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.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

new camry battery

190,450 miles

New Battery...  2 year warranty from Advance Auto...  We will see how long it will last.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Cockpit Shelf

I am attempting to make a cockpit shelf like this one.

I think I can make one from a stock aluminum sheet from Home Depot.  Like this one.

But I need to make a template to work with....

This should fit....

Transfer that to the metal sheet... some cutting, some drilling....

and put it on the bike.  =)

I think I will paint it black tomorrow.

Happy riding.

Saturday, April 04, 2015

New Front Tire after 17,000 MILES!!!!

37,000 miles today...

I can't believe it.  I just can't believe it.

Last time I change the front tire was December 2012.  Scarver had 20,000 miles on it then.  It has been 2 years and a few months.  And after 17,000 trouble free miles, the front tire needed to be replaced.  I am SO impressed by Michelin Pilot Road 2.

But this time, to match the rear tire with only 3,000 miles, I decided to go with Continental ContiMotion.  I hope this tire will last as long as the Pilot Road 2.

I also updated the Texas vehicle inspection today, too.  Texas is doing something different and getting rid of the inspection stickers.  This began March of this year.  My inspection ran out on March 31, but my registration is not due until July.  So I had to get my inspection extended for $7.00.  (A typical motorcycle inspection is $14.50.)  I guess I have to go get the bike inspected again in July and pay full fee.  But at least we can get rid of the ugly inspection plate now.

Happy Riding!