OldBull write: Rerouting the breather tube is the trick. Also if your getting your air filter changed by your dealer they tend to drown it in oil. All you need to do is spray a new filter with a thin coat of WD40.
Thanks.... I will see if I have time to work on it b4 the trip to Toronto next week.. I thought at one time was my Filter.. I do all the maintenance myself and it Just didnt seem to be the problem... Seems like never ending process working on the bike...
Any suggestions for my blow-by problem.. Oil is dripping out of the Air cleaner.. Getting mighty messy on my pipes, seat and pants.. Someone suggested I re-route the breather tube from the air cleaner to a different filter placed under the oil tank.. And plugging the hole in the cleaner.. Was wondering if the solution is elsewhere??? May be the umbrella valves need replacing?.. I went back to the original stock oil filter, after hearing the newer improved ones are too restrictive.. Im running synthetic fluids also.. 99fxstc.. is the bike..
For winter Storage, I Don't mess with the fuel additives or take out the battery, even puting a charger on the battery.. I just put it up on a stand, with a full tank of gas and start it on a monthly basis.. Warms it up real nice, removing the moisture build ups, uses up the gas in the carbs and keeps the battery charged... Spring time am good to go.. Been doing this for years... No spring surprises either.. Good at cleaning the rims is "Murphys Oil Soap".. Cuts through the grease and bugs... Pledge also good on the bags and seats..
Learned this trick from a friend. A wet Brillo pad cleans the whitewalls real easy and doesn't scratch. Excellent for getting the "blue" off new whitewalls. Also, aluminum foil can be used to keep oil off the pipes when changing your oil filter. (that is mainly useful for us metric types. LOL!)
locoloco write: Hey old bull I've got a plan for washing my bike. I'm fixin to paint the tins with truck bed liner matereal, everything els is de chromed or de shined already 'cept the wheeles, front end, handlebars and exhaust. All I'll have to "rub" after washing will be those items and the light lenses.
Hey loco! I saw a bike already done that way this week at Bike Night at Hooters in New Castle, DE. It looked really cool. The guy dropped a heavy pocket knife on it from about two feet up and it didn't leave a scratch. He says it stays fairly clean too and is easy to wash. I like "low-maintenance"!
I finally got your email, and I got the "not so" instant message. Figured out I needed to allow popups in both the main site and the IM site to get them.
Now if they would just add sound to the IM when you get one, it would make it much easier.
If you are riding at night, and getting blinded by some as*hole who is shining bright lights in your mirrors? Toss a couple spark plugs on the road behind you, and that will back him off real quick. Seriously, the little stockings that are in the shoe stores for women to try on shoes, are great to slip over the mirrors. You can still see who is behind you, and they cut the glare down dramatically.
A great sidestand aid for soft blacktop or dirt is a cheap drink coaster. Add a string, to loop over your handlebar, so you dont forget it when you leave.
Saran wrap streached tightly across the front facing parts will keep bugs off the forks and paint and comes off easily at the end of a ride.
If you are packing for a trip, a great space saver is spacebags. You can load them up, squeeze the air out of them and your clothes will pack in way less space. It also keeps them dry when it rains, too.
Carry your own tire gauge to check your tires. The ones at the gas station have hit the ground so many times they are usually way off.
If you have tubeless tires, carry an auto tubless plug kit, and one of the CO2 cartridge inflators used for bicycles. It may take a few cartridges to get your tire up enough to ride, but it beats sittin along the road.
Pledge in the spray can (or similar).
Use it on winshields, face shields, eye glasses, goggles, leather, painted parts. Removes the bugs, leaves a thin coating so they come off even easier. Far cheaper than detail sprays, Novus. etc. Easy to pick up anywhere on the road.