Iowa Roll Call

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by bellbear, Jul 29, 2008.

  1. scooter noob

    scooter noob Been here awhile

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    What does everyone around here think of Felco fuel pumps?


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  2. no_rice

    no_rice Adventurer

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    highly doubt i'll be making the car show with the old shortbox, or the bike show with... well any of my bikes(the S1 is the only one that would put on a good showing for that kind of thing anyway).

    we will be in dubuque tonight, sat sun & mon. but i am taking the sm610 to do some playing while im there :rofl

    although Jenn just did say we could leave mon morning if i really wanted... then id be able to swing by, or i could always cruise the truck up, leave it at dads, then pick it up on the way back from dubuque...

    but... doubt i will. we only go there and see her family a couple times a year.
  3. Calkins

    Calkins On Any Sunday...

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    Iowa Falls, Iowa
    Of course, the best time for us would be Vintage Torque Fest :evil
  4. motometal

    motometal i like motorcycles

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    Deals gap is great. Best to go Monday through Wednesday....otherwise it can be a real zoo and or parade. Also there are other roads in the area nearly as entertaining but not so popular...
  5. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest"

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    West Des Moines, IA
    Oh, that's YOUR Multi sitting at Doug's place. I was wondering.
  6. KLR 41B

    KLR 41B Been here awhile

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    Northeast Iowa
    Got out to do some riding this weekend. Got off to a late start about 11:00pm Friday night. Check my blog for some pics.
  7. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest"

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    I spent the past few days getting in the last of my parts before the Colorado trip. I put the new carb floats and needles in only to find . . . that the carb inlet connections were leaking. There are three O-rings on each inlet . . . . Three gold-plated O-rings. The only way you can get them is by ordering the carb rebuild kit for oh, say about $270.

    But, my butt was saved by a guy online who identified some O-rings in a kit at Advance Auto that somewhat work, and Doug at MotoSports, who pulled out his "spare" O-ring box and found some bizarre O-rings that worked perfectly. We did a little "mix and match" to make everything work again.

    We now think that my carb is working thanks to advice from this forum re: rare Viton O-rings, and some O-rings from a 520 O-ring chain link. :lol3 Thank you ADV Rider & MotoSports! My trip to Colorado is saved. ADV, Doug, Ron & Justine rule! :clap
  8. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest"

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    Never heard of it. Is this a sign that your German pump is "funktioniert nicht?"
  9. scooter noob

    scooter noob Been here awhile

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    I found a Felco fuel pump assembly that is safe for ethanol, but l don't like buying without knowledge. I'm in Billings at the moment, the manual will be waiting for me when we get back from Calgary.


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  10. scooter noob

    scooter noob Been here awhile

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    I wholeheartedly agree. I thank this site, YOU for towing my sick bike, and all the other fine people's advice here...as well as the gang at Motosports!!!!



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  11. kleinergti1

    kleinergti1 Been here awhile

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    [​IMG]. Leaving for Colorado tommorow as well
  12. HoloHolo

    HoloHolo 2 wheels !!!!

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    dubuque, iowa
    I am jealous, nice bike.

    Safe travels


    Oh yeah! 2 wheels!
  13. backroadrider74

    backroadrider74 Wanderer

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    last i knew he was 10 miles from omaha
  14. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest"

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    Ethanol is evil. The first time I took my carbs apart, the intakes were coated with this yellow crap. I couldn't figure out what that stuff was. I eventually figured out with help from the board that it was my Polyamide-6 tanks, which were slowly dissolving from the prior owner using ethanol fuels in Florida. :ddog There are ongoing issues with 990 owners dealing with stopped up fuel filters, and I'm pretty certain that it's dissolved tanks from ethanol stopping up the filters.
  15. motometal

    motometal i like motorcycles

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    I don't get it..shouldn't any relatively modern bikes fuel tank be made to handle ethanol?
  16. ts3doug

    ts3doug Long timer

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    a few years of the speed triples used plastic tanks, ethanol messes them up something good. i avoid ethanol at all costs in mine, sounds like that will get more expensive in the next month or so
  17. ZLTFUL

    ZLTFUL Optimistic Pessimist

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    Ducati also has a long history of expanded/swelling fuel tanks since they started using plastics for their tanks.
    Ethanol is the bane of plastic and rubber parts everywhere.

    We won't get into the mpg losses, power loss or the simply piss poor political side of it.
  18. scooter noob

    scooter noob Been here awhile

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    Ahh...that makes sense as to why my bike went sputter sputter, cough cough. I'm going to also pull the injector and see what it's like.

    No use replacing the filter and not checking that out as well.
  19. motometal

    motometal i like motorcycles

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    Sorry but way too much misinformation out there about ethanol.

    There are many plastic fuel tanks that work just fine with ethanol...from the sounds of it these particular ones do not. I would be more upset with the mfg for not using the right plastic. Shame on them for cheaping out on this aspect of such an expensive motorcycle.

    Power loss is very false...in fact ethanol adds power to some degree as long as the tuning isn't wrong. If it caused power loss...would it be used by drag racers, indy car etc? Mpg loss...yes, but if an engine is designed to run it (higher compression and advanced timing) mpg loss is reduced.

    I don't mean to be argumentative but I see too much of this being spread on the Internet and must chime in.
  20. ZLTFUL

    ZLTFUL Optimistic Pessimist

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    Hate to break the news to you but both sides of the argument have spewed misinformation. Why should a manufacture have to pander to the ethanol lobby using a much more expensive ethanol resistant plastic?
    Why should manufacturers have to tune for one type if fuel at the cost of performance and mpg for a other?
    I am all for valid forms of renewable fuel sources but corn based ethanol is a farce.
    Switchgrass is much more effective as a source for ethanol.

    You have a point about power *if* a vehicle is tuned for it but mpg suffers even on vehicles tuned for it to the tune of 15-20% in my brother's "flex fuel" Impala. And the cost has rapidly increased to the point where you aren't saving money buying the "cheaper" alternative.

    There is a whole thread of arguing back and forth between both sides elsewhere on the forum and this is my last post on the subject. We are all from Iowa here and are very familiar with the ethanol lobby and both sides of the argument and are very aware of the advantages and drawbacks no matter what each side of the argument tries to pass as "information".