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Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by erey, Dec 20, 2015.
What is wrong with your tank?
I have been gone from this thread for quite a while, out riding my AT with no issues until yesterday. Check this out.
The front wheel tossed up a long skinny rock: the rock wedged against the factory skidplate, then deformed it enough to drive the skidplate through the aluminum sump. The bike lost all 4 1/2 quarts of oil inside a minute. Fortunately we stopped to enjoy a view of the high meadow seconds before all the oil was gone. Pretty freaky.
This picture taken later on my workbench has the sump sitting on top of the skidplate. The screwdriver indicates the point of impact. The lesson here is that the stock skidplate is insufficient protection for even mild fire roads and modest speeds. I am reluctant to add extra weight to the bike but a new heavy duty skidplate is on order.
My buddy was test riding my bike at my insistence. This certainly wasn’t his fault. I initially though that the motor was toast until I realized that the aluminum sump is easily replaceable. The main cases are undamaged. Nice engineering, Honda!
A few tips about towing a big adventure bike 20 miles over a mountain range with a dirt bike: bring a long 30’ rope and a climbing carabiner. Clip the carabiner to the foot peg on the tow bike away from the drive chain. Make a very short bridle of rope around the towed bike’s fork tubes. Run the rope through the bridle and to a hand grip. Just wrap the end of the rope around the grip twice, and secure by grasping the grip with your hand. Releasing your hand instantly disconnects the two machines in case of instability. The bridle centers the pulling forces fairly low just below the steering head, making for a safer tow. Bike towing can be dangerous especially on uneven terrain or single track trail: I highly recommend you practice before an actual emergency.
Can't give that a like. Glad you noticed before she ran dry.
A newer Black Twin with DCT pass me last night on my way home from work. He had Gold rims and I cried a little
Dang, definitely an Aw Shit!! moment ... glad there wasn't internal damage from running without oil pressure!
Comparing OEM and aftermarket skid plate offerings, it is kinda like:
Good protectin' the (ahem) tender bits to ya!
Dirty old Man
Gotta protect what you love!
or B&B Dakar
think i'm an oem man now lol dang!
just want to say hello from Mt. Hood OR
i've been on the road for the last 6 weeks and 7k miles on the odo. the bike is flawless.
I have a real nice Rider’s Camp here on the property. Free of course. You are invited to stay if passing through. The North Cascades Highway is epic this time of year and is close by. We are located 70 miles north of Seattle, close to I-5. PM me for details if interested. Cheers!
Anatoli. Thanks for the generous offer, too bad I should have posted earlier. While there up, stayed at Bay View SP C. G. esst of Anacortes. I am now camping in White Salmon at Pete and Ash, Mosko Moto property.
Heading to Portland then to the Oregon Coast starting this Thursday.
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Missed you by that much! We are 10 miles east of Bayview State Park. I lived there while suddenly homeless several years back. Fond memories.
one of the nicest c. g. i stayed
this should look familiar
hopefully i get the chance to go back.
soon it will be to the Oregon coast
NSFW: soooo envious! Have fun, be safe, keep us posted on your progress! You doing a ride report to follow along?
I'm so jealous Joel.
Keep the rubber side down and enjoy the sMiles.
Thanks and I will keep on sMiling.
Thanks for following along. I have a teaser thread in the West Regional "looking for Ride Buddies......" and I would do a RR when I get home possibly mid to late August.
pics from yesterday's ride in Stevenson just above the Columbia River. of course, i have to say the DCT makes my riding much better and i'm more relax in both pavement and dirt.
That is flipping awesome. Stay safe.
Just hit 50K miles on my 2016 standard! Other than some spline shaft blues and replacing the forks to the 2019 ATAS upper fork bodies its been an awesome bike!