Well, today I reassembled my Strom to the point of rideability,
and took it for my first official, Spring-authorized ride of 2009.
I'd had the thing apart
to check the valve lash
and had the magneto cover off to
repair a small crack that was leaking oil
from a rocky low-side tumble
on Ophir Pass; Colorado
Went to fire it up for the first time
and things looked good.
No apparent leaks,
No weird noises,
Engine running smoothly,
the little red LED came on
and the F1 code popped up.
Had me panicked a little.
I poked around and did some ponderin'
Turned out I'd just neglected to
one of the sensor plugs to the air box.
Let her get good and hot
to make sure the cooling system was
watched and smelled the oil
burning off the various hot parts that
get oily after working
this deeply into the motor.
I'd mounted new tires,
so I checked the axle bolts,
etc etc etc,
threw on the seat,
ATTGATTED my head, hands, and feet,
and creaked down the street
with crossed fingers.
Wasn't a long ride,
maybe 5 miles, poking through
the nearby suburbs and
down a graded dirt stretch or two,
but the bike did just fine.
It was sunny, windy and cool
and I had my throttle back!
MAN it's GOOD to be back in the saddle.
Still have to put the plastic back on, and
I'm looking forward to having a belly pan
again (another casualty from Ophir)
(thanks for the good deal Ohio Sojourner),
and looking forward to seeing how
these new Conti Trail Attacks work out.
I'd be surprised if there weren't already
a good dozen Michigan Strom riders
already on the road.
Even so, I'd be my pleasure to read anything you'd care to write about your 09' Inaugural ride, no matter where you're from.
Here's to good motorcycling in 09'