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Tard Farm / Re: THE nsfw three word game
« Last post by Janx101 on Today at 01:10:16 PM »
Wit de homies
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General GS500 Discussion / Re: Rode Suzy to Work Today
« Last post by Watcher on Today at 01:02:52 PM »
What helmet are you using?

Anything with an available pin-lock shield would be the ultimate in anti-fog, but there are several products on the market you can apply to lenses to help.

Also helps if you have some kind of face mask that captures your breath like a balaclava.  Breathing through the nose is better than through the mouth, if you just breath through the mouth try to breath downward.
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General GS500 Discussion / Rode Suzy to Work Today
« Last post by ajensen on Today at 12:11:53 PM »
It was 27 degrees (about -3 c). I rode my GS500f to work and was not really cold. Of course I am only 10 minutes or so away and go no more than 45 mph (accurate). I have been riding for 55 years and have not had a fairing or even a windshield on a bike before. I added a Laminar Lip to the windscreen and it works well--protects the torso from direct wind blast. The only problem is that my glasses and face shield fog up badly. Any suggestions?
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That's an indication cams, shims etc are wearing more than the valve and seat.

I would think that's pretty much impossible considering those are hardened steel and the valve seat is bronze.

Cams are not hardened. They're treated with something - not exactly making them hard. Something that makes them retain oil maybe ?
You understand that there is no back and forth movement on the seat/valve contact face right. The cam drags across the shim, with the oil film protecting them. Valve/seat doesn;t have oil, it has a thin layer of carbon but there is no sliding friction.
BTW mine had a crows foot type scratch on one that I watched for 50k miles and it did get slowly fainter over time, but never went away.
I have measured shims and have found them thinner than the marked number, but not had them wear in the time I have used them.
I've seen weird wear patterns on them to start with, no wear occurring in my use.
I dunno, I had that bike with pretty rough commute type use for much of its life, it used oil prolifically and never skipped in spite of any of these problems.
Cool.
Buddha.
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General GS500 Discussion / Re: Exhaust Valves getting looser over time
« Last post by gsJack on Today at 11:52:50 AM »
That's an indication cams, shims etc are wearing more than the valve and seat.

I would think that's pretty much impossible considering those are hardened steel and the valve seat is bronze.

I've measured valve shims with tens of thousands of miles on them at both centers and edges with a quality micrometer and never detected any wear in them.
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General GS500 Discussion / PSA if you like pod filters...
« Last post by mr72 on Today at 10:54:09 AM »
Motorcycle Superstore is closing out all kinds of stuff in the wake of their acquisition, and one thing interesting is that for $7.99 they have a UNI pod filter kit (2x filters) for GS500. Get them while they're hot... and cheap.

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General GS500 Discussion / Re: Exhaust Valves getting looser over time
« Last post by gsJack on Today at 10:35:10 AM »
I found that exhaust valves set at the minimum .001" of the Suzuki .001-.003" spec required constant shim changes and the one on my 97 GS (bought new) was down to a minimum 215 shim with no where to go at 70k miles.  While I was pondering what to do next I was rear ended and the bike totaled and replaced with my 02 GS.

Early on with the 02 GS I began setting exhaust valves at a wider .003-.005" spec and they settled down and required little attention after that.  Minimum shim at 100k miles was a 245 with plenty of adjustment left.

Both the 97 and 02 GSs had the same intake valve shims in them that they came from the factory with, no shim changes.  My valve check log:

https://i.imgur.com/SksMPhb.jpg

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General GS500 Discussion / Re: Causes of rectifier/regulator failure.
« Last post by mr72 on Today at 09:56:07 AM »
What causes them to fail is heat, same as what causes all passive electronics to fail. Diodes just fail eventually given enough heat.
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General GS500 Discussion / Re: Exhaust Valves getting looser over time
« Last post by mr72 on Today at 09:31:37 AM »
That's an indication cams, shims etc are wearing more than the valve and seat.

I would think that's pretty much impossible considering those are hardened steel and the valve seat is bronze.

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Projects / Builds, Racing and Tech / Re: CAFE RACER/SCRAMBLER PROJECT
« Last post by Henxo on Today at 09:01:55 AM »
As far as handlebar suggestions go, like ajensen said, its really a personal preference thing. How do you like to ride? If you want a more relaxed ride, get something more upright. If you want a sportier feel, get something lower. I have the Bikemaster Superbike bars, and I really like them.
Yeah not sure yet...wont be doing much travelling so looking for It look nice rather than being practical 😂😂😂


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