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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by GB, Apr 24, 2008.
I bought the Trackside clutch lever for a Suzuki RM250 at Cycle Gear for $11 and it fit perfectly.
Anybody able to do me a favour? Pop out to your bike switch on the ignition but don't start the motor. Switch the display to voltage and tell me your reading. Mine is showing 11.8V steady with the headlight off but drops down towards 11 once the headlight is turned on. The bike has developed a habit of cutting out on idle during the last few weeks and I'm thinking the battery might be on the way out but don't want to replace it if it is still good.
12.5 volts, headlight on.
Thanks. New battery ordered.
Thought I'd start the year out right. A little cool this morning, mid 30's. Recent rain caused a rare submersion of the bridge to Reiff Road.
Headed over to Bartlett Springs Road for lunch in Clear Lake Oaks. Ran into some snow and ice between 3 and 4 thousand feet.
My new bash plate
Incorporating the BMW engine gards
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Do you have a part number?
Not on me. I'm sorry. I looked up the RM250 in their book that was on the shelf by the levers and took a shot based on the table in the first post in this thread. I know it was Trackside brand.
I'm close to pulling the trigger on an X-Challenge that was just fitted with an Ohlins rear shock. For most folks this might be good news, but I'm inseam-challenged (30") and have concerns about being able to lower that shock. I sat on Butters' bike with the stock air shock lowered a bit with no issues, and I've already bought the BMW low seat to help even more. The dealership is willing to swap out the Ohlins for another shock that I'd buy (maybe a Hyperpro), and they won't charge labor. Also, I'd have a practically new Ohlins to sell.
I don't really know much about suspensions and I'd be dependent on a shop for any tinkering. That being said, any guidance or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
A suspension specialist will be able to deal with adjusting the shock but my advice would be to try the bike first for a few weeks and see how you cope with it. What may seem high initially will soon feel normal and the low seat does make a lot of difference.
Should you consider the airshock, I wouldn't recommend lowering the pressure to lower the ride height though as the shock will still go to full extension whenever you unweight the suspension, including on braking resulting in the bike pitching forward. It does work well but only with the pressure set correctly for the weight of the rider giving the correct amount of sag.
I have an x challenge, olins, low seat and a 30" inseam. The only time I ever had an issue was doing some singe track and tried to step down on the low side to ketch myself, didn't work out so well but I was fine. It did take a few to get use to only putting down one foot at stops or bing up on my toes but over all I love the bike. Good luck making your choice.
I guess it's more of a frame question than a seat question, but there are two prongs on the frame which the middle part of the seat hooks onto when the seat is installed - can someone tell me what the correct gap is between the frame and prong? I think mine have been smooshed.
I don't have the bike handy, but the grooves in seat should catch on the two hooks. Mine were bent over because the PO didn't know how to slide the seat forward to hook the seat. You can experiment with yours, I think mine are about 1/2" clearance between the frame and underside of the hook. Let me know if you need more since I'm somewhat local to you.
I don't know the exact height of the prongs, but I distinctly recall that the upper part of the prong (not including the lead in tab at the tip) should be roughly parrallel with the top tubes of the subframe. Mine got squashed by my friendly dealer during service. You would think that the knuckleheads would have realized something wasn't right when it was so hard to latch the seat. I discovered the problem when I tried to remove the seat. I almost broke the key off trying to release the latch. It finally popped, after I put considerable downward pressure on the seat while turning the key. I bent the prongs up to not quite parrallel, as I was afraid of cracking them. The seat still goes on, and now it feels like it has less slop than when new.
After talking to Touratech, it sounds like they set up that particular shock for a hypothetical 250lb rider when they sold it to the dealer. They recommend getting the shock re-sprung because I weigh around 135.
Also, by sitting on the misplaced saddle on the prongs, the slots in the saddle will be pushed inward so its even harder to engage properly.
I slid a small wooden strip into the slot and applied gentle heat with an airgun, so gently opening up to original dimensions.
I put down a deposit on the bike. They're going to re-spring it for me, and I should have it in a few weeks. Now for the adventurizing wish list...
I love mine, and wish you the best with the new bike! congrats!
Just filled up both tanks yesterday. 223 miles before the light came on. took 4.2 gal. This was with quite a bit of freeway miles. Vented cap arrived today and is working great. Averaging 60 mph, range should be around 260 miles.
Im thinking about giving the KTM aux tank a try on my Xch, but am hoping to get a little more info on the mounts, what they look like, what you guys did to fit them, etc.
Im planning to get some H&B luggage racks this summer too, so will have to mount it so it wont interefere.
If you guys who have done it have pics of the mounts off the bike, measurements, etc It would be greatly appreciated.
Any fab work I think I will have to pay to get done, so have to figure out what it will take