We are getting ready for our trip to TN, GA and NC so we thought that we should put some fresh rubber on the bikes. Jackie, Rob and I all put new tires on the bikes. Herman came over to lend a hand as did my brother Vern. We got them done pretty quick. We then made burgers and ate some of Alta’s world famous cake! It was a fantastic day. We also tried out the new Nomar spoons and wheel balancer. What a difference nice tools make when completing a task.
We have been searching for new boots for Jamie over the past 6 months or so. We finally found a pair. She has a new pair of SIDI Escape boots. They seem to be nice. We will be able to pass along more info after she gets some miles on them.
While we were out looking around for her boots we stopped by Al lambs Honda. They had some Fieldsheer Boots on sale for $39.99! Yes you saw that right. Water proof riding boots and they are very nice. I bought a pair, hell for that price you can’t go wrong.
Jamie and I have decided to get some new helmets. New Enough was running a great deal on some HJC helmets so we got two matching ones to go with the Trophy. Our other helmets are getting beat up some. They did do well during the accident but it is time to get new ones. We have a couple of arai’s but they are not as comfortable as the HJC and the HJC’s have a great liner for inserting speakers into them. We use a chatter box that hooks up to our XM radio and our intercom so that is a must. Here is a picture of the new lids.
Yesterday we got a group together and wired up My Trophy and Rob’s GT with the new GPS Systems. Rob got the new Zuma 550 from Garmin. Rob passed on his 2610 to me. Now as many of you know I am not the most mechanical of guys, but we had some wonderful help. Dave, Jackie, Rob and I got together at 2PM in Rob’s garage. Things went pretty smoothly and we were all done by 5PM. No one had any real issues.
Rob and Jackie working on the GT
I got my new soft luggage in, so I decided it was time to get some stuff done to the V-Strom. Jamie and I are headed out for our annual Hill Country Thanksgiving ride next Friday. We would leave on Thanksgiving, but she got 4 tickets to the Cowboys game, and since I hate them, but my borther loves them we will go. NFL football live is a good thing, plus I am hoping the Cowboys lose. Last year we watched my beloved Broncos win in Dallas on Thanksgiving. We did out first ride to the Hill Country last year over the Thanksgiving holiday and decided to do it again this year.
Since this will be our first two up trip on the Strom and our first since the accident, I decided I wanted to make sure we did not have any issues. I wanted to add a socket to run the air pump from the bike, but more importantly, to run the XM car adapator on our trip. I also wanted to get her Heated vest set up and working as well, as it could be chilly in the mornings for her.
I went over to my friends Dave house so he could help me (really do it) install these little things. I also wanted to get his advice on how to mount the bags on the bike. He did a great job and I was a wonderful coach.
Here is the set up under the seat of the wee strom.
I ordered the Neslon Riggs SB-900 bags after reading the V-strom board and seeing that they seemed to work pretty well on the bike. We need to be able to carry enough gear for 3-5 day trips, but the hard Givi bags just do not allow my beautiful passenger to have enough foot room on the Pillion pegs. I love the way the softbags look and they came with rain covers. The hardware for the Givi bags works well with the Nelson Riggs. I am very happy with them. We will write more after our trip.
My brother just got his Givi bags installed on his Wee-Strom. I think they look pretty cool. This is going to be a great bike, when he upgrades to an ST 1300 and sells me this one. hehehe
Now we will see if it can carry enough stuff as he is headed to Arkansas with the rest of us this Friday. Stay tuned to find out.
My brother is a maniac, he has ordered new Givi bags and has also just put on some new hand guards. He will take his first long trip when we head for Mena Ar later in June.
My brother got his new Givi Top case the other day. He has gone nuts with the add ons, he also ordered Givi panniers for his Strom today. I will have pictures of those as well.
He has caught the bug. He ordered this wind screen and has also ordered a GIVI top case as well. He is hooked. Here are some pictures of the new windscreen.