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Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 11:36 AM
Replies: 96,067
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Posted By bigalsmith101
Took the bike to my former employer (Everett...

Took the bike to my former employer (Everett Powersports Honda/Suzuki Dealer), and was able to confirm that the stator pickup is faulty. Resistance was twice as high as it should be. It's on it's way...
Forum: Thumpers 07-22-2014, 11:10 PM
Replies: 96,067
Views: 18,100,805
Posted By bigalsmith101
The airway is completely unobstructed. Got a 3x3...

The airway is completely unobstructed. Got a 3x3 airbox mod (cut it open to generate more air volume to pumper carb). That was the very first thing I checked on the side of the road. Took off the...
Forum: Thumpers 07-22-2014, 09:46 PM
Replies: 96,067
Views: 18,100,805
Posted By bigalsmith101
Effectively the only way to test the CDI is to...

Effectively the only way to test the CDI is to replace the suspicious one with a proven working unit and see if problem is solved? Correct? I have that option (friend owns a DR650). I will try that...
Forum: Thumpers 07-22-2014, 09:37 PM
Replies: 96,067
Views: 18,100,805
Posted By bigalsmith101
Need help diagnosing

My 2009 DR650 (22k miles), just up and died at 15mph yesterday. I was in a turn leading onto an on ramp when the bike simply shut off. It died as if the key was turned off. Running fine, and an...
Forum: Vendors 07-13-2014, 02:07 AM
Replies: 4,151
Views: 886,239
Posted By bigalsmith101
Just did another midnight run on the TC100....

Just did another midnight run on the TC100. Finished 5 minutes ago. Model 30 still running bright as can be. Definitely a HUGE plus when compared to the stock 6volt headlight high beam. My...
Forum: Vendors 07-11-2014, 03:09 PM
Replies: 4,151
Views: 886,239
Posted By bigalsmith101
I'm saying that I have 30 miles of continued use...

I'm saying that I have 30 miles of continued use with a Model 30 light, plugged directly into the 6volt electrical system of my 1974 Suzuki TC100. It is not as bright as when paired with a 12v...
Forum: Vendors 07-11-2014, 01:36 AM
Replies: 4,151
Views: 886,239
Posted By bigalsmith101
I was just about to ask the same question, but...

I was just about to ask the same question, but decided to just do before asking. I used these lights all the way to Argentina and back on a DR650, and have a spare Model 30 and Model 40 lying around....
Forum: Ride reports 07-09-2014, 11:05 AM
Replies: 1,707
Views: 873,635
Posted By bigalsmith101
Hey Tex76! Thanks for reading the ride report. I...

Hey Tex76! Thanks for reading the ride report. I had a great time on the ride, and very much enjoyed writing it as well. Thanks for the compliments! The book sits in 400+pages of Word Document's that...
Forum: Thumpers 07-06-2014, 10:17 PM
Replies: 96,067
Views: 18,100,805
Posted By bigalsmith101
So, since it's already back together again, I'll...

So, since it's already back together again, I'll give you the low down. I took it apart as the bike was leaking oil from the base gasket, and thus it needed to be replaced.

The marks that this...
Forum: Thumpers 07-06-2014, 06:06 PM
Replies: 96,067
Views: 18,100,805
Posted By bigalsmith101
Just replaced my cylinder base gasket and head gasket

What do you guys think of the state of my piston, valves, and cylinder?

The bike is a 2009 with just under 21,000 miles.

Valves didn't have much carbon on them....
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 06-11-2014, 10:08 AM
Replies: 9,480
Views: 2,010,036
Posted By bigalsmith101
When all you have is a crappy little Geo...

When all you have is a crappy little Geo Metro....

http://i979.photobucket.com/albums/ae273/bigalsmith101/Mobile%20Uploads/JetskiGeo_zps121f25eb.jpg...
Forum: The Garage 06-04-2014, 01:45 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 14,279
Posted By bigalsmith101
Plasti-Dipped the sides/wheels of my Justy

Before it got totaled, it looked like this.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfa1/t1.0-9/q71/s720x720/10168062_10100874727810510_1411038263303111230_n.jpg
...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 05-31-2014, 10:11 AM
Replies: 7,654
Views: 6,898,538
Posted By bigalsmith101
We are indeed back from the nether reaches of the...

We are indeed back from the nether reaches of the world, Aka BFE Australia. Been back since mid January but spent 3 months working in Fairbanks, AK.

XICAQUE: You can't come to my wedding. If I...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 05-30-2014, 05:05 PM
Replies: 7,654
Views: 6,898,538
Posted By bigalsmith101
Riding my wife in the sun is fun...

Shit! I mean, riding my bike...

Reserved this one for "Bikes and Wives" thread versus "Girls and Bikes" down in The Basement.

We get married in 3 weeks.

First, the bike:...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 05-28-2014, 11:11 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,310
Posted By bigalsmith101
You can take a WR250R anywhere, that's well...

You can take a WR250R anywhere, that's well known. It'll be great for the areas east of the mountains as well. The Pacific Northwest can be known as one of those places where you can do nearly every...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 05-28-2014, 10:57 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,310
Posted By bigalsmith101
I've lived in Everett/Lake Stevens my entire life...

I've lived in Everett/Lake Stevens my entire life (when not traveling/working elsewhere) and I can honestly say that it's fantastic. Your commute to work will be about 20-30 minutes. Getting to I-5...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 05-22-2014, 10:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 618
Posted By bigalsmith101
I'm in. I've got a well farkled DR650 that'll fit the bill.

I think we should talk. I've got a 2009 DR650 with all the bells and whistles that I'd be more than happy to rent for a weekend.

I'm located 25 miles north of Seattle just off of I-5 in Lake...
Forum: Ride reports 04-27-2014, 08:13 PM
Replies: 1,707
Views: 873,635
Posted By bigalsmith101
Thanks for the compliments Firebolt! Kristi and I...

Thanks for the compliments Firebolt! Kristi and I are in the process of planning round three! We just bought a Subaru Justy, and can't stop thinking about driving it to Panama!!!

--Alex
Forum: Equipment 03-29-2014, 04:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,176
Posted By bigalsmith101
Considering the HUGE amount of debris that...

Considering the HUGE amount of debris that bounced off, stuck to, and coated my moto-mule while I had it, I'd be hard pressed to convince myself that my dog would enjoy the ride behind me. Not to...
Forum: Equipment 03-29-2014, 02:49 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,692
Posted By bigalsmith101
If your only problem with Klim was the length,...

If your only problem with Klim was the length, get it tailored, or take up the legs yourself. I'm 6'6" and have to fight for the extra length or have it added. Buy long pants that fit your curvy 5'3"...
Forum: The Garage 03-23-2014, 04:40 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,963
Posted By bigalsmith101
I'm a rapid response contract delivery driver for Home Depot...

Basically, I fly all over servicing contracts for the USA's stockpile of Home Depots. I'm the guy that delivers your appliances 6 days a week. I would not hesitate to recommend that you install the...
Forum: Face plant 03-05-2014, 10:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,883
Posted By bigalsmith101
Great outcome for a highside at speed! On my trip...

Great outcome for a highside at speed! On my trip south, my riding partner and I watched a volkswagen bug size rock fall off a cliff only 100 meters ahead of us at 60+mph. It landed with a massive...
Forum: Equipment 03-05-2014, 05:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 442
Posted By bigalsmith101
I have had a Screen for Bikes wind screen on two...

I have had a Screen for Bikes wind screen on two of my DR650's and if buying a new to me DR650 without a screen, would not hesitate to buy one for it. They are spendy however.

--Alex
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-05-2014, 03:58 PM
Replies: 9,480
Views: 2,010,036
Posted By bigalsmith101
1957 Honda CB360

http://seattle.craigslist.org/est/mcy/4351592690.html

Found out that a friend of a friend of a friend is selling his '75 Honda CB360. Has it listed on Craigslist for $1500, but said he'd take...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-05-2014, 02:34 PM
Replies: 9,480
Views: 2,010,036
Posted By bigalsmith101
I'd like to hear how this turns out. If I wasn't...

I'd like to hear how this turns out. If I wasn't in Alaska right now, I'd have driven over there and looked at it myself. Hopefully it really is "in Very Good condition". Good luck!
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-05-2014, 12:05 AM
Replies: 9,480
Views: 2,010,036
Posted By bigalsmith101
http://wenatchee.craigslist.org/mcy/4358727423.htm...

http://wenatchee.craigslist.org/mcy/4358727423.html

2006 Suzuki DR 650, 7000 miles. Very good condition. Good bike on or off road. $2300.00. Will send pictures upon request.
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-04-2014, 11:58 PM
Replies: 9,480
Views: 2,010,036
Posted By bigalsmith101
It looks too good to be true.

For the cafe goldwing guys, this is the deal. Would probably need a serious clean up if odometer is correct (under 3k miles!) but would be a fantastic resto opportunity.
...
Forum: Thumpers 02-28-2014, 12:57 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,062
Posted By bigalsmith101
The girl in the photos isn't my wife. That's the...

The girl in the photos isn't my wife. That's the current owner. THIS is my soon to be wife:

http://i979.photobucket.com/albums/ae273/bigalsmith101/20130329_164132_zps62c28f43.jpg
Forum: Thumpers 02-24-2014, 06:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 897
Posted By bigalsmith101
It can be pretty well agreed that the larger the...

It can be pretty well agreed that the larger the size of the bike (cubic volume, i.e 250cc 650cc 1200cc) the faster the tire wear will be. It will also depend on the compound of the rubber that the...
Forum: Equipment 02-23-2014, 12:02 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,590
Posted By bigalsmith101
I've crashed a few times...

I always wear a helmet (arai xd3), jacket (Revit Sand), Pants (Aerostitch), Boots (Alpinestar touring boots) and gloves (various leather variety). Regardless of the brand/variety, I wear all of the...
Forum: Thumpers 02-23-2014, 11:07 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,062
Posted By bigalsmith101
The standard link is available. I too believe...

The standard link is available. I too believe that she won't need the lowering link, so will be able to easily raise the bike back to standard height. At Kristi's size, she'll be able to easily flat...
Forum: Thumpers 02-23-2014, 12:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,062
Posted By bigalsmith101
I too read that, however, if I remember correctly...

I too read that, however, if I remember correctly it was $3500 + destination fees + tax. Or around $4300+ all said and done.

I did also read that the 2006-2007 models have the longer suspension...
Forum: Thumpers 02-22-2014, 08:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,062
Posted By bigalsmith101
Seems like YOU got a screamin deal

$2200 for an '07 is a good deal. I'm pretty sure when my friend bought hers, she paid less than $2k for her bike with similar mileage. She paid just under $1k for her farkles (all purchased new,...
Forum: Thumpers 02-22-2014, 04:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,062
Posted By bigalsmith101
Need help with Price Evaluation 2006 KLX250S

Hey guys,

I've been away for a year and don't have a good grasp on bike prices in the US market, and thus need a bit of help evaluating this price.

I've got a chance to buy a 2006 KLX250S...
Forum: Thumpers 01-28-2014, 11:40 AM
Replies: 96,067
Views: 18,100,805
Posted By bigalsmith101
Hey man. Asked Kristi to marry me. She said yes....

Hey man. Asked Kristi to marry me. She said yes. 6 days later we flew to Australia for a working holiday visa for a year. Rode scooters like pros in Asia for 2 months. Came home to cold weather one...
Forum: Thumpers 01-28-2014, 10:41 AM
Replies: 96,067
Views: 18,100,805
Posted By bigalsmith101
Just a quick +1 for my trusty DR

Been away in Australia for a year. Just got back mid January. Left my '09 DR650 in the corner of my parents garage. Too cheap to buy a battery tender for the Shorai Lithium Ion Battery in the bike,...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 01-23-2014, 01:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 391
Posted By bigalsmith101
any general trip advice would be useful, such as weird things/tools/fluids/lubes/part

Hey Joe,

Rode my 2007 DR650 down to Argentina in 2011 along with a friend. He lives in Kent now, I live just off I-5 east of Everett in Lake Stevens.

I can unabashedly say that I've got an...
Forum: Vendors 01-19-2014, 03:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 872
Posted By bigalsmith101
Find him on Uship.

http://jalopnik.com/5905722/meet-the-entrepreneur-who-hauls-motorcycles-with-a-prius

This guy is dedicated. Saves money, thus charging lower prices by sleeping in the Prius after laying the seats...
Forum: Equipment 01-02-2014, 11:19 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,812
Posted By bigalsmith101
Made one for my fiances scooter. Piaggio 125 Fly

When it started raining more often then not, I bought some marine sail canvas, cut it to shape, and attached some button snaps to the "lap robe" and the front half of the scooter from the foot...
Forum: The Garage 01-01-2014, 06:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,533
Posted By bigalsmith101
I've used it on a fully loaded RTW DR650, seen it...

I've used it on a fully loaded RTW DR650, seen it used on fully loaded DL1000's, KTM990s, etc. Adjust to lower setting to use on the 919.
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