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A couple of sporadic, border-line warm, sunny days here have limited me to just 2 rides. Reverts right back to cold under my threshold. But won't be long now for us all.

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A couple of sporadic, border-line warm, sunny days here have limited me to just 2 rides. Reverts right back to cold under my threshold. But won't be long now for us all.

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The countdown is T=0, but up here spring is a failure to launch so far.
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In my younger days, I endured the cold....but no longer, no way. In any event, clearing my plate of projects for riding soon.

An attempt at refurbing this old 250 ninj petcock (look at the white corrosion). I've got rebuild component options on hand. Lets see how we make out. These things are $97 new from Kaw, add freight!

And a 500 petcock after that 'un. The 500 is $91 new from Kaw. Yeeeouch.
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Yesterday and the day before, it rained like hell both days for most of the day. Today dawned chilly but dry.....I wanted to pedal but I had an appointment so that didn't make much sense. I took the 996 out instead. It was a tad chilly, like I said at 40 degrees but I knew it was gonna be warm this afternoon.



Coming home from acupuncture it was perfect out. Not hot, not cold....just right as Goldilocks would have put it. I wish I could say I headed out to the lake and just went riding but after the monsoonal rains we get, debris and wash are all over the roads up there. I don't usually head out there until we've had few dry weeks in succession. That way all the water leeching out of the hills and running across the roads has had a chance to dry.



So far, we're forecast for a dry weekend and start to next week...but more rain after that. As my boss put it today, "I'm so over the rain!"...........sean


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When conditions don't agree, if I find I'm not enjoying but too distracted avoiding calamity or shivering.......I cut it short and get home. At my advancing age I realize some limitations...reaction time a bit slower, very poor night vision, never ride when dark, wet or cold out. I'm hoping my endurance will enable traditional longer rides to Eastern Long Island, we'll see when weather finally breaks here.

Hey, Sean, member @dmende0919 (David with the 750 Kaw) was in contact, I'll soon get him on the SS800 as promised. Should prove interesting. I'm curious as to his first ride impressions of the Ducati (I think safe to say you are too). Gotta see, maybe substitute the 900 instead.

Fun times ahead this season!
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Gathering parts and scoring deals; knockoff cartridge emulators marketed for Harley-Davidson for under $50 shipped (a respected source says they're identical to the Race Tech units), Race Tech 1.0 kg/mm straight rate springs for a shade over $100 shipped, fork seals, wipers and hardware, everything needed for a complete fork revamp.
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I just bought a used Murph's fork brace for $60 shipped! That's less than half price of a new one. It's really hard to find a used one, but I happened to check ebay just after it was listed. I'm psyched now, because all these parts will make a big improvement for the money on the old C10.
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I got most of the wiring in for the phone charger, I'll drill a hole and mount the charger in the am. New chain is on the way, along with a chain alignment tool. G9nna be a fun weekend.

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^ the fun never stops. I dunno, my phone goes in my pocket, though i do listen to FM radio on my Cardo com system.

Safe to say riding season has popped here in the NE....a bit early too!

A ton of bikes out today.

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Safe to say riding season has popped here in the NE....a bit early too!
And yet tomorrow it will be dropping down to freezing, here below the 35th parallel!

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Got it in, good thing it's water resistant. Next weekend I'm starting touch up paint and prepping for installing underbody led lighting.
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Got it in, good thing it's water resistant. Next weekend I'm starting touch up paint and prepping for installing underbody led lighting.
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5 months after receiving, my leather seat cover finally installed on my SS800.

3 or 4 bulges clearly visible, I'll be the first to admit I'm not a pro upholsterer. In my defense, the leather is less forgiving than vinyl. There may be a production error...note the opposing side appears tight. This cover was, frankly NOT an easy fit, very tight in the front, I actually had to tweak (profile) parts of the base and padding to make it fit. I'll submit the manufacturer was off his game on this one.

Not the end of the world...I'll tweak the bulges going forward, other stuff taking priority, at least I can ride as is.

And my winter projects now complete! And the 800 lives, got it running today.
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5 months after receiving, my leather seat cover finally installed on my SS800.



I'll submit the manufacturer was off his game on this one.
Judging from what I see in your pic, I have to agree. I'm no professional upholsterer either, but I've done more than couple seats. Even just winging it, with a sheet of vinyl and no pattern or plan. A fitted seat cover, especially in leather should be a no-brainer fitment.



Unless, the manufacturer was off their game. When a stitching bead is added, that has to line up and be even on both sides of the seat. If the manufacturer cuts a corner here or there the result is a cover that doesn't include a sufficient amount of leather to make fitment that no-brainer experience.



I will submit though, that once you give it a little wear and maybe a leather treatment....leave in the sun for an hour or two.....it "might" smooth itself out some.....sean


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Absolutely did NOT fit effortlessly as supplied. Left with no choice...I did what was necessary....actually had to "relieve" the front "lip" a few mm, both foam AND base. No doubt in my mind..the damn cover was manufactured a bit too short.

Def on my futures list, yet not burning priority...I'm confident I'll tweak the few leftover imperfections out.

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5 months after receiving, my leather seat cover finally installed on my SS800.

3 or 4 bulges clearly visible, I'll be the first to admit I'm not a pro upholsterer. In my defense, the leather is less forgiving than vinyl. There may be a production error...note the opposing side appears tight. This cover was, frankly NOT an easy fit, very tight in the front, I actually had to tweak (profile) parts of the base and padding to make it fit. I'll submit the manufacturer was off his game on this one.

Not the end of the world...I'll tweak the bulges going forward, other stuff taking priority, at least I can ride as is.

And my winter projects now complete! And the 800 lives, got it running today.
Looks to me like you did a good job. I agree, the cover itself seems to be off. Where it puckers at the rear of the seat, the pucker is only on the top piece of leather, not also the side and the stitching looks a little screwy there. That's a shame because I'm sure that thing wasn't cheap. I also agree with Sean, that might smooth out some after being out in the sun. I would probably give it a gentle warming with a heat gun in that area and see if it helps.
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Looks to me like you did a good job. I agree, the cover itself seems to be off. Where it puckers at the rear of the seat, the pucker is only on the top piece of leather, not also the side and the stitching looks a little screwy there. That's a shame because I'm sure that thing wasn't cheap. I also agree with Sean, that might smooth out some after being out in the sun. I would probably give it a gentle warming with a heat gun in that area and see if it helps.
Agreed, those 2 pieces stitched together incorrectly during production, manufacturer failure to equally tension them. The 2 other bulges are on me, though. I'll attempt corrections when time allows.

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A few years ago I posted in the winter project thread about going through my speed triple. Valves were adjusted, wiring harness addressed, new fuel lines and connectors, coated the inside of the tank, new rad hoses, new positive wires from battery to starter solenoid and solenoid to starter, new starter, and fork seals replaced. It ran better than ever. Last spring I had it tuned on the dyno. Then I played with the cold start enrichment and bumped up the idle like 100 rpms because it would stall when it was cold and at idle sometimes.

All this work from the past is still paying off. I got it off the tender, put some air in the tires, and it was good to go. Fired right up. No leaks. No stalling. Ran great. The FJ is a fun bike for sure and I'm glad I have it..... but I don't think it'll ever win my heart like the speed triple.

D-man, do you ever feel like that with your 900?

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Absolutely so. You're gonna get me started, I'll try to resist.....but can'ttttttttttt........arrrrrggghhhhhh......:wink2 :

the older 900SS just feels like home, my main squeeze. Its balance of light weight, handling, torque, styling, reliability, relative ease of maintenance, even comfort (yes, you read that right), the awesome sound, its mechanical aural appeal, ....its been a pleasurable, fun, dependable machine ever since I brought it home, brandy new from "the Ghost" in late '94. Not 1 regret since.

Can only compare it to my others....VFR heavy in comparo (though its got *that* gear driven V4 motor coupled with super comfort), the SS800 ass-up, wrists down riding position too extreme in copying the trendy Ricky Racer HonZukiYam wanna-be's. Factory mistake, they ruined the ergo's, IMHO. I've made certain corrections, without bastardizing handling, as best I can and got it pretty good, but just doesn't match the old 900 feel. Still a great handler, and classic looker.

Ducati got the older SS *right*. It won me over 25 years ago, still does to this day. I've got no desire for the complexity and expense of a newer Ducati... or any other newer bike for that matter. I guess its considered a classic nowadays...damn thing is a KEEPER for sure.
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Finally dawned on me...I don't own a bike that uses a cam chain. Hmmmmm.....

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@mangosmoothie thought you'd get a kick outta this pic from way back in 2013! Your comments welcome.
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I remember throwing them on and the bike firing right up. That was probably the most mechanical thing I did on my own at that point in time, and so relieved the bike started up without a hitch.

I still search craigslist for my EX to see if it pops up. I doubt I'd buy it unless it was silly cheap. But I do wonder what happened to it.

Hell, I still message the guy I bought my speed triple from every year or so.

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You may remember yours and Californiaman(?) carbs were the first I ever did for forum members, within days of one another.

I remember reading you both had carb difficulties, felt bad, urged you both to send them on. I knew i could do them up no problem, but the logistics in packaging and shipping were kind of experimental at the time.

Your trust in me was (and is) still appreciated. We've discussed before, you just don't let *anybody* inside your carbs. To provide support and success for fellow members actually laid the groundwork, inspiring me to start Custom Carb. Near six years ago now.

I've got it down to a standard routine these days, my methods and results have come a very long way since.

I still have a pic of your return shipping label, too!

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