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General GS500 Discussion / Re: Intermittent starter problem
« Last post by Battman on Today at 02:57:56 AM »
Thanks for all the input. It's just hard to test when it only happens occasionally and usually when I'm not at home. I'll keep you posted if anything changes as always thanks for all the help guys
Odds n Ends / Re: Had an interesting time in traffic court yesterday.
« Last post by Watcher on Today at 02:48:06 AM »
few short an too the point things I'm trying to change.

U-turns on double yellow solid lines are a no-go.
So long as you can turn left over a double-yellow I don't think this will ever be possible.
Motorcycles can operate in the bike lanes if avoiding dangerous drivers or if traffic is moving slower than 15mph.
I disagree.  Bike lanes are for bicyclists and should remain as such.
Getting the across the board helmet law put in place [we had one, they removed it] only required if you're under 21.
I can get behind helmet laws.
Motorcyclist can ride side-by side.
Absolutely not.  I can site at least one case where doing this has directly resulted in a rider's death.  Life isn't CHiPs, life is life, if one rider has to swerve they have nowhere to go.
if a motorist brake checks a motorcycle to cause a lowside/highside/rear-end/collision the motorist is responsible for the accident.
That's the law as it is, brake checking is not an acceptable practice, but in a court where it's your word vs his the only thing that will help you is video evidence.  That being said, if you're following close enough to be affected by a brake check you're just endangering yourself.  Change your attitude.

also I wanted a helmet cam for a long time now, too expensive. and a crappy one is not gonna be that great in quality or show the detail required.

I've been really happy with my Sena Prism Tube for $120.  Here's a video showing a few different times of day/night and situations for you to get an idea of how it records.  YT's compression is notorious for making videos look worse than they actually are, as does Windows Movie Maker, so the videos do look better in their raw format.

Hit the car-wash on the way home, chain clean/lube, checked alignment/slack (still good), torqued the rear axle (with an actual torque wrench), and tried out a new cleaning product.
S100 Detail + Wax.  Sprayed it on, wiped it with a cotton washcloth, then buffed it with a microfiber.

Sun's going down, so it doesn't look nearly as good as it does in person.  But by comparison here's a picture of my bike "dirty" in similar lighting conditions.

It definitely appears to be a brighter yellow after the S100 application.  I'm sold.  It's not too expensive, and with the amount of dust out here in the desert I'm sure it'll be easier to keep clean with the wax-coat.
Hello, I'm Charles.

2001 gs500

New battery, new solenoid, new spark plugs, went through all the standard checks (killswitch, sidestand, clutch, etc.)

Started up fine for one day after getting the new battery. Now I press the starter and I don't even get a click, fuse is fine but when the bike is running I blow fuses regularly. Lights are all on and do not dim when the starter button is pressed.

I think I'm having a grounding issue? I'm stumped.
Tard Farm / Re: Last Post Wins - V3
« Last post by yamahonkawazuki on May 27, 2018, 10:56:23 PM »
Aitt that the truth. A good test tho. If you have to put it down quickly...can you. I can land my bomber on office helipad.
Mine is blue now.

let's not overlook that the system is limited by fuse to 20A regardless of the capacity of the battery.

If you don't significantly increase the electrical load the system sees the current won't increase.

That's true but misleading, BTW.

It's true that the 20A fuse exists, primarily to prevent fire in case of a short. However individual circuits are not independently protected.

So if you tap into the headlight power line near to the headlight to hook up something else, then whatever that something else is will add load to the headlight power line that that wire is not necessarily rated to carry. If it's just a few hundred mA then no sweat. But if it's a couple of amps then I suggest putting an LED headlight so you have some headroom. Ditto that any other circuit, the wire itself is the limiting factor, not the fuse (or the battery).
Hey everyone, still pretty new here, but I recently implemented a fix on my petcock ti rid myself of the fuel starvation issue. It worked well, but the petcock has some other obvious issues, and so I got a new one and decided to record a video explaining how I did it. Hope this helps someone!

General GS500 Discussion / Re: Fork seal replacement. With photos.
« Last post by sledge on May 27, 2018, 09:25:51 PM »
You should also replace the copper sealing washer on the bolt at the bottom  :thumb:
General GS500 Discussion / Re: Fork seal replacement. With photos.
« Last post by herennow on May 27, 2018, 09:11:14 PM »
Thanks for taking the time to write this up.

The only thing that I would add is that when replacing the oil seals one should seriously consider replacing the fork bushes at the same time. They are a wearing item and on older bikes where fork oil was not changed, the Teflon is probably  shot which leads to aluminum wear particles in the oil. These oxidise and Aluminum oxide =sandpaper grit.  For 50 bucks you can renew everything and forget about it for another 15 years.
General GS500 Discussion / Re: Tokico AJP Caliper rebuild. With photos.
« Last post by marc on May 27, 2018, 08:43:35 PM »
I have always used Powerhouse overhaul kits.
OEM quality but a fraction of the OEM price with the bonus of a new bleed nipple, a cap, bellows for the sliders and a couple of new copper sealing washers all included in the kit.

Wow I didn't know about this. Looks very very good. Thanks!
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