Random observations after an afternoon ride..
This week I pulled the old pipes off the beast and put some rather large HD mufflers on. Found the previous owner had gutted the mufflers and so they were straight pipes. Like the reduced noise level, reduced backfiring.
I find I lean on the throttle more now that its quieter. So...bigger mufflers make it faster???
Suspension ain't great. Yeah, I get some vibration from the engine but I feel every bump in the road. Next task I guess.
New LED turn signals are out. No turn signals at all now. Shocks will have to wait.
Mesh pants with pads are good but will have to find a jacket for the summer. OK now but when it gets hot?
Right heel likes to rest on the exhaust pipe. Yep, need new shoes.
Engine stayed in the middle of temp range for entire run. No hot start problems like I've read about. All in all, very happy with the performance.
How do you scratch your nose with a full face shield? I was thinking about open face and sunglasses but I got hit in the face three times. Pretty sure one was a rock and not a bug. All were very loud and hard. Might do open face around town but over 45mph no way. Do need either a tinted face shield or a way to get sunglasses on inside the helmet.
Face shield does keep the bugs from getting in my teeth when I grin as I go down the road! Bikers are a happy, welcoming lot along Rt. 64 here in Arkansas!