a neat picture.
I took this picture a few weeks ago, when leaving Peter's house early in
the morning. It was really cold out, and the dew was just barely liquid,
and I thought it looked like a combination of ice and some sort of stained
glass. The picture doesn't really do it justice, sadly.
Sorry it's such a huge JPG this time, but I wanted to keep the detail. :)
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January 29, 2002
OK, it's Damn Cold Out. By which I mean, it's Damn Cold Out. According
to weather.com, it's 38 degrees outside...which may not seem to cold to some of
you, but christ, I moved away from Wisconsin for a reason*.
[* Well, OK, the reason was a good job, gorgeous scenery, better nightlife,
and a cute boyfriend. But the warm weather didn't hurt!]
The downside to the weather is that no one's riding. Co-worker Justin rode in today,
and I watched him have to peel his hands off of his grips, even while wearing a one-piece Aerostich Roadcrafter suit, long
underwear, two sweatshirts, an electric vest, and heated grips. Me, I'm waiting
out the cold. It should be back to lows in the 40s by next week, which to me
is a lot more reasonable than this "snow in the Bay Area" below-freezing-at-night
bulltwiggies that's been going on recently.
centerstand fu, part deux
I went over to Cat's tonight, bearing sushi, and we sat outside (brr!) in her
apartment complex parking lot, eating California Rolls and playing with the baby
Ninja. After only a couple of well-intentioned attempts, I was able to get the Ninja
up on its centerstand, and then roll it back off, with no difficulty at all.
It became even more evident to me that the SVS's centerstand feels like it's just
too far back -- the Ninja's sidestand and centerstand were practically overlapping,
and it was trivial to pivot the bike on its center of gravity.
Later, we ended up back at my apartment, and decided to give the SVS a go. Neither of
us could even make it budge. As I mentioned, the Ninja's centerstand was right at the
bike's center of gravity (horizontally, obviously), but the SVS's centerstand is a
good 6" at least behind the sidestand. It just feels wrong. I've double checked all
the pictures of other peoples' installations, though, and it all looks right.
I've sent a shout out to those folks for any tricks 'n' tips, since I really think now
it's a "SVS with this particular aftermarket centerstand" issue, and not a "general
how-to-work-a-centerstand" problem. We'll see. It just may be that the guys I know
who have this stand have more upper body strength or just a lot more weight in general
to toss at the bike, so the extra 6" of "front end" to lift up over the centerstand
doesn't faze them.
the return of the steering head bearings.
I heard from Kim today that a mutual friend of ours has bought a '93 VFR with, quote,
a few front end problems, unquote. I haven't seen the bike, or even heard too much
about it, but I gather that the previous owner had an encounter with a ditch with this
VFR (I'm sorry, Peter, I keep wanting to say "viffer"), and the front end is a bit worse
for the wear because of it. Apparently the forks are over at
Aftershocks now, but
the rest of the steering head needs to be reassembled and taken out of the previous
owner's garage. So Kim hooked me up with Mark as someone who might be able to help him
out with reassembling the steering stem, given all the joy I had last year with the
Nighthawk's. I'm not sure how much help I'll actually be able to be, given that he
wants to have the whole thing done by Thursday, and not only do I have to work
tomorrow, but it took me four months to reassemble my own steering head, for
chrissakes, but I told Mark I'd be happy to swing by if he'd like. I also started rambling
about greases and bearings and steering stem crap at him, so he very well might be
like "please make the crazy lady go away", but we'll see. ;)
People on the SV mailing list are actually starting to refer to me as somewhat of an
expert as far as the carb sync modification is concerned. I don't really have the
heart to tell them that I just make all this shit up as I go along. ;) I'm really
glad that the pages have been helpful, though. They're fun for me to write, and it's
cool that others are getting use out of them, too. Plus, it means I have something to
refresh my memory with when suddenly called out of the blue to, oh, say, help reassemble
someone's steering stem.