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Old 09-17-2012, 07:00 PM   #69241
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It really depends a lot on the size/weight of the rider. My wife at 5'4"/125lbs fits like a glove on the XT and just loves the light weight of it and surprisingly is very quick on it too. When it comes to off road, she does not want anything larger/heavier to have to struggle with.

Yeah, me at 6'4" & 240lbs, the XT is fun around town for about 10mins, but that's about it. There's no way I could ride an XT any distance and have fun. I just know when it comes to ladies, us guys sometimes take for granted that we usually are built larger and stronger and weight and size is a whole lot bigger factor for them. I've learned that the hard way with my wife and she is now finding her element in small/lightweight bikes.
This is good to hear. I've ridden three XT's ... and two of the three were pretty clapped out. The good one I rode out in the Mojave and it did pretty good off road. Here's another I rode ... and the lady shown rode it a bit too. From AK to Tierra del Fuego! (Lois On The Loose!) I met her when she passed through San Francisco.


Yes ... there is a Serow under all that crap! Lois was a ADV Newb at this stage of her ride. She quickly learned and has since ridden another Yamaha
(XT250) through Africa ... SOLO! She has two books and tours doing slide shows and talks.
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Old 09-17-2012, 07:13 PM   #69242
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Here's another I rode ... and the lady shown rode it a bit too. From AK to Tierra del Fuego! (Lois On The Loose!) I met her when she passed through San Francisco.
Rock-and-Roll!! Way to go, Lois!!


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Lois was a ADV Newb at this stage of her ride.
She quickly learned and has since ridden another Yamaha (XT250) through Africa ... SOLO!
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Old 09-17-2012, 07:33 PM   #69243
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Once upon a time, I found one of my plugs was quite loose.

If it's really coming from the rubber "gasket" type thingie, the ceramic insulator may have come loose from the steel shell.
http://www.gsparkplug.com/shop/spark-plug-construction/

How many miles on these plugs and who made them? (Champion, NGK?)
I think they are NGK. First thing I bought for the bike, day I bought it. 2 years and 9000 miles ago.

I guess I can pull the wire from that inner plug and start the bike and see if the plug is leaking itself.
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:15 PM   #69244
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I guess I can pull the wire from that inner plug and start the bike and see if the plug is leaking itself.
I can't see any way that a quantity of oil is leaking from the spark plug. Unless your motor has severely worn rings there isn't any significant amount of oil anywhere near the spark plugs. I'm betting the leak is actually the joint between the head and cam cover right behind the spark plug caps or it's from the left front head bolt.
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:16 PM   #69245
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Alright ladies and gentlemen... on tonight's episode of "Isaac the Wonder Mechanic," I got the gasket in place, got the side cover on, got the bolts tightened, and put a light coating of RTV sealant around the edge. With that all looking good, I decided to go ahead and put the fuel tank, seat, and side panels on so it would at least look like a motorcycle again while I waited for the sealant to cure for 24 hours. I ran into yet another difficulty, however. Is there some kind of trick to getting the damn fuel tank back on I've got the pucks all the way back in the little U shaped depressions, got the tank pressed up against that plastic shield thing, but the holes for the screws simply refuse to line up. I've tried pulling up on the tank to verify that the pucks are correctly in the spaces allotted for them, and I can't seem to find anything that it's hitting that would stop it.
Here it is, fully up against the plastic shield bit.


And here's the holes not lined up:



I've taken the black grommets out just so you could actually see where the screws are supposed to go here. I'm assuming there's just a knack that I'm lacking, but I've killed about 30 minutes out in the garage trying to put the dang tank back on. Thanks again, and I'm sure I owe someone about 30 beers by now
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:46 PM   #69246
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More time

I've spent an hour before installing a tank. Keep trying, you will get it.
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:52 PM   #69247
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I can't see any way that a quantity of oil is leaking from the spark plug. Unless your motor has severely worn rings there isn't any significant amount of oil anywhere near the spark plugs. I'm betting the leak is actually the joint between the head and cam cover right behind the spark plug caps or it's from the left front head bolt.
As much as I don't want the rings worn, I do so I can justify getting your 790 kit!
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:16 PM   #69248
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I've spent an hour before installing a tank. Keep trying, you will get it.
Sounds like my kind of plan. Do you slide it in straight and flat or do you slide it onto the pucks at an angle and then lower it onto the metal screw housings?

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Old 09-17-2012, 09:23 PM   #69249
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Dogjaw. My prediction is you'll LOVE the 19. I borrowed an ADV set of wheels and had a great time with the fat little 19. It inspired confidence and stupidity all at the same time. I'm not a canyon carving nut but the thing stuck so hard in the corners, I was able to push the envelope. Even going in a little hot, I was able to just keep leaning with the constant "keep the throttle steady" repeating in my brain.

I have a second wheelset with Shinko 705's on 'em so I'll evenutally add the 19 to my choices.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:38 PM   #69250
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What tire where you running on your 19"? I was running the 700 on my 21, they stuck so well I figured I couldn't go wrong with the 705's... I'm going to go carve it up tomorrow; I do have concern about how far off my speedo will be, going to check it with my GPS.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:49 PM   #69251
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My 04f0 arrived today. I have to say, it's pretty sexy.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:57 PM   #69252
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Alright ladies and gentlemen... on tonight's episode of "Isaac the Wonder Mechanic," I got the gasket in place, got the side cover on, got the bolts tightened, and put a light coating of RTV sealant around the edge. With that all looking good, I decided to go ahead and put the fuel tank, seat, and side panels on so it would at least look like a motorcycle again while I waited for the sealant to cure for 24 hours. I ran into yet another difficulty, however. Is there some kind of trick to getting the damn fuel tank back on I've got the pucks all the way back in the little U shaped depressions, got the tank pressed up against that plastic shield thing, but the holes for the screws simply refuse to line up. I've tried pulling up on the tank to verify that the pucks are correctly in the spaces allotted for them, and I can't seem to find anything that it's hitting that would stop it.
And here's the holes not lined up:


I've taken the black grommets out just so you could actually see where the screws are supposed to go here. I'm assuming there's just a knack that I'm lacking, but I've killed about 30 minutes out in the garage trying to put the dang tank back on. Thanks again, and I'm sure I owe someone about 30 beers by now
Beer?? There's beer?!?!
Is that an IMS tank? I think you're supposed to remove that plastic shield? You are really close to the bolts lining up. Soap up the pucks like you're mounting a tire, everything should slip into place. As close as you are, I'd use a little persuasion. (Don't get stoopid and ruin your tank)

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Old 09-18-2012, 02:55 AM   #69253
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Isaac,

How'd this work out? I'm with ER70S-2, the black plastic shield definitely needs to go.

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Old 09-18-2012, 02:56 AM   #69254
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Isaac,

How'd this work out? I'm with ER70S-2, the black plastic shield definitely needs to go.
Ditto on both our IMS tanks. Plastic shield is no longer on our bikes.
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Old 09-18-2012, 03:31 AM   #69255
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Besides removing that black shield as already mentioned lining the holes up is the same as the Safari tank.
See that steel bracket with the lip under the rear of the tank.
If you use something like a ring spanner with the ring end in front of the the lip of the bracket,levering the tank forward will be easy to start the bolts.
Just remember those are only M6 threads in the frame,you want to make sure the bolts start easy to avoid cross threading etc.

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And here's the holes not lined up:


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