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New Tires, a few surprises

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New Pilot Road 5's on my 650LT. Nice difference. Front axle retaining bolt and front axle in slightly more than hand tight! I bought the bike new...yikes! Me thinks the mechanic assembling the bike must have taken his lunch break and came back to it. I tightened the front brake calipers to the correct 25 Ft. pounds, which seems like a lot. Everything is back nice and dandy. Thanks to forum I had a step by step check list to go by.
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Andy - we had reports of caliper bolts falling off a few years back, so I ALWAYS check them w/ a torque-wrench, among other things.

GLAD you 'checked' your bike!

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I would think bolts falling off would be due to lack of Loctite application.

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I had the opposite problem, I had the dealer do the first front tire change on the bike and they stripped a caliper bolt. I also second the notion of applying blue loctite to most bolts on the bike, the V650 isn't the worlds smoothest bike and things can loosen up (not as bad as a Harley, but I've definitely had bolts vibrate loose, thankfully nothing critical).

You will love the Road 5s, I have them and they are nothing short of amazing.
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How do the Road 5's do on dirt? They rate very highly for wet conditions - does that translate over to dirt roads too?

Currently I run Pirelli Scorpion Trail II, a 90/10 road/trail tire which have been excellent but seem to wear quickly. Next spring I'll be looking to replace them. There's plenty of opportunity here to get onto dirt roads, sometimes fairly unimproved. Plus commuting and touring.
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How do the Road 5's do on dirt? They rate very highly for wet conditions - does that translate over to dirt roads too?
The Michelin Pilot series of tires are 100% street. They wouldn't be good for dirt or gravel roads.

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I also second the notion of applying blue Loctite to most bolts on the bike, the V650 isn't the worlds smoothest bike and things can loosen up (not as bad as a Harley, but I've definitely had bolts vibrate loose, thankfully nothing critical).
I only use Loctite on the bolts specified in the workshop manual. I have never had properly torqued fasteners loosen on my Mk1 V.
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I only use Loctite on the bolts specified in the workshop manual. I have never had properly torqued fasteners loosen on my Mk1 V.
I'm w/ Smiley on this - I use 'Loctite' on things like fairing bolts which get removed/replaced OFTEN, but NOT tightened w/ a torque-wrench, and VERY SELDOM on anything that I'll use a torque-wrench to tighten. (This over about 155,000 MILES on three V650s, an '08, '09 and '15.)

And VERY FEW bolts have ever fallen off my Vs.

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Well, Loctite or proper torque value, it makes no difference. As long as it's properly done is what I'm saying.
In other words, "feeling it by hand" just doesn't cut it, it needs to be done with an adequate torque wrench.
That goes for all shoddy mechanics who think they're God's gift to the motorcycling world.

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