Tandem Trips

Carb Wars: Episode Two, The Impact Hammer Strikes Back!

Posted in Modifications, My Bike by Me on October 29, 2009

DSC00925So one of the two sets of extra carbs I had torn apart is back together, with major help from my pops. He used the best parts from each set and went to the Suzuki dealer for new jets and floats. In the end he compiled one set with 100% good parts. The other set is either going to be tricked out or tossed in the trash. We’ll figure that out after a parts inventory and examination.

The jets are 150s and the air bleeds are 17.5s. The original needles were reinstalled and shimmed with 0.023-inch thick washers between the e-clip and the plastic bushing. No washers were installed above the e-clips. An additional washer may be needed but we’ll wait until after installation for that. The  idle air bleed adjustment is set to two and one-half turns from bottom. All of the new parts are made by Mikuni American Corporation, the manufacturer of the carburetors.

So now I just need to swap them out with what’s on the bike. That will have to wait for a later date.

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The Hapiness of a Middle Distance Rider

Posted in Modifications, My Bike, Riding by Me on October 13, 2009

I went on my longest ride yet over the long weekend. Brooklyn to the Berkshires in western Massachusetts (approximately 175 miles) and back over two days. Nothing earth shattering, but not a jaunt around the corner either.

It’s a nice mixture of twisties and three lane freeway riding that the SV handles nicely. I am strongly condidering sending my seat to Great Day to Ride in Florida for some gel inserts, but no complaints otherwise.

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Knee Draggers Rocks! (M4 Full System in the Mail)

Posted in Modifications, My Bike by Me on September 28, 2009

I just got an amazing deal (price matched to this) on an M4 full exhaust system from KneeDraggers.com. I got the titanium can, so it weights about 10 pounds less than the stock system. Now I just have to figure out where I am going to store it until the carbs are done. Oh, and where I am going to store the OEM system after I remove it.

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Growling Bear or Angry Squirel

Posted in Modifications, My Bike by Me on September 23, 2009

I’ve been gone a long time due to a hectic summer doing all kinds of things unrelated to this, but now I’m back with a burning question!

What to do about that gigantic, heavy, hot stock exhaust?

Right now I’m looking at these options:

Yoshimura RS-3 full system in titanium
Yoshimura TRS full system in titanium
M4 full system in titanium
Akrapovic full system (yes, they’re still out there)
Termignoni slip on

The carbs are getting done so this is the next logical step. I just don’t know what the next move is or when to make it.t

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The Big Day!

Posted in Gear, Motorsports, My Bike, Reviews, Riding by Me on August 25, 2009

I know it’s been a while since I posted, but I had tons of traveling to do this summer, and sadly the SV has been sitting in the garage for a while now.

But tomorrow I’m flying (too far to ride) to Indianapolis for the US GP! I’m hoping to take lots of pictures and have something interesting to say at least once or twice over the next five days, so keep an eye out. When I get back I’ll put up anything I couldn’t post from my phone.

Also, I’ll be making my way up to western Massachusetts in a month or two, at which time I hope to get in a review of my Nelson Rigg luggage and maybe some other stuff.

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By the way, the belly pan I put on my bike ended up with blisters in the paint because it’s too close to the exhaust and I didn’t shield it enough. I will post the repair process at some point this fall as I do it.

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All Dressed Up

Posted in Modifications, My Bike by Me on May 10, 2009

belly plan close-upI finally got around to mounting that belly pan from GSG Mototechnic. I had waited because of concerns about heat from the exhaust possibly melting the fiberglass so I went out and got some of Maier USA‘s self-adhesive ceramic tiles at Motorcycle Madness to deflect the heat. Unfortunately they only had one pack, but I think it will be sufficient.

I also needed to buff out the pain some more before I could really call it done. After a little rubbing and installing the tape I took it out and slapped it on. Installation took about five minutes and used an allen wrench and a socket on a ratchet.

Overall I’m very happy. Pics of the awesomeness below the jump.

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Two-Up

Posted in My Bike, Riding by Me on May 3, 2009

Two-Up on the SVMy wife and I gave two-up riding on the SV a real try this weekend. We’d gone around the neighborhood a bit last season, but this was the first real ride. The first day was just a quick jaunt around town to get the feel for it. After airing up the back tire and a turn harder on the rear shock we were in business.

Overall it went well. She says she’s into it, so we’ll keep it up, which is good because otherwise we would have wasted hundreds of dollars on gear for her (reviews to come).

One problem I’ve found, though, is that I really need to work on my slow speed maneuvers, though. Starting from a stop sign and left turns at under five miles an hour are giving me trouble when she is on the back. Part of the problem was that I was recovering from a hyper-extended left ankle, which, being the dominant support when stopped, was a major issue. But the added weight change in center-of-gravity were a little bit tricky.

Time for another riding class, me thinks.

Back in Business

Posted in Modifications, My Bike by Me on April 12, 2009

Betty at the LakeBetty is back together! After several months all of that busted up plastic is repaired and painted. It went back on in a flash, and, after a small amount of unnecessary paranoia about my brake system, the bike is riding smoothly. I’ve done most of the modifications I had planned and it’s been a long time since I last rode, so it was a little hard to compare, but I think everything is in excellent order.

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UPDATE: Plastic

Posted in My Bike by Me on April 2, 2009

All that plastic that I stripped of my SV last winter is now repaired, repainted, and waiting to be reinstalled pending a buff and shine. I plan to write up a lengthy description of everything you need to know about fixing your bike’s plastic, but in the mean time you can read about it on my dad’s blog.

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2009 Modifications: Progress Report

Posted in Modifications, My Bike by Me on March 9, 2009

I got a chance to take a crack at that long list of modifications and repairs I told you about. Some of it went smoothly, some not, and some I am unsure about. Unfortunately the camera was out of juice so no pics this time.

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Down Under… uh… tail

Posted in Modifications, My Bike by Me on March 4, 2009

hotbodies_undertail-full_viewI have acquired a hot bodies undertail for my SV. It is unpainted fiberglass. Here are some pics so you can see how it looks straight out of the package. Finishing and painting will happen along side the belly pan, but installation probably won’t happen until late summer/early fall, so stay tuned.

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2009 Mod Plans

Posted in Modifications, My Bike by Me on February 1, 2009

I have a bunch of stuff sitting around waiting to be put on the bike this year, but I think I am going to take it slow rather than throw them all on at once. Some of it is going on before I pull her out of winter storage, but the rest will be as-I-find-time projects.

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Stripes!

Posted in Modifications, My Bike by Me on January 19, 2009

Belly Pan Paint IdeasOne thing that motorcyclists are always trying to do is go faster, and what makes your bike go faster than a stripe? A red stripe! I’ve been messing around with ideas and this is what I have so far. I need to hurry up and make up my mind because it is almost time to lay down the paint. Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Get on My Belly!

Posted in Modifications, My Bike by Me on January 12, 2009

It has arrived. After much hemming and some hawing I decided on the GSG Mototechnik belly pan for my SV. Mostly I chose it because the design seems to go with the stock half fairing better than anything else I could find. You can get it in ABS from the manufacturer, but the transaction process is so convoluted and irritating that I opted for searching eBay.de instead (with a little help from a friend from Berlin) and found a small German tuning company (www.erich-jahn.de) who had the fiberglass version.

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Carb Wars: Episode 1, A New Project

Posted in Modifications, My Bike by Me on January 1, 2009

I don’t remember how to rebuild carbs. I took auto shop in high school where I rebuilt a ton of them, but that was over a decade ago. So I bought myself a set of carbs to tear apart and rebuild.

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Plastic

Posted in My Bike by Me on December 3, 2008

Right fairing damageSo, all that plastic that I pulled off Betty? It’s in Arizona getting glued, filled, painted, and buffed. Getting hit by a moron trying to parallel park causes an unreasonable amount of damage that can remove an unreasonable amount of time from your riding season, so guard that stuff like it’s gold!

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Baby Gets a New Dress (pending)

Posted in Modifications, My Bike by Me on November 25, 2008

Stripped SVSo I mentioned earlier that NYC is not the absolute best place to park a pristine motorcycle, not on the street anyway. As a result of multiple knock-downs by crappy parkers I decided to respray my plastic instead of buying replacement parts. I sent all the plastic to my dad to spray in his garage in Arizona. Since there will be paint flying I thought tis would be a good time to get a belly pan. Matching plastic is a good thing.

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Cough! Weeze! Sputter!

Posted in Modifications, My Bike by Me on November 18, 2008

My bike is having respiratory issues. I made the mistake of installing a K&N high performance air filter without oiling it or changing the fuel mixture. As a result I got a popping sound coming from the exhaust.

Okay, no big deal. I’ll just swap the filters back to how they were before. But now my interest has been piqued; how good is my fuel mixture, how does this system work, and most importantly, how can I hot rod this system?

So I went on SVR and found someone willing to part with a set of carburetors for super-cheep. More to come…

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Dead Blinkers

Posted in Modifications, My Bike by Me on November 16, 2008

 dscn03861mentioned earlier that my SV has been hit and knocked over a few times as a result of parking in Brooklyn. One of the most awesome things that comes with this is busted blinkers. This honker on the left is my factory right front signal.

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Parking in NYC

Posted in My Bike by Me on November 10, 2008

If you own a bike in New York City, get a spot in a parking garage. It’s worth the $150 a month when you factor in the cost of replacement parts, increased insurance premiums, and aggravation.

The idiots that park on the streets in this town can’t seem to parallel park without “feeling” their way in, the practice of bumping into the vehicles in front of and behind them so they know where it is instead of growing a brain and opening their eyes. My biggest pet peeve when it comes to driving is people who can’t parallel park. Couple that with owning a bike and you can see how I would get irritated.
To date my bike has been knocked down three times, and it only spent three months in the city. The last time resulted in $1,500 worth of damage and an insurance claim. I’m using the money to do some mods and pay for parking. The majority of the parts I can fix myself or with the help of my dad.   

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
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