Saturday, April 25, 2015

new camry battery

190,450 miles

New Battery...  2 year warranty from Advance Auto...  We will see how long it will last.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Cockpit Shelf

I am attempting to make a cockpit shelf like this one.



I think I can make one from a stock aluminum sheet from Home Depot.  Like this one.


But I need to make a template to work with....


This should fit....


Transfer that to the metal sheet... some cutting, some drilling....



and put it on the bike.  =)


I think I will paint it black tomorrow.

Happy riding.

Saturday, April 04, 2015

New Front Tire after 17,000 MILES!!!!

37,000 miles today...

I can't believe it.  I just can't believe it.

Last time I change the front tire was December 2012.  Scarver had 20,000 miles on it then.  It has been 2 years and a few months.  And after 17,000 trouble free miles, the front tire needed to be replaced.  I am SO impressed by Michelin Pilot Road 2.

But this time, to match the rear tire with only 3,000 miles, I decided to go with Continental ContiMotion.  I hope this tire will last as long as the Pilot Road 2.


I also updated the Texas vehicle inspection today, too.  Texas is doing something different and getting rid of the inspection stickers.  This began March of this year.  My inspection ran out on March 31, but my registration is not due until July.  So I had to get my inspection extended for $7.00.  (A typical motorcycle inspection is $14.50.)  I guess I have to go get the bike inspected again in July and pay full fee.  But at least we can get rid of the ugly inspection plate now.

Happy Riding!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

New Bike in the Stable

2003 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 was added to the stable yesterday.  She came with 35,000 miles with LOTS of goodies.


Goodies
  • Heidenau K60
  • Center Stand
  • Ram mount
  • GIVI rear case
  • Carb Tuner for throttle sync
  • Sidestand foot
  • Sargent seat
Planning upgrades
  • Aluminum Panniers
  • Skid plate
  • Highway bar
  • 12V access
  • what else????
My wife calls it a Big Bird (from Sesame Street).  But I name her DLilah.  (DL1000)

Happy Riding!

Friday, February 06, 2015

600 mile oil/filter change for Burgman 400
It took me about 10 days to reach 600 miles.

First find the drain bolt (17mm) and filter cover (8mm).


See that filter?  It's pretty small.


There is an o-ring back in there.  Change that too.


Looking at the filler cap.  It says 1200ml.  Is that with or without filter change??  I used Mobile One Synthetic 20w50 for it today.

So now, I need to get rid of this "Oil Change" lamp.

And, there it goes.


Run the engine, check for any leak, and I'm done!

Happy riding.







Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Goldwing1500SE VS Burgman400ABS

I'm sure this list will grow, but I wanted to compare these two completely different animals.

1996 Goldwing 1500 SE V.S. 2012 Burgman 400 ABS

What I miss about Goldwing
  • wind protection
  • foot heater
  • cruise control
  • stereo
  • storage space
  • harder to get off the center stand
  • lots of lights around to be seen at night
  • good engine/compression brake

What I gained on Burgman
  • more stable ride (surprisingly)
  • steady ride on grooved construction surface
  • maneuverability - easy to turn, better turning radius, etc.
  • no shifting
  • ABS
  • easier to put on the center stand
  • better headlights/visibility
  • better fuel economy
  • air temp thermometer
  • Fuel Injection

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Good-bye Goldwing, Hello Burgman

YUP, that's right. I just traded in my Goldwing for a NEW 2012 Suzuki Burgman 400 ABS.


1996 Honda Goldwing SE - We had a lot of good time together.  I had her for 3 years and 22,000 miles. Here is the post from the firs day - http://xamper.blogspot.com/2012/02/1996-honda-goldwing-1500-se.html

2012 Suzuki Burgman 400 ABS - Found her NEW on the floor at a local dealership.  It is a blast to ride and very easy to handle.  I need to remember that left hand is not clutch!  I kept applying the rear brake thinking to up/down shift.


2 miles on the odometer.  =)


I never bought a bike from a dealership before.  So it was an interesting experience, but it was pretty painless.  Shipping/freight & service charges were expensive as expected.  =(

Looking forward to many fun years with the Burgman.


Saturday, January 10, 2015

2015 Beginning Mile

2015 Beginning Mile

GL1500
54,914 miles


F650CS
36,109 miles



2014 was
GL1500 = 45,189
F650CS = 28,376 miles

http://xamper.blogspot.com/2014/01/happy-new-year.html

So the total miles of 2014 was

GL1500SE = 9,725
F650CS = 7,733
Total = 17,458

Happy Riding for 2015!


Saturday, December 20, 2014

speed/tach backlight

For my BMW F650CS instrument cluster

Before (with OEM incandescent type bulbs)



After (LEDs)


Old bulb and new ones (LED).

From https://www.superbrightleds.com

Yeah baby!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

close one....

It was Sunday PM.  I'm riding my Goldwing through a nice TEXAS two lane highway.  I come up to two Harleys going about 5 miles below speed limit.  I didn't want to be rude, so I decided to ride behind them.  This went on for about 5 miles.
We come up to a pick up truck, which was driving even slower than those Harleys.  Those HD boys don't want to pass this truck.  I tried to be patient and follow them.  This goes on for another 5 miles or so.

I'm getting a bit impatient.  About at this time, the leader of those two, finally decides to pass the truck at a nice stretch.  No car is coming on the opposite lane.  I'm thinking "It's clear boys. Let me see how fast your HDs can go!"  It would have been a EASY pass for all three of us.

All three of us are on the opposite lane in the passing action.  Next moment, the leader pass the truck completely and moves to the right lane.  I expect the second guy and me to follow him.

All of the sudden, the leader puts on the left turn signal to go into a bar on the left, making a sudden left turn.  The pick up truck brakes.  The 2nd Harley guy almost run into this dude turning in front of him.  I am trying not to run into this 2nd Harley guy.

Lessons learned: Don't follow strangers on bikes.  Don't expect people to be a smart rider/driver.  Expect people to pull stupid stunts.