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My six-year-old is interested in bikes already; she likes to "help" me work on the V when I do maintenance. Our latest "project" was marking the chain... she really wanted to do red then some kind of sparkle hahahaha. The master link is directly opposite these marked links.

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Rode down to New Plymouth on wednesday,400 km.Went down a few back roads to avoid traffic,realy windy roads then heavy rain for last 100km.In New Plymouth KSS fitted my new Nitron shock and gold valves and fork springs.Then a test ride,its a whole new expreance.Now my old 09 V1 stops better and handles better,no more kick in the arse when I hit the big bumps on our roads.The forks dont dive under heavy braking and the back stays on the road.Rode home good friday the long way to really test it all.Took hwy43 fromStratford to Taumaranui,this is a great bike road.Lots of twisties ,use all the gears.On the Whangamomona saddle I was in 2nd for about 3km,all switchbacks,lots of fun.Very little traffic and easy riding.From Taumaranui I went over the Okahokura saddle,25km of tight twisty no traffic bliss.I really noticed how well the bike handled,no more bouncing over the road,controlled braking,more fun not looking out for rough bits to avoid.450km for the day,pity my arse cant cope with long distance rides.

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Rode in 19 degree Fahrenheit temps yesterday to take the Intermediate riding course. Sorry no pics


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Well first ride of the season. New chain, new sprockets, new oil and filter, new air filter,new 90"C stat , valve shim complete at 35,000 KM . New HJC helmet modular style C 91, I love the modular for the built in sun visor, no more clip on's, much easier putting my glasses on, on the down side, I need to remove some foam. Today 370 KM and 6 hours of riding, started out at 2'C with heated gear and grips. However had a problem , discovered about 30KM from home, my bypass temperature was around 155 to 160' F, stopped and checked the overflow. Checked the rad and definite heat in the rad at 2'C outside, something wrong. So I decided that on a sunny day I am going forward, heading towards Wiarton, so fuel consumption was higher than normal.
By late afternoon it warmed up to about 13'C , so off with the heated gear.
So the bike is on the lift and I will find out what went wrong with the new 90"C stat, going to heat some water and stick my temperature probe in, compare to old one. I think something is possibly wrong with the rubber seal.




 

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More of that "horizon expansion" stuff. Hit a local truck trail and a state forest road. Learned that I'm not crazy about riding in snow and mud simultaneously... Got home and ordered crash bars! Also did the first clean, lube and adjustment of chain.

First part of the ride was gorgeous!
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Then things livened up! I should have got a shot of one of the more nasty, snowy holes. This should be a real nice ride in a few weeks, though.
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Some seat work. Dropped back of seat down slightly and added gel insert, with an extra piece of foam at the nose. It helps a lot with the sliding forward issue I was having.

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I also fashioned an Icelandic Sheepskin cushion, for good measure. Glued a backing on it as I have learned from experience that the skin won't hold up well if fastened down.
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All done!
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Of course, no modification is complete without a test ride. So, I set out on the Stone, Fullerville Sands and Goose pond Roads. I bought the Versys in large part to be able to avail myself of the multitude of back roads in my part of the sticks and it's looking like a better decision every day. What fun!

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Goose Pond road. Begins 2 minutes from home, dirt starts in 3!
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Yesterday was a holiday on account of the Hindu New Year - Gudi Padwa, pronounced Goodi Paadwaa.

Was checking the bike and discovered that the left fork oil seal had malfunctioned. Nothing major, just a thin patina of oil on the fork tubes. Called the service guy for a replacement. He said he would call today.

And from today, more COVID restrictions in Pune mean that all non-essential shops are shut. So, no knowing when my bike be back to normal again.

Got and installed the Barkbuster hand guards yesterday. The right hand side is a bit of a bother as the brake line interferes with the handlebar clamp and messes with the correct elevation of the rail with relation to the brake lever. Any suggestions to get around this? I tried everything but the banjo union junction at the brake fluid reservoir is exactly where the clamp pin rests. Pics tomorrow.
 

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My 2015 has the Barkbuster model for the Versys. The model for the Versys has extensions to get beyond the banjo union









This is my former left side, I changed the mount for the GoPro camera and oxford grips, will add that later, along with a closer photo of left side
 
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My 2015 has the Barkbuster model for the Versys. The model for the Versys has extensions to get beyond the banjo union









This is my former left side, I changed the mount for the GoPro camera and oxford grips, will add that later, along with a closer photo of left side
Pic 1 is exactly my case. That cylindrical extension rest on the metal end of the brake line end in exactly the same way as yours.

In Pic 2, my brake lever is canted downwards compared to yours. The alignment of the guard rail and the banjo is such that they seem to move in unison. It is impossible to get the brake lever exactly behind the rail unless I do a mod like Eddie has done with his bike.

BTW, onewizard, does your bike have a small detente BEHIND the banjo to stop the banjo from moving more clockwise on its seat (seen from front)? My 2019 model has this detente and this is the item that is preventing the banjo from moving just that tiny amount lower and backwards to allow the rail to align with the lever.

I'll try to manoeuvre the bracket around a bit and see if I get some room.

Big thank you for taking the effort to take the pics and post them.
 

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Pic 1 is exactly my case. That cylindrical extension rest on the metal end of the brake line end in exactly the same way as yours.

In Pic 2, my brake lever is canted downwards compared to yours. The alignment of the guard rail and the banjo is such that they seem to move in unison. It is impossible to get the brake lever exactly behind the rail unless I do a mod like Eddie has done with his bike.

BTW, onewizard, does your bike have a small detente BEHIND the banjo to stop the banjo from moving more clockwise on its seat (seen from front)? My 2019 model has this detente and this is the item that is preventing the banjo from moving just that tiny amount lower and backwards to allow the rail to align with the lever.

I'll try to manoeuvre the bracket around a bit and see if I get some room.

Big thank you for taking the effort to take the pics and post them.
Yes same detent , I absolutely love them though. My latest led strip is bright enough that in the dark the temperature gauge light does nothing compared to the LED strip driving lights.

Below is a photo , notice my instrumentation, This is in complete darkness, no other lighting around. The photo wasn't taken to show how the running LED show. Note, I had just completed the install and the wind screen was still off.If you look real close, on the right side a small square , just below and to the right of the right wind screen bracket. That is my forward facing Innov camera, notice how bright the back is.





upper left is the camera bolted to the wind screen bracket with a series of stainless nuts as spacers
 

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Re-installed the battery back into "the GREEN HORNET TOO", set the clock, then fired it up to run to get the oil warmer, then shut it down a few minutes later.

HOPE I can ride sometime SOON (our self-quarantine will end early May!).
 

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