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Old 05-22-2012, 07:30 PM   #17806
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the four hour oil change

Thought I'd better take a few minutes and change the oil in both the GS and the 530... as long as I'm getting oily I may as well do both. I've got an hour, no prob...

Started with the GS - I've been running full synth for the last 30k miles and I am regular as miralax on the 3000 mile interval. The boys at the shop keep telling me it's OK to go 5-6k on full synth , but I'm a bit anal - (not in a Pluric kind of way). So this time I'm at 4500 so I'm feeling like I'm trying to do what they recommend... but still shy about going all the way (like farm animals around Infidel). I drain it out to find it is still honey colored and looking great. I decided not to change the filter (another shop recommendation - if you do change full synth that often at least change the filter every other time and save yourself a few bucks!). So after getting it drained I proceed to pull the filter - old habits die... About the time I get the oil drained from the filter I remember I wasn't going to change it - too late... head over to find I don't have another filter. Cleaned up the one I took off, inspected the seal, and reinstalled it. Topped it back off and put it away.

Got out the 530 and took off the skid plate - did so without a lot of swearing, proud of myself. Again being anal I change both the oil and the gear lube everytime - and the boys at the shop say that is a waste of oil, change the gear oil as per specs... yada, yada, yada. So I drop down and pull the oil plug, smugly admiring how clean the oil was I realized that I had pulled the gear box plug... shit, shit, shit. Oh well, now I get to change them both! So I proceed to drain the oil - nice and honey colored again - boy I am proud of how good it looks, and most likely stupid for changing it so often. I head around to the right side of the bike and pull the gear oil level bolt - again anal about the level instead of just adding the required amount. That's when I noticed the bolt had a lot of aluminum shavings on it... must have gotten a bit stripped - but it was in tight. So I got my wife to watch the fill level while I went to the left side to pour in the oil - yes, thank you KTM for putting these on opposite sides of the bike, necessitating 2 people to fill up the stupid gear box. I pour in a full liter without is bleeding out the other side (.9 is the spec).

I decide this is close enough to overfull so I head to the right side to put in the fill bolt. I spin it in with just the socket on the extension by hand and it never grabs a single ounce of bite... shit shit shit. I take it back out and find more aluminum shavings on it. After conjugating some new swear words I decide to tap the hole from the original M6 to and M7. I have no extension for the tap so I had to take off the peg - more swearing ensued. At this point I'm feeling that I probably shouldn't proceed based on the way the rest of my project had gone. Fuck that, I know what I'm doing. So I got the tap in and very gently wound it through, backed it out clean and cleaned up all the shavings (all that I could find!) Head over to my nice new every-size-you-can-think-of-for-a-bike metric bolt set only to find I don't have a M7x1.0. Shit shit shit. I head over to Home Depot hoping they hay actually have this size... believing I'll have to continue to Lowes as they have a better metric selection. Unbefuckinglievable, they had an M7x1.0x10, nearly crapped myself with excitement right there (Pluric is old... he know this could happen). Couldn't find a copper/brass washer for a compression seal so I decided that I would go heavy on the locktite to seal it, since I am never taking this bolt out again. Got home and put the bolt in - all is well! till next time.

Proceed to fill the oil... not enough oil left, shit shit shit... could have checked that before heading out the first time - no way, we must be getting paid by the mile. At least I can get the peg back on before heading out. Some Austrian Cocksucker designed this to be impossible for me to deal with. A good 30 minutes later, with new scratches on my frame, I got the bastard in. Went and got some oil, which is good because in my frustration I may have just mixed what had to get enough to fill it. Got back and topped off the oil, all is well and calmness returns. Figured I'd head out back and pressure wash it before putting the skid plate back on. Not issues there - and I have a clean bike! Unfortunately the same aforementioned Austrian Cocksucker had previously designed the skid plate, before he was promoted to chief peg fuckerupper. My calm demeanor escalated as I fought the plate for a while - you'd think it was designed by someone with Japanese sized hands - too big of fingers had me drop the clamp over and over down into the plate - if I had a welder it may be permanently installed now. I hate this plate - may need to look at another design. Putting the tools away I found the spare GS filter... figures. Good thing the Warfarin prohibits me from drinking or I'd have been shit faced by now.

I finished by tightening the chain - which went unbelievably slick. If you've ever golfed you will know that holes 9 and 18 are typically easy - this lets you end on a good note and forget about how shitty of a time you had for the past 3 hours. Chain tightening was my 18th hole!
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:24 PM   #17807
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Had my first ride today on a Thumper, a DRZ-400. Good God, that thing was a) gutless and b) buzzzzzzzzzy. Now, these are both relative assessments, in comparison to my ST1300. The gutless doesn't really bother me much, it's something I can cope with if I a thumper lands in my paddock. The buzzzzz? Not so sure. In the world of current/recent production thumpers, where does the DRZ-400 family sit on the buzz spectrum?
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:27 PM   #17808
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From Frogs post on down...


Thats some funny shit, Moo!
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:28 PM   #17809
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Got a boat? Double Moo and I can tell you the lakes.

As far as trails.... Trackhead, GSKev, Mcnight, Trailtwister and a few others
are mental maps of Utah.
No boat. Let me know if anyone does anything on the weekends. Would love to meet up with some people and get an idea of the area. I've got a plate on the husky, which is good enough for UT right? It's set up 95/5 dirt-street.
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:38 PM   #17810
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z Just checking out your pics. Pluric would be proud.
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:46 PM   #17811
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I finally put my SE together and got it registered. And decided to take the long way home form the Heber DMV.

The other day I was wondering if you still had the SE. I am still wondering...all I saw was a black and orange blur
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:05 PM   #17812
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The other day I was wondering if you still had the SE. I am still wondering...all I saw was a black and orange blur
Its been sitting for a long time. I thought it had a blown head gasket because it was blowing coolant out the reservoir. Turns out it was the rad cap.

Now we just have to get fano to get his on the road. Im pretty sure it hasn't seen dirt since Baja 08. :(
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:20 PM   #17813
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Its been sitting for a long time. I thought it had a blown head gasket because it was blowing coolant out the reservoir. Turns out it was the rad cap.

Now we just have to get fano to get his on the road. Im pretty sure it hasn't seen dirt since Baja 08. :(
I didn't even know Fano had one!

Mine is disabled right now...waiting on new fork seals.
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:23 PM   #17814
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I've been looking at big bikes. Thought I had a deal on the silver one but alas. The price on SE's is crazy. I think in 07-08 you could get one new from the dealership for around 9k. Now I see used ones going for 11-15k???? I've never seen a bike appreciate like that.
The guy who sold you the footpegs has a sorted out SE that scares the shite out of him. You want I should talk to him...ya know, send ovah sum friends?
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:43 PM   #17815
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The guy who sold you the footpegs has a sorted out SE that scares the shite out of him. You want I should talk to him...ya know, send ovah sum friends?
Sure, but I'm mainly just looking and getting a feel for whats out there and what it's worth. I think what I really want is an S spec Adventure for longer, touring type rides. Someday I want to do an extended ride south. I don't think I'm man enough to ride those big ass bikes in the shit.

I love those pegs by the way. Last ride I really started to get a good feel for taking corners on dirt roads at high speed standing up and riding the inside peg to steer. Kind of feels like when you're skiing on groomers and using your downhill ski on the inside edge. Maybe I'm crazy and rambling, but it feels way stable and you can rail around corners on dirt roads without checking speed.

Just realized you mean zugg and not hilsamer. Tell zugg I'll trade him a set of long pegs for his SE.

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Old 05-22-2012, 09:46 PM   #17816
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z Just checking out your pics. Pluric would be proud.
I've never seen a KLR wear an Action Packer so well. Makes me put my hand over my heart.
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:51 PM   #17817
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No boat. Let me know if anyone does anything on the weekends. Would love to meet up with some people and get an idea of the area. I've got a plate on the husky, which is good enough for UT right? It's set up 95/5 dirt-street.
Double Moo likes to spend his whole weekend doing a 15 minute oil change.
Maybe he could sponsor an oil change tech day, night, weekend......

There will be some rides coming now that the mountains are clearing up.
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:55 PM   #17818
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I've been looking at big bikes. Thought I had a deal on the silver one but alas. The price on SE's is crazy. I think in 07-08 you could get one new from the dealership for around 9k. Now I see used ones going for 11-15k???? I've never seen a bike appreciate like that.
I'm pretty sure mine hasn't appreciated. unless I can charge more for bent and broken parts.
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Old 05-22-2012, 10:01 PM   #17819
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Had my first ride today on a Thumper, a DRZ-400. Good God, that thing was a) gutless and b) buzzzzzzzzzy. Now, these are both relative assessments, in comparison to my ST1300. The gutless doesn't really bother me much, it's something I can cope with if I a thumper lands in my paddock. The buzzzzz? Not so sure. In the world of current/recent production thumpers, where does the DRZ-400 family sit on the buzz spectrum?
Yeah, that's a resonable basis to compare the two. A Singer sewing machine would seem
buzzy compared to an ST.

I do have a DR400. Once the numbness sets in you don't notice the buzz anymore.
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Old 05-22-2012, 10:11 PM   #17820
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This one actually looks pretty clean and good bling.
I think the safari tank is a high dollar item that I would want.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=790433

I'm definitely stopping here when I get to Chile.
http://news.yahoo.com/photos/world-s...337710429.html

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