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Old 05-21-2014, 01:04 AM   #16141
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I'm not trying to start the "oil debate here".

I have always used 10w60 synthetic. I now have 105,000 km on the bike. I have used Motorex, Motul, Liqui Moly and Agip. A shop here in Kuala Lumpur has Elf full synthetic 10w60 from France. Should be ok right? Has anyone used this? Motul is my #1 choice but I was having trouble finding it... maybe i like the way it smells
As long it is suitable for silver coated bearings , no probs

But 1 oil cycle should not hurt
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Old 05-21-2014, 01:12 AM   #16142
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As long as the oil is JASO T903 MA 10w60 or 10w50 fully synth you should be fine.
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Old 05-21-2014, 02:09 AM   #16143
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Riders,
Looking for opinions and recommendations regarding neoprene fork tube covers to reduce grit getting into fork seals.

I have Googled the issue a lot and am looking for intel from this group of motowizards.

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...20Seal%20Skins

http://www.bikebandit.com/moose-raci...-on-fork-skins

There are two types.....:
1) the ones that zip on w/ zipper/velcro and are shorter;
2) the ones that are a tube and need to have forks removed for installation (longer but more difficult to clean)


Thanks in advance
They rub through on mine. Not only my 690, also the SX-F. But it appears that they have identical guards. Maybe there is a fork guard with more clearance.
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Old 05-21-2014, 02:13 AM   #16144
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Finally brought her home! Spent the day mostly in the twisties, varying the engine speed and avoiding full throttle to the best of my ability. After ~100mi I turned off onto some single track (yes, single-track, narrower than any ATV) and was surprised to see this thing gets just about everywhere the WRR did. On the steeper bits I was grateful for the extra torque.

About the heat gauge: On the road, the bike sat one to three bars from maximum in the temp gauge (I didn't count the total number of bars but I believe it was 10-12?). Off road, the temp gauge read one or two bars from max, though it never hit the max level (at which point I believe it would start flashing). The fan would kick on somewhere on the last bar from max. Is it normal for the fan to wait until the last bar to kick in? Is it normal for bikes at ~60F and 1,500ft elevation to almost max out their temp gauge? I think I read somewhere in here that it's typical...
+2 normal. I find my 2012 runs hotter than an '11 and 09 model years. This year I flushed the rad and refilled with engine ice coolant and can report the engine runs cooler and cools faster when hot.
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Old 05-21-2014, 02:19 AM   #16145
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+2 normal. I find my 2012 runs hotter than an '11 and 09 model years. This year I flushed the rad and refilled with engine ice coolant and can report the engine runs cooler and cools faster when hot.
Does the engine run cooler or does the radiator fluid run cooler?
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Old 05-21-2014, 03:59 AM   #16146
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That heating is normal. Unless I'm moving at a good clip without a lot of stops the temp is near the top. In deep sandwash I've bounced it off max on the gauge when I was towing a 250cc with a broken chain out.

Beyond that no issues.
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Old 05-21-2014, 04:19 AM   #16147
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I am normally three lines up from the bottom on my 2010.
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Old 05-21-2014, 05:48 AM   #16148
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I am normally three lines up from the bottom on my 2010.

Riding 80 kph, on the road?

As soon as I go offroading, temp goes one or two lines below top.
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Old 05-21-2014, 06:11 AM   #16149
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Riding 80 kph, on the road?

As soon as I go offroading, temp goes one or two lines below top.
+1 Pretty much anytime I'm riding I'm at 6 bars or higher.
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Old 05-21-2014, 06:11 AM   #16150
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I put my shock sox on but the fork guard pushed them off. Any tip tricks to get it to work?
Sorry,

I forgot to mention that I changed the fork guards to the old style open ones. They don't push the sox up.

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Old 05-21-2014, 07:40 AM   #16151
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Riding 80 kph, on the road?

As soon as I go offroading, temp goes one or two lines below top.
Actually I've pretty much stopped looking at it. Bike runs cool and fan only comes on when slow off-road work or city traffic and it's hot out. I have the 88 degree temp switch. I can't take any credit for any of this as I am the second owner.
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Old 05-21-2014, 07:58 AM   #16152
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I have noticed the same. At speed it runs half way and eventually come up to 10bars. But off road it's at 10bars and fan on a lot. Never over heats and rarely hits 11 bars. With out knowing actual temp it's hard to know if this is good or bad?
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Old 05-21-2014, 10:06 AM   #16153
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Does the engine run cooler or does the radiator fluid run cooler?
Haha there is an answer to the chicken and egg question. I'd say the rad fluid is more efficient in reducing temperatures resulting in the engine running cooler. I'm sure someone can talk ad nauseam about thermal dynamics but in the end the temp gauge sits one bar lower and my fan doesn't come on as often.

It could be that I no longer put any oil in the bike.

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Old 05-21-2014, 10:33 AM   #16154
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Feedback on the 300mm RR UK fork extension install. I have a 2011 with the 250mm (allegedly) standard travel. Fitment is easy. I went with 2 (of the avail 4) pre-load spacers a side. Maybe a touch soft, but plenty plush, which is something you'd never accuse a 2011 R model of. Was a touch harsh at 15 clicks comp, but very nice with 20. About 10mm more ground clearance (will be more with more pre-load spacers). I think it is well balanced with the std rear shock, which makes my wallet really excited. Win.
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Old 05-21-2014, 10:40 AM   #16155
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I have noticed the same. At speed it runs half way and eventually come up to 10bars. But off road it's at 10bars and fan on a lot. Never over heats and rarely hits 11 bars. With out knowing actual temp it's hard to know if this is good or bad?
Same here for me. Sounds like that's the prevailing theme for these.
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