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Confessions
« on: November 10, 2013, 07:12:16 PM »
Okay...
The amount of time I've spent riding the last year or two has been embarrassing.

This is in large part (not entirely) because I fear the mechanicals of the Connie.  I have no reason to think that everything isn't fine, and I bought it from a STN'er.  However, I always have that thought in the back of my mind "what was that noise?" Or "is that supposed to feel like that?"  And it's old, it's not perfect....it leaks and it smokes from different places.

I feel like she needs a good going through, but I'm a little scared, a little pressed for time, and a little cash poor...

Not sure what to do about it, but they say confessions good for the soul.

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Re: Confessions
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2013, 07:15:08 PM »
This one time at band camp...
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Re: Confessions
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2013, 07:57:44 PM »
This one time at band camp...

Not sure if that confession is good for the soul...

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Re: Confessions
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2013, 08:03:36 PM »
This one time at band camp...

Not sure if that confession is good for the soul...

Probably not! But seriously,  I bought my GT in November of '11 & have only acquired 15,000 miles on it in 2 years which doesn't sound too shabby & I always ride more than 1 motorcycle per season. With that being said, I put 35,000 miles on my '05 Sprint ST in a 2 year period while also owning & riding a Thruxton, a Honda Shadow & an Eton Beemer scooter.
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Re: Confessions
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2013, 11:15:52 PM »
Honest i didn't know she was only 15.
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Re: Confessions
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2013, 03:54:24 PM »
Ride it!  Call me if you have a problem.   :thumbsup:
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Re: Confessions
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2013, 04:15:41 PM »
Ride it!  Call me if you have a problem.   :thumbsup:

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Re: Confessions
« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2013, 08:09:56 PM »
However, I always have that thought in the back of my mind "what was that noise?" Or "is that supposed to feel like that?" 

Oh man, I hate that.  I got into that paranoid habit with the cursed Beemer  :pope: and I found it transferred over to my subsequent bikes.   That's so annoying!  I don't have any useful advice but maybe someone else will and I can use it too. :lol:

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Re: Confessions
« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2013, 11:58:23 AM »
Okay...
The amount of time I've spent riding the last year or two has been embarrassing.

This is in large part (not entirely) because I fear the mechanicals of the Connie.  I have no reason to think that everything isn't fine, and I bought it from a STN'er.  However, I always have that thought in the back of my mind "what was that noise?" Or "is that supposed to feel like that?"  And it's old, it's not perfect....it leaks and it smokes from different places.

I feel like she needs a good going through, but I'm a little scared, a little pressed for time, and a little cash poor...

Not sure what to do about it, but they say confessions good for the soul.

You need two things:

1) A really good of ear plugs to be worn any time the bike is started and or running.
2) A friend who knows a thing or two about bikes that can teach you the basics of that basic motorcycle which will not only confirm the bike is fine, but instill confidence in doing things yourself quickly and cheaply.

I'd start with 1 first and 2 will come along as you ride more.

Chances are high that so long as that bike has gas, oil, good brakes and tires it will take you anywhere you want to go and back...TWICE!!!
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Re: Confessions
« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2013, 12:11:18 PM »
Aside from going to North Carolina back in May (which was epic), I didn't ride much for the rest of the year.

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Re: Confessions
« Reply #10 on: November 13, 2013, 12:38:00 PM »
So, you have a Connie but don't state which year or how many miles are on it. :headscratch:

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Re: Confessions
« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2013, 07:28:57 PM »
Info slightly updated per headscratch.

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Re: Confessions
« Reply #12 on: November 14, 2013, 09:13:20 AM »
Just ignore that lil voice in your noggin, and, whatever you do, do NOT think about the fact that the bearing surfaces never, ever actually touch, but eremain separated by a thin film of oil, hold mechanical mayhem at bay.

No. Do not.
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Re: Confessions
« Reply #13 on: November 14, 2013, 10:54:09 AM »
I moved to the epicenter of some of the best riding on the whole continent where lane splitting is legal and convenient, so in the 2 plus years I have been accumulated less than 2500 miles.

Long hours adn small kids have basically grounded me.

Very sad actually...
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Re: Confessions
« Reply #14 on: November 14, 2013, 07:14:48 PM »
Ride it, if it breaks, fix it.  8)
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Re: Confessions
« Reply #15 on: November 14, 2013, 08:18:36 PM »
I moved to the epicenter of some of the best riding on the whole continent where lane splitting is legal and convenient, so in the 2 plus years I have been accumulated less than 2500 miles.

Long hours adn small kids have basically grounded me.

Very sad actually...

You speak truth.
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Re: Confessions
« Reply #16 on: November 14, 2013, 08:45:48 PM »
I moved to the epicenter of some of the worst riding on the whole continent, so in the 2 plus years I have been accumulated less than 2500 miles.

Long hours adn small kids have basically grounded me.

Very sad actually...


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Re: Confessions
« Reply #17 on: November 19, 2013, 05:49:12 PM »
 ;)

Sorry - forgot the code.

Basically t he riding around here sucks but I wouldst know because I work 12 hours a day...
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Re: Confessions
« Reply #18 on: November 19, 2013, 11:29:33 PM »
Well, it is based on mid 80s tech, so if you are used to the sewing machine sounds of a modern bike or car, then you will always think something is wrong with it.

If the other option is the XS650, I would think you do not have the sewing machine feeling.

I switch up between the ZG1000-A17 and the GL1500 ( which is smooth like glass ) and do not give it a second thought.

Quite a few push them hard for 100K without major issues.

I could list up all the maybes that you could find, but then again the same could be said for just about any mode of transport.
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Don't worry about what could go wrong with it, think about a proven platform with decades of time on it.

There is a guy in FL that can do mods to the carbs if you want to smooth out the Kawi light switch bands in it, for about the cost of having a dealer strip and clean the carbs ( you just need to remove them yourself, which is easy with a radiator tool, screw driver and hairdryer )

giaka posted it best, ride it until it breaks and then fix it.
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Re: Confessions
« Reply #19 on: November 20, 2013, 11:11:16 AM »
The best I've been able to do is bicycle.
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Re: Confessions
« Reply #20 on: November 20, 2013, 03:42:55 PM »
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Re: Confessions
« Reply #21 on: November 20, 2013, 06:23:12 PM »
Hi Sue. How do you do?
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Re: Confessions
« Reply #22 on: November 20, 2013, 08:28:10 PM »
I ride my bikes twice a year without a helmet - just running an errand or around the neighborhood.  Once in spring and sometime later.
I actively listen to all the sounds and ID them.
Riding with a helmet and earbuds for MP3s the rest of the time is blissful nirvana.
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Re: Confessions
« Reply #23 on: November 24, 2013, 06:39:47 AM »
I assume your bike cams are run by a chain. Do the adjustment, put in good oil, and wear earplugs.
Works for me.
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