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General GS500 Discussion / Re: Ask a stupid question...
« Last post by philward on Today at 07:57:51 AM »
What you find written on a tyre (bike or car) is maximum pressure.  You do not want to be filling to this pressure.

You want whatever is specified by the manufacturer for the specific vehicle.
On motorcycles this information is often printed on a sticker on the swing-arm.  Failing that there's the owners manual.
Tard Farm / Re: Last Post Wins - V3
« Last post by yamahonkawazuki on Today at 06:21:41 AM »
seems tinypic crashed. sooooo its a 503 error. anyhoo finding another site for todays update pic
flying new plane
other businesses involving sad vices are pictured. the tallest tower in center of pic is office. ESE of that i store the hot cars, south of that is another drug place, north of tower is another drug place. come to think of it, theres no honest way to make a buck in this game. LMAO
General GS500 Discussion / Re: Intermittent starter problem
« Last post by sledge on Today at 04:06:13 AM »
MR72 I wouldnít guess at anything, particularly when itís someone elseís time and money involved  :icon_neutral:

The way to approach and diagnose issues like this is to systematically examine and test all components and methodicaly work through and identify and the problem. NOT to make guesses.

Yes it could be the starter motor but yes it could also be something as simple as a poor connection somewhere. How would you feel if he went out and spent hundreds on a new starter motor then discovered a dirty connection? Does this scenario even concern you?

You have owned 1 GS5 for 2 years, About 65-70 have passed through my hands in the last 20. I have replaced far more solenoids and discovered far more poor connections than I have replaced starter motors,

O/P........Itís your call!
General GS500 Discussion / Re: Fuel Grades
« Last post by Watcher on Today at 03:38:17 AM »
Well shoot, I was expecting to get like 200 a tank for some reason. Road trips just got that much more annoying! So if it’s a 4 gallon tank, 130 miles - 30ish mpgs? I thought the GS got like 50mpgs. I guess my Passat gets the same fuel efficiency as the bike, wow!

Don't forget, the reserve holds about a gallon.  So if it's 130 to reserve then that's about 40mpg and pretty typical for a naked motorcycle.  You can stretch it with proper tire pressure, some wind protection, and behaving yourself when it comes to the throttle, but 40-50 is pretty typical for... pretty much all motorcycles, truth be told.

My GSs got around 40-45 mpg.  My Honda CB500F got about 40-45 mpg.  My 1203cc Buell XB12SS got about 40-45 mpg.  My Ducati Monster 750 gets - you guessed it - 40-45 mpg...

I think mr72 had a sciency kind of reason for that.  IIRC it's something like "most motorcycles are about the same weight and about the same wind resistance, so at any given speed the amount of fuel needed to maintain speed is the same regardless of displacement" or something.  Where you'll GAIN gas mileage is losing weight and better aerodynamics.  Where you'll LOSE mileage (aside from an improper tune) is a whiskey throttle.
General GS500 Discussion / Re: Ask a stupid question...
« Last post by Watcher on Today at 03:28:31 AM »
Michelin has a handy tire pressure finder on their website.

The sidewall lists the maximum safe operating pressure of the tire, it's better to go by what the bike specifies, give or take a little for load/performance/etc.

My Monster calls for 32/36.  I run 34/38 as I am a little heavier than most riders and ride pretty hard.  Feels great!  I'm getting really good wear patterns, as well.
General GS500 Discussion / Help: Bike dies when given gas
« Last post by cooksalad on Today at 02:11:58 AM »
First off thank you all for helping me rebuild my carb. You guys saved me from countless headaches.
08 GS500F
The bike fires up just fine and idles fine too. Only thing is that when I give it gas the bike dies out at around 2000 rpm. I've also noticed that when I'm warming it up with choke it goes to 5000 rpm instead of the 3000 rpm it used to warm up at.
Also, not sure if this is related, but whenever it dies there is some kind of spinning noise coming from the engine that come to a halt. No idea.
General GS500 Discussion / Re: Ask a stupid question...
« Last post by ShowBizWolf on Today at 01:34:25 AM »
Tire pressure info (solo riding and 2-up riding) should be written on a sticker on the swing-arm and also in the Owner's Manual.

When I bought my GS, I bought an Owner's Manual on eBay for dirt cheap. I've also heard that they are downloadable. I read it through and it taught me a lot about my bike. I recommend it to anyone who is just starting out in the motorcycle world.

Edit: Ran outside to look at the swing-arm sticker and it says...

Solo Riding
Front: 33
Rear: 36

2up Riding
Front: 33
Rear: 41
Projects / Builds, Racing and Tech / GS500F - Loss of Power
« Last post by Dsmith389 on Today at 01:32:34 AM »
Hello everyone,
Sorry for the lack of introductory in the meet and greet, but I have a problem and need an answer fast.

First, my name is Dan and Hello to all!
Thank you for and and all help, much appreciated.

I am trying to sell my 06' GS500F - recently I took the bike apart, cleaned the carbs, new oil filter and oil, new air filter, etc. I showed the bike to someone yesterday and it ran beautifully. The only 'problem' I noticed was that the rpms would run high as if the throttle was sticking, but as soon as i released the clutch and the bike started moving, the rpms would drop to normal range.

As of today, I showed the bike and it has white smoke coming out of the exhaust every time i rev the bike, and there is loss of power. I cant get the bike to go over 35 mph. I checked the oil dip stick and it felt pretty dry, so i put in another 2 qts. Not sure if i should have or not since i just did the oil change a week ago.

I have done maintenance on the bike before and Im 90% certain I did everything correct when working on the bike. There is always that 10% of doubt though. I think I know the problem but I want to confirm it and hope its something else, an easy fix.

Thank you for your help
Projects / Builds, Racing and Tech / Re: mr72's '92 "project"
« Last post by jpfeiffer14 on Today at 01:29:22 AM »
well, if it works it works. I'll pick some up when I have the chance and let you know how it goes
General GS500 Discussion / Re: smoke on startup
« Last post by J_Walker on Today at 01:21:56 AM »
they're not suppose to create a cloud of smoke on startup?

geeze, my bike sure sets those standards low. I can smoke out the whole parking lot where I work on a good day!
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