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Old 03-21-2013, 06:08 PM   #33991
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Blast from the past.

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What amuses me is that a lot of guys who are obsessive over maintenance usually have few miles; while guys that ride a lot tend to do what needs to be done in the interests of keeping on riding. Shit, I replace tires when cords are showing, the only time I even think about replacing a wheel bearing is when it goes out, and I usually lose a few teeth off my sprocket before I change that out. Swingarm bearings, what the fuck ever, x 21,000 miles now. I literally do not care - even though I love my bike.

Come to think of it, the guy that bought my 1st WRR later complained to me about the chain slider being half clapped out, missing bolts, gouged plastics, and a shagged chain and sprockets. He totally disassembled the swingarm and subframe and cleaned, greased, ejaculated, whatever it is those guys do... and he's since put about 800 miles on it in 2 years. I used to invite him to dirt rides until it became obvious he was never going to come because he might tweak some of the new bits he had put on and he was worried that water crossings would instantly cause his wheel bearings to seize.

You know what preventative maintenance I have done... I replaced the left side engine case after I holed it... and I didn't even change the oil; just topped it off. I guess I did also, a while back, replace the swingarm chain slider, but that was just to disprove a theory. I should put the old one back on and return the new one to Service Honda...
I've been thinking about your post since you posted it last month, and wanted to speak up on behalf of all of us obsessive maintenance folks. Not calling you out or anything, just my explanation.

When I buy a motorcycle I enter into a relationship with it, not unlike a horse and it's trainer. I have needs from it, and it has needs from me. I literally bond with a bike or sell it if that doesn't happen. If I were to ride my motorcycle into the ground, and do nothing more than just what it takes to make it through the next ride I wouldn't be holding up my half of the bargain.

The other part is the "Joy" of getting to know your machine on an intimate level. Taking it apart, touching it, understanding all of it's nuances, and making it better by massaging it's bits and pieces. This is part of the total experience for me.

The honest truth is I love to work on my bike....... almost as much as I love to ride it. If I go the extra mile and engage in the art of preventive maintenance well before it is absolutely needed I receive the dual satisfaction that I won't be stranded with a worn out part, and that I am riding a machine that is truly a part of me. It's all very ZEN ......... and again, not saying there is anything wrong with the way you do it. Ride that Bitch till she breaks, and fix it. It's just a motorcycle.

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Old 03-21-2013, 06:26 PM   #33992
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When I bought my first two motorcycles as a teen, these bikes were the typically wrecked and abused just-ride-it-and-F-everything-else kind of bikes.
They looked it.

After putting up with this for the duration of me owning these bikes, I decided I did not want any more of my bikes to be anything like that.
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:29 PM   #33993
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where i come from we have a saying there are two kinds of people motorcycle owners and motorcycle riders that guy sounds like a owner to me i am kinda like you kansasbob i love my bikes and i give them all girls names but i do put on a ton of miles every year last year i put on little over 28,500 between all my bikes last year
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:32 PM   #33994
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Um, 2 black hex screws. where did they come from?

Ok everyone - HELP!

I have two black hex screws that I have no idea where they came from. Any ideas?


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Old 03-21-2013, 07:39 PM   #33995
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Ok everyone - HELP!

I have two black hex screws that I have no idea where they came from. Any ideas?
Help us out................ what exactly did you take apart?

First guess is screws to attach the seat.
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:42 PM   #33996
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Help us out................ what exactly did you take apart?

First guess is screws to attach the seat.
header/exhaust changed
ultimate airbox mod
flapper removed
exup removed
all body panels removed and painted.

sounds about it.
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:47 PM   #33997
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header/exhaust changed
ultimate airbox mod
flapper removed
exup removed
all body panels removed and painted.

sounds about it.
You're out of my realm, I'm a totally stock guy. I'm sure someone will know.
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:54 PM   #33998
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Maybe some of the stock skid plate bolts, look too small to be the seat bolts
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:58 PM   #33999
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I've been thinking about your post since you posted it last month
It saddens me to know that you have been thinking about my post for a month.

But, I respect your response.

In the spirit of your post I even went ahead and washed my bike inside and out, so as to begin some preventative maintenance tasks:

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Old 03-21-2013, 07:59 PM   #34000
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Safari tank?

Has anyone heard what's going on with the Safari tank for our WR? Haven't been able to find one for over a year now.
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:59 PM   #34001
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Ok everyone - HELP!

I have two black hex screws that I have no idea where they came from. Any ideas?
Look like the bolts that hold the rear fender to the subframe, but then again, bolts all look pretty much the same.
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Old 03-21-2013, 08:02 PM   #34002
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where i come from we have a saying there are two kinds of people motorcycle owners and motorcycle riders that guy sounds like a owner to me
I'm sorry, is that directed at me or a different post?
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Old 03-21-2013, 08:07 PM   #34003
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I'm sorry, is that directed at me or a different post?
Relax, you don't gotta be bike-sexual like those dudes.

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Old 03-21-2013, 08:14 PM   #34004
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:30 PM   #34005
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Hey,
I need a little help guys! So today i walked into my local Yamaha dealer here in Toronto to check out the WR250R in person. The bike itself looks amazing, only problem is i was not able to sit the bike upright. The rear shock was really hard and didn't have much sag to it at all.

little about me, I'm 5'8 and 200lbs. is the bike to big for me?
It's full adjustable, turn the dampening anti-clockwise a couple of clicks and loosen the spring
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