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03-30-2009 12:29 AM
slick_kipper
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Originally Posted by YZman View Post
Yep that was the Snow Chicken I went on. Always a good time.

Rode to work Yesterday. Goodness it was COLD outside. But it was still nice to get out.
That dual-sport scene's looking pretty good to me this year. I'm on the PROWL for a WR and seen a couple decent looking deals. Got to wait a month to make sure everything's right with the $$. I think that Colorado off-road stuff (on the Vee) was a real eye opener for me, not that the Vee can't do some trails, just it'd be more fun on a lighter bike etc etc etc.

I'm going to try and change those neck bearings/races. We'll see how it goes.


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Originally Posted by Chewy View Post
Went out yesterday for the 1st ride of the season, about 80 miles worth.....43 degrees, wind from the North and partly sunny.
Wonderful day and I'm glad that I didn't wait until today...Rainy, foggy and 38 deg. right now.

Tried out the new Sargent seat and although far from being broken in, it's gonna be a lot better than the stock seat.
That's a chilly 1st ride, but clear roads and occasional sun can make up for a lot when you're chomping at the bit. I'm down in the Sandusky, Ohio area at present and only caught the tail end of that weather system passing through Michigan. Kind of made me think I jumped the gun a little on a "woo-hoo Spring's here" thread, but hey, it's just a matter of time, and there are the "early risers" to think about.

Glad you're liking the the Sargent.
03-29-2009 09:06 AM
Chewy Went out yesterday for the 1st ride of the season, about 80 miles worth.....43 degrees, wind from the North and partly sunny.
Wonderful day and I'm glad that I didn't wait until today...Rainy, foggy and 38 deg. right now.

Tried out the new Sargent seat and although far from being broken in, it's gonna be a lot better than the stock seat.
03-28-2009 10:05 PM
YZman
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Originally Posted by slick_kipper View Post
Was that the CCC Chicken Run(?) thing? Can't remember the name of it exactly. I already knew you ride the snow, so I'd never accuse you of pussin'out.

50's Game On though.

I was thinking about taking the Strom on my business commute down to Norwalk, Ohio tomorrow, but now I'm not so sure. I rode 30 or so miles this afternoon, and man my Stroms got the headshake. That "hands off the bars while decelerating" shake. New tires too.

Posted this monster over at VSRI.
http://www.vstrom.info/Smf/index.php/topic,9795.0.html

What you think YZ?
Yep that was the Snow Chicken I went on. Always a good time.




As for your head shake issue I dont know. It could be suspension. Do you have a leaking fork seal? Low oil in one fork can cause that. Usualy when I get headshake on a dirtbike its because the forks are raised up too high in the forks. Lowing the forks in the tripple clamps and it goes away as it increases the wheelbase. But on a street bike..I dont have a clue. I usualy just wack the throttle hard when my dirt bikes start shaking there head.

Rode to work Yesterday. Goodness it was COLD outside. But it was still nice to get out.
03-26-2009 11:29 PM
slick_kipper
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Originally Posted by YZman View Post
Glad to hear you got out and about. Its been a little chilly for me this week....that or Im just being a pussy. I havent rode since last Saturday. Get this. Last Saturday I rode in 3" of snow up Baldwin way on the KTM...then came home to 50 deg weather and broke out the Strom for an evening peal around the hood. Talk about extreems

Its looking like tomorrow Im riding to work.
Was that the CCC Chicken Run(?) thing? Can't remember the name of it exactly. I already knew you ride the snow, so I'd never accuse you of pussin'out.

50's Game On though.

I was thinking about taking the Strom on my business commute down to Norwalk, Ohio tomorrow, but now I'm not so sure. I rode 30 or so miles this afternoon, and man my Stroms got the headshake. That "hands off the bars while decelerating" shake. New tires too.

Posted this monster over at VSRI.
http://www.vstrom.info/Smf/index.php/topic,9795.0.html

What you think YZ?
03-26-2009 10:08 PM
YZman Glad to hear you got out and about. Its been a little chilly for me this week....that or Im just being a pussy. I havent rode since last Saturday. Get this. Last Saturday I rode in 3" of snow up Baldwin way on the KTM...then came home to 50 deg weather and broke out the Strom for an evening peal around the hood. Talk about extreems

Its looking like tomorrow Im riding to work.
03-25-2009 06:53 PM
slick_kipper
Michigan Stroms Coming Out Of Hibernation: 2009

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
last summer.

Went to fire it up for the first time
and things looked good.
No apparent leaks,
No weird noises,
Engine running smoothly,
But
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
hook up
one of the sensor plugs to the air box.

Let her get good and hot
to make sure the cooling system was
working properly,
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'

SK



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