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post #1 of 14 Old 09-02-2013, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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Shame on me for not changing my air filter sooner

New and old compared. Yeah, the dirty one was put in clean at 15,000 miles. I remember how clean and white it was, like the next one im about to drop in. I now have 32,000 miles and I just got it out today. That's 17,000 miles on that filter. Amazing how much dirt and bugs it filtered out. I should start an insect collection[IMG][/IMG]
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post #2 of 14 Old 09-02-2013, 09:01 PM
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Thanks for posting the photo. I've grown accustomed to changing my car & truck air filters infrequently because it seems they're rather clean when I remove them.

Maybe air filters on bikes do a lot more work. Sure looks like it from your photo. I'll have to move air filter change up on the list of maintenance tasks to take care of on my Wee (now at ~17,000 miles).

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air filter

After seeing that filter, I remembered that my 3/4 helmet has no air filter.
I wonder what I've been inhaling.
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You don't inhale nearly as much air as the engine does.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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Do you ride much off road?

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I think I had about double the bugs the first time I changed the air filter. I cannot believe how many and how large get sucked in there.

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You don't inhale nearly as much air as the engine does.
Politicians on the other hand can exhale five times more* hot air than a coal fired power station.




*volume may vary with election season

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Well, i got the new filter in. New plugs also and checked the TBS, it's still good. Took the bike out for a run and it feels better. Stronger, crisper throttle response.
No, i barely ride off road. A few gravel roads in Chester County PA, that's it. I do ride a lot of asphalt backroads and during bug season, obviously.

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Politicians on the other hand can exhale five times more* hot air than a coal fired power station.




*volume may vary with election season
I always thought Chicago was called the windy city because of wind blowing through it. Nope, it got its name because of politicians talking a lot. How 'bout that?

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DIY beats the cost

It is easy and kinda funky to make a Chevrolet air filter fit your Strom.

I have done it several times, and probably posted redundant explanations.

When the dealer charges about $50 for a hunk of paper encased in plastic,
you can bet clever people find a way to beat the cost under a sawbuck.

My Wee-Strom has carried me reliably over 76000 miles, and almost
all of that involved breathing through a DIY air filter. Give it a try
if you wish.

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