Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Disappointed with ADVmonster Waterproof Voltmeter

I bought ADVmonster Waterproof Voltmeter in December 8th, 2012.  This unit was placed on my BMW F650CS - Scarver.

A few months later, one of the LED bar failed as seen below. (4/30/2013)

They sent me a replacement for the failed unit.

TODAY, it has been less than a year since the replacement, the unit FAILED again.
I rode in a heavy rain on my way home.  In the midst of the commute, the meter started to post 30 volts and the volt indication was jumping all over the place.

My first thought was that my voltage regulator was going out.  BUT if so, with 30 volts, certainly the fuse would have blown.

The second thought was that I got water in some unknown place and making the bike going crazy.  But again, if so, one of the fuse would have blown and I would see the result somewhere.

The only reason I can think of is that the voltmeter itself has gone bad.  Here is a video I took when I got home.

Here is another picture.  You can see some film like moisture (or something) inside the front cover.


I am so disappointed.


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Scarver D.I.Y. Pannier Project: Summary

Here is the Summary of my project to this point.

I decided to make a D.I.Y. rack - hey it's ugly, but it works. (did I mention I have no welding skill?)

Here is my original idea of a rack.

That idea didn't last very long.

So I went to homedepot and bought a 1 inch square aluminum tube. Hey look, it fits perfectly into the passenger peg bracket.

From there, I tried many different ways of attaching panniers, but the best solution I came up with is to use Wal-mart cutting board and support it with 6mm threaded rod that fits into the rear triangle/fender. I bought a 1 meter 6mm threaded rod and cut them into four, then adjusted the length as I needed.

Then I found a threaded rod in my garage that would be perfect for the rear bracket.

Painted them black - just to make them look a bit less "hillbilly".

I thought about installing Pelican cases, but I'd rather spend that money in GAS to ride. So, for now, Husky Technician Box from Homedepot will do.
One of my concern was to place the case just right so that I can still fuel the bike. And I think I did it just right.

It's not perfect, but this will do the job.

I've attached Hyper-Lites, and looks like below at night. I REALLY need side marker lights.

That is it so far.  Come back here for more updates.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Scarver Side Case Project

Continuing to work on Scarver, attaching the side cases.  I think it's coming nicely.

Took a few photo this morning while commuting.  Here is what she looks like now.

One big concern I had was the fueling.  Since BMW F650's have the fuel tank under the seat, you have fuel it from the side.  This made putting panniers extra difficult with positioning them just right.  I think mine is still too tight, but I am going to live with it for now.

I am a bit concerned about the space between the cases and the rear side panels.  I think I can make it a bit narrower.

Looking down from the top.

I think this picture really shows that I can make it narrower.  Let's see what I can do.

This has been a lot of fun being creative and coming up with solutions.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Scarver No Crank

After finishing the pannier project, I was going to go for a test ride.  Hit the starter button.... NOTHING!

Battery has more than 12v.  I hear the fuel pump come on.  All the lights are nice and bright.

SO....  I narrowed it down to, perhaps, three things, starter, starter relay, or the starter button.

What's the easiest to work on?  It's the starter button.  So I started to take it a part.

Sprayed with a electrical contact cleaner and scrubbed the button surface with a flat head screw driver.

Then turn the ignition on and hit the button.

YAY, she runs again!  Thank goodness, it was ONLY a dirty contact.

Monday, February 24, 2014

License Plate Light Bulb

My Texas Inspection is expiring on Scarver at the end of this month. I did a once over and found out that the license plate light bulb is burnt out.

Removed two screws, and the unit poped out. The light bulb had some number that I've never seen. So I took it to Auto Zone and went through their light bulb shelf. Found the following bulb pretty close to the one from the bike

and YES it worked.

Now the bike is ready for the inspection!

Friday, February 21, 2014

DIY Pannier Rack

I've been wanting to put a pannier rack on the Scarver.  BUT I really don't want to spend $200 for it.  So, the only answer I had was to make my own.  Unfortunately, I don't know how to weld, so I have to creative...

Luckily, I had access to some scrap metal.  So I started to RIG-up something.

So far, I've spent $20 in 1 inch aluminum square tubing from Home Depot.

Lots more work to come.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Newman's Castle

Took a nice ride to Belville, TX.  There is a bakery called Newman's Bakery and its owner has built himself a CASTLE.  We had to go check it out.

Sri's Valcun - It's his firs time riding with us.

John's Triumph - His wife came with him.

Bob also reides a Triumph with his wife.

John's ST1300

Here we all are.

Riding the BIG TEXAS country road.

My daughter LOVES riding with her daddy.

The Castle looks like this from outside.

I can't believe he even made the mote.

From the top of the castle - nice view.

SO if you are planning to go there on your bike, DON'T do it - unless you are riding a dual-sport.  I almost got my Goldwing stuck in the sand in the drive way at the castle.

I dug a real nice trench with my rear wheel.  I thought I would NEVER get out there.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Picked up....

Picked up an S hook on the home from work.


Called my insurance and arranged a flatbed.  The tow truck showed up in about 3 hours.

Thank goodness it was only 3 miles from home.

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Goldwing Carb Sync

Today, I am synchronizing carburetors.

45,600 miles

I followed information from the following page.

Balancing GL1500 Carburettors

It's not 100%, but I am content.  We will see if it runs differently.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Camry Differential Fluid Change

185,700 Miles

I didn't know 2.2 L Camry had a separate differential to take care of.  Replaced 1.7 quart of ATF and done.  It was pretty simple.

This Youtube was helpful -

Enjoy wrenching!