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    '07 Sherco 510i Enduro

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  1. Creeper

    KTM LC4 Front Brake Locked Up

    No problem... should be a few things in there you'll find useful. There's a guy on eBay selling 2 oz. tubes of DC moly 44 for around $7 bucks... if you can't find it, or something like it, at your local whatever store. Great for lubing the inside and outside of the rubber dust boots too. Cheers, C
  2. Creeper

    KTM LC4 Front Brake Locked Up

    It's a tiny bit more complicated than that... take a look here for a DIY I wrote a few years ago. Best 'O luck, C
  3. Creeper

    KTM LC4 Front Brake Locked Up

    It's a floating caliper... allowing lateral movement and self-alignment. If the mounting pins/bushings are run dry, the caliper can bind. If it goes on long enough, the caliper can be beyond repair and require replacement. There are commercial brake pin "greases" available. I tend to use Dow Corning "Moly 44"... unless a very specific product is otherwise suggested. Also, if your brake fluid return port in the master cylinder is clogged, this can have a similar effect. You pump it in... but the pressure either isn't released, or is released very slowly. Cheers, C
  4. I'm in Ravensdale, on the "sound side" of the mountains... a bit wetter here. Some bikes just don't "vent" all that well, or don't have a very well designed venting system. Might want to stare at it from the perspective of an engineer... large outlets, well protected from the elements, but no restrictions to prevent efficient venting. Some oils have a greater affinity for holding moisture in suspension than others... something to consider. Best 'O luck, C
  5. Washington State? Yep... condensation. Heat, cool down, enclosed space and humidity all conspire to form condensation. Mid summer, should we have a series of relatively low humidity days, it will reduce dramatically. On the rads... find yourself an aftermarket coolant recovery system. Might be able to adapt one from a Sherco enduro too. Cheers, C
  6. Creeper

    Cylinder crosshatching .....

    juliend is probably right about the crosshatch being hidden by a glaze... follow his directions to remove the glaze. Doing so may also reveal scaring... in which case a proper re-honing may be necessary. A crosshatch has a few "jobs". It aids in breaking in and seating the rings for an effective seal. It retains a lubricant film within the "valleys" for piston thrust face lubrication. Too deep a crosshatch and premature wear occurs. Too shallow and it doesn't retain and adequate oil film. Too steep an angle and it doesn't retain and adequate oil film... to shallow an angle and it can retain too much. 45 to 60 degrees is the common range for both a finishing rigid stone and flex-hone finish. Best 'O luck with it, C
  7. Creeper

    Wheel Locks on knobbies - do you have one??

    Rim locks, if you ride on the street much, can be a real PITA. Because they weigh 2.5 and 4.5/5.0 ounces front to rear respectively, trying to balance a wheel with them can be very difficult. As I have to ride about 50 miles, one way, at speeds of 40 to 70 mph to get to the dirt. I removed the rim locks on my Sherco and run 17/18 psi. front and rear. Never had a flat off-road, but that doesn't mean that I never will. If my ride consisted of substantially less road, I'd pop the rim locks back on, run 13 psi and be a happy camper. I've considered running the "TUbliss" system so I could run lower pressures in the dirt without concern of the tire turning, but that still leaves me with too low a pressure for the street ride home. Perhaps a small hand pump to add the 6-7 psi per tire needed for road use after the dirt ride. Cheers, C
  8. Creeper

    Gel seat and Safari tank

    "Wife approved"... perhaps the highest and best recommendation. Cheers, C
  9. Creeper

    2010 BMW G450x seat

    Hey Bobby... I sent you a PM regarding the above comments. Cheers, C
  10. Creeper

    Gel seat and Safari tank

    The perfect reason to have one, and a excellent, first hand description of what they feel like to sit on. Summed it up nicely T30. Cheers, C
  11. Creeper

    Gel seat and Safari tank

    Howdy Rob... Suzuki also radius's the sides quite a bit as well to improve "reach" but then you end up sitting with your weight being supported mostly by your crotch... not exactly the best location on the anatomy for a concentration of pressure. I'd rather sit on a "Spongy Wonder" bicycle seat... at least the support is in the right location. I guess it's mostly a matter of priorities... absolute minimum seat height or reasonable comfort. In some (most) cases, you simply just can't have both. Cheers, C
  12. Creeper

    Gel seat and Safari tank

    Just a bit of objective information for you DR owners... The IMS tank, as LukasM mentioned, is the one aftermarket tank I'm aware of that "pushes" the seats nose back... about 1/2" on average, but this tends to vary from bike to bike. OEM pans, having a relatively flexible nose, can accommodate this push, although with many seats, the cover may wrinkle due to the "shortening" of the seat. Corbin, the only maker to use a thick, rigid fiberglass pan, is forced to make two separate pans to accommodate the stock tank (and other aftermarket) and the very popular IMS tank. The Suzuki gel seats are intended to be used by riders where seat height is the highest priority... and support and comfort are secondary concerns. They are not designed to be an improvement in comfort or proper support over the stock seat, nor should they be considered where those traits are highly desirable. Cheers, Chris
  13. Creeper

    Sherco 5.1 review needed

    Well, if you look back to an earlier time, people like me in their 50s rode things like OSSA Pioneer 250 & Husqvarna 360C 2-strokes in the '70s on the highway... never a thought that the little 25 hp strokers couldn't go anywhere anytime. Growing up in SoCal helped to foster that scenario a bit... and if you had a buck and a bottle of castor bean oil, you had fuel for the whole day. Considering a modern 500 puts out at least 45 hp and usually more than 50 hp, with better reliability (although greater cost when something goes wrong)... riding them on the road is pretty much a doodle. Cheers, C
  14. Creeper

    Sherco 5.1 review needed

    I ride my 510i Enduro 50-60 miles one way to get from my place to the trails up in the Cascade range... at speeds of 60-70 mph. Had it up to 90-95 once or twice (or three times)... knobbie tires make it a tad vague and noisy, but not unstable. Of course, I have a Scott's damper on it. I suspect that with SuMo rubber and a bit taller gearing than an enduro, you can ride at 80 all day without even straining the motor. Cheers, C
  15. Creeper

    Seat Vote!

    Best of success with that endeavor. A seat can be built to suit your needs now, but if you're serious about the weight loss, then it's best to wait until you are approaching your goal weight. 70 lbs is enough of a change that a complete reevaluation of those (and other) needs will be required. Ride safe, take care, C