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Unread post by mgdavis » Sun Aug 09, 2009 1:44 pm

This morning I realized that there are not nearly as many two wheel commuters at my work this year as there were last. Fuel prices are running significantly lower this year, so I guess everybody lost the motivation to ride. Lately it has been myself, a Pacific Coast, a 250 cruiser, and a few scooters. This time last year, I could barely find room for my bike in the MC parking area, now it's usually me and one or two other bikes.
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Unread post by mgdavis » Wed Aug 19, 2009 12:24 am

I got the gf out for a nice ride on the Strom yesterday. We went around the Hood Canal, it was about 130 miles for the trip. I picked up a pair of the JVC marshmallow headphones for her, so she just spent the whole trip listening to tunes and watching the scenery go by. I didn't get any complaints, except that she was kind of saddlesore by the end of the day.

The gear that I picked up for her is working out pretty well. It is the Nirvana Touring jacket and pants from Motorcycle Superstore. The quality is a notch or two below my Kili and Cortech, but it's decent for a fair-weather pillion. My only real gripe is that the pants have a 33" inseam in every size, which is a little long for my 5'3" gf.

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Unread post by mgdavis » Wed Nov 04, 2009 1:13 pm

Once again I've made a liar of myself, saying that I'm going to make an effort to keep this updated regularly.

My pillion decided we weren't working out, so she split. Now I'm kicking myself for dropping so much cash on riding gear for her. I had picked up a helmet, gloves, and boots in addition to the suit. Live and learn, I guess. In the future I'll stay a solo rider unless the next ex-gf buys her own damn gear.

I haven't hardly been out on the bike in a month, which sucks. I've been having trouble getting motivated to ride.

I have a corrected speedometer face on the way from raceratb. It sounds like he only has a couple more left, and doesn't really have plans for another production run, so get one now if you want one. I'm really looking forward to having an accurate speedo, I'll run it against the gps and post up results after I install it.

That's all for now, folks...
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Unread post by mgdavis » Sun Nov 08, 2009 11:26 am

My speedometer face showed up in the mail yesterday. On brief inspection, it looks pretty good. I might install it Monday, or later during the week if I don't get around to it then. I'm really looking forward to not having to guess at what my real speed is.
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Unread post by mgdavis » Mon Nov 09, 2009 2:59 pm

I got my new speedometer face installed this morning. I'm happy to report that it went pretty smoothly. There was one heart stopping moment when I thought I'd broken the speedometer needle as I was prying it off, but it turns out that I'd just popped off a cosmetic cover that snapped back in place. The hardest part was prying that needle off, hoping the whole time that I wouldn't break any off the small plastic parts it was attached to. Reinstalling the needle in the proper alignment was also somewhat of a PITA, but I got it pretty well where it needed to go on the fourth or fifth try.

Cosmetically, the gauge looks pretty much factory - better than factory in my case, as my original gauge face had started to bubble somewhat. It's raining hard enough that I haven't been out to check the accuracy of the new piece yet, but all reports say that I should not be disappointed. This is probably the best $45 I have spent on my bike, and I find myself wishing that I hadn't waited two years to follow through on the purchase and installation.
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Unread post by mgdavis » Mon Nov 09, 2009 5:25 pm

I caught a break in the rain, so I went out for a quick run against the GPS. It seems like the new face reads 1 mph low around town, although it was hard to keep my speed steady enough for the GPS to settle on a number. On the highway at 60 mph I'm now dead on, which is much nicer than having to guesstimate. I'm a happy customer, and I'd encourage all Strom riders to contact raceratb about his product.
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Unread post by blues2cruise » Thu Nov 12, 2009 1:12 am

We relish those "breaks" in the rain on the west coast, don't we?
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Unread post by mgdavis » Thu Nov 12, 2009 2:38 am

Yeah, I'm not scared of melting, but I just don't have as much fun when I'm dealing with the weather.
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Unread post by mgdavis » Fri Dec 04, 2009 4:36 pm

I went out for a ride today, nothing special just cruising down the highway. The weather here right now is 36*F and overcast, so I was having to do the zen breathing to keep my face shield more-or-less clear of fog.

On the way home I stopped at the local dealer and bought a pin-lock shield, pretty much as a spur of the moment thing.

Wow! I am blown away by how big a difference it makes. I've tried various anti-fog stuff in the past, but nothing can touch this pin-lock setup. I literally tried and failed to make it mist over while sitting at a light. It was a little pricey at $90, but it's definitely going to be well worth it to me.
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Unread post by mgdavis » Mon Dec 07, 2009 1:44 am

I might get myself a x-mas present this year. I've been looking around for inexpensive dual sports that are more dirt oriented than the Strom for awhile, now I have a pretty good idea of what I want. I have a line now on an old DR350 that I might pick up for cheap. Stay tuned...
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Unread post by mgdavis » Mon Dec 07, 2009 6:51 pm

Got all the riding gear back from that last gf. Going to sell it now to finance the next bike. Probably going to recoup most of my money since I bought nearly all of it on steep discount. Hope I remember this lesson about gift giving for the next time around.
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Unread post by mgdavis » Sat Jan 02, 2010 1:32 am

Went for a New Years ride today with some of the guys off PNW Riders. Did the 101 loop around the Hood Canal, a familiar route. Stopped for lunch at Loggers Landing. It was the first time I've stopped there, and I can now recommend them. Twenty soaking wet and dripping riders (did I mention that it was raining a little?) walked through the door, and the didn't even bat an eye. Service was friendly, and they even took the time to refill everyone's coffee multiple times, which I can't get at Shari's even on a slow night. Food was good too, but I forgot to take a picture of my chicken cordon bleu sandwich, which was composed of swiss, ham, and chicken strips.

After we left lunch it really started raining. My Kilimanjaro actually leaked. Nice cruise though, there was a minimum of Sunday drivers suffering from recto-crainial inversion. Only real slow one was a truck with camper that was doing 5-10 under, and actually decided that it would be ok to bypass a slow vehicle pull-out. :evil:

Got home and had to take a hot shower to warm up. Gear was completely soaked. Left boot was holding standing water. Pants might need replacing, they might as well have been made of mesh for all the water they kept out.

Everybody regrouping after the twisties.
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Gassing up.
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Lunch. I'm the good-lookin' dude in green. 8)
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Unread post by mgdavis » Thu Jan 07, 2010 11:37 am

On the New Years Day ride my bike was rode hard and put away wet, and the abuse has taken its toll.

I finally pulled the Strom back out yesterday to go for a ride, and I noticed that the backside of my chain is starting to rust. Also, at some point the rubber frame protector on the left side of the bike fell out. The brake rotors were starting to rust as well, but I think that they're doing ok. Come spring time I'm definitely going to have some maintenance issues to catch up on.
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Unread post by mgdavis » Sat Jan 30, 2010 5:25 pm

It has been a pretty dry and warm January so I've been logging some miles here and there. Nothing epic, but it's good to be in the saddle.

I got the missing heel guard replaced, and finally got a new rubber mat for the rack to replace the one that I ripped off installing the Action Packer.

I washed the bike for the first time in a few months, so it's looking pretty good now. The chain is still rusty, it's coming up on 20k miles so I think I'll just replace it before spring for piece of mind. The brakes are starting to squeal a little at slow speed so it's time to check the pads too.
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Unread post by mgdavis » Fri Mar 19, 2010 6:42 pm

How time flies. :)

Still riding, at just about 21K miles now. Had the chain replaced with an RK x-ring last week.

Starting a new job Monday, so I'll have to see if it will be practical to commute on the bike in the future.
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Unread post by Wrider » Fri Mar 19, 2010 9:26 pm

Congrats on the new job! What are you doing now? Besides terrorizing little old ladies with your big mean Strom of course.
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Unread post by mgdavis » Sat Mar 20, 2010 7:29 am

I was hired by one of the big DoD contractors to turn wrenches on ordnance. Quite a big difference from working at the hospital, where I've spent the last six years, but it allows me to finally capitalize on the technical education I received while in the Air Force Reserves.
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Unread post by mgdavis » Sat Mar 20, 2010 8:35 am

Garagenight.tv

Bunch of guys who meet up to work on bikes, often using somewhat ingenious work-arounds. Watch it, I bet you'll enjoy it.
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Unread post by Wrider » Sat Mar 20, 2010 1:51 pm

I thought of a perfect picture for you, but I'll link it since it isn't safe for this forum.
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Unread post by mgdavis » Sat Mar 20, 2010 5:31 pm

:twisted: I like it. :twisted:

It seems that it's time to start improving my body positioning while cornering. I rolled on the throttle through a sort of fast 90* RH turn and managed to grind a bit of material off my Caribou box on that side. 8)

I still have chicken strips though, so it looks like the boxes will be coming off next time I feel like going quick.
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