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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 :wink2: ) 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. :laugh:

Bear Butte Mountain SD in the background....
 

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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 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.

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.

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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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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This is the kind of thing that keeps me in love with this forum.

Menhir, I've seen your posts asking for -- and getting -- sound advice about your bike. And now, look at you go!

:wayhappy:

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This is the kind of thing that keeps me in love with this forum.

Menhir, I've seen your posts asking for -- and getting -- sound advice about your bike. And now, look at you go!

<img src="images/smilies/Drogar-Happy(DBG).gif" border="0" alt="" title="Way Happy" class="inlineimg" />

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And I'm glad I found this place, too. The members have been very helpful.

The recommendation to use an auto inspection glass to check the oil came in handy on the road.

Links to the service and owners manual helped me prepare for the trip...I downloaded the manual to my phone.

Suggestions for better mirrors helped my track down a really good set (the local stores had next to nothing) and have them arrive on time to install before I left.

Being told where to look for a switched power source in the headlight bucket of all places (I never would have thunk of that), got me my GPS wired up pronto.

Cool beans. 🙂

I'm no stranger to touring and moto-camping. This was my third longish trip this year...and I wasn't about to miss out on Sturgis. I only had two week or so after I traded my Honda in for the Suzuki, so I really appreciated the help I received to get it set up in quick order so I wouldn't have to cancel my trip.
 

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Re: your front end noise. Had something similar on my 09 C50T. Thought it was a loose neck cover, wires rubbing etc. Zip tied everything that might be loose with no help. The shop says might be the front wheel bearings so they were replaced. Guess what - still an annoying random squeel/squak. Took it back and they took the front wheel off again and lubed the speed sensor; voila! - problem solved! No charge for the second wheel removal as they should have considered the speed sensor when the had the wheel off the first time. About 35,000 km on the bike at that time. Sure was a relief to get rid of it as you're not sure how serious it is.
 

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Thanks for that information...I'll definitely look into that. It's something I would have never thought of.

Other than that noise, the bike is performing very well. It would be nice get it silenced, though.


On a different note, I'll try to post a few pics of my trip soon. My job has kept me very busy since I returned but I'll be getting a bit of a break coming up. Hopefully. 🙂
 
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