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The new guy... 8 months 3 weeks ago #113886

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PhilDogMeister wrote:
As an aside, why won't the BMW riders greet me when I ride past? :(

Wish I knew bro... - I am at the stage where I just ignore them back... :S
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The new guy... 8 months 3 weeks ago #113887

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Welcome Phillip. Some BM riders are ok because they realise they are riding a bike as well, the others are riding a FANCY badge that has two wheels !! :evil: :evil:
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The new guy... 8 months 3 weeks ago #113903

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Welcome!

The other day I nodded to a KLR rider and he nodded back with a big smile..... I realised I was in my car!
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The new guy... 8 months 3 weeks ago #113906

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PhilDogMeister wrote:

As an aside, why won't the BMW riders greet me when I ride past? :(

They scared to take their hands off the handlebars :woohoo: :P :evil:

How about posting a picture or two of your fugly
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The new guy... 8 months 3 weeks ago #113907

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Psycho Porra wrote:
They scared to take their hands off the handlebars :woohoo: :P :evil:

How about posting a picture or two of your fugly

Best one I've heard yet :laugh:

The first pic was in August when I was about a month into the rebuild. I went down every two weeks to the farm and spent the weekend figuring out how it all goes back together. Like a giant puzzle, apparently. The second pic is as she stood as of September. Counting the days it took to tear it down, paint the frame and other bits and clean/reassemble it probably took about 14 straight days to get it to where it is now.

I need to sort out the plastics next and invest in a new rear tyre :lol:



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Looking good ;)
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The new guy... 8 months 3 weeks ago #113932

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Ta!

Took her out for a spin today with the girlfriend and her parents (her dad has a BMW, but he waves :lol: ). I also sorted out an annoying grinding issue I had post-rebuild with the main drive chain that ended up being the lower subframe mount bolt being too long and chafing on the chain when two-up. It behaves fine when one up, but I was pulling my hair out as I couldn't find the issue at first and kept on blaming the chain guard. Fortunately there was no damage as I turned back around as soon as I heard the noise.

It was a pretty warm day in PE (32 deg+) and the KLR was a bit uncomfortable with the heat in traffic but was better on the long road. I suspect maybe one or more of the radiator cores are blocked. My reason for this thinking is that the heat gauge needle gets about 3/4 up the gauge before the fan kicks in. I remember that before I tore it down it used to run at about 2/3 up the gauge and the fan would kick in shortly past halfway.

The reason I think a core may be blocked is because I am getting flow from the water pump impeller indicating the pipes are clear and the pump is still functional. I burped the coolant system (running 50% water and 50% Castrol Radcool) of any air before I brought the bike to PE. The thermostat is working OK as well. I am a telecoms boffin by trade so my mechanical knowledge isn't too sharp, but I think the following is happening:

-Bike heats up, temperature sender gauge is getting correct temp from head
-Coolant takes too long to get to the bottom of the rad, which is why I have the fan switch kick on much later in the heat gauge
-By the time the fan kicks on, the temp gauge is already showing too warm and hovering into the last 1/4 of the gauge

I may pop the rad off and have it taken in to a repair shop for them to see if they can find anything wrong with it first before I go and tear more bits and pieces off the bike :woohoo:

EDIT: The entire rad gets hot when this happens so I definitely have coolant moving to the bottom, albeit slowly, I think...
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The new guy... 8 months 3 weeks ago #113994

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See here for views on sorting the plastics..

klrclan.co.za/forum/maintenance/52454-faded-plastics#58845


Welcome to the Clan.

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Current Bikes: Yamaha XT 1200Z; Honda XR 650; Kawasaki KLR 650 A x 2; Kawasaki KLX 300R; Yamaha WR 250F
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The new guy... 8 months 3 weeks ago #114028

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Hi and welcome
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The new guy... 8 months 2 weeks ago #114066

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