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Old 12-15-2011, 06:15 PM   #21
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One odd thing about having such a unique motorcycle (Katana 750f with a B12 engine, wide swingarm to support a beefier rear tire, holeshot stage 2, etc...) is that even though it's insured, I'm crazy paranoid about it getting stolen. Sure, I can buy another bike with the insurance money - but there basically aren't any others like this one. Oh well. :-(
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:47 PM   #28
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Just wanted to check in and give a one year report. Divorce has been final for a few months. The bike has REALLY helped me get through all the emotional strain. I know it sounds strange, but it's true.

The Katana B12 (best designation I can find for it) is still epic. My only beef with it is that it eats rear tires and I've already had to replace the chain due to uneven stretch. There's a minor oil seep at the pan gasket, but it's very slow. I have to change the oil before the seep is a problem anyway. Other than that, just basic maintenance stuff. The clutch cable frayed and I had to learn how to replace that. Oil and filter every 2500. An occasional treatment of SeaFoam. It's been great.

I took her to a track day and went down, but the only damage was a cracked fairing. 351fox and I did the repair using ABS epoxy and then I repainted everything myself. It was a learning experience, but I was impressed by how the Katana could take a hit and keep going. Unfortunately, white is not a slimming color and the post Katanas are big girls. I'm tempted to repaint her black or burgundy in the spring.

I've been doing some weekend rides of about 200 miles each direction. I've done a 300 mile trip, but I get a sore neck if I'm on it that long. Legs, arms, back...all that is fine. It's just my neck. I have a nice helmet with a stabilizer on the back and that was an improvement over my previous smooth-backed helmet, but after 3 hours on the road the muscles in the back of my neck start to complain. It's only on the highway though. If I'm threading my way through the back roads it isn't a problem (then my legs and shoulders get their workout). A friend suggested some neck exercises and stretching. I might look into a slightly larger windscreen that can funnel the air up a bit more over the helmet instead of just straight into it.

I had a scary moment when changing the chain because it looked like the driveshaft might be damaged and would need a new engine or an extensive rebuild. I tend to think in terms of worst-case scenario. Turns out it was fixable but for a few minutes I thought I may have to get rid of the big Tuna. I was so sad - I realized that I would spend all my time trying to replicate it (BMW K1300s or something like that). Everything was fine, and I got back on the road yesterday. Whew!

How nice it is to own the perfect bike for you. Now if I can just solve the neck thing I can take it for a few weeks and tour the east coast this summer.

Thanks to everyone who has welcomed me to the riding community. I've enjoyed every minute.
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