Speed's XJ Journal

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derek1979
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Motorcycles Owned Currently: 1997 CBR900RR, 2003 SV650s, 1994 Yamaha xj600 seca

Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:48 am

I love the hard bags, do you know who manufacters them? I would love to get some for my Xj

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Motorcycles Owned Currently: '92 & '93 Yamaha XJ600S, '74 Suzuki TS185 Sierra
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Tue Apr 12, 2016 12:07 pm

derek1979 wrote:I love the hard bags, do you know who manufacters them? I would love to get some for my Xj
The side cases are Givi E21 Monokey. The good news is that I should be able to use just about any Givi Monokey side case on my bike. The bad news for you is that right now, you kind of can't. The cases are easy to get. The brackets for mounting them on our XJ's are much closer to impossible to find...so far. Mine were actually custom built by Radare himself a few years ago. Pay attention to his thread, Bolt-on, No-drilling Rear Rack for the '92-'96 Seca II, though, as he may be scheming up a new style, and there's already a lot of requests on it.
"I want to drive. I want to feel all of it: freedom, wind, curves, feedback, acceleration, unsteadiness, fear, joy... I don't want to ride. I want to drive."
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Sat Apr 16, 2016 7:33 pm

Just for my personal records:

2016 got started with 13,444 miles on Ruby, my '93 XJ, on 4/16/2016
"I want to drive. I want to feel all of it: freedom, wind, curves, feedback, acceleration, unsteadiness, fear, joy... I don't want to ride. I want to drive."
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CaliCafeSeca
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Motorcycles Owned Currently: '74 S1, GS500E, CBR1000rr, 14 Bolt, NS50, xj600

Tue Apr 19, 2016 7:59 pm

SpeedRacerOnline wrote:Just for my personal records:

2016 got started with 13,444 miles on Ruby, my '93 XJ, on 4/16/2016
Wow! You're seriously fast, no wonder they call you speed when you can cover that much ground in a day!! ;)

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Tue Apr 19, 2016 11:18 pm

Bahahaha! I hadn't even thought of it that way. That's pretty funny!

Yeah, it was just a quick afternoon jaunt...around the equator.
"I want to drive. I want to feel all of it: freedom, wind, curves, feedback, acceleration, unsteadiness, fear, joy... I don't want to ride. I want to drive."
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Casper
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Motorcycles Owned Currently: 1994 XJ600, 2006 SV650

Wed Apr 20, 2016 6:59 am

Hang your Seca from a plane and fly low?
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Wed Apr 20, 2016 9:32 am

Casper wrote:Hang your Seca from a plane and fly low?
Nah, just a small upgrade:
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"I want to drive. I want to feel all of it: freedom, wind, curves, feedback, acceleration, unsteadiness, fear, joy... I don't want to ride. I want to drive."
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Casper
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Wed Apr 20, 2016 3:52 pm

Move the speedo to the rear wheel as well?
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CaliCafeSeca
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Wed Apr 20, 2016 5:50 pm

Casper wrote:Move the speedo to the rear wheel as well?
Looks to me like he has someone to spin the front tire while he goes. :ponder:
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Tue May 31, 2016 2:55 pm

A couple weeks ago, I pulled the plastics off of Ruby for a fresh coat of paint. I'm just going to scuff it up and re-spray it at the Tech Center to pretty her up so she'll be ready to sell whenever I finally get the '92 rebuilt (which is looking like another year now). So, my baby has been flaunting her truly naked booty like this for the last couple weeks:

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This past Sunday, my best bud showed up at our house and scammed my wife into letting me go for a ride with him. We did the Thumbnail Tour, with a small change to avoid an isolated thunderstorm we caught up with. While I've enjoyed the bike naked quite a bit; more open, more visibility, seemingly improved steering; being full-naked like she was made for some pretty rough pull-my-helmet-off winds at speed.

Then, inspiration hit!

While we were riding and bucking the wind, I got to thinking about Radare and FatEddy's bikes. The black on red theme looks pretty good. Wait a minute...the black and red theme looks pretty good...I have a red '93 and a black '92...I'm making the '92 naked, which means I don't have a use for that black fairing...ALL the black body panels are in near perfect condition...WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THIS BEFORE?

So, I enjoyed one of the perks of working in the Auto Tech class at the Tech Center today, and did some mash-up magic. Ruby isn't really a "Ruby" anymore, but she sure does look good! I didn't realize how much sparkle there is in that black paint until I got it out in the sunshine, too. You can't really see it in the photos, but there's a lot of metal flake in it; not like '70's a lot, but nothing like any of the other XJ colors. I'm pretty happy!

Oh, and I'm SO glad to have my luggage back!

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"I want to drive. I want to feel all of it: freedom, wind, curves, feedback, acceleration, unsteadiness, fear, joy... I don't want to ride. I want to drive."
- Speed's XJ Journal

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