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I haven't weighed it, but on a long ride like D2D I probably have around 40 to 50 pounds on mine - tent/ sleeping bag/ water/ etc. Stove, food, clothes, etc in the saddle-bags.

P6114838 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

The bike on the right was a "jdrocks" creation, pic taken in Quebec.

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Took a ride w/ a neighbor riding his 'scooter', following me w/ BIG RED. Stopped by a Kawi dealer (on the edge of the Casa Grande airport). Going in there I noticed what appeared to be a WW2 four-engine bomber at the far end of the airport, so we took a look.

IMG_0797 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

IMG_0798 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

I read COAST GUARD in the second pic, on the fuselage just above number three engine, and I BELIEVE that this a/c is a variant of the B-24, but I'm not sure of its correct designation. Anyone...?

Later we rode along AZ 79 where there's a road named "Leaping Lizard Rd", w/ THIS home-made "display" at the ranch entrance....

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IMG_0796 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

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Here in Washington I watched the rain come down sideways for awhile then hooked up the battery charger.
 

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A small ride to Lake Kaas, about 140 kms from Pune.

There is a 14th century temple that is submerged by the lake (the lake itself forms part of the Koyna dam extended reservoir.)

Quite warm on the highway, temps reaching 41 degrees C.

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A Shell fuel station at 0630 in the morning.

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That black dot below the skyline at the edge of the further shoreline is the temple dome.

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Added a kawi tank bag. Not so sure I am impressed with it yet. Assume the clear tape it came with is for where the magnetic parts touch the tank?
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Last week I put fresh oil in. Mobile 1 15-50 and a Purolator filter, the long blue one. I also switched to a GREEN engine oil drain bolt. It has a magnet and safety wire holes. Since it is green, it'll probably make me go faster.

This week I installed a new chain and sprockets, going from stock gearing (15/46) to 15/43.

Since I went with the Mobile 1, a larger filter, AND a new gearing setup, I figure I'll get at least 50% more horsepower and 50% gas mileage. If I ride gently, maybe even more :LOL:



In all seriousness, it was such a smooth ride; I wish I had more time but alas... deadlines.

I just finished the chain and sprockets this morning. The new chain offered a noticeably lower amount of resistance... with the bike on a stand and running in neutral, the rear wheel spun whilst in neutral. Before, I had to rev the engine a bit to get the wheel to spin.

I went with JT sprockets front and rear, and I'm trying a JT chain this time around. The grey/silver looks nice. I'm going to try the WD-40 only chain regimen with this chain and see how it does.

I also properly torqued the front sprocket nut and bent the safety flange... something I discovered the PO had not done.

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FWIW - after I lube my chain w/ WD40, I spin the rear wheel (on a paddock stand) w/ my foot, and get between FOUR and FIVE complete revolutions of the wheel.

IF you're curious about how much power it takes to turn your wheel - try spinning it BEFORE and AFTER w/ whatever lube you use.

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Eddie... went for a nice ride this morning. Whilst I didn't try the wheel spin BEFORE lube, I tried it post WD-40 application. I can get 5-6 spins, which is more than I could with the previous chain.
 

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Uncovered the bike, cleaned it up and checked it over, then took the first ride of the season. It is in the mid 80's F here today but is going to be raining (or chance of) for the next 3 days. Today was a good day to get in about an hours ride.
 

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Not today, but Saturday (didn't have a chance to post about it). It was a picture perfect day in SE Texas. Mild winds, relatively cool temperatures, and not a cloud in the sky. A friend of mine took our bikes out to run toward Lake Livingston for a picnic lunch and some gab time. Most of my rides these days are battery charging joy rides, and it was such a kick to head out on a highway I rarely use and with a friend I don't get to see often. Already trying to map out another route for us, maybe with some twisties.
 
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