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On the road again at 40.............the bike that is

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by robinc, May 16, 2017.

  1. robinc

    robinc Member of the 'yellow meter gang'

    Those are nice WER. and have a cap.....bonus.
     
  2. weekendrider

    weekendrider Iron Horse cowboy

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    I like the screwdriver slot in the end so you aren't fighting getting a wrench in there.
     
  3. robinc

    robinc Member of the 'yellow meter gang'

    Ya, nice fittings. Boy these small 6mm fittings are hard to find aren't they?
     
  4. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru

    Gary runs a Mephis Shades windshield that's pretty nice. I had one on an old BMW also that Iiked , universal mounts a good variety of sizes and styles. And they sell them from Parts Canada.

    http://www.memphisshades.com/metric-shades/metric-sportshields/alley-cat

    Puig also makes some very nice universal mount windshields and I know they have a distributor in Canada
     
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  5. MaxPete

    MaxPete Winter is coming - dammit!

    Thanks WER - and PM responded to Robin.

    Cheers,

    P
     
  6. robinc

    robinc Member of the 'yellow meter gang'

    Cool, thanks Bob. I appreciate that info. Those look nice. I don't know anything about these but I think Spitfire is another name I've seen. Will start digging.

    I look forward to any and all feedback. I know I need to do something, cause I'd rather be on the highway than in town!
     
  7. weekendrider

    weekendrider Iron Horse cowboy

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    The Spitfire works pretty good.
     
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  8. robinc

    robinc Member of the 'yellow meter gang'

    Thanks WER. Going shopping!
     
  9. weekendrider

    weekendrider Iron Horse cowboy

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    gggGarys looks a little classier with the two tone and chrome support arms but the Spitfire does the job whether you are in Texas.
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    Tennessee
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    or a state of mizery
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  10. robinc

    robinc Member of the 'yellow meter gang'

    LOL....nice! Great pics!

    Love the hard bags too. What's the scoop on them?
     
  11. DanielBlack

    DanielBlack XS650 Junkie

    Spitfires do the job in Phoenix, too. I get some buffeting, but nothing too heinous. I would definitely call it minimal, light-duty.

    Easy install. It came with one bent arm, a new one was shipped immediately for next-day delivery.

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  12. robinc

    robinc Member of the 'yellow meter gang'

    Awesome, thanks Daniel. And, Great pic!
     
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  13. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru

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    I don't think you can leave the left carb's vac nipple in full time. It may interfere with the cable arm operation.
     
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  14. robinc

    robinc Member of the 'yellow meter gang'

    I checked my oil yesterday and saw it was down quite a bit. Had been good at checking this and all was good so got complacent. I was down 1 litre in 600 kms / 372 miles. Decided to do an oil change as it was pretty dark/dirty even though it had only been about 1200 miles since the last change.
    Good news that there was a miniscule amount of metal filings and only a couple of black plastic bits less than 1mm in size.

    I have ordered a cheap borescope that will hook up to my phone so when it arrives I will get some pics so you doctors can evaluate.

    So looks like I'm stopping for oil and checking the gas until the seasons over. Pretty bad when you've got to carry extra oil for running errands.....lol.

    Hey, I'm having a ball riding it. All this work has been worth it. And when the top is done and everything settles down she will be that much more enjoyable.

    Thanks again guys for all your help.
     
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  15. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru

    Hey! I like your thinking! A borescope that hooks to your iPhone? That'll be interesting.
     
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  16. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru

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    It's a good idea to change the oil frequently on this bike, like every 1000-1500 miles, what with the crude filter system they have.
     
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  17. robinc

    robinc Member of the 'yellow meter gang'

    Thanks 5twins. I messed up in what I reported.
    Should have said it had been 1200 kms/750 miles since my last full oil change.

    Regardless it was pretty dark and good to change anyways. Also wanted to see what I might find in there after running it for a while on the highway lately. Nice to see nothing bad in there but I would guess that this much oil consumption is a good indication that the rings are leaking.
     
  18. MaxPete

    MaxPete Winter is coming - dammit!

    Yup - once a bike is broken in, frequent oil changes are good Robin. As long as you keep up with it, you'll be fine till the snow flies - and you can buy a lotta oil for the price of a new bike.

    Pete
     
  19. robinc

    robinc Member of the 'yellow meter gang'

    Ya, you're right Pete. Although I changed it a little early, at 1200 kms/750 miles (I messed up in what I had said on kms vs miles). It was pretty dirty in spite of the oil I have been adding, so I wanted to see what I might find. Good news there.

    But I seem to be burning about a litre every 600 kms/375 miles for the last month. That's pretty excessive and I'm guessing shows rings are leaking in addition to valve seals.

    Time will tell.
     
  20. weekendrider

    weekendrider Iron Horse cowboy

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