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  • Birthday 07/11/1959

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    Don Tohivsky


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    Kitchener, Ontario, ON, Canada


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    Kitchener, Ontario


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  • Interests
    photography, woodworking
  • Bike Year and Model
    2009 RSV


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  1. Just a comment on where to put things.... I have a six gang fuse block mounted inside the passenger back rest. If you remove it (only a couple bolts) you can affix things underneath it. My six gang fuse block is used to power two Stebel horns, a USB charging port, and my trailer isolator. Instead of trying to jam things into the battery area under the back rest is a great place to mount things.
  2. In the U.S. I believe Yamaha included the CD changer in 2008 or 2009 but bikes from that time on included the cable in the left saddlebag. The cd changers come up for sale once in a while and think I saw one listed (somewhere) recently for $100. My 2009 didn't come with the cd changer (Canada) but does has the cable. There was an Apple adapter that was available that connected to the cable and I got one for my iPod which allowed you to change songs using the handlebar controller. I still have it but it is for the old style Apple connectors/devices of that time. If anyone wants one I'd gladly part with it.
  3. Did you check connections in the fairing?
  4. I have a few more shiny parts.
  5. I like what they did to this generation of 'Vette. Congratulations on a nice "ride"!
  6. Potential gear whine for 1999 to 2008 models. 2009 and newer seem to be better. "i" basket used I believe.
  7. For me the steering head is the most important part in your bikes handling .. New bearings don't cost that much depending on what kind of bike you are running it can be a bit of work  .. A simple test I use is to lift he bike in the front wheel comes of the ground ..Grab the wheel and check for movement  ..No movement up and down  , and smooth turn left to right and then back the other way , the wheel should not fall to either direction indicating , lose steering head ..If your fork bushing are worn it will have movement of the fork tubes in  a up and down lift  .There times where I have seen a wheel bearing problem

  8. Like I suggested previously....lift the bike and turn the front wheel to a 45 degree angle to the left. Hold it in position then let go. It shouldn't drift from where you let go. If it moves, then do the quick adjustment (loosen head bolt/nut, then with a long screw driver and hammer, tap it (clock wise I believe) until the front wheel holds in place, then tighten the head bolt/nut. First time I noticed mine being loose was coasting to a stop I took both hands off the grips at the same time for a moment (don't recall why) and the bike started into a wobble. Did the lift/test and tightened them up. Needs to be done occassionally. If it is noticeable "notch" or as Saddlebum suggested front/back movement of the forks, then change the bearings. With your low mileage I don't believe it is your bearings or grease. This is the link if you didn't already see it - ( @Freebird - pictures missing in this thread)
  9. As mentioned you can lift the bike, turn the front wheel 45 degrees to the left (not to the right) and if the wheel moves on it's own....your steering head is too loose. There is a "quick fix" for it to tighten the steering head which I would do unless the bearings were shot. That is the "safe" way to check the front end. Another test but it is while on the road....take the bike up to about 30km/hr and let go of the handlebars and coast. If the bike starts wobbling....tighten the steering head. Keep your hands just above the grips though so you don't lose control.
  10. When I've run into detours or changing routes on the fly, with my Zumo 660 you can remove waypoints on the fly so the GPS doesn't try to turn you around.
  11. I used oven cleaner to "erase" my ex-wife's name off the back of my trunk. Spray it on, wait a minute or two....then wipe it off. The pinstripe paint comes off clean with no damage to the plastic or the paint/finish. I've also used oven cleaner to remove permanent marker off a painted wall.
  12. So...for those that want the abbreviated version of what Carl posted.... We met in Paris, took back roads to Hamilton and stopped for a short break. Carl tried flirting with some girls (that must have been 50+ years younger than him) who looked at him then ignored him. Rode along Ridge Rd, down/up/down/up the escarpment (I think he was lost but wouldn't admit to it). Stopped for gelato (he made me pay). Rode along the canal and river....he mentioned stopping for lunch (but of course didn't offer to buy considering I paid for gelato).... Then we went to his place where the highlight of my day was saying hello to Marca. Still....was a very good day !
  13. He did manage to find a fresh tar/gravel road.
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