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.
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
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.
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.
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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