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post #1 of 21 Old Jul 14th, 2013, 3:35 am Thread Starter
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General Chit Chat...

Hi Fellow Aussies,
Seems a little quiet on the local front,
I went for a ride to Lockhart on the LT on the weekend,
Picked up a friend on the way and was about a 300km round trip.
Great town, Very tidy , Lots of arty farty stuff to look at
I have my 2dollars on NSW to win on Wed night....
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post #2 of 21 Old Jul 14th, 2013, 4:50 am
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Hi Paul... yeah, get used to it being quiet on and off... good day for a ride though, wish I had, too much crap to do at home, as usual....

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Yep a wonderful sunny day with dry roads
I gave the LT a rest and took the Sprint for a run up to the Pie. Many sport bikes out on the Old Pacific Highway tends to make it too dangerous to ride. Had a text from a buddy so met him at Galston for a coffee and a chat. It was that sort of a day

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post #4 of 21 Old Jul 14th, 2013, 8:30 am Thread Starter
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Used to live in Galston many moons ago, One house was in quiet street behind the shops ( cant remember the name) and the other was School road, also lived on old northern road Dural and Glenorie and even spent some time at Maroota.
Bet it all looks different these days.
Used to travel Galston Gorge every day for work. That sure was a great way to start the day..... unless you caught a slow vehicle as you were approaching it
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Used to live in Galston many moons ago, One house was in quiet street behind the shops ( cant remember the name) and the other was School road, also lived on old northern road Dural and Glenorie and even spent some time at Maroota.
Bet it all looks different these days.
Used to travel Galston Gorge every day for work. That sure was a great way to start the day..... unless you caught a slow vehicle as you were approaching it
Ah the gorge... My playground!
I grew up in Arcadia and have many friends around the area. Most are spread far and wide these days so having the LT is a bonus for traveling to visit.
Don't know if you used to haunt the vicar but it's having a major facelift and hopefully a great meeting place once again.

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post #6 of 21 Old Jul 15th, 2013, 3:46 am Thread Starter
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The Vicar......?
That was where I lived....
Well I think I did sometimes.
It was 20 odd years ago and used to attempt to try my luck in the thurs night pool comp, I think Nev used to run it.
Had a group of friends and we would all meet on Fri night there and sometimes Sat night. Spoons was a mate and part of the furniture if he is still there? Was a (pick your own ) Strawberry farm next to it when I was a kid and we would go there and pick a ice cream bucket of strawberries for a dollar or 2... of course we would have a belly full of them by the time we picked a bucket full too
Friends lived on that big roundabout near pub in a double story old house with old market gardens out the back. Think all that is industrial land now.
Had a Mini Moke and that was my Gorge transport and there was chickens and roosters at the bottom rest area near the bridge, Think KFC got them.
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Can't remember many of the homes around there except for the old Chew n Screw haha
Quarry Rd has industrial units on the south side (incl a bike shop) the other side is a preschool.

So Paul, you've had the bike for a couple of weeks now. Is it what you expected?

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post #8 of 21 Old Jul 17th, 2013, 4:22 am Thread Starter
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Hey Greg.
Bike has been a top ride so far.
its not sports bike territory here , very flat and lots of basically straightish roads, Takes about 3 or so hours to get to some winding stuff around the base of the snowys but still the majority of people here own sports bikes which are so unpractical for this region or a large amount of Harleys.
The Harley owners can generally be seen on a sunny sunday with them parked out the front of the café as they admire them while having a frothy latte alfresco style then ride them 3km back home to park them in the shed again until another optimum temperature day comes around again,,, Sounding a tad cynical aren't I?
I bought the LT as a comfortable tourer and a alternative to the 4WD for getting away and to eat up the miles in comfort while being as kind to my ageing bones as possible and as a bit of a hobby to tinker with as money allows.
Had an old RT years ago with the skinniest of tyres and those giant square panniers and it was rated to 140 km and boy if you took over that speed you would soon realize why they put that limit on it,,, It would weave all over the road,, Nothing to do with the cheese cutters it was the faring that would make the wind misbehave and toss the bike around.
So compared to that old girl this bike is a dream to ride and rides like a limo.
It did take some getting used to the weight and the length when turning or parking, I find I have to pre plan my parking or turning opportunities. Im getting used to it now and can turn it 180 on a narrow country road without putting feet down now.
It doesn't drip a drop of oil and seems very tight with only a slight amount of backlash in the shaft which I think may be typical for these bikes, The final drive does not make a noise and when I changed the oil I filled it up then span the wheel and that took up some oil through the gear and I filled it up a bit more, Better overfull than underfull I suppose???
So yes im liking it
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Hey Greg.
Bike has been a top ride so far.
its not sports bike territory here , very flat and lots of basically straightish roads, Takes about 3 or so hours to get to some winding stuff around the base of the snowys but still the majority of people here own sports bikes which are so unpractical for this region or a large amount of Harleys.
The Harley owners can generally be seen on a sunny sunday with them parked out the front of the café as they admire them while having a frothy latte alfresco style then ride them 3km back home to park them in the shed again until another optimum temperature day comes around again,,, Sounding a tad cynical aren't I?
I bought the LT as a comfortable tourer and a alternative to the 4WD for getting away and to eat up the miles in comfort while being as kind to my ageing bones as possible and as a bit of a hobby to tinker with as money allows.
Had an old RT years ago with the skinniest of tyres and those giant square panniers and it was rated to 140 km and boy if you took over that speed you would soon realize why they put that limit on it,,, It would weave all over the road,, Nothing to do with the cheese cutters it was the faring that would make the wind misbehave and toss the bike around.
So compared to that old girl this bike is a dream to ride and rides like a limo.
It did take some getting used to the weight and the length when turning or parking, I find I have to pre plan my parking or turning opportunities. Im getting used to it now and can turn it 180 on a narrow country road without putting feet down now.
It doesn't drip a drop of oil and seems very tight with only a slight amount of backlash in the shaft which I think may be typical for these bikes, The final drive does not make a noise and when I changed the oil I filled it up then span the wheel and that took up some oil through the gear and I filled it up a bit more, Better overfull than underfull I suppose???
So yes im liking it
Check the specs on the FD fill. If it is like the RT is is a specific amount and no more. More over pressuries it apparently
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yeah to much oil and it froths out the breather and spews all over the place, you only fill it to the bottom of the threads in the filler hole.

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Thanks guys ill reopen the hole tomorrow and have a look at that. Does the same apply for the gearbox
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It'll dribble out of the gearbox as soon as you put too much in... can't overfill it.

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That's what I did with the FD Chris, I filled it up then I spun the back wheel and it took up oil through the gears and the level dropped so I topped it up, if I left it long enough no doubt it would have regained again on its own over time

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That's what I did with the FD Chris, I filled it up then I spun the back wheel and it took up oil through the gears and the level dropped so I topped it up, if I left it long enough no doubt it would have regained again on its own over time

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With the RT the fill amount on the FD is exact ( 800 ml), not sure about the LT but I would guess it is the same. I would check . The spec has been changed twice I know of.
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As Axle said, fill to the bottom of the threads on the FD... Have you ordered your Clymers yet Pecker?

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Why do I need a Clymers when I have you guys with all the knowledge I need
Went to Euchuca on the weekend to the winter blues festival , Its held in the historic part of town near the river, Bands in every pub street corner and its all free,, My favorite kind of money!!! great atmosphere and music . Stayed with a friend in their house on the banks of the Murray with great views from the deck...
Took the QE2 for a run, Approx 600km round trip, Didn't have a problem with her and she did the run effortlessly. Loaded up the side cases to keep the load low and left the top box mostly free so I could lock my helmet in it when pulled up , coming back home on Sunday I got some wind... (no it wasn't the chiko roll I ate) it was a northerly wind that I was heading into or copping it across the starboard side..... Seemed to handle it not to bad considering the Tupperware on her.
I did get a slight numbness in the down under region after a couple of hours in the saddle but with a nothing to brag about fuel capacity I was off and fuelling up and recovering before too long.
All in all the bike went real well and did all asked of it .
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coming back home on Sunday I got some wind... (no it wasn't the chiko roll I ate) it was a northerly wind that I was heading into or copping it across the starboard side..... Seemed to handle it not to bad considering the Tupperware on her.
If you ever cop that cross-wind and you're on some of those long flat roads out your way, try playing with the little lower side wings under the mirrors... they can help balance the buffeting by altering how much air you let through on the opposite side to the direction of the wind... stabilising the bike more in a strong cross-wind.
eg, if I've got a heavy wind from the RH side, I'll close the LH flap in toward the bike, letting more air through on that side and offsetting the buffeting from the right, while keeping the RH one opened up.

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Yeh good idea ,I'll give it a go also and just on the posterior department I found the standard LT seat bloody awful on anything longer than a couple hundred Kay's so I use an Airhawk on all my bikes and I find it helps,it's not the be all to end all but it's better than not.I am tossing up at the moment about a Russell Day long seat but well see after I fit the Wilber's .

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Went for a ride up to Stroud on Saturday to see some local Ulysses guys. It was the first time I've had Kate on the back since I bought the Z-technic screen at freeway speeds. I raise the screen just a bit so I was looking through it and in the quiet zone (nice). Kate said she felt the difference and I have to keep it raised for her from now on. Yes dear

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Yeh that's good to hear Greg,is that the Vstream from Teknik ,cause I've got a no name taller screen and its fine but I have been looking at the Vstream for long distance riding two up ...

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Yeh that's good to hear Greg,is that the Vstream from Teknik ,cause I've got a no name taller screen and its fine but I have been looking at the Vstream for long distance riding two up ...
Steve, check on eBay. That is where I found them. I have the medium size which is ideal for me.

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