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post #11 of 13 Old 09-09-2019, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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Yes they do sell motorcycles in BC; however, there are not a lot of DL1000 for sale. Got a good deal on this one, ergonomics from the add-ons is quite good so the bike fits me well. Got to see Mom - 87 this year, and my daughter and son-in-law in Ottawa, win win all round. Nothing like a good road trip to determine if something is going to work for you. Rode in good weather, wet/dry, cold (3-4 deg C) - tried out the hand warmers, nasty cross/head winds, twisites/long straight stretches, road types from unmaintained gravel/muddy to excellent fresh blacktop. Since I was riding in dark hours found that the lighting was very good.

Now it's back to reality. If it's raining drive car, if cold - maybe/maybe not, riding at 0600 not very likely. Buying a local bike would not have given me the same appreciation and insight into the bike, nor would I have had to ride in certain conditions, would have had a choice.

Now it's on to maintenance, doing what I think is needed to have peace of mind.

Sonya and I went out yesterday for a two up ride, did a short 50 Km ride. Lots of room for both of us on the bike. The passenger pegs need to be rethought, along with a few other issues. Looked at the suspension setup and understand it more because of the two up ride. Need to find/make arm rests for Sonya, a fact of life - she feels more secure with them. I like riding with her and if she is comfortable, all is good.

Looking forward to more rides on it and getting a few issues I noticed taken care of.

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post #12 of 13 Old 09-09-2019, 01:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Rednaxs60 View Post
Making this up is way beyond my imagination factor. I'm in Ottawa now and will take some pics.

Couple of other items I will investigate and look into installing are self cancelling signals, and possibly cruise control. Like the self cancelling signals for every day and when on long trips cruise control is a very nice feature.

After market cruise control would be nice, but a throttle lock is a decent substitute for a whole lot less money. Enjoy the ride!

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post #13 of 13 Old 09-20-2019, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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Laying up the Vee to do work/maintenance, and have taken the 1500 GW out instead. Got a surprise when I left this morning, seating position, ergonomics and weight of the bike was noticeable. Clutch , sound, gearing all different. Took me a few Kms to get used to the difference. Never noticed these things before. I know these bikes are not the same, but I didn't realize how different. Cheers
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