i've had my wee for almost 2 months now, bought used in stock condition with the exception of knuckle guards added by the previous owner. 2200 mi. on the clock at purchase and i've added just over 1100 more (it's my busy time of the year at work and with a family, my riding time has been limited
). i eventually want to turn the wee into a good touring bike with luggage and such. i'm not a rich man, so it will happen a little bit at a time.
today, i cleaned my chain like a madman and went 'dry' with the dupont teflon multi-use spray lube. i scrubbed and scrubbed with kerosene and a toothbrush until the kerosene ran off clear and the chain wiped clean. my chain is at the extreme end of 'spec' adjustment (next weekends project
), but the sprocket and chain show absolutely no signs of visible wear. after i was sure they were clean, i applied a few liberal coats of the dupont dry lube. seems good so far and the chain was still very clean and cool to the touch after a quick 40 mile ride around town.
i also installed a madstad bracket for my factory suzuki screen. i found the 'sweet spot' for me after a few adjustments on a 40 mile, mostly highway ride. at first, i'd pull off to the shoulder to make adjustments, but got tired of/impatient with that, so i made adjustments 'on the fly' at my normal highway speed (about 80 indicated) by using only one adjustment knob and leaving the other one just loose enough to move the screen.
it wasn't long at all after i started adjusting it while moving that i found the spot that eliminated buffeting and made me happy. if you're going to play with your windscreen at highway speeds, please be careful and make sure you're clear of traffic
the setting i ended up with is about halfway up and halfway back in the recommended bracket position for factory shields per the madstad instructions. the difference in highway comfort after the madstad install and personalized set-up is night and day from the factory bracket. suzuki should make this a factory product. it's that good and makes that big a difference.
i'd been out of motorcycling for a while before i got the wee, so i never realized how much buffeting i'd been putting up with until today. buffeting is almost non-existent and now there is a gentle draft across my body and head, which is 'quiet air' on the highway. i can ride with the face shield up on my full-face helmet at crusing speeds. this and the added airflow to my body is welcome in the hot, humid climate i live in. hopefully when the weather chills, i can also find a good setting for the screen to help conserve some heat.
i am very pleased with the madstad bracket. i ordered it on a saturday and received it the following wednesday. it came with good instructions and the brackets and hardware seem to be well-made, high quality and went on without a hitch in 15 minutes or so taking my time. if you have a V-strom, you should at least try a madstad.
i also bumped my tire pressures up to about 38-40lbs both front and rear. they were both at about 34lbs before. i really didn't notice much difference in the ride, but this should increase the tire life. i almost never go off-road, and when i do, it's on hard-packed gravel at my camp, so i'm not real concerned with off-road grip (yet). i also don't push the handling limits of the bike or myself intentionally. i tend to look at my 'chicken strips' as 'reserve/emergency handling indicators' :mrgreen: . they are only about a half inch on the rear (and smaller than they were when i bought it), so i do keel the bike over fairly regularly.
next weekend: chain adjustment and fork raising. my next monetary expenditures are going to be some moto-specific riding pants and boots. after that, luggage, then frame-sliders or crash bars . . . .
i'm also going to put the bike up on the pit stand again and wipe the chain down, inspect it and put another coat or two of the dupont teflon lube on.