I have finally settled on a new exhaust slip-on for Raven. It has taken me 2 years now of looking and listening and searching in order to find something that looks good, is lower profile and the sound is deeper, but not much louder.
It adds a nice aesthetic and the sound is deep growling that never really whines no matter the RPM. And considering the NC700X is a low RPM motorcycle (Red-line at 6500) that means even at the top end, it is still growling along. While it is louder (I did not measure scientifically) it is not obnoxious or glass-shattering loud. I have been riding with it for a few weeks now, and love the sound.
Probably the one issue I have with the NC700 and long trips is having to unstrap whatever I have on the the pillion seat or undo the saddlebags in order to fill up. I like having the storage space in the frunk, and the gas tank under the seat keeps the weight low, but it adds nearly 10 minutes to a gas stop to unhook and redo the gear. So, there is a guy on the NC700 forums that fabricates rear racks that take the place of the pillion seat. Considering I never had a passenger, I figured why not. So, ordered the rack and a locking gas cap and got it mounted on the bike.
This year I want to shoot and post more videos. Of course, that will mean being able to clear the camera’s MicroSD card quickly and easily while on the go (or at least while stopping for a bite.) So, I went looking for a hard drive that was both wifi-enabled and would pull from a MicroSD card. My first glance showed me an expensive solution for a 256GB drive with the processing shell for $400. I know I can do better.
I added a new phone mount to my bike, as the old Ram X-Grip would no longer work because the sleep button was moved to the side, and no matter what case I attempted to use it would vibrate down and sleep the phone, and on a few occasions, dialed 911 because it got held in for more than 5 seconds. So, I went on a quest to find a new setup. I did, and it wasn’t exactly cheap, but it will hold up, and has held up even on some washboard gravel.
The HondoGarage mount has it’s own mounting hardware (extra $) but I had the RAM stuff already, so I saved that money. I am definitely recommending this mount, and the fine tuning on grip is great – no extra webbing needed to secure even the largest phones.
This past weekend was the 5th (I think) annual Spring Hang for a group of campers and hikers from the Hammock Forums. It was at Jefferson Forest in south western Jefferson County. For me, it was about a 30-45 minute ride, even without taking the expressway.
The weather for the weekend was supposed to be fairly decent. And it really was. Saturday’s high got to mid 60s and overnight it got to the lower 30s. The only real issue was the wind, which didn’t seem to want to end even at the end of the day. Some of the campers came in Friday and said it actually ended up dying down after the sun went down, but Saturday, it stuck around.
Well, this past Friday, April 13, I decided that after I got all my required items taken care of I would hit the road for a nice trip. I mapped out where I wanted to go on Furkot and hit the road. It turned out to be a great day, with temps that only just approached the upper 70’s (I think 78 was the high). The short story was to ride to Rabbit Hash, KY and get some BBQ, then on to Aurora, IN for a drink at Great Crescent Brewery and on down to Madison, IN and a milkshake at Hinkle’s and then head towards home and depending on the time stop at another microbrewery.
First of all, I realize it has been an age since posting, but there really hasn’t been much to report back on. But, the new year has come in (very cold for us here in Louisville) and it is time to get started. I wish I could say I had a lot of plans set up for this year, but at this moment, I only have a few trips on the books. Also, I finally bit the bullet and ordered new motorcycle boots, as my old ones are not waterproof more than just a random sprinkle. But, more on that later.