on my mind. I can usually do without them. Saturday was just a normal Saturday. Nothing special, I ended up in Steveston for breakfast with the guys, just like normal. I parked next to the Waves coffee shop on Bayview Avenue and
noticed a nice self portrait of myself with my "new to me" "R". This was the first time I had a chance to attach all my cases and head on the highway to see how they handled at higher speeds, in the wind.
Imagine my surprise when my riding buddy JohnB showed up. He recently returned to Vancouver from his temporary job in Huntsville, Alabama where he worked for the past year. While he was there he purchased an SV650 and did a lot of riding and he posted his adventures HERE (his ADVrider.com handle is brunstei) We had been to each other's places several times but we finally made contact a couple of weeks ago
John riding his Vstrom DL1000 "VEE"
He purchased his Vstrom new in 2009 the same week that I bought mine and I posted about it HERE It's nice to have him back in town
He wanted to go for a short ride but I asked if we could take some photos on the pier instead as I wanted some of my "new to me" "R"
Then I took a few more of just our bikes
Gulf of Georgia Historic Cannery
soon enough I am photo'd out and we get on our way
"nu2me" on the Pier, Steveston, BC
We went on a few backroads, down to Finn Slough and then back up to Westminster Highway. Sorry no photos as I am not yet set up with RAM mounts with "Nu2me" yet. John led for a while, then I led back to my place. It feels funny to be in the lead as I am usually in the rear. I took the scenic route via River Road in Richmond.
John was looking for a pair of new riding gloves and today the Beemer Dealer had a summer clearance sale so we headed there to see what we could find
I have no problem letting John try "Nu2me", so off he went . . .
I have spent the past couple of weeks riding "nu2me" getting used to the different characteristics of the boxer engine, the most excellent brakes but I didn't feel it was handling right. I can't explain it but on our imperfect roads it was twitchy (technical term) . Cornering didn't feel positive. I was intending to purchase new shoes in the Spring but I knew there was a huge tire sale at Baysideperformance.ca so I checked out the pricing and gave them a call to find out which tire may be best for me.
Here is what my rear tire looked like. These are probably the original tires that were on the bike when it was delivered. It is flat in the middle and the sides are virtually untouched. So when I transition to make a turn, I go from the flat into the turn then back onto the flat again and it isn't a very smooth transition.
I make my way to Bayside. Kevin, the owner of Bayside said my tires were too old, dried out without much grip left, the rubber was hard. He suggested that I should try the Pilot Road 2's, instead of the Road 3's as they are more suited for my style of riding, and will last longer. The Road 3's would be better in the rain. So I decided to "bite the bullet" now instead of during the Spring as I was contemplating a short bike trip in 2 weeks if the weather co-operates.
Over the years, I have bought several sets of tires from Kevin, and he is the one where I bought my Michelin Anakee2's for my current V-strom
As these are standard sport bike tire sizes, he had them in stock and he said he could install them later in the day. It was now just after 2pm, and he told me to come back at 4pm.
Kevin, riding "nu2me" to the rear of the building to their service department. I know my bike is in good hands. Kevin is a racer & expert tuner. This is the 2nd time today that "nu2me" has been ridden by someone other than myself.
An hour goes by and my bike is ready to ride. Kevin warns me about the release compound and says to take it easy for the first little bit as the tires will be slippery. I do a short loop on the highway and finally return home.
You cannot tell from this photo, but it feels good
to have new shoes