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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 11-06-2012, 07:12 AM Thread Starter
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What's your off season project?

The riding season up here in Northern New England is just about over....Temps are consistently in the 40s or lower and once the snow flies and salt is dropped on the road my bikes are garaged for the season and the projects begin

This year the Versys will get:
A valve check
Coolant flush
Re-wire all my electrical accessories and route them to a single fuse block
Add heated grips
Chain cleaning and lube
Pull the swing arm and lube bearings

The KLR will get
Electrical rework as well
Heated Grips
Coolant flush
Winch installed
Chain Maintenance

All this should take me to March

Whats on your list??

" I don't care about shinny chrome or loud exhaust, I don't ride to be seen, I ride because I want to disappear"

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What's an off season?

I never really get a chance to do off season projects, in TX the off season is really mid-summer when it's just too darn hot for fun rides. But that also makes it too darn hot to sit in the garage wrenching too.

I'd rather be riding.
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I was just going to say that...if its warm im riding...

my projects are mount my luggage, install crashbars, skid plate, some aux lighting, bigger windscreen recover my seat with a new cover and gel, some handguards, gps mount and some new bars with heat. other than that its little bling items...
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New donuts and chain/counter/sprocket got done this past fall, so a valve check should do it.

Last winter I kept my ST on the road and, thanks to minimal snowfall, rode it several times in January and February. I'd never ridden a motorcycle in those months before, so that was pretty cool. It was also cool to pull up at a restaurant and meet with some two-wheeled friends for lunch, and then have some dudes in H-D attire (but driving an SUV) get on our case as being "soft" for wearing heated gear.

"Did you put on the heat in your truck?"

"Huh? Yeah."

"We put on the heat, too. Enjoy your lunch."



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For me its not so much the cold its the salt on the roads....wreaks havoc with exposed metal....not worth it for me to ride. I have pulled the bike out in January when the temps got into the 40s but only if the road was bone dry.

" I don't care about shinny chrome or loud exhaust, I don't ride to be seen, I ride because I want to disappear"

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What's an off season?

I never really get a chance to do off season projects, in TX the off season is really mid-summer when it's just too darn hot for fun rides. But that also makes it too darn hot to sit in the garage wrenching too.
Hot summers in BC, hot/warm winters in AZ....

Doesn't EVERYONE have that...?



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My KLR trip to Alaska, YT, NWT and BC in summer 2009
http://www.klr650.net/forums/showthread.php?t=69383

My Versys trip to D2D 2013, and Alaska, June '13
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My Versys trip to D2D 2015, and Inuvik, June '15
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Hopefully in Bangkok in the next two months, the temperature will dip below 30C during the day to make riding a bit more fun
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No off season for me so I am so glad I can own more than one bike. I always have one that I am working on. I usually wait until I have to do some maintenance on the bike and then add accessories and such while I am doing the maintenance.

The lastest additions are extreme LED conspicuity lighting from Skenedesigns.

http://www.lights.skenedesign.com/

A guy I met up with last month in the mountains has them on his Tiger 800. Super bright and really noticable.
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My off-season projects aren't bike-related. Have an immobile car and another that's effectively immobile to get moving. First needs a clutch (which I keep procrastinating on because I've never replaced one before) and the other has fuel delivery issues (which I'm having trouble diagnosing). Wife thinks I should just drag them to a shop, but I'm too stubborn.

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The season continues predicting 60's temps for Sunday and Monday!!

" I don't care about shinny chrome or loud exhaust, I don't ride to be seen, I ride because I want to disappear"

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My off season project will be learning to ride in the off season. I hear it's a bit tricky with black ice and wet leaves.
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Good to hear from you 80-Watt!

Well let's see! Oh hell I don't know!

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Off season project?

To BUY a Versys, haha. Then get it farkled out, saddlebags, taller shield, hand guards, crash bars. Also not a fan of black on bikes that I ride in "weather" so I'll paint it flat white pearl.
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Off season here means is wet all day .

project will be for a double stand and route the exhaust in between the side back on the left hand side. will post if I succeed.

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I installed a Thermo-Bob last weekend. Next project is Denali driving lights now that I'm riding in the dark on my way home from work.
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Off seson is coming up fast. I store my bike off-site from my house. So, I think the only project I'll do is finally paint the second windshield I bought this Summer.

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Season not over yet. Although weatherman says high of 32 sunday.

My project probably is getting the bike ready for sale. As soon as the next seadon starts will be moving to a different bike. S10 or TEX havem made my mind yet.

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I've been considering building a Cafe Bike.

http://www.caferacerkits.co.uk/

If I find the right donor bike for the right price I might just pull the trigger.



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my off season to do list includes fixing the horrid road rash marks on the right hand side of my bike when my lovely teenage son took it for a test drive when I was out. Thank goodness he was okay, but .....really?!? Grrrr! My to do list got longer.
Thanks to this forum I was able to change the oil, lube/clean chain, stabilize fuel before I parked my bike for the winter. Thanks for the info!!! Impressed the hell out of my husband!! haha!
Got a foot of snow here this past week.....I envy you guys that can ride all year round!!
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