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  1. Scott Free

    First Himalayan on Trans-Wisconsin Adventure Trail

    Sounds like you got about as far up the TWAT as I have (wait... do I really want to phrase it that way?)... I've been nibbling on the TWAT (hmm... is that phrasing any better?) for the last couple years, doing chunks of it as day rides during other trips up that way. Started in June of 2020...
  2. Scott Free

    Hitchcocks Cam

    I’m now over 900 miles into a trip with this cam kit (cam, airbox cover, NO OTHER MODIFICATIONS—I even still have both cats). My observations: The bump the cam produces is modest. The Himalayan was not a fast bike in stock trim; it’s still not a fast bike with the cam kit. The bump is...
  3. Scott Free

    Hitchcocks Cam

    Just to be clear, this is something you received from Hitchcocks? I bought the cam; it came with no instructions. TEC has a detailed video about how to install their cam, and one cam’s pretty much like another in terms of installation, so I figured I’d follow that. But I wanted to be sure...
  4. Scott Free

    Hitchcock Cam

    I was looking for a modest performance bump--basically enough extra to feel safer on the occasional stretch of Interstate, and hold my own against those Midwestern headwinds (how can I have headwinds in both directions). This seemed to fill the bill. I have had some bad luck with "performance"...
  5. Scott Free

    Winterize the Himalayan!

    Re grips: BikeMaster makes a set that has an illuminated LCD voltmeter built into the controller. Kinda nice if you’re concerned about overloading your electrical system. When installing any heated grip, expect you’ll have to file those “pleasure nubbins” down on the stock throttle tube (unless...
  6. Scott Free

    New Calsci Touring windshield for Himalayan

    Unfortunately, I can’t go out and measure because I ended up sending the windshield back. I think it’s a lovely piece of kit, created some very nice still air, but I just couldn’t get it to fit on my Himalayan. This is odd, given that there are plenty of people who’ve installed them and had good...
  7. Scott Free

    HELP! bent exhaust flange bolt.

    Yep. Ridiculously little force required, just enough to squish the "gas station buddy" washer. Which is probably why so many bikes had bent studs and retainer plates. BTW, is your pipe's retainer plate straight? Mine was seriously un-straight when I took it off: I was able to straighten it by...
  8. Scott Free

    HELP! bent exhaust flange bolt.

    Yeah, one of mine was factory pre-bent, as was the retaining collar itself. Seems somebody at the factory didn’t read the 10Nm torque spec and just cranked it down till it bottomed on the unthreaded part. Straightened the retainer by clamping it in a vise and using the pipe as a lever (funny...
  9. Scott Free

    What Oil do You Use?

    I have used this in the Harley. Worked pretty well for a good 40K miles or so, but on a trip out west a couple years ago I started hearing lots of valve-train noise after a day where I ran a hundred miles or so at 80mph in 100+ degree heat in Utah. Switched back to dino oil upon return, which...
  10. Scott Free

    New Calsci Touring windshield for Himalayan

    ‘Tis OK. I am going to order one after the beating I took from the wind last weekend. The CalSci site’s table said my 6’1” / 34” inseam meant the medium height shield was right for me. Found that hard to believe, so I did the yardstick thing. If anything, the medium shield may be taller than I...
  11. Scott Free

    What Oil do You Use?

    Dealer told me all that really matters is the JASO spec, and 20W50 is just fine. Now at 12,000 miles, on Valvoline 20W50 dino oil to 9000, since then on their full syn.
  12. Scott Free

    New Calsci Touring windshield for Himalayan

    You need to write this up on the ADVrider forum... ;) I completely missed it till I did a google search and this thread turned up. Been looking for a review of the CalSci shield for a while now, as both the stock shield and the SRC Moto (slightly) taller one are just not doing the job for me.
  13. Scott Free

    Anyone know about parts problem.

    The USA is doing no better in my experience. I ordered a replacement air filter from my neighborhood dealer (Windy City) in mid June. Still hasn’t arrived.
  14. Scott Free

    Seat Concepts tall seat

    Sam, those bars look interesting but I’ve already got a set of $60 heated grips glued to the stock bars (D’oh!) Modiorne, I run a Bead Rider bead cushion on mine. It adds about a half inch.
  15. Scott Free

    Seat Concepts tall seat

    My short-term idea is to do what the guys in India do: install a second handlebar top clamp, upside down, as a riser (see video--it's not in English, but the idea communicates well without words). Should get me just about 1" straight up, and is supposed to work with the stock cables...
  16. Scott Free

    Seat Concepts tall seat

    Yes and no. I can definitely sit further back on the SC tall than on the stock seat. If I sit all the way back, my knees fit into the tank cut-outs. The seat itself is pretty flat and does not slide me forward the way the dished stock seat did. However, I do find myself slowly moving forward...
  17. Scott Free

    Seat Concepts tall seat

    That's why I bought mine. Seems to be a huge improvement. I have a 34" inseam, which is a bit shorter than yours, but was having trouble with my knees hitting the rails around the gas tank. The SC tall kit solved that problem completely. I'm now thinking that if I move the bars up and/or back...
  18. Scott Free

    Himalayan Valve Adjustment Questions!

    One more interesting note: friend of mine bought a new 2019 Himalayan, from the same dealer who sold me my 2018 "slightly used" with 700 miles on the clock and the break-in service already done. So... friend drops bike off for 300-mile service, says something about valve adjustment, and the tech...
  19. Scott Free

    What handguards are y'all using?

    I bought the $30 Chinese ones on Amazon. I believe they are the same ones cwadej described above, but sold under a different name (a search for "hand guards" on Amazon turns up dozens of different names for what look like exactly the same product). Mine were called "Goofit," which means either...
  20. Scott Free

    tube replacement

    190ºF is not “tepid,” it is “just below boiling.” It’s also something like 30-40º hotter than the American restaurant association’s standards for “hot” coffee. (The reason for the high temperature, by the way, was that McD’s was using a cheap variety of beans that required near-boiling water to...
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