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Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-03-2015, 06:55 PM
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Posted By farp
I looked at the NC700X when I got my 500X. The...

I looked at the NC700X when I got my 500X. The deal breaker for me was the gas cap under the seat. I like to tour and I've never gone on a tour without having baggage mounted on the passengers...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 12-31-2014, 12:15 PM
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Posted By farp
I got my 500X last June and since then have put...

I got my 500X last June and since then have put about 13,000 km (8,000 miles) on it. About 80% of the mileage was on pavement, the rest on surfaces varying from graded gravel road to 4WD track. I...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-30-2014, 10:10 PM
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Posted By farp
I had a 2010 Versys for 3 yrs and traded it in on...

I had a 2010 Versys for 3 yrs and traded it in on a Husky TR650 Terra. I really liked the handling and performance of the Terra but had too many mechanical problems with it so I traded it in on the...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-30-2014, 09:45 AM
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Posted By farp
I got my 500X last June and since then I've put...

I got my 500X last June and since then I've put about 14,000 kilometers on it. I've done some long distance hwy touring where I spent 10 to 12 hours per day in the saddle, and I've ridden it on some...
Forum: Thumpers 10-03-2014, 09:56 AM
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Views: 410,700
Posted By farp
Yes, the cable is adjusted properly. I've owned...

Yes, the cable is adjusted properly. I've owned about 3 dozen bikes over the years but I've never heard this chirping sound before. Just wondered if anyone else noticed it.

John
Forum: Thumpers 10-01-2014, 12:27 PM
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Posted By farp
I"ve had a 2014 XT for a couple of months now and...

I"ve had a 2014 XT for a couple of months now and I noticed a quick chirping sound that I think is coming from the clutch. If I am cruising along in 5th gear and suddenly roll off the throttle there...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 09-29-2014, 07:07 PM
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Posted By farp
If you think that you could get the same gas...

If you think that you could get the same gas mileage at 75 mph that you get at 65 mph then you don't understand that wind resistance increases proportional to the square of the velocity. And that...
Forum: Thumpers 08-23-2014, 05:53 PM
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Posted By farp
Thanks, DS Chic, pretty much what I figured. Have...

Thanks, DS Chic, pretty much what I figured. Have you heard of anybody taking it off and scabbing an extension onto the top fender?

John
Forum: Thumpers 08-22-2014, 11:01 AM
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Views: 410,700
Posted By farp
Front fender

Has anybody had any problem with mud collecting under the small front fender and jamming the wheel?
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-05-2014, 11:25 PM
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Posted By farp
I just got back from a 5 day 3000 mile trip....

I just got back from a 5 day 3000 mile trip. Couple of hundred miles on the freeway the rest on twisty back roads. I'm 5' 10" tall and my windshield was at the highest position. I didn't notice any...
Forum: Thumpers 04-19-2014, 09:47 AM
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Views: 736,056
Posted By farp
The Terra is fine on the freeway. You can cruise...

The Terra is fine on the freeway. You can cruise at 80mph all day long if you want to. The bike will do about 105mph flat out. Some people have complained about a slight weave at speeds over 70 mph....
Forum: Thumpers 02-26-2014, 11:20 PM
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Posted By farp
It's probably for heat dissipation. I'd be very...

It's probably for heat dissipation. I'd be very leery about putting any kind of coating on the ECU for fear that it would overheat.

John
Forum: Thumpers 02-22-2014, 10:01 AM
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Posted By farp
My trail stand

You can always find something on the trail to prop up your bike. Here is what I used last time I got a flat.

http://www.dualsportbc.com/photogallery/data/500/medium/110_Fixing_FLat.jpg

John
Forum: Thumpers 02-12-2014, 11:09 PM
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Posted By farp
Thanks, HF, I didn't know about the airbox drain....

Thanks, HF, I didn't know about the airbox drain. I'll check it out.

John
Forum: Thumpers 02-12-2014, 03:53 PM
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Posted By farp
[QUOTE=TRZ...

[QUOTE=TRZ Charlie;23415528]https://24.media.tumblr.com/c331b8f20e16831949e151d0d375e947/tumblr_n086srj9Q21s0mbfho1_400.gif

That's a nasty looking spill in water deep enough to cause problems. Did...
Forum: Thumpers 01-07-2014, 09:44 AM
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Posted By farp
Thanks, HF, good advice and it will certainly be...

Thanks, HF, good advice and it will certainly be taken.

John
Forum: Thumpers 01-06-2014, 06:48 PM
Replies: 5,818
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Posted By farp
Swing Arm Bearings

Has anyone checked out their swing arm bearings and can give me some information on how well the seals work and what kind of life you can get out of the bearings before they need to be repacked. I...
Forum: Thumpers 09-19-2013, 09:45 AM
Replies: 5,818
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Posted By farp
Changing the spark plug.

Can anyone tell me how to remove the spark plug? My problem is I don't know how to remove the plastic fittings that are fastened to the flange above the plug. I don't want to apply brute force and...
Forum: Thumpers 08-14-2013, 10:28 AM
Replies: 3,601
Views: 751,516
Posted By farp
Thanks Ks... That's pretty much my experience...

Thanks Ks... That's pretty much my experience with the stock countershaft sprocket and what I expected with the smaller one. Thanks for confirming.

John
Forum: Thumpers 08-12-2013, 12:52 PM
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Posted By farp
Hey, Kswaid, what size countershaft sprocket were...

Hey, Kswaid, what size countershaft sprocket were you using?

John
Forum: Thumpers 08-05-2013, 11:55 AM
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Posted By farp
If my understanding of the Wuka King is correct...

If my understanding of the Wuka King is correct it works by making the fuel mixture richer. If this is the case what effect on gas mileage does it have?

John
Forum: Thumpers 07-30-2013, 05:50 PM
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Posted By farp
Yep, it's an awesome bike alright. I've never had...

Yep, it's an awesome bike alright. I've never had the seat kick my ass but I stand on the pegs all the time when the going gets rough. I've bottomed the suspension wheeling and jumping over cross...
Forum: Thumpers 07-30-2013, 12:50 PM
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Posted By farp
I've got an aftermarket seat from Rich's in...

I've got an aftermarket seat from Rich's in Kingston WA (Rich measures you up and builds the seat to match your size and riding position). The primary reason I got a custom seat was my short inseam...
Forum: Thumpers 07-30-2013, 09:27 AM
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Posted By farp
I've been really impressed with how well the...

I've been really impressed with how well the Terra performs off-road for a bike that's so good on the street. But the question remained about how good it would be as a touring bike so last Saturday...
Forum: Thumpers 07-12-2013, 02:56 PM
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Posted By farp
Same thing happened to me. The whole rear end...

Same thing happened to me. The whole rear end broke off and was dangling by the tail light wires. After I got the replacement parts the fix was really simple. Take the mufflers and rack off and wrap...
Forum: Thumpers 06-11-2013, 10:37 PM
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Posted By farp
I wonder if it would be better to plug the drain...

I wonder if it would be better to plug the drain holes with self tapping screws and a fiber washer and then put a cup or two of anti-freeze in the swing arm and then seal the mudflap holes. The...
Forum: Thumpers 06-06-2013, 06:46 PM
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Posted By farp
Thanks, Harder1. I replaced the stock...

Thanks, Harder1.

I replaced the stock Metzlers with Heidenau K60 Scouts. The Scouts are a small improvement over the Metzlers but have difficulty hooking up on gravel FSRs compared to legit...
Forum: Thumpers 06-06-2013, 02:22 PM
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Posted By farp
Thanks for the ride report Harder1. What knobbies...

Thanks for the ride report Harder1. What knobbies are you using and did you notice much difference between them and the stock Metzlers?

John
Forum: Thumpers 05-09-2013, 09:27 PM
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Posted By farp
I'm not looking for a plate that bolts on top of...

I'm not looking for a plate that bolts on top of the OEM rack. That won't do me any good when the OEM rack mounts are broken off at the bolt holes. There was a post about some German outfit showing...
Forum: Thumpers 05-09-2013, 09:57 AM
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Posted By farp
My rear rack broke off too. If some aftermarket...

My rear rack broke off too. If some aftermarket company were to offer a metal one (hint hint) I'd buy it in a snap. I suspect there'd be a pretty good market for it too, because the OEM plastic racks...
Forum: Thumpers 05-07-2013, 12:38 PM
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Posted By farp
It's a true 50/50 bike. Weight makes a bike more...

It's a true 50/50 bike. Weight makes a bike more stable on the street but is not so good off road. I guess they thought that they needed 400 pounds for freeway stability and that any more than that...
Forum: Thumpers 05-06-2013, 11:55 PM
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Posted By farp
I went from 28PSI to 32PSI but it didn't make any...

I went from 28PSI to 32PSI but it didn't make any difference. It's really surprising because there isn't a great deal of difference in the tread patterns between the Saharas and the K60 Scouts but...
Forum: Thumpers 05-06-2013, 06:41 PM
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Posted By farp
Update - I just put on a set of Heidenau...

Update -

I just put on a set of Heidenau K60s, front and rear, and now I know what you are talking about with the wobble/weave. The bike is fairly stable up to about 65 mph but by 70 mph there is...
Forum: Thumpers 04-30-2013, 11:32 PM
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Posted By farp
I removed the metal lic plate frame and bolted...

I removed the metal lic plate frame and bolted the plate directly to the fender and the whole back end still broke off my bike. If you put in a couple of hundred miles on unpaved FSRs you need to do...
Forum: Thumpers 04-30-2013, 03:13 PM
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Posted By farp
Thanks, Trapperj, from the posts on cafe husky it...

Thanks, Trapperj, from the posts on cafe husky it appears that it's quite common for the emf eminating from aftermarket LEDs to trigger the engine immobilization system. My main concern was having...
Forum: Thumpers 04-30-2013, 12:52 PM
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Posted By farp
I did some searching and came up with this thread...

I did some searching and came up with this thread on cafe husky. Apparently it's an EWS (engine imobilizer) problem. There is a fairly good discussion about it with some useful info. Here's the link:...
Forum: Thumpers 04-30-2013, 12:30 PM
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Posted By farp
Thanks, Rugged. I thought there was more to it...

Thanks, Rugged. I thought there was more to it than a loose battery cable but perhaps I was mistaken.

There's no need to cut the tail off. All you need to do is to remove the mufflers and luggage...
Forum: Thumpers 04-30-2013, 10:15 AM
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Posted By farp
I bought a Terra last month and I too am...

I bought a Terra last month and I too am concerned about this "MOSS flash" business. I think what Ricky Chuck was concerned about is the same concern that I have - and it's got nothing to do with how...
Forum: Thumpers 04-26-2013, 11:35 PM
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Posted By farp
It would be a lot better if you secured the...

It would be a lot better if you secured the fender to the crossbrace with a U bolt. Most of the oscillation is in the vertical plane but the way it's set up in the photo the brace only limits...
Forum: Thumpers 04-17-2013, 12:21 PM
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Posted By farp
I had my terra up to 163 kph (101 mph) and there...

I had my terra up to 163 kph (101 mph) and there was no sign of a weave, or any uncertainty in terms of steering, wheel balance, or anything else. If there was I'd never have gone that fast. I'm...
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