Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Skippack, PA, USA
The Battlax tires are what's on there, so it's pretty much suck it up and use 'em until they wear out. I'll re-visit alternatives as the tread starts to go. For now it's mostly a question of figuring out what these tires do in the wet and in other lower traction settings. I've never ridden with these tires, hence the questions.
Gotit about the fasteners and getting them back in the right places. I usually either lay fasteners out in some arrangement to tell me in which order they came out or, on occasion, I'll draw a crude outline of the assembly on a hunk of cardboard and stuff the fasteners into the right places in the drawings.
I'll look at the hoses for chafe and add some sort of padding or whatever makes sense if something looks hinky.
BTW, hints for lubing pop-off fasteners: a) never, ever, not even once use Vaseline (or other petroleum-based) grease on them. Instead go with a silicon-based grease. I get mine from, of all places, my scuba shop. Swimming pool supply stores carry another form of this grease although at least the tubes I have all have a bit of a funky odor to them. Still, none of the o-rings that I grease with this stuff have failed. A friend used Vaseline on some large rubber gaskets and... not pretty.
I'm still undecided on how I'll resolve the windscreen issue. Suffice it to say that I actually ended my first test ride, after about five miles, because of the wind issue. OTOH, it's the first time that my S1 (I have this Schuberth fetish, I guess...) actually was cool in temps over about 70F. But this sure isn't the winner for temps in the 30's or 40's. Not by a long shot!
The Connie had a Givi Mono-key box and I may just look for one for the K at some point. The K's PO left a trunk/bag in the right bag, and I'll try that for daily riding. SWMBO isn't big on riding so I have time to decide about a Givi (or similar) with a backrest worthy of the name. I take it the GT saddle is a bolt-on swap?
New question: do the turn signals ever cancel ('03 RS)? I put a Signalminder on the Concours and wouldn't be opposed to doing it on the RS.
Not all who wander are lost. Which still leaves room for more than a few lost wanderers...
Red Flash - '03 K1200RS, lightly farkled