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Author Topic: Maiden Voyage - First 300 mile ride on my bike.  (Read 1097 times)

Offline Vortexjunkie

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Maiden Voyage - First 300 mile ride on my bike.
« on: Aug 29, 2016, 11:27:06 »
Yesterday I finally got to put the bike to the test.  I had been riding back and forth to work on my short commute but hadn't gotten it out to stretch the legs yet...  The person that peaked my interest in these bike is always down for a ride so I tossed out a destination and we were off!  I had recently put a good amount of maintenance into the bike along with a makeover on the color so it was nice to go out and enjoy my work!  I have been to Yosemite many times in a car but there is something different about seeing these giant rock mountains on a bike that is more humbling than before.  Pretty cool that I get to go visit all my favorite places again and it's a completely new adventure.

What my bike looked like when I picked it up.


What it looks like now...I'm still trying to figure out the seat and what to do.


Photos from yesterday!













« Last Edit: Aug 29, 2016, 11:28:55 by Vortexjunkie »

Kamn

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Re: Maiden Voyage - First 300 mile ride on my bike.
« Reply #1 on: Aug 29, 2016, 11:52:27 »
Thats gotta be a beautiful site on a bike.......the rides looking good
As for the seat, what if you just cut down the rear upper section a bit so its not so high and reupholster it? Then it wont look so "king/queen" like but still maintain a stock-ish look

Offline canyoncarver

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Re: Maiden Voyage - First 300 mile ride on my bike.
« Reply #2 on: Aug 29, 2016, 12:23:44 »
Riding them is what it's all about.
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Re: Maiden Voyage - First 300 mile ride on my bike.
« Reply #3 on: Aug 29, 2016, 12:39:10 »
Looks like fun to me.
I'm going to eat your brains and gain your knowledge.

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Offline Vortexjunkie

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Re: Maiden Voyage - First 300 mile ride on my bike.
« Reply #4 on: Aug 29, 2016, 12:57:54 »
Thats gotta be a beautiful site on a bike.......the rides looking good
As for the seat, what if you just cut down the rear upper section a bit so its not so high and reupholster it? Then it wont look so "king/queen" like but still maintain a stock-ish look
I thought about doing that but looking at a spare seat pan I have there isn't much room for padding on the back once cut level.

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Kamn

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Re: Maiden Voyage - First 300 mile ride on my bike.
« Reply #5 on: Aug 29, 2016, 13:01:37 »
my thought was not doing it level but just removing some of the height.....it would change the look if the seat entirely and still give you a 2up option.
But good luck with what ever it is you are going to do with the seat

Offline Maritime

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Re: Maiden Voyage - First 300 mile ride on my bike.
« Reply #6 on: Aug 29, 2016, 13:19:01 »
You can swap the factory foam out for a thinner high density foam and have a similar comfort level and tidier look.
The GL Rebirth: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=68337.0
CX500 Low budget Bobber : http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=43617.0
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Offline Vortexjunkie

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Re: Maiden Voyage - First 300 mile ride on my bike.
« Reply #7 on: Aug 29, 2016, 13:38:45 »
You can swap the factory foam out for a thinner high density foam and have a similar comfort level and tidier look.
Also a good idea...
my thought was not doing it level but just removing some of the height.....it would change the look if the seat entirely and still give you a 2up option.
But good luck with what ever it is you are going to do with the seat
I have thought about just putting a single rider seat on the bike since I also have an GS450E as well.

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Offline julian.allard66

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Re: Maiden Voyage - First 300 mile ride on my bike.
« Reply #8 on: Aug 29, 2016, 14:05:29 »
Nice trip, I took photos from the same spots as you 20 years ago.

Offline Vortexjunkie

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Re: Maiden Voyage - First 300 mile ride on my bike.
« Reply #9 on: Jan 07, 2017, 18:42:20 »
New bike new build:

http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=72634.0

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