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Old January 20th, 2015   #1
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Default First ride of 2015 for me

Today was a GIFT: clean roads, temps warm enough to survive without heated gear, and-- most importantly-- a day out of the office. Add to that the fact that my bike modification program concluded yesterday, and desperately need a road test and... well, you know what happened next.

The plan was simple: get the bike out of the Isolation Booth, air up the tires (the rear unaccountably loses about 5 PSI a week and it's been in storage for nearly two months), and head up to the MSF practice range for a little mid-winter skills renewal.

Somehow, I instead found myself headed out to the open spaces in the western part of Montgomery County, and decided that lunch at one of my favorite stops would be in order. It also happened to have been the destination for my last ride of the season in 2014, so it seemed only fitting that it be a focal point of the 2015 opener.

Lunch over, there was still time and temperature remaining for a bit more foolishness so we (the bike and I) headed out a bit farther before turning around and heading back into town.

When I arrived back at the Isolation Booth I was just about giddy with pleasure from the 75 miles of riding, and the renewal of my love affair with this bike and with riding in general (even though I'm still definitely new to it). It was a soul-restoring experience, and badly needed for a variety of reasons.

I hope all the rest of you who are going through withdrawal can get out soon enough.
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Old January 20th, 2015   #2
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air up the tires (the rear unaccountably loses about 5 PSI a week .
That's a lot, get a frothy sponge rubbed all over the valve and seals, you should be able to find where.
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Old January 21st, 2015   #3
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That's a lot, get a frothy sponge rubbed all over the valve and seals, you should be able to find where.
Yeah it is. Right damn annoying, too. Will try as you suggest and see what I can see. Thanks for the tip.

Another buddy of mine suggested that it might be due to inadequate wire-brushing of the rim at the last tire remount, so that air is bleeding out from under the bead.

So maybe the best way to get this problem to go away in a hurry is just ride hell out of the bike for a spell and get that rear tire to wear out quickly and need replacing.

When I do finally replace it I'm also going to replace the existing straight-up rubber stems with the angled aluminum ones. It's really a hassle to get a straight-chuck hose fitting on, especially on the rear where there's very little vertical clearance above the stem. (There was a whole thread about this last summer... )

In the meantime, I bought a cheapie portable compressor, which I can power from the newly-installed power outlet on the fairing, and limp along. That routine makes sure I give the engine a good warming-up, and also a close-up inspection of the underside and rear of the bike at least once a week.
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The first time I used my compressor, it blew a fuse.
Too much draw, for the 7.5 amp fuse in my Battery Tender connection.
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The first time I used my compressor, it blew a fuse.
Too much draw, for the 7.5 amp fuse in my Battery Tender connection.
I put an assortment of 10, 15, and 20A fuses into the project. I think the front power sockets currently have 20s. The wire I used was 14 gauge copper so i think it should be able to carry the load but I haven't done the math (don't really know how, actually) to validate that hope.
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I have been riding mine almost every night. To work.

I purchased the Ariete angled valve stems for Ole Blue and it was a good investment. I put a set on Dad's FJR as well. I have to order a new set for the new FJR. I enjoyed them while I had them but now that I don't have them I REALLY miss them.
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Valve stems and good service too.

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I put an assortment of 10, 15, and 20A fuses into the project. I think the front power sockets currently have 20s. The wire I used was 14 gauge copper so i think it should be able to carry the load but I haven't done the math (don't really know how, actually) to validate that hope.
The maths is simple, if 14 gauge copper wire is less than 20A rated, it's going to get too hot, at best.
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14 gauge is rated at 15 amps, for AC.
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14 gauge is rated at 15 amps, for AC.
Right oh.
No math involved.
Just reading a chart for THHN2
14 AWG is good for 15 amps
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