|12-31-2003, 09:38 AM||#1|
Super Cool Since: Oct 2003
New bike, long ride.
I've been lurking on this site for several months now. I guess you all inspired me, cause I went and did it. Got a good deal in Pennsylvania, I live in Delaware. Saturday I'm driving to the bike shop with my son and a friend of his to pick it up. Then I'm driving the bike back (4-5 hours).
I'm asking for some advice here.
As far as engine break-in goes, I plan to travel back roads and vary my speed alot (will probably drive my son nuts, but paybacks are hell ;) I know that I should change the oil after 20 miles, but that is probably not an option. It will be something like 200. Should this be OK?
Here is a list of things to check before I leave the bike shop (shamelessly copied from this forum):
# Clutch - You need to have 3mm of "play" in the clutch lever
# Chain Tension - Lift the chain while the bike is on the sidestand
and it should nearly contact the swingarm.
# Rear Wheel Alignment - By looking at the lines on the adjuster
(at axle), check the alignment.
# Engine Oil - With the bike level and engine off it should be at
the top line.
# Tire Pressure - 26F/28R
# Fork Position - Should be level with or within 1/8" from top!
# Fasteners - Check all the fasteners you can get at!
# Tighten the speedometer cable on the instrument panel side,
locktite blue it (neatly)
Are there any other things that I should check?
I plan to bring some tools (any suggestions?) and locktite blue. When I get cold I'll stop and check fasteners for looseness (i rode 441 and 500 BSA thumpers back in the 70's, I know what thumpers do to fasteners).
It's been a while since I've been on a bike for more than a few moments. I'm not too worried about the cold. I have a good snowmobile suit from my upstate New York days that kept me warm in *much* worse conditions. My hands may be a problem, we'll see. Any short term solutions to keeping my hands warm?
Thanks for the advice (and inspiration)...