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The ergonomic experiment

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Mailman, Feb 21, 2020.

  1. Raymondo

    Raymondo XS650 rider, fettler, setting out on a journey XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Bob, been catching up on your recent posts on this thread - just love the cleanliness and meticulous attention to detail. Your approach surely an inspiration but I know I will never achieve such a level of work.
     
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  2. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Thanks for the kind words guys. I appreciate it. :cool:
     
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  3. tzimmerm

    tzimmerm XS650 Junkie Top Contributor

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    Wow, just read this entire thread after clicking on the link you provided in the “what did you do today” thread. I am flattered that you were inspired by my “super clean” bike! I am also SUPER envious of your immaculate bike! Holy crap is that thing clean! After reading the entire thread, I actually learned a bit and a few things I want to point out-
    1. Your initial idea to go with a crash bar and foot pegs like mine would probably get you the comfortable leg position you want- I am 5’9”, and the footpegs are in the perfect position for me to stretch my legs out. I even use them in town. If you’re still going for max comfort, I strongly recommend going this route.
    2. After having the TC bros “Lanesplitters” that some folks didn't like, and then the buckhorns, and now lower EMGO “Superbike” bars, I do have to agree that the lower bars seem to take strain off the low back. I’m only 36, but I’ve had back problems for going on about 7 years now, and though the buckhorns were comfortable for my upper body, I do think it strained my lower back.
    3. I installed that same x-ring chain last fall when I rebuilt My rear wheel, and it was very sticky as well.
    4. I’ve been using Bel-ray chain wax in a small spray can with a little straw. Silver and blue can. It doesn't sling off and is nice and tacky. It goes on white so you can see where you sprayed it.
    5. I also replaced my rear sprocket with a 32 tooth, but I have seen my top speed decrease. After reading your thread, I am more inclined to wonder if it isn't the sprocket but the extra 15-20 lbs I’ve put on since buying the bike!
     
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2020
  4. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Hey TZ! Thanks for the feed back, I appreciate it. I have to say I’m starting to get used to the highway pegs, I’ve had the bike out for a long ride since that article was written and it’s getting easier to use.
    How are you feeling buddy? You doing ok?
     
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  5. tzimmerm

    tzimmerm XS650 Junkie Top Contributor

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    I forgot to mention that I really like the look of the highway pegs! I’m honestly feeling a lot better today; been loaded up on 4 hr doses of 1000 mg tylenol and antibiotics. My sister and a friend cautioned me that a lot of people are reporting feeling better and then getting worse, the symptoms can wax and wane, so I’m not gettin cocky just yet. Thanks for asking.
     
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  6. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Yeah, don’t get too carried away working on your bike just yet. Rest until you see how this thing goes. It’s no joke. Take care of yourself. ;)
     
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  7. Champion makes spark plugs! LOL. The best I've found is Honda chain lube. At least that's what I prefer, and I don't have a chain guard! It dries in about 30 minutes.
    The bike looks great! Ya know somethin? I never checked the clearance with my new O-ring chain.
     
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  8. Tiesco

    Tiesco XS650 Addict

    After reading this a second time, you have convinced me to order a 31T sprocket.
     
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  9. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Ha! It’s a personal choice for sure. It’s a little less snappy coming off of a dead stop, but once rolling , I think it actually gathers speed faster and the shift points are extended, but for me the biggest gain is reduced RPM at highway speeds and a smoother feeling motor at speed. I know I’m happy with it.
     
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  10. Tiesco

    Tiesco XS650 Addict

    My friend has a 75 and I think he has the 31T sprocket because just based on how different first gear is between his and mine. His bike has such a longer first gear where as mine begs me to shift to second as soon as I take off. I'm an easy going, low rpm guy so I think I'll enjoy this minor mod.
     
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