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Warranty tire replacement hasn't yielded improvements.
As far as I can tell stem bearings are NOT loose. There is no lateral or axial play with front off the ground.
However, all the info I've read on the web doesn't help to understand how loose is TOO loose.
A good analogy is differential pinion bearings preload. It is checked with rotational torque and adjusted accordingly.
My question is how much rotational torque "preload" must there be for steering stem bearings to be in normal operational range?
P.S I've read FSM on how to adjust steering. It doesn't seem difficult.


Cheers...
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Tires/Suspension C14 / Re: New shinko tire disapontment
« Last post by RoadKillHeaven on Today at 04:37:55 am »
Front still wobbles.
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Check the tank for rust. If the tank sat for years, it's probably rusted and will clog those shiny clean carbs the first time gas flows into them.
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Southeast Events / Re: 3rd Annual Sport-touring school at Jennings GP
« Last post by Douglas on Today at 03:34:29 am »
I know this track well and I really like what I'm seeing on your track Maps. I'm not able to see your planned gear selections. Can you write them in w a pencil? Hint: your gears selections are likely to change after a certain class session so pencil is advised.....

Jorge and Irene's photography rivals that of professionals. We are lucky to have them taking pics in the paddock
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Concours 14 / ZG1400 General Chat and Tech / Re: I hate well nuts....
« Last post by currenv on Today at 02:30:53 am »
McMaster Carr sells them by the box.  I bought a couple of boxes and just routinely replaced them anytime I thought they were at all flakey. 

I've since sold both my Connie and my KLR and have moved to a VStrom -- Suzuki doesn't use them on the V (at least I haven't come across any yet!).  I've got some left over -- if anyone's in a pinch I can stick a few in an envelope and drop them in the mail.

Also, I'm sure most realize this but I learned the hard way -- don't put locktite on wellnuts.  The rubber will just turn when you try to get the screw out and you will get all frustrated.


Vinnie


What's the best source for replacement well nuts and stainless hardware?
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Concours 14 / ZG1400 General Chat and Tech / Re: Trailering the bike
« Last post by currenv on Today at 02:24:08 am »
Hi Leo,

Here's a link to a picture of mine on a "Portachopper."  I looped a couple of soft ties around the lower triple tree and ran two ratchet straps to the tie down points on the front of the trailer.  It's a bit fiddly to get the soft ties in there but not too terrible.  (I just left the soft ties in place --  just tie wrapped the ends in place so they didn't flop around and they were there for my next trailering expedition.)  Then a couple of ratchet straps in the rear.  I used the rear canyon cages as the tie points, but there's some pretty robust pieces on the bike itself you can tie them to, too.

BTW, it's safer to use the lower triple tree instead of strapping to the handle bars -- some folks have had the bars fail when they've done this.

Another alternative for an extended trip is to do a "fly and ship."  I've had very good luck transporting a couple of different bikes with U-Ship.  Both times the driver-shipper has been responsible and responsive.  And it's surprisingly affordable.  For example, +/- $400 to ship from here in Ann Arbor to mid-Florida.

Good luck,

Vinnie
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Southeast Events / Re: 3rd Annual Sport-touring school at Jennings GP
« Last post by roader on Today at 02:13:01 am »

Do any overachievers have a first draft of their track maps to post up on here?

I just put 4 attempts in the media section. The album is named     jennings_gp_track_maps      One is a blank track outline if anyone wants one and the other three were different formats of mine over the last couple days.

I've never ridden Jennings nor made a track map. I have visited Jennings track days 4 different times with intermediate and advanced rider friends.

My estimates of speeds and gears are from my recent watching of numerous videos over the last couple days. As they say in boxing and MMA, "Everybody has a fight plan until they get hit."

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Ride fun
Roy


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My new bike

Ducati Diavel Cromo

162 hp;   500 lbs. wet
170 mph
0-60 2.6 seconds
134 mph in 1/4 mile
Handles much better than my FZ-09.


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Other Motorcycles / Re: R1200RS
« Last post by MizzouMike on Today at 01:29:42 am »
To be honest, I had to visit the BMW website to better understand what you were describing.  But I can see the appeal of the RS and the fairing.  I went from my old C-10 to an R1200GS about a month ago, and the difference the loss of fairing made was significant. 

55 degrees with some light rain/mist this morning, and I was quite a bit cooler than I would have been on the Connie.   The C-10 was exceptional in this weather, as the rain was so light that I would have easily slipped through without the need for extra rain gear/prep.



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Southeast Events / Re: 3rd Annual Sport-touring school at Jennings GP
« Last post by Douglas on Today at 12:49:36 am »
Wow Ed, it feels so good to hear that. Truly....
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Concours 14 / ZG1400 General Chat and Tech / Re: Trailering the bike
« Last post by ron203 on Today at 12:45:02 am »
Go to the Media Center and look in "ron203 pix" album on pg 2. All of Ted's trailer pix are there.

Possibly here: http://forum.cog-online.org/media/?sa=album;in=132;fw;start=30

 
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