-2 this morning, couple of inches of snow. For the first time since I got this bike back in May it's not going to get ridden this week Not really going to have a better time to take a dive inside. Just some findings. Stock y2k, have owned since 5500 miles, now coming up on 12.5k.
At 7000 accumulated miles and an average speed of 50mph city/high combined puts it right at about 140 hrs of run time. For every hour of driving there was probably a half hour given over to clutch concern, at the very least 70 hours or 4200 minutes of not focusing when riding. Yikes! That's kinda of a scray thought. From many past experiences it is not too difficult to get the impression if you just stared at the clutch the wrong way, you were a goner as the clutch would go off and explode on you. A little surprising considering how built up it is but also good to know since I only drive it like I stole it at the misdemeanor level
After spec'ing parts, well there's not much can do. Was preparing for an entire rebuild but since that'd be throwing good money after great miles that'll have to remain on the to do list.
In the meantime, you guys out to check you tube. Videos of these bikes continue to surface. The impression this bike is leaving probably won't be going away anytime soon. At least not here.
Itís been unusually cold this time of year. Had the bike opened up for almost two weeks before it got comfy enough to reassemble. Long enough time to reflect and it occurred to me I could never figure out the annoying rattle. I thought it was my imagination but itís still there. Dirty fairing bearings? Couldnít find em. Slopping chain tensioner, unh unh. Itís gotta be simpler like a screw loose in the mirrors? Thatís gotta be it but theyíre sealed. Tried the high speed approach on the county line road to bounce it out only to hear it resurface again and again. So as Iím assembling the clutch canít help but notice that shiny light reflecting off the mirror now just staring at me.
If you pull on the mirror hard enough youíre replacing it. Could they have used a thicker, stronger snap ring to hold the mirror on? Nothing a two point long reach fluted star tip ground flat canít handle.
No loose screws, but wheel weights all in tact cept for the one (that skipped the photo but shall remain nameless u rascal)
Ever wonder why the mirrors arenít where ya last set em? It is the weather stripping peeled off no longer keeping itís grip. One part glue, two parts sandwiched, just like factory. Finally got the buttons back on.
No parts leftover. Clutch maintenance + rattle b gone = 2-4-1;) Itís cold. Tea time!
The hyper drive tank is not what is used to be. It's amazing sometimes how talking through a movement can supply that little bit of extra oomph. How do you guys do it? Work, kids, everything else? Motor biking time is that little bit of peace.
I used to get so wound up especially this time of year when you need a vacation after the vacation. My brother in law only a few years younger going through this right now. I don't even know what to say. He'll be visiting in a week, sometimes all you can do is smile and hope it's contagious.
Moving right along. While there still is a lot of ready to access maintenance info, many of the older post no longer have pictures so I thought I'd add to the reservoir for future reference. Although I'm late to this party, I like to think of it as being early for the anniversary. Someone in the near future will be a new 12r owner looking for as much info they can dig up. This is just a visual aide. Maybe that someone will be one of our kids. Hey are you reading this?
Our riding season here is 7 months but I'll ride whenever the roads are dry. For now we're snowed in. I'm happy for you guys that can ride year long . Here, the snow forces me to stick with it . The following are recent maintenance. Suspensions, brakes, sparkplugs, air filters, etc... I'm not touching valves anytime soon, later.