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  1. MZ5

    I'm away from my FSM. What's code 86?

    I'm getting an intermittent CEL/MIL. Haven't been able to replicate any particular operating condition to cause it at will. Today I was able to stop and put the kickstand down to read the code from the CEL/MIL (If I power off then re-start, it's gone). Code is 86. I'm away from my FSM this...
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    Heading to Advanced Rider course tomorrow

    It's been longer than I'd realized, so I decided to go to a 1-day advanced rider training by way of a refresher. My riding partner is taking the class, too. I haven't taken this particular course before. Have any of you? I was largely off the bike for a while, but have been commuting on it...
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    Who has worn out & replaces their brake rotors?

    I’m about to put my third set of pads on (OE plus two replacements, including the ones I’m about to put on). I have 48k miles on the bike, having essentially not ridden for most of the past 2 or more years. I haven’t measured the thickness of my rotors. If I take the bike tomorrow, and if I...
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    Anyone tried Continental Road Attack 3?

    Read a couple good things about them, but haven't seen a review of them here. Anyone run them before?
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    Any DOT 4 LV users here?

    I have a big bottle of Pentosin DOT 4 LV to flush the brakes on my pickup. Figured I'd use it on the bike, too. Anyone else here used the LV stuff in their NCX? Any differences or anomalies to report, vs. 'regular' DOT 4?
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    For Sale: 2012 NC700X, Phoenic, AZ area

    It's time to sell my NCX. I've owned it since new, and rode it for freeway commuting, touring, and just for fun. The thrill is gone, and it won't come back. I'm not riding really at all any more. It comes with everything Honda offered for it. All the luggage, every accessory; everything...
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    WTS Hyperpro shock w/remote hydraulic preload adjustment

    ***SOLD*** Shock has under 4,000 miles on it. I still have the coupon for 1 free rebuild from EPM Performance (I bought it from Klaus).
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    List it with the luggage, or without?

    I think it may be time to list the NC for sale. I'm not commuting on it any more, nor do I ride for fun in the heat. Would you expect to get more, as a seller, by listing everything, or by selling things like the factory luggage separately?
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    What happened? Lights out (dash)

    Started the bike this AM to come to work (I leave in the dark), and everything was fine. Within 1 - 200 yards, the dash light went out. The display was still working, but the backlight was not. Arrived at work, shut the bike off, turned the key back on after several seconds, and the dash lit...
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    I bought a new motorcycle

    I bought a new bike the other day. Spur of the moment, and a real bargain. It's a '96 V45/VF750 Magna. Bright yellow, needs a little Mechanical TLC, but beautiful condition and very low miles. I suppose it'll either be a fix-and-flip, or if my wife and like it enough, perhaps it'll stay around.
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    Should I expect/need to service susp bearings if I replace the shock at >40k?

    It's cooled off this week, back to ~100F, so I'm thinking about all the things I would normally do over the winter when the weather's nice. I've also been planning a long ride or two that my wife wants to come along for, which has me contemplating rear suspension. I have Gold Valves up front...
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    Dealer has a VFR1200X

    Stopped by the Honda shop today, and lo and behold, they had a VFR1200X! (That's the American-market designation for the Crosstour, for those across the pond) Manual shift. It was a very nice-feeling bike. They still have the R1200RT I sat on a couple weeks ago, too. The Viffer put the...
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    Is a '13 R1200RT air cooled, or water? What should one be aware of on a used one?

    I was at the dealer the other day picking up a new footpeg (Death Valley wrecked mine), and they have a decent-looking '13 RT there. It _appears_ to be fairly well equipped, but I know absolutely nothing of BMWs, so maybe there's a bunch of stuff I _thought_ was on it that isn't actually there...
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    Homemade pillion backrest

    My wife wants to ride with me more, but also really wants a backrest. So, yesterday evening we went to the folks' house and made one. Parts list: -- 1 old SAAB 9000 headrest -- 1 piece of 2" flat iron (steel), about 2 feet long -- 1 or 2 pins or bolts (w/nuts), depending upon whether...
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    Anyone bought one of Bell's custom-fit helmets?

    For at least a couple-few years now, Bell has offered a custom-fit option for their Star helmet. I didn't actually realize they were still doing it, but I was talking to the Bell rep at the motorcycle show (IMS) here in Phoenix over the weekend, and he said they're still doing it. I have a...
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    JT chain toast under 10k miles

    Just an experience report. My JT chain is stretched so bad it jumped off the sprocket while I was riding down the road. It has some sticky links, too, and there's a huge difference in tension between the tight spot and the rest of the chain. I'm over 9k, but haven't reached 10k miles yet. 'Twas...
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    Ever ridden a Moto Guzzi?

    There's a dealer in Portland, OR, that I went to the other day. First time I can recall seeing a Moto Guzzi in person, other than perhaps a single example at the IMS a few years ago. This dealer, though very small and out of the way, had about every model they make, and generally multiple...
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    My Great Adventure (Volume II)

    I've been taking a few photos as I ride around the Pacific Northwest this summer while away from home for work. I'm not a brilliant picture-taker by any stretch, but I figured why not post a few up anyway? You all are very generous with your photos, and I enjoy seeing them and seeing where you...
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    The druids have rebuilt Stonehenge!

    Okay, maybe not. :) There's a private (privately owned and privately built) World War I memorial in the American State of Washington which is said to be a replica of what Stonehenge was when it was complete (not a partial ruin). We used to pass by this place regularly when I was growing up, on...
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    Need front tire changed in Portland, OR

    I'm away from home on the motorcycle for the summer. Something's gone wrong and my front tire is losing air every day. Soapy water reveals nothing. I need to change the tire, or at a minimum dismount & remount. I did not bring the gigantic allen wrench, nor spoons, nor anything. The two...
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