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Last modification for the day
A GPS
Not that I generally give a hoot about where I'm going.
Sometimes when I'm completely lost and it's getting way past my bedtime it's nice to have that go home button !!!
I know the pics aren't very good
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Well it's Wednesday
Only 478 miles
Heavy thunderstorms every day starting on my way home from work.
Only mod today.
A couple of flags . I love the 4th of July.
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These are great ideas
I personally must have a Kickstarter !!!!
If I fry a starter , relay , battery or what ever else can go wrong in the middle of who knows what , in the middle of who knows where THE SHOW MUST GO ON
It could be a matter of survival. !!!
Did the same as NorthernSpy, ordered a kit from Sebastian, he had one legit Yamaha manufactured kit left (300ish) and the clones like Northern said, for around 150ish. Doing the install this week.

NorthernSpy, you said you've had no issues with that kit so far, correct?
 

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Did the same as NorthernSpy, ordered a kit from Sebastian, he had one legit Yamaha manufactured kit left (300ish) and the clones like Northern said, for around 150ish. Doing the install this week.

NorthernSpy, you said you've had no issues with that kit so far, correct?
No issues whatsoever. Easy peasy to install.

Heck my cover gasket came off so clean, I reused it. As an ex-nuclear submarine QA kinda guy, I don't normally do that, but hey, no leaks.

I used the pdf (german) instructions to follow that he had a link to on his website. Here: https://www.tw-parts.com/doc/twp-kickstartkit.pdf

I don't speak or read German, but the pictures helped. That, and possibly the many years of watching Hogan's Heros as an adolescent after school. OK, maybe a bit of google translate too.

I did find myself mumbling words like Getriebeeingangswelle and Kupplungspaket to myself during the process. When I was putting it back together, I dropped a bolt into that inaccessible area in the centre of the skid plate and yelled, "Nein!"

TL;DR. An American in Canada installs Chinese parts in a Japanese motorcycle with German instructions.
 

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TL;DR. An American in Canada installs Chinese parts in a Japanese motorcycle with German instructions.
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Now that will definitely require Mehrviskoses Öl ! ! !
 
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IMG_20200704_090543.jpg IMG_20200705_113212.jpg IMG_20200705_113152.jpg I hope everyone had a great 4th of July
I'm still doing lots of research trying to figure this stuff out,
The two big things on the list are still the trailer wheel conversion and the Kickstarter...

Only at 610 miles
She's starting to break in
The idle speed is getting a little higher and she's pulling a little stronger.
I think she's ready for some full throttle pulls to 60 mph....oohhh boy I hope I can hang on,

Oil change this morning . Just a few tiny sparkles of metal in the filter.
I think the next oil change will be at 750 miles and I will feel safe to install the oil cooler at that time.
Its getting really hot here in the Carolinas.

The only modification for this weekend was raising the front fender.
I did this in one of the most expensive ways possible but I like to support the little guy and buy American
When I can. I'm sure once their start up costs are covered the prices will come down to a more reasonable level.. hint....
It's a good product and I'm happy with it.
I went ahead and raised the fender a full inch , I know that's a little high.
When it comes to motorcycles most modifications are a compromise.
I think this will work well for me.
Like everyone else I pays my money and takes my chances.........
 
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We'll its Wednesday agian
Only 672 miles
My favorite daily modification...... additional milage....
The mileage racks up slowly when you're only playing on the power line in first and second gear
And a couple of trips for ice cream.
I think 25 break in miles on the power line probably equals a hundred on the street.
Any opinions on this?
The real modification for today is a one gallon rotopax.
After all who doesn't need a hundred dollar gas can to put two dollars worth of gas in..,Lol

Yes I did misjudge the angle of the cut on the fender.
Yes it will bug me forever.
No I am not going to buy a new fender
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Sunday July 19
Mileage 867
I have been working a lot of mandatory overtime so I haven't been able to do much
Today's modifications
Changed the oil since i was pulling the cover anyway..
I replaced the forteen tooth counter sprocket with a fifteen tooth sprocket..
It now seems like it's geared like about every other small bike I have ridden..
Great upgrade for the street very not so great off road..
I guess Yamaha did there research and got it right the first time..
I hope this will force me to get off my butt and get the dual sprocket thing done
I don't know how it affected the speedometer yet . I only did a thirty mile shake down run
And didn't have the GPS on the bike ..
I got way to much sun today....feeling sun sick
When I get sunburnt it's like having the flu..... Just an old wuss I guess..
Time to shower , do a load of work clothes and go to bed..
ohhh i was able to get the tag a long hooked up today too...
She pulls nice
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Sunday July 26 2020
Mileage. 1037
Only day off this week
It's way too hot to be kneeling in The gravel driveway working on the bike.
The sun is brutal today.
I decided to finish off the break in miles..
Now she's all broken in .. I just need a small pile of parts to de delivered and some wrench time...
She will soon be ready for her first adventure....
Finished off the last hundred miles riding from 45 mph accelerating briskly to 60 mph indicated....
The only problem that popped up today is that when I hit about 57 mph the speedometer needle
Starts jumping around. Not a big problem but it does aggravate me severely...
Seems to be getting better gas mileage on the street with the 15 tooth counter sprocket...
I think it got close to 78 mpg today and about 226 spg ..
Mike
 
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Mileage. 1037
Only day off this week
It's way too hot to be kneeling in The gravel driveway working on the bike.
The sun is brutal today.
I decided to finish off the break in miles..
Now she's all broken in .. I just need a small pile of parts to de delivered and some wrench time...
She will soon be ready for her first adventure....
Finished off the last hundred miles riding from 45 mph accelerating briskly to 60 mph indicated....
The only problem that popped up today is that when I hit about 57 mph the speedometer needle
Starts jumping around. Not a big problem but it does aggravate me severely...
Seems to be getting better gas mileage on the street with the 15 tooth counter sprocket...
I think it got close to 78 mpg today and about 226 spg ..
Mike
Make sure your speedometer cable is lubricated and properly seated. It is up near the front tire.....


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View attachment 206592 View attachment 206593 View attachment 206594 .

The only modification for this weekend was raising the front fender.
I have a question; now that you have the fender lifted, have you tried compressing your forks all the way? Easiest way to do this is by loosening the top triple clamp bolts on both forks, removing the caps and releasing the spring tension. (Have the bike on a stand or it will fall over as the forks go to full compression) I suspect that the fender is going to hit the bottom of the triple clamp before the forks bottom out.
From my own measurements, the fork travel is 6 inches and the stock clearance between fender and T-clamp is 6.5 inches.
I've seen a mod like this that uses springs. When the fender hits, the springs compress and the fork travel is maintained.
 

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You are absolutely correct. It will hit. But I'm getting a little taller tire and I want some mud clearance.
It seems all modifications are a compromise. It hasn't hit yet but I know it will. I'm a light weight only about 165#.
I plan on cranking the fork preload up a little..if I have big problems I Will back of to 3/4in
Thanks for your input..
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Make sure your speedometer cable is lubricated and properly seated. It is up near the front tire.....


Tom
In your opinion what is the best lube for the speedometer cable?
The factory May have went a little light on the lube.
I know they did on the swingarm..
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In your opinion what is the best lube for the speedometer cable?
The factory May have went a little light on the lube.
I know they did on the swingarm..
Thanks
Mike
Just a dab of white lithium grease on the gear head at the end of the cable before re-seating it in the housing. This did the trick on mine when it was new. Never had to mess with it again even after 7,000 plus miles. I believe the cable inside the sheath is lubricated enough from the factory but you should get a better sense of that when you remove the end near the front tire.


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You are absolutely correct. It will hit. But I'm getting a little taller tire and I want some mud clearance.
It seems all modifications are a compromise. It hasn't hit yet but I know it will. I'm a light weight only about 165#.
I plan on cranking the fork preload up a little..if I have big problems I Will back of to 3/4in
Thanks for your input..
Mike
Why not just get a front fender that mounts on the bottom of the T-clamp? Like the bike in your avatar? That's what I did. I bought this one off Amazon;
 

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Why not just get a front fender that mounts on the bottom of the T-clamp? Like the bike in your avatar? That's what I did. I bought this one off Amazon;
If you ever road that sporty in the rain you would understand .. when water comes straight off the wheel into your face..
Not something I would want to do for a hundred miles ....LOL
 
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July 29 2020
Mileage 1,054

These critters were waiting for me when I get home from work...
I think I will keep them and give them a good home...
Looks like I have a very hot and busy weekend ahead of me...
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Sunday August 2 2020
Mileage. 1,241
I have been working on the dual sprocket setup
I have researched and studied till my head hurts
The largest steel sprocket I could find at a reasonable price,
with a recess cut on the side was a JT 55 tooth.
So that was my starting point.
To get any decent torque multiplication that means
Running a 13 tooth counter sprocket..
( I HATE SMALL COUNTER SPROCKETS )
13/55 should turn about 7,650 RPM at 50 MPH.?
I'm thinking this should be about the equivalent of
8 teeth added to the stock rear sprocket or 14/58.
I am hoping this will be good enough off road

For the street side of life I am going with a JT 42 tooth
( I wanted 43 tooth but couldn't find one. )
13/42 should be about the same as 14/45 . That is like dropping
5 teeth off the rear of the factory set up. Was hoping to hit about 14/47.
13/42 should have her turning about 5,840 RPM at 50 MPH.
That should have me just a little over 2/3 of max RPM
at a steady cruising speed of 55/60 MPH
I just hope the little TW has enough torque to pull this gear.....
Of course my math skills suck and every bit of this could be complete bullshit.
I guess I'll just have to spend money and turn wrenches to find out..
Damn I'm long-winded today
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Sunday August 9 2020
Mileage. 1,277

My Kickstarter kit finally made it from Germany .
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And I was able to find a nos new TW kicker lever..

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With the help of some of the great members of this forum
I am going to tackle this installation early next Saturday...
Today I'm just trying to gather up every thing I'll need
To do the job..
Instead of my usual method of wasting half the day
Rummaging around looking for stuff and not getting
The project finished..
I was hoping to be much further along on project EXPLORER 3 by now
But it's just been so dang hot!!!!!!
Mike
 
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