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Old 01-05-2013, 01:48 AM
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Default Aloha from Hawaii, suggestion welcomed!!

Picked up my new 2010 wee storm ( straight from japan) about a month ago. With the training that I was attending and the weather here ( Hawaii snow), I have only been able to ride about 180 miles. Loving the bike so far. Mods to date include the Peg lowering kit and the mirror extenders. Grip puppies and throttle control are due in tomorrow.

Being 6'5 and 220 I needed the big bike and boy did I get it. I had a klr, but was not doing much off road. And it was Real top heavy. Enjoying my bike and looking forward to many more miles when the weather clears up.

Next change will have to improve the head wind buffering and the WONDERFUL stock seat. For the seat iam thinking of trying the seat concepts pad before a more expensive alternative. For the wind I am going to try a complete wind shield removal and then a tall screen.

Any suggestions for a newbie would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 01-05-2013, 09:59 AM
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Hola, you have snow on Molokai? Very odd.
Depending on the island I'da thought a 250 would be the best choice for a bike. Tight little back roads and very few places where tall gears would be of much use.
Great scenery though on all the isles I've visited.
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Old 01-05-2013, 03:04 PM
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I would suggest a trying a Madstad adjustable windshield mount.

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Old 01-06-2013, 11:27 AM
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Hola, you have snow on Molokai? Very odd.
Depending on the island I'da thought a 250 would be the best choice for a bike. Tight little back roads and very few places where tall gears would be of much use.
Great scenery though on all the isles I've visited.
Hawaii snow falls in the melted state...... Except for Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, and very occasionally Haleakala.
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Old 01-06-2013, 12:51 PM
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I am on Oahu, near the salt lake area. We saw snow once on Mauna Kea, long hike from the station, but the melted snow has been here for about 10 solid days so very little riding. Went out two days ago cause I thought it was clearing up and got caught near Wahiawa in a down pour.

Thanks for the suggestion of the MADSTAD. I will look for good prices on these over the next week and check in.

On a side note I did get the Grip puppies and throttle rocker in. Great products and made the hands feel very nice even during the rain. I would suggest to anyone.
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:54 PM
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I'm a Kona boy from way back. Long before Oprah ruined the place....


I have a VStream windshield in place of the stock. That prevented any issues of the buffeting nature for me.
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:36 AM
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I also found the buffeting and the stock seat high on my list of things to fix. I was able to ease the buffeting by raising the stock wind screen to the top position and I picked up a gel seat to replace the stock one. The gel seat also raises you up slightly.

It is almost always raining in Wahiawa!
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:46 AM
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Default Aloha from Hawaii, suggestion welcomed!!

I would think in HI that a short "sporty" style screen would be a good choice. You may even find that such a screen wouldn't require a Madstad.
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