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Hi everyone!

I have a project bike sitting in my garage, '82 Yamaha XS650.

Can't figure out electrics, even with all online resources available, there's some fault in circuit that I cannot identify, even with brand new wiring harness. Definitely need help here if I want to get it running.

Do you know anyone experienced who could help me with that? I don't want to move bike just for that, so they will have to work from my garage. Will pay for this, ofc.

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Off Topic / Cars and Coffee Aliso Viejo RIP
« on: 06/10/17 02:45PM »
Came there this morning only to see bunch of cops patrolling empty parking lot.
Apparently same reason C&C Irvine was shut down for: some people just couldn't keep it down and neighborhoods filed noise complaint.

This sucks, location was good and Bagels and Brew did their best with breakfasts

Really, no city in OC sees a good business opportunity there? Smh

Misc / RawHyde Adventures - Adventures Days
« on: 03/31/17 11:03AM »
Just got this email this morning, Rawhyde hosting a rally somewhere not far in the desert
I took their class back in december, loved it, looking for more.

RawHyde is excited to announce Adventure Days 2017 at our brand new facility in the heart of the Mojave Desert. So what’s Adventure Days? Well – it’s an event from RawHyde designed to help you learn anything and everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Adventure Riding plus an opportunity to take some great rides, enjoy the camaraderie of a shared “Adventure” and generally have a whole bunch of fun with great people over a long weekend.

The event is part Rally, Part Expo, and part Trade show!

Many companies from the Adventure Market will be present showing off their latest products (See vendor list below) and there will be a strong focus on education and knowledge, we'll be hosting GPS seminars, suspension and bike set up classes, tire changing & bead breaking clinics, off road riding clinics, packing clinics, etc. Our friends from Klim will host a detailed class on how today's high tech riding suits repel water, protect you… and keep you comfortable at the same time. There will be clinics or classes on every imaginable topic. The list of classes and clinics is growing continuously.

There will also be daily rides - some will be guided others will be self -guided via GPS tracks which will be provided for you.

We'll have evening entertainment including live music and a sneak preview of the highly anticipated Expedition 65 movie which is an epic travelogue about an adventure ride that went from jungles of Colombia to the top of the Andes at nearly 17,000 feet elevation and on Ushuaia, Argentina. 10,000 miles of adventure over a two month period in late 2016

But wait… there's more! On top of all the classes, clinics and fun; all your food, beverages, camping, guided rides etc. are all included too… as well as a *souvenir shirt.

So – the bottom line is this: If you're serious (or curious) about Adventure Riding; this is an excellent opportunity to both experience and learn about everything related to our world. Three days of fun, learning, and excitement at RawHyde’s new facility in the Mojave.

List of classes :

Navigation - Proper use of a GPS, track editing, data entry for rescue and more (Jim Hyde)

This class covers basic GPS tech with a focus on the four basic areas of use. Creating routes, navigating to a waypoint, using trackback and managing the data in your computer.
Tire repair products & options - Plug it or patch it? “what's right for you” (David Diaz from Irv Seavers BMW)

Many riders have never repaired a tire and if you plan to spend any time at all in the back country you NEED to know how to repair a tire. This one hour class covers the basics of tire repair – plugging and patching – what is “safe” and what’s not after a repair.

Diagnostic troubleshooting of your motorcycle using your smart phone - (Ted Porter from GS911)

As motorcycles become more sophisticated so do our options to diagnose and repair problems in the field. The GS 911 is an amazing device that pairs to your smart phone and allows you to trouble shoot and reset many “faults” in the field.

Back country communications 101, Satellite internet, text and phone options. Satellite internet, text and phone options.

Advances in back country communication keep coming. Learn about portable internet hotspots that work anywhere in the world, Two way satellite driven text devices and phones with reasonable calling plans. Peace of mind and safety are tied to the ability to communicate, Learn about it in this one hour session.

Riding gear tech.How todays science fabric can keep you dry, cool and safe all at the same time. (Mark Kincart from Klim)

Did you know that there is fabric made so well that a single molecule of water cannot fit through the threads of the fabric? Learn how waterproof gear can still let air pass through, but keeps water out. Learn about advances in armor and more in this 1.5 hour talk geared to keeping you safe In the event of a mishap.

Surviving the unexpected - A former Navy Seal will talk about mind control and stress management when things go to hell.

Staying calm in high stress moments - snow, flash floods and accidents other things? (Wes Inskeep) During this fascinating talk Wes will share his personal experiences about stress management when things go really bad. How to stay focused, think clearly and solve problems (1.5 hours)

The science of off road lighting - (Glen & Kurt from Clearwater Lights)

Advancements in LED technology have benefited the Adventure Motorcyclist greatly. Less power drain, brighter illumination and more. Auxiliary lighting for back country travel is an absolute necessity. Learn all about it in this 1.5 hour talk.
First Aid for the adventure motorcyclist - First Aid, what to do … and when to call for help!

Basic first aid is important for anyone – learn what you need to know and pick up some tips from RawHyde paramedic Sharif Massoud and Wilderness first responder Adam Timm.
Tire changing – by hand and by machine -

Whether you want to save a few bucks and change your own tires, or perhaps you’ve torn a sidewall and cannot repair the tire – this clinic is “hands on” and will give you the confidence to change your own tires, along with some tips on making it easy!
Tools – What to bring and why? - Instructor to be determined.

If you’re planning a trip to anyplace that triple A cannot retrieve you then you need some tools. What to carry and why? Plus special Tools that have multiple purposes – tricks of the back country and more.
Packing for a trip - This clinic will include a sample packing list that gives you a complete list of what you “might” want to pack.

Then we’ll discuss the logic of packing your bike. Heavy stuff down low, frequently used items easily accessible etc. There are a lot of tips that make life on the road easier once you think it through. Let the experts Mosko Moto share their experience with you.
Expedition preparedness & lessons learned from expedition 65 - This is a “how to plan your own big trip talk with Q&A session with Jim from RawHyde Adventures

Jim and 12 other riders spent 70 days navigating from Colombia to the “end of the world” in Ushuaia, Argentina in late 2016. Jim will share his and the groups experiences in this 1.5 hour session. Thinking of planning your own big trip? This will be helpful – curious about bike prep? customs, border crossings, navigation and more – this is the session on “how to do it” !
Staying safe in high risk areas! - Hostage rescue specialist Brad Barker will talk about adventure travel through high risk environments.

Brad will share real life stories of people who have been taken hostage and the steps that could have been taken to prevent it. Brad has traveled the world over both professionally and by motorcycle and this fascinating 1.5 hour session is a must see for anyone who’d like to travel to someplace “dodgy”.
How Bluetooth communications really work - (Jay Joo from Sena Technologies)

Bike to bike communications have changed a lot in the last few years due to “Bluetooth” technology. Few people really understand how that works and Jay from Sena Technologies will take the mystery away for you. The Sena system allows up to 8 riders to connect together to share their ride, talk on the phone and listen to music… (all at the same time) Jay will also share some information on upcoming advancements in Bluetooth.
The “Engineering" behind the motorcycle crash protection products - (Jeremy Lebreton from AltRider)

Let AltRider founder and owner Jeremy Lebreton share his knowledge of the science and design of world class crash protection for motorcycles. AltRider is one of the leaders in the field of Adventure Bike crash protection which should be the very first purchase for any adventure bike owner!
Riding position and how it affects you - Riding “position” is a very important aspect of comfort and control when you’re riding an adventure

Bike “off road”. Learn the nuances of proper weight shifting, leaning and counter balancing. (Jeremy Lebreton from AltRider) one hour.
Going where the rental bikes aren't - Mosko Moto

Join Mosko Moto to gather some insightful info for remote international travel and enjoy Happy Hour presented by Ninkasi Brewing Company! Our model for a sustainable, lifelong RTW trip is to do it one month at a time. We are enchanted by finding the wackiest, most interesting places in the world to visit and dropping in for 4-5 weeks, allowing us plenty of time for adventure and maximum cultural immersion in each location. Given that we usually travel with a relatively tight budget, to locations with limited tourist infrastructure, bike rentals are not usually an option. This presentation will teach you how to find the bike, plan the trip, and some other important stuff in between. Oh! An important disclaimer, we are in no fashion experts on this topic, nor any's undoubtedly a work in progress.
Suspension setup - Taking the mystery out of it all. (Ted Porter from BeemerShop, distributor of multiple suspension brands for all makes.)

Suspension is always looked at as a black art… and most folks don’t know the difference between compression and rebound, but a proper set up of the suspension can make all the difference in your riding comfort. Spend an informative hour with Ted Porter and learn about the importance of properly adjusted suspension.
Center of gravity considerations - (Al from Jesse luggage)

One of the reasons that adventure riders stand up on the pegs is because of “center of gravity” concerns – and your luggage and how you place your bags on your bike have a big impact on the center of gravity. Learn about the impact of C.O.G. on your riding in this informative 1 hour talk.
The Impact of Flexibility - Spend time on your body as well as your bike.

Many riders spend a LOT of money and time equipping and preparing their motorcycle for a big trip but they spend no time at all on flexibility and fitness! Let world renowned body worker/rehab expert Vince Catteruccia MSc. RKT, LNMT, FAAPM, NASM-PES share some of the knowledge that he has gained in a lifetime of study of the human body and how it functions best.
Riding in the Desert - Staying safe on our back yard. (Owen B. of Long Beach BMW)

More than half the planet is desert and hundreds of people die every year from a lack of preparedness – there are special considerations for spending time in the desert. Learn and prepare with the essentials of riding in the dessert.
Motorcycle First Aid - Sometimes your bike needs first aid. (David Diaz from Irv Seavers BMW)

Let’s say you have a “crash” somewhere in the boonies… you’re OK, but your bike doesn’t look too good. It’s time for motorcycle first aid! How can you figure it out? This clinic will help you understand if your problems are big… or small. (one hour)

The Basics of Dirt riding (for noobies) -

This two hour session is half lecture and half practical. The “on bike” portion of the class will focus on Standing while riding, plus basic turning and braking. (RawHyde Trainers)
Skidding on dirt (It’s not like on the pavement)

Street riders are taught that “skidding is bad” on pavement, plus todays ABS systems have removed the potential of skidding from the average riders thought process. BUT skidding is very much a part of off road riding. This basic skidding class will allow the rider to “get a feel for the skid” in a safe and controlled manner. It’s also a lot of fun to learn to skid a big bike ! 1 hour – RawHyde Trainers.
Basics of Sand. (Everyone loves to hate sand)
Dirt Bike 101 -

Beginner riding lesson for Kids & moto curious adults - our good friend Tim Rice (an MSF Certified Trainer) is available to instruct you for the first time on a bike in the dirt. (3 hour session)
Call 661 993 9942 for details. Tim has rental bikes, gear and boots for all sizes of prospective adventure riders.
Recreational rides and other fun things
Daily guided rides
Demo rides on new BMW GS model bikes -

If you’re interested in a new Adventure Bike you have probably figured out that taking one for a demo ride in the dirt is probably not going to happen. Adventure Days allows you the unique opportunity to take a demo ride on a brand new BMW motorcycle both on the road… and in the dirt. Want to try multiple bikes… no problem. Hosted by your local BMW dealers.

ADV Swap Meet -announce (4-6) in garage

Mary White Band -

(Saturday) Rock and Roller and pop singer Mary White comes back to RawHyde for the 6th time. Mary will sing all your favorites from the 70’s and 80’s plus some good country and western.
E&O Medicine Show -

Evan and Owen are back … playing now and then… during and after dinner… and whenever the mood strikes them. Always fun, sometimes not PC the E&O medicine show are RawHyde’s own troubadours’.
Expedition 65 Movie -

Join Jim, Sterling and the E-65 team for a sneak preview of the Expedition 65 movie series. You’ll have the chance to follow along with the team as they tackle the high Andes in Peru, and meander through Chile and Argentina. This film is a four part series, with one hour dedicated to Colombia and Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, and Chile.

I need some electrical work done on my Vstrom, like adding ABS switches and tidying up space under the seat, it's currently a ungodly mess of wires and fuses.

Anyone know where I can get this done? Talked to guys at MetricMethod about cutting into ABS wires, they looked very puzzled.  :26:

Hey OCmoto,

took a rawhyde school back in December on a F800GS, learned a lot from them.

now as I've done some offroad mods to my Vstrom, I want to practice in a more or less safe environment.

Is there any dirt lots with public access, not too far from OC? I've been to Trabuco canyon, but getting on the trails is sort of challenging, above my skill level, don't want to risk it alone - bike is big and top heavy, I need some time getting used to it.

Any ideas?

Product Reviews / Pittsburgh 1000lb motorcycle lift
« on: 11/22/16 12:08PM »
Thought some folks here might find this info useful.

So Harbor freight have blowout sale for this particular lift, price drop from $1100 to $300 with coupon from some magazine, (got it on eBay for $3)
Decided to give it a shot, there were quite a few times where I needed to lift my bikes up. Coupon valid till Dec. 24

Comes mostly assembled in a huge box, 270 lb, get a friend to help to unload it from the truck.

Front wheel vise with front wheel stopper that comes with it can be thrown out, really shitty design and it will not hold your bike upright unless you clamp the wheel really tight, which I have no idea how to do alone. Went ahead and got $30 front wheel chock from same store which I installed onto the platform. Worked fine.

Now, known issues for this lift are leaking/shitty hydraulic jack that's probably impossible to replace. I had my leak some oil after operating lift few times, looks to have stopped leaking now and lift still functions properly.

The whole frame structure is flexing a little, which is probably acceptable but I was hoping for something more rigid. There's a safety bar that prevents it from collapsing on your head if jack fails.

There's a bunch of video reviews on youtube for this lift if you want to see it in action.

scroll to 19:20 mark,
I agree, when I remember myself fresh out of MSF school I think it's a miracle I didn't wreck in first 2 weeks.
Maybe I didn't die thanks to Jeff and his skillzdays
But my question is - if MSF basic course won't give in and not going to improve their atrocious program, why is it so hard to find a riding school that works on improving riding skills?
Is there really no demand for it, or California is special in this?

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whole interview is very interesting and worth watching

Absolutely spectacular.
I'm not even sure who to root for

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Got a question for you all, let's say I captured an example of dangerous driving on video, with license plate clearly visible. Should I bother submitting it to authorities, or is it just a waste of time? Does anyone know an example of someone being punished or warned based on video evidence submitted by third party?

It happened this morning: someone apparently got mad at me for lanesplitting and they passed me on the left in HOV lane. Not a big deal, just shook my head and went ahead, but I wonder if in the future if something like this happens, do I need to bother and report shit like this to police.

Progressive increased my premium by almost $1000 after 2 speeding tickets (both while operating a car, not motorcycles). This is ridiculous.

I f-d up and didn't do traffic school when I was offered to do so.
Is there a reasonable, legal way to reduce my insurance premium? I don't really have any leverage here, been riding for 3 years, driving for 6 years in US.

How much do you guys pay for your insurance? Can someone refer me to a good insurance agent in OC?


Misc / Born Free 8 Motorcycle Show
« on: 06/06/16 10:48PM »

June 25-26, Irvine Lake,

Oak Canyon Ranch
5305 Santiago Canyon Road
Silverado Ca. 92676

Misc / Born Free 2016
« on: 06/06/16 10:47PM »

June 25-26, Irvine Lake,

Oak Canyon Ranch
5305 Santiago Canyon Road
Silverado Ca. 92676

What title says. Used bike, 5 weeks ago, they removed plate before I rolled out.
Week ago I've received title, registration with stickers, but no plate. Is this normal, or should I just wait longer? What if it never comes, is there a way to order new plate for free?


Hey guys,

Was picking up my kawi from the shop today when I noticed used Hayabusa in front. 2007 (last year of 1st gen model), 21k miles on it. Couple  mods installed, Scorpion mufflers and DynoJet power commander. They listed it at KBB recommended price, $7900, and trade in for my Z1000 (2012, 28k miles) is around $5k. Salesman willing to make a better deal if I go for it. I also just had general expensive maintenance performed on it at the dealer, with chain and sprockets replaced.

No visible damage on 'Busa, just regular overall wear. I'd say it was kept in good shape but no way to tell for sure without service records.

More photos here, maybe you can spot something wrong with it.

Any advice? I'm going to use it mostly to commute between Irvine and west LA.  Obviously these are very different bikes, Z1000 is really great on the streets but freeways, especially on windy days, can be tiresome. Busa feels great, very well planted to the ground, always has enough power in any gear, not as nimble as kawi though. I can't tell how 2 hours a day in sport riding position will do it for me.

Is it a good deal or should I look for a newer one, or maybe used ZX14?

Off Topic / Watch out for self-driving teslas
« on: 10/22/15 08:40PM »
Who would you trust more: an idiot behind the wheel; computer behind the wheel; or idiot with computer behind the wheel?

I wasn't following teslas progress but this seems little rushed, to release this tech for all existing tesla owners
Especially kind of tech that is not supposed to drive on its own, only to assist

Hey guys, need advice on this.

I want to learn how far I can lean on my bike, and what my traction limit is. I've been riding very moderately so far.

Really don't want to do this on Ortega, or Live Oak Cyn (those two roads hat are closest to me). And generally I don't like the idea of pushing my limits on public roads.

What are my options? I commute on this bike (Z1000), would it be smart to 'Take it to the track'? I know it involves some prep work and even getting there is a big deal, closest one I think is two hours away.

Any opinions are appreciated, thnx.

Misc. Motorcycle Videos/Pictures / Hayabusa Review
« on: 09/22/15 02:18PM »
Check this out ASAP if you haven't seen this before:

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I highly recommend whole channel, this guy is hilarious, every car  review is comedy gold.

He's being silly but he's making a good point
There's so much rules and regulations around, cars are filled with fancy gadgets, people start to forget how to think for themselves and pay attention.
I found myself going same direction: can't go anywhere without GPS, don't want back up without rear view camera in my car, caught myself few times not looking around when waiting for green light, expecting everyone else to obey the rules.

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There was a related thread on ADVrider while ago, good read. Mike Rowe's take on the problem:

Just couple minutes from Glendora
Looks like a head on with sedan, dark grey yamaha r1, followed by brand new 1299 panigale.
Yamaha rider is hurt but conscious, other one is fine.
Damn, watching all those crash vids is one thing,,but seiing it in person is gut wrenching.
Rider being airlifted

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