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PostSubject: Re: Greetings From Seattle   Fri Oct 28, 2016 3:12 am

saha6818 wrote:
I've lately found myself lugging the engine when taking off from a start when the engine is cold. In particular, this is annoying when making a sharp turn - I lose my balance. It's okay once warmed up or if I go easy (what fun is that?).
Probably need to richen the mixture. Mine set at +15.
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings From Seattle   Fri Oct 28, 2016 10:45 am

Really. :( You'd think the computer would adapt. I guess I need to look into that now. Thanks!
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings From Seattle   Thu Nov 03, 2016 9:25 am

hey, I am getting my WR today, we should meet and go ride. I live in Kirkland. I am new to dirt bikes, but I ride street bikes and do track days. PM if you want meet sometime, maybe you can show me where to ride dirt around here.
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings From Seattle   Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:38 pm

I've been commuting 37 miles per day, 5 days per week on the WR for about six months. The traffic is heavy - it's at least 90 minutes per day. The WR is doing fantastic. I did blow a fork seal jumping a curb and dancing through a huge vacant lot to go around a congested neighborhood... But the bike has been comfortable and fun.

The front-end dive on braking makes it hard to see traffic in the mirrors, so I wonder if I'm more likely to avoid being rear-ended on my sport bike. At least I'll go out with a stupid smile on my face.
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings From Seattle   Sun Sep 03, 2017 4:04 am

You can adjust the compression-damping on the bottom on each forks. In = makes it harder.
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings From Seattle   Sun Sep 03, 2017 10:58 am

That's a great feature. But I like it soft. Very happy
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings From Seattle   Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:38 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Greetings From Seattle   Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:46 pm

I'm still commuting hard on the WR, and it still rocks. I'm moving closer to work soon, so the abuse will let up. I might buy a Zero MX too. But I did a bunch of work on it recently:

* Installed heated grips to accompany the heated vest. Amazing.
* Rebuilt both forks after blowing a seal. They seem a little sticky up top now, but they're not leaking.
* Replaced the chain. The old one was stretched in places and not in others - confusing when trying to tension it.
* Added a big LED flood light to the front forks. This seems to have reduced how much I get cut off. It's not brighter than the headlight except from the sides. It's on all the time.
* Cleaned the air filter. It wasn't bad, but I noticed getting power back.
* Replaced the front brake fluid. I don't know why I thought it was bad - looked fine. Maybe another bike needs a flush?
* Pulled out the "dash cam" I had mounted behind the fairing. Bought some doo-dads to remount it. Soon.

* Bought/mounted a dual-sport rear tire. Kenda K761.
* Bought/installed a Shinko 705 front tire, had serious wheel hop between 47 and 53ish mph. Checked everything, read the forum hard. Tire seems out of round while rim is not. Maybe I stretched part of it out by having a fold in the tube or something? Ordered a Continental Escape that is in the garage waiting for a break from the commute to be installed.

The tires make cornering much more solid. But the breaking point is less predictable. I had my first lowside at 10mph in the parking garage a couple weeks ago. (In my defense, the de-icer was slippery. The only damage was to the pavement.) The rear tire also sometimes spins on the paint at freeway speeds when I change lanes in the rain, but I think that happened with the knobbies too.

Still longing for a snow kit!
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