was indeterminate is to see if there is fuel in the carb bowls when it quits. Opening the tank might take a moment for more fuel to ...
by GS_in_CO
Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:36 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: New Bike Advice - Dirt-Pavement Commuter
Replies: 12
Views: 8772

Re: New Bike Advice - Dirt-Pavement Commuter

I guess what I really want to know is what would be my best, cheapest choice for a bike to get me back and forth to work and what would be my best choice for all-round use: dirt, trail, pavement, and touring. Thanks again. (Budget depends on a lot of variables at this point.) Anthony Not even exper...
by GS_in_CO
Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:29 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: New Bike Advice - Dirt-Pavement Commuter
Replies: 12
Views: 8772

Re: New Bike Advice - Dirt-Pavement Commuter

You're correct to rule out the 250s for the 6hrs on highway riding. If it was JUST the commute they'd be fine and super-economical. Next thing to look at could be seat height. Might rule out the KLR650 since if it's really tall you might have issues with low proficiency. (I might be wrong about tall...
by GS_in_CO
Tue Jul 23, 2013 7:45 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: How fast on freeways in the rain?
Replies: 9
Views: 3254

Re: How fast on freeways in the rain?

I worry about my own hydroplaning and I use all the tricks I can to see what's going to happen. This means that I follow another vehicle at a safe distance and stay in their tracks. You can see that their tires squegee water away and leave a thinner layer of water on the road until the water closes ...
by GS_in_CO
Mon Jul 22, 2013 2:33 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Passed my test!!!!!! Now what??
Replies: 14
Views: 9337

Re: Passed my test!!!!!! Now what??

watch out pulling out from a road into another i almost spung out in turns. (too much gas). especiality if tread is low. ride to the left, stay out of right rut. left lane when you can (4lane). I'd simplify this to - don't accelerate (much) until the bike is upright. Especially in situations where ...
by GS_in_CO
Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:22 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Passed my test!!!!!! Now what??
Replies: 14
Views: 9337

Re: Passed my test!!!!!! Now what??

(first reply try disappeared) Trying again- Practice a LOT on roads and parking lots with little traffic. Practice everything the MSF taught - especially hard stops and countersteering. Practice slow riding, practice swerving. Find a large paved circle and do circles in both directions at higher spe...
by GS_in_CO
Sun Jul 21, 2013 5:48 pm
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: clutch
Replies: 6
Views: 3056

Re: clutch

If the clutch operates fine for the first 50 miles that suggests to me it's not dry.
Might have air in the system that expands when it gets hot?
Or the slave cylinder gets hot, expands and the piston no longer seals.

I dunno.

(I don't like hydraulic clutches for the long term.)
by GS_in_CO
Thu Jul 18, 2013 8:13 am
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: totally lost now
Replies: 12
Views: 5454

Re: totally lost now

As a late note of context- airplane mechanics who work on piston-engine planes have a rule. The rule is - if you drop a spark plug, the next sound that should be heard is that of the plug going into the trash can. And those are NOT cheap spark plugs. Not only can electrodes change gap, but the porce...
by GS_in_CO
Thu Jul 18, 2013 8:08 am
Forum: Performance and Mods
Topic: I need some good advice! CM400
Replies: 4
Views: 5523

Re: I need some good advice! CM400

Tinkering is one way to learn about stuff but sometimes what you'll learn is that no amount of tinkering will accomplish what you want when you start with the wrong materials. Are there ANY 400cc bikes that 'rumble?' If so, can you figure out how that's accomplished? Tinkering that bike into a relia...
by GS_in_CO
Tue Jul 16, 2013 8:34 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: What things did you do to store you bike this winter?
Replies: 13
Views: 6574

Re: What things did you do to store you bike this winter?

Filled gas tank. Added Stabil. Changed oil. Removed plugs, put in an ounce of Marvel Mystery oil in the cylinders, cranked engine. Reinstalled spark plugs. Removed carb bowls & emptied. Reinstalled. Removed fuel hoses from petcocks. Plugged open ends with golf tees. Ran closed hose from one petcock ...
by GS_in_CO
Mon Jul 15, 2013 7:49 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: How many crashes in how many years?
Replies: 42
Views: 13279

Re: How many crashes in how many years?

None so far on pavement in 34 years (though I'm not up to 6 figure motorcycle mileage).

Fallen over at a dead stop in the dirt a time or two and arced off a sandy trail near Moab because an XL185 isn't much good in sand.
by GS_in_CO
Sun Jul 14, 2013 5:20 pm
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: 81 Honda CM400 Issue. Help me out!
Replies: 4
Views: 3440

Re: 81 Honda CM400 Issue. Help me out!

If you cleaned the carbs but didn't attend to the condition of the gas in the tank you missed an important step. Gas goes bad fairly quickly (< 1 year, a few months if stored in the heat). Putting bad gas in your newly cleaned carbs means you have to re-clean them. Other issues can be that your idle...
by GS_in_CO
Sun Jul 14, 2013 3:46 pm
Forum: Maintenance & Appearance
Topic: Loose chain
Replies: 8
Views: 6942

Re: Loose chain

Most important thing to know is that fasteners and parts are aluminum and cannot withstand the force you'd put on them if they were steel. SHORT ratchet wrench handles and tighten things so that you are sure you could turn it some more but don't. Torque wrenches will help you learn the feel of thing...
by GS_in_CO
Sat Jul 13, 2013 7:03 pm
Forum: Maintenance & Appearance
Topic: Loose chain
Replies: 8
Views: 6942

Re: Loose chain

Hello. (First off I'm new to motorcycle maintenance and so have just about no knowledge of correct terminology of parts.) I have a 1981 Honda CM400C. My chain is loose but I can't adjust the wheel back to tighten it up because the tightening bolts are already screwed in as far as they will go. My t...
by GS_in_CO
Sun Jul 07, 2013 10:09 am
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: 1982 CB650 Starter issue PLEASE HELP new to older bikes
Replies: 7
Views: 3427

Re: 1982 CB650 Starter issue PLEASE HELP new to older bikes

appreciate the quick response. Where is the starter located is it at the front of the motor? Any clue about the bolt on the CB650 inline 4 that i was talking about that's leaking oil? You really need a service manual. I'd start looking for the starter on the back side of the cylinder bank over the ...
by GS_in_CO
Sat Jul 06, 2013 7:27 pm
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: 1982 CB650 Starter issue PLEASE HELP new to older bikes
Replies: 7
Views: 3427

Re: 1982 CB650 Starter issue PLEASE HELP new to older bikes

Sorry for having to post more but it might not be obvious that when I said connections must be shiny I mean that you take the wires off the battery posts, wire brush the surfaces that have to touch each other then put them back. Wire brushing the outside of the terminals without taking them apart wo...
by GS_in_CO
Sat Jul 06, 2013 7:24 pm
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: 1982 CB650 Starter issue PLEASE HELP new to older bikes
Replies: 7
Views: 3427

Re: 1982 CB650 Starter issue PLEASE HELP new to older bikes

Bad connection at the battery could also cause this. Connections need to be shiny (wire brushed to shiny) clean and tight.
A low/dead battery would also give this symptom.
And finally the solenoid malfunctioning would sound like this. This is the least likely cause.
by GS_in_CO
Thu Jun 27, 2013 8:31 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: How long do you keep a bike?
Replies: 18
Views: 4950

Re: How long do you keep a bike?

25 years for the current one. And I don't see anything I'd rather have on the market.
by GS_in_CO
Thu Jun 27, 2013 8:28 pm
Forum: Start Your Engines - Introduce Yourself
Topic: GSer in Colo.
Replies: 0
Views: 1536

GSer in Colo.

Just joined the forum after reading quite a few postings. I've been riding since 1979 (though with periods of inactivity for various reasons.) Had a very nice ride on Saturday going 145 miles, 80 on pavement, revisiting trailheads nearby looking at forest fire damage and checking access for hiking. ...