My RSMTD recently had its 600 mile servicing. Afterward, she seemed slightly peppier at high speed, perhaps due to syncing of the four carbs. Had the heel/toe shifter replaced with the Yami billet single-arm. Much better for me, considering that that's what I'm used to. Installed a rear-seat luggage rack m...
My RSMTD recently had its 600 mile servicing. Afterward, she seemed slightly peppier at high speed, perhaps due to syncing of the four carbs. Had the heel/toe shifter replaced with the Yami billet single-arm. Much better for me, considering that that's what I'm used to. Installed a rear-seat luggage rack myself -- 'went together nicely -- also a chrome choke lever cover (10 second install), and a leather tool pouch, which I affixed to the crossbeam between the forks, just underneath the main headlight. By the way, the pouch is made in China, though it does appear to be of good quality. Best of all, I had a Bakup fully-adjustable driver's backrest installed, and this further improved what was already a very comfortable 'bike. The kink I had previously felt between my shoulder blades after a half-hour of steady riding has been eliminated. I no longer experience any discernible fatigue at all; it's really wonderful. Gas mileage hovers around 40mpg on 87 octane, but I concede that gas mileage would significantly improve if I could bring myself to keep highway speed down to 65mph or lower. Maintaining 75-80 is so effortless and confidence-inspiring that I feel I'm practically loitering at posted limits. As I had previously posted, my clutch has been engaging somewhat further into the let-out than it did when I first purchased the bike. I had the clutch bled; no difference. It's really OK, it's just that there was definitely a change in the let-out after the first few hundred miles. Since the weather turned quite hot and humid, I've taken to wearing a half-helmet that enables me to hear the high-pitched chirping between 55-65 mph in OD to which many RSTD owners have complained. No biggie to me, and you must consider that the only reason I even notice the chirping is because the exhaust is virtually silent at practically any highway-cruise speed. Only when the engine is heavily loaded -- like when ascending a grade at 45mph in OD and then rolling on power -- can I detect anything approaching an exhaust 'BLAAAAATTTTT'. I actually like it that way, except when I was riding with a coupla loud bikes last weekend. When we'd stop at an intersection and then pull away, I couldn't hear my own engine at all. It's vibration-free as well, so I really couldn't even 'feel' my way along in feathering the throttle and clutch. I ended up having to watch my Baron mini-tach (mounted on the brake reservoir) just to keep from either stalling or over-revving / riding the clutch. The only performance issue I have is that I have to remember to rev 'er up to 2500rpm in first gear if I'm ascending a hill. If I shift into second gear at 2000rpm or less, she kinda bogs down and accelerates VERY slowly until the rpms come back up to 2000. At or beyond 2500rpm, it's as though somebody threw The Great Magic Switch, because she very suddenly comes on terrifyingly fast for an 855 lbs. behemoth. I'm going to opt for the Bub 4-into-2 headers, and pop (3) 3/4-inch holes in each of the two air cans, to give me a little more pleasing exhaust note, better 'feedback' in noiser riding environments, and to let that V-Max motor breathe a little better. I'm more and more impressed with the speedo. 'SO easy to read, plus, the reserve-tank odometer is a very helpful riding aid, as is the easy-to-actuate clock. In my humble opinion, the opportunities for use of the cruise control have turned out to be far fewer than I would've liked, but I really look forward to highway rides with little or no traffic so that I can engage it, and then relax just a little bit more, without worry that I might inadvertently pile into the rear of some unsuspecting 4-wheeled econobox. Having that little doo-dad on-board makes me feel very snobbish as I wave to people I pass -- with my right hand. No luck yet in finding someone who might be able to cut the windscreen down a couple inches. Yeah, I'm getting used to it, but it IS an impediment to anticipating hazards. Overall, I'm very pleased with having chosen to purchase a new RSMTD. I'll update my review after I have the Bub headers installed and have the air cans ventilated. 'Regards to all, DC