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Old October 20th, 2018, 06:05 PM   #8201
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Old October 20th, 2018, 06:12 PM   #8202
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Tell me about it, super depressing but I have extra parts for sale in the for sale thread.
Baby needs the money now haha
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Old October 23rd, 2018, 01:31 PM   #8203
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Sad day for me also, Just a little less sad than @NaturalFlavored. Had to put the bikes up for the winter. They live in my heated basement so I will be visiting/working on them over the next few months but no more vroooom vroom!


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Old October 23rd, 2018, 02:51 PM   #8204
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Nice, I'm most likely getting a honda rebel this coming summer so we'll see.
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Old October 23rd, 2018, 04:24 PM   #8205
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Sad day for me also, Just a little less sad than @NaturalFlavored. Had to put the bikes up for the winter. They live in my heated basement so I will be visiting/working on them over the next few months but no more vroooom vroom!


Heres to next season
has it been snowing in your area yet? I'm still hoping to be able to get out a few more times before it does here. My adjustable levers came in today, would like to get them on and try them out.
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Old October 23rd, 2018, 04:33 PM   #8206
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Tell me about it, super depressing but I have extra parts for sale in the for sale thread.
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Old October 23rd, 2018, 04:45 PM   #8207
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Well not this thread but in the marketplace threads under "motorcycle-related".
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Old October 24th, 2018, 07:28 PM   #8208
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Old October 29th, 2018, 09:21 AM   #8209
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Old October 29th, 2018, 01:04 PM   #8210
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Old October 29th, 2018, 01:49 PM   #8211
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It went ok, it was a brand new circuit for me that I have never ridden before today. I set a lap time goal for improvement over the course of the weekend and I exceeded that goal. Unfortunately I do not have any video. Didn't have time to get the gopro wired or the lap timer wired and didn't want to lose it on track and send them flying at anyone .
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Old October 31st, 2018, 03:31 PM   #8212
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@sharky nrk Good luck and keep progressing! Hope you can get some video in the future. Always like to see racing
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Old November 2nd, 2018, 08:11 PM   #8213
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Finally got it registered and safety checked after it had been sitting for 6 months. Cleaned carbs, changed fork seals, rebuilt master cylinder, replaced pads. Feels nice to have it back. Will be riding to work tonight.
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Old November 3rd, 2018, 04:51 AM   #8214
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Finally got it registered and safety checked after it had been sitting for 6 months. Cleaned carbs, changed fork seals, rebuilt master cylinder, replaced pads. Feels nice to have it back. Will be riding to work tonight.
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Old November 11th, 2018, 10:50 AM   #8215
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Snow snuck up on us early this year in NE Ohio. Last couple years we haven't seen any real snow until December. Instead of going out for one last ride, I gave Takara some Sea Foam, filled up her tank, and removed her battery. Getting that out was like surgery. Everything getting in my way and having to have my neighbor as an extra set of hands just to wiggle the dang thing out. also ended up snapping two of the pieces that attach the cover on the one side when I pulled it off. The plastic was probably too cold since it was only 30 degrees. Ah well, she's now in hibernation mode for the next few months.

Thanks again to all here for being here for me through my first riding season. It may have been bumpy, but I look at this way - my girl has 200 miles on her, and many more enjoyable miles to go
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Old November 11th, 2018, 01:34 PM   #8216
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from 20 miles to 200miles, Way to go girl! Your doin' it!

She is parked outside right? Sometime in early Jan., go roll her forward a few inches and check tire pressure. Keeping the tires up to proper pressure will help prevent flat spots.

Going more in depth. Flat spots are a pain to diagnose but super simple to prevent. Pressure up, and move, that is all there is to it. If you can get the bike up on stands that is the best way, but aside of that we don't have many other options. Flat spots are mainly caused by the bike sitting over time with low air pressure. With OH weather being what it is... a 70 degree day is not so rare in the winter, then taking care of your tires will ensure a good tire start to the beginning of your riding season.

Tip: If possible, try to wear out your tires near the end of the season. If done perfectly, you will need a new set to start riding. So then.. you can just park and forget about them all winter. There should be no flat spots on new tires freshly installed.

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Old November 11th, 2018, 02:10 PM   #8217
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@csmith12 I wish I had been able to ride more after meeting up with you, but it was not in the cards this season. Especially after having the flu for 2 weeks. I'm happy with my progress, I just have to follow the quote in my sig, put any anxieties to rest, and ride as much as possible when the spring comes. Riding takes my stress levels down to zero, and that is the best therapist I could ever have

As for winter, yes, she is parked outside. I was going to bring her in, but the neighbors have had a few issues in their place that if something goes wrong the landlord may have to come into my place. It wouldn't be good for her or her husband to walk in and see my girly parked in the kitchen

I did pick up a pit bull rear stand recently, but I am not about to put that on her outside and leave it. Not in my neighborhood. I will make sure to follow your advice and keep an eye on the tire pressure, as well as moving her forward a bit to prevent flat spots. Thanks
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Old November 11th, 2018, 08:34 PM   #8218
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Next time you take the plastics off add grease to the rubber gromets. It will help prevent them from breaking and allow them to come on and off safely.
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Old November 12th, 2018, 03:12 PM   #8219
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Next time you take the plastics off add grease to the rubber gromets. It will help prevent them from breaking and allow them to come on and off safely.
will do, thanks!
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Old November 12th, 2018, 04:09 PM   #8220
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So cold

Well, this is the third day of riding in the cold. Rode up to work in the snow this morning. Not sure how much colder I want to ride than the 20s. Might be an occasional ride if it gets above 25 or 30.
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Old December 5th, 2018, 08:29 PM   #8221
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Riding at 70mph and turning my head to look at the scenery, was like a rudder on a boat. Felt like my head would rip off. Bought/installed (easy) taller windshield and WOW!, what a difference. Makes riding at higher speeds much, much more enjoyable. Of course, I'm older than most in this forum so this info. is for you people who are built for comfort - not speed. Although, if I'm comfortable, I can go faster - Wooohooo!
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Old April 15th, 2019, 01:08 PM   #8222
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Looks like it’s been Dec. since this thread was revived. Man, I’m worn out and I didn’t do that much really. Anytime I have to take off my upper fairing it’s like war getting it back on. Anyone else have this issue? Lol
I replaced mine because I finally found one on eBay in good condition and a good price. So I put on a new cluster gauge and upper head light fairing. Most of the work was getting the fairing lined up and back on perfectly. Such a headache. I shouldn’t feel this worn out
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Old April 15th, 2019, 02:25 PM   #8223
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Looks like itís been Dec. since this thread was revived. Man, Iím worn out and I didnít do that much really. Anytime I have to take off my upper fairing itís like war getting it back on. Anyone else have this issue? Lol
I replaced mine because I finally found one on eBay in good condition and a good price. So I put on a new cluster gauge and upper head light fairing. Most of the work was getting the fairing lined up and back on perfectly. Such a headache. I shouldnít feel this worn out
I converted mine to naked so I'm oblivious to your pain.
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Looks like itís been Dec. since this thread was revived. Man, Iím worn out and I didnít do that much really. Anytime I have to take off my upper fairing itís like war getting it back on. Anyone else have this issue? Lol
I replaced mine because I finally found one on eBay in good condition and a good price. So I put on a new cluster gauge and upper head light fairing. Most of the work was getting the fairing lined up and back on perfectly. Such a headache. I shouldnít feel this worn out
It's a pain for sure. Just make sure you don't tighten any screws until you have all the threads started. Easy peasy. I do wish it was easier to pull a spark plug though.

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Old April 15th, 2019, 04:17 PM   #8225
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Got mine started up yesterday after winter hibernation. Battery seems to be on its way out. Fixed some cracks in the fairing. Next up is making some dogbones
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Old April 15th, 2019, 04:29 PM   #8226
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I took mine for a ride a week ago. Since then....rain and snow! :yikes
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I went riding today. Advantage of living in SoCal.

I sometimes have trouble getting that upper fairing to fit, too.
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Not a bad gig! You can make $165,000/year cleaning human feces from the streets. Plus, you can tour "tent cites" for free. Bring your boots though.

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Joke if you like but we had riding weather all the way through winter. Due to my work schedule, it didn't always coincide with my days off, but we do have good weather fairly consistently.
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Joke if you like but we had riding weather all the way through winter. Due to my work schedule, it didn't always coincide with my days off, but we do have good weather fairly consistently.
Maaaaaan all winter I said to myself “I wish I lived in California.” Truly envious. Hell, two days ago we got 6” of snow. It was 60 degrees the day before and the day after
Today is beautiful 70 degree riding weather and anyone who has a bike is out. It’s great.

What did I do today? Well I went to Wal-Mart and bought 2qt’s of this stuff, best in the biz imo

Then had to go to auto zone because they didn’t have the right Fram oil filter.

I’m gonna wait til Friday to change the oil though. It’s too nice not to be on the bike today. I also replaced my broken left turn signal, and adjusted my shift lever to lazy.

I’m so happy winter is GONE!
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Maaaaaan all winter I said to myself ďI wish I lived in California.Ē Truly envious. Hell, two days ago we got 6Ē of snow. It was 60 degrees the day before and the day after
Today is beautiful 70 degree riding weather and anyone who has a bike is out. Itís great.

What did I do today? Well I went to Wal-Mart and bought 2qtís of this stuff, best in the biz imo

Then had to go to auto zone because they didnít have the right Fram oil filter.

Iím gonna wait til Friday to change the oil though. Itís too nice not to be on the bike today. I also replaced my broken left turn signal, and adjusted my shift lever to lazy.



Iím so happy winter is GONE!
AJ you have GREAT taste in motor oil. I drink two fingers, neat, with a bottle of Dos Equis Amber!

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Mobil 1 4T good stuff. Using in both my Ducs...1 calls for 10-40, the other 20-50.

What am I doing today to my ninj..uh, Ducati?

New fork seals on the '95....replacing originals with 25 years o' service...they paid their dues. Gonna hang the old ones up on the wall.
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Mobil 1 4T good stuff. Using in both my Ducs...1 calls for 10-40, the other 20-50.

What am I doing today to my ninj..uh, Ducati?

New fork seals on the '95....replacing originals with 25 years o' service...they paid their dues. Gonna hang the old ones up on the wall.
Not something I'm looking forward to. I wax my fork tubes with a nice coat of Mother's Car Wax every so often, I really like fork gators but have not installed any on my Ninja. My Honda FT500 has some though.

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Very cool, @Ram Jet Was known as Ascot,, no?

Are you the original owner? A rare bike nowadays, no? How she run? Fun factor rating? Reliability? Maintenance difficulties?

At the risk of threadjack....please tell us more info.....much more.
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Not something I'm looking forward to. I wax my fork tubes with a nice coat of Mother's Car Wax every so often, I really like fork gators but have not installed any on my Ninja. My Honda FT500 has some though.

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I don't get people who hate doing fork seals.

I did them on my daughters Harley Sportster and it was a pretty simple job.

It's a little tougher than doing an oil change, but I'd say easier than doing a clutch.
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Old April 17th, 2019, 09:01 AM   #8239
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I don't get people who hate doing fork seals.

I did them on my daughters Harley Sportster and it was a pretty simple job.

It's a little tougher than doing an oil change, but I'd say easier than doing a clutch.
Yes, I agree. I tink I would rather install for seals than do a valve adjustment on my 2007 Nija EX250. Gawd I hate that!!!!!

Your daughter's Sportster?!?! Gawd, where was she when I was 25 years old (I'm 71 now).

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Old April 17th, 2019, 10:19 AM   #8240
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Alright so I work at 2pm but got a lot done before work. I replaced my broken left foot peg with a pair of aftermarket blue ones. Super easy to install. Well, except for that damn E-clamp lol. I suggest before you ever take your pegs off to go buy extra E clamps or C whichever you have, for 35 cents a pop I bought 10 and thank god I did because when removing the right side I bent the clamp. I used some needle nose pliers but they do make removal tools for those clamps. But 1. Theyíre expensive. 2. They were sold out at the two places I called. 3. These young kids have no idea what a C or E clamp is lol. Once I got the clamps off it was easy peasy. The spring and bolt fit like a charm into the aftermarket pegs. And they look cool. Be safe everyone!

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