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Forum: Road warriors 09-12-2014, 07:28 PM
Replies: 376
Views: 18,557
Posted By ztrab
Really

Ha, I'd like to know what KTM would have done in the identical case. Frankly your dealer should have been a better advocate but maybe there were more facts affecting the warranty obligation. I own a...
Forum: Equipment 09-03-2014, 11:56 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,427
Posted By ztrab
Big Agnes

I am using the Summit Park 15. I also use a microfiber liner, coldest I have used is 30 F. I was warm, so I'm guessing I'd have been comfortable at 20F. It great not slipping off your pad.
Forum: Equipment 08-20-2014, 10:53 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,427
Posted By ztrab
Big Agnes/Exped-fwiw

I use a an Exped 9 down filled air mat and a big Agnes bag that has a pocket for the mat. There are some fiber filed alternatives for the mat that pack smaller, but the down filled is great...
Forum: Americas 07-24-2014, 11:00 AM
Replies: 24,844
Views: 1,970,001
Posted By ztrab
Gracias

equalmente if you are around Tucson amigo. I've ridden a few off-road trails in Sonora with Los Changos ( sp?) - Mario & his brother from Obregon. Great fun, before they finished the bridge over...
Forum: Americas 07-23-2014, 07:49 AM
Replies: 24,844
Views: 1,970,001
Posted By ztrab
Head south, it's safer than a school, ship yard,post office....

Good judgement, road smarts and a normal set of cajones will get you through Mexico and beyond safely, but tell everyone that. Two-up solo with my wife on the mainland and the baja as well any times...
Forum: The Garage 07-23-2014, 07:28 AM
Replies: 6,085
Views: 2,664,527
Posted By ztrab
Home cave and track cave

The play house at home
http://ztrab.smugmug.com/photos/i-wvHMhpf/0/L/i-wvHMhpf-L.jpg

http://ztrab.smugmug.com/photos/i-X3QM7j2/0/L/i-X3QM7j2-L.jpg

and my mini cave at Inde Motorsports Park
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Forum: Thumpers 07-17-2014, 12:09 AM
Replies: 18,528
Views: 2,022,633
Posted By ztrab
OEM power sources

I use both factory supplied accessory power outlets on the left side under the headlight mask. I use the ignition-switched(I think it is ACC 1) for my GPS and I put a relay on ACC 2 behind the mask...
Forum: Equipment 07-01-2014, 11:44 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,256
Posted By ztrab
If BMW gives me a test bike I have to pick it up...

If BMW gives me a test bike I have to pick it up in LA, I'll probably wander up to Seattle in 4 days to meet the wife for a week of play then spend a few weeks coming back some coastal and some...
Forum: Equipment 06-30-2014, 11:40 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,256
Posted By ztrab
camping 2 cents

I've camped off my GS quite a bit. I have 4 tents, depending on climate, how often I'll be breaking camp, etc. I a use minwax treatment on the tent and fly once or twice a year - a leaky tent is a...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 06-20-2014, 12:39 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,171
Posted By ztrab
Hard wiring

Just getting around to hard wiring my cradle and I was looking for info on the cord when I saw this post - awesome, thanks for the great info. I'll have to take some pictures and and my mods.
Forum: Thumpers 06-19-2014, 05:47 PM
Replies: 714
Views: 232,137
Posted By ztrab
Header Coating. FWIW

You don't need a new header. I sent my header to Applied Plastic near Denver. They cleaned and coated inside and out for 130 bucks. Had it done in a charcoal grey. I used to use header wrap but...
Forum: Americas 06-18-2014, 10:44 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,770
Posted By ztrab
Don't sweat the small stuff

every once and while somebody forgets their passport but we haven't had anyone turned back (car or MC) at the US/Mex border. Bring your BC or certified copy and just tell it to the US BP agent when...
Forum: Thumpers 06-15-2014, 11:34 PM
Replies: 18,528
Views: 2,022,633
Posted By ztrab
rear clip gap

I have an 09 and the rear clips don't want to stay in due to the added RR bolt head thickness, I safety wired them tight, but it was a PITA to take the covers off, so I let them bulge a bit, never...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-19-2014, 10:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 922
Posted By ztrab
bumpers

Whateve brand, the rubber bumpers can save you you big $$ if you sheer a steering stop in a hard crash. Used(using) them on at least 5 GS that I can recall. I have seen busted stops on off road...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-18-2014, 11:28 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 5,270
Posted By ztrab
Golly, what a rally

Good excuse to break out of the house early Friday, solo after my bud bailed the night before- you know who you are JC. Ridden the BDR before it was called BDR many times, so I decided to slab it to...
Forum: Thumpers 05-12-2014, 07:02 PM
Replies: 18,528
Views: 2,022,633
Posted By ztrab
Fuel Pump Field Notes on a 2008

After my buddies pump mysteriously quit, then worked all day then quit the next, a common indicator the pump is failing, I let him have my CAcycle Works spare - the one they replaced free when I...
Forum: Thumpers 04-22-2014, 08:59 PM
Replies: 18,528
Views: 2,022,633
Posted By ztrab
Ca Cycleworks pump rocks

Props to Ca Cycle Works. I bought one of their first pumps as a back up a few years ago. They improved the replacement kit; it now includes the section of flexible fuel line(same as OEM) between...
Forum: Thumpers 04-22-2014, 08:48 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,166
Posted By ztrab
Injector

I pulled the injector, hit starter and watched spray. Looks like i am only getting half of the "circle" Looking at the spray end of the injector, seems like there are 2 "half moons" of pin holes for...
Forum: Thumpers 04-22-2014, 08:43 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 44,811
Posted By ztrab
Ca Cycleworks pump rocks

Props to Ca Cycle Works. I bought one f their first pumps as a back up a few years ago. They improved the replacement kit; it now includes the section of flexible fuel line(same as OEM) between...
Forum: Thumpers 04-18-2014, 06:47 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,166
Posted By ztrab
Test your injector/clean it/FWIW

If you have a fuel pressure gauge, you can test the pressure at the quick connect before you go through the expense of replacing a fuel pump. I would also suggest you clean your injector, you can...
Forum: Thumpers 04-07-2014, 06:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 568
Posted By ztrab
kibble white

I have owed three 06 EXC's, still have two. When you wear the valves out - around 130 hours, you'll know because they sink so far into the seat you can no lodger adjust the rocker clearance, I'd...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-04-2014, 11:51 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,992
Posted By ztrab
back up set

Laminated hard copy in zip loc under seat and as with my passport, insurance cards, a copy on my smart phone.
Forum: Orange Crush 04-02-2014, 10:37 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,084
Posted By ztrab
Field notes

FWIW, carry a couple of extra o-rings, they can deform or get nicked, then you have a big leaky. When I replace my fittings, I use high quality FI screw clamps so I can make a field change easily. ...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 03-29-2014, 09:11 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 916
Posted By ztrab
MC almost always get a free pass to the front

I'm guessing I've crossed close to hundred times, never had a problem going to the front. Most of the crossings on the Mex side will have a break in the barriers wide enough for an MC at near the...
Forum: Thumpers 03-27-2014, 11:29 AM
Replies: 1,975
Views: 628,835
Posted By ztrab
Aluminum panniers

SOLD

If anyone is interested, I have a set of custom made pannier on the flea market for the 690 - already fitted to the KTM racks but you can relocate the hardware to fit similar racks.
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Forum: Thumpers 03-27-2014, 11:27 AM
Replies: 18,528
Views: 2,022,633
Posted By ztrab
Aluminum panniers

SOLD

Put my custom 690 boxes on the flea market here:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=23793785#post23793785
Forum: Latin America 03-27-2014, 08:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,256
Posted By ztrab
Low Risk

True, there are lots of dirt route in and out of the canyon lands. I have a mostly dirt route from Nogales and Agua Prieta that gets me to Alamos or Nacori Chico. I don't mind some asphalt and I get...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 03-25-2014, 11:52 AM
Replies: 15,416
Views: 1,261,201
Posted By ztrab
Inde

Next IH date is April 21. I put a few rides and a school together last year with Evan - we even got Aaron Yates to guest instruct, but I have been riding off road so much, I let my private...
Forum: Latin America 03-25-2014, 11:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,256
Posted By ztrab
Yikes

I'm glad I was able to ride the canyons many times on my GS before they paved anything....even the road from Hwy 16 (Basaseachic Falls to San Jauinto). Did a dirt bike ride with Justin Rosen about...
Forum: Thumpers 03-17-2014, 11:17 PM
Replies: 18,528
Views: 2,022,633
Posted By ztrab
Acc

Simple 12 v stick tester will solve this, though I think ACC 2 is always hot to the battery. I put a relay on mine since I use both. I doesn't take much to run the battery down.
Forum: Ride reports 03-11-2014, 11:24 AM
Replies: 686
Views: 113,205
Posted By ztrab
Day 10 dune vid - whaaaaat

You dudes are killing me, I'm not home a month, routing up some northern trails I didn't get to in Feb and you post that stinkin Vizciano vid through the dunes... argh, At la Bocano my compadres...
Forum: Americas 03-10-2014, 11:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 680
Posted By ztrab
Baja on the big bikes

I was through BOLA to San Francisquito in Feb. The road is a little chewed up from the November Baja 1K and it will shed any superfluous "farkels" that aren't attached well. Ran that section many...
Forum: Road warriors 03-10-2014, 11:20 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 10,881
Posted By ztrab
2013 rr

Because I have a 2013 with 1,300 miles on it that was part of a two bike magazine project, this one was used for photo shots as the stock trim bike, is practically brand new factory Tri-color, it...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-10-2014, 03:19 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,871
Posted By ztrab
Head south

It's warm in Baja..................:freaky
http://ztrab.smugmug.com/photos/i-BLQcVgz/0/L/i-BLQcVgz-L.jpg
Forum: Thumpers 03-09-2014, 10:00 PM
Replies: 18,528
Views: 2,022,633
Posted By ztrab
Maintenance

My own experience and counsel from master techs who wrench for a living; sometimes it is quicker and more expedient to take few extra steps so you have full access to what you are working on....
Forum: Ride reports 03-09-2014, 09:48 AM
Replies: 686
Views: 113,205
Posted By ztrab
San Ig to Pt. Abreojos

FWIW, You can trim some of the aspalt off the this run . About 5 miles north of the SI airport road, there is aturn out on the west (your left if traveling toward Vizciano). Looks liek a big...
Forum: Thumpers 03-09-2014, 08:56 AM
Replies: 18,528
Views: 2,022,633
Posted By ztrab
spare injector

I now carry a spare oem injector assembly in addition to a back up pump & filter with necessary FI clamps, etc so a field swap can be done easily enough. - you should also carry a few of the red...
Forum: Thumpers 03-09-2014, 08:31 AM
Replies: 1,975
Views: 628,835
Posted By ztrab
Lipage

Yeah, I really liked that lip, it came off my HP2. I broke it (and my weak ass clavicle- 4th time-) when I parked my bike upside down after a mesquite limb wedged into my front wheel while riding a...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 03-08-2014, 11:42 PM
Replies: 2,673
Views: 355,070
Posted By ztrab
Full moonrise over bahia Los Angeles, Baja

http://ztrab.smugmug.com/Motorcycle-trips/Baja-Feb-2014/i-Wqb8fPG/0/L/P1040453-L.jpg
Forum: Thumpers 03-08-2014, 11:25 PM
Replies: 1,975
Views: 628,835
Posted By ztrab
Happy Trails & hard bags

Shot from Feb in Baja. I am using the KTM racks and Happy Trails Soft paniers. They have an aluminum backing that was originally made for HT proprietary racks, but I used TT mounts and the bags do...
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