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Ratbuell
Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 09:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Fitted a set of Avon Trailriders. Much better fit for an ADV bike than my last set (PR4s)!





Scuffed in for about 75 miles and me likey. Nice transitions, good grip, decently quiet, good on-center stability. We shall see for treadwear...
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Ratbuell
Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 09:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I have no idea why the angry face is on the message header. First post from the new Android. Must have fat fingered something.
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Ourdee
Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 10:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Angry face? That's passion brother!
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Ourdee
Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 10:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Good lookin' meats there.
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Swanthog
Posted on Monday, August 27, 2018 - 09:09 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

What's the story with the cannisters? Are those off the shelf?

Thanks.
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Ratbuell
Posted on Monday, August 27, 2018 - 09:22 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Yep, they're tractor owners-manual canisters. I painted the lids black to cover up the "MANUALS" logo, and had reflective decals made for fuel and first aid. 2 bolts each can, to the bottom of the saddlebag - RTV in the hole, and a large fender washer on the interior of the bag under the loctited nut.

The fuel side carries a 1L MSR fuel bottle, perfect fit and 17 miles I don't have to push, should the need arise.
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Dtaylor
Posted on Monday, August 27, 2018 - 01:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Good call on the Trailriders, Joe. What do you keep in the cannister behind the license plate, and how is it affixed?

(Message edited by Dtaylor on August 27, 2018)
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Ratbuell
Posted on Monday, August 27, 2018 - 01:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

It's there for fuel when I don't have the side bags on. I want to say I attached it to the bag rack bars... I keep a small Slime compressor and rope plug kit in the Buell underseat bag, so I don't have to put it in there, and my Buell tool roll is strapped into one of the bags. Although I suppose I could move it to the tube, and free up some room in the bag...
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Tootal
Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 10:18 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

And I thought those were rocket launchers!!
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Ratbuell
Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 09:29 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Nah. Drop a 9v battery on the ground and it gets rid of tailgaters just as efficiently (and it's cheaper than rockets).

Um.

I've heard.

I DO love riding the bike again. Put the 12 primary back in, sooo much more relaxed on the highway now, not nearly as high-strung. Fresh tires, fresh service...maybe one day I'll service the forks.
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Tootal
Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 09:56 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Joe, I don't want to hijack your thread but you mentioned fork service. You and I are nearly the same size so I'll tell you what I did. I was researching Showa forks and found that all of them except for ones for Harley/Buell all used 5wt. fork oil. Now they may have been custom designed for Harley type E but just for fun I used Amsoil 5wt. fork oil and it made a huge difference! It seemed before that when I tried to adjust the forks it didn't make much difference. After switching to the lighter oil you can really feel the difference when you make an adjustment. I can back the fork adjusters off and float down the interstate and then make a quick adjustment and run the Dragon. I don't get that shock in my wrist anymore when hitting smaller road imperfections. Most folks want heavier oil when they need a heavier spring. But IMHO you need lighter oil for them to function correctly if you don't weigh to much and I'm 210 lbs. Just one mans opinion and food for thought.
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Ratbuell
Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 02:17 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Much appreciated. I'm...uh...striving to get back to my fighting weight (and I'll leave it at that). Bike has '07 progressive-rate factory springs in it, and honestly I don't think I've serviced the forks since 10k miles (just did the 35k fluids-change).

It should probably get done this winter. I'll just have to make the tools - I have a drawer of specialty factory tools but mostly EFI stuff, along with some frame/neck bearing stuff...no fork tools though.
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