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post #1 of 12 Old 09-10-2015, 04:37 PM Thread Starter
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First real "road trip" complete!

Last spring I picked up my 2013 Wee with 12k on the odo... I've been planning ever since to take myself on a long trip, and final did. I got home yesterday after 13 days and 6,665 kms. No iron-butt by any means, but was good enough for me. . The longest day was the first at nearly 900k to hurry up and get to the good stuff.

In order, from Southern Ontario I visited: Gaspe area in Quebec, Cape Brenton Island and the Cabot trail, PEI, Bay of Fundy, then back through the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York.

Lessons learned for me: I need better rain gear, a better seat, bar risers and an electronic cruise would be ideal. Also, plan for two full days in areas of interest instead of one: Gaspe, Cabot trail and PEI for this trip. Also, don't plan any day longer than 400-500k mid-trip. Less is ideal because then you can stop to "smell the roses" along the way.

The '13 650 now has 35k on the odo. A fresh oil change, and new tires just before the next trip and I'm ready to rock.

I can now say I have colorful map pictures to add to my signature. . Not as colourful as many of you, but better than all white except for the home province.
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post #2 of 12 Old 09-10-2015, 05:43 PM
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Sounds like a nice trip. But you did it too early. If you wouldn't mind, could you go back and do it all again in 4-6 weeks and get us some pics of the leaves changing? :-)
I know it's alot to ask of you to have to do ANOTHER trip...

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Love the gaspè. We went a couple weeks ago


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Sounds like a nice trip. But you did it too early. If you wouldn't mind, could you go back and do it all again in 4-6 weeks and get us some pics of the leaves changing? :-)
I know it's alot to ask of you to have to do ANOTHER trip...
in 4-6 weeks it is not unheard of for cape breton to have snow at that time of year.

Sounds like you had a great trip. Eventually I'd like to get out to Nova Scotia again on the strom to explore more than the cabot trail.

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Yea... I'd love to go back. Snow is a worry, it was April or later before they even got rid of this year our that way. And by luck, I timed it right for rain. I get a bit wet on my first pass by Moncton (Gaspe to Cape Brenton), but it looks like now they are getting torrential rain for days now and the forecast is solid rain for the next week. I was dry for most of the trip...

Maybe in a few years. Now, I need to go West.
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You might want to consider the Kaoko cruise control. I was out to Vancouver from Newmarket over the summer on my Wee and it worked great. Was doing 700 to 800 km per day. No numb wrist except when you disengage going through traffic. I have bar risers and they made a big difference also. Next additions for me are a Sargent seat, fork braces and then maybe a lowering link depending upon the seat. I got the best use out of a Garmin matched with a Sena headset when going through the cities. It also gives provides an accurate speedometer as the Suzuki speedometer is about 8 to 10% fast.
I would not do another long trip on the stock seat.
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Dragon, that sounds like a great trip. One day I need to venture out East that far and take in some of the beautiful Canadian scenery up there.

On the seat question: I have a stock gel seat and use a home-made wooly cover for it. Sheepskin, I think, from an old rug we had. It makes all the difference in the world! Just the difference in ventilation, heat and cold transfer changes the whole experience. Just trying to save you some money. And I don't think the gel in the seat changes much over the stock seat.
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I have an Air Hawk that I used for the longer days... It's comfortable, but I don't like it because it "disconnects" me from the bike. I shift forward on braking, and back on acceleration. The air bladders seem to roll around on me. There are too many after market seats to choose from. At some point I'll have to make a choice and hope that it's a good one. There is no place that I can find where I can try them out. No matter what seat it's going to be special order.

I've looked at the Kaoko locks, and although then seem nice, $800 or more for a fancy throttle lock, is way too much for me. I have the one (dunno the name) that clamps on the throttle and you push forward with the pointer finger. It worked OK most of the time. Didn't lock as well as I'm sure the Kaoko would, but then again, it cost me $20... not $800. But, the problem is not locking the throttle at a set position, it's changing the throttle going up and down hills.

Bar risers are "in the mail" as well as better rainy foot protection. I already have the fork brace, Agustus deflectors and a GIVI windshield, plus mirror extenders tilted forward; all that eliminate buffeting at everything except the most extreme highways speeds.

It was a great trip Bobbyvstrom. Like I said, next time, I want to slow down to take in more of the scenery. Other than a few stretches, I missed most of NB flying through on my way to the next destination. And, Cape Breton deserved way more than the one day I was there.
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I have a corbin seat that you are more then welcome to try out if you want to ride out to Mississauga. It's my daily riding seat and not for sale, but at least we could switch seats and go for a ride to see if you like that type of seat. I ride a 2011, so not sure if it's compatible with our bike, Personally, I like the corbin's the best, because I find them the best compromise between comfort and function when doing long days and very twisty roads.

Kaoko's don't cost $800 - they are usually under $200 and can often be found for around $100 used. In fact I have one sitting in my toolbox that I have not yet used because I have aftermarket ATV bars and it doesn't fit inside the smaller diameter bar. There is a mod to make it work, but I ended up trying out a universal Vista cruise and like it quite a bit. Price is also around $40.

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Thanks for the seat test offer. I don't think a 2011 seat will fit on the 2013. I do like that seat though. Do you have a backrest for it?

A little more searching shows that Kaoko is $150 (from Revzilla). I was looking at the Kaoko site to get the $800 price... Which is od. Guess I should have looked more. This is the correct one, right? Kaoko Throttle Lock With OEM Handguards Suzuki V-Strom 650/1000 - RevZilla.
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