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Re: What did you do to your FJR today?

Post by gixxerjasen » Sun Sep 27, 2020 10:28 pm

HotRodZilla wrote:
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Based on some reading in the steering head spanner thread, I pulled it apart and loosened it all the way, tightened it up, then loosened a bit and back up to 18 this time. Went for the first ride on it in months, I think I like it a little tighter than the manual calls for. Felt good to have it out again, even if it was only for 20-30 minutes. Fall is almost here though, and I feel some moto camping coming on.
What is wrong with all of your bikes that you keep fucking with the steering head bearing? Mine has never been screwed with and it has never had an issue. Seems like a lot of people creating a problem that is not a problem.
I replaced them earlier this year with everything per the FSM. Didn't feel quite right on the trip to Red Lodge so I pulled it apart and retorqued them when I got back but felt the same. Someone on the other thread mentioned the higher torque setting used by other manufacturers so I thought I'd try it and see. It's a quick and simple job, even with the added four fasteners on the Motorrad riser that I figured it was worth a try.

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Re: What did you do to your FJR today?

Post by HotRodZilla » Sun Sep 27, 2020 10:53 pm

gixxerjasen wrote:
Sun Sep 27, 2020 10:28 pm
HotRodZilla wrote:
Sun Sep 27, 2020 7:42 pm
gixxerjasen wrote:
Sun Sep 27, 2020 6:58 pm
Based on some reading in the steering head spanner thread, I pulled it apart and loosened it all the way, tightened it up, then loosened a bit and back up to 18 this time. Went for the first ride on it in months, I think I like it a little tighter than the manual calls for. Felt good to have it out again, even if it was only for 20-30 minutes. Fall is almost here though, and I feel some moto camping coming on.
What is wrong with all of your bikes that you keep fucking with the steering head bearing? Mine has never been screwed with and it has never had an issue. Seems like a lot of people creating a problem that is not a problem.
I replaced them earlier this year with everything per the FSM. Didn't feel quite right on the trip to Red Lodge so I pulled it apart and retorqued them when I got back but felt the same. Someone on the other thread mentioned the higher torque setting used by other manufacturers so I thought I'd try it and see. It's a quick and simple job, even with the added four fasteners on the Motorrad riser that I figured it was worth a try.

The other bikes are fine.
Ah. I guess I didn't pay attention that you had taken them off earlier.

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Re: What did you do to your FJR today?

Post by danh600 » Thu Oct 01, 2020 8:36 am

Well, not today, but the other day I got a new set of PR4GTs put on.

Yesterday I changed the oil, filter and the rear end lube.

Hoping to get in a couple more long rides this fall!!!
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Post by bill lumberg » Thu Oct 01, 2020 9:40 am

Got shipment notification on the R5GT rear
I ordered. The existing rear tire is almost slick. Hopefully get it swapped out Saturday.
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Re: What did you do to your FJR today?

Post by Toter » Thu Oct 01, 2020 9:45 am

Got my Angel GT front tire yesterday. Going to hold onto it, until the front T31GT gets lumpy. Installed my Tekspec snakeskin tank pads as well. Riding on Friday.
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Post by HotRodZilla » Thu Oct 01, 2020 7:30 pm

Toter wrote:
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Got my Angel GT front tire yesterday. Going to hold onto it, until the front T31GT gets lumpy. Installed my Tekspec snakeskin tank pads as well. Riding on Friday.
Those snakeskin pads are super cool. I have them installed on my bags. I have the ones for the tank sitting in a bag that I forgot I had. Haha! I found them right before I left for Red Lodge. I still need to install them. I love the bag protectors, so the tank ones will be icing on the cake!
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Re: What did you do to your FJR today?

Post by Toter » Thu Oct 01, 2020 8:03 pm

HotRodZilla wrote:
Thu Oct 01, 2020 7:30 pm
Toter wrote:
Thu Oct 01, 2020 9:45 am
Got my Angel GT front tire yesterday. Going to hold onto it, until the front T31GT gets lumpy. Installed my Tekspec snakeskin tank pads as well. Riding on Friday.
Those snakeskin pads are super cool. I have them installed on my bags. I have the ones for the tank sitting in a bag that I forgot I had. Haha! I found them right before I left for Red Lodge. I still need to install them. I love the bag protectors, so the tank ones will be icing on the cake!
I had a set of color matched blue magnetic tank protectors on the 06, but they were just for protection, not grip. Was really hard to tell they were there. Never even thought about those for the 15, just bought the snakeskins.
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Post by danh600 » Thu Oct 01, 2020 11:49 pm

Toter wrote:
Thu Oct 01, 2020 9:45 am
Got my Angel GT front tire yesterday. Going to hold onto it, until the front T31GT gets lumpy. Installed my Tekspec snakeskin tank pads as well. Riding on Friday.
I have had the snake skin pads on my 2013 for 7 years now. They still look like the day I put them on. Lots of Florida heat and rain has had no bad effects.
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Re: What did you do to your FJR today?

Post by morecowbell » Sat Oct 03, 2020 2:07 am

This afternoon I rode the FJR 253 miles in miserable heat from Las Vegas to Palm Springs. Most of the miles were north of 100 degrees, with 111 degrees for the last miles into the Coachella Valley. It was a sweaty end to an 11 day trip.

The 4874 mile trip included layovers at Torrey UT, Steamboat CO, Rapid City SD, Custer SD, Cheyenne WY, Steamboat (again), Gunnison CO, Durango CO, Moab UT and Las Vegas. So many sights...red rocks, bright fall foliage, Presidential heads carved into a mountain. I had to jumpstart my buddy's FJR twice with morning temps in the 20s and his old/weak battery. The wife rode along for 5 days/1650 miles. She's a good sport. She caught a flight out of Durango, and my riding buddy headed for home that same morning. I did the last three days solo.

I left Moab at sunrise Thursday morning with a plan to do 930-ish mile ride to get home late that night. I routed through the southern part of Canyonlands NP, Blanding, Hanksville, Torrey, Escalante, Panquitch, Cedar City, Gunlock, and planned for the Kelso/Amboy route through the desert that night. A bit before sunset coming down Gunlock Rd, the bike felt wiggly in the corners. I'd noticed that the rear Avon had plenty of center tread remaining, but the sides were worn almost smooth. I attributed the wiggles to the worn tread in the corners. Eventually I noticed it wiggling on the straight roads. I pulled over and checked the rear tire pressure...it was at 20 pounds! I headed towards St George and found a convenience store with compressed air. Well what do you know...a 1.5 inch nail was stuck in the tread. I plugged the hole with my repair kit and headed for I15 in the dark. I stopped in Mesquite to check the tire pressure and pump it up a few pounds. The plug seemed to hold pressure, and I figured I could get home around 1am. Then I was heading towards Las Vegas at 70 mph in the dark, I felt the bike wiggling again. Shit. After a few miles I found an exit with no services and no lighting whatsoever. Using my headlamp to see what I was doing, I pulled the first plug and tried another. Pumped up the tire with my compressor. I then rode from truck stop to truck stop towards Las Vegas pumping up the tire a bit each stop. There was no way this tire was making it home that night. I finally got into Vegas and found a hotel not far from a Yamaha dealer; I shut down at 11pm, roughly 17 hours after leaving Moab. Luckily there was a sports bar/brew pub across the road from the hotel that was still open. When life hands you lemons, you eat a burger and drink IPAs. I got the tire changed this morning ($270 for the tire, free installation, Michelin Road 5) and made the sweaty ride home.

Two lessons learned from this trip: 1)the headlamp is priceless. This is the first trip I've carried one, and I'll never travel without one again. There's no way I could have plugged the tire in the dark holding a flashlight in my teeth. 2) always check your tire plug kit for fresh/unopened rubber cement. I found an open tube in my repair kit, and it had dried up/evaporated. I'm so glad I checked the kit before the trip. In the future, I'll carry two unopened rubber cement tubes in my kit at all times.

I apologize for the length of this post and any grammatical errors...I seem to be on my fourth IPA as I type this. I love road trips, but it's good to be home.
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Re: What did you do to your FJR today?

Post by wheatonFJR » Sat Oct 03, 2020 6:46 am

Awesome report! It’s unnerving to have wiggly tires. Glad you got home safe.

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Post by gixxerjasen » Sat Oct 03, 2020 9:20 am

When I took my son on his first camping trip I bought him one of those headlamps. I figured it was easy for him to have light wherever he looked rather than trying to figure out a flashlight at that age, and also it would be hard for him to lose it. Turns out, after the trip it became mine and one of my most prized tools. I can't believe how simple and useful they are, and also how long it took for me to buy one. I actually carry two on trips just in case.
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Re: What did you do to your FJR today?

Post by wheatonFJR » Sat Oct 03, 2020 6:32 pm

Spooned on new front and rear rubber. Dented my headers when I made a mistake while servicing the pumpkin and shaft while the bike hovered on jacks. Bike fell over with no front and rear wheels on. Griff came to the rescue and helped me get the bike upright and back on its perch. Was gonna ride with Duane tomorrow, but I stopped work after I saw the 1/4" indentation across all four headers.

Its gonna be a Jack Daniels night.
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Re: What did you do to your FJR today?

Post by Cav47 » Sat Oct 03, 2020 7:04 pm

^^^^ not liking that. Sorry Wheatie. That procedure of taking off the front and back wheel always scares me. We have been known to tether a strap the the garage door brackets as piece of mind.
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Post by gixxerjasen » Sat Oct 03, 2020 7:44 pm

Wow Wheatie, that IS bad news. I feel for you. However, do know that I'm bookmarking this for the next time you bring up me and fork maintenance. :D

Seriously though, that sucks. I cannot imagine the pit in your stomach as you watch it go over, or standing there with it laying on it's side with no wheels. I'm glad Griff was able to come help. Don't go too heavy on the Jack though, you've had enough "Jack" issues today.
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Post by HotRodZilla » Sat Oct 03, 2020 7:58 pm

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Spooned on new front and rear rubber. Dented my headers when I made a mistake while servicing the pumpkin and shaft while the bike hovered on jacks. Bike fell over with no front and rear wheels on. Griff came to the rescue and helped me get the bike upright and back on its perch. Was gonna ride with Duane tomorrow, but I stopped work after I saw the 1/4" indentation across all four headers.

Its gonna be a Jack Daniels night.
Damn dude. That SUCKS!! Stuff like that scares the crap out of me and I strap things up every way I can think of. Glad Griff was able to help you!
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Post by Deagle10 » Sat Oct 03, 2020 10:05 pm

Mark I am so sorry. So easy to do. One time with back tire off I got the front off and was sitting in front and the bike started to go over. I could hold it up with 2 fingers but it wouldn’t stay. I couldn’t hold it up and stand up. Luckily I had my phone and called my wife inside 30 feet away and she held it while I stood up. I’ve always hated jacking up the bike. I used a front stand for years but it is in the way for much of work. Surprised it doesn’t happen more. Nice night for Jack. Sorry for the occasion.
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Post by bungie4 » Sat Oct 03, 2020 10:30 pm

I worry about that exact thing so i ratchet strap the bike directly to my lift. The problem is that if you let it down the straps loosen, and if you raise it, they tighten. Still, better than trusting gravity.

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Post by John d » Sat Oct 03, 2020 11:50 pm

Ouch! The thought hurts enough, even when I'm drinking and it's not my bike!
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Post by Uncle Hud » Sun Oct 04, 2020 8:50 am

Cowbell, glad it is a story with a happy ending, and it will get better with age. Already check my tire glue occasionally. Will add one of my many backpacking headlamps into the tire patch kit today.

Wheatie ... damn bad luck. Sorry it happened. From a purely technical view, will this change your exhaust note?
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Post by wheatonFJR » Sun Oct 04, 2020 9:22 am

You know, I appreciate the empathy....but damn, what has happened to this board? No "DUMBASS!", no Beavis and Butthead "Ha-Ha!", no nothing. And Jasen, if you think that you're EVER going to get out from under that Fork work "cone of shame"...yeah, no.

Just thinking through how this happened, about 2-3 weeks ago I had hoped to change tires on a Saturday so I could ride with Duane on Sunday. I was getting frustrated putting on this rear tire and got pissed and gave up. I usually dont take both tires off at the same time, but I wanted to dismount and mount both tires at the same time for some reason. So after moping for three weeks, yesterday I got after it. I made a mistake by not double checking the setup, so maybe the board had slipped under the center stand, whatever...I did not check it. Also, the previous owner applied a nice slab coating, looks nice but the surface is slightly slipperier than a standard concrete slab. When I went to pull the pumpkin and the splines no issue. When I went to install the acorn nuts on the top to bolts to hold it up I did not have situational awareness as I was sitting on my ass to realize that by pushing the pumpkin against the swingarm, I was pushing the bike forward...and centerstands dont do that and stay up. I must have pushed the bike off the center stand and as the bike went down and forward, the full weight of the bike was supported from the front board under the headers. I know that I yelled as the bike was falling off the stand. I must have instinctively grabbed something as my right forearm and arm near my shoulder have some bruising and a cut. The weight looked to be supported uniformly from the edge of the 2x as there is now a neat shiny 1/4" deep indentation on the header metal.


Im gonna finish balancing the tires, install them and take it out for a spin in the next day or so. We have out of town visitors arriving today...otherwise it would be today.
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