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Forum: Thumpers Today, 07:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 480
Posted By Kawidad
I hate to be a downer type, but legally speaking,...

I hate to be a downer type, but legally speaking, that bike is not capable of being street licensed in Commiefornia. You can gargle search the history of it all, but in short, DMV is not supposed to...
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 09:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 243
Posted By Kawidad
Did you call Baja Designs customer service? I've...

Did you call Baja Designs customer service? I've read they are very helpful.
Forum: Thumpers 03-22-2015, 06:45 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,865
Posted By Kawidad
See, see.... Navin was right. Look at all those...

See, see.... Navin was right. Look at all those wiring hanging out. :D
Forum: Thumpers 03-22-2015, 06:40 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,414
Posted By Kawidad
It's a good solid choice. :freaky

It's a good solid choice. :freaky
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-22-2015, 06:35 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,109
Posted By Kawidad
The OP said. I too am really impressed with...

The OP said.

I too am really impressed with the big Versys. However, the Versys 1000 is a pure street bike and would not seem appropriate for the above stated mission.
Forum: GS Boxers 03-22-2015, 06:24 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,599
Posted By Kawidad
Which is.....Shell, Golden Spectro, Castrol, or...

Which is.....Shell, Golden Spectro, Castrol, or what now??????? :amazon
Forum: Some Assembly Required 03-22-2015, 06:14 AM
Replies: 512
Views: 59,190
Posted By Kawidad
Looks like that thumb has seen a hammer strike or...

Looks like that thumb has seen a hammer strike or two in your lifetime. :lol3
Forum: Thumpers 03-21-2015, 07:52 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,807
Posted By Kawidad
I would also use loctite on the stator bolts too....

I would also use loctite on the stator bolts too. That is the failure/fix on the DRZ400, so why not do an ounce of prevention on either bike?

I would also suggest changing out the...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-21-2015, 07:25 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,109
Posted By Kawidad
If you're eyeballing jeep road, then the big Kawq...

If you're eyeballing jeep road, then the big Kawq is not the right choice. It is a pure street bike. The new V-Strom would seem to be the better tool.
Forum: GS Boxers 03-21-2015, 07:09 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,599
Posted By Kawidad
That's what I'm running in my camhead too. :evil

That's what I'm running in my camhead too. :evil
Forum: Thumpers 03-19-2015, 07:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,240
Posted By Kawidad
Yes. You must ground the stator in order for it...

Yes. You must ground the stator in order for it to work.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-19-2015, 06:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 607
Posted By Kawidad
I tried the heavier fork oil route and thought...

I tried the heavier fork oil route and thought that turned out badly. So, I went against the Internet wisdom and reversed course to a lighter fork oil. However, heavier springs (Sonic) were a MUST...
Forum: Thumpers 03-17-2015, 07:15 AM
Replies: 26,316
Views: 4,722,381
Posted By Kawidad
I can't answer specifically on the rotor, but in...

I can't answer specifically on the rotor, but in general, the Tusk brand stuff is actually pretty good. It's all made in China, if that's a concern, but otherwise, they're usually a very good value....
Forum: Thumpers 03-15-2015, 09:26 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,186
Posted By Kawidad
That looks just like my old bike. (Oh,...

That looks just like my old bike.


(Oh, and BTW, when I originally wrote "best in class", that was my opinion and not what scribes of the times wrote. I rarely pay attention to their opinions...
Forum: Thumpers 03-15-2015, 08:07 AM
Replies: 26,316
Views: 4,722,381
Posted By Kawidad
Nah. You're fine without a rim lock. ...

Nah. You're fine without a rim lock.

However, you can run these.

http://www.motionpro.com/motorcycle/partno/11-0058/

Motion Pro lightweight rim locks.

Much easier to balance. However,...
Forum: Thumpers 03-15-2015, 07:52 AM
Replies: 851
Views: 306,144
Posted By Kawidad
Nice picture. :clap

Nice picture. :clap
Forum: Thumpers 03-14-2015, 08:20 AM
Replies: 26,316
Views: 4,722,381
Posted By Kawidad
#1- It is a special screw specific to the carb. ...

#1- It is a special screw specific to the carb. However, I'm sure you could substitute a shorter metric screw with a sealing washer and make it work.

#2- I'd rebuild it, but it's purely personal...
Forum: Thumpers 03-14-2015, 08:18 AM
Replies: 26,316
Views: 4,722,381
Posted By Kawidad
#1- Yes and yes #2- Compared to a KLR, it's...

#1- Yes and yes
#2- Compared to a KLR, it's worlds better. Compared to a high end custom tuned bike, no. Honestly, if you get the newer (2002) fully adjustable suspension, it's pretty good stuff,...
Forum: Thumpers 03-14-2015, 08:06 AM
Replies: 26,316
Views: 4,722,381
Posted By Kawidad
Let us know how they work for you one you get...

Let us know how they work for you one you get some seat time. :ear
Forum: Thumpers 03-13-2015, 07:02 AM
Replies: 26,316
Views: 4,722,381
Posted By Kawidad
I haven't had any cupping with the front 606's,...

I haven't had any cupping with the front 606's, but have with the MT-21. I'm not sure the 606 would be the best choice for your intended usage. They are a good tire and hook up well, but in my...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 03-12-2015, 07:17 AM
Replies: 512
Views: 59,190
Posted By Kawidad
OMG!!!!! :tb:tb That is bad ass!!!!...

OMG!!!!! :tb:tb

That is bad ass!!!! :raabia:raabia
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-09-2015, 06:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,216
Posted By Kawidad
The quality of the deal is dependent on the area...

The quality of the deal is dependent on the area where you live, however, around these parts that's an outstanding deal. :deal
Forum: Day Trippin' 03-09-2015, 06:40 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,509
Posted By Kawidad
Nice. That's a good reason to take a day off...

Nice. That's a good reason to take a day off from your build. :ricky

Looking at your pictures just makes me homesick even though I have lived in NorCal for over 30 years. :cry
Forum: Vendors 03-09-2015, 06:36 AM
Replies: 515
Views: 67,965
Posted By Kawidad
I'm in. Looks like a great product. :clap

I'm in. Looks like a great product. :clap
Forum: Thumpers 03-09-2015, 06:21 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 7,993
Posted By Kawidad
I agree with Beezer. Your lobes look good. If...

I agree with Beezer. Your lobes look good. If you can just barely feel the grooves on the outside of the gerotor, then I just run it and not worry about it. Otherwise you can recondition it like...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 03-08-2015, 07:42 AM
Replies: 512
Views: 59,190
Posted By Kawidad
Yeah, just about positive it's an oil cooler. ...

Yeah, just about positive it's an oil cooler. I've seen them on other bikes.

Carry on. :devildog
Forum: Thumpers 03-08-2015, 07:31 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 7,993
Posted By Kawidad
Nicely done so far. :clap As to the extra...

Nicely done so far. :clap

As to the extra goop inside the engine: that may be from the factory and it's not necessarily from a ham-handed rebuild. The factory is known to be sloppy with that...
Forum: Thumpers 03-07-2015, 08:20 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,186
Posted By Kawidad
I owned one back in the day. Yes, I'm that old. ...

I owned one back in the day. Yes, I'm that old. :gerg Anyway, for it's time it was a very good bike. I looked at the other thumpers that were just hitting the market back then, (not counting the...
Forum: Road warriors 03-07-2015, 07:05 AM
Replies: 2,318
Views: 385,189
Posted By Kawidad
While I have my issue with bean counters and some...

While I have my issue with bean counters and some of BMW weird engineering, a dry clutch isn't high on my list. I don't see how a dry clutch would anything to do with the reliability of a drive...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-06-2015, 06:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 582
Posted By Kawidad
Move that vent hose too and see what happens...

Move that vent hose too and see what happens there too. :deal
Forum: Thumpers 03-05-2015, 06:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 426
Posted By Kawidad
While I've never had any bad experiences with All...

While I've never had any bad experiences with All Balls, every kit I've seen was all used no-name Chinese stuff of questionable quality. I guess you get what you pay for. :1drink
Forum: Thumpers 03-05-2015, 06:46 AM
Replies: 26,316
Views: 4,722,381
Posted By Kawidad
I too would have to vote Yellow. Of course, I...

I too would have to vote Yellow. Of course, I did change my blue one out to Team Suzuki Yellow. :lol3

However, the yellow one appears to be well loved and cared for, while the blue one does not....
Forum: Thumpers 03-05-2015, 06:32 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,677
Posted By Kawidad
I dunno, but I think your porting looks pretty...

I dunno, but I think your porting looks pretty good. I've seen pros do a worse job. :beer
Forum: Thumpers 03-04-2015, 07:44 AM
Replies: 231
Views: 15,615
Posted By Kawidad
Nicely played. :rofl:rofl Reminds me of the...

Nicely played. :rofl:rofl

Reminds me of the time I went on a road trip with a buddy who had just bought a new HD. He was so afraid it would get messed with he made sure every hotel stop had a...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-04-2015, 07:37 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,258
Posted By Kawidad
Had problems with your wethead? :ear

Had problems with your wethead? :ear
Forum: Ride reports 03-04-2015, 07:31 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 16,422
Posted By Kawidad
Nice RR. :clap Those pictures remind me of...

Nice RR. :clap

Those pictures remind me of previous rides. Good times. I've ridden all of that several times, but never on a big bike. You have my admiration. :thumb
Forum: Thumpers 03-03-2015, 06:51 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 867
Posted By Kawidad
Having grown up in that area and still living in...

Having grown up in that area and still living in Commiefornia, I get it. :p3rry

For those of you not living in our great state of mindless bureaucrats and enviro-warriors, it poses some...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-03-2015, 06:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,258
Posted By Kawidad
Can't really go too far wrong with a Yamaha. ...

Can't really go too far wrong with a Yamaha. :getiton
Forum: Thumpers 03-01-2015, 06:46 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 7,993
Posted By Kawidad
If I was a betting man, I'd say that damage was...

If I was a betting man, I'd say that damage was the result of failed doohicky some time in the past.
Forum: Thumpers 03-01-2015, 07:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 635
Posted By Kawidad
WOW :eek2 That's crazy to run it with that kind...

WOW :eek2 That's crazy to run it with that kind of damage to the clutch basket.


The scoring looks significant. I wouldn't reuse it, but I suppose you could get away with it. As to the bluing....
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