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post #21 of 46 Old 09-15-2019, 01:56 PM
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Putting fresh oil in the bike before storage should prevent any acid that develops in the oil from micro-corroding the engine internals. Fortunately, I live where motorcycles can be ridden year round (but few others do) and the oil gets changed regularly.

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...Now imagine a tire gaining traction and flipping over to the other side...it would be like a Wile E. Coyote ACME fiasco as you get slammed from side to side (or for those among the newer generation, Hulk vs Loki in the Avengers).
I tend to believe that I would not completely enjoy that. And that my leg and various other body parts might get an ouchie.

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AFR sensor equipped and downsized to a 0.105" main jet.
The only changes so far.
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"I searched for actual data on oil in motorcycles, and found a research report that I thought significant. They tested the viscosity (slippery quality that protects the moving parts from excessive wear) of oil in actual motorcycle use at various mileages" -- Mark Williamson. What is your source for this "data?" Surely there must be some distinction between engines that are air cooled and those that are liquid cooled. What about the age and overall condition of the engine? What about the environment that the engine operates within? Finally, what bench mark do you establish for "Ideal"? Guba, for instance, trusts his test for viscosity deterioration, (which is rubbing the oil between his thumb & finger), and claims that Honda GN4 10w-40w fails. I live & ride east of you in South Central NY., so I assume the environment is similar. I don't do a lot of city riding. My '86 first generation 250cc engine has only had GN4 10-40w in it. I change oil between 1000 & 1200 mi. regularly. The bike has close to 12,000 miles on it. I only burn non ethanol 90 octane gas. I do valve clearance checks and adjustments regularly. I always check my oil cold each time before I ride. I have never had to add oil. What am I doing wrong Mark???
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Good stuff, Nardospark…..Just for fun, if anyone wants to become an "elite oil brainiac" do a google search on "Bob is the oil Guy" and you will find a forum with more info about oil than you have imagined existed on earth....Really...(I am not the "Bob" I just mentioned.) Ok, here is a link to the "oil guy" forum.
https://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forum...s.php?ubb=cfrm

(I will add that, in my youth - late 1930s, 1940s -lots of people used bulk oil and it was was greenish and had a weird smell - plus, Kendall's oil was sold in a can with a man's hand and "two" fingers sticking up on the label....That stood for 2000 miles of use, as opposed to the usual 1000 miles that most people used as the standard distance to change a car's oil. Few cars, very few, were equipped with oil filters in those days.)

What did I do with my bike yesterday: Well, nothin' to be candid, as it was too hot to even contemplate a ride, much less take one. But today I am gonna pick up my new Corbin Seat at the UPS hub here in my town...
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Bob. I checked out "The Oil Guy's" site: Whoa--information overload. I grew up on a farm in eastern Iowa and we used to have fifty gallon drums of bulk oil delivered from the farmers co-op (FS). Straight 30w went into everything all year long. In so called third world countries -- where there are far more motorbikes as primary forms of transportation than the US--people fill their bikes with anything from used auto oil to canola and palm oil. Whatever works, eh? Great news on the arrival of your new Corbin seat. Does the seat change-out warranty mandate an oil change? Just kidding. Enjoy!

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Nice story about life on the farm in Eastern Iowa...I lived in Cedar Falls, IA for a couple of years while in the Air Force...Nice country...

Today I took a 40 mile ride in the country after filling up with non-ethanol 91 octane...Realizing more and more that my speed sweet spot on country roads is 50ish mph....I love this bike.
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These bikes really do sing around 55mph. No surprise there, considering it was a product of the international speed limit era.

"Ride Safe, Chop Safer" Motorcycles are not unsafe. However; they are extremely unforgiving of inattention, incompetence, ignorance, and stupidity.
Dismantling, sawzalling, and rattle canning does not make a bobber.
Those are STEPS toward customizing, not customizing unto itself.
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Received my Corbin Gunfighter and Lady seat from UPS...Beautifully done......One SMALL problem...they did not add anything with which to fasten the seat down...the only thing holding it is the "tongue" at the front of the seat, right behind the gas tank....You can just pick up the seat when it is on the bike and walk off with it. Also, could be a safety hazard


I owned this same model seat previously with the same generation Rebel 250 and it was fitted with sturdy tabs that allowed it to be fastened securely with the bolts on the stock fender....

I am not looking forward to getting this corrected because I have heard Corbin has had many customer service complaints.

Life goes on...TA DA

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You would think a company with Corbin's reputation for quality workmanship wouldn't have left off that bracket. Hope they get it corrected quickly.

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Ok, Turns out that the small OEM bracket at the rear of the passenger pillion is needed....I tried to get it taken off and the nut/bolt just slipped...tried an impact wrench and it just slipped faster....Ordered a new small bracket for a few dollars and it should be here Friday.
It is a Honda part. The detail of the install instruction is online where I ordered the seat from Corbin under the word "Notes" on the page showing the seat......Found that out from the Corbin rep on the phone...

won't be too long now.

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