Carlos and his Aprilia

Discussion in 'Motorcycles' started by Carlos, May 20, 2014.

  1. wfooshee

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    Hate it when the bike is out of commission!

    Two years ago I actually broke the star cam off the shift drum of my FJR. No clue how that happens; bad weld, who knows? I ended up pulling the motor and splitting the case to get to the part, and discovered other transmission woes, including well-worn dogs on 4th gear, and a very worn shift fork. I had the good fortune to get free parts from another member of the FJR forum, whose engine spun a bearing. (Only known FJR bearing failure, and my issue is the only known broken shift drum.) Anyway, replaced the whole transmission with the parts from that other engine.

    Bike was down 117 days, most of which was spent deciding whether to tear down and repair, or just replace the engine, as another forum member had a good engine with a bad set of valves on it. Since I had access to free parts I ended up with the repair.

    I think I'll post a thread about it!
     
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    Okay so repaired ECU came back, installed aaaaaaaand it's dead. It fired up and shut down, ECU being pretty hot. Apparently they didn't fix it right (or made it worse). Want to send it back but they are shut for holidays the next two weeks so yeah, I feel screwed.
     
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    So this specialist said my ecu did work and was repaired and accuse us of damaging it. They want me to pay again for the repair. Gave them the finger and as I didn't pay yet for the first time I'm not going to pay at all :) Got my hands on a second hand ecu and now it runs smoothly. What has been done in total; clutch, brakes, timing chain tensioners, fluids, ecu and front tyre. Did a 500 km drive yesterday :cool:
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    Went for some twisty roads with a friend and his Type-R.
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  4. Skython

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    Simmer down there, speed meister. :lol:
     
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    Gave my friend my camera and instructed him to film me :p First time I'm hearing my own bike and I like it most when it's coming at you than driving away. Maybe change the air filter for an aftermarket one and then save moneys for the Akra pipes from the cylinders, as these are only slip ons.
     
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    That's actually a nice sounding microphone on that thing. But yeah, 1000CC a bit more grunty than screamy.
     
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    Passed some nice cars in Rotterdam today


    And someone wanted me to die
     
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    That's the one I hate the most, seems to happen so often! My instructor called it a "SMIDSY" (Sorry Mate I Didn't See You). It's usually a BMW :D
     
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    Back from weekend cruising through Germany :D


     
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    Looks awesome!

    Just bought a Kawasaki ER6F to step up to, it's nowhere near as quick as your Aprilia but I hope to at least get those kinds of smiles out of it :D
     
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    Nice, congrats!! Speed isn't everything, I was short shifting almost all the time. One of the guys was on an R6 and he was passed by a KTM RC390, kneedowning through the mountains :lol: I heard him crying on the intercom, luckily I didn't see him. I bet he was faster than me.

    Are you going to make a new thread for your bike btw?
     
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    Indeed I will, watch this space :D
     
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  13. wfooshee

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    Posted wrong place. Oops.....
     
  14. Carlos

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    Before I went to Germany I got me some gadgets. A cargo bag:
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    A new rain jacket in a safe color...... It almost hurts my eyes looking at it. And it makes me look gigantic :lol:
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    And a communication set which is sooo nice :bowdown:. Gives cruising with other people on the bike a whole new dimension, instead of screaming through your helmet and pointing to things no one else will understand. And when connected to your phone you can play music too and now I can finally answer the phone while driving.
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    This is the best gadget I've bought, the only thing you have to watch out for is almost-dancing on the bike at traffic lights :D
     
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    I came here not knowing what to expect. I was not disappointed. Love the bike even though I am not a bike person. :tup:
     
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    Thank you :D
     
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    Added a lot of miles today and I have to admit, towards the end I was thinking of a different bike...
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    :drool: That BMW!
     
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    I've been riding the R6 every day but I did about 150 miles this evening and I think I'm going to take a day or two off. :scared:
     
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    What year is yours?
     
  21. PsuPepperoni

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    2012 Raven. Got it a couple months ago
     
  22. Carlos

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    Aprilia in garage for maintenance and with just over 20k km I think this is a good moment for a change, beautiful bike but not that comfortable. Guess I just drive too many miles for a V-Twin. Took a test drive on this...
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    Bought it :D So much more comfortable, feels like the steering wheel is closer to the seat so I don't lean forward so much. Having less torque in low revs is a nice change too but it'll take time adjusting. I usually had enough power below 6000 rpm :p Can't wait to put some miles on it! As you can see the previous owner gave it a personal touch, but it's all stickers. I'll probably lose the Japanese word and lines on the front.

    Will pick it up on Tuesday :dopey:
     
  23. PsuPepperoni

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    2008?
     
  24. Carlos

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    2010, but yeah that model. It's just slightly different on the front because they gave it a face lift.
     
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    Picked it up! :dopey:
     
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