New Owners - Stupid Questions Thread

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

  1. HappyHighwayman

    HappyHighwayman Been here awhile

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    I burned out the battery on my FZ6 leaving the hand warmers on because it didn't have the relay yet. I had to bump start it.
  2. HighFive

    HighFive Never Tap-Out

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    :eek1 Now that's the bomb! I likey....:nod

    Thanks Lukas, I hadn't seen this piece before.

    HF :thumb
  3. Sutherngintelmen

    Sutherngintelmen around the bend

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    +1

    Wish I had gone that route for integrated relay. I fit a PC8 only because of Shorai conversion.

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  4. malloy

    malloy Been here awhile

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    KaliCarl - At the risk of sounding cheap (I did have a KLR :D) if you are only going to run one device at a time like I do (no GPS here) you could wire directly to the battery as you intimated. Put a water proof fuse holder w/ 15 amps in line and finish it off with an SAE connector. Then add SAEs to your stuff and plug right in; including a non-BMW battery tender.

    In the alternative, but still cheap - would be to to wire in a PowerLet 12" 15 Amp iCAN harness, p/n PKY-046-12, into the existing socket port. The socket itself is replaced with this kit be/ the OEM is a cheap, plastic item subject to melting w/ more amperage. It gets a new and better BMW style socket. So says the tech @ PowerLet. Call them and talk to a tech to be sure you get the right kit. Not affiliated, etc. Here's a link for installing, although this fellow used the PowerLet as a second plug: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=473247 Thus, he can run two devices at a time this way, using the OEM plug for low amp stuff. I think GPS is pretty low amperage.

    If you really want to run your TV :rofl, then the CenTec, or many others as explained above, is the way to go - not cheap but really effective, particularly if you envision adding lots of stuff, especially lights and electric water heaters :lol3.
  5. HappyHighwayman

    HappyHighwayman Been here awhile

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    So I noted that I had at least 1 gallon of fuel left when the "Low Fuel" light comes on. Pretty funny that the "reserve" portion of the tank is ~ 25% of total capacity and that you have a good 45 miles to go before truly running out.

    I also finally memorized the symbols for the computer...average speed, average fuel use and current MPG, and temp.

    Is there a way to reset the averages? Or is the average all the way back to when I started the bike for the first time?
  6. Hicks

    Hicks der Überluber

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    hold the lower (I think) display button..

    I have a feeling that you've not read the Riders manual...
  7. HappyHighwayman

    HappyHighwayman Been here awhile

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    I have a feeling you haven't read it since you were unsure of your answer. :evil
  8. Hicks

    Hicks der Überluber

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    I have a constant confusion about what the upper and lower buttons on the BC do .. I bet for the lower one though :D

    And of course I've read the Riders manual... as I remember about a month BEFORE I got the bike.. and several times since that. I like manuals :D
  9. HappyHighwayman

    HappyHighwayman Been here awhile

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    So of course it's impossible that I read the manual, and forgot how the computer works (because I've owned the bike a whole week), and just don't have it with me at work, right? :ear
  10. Hicks

    Hicks der Überluber

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    aha sorry I didn't know that you have the bike only a week... and of course why you're still at work.. it;s evening :p

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    btw: be aware not to touch the BC controls (not those on the handlebars) during ride... I've almost crashed because of that several times... and you know... I'm a very capable and multitasking rider :D:D
  11. tofire409

    tofire409 Geared up and ready.

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    You have to hold the info button for a few seconds to reset/restart the average values (section 4, pg 37) :thumb
  12. Tessitori

    Tessitori Been here awhile

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    Happy Easter to everyone. First post here! I am trying to find out what crash bars are installed on this bike as I would like to install the same on mine, which BTW I am picking up this week.

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    Thanks in advance for your replies!
  13. Hicks

    Hicks der Überluber

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  14. ba_

    ba_ Long timer

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    With the bike on the centerstand if I spin the rear wheel when it is coming to a stop I get a small squeak. I can also hear it if I start turning the wheel very slowly. Anything to be concerned about?
  15. HappyHighwayman

    HappyHighwayman Been here awhile

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    Here's a stupid question: Why do my wrists, especially my throttle hand, hurt a LOT after an hour's riding? At first it happened because I was leaning way too far forward so that my wrists were at an odd angle. Once I fixed that I found thay still hurt quite a bit especially when I rotate them after about 1 hour's riding. What am I do doing wrong? Do I need bar risers? Or a lower seat to alter my angle?
  16. m5guy

    m5guy Adventurer

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    The factory grips are hard as granite and offer no vibration dampening. I've found that loosening my grip on the grips/bars helps a little.
  17. Hicks

    Hicks der Überluber

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    it could be brake pads... take a video with sound and post it here....
  18. Hicks

    Hicks der Überluber

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    do you do any wrist excercise? for example with a gum-ring?

    how tall are you?
  19. CaliKarl

    CaliKarl Been here awhile

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    Another stupid question for you all. Actually, a stupid situation. My rear brake pads are stuck as I accidentally pressed the brake lever, with the rear wheel off, when removing the front sprocket cover. It just came down and hit the brake. So, do I pry a screwdriver in there? Or bleed the brakes, or both? Thanks. That front sprocket ain't coming off either. It's corroded as hell.
  20. Wildman

    Wildman In my castle

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    :photog