While its apart.. I might as well

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by x1valin1x, May 7, 2013.

  1. x1valin1x

    x1valin1x tommy

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    Its not just a crate. Its at least a motorcycle lift. It has wheels haha.
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  2. x1valin1x

    x1valin1x tommy

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    Finally an update! Seems like I'll never get this bike back together...... Hopes are to have it back together in two weeks! At least in a rideable form. I have a little camping trip coming up, and would love to take the adv.

    So I've gotten busy as of late and its been hard to try and find time to make it out to the garage. Its horrible because all of the parts are just sitting in the garage waiting to become a motorcycle again. I thought I would take you all on a tour of my commute to my garage. Just so you can get the sense of what its like living in the City. :cry. This is the view right across the street from my apartment.
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    My weapon of choice to get to the garage. Much faster than any subway or car. The only thing faster than these two wheels is a motorcycle. Its really the only way to travel in the city. Especially during rush hour, my commute to the garage during rush hour in my van can be more than an hour. At least with the bike its always about 25 minutes. Depending on how fast I feel like pedaling.
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    An intersection that marks my half way point. Also quite a busy 4 way. Always have to be aware of drivers going through red lights.
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    Fellow travelers. Although it seemed like this was the first time this group of people had been on bikes in the city. They seemed quite scared. A good sign of this too was that they were all on rental bikes. Often a sign to stay clear of them while passing. They can be unperdictable and cause you to swerve into traffic :huh:eek1 no good.
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    Up next to the park and almost to my garage I spotted another inmate. Thought I would snap a picture. Anyone recognize the bike?
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    Alright, Finally to the garage! On this particular day I came to the garage to work on my track bike. Had to get it ready for some fun days I had coming up.
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    My brother-in-law and I headed to VIR. I thought it would be a great experience for him to get more comfortable with his bike. We did the Reg pridmore school down there. I had done it once before with Gregor and had an amazing time. It was definitely where I started to first learn how to really ride a motorcycle.
    I wish I had pictures of my on the track.... I don't have any worth showing though. Heres one of my brother-in-law and I near the beginning of the blue ridge parkway
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    So finally back from "mini vacations" time to get down to business on this ADV. Its been a box for far to long.
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    One of the first days I got to put some time in on it I got the cases back on the engine. :evil. They look fancy. I also had a minor set back. On the generator cover side when I was putting the fitting back in for the breather tube it stripped out the threads. Some powder coat had gotten on the thread.. Case ruined :cry
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    However, looking at the other side of the bike made me feel a lot better. Plus everything is a learning experience. Next time you can bet your ass I'll check those threads twice after I get something powder coated. Know that I had some more black going on the bike I was inspired to add some more of these shiny "new" parts. This meant getting the bearings back in the swing-arm.
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    I had to come up with a make shift bearing press to make this happen. It worked! It took a lot of muscle though to get it in there. After all the fuss if I ever have to press more bearings I am totally going to think of investing in a small press.
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    Its great to have great friends. Not only was Gregor able to hook me up with a "brand new" generator cover after I ruined mine:wink: He was also really excited to come to my garage and clean the powder coat off the rear brake slide rail. Did you know that the rear brake fits pretty tight back there? With that extra Millimeter of powder coat the rear brake won't slide on. Well you do now.
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    With Gregors help we got the CPR intake installed. In the process we also found out that one of the rubber boots for the throttle body was upside down. Also, Sometime in its life the clamps got switched around. If you ever take those rubber boots off make sure they go back the right way. They are two different sizes!
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    Do you know whats inside this fitting to connect the breather tube to the air box?
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    Theres a little plastic ball in there. Do you know what happens when I try and install the fitting into the new baseplate of the rott. intake? :huh
    It goes down there!
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    What? can't see it? Neither could we for the longest time..... Finally we were able to fish it out from in-between the two heads.
    <a href="http://thomasliggett.smugmug.com/Other/ADVRIDER/28773668_P4sqnj#!i=2561756669&k=r3wFvVq&lb=1&s=A" title=""><img src="http://thomasliggett.smugmug.com/Other/ADVRIDER/i-r3wFvVq/0/L/IMG_0518-L.jpg" title="" alt=""></a>:clap:freaky

    After that we called it quits. It was close to 12 at that point. Time to stop. More updates coming soon I hope.
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  3. gefr

    gefr Life is a trip

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  4. x1valin1x

    x1valin1x tommy

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    Thanks for the link. I saw this a couple weeks back and already did it when putting the chain guide back on. Thanks for looking out though.
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  5. x1valin1x

    x1valin1x tommy

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    Someone asked me what kind of bike I ride. No, not the 990 adventure we all know what kind of bike that is. I think it's made by Kawasaki haha. My pedal bike is a motobecane. It's single speed. The only thing left from when I bought it is the frame. All the other parts came afterwards from pure necessity. The bike in the city takes a beating. Right now I'm in need of a new crank and sprockets again. Plus I think my fork is slightly bent from a fall. Right now the frame is motobecane and the wheels and crank is retrospective. The headset it an old primo bmx one.
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  6. sakurama

    sakurama on an endless build

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    You are a man outstanding in his field.

    Sorry, couldn't help myself.

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  7. x1valin1x

    x1valin1x tommy

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    Ok I know its been forever since I have given anyone an update. I've been super busy with life and everything that gets in the way of working on the motorcycle. I don't want everyone to think I never got the bike back together. I had planned a trip with my girlfriend and was going to do a week ride up into Maine and the Adirondacks with her about a year ago. We had planned to get a puppy when we got back so I knew my riding time would be cut down. We wouldn't be able to bring the pup with us on the bike. So the inevitable would have to happen..... I would have to buy a car. I had worked like crazy for 4 days straight getting the bike buttoned back up. It has fresh new paint and all the fancy bits and pieces. Everything was looking good. I literally got the last bolt put on the bike when we were putting on our gear ready to go on the trip. The girlfriend looked worried. haha "Does the bike even run yet?" she asked. Yea don't worried I told her. In reality though, I had no idea. I hadn't tried to start it until now. Here goes nothing, I pushed in the starter button and Chug Chug Thump Thump the engine was the best thing I had heard in a long time. The sound of victory! I had done it! Taken the "whole bike apart" put it back together and it ran. We got on the bike and were off.

    I was so excited to be riding this bike again. Never thought the day would come. We circled prospect park as a trial run just to make sure nothing fell off. Everything was running great the bike was shifting strong clutch felt great. The addition of the 17/19" wheels was a dream. This was like a new bike! The test was over time to start this ride! I made a B line for the Holland tunnel. Time to start an adventure.

    We started up the street near my garage and waiting at a light the bike started to hesitate. My first thought was old gas. Probably just needed to run it out of the tanks. I pulled away from the light and I had no power..... crap this was more than bad gas. Started doing the mental checklist of what it could be. Its usually pretty easy to figure out; just think about what had been changed since the last time I had ridden the bike? So..... it could be anything. That really narrowed things down. Next thought, what was the cheapest thing I added to the bike? The cheap gas caps! Maybe vapor lock? I twisted off the cap and it nearly took my hand off with the pressure that was building up in the tank. It was like shaking up a soda bottle and twisting the cap off. Alright no problem. I had the stock caps in my garage I pulled a U-turn around the block and headed back. Changed out the caps and was on my way again. So our departure got pushed back a few hours because of this. No problem, as long as we were out of the city by night fall.

    This time things were going much better. We made it past where were we had broken down before through the Holland tunnel and were on our way. This looked like it was going to happen. That was until the smoke started. We stopped to get gas off an exit in newjersey. When I came to a stop off the exit there was a huge plume of smoke that came up and surrounded us. Kristine my Girlfriend asked if that was normal. I thought maybe it was still the exhaust wrap I had put on smoking off. That was wishful thinking... this seemed like too much smoke for that. When we stopped for gas I looked down and there was a pretty sizable puddle of oil under my bike. The end of the trip had come sooner than expected. It had turned out that the rubber gasket on the top of the back cylinder had failed, and was leaking oil everywhere all over the rear header. This was the cause of all the smoke.

    I did have the bike back together for about two weeks. Until I tore it back apart to start wiring up all my accessories. So the bike sits apart again but not for long. Just figured out the wiring pictures soon to come!
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  8. sakurama

    sakurama on an endless build

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    Yeah!

    Post lots of photos of wiring.

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  9. Braindead

    Braindead FMR

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    +1 on lots of pics. I enjoyed the thread and I'm in he middle of an electrical boondoggle, so maybe I'll learn something from ya
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  10. x1valin1x

    x1valin1x tommy

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    I don't know if I'm the person I should be teaching you anything about wiring. But I'll try my best to make it work. Hopefully make it look good. I've been doing a lot of research.:deal
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  11. x1valin1x

    x1valin1x tommy

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    I made it out to the garage today! I always feel like its so hard to make time to go out there and half the feat is just making the time to do so. Sundays have been the unofficial/ official garage day as of late.:D I've been helping Gino out with his bike since the snow started flying. :puke1 Heres a couple of shots of Gino playing the game of "where does this plug into?" Does anyone know? I did. Gino has been throwing a lot of money at his bike. Luckily the money has formed into some nice rally style gas tanks.
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    Here is my bike as it sits. I had already torn it down to start some of the wiring. This thread has more pictures of my bike apart then together.
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    I figured that the best place to have the fuse box was right in the glove box so all the wires would be relatively easy to get to. Changing any burned out fuses would be a little difficult to get to in the glove box but no more difficult than anything else on the bike. It was time to get down to business after figuring out the wiring and finally having the LED's work properly.
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    I took all the ground wires that ran to the switches and wired them all together. Then I ran them to a waterproof connector on the left side of the bike.
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    Its important when setting up these connectors to make sure you get the rubber boot set right in the crimper. This is what will make the waterproof seal when you put the tabs in the connector.
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    I've found that wiring takes a very very long time. Its very tedious, at least for me. I want the bike to be easy to disassemble for future maintenance. So I'm trying to have any wires coming from the glove box to be wired to a connector. I'll be posting more pictures and wiring as I keep going through with this.
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  12. x1valin1x

    x1valin1x tommy

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    Gino was in the garage with me working on his tail lights since he was having complications with the output. I was able to help him figure out his problem since I had been doing all the wiring work on my bike. A tool I have found to be very helpful with any wiring work is using a test light. It just helps you find out which wires are positive and what is going on. We found out he had two of the wires crossed and it was making the brake light dimmer then it should have been.
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    I wanted to simplify some of the wiring on my bike. I had left all the wires long until I figured everything out and started splicing some of the wires together. I read somewhere that you shouldn't have your soldering points where the wires would be curving or bending. So I made sure to solder where the wires wouldn't be put under that much stress.
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    I tried to keep everything nice and clean looking after the wires were in place by placing the wires in a Nylon expandable braided sleeving.
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    I picked up this technique from another forum on here. Instead of using zip ties to keep the sleeving from unraveling, you take shrink-tube and put it over the wire to keep the sleeving in place.
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    One thing that I wanted to wire up to the bike was some aux lights that I had laying around, but where to mount them?
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    I had thought about trying to mount them in the Grill area of the bike. So I cut out some of the mesh. Later I found out I didn't take into account how much space was behind the mesh....the lights didn't fit. So eventually I'll have to go get some chicken-wire and make a new grill haha.
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    I decided to mount the lights where the stock turn signals go and relocated them. I used some smaller aftermarket ones and mounted them in the front under the grill area.
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    I remembered that I had ordered some resistors to fix the problem of the LED turn signals. Ever wonder why LED turn signals flash super fast on some motorcycles? Or in my case they would just turn on and stay solid. From what I understand the LED's dont draw enough current for the turn signal relay to work properly. So you have to wire in these resistors to make them flash at the correct speed.
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    The wires looked pretty organized and I was happy how everything was turning out. I had to cut out a little bit of the plastic cover on the right side of the bike for the wires to fit in nicely.
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    So here is the outcome.... everything put back on the bike. It was a beautiful day Thursday, so of course I wasn't able to finish it. It was cold and rainy on Friday so I just took it around the block. Got it out long enough to take a couple of pictures of it for this.
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  13. Newbusa

    Newbusa Been here awhile

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    Nice looking bike:D
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  14. ericGSsti

    ericGSsti Been here awhile

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    I love your colour choice looks great. I'll put it out there, I think your high mud guard was the wrong choice. It looks to short in length and takes from the over all finish. An orange guard from a 690 enduro might look better. Otherwise you've done a blinding job on it. Love the powder coated parts.

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  15. sakurama

    sakurama on an endless build

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    Looks great. Love that last shot. You're ready to start on my bike!!

    I have to agree that the high fender is getting lost in the mix. Either an orange on up high or possibly a low one but lows are a nightmare in mud.

    Now if that dirtbag who sold you those panniers can find the missing parts you'll be all set. What a loser...

    Gregor
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  16. x1valin1x

    x1valin1x tommy

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    I think I'm going to paint it orange so it matches the top of the bike. I think the photographs make the fender look stranger than it looks in person.:huhSeeing the bike in person I think the fender looks better. I never liked the long high fenders that some people do.

    I wanted to put a high fender on the bike just incase I end up in some mud. I've seen the threads with the stories of peoples wheels getting gunked up.

    I just ordered my last piece to the puzzle some avon distanzias. They come in next week.:deal:rofl:evil
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  17. DELTATANGO

    DELTATANGO Motorcyclist and Dog Walk

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    Nice motor, very talented.
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  18. x1valin1x

    x1valin1x tommy

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    Thinking of getting rid of the bike...... never ride it. Its just taking up room in my brother in Laws garage upstate ny in syracuse.
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  19. wiseblood

    wiseblood Hall Monitor

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    I know two people who have been casually looking for a 950 ADV in NYC. :deal

    What are you riding now?
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  20. x1valin1x

    x1valin1x tommy

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    I don't ride anything right now. Except my bike(the one with pedals) I ride that everyday.
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