New Owners - Stupid Questions Thread

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by HighFive, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. Snowy

    Snowy Long timer

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    Outstanding. Well done gentlemen.
  2. philratton

    philratton Adventurer

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    I'm 5'7 too and no problems at all with the tall seat.
    I can almost plant my two feet.
    More than enough !
  3. Sutherngintelmen

    Sutherngintelmen around the bend

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    Inseam?
  4. Wildman

    Wildman In my castle

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    Okay; bike won't start!

    Fired it up and let it run several times through the winter. Rode it a couple of miles a few weeks ago. Went to ride today and she wouldn't start.

    Dials are twitching, lights are on and it's ticking but not firing up.

    Thoughts?
  5. JoelWisman

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    . Ticking? As in not nomad wee wee wee wee wee starter motor sounds, but rather a combination of click and a clunk?

    If so, your battery is toast, your battery is discharged, your battery terminals are loose, or the big brown ground wire near the oil filter is loose.

    Could be a number of things, but the above are the usual ones, especially the battery being toast if the battery is black on the sides and branded "Exide"

    Good luck.
  6. Wildman

    Wildman In my castle

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    Battery was my first thought too but the headlamp works. The needles on the tachometer and odometer flicker and flutter, there's lots of ticking from the instrument panel and there's something going on in the engine but no attempt to start.

    Spark plugs maybe?
  7. JoelWisman

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    I'm sticking with battery, unless I hear that your engine is turning over normally and still not firing.

    The starter motor takes an order of magnitude greater work from the battery then just running the headlights and instruments.

    If the battery isn't up to it, or connections are loose, the lights will light as usual.

    When u hit the start button the solenoid and starter will engage but just for a fraction of a second. The ZFE will detect voltage getting low, and canceling starting, the voltage will recover, and the cycle will repeat over and over.

    It sounds like "clack (pause for half a second) clack (pause) clack....)
  8. JoelWisman

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    Ooo, instrument needles fluttering. I'll bet u a buck off an oil filter it's the battery or connections. That's exactly what happens when system voltage is too low.

    I'll bet u a crush washer your battery has smooth sides and is branded exide. Those batteries had a high failure rate.
  9. Snowy

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    Ok, a controversial choice of topic.

    What front tyres are people using for mainly off road work?

    What tyres are being used for the road/trail 50/50 mix?


    I'm thinking the Mitas E07 for mainly off road (but still highway capable) and the more aggressive Pirelli for 50/50. Good reviews?



    Any opinions appreciated.

    I've tried most of the "dirt" tyres in 21 & 17 inch on my DR650, I'm just wondering how they faired on the F8 in the general experience of members.

    The F800 doesn't seem to be as harsh on tyres....well...in my limited 5000 odd kms of experience with it anyway.

    Maybe it's the way I rode the DR? Maybe it's having the wife on the back of the F8? Maybe it's the fact the F8 cost 3 times what the DR did?

    Maybe it's because I haven't put dirt tyres on it and gone and played in the dirt yet?

    Yeah, it's probably the last one.
  10. itsatdm

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    After getting 10 different answers you will back to square one. I like the TKC. There are better tires on each side of the sprectrum, but this choice seems to be "just right"

    I have a Michelin T63 on mine now and OK but not so good in the loose stuff.
  11. philratton

    philratton Adventurer

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  12. CheckerdD

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    I am very happy with my Michelin Anakee II tires. They are a dual sport tire; meaning acceptable off pavement and very good on pavement. I am taking them and the 800 to Argentina next fall. I agree that the TKC's are much better off road, and completely acceptable on pavement as well, but they wear out rapidly. Like 3000 miles on the rear. The front has to be replaced at about 5000 miles due to cupping on my 1200 with linked brakes. I gave up on them on my 1200 because I was having to plan my trips around replacing tires. I have 10k on the front Anakee II with about 1k to go. The rear needed replacing at 8000k again these were on the 800. Dave
  13. ba_

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    I was looking through the manual yesterday for the step by step instructions to remove (and then install) the rear shock and couldn't find it.

    Can someone point me in the right directions?
  14. inmate-n00b

    inmate-n00b Ciao, Marco

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    There's a good writeup here:
    http://www.ukgser.com/forums/showthread.php?t=229263
    Hope this helps!:clap
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  16. DaBen

    DaBen On the road til furt

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    Ok so I finally went through all the stuff I got when I got my bike(used). Its been hard with trying to ride and being Mr. Mom(unemployed). Like just yesterday I did 100+ miles. 29 on the highway to my destination and 83miles home cross crossing and zig zagging through the back road and parks.AMAZING bike for that kinda stuff. Anyway back on topic for me.

    Like I said I was just going through the stuff and found an extra key. Well, two actually but one is plastic. Is it an actual ignition key or just a just incase you lock the bars and lose your others.
  17. soyanarchisto

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    Why don't you just try em? :evil
  18. inmate-n00b

    inmate-n00b Ciao, Marco

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    i think it's a valet key. like for a car.
    so you can start the bike, but not open the seat.
    or maybe you can open the seat, but not start the bike?
    i dunno.
    just do what soy says......:lol3
  19. DaBen

    DaBen On the road til furt

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    It was late and I didn't feel like going out to the garage to "just try 'em" and today I didn't care enough to try them before I set off for another day of riding. Did just shy of 200miles today

    Observations I need some suggestions for:
    1. TKC80 suck on the highway. It was weird my elbow felt the vibes more. They were buzzing pretty good. Order some Shinko 705s in a bit.
    2. Seat certainly does suck for me. Wednesday I'm doing a big ride and will try a different short and pant combo. But seat suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I'm thinking Alaskan Leather but just not sure.

    Anybody in ohio wanna go for a ride on Wednesday.
  20. inmate-n00b

    inmate-n00b Ciao, Marco

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