for the new riding season & a new adventure in the route planning stage
I purchased my Suzuki DL650k9A V-strom off the showroom floor in 2009 so this will be the 4th season with my bike and things need to replaced and checked over. Now the major item are tires, but I had a set of Michellin Anakee2's installed last October and the tread still looks like new. About a month ago I brought my bike to my mechanic for a quick visual check to see if I needed a new chain, sprockets or brake pads, as I have over 23K on them.
Ted, my mechanic went right to work and started crawling around on the ground and he says that I am good for another year. The chain is in good shape and hardly stretched. I am very careful not to stress the chain with rapid starts and the sprockets are still holding their shape. Brakes are well in excess of 50% pad life left and I am in the habit of lubing my chain all the time. It's a simple task which only takes a couple of minutes while on the (optional) centre stand.
One of the wear items I was concerned about was the clutch cable, as it is a mechanical system. Last year he found a broken pivot bolt
Earlier this week I dropped my bike off to get it serviced. It is basically naked. I removed all my valuables including all the tools under the seat. I detached all the side cases and top box
and also removed all the accessories attached to the bike, including my tripod and ram mount extensions and GPS cradle. I usually ride my bike with all the cases attached as I feel that it is safer to have a larger footprint and be more visible
This day, when I rode Naked, it felt so liberating and much more maneuverable, sort of like a sports car, felt more nimble with quicker response
Anyway it was decided to check my clutch cable carefully and replace if in doubt. Since this is my fourth year with the bike and I am going somewhere HOT, I wanted the antifreeze changed, the brake fluid flushed, and Ted recommended changing the Fork oil & have the blinker fluid topped up
This morning at work I received a voice mail letting me know that my bike was ready to be picked up, so I rushed there after work in anticipation . . .
but it was not to be . . .