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Forum: Thumpers 08-20-2014, 04:07 PM
Replies: 26,210
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Posted By Spad
Missed it ... by THAT much. (Any Get Smart...

Missed it ... by THAT much.

(Any Get Smart fans still out there?)

- Spad

P.S. Awesome bag, just be aware of what you're putting in there if the trail is likely to move you and/or the bike...
Forum: Thumpers 08-20-2014, 03:56 PM
Replies: 26,210
Views: 3,182,914
Posted By Spad
So, is that one of the hex keys from the tool...

So, is that one of the hex keys from the tool kit? If so, hooray for centralizing and lowering the center of mass for the bike! I'm sure you'll notice the difference in the handling. Also, nice...
Forum: Thumpers 08-20-2014, 03:53 PM
Replies: 26,210
Views: 3,182,914
Posted By Spad
I found out that on rocky trails (old,...

I found out that on rocky trails (old, unmaintained Vermont "road"), it's best not to have anything too hard and bulky in the Wolfman tank bag - not due to any fault in the bag, which I think is...
Forum: Thumpers 07-20-2014, 02:46 PM
Replies: 26,210
Views: 3,182,914
Posted By Spad
Spark plug wrench

I have the original tool kit for my bike, minus the steel-tube style plug wrench. Anybody know where to get one for a couple bucks? I have another tool kit I carry that's more comprehensive with...
Forum: Americas 07-04-2014, 06:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 515
Posted By Spad
GTR and Butler are currently West-only, though...

GTR and Butler are currently West-only, though Butler is slated to release their SE map pretty much the day I leave (the other three, coming later, would cover my trip nicely). So it goes!

I like...
Forum: Americas 07-02-2014, 01:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 515
Posted By Spad
Trip maps

I'll be taking a trip from VT through NY, NJ, MD, DE, WV, VA and PA this summer, and am looking for mapping suggestions. I'm not a GPS-enabled rider. The routes are fairly fixed - this is for...
Forum: Thumpers 05-19-2014, 02:43 PM
Replies: 26,210
Views: 3,182,914
Posted By Spad
I took most of the bike apart and the side covers...

I took most of the bike apart and the side covers were about the only time I needed that particular oversize phillips, and I prefer to be able to take it off without digging around for more tools. ...
Forum: Thumpers 05-19-2014, 02:32 PM
Replies: 26,210
Views: 3,182,914
Posted By Spad
See that Phillips head screw to the left of...

See that Phillips head screw to the left of Greg's arrow? Not the one with the oil drop but the other, lower and behind the shifter quadrant? That's holding on the retainer (aka Pawl Lifter, P/N...
Forum: Thumpers 05-16-2014, 07:36 AM
Replies: 26,210
Views: 3,182,914
Posted By Spad
Has anyone thought about swapping out the...

Has anyone thought about swapping out the phillips head screws for something like a Dzus faster for the side plastics? It would be nice to get to the battery etc. without tools but not if it's at...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 05-05-2014, 09:29 AM
Replies: 4,352
Views: 270,086
Posted By Spad
Yeah, it's more the rider than the bike I'm...

Yeah, it's more the rider than the bike I'm worried about - seeing the tag put up on a KTM Adventure loaded with luggage made that clear. I'm OK on forest road, but not up to single track or...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 05-05-2014, 06:01 AM
Replies: 4,352
Views: 270,086
Posted By Spad
Does Wildcat Road go all the way through? Google...

Does Wildcat Road go all the way through? Google Maps has it as a dead end. I'm looking for passable loops for a DR350SE under a less experienced rider in the southern Addison/northern Rutand area...
Forum: Thumpers 05-02-2014, 10:22 AM
Replies: 26,210
Views: 3,182,914
Posted By Spad
Wish I'da met your crusty old friend before I...

Wish I'da met your crusty old friend before I took that correspondence course in Experience, then! :roflThe advice on this thread has been great, though, along with the PMs that followed my publicly...
Forum: Thumpers 05-02-2014, 10:09 AM
Replies: 26,210
Views: 3,182,914
Posted By Spad
I think it necks down even smaller than 10mm; in...

I think it necks down even smaller than 10mm; in any case, if you're determined to check torque I suggest you back it off all the way, add locktite and torque it gently to spec. In checking mine I...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 05-02-2014, 09:32 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 807
Posted By Spad
If at all possible, take Mark up on this offer. ...

If at all possible, take Mark up on this offer. He knows the roads and leads a great ride (this is not a paid endorsement, just observation). It's worth working over to the NY side for their roads...
Forum: Thumpers 04-15-2014, 10:13 AM
Replies: 26,210
Views: 3,182,914
Posted By Spad
Shifting problems

Public service message.

I had issues with my bike not being able to shift above 2d after a rebuild. Took it apart, reassembled it and it shifted OK ( I thought I'd misaligned a shifter fork). The...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 11-09-2013, 05:23 PM
Replies: 4,352
Views: 270,086
Posted By Spad
If you were to go into Orwell, that last tag...

If you were to go into Orwell, that last tag would be utterly unmissable! You do have to get off 22A. Nice new tag, too. I'll go looking for that once I get the DR running again, though that may...
Forum: Thumpers 10-14-2013, 05:40 PM
Replies: 26,210
Views: 3,182,914
Posted By Spad
Huh. I'll look at that L-shaped thingy - I know...

Huh. I'll look at that L-shaped thingy - I know the one you mean - but it wasn't abused or bent before. My DR's always been less happy shifting than my DL which runs and shifts very smoothly but I...
Forum: Thumpers 10-14-2013, 09:30 AM
Replies: 26,210
Views: 3,182,914
Posted By Spad
Frustrating weekend just passed. After finally...

Frustrating weekend just passed. After finally getting my 99SE running I'd put on about 300 miles mixed riding (street, highway, dirt road). Yesterday I set out for another ride. The foliage here...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 10-11-2013, 05:39 AM
Replies: 4,352
Views: 270,086
Posted By Spad
Tried to Google it - this thread is now the first...

Tried to Google it - this thread is now the first hit! :lol3

- Spad
Forum: Thumpers 10-03-2013, 05:58 AM
Replies: 26,210
Views: 3,182,914
Posted By Spad
VT. I ride until the roads get icy/slushy then...

VT. I ride until the roads get icy/slushy then stop, though I've been able to ride through the winter before. Snow and slush usually happen well after it starts freezing at night. I don't ride...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 09-30-2013, 05:39 AM
Replies: 4,352
Views: 270,086
Posted By Spad
I was right by Waitsfield, and went through...

I was right by Waitsfield, and went through Warren, yesterday. I didn't go for the tag (even though I wanted a taco), figuring I'd be bruced. Nice clues for the previous tag!

Too bad we didn't...
Forum: Equipment 09-28-2013, 09:37 AM
Replies: 2,044
Views: 612,523
Posted By Spad
I only have the pants, have worn them for a bit...

I only have the pants, have worn them for a bit over five years. They're holding up great and I use the thigh pockets all the time. There's a lot of velcro so they stay securely closed while...
Forum: Thumpers 09-28-2013, 05:11 AM
Replies: 26,210
Views: 3,182,914
Posted By Spad
My bike's only been running for a short while...

My bike's only been running for a short while with me, but I had the same problem - switching to reserve didn't get me enough fuel to restart. I sloshed it all to the left side to see if it was a...
Forum: Thumpers 09-23-2013, 05:55 AM
Replies: 26,210
Views: 3,182,914
Posted By Spad
You mean you didn't end up taking the engine...

You mean you didn't end up taking the engine completely apart a couple of times like I did? :rofl

Good job getting it out! I did the same thing (noted in posts from last year, along with a lot...
Forum: Face plant 09-22-2013, 01:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,239
Posted By Spad
Love it when crash bars do their thing and you...

Love it when crash bars do their thing and you can ride away after the bike takes a nap on the side of the road. Good to have the things you need to fix what needs fixing, too.

The bike didn't...
Forum: Thumpers 09-16-2013, 05:50 PM
Replies: 26,210
Views: 3,182,914
Posted By Spad
Thanks to all for the quick and good luggage...

Thanks to all for the quick and good luggage advice. I need to accumulate more moolah in the bike fund before I pull the trigger on anything pricy but I have plenty to think about now and several...
Forum: Thumpers 09-15-2013, 12:29 PM
Replies: 26,210
Views: 3,182,914
Posted By Spad
Used to be available at...

Used to be available at http://cycle-analyst.com/sweetcheeks.

- Spad
Forum: Thumpers 09-15-2013, 12:19 PM
Replies: 26,210
Views: 3,182,914
Posted By Spad
Thanks for the review! You need to line the E12s...

Thanks for the review! You need to line the E12s with dry bags (from vendors like Hefty, e.g.) for water, correct? I like how the E12s don't need side racks; that I could move them to the CM450E...
Forum: Thumpers 09-15-2013, 06:52 AM
Replies: 26,210
Views: 3,182,914
Posted By Spad
Luggage options

With my DR on the road again, it's time to start dressing it up. One of the things I'm looking for is a luggage setup to help with commuting, longer trips and camping. Couple questions in...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 09-12-2013, 05:54 AM
Replies: 4,352
Views: 270,086
Posted By Spad
Sure, the tag ends up just down the road and it's...

Sure, the tag ends up just down the road and it's both picked up and bruced in about five minutes. Swell!

Put it somewhere nice, the DR is finally running and I want to see how it rides.

- Spad
Forum: Thumpers 08-29-2013, 11:49 AM
Replies: 26,210
Views: 3,182,914
Posted By Spad
That's my kind of fancy. Somewhere in here...

That's my kind of fancy. Somewhere in here there's a tool container made from parts of TWO plastic oil jugs sleeved over each other. Even fancier (and pretty effective-looking).

- Spad
Forum: Thumpers 08-29-2013, 11:42 AM
Replies: 26,210
Views: 3,182,914
Posted By Spad
That's the stock toolbox (plastic, with a rubber...

That's the stock toolbox (plastic, with a rubber cap on it held on by friction). It's big enough to hold the stock tools but not much more. I have the one for my bike, but it has an aftermarket...
Forum: Thumpers 08-27-2013, 05:09 PM
Replies: 26,210
Views: 3,182,914
Posted By Spad
It's very easy to do; there are good descriptions...

It's very easy to do; there are good descriptions of the process on this site and on the interwebs, but it's not a hard job. The tools are pretty simple (an 8mm open end wrench for the lock nut and...
Forum: Thumpers 08-27-2013, 04:52 PM
Replies: 26,210
Views: 3,182,914
Posted By Spad
I bought mine (99 DR350SE) a year ago in MA for...

I bought mine (99 DR350SE) a year ago in MA for $1200; it had low miles (6900) and was in good shape. The clutch dragged a little, so naturally I broke it trying to adjust it and check the drum...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 06-26-2013, 05:13 AM
Replies: 4,352
Views: 270,086
Posted By Spad
I figure if tags showing where to get good beer...

I figure if tags showing where to get good beer offend, grab the tag and bring it to a good hot dog joint (the cart up in Taft's box store hell isn't bad, btw). I'm with you 100% on drinking and...
Forum: Thumpers 04-17-2013, 06:57 PM
Replies: 26,210
Views: 3,182,914
Posted By Spad
Try a pneumatic upholstery stapler if you can get...

Try a pneumatic upholstery stapler if you can get your hands on one (like a hand staple gun but runs off a compressor). They'll drive into much harder materials than a hand or electric stapler and...
Forum: Thumpers 04-14-2013, 05:34 PM
Replies: 26,210
Views: 3,182,914
Posted By Spad
Worked on the bike this weekend a bit, though I...

Worked on the bike this weekend a bit, though I haven't found a good oil gauge yet (harbor fright sells a possible candidate). On the off chance there's a supply problem, are there any usual failure...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 04-12-2013, 09:03 AM
Replies: 22,994
Views: 1,549,631
Posted By Spad
+1 on the CL recommendation. The CM's from...

+1 on the CL recommendation. The CM's from slightly later (CM400 and CM450) are also good to look at - the lines may not be as classic but they're solid bikes with good parts availability and...
Forum: Thumpers 04-12-2013, 08:00 AM
Replies: 26,210
Views: 3,182,914
Posted By Spad
The manual shows a gauge with a hose leading to...

The manual shows a gauge with a hose leading to the threaded fitting. If I can find one like that (cheaper/easier than the spec'd Suzuki tool) I'll be in clover without jury rigging. Thanks for the...
Forum: Thumpers 04-12-2013, 06:20 AM
Replies: 26,210
Views: 3,182,914
Posted By Spad
At first, I started looking for pages four...

At first, I started looking for pages four through seven...

Thanks for the reference, I'd missed that. I'll check that out, once I figure out what size threads I need for the gauge. Breather...
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