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An extreme test for the revised GoPro mount modification. This low-resolution YouTube clip doesn’t do justice to how rough and chopped up the condition of Barrington Top Road. The route plan was to ride from the base of Gloucester to Scone (118k) the long way around via Barrington Tops national park. I got halfway up the tightly packed gravel road tuned into GS country. I start to worry that if I keep going I could’ve bent a rim or ripped a tyre. There’s no mobile receptions, but I did have with me my trusty Garmin InReach with me, but I was prepared to take a punt on being stranded overnight. The upside was I got an unexpected opportunity to test out my GoPro Mount modification under extreme conditions.


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Started cutting down the Vstream tour shield today.

Took about 6 inches off he top, and added a CalSci style vent so far, need to shorten it a little further.

No pics of the vent yet, will be doing some more work on it tomorrow. Right now the wind hits at the top of the face shield, and I'd like it to hit below the chin/neck...


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Washed off 2020's accumulation of bug guts and assorted virii, filled the tank, and added some StarTron stabilizer to the tank. It's probably had its last ride until next year. The Scrambler is still ready to roll.

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Fitted a Machine Art Moto Mudsling kindly given to me by a friend that was surplus to his requirements. A five-minute easy job to fit, especially as I already had the rear wheel out getting a puncture fixed, having picked up a nail the very first time I had ridden it in 12 months, and only then riding directly to & from the bike shop to get a Blue Slip rego' inspection. Then cleaned & detailed it to within an inch of its life and finished with my first time use of ACF50, very impressed with that stuff. Now ready & rearing to go to get many more miles of smiles. Hope the attraction for nails on this tyre fades very soon tho'...
 

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Cut another 1-1/2 inches off the top, total of about 7 inches shorter than stock now, and cleaned up the vent some. Managed to scratch it in the process. Sigh. But I think it's something I can live with for touring and with ear plugs. Makes a lot more noise than full naked, but does make freeway miles easier.



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And here's a couple shots of the windshield progression. It's now a little over 7 inches shorter than original.



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Filled it up with ethanol-free gas, put some Stabil Storage in it, ran it for 15 minutes to get it throughout the system, cleaned it 'til you could eat off every square inch of my bike, then draped a sheet over it in the garage so it could hibernate in dust-free peace, and called it riding season. I'll wake it up in April, March if I'm very lucky.
 

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It hasn’t rained here since I bought the bike in March. I went through a puddle (from irrigation watering) and got dirt on the bike. That’s it.
 

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Looked at it as it rested beneath its winter-hibernation cloth sheet, and toyed for the umpteenth time with the idea of changing out my small flyscreen Sport shield to the standard High windscreen (that doesn't look too "high" at all, from what I can tell from pictures). Also toyed for the for the umpteenth time about changing out the matching color panels at the bottom of the front of my Pollux-colored Exclusive model to the aluminum ones found standard on the white HP.
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Thought, too, for the umpteenth time that an Akrapovic exhaust would sure look good on it. Made no decision on any of the three, so will continue to handwring and debate the issues in my head at least 150 times more before spring riding arrives in April or thereabouts. Gives me something motorcycle-related to think about each day since I can't ride it.:(
 

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In Australia, all models come with the stainless steel lower guards, @RC65, so you'd have one less thing to wring your hands about here. Oh, and we don't need to hibernate our bikes in winter either. 😄
 

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