Archive for April, 2012

Posted: April 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

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A little LC8 Tech Talk:
2005.5 KTM Adventure 950
 Chasing Excessive Engine Noise
by Dieseljo

I purchased this motorcycle with 8,000 (well cared for) miles from the original owner.
At 10,600 miles I had the (by now) classic water pump shaft (seal) failure. Only to be noticed by a flickering oil psi light when the engine was up to temp (warm). The engine oil (when viewed with the human eye) did not look milky/coolant deluded. NOTE: With this engine, the paper type (stock) oil filter is one of two ways, in identifying a leaky water pump seal (before you destroy your engine.) Why? Because the paper filter clogs easily with coolant, reducing oil psi, turning on your oil psi light and drawing your attention to the problem. Or you could purchase a CJDesigns clear clutch cover, then you can see the moisture build up on the clear lexan face of…

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Posted: April 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

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We are really excited for this year’s Trans-Wisconsin Adventure Trail Ride!  This year we have 12 riders attending this event.

So, what’s the scoop with this ride? The Trans-Wisconsin Adventure Trail (affectionately abbreviated to the TWAT ride) is a 540+ mile ride across Wisconsin.  A few of our good friends put together a connecting route between the South and North parts of the state.  Over the years, we’ve added our own favorite trails.  You can find the published TWAT ride here:   This ride has evolved into an annual event at CJ Designs, with this year being our 3rd Spring ride.  We’ve also done 2 Fall rides.  The great thing is, there are so many trails and cool things to see/do/ride in Wisconsin, that the trip is a little different each time.

This year, our ride will be a little longer than previous years; 5 days. The route will be about 1400 miles.  Our rough itinerary…

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Dual Sport Warehouse and CJ Designs have developed a couple of light mounting options for KTM 990’s and 690’s that will give you the ability to mount Rigid Industries light bars or individual “Dually” lights.

KTM 690 Enduro R with Rigid Industries 6" light bar SR06SW

  This setup on the KTM 690 makes a huge difference in night time lighting.  The 690 has a terrible 35 watt standard headlight and at night you feel like you’re riding by candlelight.  This version Rigid 6″ light bar puts out 1920 lumens in a spot pattern and it really makes an amazing difference.  You can see down the road and it helps to light up the ditch lines as well.  I’m going to wire this into my high beam and then when I flip to low beams it won’t blind oncoming traffic (it is blinding!).

Custom built light mount brackets - Dual Sport Warehouse will make these available if there is any interest.

For the 690 mounts we made up some fairly simple 1/8″ aluminum brackets that tie into the triple clamp mounts and provide a sturdy mounting point for the 6″ light bar.  You can also mount individual lights on each side if you prefer.  The light bar does block the bottom of the stock headlight but it has very little noticeable effect except on high beam and then the LED light will be on so it doesn’t matter.

The KTM 990 Adventure has a much better stock headlight than the 690 but can still use some help on dark nights or off-road in the middle of nowhere.  CJ Designs came up with a solution for this one that you can either mount a light bar or a pair or “Dually” lights.

KTM 990 Adventure with Rigid Industries 10' light bar SR10CW - Spot/flood combo

This bike was used to prototype the brackets for the Rigid 10″ light bar and it already had some 3′ LED lights mounted on CJD fork mount brackets.  This thing puts out lots of light in this configuration.  Check out for all the details on Rigid LED light specs.

This bike is set up with the CJ Designs brackets and individual Dually lights that put out 1,300 lumens each.  You can also get the newer “D2” Dually and those put out 2,300 lumens each!  That will brighten up your life.  Watch for new updates on as these brackets and the new single row Rigid lights are loaded on the site.  We will be putting together some package deals to make it an easy install.

The WI DNR is proposing and endorsing a 25 mph speed limit restriction on all WI frozen lakes.  This is on the agenda for their spring hearings being held in every county in the state on Monday, April 9th at 7:00 pm.  See the locations and times posted below. The question #65 appears on page 25 of their questionaire as follows:

QUESTION 65. Create a maximum of 25 mph on Frozen Water (# 180311)

(requires legislation)

Winter outdoor recreation activities are increasing in popularity and there are a growing number of users on the frozen waters of the state. Anglers, snowmobilers, ATVers, cross-country skiers, ice skaters, and Wisconsinites of all ages are often found simultaneously enjoying the frozen waters of the state. Cars, trucks, snowmobiles, and ATV’s driving and riding on the frozen surface, can create safety hazards and issues for other users. Sometimes these vehicles are moving at high speeds and within close proximity to persons, other vehicles, or structures. Vehicles moving at high speeds also contribute to some degree to the deterioration of ice conditions due to the energy wave created under the surface of the ice. ATV’s and snowmobiles are currently required to slow to 10 mph on the ice when within 100 feet of a person not on a motorized vehicle or within 100 feet of an ice shanty. Speed limits for licensed motor vehicles (cars, trucks, etc) on the frozen waters of the state are not regulated on a statewide basis by state law and only some municipalities have local regulations. This proposal would create consistent regulations for all licensed motorized vehicles (cars, trucks, etc) on the frozen waters of the state.

Would you support legislation creating a maximum speed limit of 25 mph for all licensed motorized vehicles (cars, trucks, etc) travelling on frozen waters of the state unless on a designated state or club marked trail?

This will affect motorcycle ice riding, snowmobiles and atv’s.  It will effectively ban any sport ice riding.  If at all possible, show up at the meeting in your county and vote against this proposal.  Check for your time and location on the list below:


Meeting Locations –


DNR Spring Hearings and Wisconsin Conservation Congress County Meeting


Monday, April 9, 2012, 7:00 p.m.


Adams Adams County Courthouse, County Board Room A230, 402 Main Street, Friendship, WI 53934


Ashland Ashland County Court House, Main Court Room, 201 Main Street West, Ashland, WI 54806


Barron Barron Government Center, Auditorium, 303 E. LaSalle Ave., Barron, WI 54812


Bayfield Bayfield County Courthouse, Upstairs, 117 E. 5th Street, Washburn, WI 54891


Brown Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (SC132), 2740 W. Mason St., Green Bay, WI 54313


Buffalo Alma High School Gymnasium, S1618 STH 35, Alma, WI 54610


Burnett Burnett County Government Center, Room 165, 7410 County Road K, Siren, WI 54872


Calumet Calumet County Courthouse, Rm. B025, 206 Court Street, Chilton, WI 53014


Chippewa Chippewa Falls Middle School, 750 Tropicana Blvd., Chippewa Falls, WI 54729


Clark Greenwood High School, 306 W. Central Ave., Greenwood, WI 54437


Columbia Wayne E. Bartels Middle School, Gymnasium, 2505 New Pinery Rd., Portage, WI 53901


Crawford Prairie du Chien High School, Auditorium, 800 E. Crawford St., Prairie du Chien, WI 53821


Dane Middleton Cross Plains Performing Arts Center, 2100 Bristol St., Middleton, WI 53562


Dodge Horicon International Education Center, Lower Level Auditorium, N7725 STH 28, Horicon, WI 53032


Door Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235


Douglas Brule Town Hall, 5820 S. Maple St., Brule, WI 54820


Dunn Dunn County Fish and Game Club, 1900 Pioneer Ave., Menomonie, WI 54751


Eau Claire South Middle School, Auditorium, 2115 Mitscher Ave., Eau Claire, WI 54701


Florence Florence Natural Resource Center, Basement Conference Rm., 5631 Forestry Dr., Florence, WI 54121


Fond du Lac Theisen Middle School, 525 E Pioneer Rd., Fond du Lac, Wisconsin 54935


Forest Crandon High School, Auditorium, 9750 US HWY 8 West, Crandon, WI 54520


Grant Youth and Agriculture Building Main Auditorium, 916 East Elm Street, Lancaster, WI 53813


Green Monroe Middle School, 1510 13th Avenue, Monroe, WI 53566


Green Lake Green Lake High School, Small Gym, 612 Mill St., Green Lake, WI 54941


Iowa Dodgeville High School, Gymnasium, 912 Chapel Street, Dodgeville, WI 53533


Iron Iron County Courthouse, 300 Taconite Street, Hurley, WI 54534


Jackson Black River Falls Middle School, LGI Room, 1202 Pierce Street, Black River Falls, WI 54615


Jefferson Jefferson County Fair Park Activity Center, 503 N. Jackson, Jefferson, WI 52549


Juneau Olson Middle School Auditorium, 508 Grayside Avenue, Mauston, WI 53948


Kenosha Bristol Elementary School, Gymnasium, 20121 83rd Street, Bristol, WI 53104


Kewaunee Kewaunee High School, Auditorium, 911 Third Street, Kewaunee, WI 54216


La Crosse Onalaska High School, Auditorium, 700 Hilltopper Place, Onalaska, WI 54650


Lafayette Darlington Elementary School, Large Group Room, 11630 Center Hill Road, Darlington, WI 53530


Langlade Antigo High School, Volm Theater, 1900 10th Ave., Antigo, WI 54409


Lincoln Tomahawk Elementary School, 1048 East King Road, Tomahawk, WI 54487


Manitowoc UW-Manitowoc, Auditorium, 705 Viebahn Street, Manitowoc, WI 54220


Marathon D.C. Everest Middle School, Auditorium, 9302 Schofield Avenue, Weston, WI 54476


Marinette Crivitz High School, Auditorium, 400 South Avenue, Crivitz, WI 54114


Marquette Montello High School Community Room, 222 Forest Lane, Montello, WI 53949


Menominee Menominee County Courthouse,W3269 Courthouse Lane, Keshena, WI 54135


Milwaukee Nathan Hale High School, Auditorium, 11601 W. Lincoln Ave., West Allis, WI 53227


Monroe Meadowview School, Cafetorium A103, 1225 N Water Street, Sparta, WI 54656


Oconto Suring High School, Cafeteria, 411 E Algoma St., Suring, WI 54174


Oneida Nicolet College, LRC Theatre, 5355 Campus Road, Rhinelander, WI 54501


Outagamie Riverview Middle School Auditorium, 101 Oak St., Kaukauna, WI 54130


Ozaukee Cedarburg Cultural Center, W62 N546 Washington Avenue, Cedarburg, WI 53012


Pepin Pepin County Government Center, County Board Room, 740 7th Ave. West, Durand, WI 54736


Pierce Ellsworth Senior High School, Auditorium, 323 Hillcrest, Ellsworth, WI 54011


Polk Unity High School/Unity Community Ed., Auditorium, 1908 150th St. Hwy 46, Balsam Lake, WI 54810


Portage Ben Franklin Junior High School Auditorium, 2000 Polk St., Stevens Point, WI 54481


Price Price County Courthouse, Board Room, 126 Cherry St., Phillips, WI 54555


Racine Union Grove High School, Performance Arts Center, 3433 S. Colony Ave., Union Grove, WI 53182


Richland Richland County Courthouse, Upstairs Courtroom, 181 West Seminary, Richland Center, WI 53581


Rock Pontiac Convention Center, 2809 N Pontiac Dr., Janesville, WI 53545


Rusk Ladysmith High School, Auditorium, 1700 E. Edgewood Ave., Ladysmith, WI 54848


Saint Croix St Croix Central High School, Commons, 1751 Broadway St., Hammond, WI 54015


Sauk UW Baraboo Campus, Lecture Hall A-4, 1006 Connie Road, Baraboo, WI 53913


Sawyer Winter High School, 6585W Grove Street, Winter, WI 54896


Shawano Shawano Middle School, LGI Room, 1050 S. Union St., Shawano, WI 54166


Sheboygan Sheboygan Falls High School, Auditorium, 220 Amherst Ave., Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085


Taylor Fair Grounds, Multi-purpose building, Hwy 64/ Hwy 13, Medford, WI 54451


Trempealeau Whitehall City Center, 18620 Hobson St., Whitehall, WI 54773


Vernon Viroqua High School, Commons Room, 100 Blackhawk Drive, Viroqua, WI 54665


Vilas St. Germain Elementary School, Gymnasium, 8234 Hwy 70 West, Saint Germain, WI 54558


Walworth Delavan-Darien High School, 150 Cummings St., Delavan, WI 53115


Washburn Spooner High School Auditorium, 801 County Highway A, Spooner, WI 54801


Washington Washington County Fair Park, 3000 Cty Hwy PV, West Bend, WI 53095


Waukesha Waukesha Co. Tech. College, Richard Anderson Ed. Center, 800 Main Street, Pewaukee, WI 53072


Waupaca Waupaca High School, PAC-Auditorium, E 2325 King Rd., Waupaca, WI 54981


Waushara Waushara County Courthouse, County Board Rm. 265, 209 S. St. Marie St., Wautoma, WI 54982


Winnebago Webster Stanley Middle School, Auditorium, 915 Hazel Street, Oshkosh, WI 54901


Wood Pittsville High School, Auditorium, 5407 1st Ave, Pittsville, WI 54466