Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Los Angeles, CA
2017, New to Me
After lurking a bit, I decided this seems like a pretty good resource for advice and like that, so I'm diving in. Just bought a 2017, it's got 400 miles on the clock so I'm just getting it set up. The previous owner had a few accessories installed, some of which I'll be shaving and others that I'm surprised I'll be keeping (heated grips seem luxurious, but since they're here…).
…'what else? I'm kinda surprised how much basic setup the bike seems to require to be really good — actually this may be my lack of experience, but I'm surprised to see surging at cruise and popping on decel on a brand new bike. It's cool though, I haven't messed with a carb (or done any real repair work) for a few years, and honestly the approachability of this machine was a major selling point.
I'm thinking I'll proceed in waves, basically moving from stuff the factory kinda misses, to stuff that's more above and beyond, hopefully putting together a nice means of transport for camping trips that can get down the fire roads, some longer distance stuff, and basically having fun tooling around the southwestern US.
First up will be the carb. I'm looking at the 22-cent mod, as it sounds like going the "cheap route" is actually preferable to doing a proper re-jetting unless I'm into tweaking the exhaust (not planned, seems like a high cost:benefit ratio). I'm kinda OCD with this kind of work, so I'll likely do that one step at a time, checking out the result from each element (idle screw first, ride a bit, needle washer, ride a bit, followed by drilling the vacuum port in the needle housing if it seems necessary/if I'm curious).
I'll also need to set the stock rear suspension up. Right now I'm pretty sure it's a bit wonky. Having a set of Tusk medium paniers and my stuff in them lowering that back end, I'm guessing is part of the reason I'm not feeling super confident in the turns (although this is also surely my lack of experience — my only previous bike was a lil' ninja that resulted in more neckaches than anything else, and thus didn't get rid for tew long).
I'll also be looking at new tires soon, mainly because I know the difference will be pronounced and I want to see what that's about.
After these basics, I'll likely move into addressing the more well-known stuff (greasing the rear end, having a welder mount new faces [with beefier bolts] to the existing footpeg mounts, doing the T-mod, replacing the doohickey, and a bunch of other "little things" I'm seeing discussed on the regular).
And that's probably where I'll stop. The aim will be to fix and prevent the well-known issues, but to avoid putting anything weird on the bike unless I have a good reason to do so (which I suspect I won't, heh).
Any advice is welcome, and thanks for having this forum — excited to get started!