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Didn't do anything too exciting... rode to a chilly lunch meeting... tacos of course:)

I did however, stumble upon something a few days ago that was new to me. I've been trying the "WD40-only" method on my latest chain, so this was an interesting find:

Tin Aluminum can Liquid Fluid Tin can

Apparently, I'm a specialist now.

It goes on more like a foam; not a heavy foam like expanding foam but a light, porous foam. I wouldn't call it a gel. It didn't drip a bit. It says "superior protection... for up to one year" so I'll just leave my chain for a year and see what happens.

@fasteddiecopeman have you seen or used this?
 

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Technically this was yesterday. Cleaned up leaking forks and blasted front disk brakes with degreaser, did a quick wash. Rode to the nearest dealer for fork seal and oil replacement, then had them inspect for insurance purposes (because of crash last March 1). Checked if there are any other safety related things and aside from bent handle bar, it actually rides better due to the new fork oils.
I also got the crash bars replaced with a locally made one since the SW-Motech bars got worn out from the crash enough that the ground touched the crankcase (really lucky it did not wear through the crankcase cover).
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Old crash bars, the crankcase that touched the ground is also visible.
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New crash bars, front view above, side-top view below
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I thought the bigger crash bars will make the bike handle worse but it made the center of gravity slightly lower and the best part was due to the added mass, the handlebar vibrations was noticeably less.
Bars have fittings for when I decide to add more accessories so not so bad.
Cons of course is I need to be more alert when lane splitting (or in tight parking spaces) for things under the handlebars. Might also affect fuel economy but should still be better than regular cars and liter bikes.
 

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Today I finished inspecting and servicing my new to me Versys then took a short trip to the store. Last week I sold my 2009 Blue Versys on Monday. Then I did a 10 hour marathon road trip through Seattle rush hour traffic on Wednesday afternoon to pick up a new to me 2019 Versys with just 2000 miles on it. The trip home was probably not the smartest decision I've ever made, 3 hours of rain, sleet and flurries after dark on a brand new bike. Oh yeah, the first half hour of the trip, in the rain with 15psi in the front tire and 20psi in the rear looking for a filling station with a working air compressor 😬

The final picture of my old bike, as the new owner was backing his truck up to the garage 😢
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My new ride :cool:
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Looking forward to getting some luggage on the new bike, freshly named Green Dragon by the Mrs.
 

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Got my blacked out 09 out of storage for the first time in a long while. Guess I need to sell.
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Today I started on the 16000 mile service on my 2019 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT SE. First time that I have open her up this far and remove most of her cloths (panels). The plan is to change air filter that is under the fuel tank, replace front brake pads and change the brake fluid and bleed the system, Change the coolant, and of course oil and filter. I decided not the check the valve clearances as of yet, but to follow the Euro spec interval of 26000 miles. I can always go back in if I decide to do that sooner. Today was, remove the panels and the fuel tank to change the air filter and reinstall the tank. The filter was quite dirty. Tomorrow I will do the brake portion of the service. I have owned the bike now for just over three years. It is time for the coolant and brake fluid to be changed. So far the biggest challenge was just getting the panels removed. Also now that the panels are removed, I want to dress up some accessory wiring. Here are just a few pictures of todays


















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Today’s mission was to change brake fluid, bleed the brake lines and replace brake pads as needed on the Big Versys. No big surprises, as it has been three years and 16000 miles on the bike. One should flush the brake fluid every two years on a motorcycle. Being here in Colorado where the air is so much dryer than other places, one can get by for about three years if a good synthetic fluid is used. What I found today was the fluid was ready to be changed. It was quite discolored. Also there was still life left on the brake pads so I decided not to change those as of yet. Maybe for the next service, it is very easy to do. One thing that I did find that upset me a bit was, I had the dealer replace a fork seal under my extended warranty, and when they reinstalled the calibers they over torqued the mounting bolts. I had to use a ½ inch drive ratchet handle to get them loose. Lucky the threads were not stripped in the caliper mounts on the fork tube. After I finished the brakes the afternoon was still young so I went ahead and did the Coolant change. Pretty self- explanatory. Drain the old stuff out and put in the new coolant in, also don’t forget the coolant over flow bottle. Then run a heat cycle. Run the bike until the fan come on. Check for proper levels after the bike cools down again. I use a Honda Auto pre mixed coolant that I buy from the Honda Auto dealer. It is already premixed, engineered for aluminum rads and engines and is water pump seal safe. 21 buck for a gallon at my local Honda Auto dealer. Finished up for the day. Might just go riding tomorrow with my FJR1300 and do the oil change and reinstall all the Tupperware on the Versys Monday.










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Today was a light day as far as bike maintenance goes. Decided not to go riding as the wind was blowing pretty fairly strong all day. So I finished up the on the Big Versys. Just needed to do the oil change and reinstall all the Tupperware. No shortage of fasteners, no overage of fasteners. All fasteners found their correct places, and nothing got broken. I call that success. So over the last three weeks I have completed the major services on both my FJR1300 and my Versys 1000 LT SE. I think I will leave the tools in the tool box for a while now and just GO RIDE, weather permitting. A few pictures of todays fun.





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Just a bit to the north of you, I got out for a couple hours myself. First pic is overlooking my hometown of Chase. Second pic is on the back road to Sun Peaks. The Arrowleaf Balsamroots are in full bloom right now. They create an amazing yellow sheen on the hillsides here in the South Thompson. :cool:
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That dog looks like a real basket case ... must take after it's chauffeur 😂
 
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