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Today we just did a shorty ride by ourselves. We intended to do a 250km loop upto Dwellingup, then south through the Lane Pool / Nanga Brook area to Waroona for lunch, and home again. But the storm that's forecast for tomorrow looked like it was rolling in early so we changed plan and had lunch at Dwellingup. The thick grey clouds building up to the south looked like they were ready to drop their load.

We stopped at a restaurant which has recently re-opened. It used to be called the 24 Carat and was run by an Indian family, but they closed down at the start of the pandemic. It stayed shut-down for a few months but has re-opened as "Long Riders", with a theme of Pizza, Burgers and Beer for Motorcyclists.

We had lunch and then rode home via North Spur road rather than Dell Park Way, since it has higher limits, more corners, steeper inclines and less tourists. The area is also popular with the dirt-bike crowd who like to ride the fire-trails, so its best to keep an eye out for 4WD utes loaded with bikes pulling out from the side-roads.

In the end the storm didn't arrive early, so we felt a little cheated. But we still enjoyed the ride, and the lunch. We'll probably skip tomorrows ride if the forecast proves right.

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20200905_Longriders.jpg Long Riders front
20200905_Dwell view.jpg Porch view
20200905_Lunch.jpg "Ghost Rider" Chicken and Caesar sauce Pizza and chips

Cheers, Keef.
 

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Stuck a Panasonic Nais 40A starter relay from these fellows:

No more click, nothing nothing click start.
$8.95 plus shipping.
 

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Nice find, thanks for sharing. I see the website also stocks replacement stator connector plugs etc etc (y)
 

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Today I rode my Sprint in company with KG's Monster for about an hour, and then its engine just stopped while she was riding it. She clutched-in and rolled over to a convenient bit of gravel and we had a look. When I hit the starter button I could hear the relay make and then a clunk sound, the starter is not turning, I think the engine is seized.
So I left her some water and rode back home by myself, found some tie-down straps, fueled up the car, went round to the trailer hire place to hire a trailer, found that it no longer trades on Sundays, googled another place and hired a 'plant' trailer and drove for an hour back to where the two Monsters were waiting.
Meanwhile KG just sat under a tree enjoying the midge bugs and skeeters for about 3 hours. She didn't even have phone reception so I couldn't update her on progress.
She said the first two hours flew by, mainly because she knew that I would take at least that long (due to travel time) but after that time dragged as she was on alert for me to come back. At about that time she started wondering what would happen to her if I didn't come back....
So what started as a short 2-3 hour riding day/lunch outing turned into a 5-hour adventure without any lunch. But the bike is safely at home now and we'll take it into one of the local bike shops tomorrow so they can have a look at it. I could probably do it myself, but I don't really have the time or the heart.

I just done an internet search for replacement bikes, so I could gauge whether its more cost efficient to replace than repair. Well.... there are 2 for sale, one is 3000km away in South Australia and the other is 4500km away in Queensland. So that's not an easy option (but it might still have to be an option, there ain't many litre-sized bikes KG can fit on).

Keef.
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Well it turns out that that engine is basically beyond economical repair. Something caused the cam belt to jump a tooth and the horizontal piston and valve train smushed themselves into scrap. From what we can tell, it's not a Ducati reliability problem but a foreign object that shouldn't have been in there problem.

So the bike is parked up while we wait for a donor engine to become available, since we haven't located one yet.
In the meantime we got offered a real good deal on a 796 version from an old fellow who is retiring from riding due to health issues (heart attacks and seizures kinda spoil plans).

I rode it home from Busselton this morning. KG had her first ride just before we lowered it 30mm by installing the shorter shock absorber mount from the 696 version of the Monster. The previous owner had completely unwound the shock preload. We will change that when we set the sag properly on the weekend.

20200916_160510.jpg 696 (short) and 796 (longer with step) versions of "shock absorber adjuster holder"

First impressions is that the smaller engine definitely has less torque, and doesn't pull quite as hard from low revs like the 1100, but it responds through the mid range with a sweeter rush. Its happy to motor along at 4100rpm in 5th gear at the highway limit (trust me, I did that for 2 hours today) but it really transforms when it gets taken up through 6000rpm where it gets real lively, with nice sound and smooth strong acceleration. It reminds me of the way my old YZF600 used to surge when the secondaries opened up.

Gunna be fun I think.

20200916 Monster 796.jpg KG returns from first 796 ride

Keef.
 

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Wow, that's a drag. How did the errant object find its way in? Anyway, good to see your resilience in action! 🤙
 

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Sad to hear Keef, cam belts, one of the the dumbest inventions ever.
I took my ST out on a 200km ride on my favourite road to check out the new muffler with the 61 map.
It's loud, but can be managed if you watch throttle openings and revs, but it sounds fanatstic.
It seriously howls, and it is much smoother from a closed throttle.
It might be in my head, but it also feels better for losing all that weight up high and back from the original lump of metal.
 

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Crush washers showed up today, really fast delivery.
I think that might buy 1 1/2 aluminum ones from Triumph...
 

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Regarding the errant object in the cam-belt void....
I have been warned by a certain diminutive Monster owner, on pain of eternal abstinence, to not mention any possibility of anything (like maybe a bolt-spacer) being left loose inside the cam-belt void when carbon-fibre belt covers were installed while I was at work on Friday.

So consider yourselves ignorant of the preceding unfounded allegations, since I wouldn't want my marital arrangements altered at this time.

lol - To be honest, there was no such ultimatum, but there was much guilt and self debasement once the cause of the calamity was identified. I think my riding buddy almost quit riding. Anyhow what is done is done and we're moving on.

This weekend we will concentrate on transferring the farkles from the 1100 to the 796 that are compatible, which will be most of them. I've already moved the Wilbers shock body, the sidestand (shortest version from 696), sprocket cover and anodised inspection port cover. She's moved the windscreen, mudguard, tank covers and tailpiece. The tail-tidy, passenger grab rails and wilbers oil reservoir all need to be mounted at the same time since they share mounting points / space.
I was going to put the 1100 wheels on, however the 796 rear wheel is approximately 1kg lighter, so it's staying. (Both have tyres with about 20% tread remaining, 796 wearing Pirelli Diablo=10.5kg, 1100 wearing Angel GT2=11.5kg, when new the 1100/Angel weighed 12.2kg, so could be the tyre construction rather than the wheels, but I wont know until the 796 tyre wears out and we replace it.)

The front end will get delayed a bit, since the K-Tec shim-stack and valve needles we ordered a couple of months ago for the 1100's Marzocchi forks have arrived at the suspension workshop. Today they said they will want the forks on Monday but prefer them not in the bike.

Its been a busy week, and were not finished yet.

Keef.
 

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I have had a few of my own f%$kups, so I know the feeling. It can happen. 🤙
 

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Today I put 2x "Mosquito Head Net"s in my touring-tool bag. On top of KG's other woes, she now has a scalp covered in little purple coloured spots thanks to the dozens of midge bites she suffered while baby-sitting her broken-down bike in the forest.
Its something we've never even thought about, usually it's us killing the midges, by the hundreds, as they self-destruct on our visors and headlights. We never knew they would bite back if given half a chance. She said that she didn't realise she was getting bitten at the time, just that the midges were annoying her. The spots came up a few days later.

I also ordered some titanium Drive Pin Studs (equiv part # T2012297) and bolts (equiv part # T3050211) which I found for sale when checking out rear brake pistons (equiv part # T2020050) at Titan Classics.
I thought I'd run out of candidates for my 'rotating mass reduction" project until I found these. Up until yesterday TC only sold them in sets of 4, but after we asked them they now sell sets of 5 as well.

I'll post the weight details when I receive them, but they will probably take about 2 months to arrive.

Keef.

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Well, I've been itching to see what my RS would be like if switched the LSL bar converter to the clip-ons+Helibar risers. When I got the clip-ons in place, though, I discovered that the cable were jamming up against the instrument cluster. I think they're stock cables.

I can see how rerouting the clutch cable might work, but I can't imagine how to reroute the throttle cables. Does any by chance have a photo of their RS's 'cockpit' that would show the cable routing? Maybe it's the same for the ST? (so a photo of that arrangement might be helpful)

Thanks!
 

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I managed to hit the mother of all potholes in New Hampshire, USA, and put quite a bend in my wheel. Today I took it off and removed all the pieces in preparation to having it straightened. (Pieces are rotors, ABS wheel and tire.) Last time I needed a wheel straightened, about 12 years ago, I used M.C. Wheel, formerly in New Hampshire, now in Tucson, who did an excellent job using heat and hydraulics. Not looking forward to the two weeks of shipping to and fro.

For those in the USA, have any of you done business with Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists (AWRS)? They seem to be a franchise and have a location near me, saving shipping down time. Yes I shall replace the tire.
 
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