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So I'm getting ready to head up to Death Valley as soon as all the tourists leave from Easter weekend and I needed to get some service done on the bike. Since I've got a good friend here in Arizona that has a lift I figured I'd take advantage of the low cost of lift rental (12 pack of Bud) and get to work on maintenance.

The oil change on these things still amuses me, one plug, drain re-fill, my hat is off to the engineers for keeping it simple.

I also had gotten tired of being embarrassed to push the horn button, getting mocked by the guy driving a Prius is humiliating. I'd picked up a low tone Fiamm from a buddy who rides Beemers last year and decided that it was time to see if it fit. It's tight and I did have to remove two fins from the grill and shave the bell on the horn a touch to keep it off the header but it did fit. I can now use my horn without fear of being made fun of by hipsters riding mopeds, project number two finished.

The last item was the one that I'd been avoiding since I got down to Arizona, changing the air filter. My fuel mileage has been steadily going down the toilet for months. I suspect that it has to do more with intake restriction than my right wrist being overactive so replacing the air filter seemed like the correct first step. The problem of course is all the nasty things I've heard about pulling the tank off a Cross Country like busting the fuel line nipple on the pump. Not to mention the multitude of lines both liquid and electric that are stashed under or connected to the tank that take three hands and a flashlight to figure out.

To my great surprise and astonishment somebody once again in engineering didn't spend their day with their head shoved up a warm dark orifice and actually gave some thought to changing this out of the way filter. All that is needed is a pair of dykes to snip one wire tie and the tank can now be slid back far enough to access the air filter without disconnecting any lines other than an electrical connection near the rear of the tank. Once the air filter was replaced it was a simple job to slide the tank forward again, replace the wire tie and reconnect the electrics.

The only hiccup I hit was neglecting to pull the inside grommets off the rear tank mount tabs. I knocked 'em both off when sliding the tank back and one of the little buggers dropped into the frame opening above the suspension where it will remain until the end of time.
 

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I un-plug the gas line at under the right cheese wedge! Pinch the two green tabs in and it pops off! Unplug the 2 breather lines and the electrical - tank is off! Got a Lloydz filter so I am good for 30,000 miles till next service.
 

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I just replaced my Lloyds air filter after 18K miles. It was much dirtier than I would have thought. I have two Lloyds air filters so it's a quick change instead of waiting to clean one. You may not want to wait 30K to clean your Lloyds air filter.

I also just had the fuel filter replaced after 33K miles on my CCT. It was discolored, but didn't appear to be clogged at all. I'll have it changed again at 60K though.
 

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I too was thinking that 30k was a little optimistic regarding an air filter. Although a lot of it depends upon what climate you're riding in I would suppose. In the desert southwest and the deserts of Wyoming that I ride in for the most part the lack of humidity is often times made up for by dust and dirt. Not to mention the occasional tree branch and small rocks when the wind blows.

The claims made by manufacturers for replacement intervals are grossly over stated in my opinion. If an air filter can last 30k miles and fit in the same hole that the OEM one does I suspect that it's only catching a portion of the "stuff" that the OEM one does.
 

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The LLoydz cross bike filter has considerably more surface area.
 
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