2015: What did you do to/with your NC700 today?

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Brillot2000

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Gave NaNCY a bath after being caught out in the rain on Saturday's Ride to Wrightwood, CA. Also cleaned and lubed the chain too.

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Rained in the lower elevations on the way home. We got to ride through the clouds in the higher altitudes, visibility was 15 feet at times. There were patches of snow on the hillsides and cold temperatures too. It was an "Adventure" to say the least.
 

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I worked on some of the 14 parts damaged in a low side last Sunday. So far I've ordered a new mirror, Honda side cowl covers (to hide damage), front and rear brake levers, slider and Madstad side deflector (which snapped cleanly in half). I was able to clean up the foot peg (ground down right at the base), bar end, and various nicks and scratches. My slider mounting plate was slightly bent, so I ordered a replacement plate. My exhaust suffered very little damage.
 

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Pulled the rear wheel today, sheet metal screw clean thru the center left at 8000 miles. Bout 40% tread left :mad: Battle Wing 150/70 ordered online, $123. Would be about $240 installed in town. I'll blow the savings on a tire changer. Been off from riding since years end, unscrewed elbow and shoulder out, still need a few weeks of rehab. Too many backed projects, not enough time. Same old story.
 
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Rode out to the beach on a beautiful day! Played in the sand for a bit.



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I removed the old reflective tape from my panniers, took what was left of my white reflective tape and cut some 55x15mm (2,2x0,6 inches) strips, which are now on the sides of the panniers. Once my order arrives i'll add a little red tape to the back of the panniers and add some on the bike where the US-models have the side reflectors. It actualy does not look too bad or out of place at daytime, and makes me feel much safer at night and in poor weather conditions. And that's what counts.
 

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I removed the old reflective tape from my panniers, took what was left of my white reflective tape and cut some 55x15mm (2,2x0,6 inches) strips, which are now on the sides of the panniers. Once my order arrives i'll add a little red tape to the back of the panniers and add some on the bike where the US-models have the side reflectors. It actualy does not look too bad or out of place at daytime, and makes me feel much safer at night and in poor weather conditions. And that's what counts.


We'll need photographic evidence.
 

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So took a little ride today, only about 30 miles round trip. Had to pick up some paperwork at my parents' house and then run a couple errands before heading home to pack up the bike for tomorrow's trip. This house is at the north eastern edge of Jefferson Country (Louisville, KY) off Wolf Pen Branch road. It is abandoned, but the land and house is up for sale.

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Rode over to Antarius's place to see an in spec valve check. :)

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It was nice meeting you, thank you for coming over. I feel bad we didn't do your valves, but I know you weren't at the mileage yet -- I still felt bad that we didn't do something to your bike while we were there. As I said, if you decide to tackle the front end and want help, I'll be glad to help anytime.

So... what did I do today?

Well obviously Grey1One came over. I did a 16000 mile valve adjustment, oil change, inspected the brakes (still well within spec), inspected all the other bs stuff that needs to be done per the mileage, and changed the air filter.

We initially bailed on the air filter because of all the plastic removal required, but I tackled it later in the day and found it to be very easy. Only needed to take off the "intakes," (which are fake, the intake is on top of the air box facing forward), and the other cover near the frunk. Easy. My stock air filter was definitely dirty, though more than serviceable. I ride mostly freeway so that's not surprising. If you ride a lot of dirt, I would definitely consider a reusable air filter as I'd imagine you would need to clean it more often than the recommended 12,000 miles.

Note: I've adjusted my valves at 4000 miles, 8000 miles and now 16000 miles. The 4000 mile interval needed a pretty significant adjustment, some were out of spec. The 8000 mile adjustment only needed one intake valve adjusted to be in spec. This 16000 (actually almost 17000) mile adjustment required no adjustment what so ever. I think the valves seat as the miles pile up and they stop moving, or significantly slow. I won't touch the valves again until 32,000 miles now.
 

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I may get back to you on the front end, the guy who does that was busy today, he's supposed to call me next week to talk about it.
Thanks again for the offer.
 

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Received my Madstad last night and installed....currently charging my Scalarider and then it's off to test and adjust, repeat....also cleaned her up and serviced the chain....

What can I say about the Madstad? Not nearly enough! I have been on two-wheeled motorized contraptions since I was 6 yrs old, (46 now), and this is already the single best addition I have ever made to a bike. Bar none. hands down. I reserved judgement until I had some crosswinds and gusts, and found them today.... the Madstad is rock solid and the air behind is amazingly calm.

Now, how to NOT get a speeding ticket because I have no idea how fast I'm going w/o the wind beating me like a slingshot.....

Happy camper.
 

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Finished up a full week of commuting on Skookum! Getting to work is MUCH more fun. A few thoughts and miscellaneous tidbits arising from my first 450 miles....

How many out there have tried to drive away from a parking spot with the parking brake on? Yup, I did.

I love the uncooped feeling of the bike ride. The smells (backyard bbq's, fresh-cut grass near the parks, lilac bushes in front yards of the neighborhoods that I ride through, the evergreen trees along the backroads) are amazing. The way the air temp drops as you descend into a river/creek bottom or deep shadows in the woods. And the way it warms on the exposed hillsides facing the sun.

I find it fascinating (and disgusting) the way a yellow jacket smacks your faceshield like a .22 shot and then spreads its innards over most of your field-of-view in the 50mph breeze. It is really difficult to look super-cool sitting at a red light with bug goo running down your shield!

I LOVE traffic circles (roundabouts) !!

While I do it every time, I must say that getting into my riding gear takes me waaaayyyy toooooo long.

Back to the bugs... I am glad I installed StormGuards to protect my hands from bugs and rocks. And I had no idea that I would have to clean bugs from my faceshield every day upon arriving home. And.... How many out there have had bugs that managed to ride the airstream up your chest and end up inside your fullface helmet? That gets interesting?!?!

My commute is approximately 30 miles each way and none of it is freeway. It's 2-lane and 4-lane stuff with quite a few signals and stop signs. Speed limits range from 25-50mph. With careful timing and route planning, I made it to work the other day with only 4 full stops that required putting a foot down. I thought that was pretty cool.

So far, Skookum (my NC) and the riding experience have been better than I could have imagined.

Having a great time in Washington.
>Thom
 

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I put new brake pads on the front. I went with the organic/softer ones. They won't last as
long as the OEM's, but they won't cause premature wear on that very expensive rotor. The originals
lasted 37,000 miles. The rear ones still have plenty of life left on 'em.
 

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Finally installed a Pyramid Fenda Extenda and a pair of Triumph shock boots on my NC today! This forum and a service manual gave me the confidence to tackle the job. Thanks everyone!

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When I bought the NC used, it had lowered pegs. I swapped them back out for stock today because my foot was resting below the clutch and rear brake, and in turns was scrapping the ground.

Took a quick test drive after the swap and it felt like a better riding position.
 
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