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post #3281 of 3342 Old 03-11-2019, 12:09 PM
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Originally Posted by vanislejay View Post
The ice is now about an inch thick at it's shallowest point
These are disturbing pictures. Our son lived in Montreal for about 18 months recently. Such a neat town, or so we thought in the balmy September sunshine. It reminds me to be careful about bitching about our winter here. Ah, who am I kidding; we'll keep on complaining until outdoor yoga season is back.

Yep, Vespa's are really great pieces of engineering. I always liked seeing the whole engine & trans out, sitting comfortably on a bench propped up by the rear wheel and centre stand.

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I'm having an adventure- so, its an adventure bike.
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post #3282 of 3342 Old 03-17-2019, 02:45 PM
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As an upgrade to the Givi Crash bars I installed 2 weeks ago, I installed a set of LED driving lights to the bars.
They total 16 watts per light for 36 watts total output. They are very bright. I made the mounts from some
older parts I had left over from my old bike. The light kit came with wiring harness, Relay and all connectors.
Since the switch mount ( left of dash display) has a green light for when the lights are on it also has a red light
for when the lights are off. To keep this little tiny light from being on all the time when the bike is shut off, I installed
a hidden waterproof switch just behind the seat latch lock. This cuts power to the whole thing.
Works like a charm. Check out the pics.
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post #3283 of 3342 Old 03-20-2019, 02:29 PM
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I took the bike out for it's first ride of the season on Saturday, the bike felt a little odd, vague handling, which made me remember I had forgotten to check tire pressure. I checked the pressure today, 23 front and 12 rear!! I aired them up and did a little ride, huge difference in handling. Don't forget to check tire pressure when you pull your bike out of hibernation.
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post #3284 of 3342 Old 03-20-2019, 03:27 PM
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Last night I installed my AdventureTech fork brace! I also have a weld86 plate that I purchased from someone on the classifieds here, but haven't put on yet. Nice farkles

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post #3285 of 3342 Old 03-20-2019, 04:53 PM
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Recently fixed a faulty clutch switch.
Spent 2 hours cleaning 2 years worth of chain wax off everything.
Installed a Tutoro chain oiler.
Adjusted chain.
Added 1000 miles riding around SW Ohio this week.(Its only Wednesday.)
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post #3286 of 3342 Old 03-20-2019, 06:52 PM
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Only a 3-week old owner of a 2014 1000. First things first, changed oil and filter and air filter, and greased all linkages. Then took it on its first decent run - two day adventure ride on tarred roads, dirt roads and some 'grade 3' tracks. Verdict? Amazing on tar and dirt roads, and acquited itself well in the tight stuff, where the ABS and traction control helped no end. Negatives? Offroad suspension capability clearly limited, and fairing shakes noisily. And front sprocket area jams with mud easily. Will check fairing mounting bolts but failing that, may need rubber isolation? As for suspension.....Gold Valves??
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post #3287 of 3342 Old 03-22-2019, 08:53 AM
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Originally Posted by RestoRider2017 View Post
As an upgrade to the Givi Crash bars I installed 2 weeks ago, I installed a set of LED driving lights to the bars.
Just a suggestion.....you might consider rotating them forward inside the protection of the engine guards. As mounted and if that bike hits the ground, not only will the light get damaged, it might pivot in and hit the tupperware and do more damage.

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post #3288 of 3342 Old 03-22-2019, 11:08 AM
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What maintenance/mods/farkles did you do to your Strom today?

New rear tire, Road 5 Trail. New Tusk medium Panniers.

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post #3289 of 3342 Old 03-23-2019, 06:27 PM
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Dragged the Vee out from behind the snowblower. Replaced the OEM battery. Polar Vortex must have hastened is demise, even with the Battery Tender running. Took it out for a short ride to enjoy the first sunny reasonably warm day here in Michigan.
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post #3290 of 3342 Old 03-24-2019, 07:08 PM
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Installed Eatern Beaver ABS cut off and 1 headlight cut off. Made the air deflector things out of an old windshield.Installed raising links (only 5/8" ).
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