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  1. hikeNM

    Help with cold natured 650L

    I've always had to let my 650L warm up for about five to seven minutes before riding off on it, or it would spit and sputter. Every Honda I've ever owned, which hasn't been many, has been that way. I remember my dad owned a 200X three-wheeler and it was notoriously cold natured and took forever to warm up, even in the summer. After warm though, they ran like a charm. I've always just attributed to be in a Honda. Maybe I'm wrong and it's just a coincidence.
  2. I thought about that, but decided against it since the bike ran fine until I took the shock off and put it back on.
  3. Ah. That makes sense. Thanks for the advice!
  4. Dumb question probably, I should spray this into the airbox?
  5. Hello all, Got a problem I was hoping someone might be able to help me with. When my trusty XR is cold, I choke it and hit the starter. It cranks and runs for maybe 5 seconds and then dies. I hit the starter again and the same thing happens. This will go on for several minutes and then finally, it will run for more than five seconds. I let it idle and gradually turn the choke off as it warms up. Then it just dies. I then go through the same routine as in the beginning, it will crank and run for 5 seconds, then die. Eventually, it's warm enough to not need the choke, but won't run for more than 5 seconds. So, once it's warm, I take off on it, while it's running, and ride it a few miles and come back and it runs and idles fine. Does anybody have any ideas what the problem is? As a disclaimer, before it started doing this, I removed the rear shock and had it serviced. In order to remove the shock, I had to remove the airbox. All went well with replacing the shock as far as I could tell. Also, I check the valves and they were within tolerances. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
  6. Bummer. Tire mounting compound is worth its weight in gold!
  7. I agree. My intent was that not expect a tire to turn a dual-sport bike into a dirt bike.
  8. My wife and I both have them on our bikes. Mine's a XR650L and heres is a KLR 650. We both have gotten about 7000 miles and they're still rideable. I've found them to be very passable on gravel and dirt. To be honest, trying to make either of our bikes anything other than what they are isn't a good idea, especially the KLR. So, expecting pure dirt bike performance from any dual-sport tire isn't a good idea. All in all, I'd say they're a great value from for the money.
  9. hikeNM

    erratic idling when cold and choked....?

    I'm hearing you about the valves. It's been a while since they've been done. And I've been putting it off since I'm not comfortable doing ones with shims. I usually feather the choke off as it's warming up and it has not affect on the idle speed.
  10. Hello all! I'm hoping somebody here might have an idea about how to fix my problem. I've got an 2004 650 with a little over 16,000 miles that's been a great bike. Over the past few months, it's developed a habit of, when it's cold and choked, it will crank, but then idle very erratically. Sometimes it will idle real fast, but then all of a sudden it will drop to nothing and die if I'm on there to keep it running and then it might idle real fast again. Once it's warm, it runs normal and idles normal. I'm kinda at my wits end. Anybody got any ideas to what's causing it? Thanks greatly in advance!
  11. Just wondering if anybody has ever ordered anything from www.helmetexpress.com? Are they trustworthy? Good company? Thanks
  12. I think they're having trouble finding a suitable distribution method. It seems that they don't want to release it straight to DVD. They either wanted it to be a series on TV or a feature-length documentary in theaters. I inferred this from this interview with James Beatty(the creator). http://www.sojournchronicles.com/2008/05/20/trans-america-trail-film-nears-completion/ It's an interesting talk. I too am really interested to see the movie.
  13. Almost all of it is on public "roads". So, I think it won't be affected too much.
  14. If you've got a couple or three extra days, I think the cheapest thing to do is rent a vehicle and drive your bike and yourself to the trailhead. Otherwise you're shipping your bike and having to buy a plane ticket.
  15. I need to clarify myself. My main point was that it's probably better to ship your bike at the beginning of the trip and ride back home than to try and ride it west to east and ship at the beginning.