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Old 04-18-2012, 03:18 PM   #1081
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Can't speak for him but I live up in SAV, GA, and I go with 10W40 because of the climate. People don't understand the heat and humidity until they live in it (dunno if humidity affects the oil or not). For example, I have a Honda Civic with black interior and it is unusable between June and August.

FWIW I switched to Castrol for my last oil change. Had been using the Suzuki branded oil. Shifts like a dream.
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Old 04-18-2012, 04:06 PM   #1082
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Please, please, please, no oil wars please! But I see your location being Florida. Any reason you did not opt for a 20W50 OIL due to your climate??
I clock about 12-1500 miles a month so my next oil change will be in the dead of summer here. I may try 20w-50 then, but my morning commutes at 4am are still in the 60's and 70's and the highs are only in the mid 80's at best.

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Old 04-19-2012, 08:46 PM   #1083
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How do you like your Corbin? I had one on my KLR and hated it but it was the low option which was thin. I want to use mine as a long distance tourer as well, it's going to have to have a better seat.
I just rode with it for the first time yesterday. It's... Interesting. The vibration, pressure points, the inconsistent cheap feel, and general discomforts of the stock seat are gone, which alone are worth the cost of admission for me. The pan shape is an exact fit for my "plus sized" posterior and it's less of an effort to grip with the knees. The seat also somehow forces my posture upright and more forward towards the tank a bit, but in a consistent way, as if there's only one way it can be sat on. I like how it forces me into a consistent position, I just would prefer to be a little more tucked.

Strangely, it's very slick compared to stock; I was worried that the grip panels on the butt of my Teiz Power Shell suit would rough up the leather somehow, but while on the stock seat I was locked in place, on the Corbin the Power Shell isn't sticky at all.

Weather is forecast to be nice this weekend, so I'll hopefully squeeze in a 300+ mile ride for a distance test.
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Old 04-20-2012, 05:24 AM   #1084
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I just rode with it for the first time yesterday. It's... Interesting. The vibration, pressure points, the inconsistent cheap feel, and general discomforts of the stock seat are gone, which alone are worth the cost of admission for me. The pan shape is an exact fit for my "plus sized" posterior and it's less of an effort to grip with the knees. The seat also somehow forces my posture upright and more forward towards the tank a bit, but in a consistent way, as if there's only one way it can be sat on. I like how it forces me into a consistent position, I just would prefer to be a little more tucked.

Strangely, it's very slick compared to stock; I was worried that the grip panels on the butt of my Teiz Power Shell suit would rough up the leather somehow, but while on the stock seat I was locked in place, on the Corbin the Power Shell isn't sticky at all.

Weather is forecast to be nice this weekend, so I'll hopefully squeeze in a 300+ mile ride for a distance test.
Very good info, much better than the typical "I love it". Report back after the ride.
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Old 04-20-2012, 05:35 AM   #1085
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Did an oil change a few days ago at 8,000 miles.




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Old 04-20-2012, 05:45 AM   #1086
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AUGH! Stock Dunrocks! How are you still alive?
There was a guy doing a track day at Jennings last sun, the thing had race plastics, safety wired and those stock rock hard tires...I thought the same thing,' How is this guy still alive?'
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Old 04-20-2012, 05:50 AM   #1087
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I just rode with it for the first time yesterday. It's... Interesting. The vibration, pressure points, the inconsistent cheap feel, and general discomforts of the stock seat are gone, which alone are worth the cost of admission for me. The pan shape is an exact fit for my "plus sized" posterior and it's less of an effort to grip with the knees. The seat also somehow forces my posture upright and more forward towards the tank a bit, but in a consistent way, as if there's only one way it can be sat on. I like how it forces me into a consistent position, I just would prefer to be a little more tucked.

Strangely, it's very slick compared to stock; I was worried that the grip panels on the butt of my Teiz Power Shell suit would rough up the leather somehow, but while on the stock seat I was locked in place, on the Corbin the Power Shell isn't sticky at all.

Weather is forecast to be nice this weekend, so I'll hopefully squeeze in a 300+ mile ride for a distance test.
Good info. Thanks as well for the report. If you get to do the 300 mile butt time this week end, tell us how how that works as well please! Is Corbin the only game in town for a custom seat for the bike? Our is there others as well? I did not do a search as I'm thinking the wisdom is here readily available for my lazy carcass!!

IMHO Corbin pretty well ranks bottoms on the list in customer service if you have issues or want modifications to one of their products.

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Old 04-20-2012, 07:03 AM   #1088
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question for owners of the newest model, '08(?) and newer.

I don't have one but my nephew has one and while helping him change his tires, I noticed the bike started to cry. Yep, on and off, it would make a cry/weep/moaning noise from the gas tank. Open the gas cap and it stops. Maybe the baby Ninja needed to be burped?

Anyway, It seems like the tank is not venting correctly and he said there is a pretty involved mod to do to get it to stop. The bike also runs pretty sluggish. He had the valves checked, thinking that was the problem but that wasn't it.

Any suggestions? I know, they all do that... But I am pretty sure that it doesn't have to.
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Old 04-20-2012, 09:35 AM   #1089
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question for owners of the newest model, '08(?) and newer.

I don't have one but my nephew has one and while helping him change his tires, I noticed the bike started to cry. Yep, on and off, it would make a cry/weep/moaning noise from the gas tank. Open the gas cap and it stops. Maybe the baby Ninja needed to be burped?

Anyway, It seems like the tank is not venting correctly and he said there is a pretty involved mod to do to get it to stop. The bike also runs pretty sluggish. He had the valves checked, thinking that was the problem but that wasn't it.

Any suggestions? I know, they all do that... But I am pretty sure that it doesn't have to.

Completely normal and the tank IS venting properly. If it ain't broke...

As for the sluggish running, could be lots of things -- most likely somebody is not revving the nuts off of it () or the carbs are dirty (common).
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:09 AM   #1090
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Completely normal and the tank IS venting properly. If it ain't broke...

As for the sluggish running, could be lots of things -- most likely somebody is not revving the nuts off of it () or the carbs are dirty (common).
well, he heard of a fix so I figured someone else also thought it was broken...

Will check the carbs. it is idling about 11-1200 rpms and if you give it half throttle, in neutral, it will bog and die. at about 2000 it will bog and might die, over 2500 it bogs but will rev up.
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Old 04-20-2012, 11:16 AM   #1091
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Will check the carbs. it is idling about 11-1200 rpms and if you give it half throttle, in neutral, it will bog and die. at about 2000 it will bog and might die, over 2500 it bogs but will rev up.

Definitely dirty carbs. Classic symptom of a clogged pilot jet.

The carbs on these bikes are tiny and so are the passageways. They are more prone to gumming up while sitting than ANY bike I've ever experienced. If it isn't being ridden a good distance at least every couple of weeks, it's best to keep some stabilizer in the fuel, and if it sits more than that, drain the carbs.
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Old 04-20-2012, 12:32 PM   #1092
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AUGH! Stock Dunrocks! How are you still alive?
The PO had just replaced the stock set with a NEW set of the damn things when I bought the bike!

I figure in a year's time I'll need new tires anyway so... (If I live that long anyway )


Makes me wonder how I made a 300mile round trip to St Augustine a week after I bought it and came back alive Talk about a real adventure...
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And no, I did not lay the bike down on the beach.

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Old 04-20-2012, 01:38 PM   #1093
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Definitely dirty carbs. Classic symptom of a clogged pilot jet.

The carbs on these bikes are tiny and so are the passageways. They are more prone to gumming up while sitting than ANY bike I've ever experienced. If it isn't being ridden a good distance at least every couple of weeks, it's best to keep some stabilizer in the fuel, and if it sits more than that, drain the carbs.
I will let you all know when it is purring smoothly again.
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Old 04-20-2012, 02:39 PM   #1094
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question for owners of the newest model, '08(?) and newer.

I don't have one but my nephew has one and while helping him change his tires, I noticed the bike started to cry. Yep, on and off, it would make a cry/weep/moaning noise from the gas tank. Open the gas cap and it stops. Maybe the baby Ninja needed to be burped?

Anyway, It seems like the tank is not venting correctly and he said there is a pretty involved mod to do to get it to stop. The bike also runs pretty sluggish. He had the valves checked, thinking that was the problem but that wasn't it.

Any suggestions? I know, they all do that... But I am pretty sure that it doesn't have to.
The tank vent whines. It's not a bug, it's a feature. I worry when I don't hear that noise for a while; the vent could be clogged, there might be dirt around the gas cap/bad seal when closing, any number of things. The "fix" involves disassembly and drilling of the rather complicated and expensive gas cap assembly, if I remember right... Not worth it just to fix a noise, IMO. I just think of it as a personality quirk.

The cure for the sluggish running is to throw a can of Seafoam in the tank and run the crap out of the bike. The pilot jets are tiny and gum up easily, especially if the bike has been sitting a while with old gas in the tank. If the bike won't roll at lower RPMs and then suddenly jumps as you add throttle, that's probably the needles lifting out and taking over from the dirty pilot jets (this exact thing happened to me, and it sucked, because it made around-town riding annoying). Spend an afternoon on the highway at high RPM and the problem should go away.

(I put #40 pilot jets in when I worked on my carburetors and I haven't had that problem since, but that's only if you want to get into goofing around with jetting/intake/exhaust mods.)
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Old 04-20-2012, 03:35 PM   #1095
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It's worthwhile to add some StaBil to every tank of gas these days. I find that ethanol gas deteriorates quickly. Also, need an inline fuel filter. Run some Techron or Gumout through there and see what it does.
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