Yesterday I got the Clymer’s service manual in the mail from Murph’s, so with the Kawasaki service manual already in handy I’m ready for servicing my bike!
Buck Sport Touring sells reflective stickers called Tailbrights that stick to the rear and side portions of the hard bags. Tonight I installed them. Installation was pretty simple; only had one or two bubbles on each of the stickers. I guess that you could make these yourself; but Buck Sport figured out the right shape, and I like to support companies that fill a niche like they do. The cool thing about them is that the stickers are black; so during the day you don’t even see them.
Here are some photos:
Tonight after removing some of the caked-on dust from under the seat, I decided to investigate the gravel rash on the right of the lower fairing of the bike.
Getting down on my hands and knees to take a look, expecting deep grooves, I was shocked to instead find something like silver paint stuck to the fairing. It was caked on there, maybe one or two millimeters. Using a damp paper towel though I was able to remove all of the shiny crud.
My best guess is that the previous owner rode into something, or something rode into him, that left the material there.
I like easy fixes!
I took the bike to SouthEast Sales for them to do a general inspection and service. Here is what they did:
- Change motor oil & filter
- Change hypoid oil
- Change coolant
- General inspection & safety check
- Perform the 6200m maintenance schedule
- Odometer: 6491 miles
Last Friday I took my first real ride on the bike. It was a lot of fun. Riding a bike with a 10k redline was also a new experience for me which made it fun. Honestly, it was sort of shocking to me, the engine seemed to have 3 moods:
I wondered where the engine should live for normal cruising, and Dale explained that where it seems happy, it is happy. Great. I can’t wait to get back out again to spend some time with my M.U.T.T. Who is M.U.T.T?
As Dan explained… the “Monster Under The Tank”!
Here is a photo of the 2005 Kawasaki Concours that I bought last week:
I can’t wait to get her cleaned up, my riding gear sorted out, and out on the road again.
The previous owner included some nice gear with the bike:
- Rifle Windshield
- Throttlemeister Cruise Control
- GenMar Bar Risers
- Cee Bailey Bag Liners
- Mag’s Bags Gear Bag
- Passenger backrest
- CoverMax cover