Thursday, July 19, 2012

Final bike adjustments

by the time you read this, I will probably be on my way to the IMBC2012 in Hell's Canyon, Oregon. I had some last minute things to do on my bike . Last Saturday was a warm day. I debated about riding my bike but the thought of having to gear up everytime I stopped, and sweating in my gear made me rethink to drive my car instead. That way I could wear shorts and sandals and be comfortable.

I need another pair of Rok Straps and a tin of chain lube so I headed to my local Triumph/BMW/Motoguzzi dealer

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I wanted to bring a full can with me on my journey. Of course, while I was at the dealer it doesn't hurt to sit on a few bikes and talk to the sales rep. Then I headed over to my friendly mechanic to buy a litre of MA2 motorcycle oil, synthetic blend

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There was a female rider there fiddling around with her mirror and I tried to make small talk but she ignored me. I guess she thought I was being too aggressive, or she was being too protective but all I wanted to do was talk about bikes, buy my oil and get home

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I'm trying to keep my weight down and pack light so I decided that I didn't need to carry a full bottle of oil so I found a small plastic bottle about 1/3rd litre and put it into a double sealed plastic zip loc bag as I don't want it to leak all over my clothes, or spill in my side case

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Last year on my Montana trip I was down about half a litre of oil on our return leg. Vstroms are known to use a bit of oil if you keep your engine revving over 6K RPMs. From what I ascertain from the Stromtrooper.com forums, this is normal usuage. If you are cruising at high speed, or riding aggressively in the twisties, I find it better to click down a gear and go with higher engine speeds.

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I would have preferred to bring half a litre but we can always purchase more oil "on the road" if necessary . I recently had my bike serviced and there is a sight glass on the side of the engine.

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the oil is at the top mark so I am good to go. I also decided to recheck my tire pressures. I even bought a better tire gauge. It was the first time I got to use my new 8 gal air compressor. I turned on my air compressor and waited for the engine to fill up the tank. It stops at 100 psi and there is a dial to control the output pressure, which I set for 50 psi.

I used both tire gauges and guess what ? The newer, more expensive metal one did not give the same reading as my used, old plastic one, so not I don't know which one is right

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one reads 32 psi, the old one reads 37 psi, such a difference but which one is right ? I am trusting my older plastic one

It was a hot day and I should be doing this in the evening but it was one chore that I wanted to do right away

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I've resorted to wearing my tank top and shorts under my riding gear. I also change out of my boots and into my sandals at the first opportunity. My foot is getting better but if I try to walk any distance in my riding boots it will make my foot ache

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15 comments:

  1. have a fabulous time!!!!! and send hugs to everyone. ride safe and enjoy my friend :) xx!

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  2. Happy Trails, Bob.....

    Have a good time!

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  3. Looks like you are all set to go Bob and I am sure you are already across the border by now.

    I like how you managed to get your feet in most pictures - well except for that last one. Don't expect anyone to be duplicating that one ;-)

    See you tomorrow.

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  4. Hope you have a great trip.

    All the best Tony T...

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  5. Well, if you purchased that purty little R12R in the first picture you wouldn't need to continue purchasing and carrying chain lube. Just asayin'. :)

    Have a great trip!

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  6. Bob,
    Re: tyre gauges, you're experiencing what I mentioned in my last post regarding pressure gauge quality! Who knows which is right? It makes a big difference to both grip and tyre life though. One of the best "old style" gauges is the Accugage as it works on the bourdon tube principle like a barometer. Most modern digital gauges are pretty good too. I'd be inclined to follow it up when you get back.

    Have a fantastic time and safe and happy travelling. Say hi to all those other excellent bloggers from me!

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  7. Have a great trip Bob and safe travels.

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  8. Ride safe! Give my best wishes to all!

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  9. That female rider might have been deaf from riding without earplugs....

    Or

    I get the impression female riders get a lot of unwanted attention at times.....

    dom

    Redleg's Rides

    Colorado Motorcycle Travel Examiner

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  10. Your mismatched pressure gauge readings reminded me of that old adage about the only person who never knows the time is the man with 2 clocks.
    Have a safe and fun trip!

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  11. Have a blast! Hope you meet some great people along the way! Ride safe!

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  12. I have two tire pressure gauges with me if you want to compare them as well. An simple mechanical and a small digital. They are within 1 psi so I continue to use the small mechanical freebie I got from some tire vendor.

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  13. Save travels. I'm with y'all in spirit!

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  14. Have a great and safe time! I, too, change out of my boots. I always carry flip flops to beat the heat.

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