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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Riding and commuting

In August it will be one year since I bought the Burgie.  Since then I've managed to change out the back tire, change the oil (twice), have a semi-serious mechanical failure - which was not my fault - and put the bike  down, which was my fault. Somehow I've also managed to ride 10,000 miles.

05/04/12
I started with a little under 6,600 miles but rounded up to that nice round figure.  Today I hit 10,000 miles.   Not to bad for a commuter I think and only owning my bike for about nine months.  One of my goals in the coming year is to put more miles on the bike that are "just for fun" which means riding here and there just for the hell of it.

It also means, at least to me anyway, making some improvements to the bike.  I've talked before about how I want to install a new windshield or get a more comfortable seat, however that takes a little more money than what I have right now...so I decided to invest in Malossi 21 g Variator roller weights.  On the Burgman the standard roller weight is 18 - 19 grams.  In theory this should lower the rpm's on my bike during my daily 70 mile round-trip commute and increase gas milage.  Currently, depending on conditions I'm in the high 50's to low 60's.  I hope that these new rollers will lower my fuel consumption by 10 miles per gallon, putting me into the high 60's and low 70's.  Since I will be at 20K soon, where it's recommend I replace my CVT belt, I've decided to order one of those as well but other needs like a new dishwasher, tires for the jeep and saving for a vacation are priority.  The lowest price I've found for a CVT belt is $129 dollars.  The highest - $200 dollars.  That is not including installation and labor costs.  The fact that I'm even considering doing this work myself shows my my confidence level is increasing with every mile I ride.  Six months ago I would never of thought about tearing the bike apart in this manner but thanks to the helpful folks at the BurgmanUSA forums and Mitch's Scooter blog I feel confident.  It helps that my neighbor is a retired mechanic as well.

I know longer have a fear of twisty's, in fact I seek them out now.  Where I rarely ever passed anyone on my previous Zuma 125, I do so with joy now.   I still feel a little weird at night when a car is speeding behind me, but I know longer feel a compulsion to pull over and let him pass.  Nor do I hug the right lane anymore, I feel confident in all lanes.  I do remind myself that the second leading cause of accidents however is "confidence."

At work, my heavy motorcycle jacket no longer gets odd looks when I come in and the fact that I ride in nearly every day has forced the three Harley Owners and a Shadow owner to join me, least they be teased that the "Scooter Guy" is more of a biker than they are.    Today I plan on taking the bike to Keel and Curley Winery for there Blueberry festival.  Sadly I will not have any pictures since my camera died, but I do promise to return with a nice Chardonnay or perhaps a sweet blackberry wine.


3 comments:

bobskoot said...

Robert:

I try to ride when I can but sometimes life gets in the way and I need my car. some days you wake up and want to ride, other days you just don't feel like it and I don't push myself to do something if I am not concentrating 100%.

congrats on your 10K milestone

bob
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cpa3485 said...

A 70 mile commute is pretty serious, mine is only 5 miles one way, although I am known for taking alternate routes sometimes. Pretty impressive mileage numbers there. I bet that Burg still gets better mileage than the car. Like you, I need to get out for more fun rides.

Jim

Robert Wilson said...

Bob - I have a couple of reasons for eventually going to one car. Frankly, it just seems silly for my GF and I to have two cars and a bike. Everything is paid off (Thank God) and we would keep one of the cars (most likely the jeep) for the times when we would need on.

CPA - I am in the high 50's to low 60's on the Burgie. The car gets about 30 mpg on ave. The jeep, less than that. As far as the commute it's pretty straight and at highway speeds, but yes, I will take a different route now and again just to break the route up some. I think on a bike we need to do that just so we don't go onto "autopilot" sometimes.