What did you do to your FJR today?

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Post by El Toro Joe » Sun Dec 08, 2019 2:22 pm

Managed to get out for about 60 miles of two wheeled therapy today...anything is better than nothing, in December in Northeast Ohio.
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Post by gixxerjasen » Sun Dec 08, 2019 4:01 pm

Poor FJR has been the motorcycle I pile my gear on. It's got warm weather gear, cold weather gear, quilted liners, heated liners, gloves, helmet, all stacked on it. Then some guy posted a pic on TWTexans about checking your gear because a guy had a brown recluse spider in his gear when he put it on. EEK!

I took the GSXS for a rip yesterday and worked on the DRZ. Soon it'll be too cold for the GSXS and it'll be the gear holder. I also gave the FJR it's turn on the tender this weekend.
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Re: What did you do to your FJR today?

Post by fontanaman » Sun Dec 08, 2019 7:51 pm

raYzerman wrote:
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No fairing removal required, just a couple of screws and pull it out to access the inspection plug. Similar deal with Gen3 but there is no inspection plug, have to remove the entire right timing cover. If adjustments needed you have to remove the right timing cover anyway... but no need to remove the fairing.
Hi Ray,

I can't find the two screws and panel to allow easy access to the inspection plug. The FSM says remove the right side cowling. Here is a photo of my Gen to right side cowling and removing it is the only way I know to get to the inspection plug. The arrow shows about where the inspection plug is.

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Re: What did you do to your FJR today?

Post by fontanaman » Sun Dec 08, 2019 8:18 pm

Hppants wrote:
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On the Gen III, the timing cover has no "inspection plug". You have to take the cover off to turn the crank by the crank bolt. However, you don't have to remove the side fairing plastic to take the cover off. You have to remove 2 of the bolts and you can pull it out enough to get to the timing cover bolts. That was one difference from the Gen 1 that I didn't like.

Jim - that is an interesting way to ensure TDC. Of course the cam cover arrows and the dot on the cam is documented in the FSM as a way to check.

I'm from the camp that believes that entire side of each cam lobe (the side where the valves are not touching the cam) is a perfect semicircle. In other words, it should not matter where within that semi-circle you check the gap. It will be the same. Now, I don't know if I can prove it, but during the last check on my bike, for shits and giggles we checked the gap at about 3 points within that semi-circle. And then checked it using the timing marks with the cover off. At least as far as a "go/no-go" feeler gage can measure, there is absolutely no "feel-able" difference.

Now that the motor is in good shape, time for the Relay Arm service?
Hi Pants.

Thanks for the ideas. In the past I used the semi-circle concept. After setting the top dead center on cylinder #1 I checked the valves then moved the rear tire until #1 cam lobe was pointing up. On one valve 0.007 was normal feeler gauge tension at TDC while 0.007 was noticeably tighter with the cam lobe pointing up. Shucks.

Not wanting to remove the right cowling I looked down at the intake cam sitting at 2:00 o'clock and found the solution to use the edge of the cylinder head to measure cam lobe to find TDC. The solution was right under my nose so to speak.

I tried to remove the inspection plug from my DR650, which has a Allen hex, and buggered it up. The FJR has just a long slot and I have never removed the plug. My widest screw driver is about 3/8 of an inch - removal of it is kinda like "Are you feeling lucky today?"

I am going to look at the relay arm and in the process hope to remove the center stand. I want to refinish the center stand - it is looking sad.

I also will put in new rear brake pads. I have had the old ones for the life of the bike so it is time.
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Re: What did you do to your FJR today?

Post by John d » Sun Dec 08, 2019 9:12 pm

Put on a new RS3 rear and went for a ride.
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What did you do to your FJR today?

Post by Cav47 » Sun Dec 08, 2019 9:35 pm

And so it begins/ends as today was the last day of potential riding. I washed/dried both bikes, did some winterizing, and put them away for the winter. Will be getting to them some this winter for farkles, repair, and maintenance. It’s a tough squeeze in my garage, but neither is gonna sit in an unheated shed
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Re: What did you do to your FJR today?

Post by raYzerman » Sun Dec 08, 2019 9:47 pm

Jim... sorry, Gen3 has 2 screws, Gen2 has 3... one down at the lower tail of the side fairing, remove "adjustable panel" (2 Dzus fasteners, then unclip it), which exposes the other two screws. Fairing will now flex out. I use a Canadian Loonie or Toonie to remove the inspection cap, most screwdrivers will chew up the slot. No need to crank it in real tight, it has an o-ring seal that will hold it.
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Post by nfa1eab » Sun Dec 08, 2019 10:32 pm

Rode to Clemson to watch my granddaughter's Basketball game. 3 hour trip each way across the North Georgia mountains. 42 degrees and windy for most of the ride over. 51-55 on the way back. Heated grips and handguards are my new best friend. This Gen 3 is really easy to ride on longer trips. Stopped at Lake Chatuge for a short break on the return trip. Rolled into home at 5:30 pm. to find this waiting for me. Neighbors came by and cleared the drive in about a half hour. They are gems. My day is now planned for tomorrow.
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Post by Hppants » Mon Dec 09, 2019 9:16 am

Nfa1eab - perhaps I missed it (or more likely forgot it), but where in Georgia do you live?

That's a great picture of what I presume is your granddaughter - nice keepsake.
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Re: What did you do to your FJR today?

Post by nfa1eab » Mon Dec 09, 2019 9:57 am

Pants,

I live about 6 miles west of Jasper. Takes me about 45 min. to get to Blue Ridge. The ride was great once I got over to Blairsville. Only bad thing was the pavement in the turns had asphalt repairs. The entire road was covered, but the pavement was uneven and rutted a bit, so your tires wiggled around during the turns. Definitely slowed me down a down bit as it was a little unsettling. But great scenery. Unfortunately, you can't take in serious camera equipment to a NCAA Div 1 game, unless you have press credentials. I used to sit on the baseline during high school games. Pretty exciting seeing her on tv. #2 Sticker....Go Stick!!

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Re: What did you do to your FJR today?

Post by fontanaman » Mon Dec 09, 2019 4:33 pm

raYzerman wrote:
Sun Dec 08, 2019 9:47 pm
Jim... sorry, Gen3 has 2 screws, Gen2 has 3... one down at the lower tail of the side fairing, remove "adjustable panel" (2 Dzus fasteners, then unclip it), which exposes the other two screws. Fairing will now flex out. I use a Canadian Loonie or Toonie to remove the inspection cap, most screwdrivers will chew up the slot. No need to crank it in real tight, it has an o-ring seal that will hold it.
Ray you killin' me. You sell your FJR and buy a great bike no longer produced and never available in the US. Then ya tell me I need tools not readily available in the US to remove the inspection plug on the FJR.

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Post by raYzerman » Tue Dec 10, 2019 11:43 am

fontanaman wrote:
Mon Dec 09, 2019 4:33 pm
raYzerman wrote:
Sun Dec 08, 2019 9:47 pm
Jim... sorry, Gen3 has 2 screws, Gen2 has 3... one down at the lower tail of the side fairing, remove "adjustable panel" (2 Dzus fasteners, then unclip it), which exposes the other two screws. Fairing will now flex out. I use a Canadian Loonie or Toonie to remove the inspection cap, most screwdrivers will chew up the slot. No need to crank it in real tight, it has an o-ring seal that will hold it.
Ray you killin' me. You sell your FJR and buy a great bike no longer produced and never available in the US. Then ya tell me I need tools not readily available in the US to remove the inspection plug on the FJR.

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The good news is the tools are available to you at a real discount, and I'll tellya soon about the bike I'm getting that was available in the US....
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Post by BikerGeek » Tue Dec 10, 2019 1:42 pm

Jeebus... Been a bit busy and haven't poked my head in here in a while only to find oot Ray sold his FJR.

Cripe.

What next? Is Bust gonna sell his FJR, too, just to be like Ray??
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Post by LKLD » Tue Dec 10, 2019 6:03 pm

BikerGeek wrote:
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Jeebus... Been a bit busy and haven't poked my head in here in a while only to find oot Ray sold his FJR.

Cripe.

What next? Is Bust gonna sell his FJR, too, just to be like Ray??
Doubtful, that would mean giving up sheep too.
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Post by raYzerman » Tue Dec 10, 2019 7:02 pm

LKLD wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 6:03 pm
BikerGeek wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 1:42 pm
Jeebus... Been a bit busy and haven't poked my head in here in a while only to find oot Ray sold his FJR.

Cripe.

What next? Is Bust gonna sell his FJR, too, just to be like Ray??
Doubtful, that would mean giving up sheep too.
Are you implying I'm giving up sheep? Bust and I are good, we don't kiss and tell, Dolly was good to us, yet we still hang out with y'all.
Haven't talked to Bust in the last few days, is he selling his FJR too? Spill, Andy.
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Washed it after 8236 wonderful kilometers in Australia!
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'Bought my FJR a gift... Arrived today from the UK.

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Someone is playing with his head.
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Post by Red » Wed Dec 11, 2019 11:52 pm

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Post by morecowbell » Thu Dec 12, 2019 3:12 am

A few weeks ago I saw a news story about Roy's Motel and Cafe in Amboy CA. The owner restored the neon-lit sign and fired it up for the first time since the '80s. I've passed through Amboy numerous times on various road trips...usually during the day, but also a couple times at night. I've always wondered what the sign would look like when it was lit up.

This afternoon around 2:45pm I fired up the FJR and headed for Amboy. I arrived there just as the sun was setting; perfect timing.
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I bought a root beer and a snack and waited for the sky to get just a bit darker. While paying for the beverage, I mentioned to the attendant that I'd heard about the sign being restored and that I had ridden up from Palm Springs to see it. He said he was headed out in a moment to flip the switch. He did, and it was really cool to see...note the full moon rising just above the ridge line to the east.
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I waited around a bit longer and got this shot with the glow on the horizon:
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Having seen what I came to see, I saddled up and headed back south. The full moon really throws a lot of light when you're out in the middle of nowhere on Amboy Road. Instead on taking 62 through Yucca Valley and down to I10, I entered Joshua Tree NP from the northeast entrance. I turned south on Pinto Basin Road towards the south Park exit. I stopped a couple of times and shut off the lights to take in the utter silence and desolation. But the desert was brightly lit under the full moon. I saw two other vehicles the whole time I was in the Park. I passed the south exit, joined I10 and slabbed it back towards Palm Springs, pulling into the garage just after 8pm. It was only a 250 mile ride, but I got to see a really cool neon sign!
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