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 on: Today at 04:10:24 AM 
Started by Expat47 - Last post by sirkitrider-2
Sweet Kymmie!


 on: Today at 03:59:02 AM 
Started by sirkitrider-2 - Last post by sirkitrider-2
Got in almost 300 miles Sat. and Sunday afternoon.  177 on Saturday.  Up to KY. to a gun shop with a buddy.  Ate some so-so bbq.  104 on Sunday afternoon just wandering around in a nearby counties.

To the waters edge ...

Great weather, mid 50's to low 60's, lots of sunshine. Finally!

Ironically, with spring just a few days away Ö Sat. morning was 40 degrees.  Coldest temp I had ridden all winter.  But it warmed up nicely by lunch.  Looking forward to day long ride, hopefully not to many days hence.


 on: March 18, 2019, 09:42:33 PM 
Started by Virginian - Last post by Maggie
Good tips!

 on: March 18, 2019, 07:37:29 PM 
Started by Virginian - Last post by Expat47
I was wondering if you'd mention news papers. My grandfather told a story about his son buying a bike in the dead of winter then freezing out so Grandpa had to ride the thing the rest of the way home. News papers saved the day!

I've got to find some of that "Black Tack", sounds like handy stuff.

 on: March 18, 2019, 07:00:45 PM 
Started by Expat47 - Last post by Virginian
Great to see you out enjoying the new bike.

 on: March 18, 2019, 06:02:36 PM 
Started by Virginian - Last post by Virginian
Iím a big fan of riding great big distances and have a few tricks up my sleeve that will work in a pinch for ya.

- Gas Station Gloves

Many gas stations have throwaway plastic gloves that folks use to protect their hands while filling up. These work as very handy, thin glove liners that Iíve found to be useful in two ways: 1. In a pinch they will make an plain pair of gloves into a waterproof pair. 2. Secondly, the gloves help add a modicum of warmth, since they donít allow air in. Iíve had times when Iíve been out and the temperature has dropped a little more than Iíd anticipated. The wind protection offered by the gas station freebies has been just enough to allow me to carry on with a little more comfort.

- Plastic Shopping Bags

Same as above, they'll waterproof your boots and add a little warmth on a cold day. Also if you put one on your waterproof boot before putting on your moto trousers your boot will slide right through the pants lag with ease.

- Zip Ties

You can pick up zip/cable ties at all kinds of placesógas stations, grocery stores, hardware stores, electronics stores but itís often the case that if you need zip ties to hold your bike/luggage together you need them so urgently that you wonít really be able to ride around looking for some to buy. If you have an off or your bike tips over plastic panels, windshield or sometimes hard luggage will snap so i carry Swiss Army knife or a Leatherman with an awl. Drill holes in the plastic and zip tie it back togther. Finish off with a piece of duct take and it usually will get you home.

- Adhesive Putty

Black tack (UK brand) is the best of adhesives. Uhu Patafix works well too. Used by photographers to stick equipment in awkward places, it's like Blu-Tack on steroids. If you're lost and you need to stick your smartphone to your dash to see Google Maps, this will do it. If you need to attach a sat nav with no mount, this will do it. GoPro mount broke, this will do. The bond gets stronger after a few minutes of contact, so it's stickier than it at first seems. It comes in a rolls or strips for about $5 and it's reusable. Just restore it in aluminum foil and use over and over again.

- Newspaper in your leathers

I know this sounds crazy but if the temps drop unexpectedly and your dog's dangles shrink up like retracts on an airplane and you're an hour from home, stop at a quick mart and buy a newspaper. Layer it across your chest as thick as you can and still zip up your jacket. If you can slide some layers inside your cuffs and/or arms bonus points.

- Baby Wipes

Don't use the towels and washcloths at the hotel to clean you gear or bike. Most hotels will back charge you a service fee for extreme dirt on their linens. Get a travel size pack of baby wipes and they'll keep your leathers, helmet, gear and also work wonders on wiping down the bike and windshield. I swear, they work like a champ! Have too many burritos on the road, they work well on your backside too.

- Face-shield Fogging

Fogging on the inside of your face-shield is a serious problem in the winter months. Plain old dish washing soap like Dawn. Wipe on a healthy layer on the inside of you visor and let it dry for like 20 to 30 minutes. Buff with a micro fiber towel till it's crystal clear. I guarantee your visor won't fog for the day. Rinse, replete as needed.

PS: Do not use the windshield washer fluids you see at gas stations with the squeegee! I have used it to clean bugs off my face-shield and it promptly took the protective coating off my $60 visor... grrr

- Traffic Light Hack

Ever sit at a traffic light for many cycles wondering if you should just run the darn thing? You can purchase earth magnets on fleabay and either hot glue them to the inside of your fairing (if you have one) or hot glue them to the underside of your bike. They really to help triggering the traffic light sensors that you are waiting patently on to turn. They come in mant shapes and sizes for your application but I find the quarter size work the best.

Please feel free to post your tips & tricks here if you have any to share.

 on: March 18, 2019, 05:44:02 PM 
Started by Expat47 - Last post by Expat47
I went down the coast road to Cape Sunion this morning, promising not to exceed 50mph (fudged that a bit). This is the road that, for all practical purposes has no strait parts. The AK was nimble and rock steady through all the turns. I'm quite pleased with the handling & the Metzler FeelFree tires are still working as advertised. (I had a pair on my SYM 250i) The CG is noticeable higher than the X10 and the ride is rougher but that may soften up some down the road.

The all digital dash had a habit of getting lost in the sun and the gas gage and I are going to have to have a discussion one of these days. It started screaming at me when there was still over 5 liters in the 15 liter tank and the 2ed 20% disappeared almost before I noticed that we'd gotten down there.

The seat is still a bit hard (I'll bounce a couple hundred pounds on it again tomorrow and see if that softens it up a bit) and the leg room could do with a few more inches but it's adequate. The under-seat storage all but disappears once you've got the helmet (upside down) in it. What's left is a steep slide down into the helmet well that's not much good for anything.

I've still not been able to sync my phone to the scoot. It may be my data plan or my phone as the dealer's phone hooked right up.

1st tank of gas (10 liters & 200 kmeters) produced 50MpGs. I'll work on that when I get past the "break in" period.

As usual on this road, the sun wasn't with me so only one photo with the blue sea in the background. If you want to see the road I was on there's an old clip I took while on the X10 here

 on: March 18, 2019, 03:44:34 PM 
Started by rudderpedals - Last post by Murf
Hi from Destin FL.  My Harley buddies get pissed my 600 Siverwing can out run them.  LOL. True riders don't care what they ride.

 on: March 18, 2019, 07:13:07 AM 
Started by redeye - Last post by bandito2
OK thanks

 on: March 17, 2019, 04:03:58 PM 
Started by redeye - Last post by redeye
what does it cost to have wheels powder coated?

The powder coating was just under $80 for the rear wheel. The front wheel was about the same, maybe a little less, a couple years ago. The preparation needed was removing the tire, valve stem, brake rotor, balance weights, and (front only) wheel bearing. These may be additional expenses, depending on how one has these tasks done.

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