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Forum: Thumpers 06-17-2015, 01:46 PM
Replies: 6,835
Views: 1,064,767
Posted By bkowal
Run less anti-freeze mixture. Instead of running...

Run less anti-freeze mixture. Instead of running a 50/50 mix of coolant to water, run a 25/75 mix using distilled or de-ionized water. This will reduce your freeze protection from -30C to about -15C...
Forum: Thumpers 06-12-2015, 06:57 AM
Replies: 6,835
Views: 1,064,767
Posted By bkowal
If you are not already doing it, you need to move...

If you are not already doing it, you need to move the rear plastic subframe out of the way. Remove the three screws, and the muffler. Simply swivel it back providing clearance to remove the tank.
Forum: The Garage 06-10-2015, 05:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 671
Posted By bkowal
My first experiment at providing some insulation...

My first experiment at providing some insulation around the pipe was to wrap a silicon baking sheet around the pipe. As you know their is not a lot of room there so I tried this out since the silicon...
Forum: The Garage 06-10-2015, 01:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 671
Posted By bkowal
I have a FE450 that HAD the same problem. ...

I have a FE450 that HAD the same problem.

Don't use silicon or RTV, it will burn, ask me how I know.

I installed DEI Titanium exhaust wrap. It's a rock wool product, much tougher than...
Forum: Thumpers 05-05-2015, 06:27 AM
Replies: 6,835
Views: 1,064,767
Posted By bkowal
I had the same problem. The clutch is rubbing...

I had the same problem. The clutch is rubbing against he clutch cover. It you take the cover off, you will see the groove that has been "machined" out.

I made a thicker cover gasket, problem...
Forum: Thumpers 04-21-2015, 05:21 PM
Replies: 6,835
Views: 1,064,767
Posted By bkowal
I only covered the mid pipe with header wrap...

I only covered the mid pipe with header wrap since that is the section that's runs through the tank where the most heat builds up. The real secret is the aerogel insulation, the stuff is magic. It...
Forum: Thumpers 04-21-2015, 11:37 AM
Replies: 6,835
Views: 1,064,767
Posted By bkowal
Nope, fuel boils, you can open the gas cap and...

Nope, fuel boils, you can open the gas cap and hear it. Of course this makes vapour lock even more of a problem. There are a bunch of issues contributing to the problem, but its comes down to the way...
Forum: Thumpers 04-21-2015, 10:20 AM
Replies: 6,835
Views: 1,064,767
Posted By bkowal
Its not the pump that gets the fuel hot, its heat...

Its not the pump that gets the fuel hot, its heat from the engine. I spent considerable time fixing the problem, and its solved.

See this post for details:...
Forum: Thumpers 03-03-2015, 07:07 AM
Replies: 6,835
Views: 1,064,767
Posted By bkowal
No pics, bike back together. Remove the gas tank...

No pics, bike back together. Remove the gas tank and strip the insulation off the wiring harness between the cable clamp and where it starts running beside the frame, maybe 6" worth.

You will see...
Forum: Thumpers 03-02-2015, 07:55 AM
Replies: 6,835
Views: 1,064,767
Posted By bkowal
Wiring Harness Fix

This message is a warning to all 70deg Berg owners, a "Service Bulletin". I have a '09 FE450. After various issues were worked out, the biker has been stellar. However, during recent off-season...
Forum: Thumpers 01-12-2015, 07:34 AM
Replies: 6,835
Views: 1,064,767
Posted By bkowal
I had a similar problem with my '09 450. It...

I had a similar problem with my '09 450. It actually is hard to see the spark with the small wire electrode, maybe just hold onto a screw driver shaft stuck the plug cap to check :D

The problem...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 12-10-2014, 12:06 PM
Replies: 757
Views: 113,279
Posted By bkowal
But that Guzzi is so pretty... Another...

But that Guzzi is so pretty...

Another warning... the starter on 650 is VERY weak, I believe Honda used the same one on the 500. It barely does the job and a top condition battery is required to...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 12-02-2014, 12:08 PM
Replies: 757
Views: 113,279
Posted By bkowal
I think the 500 was more or a revver, probably...

I think the 500 was more or a revver, probably tuned for more top end. The low end torque of the 650 makes for a nice ride, I wouldn't mess with it.

Personally, I won't bother with much on that...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 12-01-2014, 10:41 AM
Replies: 757
Views: 113,279
Posted By bkowal
If have restored a 1983 CX650E, the Euro version....

If have restored a 1983 CX650E, the Euro version. The engine is the same. Currently the bike has 125,000kms and still purrs like a kitten.

A few things you should do while the engine is out.

-...
Forum: The Garage 10-01-2014, 11:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,408
Posted By bkowal
I have 3D printed a bunch of stuff in ABS with...

I have 3D printed a bunch of stuff in ABS with the Dimension 1200, not some crappy home made machine. Results may vary. You will never get the strength of an injected part, so you need to beef up the...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 09-18-2014, 01:12 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,667
Posted By bkowal
I tend to sit down more than most on the trails....

I tend to sit down more than most on the trails. This is for two reasons. First my bike has awesome suspension so I don't have to stand all the time to smooth out the ride. Second is energy...
Forum: The Garage 08-01-2014, 10:42 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 9,322
Posted By bkowal
I had a similar problem, the bolt on KTM gear...

I had a similar problem, the bolt on KTM gear shifter snapped off all on its own. And it was installed with Loctite. I tried various bolt removal devices, but the best was the easiest and cheapest.
...
Forum: Thumpers 07-29-2014, 12:08 PM
Replies: 6,835
Views: 1,064,767
Posted By bkowal
Beware these filters. I replaced the...

Beware these filters.

I replaced the injector on my FE450 and it came with one of these small inline filters, the white one I believe.

The bike would run fine until it got hot, then it would...
Forum: Thumpers 07-10-2014, 08:03 AM
Replies: 6,835
Views: 1,064,767
Posted By bkowal
Been there, done that. See post 5397

Been there, done that. See post 5397
Forum: Thumpers 06-24-2014, 08:47 AM
Replies: 368
Views: 32,839
Posted By bkowal
I rode a well setup '04 DRZE model for a few...

I rode a well setup '04 DRZE model for a few years. I was a good bike, had lots of fun on it, never let me down. I also raced it in Enduro and XC races. Ya, I was that guy taking a knife to a gun...
Forum: Thumpers 06-17-2014, 07:15 AM
Replies: 6,835
Views: 1,064,767
Posted By bkowal
I had these problems and solved them. ...

I had these problems and solved them.

First, wrapped the mid pipe with pipe wrap (DEI Titanium Exhaust Wrap) and finished the ends with stainless steel tie wraps.

Second, made a custom...
Forum: Thumpers 05-09-2014, 06:15 AM
Replies: 6,835
Views: 1,064,767
Posted By bkowal
Injector cleaner probably won't work. You need to...

Injector cleaner probably won't work. You need to remove the injector, use a 9V battery to open the injector, and spray cleaner through it. I made a little jig with bits of hose.

I had problems...
Forum: Vendors 04-04-2014, 10:34 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,657
Posted By bkowal
In a word, yes! The whole kit is designed around...

In a word, yes! The whole kit is designed around 1/4" sockets and bits. There are two 1/4" extensions included, and short one and a long one. In the picture the long one has a 1/4" bit adapter on it,...
Forum: Vendors 04-03-2014, 07:37 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,657
Posted By bkowal
Thanks for support. Once you do get it in your...

Thanks for support. Once you do get it in your hands, you will notice how balanced it feels. When used as a T-Handle, the extension goes through center of mass and also your thumb fits really nicely...
Forum: Vendors 04-03-2014, 07:00 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,657
Posted By bkowal
Thumb Revolver Multi-Tool Kickstarter Launch!

<h4>The Revolver Multi-Tool has now been launched on Kickstarter!</h4>
http://www.bkeracing.com/content/images/thumbs/revolver_fullsize.jpg
...
Forum: Thumpers 03-13-2014, 11:07 AM
Replies: 6,835
Views: 1,064,767
Posted By bkowal
I had a slightly different (but also very...

I had a slightly different (but also very negative) experience with the KTM inline filter. I replaced the injector on my FE450 and it would start running like crap when it got warm. It was fine for...
Forum: Vendors 02-25-2014, 05:46 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,657
Posted By bkowal
Well, I took this request and added a new product...

Well, I took this request and added a new product to the queue. This one should be easy to make, so expect it soon after the Revolver ships.

Check out: http://bkeracing.com/revolver-large-adapter...
Forum: Vendors 02-23-2014, 07:24 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,657
Posted By bkowal
Always open to new ideas, but I want to get this...

Always open to new ideas, but I want to get this one out the door first. The tooling costs are the biggest expense for new versions. But, if this one takes off, you can expect several variants in the...
Forum: Vendors 02-22-2014, 10:05 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,657
Posted By bkowal
Thumb Revolver Multi-Tool from BKE Racing

<h4>This is a sneak preview of the Revolver Multi-Tool from BKE Racing (http://www.bkeracing.com/revolver-multi-tool)</h4>
http://www.bkeracing.com/content/images/thumbs/revolver_fullsize.jpg

The...
Forum: Thumpers 12-20-2013, 10:34 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,978
Posted By bkowal
Brake cleaner works well too, much better than...

Brake cleaner works well too, much better than WD40
Forum: Thumpers 10-16-2013, 11:58 AM
Replies: 6,835
Views: 1,064,767
Posted By bkowal
All the wear items (brakes, sprockets, bearings)...

All the wear items (brakes, sprockets, bearings) are standard KTM parts.
The engine is standard KTM except for the cases which are slightly different.
A few things like the seat and air filter are...
Forum: Thumpers 09-05-2013, 09:03 AM
Replies: 6,835
Views: 1,064,767
Posted By bkowal
Stock gearing is perfect. The sixth gear is...

Stock gearing is perfect. The sixth gear is magic. You will not even use 6th under 100kph (62mph), seriously. It will cruise all day happy as a clam at +65mph.
Forum: Some Assembly Required 02-01-2013, 01:12 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 30,229
Posted By bkowal
A KX100 with a bigger gas tank and flywheel...

A KX100 with a bigger gas tank and flywheel weight..under 160lbs and cheap.
http://www.motorcycledaily.com/2003/05/01may03kawasaki2002kx100modified/
Forum: Thumpers 01-17-2013, 06:09 PM
Replies: 6,835
Views: 1,064,767
Posted By bkowal
Check the fuel pump pressure. It requires +50PSI....

Check the fuel pump pressure. It requires +50PSI. Any less and it will not run properly. Ask me how I know. :cry
Forum: Thumpers 11-14-2012, 01:57 PM
Replies: 6,835
Views: 1,064,767
Posted By bkowal
Well, the FE's are dirtbikes so they will never...

Well, the FE's are dirtbikes so they will never match the comfort of a real street bike. I recently switched from a DRZ400E to a FE450 and a couple of your asumptions are wrong. I had both bikes in...
Forum: Thumpers 11-09-2012, 11:48 AM
Replies: 6,835
Views: 1,064,767
Posted By bkowal
I can't see the fuel filter being a problem is...

I can't see the fuel filter being a problem is installed backwards, If there was a check valve in it, the bike probably woundn't run at all if installed backwards.

The bike should rip, but they...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 10-12-2012, 11:26 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 16,513
Posted By bkowal
Aussies dynoed it in at 35.4kW (47 HP). My butt...

Aussies dynoed it in at 35.4kW (47 HP). My butt dyno agrees.
http://australiancx.asn.au/files/CX650E-Two_Wheels-8306.pdf

These guys tested the new Vstrom 650, dynoed at 66HP...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 10-12-2012, 07:44 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 16,513
Posted By bkowal
I have a '83 CX650E, the Euro sport model, not...

I have a '83 CX650E, the Euro sport model, not sold in the US. Same basic bike, engine is identical. Bike has 120,000kms and still runs like new.

While you have the engine out, replace the stator....
Forum: Thumpers 07-11-2012, 01:07 PM
Replies: 6,835
Views: 1,064,767
Posted By bkowal
Thanks for the help. Problem has been solved....

Thanks for the help. Problem has been solved. Turns out it was the fuel pump. It tested over 40PSI, but that is on the edge of the bike working. After swapping with a good pump, the bike fired up....
Forum: Thumpers 07-06-2012, 11:10 AM
Replies: 6,835
Views: 1,064,767
Posted By bkowal
The injector is injecting, I have also...

The injector is injecting, I have also cleaned/checked/inspected it many times. The bike runs for 5 seconds, then quits. It is like the computer thinks the bike is not running and shuts the power...
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