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Old 08-11-2011, 06:27 AM   #616
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Hello everybody,
just few short hints for the bike equipment necessary for the long rides.



Gel seat pad, cost me less than 5 euro, at the local "sort of" wall mart shop. Made for bicycle originally.
It works great on my custom seat. Less pain in the spine on the long rides.

5 euro gps/smartphone holder.




Bag like this and duck tape can be used against the rain:



The connectors are from the car stereo which i don't use. Now i will use them to plug in and charge the smartphone while riding.

Doesan't stick out from the bike like bad improvisation anyway:



Note: the smartphone holder isn't recommended for off road. Than again it holds pretty strong on highways even on top speed. Always keep the phone plugged in with the charging cable for extra security in case flying off the bike.
Heavy duty plastic bag is recommended for rain.

That is all for now

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Old 08-12-2011, 05:40 PM   #617
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A few years ago, while fishing with a friend of mine in the UK at Dovecote lakes in Milton Keynes we were surprised by a very bad and cold night........
our flashlights had run out, we had no candles and we were colder than hell.
I had packed some food, we were younger and foolhardier then, used to eat straight from the tin, none of this warm food up crap, so no stove also summer weight sleeping bags.
well we were below freezing and the tent was colder than a polar bears balls.... so i punched a small hole and a smaller hole also in a tin of tuna with oil, then stuffed a cotton wick in there with the aid of a knife,,,,,,, once said wick was saturated with the sunflower oil, i lit it, trimmed it, and the heat and light made the night a LOT more comfortable...... the cotton wick was the end 2" of a shoestring and the bonus was the next morning we got to eat the tuna.......... 2 for 1!
when i went for pee at 2am and came back into the tent the difference in temperature was amazing!

just thought i would share that one.....
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Old 08-17-2011, 06:03 PM   #618
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That beer can sleeve is pretty slick. I've always just put the beer into a red cup or used a ginger ale soda bottle.

On another note, I was helping a friend change out the fork seals on his Magna. The snap rings were rusted in there pretty good and my ring pliers were just not up to the task and wanted to bend (don't worry, we tried the penetrating fluid and the whole 9). So I put the plier nubs into the ring holes, and then squeezed the teeth together with another pair or pliers. Got the rings to pop right out.
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Old 08-18-2011, 08:59 AM   #619
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Tow strap for broken dog bones

Broke the suspension bones on my BMW F650 Dakar in Death Valley this winter. Stuck about 50 miles from camp, so I used the tow strap I always carry to lash them together.

The rope wrapped around it was probably unnecessary, but who knows. Rode the bike on a rough dirt road for 15 miles and the highway back to camp.

Luckily I had a spare set in my tool box and kept riding.

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Old 08-19-2011, 10:08 AM   #620
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Broke the suspension bones on my BMW F650 Dakar in Death Valley this winter. Stuck about 50 miles from camp, so I used the tow strap I always carry to lash them together.

The rope wrapped around it was probably unnecessary, but who knows. Rode the bike on a rough dirt road for 15 miles and the highway back to camp.

Luckily I had a spare set in my tool box and kept riding.

Not my MacGyver moment, but one I witnessed back in 1980 or so was similar. Two guys rolled into a NAPA in an early 70s Impala, needing a U-joint for said Impala. They'd had a couple of failed attempts at getting the right part, so they made a temporary joint out of baling wire so they could pull the joint out to match it physically, yet still be able to drive down the road to go buy it.
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Old 08-22-2011, 01:28 PM   #621
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THe superglue and floss is a VERY interesting idea- even better if it works.
not exactly that, but same principle: I was away for a weekend of downhill mountain biking when I crashed and put a huge crack in my helmet's visor (just the visor, the rest of helmet was unscathed). The mountain didn't carry TLD stuff, so sanded the underside if the visor, I mixed a little epoxy from the toolbox and used a 4x4 gauze pad to "glass" it back together. When i got home i found out i couldn't get another visor in the same color scheme, and have been rocking that one ever since.
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Old 08-26-2011, 07:48 PM   #622
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Going back to the posts about breaking beads... Sorry if I missed it, but didn't see any posts about this... Many years ago I had heard of breaking a bead using a second bike's sidestand. Then I had a chance to try it - on a trip w/friends. It was the rear off a 93 Kbike at the time.

I had a flat in front of the Lincoln Memorial at the huge bus loading area. Tried plugs but it wouldn't hold air w/even multiple plugs longer than a half-hour. That got us to a friend's house at least. We pulled the wheel and lined up a friend's bike next to the wheel on the ground. It took a couple people to lean the bike right to raise the sidestand high enough to get the wheel w/flat under it.

Then we leaned the weight of the bike on the rubber, just missing the rim itself. It popped pretty easily. Snazzy. No real MacGuyvering, but a great solution.

Since the only tire available in this garage was a slightly used GS tire, that bike forever became my 93 K1100GS! It fit fine and ran fine - loved it.
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Old 08-31-2011, 05:58 PM   #623
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Cheap tire spoons

A perfectly useable tire spoon is the small Harbor Freight brake adjusting tool made for drum brakes. I bought 5 of them at $1.10 per each. Yes,I tried the zip tie and other methods,but I keep going back to using spoons for my narrow rims.
Simply drill the tool in the appropriate spot and use a string or wire to hold it to a spoke...
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Old 08-31-2011, 07:07 PM   #624
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Hit a rock with the right valve cover of my old GS. Oil was leaking out and I was far from anywhere. My friend had a piece of foam rubber that we wedged up against the hole. It kept the oil in to got me 100 miles home.

A lot of other things would work you just have to have them with you.


Bead breaking









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Fast way to inflate your tire.

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Old 08-31-2011, 07:24 PM   #625
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Lots of people do it (I use starting fluid), but be VERY CAREFUL.

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Old 09-01-2011, 04:38 PM   #626
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Couldn't find my oil filter wrench 'cause I'm a slob. So, I made it sticky with some double sided tape, wrapped my belt around it a few times, and pulled it like the lawnmower. The best part was when it spun off entirely and splashed down into the pan pool. Good times in the driveway.
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Old 09-02-2011, 07:49 PM   #627
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Using my KTM tool kit to fix a Buell shifter linkage that broke.

Yes it worked, in fact it worked so well it was used for a full week after I made it until we had the parts to fix it.

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Old 09-11-2011, 03:01 PM   #628
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Lots of people do it (I use starting fluid), but be VERY CAREFUL.


from the looks of it, thats a split rim wheel, big different from what is commonly used today.
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Old 09-21-2011, 03:59 PM   #629
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from the looks of it, thats a split rim wheel, big different from what is commonly used today.
I was thinking that it was a widow maker split rim. You can see the rim seperating when it blows.
My worst starting fluid tire seating incident was reseating a itty bitty trialer tire that was dry rotted and been off the bead for who knows how may years. Spray, light, pop, add air. First 3 went OK, adding air resulted in a few little blow torches of fire shooting out between the bead and the tire for a few seconds. My guess is the tire finally melted onto the rim sealing it (it held air when done), but the flames shooting out while putting air in were spooky. Good thing I had a good pair of gloves on when doing it.
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Old 09-21-2011, 07:00 PM   #630
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I was thinking that it was a widow maker split rim. You can see the rim seperating when it blows.
My worst starting fluid tire seating incident was reseating a itty bitty trialer tire that was dry rotted and been off the bead for who knows how may years. Spray, light, pop, add air. First 3 went OK, adding air resulted in a few little blow torches of fire shooting out between the bead and the tire for a few seconds. My guess is the tire finally melted onto the rim sealing it (it held air when done), but the flames shooting out while putting air in were spooky. Good thing I had a good pair of gloves on when doing it.


I had a set of Super Swamper tires seat fine, but the air inside would cool quicker than I could put air in, sucking the tire back off its bead.

Ended up pushing the rim to one side of the tire and filling the void on the other side with grease. Then just filled with air. It worked fairly well.
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