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post #1 of 9 Old 07-30-2010, 02:08 AM Thread Starter
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iron butt = pissed off knees

7/29/2010, Alliance NE to Baker City, OR on the WeeStrom. The only room left in the motel was a spendy one with a Jacuzzi. I'm going for it (the room and the blaster bath).

Moved the rehydration bladder from back pack to tank bag. It makes available the shoulder-blade vent in the Road Crafter. A good thing in warm weather.

Going to a family wedding in/near Portland on Sunday.

The Wee shakes its head in some situations which I am tentatively blaming on an unadjusted headstock bearing.

According to my odometer, I did just over 1,000 miles today.

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post #2 of 9 Old 07-30-2010, 02:38 AM
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Do you have a fork brace? A RichlandRick peg lowering kit may help the knees. That and moving my feet to frame sliders or passenger pegs occasionally helps my bad knees.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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I have fork braces on both the V and the Wee. I put in on the Wee after it deposited me in a barrow pit. Or, maybe it already had the brace when it did the tank slapper? Can't remember.

Your observation in another thread that the Montrose police said that the brace made their Wee like another bike surprised me a little. I've been unable to sense any benefit. Maybe I should ride with it on then take it off and alternate enough times to reinforce an opinion. Obviously, the brace didn't have a dramatic effect for me.

The Jacuzzi felt good but left the floor wet. I guess I don't want one in my house after all.

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I didn't feel a dramatic effect either. It's probably because I don't push the bike hard. I'm more convinced by the physics of the situation and the testimony of those who ride harder than I do. I'm sure that situations which would tax the stock alignment are better handled with the brace. If I had a brace on my '05 a few years back, maybe I wouldn't have titanium in my hand today from a tank slapper getoff.

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I've not had any difficulty with my knees so far on the Wee (with a Vee seat) but my long days have been inside 600 miles. I did however have a problem on my C-14 when I was on the way to Frisco, CO in '08 for the COG National. I installed a peg lowering kit out there and the problem disappeared. Amazing what an inch or so down and an inch or so forward can do.

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Home now. MapQuest shows 1008 miles from Alliance to Baker City. There can't be any official recognition because I didn't document departure mileage at Alliance. The last day I went from Caldwell, ID, to Alliance, NE. It isn't 1,000 miles but it's around 900. I took mostly US20 from Newport, OR, to Caldwell, ID, and mostly US26 from there home via Jackson Hole.

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Vstrom seat (thanks, Pilgrim) on the Wee and Aerostich sheepskin pad. It really is surprising how little height it takes to make a noticeable difference. Still had to do a lot of standing and kicking to back the knees out of full revolt. When I've recovered my ambition, I'll grease and adjust the headstock bearings.

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7/29/2010, Alliance NE to Baker City, OR on the WeeStrom. The only room left in the motel was a spendy one with a Jacuzzi. I'm going for it (the room and the blaster bath).

Moved the rehydration bladder from back pack to tank bag. It makes available the shoulder-blade vent in the Road Crafter. A good thing in warm weather.

Going to a family wedding in/near Portland on Sunday.

The Wee shakes its head in some situations which I am tentatively blaming on an unadjusted headstock bearing.

According to my odometer, I did just over 1,000 miles today.


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+1 on peg lowering kit; definately lessened knee discomfort.
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My apologies for just not getting it. Even driving 1000+ miles in a vehicle will leave me sore somewhere!? If I am riding my bike for these distances (and I have) I do not mind having a temporary sweet aching reminder of the accomplishment. I love feeling that I ride two wheels and with the Vstrom the duty to pay for extreme days is more than reasonable to my body.

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