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Old 03-06-2011, 08:51 AM
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Guys,
Again DonST has pulled another fun route out of his hat! We met at the usual place fed,fueled, and hit the road... We headed out our fav back road and broke off in Erwin all secondary, windy roads.....finally made it up to Raleigh and to the Triumph shop there ...not a lot to chose from but the stock on hand and the test mules there looked good. Rick tried the new SprintGT out and came back with some really good comments on handling and suspenders....Mikey if you are reading the mail, they got a black Tiger like the one you used to ride....
you should have kept that one you'd had the market cornered on uniqueness...
Well another Carolina riders day done waiting on the next one
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Rick n Don,
After we got home I took a serious look at my front tire and realised that those wear bars were cropping up fast. I'm not one for pushing my luck so it was some time in the Old Guys Garage". Rick can remember the last time I changed a front tire on the ST and it was intense....I guess that repetition can help in a "job",the more you repeat the same task the more familiar you get with it. Also the temperature makes a difference , cold sport touring tires are easier to mount if they are not cold. I had gotten a "deal" on some MEZ6's for the front and got one out for the install, left it near the lil space heater. Having all the tools to do the job really makes the difference...I placed a small 1x4 on the front of my floor jack and lifted the bike at the oil pan....just enough to clear the floor. Air tools make a big difference while doing such a task too.I guess that working with my NoMar machine...lol repetition comes into play here....
It was an easy take off...got to use the lube and while at it I tried an old trick,I checked the wheel for balance...good on the mfg it was ok, with the Z6 on and Metzlers and some other tires balance out nice...I used on 5 gram weight. I have a trick for reinstall on my ST, I have a board to put the wheel assy on and the axle simply slides through....the rest of the job is just a reverse of the take down.....I also checked thos pads while there...love them EBC pads....well now I need to do me a shake down and get a few miles on that sucker for our next adventure.....Oh the time frame on this one was about45 minutes total.....not bad for an old guy ......now what to do with the cash I saved doing it myself....ought to get me something nice....lol
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Old 03-09-2011, 07:35 PM
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Nice ride, guys! The Sprint GT was sweet - strong, linear motor; smooth; hit a few twisties and it handled sweet; even did very tight slow speed turns amazingly well. I liked it a lot but my GS is a lot roomier for my old bones - guess it's gonna be around a while longer.

Rod, speaking of tires.... the GS was almost overdue for a state inspection. Was going to take it in Tues but glanced at the rear tire Mon evening and low and behold, decide to wait until Wed for the inspection... the rear wasn't completely shot but it wouldn't have passed inspection. I swapped almost new Metzler Tourances for the worn out TKC80s - runs quieter and smoother.

The DR is gonna be down for a month so I can send the shock to Cogent Dynamics for a complete rebuild - way overdue. Will also get her a new set of emulators and tapered steering head bearings. TAT, here we come!

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ah got a line on another one...i miss that ole predator!!

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