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General GS500 Discussion / Re: Motorcycle Storage Solution
« Last post by qcbaker on Today at 06:31:42 AM »
I live in an apartment and don't have a garage, so I have mine under a waterproof cover any time its not being ridden (and the engine/pipes are cool enough not to melt the cover lol). Its served me well enough so far. I store my girlfriend's bike in my dad's garage since he doesn't live too far and she wasn't riding over the winter.

It's a little bit of a hassle because the cover is juuuuust narrow enough that it wont cover the bike fully with the mirrors extended. So, every time I put my bike away I have to fold in the mirrors and every time I want to ride I have to unfold and re-adjust my mirrors :bs:. This may change as it warms up, since my girlfriend may want her bike at our apartment rather than at my dad's. If it all works out, I'll give her the cover I'm using (her bike is a bit smaller, so the cover should fit well) and get myself a cover that's just a bit wider.

Oh, and in the colder months nothing really changes. I rode my bike at least a couple days every month this winter so it wasn't the right choice for me to store it all winter. But, when there was a bunch of snow in the forecast, I moved my bike out of the parking lot and onto my apartment building's porch area. That at least kept it from being buried in snow. (Although one of my neighbors wasn't too excited about it being there...)
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Odds n Ends / Re: How did you come up with username
« Last post by qcbaker on Today at 06:16:12 AM »
I guess maybe I should've searched before I started my thread :oops:
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Hey man, I hate to rain on your "for sale" but a mass of flying metal inside the motor usually results in shrapnel type crap getting pushed into the bearings via the oil pump. Its very common to find most plain bearings are gone and need to be replaced, and you cant get them in odd sizes.
Now having said that, I cracked a piston on my MZ and my car mech and motorcycle machinist said the exact same thing to me.
I pulled the head off and took it to him, and there was a crack in the piston, and literally no missing metal. He said - OK this will be fine to rebuild. Also helped that it was not a plain bearing crank or cam bearing bike.
Cool.
Buddha.
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Can we also get a link for Amazon Canada? We have a different Amazon web site (Amazon.ca).
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think it's starving the carb bowls of fuel?

That has been my experience.  Not enough to where the bike had performance issues, not personally, but I would use fuel slightly faster than the filter would allow to flow and eventually (maybe a half hour or so) the bike would sputter and die as if it ran out of gas.  Sometimes letting it sit for a few minutes would let the bowls fill up, sometimes I had to disconnect the fuel line and empty the filter for it to flow properly again.
Either way, I don't trust them.

There's a screen in the tank anyway.


Like what Buddha is saying, if the slides are coming up too fast you could be dumping too much fuel too soon and essentially choking the engine out.  Conversely, if there's a lower than usual amount of fuel in the bowls when the needles lift out of the main jets there might not be enough fuel getting up to the engine.  Too much air, not enough fuel, the engine starves.
As far as what causes the slides to lift up too fast, it's outside my knowledge.  Vacuum leak, missing the little top o-ring, I'm really not sure.

But if the low fuel level is to blame then perhaps you just need to adjust the float level in the bowls.  You can test this with some clear tubing on the bowl drain nipple.  Attach the tube and hold it bent up like a letter "U", then open the drain screw.  Then set the petcock on Pri and the fuel level will climb the tube and should stop even with the bowl gasket.
If it's too low, that's your problem.  It shouldn't be too high, since you aren't actively leaking...
If it looks proper I'd look into what Buddha has said.
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General GS500 Discussion / Re: Motorcycle Storage Solution
« Last post by Watcher on Today at 12:46:11 AM »
That is good. I am looking into whether it is worth designing a product that easily raises the bike off the ground in a garage leaving storage space underneath for car bonnets or other junk.

They do this for bicycles, grabs it by the stem and the saddle and hoists it up.

If you have a strong beam in your garage this might could be doable with an electric winch.


There's also these for just ease of placement.  Can slide that bike tight against a wall and park the car right up to it.

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General GS500 Discussion / Re: Motorcycle Storage Solution
« Last post by milt94 on March 28, 2017, 11:38:06 PM »
That is good. I am looking into whether it is worth designing a product that easily raises the bike off the ground in a garage leaving storage space underneath for car bonnets or other junk.

I know there are lots of products out there but my assignment group members like the idea so Im just looking to see if there is any sort of desire for it
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think it's starving the carb bowls of fuel?
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General GS500 Discussion / Re: Motorcycle Storage Solution
« Last post by Watcher on March 28, 2017, 11:18:48 PM »
This is a pretty cool idea.

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General GS500 Discussion / Motorcycle Storage Solution
« Last post by milt94 on March 28, 2017, 11:10:30 PM »
I was wondering how do people store their bikes?

I have always had mine outside under a waterproof cover since I had no space in the garage but I wonder what other people do and if people in cold places store their bikes for the colder months and only ride in the warmer months? Do you struggle to fit your bikes and cars in the garage? Do you have to compromise?

Cheers
 
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