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Old 09-02-2008, 05:35 AM   #1501
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I've had the carbs off and apart twice now, and it's still running pretty poorly. I also drained the tank and cleaned the petcock screens, and pulled apart and cleaned the fuel pump. The front plug is dry and grey, the rear (vertical) one is black and wet (rich). I made it to Atlanta, and am on my way to The Duc Shop in Marietta this morning. I hope they'll be able to help me with it today. The jetting may just be way off, or there's something else I've overlooked.

I changed all the hydraulic fluids, but I think both brake master cylinders are bad. The front lever works fine on short stops, but on longer ones I think the piston is leaking since I have to give it a second pump occasionally. Even after extensive bleeding, the rear foot lever goes down until it hits the bash guard with minimal braking force. I'm sure I could use a different front m/c and lever, but I don't know about the rear.

With any luck, next stop will be Santa Fe, NM (1,400 miles).
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Old 09-02-2008, 04:37 PM   #1502
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Glad you made it to Atlanta, David. If I wasn't an hour from you I'd come down and buy you a brew.
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Old 09-02-2008, 05:44 PM   #1503
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parting with my great ELEFANT.. moving on to a 950 ktm

please see my ad in DETROIT METRO CRAIGSLIST if you are interested in a real nce Blue 1995 900 elefant..

I'll still be around.. looks like I am getting a KTM 950..

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Old 09-03-2008, 09:29 AM   #1504
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21" Front Rim Conversion

Hi,

I am looking to convert my 19" front wheel to a 21" by way of lasing a 21"
rim to the stock hub.
My question is:

Which current bike's rims and spoke sets are compatible to a '95 E900AC and if so recommended?

I am based in South Africa which means that the less exotic Yamaha / Honda / Suzuki / Kawasaki parts are easily available.
KTM, BMX, Excel etc can be got for a price and anything else has to be
ordered via Europe.

I am struggling with the serversmith list and archive, and have searched this and the technical thread. There is a reference to a TT600 and 4mm spokes. Is this the way to go?

I will be putting on a higher fender, but do you have to extend the lenght of the brake lines?

All help is appreciated,

Michael
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Old 09-03-2008, 09:47 AM   #1505
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I've had the carbs off and apart twice now, and it's still running pretty poorly. I also drained the tank and cleaned the petcock screens, and pulled apart and cleaned the fuel pump. The front plug is dry and grey, the rear (vertical) one is black and wet (rich). I made it to Atlanta, and am on my way to The Duc Shop in Marietta this morning. I hope they'll be able to help me with it today. The jetting may just be way off, or there's something else I've overlooked.

I changed all the hydraulic fluids, but I think both brake master cylinders are bad. The front lever works fine on short stops, but on longer ones I think the piston is leaking since I have to give it a second pump occasionally. Even after extensive bleeding, the rear foot lever goes down until it hits the bash guard with minimal braking force. I'm sure I could use a different front m/c and lever, but I don't know about the rear.

With any luck, next stop will be Santa Fe, NM (1,400 miles).
Ok, I don't own a Elefant but I really like them so I've read your posts....

anyway, don't know if this applies to your bike but on my tengai/klr the vent valves on the gas cap were stuck closed and that was causing some surge at highway speeds..... don't think it applies to your bike but you might want to look into any vacuum kinks or something.... just a thought and good luck with your new bike!!!
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Old 09-03-2008, 09:49 AM   #1506
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@Michaelis, I bought mine with a 21" wheel of a Honda Africa Twin.

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Old 09-03-2008, 06:04 PM   #1507
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guess I'm going to keep the elefant.. got the KTM 950 s home.. and guess what.. it's still too tall!!! just like at the guy I bought it from's house.. what a drag!!! it's too tall too fast, too everything...

anyone know how to lower a ktm 950 S?

thanks
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Old 09-03-2008, 08:19 PM   #1508
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Yeah, put spacers in the shock and forks. Get a hold of zerodog on this forum, he's a KTM 640 suspension expert. He's done this type of thing before. Good luck, nothings too fast numbnuts.
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Old 09-06-2008, 06:37 AM   #1509
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Trip Update

I made it from Blairsville to Atlanta on Monday (my B-Day), and
then to The Duc Shop in Marietta, GA, on Tuesday
morning. Those guys were fantastic. As it turns
out, after the second time I had the carbs off, I
tried adjusting the idle with the sync screw
(embarrassing), which then fell out on the road
somewhere, so of course the sync was way off. Also,
when run on the dyno, it seems the previous owner had
it jetted _way_ too lean (17:1), which accounts for
the horrible surging which made me think the carbs
were gummed up. I told the tuner, Lorin, to keep it
a little lean since I'd be running at higher
elevations during the trip. He raised the main jet
needle two clips, turned the idle screw out another
1.5 turns, and pronounced it "an 8/10". He says he
could've done better with some more time and the
Factory jet kit for that bike. 61 rwHp.

From Marietta I headed east to Memphis to try to spot
The King. No luck. I did hit some of Hurricane
Gustav, though. The carburation felt very good, just
a touch of lean surge at cruise. I did have one
cylinder cut out on me briefly, three times. West of
Memphis, it quit entirely and I was able to coast
most of the way to a ramp, then pushed it another 1/4
mile (uphill of course) to a sheltered spot to work.
This time I figured it must be electrical, so I
walked a mile each way to an AutoZone to get some
contact cleaner and dielectric grease. I took apart
every connector I could find on the bike, hosed out
and greased. Success! I did find that the upper 25
Amp fuse holder and both fuses in the dash were
partially melted, although the fuses hadn't blown. I
did replace both fuses and bought some spares.

I rode over 800 miles yesterday on I-40, and another
200 miles today, through Tucumcari and Pecos, NM, to
Santa Fe. The bike is (currently) running
flawlessly, and the jetting seemed perfect once I got
up a little bit. Today I pulled the wires out of the
bottom of the dash fuse holder and replaced the
holder with two waterproof capped inline fuse
holders, which are accessible through the vent ahead
of the tank and next to the oil cooler.

2,200 miles so far on my 'Fant, and I love it
(mostly)! Tomorrow morning I'll be heading north up
the Continental Divide.

I've posted some photos to:
http://s410.photobucket.com/albums/pp186/fallzboater/

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Old 09-08-2008, 08:14 PM   #1510
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My '95

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Old 09-12-2008, 12:06 PM   #1511
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Just curious, I know most of you guys are in the US and there is a great difficulty sourcing parts and such. What about if you were living in say MAdrid and seriously considering an Elefant as your next bike?

What do you think of this? Its a couple of hours away from me right now and I am awaiting a response to more than a few questions, but from the pics it looks insane.

http://motos.coches.net/ocasion/mode...lefant%20900ie

Thanks,

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Old 09-12-2008, 01:10 PM   #1512
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Just curious, I know most of you guys are in the US and there is a great difficulty sourcing parts and such. What about if you were living in say MAdrid and seriously considering an Elefant as your next bike?

What do you think of this? Its a couple of hours away from me right now and I am awaiting a response to more than a few questions, but from the pics it looks insane.

http://motos.coches.net/ocasion/mode...lefant%20900ie

Thanks,

Paul
Looks like you've got a trip in your future.

Nice bike, don't delay. Buy and post pix.
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Old 09-12-2008, 06:53 PM   #1513
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I was in Denmark and was visiting a friend at the Copenhagen University, turned the corner, then stopped in my tracks:

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Old 09-12-2008, 08:37 PM   #1514
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Cool! I saw this bike at the Elefant gathering in Bidart this summer
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Old 09-12-2008, 10:49 PM   #1515
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Just curious, I know most of you guys are in the US and there is a great difficulty sourcing parts and such. What about if you were living in say MAdrid and seriously considering an Elefant as your next bike?

What do you think of this? Its a couple of hours away from me right now and I am awaiting a response to more than a few questions, but from the pics it looks insane.

http://motos.coches.net/ocasion/mode...lefant%20900ie

Thanks,

Paul
That's a beauty.
Nearly nothing on the odometer and a reasonable price.
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