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Old 10-16-2012, 10:39 AM   #316
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Spaghetti wiring on my Ducati Monster. no gauges work anymore, and it seems to think there's no oil when its raining... And to boot, a quick rainstorm means the "black key" may not start the bike anymore, because the theft system is triggered.
THe wiring was fine on my Monster 800 but I hated the immobilzer with all the microcircuits in the gauge cluster, read plenty of stories of people who had replaced several, you probably have a bad one rather than wiring problems. I was afraid to ride mine in the rain and when I did when I got home I took the cluster off the bike, opened it up, and put it in a sealed bag of rice (risotto of course ;-) to dry it out...this worked but was a total PITA...an incredibly bad design. Also despised the sloping seat but a new Sargent fixed that however was not cheap. Sold the Monster recently for various reasons but its inability to handle rain was a big one. Lots of threads on the gauge issues, one is at http://www.ducatimonster.org/forums/...ent-panel.html and has some photos...

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Old 10-28-2012, 05:55 PM   #317
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The fact that my motorcycle, and most motorcycles, are designed for a 150lb rider....
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Old 10-29-2012, 02:59 AM   #318
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The fact that my motorcycle, and most motorcycles, are designed for a 150lb rider....
Too fat or too thin? I'm the latter.

I wish the GSA was less fat, but I like the fuel capacity, especially on Sigh-10, gasoline should weigh less.
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Old 10-29-2012, 06:59 AM   #319
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Too fat or too thin? I'm the latter.
I work out too much, 215lbs, 42" chest, 32" waist... It's even hard finding riding gear.
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:16 AM   #320
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or that most bikes (that i like) are made for someone with a 35" inseam.
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Old 10-30-2012, 06:34 AM   #321
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Fucking hated them whizzy brakes on mah Beemer!
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Old 10-31-2012, 05:49 PM   #322
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I used to have a 1984 Honda xr500. Great bike. Nice plastics. Terrible everything else. I loved that bike though

-Headlight mounting straps were to tight so when i hit a bump they would snap. (3 times)
-Dual carbs were a b**** to get off, easy to clean, then a b**** to get back on.
-Cam chains stretched really easily.
-Pegs sat at a funny angle so riding for very long your feet started to cramp up.
-Front brakes (Hydraulic disc) was fit for a 150 lb like so whenever i tried to stop that monster of a bike they'd heat up and boil the fluid out of the lines.
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The jack*** thhat owned my xr before me rebuilt the bike in his garage.... Stripped 3 of the bolts holding the head down, 1 bolt holding the cylinder down and had the engine loosley tightened to the frame. At least pulling the engine out was easy for me
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:09 AM   #323
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crf450r.....Chain stretch. I've put three different chains on it and they all stretch within 2 hours of adjusting them. It wouldn't be that big of a deal except that the knobbies get chewed off the side of the tire. I now have an o-ring chain and it does it too. I know it takes less than a minute to adjust it but I forgot to bring the torque wrench last ride out and had to call off the rest of the day's ride because of it...

Also, if you drop the dirt bike in the soft sugar sand, you will bend a radiator and it will start leaking. Ending your day early. I ended up buying the braces after the second time it happened(shame on me) Come on, though I shouldn't have to drop proof a dirt bike. Braces should come standard.

Not really a flaw but why can't bike manufacturers offer different frame sizes. Like mountain bikes do. I could order my mountain bike with my choice of 5 different frame sizes but if I want a dirt bike, I'm stuck with the one made for little guys. I'm 6'5" and lower pegs, higher bars and taller seat don't really cut it. imo. Call it the crf XL.
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:12 AM   #324
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crf450r.....Chain stretch. I've put three different chains on it and they all stretch within 2 hours of adjusting them. It wouldn't be that big of a deal except that the knobbies get chewed off the side of the tire. I now have an o-ring chain and it does it too. I know it takes less than a minute to adjust it but I forgot to bring the torque wrench last ride out and had to call off the rest of the day's ride because of it...
You're running your chain way to tight... Move the swingarm up until all the pivots are in a line. The chain should be slightly loose there.

Non-oring chains stretch allot faster than o-ring specially if not well lubed.

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Also, if you drop the dirt bike in the soft sugar sand, you will bend a radiator and it will start leaking. Ending your day early. I ended up buying the braces after the second time it happened(shame on me) Come on, though I shouldn't have to drop proof a dirt bike. Braces should come standard.
Welcome to every dirt bike ever. You can either invest in the protection, not crash, or play factory rider and keep a trailer full of spares. The manufactures battle on weight, they aren't going to add weight like that.
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Old 11-01-2012, 11:50 AM   #325
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Old 11-07-2012, 01:07 AM   #326
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Having to move the rear shock on a BMW G/S to access the battery.

Just irritates me every time.
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Old 11-07-2012, 02:42 AM   #327
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-Wheelbarrow handlebars on BMW's
-Cam chain tentioners losing hydraulic pressure on KTM 950's (clakclakclak)
-Boiling the fuel in traffic on a KTM Adventure (stall/let coolw/caps open)
-Winking low oil pressure light on an LC8 after a spirited thrashing
-Clutch pull of dry clutch Ducati's in traffic (jerkjerkjerk)
-Seat on my KTM 690R (jeeeez)
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Old 11-07-2012, 03:12 AM   #328
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I work out too much, 215lbs, 42" chest, 32" waist... It's even hard finding riding gear.
Same here, but I'm 213/44/33"/6' tall.
Everything is undersprung. I figure the cost of new suspenders into every long term bike purchase.
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Old 11-07-2012, 03:15 AM   #329
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Wiggly frames.
Feeling a bike wallow through a curve or get a frame harmonic because someone couldn't build a decent frame just makes me want to find that project lead and powerf... give them a piece of my mind.
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Old 11-07-2012, 06:47 AM   #330
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[QUOTE=ozmoses;19989237]Having to move the rear shock on a BMW G/S to access the battery.

Just irritates me every time.[/QUOTE

Really? wtf....
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