Well, technically Max is a 2009 model and is 5 years old, but he lived the first two years at a large motorcycle orphanage in Beaverton, Oregon waiting for someone to take him to his forever home.
On Saturday March 5, 2011, we picked the bike up from the shop after having to wait a few weeks for the rectifier recall to be fixed before they'd let us ride him off the lot.
It was a cold and rainy day and Troubadour gracious rode him home for me.
|(Big Smile - first ride on the bike)|
Over the last three years we have gone many places together and seen different people, places, and things. Click the following highlighted words for blog posts on the trips iffin you are interested. We've taken three day trips to the Wolf Creek Inn and saw forestry roads and peacocks; moto-camped by Crater Lake; did some group riding; attended the IMBC 2012 in Eastern Oregon; searched for covered bridges on Thanksgiving - twice; and ridden many miles of local roads on day trips.
We've also done a few modifications and farkling including installing frame slider/crash bobbins, grip heaters, V Strom hand guards, an IXIL slip on muffler, blue rim tape on the wheels, replaced stock rear shock with GSXR shock, and a GIVI top case.
|(Max - Summer 2013 - with Givi top case, the last farkle added)|
After owning the bike for 3 years I can honestly say it isn't without its quirks. It has a really notchy throttle at low speeds with a very abrupt on/off of the throttle. The pegs are a little high for my long legs and the seat is tilted forward slightly and isn't very padded. All manageable for the most part.
Is it a perfect bike? Not by any means. But it is the perfect bike for me right now.
There are still a few items on the to-do list such a steel braided brake lines and perhaps bar risers. One thing I do want to do is purely non-functional frosting. It serves no purpose but to look good. Sort of a temporary tattoo for motorcycles. I'll save the details for my next post, but will leave you with a hint: checkerboard ...........
- Au Revoir
" A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun. Enjoy the trip." - Author Unknown