Calgarians that dualsport

Discussion in 'Canada' started by macuser, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. RED CAT

    RED CAT Bumpy Backroader

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    You have an XRL. Very little wrenching required. Oil changes and chain adjustments. Had 2 of these in the past. Great reliable bikes. Oh yea, tire changes which are easy. You've done the octopus removal and block off, right?
  2. flossandfly

    flossandfly Been here awhile

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    Thanks Ian and RED CAT. I have a decent torque wrench (bought it to be sure I put the wheels on right).

    I got some great info from thumpertalk and 4strokes.com and youtube. Did the smog removal thanks to good instructions on 4strokes and a good youtube video. Now I have to risk looking really stupid but I bought new front brake pads and everyting makes sense except the step that says to open the calipers up a bit to make room for the new thicker pads. Instructions don't say to remove the wheel or the front brake assembly. I will go to thumpertalk and ask for help there.

    You are right about the XR650L being pretty good as far as not needing much wrenching. I guess I just need to add a few new things to be self sufficient on the big red pig.
  3. Shibby!

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    Easiest to pop the caliper off, remove the pins, place the new pads/pins, spread them apart being careful to push pistons in as straight as possible (they aren't that fragile), and re-installing the caliper. Quick easy job.

    There is a very small chance the piston(s) will want to come out once the caliper is off. Makes sure they don't by holding them in, or keep an eye on it.

    Be careful as the pads may need some time to break in. Also note the first couple brake applications will have no results. Once the caliper is installed pump the lever a few times slowly to seat the pads against the rotor. Once seated confirm brake fluid level is correct. Essentially you should never "top up" your fluid because if you replace pads without removing that fluid you'll have issues of being overfilled. This could lead to brake drag, overheat, then unwanted brake being applied/lock-up.

    It's a good time to do a brake fluid change if you haven't already, or if the fluid looks at all gray or darkened. Good project for the kids to help you out with (pumping the lever).
  4. flossandfly

    flossandfly Been here awhile

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    Thanks guys. Maybe I will be doing stoppies next time we ride. :D
  5. Shibby!

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    Any trip plans for people?

    I might be doing Moab in May and Idaho / Oregon / Washington this summer.

    Getting stoked!
  6. Shibby!

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    Sounds like fun. I always think bike trips so the snow is no real deterrent. I'm patient but know it's time to make plans so holidays work out, etc. Otherwise people book stuff up for b-days, weddings, and other stupid stuff =) More importantly they should be asking "When are we riding this year?!"

    I have a buddy who's working at a camp this winter and he keeps me going by emailing me a few times a week about when and where. So just attempting to make rough outlines of trails to ride by gathering info from locals at the moment. It's a bit of an unwritten rule where I'm the route maker. That can be bad and good, since I find trails on google maps which can sometimes net us some pretty interesting situations.

    Moab is more if I get a dirt bike, but I'm tempting to go either way. I had a blast on my XRR and this time won't be such a worry about damaging something before my trip. A dirt bike better suites the technical trails my friends will be riding though.

    Baja is great fun if you can let go of the things you don't need here. If you need a spotless shower, air condition, clean riding gear, etc. It's not really the place for those individuals. It is fun to explore at your own will. It's a land where few rules apply, however it doesn't share the same crazy, yet extremely fun traffic riding the mainland does. It's more laid back. Everybody is super friendly. Many locals speak english, or some form of it. I'd try to allow more then one week though. It's nice to kick back in the mornings, walk the beach, then have a huge plate of Huevos Rancheros before saddling up. You don't make many miles when enjoying the ride and taking it in. My friends who rode this past October said it's not taking the recession well. I was there last Feb and November and it was quiet both times, but many of the areas got hit hard with hurricanes and I guess they are still showing plenty of damages, etc. With the lack of travelers it might be slowly returning to the area it once was. If you go, bring all the decals/stickers you can. The kids live for them down there. I probably have a bag of them yet I can give you before you leave. (I thought the mainland kids would want them too. Nope. No interest at all. You try to give Baja kids candy and they don't care, you give them a sticker and they're the happiest kid around)

    Good riding on the CDT too. Not technical but fun riding with great scenery. Lots of drainage jumps, good corners for roosting around, and just getting "out there". I think it's a must do for everybody once in their life.
  7. Wesley J

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    Hey, I have a few XR650R parts if anyone wants them.

    Coupla seats
    Dirtbags w mounts
    stock headlight/odo etc
    stock exhaust
    other misc parts
    supermoto fender

    They'll last til next weekend or so then they're going to the dump. Local pickup only. All or nothing

    email me at wes at weshill dot com

    Wes
  8. RED CAT

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    Bunch of us going mid April. First time for me. Should be fun.
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    I'm really shocked nobody has jumped on the Dirtbags and mounts. Pretty slick set-up for storing stuff if you aren't getting too silly and bent out of shape riding.

    Even the seat pans. Hell, I'd take one off you so when I sell this bike I can keep the seat concepts!


    Moab is good fun. It's like a different world. If you have time you have to do the White Rim Trail. One of the easier (yet longer) trails but the views are stunning and the riding is very fun. I think we did it in around 6 hours riding quickly be taking LOTS of pictures. We also stopped to take in the arches, etc. If it's hot I highly suggest an early departure. We left town at 7 I believe because it was supposed to be 38 or 40 C.
  10. Lav1200

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    Just watch out for Ranger Rick trying to enforce the ridiculously low speed limit on the White Rim Trail...
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    Yea, we lucked out. We passed on at the start of the trail, then only seen a Ford Raptor about half way, then two jeeps at the very end. Otherwise we were by ourselfs doing WELL over the speed limit. haha.

    I imagine there would be more of a presence during peak seasons.
  12. dwayne

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    We did the rim counter clockwise and there were a few corners on the last third that could have been pretty intresting at speed...

    Having ridden Moab a few times I learned the value of riding within your sight lines.

    The last time in Moab we did the onion creek road, not difficult at all, but really unique and scenic for the area.
  13. RED CAT

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    Thanks for the info and vids. Luckily I'm going to Moab with guys that have been going for the last 5 years.:evil
  14. Shibby!

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    What's wrong with the way it looks?


    They make delicious Margaritas. Laugh if you will, but you'll REALLY be laughing after two of them.

    One of the best I've had. Victoria's in Baja is better, but you have to ride quite a bit further to get one.
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    dwayne Silly Adventurer

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    Juan's was pretty good Mexican (in the middle of town) I thought the Brewery had really good food...and the beer wasn't bad either. There were alot of locals at Juan's.
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    Great videos. A bunch of us were there last November for 8 days of riding.
    Brings back great memories. Thanks for sharing.
  17. Shibby!

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    I agree. I stopped at the Love Muffin for coffee and breaky because of your recommendation. It was good. It was the morning we departed to do the WRT.

    I've been to Blu Pig a few times. It's nice for a change for sure, however I love mexican food (most people get sick of it). I could eat there every night. haha. I think Zaks was the Italian place? It was ok, but not great. Same with Brewery. Just seemed pretty typical but I don't order too fancy of meals and beer is beer as long as it's cold.

    I'm excited to go back if I can. Moab is my kind of place. Lots of like minded people. Laid back. Tons of fun just outside of town. I could live there for sure. Sad that it's under fire from tree huggers and they want to stop motorized OHV use. I love nature and the environment. It's why I do what I do, but I think it should be shared with motorized enthusiasts as well.
  18. Shibby!

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    Floss!

    Torque wrenches at CDN tire are on sale this week starting today. 50% off. ~50$

    They aren't snap-on, but for the average garage mechanic they are just fine.

    (Edit: They may only be 1/2 and 3/8. It's nice to have a 1/4" too. I just use one of the bendy torque arm ones which seems to work fine for things up to 25ish ft-lbs)
  19. flossandfly

    flossandfly Been here awhile

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    Thanks Shibby. I have a 1/2 that I use for torqueing the wheel nuts and have an adaptor to 3/8. But if CT is having a good sale it would be worth picking up a 3/8 and/or 1/4. No need to use the 2 foot long handle to torque down small bolts.
  20. Shibby!

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    Their still pretty big. The 1/4" might be on sale too. Not sure. Worth a check.

    I also use a 1/2 with reducer. Not idea, but works.