New Owners - Stupid Questions Thread

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

  1. runnin4melife

    runnin4melife Been here awhile

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    Taller 1st gear? You mean front sprocket? Or you actually tore the gear box apart and installed a new gear? If so please pass the knowledge of this part on? Also did you run similar setups between the other gears?

    I have done this on quite a few race bikes but in all my internet travels I have not seen anything for the F800 so far. It is not really that it has fixed snatchiness it is the derivation of the power being transferred over a broader spectrum. I can not believe that this is a cheaper option because of the work involved in just pulling the entire motor and dealing with seals, fluid, and the necessary knowledge just to do this. A fuel mapping ECU and a sprocket change would be easier, cheaper and more pliable to adapt to different configurations... More information please.
  2. Endurodude

    Endurodude Been here awhile

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    Sorry for the confusion! I meant sprocket. Not as exciting as you were hoping, sorry . . . .
  3. runnin4melife

    runnin4melife Been here awhile

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    No worries! Sprockets are the simplest and cheapest too.
  4. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    One thing I don't want a taller 1st gear... that makes to tougher on the tight rocky trails when riding out west.

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  5. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    On our last trip my friend and I compared fuel consumption at every stop on a 5 day ride... and found no difference... this trip was mostly highway riding... not alot of on / off throttle movement.

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    Trip before....Colorado / NewMexico

    I was using about a 1 to 2 tenths of a gallon more on fill up when riding out on the trails in Colorado. I will be the first to say I am not hard on the bike at all... I ride a medium pace... Average with 5 riders.



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  6. DoWorkSon

    DoWorkSon Been here awhile

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    New owner question.....

    Where can I purchase a spare tube for my bike and what is necessary for a tube repair change???? I'm new to tubed tires, so I have no idea what I need.

    So far I have:
    Cruz Tools tool kit
    Slime air Pump

    I need:
    Bars to break bead and get tire off wheel
    Lubricant?
    Spare Tube

    I have no idea where to purchase a spare tube or which one I need. I have K60's on bike now. I know a 21" tube will work on front/back, but I am not sure where to get or any other info. Any help would be great
  7. Reaver

    Reaver Outta Here

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    When you had your tires changed you could have (should have) gotten new tubes as well. I always ask for the old tubes back as they just get thrown out. You can go to any bike shop and they'll know what size you need. Mail order??
  8. DoWorkSon

    DoWorkSon Been here awhile

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    Yeah, never occurred to me until it was too late... The local shop is not far, so It's not a big deal. But, sometimes online ordering is cheaper/more convenient...
  9. itsatdm

    itsatdm Long timer

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    I recommend you do a few tire changes in the comfort of your garage. I can't count the number of pinch flats I went through until I learned the tricks of the trade. Good practice when there is no tire shop nearby.

    Breaking the bead on the rear is a chore. See if you can do it with your tire irons. I could not until I got a long one.
  10. dirtysouthjacket

    dirtysouthjacket Been here awhile

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    What he said. It never really clicks, regardless of what you read, until you try to do it yourself. Also, before you even think about taking any tires off to practice, make sure you have PLENTY of extra tubes. Not just one!

    I read these to start...

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=50717&highlight=neduro+tire

    http://www.clarity.net/~adam/tire-changing-doc.html

    Then I went out in the garage on a day that I had nothing else to do, and started swapping tires and tubes on my KLR. The first time you will be learning how to take your wheels on and off and redoing the chain tension. I did the front first (its easier I think) and had no issues once I figured out how to get the tire on and off. I then did the rear. I pulled the rear, swapped tires and couldn't get it to inflate. Put a hole in the tube with a tire iron. Went to Cyclegear, got ONE tube. Went home and promptly put a hole in that tube. However, the leak was slow enough that I had got it back on the bike and chain tight when I realized it was losing air. Went back to Cyclegear and bought the last remaining tube they had in the size I needed. At this point, I'm peeved and in a hurry. I furiously speed the tire on and off and put another hole in that tube. I contemplated setting the garage on fire at this point. It had been a long time since I've been that pissed in the garage. Went to Walmart and bought a patch kit and used that and carefully put the tire back on. The following week I got my tubes in I had ordered, swapped to a new tube carefully with no issues.

    Point is, you need to practice in the garage, so you know what you are doing if you have an unexpected flat. Good luck!
  11. PatrickM

    PatrickM Been here awhile

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  12. itsatdm

    itsatdm Long timer

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    Good question: When I bought mine, I got it straight from the manufacturer: http://www.sol2.be/Performance/ENG/Order/index_BMW.html

    Since then North America got turned over to a vendor in South Africa? The short version, that works just as well, is not available from the vender and Mark won't sell here.
  13. DoWorkSon

    DoWorkSon Been here awhile

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    I ordered directly from that site a few weeks ago. It took about 2 weeks or so
  14. DoWorkSon

    DoWorkSon Been here awhile

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    Thanks... I forsee some swearing and throwing of tools.. I know it's necessary to practice... Just dreading doing it
  15. dirtysouthjacket

    dirtysouthjacket Been here awhile

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    Its not bad once you figure it out, no need to dread it. Just think about how much money you'll be saving and knowing that the job was done right. Good luck!
  16. runnin4melife

    runnin4melife Been here awhile

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    I suggest using a piece of cut up tubing that you can put between your rim and tire when using irons unless you want to scuff up your rims. This method has worked much better than rim savers for me but it is user dependent I guess. Also talc up your tube. Some people say it doesn't matter but I have had issues in the past. If it is wet out just roll with it until you can do a proper fix.
  17. Vettel

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    This is a damn good thread and I have read every page. Thank you all.
  18. SansSand

    SansSand Dirty Smile

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    What is the best hand guards for 2012 f650 and a person who will most likely fall a lot...on rocks :ear
  19. grndzr0

    grndzr0 its Ground Zero

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    I have bounced my barkbusters off of hundreds of rocks, LOTS of hard drops.

    My wife bent her Bars before she bent the barkbusters too bad.

    I have had to take them off a couple times and straingeten them out with a big hammer.

    I have talked to sombody who aledgedly broke a set of barkbusters, but I have beat the tar out of mine.


    If I were to get another pair, I would get Highway Dirtbikes, aka HDB. They are built wayyy tougher than the barkbusters.



    My .02

    Ryan
  20. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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    I'd buy the Barkbusters/Storms or the Kobras (from SWM) since they are reinforced and also give you some weatherprotection.