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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by TRZ Charlie, Sep 24, 2010.
I has a good hi & lo beam. And it's switched to run both at once off-road.
Must be nice to have a gen that will power both beams at once! The KLR LED goes RED when I hit the passing switch
Have you changed out the brake, running and turn signals for LED's?
I got one of those convulsion inducing stroboscopic LED brakelights, but the turn signals are still rusty ol bulbs. And it decided to quit blinkin when making right turns. Gotta NASCAR it and only make left turns
I'm gonna duct tape my votl/ohm meter to the handlebars and see what the thing is putting out when the led turns colors. Might be the LED voltage indicator, prolly not though. My bike got too close to Charlies at the last SLAP and got some sicktrons running through it now I think.
I got your "sicktrons". Mike take a bulb out of the signals, go to Auto Zone and get the Led replacements. They only sell the plug and play kind and are a lot brighter and save watts/amps. I replaced my rear ones I think it was $4.50 a bulb. I put GSXR flat LEDs on the front and secured then on the cowling on either side of the headlight. Works great.
Are turn signals required in Texas? I've never seen em used..... just sayin.
I think the direction the truck nuts are swinging indicates an upcoming turn.
Ya know Elvis, I never heard of 'em called that before, but I'll take it as a compliment
Normally they swing opposite the way I'm turning though.......just sayin.
At least for my annual safety inspection which is due this month, they are. I'll try jumping a curb and see if they start working again:eek1
You can keep the rest of those sicktrons Charlie! I got enough! The time my voltmeter LED goes red is when the rad fan is on and I'm idling for a bit with my lights on. I just turn the headlight off till the light turns green. I'm idling around 16-1800 rpm so it's not from a low idle. The LED goes orange when I get above 3K rpm and I don't have a clue if that's too high or too low on the voltz either.
The led signal bulbs sound like a great idea. My old bulbs are rusted in place. Prolly ought to stop letting the pig waller in the river crossings........
Mike, the next time your in that situation instead of turning off your headlight try releasing your brakes. The tail light with brake light uses almost as much power as the headlight.
I do dat an it still goes red. I'll put my fluke80 on the thing and figger it out.
I guess I'm old school since I've got a Fluke 70. And those corroded turn signal bulbs can draw current too. Unplug one and watch your fluke.
I tried to get a 70 back in my Air Force days. I got a couple for the shop supervisor, then the bastid wouldn't let me get one for myself....
Needed the 80 to set rotary inverters in an old GII I used to fly/wrench on. Thank you Philadelphia Eagles Football Club for giving me my Fluke!
Sry Charlie. this talk of sicktrons ain't TART related......
Coonass's and Hillbillies the most understood folks by the rest of the country(can't find broad brush smilie to insert here) whom are always ready to help a fellow out of a bind.
A few questions, would you say the KLR650 new. gen. is too much of a pig for the TART trail? You said 650cc or less but I did not see any bikes as heavy as the KAW. Scrambler should be sold and have an itichy finger to pull on another dual sport.
Did you guys wear dust mask of any sort? Were you able to do the whole TART w/o a air filter change out or clean? To be fair everyone should rotate the lead IMHO.
Anybody was 60 or older?
Thanks for the great ride report. In October I also was enjoying riding. I decided I was going to let my year old Moto Guzzi Griso go bye bye(had enough of the dry clutch racket when the clutch lever was pulled in and the thoughts of dealers so far and few). I new I was going to lose my ass on this one so I decided to ride the hell out of it during the great weather we had in October/November. I put over 5,000 miles riding street in a 30 day period.That is nothing for an Iron Butter but I ain't one. Most were in Arkansas but I did go into eastern OK. and real southern Missouri. I am really glad I did it and it made getting rid of the Attention Hoe a little easier.
I dunno about the KLR. My XR650R was fine but I had the advantage of a Revloc auto-clutch in the single track.
I didn't wear a dust mask but I wore a Aria XD dualsport helmet. When it was dusty I shut the visor.
I never checked my air filter until I got home.
At 56 I was the only one who wasn't 60+.
Hope this helps.
Nice report! I may have to try this route!
There were at least three places where the KLR would have been a handful but not un-doable. A pre-filter over your air filter might be a definite advantage. My air filter was almost clogged completely when I got home but of course this would be weather/condition dependent.
Joe's 650 rocked the hardest parts as did 10Cups WR250 and my Drz400 but we had all prepared the bikes for such a ride.
BigDon and his friend just road the TART and had some trouble near the Arkansas River from a very unfriendly landowner. Apparently there is a dispute between this owner and the Weyerhauser Forest people. So, I am including a revised map/track with warning way points for avoidance of the area in question. There are a multitude of routes to get around the area, just look at the map and pick one.
Another suggestion was made by BigDon, he suggested starting in Arkadelphia. The reason for this suggestion as I understand it is that after the first 75 miles or so, there is a lot of privately held land. One must traverse around this using tarmac. Starting in Arkadelphia negates a lot of tarmac. I have to add that the tarmac in the lower portion of the TART is fun, twisty and shady. Anyway, enjoy y'all!