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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-23-2010, 09:02 AM Thread Starter
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It's Like a Whole New Bike...And Then it Almost Wasn't!

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Finally finished the winter upgrades on Serenity, and she's like a whole new bike! Put new Metzeler ME880 tires (front tire one size larger), put Kevlar clutch plates in (coffee grinder is *gone*), changed out all the oil, fixed the leak in the final drive that was slinging oil all around my back wheel, etc. The tires and clutch have nearly turned her into a whole new beast. I was loving 99% of my ride home yesterday at 65 degrees...

...UNTIL a woman in some 1970's era P.O.S. decided that the laws of physics are arbitrary in nature and decided to test that pesky "two things may not occupy the same space at the same time" rule. It was either that, or she holds the mistaken belief that the rules of the road are based solely on the net weight of the vehicles involved. In any event, she changed lanes right into where I was riding. Fortunately, there was a bi-directional turn lane to my left that I could swerve into and romp on my horn. I goosed it to get ahead of her and out of the turn lane. When I turned to look at her, guess what she had in her hand? Cell phone, you might ask? No. Cigarette, perhaps? No. She was carrying her %$$##@#*$^# *POODLE* in one arm and "driving" with the other!! She turned left into the grocery store that we were passing at the time, and I thought about taking the other entrance in and enlightening her about the basics of both physics and traffic law, but decided that my bike was so much fun to ride, I'd rather spend time enjoying it. Before long, I had that stupid grin back on my face as I (gingerly) put Serenity through her paces in the twisties on the way back to the house...

Installing the new clutch plates was a piece of cake. If you're as sick of coffee grinder mornings as I was, it's worth it.

75 degrees and sun today! Gonna be a great day to ride!

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'03 VN750 "Serenity"

Rear Turn Signal Relocation
Front Brake Replacement
Spline lube, per Fergy's excellent instructions (that he has posted around here somewhere)
Kevlar Clutch Plates
Metzeler ME880 Tires
Stebel Nautilus Air Horn
ACCTs Rebuilt
Saddlemen Explorer Seat
MCCTs Installed
Kuryakyn Wide Levers Installed
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-23-2010, 09:35 AM
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Glad you're ok dude, nice work out there. That escape route plan is life saver. A fricken poodle? Really? Leave it at home lady, you ain't Paris Hilton...
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Dang... never forget the cardinal rule of the road: Every car driver is a homicidal idiot specifically targeting YOU.

I agree with your solution: Hit the twisties and forget about her!

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I met a PU about 2-wks ago with a big white dog driving, I guess it was driving as it was on the drivers side with its big head sticking out the window...
How does a SOB think they have any kind of control trying to drive like that. Maybe sometime the dog will put its foot and weight in the right place and he will lose control and hit a tree and take them both off the road...
I have even seen some idiot women drive with their small child standing in their lap, I guess it would make for about the same thing as an air bag if you wrecked, good insurance against them getting a serious injury...Or maybe they were just training their 9 mo. old to drive...
If I was a LEO I would throw the book at them, child abuse and whatever else could be thrown...
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I'm glad you are alright. I would have had a few choice words for that lady and her dog too!

so how do you like those new tires? did you go bigger on the back too?
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I'm glad you are alright. I would have had a few choice words for that lady and her dog too!

so how do you like those new tires? did you go bigger on the back too?
Nope. Standard size on the rear. I went larger on the front mostly to bring my speedometer back into line with reality. I got tired of trying to do mathematical gymnastics figuring out how fast I was *really* going.

I *love* the new tires. Much stickier than the OEM tires. They feel much more stable and I feel a whole lot more confident on them. So far, I'd recommend these tires to anyone who's in need of an upgrade. I'm still trying to figure out, though, why the shop charged me $70 to mount the tires and balance the wheels when I brought them the tires and the rims (I took wheels off the bike first). Seems a tad excessive to me. And that was the low price that I could find. Another shop closer to me wanted something like $46 per wheel...

I'd also recommend the clutch plate upgrade as well to anyone who's tired of the whole coffee grinder / bucking bronco deal when they first take off in the morning (particularly in colder weather, since I live where you can ride all winter long). The install on those things is a snap.

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K.J. "Fire Ant" Lord
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Decatur, TX
'03 VN750 "Serenity"

Rear Turn Signal Relocation
Front Brake Replacement
Spline lube, per Fergy's excellent instructions (that he has posted around here somewhere)
Kevlar Clutch Plates
Metzeler ME880 Tires
Stebel Nautilus Air Horn
ACCTs Rebuilt
Saddlemen Explorer Seat
MCCTs Installed
Kuryakyn Wide Levers Installed
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The Kawa stealership here wants $35/tire to MOUNT (doesn't include dismount) each loose rim you bring them. Doesn't include balancing or removing/installing rims.

I'm keepin' all the left over parts. I'm gonna use 'em to build another bike!
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