Monday, January 31, 2011
This is the third time I've had it. I wonder what Freud what say.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
E-rock: It was holy.
Ghostface KLR: AWESOME!!
Swamp Monster: Sitting in lane 3. Waiting for the ferry home. 29.7 miles today. New hill climb, and a giant mud bog. E-Rock has video. Explored some new stuff. Fun day.
Ghostface KLR (via Twitter/4sq): I'm at South Pacific Sports Bar (218 1st st, Bremerton)
MotoBum: Excellent. Bremerton, eh?
Swamp Monster: I'm at Southworth. Jesse and Eric went to Bremerton.
Ghostface KLR: Yep! Sippin a beer, getting food, partying.
Ghostface KLR: Brandi and Heather.
Ghostface KLR: Our new friends!
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
|KLR650E Crankcase Breather
|The New Crankcase Breather Hose
|Breathe That Fresh Air
|Plug That Airbox With a Penny
Thursday, January 13, 2011
I purchased a new tank bag during the Wolfman anniversary sale.
They were offering 19% off all products over the weekend. I picked up an Explorer Lite Tank Bag and the optional rain cover. (It has been known to rain in the Pacific Northwest on occasion.)At first look, I will say the construction quality of the bag itself seems good. For the price, I was hoping it would be. Solid stitching, good material, nice zippers and attention to detail. The bag itself is great. I would have added a moveable wall on the inside (like you would find in a camera bag) to help keep things from shifting around.
I looked at the attachment straps for the pre-’08 KLR650 and instantly thought of several ways I would rather attach the bag. I found this disappointing and annoying. Thought had gone into the bag design, but very little effort went into the harness system, if you could even call it that.
The included front straps are held to the front of the tank with the screws that hold the radiator shrouds in place. The rear straps loop around the frame and come up between the rear of the tank and the seat. The fastex clips at the end of the four straps clip to the corners of the bag. This will work great keeping the bag on the tank. I have Zega cases on the sides of the KLR. For the day-to-day commuting they hold everything I need. For the adventures I need a little more cargo space. Most of the time the four straps will be dangling, flopping, and flipping around.
I could remove the straps when I remove the bag, and reinstall them every time I use it. Having to unscrew the radiator shrouds and feed straps between the seat and tank every weekend would be a pain in the butt.
Alternating the male and female clips on the ends of the bag and straps would at least allow me to clip the front and rear straps to each other when the bag was not on the bike. Rather than cut the loops on the bag and switch buckles on one side, I may attach Fastex buckles to a strip of elastic. I’ll clip the opposite side front and rear straps together with the clips and elastic, forming an “X” across the tank. This will keep the straps from flopping around. I’ve got a couple other ideas for attaching a tank bag, but I’m keeping them to myself. I may have to start my own moto accessory company…
The “rain cover” is simply a lightweight, ripstop nylon “baggie” the fits over the tank bag. The fabric itself seems pretty light. I think that it will keep minimal drizzle off the bag, but if soaked, water will get through. Wolfman did put Velcro on the baggie to keep it in place and to hold the map pocket on the outside. The problem with that is the seams on the map pocket and the seams on the rain cover are not sealed. The stitching on the rain cover is loose and skips a stitch on one of the corners. I can almost get my little finger through the hole. I give it two uses before a seam pops. I also wager any map in the pocket will get soaked and the rain cover will leak the first time it is needed.
Double stitching, some seam seal tape, and a clear window on the top, to allow the map pocket to stay dry underneath, would have made the rain cover actually useful.
I was hoping to really like this bag. The main compartment is padded, good for keeping a camera safe and handy. It is also expandable with a zippered mesh pocket on the underside of the lid. I also like the smaller zipped pocket on back of the bag.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
My main learning has been to abandon what is unskillful. Letting go of fear is always difficult. But trusting yourself to pop a 400lb machine straight to balance point from almost a dead stop takes courage. Fortunately, I am brave. And I can do it. I’m getting a little better with using a foot brake instead of my index finger and being over the balance point is becoming more routine than scary. I must say that I’m a bit sad that the heavy heart pounding has left me -- in other words, the thrill of danger is gone. I’m starting to pull moto wheelies with confidence and style. Yes!
With a quarter of this project done, I seem to be on track to wheelie a motorbike endlessly by the heat of the summer 2011. Only time will tell.
Monday, January 3, 2011
For the other hardware, I chose 5/16"-18 t-nuts to go on the underside of the rack (the kind with the prongs, so they dig in to the underside of the rack and stay there). I also used fender washers and lock nuts, and the bolts are 5/16"-18 x 3/4 inch. I intended to use thumb screws so they would be "quick release", but Lowe's only had them in 1 inch length, which was too long for reasons to be revealed soon.
Removed rear rack. Here is where it could have been done slightly differently perhaps. We removed the metal backing on the rack and drilled the holes where we thought best.
Then, of course, drilled the holes in the ActionPacker.
Next, the t-nuts went into the holes in the rack. Once they were partially in, I used the bolts and washers to crank them down so they are set in there good. Here is how it looks - the four silver looking holes are the new holes with the t-nuts.
For some reason I thought it was a good idea to remove the metal plate on the underside of the rack before drilling the holes. If the holes had been drilled a little more to the inside, they would have cleared the metal piece allowing for a longer bolt. Not a big deal. See the silver piece of t-nut from the underside after installation.
Another shot of the underside of the rack.
Hundreds of pennies were spent on the mounting hardware.
And now I am ready for Action. I just need two matching padlocks for the handles.
Saturday, January 1, 2011
It's not the most desirable motorcycle in the world. Its problems are well known. Too little power. Too much weight. Small fuel tank. No 6th gear. After seeing it in person, and throwing rationality aside, I say it is one of the coolest bikes on the plant. Mainly, it's due to exclusivity. They're made in Spain for the Europe market only.
Even the predecessor model Honda Transalp looks great. Of course, people go to marketing school for years in order to learn how to make a used motorcycle looked rugged in the showroom. The show bark and lumber really does the bike justice. It looks amazing.
Equally amazing, and equally done-up with bark and lumber, is the Honda Veradero 125. In Belgium, it's legal to ride a 125cc motorcycle with a car driver's license; no special motorcycle endorsement is necessary. Plus, the cost of gas today in Brussels is approximately $7.80US per gallon. Efficiency is key. Anyway, the little Veradero is amazing due to its big-bike build quality and tiny v-twin engine.
The Honda CBF125 is another top seller due to licensing requirements and cost of fuel. The lower selling price must be popular too because the tax rate in Belgium is a whopping 21% -- not as bad as Norway, but, wow, it is sky high!
I could not resist getting a couple of snap shots of the Honda Ruckus wearing Repsol colors and the European color black-and-white CBR1000RR. Both badass.