okay, i've just completed lesson three... memphis-to-atlanta, 600 miles, 12 hot and sweltering hours on sunday... atl-to-memf, 700 miles, 18 cool and wet hours on tuesday. the backroad/interstate ratio was higher on the return trip. this was painful and not the way i normally ride, but i just didn't want to drive.
changes since the last rip: fairing buzz addressed... windscreen flipped upside down... fat, sunline grips installed... mudflap added
, in lieu of a hugger... loctite and locking washers applied to the stock mirrors
1. fixes to silence the fairing have worked
2. sheepskin on the stock saddle is not enough to prevent burning of buns
3. sheepskin on top of a beaded seat cover is enough to prevent burning of buns
4. the stock dunlops are the same as every other dunlop i've ever had: scary in the rain
5. the cerebellum rocks... automatic reflexes saved me from a two wheel slide on cold, wet dunlops in a downhill, 2nd gear switchback... that was the second two-wheel slide... the rear wheel broke traction 2 or 3 other times
6. riding twisties in the rain is awesome, in spite of #5
7. this bike loves sweepers
8. saddle slope never bothered in town or in twisties, but gets old on the interstate
9. it's been too long since i've ridden in the hills; i need to ride this bike unloaded to learn to trust the front in switchbacks
10. cool + rainy > hot + sweltering; i must learn to operate a camelbak on the moto
11. the headlights are great for streaking thru the darkness on the i-road
12. schoolgirls love that green paint
13. i'm only 5'7" but i wonder if i need the footpeg lowering kit????
14. it's nice to have 4-way flashers
15. the mirrors are fixed firmly in place, just as they were on departure
so, the bike is still growing on me. but i need to find more twisty road saddletime before i can trust it, i just have no feel for entry speed. it's partly due to rust in reading the turn radius, i found my entry speeds were always lower than necessary. this bike can be tossed in with minimal braking, but you need confidence in the front end to do that. now, i may not get there until i retread. this is the third set of dunlops i've ever had on a bike, and each set has given me "moments" in the rain. they've gotta go! luckily, the rear is flatspotting, so it won't take long.
btw... i'm not looking for tire advice, not trying to start a tire thread. pirelli, metzeler and avon => those are my brands.