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Old 01-19-2012, 09:03 AM   #31
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REALLY wish that the KTM 950 had a clutch that operated the way a clutch is supposed to. It's my only real bitch about the bike, because it makes for crunchy shifting also.
Great bike, but the clutch sucks. At least it doesn't slip, so I should be happy for small miracles.

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Old 01-19-2012, 09:14 AM   #32
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Old 01-19-2012, 10:57 AM   #33
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Thought of another one on my ride home yesterday. My BMW F800 has a "feature" on the dash which shows the temperature. If it is below about 36 degrees, the temperature displays starts to flash. It also overrides whatever else you have selected, in order to show you the flashing temperature warning.

Just irritates me. I already know it's cold! And it feels like the bike is repeatedly calling me an idiot for riding in the winter.
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Old 01-19-2012, 11:05 AM   #34
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Old 01-19-2012, 11:06 AM   #35
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The oil drinking motor on the 2008 KLR650

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Old 01-19-2012, 11:14 AM   #36
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Do all duelys have to have hard as rock seats? I would think putting a stock comfortable seat on a bike would draw in lots of customers? It certainly can't cost anymore to make a seat softer. Could it?
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Old 01-19-2012, 11:20 AM   #37
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The carb idle and transition circuits on the '86-'06 Concours. They're so small that they clog easily and require removal to clean, and R&R of the carb rack isn't the easiest task.
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Old 01-19-2012, 11:33 AM   #38
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It might be just me, but the factory handlebar position on both my R1100GS and GTS1000 leave something to be desired - Too low and too far away in both cases - also at the wrong angle for my wrists in the case of the GS. The demand for adapters to raise the bars on both models seems to bear out my complaint, however. I am just over 6' tall and of normal proportions so it's doubly frustrating that both bikes have their footpegs slightly too high, although that is a compromise with ground clearance and seat height that I at least understand.

The GTS is a lovely and unique bike. It's comfortable, smooth, and great to ride but it was built with a number of other flaws, including mirrors that mostly show your elbows and a misguided 100HP restriction, strangling the magnificent FZ1000 engine to meet supposed European limitations that never came to pass.

I also don't get why Yamaha went away from having a functional self-cancelling turn signal system in the 70's and 80's.

My DR350 had a crap seat for any prolonged (over 45 min) ride but it might be argued that is not what it was intended for.
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Old 01-19-2012, 01:33 PM   #39
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Service woes are my rant

I do 90% of my own maintenance/repairs. It's the zen thing and I enjoy it. So aesthetics and ergos aside, I get all pissy over what I consider poorly thought out mechanical designs. I don't own any of the bikes I'm griping about, and likely never will, but here's some things I've read in the past and just thought to myself ???Really???WTF!!!
Kaw. KLX450X, have to remove the exhaust head pipe to get to the oil filter? what a shame.
Weestrom, Remove the fairing cowel to access the air filter?
How about the valve adjustment procedure on the current model Honda VFR? My uncle has a Honda valkry. He has to remove the saddle bags and mounts and the exhaust to remove the rear tire. And the way he rides that thing, they dont last very long. There's more but you folks get my point. This kind of stuff is a deal breaker for me.
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Old 01-19-2012, 01:44 PM   #40
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Japanese crap fasteners. Working on my Honda or Yamaha dual sporrts always meant rolling the whole damned tool chest over to it. You could count on about a dozen different sized bolts, nuts and screws. Then there were the idiotic phillips head case screws that were made out of some type of alleged metal that is about as solid as cold peanut butter. So the hand impact driver was the first tool out if you had to remove an engine cover. A drill was the second tool out because you could count on the heads stripping anyway.

My KTM's are not without their own flaws. But at least fasteners aren't one of them. I can actually do almost all of the work on them with the on board tool kits. And, more importantly, all of the case screws are 8mm hex head. So you can actually remove them and even better put them back in at the right torque with a normal torque wrench and socket. Somehow Austrians manage to build a bike with only three hex head sizes, one allen size and common axle nuts across the whole line.
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Old 01-19-2012, 02:33 PM   #41
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Kaw. KLX450X, have to remove the exhaust head pipe to get to the oil filter? what a shame.
Weestrom, Remove the fairing cowel to access the air filter?
How about the valve adjustment procedure on the current model Honda VFR? My uncle has a Honda valkry. He has to remove the saddle bags and mounts and the exhaust to remove the rear tire. And the way he rides that thing, they dont last very long. There's more but you folks get my point. This kind of stuff is a deal breaker for me.
Be glad you don't own a Ford 6.0 or 6.4 liter diesel truck(No, I don't own one). The cab has to be removed from the frame to do most any work on the engine...and people here complain about removing fairings and body panels on bikes for valve adjustments/oil changes.
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Old 01-19-2012, 02:34 PM   #42
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Japanese crap fasteners. ... the idiotic phillips head case screws ...
Yes, I've been there, done that and cursed them too. However, I eventually learned that it is likely they are JIS head, not Phillips. Supposedly, using a JIS screw driver versus a Phillips will do wonders toward not stripping out a JIS head fastener. I still don't own a JIS driver but I do have an impact driver that I've even replaced bits for...

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Old 01-19-2012, 02:48 PM   #43
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Be glad you don't own a Ford 6.0 or 6.4 liter diesel truck(No, I don't own one). The cab has to be removed from the frame to do most any work on the engine...and people here complain about removing fairings and body panels on bikes for valve adjustments/oil changes.

You gotta be shittin me! This is the kind of stuff one needs to research prior to purchase. Buyer beware. Parts and service is everything after the sale.
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Old 01-19-2012, 03:11 PM   #44
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My Husky has a spring loaded kickstand (on the left, of course) and the oil level check plug is on the right side so pull the check plug, as soon as you straighten the bike to check the oil level, the kick stand retracts so you have to hold the bike up and walk around it to put the stand back down. The seat is too high to reach over and put the stand down by hand.
Everytime I changed or checked the oil I was swearing. I've since put on a clutch cover that has a sight glass. Still on the right but at least I don't have to deal with the plug.

Now, the new camhead GS has the oil sight glass on one side and the oil fill on the other. WTF?
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Old 01-19-2012, 03:27 PM   #45
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They made them look just like those POS Keihin CV carbs!
so just to be clear, people are complaining about real throttle bodies that look like carbs and thusly are fake?
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