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  1. I can't get the link to load. I have a skid...

    I can't get the link to load.

    I have a skid plate on my bike and think it's all of 4 bolts to remove, so it isn't a big deal to remove for maintenance.
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    if mileage is an indicator of the health of the...

    if mileage is an indicator of the health of the bike, mine must be in pretty awful shape ;)
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    I don't have a service manual in front of me but...

    I don't have a service manual in front of me but I'm reasonably confident that they have a range of acceptable clearances.
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    Sticky: Also, on my ride yesterday I had to remember how...

    Also, on my ride yesterday I had to remember how much speed can *help* ride quality on washboarded dirt roads: on some of them, the tolerable speeds were <30 or >50. I generally chose the latter when...
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    Sticky: I think 95% of Usal you could do in a Civic...

    I think 95% of Usal you could do in a Civic without much problem, and that most of the road North of the beach is in better shape than the road South of the beach (although the worst parts North are...
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    I have something similar to GgarryP but minus the...

    I have something similar to GgarryP but minus the drop stuff. They work well for me.
  7. In my experience, balancing motorcycle tires...

    In my experience, balancing motorcycle tires isn't done side to side. On a bike with a single front rotor, I'd expect the weights to be on the other side of the wheel (in this case the left side),...
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    I wonder how hard it would be to adapt an...

    I wonder how hard it would be to adapt an electric shifter. You'd still want to clutch to shift rather than being full auto, but a solenoid to push/pull the lever might work.

    A linkage to get...
  9. The steering head bearings are most likely what...

    The steering head bearings are most likely what he was referring to.

    As with chains, a little on the loose side is better than a little on the tight side.
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    That's also on a much lighter bike. The NC700...

    That's also on a much lighter bike. The NC700 makes significantly more power than a N300, in fact more than a N400 or CBR500 or R3 or RC390. But given all the weight, and the long wheelbase and large...
  11. Interesting. I don't see anything about...

    Interesting. I don't see anything about additional travel, though.

    It also isn't clear to me that it's a proper cartridge setup: the compression side is (and apparently uses a shim stack vs the...
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    Regarding dual bending valves, is this an upgrade...

    Regarding dual bending valves, is this an upgrade that someone did? My understanding is that all NCs have basic damper rod forks. Is it different in Europe? If it's an upgrade, then I imagine it's...
  13. is your garage floor perfectly level?

    is your garage floor perfectly level?
  14. I can't imagine the weight bias being anywhere...

    I can't imagine the weight bias being anywhere near far enough back to get the front tire off the ground - as is, there's a pretty significant front bias and I have to put a LOT of weight on the back...
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    That track surface looks really strange.

    That track surface looks really strange.
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    +1 on DIY, and keep records. Pictures are good. ...

    +1 on DIY, and keep records. Pictures are good.

    24h is excessive but I like to wait 8h. Maybe it's overkill but I'd rather know it's right.

    And as other people stated, I'd stay away from that...
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    in the 99 Subaru Outback I had, 1 was 1, 2 was 2,...

    in the 99 Subaru Outback I had, 1 was 1, 2 was 2, 3 was 1,2,3, D was 1,2,3,4.

    In comparison, I believe my truck (73 Chevy C20) 1 is 1, 2 is 1,2, 3 is 1,2,3. I think my Camry allows use of 1 when...
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    On some calipers, there are other things that...

    On some calipers, there are other things that wear. I have a Beringer 4pot supermoto caliper with a wallowed out pad retainer pin hole. I think it needs a rebuild too. Then again, it's $150 in parts...
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    If you put an electric shifter and auto clutch on...

    If you put an electric shifter and auto clutch on a manual transmission bike, does that make it auto? How about if you have the parts installed but the shifter turned off, and you're using it like a...
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    Sticky: I'll have to try a standard size front next time....

    I'll have to try a standard size front next time. Handling isn't great with the 130/80 front, especially with the forks pushed down a bit to help clearance between fender and radiator (as fender is...
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    Sticky: It's on CA 36, leaving Red Bluff heading West. I...

    It's on CA 36, leaving Red Bluff heading West. I don't know of anything more than that.

    Oddly enough there isn't a matching sign at the other end.
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    Sticky: This was Saturday rather than today but figure I...

    This was Saturday rather than today but figure I might as well post a few pics anyway

    rode it up through the Lost Coast, including Usal Road - 30 miles of dirt, including some pretty serious ruts...
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    Sticky: Did you tighten up the locknut on the length...

    Did you tighten up the locknut on the length adjuster? It looks loose there.
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    In that case it's absolutely (to the user)...

    In that case it's absolutely (to the user) automatic, even though it's a computer controlled manual.You can buy dirtbikes with auto clutches, and Rekluse makes auto clutches for most dirtbikes and a...
  25. I suspect the NC forks are longer than forks from...

    I suspect the NC forks are longer than forks from sportier motorcycles. This is just a guess, though.

    The steering head bearings on the NC are the same as the early SV650 so you can likely adapt...
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