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Forum: Equipment 04-25-2014, 03:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 486
Posted By CaliKarl
Ohlins Shock Problem: Help!!!

Bought an Ohlins shock for my 800GS and am having some trouble with it: it's uber soft and the bike bounces like a pogo stick when pressing on the seat (I'm afraid to sit on the dang thing as it...
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-20-2014, 02:19 PM
Replies: 1,987
Views: 195,694
Posted By CaliKarl
The free length of my Ohlins spring is 220mm. If...

The free length of my Ohlins spring is 220mm. If it is longer than the stock's, then should I still preload it to 197mm?
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-19-2014, 10:49 PM
Replies: 1,987
Views: 195,694
Posted By CaliKarl
Quick question: The stock shock spring on my...

Quick question:

The stock shock spring on my 800GS is 197mm long with no hydraulic preload added. The attachment proclaims this is the minimum for the low suspension, though my bike is the...
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-26-2014, 10:29 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,360
Posted By CaliKarl
Simple: sell Harley, buy BMW. Done and done.

Simple: sell Harley, buy BMW. Done and done.
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-23-2014, 03:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 674
Posted By CaliKarl
Unfortunate that the fork lower would not be...

Unfortunate that the fork lower would not be smooth as a result of bad casting (metal is 'bubbly' looking; quite thick). I always thought bottoming out meant the upper stanchion rammed into the...
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-23-2014, 02:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 674
Posted By CaliKarl
Chrome is damaged at the very bottom of the lower...

Chrome is damaged at the very bottom of the lower (must have always been as such). So when it 'bottoms out,' the upper stanchion, and the dust seal, does not bounce off the bottom of the lower?
...
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-23-2014, 01:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 674
Posted By CaliKarl
1. Does anybody else have a fork tube lower that...

1. Does anybody else have a fork tube lower that is anything but smooth near the bottom of the stroke?

2. Replaced with new ones.

Thanks for your replies!
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-22-2014, 04:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 674
Posted By CaliKarl
Couple of questions that arose while completing...

Couple of questions that arose while completing this job:

1. The bottom of one of the fork tube lowers is not smooth (i.e. if you bottom out there is a not-so flat area that the seals will hit). ...
Forum: Equipment 02-27-2014, 10:55 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 17,410
Posted By CaliKarl
Not rich, but rather middle class folk...

Not rich, but rather middle class folk prioritizing high quality, long-lasting gear.
Forum: Parallel Universe 02-11-2014, 01:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 678
Posted By CaliKarl
Thanks mate! That'll work.

Thanks mate! That'll work.
Forum: Parallel Universe 02-11-2014, 01:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 662
Posted By CaliKarl
We don't need another suspension thread!

I currently have Racetech fork springs and the stock shock on the bike. As such, the front is firm and stiff while the rear is loose, soft and sits very low (I'm 6'3", 205-210 lbs). I'm considering...
Forum: Parallel Universe 02-11-2014, 01:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 678
Posted By CaliKarl
VIN Number Location

Other than the sticker on the steering head, is there a VIN number stamped on the frame or elsewhere on the bike? The DMV is giving me a lot of s$@t! Thanks guys.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-04-2014, 09:27 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 6,834
Posted By CaliKarl
Thanks for all your replies. I'll play around...

Thanks for all your replies. I'll play around with it, but ultimately neither my index nor middle finger can cover the front brake while standing. I wear a size XXXL glove and have very cumbersome...
Forum: ADVrider annual rallies 02-02-2014, 05:52 PM
Replies: 2,768
Views: 176,017
Posted By CaliKarl
Whoa! How'd I get bumped off the list? Did I...

Whoa! How'd I get bumped off the list? Did I need to send money to somebody by a certain date? I'm good for it. Thanks Joel.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-01-2014, 10:19 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 6,834
Posted By CaliKarl
One Finger On the Front Brake? Wait: all the time?

I've been told to keep one finger on the front brake at all times while riding off pavement. Well, easier said than done. My hands just cannot make that happen. I'll look into getting different...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 09-17-2013, 09:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 782
Posted By CaliKarl
I read that, but might enter from the east and...

I read that, but might enter from the east and ride it anyways; out and back.
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 09-17-2013, 05:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 782
Posted By CaliKarl
White Rim Trail Sept 25th or 26th - Anyone Interested

I'll be in Moab next week on my 800GS and want to attempt the WRT, though preferably not solo. Anyone up for it? I'll buy the celebratory beer!
Forum: Ride reports 08-28-2013, 06:29 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,935
Posted By CaliKarl
How sandy? As bad as it looked?

How sandy? As bad as it looked?
Forum: Parallel Universe 02-01-2013, 03:53 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 468
Posted By CaliKarl
Stock Fork Height

I moved my forks up last year to where they are flush with the clamps. From the factory, are these raised by about a centimeter, or is it not even that much. Thanks.
Forum: Parallel Universe 11-30-2012, 03:55 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,465
Posted By CaliKarl
Okay. So why then not keep the clearances loose...

Okay. So why then not keep the clearances loose in the first place? So that they're ringing the dinner bell?
Forum: Parallel Universe 11-29-2012, 02:26 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,465
Posted By CaliKarl
So the new bikes, with bigger clearances, have...

So the new bikes, with bigger clearances, have less power?
Forum: Parallel Universe 11-19-2012, 07:12 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 11,851
Posted By CaliKarl
They are great on the street - truly! However,...

They are great on the street - truly! However, when I started this thread, I did not realize that the tires only became grippy after the muck applied to the tires wears off, which takes about 50-100...
Forum: Parallel Universe 11-04-2012, 12:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,351
Posted By CaliKarl
Could the master cylinder bleed possibly be a...

Could the master cylinder bleed possibly be a size M6x1?
Forum: Parallel Universe 11-02-2012, 08:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,351
Posted By CaliKarl
The ones for the calipers are 10mm by 1.0...

The ones for the calipers are 10mm by 1.0 (SB1010S).
Forum: Parallel Universe 11-01-2012, 10:19 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 407
Posted By CaliKarl
Master Cylinder Bleeder Size

What size is it? I know a 6mm socket fits it. I need a new one, preferably a speed bleeder. Thanks.:D
Forum: Parallel Universe 10-16-2012, 04:17 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 39,579
Posted By CaliKarl
Thanks for this post! About to begin the valve...

Thanks for this post! About to begin the valve adjustment procedure, but need shims first. So which ones do I buy? Should I just ask the dealer to send me a couple different ones? With gas at...
Forum: Parallel Universe 10-07-2012, 09:50 PM
Replies: 1,987
Views: 195,694
Posted By CaliKarl
Thanks for all your help for answering all my...

Thanks for all your help for answering all my stupid questions. Now, I have one more for you. What is the cheapest, simplest way to get HID headlamps? Just switch the old bulbs with HID ones, or...
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-15-2012, 01:25 AM
Replies: 1,987
Views: 195,694
Posted By CaliKarl
My bike has been vibrating horribly lately. The...

My bike has been vibrating horribly lately. The dealer said it's a result of a faulty exhaust gasket. First, what's an exhaust gasket? I don't see such a thing in the Hayne's manual. And the...
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-15-2012, 01:22 AM
Replies: 1,987
Views: 195,694
Posted By CaliKarl
I did.

I did.
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-03-2012, 07:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 857
Posted By CaliKarl
The oil is coming out of the water pump weep...

The oil is coming out of the water pump weep hole. Having read a few posts, I'm guessing this a result of the water pump seal not doing its job. Ought this be covered under warranty? And what may...
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-01-2012, 10:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 857
Posted By CaliKarl
I'm leaking oil! Oh shit! It appears just above...

I'm leaking oil! Oh shit! It appears just above the head, but I cannot clearly see a trail. And it's not obviously coming from the valves. I have 22,700 on the bike and need to do the valve...
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-26-2012, 12:48 AM
Replies: 1,987
Views: 195,694
Posted By CaliKarl
The bleeder by the reservoir is stripped - that's...

The bleeder by the reservoir is stripped - that's all. Wrong size wrench, I suspect. The reservoir guard, by Wunderlich, was hit when the bike went up an embankment, nearly 11 ft., and tumbled back...
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-25-2012, 01:03 PM
Replies: 7,593
Views: 2,476,259
Posted By CaliKarl
Who would do that? If that's the case, that...

Who would do that? If that's the case, that photo sucks. Perhaps it's just leaning against that wall.
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-25-2012, 01:50 AM
Replies: 1,987
Views: 195,694
Posted By CaliKarl
Hmmm....

Hmmm....
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-24-2012, 05:02 PM
Replies: 1,987
Views: 195,694
Posted By CaliKarl
Guess what: I zip-tied the lever overnight as you...

Guess what: I zip-tied the lever overnight as you suggested, and the brakes are back to normal. But, a big butt, they are quickly getting diluted, spongy and weak again. So air is getting in...
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-23-2012, 02:12 PM
Replies: 1,987
Views: 195,694
Posted By CaliKarl
Shouldn't be happening, but is. Perhaps my bleed...

Shouldn't be happening, but is. Perhaps my bleed screws aren't tight enough? I didn't want to pound on 'em too hard. I'll flush it again and see what happens. The bleed screw, the baby one, by...
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-23-2012, 02:09 PM
Replies: 1,987
Views: 195,694
Posted By CaliKarl
Thanks for the advice. After bleeding the brake...

Thanks for the advice. After bleeding the brake fluid, through the two on the calipers, the brakes were strong and the lever firm. Now, spongy again. So that implies air is getting in somewhere,...
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-23-2012, 04:44 AM
Replies: 1,987
Views: 195,694
Posted By CaliKarl
I'm having trouble keeping pressure in my front...

I'm having trouble keeping pressure in my front brake. Changed the fluid 250 miles ago, which got the pressure back, but it's gone again. I'm guessing it's because the cap won't completely close;...
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-13-2012, 01:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 857
Posted By CaliKarl
Losing some oil

I changed the oil 625 miles ago at 21,500. I've lost some oil since. First time in the bike's history that it hasn't retained all the oil. No leaks anywhere; no obvious sweating at the valve cover...
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-07-2012, 10:50 AM
Replies: 535
Views: 223,320
Posted By CaliKarl
Agreed! I love my Pelican/Storm cases as well. ...

Agreed! I love my Pelican/Storm cases as well. And for riding on difficult, unpaved/unsealed roads, they're a worthy alternative to soft bags for the reasons David just mentioned. I took a nasty...
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