After breakfast last Saturday and a short ride with my riding buddy John (read about it here) I had some errands to do. I wanted to stop off at the BMW dealer to see what they had on sale and John needed a new pair of riding gloves.
I purposely rode "nu2me" to breakfast in Steveston as I was intending to stop off at the BMW dealer so I thought it would be in bad taste to ride my Suzuki there. When we arrived we see this Pink beauty. Somehow I am greatly attracted to Pink .
On my way home I also stopped at EMS to repay Ted for adjusting my foot brakes a couple of weeks ago
I often stop here on Saturday to chat with other riders and to pass some time. Today Ted didn't seem that busy and he told me he had time to do an oil change on my V-strom, so I headed home to swap bikes. It is not easy to swap bikes as I have to navigate my narrow pathway on the side of the house, then turn it around in a confined space in the carport so that it is facing the right way the next time I need to bring it out.
Like ships passing in the night I swap bikes. I put "nu2me" back where it belongs and bring my V-strom out to see the light of day. This meant navigating my narrow pathway to bring Nu2me to its parking spot, then bring out my Vstrom using this same narrow path. I have not ridden my 'Strom much the past 2 weeks as I was getting used to Nu2me. The first thing I notice is how difficult it is to push my Vstrom around, and also how top heavy it feels
I ride my Strom to EMS in anticipation of a fresh oil/filter change and park in nearly the same spot where I was just a half hour before. It was now busier as more bikes have arrived since I left. I wait around a bit then decide not to waste anymore of the nice sunshine and I get the bright idea to have a quick lunch and check tire prices at BaysidePerformance.ca Holy, Moly the prices seem very good so I call to see if the Michelin PR2/PR3's are in stock as I wasn't sure which tire I needed. After my quick nourishment I decide to ride my Vstrom over there to talk to Kevin and since he could install my new tires in the next hour I decide to "go for it". I ride home again to swap bikes (again)
This time I decide not to park my Vstrom right away, but I move Nu2me out to the street
and I ride back to BaysidePerformance.ca for Nu2me's new shoes. After I get home I decide to park Nu2me first and have to navigate my narrow path again. After she was tucked safely away and attached to her battery tender I decide to take my Vstrom out again for a short ride around my neighbourhood wearing my Old but new Modular helmet. About 5 years ago I bought a cheap modular helmet but never used it. It had been stored behind my sofa all this time gathering dust. I removed the plastic vinyl protector from the faceshield and put it on. It is more confining than my 3/4 helmet but it works fine with my glasses even though you lose a lot of peripheral vision. I must say that it gets hot in there and I have to leave the shield open "one click" to stop the condensation. It takes a bit of getting used to looking out of the smaller opening.
Eventually I navigate my narrow path again and soon both bikes are resting quietly contented to be attached to their respective battery tenders, waiting for their next adventure
The Cee Bailey windshield on Nu2me throws air right at my helmet because it is fixed into its position and the angle cannot be changed. It would get annoying at highway speeds. I read on the R1200 forums that this is a problem with many others so I thought that if I wore a full face modular helmet, that I could stop some of the wind. On my 3/4 helmet, rain blows from under the helmet letting water in, plus I notice that the modular helmet is much warmer, esp during the colder temperatures. So I plan to do more testing by wearing it a bit more before I form an opinion. Luckily my new 47 Ltr Blade topcase can hold two full sized helmets so I can switch back to my 3/4 helmet if I need to.
A week or so ago I attended our last bcsportbikes.com BBQ bike night for this riding season. You can read about it here, near the end. Here is the video
Pay close attention around 4:12 . . . and the winner at 4:32 . . .