T-Minus 5 Days - Last Big Bike Prep

May 20, 2012

Today was a good day. I spend the majority of it in the garage getting last big items done to the Super Tenere. I almost bit off more than I could chew.

The first item on the list was to change the oil and filter and upgrade to Amsoil Full Synthetic. All was going smooth until I lost one of the crush washers on the #2 drain bolt. No big deal, nothing a run down to the closest auto parts store and pick one up. (Sorry, Central Florida PowerSports (CFPS) was closed today) It seemed like a good idea to keep the maintence flow going before running the errand.

I proceded to wash the bike because this will be the last time she will by shiny for a while. In the back of my mind I knew I forgot to do something. After the initial rinse, I came around to the right side of the engine with my sponge and discovered the "missing item". Yep, I forgot to put the oil fill plug back in. I asked myself "how much water good have gotten in there?" I knew even a little was too much. So I know needed to pickup some extra oil to flush the engine before feeding it the Amsoil.

After the oil-water debacle I changed the drive shaft fluid. I learned from my previous mistake and made sure all the bolts were in there proper location before moving on.

The next project took up most of the day. Because I'm 6'1" (use to be 6'2", still can't figure where the extra inch went a few years ago...) I installed Rox 2" bar risers. It makes the standing position much better for the off-road sections. I don't have to bend over as much and can stay in the "attack" position for long periods. The problem is when I moved the bars up the Hydraulic brake and clutch lines became way to tight. In fact, with the bars locked full-left the front brake would actually engage. Not good. To solve the problem I purchase some extended lines from RideonADV.com.

The lines are beautiful but the install was ugly. I previously attempted the install but rounded the nut on the super-tight brake hose coupler. Thanks to a speedy order from the CFPS Parts Department I had a brand spanking new ABS brake line that included the fresh, un-rounded, coupler. The challenge was getting to the parts. Remove the bags, remove the tank, remove the air box, remove the seat, Remove the right fairing, remove the electrical panel from the frame...you get the picture.
[caption id="attachment_242" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="2012 Yamaha Super Tenere Opened up for new Brake and Clutch Lines"]2012 Yamaha Super Tenere Opened up for new Brake and Clutch Lines[/caption]

After several hours and a few crossed fingers, the Super T is all buttoned up with fresh fluids, sans the H20, and new stainless extended lines. It's now time to start packing. JE

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