Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Lehighton, Pa, USA
Re: Countering wind noise?
I do recall your offer on the shocks. After many hours of searching, we ended up with the Ohlins, which were $300+ less than the dealer wanted. We did not want to spend the money, but with the back surgery we both have had, it is too risky to not have the best shocks on this bike. Had I any idea whatsoever it would take to maintain and repair this bike, I never would have bought it. BUT, it is one amazing machine, aside from the cost of ownership.
I just finished putting up a 8'x10' tarped roof for general storage and taking the bike apart in the driveway. I've been dealing with a lot of medical issues, one being chronic fatigue and pain, so I really had not been able to address being able to commit to traveling anywhere to do this work. The other is dealing with having to wear trifocals, having to take them on and off, and on and off, to be able to see what I am working on. It takes a LONG time to do what used to come so easily. I work at a snail's pace, unfortunately.
I have enough problems getting the tools in and out of the basement and need access to whatever I may need that I do have. I also read it is best to do them both at the same time, removing the rear, then the front and install the reverse order.
I have yet to look beyond this Tuesday for the fast idle testing. If that pans out, it seems best to start taking it apart asap, and do what I can. The shocks are quite painful to ride with.
I have to watch the service DVD's again, see how to get everything apart.
I had also hoped to install some aux lighting, but funds do not permit at this point. Maybe I can run some wires to prepare for the lights to be installed later, and not have to take everything apart again.
The estimate I got for the air, fuel filter and front shock install are way out my means to have done by the dealer. $345 plus the filters and tax! And, that is with all the panels already removed.
If you like, I can contact you once I get all the panels off. PM if you want to have me call you when I get to the front shock. I don't want to make any assumptions until I actually see what it looks like in there.
This has been my biggest concern however. I read contradicting threads on how its done. I DO NOT want the bike to fall over. I have no room for that, literally. I've read some saying use heat on the nut to remove, others use air impact, others long breaker bars.
I have one buddy mechanically inclined, who is available to help on a sat morning for a couple of hours, weather dependent. Other than that, I am on my own on this one.
At least I have a vehicle to go for parts if needed, the dealer is about 35 mins or so from my place. I intend to do the linkage lube, FD oil change, and that should complete my service for this year.
I've read it should take about 60-90 mins for the rear (for those without difficulty seeing and have seen or done one before). The dealer estimated 5 hrs for the front shock, air and fuel filters, so it looks fairly time consuming to do the shock. I am expecting it to take me about a week, I hope no more than that. I may even pull the windshield and take care of the problems with the wind deflectors over the mirrors, see what else is in there.
If there were time to visit / watch someone else changing their shocks, not too far away, I would appreciate seeing how it was done.
Thanks for the invite!