A Short Ride-About

The weather has improved rather dramatically, and the motorcycles are out and about. I was one of them.

2015 V-Strom DL650 at Morrow, OH.

It’s hard to ignore 50+ degree weather and a little time to ride. So, I quickly planned a route, and fired up the V-Strom. Two hours later, I had a big smile on my face. I have so missed motorcycling over the past few months.

See you on the highway.

Brent

There’s a new motorcycle in the garage

I wanted to get back to one motorcycle. And, I’ve done it. Say hello to the new 2015 Suzuki V-Strom DL650 ABS.

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Purchased at Clinton County Motorsports, Wilmington, OH.

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I do not give motorcycles names, but this one is my “50 Years of Motorcycling” motorcycle. That’s right, I started riding when I was 15 and that was 50 years ago.

See you on the highway.

Brent

Slingshots at a dealer near you

I went to my favorite motorcycle dealership, Clinton County Motorsports, to wish friends a “Merry Christmas.” And, I was hoping to see the new Polaris Slingshot. And there it was, right inside the door surrounded by display material enough to fill a Christmas stocking and then some.

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Immediately, the vehicle strikes you as awesome sexy, like something Batman would be driving. It’s nearly 79 inches wide—wider than my Highlander. Wider than a Corvette, according to Jason, one of the sales people.

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There’s a trick to getting into it. The steep sides and cavernous foot wells, make for an interesting entry and exit, which would definitely be easier for someone who is regularly practicing Yoga. It will take longer for “old guys.” The key is to slide the seat all the way back and step in with both feet before sitting down and sliding the seat forward to reach the controls. A reverse procedure will get you out.

According to Brad Copsey, CCM sales manager, they have sold or taken deposits on seven units. Four are on the road and three are with deposits including this one on the floor. It’s starting off as a hot seller.

Also on the floor, a 2015 Suzuki V-Strom 650. Now, that’s more my style.

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My wife asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I haven’t said anything yet! Smile

See you on the highway.

Brent

Breaking in a new motorcycle

Look online for how to break in a new motorcycle, and you will find more opinion on “the correct way” than you asked for. Of course, there is always the manufacturer’s instructions, which can be found in the owner’s manual. My best guess is that the engineers who designed it know the best method for proper break in.

So that’s the method I am following for my new Kawasaki KLR 650: keep it under 4,000 RPM for the first 500 miles, and then under 6,000 RPM up to 1,000 miles.

It requires some miles, and of course roads. Yesterday, I cruised out to the dealer, Clinton County Motorsports, just to say “hi.” And then, I managed to find a little gravel to test its stability. I was very pleased.

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The more I ride this KLR 650, the more I like it. It’s going to be a great exploration vehicle.

See you on the highway.

Brent