Your Sport Touring Motorbike Fix

Mar 15, 2018CommentShare

Updated Dec 6, 2022 ...

Pegs, Pack, Protect

Listen in as we discuss the Harley-Davidson Street Rod, dry bag luggage and protective BMW mods. Music by Otis McDonald. Download our feed here.

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The Gist

Travis tackles a gasket change to address an oil leak at the transmission. His Honda NC700 is finally ready for riding now that the weather is warming up. New Handlebars, braided brake line and auxiliary fog lights are it's newest add-ons.

Tim got out on his Honda Africa Twin for the "Madison Mule", a group ride that's similar to the "Frozen Snot" run. It was the first time he's ridden dirt since his injury late last season. His latest kit covers non-industry DIY solutions, namely the Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Day Pack.

Robin is enjoying his new Beemer during this warm front, however brief. His learning of the owner's manual continues in concert. He's installed a few protective mods: crash bars, frame & swing arm sliders, bolt covers, tank pads, mud guards for the front & rear and a not-yet-arrived carbon fiber Fenda Extenda.

Announce, Acknowledge & Correct

You do NOT have to be an Illinois resident to take the free MSF training course. You simply have to be able to receive mail somewhere in Illinois. Whether that's a P.O. box or fixed address may or may not matter. Credit goes to fellow RiderCoach Don Birren for that information, who would credit somebody else who's name we've forgotten.

Model Focus

The Harley-Davidson Street Rod ...

"We're going to make THIS one SPORTY!" (sorta-ish) - design team
"Okay ... but OUR department decided to put the pegs HERE." - engineering team
"The exhaust is in the way. This bike is uncomfortable. Let's mass produce it!" - marketing team

Kit We're "Blatantly Pushing You To Buy"

New Kit

Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Waterproof Day Pack, 22-Liter, Pacific Blue

22-liter capacity day pack weighs less than four ounces and packs down to the size of a water bottle. Ultra-Sil 30D siliconized Cordura Nylon fabric is waterproof, lightweight and provides an exceptional strength-to-weight ratio. Reinforced seams are double-stitched and sealed; unique non-wicking double roll-top closure with quick-release buckle. Elasticized reflective compression lacing system secures gear and is ideal for bike commuting. Includes attached stuff sack and handy aluminum carabiner; weight 3.9-ounces

New Kit

Sea to Summit Nylon Compression Sack, Space-Saving Outdoor and Travel Storage, X-Small / 6 Liter

Durable 6-liter compression stuff sack squishes down bulky items to one-third the original volume to maximize packing space in a backpack, suitcase, or duffle. Manufactured from tough, water-resistant 70D PU-coated nylon, with a white interior coating that sheds moisture, and makes it easy to find what’s inside. Flip-top lid with tear-proof drawcord opening for quick and easy access; four extra-long straps allow for max capacity and even compression. Round base has a webbing pull handle for easy carry; stress points are bartacked and edges overlocked for durability. 6-liter stuff sack holds a clothing layer, beanie, and gloves; open dimensions: 5.5 x 14 inches, weight: 3.9 ounces; compressed volume: 2 liters - 6 liters

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