Mid-Michigan Easy Living

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by simbaboy, Jun 12, 2015.

  1. jon_l

    jon_l Long timer

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    Imu - Nice!

    Does the Burgman have integrated turn signals, instead of stalks?

    I wish there was a trusted scooter tech closer to home. I have to drive 2 hours each way to get Wifey’s PCX serviced.

    Photo taken yesterday, as I was returning from Motoretta in Toronto, where I had valves checked, brake fluid flushed, and heated grips installed:

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    Despite the drive to the city, it was not a bad day. I was there with the scoot when the shop opened, left it and went to visit friends, and then grabbed a cheeseburger from Burger’s Priest for lunch. The scooter was ready in 3 hours.
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  2. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    Jeep makes bikes? :hmmmmm


    The Burg looks good Imu!
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  3. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    That just looks cold up there jon.

    Nice set up you have there, truck & bike.
  4. jon_l

    jon_l Long timer

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    Actually Sam, it isn’t cold currently (for this latitude). I saw a few bikes out yesterday. Will be in the low 40s mid afternoon. Once my bike is cleaned, prepped and tucked away for the winter, I just leave it until Spring.

    I love having a truck again. I sold my previous one in ‘89 when I moved to Boston, and bought this one in ‘14 as soon as I left Toronto and moved to a small town. Trucks don’t make sense (unless one is a tradesman) in the big city. But in a small town where there isn’t any traffic, nor any problem finding parking, I love it.

    Mileage is surprising on newer trucks. Lifetime average for my F150 4x4 crew cab V8 is 17mpg. I drive it < 10,000 miles per year, so the fuel economy isn’t a huge deal for me.

    Bikes on trailer, ready to head to a friend’s cottage:

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    Over 6 weeks, I used it to move us from Toronto to Collingwood in 2014:

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    Sorry for the hijack Imu.
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  5. simbaboy

    simbaboy Lansing MBS

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    Yes Jon--the Burgies have integrated turn signals.

    I am lucky that I have found an excellent motorcycle mechanic. The only 'problem' is that he is a motocross/dirt racer and is full time employed at a local aero space factory. Its hard to get a hold of him. But his work is excellent and his rates are more than fair.

    Never worry about a thread hijack. You should see the crap I write on Sam's threads.

    Imu
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  6. simbaboy

    simbaboy Lansing MBS

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    Thanks Sam.

    You got a good eye, young man! It took me a while to figure out what you were talking about!

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  7. simbaboy

    simbaboy Lansing MBS

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    What a gorgeous day in Mid-Michigan today. Temps are in the mid to high 40's and a sunny day. I got to ride 3 bikes in the neighborhood today and even installed mirrors on the Versys and a seat on the DRZ400. Does that make me a mechanic's apprentice?

    The 2012 Burgman 400 is running excellent. I have high hopes for it. I got it up to 80 MPH but did not want to go out of the neighborhood as the bike is not insured or registered. Needs a front tire. I opened the scooter trunk and found almost a new helmet. The guy who sold me the scoot had included that but I had forgotten about it.

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  8. simbaboy

    simbaboy Lansing MBS

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    Got myself a Corbin for the DRZ400S and went for a short ride. The seat feels better that the stock torture plank that is on the DRZ400S. However, I had just cleaned the seat and I kept sliding forward with every brake use or downshift. Only a Moab WRT ride will tell whether it was worth it or not. So far its good.

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  9. WYO George

    WYO George Long timer

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    My saddleman for the DR650 as slick at first, but broke in fine after a few hundred miles. Riding style vary of course, but I found the WRT to be a better judge of my riding boots than my seat, seeing as how I spent a lot more time standing than sitting ;)
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  10. simbaboy

    simbaboy Lansing MBS

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    The Corbin seems to be slopping forward--every downshift or brake use and I am being pulled forward. I may need a gripper seat cover.
    But maybe its because I had just wiped the seat with WD40--just kidding!
    Imu
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  11. Padilen

    Padilen Been here awhile

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    Can he do internal suspension lowering?

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    Padilen Been here awhile

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    I worked on the DRZ/Intruder saddle bags. Happy with how it's going to workout. I need to redo the rod that I threaded the ends on. I started the die poorly.
    Rode it back home tonight at 5:30, 39° and falling, dark tinted shield made it a blind ride. The green tape was for the ride home as I didn't take anything to work for that. I'm going to use Velcro or ??
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  13. simbaboy

    simbaboy Lansing MBS

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    Looks good, C.
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  14. simbaboy

    simbaboy Lansing MBS

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    Is that like finding some dilithium crystals, reconfiguring to Vulcan frequency and then injecting into the warp drive?:rofl:jack
    Sorry I am watching Startrek and I have no idea what you mean!
    But ask me in simple English and I can ask him.
    Lowering links and then moving the forks up in the triple tree?
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  15. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer

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    Internal lowering is done by putting a spacer under the damper rods on conventional forks basically limiting the amount they can extend, thereby lowering the front of the bike

    Same principal on the rear shock
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  16. simbaboy

    simbaboy Lansing MBS

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    Awesome C Man, just awesome.

    C: I am sure he can do what you ask.

    Can't you almost get the same thing by using lowering links and shaving off some foam from the seat?

    I have 2" lowering Kouba links on my DRZ400 and the Corbin seat just lowered it by another 1/2-1".

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  17. Padilen

    Padilen Been here awhile

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    Yes I did links and shaved my seat. Suspension done internally is something I'd like to do.

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    villageidiot Long timer

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    I'm not a fan of lowering links. Yes, they lower the bike, but it really screws up suspension geometry. Proper lowering is great, keeps the geometry correct, just limits fork/shock extension

    Edit to add:

    Not sure about the drz400, but on the dr650 there's a factory lowered option, by simply swapping the fork preload spacer from above the spring to below the damper rod
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  19. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    :imaposer
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  20. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    That's cuz you weren't on a TW or Van Van. :nod

    I gotta say though, the Seat Concepts I put on the KLX made a major difference in comfort. I don't do nearly as much standing as most guys, maybe it's cause of the seat....couldn't be that I ride the WRT @ 4mph.:bubba
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