Sunday, October 21, 2007

F4 Updates and New Motorcycle?

Apparently, I forgot to post an update on the F4 problem I had in Arkansas. It seems that the fuel pump decided to give out. It was a bit intermittent for a while, but it decided to quit on that trip. Ordered a new and installed it... that problem solved. I've got a touch over 31K on the odo now, and the bike is still great.But.... I think I've decided to sell her, and get a new bike. The only real reason is that I came into quite a bit of money almost out of no where, and I can easilly afford...

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

CBR Maintenance Time

Well, have over 30K (30,501 miles) on the clock on the CBR now, and it's been a while since I did some of the needed maintenance. Plus we are leaving Friday for another Arkansas trip.Pulled the bike apart last Saturday and worked on it Monday and today. Here are a few pictures. On the list of things to do was: Replace spark plugs with new NGK's Replace fuel filter Clean K&N air filter Remove, pull a part and clean carburetors Check valves (decided to wait until winter) Oil...

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Sunday, August 19, 2007

CBR Rear wheel bearings and tire

Well, as I noted last Sunday, one of the bearings on the rear wheel was pretty sloppy, so I went ahead and popped both sides out (Thanks for the help Todd!).  Ran up to the dealer and picked up 2 replacement bearings (didn't want to wait and order online), and $40 and a little work later, I had them replaced.  Just over 29K on the bike.

Also took one of the low miles (200?) Pilot Power's I had at the shop and patched the small hole it had and threw it on the bike as well.  I want to hold out and replace my rear tire with the new Pilot Road 2's when they come out.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Cleaned the CBR

Been commuting lately on the CBR. It's definately getting hot here! I finally got around to cleaning the bike today, which really hasn't been done since late last summer! Not a real cleaning anyhow. I didn't do a full detail, but it's definately better then it was :)Here are some pictures.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

AR preparation, new Tires & Brakes

In preparation of the upcoming TSBA IBI in Arkansas, I figured it would be a good idea to put a new front tire on. Picked up another Michelin Pilot Power. Upon putting the wheel back on, I noticed that the front brake pads were pretty much shot. With 1 minute until the dealer closed, I got there to pickup 2 sets of EBC Sintered Double H pads. Headed back on the DRZ (luckilly I had it at the shop as alternate transportation) and put the new pads on. Went for a test ride, and everything felt great......

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Oil Change on the CBR, etc

Well, after the ride today, I cleaned and lubed the chain, and decided to go ahead and do a quick oil change while I had the bike at my shop. Good old Honda filter and Honda Synthetic HP4 oil. Total mileage on the bike now is 23,920!I mentioned in a previous entry (last fall) that I flushed the brake fluid on the CBR. Well, it never really made a big improvement in the braking like I feel it needs. Since it's a '99 and on stock lines, I think the lines just aren't in the best shape. So my friend...

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

New Tires

Sorry no updates.  Been doing a mix of riding lately, but nothing major.

Sport bike tires were toast, so haven't ridden it much at all for weeks.  Finally got my new Michelin Pilot Road rear and Pilot Power front tires in today, so I swapped em out.  CBR has 22,350 miles now!

We have a few of the guys from the TSBA coming by my shop tonight to do a few more tire swaps as well.

Monday, July 03, 2006

New Chain & Sprockets (07/01/2006)

Finally got around to installing my new Chain and Sprockets.  Went with stock Honda sprockets, and an EK X-Ring chain.  18,900 miles on the bike at replacement time.  Bike feels alot better now .

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

New Fuel Pump

Haven't been doing much "extra" riding lately, been damn hot and busy.

On our last trip to Arkansas, I found that I was leaking gas.  Well, it was coming from the drip line attached to the fuel pump.  It was figured that a seal inside was going bad, even though the pump was functionally fine.  I ordered a new pump (as well as new sprockets for an upcoming chain replacement) and finllay got it in.

Took about 15 minutes to swap the fuel pump... and all looks well.  18,840 miles on the odo, but the bike is a '99, so I can't complain about the pump.

Friday, April 14, 2006


Well, have about 16,400 miles on the bike now so did a few things today.  Was time for another oil change (Honda HP4 Synthetic as always), and also replaced the fuel filter.  I pulled the K&N air filter and gave it a good cleaning as well.

Getting it ready for the upcoming Arkansas trip in 2 weeks.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

New front tire

Well, time came for a front tire, and with the Arkansas trip coming up in 2 weeks, I went ahead and ordered a rear too.  Went with the Michelin's again... a Pilot Road for the back, and Pilot Power for the front.

Front was beyond worn, so went ahead and swapped that one today (thanks Todd!).  The bike now has 16,170 miles on it, and I swapped the front last time right after my Arkansas trip in September.  So it did pretty well!

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Electronics and RAM Mount updates

Well, nothing major... got sick of using the lighter outlet I put under the seat, so I added one up by the triple tree... mostly for my Radar Detector.  Also added another RAM Mount to give me more flexibility for my equipment, etc. 

Here are some pictures.



Wednesday, February 15, 2006


Sorry for no entries... been riding, just haven't been that good about documenting them!

This past Saturday me and Brandon (from TWT) did some maintenance stuff on our bikes at my shop.  I flushed and bled my brakes, putting in some fresh Motul fluid, and also did another oil change (always using a Honda filter and the Honda HP4 gold bottle synthetic oil).

Just rolled 13,650 miles on the odo too.  Just about 11,000 miles since I picked up the bike in June.

Friday, January 06, 2006

New Tire, etc.

Well, I've missed some entries... perhaps I'll post them soon :)  I'm still riding, as the weather here has allowed it! 

We are doing a ride to Mineola tomorrow (back to the East Texas Burger Company!), and my rear tire is finally showing cord.  With 12,100 miles on the bike now, I replaced the back tire with another Michelin Pilot Road.

I'm not positive, but I believe I got around 6500 miles out of the previous tire, and considering that included a 1600 mile trip to Arkansas tearing up the roads, the Fall IBI in Texas Hill Country, and many other rides.... not bad!  I'll track the new tire mileage better this time around. 

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Frame Sliders installed

Finally got around to installing the LP Delrin Frame Sliders.  Was time to change the oil and clean the chain, so why not do it now. 

I used the laser trick to find the location of the bolts, then put the body work back on, and used a wax pencil to mark the spot that the laser pointed too.

Pictures are here.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

New front tire

Put a Michelin Pilot Power on the front yesterday (should be a farely even wear time with the rear). Used my 15% coupon from TSBA at Cycle Gear.

Surprisingly... alot more work to do the front wheel swap then the rear. More bolts and stuff to remove, and I had to support the bike from the rafters in my shop since it didn't wanna stay on the front fork stand alone.

By the way... to limit the "new tire slickness", I cleaned the tire real well with Acetone, which helped tremendously.  And for safe measure, I even went over the tire with 400 grit sandpaper after the Acetone.  Made a huge difference.

 Bike feels quite different... and definately a lot safer.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Repairs and Tires

Well, new back tire did well on the Arkansas trip, but the front tire definately needs to be replaced now.  It's got quite a peak on it from all the curves!

I also did a little "repair" work today from the drop I did last week.  Definately looks a bit better for now.

Pictures are here.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Bike laid down

Well, got the bike back out on the road after doing all the work on it today.  About 1 block from the office, and I'm at a stop light.  Safe to turn right, so I venture out and take the right turn.  Before I know it, I'm facing the wrong way laying on the ground.



Damn that tire was slick!  Here are pics of the damageCycle Gear nor the Honda dealer had another brake handle in stock, but my friend at Lockhart Philips is overnighting me one.

Pre Rally Maintenance and new tire

Well, a couple of the guys took a look at my rear tire last night and said the tire probably wouldn't safely last the 1500 miles this trip this weekend might be.

I had already planned on cleaning and re-lubricating the chain, and doing an oil change (including switching to the Honda HP synthetic oil), so I called CycleGear to make sure they had a tire.

Went in to my shop and got the work done and wheel off, and dropped it off at Cycle Gear so they could put the new Michelin Pilot Road on the rear.  

Here are some pics

Friday, August 12, 2005

Custom bracket for GPS/Radar, etc.

I decided to build a custom bracket for the RAM mount I'm using on my bike so that I could hold my GPS and Radar Detector or MP3 player at the same time.

Hit Home Depot and picked up a 12x18 sheet of steel for ~$8, and my friend Ted helped me cut and bend it to work with my equipment, etc.

Here are the results (pictures) .  The bracket is attached to my lower custom plate (per one of my previous BLOG entries) via industrial Velcro, so that I can easilly remove it for storage under the seat, and also use the original plate to just hold the radar detector, etc if I dont want to use the GPS as well.

Only thing left to do is to paint it to protect it from the weather, etc.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Rear Turn signals


When I did the fender eliminator, I reused the stock rear turn signals.  They were a bit big, and looked out of the place.


I picked up some new mini turn signals for $16 at Cycle Gear and put them on.  Definately a nice improvement!

These pictures show the new turn signals, and I washed and polished the bike as well.

Akrapovic Exhaust


I had been doing quite a bit of research on exhaust systems for my bike.  I wasn't looking for a full system, but just a slip-on.  I don't need major performance, just needed a bit more sound then the stock exhaust provides.

I was leaning toward Two Brothers and Yoshimura systems.  Then my friend from Lockhart Philips came through again with an even better deal.  The carbon fiber Akrapovic slip on!

This system is fairly quiet compared to many aftermarket systems, but does have a great smooth note.  It also has the highest overall horsepower gain over the other systems I was looking at.

Pictures of the installation are here.

RAM GPS/Radar Detector/MP3 Player Mount


I had looked around for solutions, and didn't really find one I was happy with.  Basically, just a way to nicely mount a radar detector, camera, GPS unit, MP3 Player, etc to the bike.

I didn't want something that would always be in the way, hard or timely to remove, etc.

I came up with the following... and I must say, it works great!

License Plate Frame Graphic


Okay... this isn't much of a mod, but worth listing anyhow.  After I did the fender eliminator, I left the dealer frame, which held the inspection sticker.  Obviouslly, I didn't care for the look, so I came up with a solution.

I cut a black vinyl background, and applied a red reflective vinyl CBR logo to it, then applied to the frame.

Take a look here

Silver Accent Stripes


Overall, I like the graphics and look of the bike.  I decided to cut some silver accent stripes, and basically pinstripe them onto the bike.  I really like the added dimension it gives to the overall look.

Pictures are here

12 volt power


Since the previous owner had the bike in storage, he had added a battery maintainer.  I used this connector and built an adapter cable to provide a 12v outlet for my radar detector, etc.

Pictures are here

Fender Eliminator


The bike was stock... but I couldn't leave it that way :)

An old friend works for Lockhart Philips, and got me a great deal on a Competition Works fender eliminator and K&N air filter for the bike.


The fender eliminator really gives the bike a much better look.

Pictures are here

Friday, January 09, 2004

Introduction - History


I haven't owned a motorcycle since I got rid of my last one in about 1996.... after only putting maybe 150 miles on it in 3 years.

I have been looking on and off at bikes again for a few years now, but had decided to get a cruiser and just enjoy.  No great deals came about, and I wasn't actively pursuing a bike.

Until July 2005.  A friend of mine in Houston was storing a bike for another friend of his, who bought it new.  He decided to sell it, since it wasn't being used, to help him and his wife get a new house.

The bike and deal was right, so I drove down to Houston and picked up a '99 Honda CBR 600 F4 with 2660 miles on the odometer.

Pictures a day or so after arrival