First Weekend Ride
Just got back from my first weekend trip. Left with 800km of experience under my belt and put 1200KM on in 3 days. It was an absolute BLAST!.
Had 1 mishap, dropped the bike turning around on dirt at 2-4km/h... Slipped right out from under me, probably turning a bit too sharply and let out the clutch at the wrong time. Crash bar saved the bike from any damage.
Otherwise had an amazing time. Had a couple friends on a zzr 600 and a voyager 12 along for the cruise. All linked up on the intercom, guy in front scouting and warning me about bumps, gravel etc... Got to see a lot of the St John river and the Bay of Fundy, its absolutely beautiful here, and so much fun to see on a bike.
Couple questions for you guys though:
1. This bike is BUZZY as hell. What are common things people do to cut down on things buzzing/vibrating. I get the bike will have some vibration due to the twin motor/engine mounts, but would like to get rid of the sound of things vibrating against each other.
2. This bike doesn't really like being <4k RPMs. The motor is noticeably more stuttery. I found myself cruising in 4th a lot of the time to keep the bike smoother. I don't know if the coil packs were replaced (2008 versys) although the spark plugs are supposed to be fairly new. I'm hoping to check those out and do the vacuum port mod over the winter.
3. I had a weird loss of power once. Just went through a section of stop and go traffic in ~30 degree heat, hit the on-ramp and tried to accelerate onto the highway. Suddenly lost power, then surged again on its own. I rolled off the throttle then tried to give it another shot and it died a few seconds later again. I pulled off the road, restarted the bike and gave it a few shots of throttle. Never happened again. Could that be a fuel injection/mapping issue? Bad gas?