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Well, it's done. My '09 C50 which I just bought a couple of weeks ago after retiring Saya, my Honda Shadow, has just completed it's maiden voyage.

I took off last week for Sturgis Bike Week, Deadwood, the South Dakota Badlands, Spearfish Canyon, etc.. Camping along the way.

Eleven days on the road totaling 3,544 miles.

She (I also named her Saya ) performed very well, requiring only some oil top-off (naturally) and a set of lowers which I had installed while there. There's an occasional "skreeking" sound coming the front somewhere, but I haven't been able to narrow down the source. I'll figure it out.

I think the new Saya and I are going to get along just fine.

Bear Butte Mountain SD in the background....


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Nice looking bike!

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The fan will come on and off as it may need more air over the rad to control the temp. It's possible something got into the fan or it is noisier than normal. If you let it idle long enough, the fan will come on. It's an easy driveway test of the fan.
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Glad you enjoyed it. Sounds like fun times were had.

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Glad you enjoyed the ride. Yes, these bike WILL use some oil in between service intervals. Some, more than others - there is no rhyme or reason to it either. The oil consumption tends to be worse when you push the engine at high speed (interstate) for long periods of time. Just remember to check your oil, top it up as needed and ride happy.

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Nice looking bike!
She's a cutie.
The color...any color...is sort of a departure for me...My last two rides and my cars have always been black. I always assumed that any vehicle I choosefor myself would be black, but there she was, flirting with me.

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The fan will come on and off as it may need more air over the rad to control the temp. It's possible something got into the fan or it is noisier than normal. If you let it idle long enough, the fan will come on. It's an easy driveway test of the fan.
I was thinking the same thing...the fan is louder than my previous bike, but this is different. It only squawks for a moment, sometimes for a couple of seconds at speeds over 45mph, usually in 5th gear, sometimes in 4th, and even then, very randomly. Then it might be a long time before it happens again. I can't pin it on anything in particular...accelerating, decelerating, changing gears, applying brakes. Like I said...random.
It doesn't seem to affect performance at all. I'm wondering if something is being vibrated by wind speed as it never happens at low speeds.

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Glad you enjoyed it. Sounds like fun times were had.
It is fun, for sure. There's always something interesting to do out there.
The 2-1/2 day ride out there can be a bit taxing, but it's always worth it.


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Glad you had a good ride!


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Sounds like a good trip.

Your bike is very grape.

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Sounds like a good trip.

Your bike is very grape.
It does look unusually purple in the pic, doesn't it? 🙂

In reality (at least the version of reality I usually spend my time in), it's actually a dark burgundy/maroon sort of color.

I take all my photos with my phone, which is weird, because I would never consider calling someone with my camera.
There's probably a good reason for that. 😄


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nice lookin ride...glad the trip went well.

Whats the big hurry...slow down and enjoy the ride!

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