It's a love/hate relationship that gets better with more garage, more tools, and more beer.
Me too!Having my only bike apart gives me a little anxiety.
While we're at it we'll throw in a disc brake. Have a removable aluminum rim like ATV trailer rims so you can more easily swap tires for seasons and terrain.I hear ya!
Could you design a TW rear wheel that weighs less than a locomotive wheel? I'll be your first customer!
Wouldn't an aluminum alloy rear hoop be just wonderful?
In 4 years off road on some sharp rocks I've yet to get a flat. Just avoid nails and you should be fine. IMO Roofing nails off the back of trucks are you're only threat really. Pinch flats really aren't possible with these big wheels. It is possible I guess for your tube to slide in the rim and t the valve get damaged.I certainly fall under the category of enjoying riding more than fiddling on the bike, but I think that is primarily because I am not super confident in my experience/knowledge working on my bikes. It's been a long time, so I am definitely rusty on even what I know.
With that said, I am trying to make it a point to do as much of my own work as I can. If I mess something up, I'll take it in. The Carbs are a bit of a pain in the ass, but I did have fun working on them this weekend (even though at one point I am fairly certain I put them back together incorrectly, as it wouldn't run properly)—I definitely gained some confidence with the carbs this weekend. Changing oil is super easy, so I don't imagine I'll ever pay anyone to do that. I will take the bike in for tires though. I don't think I'll ever have patience for that. Although I guess if I ever get a flat out on a trail I had better at least be able to do it. Ugh.
I'll be attempting a valve adjustment here in the next few weeks. Tdubs Kid has a great video, and it looks pretty simple overall, so I should be able to manage it and save $$ from taking it in. I'd like to save $$ for buying parts and equipment for the bike and trips (as well as a future secondary bike).
Hard to believe no one has marketed a tool to replace those shims without taking things all apart. I was using one on Yamaha's back in the 80's.Me too!
But the TW is so simple to work on.
Just to give you an example, this is what's involved in doing a valve adjustment on a KLR 650 (yes this is my KLR and I did it myself):
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On the TW so far I only installed wider footpegs and I changed the rear sprocket, but the TW is so simple that I wouldn't hesitate to dive into the engine.
Hey, Tylermoney...you're getting there, man!
I see you live in Austin but you have "Tyler" in your handle.
You don't happen to be from Tyler, TX do you?
I work on mine just to educate myself in case I have a failure out on the trail. But I don't enjoy it. Maybe I'll like it better as my skills increase, because I'm 40 years old and never worked on cars or motorcycles or anything before.
Changing a front tube on my son's xt225 was a very frustrating exercise, as I pinched 2 tubes with the tire spoons and made new holes in them.
I tried to clean the carbs on my wife's v-star and ended up sending it to the mechanic after I couldn't get them synced.
I'm terrified about doing things like valve adjustments, but when the time comes I'm going to force myself to try it.