Saturday, April 02, 2016

lowering link and handlebar riser

Installed lowering link (150mm) and 2 inch Rex Risers.

Ordered 150mm lowering link from Adventure Tech.

And ordered Galfer Stainless Steele 2+ inch brake lines from SV Racing Parts.

Installing the front brake lines. I also bought a banjo bolt bleeder at the master cylinder - using the Heineken bottle to bleed.

I scored the Rox Risers on eBay.

Lowering the Bike: The bike is a lot easier to handle, but I don't like the looks or the feeling. I'm really torn. 
  • What I like the best is that I can saddle up without putting the side stand down.
  • What I like the least is that I can't put the center stand down anymore.
Rex Risers: It is a 2 inch pivot risers. The handle bar is now higher and closer to me. I think it will make the longer rider easier. But I am concerned about the clutch line. I just need about 0.5 inches longer.When I extend it to fully right, I can see the clutch hose extending.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Avalon: Battery light came on ...

During commute - battery lights flickers a few times.... then it decides to stay on.
Got home, checked the voltage at the battery terminal.

@ idel = 13.5 volts

hmmm... a bit low.

@ 3,000 rmp = 16 - 17 volts


It looks like the voltage regulator is shot.

Posted this on forum - 

And it looks like the regulator is inside of the alternator.

Another Amazon purchase... gee

Another $100 ish purchase....

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Avalon P0155

78,0000 miles

Oxgen sensor malfunction......
P0155 - bank 2 sensor 1
That means the easy one to get to. Right on top of the manifold when you open the hood.

ordered one off Amazon at nearly $100.00 - not cheap. but it came with a small tube of anti seize. that was considerate.

took me about 10 min to complete the job. no more check engine light.


Saturday, January 16, 2016

Clutch Slave Cylinder Rebuild

42,631 miles

2003 V-Strom DL 1000
Clutch slave cylinder leaking.

bought a rebuild kit on eBay.

obviously there was some leakage...

inside the cylinder looks strange, too.

used Amazon packaging plastic bag (air filled cushion bag) as i pumped the clutch lever.

piston came out easily.

here is the piston with old hardware

at this point, i need to take out the banjo bolt to disconnect the slave cylinder from the bike.

i found some dirt, sludge, and some pitting inside.

used 2000 sandpaper wet with DOT 4.

here is the piston - some discoloration after 13 years.

put it back all together with new hardware.

bleed and get all the air out!


good to go for a while now.

Saturday, January 09, 2016

DL1000 clutch slave cylinder

One of the reason I flushed the clutch during last maintenance was ...
1. It was dirty.
2. I almost lost clutch during the new year ride.

Of course the reason I noticed that the clutch fluid was dirty was because I was losing some fluid. 

It looks like the leak has sprung around the slave cylinder.  So here is the kit I ordered from eBay.

The kit should be here in Wednesday. Looking forward to the refurbishing it. 

Friday, January 01, 2016

Happy New Year

As usual, the first post of the year is the mileage if motorcycles. 

DL 1000

AN 400

Thursday, December 31, 2015

V-Strom Maintenance

DL1000 Maintenance
  • Clutch fluid flush
  • Front brakes flush
  • Engine oil (10w-40 for the Houston winter) and filter
Next oil change at 45,600 miles.



[note - Torque engine drain bolt to 23 N-m. ]

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Ava's Maintenance

@ 76,000 miles

Oil change
ATF change
Tires rotated

She is good to go for a while

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Burgman 400 Oil Change @ 4,000 miles

It's time for Burgman's oil change.  This is the 4,000 mile change, so no oil filter change.  BUT, I got confused with when to change oil.  I thought I was supposed to change it at 4,500 miles.  So at 4,485 miles, I am a few miles over the change period.

This time, I will use the AMS Oil 10W-40.  This bike only requires 1.2 litter of it.

It took me about 15 min. to complete the job in my HOT garage.  Next oil change at 7,500 miles.  I will need to replace the spark plug, reduction gear oil, & coolant as well.

Happy riding!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

DL1000 Oil & Filter Change

V-Strom Maintenance - oil and filter change
@ 38,725 Miles
Next change @ 42,725 miles

Used Valvoline 20-50 & Fram 6018.

On the Internet, everyone swears to put in 3.1qt. But when I put 3 qt (then ran 3 min, settle for 3 min) it was plenty according to the oil level window.