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post #1 of 11 Old 04-19-2015, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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My new ride

Finally got some good pics down by the river yesterday ... and got 15 posts.

2009 with 7200 miles. The seller didn't take it off road, mostly got it to save gas on his work commute. Came with a lockable trunk that goes on the rack. He also threw in a $300 helmet, leather gloves, rain suit, service manual, trickle charger, and more. Has fairly new Bridgestone Trail King tires.

Been raining a lot here, so I've really only put 60 or so miles on it... hope to increase that today. Runs great, love it.

I've put a new Deka battery in it, and going to change the oil today. I plan to re mount the license plate, and maybe get a better looking front fender, possibly some graphics decals.





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post #2 of 11 Old 04-19-2015, 11:53 AM
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Great looking bike!

I wouldn't go for the graphic decals...

I would give it white stripes and go for the Zebra look
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post #3 of 11 Old 04-19-2015, 01:25 PM
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Looks great. Looks like he put on different mirrors. I would get rid of the stock tires. You will feel much more confidence riding street and gravel with some new/better tires.

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It doesn't have the stock tires. He has Bridgestone Trail Wings.

I haven't tried any Bridgestones myself and the TrailWings come in a lot of variances. My brother has used them and seems to like them.

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post #5 of 11 Old 04-19-2015, 02:04 PM
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Very nice bike and you are lucky to live in West Virginia. What a great place to ride.
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post #6 of 11 Old 04-19-2015, 02:25 PM
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I've used 3 different pairs of trail wings on 3 different bikes. They work fine cruising down a nice road with no gravel. But just the slightest amount of gravel on the road or a gravel road and it got sketchy. No more for me.

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Thanks guys. Yes, WV has some good riding. When I had my Honda XR650, we went way down south to the Hatfield / McCoy trails, and rode all 3 levels of difficulty... level 3 was pretty wicked. Also went to the Blackwater 100 for several years, before they banned it ... climbed the nearly straight up Rt. 93 river crossing many times while 90% of people trying it failed. A little nerve wracking in front of ESPN cameras. Did it a couple of times on a dare, in just swimming trunks, shoes, and a helmet, just to be cocky.

As for tires, I'll probably wear these ones down this summer, and then go for something more knobby. In my experience, there's no "universal" tire that will do much in mud or wet grass on a bike with this kind of torque.... or any bike for that matter. The knobs wear down quicker on the road, but my old XRs handled pretty decently. There's always going to be a certain trade off between street & off road.

The first mods I want to do is a set of motech engine guards, license plate relocation, maybe a different front fender, and likely the doohicky ... and probably more, as I read these forums. I may consider the exhaust cam advancement mod, if it doesn't cause any adverse effects ... will have to read up on that one, and maybe start a thread.

Overall, I like the bike. I do notice the fewer horses than what my Honda XR had, but it does seem better suited for street & back roads, which is what I'm going to use it for. I do like it being water cooled. My lower back issues are going to keep me from doing the hard woods riding that I used to do.

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Nice looking ride for hitting the back roads and trails of West By God Virginia. It looks like mine but your black paint and plastic is still all shiny and nice and yours even has the same "Kawasaki" decals on the tank as mine. It's like mine looked 5 years ago.......

The first thing I would do is put a real skid plate on it.



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Good looking bike. I would definitely say that removing that godawful front fender should be right up there priority wise. Cheap and makes a huge difference. Cheers.




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Thanks guys. Yes, WV has some good riding. When I had my Honda XR650, we went way down south to the Hatfield / McCoy trails, and rode all 3 levels of difficulty... level 3 was pretty wicked. Also went to the Blackwater 100 for several years, before they banned it ... climbed the nearly straight up Rt. 93 river crossing many times while 90% of people trying it failed. A little nerve wracking in front of ESPN cameras. Did it a couple of times on a dare, in just swimming trunks, shoes, and a helmet, just to be cocky.

As for tires, I'll probably wear these ones down this summer, and then go for something more knobby. In my experience, there's no "universal" tire that will do much in mud or wet grass on a bike with this kind of torque.... or any bike for that matter. The knobs wear down quicker on the road, but my old XRs handled pretty decently. There's always going to be a certain trade off between street & off road.



The first mods I want to do is a set of motech engine guards, license plate relocation, maybe a different front fender, and likely the doohicky ... and probably more, as I read these forums. I may consider the exhaust cam advancement mod, if it doesn't cause any adverse effects ... will have to read up on that one, and maybe start a thread.

Overall, I like the bike. I do notice the fewer horses than what my Honda XR had, but it does seem better suited for street & back roads, which is what I'm going to use it for. I do like it being water cooled. My lower back issues are going to keep me from doing the hard woods riding that I used to do.

Cheers.
I just installed a set of Motech engine guards on my 2015. The clutch side bar is only about 1/2" from the side panel. I contacted Motech and sent them pictures and they feel that the guards were not manufactured correctly. I can return them for a new set but that is a huge hassle sending them back. I have not decided for sure what to do yet. It does not look very nice with one side sticking out and the other real close to the side pane. The bike looks lopsided. If you buy Motech be sure and check the return policy or buy them from a local dealer so you can return them.
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