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Hey guys! A buddy of mine told me to register here for all the information I'd need on my CX.



Anyways, as the topic suggests, I have a long road trip coming up (going to ferndale, 140mi away!) - I've planned on changing the oil, is there anything else I should do to prevent being stuck on the side of the road? Bring a couple spark plugs, a 17, 15, 14, 10 and spark plug socket... anything else?



Compression is slightly down on the right cylinder, too. 130 right, 155 left. Should I adjust the valves soon?



The bike's a complete frankenstein, with a 1,100 mile donor 79 custom. Unknown miles on the rat rod.



Anyways, thanks for the tips! I'm hoping to avoid being on the side of the road, or if I am, able to get back going by myself!



-Rob



 

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I keep a ,"Multitool" as part of my small bike kit,



http://cgi.ebay.com/Northern-Ind-Wo...h-MT-1953-/330460525399?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0



Helped me and other bikers several times.



plus a bit of electrical wire stripped from old mains cable,a bit of emery for cleaning connectors,a bit of pvc tape.



I'd check the coolant level(Not in the bottle as that means nothing) by checking with the rad caps off and of course the oil and the oil in the drive box at the rear,



http://www.pdsrecording.site90.com/cxgl500/OilChange.htm



http://www.pdsrecording.site90.com/cxgl500/Coolant.htm



Do the tappets and cam-chain,



http://www.pdsrecording.site90.com/cxgl500/CXGLTappets.htm#CXGLTappets



Tyre pressures and brake fluid level etc.



Make sure you have a fully charged cell phone
 

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Haha! I live in Graham, WA. Ferndale, WA is 140 miles away ish.



Hey, thank you all very much for the advice! I'm going to pick up a multitool, I keep the tires full at all times, I'll be sure to check the differential and all that, and adjust the cam.



So far this forum doesn't disappoint, I'll be sure to put my two cents in anywhere I may be of use!
 

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Ferndale WA?

Well thats a long way from Blaenau ffestiniog now isnt it ?

If its an 1100 miler and you observe the rituals laid out above

you should get many miles of fun out of it.

140 miles will seem like a shopping trip after you've had it for a while.

when you get the spanners out It wouldnt hurt to check things are

tightened down and not working loose.

Also open and check any electrical connectors you encounter for oxidising

many bikes are prone to getting the weather in so a squish of

switch/contact cleaner from time to time helps
 

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Hey Rob, Welcome to the group! Best luck on the ride and watch out for cagers.



There's quite a few of us in the Pacific Northwest.

(I bought a GL500 Interstate from Parkdale this spring)



At some time, We're going to have a St Helen's ride.

So, do check the threads that might have Washington or Oregon in the title!

Tim
 

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Ferndale Washington or Ferndale Western Australia?

There's a bit of a difference.
 

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A credit cards handy if it all goes pear shaped

and all else fails.

Breakdown and recovery cover is nice for peace of mind too

I've always had it but luckily only had to use it once in ten years.

Not sure about the US but many UK insurance policies include it

without drawing blood
 

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WD40 and Gaffer tape - that's all you need................



If it moves but shouldn't, use the gaffer tape.



If it doesn't move but should, use the WD40
 
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