Tuesday, September 29, 2009
I was smarter on the way home and rode around enjoying the sun and blue sky. I also ended up following a ZX10R for a while and he showed me a clever way to cut through St. Paul and Roseville by avoiding stoplights and using less traveled roads.
Monday, September 28, 2009
I forgot about an off-site meeting I had this afternoon, so I got to ride the scooter there too. When I went to leave the scooter wouldn't start, and large rain clouds were looming. I tried playing with the choke, but no luck. I gave the scooter a shake to move the fuel around, and it fired right up. I was warned about the fuel gauge not being accurate, and after it started up it went from 1/2 to E. I keep a spare 16oz of premix fuel in a compartment in the floor of the scooter, so I wasn't worried. I rode it very gently all the way home and the fuel needle was to the left of the E when I pulled into the garage. I did get a bit wet, but luckily it didn't rain too hard since I didn't bring my rain gear with me.
I also started brain-storming today for ways to make the Super9 and me more resistant to winter. I found some scrap sheet metal in the garage and will think about how to fabricate a new airbox and some fenders. I also had a great idea to put a 12V battery under the seat to run my heated gear since the scooter doesn't have enough power to do it.
The power requirements are:
Vest 12-Volt DC 52 Watts 4.5 Amps
Gloves 12-Volt DC 24 Watts 2.1 Amps
Chaps 12-Volt DC 43 Watts 3.8 Amps
I own the vest now and have been dreaming about the gloves. I'll spec the system out for chaps too, but won't likely buy them. The above would use 12V at 10.4 Amps, so if I get a 30 amp hour battery I should have two hours of use after the decrease in capacity because of the cold. My commute is less than 30 mins each way, so that would give extra time. If I charge it every night, things should work out great.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
I also stopped at Moto Primo this morning and ordered an Olympia Phantom one peice riding suit in Pewter. I should get the suit by the end of next week. I'm quite excited as it has a good insulated liner and is completely waterproof; it should really simply commuting for me. Moto Primo has a deal on the suits for $400 (normally $460). If you're interested, call and ask for Zach as the deal isn't advertised just word-of-mouth.
Friday, September 25, 2009
I'm still getting used the different handling and spent an hour last night riding around in a parking lot and some side streets to get some practice with the quick turning and breaking. When I first started riding my WR250R it felt super light and responsive compared to my SV650. The Super 9 is that same feeling again, but compared to my WR250R. I think it is mainly due to the short wheel base and small narrow tires. I'm also working on getting a feel for the power band in the throttle. It has a large amount of movement compared to my motorcycles, but wide open throttle isn't necessarily the fastest.
I'm enjoying learning all the new things about two strokes and scooters. I'm also still on my search for more wind protection for the scooter this winter.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Riding the Super 9 was quite a different experience from the motorcycle. First, there are no gears or clutch as it is a continuously variable transmission (CVT), so the left hand grip has the rear brake and your feet don't have anything to do. Since it is a two stroke engine, there isn't any engine breaking which was surprising at first. It also turns much quicker than a motorcycle which I think will be quite fun once I get more accustom to it.
I placed my order for some new Kenda K761 "dual sport" tires. The sizes are 120/70-12 and 130/70-12. I've read the K761s are good in the snow, and we'll soon find out. Next step is to figure out the premix process.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I didn't finish the chain and sprocket replacement. I spent almost two hours trying to get the front sprocket bolt off. I had to get a helper to stand on the front brake while I used a four foot breaker bar with both hands on the bar and both feet on the right footpeg. I also used a generous amount of liquid wrench and PB blaster. On the way home tonight, I need to stop and get some axle grease and maybe some front brake pads as they seemed a bit worn worn on the SV650.
Monday, September 21, 2009
I was lucky to dodge the rain coming home. On the way, I stopped at Sears and bought a 32mm socket which is needed to change the front sprocket on the SV650. When I got home, I was very excited to see that my new sprocket and chain kit has arrived from Sprocket Center! I ordered on 9/17 and received on 9/21 via standard USPS shipping. Very nice!
Sunday, September 20, 2009
The first step was to loosen the rear wheel and slide the axle part way out so the adjusters were free. That created enough chain slack to pull the chain off the rear sprocket
I used a 10mm socket to remove the front sprocket cover's three bolts.
Then I grabbed a huge breaker bar and a 22mm socket. I stood on the rear brake and loosened the nut on the front sprocket. An impact wrench and 22mm impact socket would have been easier.
The old and new sprocket side by side. The stock is on the left and has a lot of rubber on it which reduces chain noise. I haven't noticed a lot of new chain noise with the new sprocket.
Install the new sprocket, put everything back together, and tighten it down. The last step was to re-adjust the chain.
The new sprocket definitely compensates for the gearing change by installing the D606s. Removing a tooth from the front is the same as adding three teeth to the rear. By adding the D606s I added about 1-1.5 teeth in the rear, so this change isn't as much as I had originally hoped. I do notice a difference, but it isn't as much as I expected; in all gears there is slightly more zip.
I am likely going to change the gearing to 13/47 when I can afford a new chain and sprocket kit. I will also keep the 12T around to swap to get really low gearing for trail riding.
The speedo is way off now with both the recent changes, so the next step is to borrow a GPS and get my SpeedoDRD installed.
Friday, September 18, 2009
I received my Dunlop D606s for my WR250R last Friday, but I didn't receive the new heavy duty tubes to go with them. Since I was lazy and didn't want to remove the tires twice, I waited. Last night I was finally able to get them installed! This is my first time changing motorcycle tires, so I hope I don't pinch a tube.
We will be installing:Fly Racing Heavy Duty Tube - 2.75/3.00-21 Front
Fly Racing Heavy Duty Tube - 4.50/5.10-18 Rear
The first step for me was to remove the front tire. I used a 22mm wrench for the axle and a 10mm wrench for the axle pinch bolts. Then slide the spacers and the axle out.
Breaking the bead before using the tire spoons!
Then carefully remove the tire and tube. I want to use the stock tubes to carry as spares since they pack quite small compared to the new HD tubes.
Here the stock Trailwing TW301/TW302, D606, and a dirt bike tire are compared:
As you can see, the D606 seems to be a good street-able balance between the three, it is also about an inch more in diameter compared to the trailwing.
Here is the new Fly HD rear tube compared to the stock rear tube. The Fly HD is on the top.
These are the two best tools you can have when changing a tire:
(an extra pair of hands, not the gloves!)
The finished front and rear:
Luckily, I didn't pinch either of the new tubes or the old tubes. The new tires are much more substantial than the stock trailwings. The tire carcass is much stiffer and the knobs much taller.
I haven't had the chance to test the tires in the sand yet, but they seem great so far on gravel and the street. I can't wait to finish breaking them in to really test them on the street.
Specs on the tires:
Dunlop D606 Dual Sport - 90/90-21 Front
Dunlop D606 Dual Sport - 120/90-18 Rear
Specs on the tubes:
Fly Racing Heavy Duty Tube - 2.75/3.00-21 Front
Fly Racing Heavy Duty Tube - 4.50/5.10-18 Rear
UPDATE: 2000 miles later, I’m loving this setup. The D606s work better on every surface compared to stock.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Since the new chain is a rivet type and I don't own a chain tool yet, I also ordered a Motion Pro chain tool from ThumperTalk. They were a bit cheaper than buying directly from MotionPro. I also ordered some tire tools since I am also lacking in that department. The last bit I need to change the chain/sprockets on the SV650 is a 32mm socket which I will attempt to get from Sears. I just love the lifetime warranty. I've heard a grinder is handy to grind the rivets off the stock chain, but I may try my hand at cutting a link with the dremel first.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
The WR250R is a unique bike and will get random people asking questions and talking to you about it. I love the bike, so I don't mind the attention.
Monday, September 14, 2009
The sunrise today was amazing, and the picture just doesn't quite capture it. Great ride in with perfect traffic and weather.
Friday, September 11, 2009
I will be leaving in just under and hour and riding down with some friends to the Theilman Trail Ride with the Golden Eagle Riding club. It should be a fun time of riding all day Saturday and most of Sunday. I am quite excited to get the WR250R into the forest on some proper dirt trails.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
I replaced the 8mm bolts (left) under the seat with these two new allen bolts (right):
I replaced the air filter cover screw (right) with the allen shown (left) here:
Instead of this:
I only need this to remove the seat and access the air filter:
I also installed some rubber washers between the skid plate and the frame. They seem to reduce the harsh noise a bit at idle. I will have to see later how it sounds on the road. I think I will end up coating the inside of the plate with something like liquid rubber or rhino skin used in truck bedliners.
Finally, I installed the battery tender cable on the WR250R. Here is a shot of the finished install:
I routed the cables along the existing ones and shoved them inside the rubber caps. I then zip-tied everything down nice and tight. There is also a 15A fuse inline arrowed above. I left the end of the cable out stuffed behind the toolkit with two zip-ties holding everything close to the frame to prevent movement. The end of the cable has a cap on it to prevent water and dust from getting inside.
I am happy to finally have this done since my extra cable is arriving next week which will allow me to finish making my custom heated vest cable! The battery tender cable makes a great standard plug for all my bike accessories since all my bikes have one.
The ride home was humid and slow, and the storms should be here soon.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I took the SV650 today as the air filter for the WR250R was still drying. I cleaned it thoroughly after the ride yesterday which is needed as it was quite dirty from all the gravel roads lately. On the way home, I stopped into the hardware store to look for some replacement M6 bolts for the seat bottom, side cover, and air-filter cover. I want to get something that can be done all with the same tool or preferably just fingers. Currently, I need to use a 8mm wrench, philips screwdriver, and an allen wrench to remove four bolts to clean the air filter.
I also desperately need to clean my riding gear as my co-workers gave me quite a hard time with pants, coat, and boots covered in mud and dust. Next dualsport ride, I am wearing my off-road pants and boots.
Monday, September 7, 2009
We met up at Bert's Coffee Cafe in Hudson, WI around 9ish. On the way, I spotted Dave and Darcy on their DR650s riding east on 694. I caught up and waved, and then they followed me into Hudson on I94.
The ride was led by Judson "Jud" Jones. He said he didn't have a route planned, but just made most of it up as he went. He said he'd been riding those Wisconsin roads for the last 35 years! He found some amazing roads, both paved and unpaved. These two are my favorites from the ride:
The first is what Jud calls the "church" which is a fantastic dirt road covered in awesome trees. The second photo is Rustic Road 51 aka R-51. The water splashes were fantastic. I'm sorry I didn't stop to take photos of the riders behind me going through. I was having so much fun myself I forgot to take photos!
We stopped for lunch in Maiden Rock, WI. Lunch was mostly what we could find at the local gas station -- candy bars, nuts, and Gatorade! Then we road some more great roads and stopped again in Pepin, WI for more food and gas. Then we road up near Ela and Plum City to a bar near River Falls, WI where the ride finished.
Paul was kind enough to take me back to civilization with his GPS and I got home just before 6pm after putting almost 240 miles on the WR250R.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
The Grand Rounds Scenic Byway was designated a Minnesota State Scenic Byway in 1997 and in 1998 it was designated as a ‘National Scenic Byway’ by the Federal Highway Administration. You can find out more about the history here.
After work, I decided to spend some time doing some maintenance on the bikes. I started by checking out the GZ250. It was low on oil, so I added some. I guess the little engine burns some oil while flying down the highway. I also lubed and tightened up the chain. The tires were already set, so no adjustment there.
On the WR250R, I replaced the broken front brake lever with a new one. I will save the shortened one for my on-bike toolkit. It makes a great spare because of the small size. The chain and tires were set, so I just added a bit of lube to the chain.
The SV650 needed more attention. It wasn't starting right, so I tore it down. I charged the battery on the tender for 24 hours, removed and re-gapped the plugs, checked the air filter, checked the oil, lubed the chain, and adjusted the tire pressure. While the plugs were out, I turned the engine over manually by removing the cover on the left side and using a 17mm socket. I still need to change the radiator fluid, but now the bike is running great again. I'm not sure what the problem with the bike was, but it wouldn't start. It seems to be resolved now.
Looking over my maintenance book for the SV650, it looks like I need to check the valves and probably adjust them. The carbs also need to be synced and cleaned. Both jobs are a bit beyond my skill at the moment, so I'll have to find some help.
I also found a bonus while I was inspecting the hoses under the tank. I am embarrassed to say, I never noticed this battery tender cable before and I've been under the tank a number of times. I removed the other battery tender cable and the heated vest cable as I will be making my own cable soon to plug into the tender cable.
Friday, September 4, 2009
All in all a great time looking at all the different bikes; the full flickr set is here.
A 1922 Harley Davidson:
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
I still haven't received my license plate for the WR250R and my 21 day permit just expired, so I called Waldoch. I spoke to the owner, John Waldoch, who was pretty confused and just didn't understand that the WR250R is NOT the WR250F, but a street legal dualsport. Unfortunately, this seems common with other owners having similar experiences in other states.
When I purchased the bike almost four weeks ago, I paid for license plates and a DNR sticker. They sent the DNR sticker last week, but never processed the license plate. The excuse was "it was on page two and she didn't see it." He assured me that his staff would get the plate tonight and they would call me in the morning when I could come get it.
This is strike two after the leaky oil fiasco, and I'm reluctant to give them another chance. They are supposedly the only Pro Yamaha dealer in the area, but so far, they just can't seem to get things right on the first try.
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My SV650 Accessories and Modifications
- Black Flyscreen
- National Cycle F-15 Touring Windshield – lots of buffeting
- Dulop Qualifiers - 120/60ZR17 Front, 160/60ZR17 Rear
- Front Fender Extender
- Rear Fender Delete – too dirty, will likely add back
- Cheap JCW topcase mounted to extra pillion seat pan
- LED turn signals
- LED license plate light
- Hyper-Lite Modulating Brake/Running lights
- LED brake lights
- GenMar bar risers 1" up and 1 3/4” back with extended front brake line - photo
- mirror extenders
- napoleon mirrors
- DL650 hand guards
- Hotgrips heated grips
- D.I.D. 525VM2 Chain – 112 links
- 47T Rear Sprocket
- Frame sliders
- Philips Xtreme Power H4 Headlight
- Xscorpion DVM3R voltmeter
- Battery Tender Cable
- Black Leather Tank Bra
- Givi PLX Rack and V46 Top Case
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Click here for posts about my WR250R.
My WR250R Accessories and Modifications
- Thumpertalk Skidplate
- Force Accessories Radiator Guard
- Acerbis Handguards (removed as they are junk) - replaced with Highway Dirtbike Setup
- Sunstar 12T Front Sprocket
- D606 Tires - 90/90-21 Front, 120/90-18 Rear
- Heavy Duty Fly Tubes - 2.75/3.00-21 Front, 4.50/5.10-18 Rear
- Easy off seat bolts
- Battery tender cable
- WR250R Yamalink Install
- WR250R SpeedoDRD Install
- WR250R Sunstar 12T Front Sprocket Install
- WR250R D606 Tires & Fly HD Tubes Install
- WR250R Fasteners and Battery Tender Cable Install
- WR250R Force Accessories Radiator Guard Install
- WR250R Acerbis Handguard Install
- WR250R Thumpertalk Skidplate Install
- WR250R Yamalink Install
This is my 2001 BMW R1150GS which I purchased used in November 2010.
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My R1150GS Accessories and Modifications
- Fastway Evo footpegs F3
- Stebel Air horn
- Ricardo Kuhn's Pro Taper Conversion Kit
- Hella Aux Driving Light
- Hippo Hands
Today's commute was cold and I should have worn different gloves; it was 45F with a slight breeze. I was wishing for another plug for my electric vest! I've been dreaming of replacing the current connector with one that plugs into the battery tender cable to make things interchangeable between the bikes.
The scenery was pretty great though with fog rising off all the ponds and lakes.
This is my 2005 Kymco Super 9. I purchased it used in September 2009. I use a 32:1 premix.
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My Super9 Accessories and Modifications
This is my 2009 Ural Patrol which I purchased brand new in November 2009. It is my winter motorcycle as I do not own a car.
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My Patrol Accessories and Modifications
- Heavy Duty MSR Tubes - 4.00/4.50-19 or 110/90-19 with a TR6
- Hippo Hands
- Sylvania Silverstar H6024 Headlight
- Ural Fairing and Windshield
- Leg Guards
- Delaware Dave’s Trunk Lock
- Holopaw 2WD Ural Trailer Hitch
In the Trunk
- 12v 18Ah auxiliary battery in for heated gear backup
- ural tool roll plus:
- medium size bottle jack
- spare spark plugs
- spare oil filter
- spare oil
- bike lock