Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Welcome NC700X DCT

Joining my stable

2015 Honda NC700X DCT/ABS with 9,735 miles

Well farled with
I think that's about it. 
That's $3,291.68 worth of farkles!
Ok, I feel good about my purchase now.

Good-bye Burgman

Monday, May 23, 2016

V-Strom Smoking

One day last week, I turned on the engine. It idled..., then smoke start billowing from the back of left rear side panel. 

Hmmmm..... Not good. 

After this incident, I've noticed that I'm not getting enough voltage to charge the battery. Putting this info and where the smoke came from, I called the voltage regulator / rectifier the culprit.

After examining, sure enough. 

Luckily, I had a back up. Installed it and she is getting 14.5 volt again.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

DL1000 maintenance

45,268 miles

Getting lots of maintenance done lately. 

Air Ffilter replacement
Spark plugs

Lots more to do. 

Monday, May 09, 2016

Avalon Oil Change

First time doing oil change for Avalon myself.

@ 80,800miles

STP oil/oil filter combo was on sale for $19.00 at Auto Zone. So I used it.

5qt of 5w-30... 5 qt is a lot of oil. My oil pan gets FULL!

Not too happy with Toyota for putting the oil filter where it is.

  1. It is impossible not to spill any oil.
  2. With warm engine, you will burn your arm trying to remove/install oil filter.

Good to go for another 3,000 miles.

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 toyotanation.com 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