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Offline Salish14

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The little things
« on: May 01, 2018, 01:03:58 am »
You know how we tend to get caught up in the big stuff, like new lights or doing the valves or tires or whatever. I swear I get as much or more satisfaction from finding something small and making it better.

This week the case in point is that I have often wondered if my shift lever could not be lowered a bit for easier shifting. I sometimes found I would miss getting all the way up into second if I was a bit lazy with my foot. Like the reach up was a bit high. So I did the simple adjustment a few days ago, lowering the shift lever by maybe 1/4" and damn, what a difference. Now more easily within the range of my foot motion, when I pull up with the same force as before I feel the gears click solidly into gear. And I still have plenty of room for my foot to rest lazily below the lever when not shifting.

Sometimes these little things make such a big difference!

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Re: The little things
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2018, 04:02:35 am »
It's almost always the "Little things" that make the biggest difference. :)
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Re: The little things
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2018, 01:51:26 pm »
After reading the last "hole in my radiator" thread, I FINALLY added a much needed zip tie to the to top of my R&G radiator guard to keep it seated properly over the front face of the rad.

Cost me one ziptie, and 10 minutes of swearing.  :))

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Re: The little things
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2018, 02:18:03 pm »
After reading the last "hole in my radiator" thread, I FINALLY added a much needed zip tie to the to top of my R&G radiator guard to keep it seated properly over the front face of the rad.

Cost me one ziptie, and 10 minutes of swearing.  :))

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Only one ziptie?

I usually go through three before I get one just right.  :(
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Re: The little things
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2018, 03:13:10 pm »
The reason "little" things seem more satisfying is because we handle the "big" things immediately. The little things gnaw away at you.
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Re: The little things
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2018, 01:11:58 am »
After reading the last "hole in my radiator" thread, I FINALLY added a much needed zip tie to the to top of my R&G radiator guard to keep it seated properly over the front face of the rad.

Cost me one ziptie, and 10 minutes of swearing.  :))

gr

Only one ziptie?

I usually go through three before I get one just right.  :(

Okay - okay....you GOT me.

It WAS two!  :-[ :D

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Re: The little things
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2018, 01:58:49 am »
Salish 14.....now spend the $21 on Murphs Bearinged up shifter and really feel the difference. It's not a little thing.https://www.murphskits.com/product_info.php?products_id=463
« Last Edit: May 02, 2018, 02:02:57 am by Dirtwiz »
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Re: The little things
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2018, 08:44:51 am »
 :iagree:
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Re: The little things
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2018, 09:44:58 am »
"The Little Things" = "The Devil's in the Details" ....... just saying......  ;D
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Re: The little things
« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2018, 09:46:24 am »
Salish 14.....now spend the $21 on Murphs Bearinged up shifter and really feel the difference. It's not a little thing.https://www.murphskits.com/product_info.php?products_id=463

I've ignored this one.....

Please explain.   Interested.

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Re: The little things
« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2018, 01:47:11 pm »
I've read about the bearing shifter and honestly can't imagine it would matter. I removed and lube that shifter every year and it is a super low friction low heat low resistance environment anyway. I mean, the force of my foot so easily overcomes whatever minor friction can exist between two well greased parts...I'm just not seeing the need.

But that automated back massage machine that unfolds from the top case and skillfully works on my shoulders for only $14,000, now that is my a small thing I truly need.
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Re: The little things
« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2018, 02:21:31 pm »
"But that automated back massage machine that unfolds from the top case and skillfully works on my shoulders for only $14,000, now that is my a small thing I truly need."

It's called a WIFE and cost Way more than 14k. :-\
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Re: The little things
« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2018, 02:32:28 pm »
I've read about the bearing shifter and honestly can't imagine it would matter. I removed and lube that shifter every year and it is a super low friction low heat low resistance environment anyway. I mean, the force of my foot so easily overcomes whatever minor friction can exist between two well greased parts...I'm just not seeing the need.

Salish, I finally opted to add the bearing up shifter. Like you, I couldn't imagine it would matter.
After installation, I thought, no difference. Feels the same.
After I got used to it, I rode another Connie, without the kit.
I discovered, yupp there is a difference and I prefer the kit.
It's the little things that make your bike,, "Your Bike"..
Besides, I also can't afford the $14,000 automatic back massager. Have a wife that does a fine job for a lot more $$.

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Re: The little things
« Reply #13 on: May 02, 2018, 10:59:35 pm »
Agreed. Probably getting weird in my old age but I get the best satisfaction out of waxing the bike, changing the oil, making small adjustments. Just finished revalving the forks and shock and oh mama...

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Re: The little things
« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2018, 05:21:53 pm »
It's almost always the "Little things" that make the biggest difference. :)

I know you added the word ALMOST but I just wanted to say that sometimes the bigger things make a big difference too.

The McCruise and Rider Backrest I installed are the best things that make the biggest difference (for me) in my opinion.
I know not everyone thinks a cruise is needed But there are times when it makes a big difference.
I haven't seen anyone else put a riders backrest on their C14 but I can tell you one ride without mine installed
told me how much it is worth and how much better it makes the ride.  But if someone never had one they wouldn't miss it, I guess.



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Re: The little things
« Reply #15 on: May 04, 2018, 11:10:59 am »
I made it so I can close my gas cap without using the key ... just a little thing but I appreciate it every time I get gas.
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Re: The little things
« Reply #16 on: May 04, 2018, 01:38:24 pm »
I hung my helmet off the rear reflector for over 5 years.  A few weeks ago I added a simple to use helmet lock. 

One of the first things I did was get a set of keys made so that I wouldn't have to use the stove pipe or FOB Key ever again.   I took black hot sauce caps and epoxied the keys so they look like knobs on the saddle bags.  It's also great for pulling the key out of the saddle bag to open the gas cap. 
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Re: The little things
« Reply #17 on: May 04, 2018, 04:24:12 pm »
I made a hanger for my extra key that I hang on the little black wire guide between the left side of the tank and the cowling. I just pull it off the hanger for my gas cap or bags. No digging into my pockets for those keys.
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Re: The little things
« Reply #18 on: May 04, 2018, 05:22:32 pm »
It's almost always the "Little things" that make the biggest difference. :)

I know you added the word ALMOST but I just wanted to say that sometimes the bigger things make a big difference too.

The McCruise and Rider Backrest I installed are the best things that make the biggest difference (for me) in my opinion.
I know not everyone thinks a cruise is needed But there are times when it makes a big difference.
I haven't seen anyone else put a riders backrest on their C14 but I can tell you one ride without mine installed
told me how much it is worth and how much better it makes the ride.  But if someone never had one they wouldn't miss it, I guess.

I'm interested. Is there a thread or pics of the rider backrest? Did you buy or DIY?