Sunday, July 30, 2017

E-Bay delivers again

Yep, another package arrived on Friday...

I'd kinda had my eye on those cheap aftermarket levers for a while and finally pulled the plug on a set for the Tenere thinking that at least I'd have a spare set to carry for some insurance while adv riding.

Working out which one is which
A fairly uninteresting farkle I 'spose but they are adjustable (as are the standard ones) and also will flip up (hopefully) if somehow given a bit of a knock.

Flipped up!
Gold adjuster!
It was hardly the most difficult installation I've done but still I was glad for the help and encouragement I got.

Can't you go any faster?
Anyway, they're on now and after a bit of playing I've got them in what seems a reasonably comfortable position.

They are slightly shorter than the originals (but as short as proper "shorties") and I've adjusted them to about position 4 of 6 - they seem to naturally be a little closer to the bars than the originals, perhaps they are a slightly different shape?

Then it was time for a test ride...

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

New from Michelin...

...PR4GT chew toys...

Talk about a demanding test...hopefully it lasts longer than 5 minutes...

Monday, July 24, 2017

Damn you E-Bay!

Yes, we interrupt the current lull in blogging to bring news of the arrival of farkles...well, the first of possibly more than one...

On Saturday the nice courier man brought me a package with yet another farkle for the Tenere.  This time it was a small spoiler for the windshield.

I liked the setup on the V-strom - it made for a nice, reasonably quiet ride along with some reasonable weather protection.

With the standard screen on the Tenere not being quite as protective and some turbulence causing vibration of the peak on my helmet I thought it was worth a crack - being of cheap Chinese manufacture also means I haven't wasted the dogs inheritance either.

As you can see, it simply clamps on the top and there is some vertical adjustment as well as the angle.  Initially I slapped it on, set it up about half way up in it's vertical adjustment and with a similar angle to the stock shield.

Then of course, it was time to test her out.  The weather on Sunday was actually quite mild - there was very little wind and it was around 14 degrees according to the bike.  I found that riding at open road speeds I could easily handle riding with my visor fully raised - nice!  The ride was also reasonably quiet but with very little wind it was hard to say whether it had positively (or negatively) affected the turbulence over the peak of my helmet.

I stopped briefly and adjusted the spoiler some more - a 10 second job.  This time I lowered it to its lowest position but angled it so it was more vertical (similar to how the spoiler was on the Vee) and took off to try it again.

Once again I was able to ride with the visor up but didn't really notice any difference - I possibly need to wait until we get some bad weather again (shouldn't take long).  Anyway, so far it's not been a complete waste of $45.

But that wasn't all...

Today another package arrived...

I've had a Suzuki filter tool for a while but unfortunately it doesn't fit the Connie.  So after 142,000kms worth of oil changes with a dodgy Super Cheap filter tool I finally found one that fits the Connie...and it even fits the Tenere!  Score!  (BTW: the Suzuki one also fits my Mitsi so I'm totally sorted now).

And so it appears that there is never an end to farkling...