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Im fancying the idea of getting a v7 and doing a "Lemansish" theme with it . Just don't want to get into another 40-50hp bike and dropping $3k into the motor for 20hp. Went through that nightmare with a Thruxton. But still like them though. A bit. Only if I could fit a v11 moter in that frame....
Re-torqued the heads and set the valves last night. Right-side intake and left-side exhaust were tight. Almost no clearance. Reset to spec and reassembled. Easy-Peasy.
Did you check the clearance before you re-torqued the heads? Re-torquing them tightens everything up.
Sitting here wondering if the tight left-hand exhaust valve contributed to the discoloration on the header that is much more noticeable than it is on the right? Hmmm...
.... the left side handlebar seems to vibrate more than the right side, though it could just be the throttle tube absorbing or masking it. Left thumb is not too happy.
rocker59, your front brake mod's are of interest. You changed the disk, the lines (I assume), the callipers, and the pads. Is this a 'stopee' upgrade or just progressive feel? Somewhere back in the thread you said you felt stock brakes weren't bad. My experience 'varies' by at least three fingers.This would be the last upgrade to the machine for me... there really isn't terribly much more I haven't touched.I'm not going as far as replacing the front end for the sake of double disks but I like good stuff. Lead me down that road.For the sake of clarity: I think you have K forks and I know I have M's if it makes any difference.
The suspension is definitely log wagon territory, and the seat doesn't do many favors. I'd like to upgrade several things on the bike, but I think suspension has been moved to the top. So, later this fall/winter, I'll make the final decisions and fork out the $$$$.
Priorities, priorities!?!?! Right at 300 miles clocked on the V7 Special during my Saturday ride down to the Okie campout, and back home. More "touring" than "sport" on this ride, as probably only 15% of the miles were what I'd call "curvy".Made it all the way around my loop to Boles Arkansas before fueling at 190 miles. 3.9 gallons consumed, so 48 mpg. That tank was 91 octane non-ethanol. The tank before was 91 octane with ethanol. Guess what? The 91 E10 tank was 49 mpg. Best tank, so far, has been on 89 octane E10. That tank returned about 51 mpg. So, economy wise, the bike doesn't seem to care too much what you feed it.I noticed on this ride that the bike was feeling cramped by the end of the day. Short peg to seat distance. And, my loose-fitting Olympia 1pc suit really caught a lot of wind, adding to the fatigue.The suspension is definitely log wagon territory, and the seat doesn't do many favors. I'd like to upgrade several things on the bike, but I think suspension has been moved to the top. So, later this fall/winter, I'll make the final decisions and fork out the $$$$.My Saturday Ride: Google Map Link
Ugh. Yes. I've put 1,800 miles on my 2015 Stone and I keep waiting for the suspension to soften, but the lumpy streets of Philly are killing me. My seat is the OEM Low Gel Seat, which is not very comfortable but it's my only option since my feet barely touch the ground with the stock seat, so I think a suspension upgrade is in my future too. I'm interested to see what you decide on.This is a great thread. Thanks for all the info and pics.Kim
I suspect you're too light for that suspension.It worked on for me, but I think I'm probably double your size.
Yeah , but Rocker is about your size Dusty
Yeah, but he's just a pansy...
The map doesn't even begin to show how curvy the Talimina Drive is . Dusty
Just do it. Changing the shocks is easy and can be relatively cheap. Is there anyone here who's replaced them and not wished they did it earlier? I think it even makes the seat feel better!
<Kev raises his hand>So yeah, there's at least someone.
I suspect you're correct. I'm under 120 in all my gear. Fortunately, other than the sub-par suspension, I adore the bike, so making it perfect (for me) is all part of the relationship. I'll spend the winter gathering info/advice and tweaking the stock suspension as much as possible, then upgrade it next year.
I'm 240 lbs !!!
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