Ride number 5

We had time for another back road ride on Sunday. Took the canyon to the Yakima valley and out around Gleed and Naches. Lots of orchards and farming going on. The 1300 seems to be an ideal bike for us. It is easy to handle on narrow roads with plenty of low end torque to get around in steep intersections. Looking forward to a ride up the White river drainage this coming weekend.

"on the road again"

Well its back out on the road again for me. I leave in the morning to head to Lincoln, Ne. to start driving for CRETE. The good part is i'll be home every 6-8 days and i'll be making more money than before.

Big Shano's follow up . . . . .

OK, after posting my blog (see First ride on the 1300.....), I got a few appreciated responses from members - thank you to Banshee15, westpac68 and Red Rider! Being a newbie member on this site, I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly you guys responded.
So - I took Red Riders advice and read thru the Forums, found BoomerSooner's excellent instructions, results and photos for drilling out the stock exhaust to help alleviate the surging issue, and said to myself "hey, this is a winner - I'll go with that!!"
Now, being somewhat mechanically inclined - and having plenty of experience with motors and exhaust systems, I figured that Red Rider and Boomer Sooner know that feeling of .... this thing wants to open up and sing, but that dang muffler is choking the living shite out of it!!
So I got out the hole saws, modified an extension and drilled out the baffle plate in the exhaust to 1"1/4.
Ofcourse, I believe "the proof is in the pudding" so I immediately phoned my good mate Mick and said "lets go for a ride around the block to try out my exhaust" (approx 400 k's, or 249 miles). So we braved the cold, cloudy wintery Australian weather and hit the road today for a test run.
Results?? Astounding!!! The bike has a new lease of life, it breathes, it growls when you open the throttle at 80 mile an hour, and it doesn't do that silly surge thing at low revs!!
I had the best ride since I clocked up 1225 k's riding it home from Queensland the day I bought it.
Thanks guys, next I might tackle the airbox - and open it up a touch ....
Keep you posted,

Shano -
Rollin Down Under

New to us 2008 1300 Tourer

Just had our 4th ride on the bike this Sunday. Rode from Ellensburg over to the basin and on backroads for the afternoon. We were quite amazed at all of the agriculture that has developed. We very much like the bike for two up riding.

First ride on the 1300....

Just recently bought an '07 model 1300 V Star from interstate with very low mileage. It looked mint from the pics on eBay, so I contacted the seller and bought the bike unseen over the phone! The owner James was a very cool "down to earth" character who lives near Sunshine Coast in Queensland, and after a few brief conversations agreed to meet me at the airport to finalise the deal. So I had 24 hours to catch a plane from Sydney to Sunshine Airport, hop on a bike I've never ridden before, and ride 1,125 K journey home to Sydney and get back to work.....
Well, the bike just purred on the open highways in Queensland. I got a little carried away and had to slow myself down from the 140 kph that felt very comfortable cruising at, and opted for a safer 120 for most of the trip. I tagged along with a bunch of bikes at one point - and missed my memorised turnoff to Logan. Not realising that they were heading to the Northern Territory, I clocked up another 80 or so Kays in the wrong direction!! After passing a sign with Darwin on it I figured I best turn around and head back to the turn off for Sydney.
I pulled into Grafton 6 hours later that nite, my arse was aching and a cheap motel room was more an urgency than a luxury. I think I spent about half an hour in the shower with the hot water on my butt!! I ventured out of there around 5 in the morning (after another hot shower), and rode til I found a diner with great coffee, bacon and eggs in Coffs Harbour. A few Nurofen with brekky took my mind off the pain in my arse, and I comfortably cruised the next few hours til I met up with my good mate Mick at Brooklyn pub for liquid lunch around 2 pm. We hooked off up the old Pacific Hwy and enjoyed a few kays of bends (which made a nice change after 1200 k's of highway!!) until we hit Galston Gorge and speared off home.

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