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Night Watchman 1300C (New rider, July 2014)

2004 1300C, 2nd owner, 38k miles.

Air/pipes/carb:
Decapped with K&N
(Spyker mod will be coming soon...)
Cobra Slip Ons
Factory Pro Stage 3 jet kit
215 main jet, 58 slow, needle clip on 3rd notch
Glen's perm. A/F screw at about 2.25 turns out

PAIR valves removed, dimpled block-off plates from vtx-parts.com

Danny Gray Buttcrack and Danny Gray Bigseat
Both have the Danny Gray Seat Pin Mod (I still need to post this mod)
Danny Gray Wide Seat ("lick-n-stick" pillion), studded Mustang tail cover when Wide Seat removed

Hondaline saddlebags and mounts with helmet lock relocation kit
Hondaline deluxe backrest and luggage rack

Last oil change:
33xxx, Pro Honda GN4 10W-40
Purolator PL14610 filter (Amazon)
replaced both drain plugs with magnetic drain plugs

Wolo 619 Big Bad Max (with relay kit) mounted on
KC Hilites 7310 light mount bracket

Jump start battery harness and Battery Tender USB adapter

Gear:
BiLT RAPTOR helmet
Sena SMH-5-FM
XELEMENT CF5050 armored jacket
BiLT Ironworkers Kevlar jeans
Full finger armored summer gloves
Nelson-Rigg Storm Rider gear (rarely have to use it)

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Sounds like someone has been busy - Alot like my set up.

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Forgot to record the mileage at each step....oh well. Next time.

Oil change:
-switched to Rotella T6 synthetic (quieted the engine a lot, and shifts a little better) and cheap at Wallyworld
-Bosch 3323 filter, also cheap a Wallyworld

New Tires:
-Kenda K671 front and rear tires, amazon

Moto-D 11.3mm angled low profile valve stems, $25 on amazon

Replaced DynoJet carb spring with Honda OEM carb spring, will be fiddling with the carb adjustments soon to dial it in. $8 at dealer.

Removed choke. Installed new, stiffer choke spring and rubber cap. Both from OSH, less than $3 total.

New battery about a month ago

New fuel line and vacuum lines

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Sep 19th

Finished my Suspension Upgrade Project:

Fork Rebuild
-Progressive 11-1126 front suspension
-All Balls fork seals and dust wipers
-All Balls bushing kit (don't remember All Balls part number, but STG parts number is TR417017)
***All Balls provides several extra O-rings and washers in their kit, and of different sizes! Be careful to use the correct copper washers for the bottom bolts, and O-rings for the fork caps! The fork cap O-rings in the kit are of very similar sizes, so use the one the fits tightly.
-10w fork oil from local motorcycle retailer

Rear Suspension
-McMaster-Carr bushings

Other Stuff Done
-New brake pads on front and rear
***shame on me. Wore pads down to the metal and didn't even know it will look into replacing rotors soon, but brakes still work as they should...maybe I got lucky



Some after-thoughts:
-Old fork oil was BLACK AND SILVER!!! So glad I replaced all of it!
-New Progressive springs ended up being the same length as the stock springs I pulled out. Maybe if I had just replaced the oil and filled the forks to the level, the stock springs might have been ok to keep.
-Day 1 = very rough ride in the front! Also, turning feels harder to do now. I find myself leaning the bike more than turning the bars to make a turn. Also, I used to watch the forks move up and down while the bike would glide down the road. But now, I really don't see them moving, if at all... BUT, NO MORE ROCKING HORSE WHILE BRAKING AND STOPPING!!!! And that's what matters most!
-Day 3 = SO MUCH BETTER while riding 2-up! Turning and handling is much more controllable. Forks are still a little stiff, but feel like they're loosening up. Handling in the twisties while 2-up with luggage feels like riding solo! Ground clearance has increased, so no more scraping the frame on right turns
Day 5 = Yup, front end is breaking in nicely now. I can see the forks moving up and down better than they did on Day 1. I still may remove a little fluid to soften the ride a touch.

About the Rear Suspension:
-McMaster-Carr bushings are WONDERFUL! No more butt-spanking when riding over an unexpected pothole or bump at freeway speeds.
-It makes the backend quieter.
-Also, the rear suspension preloads actually make a difference now.


In the end, no regrets!!! (except for not paying attention to my brake pads)

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Glad it's all coming together........

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Glad it's all coming together........
Yes sir, little by little, brick by brick.

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Happy birthday to you......

Happy birthday, 40,000
Happy birthday to you!!!

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New Front Rim
New All Balls front wheel bearings

I am a little sad for 2 reasons:
1) When I got my replacement rim, I realized that the PO had the original rims chromed, but I thought he just polished them REALLY WELL! So now, the rims don't exactly match....oh well.
2) I wish there was a way to save the chrome on the old rim (like removing an accessory and giving it to someone else who wants it), but the rim is trash now. It just sucks because chrome plating those rims is a little expensive, but there's nothing I can do about it....


Side note about the front suspension: yes, even though the forks have started moving up and down a little, they are still WAY too stiff! I need to remove maybe .5oz from each fork tube to soften them up a bit. I can feel just about every single little bump on the road....but handling and ground clearance in the curves is phenomenal!!!

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Oil change at 42,000 miles, exactly.
Rotella T6 and Purolator 14610 filter
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Side note about the front suspension: yes, even though the forks have started moving up and down a little, they are still WAY too stiff! I need to remove maybe .5oz from each fork tube to soften them up a bit. I can feel just about every single little bump on the road....but handling and ground clearance in the curves is phenomenal!!!
Would it not be better (no mechanic, just a heavy reader of forum) to Go to lighter oil in forks???
Low fork oil could cause heavy foaming and ruin the ride and wear forks rapidly??????


I am more asking then suggesting as I dont know much about forks/shocks etc at all...







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