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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Ohio_Danimal, Apr 24, 2018.
Man I forgot to ask you if you brought the old risers down for me when I saw you yesterday.
I put them in the box of DR stuff Blake is getting. I should have grabbed them
Was good to see you Shawn
Happy to support you on your journey! A little Jealous as well!
Good to see you too. Hopefully we can get a chance for you to show me the ways of the Enduro before you roll
trouble with Sunny. Had a moment yesterday where she wouldn't run. Popped, backfired, sputtered.
And then was fine. For all day. No issues whatsoever. Had several suspicions.
This morning she wouldn't start at all, same symptoms. So I called a DR carb specialist, Derek @motolab who took the time to talk me through a number of scenarios, all while I worked on the bike. He kept me calm, as I was suited up, just about to go on a ride, hot and not calm, thinking about the <4 weeks I have left before launch.
While I have a basic understanding of carbs, their parts and functions, I really didn't want to tear into what is basically a new carb to check for the likely issues (Derek and several others are thinking clogged pilot jet based on the symptoms)
And he made me think about something else. She's only got 2000 miles, yes....but she's 7+ years old already.
I got her last Fall from a PA Dealership as a 2011 with 62 original miles.
They said they went over it all, and had even un-capped the air-mixture screw and adjusted it properly (the cap WAS off and the bike WAS running fine, so they did what they said) but...the o-rings and internals are 7+ yrs old, etc and they are affected by age.
So I pulled the carb out and sent it off to Derek to do a full rebuild with fresh o-rings, etc (doubt the slide could be very worn but we'll see)
I'd rather leave on the trip knowing the carb's in great shape, without ME using my-own rebuild as a "learning experience".
Now, in the middle of the Yucatan and same shit happens, then I can force myself to remain calm and just get er done.
So...a delay in the bike prep. Everything else is pretty much ready. Guess I could do some Spanish lessons
Good call right there.
thanks Skizz. May sound silly right now, but that means a lot. Not a good day mentally for me
Hey Dan,consider getting a steering dampner.I hit a dog a few months back with my RX3...went full lock and slammed me to the ground.Probably could have pulled it out if Id had a dampner.
Also the benefits of no wiggily bars when loaded down and hands off the bars and decelerating.
Just a thought.
Thought about it, but am not using a stock upper triple clamp. Have no idea what dampner would fit or work
Too bad you’re not nearby. I’ve had mine apart so many times I could’ve fixed her right up for you.
I had the same problem with a carb that sat up a long time.Turned out it was a fuel restriction caused
By a long legged little spider stuck right where it enters the float valve area.
I would familiarize myself well with that carb when you get it back in your hand(pics ?)
As you will no doubt be looking at it again down the road. Just my 2 cents.
May I add while on fuel to find some nice robust transparent fuel filters with wire mesh filtration....not paper...as paper is suspect to gravity fed flow....
I've already gone through disassembly, to make sure I knew where the pilot and main jet were and how to remove them.
Setting proper float height I wasn't so sure about, but once set shouldn't vary much.
Not sure how much it counts but have also watched multiple videos of the teardown/reassembly/jet replacement/cleaning, etc and feel like I certainly could do it.
Still am happy with the decision to send it to Motolab and get it all freshened up and set correctly.
I was NOT in a good state of mind when it happened, with the pressure of selling off everything I own, cashing in my retirement funding, and getting down to the wire....the last thing I thought would happen is my basically new bike would have issues (I know...this is a small thing in the grand scheme of things).
I'll get it sorted right quick and get back into a positive, forward outlook.
As far as fuel filter, I WAS intending on staying with the stock tiny one that fits inside the elbow on the carb where the fuel line connects.
I even went as far as buying a half dozen to take with me.
The one in there however, once removed, DID show dirt captured, and there really isn't much room for fuel in that little thing if a decent size chunk gets caught
So...am thinking of going to an inline filter
Any links to one like you refer that aren't a paper element? (of course I will not go look as well)
I suggest a sock type filter that drops inside the filler neck of the tank to augment any inline filter.
Great idea but I’m pretty sure he has one already
^^^^ maybe some ol nylon stockings for those petro de barril days when thats all there is.
^^^^ Pro Cycle has nifty collection of tight clearance,straight and 90 degree fuel filters along with different size fuel line clamps.
JD, one of the companies that is providing support to me for this trip is Guglatech in Italy (@guglemonster ) who manufacture in-tank filters that also keep water out.
Guglielmo also sent me a special one for use in roadside funnels.
I was introduced to them by Michnus, of Piki Piki fame (Hey @michnus !...thanks for the hook up!)
I got a small stainless filter to replace the teeny in-nozzle one.
Back in the days when shifters and kick starters could be on either side of an engine, it was common to run fuel line in a fashion that made a loop somewhere between petcock and carb(s). The thought being that water and heavy sediment would stay in the bottom of the loop instead of flowing upwards to the carb. Of course falling over had the possibility of disturbing the stuff, but it did at least supplement the filter. It also gave the rider opportunity to see stuff before it became a surprise, and could be quickly emptied by just undoing one hose clamp.
the main issue is the change in technology and actions we can take against such cases
dirt in the tank may start laminating and aggregating in bigger and bigger chunks, the periscope strainer nowadays part of all petcocks would avoid the hose clogging, but it may get also laminated and you may loose precious miles since the petrol will not flow freely, dirt in the hose is also a problem, water will eventually fill up also the bend at the bottom of the hose and flood the carb, yes, it's a30 minutes job, but where? under the sun in the desert? by night at the side of a high traffic road full or lorries, in the freezing morning before ferry departure?
I'm a great fun of preemptive measures, maintenance in a cosy garage, servicing when prescribed either by the manual or by better knowledge, no too big surprises along the road if not in the form of nice sightseeing or gorgeous girruls, great food and new friends, I had my shares of brake downs due to lack of petrol, dirty fuel, bad VR and dead batteries, :)
my two cents, prevention is more fun than emergency :) it may be less good for great stories, but sometimes no stories is better than nasty ones :)
imagine pushing a damn KTM 990 ADV fully loaded down a hove-hot street in France in the middle of August because your ENG in bloody Austria selected the smallest available filter in the KEHIN catalogue for your bloody adventure bike !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
enjoy the road my dear friend @Ohio_Danimal
Thanks Guglielmo. Need all the propping up I can get right now.
Feeling so down right now.
impinged right shoulder hurting even after a cortisone shot
Pinched a sciatic nerve in left buttock when laying contorted on gravel trying to reach into a hot motor area and adjust the fuel/air screw (three blistered knuckles from heat) and have sharp pain when standing from seated or laying. Not as bad as yesterday though. Took 1000mg ibuprofen and hiked a couple miles at dusk as rain fell. Moving it made it feel much better. Laying low today. Packages that needed to ship have been shipped.
And the weight of what I’m about to do is hitting me hard. Has been decades since I wasn’t gainfully employed and had health insurance.
As much as I ride (average in the 30k miles/yr range) I’ve never been away for more than 3-1/2 weeks at a time.
I really need to get back in the road.
I just keep trying to remember the dream.
first of all it's more than just a dream now it's real life and the best that there is my dear friend
pain is the worst part indeed, as for the bike, told ya a EFI 990 was better hahahhhaha my bad
keep up the energy good spirit abd enjoy every damn meter, it's only yours