I've been fooling with this thing nearly non-stop for weeks now and am finally getting somewhere.
You may remember me having an upholstery shop re-shape my Seat Concepts seat kit, then me modifying it more myself later. Final shape is just about perfect......
I smoothed it out a bit more and then covered it. He used, so I used - a 4" cutoff wheel on a 90º angle grinder and it sculpts that foam like it was warm cheese, but be very, very careful. It cuts "very" fast and a slip could cost money. That deep notch is taking a bit of time for the fabric to break in, (stretch to fit) but the seat is super comfortable now and there's room to move around a bit to change pressure points. Still plenty of padding under my skinny old butt, too and no more sliding forward. On a ride of 70 miles the other day there was no dis-comfort at all. None. I'm very pleased with it.
Then fooled with windshields some and got more eddy-cation. I went from the shorty stock shield and Laminar Lip to the +4 Kawi shield with the Laminar Lip to fit that. I thank Laminar for their patience with me in my dithering on which to keep.
I sit tall in the saddle and wanted the wind flow directed as high as possible, so mounted the Lip as high as I could. It moved the air blast from my face to high on forehead, but I wanted more.
I called the folks at Laminar and the fella I spoke with told me that if I'd lower it a couple of inches, wind impact would be in about the same place, but airflow would be much smoother.
Well, he does make the things, so maybe he knows what he's talking about. So, I gave it a try. Wonder of wonders, he was right. I "thought" it felt just fine before, but now it's like riding thru silk...very smooth airflow...except in a strong crosswind, but I doubt anything would help there. With the helmet on, it's un-noticeable.
Looking for a little more performance and maybe a nicer sound than that crackling spitting the stock muffler gives, I took advice of you-all here on the forum and installed a Lexx slip on muffler. I could feel a difference in power - a little bit - it was a bit louder (about like the mod on the stock muffler) but still has that leaky exhaust gasket sound. Guess I'll hafta live with that.
Next came the installation - just a couple of days ago - of the Thermo-bob cooling system upgrade. Took some time, but the instructions were very well presented and it went with no glitches. More on that in a bit.
Yesterday I spent several hours carefully working my way thru the installation of a JD Performance jetting kit and followed the directions to the letter and double/triple checked each step. I have a somewhat free-er flowing exhaust, live at 6,000 ft elevation, ride mostly (almost always) between 4,000 and 8,000 ft, so followed the special instructions for those conditions.
Also installed the idle mixture adjustment knob to make fine tuning a bit (a lot) easier.
Weather was bad yesterday, so this morning I took off for Hwy 15 that goes about 40 miles of snaky, winding road thru the mountains to Gila Cliff Dwellings N.M. and it was a revelation.
First, the Thermo-bob did its job perfectly and the optional gauge overlay made it easy to see just what was what. Temperature held rock solid at 195º the whole time. After reading Bill's description of what the stock cooling system does, I couldn't get that thing in there quick enuf - and I'm very glad it's done.
The big news is the JD jetting kit. I wanna tell ya, sports fans - this are a whole 'nuther bike now. I can't believe it. It was good before and I was somewhat happy with it, but love to tinker. This was good tinkering and was simple enuf - with caution.
I've read quite a few how-tos on this forum about using the KLX needle and various jets and so on, but after tearing it apart once yesterday, I'm very pleased to pay JD the extra to work out all the details, do all the testing and experimenting and take that extra time to go riding.
It loves to rev now and power is smoother at all speeds. Idle was perfect right out of the box. Crank it on and it pulls harder to around 4,000 rpm - at which point it starts to breathe deeper and pull "a Lot" harder. Keep that wrist twisted and as it passes 5,000 the exhaust takes on a deep, hard roar and the acceleration, esp. in 3rd and 4th is incredible. Yah, you could say I'm a happy rider now.
This is a small sample of the type of road I was forced to suffer thru on this test ride. Some - 5 miles of highway to the start, then miles of this thru the mountains. What Fun ! ! !
It was still barking and crackling on de-celeration, tho', so I turned the idle needle in from 2¼ turns out to 2 turns out and it was much better, so tweaked it another 1/8 turn and it's great. Crank it hard and let off and it'll bark once or twice, then smooth right out with just a bit of popping.
Tomorrow, I'll tear the rear suspension out of it and install the 6.6 kg Top Gun spring. While it's apart, I'll install the zerk fittings that Bill recommends doing in one of his Watt-man pages. It makes nothing but good sense to my way of thinking and his instructions are clear and sharp.
When that's done, if weather holds, I'm going to make a 150 mile each way trip to Benson, AZ, near the Chiricahua Mountains of Cochise Apache fame to visit a lady friend there. I'll let you-all know how all the systems work when I get back.
Ahhh, this retired life is sooo boring. Where'd I ever find time to work ??