December 2 was the last day I rode. I went out to the patio on December 6th, and, after 3600mi, I think the season is close to over.
What can I say? It’s been awesome. I checked the oil, and not a drop has been used. Cold starts? Pretty much history after the last ECU Mapping upgrade in October. Made 4 500 mile days. One weekend was over 1000 mi. The bike just hums.
Dealer support from Rose Farm Classics is better than I could have imagined. I not only found a great dealer, I made a friend. My expectations as I drove into Chicago exactly a year ago couldn’t have been exceeded more than they are. Jim Barron is a Class act, and Rose Farm is a wonderful place where I’ve made many friends and become part of a super two wheeled family (Yo Fitz! Get better!). I need to get a clear day so I can ride up and take advantage of their super storage deal.
The seat and controls are super-comfortable. Never had a problem where my butt was sore after long hours in the saddle. Gas Mileage has been consistent in the 40’s, but I haven’t achieved the 50mpg reported by some of my cohorts. Maybe it’s because I’m having trouble keeping the throttle lightly twisted. I ride this bike HARD.
I was able to “drag a peg” a couple of times on some tight, first gear turns in the city. I didn’t actually drag a peg, and didn’t touch a muffler, so I don’t quite know what touched. Still, the bike takes a serious lean, loves “lean off” turns and carries its speed through corners beautifully. I’m excited to start riding as soon as possible in the spring, and I’ve bought a nice three-season Fieldsheer suit to start as soon as I can. I’m glad to have ridden in December. Now I have to get a few more miles in this month and make sure that I go somewhere in January, and I’ll be a 12-month rider my first year in Chicago!
The Hepco-Becker 40L bags have been super, and they really don’t make my butt look too big. I can stick my full-face in it, my laptop, and other goodies. The runs to Binny’s before a party are a breeze and I can just about put anything from the weekend “errand runs” in them as I make my way between taverns across Oak Park on the nice days.
Here’s to a great year. I managed to log about 14,000 miles despite losing my first new bike to an inattentive driver on July 19. Expect posts as I start to customize my ’72 Eldorado into something that my fellow Chicago riders might respect. The V7 Classic will be getting the Cafe seat as this is posted — $170 is a BARGAIN for the seat, and it’s a no-modification fit for the V7 — giving it that nice “fastback” hump.
I want to thank everyone I rode with this year for a great season, and I look forward to more miles next year as I get used to the weather, gear up for it and begin the next season as soon as possible. I hope to visit friends in Ohio, Los Angeles, Seattle and maybe even Isle of Man next year! Let’s meet up and ride!