Yes, I'm doing the maintenance on the swing arm bearings and other related lube,
and shortening the center stand 1" to match my lowered bike and lowered side-stand.
I'm pulling the shock out to inspect it because I screwed that adjustment lever up
a little by having my girl flip the lever while I "thought" I had all my weight off the seat.
Now it makes a clicking sound in the soft setting when the bike moves up and down.
It's driving me crazy.
Bought the 2004 ABS last year with 6,660 miles, and I put 9,500 miles on it last year.
(She was tipped over in a dealership parking lot and I stole her for $2,200)
So now, because no one has ever been in there in 14 yrs, I'm doing ALL the maintenance except valve check.
I'll be replacing the brake fluid & bleeding the brakes, coolant again, differential oil, installing new plugs, syncing the throttle bodies. etc.
I have a used power commander to go in with a smoothness map.
Next year after I'm sure the plugs, sync, and power commander is happy,
it might be time for a valve check and remove AIS system with some used Wynn Pro block off plates I just got.
I'll be getting some newly painted fairings back from Garauld soon to finish the resto.
I'm in this bike for the long haul.
I want it to last 10 years or more at 8,000 - 10,000 miles a year,
more of course, if I get a chance to take some trips I'm dreaming about.
And yes, I've seen the nifty frame they make.
I might make one someday, just not now. No extra money.
I would love to hang it.
Right now my garage ceiling is covered in finished dry wall & paint.
The joists in the garage are like 4' apart or something stupid.
I remember crawling up there, and they had tacked extra 2x4's in there
just to support the dry wall.
So I'd need like a 3" steel pipe to span the four foot distance to cover 2 joists
and hang a chain off the pipe and through a little hole in the dry wall.
That or sister 2 good size joists together and throw those over the existing joists
and four foot span. Right now I don't have the pipe or the lumber.
Just a chain.
I'm praying that the baby Jesus will let me lift it just this once,
then I promise to be a good boy and set myself up with a properly mounted chain or chain fall.
This old crow bar through the rear-sets closer to the sub-frame looks like a better prospect.
I cut a 3" chunk of 2x4 to fit in the cavity behind the rear of the catalytic converters
underneath the rear motor mount. It fits in there tight.
Then I gave it a little test lift with a small floor jack.
I'll get it up on those stands and crowbar tomorrow when I have some light and all my strength.