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#151 Unread post by Sev » Thu Jun 15, 2006 8:32 pm

Damn and double damn! I rode my bike into work despite the heavy rain and then left it parked outside in the downpour for my full 12 hour shift. When I got outside after changing into my gear, I found my poor tankpad had been completely stripped off the tank by the rain and was now sitting in a puddle under the bike. I can't believe I forgot that the non-water soluble glue only turned that way after 7 days curing. At which point some mystical force interacts with the glue to alter its chemical structure, berefit of any chemical or physical change in the glue to make it insoluble TO water. I'm such a fool.

I'm actually REALLY depressed about it, I only had the chance to put about 170km on the bike with the new tankpad, but the added HP really made a difference, the bike "sounded" louder, and the throttle "seemed" more responsive. I'll have to buy another one and get my lost power back!

In all seriousness, I know it was just a silly cosmetic mod, but I'm really happy with it. It covers up the small patch of "less shiny" tank that my coat rubbed off, and will protect from further problems with that. It wasn't anything bad, you had to get close and squint to see it, but it bothered me. It's also put it into my head to make some more mods, I'm thinking a belly pan and fender eliminator next.



In other news, I have the distinct impression I should be dead right now. When I said downpour I meant downpour. The road home was flooded out in three places, and I had to go through the water at one point... it literally reached to my feet. All that went through my head is, "don't turn, don't shift, don't do anything." And nothing bad happened, made it home safe.

Skier - yes, these are the stock tires, I have no idea what they are, and I'm currently to wet to wander out there and find out what they actually are.

Maybe yours have seen quite as many miles yet or something, or you got a different tread design, or MAYBE the picture just didn't come out well.



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Of course I'm generalizing from a single example here, but everyone does that. At least I do.

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#152 Unread post by Sev » Thu Jun 15, 2006 9:07 pm

So, I've been sitting on this since about February now, but things are rapidly coming to a head. In Sept I'm going to be moving from Sherwood Park (near Edmonton) to Fairview, to attend NAIT college. I've enrolled in, and been accepted to the Employment Motorcycle Mechanics course. Basically it's 2 semesters of instruction on how to fix most anything motorcycle from mechanical to electrical, afterwhich I spend 4-6 weeks working at a shop. Assuming I pass standards there I can challenge the apprenticeship exam.

The reason I'm posting about this now is because I've recieved both my acceptance and a letter confirming that I'll be living in residence for the duration at a remarkably low price.

The best part is I'm allowed to work on my own bike during the course. Though really, my bike doesn't need a lot of work... so I'm looking at getting a beater bike (ideally one I don't need to pay for) to work on through out the winter. Basically from Sept to April.

Anyone willing to loan me a beater bike? Haha. Seriously.

All in all, I'm really excited about this. I've already had a bunch of people say they want me working on their bikes when I get back (including most of my Aunt & Uncle's riding club), and a lot of my friends as well. I'm also pretty nervous, but it will pass I'm sure. I've been thinking about that in the long run, ought to be a REALLY good side source of income, if I have 20 or 30 people bringing me their bikes to fiddle with in my free time, and all paying me in cash :D.

Since I've started riding, I've devoured every scrap of knowledge I can find, often to the detriment of other studies, so this seemed like the logical extrapolation of that. So everyone stop laughing at the REALLY skinny guy who wants to be a mechanic.
Of course I'm generalizing from a single example here, but everyone does that. At least I do.

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#153 Unread post by High_Side » Thu Jun 15, 2006 9:50 pm

Motocycle school? Great for you Sev!

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#154 Unread post by Ninja Geoff » Thu Jun 15, 2006 10:29 pm

Noice! Ever think of working for a dealer or something?
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#155 Unread post by rapidblue » Thu Jun 15, 2006 11:33 pm

Sevulturus wrote:
Anyone willing to loan me a beater bike? Haha. Seriously.

well if you're serious and you ever get down to S'toon or I go up to Edmonton, you can take my 67 yamaha and give er $hit. It's pretty rough but i'm sure it needs work on everything you'll learn.
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#156 Unread post by David E » Fri Jun 16, 2006 8:15 am

Hi Sevultures,

Just discovered your Honda 599 journal and have read the first 3 of 16 pages. I'm loving it and look forward to reading the rest. You write really well and put across the thrill of riding a bike as well as anyone. It's not easy describing why riding a bike is so exciting but you do pretty well. I loved the piece about leaving your troubles and cares by the side of the road.

I agree with just about all you say about the 599 - I've had one too for about 16 months (faired Hornet) and it's a brilliant bike to ride - fast, agile and usually feels as light as a feather (unless it stalls on a slow turn, then it seems to weigh a ton!) I haven't had the same problem as you with the seat, and, as you suggest it's probably due to my backside padding!

Anyway, keep up the fascinating journal and good luck with the motorcycle maintenance course. :motorbike:

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#157 Unread post by Nalian » Fri Jun 16, 2006 2:08 pm

I think it's great you want to do that - the best job you can get is the one you love to do.

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#158 Unread post by Skier » Fri Jun 16, 2006 2:42 pm

What I've noticed is when you enjoy doing something as a hobby, doing it for work makes it a whole lot less fun. Taking a cue from your signature, Sev, here's a personal example: I used to be a computer enthusiast - up to speed on all the latest video cards, CPUs, motherboard chipsets, etc... Then I went to college and got my degree in Computer Science. Working on the computer for upwards of 12 hours a day took its toll and I didn't want to tinker with the dang thing all the time like I used to. I just wanted it to bloody work. I honestly hated troubleshooting my home computers, software and hardware.

It will probably be the same thing with bikes - if you enjoy wrenching on 'em as a hobby, try doing it for 10 hours a day, six days a week and see how long it lasts.

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However, I do not recommend Motorcycle Mechanics as a career. I do recommend it as a hobby. Why ? Well, for several reasons. Considering what you have to know and the number of tools you need, the pay is lousy. ... If you twist wrenches all day you are NOT going to want to twist them at night, on your own stuff. You will want to do something else. (Like Computers !) You also develop a very mercenary attitude toward bikes. Nowadays, when I see a really great bike, I don't think "What a great bike to have and ride." I think "How much can I sell that toad for ?"
Not to discourage you, heck, you might completely love it. Just making sure you're not missing this perspective. I wish nothing but the best in your future endeavors.
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#159 Unread post by Sev » Fri Jun 16, 2006 8:13 pm

I've put a lot of thought into that. What I've been envisioning is more like a real job + this. I've got a handful of places to potentially work, and on my days off take on one or two bikes for extra money. I'd get to pick and choose what kind of work I'm doing, and I'd get to pick and choose how much of it.

Plus I'll be able to do everything that I want on my bike.

Long term, I'd like to have a little house with a BIG garage, where some of the locals can stop by with a busted bike to borrow tools, or get some help/advice. Or alternately drop it off and get it fixed (for a price). Hopefully turn it into a local hangout or something.

Just vague plans, but it might work out well if I'm lucky.
Of course I'm generalizing from a single example here, but everyone does that. At least I do.

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#160 Unread post by skoebl » Fri Jun 16, 2006 10:40 pm

Sevulturus wrote: Long term, I'd like to have a little house with a BIG garage, where some of the locals can stop by with a busted bike to borrow tools, or get some help/advice. Or alternately drop it off and get it fixed (for a price). Hopefully turn it into a local hangout or something.
I'd drive the couple thousand miles in a heartbeat to go hang out there 8)
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#161 Unread post by Malice » Sat Jun 17, 2006 12:28 pm

Sevulturus wrote: Long term, I'd like to have a little house with a BIG garage, where some of the locals can stop by with a busted bike to borrow tools, or get some help/advice. Or alternately drop it off and get it fixed (for a price). Hopefully turn it into a local hangout or something.
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#162 Unread post by Skier » Sun Jun 18, 2006 12:48 am

Sevulturus wrote:I've put a lot of thought into that. What I've been envisioning is more like a real job + this. I've got a handful of places to potentially work, and on my days off take on one or two bikes for extra money. I'd get to pick and choose what kind of work I'm doing, and I'd get to pick and choose how much of it.

Plus I'll be able to do everything that I want on my bike.

Long term, I'd like to have a little house with a BIG garage, where some of the locals can stop by with a busted bike to borrow tools, or get some help/advice. Or alternately drop it off and get it fixed (for a price). Hopefully turn it into a local hangout or something.

Just vague plans, but it might work out well if I'm lucky.
Sounds great to me. Might want to get a business-oriented person's advice on it, though. Still, I think it sounds great. 8)
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#163 Unread post by velvet elvis » Sun Jun 18, 2006 10:18 am

hey there sev (and everybody else),

just read your blog, and i have a similar problem that you have had. not much backside padding. no matter how much weight i gain, i still have a bony "O Ring".

so, my question is, have you done anything about the seat? or, did you just put up with it? ive noticed that about an hour into a ride, my right cheek starts to hurt. after a little bit of squirming it moves into my right leg and eventually both legs and cheeks. its very disconcerting. i love my 599 and really love riding it, but i cant do long miles like this. any suggestions would be much appreceated (sp).

love your blog, keep it up and good luck in school.....

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#164 Unread post by Sev » Sun Jun 18, 2006 10:55 am

I don't know where you live, but there are a handful of places in the UK that will recover your seat with new foam for a decent price. The guys over at the Hornet's Nest can point you in the right direction. Additionally, Bagster makes a replacement seat.

Also there are some shops in your town that can probably fix your seat as well, replace the foam etc, I'm thinking about having it done, but that'd mean no riding... so it'll have to wait until this winter. Right now I just man up and take the pain.

I've noticed that my seat is starting to break in where I usually sit, the foam is molding to my butt. So it's a little more comfortable for a little longer, but yeah, it still sucks at a seat. Like riding a 2X6 with rounded corners.

I've tried a lambskin on top, but all that does is add a little padding to the same pressure points, it doesn't move them around, so it still hurts... just takes a little longer to start hurting.
Of course I'm generalizing from a single example here, but everyone does that. At least I do.

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#165 Unread post by velvet elvis » Sun Jun 18, 2006 12:17 pm

i live in sacramento and have found a couple of places like corbin and mustang, but like you said, i would have to send in my seat and not get it back for about 3-4 weeks. not gonna happen right now...

been to the hornest nest for a while now and even got a shirt from there. shoulda get the bike a hornet and not the 599.

have a great time riding this summer....

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#166 Unread post by Sev » Sun Jun 18, 2006 7:34 pm

Got SIX people together for a group ride, AND I took my Camera!!!!

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Bubbagump, Karatechick, Karatechick's friend (Therap), Chok447, Malice, and Myself


Meeting up at UofA parking lot
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Bikes of: Karatechick, Bubbagump, Sevulturus, Malice

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Malice and his bike

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Therap shows up

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Chok447 shows up

We headed to The Garage (the long way) took about an hour to get there, for some food.

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Left to right: Bubbgump, Karatechick, Therap, Chok447, Sevulturus, and Malice
bikes: Honda VTX1300, Kawasaki ZZR250, Suzuki Savage, Kawasaki Ninja 636, Honda 599, Suzuki Marauder

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The Sun Came Out!

Malice's boots match his bike!

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Malice, Jim, and Karatechick

Jim is the owner of the Garage, and LOVES having the bikes show up, it draws in all kinds of people off the street. And they look sooo nice, lol.


We took a quick ride to Fort Sask, then went our separate ways. About 180km all told

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This was SOOO much fun. I cannot wait to do it again. And it's really neat watching the other riders.
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#167 Unread post by VermilionX » Sun Jun 18, 2006 7:45 pm

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#168 Unread post by skoebl » Sun Jun 18, 2006 9:37 pm

Ewwww....Safeway :laughing: :laughing:

I love seeing bikes all lined up like that. Particularly when they are all different types. Nothing quite like bridging the "gap" between sport-bike riders and cruiser riders.
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#169 Unread post by Malice » Sun Jun 18, 2006 10:21 pm

"Quick ride to Fort Sask".

It only took about another hour, so if by quick, you mean long and out of the way, then yes.
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#170 Unread post by Sev » Mon Jun 19, 2006 3:36 am

Looks like a short ride to me.
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