Since I shouldn’t be all doom and gloom and remember all the work I’ve put into getting my bikes running, here’s a somewhat positive post about all the fixing and maintenance I managed to do over the past month or two (with major thanks to Mark Price without whom I might have dragged this out [...]
Yesterday Oleg and I borrowed our friend Dmitry’s truck and drove up north to Sumas to pick up the SV. It was sitting in the gas station I had left it in. We loaded it up quickly, secured it and took off, making only a short break at McDonald’s for some roadtrip food. It was a [...]
I’m sitting in a hotel room in Lytton, British Columbia, writing this update. It’s about 8:00PM and it’s still daylight out. It’ll probably be light out for at least a couple more hours at this latitude. The hotel room is dark though because of a power outage caused by a forest fire raging 30 miles north. They [...]
I finally got the time to plug my new battery into the SV (yes, it’s been that kind of week at work). Bike started up just fine, of course. If it dies overnight, we’ll know that it wasn’t the battery at fault.
I got an extra bonus present as well. My Garmin GPS mount had gone [...]
So I finally bit the bullet and ordered a new battery for the SV – a Yuasa YT12A-BS. It was a lot cheaper to purchase it on BikeBandit.com with my AMA discount and some points I had accumulated with them, so I chose to go that route instead of getting it from a local store. [...]
I found a package waiting for me this morning that looked an awful lot like a disembodied arm mummified in tape. :| I gingerly brought it upstairs, sliced through the tape wrapped around the cardboard to find… more tape.
A disembodied arm preserved in bubblewrap?
Checklist of the things I need to do on the bikes somewhat in order of priority:
- Fix suspension problems ($150)
- Replace front tire ($150)
- Check brake fluids (replace stripped out screw on reservoir)
- Find nuts and bolts for Givi windscreen ($10?)
- Fix Garmin mount
- Fix ignition key issue (takes several tries to turn the key)
“Someone’s got a case of the Mondays!” You’ve heard that before and it usually isn’t me. I like Monday mornings because unlike most people I like getting up and going to work and having a week of work to look forward to. Some Mondays are exempt though. Like today.
I’ve vowed to wake up early and [...]
While I was loading my Ortleib bag int my friend’s car, I froze when I heard the clink of broken glass. Apparently I had tossed in a jar of pickled beets (present for my friend) in there and it had smashed to bits in transit.
Fortunately it was in a stuff sack so the glas was [...]
Just got off the phone with Dave Alexander from Fluid Suspension Science and he gave me a quote for upgrading the SV’s suspension.
$100 – 2005 GSXR 750 shock (a used one that he has from a crashed race bike, this seems like a good deal)
$110 – new spring for the shock (he said that [...]