Got up early to test out my new rear stand, some elcheapo venom branded stand from amazon. I replaced all the hardware with steel bolts/washers/nuts and it felt safe so I put the bike on the stand which was really easy. I thought maybe i'd ask my wife to help but its real straight forward and the bike is easily manipulated while teetering.
I found my shifting was a little clunky so I looked at my clutch free play and it was about a 1/4" which is a bit more than the spec. Adjusted the clutch, then I checked my idle which felt/sounded to low from day 1. It was hovering right at 1000-1050. Turned idle up to 1300-1350, much easier to smoothly get out on first while stopped on hills. Cleaned the chain then power washed the bike and drove it around Austin for 15 minutes.
Put the bike back on the stand and added some chain wax. Lubed up everything with a hinge, pin, or pivot.
Packed up some chex mix and a few water bottles. It wasn't the most advernture-some ride, no gps and I totally missed the lake I was gonna go putt around. but it was my first ride of more than 20 miles distance. I still have about 1.5-2 gallons of fuel in the tank. I took most of the backroads at the pace of the locals. I really focused on smooth up/down shifts, stopping at lights like a limo driver would (ie no forward drive then spring back when stopped) and generally just being smoother or at least trying to.
Thoughts after the journey: I need to lose weight, my motorcycle entirely to many boobs futtering about.
I can definitely see when dropping some more weight than what I had already lost will give me a greater advantage on the bike or any bike for that matter. Knees, back, heat, fatigue etc... I love riding, cant believe I didnt start sooner.
2009 Kawasaki Versys
DATE MILES MAINTENANCE
3/2/2013 592 clean and lube chain
3/2/2013 592 check clutch and throttle play both seem a little loose
3/2/2013 592 check brakes and shifter linkage
3/2/2013 592 chain slack is within the 1.4" tolerance
3/3/2013 634 Oil and Filter Change (Rotella T6 5w-40 full syn and purolator classic filter)
3/3/2013 634 Check for oil leaks, coolant lines, re check brake lines, throttle linkage all was good
3/3/2013 634 Bike is still clean, checked underside near rectifier, no grime just dust, need to clean in the next few weeks unless it rains
3/3/2013 634 verified no fuel line cracks or leaks. Inspected exhaust system for fractures/cracks/leaks/rust
3/3/2013 634 No abnormal tirewear or rattling/knocking or other noises
3/3/2013 634 Adjusted rear preload to level 6
3/3/2013 634 Verified side stand switch and engine switch and key cuts motor
3/7/2013 835 Checked tire pressure, front good at 32psi, rear low at 33psi put in 36psi. Checked chain lube still wet. Installed Puig frame sliders and Puig rear hugger.
3/10/2013 965 cleaned and lubed chain with chain wax
3/16/2013 1090 power wash bike
3/16/2013 1090 inspected chain condition and chain slack SLACK= 1.2"
3/16/2013 1090 cleaned and lubed chain with chain wax
3/16/2013 1090 Adjust clutch slack
3/16/2013 1090 Check tire pressure set rear 38psi front 34psi
3/16/2013 1090 Check and set engine idle to 1300-1350
3/16/2013 1090 Lube shifter mechanism
3/16/2013 1090 Lube pegs rider and passenger Found small spots of rust on all pegs, found small stops of rust under dash, oiled both areas
3/16/2013 TBD Check coolant level and check coolant hoses
3/16/2013 TBD Lube throtte cable
3/16/2013 TBD Adjust throttle slack
3/16/2013 TBD Lube clutch cable