What maintenance do you do?

Specific for motorized transportation devices. Daelims included... barely.
User avatar
StroppyChops
The Missionary Man
Posts: 10245
Joined: Tue May 06, 2014 11:24 am
Reputation: 795
Australia

Re: What maintenance do you do?

Post by StroppyChops » Fri Aug 29, 2014 10:54 pm

Bitte_Kein_Lexus wrote:The most important is probably oil changes. I get one every 500km or so, but I also use very basic oil (non-synthetic, 5-6$ oil). If I've been doing lot's of city driving, I'll just check it now and then to see if it's too grey for my liking.
Good pickup, I totally overlooked this.
Is there such a thing as an XR650 Baja? Pretty sure you just mean XR 650...
Unsure, you could be right, I may be missing a space. Although there's this: https://www.google.com.kh/webhp?sourcei ... ja%20xr650" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
I think the whole "fuel from bottles" thing is a bit of a myth...But unless you have a high-end bike, there's no harm.
I have a mate who rents motos to expats, he swears he can tell as soon as he listens to a problem bike if it's had the roadside fuel in it and that he hasn't been wrong yet. What do you classify a high-end bike btw, a crotch rocket?
And yeah, new decals usually do the trick for speed increase/performance boost.
Red ones are best.
Bodge: This ain't Kansas, and the neighbours ate Toto!
User avatar
Username Taken
Raven
Posts: 9535
Joined: Mon May 19, 2014 6:53 pm
Reputation: 1273
Contact:
Cambodia

Re: What maintenance do you do?

Post by Username Taken » Fri Aug 29, 2014 11:03 pm

StroppyChops wrote: I hit a submerged dislodged manhole cover the other day -
Now you know why the locals won't ride through puddles. Seriously.

:evil:
... give 'em a quick, short, sharp shock ...

https://BooksAboutCambodia.com
User avatar
StroppyChops
The Missionary Man
Posts: 10245
Joined: Tue May 06, 2014 11:24 am
Reputation: 795
Australia

Re: What maintenance do you do?

Post by StroppyChops » Fri Aug 29, 2014 11:11 pm

Username Taken wrote:
StroppyChops wrote: I hit a submerged dislodged manhole cover the other day -
Now you know why the locals won't ride through puddles. Seriously.

:evil:
I seriously do.
Bodge: This ain't Kansas, and the neighbours ate Toto!
Sir_Quality_U_Feel
Expatriate
Posts: 1322
Joined: Tue May 13, 2014 8:32 am
Reputation: 5

Re: What maintenance do you do?

Post by Sir_Quality_U_Feel » Fri Aug 29, 2014 11:35 pm

Username Taken wrote:
StroppyChops wrote: I hit a submerged dislodged manhole cover the other day -
Now you know why the locals won't ride through puddles. Seriously.

:evil:
I hit a rock one time and had my front wheel start a death wobble. Now I go slow. Er... Slower.
I'll give ya 500 Riel for it...
Bitte_Kein_Lexus
Expatriate
Posts: 2567
Joined: Sun May 18, 2014 7:32 pm
Reputation: 125

Re: What maintenance do you do?

Post by Bitte_Kein_Lexus » Sat Aug 30, 2014 7:36 am

StroppyChops wrote:Unsure, you could be right, I may be missing a space. Although there's this: https://www.google.com.kh/webhp?sourcei ... ja%20xr650" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
I think the whole "fuel from bottles" thing is a bit of a myth...But unless you have a high-end bike, there's no harm.
I have a mate who rents motos to expats, he swears he can tell as soon as he listens to a problem bike if it's had the roadside fuel in it and that he hasn't been wrong yet. What do you classify a high-end bike btw, a crotch rocket?
And yeah, new decals usually do the trick for speed increase/performance boost.
Red ones are best.
That link of yours is broken. But I'm 98% sure the Baja model is 250cc specific. Otherwise the models available were 400cc (XR400R), 600R (kickstart), 650L (e-starter) and they apparently also had a 650R, but I've never seen one in Cambodia. None of the 400-600s have any Baja headlights or tanks... As for "high-end", I mean any bike with fuel injection (which I know isn't really high-end). But say you have a modern 1200cc bike, then for sure I would never put that bottled gas in. But if you have some beat up 20-year-old carb XR250, then I think that gas is the least of your worries... Your friend is probably right though. I don't think it's laced with anything (in 90% of cases), but they put less gas in, and the gas might have been sitting outside in the sun (clear bottles) for days on end... I'm not a mechanic or chemical engineer, but that can't be good. Storage methods likely affects how petrol will combust.

But yeah, for a scooter I'd say definitely change your oil regularly. It's cheap maintenance and prolongs the life of your engine. My odometer is gone (and my other bike doesn't even have one) so I just go by feel (calculate distances when I go in the countryside and average out distances in the city). Air filter cleaning/changing is also important. Usually paper filters aren't made to be cleaned (blowing air through them as they do here), but it probably isn't the end of the world to shake/blow them out a few times before buying a new one. I'll try to think of other stuff that's important...
Ex Bitteeinbit/LexusSchmexus
User avatar
StroppyChops
The Missionary Man
Posts: 10245
Joined: Tue May 06, 2014 11:24 am
Reputation: 795
Australia

Re: What maintenance do you do?

Post by StroppyChops » Sat Aug 30, 2014 1:41 pm

Bitte_Kein_Lexus wrote:That link of yours is broken. But I'm 98% sure the Baja model is 250cc specific. Otherwise the models available were 400cc (XR400R), 600R (kickstart), 650L (e-starter) and they apparently also had a 650R, but I've never seen one in Cambodia. None of the 400-600s have any Baja headlights or tanks...
I'm honestly not following the point you're trying to make... My bike is a Honda Baja XR650… what's the issue, that XR series didn't include a 650? Are you saying that the series is defined by the massive twin lights and the chunkier tank?

The link above was just a Google search on "Baja XR650" but I see that the URL had contextualized to the Chrome browser I use on my laptop. Here's a more specific link from Motorcycle USA:

http://motorcycle.motorcycle-usa.com/mo ... 50r%20Baja" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

There also a Wikipedia entry on these bikes.

Help me out here, what am I not understanding?
Bodge: This ain't Kansas, and the neighbours ate Toto!
Mr Curious
Expatriate
Posts: 664
Joined: Sun Jul 27, 2014 8:26 am
Reputation: 12
United States of America

Re: What maintenance do you do?

Post by Mr Curious » Sat Aug 30, 2014 3:35 pm

weird, my post disappeared. I mentioned air filter, but yeah, oil is the biggie.
Sir_Quality_U_Feel
Expatriate
Posts: 1322
Joined: Tue May 13, 2014 8:32 am
Reputation: 5

Re: What maintenance do you do?

Post by Sir_Quality_U_Feel » Sun Aug 31, 2014 1:57 am

Valves, carb, plugs, wheel bearings
I'll give ya 500 Riel for it...
Bitte_Kein_Lexus
Expatriate
Posts: 2567
Joined: Sun May 18, 2014 7:32 pm
Reputation: 125

Re: What maintenance do you do?

Post by Bitte_Kein_Lexus » Sun Aug 31, 2014 9:30 am

StroppyChops wrote:
Bitte_Kein_Lexus wrote:That link of yours is broken. But I'm 98% sure the Baja model is 250cc specific. Otherwise the models available were 400cc (XR400R), 600R (kickstart), 650L (e-starter) and they apparently also had a 650R, but I've never seen one in Cambodia. None of the 400-600s have any Baja headlights or tanks...
I'm honestly not following the point you're trying to make... My bike is a Honda Baja XR650… what's the issue, that XR series didn't include a 650? Are you saying that the series is defined by the massive twin lights and the chunkier tank?

The link above was just a Google search on "Baja XR650" but I see that the URL had contextualized to the Chrome browser I use on my laptop. Here's a more specific link from Motorcycle USA:

http://motorcycle.motorcycle-usa.com/mo ... 50r%20Baja" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

There also a Wikipedia entry on these bikes.

Help me out here, what am I not understanding?
My point is that I'm 98% certain there's no such thing as a "Honda Baja XR650". You're bike is simply a "Honda XR650L". Adding Baja to the name is pointless and leads to confusion as some XR250s actually have Baja as part of their model name. Even that link you provided never talks of a "Honda Baja", but simply talks about it often being used in the Baja 1000. Notice no one ever calls it a Honda Honda Baja 650? People call them XR600s or XR650s. I'm willing to bet my left nut you have what's called an XR650L (I assume it has an electric starter?). The bikes that won the Baja were modified XR600s and later on XR650Rs. Those XR650Rs are quite rare in Cambodia, that's why I assume you have an L. Some people might try to modify their bike to make it look like the bikes used for the Baja (decals or whatever) but they still don't add "Baja" to the name. So again, my point is that saying "Baja" anywhere near the name of the bike when referring the model is pointless/wrong. The model is simply an XR650 (L or R if you want to be really specific).

I might be wrong, but I'm 98% sure about this. And 40% of the time, I'm right 100% of the time.
Ex Bitteeinbit/LexusSchmexus
User avatar
StroppyChops
The Missionary Man
Posts: 10245
Joined: Tue May 06, 2014 11:24 am
Reputation: 795
Australia

Re: What maintenance do you do?

Post by StroppyChops » Sun Aug 31, 2014 12:42 pm

Bitte_Kein_Lexus wrote:My point is that I'm 98% certain there's no such thing as a "Honda Baja XR650". You're bike is simply a "Honda XR650L". Adding Baja to the name is pointless and leads to confusion as some XR250s actually have Baja as part of their model name.
Ah! Then yes, you're right. It's a stock XR650L badged up as Baja. Your left nut is (as you confidently predicted) quite safe, thanks for the info.
Bodge: This ain't Kansas, and the neighbours ate Toto!
Post Reply Previous topicNext topic
  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: beaker and 18 guests