Just arrived to my destination from a 500 mi (800km) ride and I really enjoyed the ride.
I have a lot to say but most likely some of us like short posts so here the short version first:
Modded my seat..Added USB plug and iPhone adapter to the dash to use as a GPS (copilot)..had a 500 miles ride..perfect sunny day..love my V even more! Thx to poeple of this forum!
Now, the long version:
My boss (and friend) told me 4 weeks ago that I had to go to Malvern, PA to meet our clients. Hmm, 500 miles..., should I take the easy way ; the taxi ride to the airport, the plane, rent a car an bang! everything done in the same morning in few hours, or, take the .35$ per kilometer and buy my favorite top case and rack and ... and go with the "V"?
Well, I took the "V" option (
). However I was quite uncomfortable riding few miles each day just to go to work and back home with the stock seat. So I followed a great seat modification advice found on this forum that gave me the courage to go forward. So modified my seat 3-4 times but still not 100% satisfied. So here some pictures of the extra modification I made:
(Used a Dremel* with a tiny wire brush to carve into the seat. Worked like a knife in butter, but I had to use a vacuum while working to avoid a mess!)
The result: my but is pretty happy
Second, I was neither confortable taking the road without a GPS. I first downloaded Copilot on my iPhone hoping that the voice indication would be good enough and I could start using it just before getting lost to avoid draining the battery.
Did not take long before I realized this plan was crap. The GPS voice guidance is just not there yet.
So again, I refered to pretty good posts on this forum to help me install a fused (5 amps) USB jack connected to the front light and hidden just below the left side of the tank (originally used double sided tape, but it did not stick more than one day, I finally tirapped the USB jack. Also bought and iPhone adapter for cars and used double sided tape to stick it on the dash. Surprisingly, the double sided tape (3M) made it through without any problem. I may revise that however (a small hole in the dash to hold the phone mount would be more appropriated.)
So, plugged my phone and installed it on the dash and started using it. What a difference! The GPS, when used normally (not relying on voice guidance only) worked like a charm and I did miss only one exit (my fault) and the GPS rerouted me without any problem (quite a surprise after reviewing complains on Apple Store).
Here a map of the trip from home to Malvern.
Best part of the trip was the I-87 south (Adirondack), pavement almost like a pool table and the view is supperb! Once again I read that the I-87 was a nice road on another thread (montreal GP thread) and it convinced me that I had to take the "V".
An anecdot: After about 350 miles I was pretty tired, reflex were slower and decided to stop for lunch (@4pm- left home @ 730 am). After eating, I got a coffee and sat for a while to rest. During this moment, the most paradoxal "thing" or event happened nearby. A 1200GS rider just parked in front of my "V". His bike was same color and same luggage (plus he had the side boxes)! I have to me honest, my dream bike (a little too expensive for me however)! The guy got off his bike and looked at the "V" with apparently lot of interest for 2-3 minutes and seemed to be puzzled about it looking at the model name I guess. I wish I had this KMW logo on it and not the usual "kawasaki versys" stickers just to see his face
I think the "V" scored a big point today, I realized that I like it a lot (despite its funny nose) and I'm slowly forgetting the BMW.
Here a photo of my "little beast" just after that moment:
Pretty sexy in this position! Got the Trax box and bag from twisted throttle. They gave me a very good after sell service. The first box I received was kinked and they sent me a new one quickly (just in time for my departure).
So just a big thx to everyone that indirectly helped me make this day a success (with their great posts)!
The Dremel is a gift from my mother in law who bought that after following foot care courses and freaked out when she saw the feet of her first client. Sorry no pictures of the feet