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Old 06-14-2011, 09:45 PM   #106
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Old 06-15-2011, 04:58 AM   #107
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Camera is charging as I write.

PO had it running last fall, but won't start now. Been sitting since his son dropped it. Busted left side turn signals and bent the headlight bracket. Has a dent at the back of the tank where the knee indent starts (right side.)
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Old 06-18-2011, 07:15 PM   #108
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Started a new thread about my new-to-me GR650. A few pictures up with more to follow tomorrow.
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Old 06-20-2011, 05:13 AM   #109
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Did you ever get the squeaky shock issue resolved? I now know what you are dealing with.
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Old 06-20-2011, 05:03 PM   #110
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Did you ever get the squeaky shock issue resolved? I now know what you are dealing with.
Worked on it this weekend and I brought it by an Ikon distributor for measurements, will see what happens. Wilbers and YSS both lists it though.
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Old 07-02-2011, 04:00 PM   #111
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Got the call from the IKON retailer, it came in and he said it looks good. Just gotta pick it up and slap it in. Too bad he called 10 minutes too late as I was already heading home and he's gone for the long weekend as well. No problem, I'll get it tuesday. Also got another package friday.



The little K11p is getting new tires and tubes and check out why the rear brake are worthless.

Original tires have alot of tread...








but......




Well that photo was crap. It was supposed to show all the cracks on the sidewalls. I can't imagine how that would happen, the bike only has around 3K on the tires and only 44 years old!
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Old 07-02-2011, 04:29 PM   #112
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Took about 15 mins to remove the wheel...



15 minutes to remove and mount new tire.



These Michelin Gazelles were directional and good on Bike Bandit for getting me the front and rear specific tires. They looked identical to me, except for the direction arrows listing front and the other rear. I was surprised on such a budget tire.

Brakes looked good and no ridge on the drum, so a little copper grease on the pivots and back in they went.



I did have to adjust the rear brake to the next notch on the splines and also realized there wasn't a pinch bolt for the arm. A little digging around and found a suitible bolt to use for now. Took it for a little spin and what do you know, the brakes are a little less crappy, rear actually works now.
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Old 07-05-2011, 10:11 PM   #113
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Christmas came early and got the call my shock came in. Picked it up today.





Looks like it'll be a bit stiffer than the old one.



But it does have a progressive spring. Coils look tight though. Even have dampening adjustment under the rubber boot. They recommend setting it to 1 for solo riding and 2 for general/two up light luggage. I set it for two of course.
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Old 07-05-2011, 10:18 PM   #114
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Fast forward 3 hours...it's in Good thing I didn't waste any time on getting some fancy colors or a red spring or something. You can't even see the dang thing.



Took it for a quick spin around the neighborhood. What a difference! Feels very planted and not wallowy at all. May be a touch too stiff and I'll have to drop the dampening down a bit, maybe to 1 1/2. So far so good. Boy did it feel good to ride again.
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:39 AM   #115
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How difficult to adjust in place? Price reasonable?
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:14 PM   #116
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How difficult to adjust in place? Price reasonable?
Actually, it's a pain to adjust. I think one would have to remove the lower bolt to push the shock forward to get the clearance to use the spanners to adjust the preload. I think I have it on the lightest setting and the sag seems about right. I think I may have dialed way too much dampening though. I set it above 2, somewhere around 2 3/4. I lowered it to 1 1/4 and will see how that does. Adjusting that is a pain as well, hopefully if it's dailed in, I won't have to reset it. Will see tomorrow on my commute.
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Old 07-06-2011, 08:41 PM   #117
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How difficult to adjust in place? Price reasonable?

Oops, forgot to mention it costs $450+tax. Both Wilbers and YSS make them for the Tempter and are a few dollars more. I wanted to try the Ikon. It's from OZ and the engineer came from a reputable shock manufacturer. If you haven't guessed, move the (I)kon to the back of the name, you got it.
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Old 07-06-2011, 08:46 PM   #118
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Thanks for the review. Hope it continues to serve. Not sure if I need one or not. Can't get the thing running correctly yet.
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Old 07-15-2011, 08:27 PM   #119
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Vtwin,

Just a question about how this bike feels. What I mean is, I'm used to riding an inline-4 which loves the higher rpms. The last parallel twin I had was a Honda CM400 and that was 1985.

I've just cleaned the carbs and am adjusting them to best performance. Have yet to vacuum sync them, but it feelsl like it is getting pretty close.

Doesn't want to pull very hard above about 4500 rpm. Should it be pulling pretty hard in the upper rpms, or at least above 4500?

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Old 07-16-2011, 06:44 AM   #120
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Mine seems to pull pretty well from 2K to 3K then it pulls stronger as the flywheel releases and I'm running a 16t front sprocket. Mine does have some moderate vibration at around 4K, but has a sweet spot at 5K.
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