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post #1 of 11 Old 11-27-2013, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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New Owner thoughts

Hi All,
Recently got a 05 Vee with about 25,600 miles on it, and it came with Happy Trails panniers. Really happy with it, but it does have a few things that I'm a touch concerned about. Has the infamous "clutch chudder" which will most likely have to be addressed sooner then later. Understand I need to contact RealShelby on this site regarding that.

Also I see that the chain is riding against the rear sprocket on the edge, not the middle. Read about the shims to fix the wear problem available through Adventure Tech. Just ordered rear "bobbins" or frame sliders to install so I can use my rear stand to lift and dismantle the rear wheel for parts inspection in that area. If I don't like the looks of that area will be getting the shims ASAP.

Considering buying a TRE to improve the throttle and running of the motor eventually also. Not sure which brand to use in this area at all?

Hope to do a valve check and throttle body synch this winter to make sure all is good to go otherwise.

Any thoughts on other things to be looking at, or thoughts about any of the above?

Not a new rider, currently also own a 01 SVS and a 2010 BMWS1000RR. Looking to use this bike for long distance touring and dirt road exploring.

Thank you for your thoughts!:mrgreen:
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post #2 of 11 Old 11-27-2013, 12:36 PM
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I would love to say welcome and I am very jealous I am working on getting my own wee. Good luck with the issues and happy trails1

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post #3 of 11 Old 11-27-2013, 04:45 PM
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Welcome to the forum MontanaGuy. You picked a good one for touring/dirt road riding. You might check out the sprocket swap threads before investing any big $. Good luck with your new ride.

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post #4 of 11 Old 11-28-2013, 12:44 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Illinois, will do. Been spending hours on here so far just reading and learning.
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post #5 of 11 Old 11-28-2013, 01:08 AM
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The TRE is a bit of a contentious issue. Some say its the best farkle ever, some say they don't do anything at all.

But seeing as you are considering a TRE in order to "improve the throttle and running of the motor", are you sure it is not the lean condition of the motor that you are noticing? You might want to research the PCV power commander. Also check that your throttle position sensor is adjusted correctly.

It also sounds like you are handy with a wrench, so you might want to take off the clutch slave cylinder and clean out the gunk that collects there (old chain lube and stones) before it causes a leak in the clutch push rod seal (a common fault).

Everything I've mentioned is well documented on this site.

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post #6 of 11 Old 11-28-2013, 08:32 AM
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Welcome! And ummm...nice bike! RR that is.

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post #8 of 11 Old 11-28-2013, 11:41 AM
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Skip the TRE "overrated", get a PCV or have a dealer give the ECM the Yoshimura box treatment. The Real Shelby mod is well worth it, and I highly endorse the spacers.

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post #9 of 11 Old 11-28-2013, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Strange Dog, haven't read anything about the clutch slave cylinder yet, so will check that out. Thinking of for sure doing the shims and the Real Shelby mod as money permits. May just hold off for a while on the TRE and see what I think of the bike over time.
I did disable the TRE on my SV and it was a huge improvement on a track and general riding. But again, that is more of a sport bike and gets ran up against red line a lot.

Thanks all for the welcomes and the thoughts! Way open to comments and anything else.

And, yes hunt1moore, the RR is a brilliant motorcycle, way too much fun to be had on two wheels, or sometimes one with that bike!
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post #10 of 11 Old 11-28-2013, 04:26 PM
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On the other side of the coin.........I run an Ivan's TRE and appreciate it for what it is. Suzuki limits power in 5th and 6th gear. The bike is tricked into thinking it is in 4th , the only gear it is not limited in. 5th and 6th are much better now. I did pull it off when taking it in for my ECM replacement , and was thrilled to put it back in.

The clutch deal sucks , but can be fixed , as is true with the rear spacer. Looks like you have a nice stable , the 1000 should make a good choice for the roads you want to use it on. Welcome.
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