The key draw around this house is a bit ridiculous. Anyhow, we have the main key, spare keys and then super duper backup keys. It's tough to find key chains that embellish the soul of that bike and are still soft/non-scratching. Anyhow, I had these custom flight tags made based on the below graphic
I have to say the first 1000 miles on the bike was somewhat violent on poorly maintained road surfaces. So much so, that it will be the first bike to get a suspension upgrade so early. My main complaint was the rear shock would bump in the as* on large/square impacts. While the front end was a bit more complaint after we took some compression out, it still was snatching the bars/ripping my shoulders out.
The forks have already been shipped off to FastBike Industries last week, and I frankly can't wait to get them back. The front end will be getting Nitron adjustable cartridges and the rear shock will be a Nitron level 2 unit. I've also recanted a bit on too much bling, the rear spring will be Floro yellow powdercoat.
While I certainly won't regret this upgrade, it's likley to be bit on the spendy side. Additionally, I should have realized how the too tight from the factory rear chain was playing into this. But nonetheless, the show goes on...for now, she sits all alone..
It's been said that an excellent offense starts with a good defense. In this case, coming from a dual sporting background I've think nothing of gracefully exiting a bike as it finds it way to snuggle up horizontally to mother earth. And while all bikes can and will be replaced, I'd like to atleast stack the deck in my favor.
For this build, I considered the stunting cages which are similar to the dual sport theme. However, this bike will never be my stunt bike, and quite frankly I've not found a set of bars that aren't completely fugly. So, with that I chose a more muted build of axle sliders, case sliders and frame sliders. First up, the Womet-Tech Frame sliders. I chose them as they were a 2-point design and I liked the machine marks on the delrin sliders. I plan on relocating the side blinkers to the headstock later this year, so I am not concerned with how far those are protruding for now.
Installation was bit tricky, as the OEM bolts have some adjustment in the bolt heads, but the sliders require the frame to be 100% aligned. No worries, suspending the frame from ceiling bolts did the trick! The sliders to have ample clearance off the body panels
I decided on Woodcraft Technologies for right hand side Clutch Cover Protector (P/N 60-0409RC) and the left hand side Stator Cover Protector (P/N 60-0409LC). As previously mentioned, since I've changed the graphics out to Floro yellow, I've chosen black for the other accessories to prevent too much blinginess.
The axle sliders (P/N45-0409F) use a quick release pin vs the long rod on most of the designs.
There are rationale ways to make a large purchase, like the process where you consider your requirements and evaluate them against the performance specifications. But frankly, when you are buying hooligan bike all that sanity goes right out the window. In fact, it wouldn't be until after the 1000-mile break in was completed, that Bruce decided to look up the specs on the new bike. And she does not disappoint. The triple cylinder configuration is putting out 115-hp and a 425-pound wet weight.
And as a hooligan bike, I had but one requirement for her, where form meets function. However, if you are going to be ugly, make ugly a statement. Good thing that Bruce was a the local dealership months before my test ride. Having never talked about another bike, I think he meant to say she's ugly in a really cute kinda way. After all, who admits they own the ugly bike?!?
When searching out the bike I was going to buy I wanted the fluorescent yellow rims. But that was only used on the 2018 color scheme, and there were apparently none east of the Mississippi that were showing in inventory. So, did the next best thing. I bought an all black bike with the intent to gussie her all up with sticker packages. The windscreen is the PUIG SPORT Naked New Generation Windscreen. Stickers from hooliganstickers.com and Gpvinyls.com
I am loving the Floro yellow, but I need to call it quits. Also, it's been difficult to work with the Floro yellow as the other aftermarket bits in anodized aluminum are plain yellow. On previous builds, the different shades have been visually distracting, so I've stuck with black for most of the other add ons.
The first bike in the Dorito namesake was aptly named Dorito, as it was Lava Orange. Rather, I saw it as the color left on your finger tips after eating Doritos.
And somehow that bike survived much of what I did to her. However, after getting the thumper (one-cylinder BMW) I realized how poorly this bike was off road. I disliked the length of chassis, and the progressive springs in the front and the low-end aftermarket rear shock were poorly executed.
Next, in the line up is Cool Ranch Dorito. Fitting name for a Yellow bike, eh? More on that backstory here:
Then there was Dorito Roulette. And that prelude here:
And now, introducing Jurassic Dorito!
You probably didn't know the chipmaker produced a limited number of giant-sized Doritos chips to coincide with 2018 summer's premiere of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. The oversized Nacho Cheese-flavored chip measures in at about ten inches tall while retaining the thickness of a traditional Doritos chip. But a chip this big (and fragile) can't just be shipped out in any old bag. So when the chip arrives, it's hiding inside a replica dinosaur egg nestled within a giant metal Jurassic Doritos crate, with a certificate of authenticity to boot.
Or more simply I will call her T-Rex! Heck, who doesn't think of the Tyrannosaurus as their go-to Dino pick for the Jurassic period? And not to miss the allusion to MT-09 and T-Rex! (Yes, I bought this photo...just waiting for the photo to send the high-res CD!)
I should have known better. Never through a leg over something that you don't want in the stable. There is a primordial part of the human brain that associates things that you have touched as belonging to you. Annually around mid-July, Yamaha Racing Champion School (YRCS) brings their course to Quantico Marine Corp Base. Nearly melting to the asphalt as it was blazing HOT, but otherwise I had a delightful day. It was taught this time by the CEO of YCRSS, Nick Iantach (sp?). The other instructor just finished up from a top 5 finish at Laguna Seca the prior weekend in the Superbike class. Needless to say, they oozed talent.
The class was all taught trackside, and was a great blend of theory and application. Never once did they ask anyone to slow down, and certainly no pussy-footing around turns. "You accelerate because we use our brakes!" They would ride laps with us, and randomly move cones into the corners to change our apexing and sometimes full stops in the corner. It was a full 8 hr course, and I certainly didn't feel like I needed any more turns/track time by the time we concluded.
The only downside to the "free" class was that they brought 4 bikes (Tracer 900, MT-07, MT-09 and something else with full fairings). I was able to catch ride the last 35 mins session on the MT-09. But yet, standing in the middle of a 10 acre helo field decorated ornately with miniature pylon cones and I don't walk away. Instead, under the leadership of Yamaha Racing School I have the most incredible test ride of my life. The final session of the day and pure bliss piloting the MT-09 on a closed course, with professional instructors urging me to pilot the bike with more zest into the corners.
I leave that test ride on Wed, and by Saturday the new sled is in my possession. However, I did find the local Washington DC dealers a step below scoundrel level. Dealers to the North and South of me both wanted $1K (11%) more in shipping/documentation/assembly fees. It's a bit a ridiculous business model. The dealer 15 miles from home had last years model on the floor, which she was apparently very proud of. They wanted a $800 premium for the luxury of buying a bike that I don't like the color and a year older.
So we trek off to Romney, WV which is 150 miles away. Their environment of welcoming an old friend home, rather than the ‘bait and switch thuggery’ of my nearest dealerships was a smart trade. From the first call, the sales staff was knowledgeable and acted with integrity. The prices he quoted on the phone were the same at the signing table a few hours later (and at a savings of >$800!). Having the same bike in his personal stable, the sales staff passion for the bike was unwavering and they certainly took the time to go through the bikes options, possible upgrades and discuss any questions I had. Romney Cycles was efficient throughout the process, as the bike was prepped and staged for pickup under the front canopy as we arrived and paperwork ready complete & correct and as soon as we had completed the bike inspection.
A minor nit found later was that the chain was wicked tight, even after the first 1000 miles.