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  • Northern
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    I saw everyone posting nice pics of their bike so I figured I'd join...

    I started doing some yard work, ended up installing the tail tidy I made and the tail fairing.







    Can't remember if I posted the before pic, but PO cut off everything below the tail and sheet metal screwed a piece of milk jug to it.

    Currently trying to fix an electrical issue with the dash. Then I need to do some rear end stuff, bar ends, and get a battery.
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  • varg
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    Finally got the ZRX carbs cleaned and got it back on the road. Replaced the disintegrating foam pod filters with some rather expensive K&N filters, and it needs a little tuning. It's kinda hesitant in the 6-7,000rpm range, it's either just rich because I have the needles raised to suit the foam filters which probably have less pressure drop, or it's due to the fuel levels being off a bit. Setting float heights is such a pain, since it involves completely removing the carbs and the throttle cables are a pain.
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  • DatUtahGuy
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    Here is my dirty girl, I ride her hard and put her away wet every time :) Click image for larger version

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  • Northern
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    Ah I see, my local gas has ethanol in 87/89 but 91 is "ethanol free" so I just run 91 in bikes/snowblower/etc and haven't had a problem.

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  • varg
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    I'm fairly certain it's the shitty Ewhatever fuel I have no choice but to purchase here

    I've never actually tested the ethanol content but it certainly behaves like it's more than 10% by how fast it goes bad sitting in my garage. No chance it's debris from the tank, I have a fuel filter inline and never find anything other than the white crud and varnish in the bowls. The bike runs on regular 87 and there is no evidence the 91 or 93 in these parts has less ethanol so I just buy 87.

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  • Northern
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    What do you run for fuel? Do you think it's ethanol that's gumming up the carbs? Any chance it's debris in the tank?

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  • varg
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    Nah, wouldn't be that bad. The weight of it (527lbs wet per Indian's website) would make more of a difference than how tall it is. It is actually very similar in specs to my ZRX, which is not at all effortful to transition and corner with. Riding position on the ZRX is a little more feet forward and leaned forward, seat height (with flipped eccentrics like mine) is almost the same.

    Man do I miss riding my bike, but the carburetors have been giving me such a fit. I get busy and can't ride it for a little while and if I forget to run it a couple of times per week I wind up having to pull them off and clean them because they gum up so fast. Swapped carbs for a set that do not have a broken casting like the ones that came on my bike and I just can't get it to run right.The 'new' carbs came with drilled slides and non-stock needles which might be contributing to the transition issues so I might have to put my stock slides back. One of them has a pinhole sealed with rtv which is what prompted me to swap them in the first place. I had it running nicely at one point with the shimmed stock needles and larger main jets so I want to just get back to that point. It needs a valve adjustment too and it uses those damn fiddly little shims

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  • LateFan
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    Thanks. It just seems like you'd have to throw your weight side to side a lot more to lean it over. And it just looks a bit goofy to me.

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  • varg
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    Originally posted by LateFan View Post
    Don't you want your center of gravity as low as possible?
    It's more complex than that. It makes little difference at speed in a straight line where stability depends on suspension/steering geometry and its interaction with the gyroscopic effects, and going slowly it just changes the technique required. Bikes with a very high center of gravity like supermotos are incredible at cornering, it just requires a different technique to do so than on a supersport.

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  • tim88325is
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    I think that model is meant to have an upright riding position. Not a sports bike crouch or a cruiser recline, see the new Ducati Scrambler line or any "standard" Japanese motorcycle from the 70s, CB750, CB550, etc.

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  • econti
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    Being forwards makes them easier to slide (weight on the front wheel to keep it gripping as much as possible) and height makes it easier to flick into corners. At least that's what I find.

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  • LateFan
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    OK, you knowledgable bike guys, explain this to me - why is the seat so damn high? is it current style, is it front-rear weight balance, is it handling...? The rider seems to be really high and farther forward. Don't you want your center of gravity as low as possible?

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  • LateFan
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    At the Peterson Museum...

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  • LateFan
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    Hasty Flaming Buffalo


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  • Northern
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    My buddy has two snapped off/ seized jets in his GPz, can't remember which. We didn't want to do any more damage at the time, but he's ordering a jet kit for this winter. Also his float bowl drains are all sorts of messed up, so I don't know what his plans are there.


    The F4i gear set showed up. It looks pretty good and has the same spacing as the F4 so it'll fit. Edit: Apparently it doesn't have the same spacing...
    I'm going to pull it apart to clean/oil it before I throw it all back together, also will check the shift forks for any kind of bends/wear.

    Pretty pumped to put it back in the bike and not have bike parts all over the place, then it might end up in the shed before snow falls.
    Last edited by Northern; 03-20-2020, 05:33 PM.

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