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post #1 of 13 Old 10-07-2010, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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What actual repairs, electrical or mechanical, have you made or been unable to make while on a trip away from home?
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post #2 of 13 Old 10-07-2010, 05:35 PM
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I've taken the tools out on trips on three occasions. I once had a soldered wire joint, one that I made on an accessory, break. I once wore out a tire on a trip and had to replace it. I've only had a problem with one stock part that had me pull off the road and fix.

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post #3 of 13 Old 10-07-2010, 06:59 PM
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70k(ish) km on my '02 (I know, not that impressive) - I haven't really had to fix anything. I did get a replacement clutch basket when it was fairly new, and have replaced a number of things as preventative maintanance, but I haven'd had to fix anything.
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post #4 of 13 Old 10-07-2010, 09:04 PM
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I've really only had accessories break/not work while on the road except once on my SV650 I swapped my dirt wheels for street wheels one moring beforte a group street ride and I didn't get the drag link that holds the rear caliper in place torqued properly, later on that day, my caliper went flying thru the rear wheel leaving me stranded on the side of the road with a 6" gash in the wheel

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On the street? Nothing so far except adjustments or normal stuff like tire/oil. Offroad? Good lord I've had to fix things ranging broken levers/cables to bent rims (hit it with a rock, hehe), frozen brakes, holes in cases, you name it.

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post #6 of 13 Old 10-08-2010, 02:02 PM
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Had to cable tie a pelican case together til I could get into town after I went down in the mud a few weeks ago in NM. The fix was ratchet straps, which held a quart of oil inside only to be discovered a day later.
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post #7 of 13 Old 10-09-2010, 11:19 PM
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Haven't had any issue's with my Vstrom yet (knock on wood)

But my Buell Ulysses is another story. Amazing bike but It has had a share of problems.
Stator Failure. Sitting in traffic the engine light came on. Thinking it was from heat (95 degree day) I pulled off the road. Gave it 15 minutes or so. Went to start...and hardly enough juice to power the fuel start. Luckily the random spot I pulled over at was the back side of a fire station. Nice guys, they pulled the ambulance around and gave me a jump and enough charge to get my butt home.

Bearing failure. I actually thought it was the clutch but ended up being a very important bearing (similar to a throwout bearing but forgot the name of it) This happened about 30 miles away from home and in rush hour. I had to slap it through the gears and do everything possible to not STOP but was able to limp it home (killing it twice...damn seattle traffic) but I made it.

Different bike: Yamaha Virago (my lil starter bike)
Ran out of gas on I-5. No gas gauge on these things...only a reserve valve. Well, it started sputtering, reached down and realized..oh...its on reserve. Within 10 minutes the WSDOT crew stopped shelled out some free least I got to see some of my tax money at work
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post #8 of 13 Old 10-09-2010, 11:37 PM
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Probably doesn't count as a "repair", but"

There's a plastic part screwed to the right side of the swing arm which guides the rear brake line. Screw came loose, guide pivoted around and contacted rear ex pipe, melted / caught fire, leaving the brake line itself laying against the pipe, which burned thru.

Didn't know anything was wrong until I pushed the pedal and there was no resistance - pulled over and pushed it by hand, heard a "whoooosh!" as fluid squirted onto the hot pipe, putting out a bunch of white smoke.

"fix": disconnected the pedal linkage so if I stepped on it without thinking it wouldn't pump more fluid out, zip-tied the brake line to the swingarm, tightened the screw which holds the guide. I briefly entertained continuing my planned weekend trip, but instead rode home ~ 50 miles without incident.

Only had the stock toolkit under the seat.

Recently I had a mirror loosen up, flapping in the breeze on the highway. Nothing in the tool kit to address it, so I stopped on the road and bought a cheap metric wrench set, which fits nicely in my tank bag. (note: ANOTHER loose fastener!)

Echoing the sentiment of others, tho: I've never needed to do anything engine/ transmission/ drive train-wise, and never had a major failure or been stranded in 12,000 miles of riding.

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post #9 of 13 Old 10-10-2010, 12:19 AM
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I had the boot pop off in the middle of no where California. I must say how relieved I was to find it.

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post #10 of 13 Old 10-10-2010, 02:18 AM
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Had to do an overnighter away from home. Seems the idiot owner put the rear wheel back on and got the axle spacers in wrong and the rear bearings went south. I was actually headed to the dealer where it was repaired and was only a few minutes away when the bearings started making noise and I felt something was wrong.

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