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What Happened in Pee Paw's Scooter Shop Today?

Discount tire close to you in Cleburn should only charge $3 per tire. Just saying.
I haven't asked them if I can drop motorcycle tires there, we shall see, would be handy.

So yesterday, I went over to Corsicana and picked up their Super Dukes for repair/refurb/oil change. Amazingly, Diana's front disk seems straight, I will put a dial indicator on her and see if it is really straight. If so, I guess I will have a spare rotor...

Going to put a chain on the 1290 Super Duke R, and a chain, sprockets, chain guide and touch up the swing arm on the 990. Just got to get motivated and out there. Should be great fun.

On a positive note, after I ordered a set of shims on eBay, the Amazon one day shipping suddenly happened and I should get both sets on Monday. It is a Christmas miracle, I guess?


Also, while I was going to Corsicana, I went to my grandson Jake's last flag football game. They lost all the games this year until yesterday. Jake said it was good to win! I enjoyed hanging with them and seeing the win in the High School Stadium!


Winner Winner, Chickend Dinner!


I don't think I ever saw a BBQ trailer with 22's. Definitely a look, I expect to see some of you guys build these now...

Mrst came by Sunday to fix superdukes. It was a great day of hanging with my baby girl, just like old times. Only this time she said she understood what we were talking about and she had amazing ideas. First, she suggested when I was adjusting chain tension, why not align the "flats" I was adjusting with the side of the chain adjuster block vice putting it on top to simplify counting, consistency. I had to admit it was much better than what I had been doing. Then when I was tightening the front sprocket, I was inserting a board between the wheel and swingarm to keep the wheel from rollling and she suggested I put it low on the wheel against the rear stand and it would be much easier. Again, I hadn't thought of that and it worked perfectly. Then she marveled that after 30 yrs I finally took her suggestions. Great job.

So, we took a close look at the 1290 Super Duke and decided the brake rotor isn't bent and the chain is fine, so that fixed half our issues right off.

I started on the 990 Superduke before she got here to get a head start. Immediately on disassembly I found the dreaded clutch slave failure. The good part is that it is all mineral oil, so no big deal, especially since I keep a spare. LOL.



Also, before Diana got here, I broke and removed the chain, rear wheel and sprocket. Note that I don't grind the pins, my RK chain tool will push them right out, this is a 535 Regina factory KTM chain, and it popped Mr. Pin right out. Well made tools make stuff easier.



Diana arrived while I was installing the sprocket on the carrier and had cleaned all the gooey parts, hmmmm. I do like how the 990 has the pins that go into the wheel for the buffer, very simple solution to the design. A little loctite 243 was specified, so off we went.



Ooooh! Pretty nice with the JT sprocket, I'd say.


Then we did the chain guide, and she was pretty sorry for herself. I also had to run a tap through the bolt hole in the top of the swingarm to get her to bolt in properly. Seems to me there is a good portion missing here...


Then we moved on to the front sprocket, this is the original factory chain and sprockets with 23k miles of abuse. I have had it since about 3-5k miles and the sprockets are worn, but we could probably have run her a bit longer, the chain wasn't too bad either.


Again, with the proper team and the right tools, chain installs are pretty simple. Also you can see where the chain drug on Mr. Swingarm for a little short bit after they heard the piece of chain guide fail and leave the Super Duke. Not too bad. didn't do anything for this, maybe someday.


Got her in and lubed up, ready to go, loves me some chain install...



One side is riveted, just a quick pic for informational purposes. I measure the factory pins and then expand to approximately that diameter in 1/4 turn steps on the tool, then pull it off, measure and then do the second one to match the first. Then I have a good idea how many turns, how much torque is needed to get it just right. At the end of the day they were within .008 in-ish. Worked well, didn't fall off when I test rode it either.

On to the counter sprocket torquing, Diana determined a better board placement and I had to agree I had been doing it wrong for 52 yrs or so, thanks baby girl, that college might have some value...


So simple yet so effective. I thought it might try to lever the bike off of the stand, but I am just a foolish old man, luckily my daughter is brilliant and keeps me in line and on task. It was fun trying to do stuff while she talked to me, I have the attention span of a gnat, so she would talk to me and I would forget what I was doing, made it fun and challenging.


So with the wheel nicely blocked, I was easily able to torque the sprocket nut to 100 n-m. I love the digital torque wrench, and also new tab washers on sprockets. Hopefully this one won't come loose as we also used the Loctite 243 as specified by KTM.



Then we adjusted chain tension, and hung out a bit before she had to go home. Had a great time hanging with my baby girl, so reminded me of the fun we have always had fixing stuff. Of course, she seems to be quicker than me these days, so I am working on it.



And...the oil level was about a liter low, mostly my fault and Diana's fault, Brad told us to check it and we neglected it. So, lessons learned, listen to the person riding the bike, actually check stuff and man, the 990 is still a sweet bike to ride. So, to recap since about 20-21k miles, I have checked/adjusted valve clearances, installed new tires, installed new steering head bearings, changed the oil, installed a new battery box, installed new chain, sprockets and slave cylinder, raised the idle slightly, installed an RCS master cylinder, replaced the voltage regulator connector, and probably some stuff I am missing. She is good for another 23k or so with only minor maintenance. If you get the chance, ride one of these, there aren't a lot of them around, but they are more fun than most bikes you find and you will be guaranteed to smile when you do. Note that I got all three Super Dukes in the picture without even trying too hard.

It was so much fun. We both distracted each other and probably took double the time but it was so much fun. I laughed so much. (Mostly at being in your way.) I think you’ve also changed the rear brake light switch in this time frame as well. Thanks for all the trailering and the tools. I can do the work here but it’s way more fun together.
I think the best part of the motorcycle hobby is sharing it with others. The fact that my daughter is also a motorcycle junkie is honestly the best thing. I cannot put into words the joy I get from spending this time with Diana playing motorcycles. We don't get to do it as often as we like, but these times are great fun. Lots of times the kids and Brad also play in the shop. Thank you Lord for the blessing of family.

It was just like this day, only better. I love me some baby girl!


Today, I will go shim the valves on the W650, put her together, see if the carbs and valve adjustment will support life. I need to finish cleaning out the varnish in the tank and then maybe I can actually ride her and see where the oil leaks actually are. Woo Hoo! Another motorcycling day.
Yesterday, I started up the W650 again. Carbs are rebuilt, set up correctly and bolted back on. TPS is adjusted and working correctly.


Finished all the Valve clearance checking and adjusted all of them to the wide end of the clearance tolerance. Note the oil spots on the paper are from setting the shims down directly on it. If you look carefully, you will note that every one of the valves clearances was below the minimum spec. Odd for 10,300 miles, but it is what it is. So I will check them after a couple of thousand since it is so simple and easy. Slide the rockers to one side when at TDC on the compression stroke and straight up swap out the shims. Couldn't be easier. Well engineered Kawasaki.



So, I threw the valve cover back on and installed my no scratch case cover bedspread... and popped in the carbs.



The throttle cables were way too tight, until I adjusted them properly so there was maximum slack. Now I can loosen them enough to get them back on. Finally, the tank is soaking in Evapo-Rust, just on the left side and it is eating up the varnish in there. I had a buddy who cleaned varnish out of his YT250 how he got the varnish out and he said the Evapo-Rust did it great. So I am going with an overnight soak. We will see tomorrow. I plan to suck it out with my mityvac and put it back in the jug, then rinse and dry the tank so I can put gas in and re-install it.


So, I guess by now everyone is wondering how she runs. Well, we have issues. First off it started so quickly I was surprised, ran up to 2k on the enricher. I turned that off and she settled about 1200 RPM, I adjusted the idle to about 950 RPM and she was stable. Smooth and consistent, while still cold with stock jetting. So I let her warm up a bit, tweaked the idle down a little more and she warmed up and she was still steady. Verified the TPS voltage was correct at idle and then I revved it up. Blipping the throttle she banged to 3-4k RPM without issue. Then if you went higher, she seems to run out of gas at about 5-5.5k RPM. So, I talked to my buddy, Jimmy the Scab and unfortunately we decided the airbox needed to go on. Apparently, with the jetting in the stock configuration she seems to go lean on top without the airbox. So, I installed the right side airbox, pretty uneventful and began on the left. The left side has every wire and hose on the bike going through it, and frankly I got tired and frustrated last night and stopped while ahead. I have the left side on, but I need to get the boot all the way around the mouth of the left carb. I need to bend up a screwdriver or similar metal rod so I can work it over the carb from the right side, since that is the access for the left carb. Quite fiddly. Then, with the new air filters installed and intake flow somewhat restricted, I am hoping she revs to 7.7k RPM which is approximately the redline. If that works, then I will clean out the tank, clean up the wiring, and install the tank, take her for a spin. Then I will come back and install a new rear tire and tube and she will be officially on the road. Unless...the thing still runs poorly, then, I may be sad a moment and will continue on.

Earlier in the week, I ran over to Corsicana (yes, I do it from time to time, only I actually drove and towed the trailer) and dropped off the Superdukes to Diana and Bradley. Those Pit Bull Trailer Restraints are the business when hauling scooters, no tie downs, directly attached, no compressing suspension and no worries about the bikes.


I also moved the turkey from the freezer in the shop fridge to the fridge to thaw, we are doing our Thanksgiving on Saturday.


With the cold snap, I pulled the Plumeria and the String of Pearls into PPSS and discovered the No-Mar machine is quite a good plant hanger, who knew.


Since I have been Keto-ing since May, I have to hunt for my zero carb tortillas. Had a nice score this week, but had to hit Walmart and HEB, little victories are very important at my age! LOL.


And last of all, I gave Diana some old tools, some were from me, some from Mitch. She got home and cleaned up the set of allen wrenches that we had used for years and she said it brought back the memories. I found the 10 mm and cleaned it up for her, so the set will be complete. I have found I love tools because of the utility and mainly because of the wrenching memories with folks.


I hope everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving, I, for one, have an enormous amount to be thankful for, not the least of which are the good folks on TWT.
Yesterday, I put on my big girl panties and went back out to the shop to finish the air box installation. First up the bike threw me for a loop by showing me clearly that the left side couldn't be installed last. So, I took it all apart and began anew. You'd think the lack of screw clamps would make the install easier, but it does not. Lots of clever maneuvering and use of my entire sailor/nuclear plant operator vocabulary was required to get her done. Actually, once I decided to install the left side first, it was pretty straight forward. I got the air boxes installed and properly bolted down, boots on carbs all the way and fired her up. She ran better but not quite what I wanted, so I popped out the pretty aluminum diaphragms and slides I had purchased and isntalled the original ones. These are 100% plastic and probably weight one third of what the aluminum ones do. Now she revs to 8 k at least, but it isn't pretty.



So I moved on to the gas tank, the tank had a good bit of varnish in it and I tried Evapo-Rust to get rid of it and it did in 24 hours or so. I siphoned it all out, cleaned it as much as I could and then flushed with alcohol, dried her out and gassed her up with wonderful 90 octane Ethanol Free gas from the Walmart in Cleburne. $3.58 a gallon but definitely worth the trouble.

She ran pretty well on the lift, but Jimmy the Scab and I had a discussion about it and he said, "Those dang CV carbs need load on the engine to rev properly." So, I decided, it was time to ride her and see how she was. I took off and rode down to Brazos Point and then up 56 over to Jimmy The Scabs house. What a great little scooter!!! She cleared her throat in the first mile from the house and I spanked her all the way over to Jim's house. I came within 1 mph of the ton on the flat between Brazos Point and Eulogy (a secret location in Mexico, of course), I was in love! The little bike handles well for what it is, pulls really strong and is as smooth as anything I have ridden.

She made me smile, a lot. Today, Brad, Diana and the kiddos will be here to ride bikes and celebrate Jake's 9th birthday. I am sure we will all get a spin on the W. I might even let Carmen and Jake ride with me on the back. Wow! I love this bike. She does have a very noticeable oil leak on the bevel gear tower, but I have parts on the way, should be able to fix it and change the oil at the same time.

Got a couple of nice pics, one in Glen Rose and one when I got back home. If you get a chance to scoop one of these puppies up, jump on it, but remember they are 22 yrs old and will need some special love to keep them in tip top shape. I, for one, am a fan of the W650.


Mr Doug, could you give me your quick opinion on my 17' v-strom 650xt 19" front wheel. Hopefully you can tell from my videos. Issue is handle bar wobble at 35 to 45 mph. Seems to be ok on up. Is this too much runout? Is it time for a trip to Woody's wheels (Is there a wheel specialist in Texas )? Doesn't look bad until I videoed it up close. Some info in the description also.

I have noted you as the V-strom whisperer in the past 😉 so I thought you would be the one to ask.

Thanks, Brian

I haven't much experience messing with the spoked wheels. I would think that could be "trued", but I am not your guy. You might try a bicycle shop. They might have a wheel guy. Not sure if the wheel is your issue, I have seen some like that be fine. You might re-balance it and see how she goes. Sorry I am not much help sir.