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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by joec63, Sep 4, 2012.
Fly there, Ride back!......Still surprising that folks are selling mostly new bikes already.....I understand the bike being too tall for the guy's wife though......heck,I'm 5'09" and can't flat foot one.
I greased the swingarm bearings today. It took about half an hour start to finish. They were not packed with grease, but rather had a thin coat of a clear oil/grease on them. The whole assembly is so well sealed that I see no cause for alarm. If you put the swingarm pivot underwater regularly, maybe pop it open and put some marine grease on it. Otherwise, I think Honda knows what they are doing, and the lube is sufficient, if not traditional. I won't be opening the steering.
Yeah, I am not to worried about greasing my steering bearings for the first year and I will be doing the swingarm bearings for peace of mind. The linkage bearings were a different story on my bike, corrosion had already started on one of the bolts and if I had waited another six months or so it would have been pretty ugly. Guys who ride offroad all the time grease all these bearings on a regular basis but for the casual gravel rider I would recommend doing all the linkage and swingarm bearings when you first buy the bike- then forget about it for a couple years!
Sadly the price of the plane ticket would render the savings null. I just have to wait for the '14 to come in ....
In case anyone cares, I've got 800 miles on my CRF, and a cumulative average of 63.2mpg. The split it probably 60% paved, 30% dirt, and 10% fireroad and worse. This is with stock gearing and tires.
They don't fly to the great white north, but Allegiant Air can be a killer deal for one-way flights. They fly to all sorts of odd airports with hubs at vacation destinations, and very limited flight schedules. But if you can book ahead, out of vacation season, prices are CHEAP.
Has anyone had luck with having their dealer cut a key with the key number? My dealer has the blanks but doesn't have the accessorie(?) to cut them. I am waiting on a call Mon. to try to rectify this situation. Bill C
Is that figured from the stock speedo? Chris S posted here, that the speedo/GPS reading were off:http://adventure-motorcyclingh.com/2013/04/30/crf-mile-2574-trans-nevada/
After doing the 13t sproket, and then calibrating the Speedo DRD, I am getting better mileage than before. Even though I never rode with the Garmin & the 14t, this tells me the mpg's I figured before were not correct.
When my bike was stock and I drove by the local speed sign wich is spot on when I am in my car .... 35 on the sign is 35 on my cars speedo. But on my bike 35 on the bikes speedo showed 29 on the sign.
My local race shop did a full race prep for $125.00 and to me that was money well spent. He greased everything from swingarm to suspension linkage, steering stem and all wheel bearings. and also the chain and checked out the whole bike in general.
He told me... that is standard practice on all their new race bikes and also said I would probably not need to do it again for 2 years unless I road it a lot off road.
That is some 20% off...
And yet mine is 8-9% off in the other direction; reads 9% less than true speed.
Odometre is even worse, but corrected mpg continues to amaze me.
Up to 9300', turned back by snow.
Round the mts to the south side along the highway (gasping down to 45mph up hill at times...)
Then an 80-mile dirt loop: 126 miles on 1.65 gals.
This really is weird ... your not the first person I have heard that the speedo reads slow.
One would think whatever they are off by ... they would be the same especially when it has a speed sensor and not the old school hub and cable setup.
I have the speedo calibrator and tonight on my phones GPS I was going 79 mph and the bikes speedo read 88
12 o'clock labs shows I am -11.6% for adjustments .... But I should also mention my new rear tire is taller than stock by at least an inch or so ...
I also fitted a new tyre in the last week with the same increase in Ø but can't say I noticed a difference. Will check.
Should make my speedo read even slower, right?
Are there any tank and seat kits that can make the bike have more of a competition seating position? I've been trying to learn how to dirt ride but its difficult to stay up on the tank in the turns since the seat slopes down so much.
Instantaneous GPS values can be pretty far off, especially those on a smartphone. I have three LRPs, and each one reads distance perfectly (within 2%), as tested by riding a known-length section of road. Speed seems to be the same, which makes sense given that it's the same sensor, and a digital receiver.
I would seriously doubt that any LRP is more than a couple percent off when equipped with stock gearing and tires.
I re-verified this morning. The odometer read 1.3% too high over a known 24.0 mile course, which is the same type of reading I get every time I check, I on each bike.
So, my fuel economy calculations are within 1mpg.
I agree the error is unusually high. Never had a bike this inaccurate but I have verified mine with satnav, GPS with 'pings' set every 2 seconds (for odo), Vapor calibrated to nearest mm off front wheel, mile markers on an interstate and even a 100-mile day out with a KLX. All said the same. My speedo and odo were short of true.
You must have got s good one!
I just tried mine out. Speedo said I was going 70km/h gps said 64km/h..
Where are you all located? Did your bike come with a 120/80R18 IRC GP-22 on the back? It's not like there's any significant tolerance in the system, except the variance in size of the rear tire. Even then, 5% diameter difference on the tire is 16.5mm of tread depth (radius), which is implausible.