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Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 01:27 PM
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Posted By davek181
If i know it is a long downhill I will often just...

If i know it is a long downhill I will often just pull the compression release, kill the engine and run on gravity for a while. One trail in paticular that we ride has about a 2 mile downhill...
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 06:34 AM
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Posted By davek181
I put one one and it was noisy, I took it off as...

I put one one and it was noisy, I took it off as it irritated me. Sometimes, especially on a long downhill through the trees I pull the compression release and coast through the forest silently. It...
Forum: Thumpers 01-26-2015, 06:22 PM
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Posted By davek181
I just counted 112 links.

I just counted 112 links.
Forum: Thumpers 01-26-2015, 01:11 PM
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Posted By davek181
I am not sure what my top speed is, haven't tried...

I am not sure what my top speed is, haven't tried for a while, though I did hit 98 on the GPS one time I did. I was running different higher gearing then, 16/45. I have found that gearing does not...
Forum: Thumpers 01-25-2015, 05:41 PM
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Posted By davek181
Gearing

Seems like a popular combo for gearing is 14/48. I am currently running 14/45 which is a little lower than stock, 15/43. I am thinking my ideal gearing is going to be 15/48 this year.
Forum: Thumpers 01-25-2015, 01:41 PM
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Posted By davek181
Spring?

Weather is finally warming up, today 45 degrees out and dry, so I finally dusted off the XL and took it for a ride. I was kind of anxious to take it out since I have completed two of the items on my...
Forum: Thumpers 01-17-2015, 07:23 PM
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Posted By davek181
Pull the jug, the rings are letting oil by. I...

Pull the jug, the rings are letting oil by. I think you will find end gap excessive. I think the seal on the prechamber valve is also bad. Others too I am sure but you will obviously replace them...
Forum: Thumpers 01-16-2015, 11:09 AM
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Posted By davek181
Anybody with the funds enough can buy a shiny...

Anybody with the funds enough can buy a shiny antiseptic new bike. I kind of like one with a little patina, and experience.
Forum: Thumpers 01-12-2015, 09:43 AM
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Posted By davek181
I didn't take any pics when I did it and I...

I didn't take any pics when I did it and I haven't been back in there yet to look again, but it was pretty simple. I bought also at Radio Shack a small project circuit board and soldered the...
Forum: Thumpers 01-11-2015, 11:46 AM
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Posted By davek181
Sounds like the battery is toast. I got tired of...

Sounds like the battery is toast. I got tired of buying a new one every year, and the acid mess, and the weight.

I put in a capacitor pack to allow the signals to work, if I didn't have them I...
Forum: Thumpers 01-11-2015, 10:10 AM
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Posted By davek181
I got tired of buying a battery a year, I chucked...

I got tired of buying a battery a year, I chucked the battery and made a capacitor pack out of Radio Crap parts. It provides enough reserve to allow the signals and stuff to work.

Check for...
Forum: Thumpers 01-10-2015, 11:01 AM
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Posted By davek181
Frozen fog last night, my entire world has a thin...

Frozen fog last night, my entire world has a thin layer of ice on it. Walking the dog in the yard is even treacherous.

25C sounds really good right now.

I am so up for a long comfortable...
Forum: Thumpers 01-09-2015, 08:27 PM
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Posted By davek181
Aren't your seasons all swapped around down there...

Aren't your seasons all swapped around down there on the bottom of the world?

This August when I am riding in the sun and heat you will be shivering through your winter.

It's all good, as...
Forum: Thumpers 01-09-2015, 07:36 PM
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Posted By davek181
It is only an S6, but as much as I do enjoy...

It is only an S6, but as much as I do enjoy driving it, (270K miles and counting). As soon as the weather gets warm it will get parked again till it gets cold out again in favor of the XL. It...
Forum: Thumpers 01-09-2015, 04:12 PM
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Posted By davek181
My cage has climate control, heated seats, heated...

My cage has climate control, heated seats, heated mirrors, heated door locks, and heated washer nozzles. No good reason to let that all go to waste.

I do want to ride the XL, but....
Forum: Thumpers 01-09-2015, 09:21 AM
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Posted By davek181
I grew up in Montana before this global warming...

I grew up in Montana before this global warming BS. I remember we set a record one winter of -40, 40 days in a row. I used to run around in a t-shirt till it got into the 30s but not anymore. I...
Forum: Thumpers 01-09-2015, 06:37 AM
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Posted By davek181
I am a wuus too. I thought of riding last...

I am a wuus too. I thought of riding last weekend, it got up into the 40's and the streets dried up, but I didn't.

I really need to start my winter projects or they will become next winter's...
Forum: Thumpers 01-08-2015, 06:49 AM
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Posted By davek181
Mine used to leak intermittently. The roller...

Mine used to leak intermittently. The roller bearing was fine and seal new, but if you looked as you operated it the shaft would wiggle some. Turned out to be worn out down in the cover where the...
Forum: Thumpers 01-07-2015, 05:24 PM
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Posted By davek181
Wouldn't have thought of using hand warmers for...

Wouldn't have thought of using hand warmers for carb preheat, but not a bad idea.

-15 degree riding on the other hand is what I would call a bad idea.
Forum: Thumpers 01-03-2015, 11:20 AM
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Posted By davek181
If it engages the gears fully and shifts back...

If it engages the gears fully and shifts back out, you are probably ok. When you get the other case half on it might get better too.

I generally pull the swingarm back to change the shock, it is...
Forum: Thumpers 12-31-2014, 07:36 PM
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Posted By davek181
I had a set of 400 forks with a brace before the...

I had a set of 400 forks with a brace before the USDs, I liked them a lot.

I think the biggest improvement regardless of shocks or forks is the proper springing for weight. I tried many oil...
Forum: Thumpers 12-31-2014, 08:52 AM
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Posted By davek181
People do like to see old bikes and often stories...

People do like to see old bikes and often stories abound. When someone asks me what year bike I have, I have to ask them what part of it they are looking at. I have parts ranging from the early...
Forum: Thumpers 12-31-2014, 06:43 AM
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Posted By davek181
I have pondered the same thoughts many times over...

I have pondered the same thoughts many times over the years. Why am I still riding this same old turd year after year when there is so many other bikes out there?

Hard question to answer, but in...
Forum: Thumpers 12-30-2014, 07:53 PM
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Posted By davek181
Most guys use a XR shock on the rear. It is...

Most guys use a XR shock on the rear. It is just a smidge longer, but needs re-springing too.
Forum: Thumpers 12-29-2014, 12:21 PM
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Posted By davek181
If it running good, I wouldn't mess with it at...

If it running good, I wouldn't mess with it at all. You might be amazed how long it will go it you just let it.

I would keep your eyes open for a parts bike for sure and grab it if it comes up...
Forum: Thumpers 12-27-2014, 09:41 AM
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Posted By davek181
I hate that when that happens. :lol3

I hate that when that happens. :lol3
Forum: Thumpers 12-26-2014, 10:15 PM
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Posted By davek181
Noisy Harleys have changed people's perceptions,...

Noisy Harleys have changed people's perceptions, I had a neighbor comment on how nice and quiet my bike is as it rolls past his house in the morning. Often at 4AM. His neighbor owns a...
Forum: Thumpers 12-26-2014, 09:33 PM
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Posted By davek181
Yeah, right. I forgot all about the stock pipe. ...

Yeah, right. I forgot all about the stock pipe. My bike came with a supertrapp on it, I do have a stocker now that I have tried out in the past just to see how it was. It was very restrictive and...
Forum: Thumpers 12-26-2014, 01:54 PM
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Posted By davek181
I have had my XL on a weight reduction diet for...

I have had my XL on a weight reduction diet for years. It sheds weight as easily as me it seems.

There is a limit to how far you can go since it was not built light to start with, and street...
Forum: Thumpers 12-25-2014, 10:43 AM
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Posted By davek181
The XL spring is a little bit stiffer than the...

The XL spring is a little bit stiffer than the XR, but Not much. I am not sure it fits either. It has been a long time since I played with the rear springs but I can remember they were all too...
Forum: Thumpers 12-24-2014, 08:46 AM
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Posted By davek181
You can use either crank too, if you match the...

You can use either crank too, if you match the piston to the crank stroke. when my Xl crank broke, I replaced it with a used XR eBay crank and a 102mm XR piston. Both cranks were readily available...
Forum: Thumpers 12-22-2014, 06:26 AM
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Posted By davek181
I ran a 102.4 wiseco for 20K miles with good...

I ran a 102.4 wiseco for 20K miles with good reliability. I had no good reason to take it out except I changed to an XR crank and it wouldn't work with that. With just a fresh set of rings I would...
Forum: Thumpers 12-21-2014, 04:42 PM
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Posted By davek181
They came with weights on the bar ends from the...

They came with weights on the bar ends from the factory. I mounted them on my bike again and it seemed to help. The mirrors are a lot clearer with them, for sure
Forum: Thumpers 12-20-2014, 12:27 PM
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Posted By davek181
The original Honda factory air filter is still...

The original Honda factory air filter is still available too. Foam filter, I keep a spare on hand for mine. Original owner removed the backfire screen and I need a new one every other year or so.
Forum: Airheads 12-20-2014, 12:15 PM
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Posted By davek181
BMW automobile side can get you smooth skinned...

BMW automobile side can get you smooth skinned 7mm line, no more fraying. It is made for fuel injected early models and is less affected by ethanol too. A good import repair shop should have it, as...
Forum: Thumpers 12-20-2014, 09:02 AM
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Posted By davek181
I use a Snap-on gasket scraper carefully...

I use a Snap-on gasket scraper carefully sharpened and resharpened as needed to get the gaskets off. I have sharpened one to extinction so far in my career. I had a friend who was a saw filer teach...
Forum: Thumpers 12-19-2014, 01:32 PM
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Posted By davek181
I retrued the front and balanced it when I did...

I retrued the front and balanced it when I did the fork swap and it took about 2 1/2 oz to get it right.

I did the rear this summer when I swapped tires and narrowed up an XL wheel to fit my XR...
Forum: Thumpers 12-19-2014, 08:19 AM
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Posted By davek181
I jettisoned my rim locks years ago too. makes...

I jettisoned my rim locks years ago too. makes balancing a lot easier also.

I balance the rim with everything but the tire on it, hide the tape on weights under the rim band. When you mount the...
Forum: Thumpers 12-14-2014, 04:30 PM
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Posted By davek181
WD40 s the best mounting lube I have found to...

WD40 s the best mounting lube I have found to date. I have done hundreds of tires with all different kinds of lubes.

Dries quickly to sticky, tire won't slip.
Forum: Thumpers 12-11-2014, 10:05 AM
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Posted By davek181
Should be only the one fuse. If you have neutral...

Should be only the one fuse. If you have neutral light and taillight the fuse is ok. If you don't then there is a break between the battery and bike. Usually that break is the fuse by design.
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