MY CURRENT MOTORCYCLES

April 1, 2018 mileage:  28888

December 31, 2018 mileage:  51899 

January 31, 2019 mileage:  54298

 MY 2007 HONDA ST1300ABS

 

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It seemed very clean, the owner said he had it for 4 years, but hadn't been riding it much the last couple of years.  It turns out he was telling the truth.  When I got to the title, I found that he had put only 4000 miles on the bike in four years.  When I rode the bike home, I found he hadn't done any maintenance to the bike in those four years as the tires were at 4psi and 15psi.  The bike handled like total shit.  Fortunately, I didn't roll a tire off the rim and some air fixed that.  I always do as complete a check on the bike as possible before really racking up miles anyway.  He hadn't had a lot of curiosity about why his bike was handling poorly and I suspect he hadn't done any maintenance in 4 years.

So, I checked and adjusted the valves, which all needed to be adjusted, changed the engine oil, changed the rear end oil and checked every other part on the bike.  I had to change out the MAF sensor, blow out the little 5 way fitting in the V, check all the fluids, change out the left side switches, and swap out one of the coils.  Everything else worked, so I commenced to riding.  My first ride was an IronButt Saddle Sore 1000, which I completed successfully.

By the time he called me back 2 months later about the license plate he had left on the bike, I had 6000 miles on it.  More in 2 months than he had put on in 4 years.  I went on to put 23,000 miles on the bike in 2018.

See my blog for riding adventures.  My Blog

I've been slow to add things to the bike.  It's pretty awesome as is.  There are some things that have required improvement for long distance riding:

St1300 Accessories

The Top box came with the bike.  It is a smallish aftermarket box that uses a different key than the bike and doesn't allow you to leave it unlocked.  I've always like top boxes, so I will keep it for now.  It does have a brake like integrated which is handy - and it works.  
  I added bar risers to allow myself to sit back and more upright on the bike.  I chose Helibars V3 with the ram ball attached.  Nicely made bars and they do exactly what I wanted them to do.  I don't really notice much difference in how the bike handles, but they do let me sit up much straighter than before.
The stock seat is OK.  I've managed a couple of SS1000 rides, a SS2000 gold ride, and a BB2500Gold ride on this saddle.  I can tell you, though, I am ready to get off the bike after about 1000 miles.  The last 500 on a BBG1500 is a bit difficult.  I ordered a Russell Day Long back in December.  The saddle came in January 28 and I'm off on another SS1000 this weekend to see how it works for my Butt!  My first 1000 miles on the new RDL saddle is chronicled in a blog post.  See my Blog.    
 

I have new fork springs and seal kits for the front forks on my work table.  I find the front end to be a bit undersprung, so I'm going up to 1.2 KG fork springs to Sonic Springs.  I had never heard of them before, but good things have been said about them and they are quite a lot less expensive than the Race Tech I've used before.  Leaky fork seal means I have to take the forks apart anyway.  Easy service.

It's time for new brake pads.  I've always used EBC HH pads on my bikes in the past.  The Honda pads were just a bit cheaper and they work just fine, so I went with the Honda pads.  
  The motorcycle also came with a tank bra.  Tank bras aren't something I normally add myself, but it is there, it looks good, protects the tank and I don't mind having it there, so it stays.
The bike came with Michelin PR2 tires.  Good tires, but a bit old on this bike.  I wore out the front and the rear is sitting in my office probably with about 1000 miles left in it.  I will probably shoe that on at some point to use it up.  I'm currently running Michelin PR4 GT tires front and rear.   Great tires if a bit expensive.  I'm on my second rear and the first front.  

 

MY 2005 KAWASAKI KLR 650

SOLD, FEBRUARY 2018

 

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I bought this motorcycle in January of 2014 with 8600 miles on it. the only accessory it had was a MSR shifter and the brush guards on the handlebars.  The previous owner has picked up the bike in non-running condition from the first owner.  The engine was completely toast.  The seal at the coolant pump had failed allowing coolant into the engine/transmission.  The previous owner parked the bike and allowed the internals to rust.  So, this bike has a used engine of undetermined vintage and miles.  As of this writing, 5/2016, the engine has been running strong.  I still don't know how many miles the engine has, but I've got 21,000 miles on the bike now.

I've made a few changes to the bike:

 

My constant riding companion:  Marvin the Martian.

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Happy Trails Skid Plate.Nice piece of kit so far. IMG_1258_800x600.JPG
Happy Trails Paris/Dakar Nerf Bars with Highway Pegs.  I had the bar crack and break at the top due to vibration.  I'm not too happy about that, but I welded the bar back together and haven't had any more problems. IMG_1257_800x600.JPG
Odyssey Extreme AGM Battery   CLICKThe AGM Glass Mat batteries provide higher cranking amps and tend towards longer life. IMG_1260_800x600.JPG
Replaced handlebar choke lever with on the carb choke lever.  Eliminates the chance of a tip over ending the ability to use the choke.  The stock parts also have a plastic connection to the carb which breaks. IMG_1261_800x600.JPG

 Replaced the original vacuum petcock with a standard petcock.The vacuum petcock have a diaphragm that has a habit of drying out and failing in the middle of nowhere.  You will be without gas at that point.  The standard petcock has to be turned off when you stop the vehicle, but rates of failure are near zero.

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Seat Concepts Commuter Seat.  CLICK  I really like their foam and the concept of their seats and their products are first line quality.  On the KLR, though, the Commuter seat and my butt just don't match.  I may order new foam in the stock profile and see how that works for me.

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Rear brake actuator cover

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.22 cent mod, which puts a small washer under the needle to reduce leanness.  Drilled the slide which sharpens throttle response.  I also replaced the top and bottom screws with stainless steel hex heads which reduces the chance they will strip.

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Front light cover

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Moose Racing rear top rack and pannier racks

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Galfer Steel Braided Front Brake line. SAM_0068_800x600.JPG
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Aerostich Yellow large sized tank saddle bags

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Acerbis Front Dirt bike fender

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Wolfman Large Expedition Tankbag  WolfmanLarge ExpeditionTankBag.jpg
Dash panel  
Eagle Mike Doohickey  and torsion spring  KLRDoohickeyTorsionSpring.jpg

Cogent Dynamics Adventure Shock and Drop In Dampers for the front.  CLICK

 

Thermobob.  CLICK 

There is an updated version of the thermobob now, but my bike has the original.

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Subframe drill through mount kit.  This replaces the weak stock bolts at the subframe to frame connection point.

UNI Air filter element

Carb and master cylinder screw upgrades.

Eagle Mike.

Twisted Throttle Fuse Relocator.  Replaces the glass fuses with automotive style fuses and pulls them out from under the seat so they are easier to get to.

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