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Rode 100 miles today! Low 40’s for temps. Got real windy half way thru my ride or I would have ridden more. It felt good to cure a little cabin fever. Tried out my new Alpinestars Andes cold weather jacket and pants. Both performed very well. Now I need to find some gloves. Hands were cold...
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I greased my steering head bearings today. 2016 with 17000 miles and it was maybe a bit overdue but there was some grease in there and very little dirt. Took about 4 hours start to finish, including a run to the hardware store for the 12mm allen bit to loosen the nut over the top triple.

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...Now I need to find some gloves. Hands were cold....
I FINALLY got heated grips (KOSO APOLLO grips) a couple of years ago, after reading "weljo" enthusiastically recommending them. I have to say that I too LOVE them, as they are ALWAYS ready to warm my hands up!...a LITTLE or a LOT!

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The ON/OFF switch is on the left grip just where your thumb can find it when you need it!

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Remove crash bar so I can adjust foot gear lever after adding lowering foot-peg kit (last week),and riding almost 2 hours (120 km)

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Finally got everything buttoned up, panels back on, seat on etc after doing valve check and shim, TB balance, vacuum line extend, aux lights, brake-activated headlight and a starter ground relay. Looking forward to an actual ride.

Until then, here's another riding photo Never too early; those training wheels don't play well with mud...

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In Estonia it is at least a full month till riding weather, so what I have done in these days to my new 2019 bike is this (first chance to work on the bike as I only bought it mid last season):

1. Strip all the fairings and remove the tank mainly just to get comfortable with the procedure if I need to do it roadside on my future travels.
2. While at it, re-route my Oxford Heated Grips wires and tuck them properly under the tank with the main harness.
3. Practice headlight bulb change with fairings on so I can do it roadside in 30 seconds in the future. While at it, swapped the OEM Osram Original line H7 bulbs for Osram Night Breaker Silver.
4. Used heat gun to remove the salad green stripes from the rims and fairings, now my bike is just silver and black, I never liked the neon(ish) bling-bling.
6. Before all the above, actually, installed some 8 mm bolts with lock nuts to act as swing arm bobbins and started using a paddock stand. As Mk3 V650 has ABS leads running below the swing arm right side, you cannot just use the "support from below console type" rear stand. Good thing to learn, had to buy some adapters.
7. Checked wheel alignment with the chain alignment tool and found it to be straight, however this means that the swing arm marks are not accurate. I am thinking of gluing a new scale on top of the original marks so that in the future I would not have to measure or come back to a single known good point.
8. Confirmed that 12000 km on the original D222 tires has worn the rear quite square but there is still life left in it, can do another few thousand km if needed
9. Fitted 35 mm bar risers
10. Fitted phone mount bar between the windshield stays
11. Cut and shortened the arm holding the reflector below the number plate, reflector is now right below the number plate and tail looks better
12. Removed the amber side reflectors from the front mudguard, I know it is some EU safety regulation but that is ugly crap.
13. Swapped rear number plate lighting bulb and DLR bulbs from 5W incandescent to 1W LED, gentlemen, that is a whole 12W in power savings
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After 3 months winter Kawi hibernation got out on my 650 for first ride of the year. Bluebird day, a little cool. You take 3 months off and you realize how much you have missed something. Just gear up and go and see where the day takes you...
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...Checked wheel alignment with the chain alignment tool and found it to be straight, however this means that the swing arm marks are not accurate. I am thinking of gluing a new scale on top of the original marks so that in the future I would not have to measure or come back to a single known good point....
As you have NOW established that your rear wheel IS aligned, I suggest that IN FUTURE when adjusting your chain, CAREFULLY count the number of 'flats' you move the adjuster [there are SIX flats in one FULL turn], then repeat on the other side and it will stay aligned. FWIW - I can't remember adjusting my chain more than two or three 'flats', and I added one 'dimple' to the outside-facing flat w/ a center punch, then put TWO dimples at the rear-face - three flats away.

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That way IF you get "out-of-whack" you can come back.
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...Checked wheel alignment with the chain alignment tool and found it to be straight, however this means that the swing arm marks are not accurate. I am thinking of gluing a new scale on top of the original marks so that in the future I would not have to measure or come back to a single known good point....
As you have NOW established that your rear wheel IS aligned, I suggest that IN FUTURE when adjusting your chain, CAREFULLY count the number of 'flats' you move the adjuster [there are SIX flats in one FULL turn], then repeat on the other side and it will stay aligned. FWIW - I can't remember adjusting my chain more than two or three 'flats', and I added one 'dimple' to the outside-facing flat w/ a center punch, then put TWO dimples at the rear-face - three flats away.

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That way IF you get "out-of-whack" you can come back.
This is a great idea!
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Got out for a short ride, first since the valve check/shim and TB balance.

The difference was easily noticed, even for an inexperienced rider like myself. The bottom end is smoother. The first/second gear slow speed jerkiness is much reduced. I’m happy, and I know my clearances are all within spec (at the loose end).

All modifications are working great... except my LED indicators. They work as expected with the engine off, but whilst riding I have rapid flashing. So I’ll have to figure that one out. Ugh.

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Center of Texas and Dinosaurs

Rode 263 miles (round trip) to see the Geographical Center of Texas. Weather was in the high 60s for most of the day, with 20 - 30 MPH winds out of the south east. It made for challenging ride in some of the flat wide open areas.


This was the first stop on the MC Grand Tour of Texas (MCGTTX.com) and it was the first one I chose to pursue, since I really hadn't done anything like this before. Overall time on the bike was about 5 hours.


I also stopped and snapped some photos photos of local courthouses.


While not technically today.... the prior day I made a test ride to Dublin TX to see where they once made the best Dr. Pepper in the world.

And then swung over to see dinosaur tracks at Dinosaur Valley State Park.
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All modifications are working great... except my LED indicators. They work as expected with the engine off, but whilst riding I have rapid flashing. So I’ll have to figure that one out. Ugh.
I believe its because the LEDs use so little power that the flasher unit will need to be replaced to match the resistance of the new lights. Not expensive. In my case, I bought LEDs for my flashing lights that were meant to stock right in, properly matched to the bike but more expensive.

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@jaaklucas I did replace the flasher, with a unit proven to work with the Versys... so now I'll troubleshoot...

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Rode 263 miles (round trip) to see the Geographical Center of Texas. Weather was in the high 60s for most of the day, with 20 - 30 MPH winds out of the south east. It made for challenging ride in some of the flat wide open areas.
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TWO questions about your V650 - did you change the color of your swing-arm? and who makes the black "beak" I believe I'm seeing on it?

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@jaaklucas I did replace the flasher, with a unit proven to work with the Versys... so now I'll troubleshoot...
So I remember going through all this a bit so this may be right. Our N. American bikes have CANBUS, which is a system that flashes quickly when one bulb dies to let you know its gone. Because LED uses so little power it can trick out the CANBUS warning system causing the quick flash. Its a matter of resistance I believe so you need a specific LED resisted flasher. In my case the LEDs were already properly resisted so no mod neccesary. This also helps if one blows I can replace just one with OEM till I get another LED. PM Onewizard if you get stuck...
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TWO questions about your V650 - did you change the color of your swing-arm? and who makes the black "beak" I believe I'm seeing on it?
The swing arm is original OEM. I've seen others with the same.

And the beak was on the bike when I got it. There isn't any logo or mfg. names either. I suspect it was made in China.

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Rode 263 miles (round trip) to see the Geographical Center of Texas. Weather was in the high 60s for most of the day, with 20 - 30 MPH winds out of the south east. It made for challenging ride in some of the flat wide open areas.


This was the first stop on the MC Grand Tour of Texas (MCGTTX.com) and it was the first one I chose to pursue, since I really hadn't done anything like this before. Overall time on the bike was about 5 hours.


I also stopped and snapped some photos photos of local courthouses.


While not technically today.... the prior day I made a test ride to Dublin TX to see where they once made the best Dr. Pepper in the world.

And then swung over to see dinosaur tracks at Dinosaur Valley State Park.

You can still get the Dublin Dr.Pepper in certain stores. I worked for Dr.Pepper Bottling Co out of Ft.Worth. Some of the smaller stores out in Justin and in between Glen Rose carried it...Before Dr.Pepper i worked for Pepsi Co and my brother worked for Coca Cola so we always had plenty of sodas on hand. We could buy them at the plant for $2.00 a case...

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You can still get the Dublin Dr.Pepper in certain stores. I worked for Dr.Pepper Bottling Co out of Ft.Worth. Some of the smaller stores out in Justin and in between Glen Rose carried it...
I took the museum and bottling plant tour, which was very cool. However, I did learn that they stopped making the Dublin Dr. Pepper in 2012, due to the lawsuit with Snapple/Dr. Pepper. After the merger of the Snapple/Dr. Pepper companies, the new company sued quite a few of smaller bottlers out of existence, including the Dublin operation. Which btw, was the oldest one in Texas.

for those who don't know, the Dublin bottler used Pure Cane sugar (Imperial from Sugarland TX) whereas the other bottlers used High Fructose Corn Syrup.
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I took the museum and bottling plant tour, which was very cool. However, I did learn that they stopped making the Dublin Dr. Pepper in 2012, due to the lawsuit with Snapple/Dr. Pepper. After the merger of the Snapple/Dr. Pepper companies, the new company sued quite a few of smaller bottlers out of existence, including the Dublin operation. Which btw, was the oldest one in Texas.

for those who don't know, the Dublin bottler used Pure Cane sugar (Imperial from Sugarland TX) whereas the other bottlers used High Fructose Corn Syrup.

Didn't know about that. I left Texas in 2004 and went back and forth from Texas, California and Puerto Rico till 2011

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Tested new technique of washing motorbike (when is only bugs on motorbike), which I heard from my friend.
Only wet microfiber and all bugs are gone, from windshield and from other parts on motorbike.
If is to much bugs, spray them with windshield washer fluid, wait 2-3 minutes, rinse with water, spray again, wait 2-3 minutes and use microfiber to clean them.
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