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post #1 of 30 Old 10-10-2007, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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Smile New to the club...

Hey ya'll, I am purchasing my first 9er. I am (in my opinion) upgrading my 2004 Honda Shadow Aero for a 2002 919. I go to pick it up in Denver (11 hours from home) on Friday and will be riding it back, taking turns with a friend in a car following, on the way home. I just wanted to say HI!

As I've been poring over all the information that you all have contributed to, I know that I have a lot of catching up to do. If I could ask for a piece of advice.

Seeing as this will be my first LONG ride on any bike, is there anything I should expect, besides the obvious butt cramp and sweaty thighs?

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post #2 of 30 Old 10-10-2007, 02:28 PM
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Congrats on the new ride and welcome.

Check the bike over good before taking off, especially tire tread, tire pressure, chain slack and chain lube.

Other than that, ride it. Are you going to do 11 hours straight? Does it have a stock seat? If so, butt cramp for sure. I don't know what the weather will be like, but make sure you're geared up for it. You'll have wind the whole way if it doesn't have a fairing.

Make sure all lights and signals work also.

Check out this post thread. It's more for long hauls, but some things apply:
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Hey thanks for the tips on checking it out. I am riding the whole 11 hrs on Saturday and the weather looks like it will be nice so I am looking forward to that. I am hoping that since I will be trading off and on every couple hours or so I won't get too bruised on the back side.

Well, actually my counterpart just copped out on me so I guess I'll just be following my wife home the entire 11 hrs, and yes it is a stock seat.

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Forgot to include this: what would be a normal chain slack, I have read many times that lots of people think the chain should be 2 links shorter, is that a decent amount of slack or barely noticable?

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Forgot to include this: what would be a normal chain slack, I have read many times that lots of people think the chain should be 2 links shorter, is that a decent amount of slack or barely noticable?
pm mister mike about this,i'm sure he'll steer you straight,welcome to the nut house and have a good ride,stay safe.

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WOW... this has been like a episode of Desperate housewives. I have never felt so welcomed to a forum this much before and might I say, it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I knew that I was getting a good bike, but add in the addition of an awesome forum and I have the perfect package! Thanks Ya'll.

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WOW... this has been like a episode of Desperate housewives. I have never felt so welcomed to a forum this much before and might I say, it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I knew that I was getting a good bike, but add in the addition of an awesome forum and I have the perfect package! Thanks Ya'll.
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I was looking at some in the Southern California area and didn't want to do the 5 or 6 hour ride to Phx with the stock seat. Good luck with that.

Can't you tow it back? Rent a truck or something.

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Welcome to the hive! Nice choice on model year too.

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Forgot to include this: what would be a normal chain slack, I have read many times that lots of people think the chain should be 2 links shorter, is that a decent amount of slack or barely noticable?
1.2 to 1.4 inches is the normal chain slack. At this time, don't be concerned about the total number of links.

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hey dude ,welcome

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welcome, Osiris.

Buy a good seat and switch 'em out before you head home. 11 hrs/45 min stints in the saddle = approx. 15, or say 14 stops to revive your cheeks. 14 stops @ approx. 15 min each = 3hr 30 min. add that to the 11 hour trip and it's 14hr 30 min. You might plan on spending the night somewhere and breaking it up over two days. when i first got my 919, i thought it would be great to ride from Durham, NC to Knoxville, TN and back. nearly died and I don't think all the sensation has returned to my arse, yet! has anyone mentioned the stock seat is harder than rock? a vibrating rock?

sorry for the rant...enjoy the ride and the bike is great! (just needs a better seat, that's all).

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welcome, good luck picking up your 9er. You should hang out for a day and I would take you on a tour on Sat(working Fri). Pm me iif you want my # in case you need any assistance while in the area. I am just north of Denver a bit.

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WOW... this has been like a episode of Desperate housewives. I have never felt so welcomed to a forum this much before and might I say, it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I knew that I was getting a good bike, but add in the addition of an awesome forum and I have the perfect package! Thanks Ya'll.
Warm and fuzzy eh? Wait 'till you get some miles under your butt and you'll be fuzzy alright!
Yeah, it really is a great group here. I don't spend much time on other forums, but I've really grown accustom to reading up on what's what on this site.
Something you may consider; try wearing bike shorts under your riding gear for long rides. There's even an "underwear" type that with a chamois liner can really take the edge off of the old "monkey butt" syndrome.

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good to have you here. Enjoy your sentence...errrr time here.

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Wlecome O and hope you get to avoid that big storm that rolled into Denver! Have a safe ride home and enjoy the new addition to your stable!


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Warm and fuzzy eh? Wait 'till you get some miles under your butt and you'll be fuzzy alright!
Yeah, it really is a great group here. I don't spend much time on other forums, but I've really grown accustom to reading up on what's what on this site.
Something you may consider; try wearing bike shorts under your riding gear for long rides. There's even an "underwear" type that with a chamois liner can really take the edge off of the old "monkey butt" syndrome.
This is probably your best bet. That and taking two days to do the trip. For me, the problem with the stock seat is that the foam is so soft that 20 minutes into the ride, you're riding on the pan. Hurts like hell. Padded bicycle shorts would surely help.

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This is probably your best bet. That and taking two days to do the trip. For me, the problem with the stock seat is that the foam is so soft that 20 minutes into the ride, you're riding on the pan. Hurts like hell. Padded bicycle shorts would surely help.

Welcome and good luck!
Well, it looks as though become of the rain that is suppose to hit Denver this weekend, I will be just pulling it home with my Tahoe. I was trying to avoid this as I am a college student and gas in that thing is EXPENSIVE!!!!

Has anybody used one of those motorcycle hitch carriers where the bike is just sitting on your hitch? They look pretty cool and I have been looking to get one. I found on for $225 with free shipping. Any thoughts??

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Make sure it's rated for the full weight of the bike! I've followed trucks with those hitch carriers, and they do sway alarmingly...
But YMMV.
If you do decide to ride, I recommend 2 days, good raingear over your leathers, and XXL dish gloves over your riding gloves.
Enjoy your new bike, however you decide to get it home!

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Does U-Haul have some type of trailer you can rent that would work? Do you have any friends that have one you can borrow?

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Does U-Haul have some type of trailer you can rent that would work? Do you have any friends that have one you can borrow?
Yeah, I have a couple different friends that have trailors that I can use. uHaul wants about $135 not including tax or the "safe travel fee" for the one way trip back and that is half the cost of a hitch mount that I saw. I think that I will just end up borrowing one. It is just a regular looking 9er as of yet, but give my some time to personalize it a little and I will post some before and after pics.

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Well, after driving for 24 hours in one weekend, here she is and boy is she fun! I am even having to compete with my wife for driving time since she likes it so much, and she didn't want me to get it for the longest time!

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Well, after driving for 24 hours in one weekend, here she is and boy is she fun! I am even having to compete with my wife for driving time since she likes it so much, and she didn't want me to get it for the longest time!

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