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      08-22-2012 10:10 AM #26
      I'm with you on the round lights, but I love the 80s square gauges. I'm just hiding the chunky gauge box on my Nighthawk behind a smoked "sport" type screen once I put a round headlight on there.
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      There is an area of a normal brain that lets the owner know the object works and needs to be left alone. Not all of us have it. It is like being colorblind.

    2. 08-22-2012 10:50 AM #27
      I think you've got a perfectly suitable platform to go for something like this:

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      08-22-2012 11:37 AM #29
      Yea.. That's a pretty bar bike.




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      08-22-2012 12:31 PM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by PowerDubs View Post
      Yea.. That's a pretty bar bike.




      - Josh
      That's the only issue I have with it. When I get to the point of owning multiple motorbikes, I WILL have something like that. As my only bike, though, no way. That doesn't look comfortable enough. It is awesome, though.

      Got everything put back together last night, started it up just for peace of mind. Plan is to tune it tonight and register it tomorrow or Friday after work.

      Carbs didn't get as thorough of a cleaning as I'd like to have done, but I feel like I have decent excuses:
      1. I need to register the bike by Tuesday
      2. The tank is coated with rust on the inside; it's pretty bad. The carbs will get filled back up with rusty crap. Gonna run them as-is til the winter, when I'll address the tank issue
      3. All passages/jets ARE clear, floats/needles in good shape, new diaphragms

      Basically they just needed to soak to remove residue inside the bowls, but I didn't want any more downtime in this part of the year.

      Of course, I'll end up having to take them back out next week and you guys can say "we told you so."

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      08-24-2012 11:07 AM #31
      Found my issue last night, wasn't in the carbs after all.

      Turns out my bike has the common XS11 issue of the coil pickup wires breaking. As they flex, the connect and disconnect at the breaks, which is what causes the loss of spark for 1 or 2 cylinders.

      Found TWO broken wires. Soldered them back, bike ran much better.


      Then it ran much worse, only 2 cylinders firing at all times, no longer intermittent. Guess one of my solders broke. I'll be rewiring with new wire today after work, rather than patching the old ones in there.

      At least I know what the problem is.

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      08-24-2012 01:46 PM #32
      Good that you found it. Personally I hate solder for vehicles, especially something like a motorcycle or an old car. Fresh crimps any time for me
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      There is an area of a normal brain that lets the owner know the object works and needs to be left alone. Not all of us have it. It is like being colorblind.

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      08-24-2012 09:36 PM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by turbinepowered View Post
      Good that you found it. Personally I hate solder for vehicles, especially something like a motorcycle or an old car. Fresh crimps any time for me
      It fixed the problem, but then the bike went into another fit that feels like two cylinders are down and hasn't come out. Barely idles, isn't rideable.

      Pulled the plugs, they are all getting spark. It is a weak, crappy spark and the plugs look like they may be slightly fouled. Throwing some new ones in tomorrow to see if that brings it back.

      Also still need to tune my fuel mixture. It rode fine, but I can tell there is more power there with a better mix.

      Found an awesome dude on xs11.com who seems to have EVERY part I need.

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      08-25-2012 12:24 PM #34
      One of my new fuel lines was a bit long and kinked up above the carb.

      Bike runs like a BEAST now.


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      08-25-2012 01:41 PM #35
      How are you liking the bar end mirrors?

      That bike needs a Suzuki 'train light' headlight something fierce.

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      08-25-2012 01:54 PM #36
      I love the mirrors. They really transform the look of the bike, and are completely useable. My forearms only block about a quarter of an inch of the insides of the mirrors, so I can see 95% of the glass. Great view of what's behind, great view of blind spots with a slight cocking of my neck.

      I want the largest round headlight I can find.

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      08-25-2012 02:05 PM #37
      What flavor of bar end mirrors did you get? Want to pick some up for my Nighthawk, my arms and elbows are just far too in the way of the stock mirrors.
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      There is an area of a normal brain that lets the owner know the object works and needs to be left alone. Not all of us have it. It is like being colorblind.

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      08-25-2012 02:31 PM #38
      Quote Originally Posted by GoRacers View Post

      I want the largest round headlight I can find.


      Keep your eye on Ebay for the Suzuki GS light then-



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      08-25-2012 02:38 PM #39
      Quote Originally Posted by turbinepowered View Post
      What flavor of bar end mirrors did you get? Want to pick some up for my Nighthawk, my arms and elbows are just far too in the way of the stock mirrors.
      http://www.amazon.com/Motorcycle-Mir...ar+end+mirrors

      Amazon. $19.99

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      08-25-2012 11:23 PM #40
      Quote Originally Posted by PowerDubs View Post
      Keep your eye on Ebay for the Suzuki GS light then-
      The '82 Yamaha Seca 650 had a rather large-ish headlight as well.

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      08-26-2012 12:16 PM #41
      Quote Originally Posted by GoRacers View Post
      Ordered.
      Quote Originally Posted by zukiphile View Post
      There is an area of a normal brain that lets the owner know the object works and needs to be left alone. Not all of us have it. It is like being colorblind.

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      08-27-2012 08:15 PM #42
      Thought the soreness in my right hand was going to go away after I got used to this bike's ergonomics....nope.

      Clubman bars on the way.

      Got some more mileage on her, this trans is junk. 5th makes noise like it is rubbing on the crank case on the end of the shaft, 1st doesn't like to engage from a stop, and 2nd is useless for anything other than carefully getting from 1st to 3rd.

      Other than that, LOVE THIS BIKE.

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      08-27-2012 09:00 PM #43
      Quote Originally Posted by PowerDubs View Post
      Keep your eye on Ebay for the Suzuki GS light then-



      I laugh that you speak of the Suzuki GS and show a picture of a Kawasaki.
      Quote Originally Posted by zukiphile View Post
      There is an area of a normal brain that lets the owner know the object works and needs to be left alone. Not all of us have it. It is like being colorblind.

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      08-27-2012 09:51 PM #44
      Quote Originally Posted by turbinepowered View Post
      I laugh that you speak of the Suzuki GS and show a picture of a Kawasaki.


      I laugh that you don't realize that is a Suzuki GS headlight on a Kawasaki that comes from the factory with a square headlight.

      We are talking about swaps after all, aren't we?
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      08-27-2012 11:15 PM #45
      Quote Originally Posted by PowerDubs View Post
      I laugh that you don't realize that is a Suzuki GS headlight on a Kawasaki that comes from the factory with a square headlight.

      We are talking about swaps after all, aren't we?
      I laugh too though, because the ZRX looks soo much better with the little bikini fairing that it originally came with.

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      08-27-2012 11:33 PM #46
      I agree. That's not my bike.

      The prior owner on mine had put on dual lights such as on a speed triple. I put the stock setup back on.


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      08-29-2012 05:57 PM #47
      Engine coming out on saturday in preparation for trans replacement.

      Got a good deal on a used, already modified gear set from a member at xs11.com.

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      08-29-2012 07:19 PM #48
      Ever split cases before? Fun fun.

      Unless you are proficient, I'd wait until winter. The best time of year to ride is almost upon us.
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      08-29-2012 08:12 PM #49
      Quote Originally Posted by PowerDubs View Post
      Ever split cases before? Fun fun.

      Unless you are proficient, I'd wait until winter. The best time of year to ride is almost upon us.
      This. Unless you're spitting chunks when you drain the oil, let it ride for a while until you get out of the pretty season.
      Quote Originally Posted by zukiphile View Post
      There is an area of a normal brain that lets the owner know the object works and needs to be left alone. Not all of us have it. It is like being colorblind.

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      08-30-2012 07:19 AM #50
      Quote Originally Posted by turbinepowered View Post
      I laugh that you speak of the Suzuki GS and show a picture of a Kawasaki.
      Try this then:



      '01 Suzi Bandit 1200 (aka GSF1200K), factory headlight, (****ty) aftermarket screen

      That kawi wears it better though. But where the hell are his signals? No way that'd get a sticker 'round here.
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