Wednesday, May 20, 2009

SHAD luggage picture

I've finally got the replacement clutch pushrod in, so it's ready to bring out of the garage. And, as you can see, the SHAD side cases are now in place as well. There were a few tricky parts with the installation: It took a little finesse to get it in place with the stock exhaust can, and I had to add some extra washers to space out some of the bolts. And the connectors for the turn signals were the wrong style. Still, now that it's on, these fit the bike pretty well and look like they should hold up better than my soft bags. They also leave a lot more space around the foot pegs, making them somewhat more passenger friendly. The soft luggage I used to have would cover up the passenger pegs. Plus I can fit more than I could carry in both soft bags into one of the SHAD cases. These things are huge. I could probably fit two gallon milk jugs in one of them.

Monday, May 11, 2009

It's not the clutch cable after all....

It's the clutch pushrod that sidelined the GS500F. Wouldn't have thought that - if you've got a 2 mm cable and a 6 mm hardened steel rod operating the clutch, which would you expect to break?

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Installing the SHAD luggage

Been installing the racks for the SHAD luggage. For the most part, they fit pretty well. The bolts that attach them to the footpegs are a bit too long, though, and they hit the exhaust can so that took a bit of work. I've got one more thing to do because of a fitment problem - the connectors they have on the turn signals don't plug into the turn signal connectors on the bike. Been thinking about converting it to Weatherpack connectors since we've got a bunch of them at work... I never really did like bullet connectors.

Monday, May 4, 2009

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month

It's that time of year again. Spring weather is bringing more motorcyclists back onto the roads to enjoy the good riding conditions and, with that increase in motorcycles, the yearly spring increase in motorcycle involved crashes. The Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety has released a statement to launch the month's initiative. You can read the full text here (in you have MS Word.) While the document starts out with some of the state's riding statistics, it does take the time to remind riders to stay vigilant and visible, and to never ride impaired.

I don't have anything to add, I just wanted to bring it to people's attention.

Oh, and you can check out the GOHS website here.