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Old 10-08-2020, 05:54 PM   #556
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instead of adding pollution to the Second Sunday thread, guess I'll post my Buck Island overnight KLR prep here.

so, tried to ride the KLR a couple days ago, and it failed to start. went into the garage today to wrestle it to the ground, and got it to start after finding the battery ground a bit loose.

that's an issue I've had in the past. anyway, tightened that up and it started right up. when I got to work, noticed the headlight getting brighter as I gave it gas. couldn't remember about that, so went to the local shop and they loaned me a load tester:



the shop assured me that the headlight getting brighter was normal, but let me use their load-tester to make sure I don't have a battery issue:



bad pic, but looks like I'm good to go ...
nice thing about a pre-Gen KLR, is they run with a dead battery, but still.

rode the bike to work, and will ride it home in an hour, and then start to pack for Saturday ...
found my fishing pole, so going to bring that, and my new frying pan. we'll see how that goes.

anyway ... that's my progress, today. bike seems to be running. ha.
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Old 10-08-2020, 08:21 PM   #557
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Looking forward to pictures John.
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Old 10-08-2020, 09:06 PM   #558
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Fish fry on Buck Island! Can’t wait for the pics! You guys have fun!
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If the headlight went brighter with increasing RPM I would be concerned of an alternator or regulator problem, which may strand you in the middle of nowhere.
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Old 10-09-2020, 09:29 AM   #560
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This is normal lighting before fuel injection.
The battery would help at idle because the alternator isn't spun up enough @ 600 rpm
With FI, the alternator has to be providing full stable voltage @ a high idle @ 1200 rpm
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If the headlight went brighter with increasing RPM I would be concerned of an alternator or regulator problem, which may strand you in the middle of nowhere.
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This is normal lighting before fuel injection.
The battery would help at idle because the alternator isn't spun up enough @ 600 rpm
With FI, the alternator has to be providing full stable voltage @ a high idle @ 1200 rpm


thanks for the insight guys ... we'll see, I guess.

did a ride on this bike a couple weeks ago, and didn't have any battery charging issues, I don't think.

what i've found so far was definitely a loose ground on the battery.

pretty sure the pre-Gen KLR has an exciter-coil ignition system, and as long as that is functioning to generate a spark, the usual alternator/regulator/dead/boiled battery problems won't strand you like on a streetbike, because the KLR will run without the battery.

the last time my pre-Gen wouldn't start after turning it off for gas in Stonyford, I discovered that the bolt for the battery ground had actually fallen out miles back somewhere and the ground terminal was flapping around in the breeze.

I have a parts bike, so I'll poke around and bring a spare regulator. I may already have one in the saddle bags ... know I carry a spare black box/CDI unit.

I'm sure I've misstated something ... my understanding of motorcycle charging/ignition/lighting systems is dismal ...
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Old 10-09-2020, 12:02 PM   #562
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John, is the charging voltage good, when it’s running?
That can give a clue as to general charging system health.
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Old 10-09-2020, 12:39 PM   #563
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John, is the charging voltage good, when it’s running?
That can give a clue as to general charging system health.
I'll see if I can find my multi-meter tonight, and check the KLR's charging voltage ...

remind me about the led-style voltmeter you recently installed on your KLX?

think I want to put one on my 1973 Triumph, the e-bay one I have on there now does not work too well, and is mounted under the seat, so it's hard to see.
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Old 10-09-2020, 01:23 PM   #564
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here's some n00bie stuff to think about ...

one cool thing about a low milage one-night camping trip, is it gives me a chance to do some things on an ADV ride that I don't usually do.

like trying to eat something other than gorp and gas station cookies on my rides:



bringing a big frying pan, and will try not to burn everything. we'll see how that goes. going to try to bake some canned dough with the lid on the frying pan working like a dutch oven.

imagine I'll be forgetting all sorts of items I don't usually need, like plates, spices, utensils, etc.

we'll also see how a fire goes. may not be a cool thing to do, or even allowed, and if it's windy or otherwise scary, I'll just survive like I usually do, on instant jet-boil coffee/hot chocolate. don't want to be reading about myself as "that guy" who started a wild fire with his out of control and illegal campfire ...

Cincinnatus motivated me to find my fishing poles, which I have not seen in years:



because it's just one night, think I should have room for the reels in my clothing bag.

will bring the early '80s four piece Orvis fiberglass pack-rod, which converts between spinning and fly casting.

the rod on the left, in the black case, is a Hardy seven-piece graphite #2 fly-rod, also early-'80s vintage ... a real flexible buggy whip for small streams in England or back East, but probably not too good for big windy rivers in the West.

trying to see if I can buy a one day or week long (cheaper) fishing liscence. because I have not been fishing recently, don't think I've ever purchased a fishing license in CA ...

thinking my trick will be to see if Cincinnatus can find or catch anything. if he does, I'll jump up and try to find out whether I've brought a rig like he's using, and if so, set it up and see what I can do ... I'm lazy that way.

guess I'll also see what I can find out on google about the fishing in Cache Creek ... certainly always seems to be a lot of water. We may decide just to swim in it (which I have done).

anyway, maybe we'll have some pics of fish ...
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Good stuff John. Looking forward to stories.
Voltage monitor - http://www.sparkbright.co.uk/sparkri...ge-monitor.php
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Damn John... I'm bringing my adjustafork but probably just bringing a sausage.. I better go to the store..



I was going to bring my collapsible fishing rod, but I lent it out so it's not here..
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Damn John... I'm bringing my adjustafork but probably just bringing a sausage.. I better go to the store..

I was going to bring my collapsible fishing rod, but I lent it out so it's not here..
oooh, adjustafork ...

clearly I didn't buy enough veggies ...

fishing thing may be interesting in Cache Creek, but maybe better up around where you like to ride by Henness Pass?
need to find some lake up in the Sierras where I can ride a dual-sport bike and fish for golden trout ...
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cool, thanks Eric ... seem to recall you were pretty happy with it.
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This weekend was ADV AF

SFMCjohn, BananaChunks, and Cincinnatus let me tag along on my 1090, and I'm glad I did..

I'll throw up some pics, but I know SFMCjohn took a bunch. Hopefully everyone else did too.

We met a bunch of other BARFers in Fairfield but mostly it was just us four on the camping. 1962siia rode with us all the way to Buck Island and even did the Knoxville loop twice looking for Cincinnatus's DirtNapper moto jack. 1962siia is ADV AF and besides being a killer dude, he's also a killer rider on his KTM 950 ADV (sorry, no pics from me) I didn't take any pics on the ride to the island.

This is the Buck Island Campground.








We scored the primo spot though

John


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That is a killer spot you guys picked! Super fun to ride with you guys! Need to get out more on the 950! Looking forward to more pics!

Did anyone find the jack?
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