Sunday, May 28, 2017

New Bodywork & Oil Change

Well... it's been some time, and finally got around to doing new body work on the RR.  Did an oil change as well, with a new K&N KN-204 filter.  Bike has 11,204 miles.

Here's a pic of the bike now ...

And here are more pics.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

New rear tire, etc.

Been needing a new back tire for a few weeks now, but it's been so hot I haven't been riding anyhow.  Bike has 10,657 miles now.  Replace the rear tire with another Pilot Power.  Went ahead and cleaned and lubed the chain as well.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

New front tire

Well... haven't ridden in her much lately, but the 600RR was in need of a front tire for some time.  I had picked up a Michelin Pilot Power the end of last year, and finally got around to putting it on today!  Weather was great and there was no excuse not to get it done.  9865 miles on the bike, so now she's ready for some riding.  Thanks to those that came by the shop and hung out while I did it, including messing with the blown line on the tire changer.


Monday, June 21, 2010

New Risers and Repairs completed

I've been putting it off long enough... I finally finished up with the repairs from my low side in AR last year. No major damage, mostly visual stuff.As I stated in my last 600RR repair update, I got a great deal on a tank cover. I finally got a good deal on the left upper as well (~$50 shipped) so it was finally time to put the parts on the bike. Also replaced the left frame slider, and both spools (no real damage there, just did em to switch to smaller spools).I also ordered a set of HeliBars...

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Thursday, April 08, 2010

New Battery

Went to take the RR out a few weeks ago and it just "clicked" when trying to start it.  Put the bike on the trickle charger for a week or so, went to start it again... same thing.  So, time for a battery.  After my previous experience with bike batteries, I decided to order one online rather then get one locally (I did this last time for the DRZ also).  Got a YTZ10S 12v AGM Maintenance Free Motorcycle Battery 12V 8.6AH for $58.00 from

The battery arrived yesterday and 15 minutes later it was swapped out and the bike was off and running.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Repairs have begun

Well, was able to find some replacement parts pretty quickly. Some have already arrived, some are coming, and some deals still need to be found Iended up finding a left side rear set for $55 shipped, which also included the shifter and shifter linkage. I'll be able to sell those for between $30-40, so total cost for repairs Ineed on the rear set should set me back maybe $15-25.Also found a perfect condition tank cover for $75 shipped which was another steal. Mine wasn't damaged that much, but...

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Lack of blog entries & AR trip

Been slacking on my Blog entries here again. One reason is it's been pretty darn hot so far this June, and we had quite a bit of rain, etc in May. Busy on most weekends which has kept me from quite a few Arkansas trips and Track days.However, Iwas able to make an Arkansas trip this past weekend. We stayed up in Eurkea Springs with plans to ride the AR side on Friday, and the MOside on Saturday. Day started off nice (although highs of 91) hitting some of the regular great roads. Here is some video...

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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Wed Ride

Todd posted up a lunch run out to Paris and Albie and I decided to go along.  Weather was great, and we ended up doing 230+ miles including lunch at Ta Molly's in Paris

Monday, March 30, 2009


Jim from NTSBA organized a member day over at Eagles Canyon Raceway and many of us went out today to enjoy the track!

Weather was good although windy.  Had a real good turnout and was quite nice to have the track to ourselves.  As usual, ECR did a great job!

Here are some pictures, and Video's below (MS Media Player 9+ format)

Here's a YouTube vid of part of Session 2 also.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Saturday Ride

Well, weather has been great and I haven't had time to do a ride lately.  One of the guys from NTSBA posted up a moderate paced ride for Saturday, so I figured I should get out!   We ended up doing about 200 miles, and the weather was quite nice.  A little cool in the morning, but good overall.  Nice to get out and ride for a change

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Needed maintenance

Well... been very busy past few months, but finally decided yesterday was a good day to do some much needed maintenance on the 600RR.

The bike has 5220 miles on it and I took it up to my office/warehouse to do the following:

  • Swapped out the plugged rear tire (pretty worn too) for a new Pilot Power
  • Did oil change and new K&N oil filter (easier to get on/off and works very well)
  • Cleaned, lubed and adjusted the chain

I really should have taken the DRZ up there too, as it needs some of the same maintenance, but I guess I'll save that for another day 

Saturday, August 09, 2008

New front tire - Updates

Yes, I know I haven't posted many updates.... it's been 100+ here, and I've been real busy on the weekends lately. I've done a few rides, just your typical SaMR/SMR 120-150 mile loops, but not a ton.

My front tire on the 600RR was pretty much spent after the last Arkansas trip... so after much procrastination I finally replaced it today.  3250 miles on the bike and a new Pilot Power on the front now.


Sunday, May 25, 2008

TSBA Spring IBI - Sat/Sun

SaturdayWe all met up for breakfast at South Park at 7:30am, and headed out at 8:30am. Plan was for a 385+ mile day. Darren lead the quick group, I led the mid group, and Greg led the 3rd group. 30% chance of rain, and we ended up in a bit of fog, and almost 2 hours or rain, before we even got to Jasper. We waited for the rain to let up, then continued on, soaked. We were headed for the mountains, but lots of fog/rain was visible so we stopped for lunch. Afterwards, we pretty much just headed...

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Friday, May 23, 2008

TSBA Spring IBI - Day 1

Our spring ride to Arkansas is this weekend.  Albie and I trailered up last night (Thurs) and got to the hotel in Clarksville about 1:30am.   Got up just after 6am and met Jim for breakfast.  We then headed over to the Paris area to look at a few houses.

Afterwards, we headed up Magazine Mountain, but the fog was real bad.  Our visability was down to about 15' or so for over 10 miles.  We finally made it to the other side, and semi-slabbed back to Paris and had lunch.  After lunch we headed back to the hotel to relax a bit and see who else may have arrived for the weekend.

About 7pm we headed to dinner at the mexican place nearby.  Good as usual, and I want to say there was about 16 of us or so.

Plan is to meet for breakfast around 7:30am, then head out for the day afterwards.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Eagles Canyon Track Day

Well, loaded up the trailer with track necessities including Dave's bike and my bike Sunday in preparation for a 5am departure from the house on Monday morning.  Made decent time getting out to the track, and setup, etc. 

Day started out okay, but the rain came at the beginning of our second session, and never really let up.  First session was just slow laps getting familiar with the track, lines, etc.   Track is nice, and I definately want to get out there again.  Just a bit of a waste of time and $ this time around sadly.  

Some pictures are here.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

RAM Mount, custom mount and equipment

Finished up the custom bracket mount for my radar detector and GPS for the RAM mount.  Everything is working well, and can still see pertinent gauges on the dash, etc.

Pictures are here

Monday, November 05, 2007

Front flush signals, RAM bracket & Radar wiring

Today I got to pull most of the plastic off the RR.  Wanted to run the radar detector hard wiring under the tank cover and up to a usable location.  Taking time, the plastic came off relatively easilly.  Just have to watch for a few specific things as you do it.

After I did that, I replaced the front Honda tractor lights (signals) with flush mount LED signals as well.  Just cut the factory connector on the stock signals and soldered them onto the new flush signals. 

Also worked on a new bracket/mount for my radar detector and GPS which will mount on my stem mount RAM ball.  Will try and finish that up tomorrow.

Pictures are all here.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Sliders & Integrated tail light on the RR

Okay... my LP order came in, so I finished up some more mods to the RR.Bolted on the swing arm spool-sliders and the bar-end sliders, which only took about 10 minutes or so. Then removed the lower body work and got busy installing the offset frame sliders. Process was straight forward and they fit where factory spacers are mounted between the frame and the motor. Pictures are here.After that was done, I removed the tail section and the tail light again and removed the factory rear turn signals...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Power outlet added to the RR

Added a 12v SAE power outlet on the bike.  Mostly used for my electric gear in the cold, but also useful for powering other devices as well.  Total cost was about $10 or so.  Pictures are here.

Monday, October 29, 2007

First few mods on the RR

Pulled the tail of the 600RR off and used Todd's method of doing a fender eliminator (thanks Todd!).  I will remove the rear signals later when my LP tail light arrives.  Also got the throttle lock installed too.  It doesn't line up as easilly on this bike as the old F4, so we had to modify it just a bit for it to work properly.

Pictures are here.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

1st Oil Change on the RR

With 170 decent miles on the new RR, it was time to change the oil.  Since I am leading another short ride today, I wanted to get it done before that ride.  The oil was definately black, and luckilly the filter for my F4 is the same as the RR, which I happened to have.

Total time to change was about 30 minutes or so... since it was my first time taking the lower fairing off.  Pictures are here.

Friday, October 26, 2007

07 Honda 600RR has arrived

Well, after trying to make a deal with a few local dealers, and no one wanted to match the deal I could get at Bartlesville Cycle Sports (Oklahoma), I ordered the 600RR yesterday on the phone from them. Then a friend and I headed up today to pick it up.They were great, and it only took us about 20 minutes from the time we arrived until I loaded up the bike to leave!I saved from between $600 on the lowest local deal I had, and about $1600 from the worst deal. I also saved about $500 and didn't...

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