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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.

Finally! A Vacation!

I haven't been on the website lately, but I have been riding. Mostly to and from work (Mobile, AL, to Houma, LA, and back every other week). I wanted to go to the Blue Ridge Parkway back in June, but higher taxes this year have meant less take home pay, and I'm already living paycheck to paycheck, so I wasn't able to go. But now I finally said, "Enough is enough! I need a break!" I've taken vacation and tomorrow morning I'm leaving for northern Indiana to visit my family. I'm gonna ride from Mobile to Mammoth Cave National Park and spend two nights there, then continue to Fishers, IN, north of Indianapolis to stay an evening with my Aunt and Uncle, then on to New Haven, IN, where I grew up and spend a night there, then on to Syracuse, IN, where Mom and Dad now live. I'll spend 4-5 days with them and then go over to Crown Point, IN, to spend 4-5 days with my baby sister and her family before finally returning home to Mobile. The bike will be due an oil change while I'm in Indiana and I may have to break down and take it to a shop instead of doing it myself unless my brother-in-law has a jack to get under the bike better. Heck I might even need a new rear tire before coming back to Mobile. I picked up the bike on 1/21/2103 with 9 miles on it, now it has 6389 miles on it! I love riding it!

Out for lunch

Vahnia and I went for lunch yesterday. It was a short 240 mile trip one way. Went over to Lamberts (home of the thrown roll) in Ozark, Missouri. Vahnia had never been there, and of course Bass Pro is just up the road. All in all we put on 550 mile for the day and got some good food and good riding in!

Revisit Wind Buffeting - HD Lowers

I'm a new member (about 2 weeks) and I have an 07 1300 Tourer. I read the extensive discussions regarding wind buffeting and lowers. Based upon what I read, I purchased a set of the HD lowers. My 1300 is equipped with an MC Enterprises Engine Guard, so I purchased the lowers that are intended for use with an engine guard. My dilemma is making them fit. It would appear that regardless of where I mount them, they will bump the engine guard when turned stop to stop. I can probably live with that. However, the HD lowers have 3 screw holes, none of which align with anything on the windshield mounting. I expected that I would have to drill holes to make a modification. Has anyone installed these lowers so they look like an OEM installation? If so, do you have a picture of the mounting area that you could share? Many thanks.

The English Posse Is Home

We arrived home at 11am Monday 8th July after a great 7 days in New York.
I don't know when it will be but both Paul and I look forward to seeing you all again sometime.

Mick

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