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Forum: Thumpers 08-16-2012, 02:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 645
Posted By polar8
I'll try that. Thank you!

I'll try that. Thank you!
Forum: Thumpers 08-16-2012, 01:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 645
Posted By polar8
Ok, lesson learned. Thanks for the advice ...

Ok, lesson learned. Thanks for the advice

Edit- are you sure it's the bars? I just went back and looked at it and it looks like the rubbed mounts may have bent. Check out this photo- I am...
Forum: Thumpers 08-16-2012, 01:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 645
Posted By polar8
DRZ400 bars crooked after using tie downs... how to fix? (pics)

I used some tie downs to strap my DRZ400SM to my hitch carrier, and when I took it off I noticed the bars were bent. I really cranked them down as I was afraid of the thing falling off.

It looks...
Forum: Thumpers 05-25-2012, 03:00 PM
Replies: 24,818
Views: 4,335,928
Posted By polar8
Hey all! Just picked up a DRZ400SM last week for...

Hey all! Just picked up a DRZ400SM last week for commuting around LA. So far it has been a blast.

I did have one question though. The previous owner (a small engine mechanic) made a few mods to...
Forum: Face plant 05-25-2012, 11:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,565
Posted By polar8
Should I file an insurance claim?

Yesterday I lowsided on some sand while riding my '06 DRZ400SM. I managed to scuff up pretty much every single body panel, as the bike flipped over while sliding. Also the chain snapped off ,not sure...
Forum: Thumpers 03-10-2012, 10:31 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,638
Posted By polar8
YZ250F as a trails bike? Also, maintenance/lifespan

A good friend of mine is selling his 2006 YZ250F in excellent condition for $2k. I've been riding road bikes for years, but I've never even thrown a leg over a dirt bike. If I got it, it would be to...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 12-14-2011, 05:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 6,524
Posted By polar8
ACR ResQLink PLB Dissassembly- AKA the $10 battery replacement.

I've had a Spot GPS for the last year, but sold it once the re-subscribe bill came around. I never used it to send OK messages, and only carried it for emergencies. A PLB made much more sense for me....
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 12-11-2011, 12:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 904
Posted By polar8
Hoping this weather will hold up! ...

Hoping this weather will hold up!

http://i.imgur.com/vsSdh.jpg
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 12-05-2011, 06:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 904
Posted By polar8
Critique my Phoenix-Yosemite-Phoenix route!

Starting on Dec. 15 (end of college), I'd like to ride my bike from Phoenix AZ up to Yosemite, do a 2-day backpacking trip, and then ride back to Phoenix. I've done two 3-day bike trips before, but...
Forum: Equipment 11-29-2011, 02:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 684
Posted By polar8
Is it a legal requirement to have an odometer for...

Is it a legal requirement to have an odometer for if you need to sell the bike?
Forum: Equipment 11-29-2011, 01:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 795
Posted By polar8
Sweet! I just ordered one. Free shipping with...

Sweet! I just ordered one. Free shipping with Amazon prime. I'll probably put some kind of mechanical stop on the inside to prevent accidentally bumping it to full power. Thanks for the link!
Forum: Equipment 11-28-2011, 06:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 720
Posted By polar8
Carhartt PVC jacket for outer rain / cold layer?

How would this thing work for a final barrier against the cold and rain? Wondering why people go for expensive motorcycle-specific rain suits when this one seems like it would work great.
...
Forum: Equipment 11-28-2011, 06:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 795
Posted By polar8
Another idea I had- can I just pump 12v into this...

Another idea I had- can I just pump 12v into this thing or will it fry me?
Forum: Equipment 11-28-2011, 06:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 795
Posted By polar8
Adapting Gerbings battery vest to work with 12v motorcycle power

Hey guys. I have this vest-

http://www.coreheat.net/Products/Heated%20Vest%20Liner.html

I bought it for hikes and football games but ended up using it on my commute during the winter. I'm in...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 11-28-2011, 11:03 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,282
Posted By polar8
Just saw your post. I've never driven a bike in...

Just saw your post. I've never driven a bike in snow/ice and since I'm on a street bike I don't think risking it is a good idea. That shuttle I posted about sounds like a good way to backpack...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 11-28-2011, 10:58 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,282
Posted By polar8
Has anyone ever heard of the YARTS shuttle...

Has anyone ever heard of the YARTS shuttle to/from Yosemite? It goes all the way from Merced to the visitor center, stopping along the way. Rates are very reasonable too (less than $25).

Map of...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 11-27-2011, 11:47 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,282
Posted By polar8
That's what I was afraid of. Well, since I'm...

That's what I was afraid of. Well, since I'm here, any suggestions on cool places to go to backpack? I've getting tired of the AZ desert and want to see something different...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 11-27-2011, 11:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,282
Posted By polar8
How realistic is my December Yosemite trip?

I recently had the idea to go to Yosemite this December (15th to be exact, after college ends). The plan would be to ride from Phoenix to Yosemite over two days, do a two-day backpacking trip, and...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 08-03-2011, 03:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 406
Posted By polar8
Looking to get started in touring- recommend some 3-4 day trips out of Tucson?

I've been riding for a couple years now and I've recently got the itch to start seeing more of what's around me on the motorcycle. It was triggered by a trip to Europe this summer, where I saw tons...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-25-2011, 05:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,941
Posted By polar8
I don't have any blasting equipment, so I'd...

I don't have any blasting equipment, so I'd probably have the blasting done by a local shop. I take it using aircraft stripper on the engine fins isn't as easy as with flat surfaces, but is it...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-25-2011, 02:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,941
Posted By polar8
How would you restore this '85 CB700?

Got this bike on Craigslist and after a carb cleaning she was running great. I have some free time this summer and I'd really like to make it look nice again. It's rough, but everything is in good...
Forum: The Garage 03-30-2011, 08:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,016
Posted By polar8
Yes I am.

Yes I am.
Forum: The Garage 03-30-2011, 06:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,016
Posted By polar8
Haha yes, I'm pretty sure the battery on the...

Haha yes, I'm pretty sure the battery on the Nighthawk is dead. But the battery on my GS isn't, because it starts up that bike just fine. So why doesn't it start up the Nighthawk? I just went and...
Forum: The Garage 03-30-2011, 06:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,016
Posted By polar8
Motorcycle jump starts off car, but not off another bike

I just got an '85 Honda CB700 nighthawk running after it was sitting for a year. The battery was completely dead so I took it to Autozone and had them charge it, but it still wouldn't start the bike....
Forum: Old's Cool 03-27-2011, 02:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,010
Posted By polar8
Ok, looking at the pictures again I see that it's...

Ok, looking at the pictures again I see that it's part of the exhaust, and that the clamp is supposed to be there according to this schematic.
...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-27-2011, 02:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,010
Posted By polar8
I just went to check it out. The guy selling it...

I just went to check it out. The guy selling it is a sheriff which makes me feel good about what he says. What he said is that it was a daily rider for two years until it started leaking some gas,...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-27-2011, 11:40 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,010
Posted By polar8
He said he took it to a shop and they told him it...

He said he took it to a shop and they told him it was a valve issue. Anything I can do to verify it's not a timing issue or something more serious?

Thanks
Forum: Old's Cool 03-26-2011, 09:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,010
Posted By polar8
Thanks for the advice. I'm actually looking for...

Thanks for the advice. I'm actually looking for something to spend time working on as a hobby, and I'm comfortable with tearing down carbs. I'll post pictures after I check it out tomorrow.
Forum: Old's Cool 03-26-2011, 08:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,010
Posted By polar8
Going to check out a $300 1985 Nighthawk 700 tomorrow... advice? *UPDATED with pics*

A friend of a friend is selling his 1985 Nighthawk 700 for $300. The story is it was running last year but he got a new bike so it's been sitting for a year. Apparently what prompted him to get a new...
Forum: Road warriors 08-10-2010, 10:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 728
Posted By polar8
Fair price for a GS500?

I'm looking for a GS500 as my second motorcycle. Found '94 on craigslist with 48K miles for $1000.

The mileage is a little higher than I'd like it to be, but I'm pretty handy with a wrench and...
Forum: Road warriors 08-05-2010, 10:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,218
Posted By polar8
Thanks for the advice! If you don't mind me...

Thanks for the advice! If you don't mind me asking, how tall are you? I'm just under 6' and I'm afraid it might be too small for me. I guess I'll find out next week when I go take my MSF course.
Forum: Road warriors 08-05-2010, 11:25 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,218
Posted By polar8
The Nighthawk looks just OK to me. I much prefer...

The Nighthawk looks just OK to me. I much prefer the naked sport/standard style. Is this a modern design or were there some around in the 80's?
Forum: Road warriors 08-05-2010, 10:59 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,218
Posted By polar8
I'm starting to like the idea of a 1980's era...

I'm starting to like the idea of a 1980's era 400-500cc bike to learn on. Any suggestions for commonly available standard/sport style bikes in that class?
Forum: Road warriors 08-04-2010, 10:36 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,218
Posted By polar8
Thanks for the replies. I'm staying away...

Thanks for the replies.

I'm staying away from 500's because I feel like I really don't need that extra power. Like I said, the 125cc scooter I had was just fine for what I do with it- putting...
Forum: Road warriors 08-04-2010, 10:07 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,218
Posted By polar8
Is the Nighthawk 250 the right choice for me?

I rode a 125 scooter for a year until it was stolen. Now I'm planning on replacing it, but I'm having trouble deciding on a bike. Here are my requirements:

-Cost is the biggest issue, I'm in...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-28-2010, 08:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,308
Posted By polar8
So what are some things I can do to fix it?

So what are some things I can do to fix it?
Forum: Battle scooters 05-28-2010, 07:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,308
Posted By polar8
Is this a normal amount of disc brake rub on a Vino 125?

Recently picked up a Vino 125 in great condition, ~1.5K miles on it. While wheeling it into my garage, I noticed some disc brake rubbing sound. Mostly out of curiosity, I took the front wheel and...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-09-2010, 06:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,342
Posted By polar8
Woops, it's an Agility 125, 2007. Here is...

Woops, it's an Agility 125, 2007.

Here is why I don't think it's the battery. I've had a weak battery before, and the starter turned over very weakly. Also the horn sounded weak. Now, the horn...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-09-2010, 02:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,342
Posted By polar8
Scooter only starts when warm

I'm having a problem with my scoot that I would appreciate some help with.

When I go out to my scooter in the morning, i put in the key, turn the kill switch on, hold in a brake, and press the...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-28-2010, 11:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,106
Posted By polar8
Thanks for the advice! I took the cover off and...

Thanks for the advice! I took the cover off and sanded off the clutch pads lightly to remove the glassy finish. Then I also cleaned the clutch bell with alcohol.

Runs like new! :rofl
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