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Posted: Fri May 25, 2007 12:35 pm
by mgdavis
Last night the bike was running really shitty. It didn't want to hold a high idle while warming up, then it wasn't getting any power above 4000 rpm. I think I'm going to have to tear into the carbs again at some point. This is very frustrating. It will run good one day, then horribly the next. Tomorrow I'm going to try to talk my girlfriend into letting me buy a V-Strom, wish me luck.

Posted: Fri May 25, 2007 7:07 pm
by Shorts
Good luck - I was going to suggest maybe it's time to threaten the bike with getting a new one. That may straighten it out for a bit lol

Hey, why do you have to talk to your GF. After all she's "GF" and not "Wife" - there's still some leighway in there :mrgreen: :wink:

Posted: Fri May 25, 2007 7:46 pm
by mgdavis
I got to ask because it actually is our money. We've been living together for a couple of years and share most of our finances. We've been saving money for trucks, that's the cash that would pay for a new bike. I think I'd actually be able to lay cash on the barrelhead in the next couple of months. It would clean out our truck fund however, and I'd probably be single pretty quickly if I did it unapproved.

Posted: Fri May 25, 2007 9:09 pm
by Shorts

I see - yeah, definitely discuss it.

Posted: Tue May 29, 2007 12:11 pm
by mgdavis
Holy "poo poo" Shorts, your well wishing worked! She actually said that I can get the V-Strom 650! I just need to sell the CB first.

I'm going to put my CB 750 on Craigslist for $1500. I'll make a deal with any active members of this board and sell it for $1200. I need to get out what I've got into it already. As you know if you've read this blog, I have done quite a bit of work on it. It just had a big service that included checking the valves, balancing the carbs, and a multitude of other maintenance that I can't remember off the top of my head. Actual mileage this morning was 11316 miles. Tires are good, so are brakes. Cosmetics are decent, there is some minor corrosion here and there. There is a tear in the seat on the left side. The bike does need some work, I think cleaning the carbs would take care of the great majority of its' issues.

This morning the CB actually ran pretty nice once it warmed up, so I'm thinking it didn't like how cool the ambient temperature was the other night, and then I got to nervous to use the throttle like I should have to get it warmed up.

Posted: Tue May 29, 2007 7:58 pm
by Shorts
mgdavis wrote:Holy "poo poo" Shorts, your well wishing worked! She actually said that I can get the V-Strom 650! I just need to sell the CB first.

:clapping: That's awesome! **crossing fingers for a speedy sale!**

Posted: Tue May 29, 2007 9:52 pm
by Wrider
Very cool, congrats! Hope you sell the bike fast! A friend of mine just sold his 79 CB750 today, delivering it tomorrow to a first-time rider!

Posted: Tue May 29, 2007 10:09 pm
by AZRider
Man, Id really like to get it, but I think 1200 is too much. Sorry, but good luck.

Posted: Tue May 29, 2007 11:04 pm
by mgdavis
On a different note:
Saturday I picked up a tinted visor for my HJC AC-12. The catalog called it "dark" tint, so I guess there's a lighter one too. I rode a couple miles with it this morning before work. It kept the sun out of my eyes decently well. I did notice that it would "haze" a bit when the sun was hitting it right. It was nicer than shoving sunglasses on. I did notice a bit of fogging, there is no anti-fog coating on this visor.


Posted: Thu May 31, 2007 11:51 am
by mgdavis
The CB pissed me off yesterday. I believe it is not firing the #3 cyclinder, or doing a poor job of it. I changed the oil yesterday, noticed fluid weeping out around the #3 exhaust. I pulled the plug, plug is nasty. That might also explain the crappy mileage I've been noticing. Oil was also seeping out from under the head on the right side, enough to get small splatters on my exhaust.

I'm still selling it, now with the understanding that it is a project or running parts bike. Price reduced, I'll put it on Craigslist for $900 obo.

A picture is worth a thousand words...

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 12:08 pm
by mgdavis

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 7:01 pm
by Shorts
Is that what I think it is???

:happybikeday: :drinks: :bday1: :cheerleader:

I love the grey and black color scheme. Nice!!! Go ride! Tell us how it is.

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 8:16 pm
by mgdavis
Shorts wrote: Tell us how it is.
Tall. I'm 6", and I can get both feet flat. If my inseam was an inch shorter I'd be on just the balls of my feet.

I've got about 130 miles on it so far, just from screwing around the last couple days. I actually got it June 1st, but I had to do the Air Force thing this weekend, so I missed the great weather we had.

I changed the oil yesterday at 90 miles, I don't think it looked as bad as Totalmotorcycle's, but the chip collector did show significant amounts of metal filings. I have not yet cut apart the filter.

The manual states that 5000rpm may not be exceeded for the first 500mi, I have been observing this while attempting to follow the mototune method of break-in. It is difficult to keep my right wrist in check, this engine is just waking up at 5000rpm.

I would very much like to do some longer day rides this week to attain the recommended break-in mileage, but I need to find a route that is not predominately highway. I may do some riding up on the Olympic Peninsula.

I'm looking forward to the ride home tonight, as it will give me a chance to test my headlights.

One gripe about switch placement, the horn and turn signal are very close, I keep honking when I cancel my turn signal. It's rather embarrassing, hopefully I build some muscle memory and this problem resolves itself.

That's it for the moment, I'm sure more will follow.

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 11:29 pm
by AZRider
Congrats on the new bike. It looks sweet.
Sorry to hear about the CB. Good luck selling.

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 11:48 pm
by mgdavis
Thanks. I've got a couple good hits on the CB, even with it clearly stated in the ad that it's a project. I'm hoping it goes quickly. I know I'll miss it, but I don't need a project right now.

Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 12:51 am
by Wrider
SEXY!!!!!!!!!!! and no, not you, the bike! Yeesh... :laughing:
Seems like a lotta guys are getting the V-stroms lately. You, storysunfolding (seen him lately?) and Mike all have new ones now!
Congrats and Happy Bike Day!

Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 12:07 am
by mgdavis
I went for a nice ride today. Went across the Hood Canal bridge and took Paradise Bay Rd turn toward Port Hadlock. Wound up getting on Highway 20 to Port Townsend. I went to Fort Worden, got a couple pictures of the lighthouse. On the way back I went through Chimacum and took Highway 19 till it met 104, back over the bridge, then onto Highway 3. It came out to right around 100 miles round trip. I got a bit chilly on the way up and a bit damp on the way back, but nothing really uncomfortable.

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2007 12:46 pm
by mgdavis
I had a guy come look at the CB yesterday. He's the mechanically-inclined friend of my prospective buyer. I was very up front with him about the various issues, he still seemed really stoked about it. He's going to talk to the buyer and see how much she's willing to spend on repairs. I think he'll wind up selling the bike to her for me, he was that excited.

It's really embarrassing, but I managed to drop the CB when I was moving it around to wash it. I was sitting on it and backing up, I think I misplaced a foot. It did a slow fall to the right, landing on grass. It has previously been down on that side, no additional damage was done. I was kinda surprised at how easy picking it up was, I just grabbed the right grip and the seat rail, and stood it up.

I washed and waxed both bikes, was surprised at how dirty the V-Strom was already. I managed to get chain lube on the rear wheel the other day, going to have to put in a bit more effort to get that cleaned off.

I've been riding the Strom a bit harder, that engine has GUTS. I can't wait till I put the remainder of the break-in mileage on, and get to really go have fun.

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2007 11:05 pm
by mgdavis
I forgot to toss in here that I insured the Strom last week. It's not required in Washington, nor did my Suzuki Card mandate insurance. I figured it would be stupid to not have it, regardless. I got it through GMAC, I also insure my truck with them, so I got a discount. It came out to $667/yr for comprehensive with a $500 deductible. If I had a secure storage facility it would be even cheaper, unfortunately my carport does not count.

The next (first) farkle I acquire for the Strom is going to be handguards. I hate having cold hands, makes everything rather unpleasant. I don't think the OEM pieces are very expensive, I might try to order them Friday.

I've been digging on the Givi bags, I'd like to get a top box and side cases. They're damn pricey though. I'll probably start acquiring them piecemeal.

Posted: Mon Jun 18, 2007 5:28 pm
by mgdavis
Yesterday I had the actual prospective buyer show up to look at the CB. She was about 5' 4", when she sat on the the bike only her big toes were on the ground (who goes to look at a bike wearing flip-flops?). Her friend is going to see if he can find shorter shock assemblies, if he can the bike is gone. I did get a bit irritated, I thought she was coming out with cash-in-hand, turns out she was just trying it on for size. Ah well, if she buys it, it's worthwhile.

Saturday I went down to the dealer to exchange the temporary tag for a permanent plate and the registration for the Strom. I was checking the registration, noticed that two letters in my first name were transposed. Lady at the office said she would call the DMV on Tuesday and get things straightened out, till then I hang on to the mis-spelled registration.

Haven't ordered hand guards yet. I'll call, or stop by, the dealer tomorrow to see about that.