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post #1 of 12 Old 05-02-2012, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
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Observations & Questions from retired guy.

Sorry if this is long, but this is the best place to find out.
Retired now, and last two bikes were Honda ST1300 and 85 Goldwing
Me..5'10'' 190lbs Location Ontario

Rode the base 2012 650 the other day and found like others it seems to be better than the 06 that I tested. Still buzzy but acceptable. No buffeting but the shield is so low it only takes some pressure off the chest, so I need a much taller windshield as my old body just cant take being in the wind that much. Power was ok at most so I'm worried about getting a little bored? or disappointed with it in the long run, however I might end of liking it.

Took out a 2009 fully loaded (jesse bags etc etc) 1000 with the givi tall windshield. I was really suprised at how well that shield worked. I dont think I would even need the madstad brackets with it. Just more wind on arms and legs than I'm used too.
Power was OK but not spectacular at all. VIBS ok, yeh they are there but vibs are better than Buzz to me. Just not sure I could take it all the time or grow used to it. Any time under load at all then there are the vibs.. Cruising the dissappear which is nice but then makes them more noticeable when they come back.

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CHAIN.. dont know how many times this type of question has been asked here so SORRY, but I can't find the answer in Search..
How often do you have to adjust the new chains for the 650 and the 1000 as yes this is a BIG deal to me after years and years of shaft drives.
I plan on getting a scott oiler if I get one of these bikes..
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post #2 of 12 Old 05-02-2012, 11:09 AM
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I haven't adjusted my chain since March of 2011 and I've put thousands and thousands of miles on the bike. It's loosened 1/8" since then.

If you start with a good chain, new sprockets, and set it right to begin with, it's really not a big deal. Even when the OEM chain was getting old, I only adjusted it every few months.

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post #3 of 12 Old 05-02-2012, 09:07 PM
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chain wear and retired riding

I too am retired and use the Wee for short trips to the coffee shop and an occaisional 50 mile run to a bigger city for Drs appointments, etc. No long trips, my body won't stand it.

I have soft bags on the bike, the large ones and use it occaisionally for camping trips.

I ride about 3,000 mile each year. I have adjusted the chain once during the 15,000 miles I have owned the bike. I lube it with chainsaw oil about every second gas fill up. I get 50 mpg.

This is the perfect bike for me.

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I'm mildly retarded, yet I find it really quite an easy task to adjust the chain - provide one has an optional center stand. Makes it a 20 minute chore.

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post #5 of 12 Old 05-03-2012, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
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thanks guys..
thousands of miles is good..
I have heard of guys going from coast to coast and back again without an adjustment.. sure could not do that back in the 70's.
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O-ring chain helps

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thanks guys..
thousands of miles is good..
I have heard of guys going from coast to coast and back again without an adjustment.. sure could not do that back in the 70's.
O-ring or X-ring chain helps - it keeps the grease where it needs to be - inside the rollers
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post #7 of 12 Old 05-03-2012, 11:00 PM
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I too was reluctant to switch from shaft drive to chain. As it turns out it's been a total non-issue. It's easy to maintain. As for power, my last two bikes prior to my Wee both had 130+ HP, the last being a BMW K1200GT. Do I miss that power? Not really. 50% of it was unusable at any remotely legal speed. I enjoy riding a lighter, nimble modestly powered bike just as much. I also have a goldwing for two-up riding, but when I can I always choose the Wee.

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any difference in chain wear between the 1000 and the 650? as right now I'm leaning towards the 1000...
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After the first few miles on a new chain, it does not stretch. If kept lubed, it will run 20,000 miles or more. then it begins to wear and gets loose. this is the sign of a dying chain. A simple spray with an aerosol lube every two tanks of gas...every tank in the wet or grit...does the job.

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My last chain I adjusted it once and a second time with a new tire. Change the sprockets and chain with every other rear tire is a common practice here?

Once you done it once, you will find out how easy the job is. Buying the chain tools will pay for itself the first time you use it.
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