Friday, June 24, 2011

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Jeese's Log Crossing

Jesse "Ghostface KLR" teaches us how to cross downed trees with a motorbike.

Friday, June 17, 2011

The New "Spot Scott!" Page

We're getting close to Our Big Motorcycle Adventure to the Arctic Ocean and Swamp Monster just got his SPOT GPS Messenger device. Track him/us on the Spot Scott! page!!!!!!! We'll update this with live data for the trip.

Update: live data is active now!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Come Together

Originally uploaded by groader

I was able to spend a little time with the Triumph T100R this weekend.
The primary drive/clutch/stater cover is on.
The transmission and cover is on.
The kick starter turns the engine over and springs back, and the shift lever will click through the gears. Nice!

The timing cover goes on as soon as the electronic ignition parts come in. I'm replacing the points. Yes, modern technology, you've gotta love it.

Hopefully the shop will have the head finished this week. New valves were in order.

Silence is Golden

Originally uploaded by groader

I installed the Lexx muffler a few weeks ago. It has been great. The old SuperTrapp IDS2 (no, it didn't have the quiet core, oops) was loud, and falling apart, literally. I've been happy with the Lexx so far. Great sound, quiet, and no noticeable power loss.

KLR Prep for AK

Originally uploaded by groader

The new Progressive 465 rear shock is in the KLR. The beast rides soooo much better. The stock shock was like a bouncy house. The front fork springs shipped today. Once the forks are rebuilt, and new wheel bearings are installed, KLR1 should handle like a new bike!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Oregon Lava Rocks Bruises

From Superstar Wendy: "One week later and my leg still reflects the rainbow results of riding over lava rocks in OR. You win, Jesse. I'll take slippery tree roots any day!"

Dirt Bikes and Lava Rocks Don't Always Mix Well.

Motorcycle Battery Electrolyte

Page 81 in 2009 KLR650 Owner's Manual
Here's a reminder for you to check your motorcycle battery's electrolyte levels. Last year, I purchased a brand-new Kawasaki KLR650. I've had no problems with the battery, but I did notice that the owner's manual calls for a battery electrolyte level inspect every six months or 3,750 miles, whichever comes first.

Page 133 in 2009 KLR650 Owner's Manual
I've had that bike for a year and a quarter and didn't think to check the levels. Who uses a non-maintenance-free battery any more? Anyway, remember to check your levels every once in a while and throw some distilled water in there if the electrolyte levels are low. All six cells in my KLR battery were at the low mark. Now, there're high.