At some stage you are going to have to change the belt on your Roadie, either as a pre-emptive measure or because it snaps. Hopefully you do it for the first reason. Follows is some basic instructions to show you how it’s done.
How to use a Helicoil
Everyone has had it, that heart stopping moment when you think you have stripped out a thread and you’re wondering to yourself, “What the hell do I do now?” For me it was the thread on the sub-frame for one of the four bolts that hold the rear fender in place, I stripped that puppy good. Because of this I was looking down the barrel of well over a $100 for a second hand sub-frame or who knows how much for a new one! But thankfully that was when I remembered hearing about helicoil kits. Read on, if you will, as it might just save you a LOT of money someday and no end of anguish.
Road Star Pillion Footpeg Flip
Swapping your pillion’s footpegs will give most passengers a greater degree of comfort. It is an easy mod to do and will only take about ten to fifteen minutes. Please note: this mod will not work with the stock exhaust pipes, at the end of these instructions there is a list of known exhausts that it will work with. If your exhaust is not listed, give it a try anyway, it only takes a few minutes to put it all back together.
Steve lets us know how to replace the belt guard without removing the rear wheel.
Road Star Parts Watch & Part Numbers
A list of the parts you probably need to keep an eye on thanks to Mr Tidy.
Reinforcing The Road Star Rear Fender
There has been a lot of talk about the rear fender cracking on our Road Stars. I have posted on the Road Star Riders forum a few time on how I reinforced my rear fender to stop the cracks. It’s a very easy mod to do and anyone out of warranty, especially those who have a custom paint job should really do this mod.
Adjusting the Road Star Clutch Cable
Your clutch should be adjusted so that there is about a nickle’s worth of play in the lever, when slight tension takes up the slack in the cable. NOTE: better a little loose (more than a nickel’s worth of play) than too tight.
These are not official instructions for installing the Pro 1 Risers (no instructions come with them), this is only how I did it myself and this should only be used for informational purposes only. The assembler assumes ALL risk.
After several months of searching for a viable highway/crash bar I was still undecided. The only thing I had seen on a motorcycle that I really liked was the setup on the Road King. I was goofing off on EBay one day and did a search on motorcycle accessories which led me to a set of Y2K Road King bars which I bid on and won for $125. I figured that if I could not make them work I could always resell them on EBay.
Whenever I wanted to clean the bike up it was always a pain to have to unbolt the bags off the supports so I could clean in behind them. I thought of these pins and tried them out. Turns out they work great and it’s now a snap to remove the bags for cleaning or for taking them inside while traveling.