Charlottesville Riders...where are ya?

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by gasgaseffinfast, Sep 24, 2008.

  1. YesRush

    YesRush Long timer

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    If milky drain and refill it and run it an hour or two.Then drain it and put your new oil in it.I call that a good flush but yah might not need to do it twice.The way I look at it is a few oil changes is easier than splitting case to replace bearings.Any small moisture will steam out by running it hot ,should.
    Remember that oil floats on water so water should drain out first.
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  2. Austin hayes

    Austin hayes Been here awhile

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    I would pull the carb and clean it, check your crankcase vent hoses and make sure they are clean and clear, change the oil and filter, grease suspension and wheel bearings and clean electrical connections. The water is less of a concern to the engine than the mud/sand suspended in it. Obviously you haven't bent a valve/ rod so your concern is about whether or not the mud pushed past the rings or got in through the crank case vents, if your oil is milky then water (and more importantly mud) made it into the crankcase and you'll want to flush the engine pretty thoroughly to maximize your chances of the motor surviving. If the oils clean then your gonna be fine.

    What makes you think it got water in the cylinder? If it easily restarted you probably didn't get very much in the engine
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  3. Knobspinner

    Knobspinner Let's go.

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    Got it. Thanks. I'm not sure if it got past the carb or not. The oil was murky for being just a few weeks old. When you say milky are we talking like coffee colored? How much milk are we talking? My oil was pretty dark and maybe a little strange in consistency like not very transparent. I changed it cold the next day actually so as not to mix things up again. The new oil looks very clean and the bike runs great (so it seems). On the trail it did not want to start easily at all and I kept the revs up so it wouldn't stall out after it finally did (for like 3+ gnarly miles). Unfortunately I didn't realize until I went through the bike in detail that there is a drain hose from the air box on the far side of the air filter.:becca There was still water in it until I drained it and flushed it out. I thoroughly vacuumed and dried out the air box and everything under the seat including the battery and connections. Put in a freshly oiled air filter. Cleaned out airbox drain hoses.

    Sounds like I still ought to clean the carb, crankcase vent hoses, and grease the wheel bearings and suspension. I think a machete to cut a dry path next time is on my list too.
  4. Knobspinner

    Knobspinner Let's go.

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    Interesting. I don't think there was much if any water coming out first when I drained the oil.
  5. SRG

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    KS - If there was significant water in your oil you would have known it. Water in the oil will turn it a chocolate milk shake color and consistency.

    If it's running fine now, I would not remove the carb to disassemble/clean it.

    Your wheel bearings are sealed, dunking the bike shouldn't hurt them.
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  6. Knobspinner

    Knobspinner Let's go.

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    Yeah I don't think much dirty water got through. The water in the carb side of the airbox was not very dirty. On another note... I ran my Aerostitch and gloves through the laundry and they smell like new again. SRG I'm glad I got to see what the KLR can do but next time I'm taking the 250 :p3rry Nothing like the feeling of getting to the top though!
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  7. hppyfngy

    hppyfngy not dead yet

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    Never listen to SRG. NEVER!

    I'm outside of Asheville these days, SRG. Sold everything in Crozet.
    Nice roads around here. Haven't drowned any KLR's lately... :lol3
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  8. AntonLargiader

    AntonLargiader Long timer

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    I bet many of you know, but FWIW Jarman's will be closing their doors in the next month or so. With Jimmy dead and James in the hospital, there just isn't a team to run the place. The service department is closed. There is still some stuff on the floor - apparel, oils, parts, helmets - so you might want to stop by if you're in the shopping mood. They open at 9:00 AM.

    I'm getting an offroad helmet and probably some shop supplies.

    I know they have had, let me say, mixed reviews over the years but it's sad to see them go away. Practically speaking, there's a pretty big hole in the repair network for non-BMW motorcycles in Charlottesville now. Nowhere to get scooters and mopeds fixed. No independent HD guys that I know of. Tim Morris and Bee do some work but neither of them is that close to town.
  9. mattgoff

    mattgoff Been here awhile

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    Thanks Anton. A question about motorcycle tires came up today on Reddit so this is timely news. Sorry to hear about Jarmans.


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  10. SRG

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    A little late for a heads up, but the annual British car show is in Waynesboro today. Nice day to ride over there.
  11. LXDDLE

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    Thanks for the tip. Interesting vehicles, particularly the MG / Allstate (Vespa) combo.


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  12. AntonLargiader

    AntonLargiader Long timer

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    Quick non-moto question. Any of you in or right around C-ville have Comcast internet only, no TV? If so, what do you actually pay, after taxes and so forth, for what speed?

    We're re-assessing our situation with Centurylink DSL now that Comcast is offering internet-only packages. The Comcast rates look OK but the taxes aren't shown and they are introductory rates. Is there some gimmick where you can stay on the introductory rate after the year is up?
  13. Jack90210

    Jack90210 quia ego nominor leo

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    Just saw this. Sad to hear about Jarman's.

    I haven't ridden in months; too many projects going on at home, spurred by some life changes. I'm not even sure my KLR would start up. Need to get out on two wheels!
  14. Knobspinner

    Knobspinner Let's go.

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    I've been using Comcast internet only for 3 years in Albemarle County. I think I currently pay about $73 per month for Blast which is the fastest speed. That includes a modem rental fee. I have found the intro rates can be extended for the most part every year with a phone call and negotiation, but I've also varied my speeds over the years and hence my billing amount.
  15. fatcuresmuscles

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    Anyone know of a good shop in town that I can get some new rubber put on my AT, and possibly a brake line installed? I wasnt keeping up with the news and didnt notice Jarmans closed :(.
  16. guns&coffee

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    Cycle Center in Culpeper does good work
  17. mattgoff

    mattgoff Been here awhile

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    Looked at the internet only but the deal ended up being better for the speed we wanted. This should give you an idea. Obviously we could skip the HD tech fee and the local broadcast charge if we didn’t have the tv.
  18. AntonLargiader

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    Thanks. So it looks like the taxes for internet-only would be small. Therefore, it's just the published cost of the service (accounting for the introductory rate BS) plus just a few dollars for taxes. That said, Comcast gives different numbers for the cost of Performance Internet ($62 in one place and $75 in another) so maybe I just need to call someone. Promo rate is $30 but the website says that ended yesterday.

    Matt, are you getting anything similar to the advertised speed?