All right, so I did it, I rode her like I stole her. Dumped the junk oil, and man did it look like green goo. The filter, ick. Now I got some conventional cheap 20W40 valvoline for a couple hundred miles of what kind of driving. I am planning to go easy on it now and then make a 100 mile mixed street, a little short freeway run and maybe easy dirt in a couple weeks (Memorial weekend). Sound good?
I found on this new bike already three loose (not tight enough) fasteners, and one of the filter cover ones was stripped. Sheez! And the coolant overflow hose is leaking at the top of the reservoir tank. What next?
And I think I am going to take off for a three week extended cruise this summer in the backcountry of CA,NV,Utah, and maybe a little Colorado and WY?
And I still need storage luggage and all that.
My thinking there is to go with the Wolfman side rack and Expidition bags, something like that, soft bags, top loading. I have a duffle for the rear rack if money get's tight, which it already is. I was thinking seriously of getting the water and fuel can adapter as I will need to carry at least water, but on my cruiser I carry a 2-gal badder bag that makes a nice shower, two colapsable water bottles and a ridgid qt bottle for drinking enroute. Any water packing ideas would be appreciated as I plan to make a couple shorter desert runs before hand to try things out. I do already have two liter MSR fuel bottles I was carrying on the cruiser but space may be at a premium on the 650 as I have tons of storage on the bigger Star 1300. I do plan to carry less clothing, and other things I wont need and pack more like backpacking.
Any and all ideas, photos of packed bikes etc, oil breakin comments, and any and all welcome on this post. I do plan to take the training wheels off this weekend and actually lean over in the turns
Actually, I was out scrubbing the tires and like the way the bike handles the tighter turns, very fun to ride...
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