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Honestly, with the progressives I had zero improvement. 1300 c. maybe the r is more receptive to them.
Back in the day I bought a set...then read mixed reviews...sold them brand new in the box.... ....I may not be as sensitive as others...never had a bad ride on OEM....


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New Progressives have to be better than 12yo OEM. look at it that way. New OEM's gotta be better too. New Oil, New Springs would be nice after 12-13 years. Talkin' bout my bike ya understand.


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New Progressives have to be better than 12yo OEM. look at it that way. New OEM's gotta be better too. New Oil, New Springs would be nice after 12-13 years. Talkin' bout my bike ya understand.
Yea, I'd say it's about time for some new springs/oil.

We have a good 5 months of Winter or just generally lousy weather riding days. If you have a garage, it does give you the chance to get all the maintenance or up-grades you need to do.
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New Progressives have to be better than 12yo OEM. look at it that way. New OEM's gotta be better too. New Oil, New Springs would be nice after 12-13 years. Talkin' bout my bike ya understand.
Although my bike was orig sold new in Jul 2008, so really its 11 yo. Plus it was garage kept until i got it, now it is too in that speedway shelter under the carport. Keeps the bike more dust free than uncovered in a garage.


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One of the things I was thinking when I started this thread was to encourage folks to come up with a Winter prep procedure.

Years ago, I got in the habit of giving my bike a really good going over in late Fall so when Spring comes rolling around, all I have to do is drop it off its stand, disconnect the trickle charger, air up the tires if they need it, start it up and go for a ride.

I wrote my own procedure complete with part no.'s, notes and products that I will need to use - It takes all the guess work out of this... plus I don't always remember everything from year to year.

This could be as simple or complicated as you want, but having a plan is way better than just "winging it." Saves a lot of trips back-n-forth from the store or waiting for the UPS driver to show up with parts.

Well anyway, just a thought here about Winter prep.
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My winter prep is pretty straightforward. Oil change, tank topped off with stabilized fuel, a few extra pounds of air in the tires, and on the other bikes, wheels up off the ground (not seeing that with the VTX so maybe park it on multiple sheets of cardboard), and it's on a tender all winter (I have a four-port for the bikes). Every spring, they're ready to go.

This one, however, is a couple months new to me. Does everyone run the carb dry/drain? Or keep it full with the stabilized fuel? I used different procedures on the other bikes.

Oh, and for what it's worth, rode in to the office today, which, based on the weather outlook, may be the last ride of the season.
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I don’t really do anything aside from running stabilized fuel once it’s getting close, and keep on top of my oil changes.
I never really know when the last ride will be. Could be now, could be December. Once the snow flies, I top off the tank and leave it on a tender until spring. Nothing complicated required.
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Now the fun begins!

Tomorrow, 11/2/19, I will be putting my bike up on the rack for some post-riding season TLC. All my parts & pieces have arrived and now it's time to start wrenching.

Besides my usual Winter prep, the only other real "project" that I will be getting into will be changing out the rubber brake lines for a set (front/back) https://spieglerusa.com/catalog/cate..._dropdown=1632

Along with a good cleaning of the calipers and a new OEM Honda brake pads.

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