Just some rambling as the odo turns over 7500 miles...
Finally get to switch out the oem tires on the bike. The rear was quite squared off. I do a lot of interstate high speed commuting. So, good bye Bridgestone BattleAx B16's (I think they were B16's....they came from the factory). I replaced them with Michelin Pilot Road CT-2's. My first impression is that the bike doesn't turn in as quickly. No surprise I suppose, as the new tires have a broader profile visible to the naked eye, front and rear. Interesting how much "memory" your hands, arms, body have about what your bike "does" in a given situation. I've only ridden the bike home from the stealer with the new tires at this point.....this, I'm sure is a "I'll get used to the new feel and forget what the old was like" very quickly. Also means I'll "ride' the bike just a little more with my body to reproduce the quick-into-a-corner feeling. Note to self: check and see where the installers left the air pressure.... I've never had virtually any tires installed, and have them check out properly for air pressure the next day, after cooling over night.
Just did one of my twice a year oil changes last week. Got a bug up my rear and decided I was punting off expensive oil changes and switched from Amsoil to Rotella 15-40. The allure was just too hard to resist while standing in Wally World and contemplating the cost of a 4 qt container. Have ridden a bit since the change, the only performance difference I've noticed is that gear changes are just slightly notchier. Definitely in the acceptable range. Probaby wouldn't have noticed it if I hadn't just changed it out. Unless the gear changes deteriorate further, I'll put the Rotella in again this spring. I will be watching to see how cold morning starts and performance go....I do ride, often into the upper 20's in the morning...hoping the 15W-40 doesn't thicken up too much.
Speaking of cold mornings, (the relative value of the stuff we buy, and how much we'll pay), I installed some Barkbuster Storm 1's on the bike to see if they help on those cold mornings. I've got some Gerber heated gloves, which are deluxe, but threading their power cord thru the Tourmaster is a drag. Maybe I'll be able to get away with Storm 1's and my touring gauntlets.
Speaking of the Tourmaster (sorry can't remember the model name: it's a long "touring style" jacket with liner), that I intend to use for cold weather. It's now in the shop. I bought and wore it for a little while at the end of the cold season last year. After 10-12 uses, the main zipper failed. Purchased too long ago for a refund. So, stopped at my friendly local tailor, and am having a metal zipper installed to replace the stock plastic one. The jacket's damn useless if you can't zip it up. If only the gear was dependable as the bike!
And, glad to know I still have some reflexes intact, as I found myself flying down the shoulder of my old buddy I-40 last night, after grope decided to occupy my space in the right lane without a turn of his head or check of his mirrors. Figures this would happen at late dusk when my headlight modulator was not working due to low light. If I had hit the brakes to make space for him, I would have been a grill ornament for a semi that was closing from behind at high speed. Without thinking I opted for the shoulder. Naturally grope and I were at the same speed (80 per).....I looked over and was receiving the Homer Simpson "doh" look..... then, did he slow down just a little so I could move back onto the road? Not until my angrily waving left arm seemed to snap him out of his...reverie. The niner's responses were controlled, predictable, and spot-on. Good to know the machine's there for ya'.
Anyway, hadn't posted up in a while....just some thoughts on the bike-life