The first proper weekend of great weather without a chance of snow the next week was the first weekend of May. What the actual shit..... But I made great use of it and managed to do some much needed upgrades to the KLR and begin the repair on the TDM!
I had already replaced the rear tire on the KLR so this weekend was buttoning it all back up and replacing the windshield. Unfortunately, I forgot to tighten the rear brake caliper down sooooooo I may or may not have deposited a bolt somewhere between my house and the gas station down the street......Oops!
I did upgrade the windshield from the stocker to the moose racing windscreen (sized at +4 inches over stock). I might get a windshield riser too, depending on how the next few rides pan out. Overall installation was a breeze and I look forward to less buffeting right on the lower part of my helmet when going into work so I feel like the wind is trying to lift me off by my head.
Finally I began the teardown of the TDM 850 over the weekend. I was going to replace the battery wholesale and be done with it, but then I found out you need to teardown the entire back half of the bike to get to it and I have decided that that is entirely within “Fuck that” territory for right now. So the old battery got charged up and I began doing some basic servicing to it with an oil and air filter change. I have a new stator if the charging problems are more than just the old battery, but I was able to confirm this morning that my battery is at least “good enough” to get the bike started and to test the electrics on the bike.
I also took off the grips and bar ends for the TDM since they were old and beat up. I “restored” the bar ends with some sandpaper and some leftover duplicolor paint, but I do need to buy new grips. I think they’ll do a lot to help freshen up the look of the bike once I get a buffer out and polish the rest of it.
Hopefully April’s snowstorms and blizzards are the end of it. I still wake up to sub 40 degree temperatures so I haven’t swapped on summer tires yet on the FoST.