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#81 Unread post by mgdavis » Tue Jun 19, 2007 4:42 pm

The gal called me back last night about the CB. She said her friend was able to find shock assemblies that were 2" shorter than stock. Now her boyfriend has decided that she's going to die if she gets it, and is going to make her ride his 650 something or other this weekend. She's supposed to call me this weekend with a decision.
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#82 Unread post by mgdavis » Sat Jun 23, 2007 5:44 pm

Couple Bike related things happened the last few days.

Wednesday:
I got going pretty early in the morning, stopped by the dealership at 9:05. Scheduled my 600mi service, they're not able to fit me in till the 28th. I had 514 miles on the odometer at this point. I also ordered the OEM hand guards. They totaled out to about $48.

I decided that I wanted to go for a bit of a ride. (Locations given if anyone feels like pulling up a map) I started in Gorst, Wa at Cliff's Cycle Center. I headed toward Belfair on the Old Belfair Highway. I kept going through Belfair and headed down E State Route 106, AKA Southshore Rd.
It was very pretty, the skies were clear and the water was calm. The Olympic Mountains were very prominent in the background. The entire ride I was kicking myself for failing to bring a camera. The area is so nice that Bill Gates actually has property on the waterfront in that area.
I had to stop for gas near Union, I filled the tank with 4.04 gal regular unleaded after 256.6 miles. That means I was getting just better than 61mpg! On the way to the gas station I passed Gerbing's Heated Clothing. I've heard about them before, I'm definitely going to check them out now that I know where they're located.
After fueling I headed back for E SR 106. I followed that to its south terminus, and took a right onto N US-101. I made a quick pit-stop at Potlatch State Park soon after. While I was getting back on the bike there I happened to overhear a gentleman talking to 911 dispatch on his cell phone. He caught my attention by saying "He must have been drunk or something". When he completed his call I politely asked him what was going on. He told me that they had almost got in a head-on collision with a VW campervan that had been occupying both lanes at once. He indicated that the van had been headed north, same as me. Luckily I never caught up with the individual.
From there I continued north. I passed through the small town of Hoodsport. After that the road got very entertaining, it's essentially a two-lane beach road that follows the contours of the shore. The speed limits were 40-50 mph, I was behind a maniac in a white minivan who was going fast enough to keep things interesting. I can't begin to describe how beautiful this stretch of road is, all the way north to Brinnon it stayed spectacular. I highly recommend you go ride this road if you're in the area.
There is one particularly entertaining curve between Triton and Duckabush, there was a sight and flashing light warning you to slow down to 25mph, then the road just dropped away to the left, followed by a sweeping right. It can be seen very clearly on Google Maps just south of Yashi Rd. I think I was going 30-35 mph through it, and that was fast enough to make things interesting for a newb like me.
After Brinnon the scenery changed, you go through the outskirts of foothills of the Olympic Mountains. It is very pretty, though not as fun as the previous segment of road. This continues till you get to Quilcene.
Quilcene is a small town, if you go through I recommend a stop a the store, Peninsula Foods if I recall correctly. They boast giant ice cream cones. There are also a few restaurants, I've never eaten at any of them, but they look very nice. I didn't make any stops this time, just continued through on US-101.
North of Quilcene things got a bit boring, the road is relatively straight and flattish. I'd also started getting a bit sore at this point, I spent a few minutes sitting on the passenger seat to stretch my knees out.
There wasn't to much else special after this point. I got onto Highway 20 at Discovery Bay, then took a right onto 19 at Four Corners. I followed 19 until it ended, then took a left on 104. I followed 104 over the Hood Canal Bridge and headed home.
It was around 150 miles of riding that day, my longest day on a bike thus far. I'm going to look into a throttle rocker at some point, my right wrist was getting rather stiff by the end of the day. The Strom handled the ride wonderfully, I can't wait to go on some more longer rides. Next I think I'm going to head all the way around the Olympic Peninsula.
Sorry about the long narrative, it probably should have gone in its own post. I'll take a camera next time, pictures might make the long post more entertaining.

Friday: Payday. I headed back to Cliff's (dealership) to find a tailbag. I wound up with a Dowco "Rally Pack Deluxe Series Tail Bag". It's not the best piece of gear out there, but it'll work till I get a Givi set-up. I do have to say that the girl working the floor in was super helpful in helping me find something that met my needs, and helping figure out how to attach the bag to my rack (it's really supposed to go on the passenger seat). I also got a don't-shoot-me-orange Icon Mil-Spec vest. I plan on riding out to McChord for my next UTA, and I need a contrasting-colored reflective vest to get on-base.

I'm at 720 miles or so now, rather overdue for my service. I'm not overly worried as I changed the oil awhile ago. I just hope they don't make an issue over it if I need to have warranty work done.
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Re: The Tailbag

#83 Unread post by mgdavis » Sat Jun 23, 2007 10:58 pm

It's a PITA to get my leg over the bike when I've got that bag up there on the rack. I just don't bend that way. It's even worse when it's expanded.
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#84 Unread post by mgdavis » Wed Jun 27, 2007 7:02 pm

Picked up my handguards this morning. I'll probably get them on the bike Friday. Got to go in for the 600 mile service tomorrow morning.
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#85 Unread post by mgdavis » Thu Jun 28, 2007 1:28 pm

My 600 miles service was done this morning. There were about 850 miles showing on the odometer when I rolled into the parking lot today :oops: . Oil change, check bolts, lube/adjust chain. $220.88 OTD. Took 1 hr 15 min.
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#86 Unread post by mgdavis » Thu Jun 28, 2007 5:12 pm

My girlfriend got a helmet and overpants today, also ordered a jacket. Now I get to take her with on weekends. I'm a bit nervous, never rode with a pillion before.
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#87 Unread post by Flesher » Thu Jun 28, 2007 11:40 pm

First time I rode with my wife on the back I was a little nervous too, in fact I had her meet me in a parking lot cause she was a little apprehensive about turns. Well I went out of my way to be smooth on acceleration, braking, and shifting. after A few complete 360 deg turns I asked my wife how she was doing and she said great.

I pulled out of the lot and we went to my sister's house, I continued with the smooth on everything approach. To be honest, except for feeling a little more crowded, I didn't even know she was there. She was a great passenger.

You'll do fine too, I'm sure of it. Just give her a few signals in case she wants you to stop or slow down ( I told my wife to tap me with both hands on the hips to stop, and one hand to slow down). Good luck and enjoy.

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#88 Unread post by mgdavis » Fri Jun 29, 2007 12:23 pm

Thanks Flesher, I'm going to steal your signals.

The GF got Joe Rocket Ballistic 5.0 pants, and Scorpion EXO 400 helmet. She ordered a 2/3 length jacket and a pair of gloves. I forgot to tell her to get boots, she thinks I'm going to let her ride in Converse.

I got my handguards installed this morning. They fit perfectly, kinda funny since the catalog specifically stated that they wouldn't fit a K7 DL650. It took me 50 minutes to get them put together, I could do it much quicker next time. They seem solid, and they definitely push wind away from my fingers.
My one gripe is that the bottom nut on clutch pivot tightens on a couple plastic fingers. I couldn't see real well, and the instructions weren't real specific, so I managed to squish the plastic and deform it a little bit. I don't think it's going to affect much, however.
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#89 Unread post by Shorts » Fri Jun 29, 2007 1:45 pm

Sounds like you two will have fun. The first time that I rode with DH, I followed him in my truck to a big parking lot. And he practiced manuevers with me on the back to get the feel before we ventured outto the streets. It was a good warmup.

Definitely use some hand signals, they will come in handy especially at speed without comm units. Not to mention, for 'close calls' or things that DH may not have seen and I do (traffic, the jerk that pulled out, etc etc).

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#90 Unread post by mgdavis » Tue Jul 10, 2007 12:20 am

Went out for our first two-up ride last night. We enjoyed ourselves. If we do this much a com unit would be nice. I could mostly hear her, but she couldn't hear me. The Strom handled it fine. She had a bit of trouble getting on, that passenger seat is tall. She also said the vibrations started to make her feet go numb after a bit. I did get headbutted quite a bit. Other than that, every went well.
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#91 Unread post by mgdavis » Fri Jul 27, 2007 7:01 pm

I went for a ride with beemerchef, aka Ara, the other day. He's a nice guy, also makes a good cup of coffee. We went up to Hurricane Ridge. It was a good ride, we had some decent weather, just a bit on the cool side. It was interesting talking to a guy who has been living on the road for ten months, it gives him a different perspective on things. He took some great pictures and posted them on his site.
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#92 Unread post by mgdavis » Sat Jul 28, 2007 12:17 am

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Slug slime is a PITA to get off paint, worse on textured plastic, and a real "dog" to get out of cordura riding pants.

I found this mess upon dismounting after a 10 mile ride. Nasty.
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#93 Unread post by mgdavis » Sat Jul 28, 2007 1:20 pm

I got my girlfriend to fabricate me a bracket to stick my base stickers on. I didn't want to put them on paint or plastic. The bracket is made of .050 (?) stainless steel. I'm going to bolt it up with one of the fender bolts. I'll take pictures and post them up at some point. I can't claim credit for the idea, I stole it from another V-Strom that I saw on McChord.
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#94 Unread post by mgdavis » Wed Aug 01, 2007 1:55 pm

The CB750 is finally gone. Sold it for $800. I wish I'd gotten more for it, but that's the breaks. I hope he gets it going again.
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#95 Unread post by Shorts » Wed Aug 01, 2007 5:55 pm

mgdavis wrote:I got my girlfriend to fabricate me a bracket to stick my base stickers on. I didn't want to put them on paint or plastic. The bracket is made of .050 (?) stainless steel. I'm going to bolt it up with one of the fender bolts. I'll take pictures and post them up at some point. I can't claim credit for the idea, I stole it from another V-Strom that I saw on McChord.

hehehe Yeah! That's a good woman. So few of us... 8)

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#96 Unread post by Beemerchef » Fri Aug 03, 2007 12:29 pm

I forgot if you had the windhsield on or off the hack... I just took mine off... WOW!!!... incredible difference... let me know!
I will be in the High Desert soon... welcome to join in for more coffee!!!

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#97 Unread post by mgdavis » Sat Aug 11, 2007 3:27 pm

As of my last fill, I've gotten an overall average of 56.33mpg, with a high of 61.06mpg and a low of 51.10mpg (first tank). The last fill-up showed 1967 miles on the clock. That was 10 gas stops, eight at Texaco, one at Chevron, and one at Safeway.
I made a spreadsheet that allows me to track it all easily, I'd just post that once in a while if I could figure out how to do attachments.
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One year

#98 Unread post by mgdavis » Tue Aug 21, 2007 2:44 pm

It has been just about a year now that I've been riding. I thought I'd have something really insightful to post, but I can't really think of anything.
I'm on my second bike, learned lots, still have lots to learn. I've rode about 3500 miles in 12 months, over half in the last three months. I've not had my crash yet; only laid over a bike once, while backing up. Hopefully I do even better in the coming year.
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#99 Unread post by mgdavis » Sat Aug 25, 2007 5:05 pm

So... I'm single again, as of three weeks ago. Medium length story. Got lots more free time now, so let me know if you're in the area and want to ride.

On a related note, it sure is strange sleeping alone after 2.5 years of not.
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#100 Unread post by ceemes » Sat Aug 25, 2007 5:39 pm

mgdavis wrote:As of my last fill, I've gotten an overall average of 56.33mpg, with a high of 61.06mpg and a low of 51.10mpg (first tank). The last fill-up showed 1967 miles on the clock. That was 10 gas stops, eight at Texaco, one at Chevron, and one at Safeway.
I made a spreadsheet that allows me to track it all easily, I'd just post that once in a while if I could figure out how to do attachments.
open up your spreadsheet, hit the print screen button of your keyboard and then paste to MS Paint. Save as a JPG or GIF file, then upload to photobucket. Then you can link it here.
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