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  • Birthday 05/05/1955

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  1. This reflects my experience as well, just on the BMW side. I love my K bike, but she's a jealous mistress. It takes a lot to keep her happy, and has been the only bike to ever leave me stranded. Every once in a while I think to myself that I should just sell her and get a Goldwing, then I go out to the garage and I'm again seduced by her curves, and take her for a quick ride and remind myself why I keep her, despite the headaches.
  2. Ugh, good luck, these things can be so pesky! I had something similar on my BMW; I couldn’t find anything, mechanic couldn’t find anything, yet we could all experience it. I had given up until someone suggested some sort of voodoo trick, which fixed it right away. The trick FWIW was this: with the ignition on, but not running, open the throttle all the way, then close it, and repeat it five times. Then turn off the ignition, wait 30 seconds, and start the bike as normal. Fired right up and the surging was gone for good.
  3. wow, swapping The Anvil for an FJ-09 will require you to strengthen your shoulders, since this bike will want to rip your arms off as it takes off! -)
  4. Yeah, you definitely worked the shoulders! I really like the profile of the front S21. I got mine on saturday and took them out to scrub them in, so I was super gentle with them, but by 50 miles out I was feeling really good about them. I found them confidence inspiring in their response and predictability.
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  6. Talk to me about this short love affair. I just spooned on a set of S21's to my '15 - I got a killer deal that I couldn't pass up - and I'm wondering about your experience.
  7. Well, the ethanol accounts for some of that. According to the DOE, e10 has 96% of the energy of straight up gas. So there's 2 or 3 miles right there. The other 3 or 4 can probably be attributed to a combo of tire pressure, wind and drag, size/angle of your fairing, ambient temperature, and just how springy that right wrist of yours is. For example, to commute I punch up my tires to 42/40, my fairing is fairly tall and angled so that the wind goes mostly around me, I weigh 150lbs, I use B mode and cruise control at 68 mph. I've pretty much done all I can to maximize commuting mileage. I pay absolutely no attention to all that when I'm riding for fun. Tires go down to 35/32, A mode comes out to play, and WFO is not unusual. Those times I'm getting upper 30's or lower 40's.
  8. When it's riding for fun, IDGAF about mileage - only to the extent I make sure I don't run out of gas. In fact, yesterday I was up in the mountains playing (note: it's spectacularly gorgeous up on 162 right now) and I barely made 160 miles on that tankful. Commuting is a different story. If I can go 225 miles a tank it gives me more options on where and when I fuel up.
  9. Mine is like yours, sometimes up to 5 mpg wrong on the upside (ie dash says I averaged 55, but hand calc shows it's 50). The difference is fairly inconsistent too, which is somewhat of a mystery to me, since my commute is so predictable and similar, day after day. I might have some variability in the lane split sections (having to slow down to wait for a space to open up), but that's maybe one mile out of the total 50 mile commute.
  10. My dash readout isn't very accurate, so I measure mine actual miles divided by gals. On B mode I get close to 55, whereas in STD or A mode I'm in the upper 40's. My home and office are both 3 blocks from the on/off ramp, so on my situation it's a good read on the difference - ie there isn't much by way of start/stop on either side of the commute to create a variable that needs controlling (the lane splitting is pretty much the same every day). I roll onto the fwy, set the cruise control at 68, and sit back and listen to music/books. I do almost two tanks per week, so I've had a lot of opportunities to test this out.
  11. I commute in B mode. I have found that it gives me noticeably better gas mileage than other modes. I have 50 miles of dead straight highway, so there's very little need for quicker acceleration, or more responsive throttle.
  12. Parallel story and lesson: My 20 yr old SV 650 stock saddle fit me perfectly from the get go. After 80k miles it had shaped in a way that no other saddle had ever shaped, which is to say it molded exactly to my needs. The vinyl recently ripped, so I took it to an upholsterer to have it recovered. When I picked it up, the guy, very proudly, told me that he noticed the old foam was stiff and misshapen, so he took it upon himself to cut off the top layer and glue a different, softer layer on top before re-covering it. He was beaming as he told me that his cruiser customers love that foam. It completely ruined the saddle. Now I sink into it and within 30 minutes I lose sensation in my legs. The upholsterer figured that one kind of happy customer would make every customer happy, without understanding that not all bike ergos are the same. Lesson learned: only let saddlemakers touch your saddle. Use folks that know what they're doing.
  13. Good call on getting down off the mountain! A bunch of roads were closed up there due to snow. An epic ride, one that you'll talk about for a while!
  14. Many of the observations apply to my K1200GT as well. There are certain commonalities for the brand.
  15. The thing with Q3 is that the track day heat cycles kills them, so by and large I've found them to be a one shot deal. After track day they are pretty useless. And frankly, they are way above my riding skill. So for me I find them overkill. I like the Bridgestone S20 EVO for my track days. They offer good feel, plenty of grip, and I'm able to ride them on the road after the track day. But then again, I take my SV650 to the track which, to state the obvious, is no S1kRR. I don't know what that beast would do to them.