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    Re: What I have been doing the last few evenings!

    Quote Originally Posted by Krisbiker2 View Post
    More lead than rim there!
    Those are 1/4 oz weights. I had something close to 5.5 oz!

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    Re: What I have been doing the last few evenings!

    It's 40F (4.4C) and I rode the Rebel 4 miles around the block. Declared it to be sound and several hrs later I walked into the kitchen and Diana had her gear on. Hey, you going up the road for your own test ride.
    Don't know Dad I'm just going.
    Be careful of all the winter grit on the roads from the plows!
    She goes out and I showed her how to adjust the choke that now works and she pushed the start button and vroom, put,put,put. She couldn't believe it. She said it runs better and pulls away from stop signs a lot better. She was gone long enough that I got in the truck to find her. Went around the block and didn't see her. Went to her friends house and I see her coming down the road from beyond it. She went for a real ride at 40F! Said she just couldn't stop and turn around even though her hands were cold.
    She is happy
    Now it's time for the BB. New brake and clutch fluid, new rear tire, find out why my voltmeter has stopped working, oil change, put in a fix/upgrade for my Cruise Control that Beestoy sent me, put in a gear indicator. (Will try to mimic Beestoy's location)
    I am Happy!
    The Bird is anxiously waiting her spa time!

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    Re: What I have been doing the last few evenings!

    Well I wasn't even thinking about getting a wing again for 2 more years when I retired as my wife told me I had to or else she wasn't going touring with me. So two weeks ago I was on my ST1300 and came home and mentioned that I had been chilled as it was 43 degrees and it just didn't have the protection like a wing. The wife said go find a wing then and let Wyatt have the ST. Huh, you mean that? Well, yes I do. So for the next two weeks I scoured the net looking for an airbag model. Hard to find and I didn't want a new 2018 or 19. Don't like the looks and it doesn't have much more protection or bigger bags than my ST. The passenger has a lot less protection too from what I have heard.
    And I like analog gauges too!

    So...
    Went to bed at 10:30 Friday night and got up at 0200 Saturday (today) and put Loraine Bordovsky Galster back to bed in the backseat of the truck and drove 30 minutes east of Columbus, Ohio (8 hrs) and picked this Wing up. 2015 anniversary model and the trim level is airbag. Has 1,931 miles on it. Had to air up the tires prior to a test ride and it was all good. I have to admit that it was REALLY WEIRD sitting on a big ol wing again. I have been sitting on a CBR 1100XX sport bike and a ST1300... ST stands for Sport Tourer for the past three years. I am sure that when I put on a few of the modifications that I took off the old one before it left for the salvage yard it will all come back to me... it's like riding a bike...Right? We wheeled it on the trailer strapped it down and headed out. I stopped to get fuel... and then drove off without paying for the fuel. It wouldn't take the card so I pushed pay inside and out of habit jumped back in the truck and I was three blocks away in traffic when I remembered that I hadn't paid! Got turned around and pulled up to the same pump and it hadn't been used yet so I went in and paid. A customer said that that was really an honest thing to do and the cashier thanked me for coming back. Huh, I am honest and I really don't need the police knocking on my door for $38 worth of diesel. I just said you're welcome and it's just easier to be honest. Then we headed out and got back in town at 8 PM. We went and ate at Dos Reales with some friends as we hadn't stopped for food. Just fuel stops and bathroom breaks. She's all unloaded and tucked away in her new home. Always an unknown backing a big bike like that down a narrow ramp off of a trailer. Never know what could happen but with Maverick and Loraine spotting me it was done in no time. Loraine can't wait to start going places on it.

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    Re: What I have been doing the last few evenings!

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    Took the tractor out for a run, most satisfying in the afternoons cool sun, nowhere near the grunt of the BB but I love this physics defying bike, good torque delivery down a few farmers tracks and v pleased with the new Zumo...
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    Re: What I have been doing the last few evenings!

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    Took the tractor out for a run, most satisfying in the afternoons cool sun, nowhere near the grunt of the BB but I love this physics defying bike, good torque delivery down a few farmers tracks and v pleased with the new Zumo...
    Oh yeah! That bike is on my short list too. That's what Wyatt really wants instead of a ST but none of those out on the used market for around $5000 yet. He is still really happy with the ST but his young heart is wanting to tour all the back fire roads and logging roads out west and that's the perfect machine to do it with.

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    Re: What I have been doing the last few evenings!

    As I have delved into the world of doing my own Motorcycle Maintenance I have become aware of more things through self education and doing a lot of reading on this and a few other forums. 90% this one though. Changing out brake and clutch fluids is something that I never did and I paid the price for it. I have a 1984 Goldwing that has dragging brakes and that was after spending somewhere over $500 at a dealer and they still were dragging. Grrr. That's what catapulted me to where I am now. Finally got some time to work on the XX and first on my list was clutch and brake fluid exchange. Taught a young man how to replace a wheel hub/ bearing assembly first and he is gone. Just me home tonight and I took off the top of the clutch reservoir and saw the diaphragm sucked in. Uh oh! Yep took it out and saw this gunky mess after soaking up the old fluid with a paper towel. Started thinking back about how long it had been. Oh my, six yrs! Been so busy working on kids bikes and the ST and doing other mods to the XX that this slid by. Don't do it folks change this stuff out regularly. Don't put it off or real problems can rear their heads up and bite you. None here but wholly gunk Bat Man!
    And I just brought this home last Saturday and got it licensed and titled yesterday!

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    Re: What I have been doing the last few evenings!

    15 minutes later. Dug out chunks of sludge with q-tips and absorbed the excess with some paper shop towels. Then more Q-Tips. Put a paper shop towel in the reservoir and then blasted the observation window with brake cleaner to get some sludge out of there. Towel absorbed the cleaner so it didn't pool in the bottom of the reservoir and contaminate the fluid in the line.

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    Re: What XXGUY's been doing the last few evenings.

    Yea XX I just cleaned out my clutch reservoir on my VF1000F last week...been about 5 years!!!! Yours looked just like mine!
    Excellent pics and post.....
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    Re: What XXGUY's been doing the last few evenings.

    Front brake reservoir was just dark colored fluid and no sludge! PO put in speed bleeders and they worked great for the front reservoir. Open 1/2 turn and pump away (stopping to refill the reservoir as needed) until clean fluid comes into your clear tubing. Speed bleeder also sells a bleeder brake bag that is reusable and I ordered one off of Ebay for $9.99 USD. I may change out my other bikes with these bleeders... Except now I am pumping the rear brake and trying to get fluid out of the front right caliper and nothing is moving. Have to look up TheDuck's post on bleeding these linked brakes.

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    Bled all the rest and got a firm pedal. Went back to the right front and tried again. Pushed the pedal hard and there must have been a plug of gunk because the pedal started moving and a bunch of black fluid came out. Went around again and thought that I was done... except I have a pedal I can push way down and the next pump is very firm. Sigh, I WILL get that air out!

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    Re: What XXGUY's been doing the last few evenings.

    Quote Originally Posted by XXGUY View Post
    Well I wasn't even thinking about getting a wing again for 2 more years when I retired as my wife told me I had to or else she wasn't going touring with me.
    Beautiful looking Wing there mate I'm a bit in the same boat as while my missus will get on the back of the Bird for short periods she finds it uncomfortable for any more than say 300km (186 miles)
    She has said that the next bike we get will definitely be a GW like that with the couch on the back Best bit is I can keep the Bird as she knows I wouldn't be satisfied with just a GW as it doesn't have the fun factor of a BB Just gotta save up the $ as a new Wing is 36k+ before ORC and older ones tend to hold their value quite well
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    Quote Originally Posted by Para045 View Post
    Beautiful looking Wing there mate I'm a bit in the same boat as while my missus will get on the back of the Bird for short periods she finds it uncomfortable for any more than say 300km (186 miles)
    She has said that the next bike we get will definitely be a GW like that with the couch on the back Best bit is I can keep the Bird as she knows I wouldn't be satisfied with just a GW as it doesn't have the fun factor of a BB Just gotta save up the $ as a new Wing is 36k+ before ORC and older ones tend to hold their value quite well
    They do hold their value somewhat. This is the airbag trim which is harder to find. If you don't want that then the price drops as many more are available (in the States). Don't know about your area though. The great thing is most Wing owners will take good care of their bikes so 50,000 miles on one is nothing to worry about. The price really drops when you get around those miles. I bought three wings brand new off the dealership. Don't see any reason to do that anymore. With custom suspension on a wing it will surprise you on how well a big machine like that can corner. I am not getting rid of the XX either. Not an option at all.

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    Working on the daughter's Rebel today. I sat in a chair reading my book while she replaced the left rear blinker. The cheap $5 Ebay blinker is such junk I will have to buy a Honda one. Only had to help about 30% of the time. I would start to help and she would shoo me away and remind me that she is supposed to be doing this. Showed her how to strip wires and solder in the stock bullet connectors and use heat shrink tubing. She was amazed at how the solder flowed and gasped out... How does it do that!
    After all that the cheap thing needs to go. The old adage of... you get what you pay for is still true... it was so cheap that I had to try!

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    My daughter drops her sv so often, it only gets the cheap copies, they don't get dirty before replacement. Bloody short legged critter, always does .it paddling the bike around
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    Re: What XXGUY's been doing the last few evenings.

    You are doing well there Guy. I find it very hard not to get stuck in myself when I am showing/advising on a job and that helps nobody. I even took my collapsable deck chair to Foeux's at the weekend so I would keep out of the way and only help/advise as necessary!
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