I just want it to be known that I did a couple of mods over the week. On Monday night, I installed my Renthal Ultra Low (Gray), along with some CycleGear Special
Motrax Mini Bar-end Mirrors. The position isn't too aggressive...I guess I'll need to save up for a new rearset to get the sport-bike feel.
As for the mirrors, they took a ride or two to get used to. Other than that, they get a thumbs-up. As I said before, if they ever fall off, I'll just grab a pair of CRGs.
Later in the week, I had my friend (an ex-919 owner) help me with my chain/sprocket install. The previous owner of my bike gorilla-torqued the sprocket nuts...ugh. Anyway, I went with Drive Systems/AFAM (??) 15/45t steel setup with a D.I.D. 530VM chain from Sprocket Center. I also bought a D.I.D. KM500 knock-off chain tool (with extra rivet pin) from MikesXS.com for less than 20 bucks shipped.
The chain came cut to 116 links, but we cut it down to 112. The KM500 knock-off was pretty good. The rivet pin isn't tapered, so it smashed the rivets, instead mushrooming them. They aren't the prettiest, but I think they'll hold up. I'll keep an eye on them. I'm probably going to order a couple more replacement pins and maybe taper them myself...or maybe I'll just buy a D.I.D. branded replacement.
Once we got the sprockets/chain installed, I rode it home. HOLY CRAPOLA! It was like a whole different bike. I guess the previous chain was over-stretched. On the old chain, I thought I just sucked at shifting. On the new chain, gear-shifts were butter-smooth. No more clunky chain noise. No stalling from a stop. It's fantastic!
Next up, G&J stainless steel brake lines! Anyone have recommendations on brake fluid? ...was gonna pick up some Galfer DOT4 for 5 bucks.
...other things on my mind:
- SpeedoHealer (Because people point at me and laugh when I'm at the beach)
- New rearset (Sato? Rizoma? WR? Coerce? What else?)
- PowerCommander III
- MIVV X-Cone Exhaust? 9nineteen? Bueller?
I love my bike