RTW the Jamie Z Way: Winter Hiatus in Phoenix

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Jamie Z, Nov 29, 2020.

  1. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z I'm serious. Supporter

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    Ok... I just invited my mom to read this thread. So keep it clean. :lol3
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  2. jon_l

    jon_l Long timer

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    Hi Momma Z!
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  3. AbeWhat

    AbeWhat Fear is the mind killer

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    Excited to see this! I hope your trip starts well, you are a true credit to the ADV community.
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  4. Bearded Hooligan

    Bearded Hooligan Moto Addict

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    In! No matter the planning and preparation I am sure its going to be a little tough to lock the door and swing a leg over the bike for the first days ride. If you are in South Georgia, where its really nice this time of year, hit me up. Got a warm shop and bedroom for you to crash as long as you'd like.
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  5. EZ-D

    EZ-D Davidprej Supporter

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    I'm pretty sure I speak for most of us when I say, enjoy the trip and update when you can. We'll be here, so don't feel pressure to interrupt your trip to update the RR.

    Having said that, where's the update about gear selection you promised? Jeez! (Kidding. Insert appropriate emoji here.)
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  6. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z I'm serious. Supporter

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    Fun project for today!

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    1. Givi Trekker 33L Side Case
    2. Givi Trekker 52L Top Case
    3. Mosko Moto Nomad Tank Bag
    4. Seat Concepts Seat, Customized Plus Heat by Bitchn Stitchn
    5. SW-Motech Engine Guards
    6. SW-Motech Skid Plate
    7. Tractive Rear Shock with Remote Preload Adjuster
    8. Rally Raid Level 1 Fork Kit
    9. SW-Motech Center Stand
    10. SRC Moto Tall Side Stand Foot

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    11. Fork Mounted Reflective Decals from @hunter306
    12. Case Mounted Reflective Decals from @hunter306
    13. Yamaha Fork Gaiters
    14. Givi Top Case Luggage Rack
    15. Pyramid Plastics Fenda Extenda
    16. Pivot Pegz Foot Pegs with Toppers

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    17. Givi Radiator Guard
    18. Baja Designs S2 Pro LED Auxiliary Lights
    19. SW-Motech Auxiliary Light Mount
    20. Barkbusters Storm Hand Guards
    21. Doubletake Adventure Mirrors
    22. Moto Manufacturing Moto Dock Mirror Mounts

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    23. Homemade Extended Mud Flap
    24. Radiantz Ampd Z-Flex LED Auxiliary Marker/Brake Lights
    25. Givi Locking Tool Box
    26. Homemade PVC Tent Pole Tube
    27. SW-Motech Street Rack with Monokey Adapter
    28. SW-Motech Quick-Lock EVO Side Case Racks

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    29. Hondo Garage Juiced Squeeze
    30. Kyocera Duraforce Pro 2 Android Smartphone
    31. Oxford Heaterz Touring Heated Grips
    32. Powerwerx Combination USB with Volt & Amp Display
    33. Blue Sea Ambient Temperature Monitor
    34. Honda Auxiliary Light Switch
    35. Cobrra Nemo 2 Chain Oiler
    36. Go Cruise 2 Throttle Lock

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  7. misanthropic

    misanthropic Zero

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    Dude you’re ready for war. Looking forward to reading your report.
  8. PhactoryFil

    PhactoryFil Adventurer

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    Damn! You've got that thing dialed in, nice job!
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  9. Wattner

    Wattner Long timer Supporter

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    Awesome!!!! Count down to freedom

    Have a fantastic time!
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  10. Vark

    Vark Long timer

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    That is one heck of a well-sorted CB500X. Nice job!!
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  11. camgregus

    camgregus riding gently now Supporter

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    Making me wish I bought a CB500x instead....
  12. EZ-D

    EZ-D Davidprej Supporter

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    This is very helpful. One question. Can I have it when you are finished with your trip. :-)

    Seriously, you have given this some thought. Will be looking forward to the reports from the field as to how everything holds up. And no rush, I was kidding about the gear report being late.
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  13. CrashBar

    CrashBar Just Wanna Ride Supporter

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    Looking forward to hearing about the long term route. If anyone can stretch their savings around the world it’s Jamie.

    Bike looks very well prepared, although the size and placement of that top case works give me pause. And I’d really want a spare amount of gas, maybe an empty gallon container in that empty top case.

    Maintenance intervals look good on the 500, have you prepared for the 16k valve check, either yourself or a trusted garage(s) in route?

    Best of luck!
  14. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z I'm serious. Supporter

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    I've been furloughed from my job for most of the past nine months... so this was my project. I had a lot of time to research, plan, prepare, practice. I ended up adding a few things which I didn't initially plan, like the Pivot Pegz, thermometer, Doubletake Mirrors, and the luggage rack on the top case. Those were late-night, alcohol-involved purchases. But truth is, I'm glad. The Doubletake Mirrors are great. The Pivot Pegz make a much bigger difference than I expected. The luggage rack was on closeout at Revzilla, so I couldn't pass it up.

    The one item I'm a little concerned about is the seat.

    When I bought the bike, I actually liked the stock seat. Until I had about 1000 miles on it, and then I hated it. It made the bike unrideable. So then I bought a Seat Concepts seat, which took about three months to arrive because they were out of stock. Everybody loves the Seat Concepts seat. Transforms the bike, they say.

    No... got the Seat Concepts seat. Installed it. It was ok for a short time, but like the stock seat, after I had put a few hundred miles on the Seat Concepts seat, it was nearly as bad as the stock seat to me. Unbearable. On the few trips I took with that seat, I'd have to stop every 30 minutes and get off the bike, and getting back on was like sitting on broken glass.

    So I stopped by a local shop, Bitchn Stitchn. They get great reviews. I have a friend who went there and he says it's the best seat he's ever had. The owner said he could make me a custom seat which would fit me. Perfect. Let's make an appointment. Closest open slot he has is three months away. That was November 30, about a week ago.

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    They were able to modify the Seat Concepts foam and cover to save me a bit of cash. I appreciated their attention to detail, as they repeatedly shaped the foam and had me sit on it, asking questions and marking it up with a sharpie. Then he had me take a 40 minute ride and come back for a final evaluation. On top of that, he said I can bring it back within a year and tweak it if I need.

    So far I like it, but I've only gotten to ride it for about 100 miles so far. I won't have time to do many more miles before I head out on Monday. Let's hope it's as good as promised!

    Top case is purposely oversized so I can put my jacket and pants in there when I park. I don't carry much in my top case. Cooking kit, rain suit, bike cover... that's about it. But it is bigger than I expected it to be. As I said earlier in the thread, if I had to do it over again, I'd probably get a smaller top case. What do you mean by "placement" of the top case? Where else could I put it? I actually have it moved forward about an inch from the stock location. Any more forward and it interferes with seat removal.

    As for extra fuel, I don't see the need. The CB500X can get 300 miles on a tank, and I'll have an extra liter or so with me in my stove fuel bottle.

    I haven't given much thought to the valves. From what I've read, they rarely need any adjustment, so even if I don't check them, I'm probably ok. In any case, if I find myself with some free time, I'll dig into it myself when the time comes.

    Jamie
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  15. glasshousebc

    glasshousebc Been here awhile

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    All the very best matey.
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  16. EZ-D

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    Your top box is way too small. Take a lesson from I've Been Everywhere Man Bret (don't know how to link to his rr).
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    Now THAT's a top box. Seriously, I asked him about the size and he, like you, said it was mostly empty when riding, but he could use it to lock up his helmet, jacket, etc. when away from the bike. This makes complete sense as a solo rider. I know I want to be able to walk away from my bike with all my valuables locked up in hard cases and take a hike, boat tour, etc. without worrying about soft luggage being knifed.
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  17. borderlinebob

    borderlinebob Been here awhile

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    Jamie I think your fine.
    My 2016 has over 45000 Kim’s (28000+ miles) when I put it in the shed.
    Since I’m 4 hours to any dealer it’s do it yourself or don’t do it.
    I’ve never checked them and nothing has changed.
    I read on here from a CB500X owner who had done his or had them done and immediately had a poor start situation. They were fine prior but sounds like:lol3 we’re adjusted OUT of spec and then when corrected bike went back to good starting.
    Researched some more and have concluded that
    (rightly or wrongly, don’t care). that “if “. bike gets to where it cranks too much and starts poorly, I will change plugs first and if not the cure will get valves checked.
    I honestly doubt that as long as I have bike I’ll have to worry about valves.
    Disclosure— not a recommendation, just personal experience.:beer
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  18. edstoll

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    Nicely done bike. I don't think you need to worry about the valves. I checked mine at15000 and they were in spec. Looking forward to the reports.
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  19. Cal

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    Hey ED you gave me heck for farkling my bike, looks like I could take a few pointers from Jamie :D
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  20. SOLOKLR

    SOLOKLR Back to work

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    Tons of $$ can be spent trying to get the seat right. Me being a frugal bastard, aka KLR rider, the Walmart ATV seat pad was a godsend for a stock seat. Just my .02 worth.
    BTW I just reread your 07 ride. Are you going to pick up the chica at the bike shop? :deal
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