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Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-19-2015, 07:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 648
Posted By robberst
There are many things that can cause it not to...

There are many things that can cause it not to idle besides needing a top end overhaul. Even just a simple low idle setting. Mine will not idle reliably below 1300 RPM

It does seems suspicious...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-11-2015, 09:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 856
Posted By robberst
It's been a while since I had mine apart....... ...

It's been a while since I had mine apart.......




But as I recall the only fuel line on the right side of the bike is on the fuel rail. I don't think there would be any way to replace it...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-17-2014, 05:56 AM
Replies: 1,253
Views: 123,184
Posted By robberst
This is mostly just noise from the peanut...

This is mostly just noise from the peanut gallery, but......It might be worthwhile to take 1/2 hour, find an old socket, get out the dremel tool and grind a tool to fit.
...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 12-15-2014, 07:35 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 20,676
Posted By robberst
I was just reading about Kith and his 2003...

I was just reading about Kith and his 2003 V-strom above. Wow! That is some astounding mileage! It would take me 30 years to pile on that many miles. I appear to be a little harder on my...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 12-12-2014, 09:54 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 20,676
Posted By robberst
The $20 ebay shock link arrived, along with the...

The $20 ebay shock link arrived, along with the other parts I've ordered.

Cleaned up the shock link bearings and repacked them with grease. It looks really good.
I pressed the new bearings...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 12-08-2014, 06:23 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 20,676
Posted By robberst
While it may not be everyones idea of fun, ...

While it may not be everyones idea of fun, taking a look at them is a good plan. Hopefully your bearings won't be as bad and neglected as mine.

The steering bearings are pretty easy to do. ...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 12-02-2014, 10:06 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 20,676
Posted By robberst
winter maintenance has commenced. The...

winter maintenance has commenced.

The Suzuki is still at about 102,000 miles. Projects for this winter besides a normal servicing:

Front fork oil.
Check and repack steering bearings...
Forum: Thumpers 11-20-2014, 05:36 AM
Replies: 4,992
Views: 898,549
Posted By robberst
Heated Vest

I was also interested if the Sherpa could handle a vest so I got out my fluke meter and measured

Tourmaster synergy vest
It draws:
Low = 2 amps
Med = 3 amps
Hi = 4 amps

My thermostat...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 10-22-2014, 05:39 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 20,676
Posted By robberst
Okay here are the purchases I made to do the...

Okay here are the purchases I made to do the engine work.

Used parts from Ebay:

2 cam chains
2 chain guides
2 cam chain tensioners
------- $25

1 Alternator Magneto Rotor
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 10-08-2014, 05:42 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,592
Posted By robberst
2004 with 102K miles I average 45 mpg...

2004 with 102K miles

I average 45 mpg commuting and about 50 on trips. I run it until the last bar starts flashing and look for fuel within the next 20 miles. My fuel gauge has been consistent...
Forum: Thumpers 09-18-2014, 08:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 573
Posted By robberst
Don't know what a dealer would charge. I did it...

Don't know what a dealer would charge. I did it myself on my 1999 model and it was $150-$250 for the bearing, gaskets oil and making a bearing puller to do the job.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 09-06-2014, 08:08 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 20,676
Posted By robberst
Yep that about sums it up. I bought used cam...

Yep that about sums it up.
I bought used cam chains/guides/tensioners off a 9000 mile SV650
Also a alternator magneto off that same SV. My magnets were fractured.

Also in the entire 100,000...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 09-06-2014, 07:02 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 20,676
Posted By robberst
Okay, one last little bit of the v-strom story...

Okay, one last little bit of the v-strom story before this thread heads back into the bowels of ADVrider.

Almost exactly 5 years ago this whole story really got under way. UND Aerospace got a...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 09-06-2014, 05:03 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 20,676
Posted By robberst
Yep I'm in the Grand Forks area. I work at the...

Yep I'm in the Grand Forks area. I work at the Grand Forks airport, but live Northwest 35 miles or so. Most people think it's a wretched place to live. Ends up, I like it here. My 35 mile...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 09-05-2014, 06:03 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 20,676
Posted By robberst
I love the Alfa Berlina. I would have...

I love the Alfa Berlina.

I would have much preferred a sedan like that or a GTV, but the spider is what I found. I bought it as a project to get my three boys involved in working on a car. ...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 09-05-2014, 11:55 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 20,676
Posted By robberst
The guy that flew the Zero up to Grand Forks said...

The guy that flew the Zero up to Grand Forks said the aluminium skin on it was only .016 inches. you can see under the canopy the ripples and dents from getting in and out.


While I've...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 09-05-2014, 10:21 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 20,676
Posted By robberst
Ha! I do still have the Alfa and still drive it...

Ha! I do still have the Alfa and still drive it in the winter. No salt here and it's still rust free. This past winter I quit driving it when the temp dropped below 0 degrees F. It doesn't...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 09-05-2014, 10:12 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 20,676
Posted By robberst
I think I will stick with the v-strom for a while...

I think I will stick with the v-strom for a while yet. I do keep thinking of getting something different, but I can't even figure out what that would be.
Here's what I want:

60 miles per...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 09-05-2014, 07:22 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 20,676
Posted By robberst
Yesterday I zipped down to the Triumph/Indian...

Yesterday I zipped down to the Triumph/Indian dealer in Fargo, ND to check out the new Scout. Wasn't able to ride it, just sit on it and hear it run. I'm not sure about it.

Anyway on the way...
Forum: Road warriors 08-10-2014, 02:53 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,290
Posted By robberst
I'd also vote for the sportster. Although I...

I'd also vote for the sportster. Although I expect the other two air cooled ones would also be easy to work on.

In truth the only one I've worked on is the DL650. I've done all the...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-03-2014, 05:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,020
Posted By robberst
I have an older v-strom but I've used a Wolfman...

I have an older v-strom but I've used a Wolfman Explorer Lite tankbag since I bought it new(10 years). The strap system on it is very secure and can easily be adapted to any bike. It's worth a look...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-26-2014, 05:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 533
Posted By robberst
Okay This morning I read your posts on...

Okay
This morning I read your posts on stromtrooper.
At 80,some thousand miles my DL was burning a quart of oil every 600-1000 miles. That's why I tore the engine apart. Replacing the rings...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-25-2014, 08:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 533
Posted By robberst
Hey A little over a year ago I had very...

Hey

A little over a year ago I had very noise cam chains as well. I also had some major oil burning which is why I tore my engine apart. Here's a link to what I did:
...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-19-2014, 09:11 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,742
Posted By robberst
I have a 2004 dl650. I purchased the madstad...

I have a 2004 dl650.

I purchased the madstad bracket, but ultimately I got rid of the buffeting with a different helmet.

I started out with a cheap fulmer helmet.....bad buffeting
Then a shoei...
Forum: Road warriors 06-17-2014, 12:45 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,134
Posted By robberst
Let's see since 1998 1. 1967 Honda...

Let's see
since 1998

1. 1967 Honda CL125. Fixed it and learned to ride on. I put about 5000 miles on it and sold it to a friend that still rides it.
2. 1973 Honda CB350F. I rode it...
Forum: Thumpers 05-14-2014, 07:27 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,845
Posted By robberst
I found the IRC GP110 to work very well for me as...

I found the IRC GP110 to work very well for me as a 50/50 tire on a KTM 640.

My unpaved riding is a lot of sandy, loose gravel and grassland in the wide open areas of North Dakota and eastern...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-11-2014, 05:53 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 6,342
Posted By robberst
I've only owned 3 motorcycles in my 20 years or...

I've only owned 3 motorcycles in my 20 years or so of riding so take this with a grain of salt .
73 cb350four
04 Dl650
99 Ktm 640A



Yes. Seems to me that's exactly what the bike...
Forum: Road warriors 02-27-2014, 01:57 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,996
Posted By robberst
Suzuki TU250?

Suzuki TU250?
Forum: Old's Cool 02-27-2014, 06:41 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 23,373
Posted By robberst
I'm afraid I don't know. To be honest I'm not...

I'm afraid I don't know. To be honest I'm not very knowledgeable on the C105 other than that I have one. Perhaps someone else can chime in on this.
Forum: Old's Cool 02-26-2014, 09:39 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 23,373
Posted By robberst
I didn't start riding motorcycles until I was...

I didn't start riding motorcycles until I was introduced to them by my wife's family.

My first bike was a 1967 CL125. Followed by a CB350Four

Here's one I dragged out of the barn and got...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-24-2014, 06:29 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 20,676
Posted By robberst
It always surprises me, how many people have some...

It always surprises me, how many people have some sort of a connection with UND.

I went to school there too. Graduated with a degree in physics, but have stayed for 16 years now working as a...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-23-2014, 05:23 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 20,676
Posted By robberst
Thanks for the link. I'll give the guy a...

Thanks for the link.

I'll give the guy a call and ask if my shock is even worth any effort. I also looked at Progressive shocks, that may also be an alternative.

I've been motorcycling for...
Forum: Old's Cool 02-22-2014, 11:21 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 13,323
Posted By robberst
Okay, I just went out to the cold COLD garage and...

Okay, I just went out to the cold COLD garage and snapped a very quick poor picture:vardy

First off here is a small portion of one isle of many old Brit bike parts at Baxters

...
Forum: Old's Cool 02-22-2014, 10:53 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 13,323
Posted By robberst
I wish I had the skills that I see shown by many...

I wish I had the skills that I see shown by many people on here. My father restores antique cars. Somehow I did not inherit the attention to detail or patience that he shows.

I've done a bit...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-22-2014, 08:54 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 20,676
Posted By robberst
Talking Ha! That is the UND flightline. I work out...

Ha! That is the UND flightline. I work out there as a mechanic and avionics tech.

I'm sure you are right about repairing the suspension. There is enough winter left for me to sort it out
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-22-2014, 06:03 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 20,676
Posted By robberst
Thanks for that. I'll give the shock adjusters a...

Thanks for that. I'll give the shock adjusters a try after riding it.

I had considered sending it to racetech for a rebuild, but I suspect a 94k mile shock is probably trash. I'll keep an eye...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-19-2014, 09:09 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 20,676
Posted By robberst
The engine work from last winter was at 84,XXX...

The engine work from last winter was at 84,XXX miles.

This winter the V-strom is at 94,XXX miles. Just completed some winter maintenance. I checked the valve clearances again. They were right...
Forum: Old's Cool 10-31-2013, 09:24 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 13,323
Posted By robberst
while the corner this project is in may get...

while the corner this project is in may get dusty, I hope it never gets dark:lol3
Forum: Airheads 10-22-2013, 06:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 693
Posted By robberst
nope, no benefit that I can see. I'm an...

nope, no benefit that I can see.

I'm an aircraft mechanic and use one a lot. The benefit it has for an airplane is that there are two ignition systems to time and you can check them both at...
Forum: Old's Cool 10-15-2013, 10:51 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 13,323
Posted By robberst
So here was the result of my first attempt at...

So here was the result of my first attempt at lacing a wheel.

I ordered a set of Stainless spokes. I had made a diagram when I took the wheel apart. It had broken and heavily corroded spokes. The...
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