Posts by wjfyfe

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    I do the same thing - Layers! Tee shirt, then long sleeves, then sweater/light jacket, then heavy jacket. I even have insulated Jean's if need be. I remember one time in Oregon riding the Victory - 80 degrees one 1 side of the mountain and 50 on the other, literally just a couple miles apart.

    Yup, layering is the key. Though, no matter how warm the temperatures are, we are always wearing a lighter, (moisture wicking?), long sleeve shirt and pants for sun protection.


    Bill

    Road conditions and safety are more the concern with us rather than fixating on the temperature. One of the first things we did with the Grasshopper was to get rid of those Kenda tires and replace them with a reputable all-season tire. There is nothing that compares with a nice brisk ride under sunshine filled blue skies after Mother has decorated the landscape with newly fallen snow! :thumbsup:


    (Unfortunately, that many times means that those roads have been layered with newly applied gravel! :( )


    Bill

    Very good info, I will concur that as the temps fall below fifty degrees, summer tires become you nemesis and all-season tires become your friend. To further add is to remember that there is only that single tire driving you and it is riding in between the normal tire lanes.This is where all the oil has been deposited all year, where the above mentioned leaves, and other debris, frost, snow, gravel from sanding operations, they all wind up here. Speaking of the traction control, you may also want to consider just turning it off if there is any chance of hydroplaning. We also run into situations here where the windshield will become useless to see through with heavy rain, fog, and will develop frost in an instant if conditions are right. Oh, to put in a plug for the MeanSling Sport Top, it really helps to maintain a more comfortable riding experience by reducing wind buffeting and retaining passenger compartment heat.


    Bill

    I was going to wait until the 2020's arrived at the dealer so to get a look while getting the recall done, but we're having near perfect riding weather here presently, (I would be starting out in the mid 30's but returning in the 70's), maybe I might have to take advantage this Friday just to take the day and git-er-done, ( three+ hours each way.)

    Bill

    OK, call me a wimp, if the temps were going to rise into the 70's as originally forecasted, a couple of hours initially at the cooler temps would be OK. But now the temps are supposed to rise into the lower 50s only, and that is just a bit too brisk to be enjoyable for 6+ hours on the Interstate, especially for Justina and Athena. Maybe we'll just wait until the release of the 2020s after all.


    Bill

    Early model 2015 sneaking up on 25,000 miles and our belt has loosened some over the summer where we are being reminded of it since the seasonal temps have been getting cooler where the belt will squeal under acceleration when first starting out and cold, (currently in the mid-20s low 30s), but after a few miles the belt warms and tightens up to where it quiets down. The angle drive any more just has a slight mechanical whine, and like Edward Neal summarizes, it would not even be discernible if the vehicle was enclosed and insulated.


    Bill

    May I suggest that you move away from Chicago? Here in SW Oregon we get a lil more wet in the winter, but we can still ride all year. I am heading to work this morning where the temps are in the mid 20s, but when I head home this afternoon they will be in the high 60s, low 70s!


    Bill

    what would be nice is if there was a video of a perfectly clean belt and a perfect angle drive to listen to. Then noise comparisons could be made to determine what is considered too much and what course of action needs to be taken.

    What a great idea, Bigdog, since it is your idea how about you doing this for us? Take your time, do it right, and I have no doubts we all would be very appreciative in your taking the time in doing this for us!


    Good show! :thumbsup:


    Oh, just an added lil note, where it is the looser belt that tends to squawk more, I know that you meant to say it this way, right Bigdog;)


    Bill

    We also just received a call from the dealer today that the parts are in so to accomplish the recall.


    Bill

    I was going to wait until the 2020's arrived at the dealer so to get a look while getting the recall done, but we're having near perfect riding weather here presently, (I would be starting out in the mid 30's but returning in the 70's), maybe I might have to take advantage this Friday just to take the day and git-er-done, ( three+ hours each way.) By the way, this is not the dealer in which we purchased our SlingShot, if they forced the issue of taking a week and a half just because we did not purchase the SlingShot from them, I would be seeking a different dealer, no matter how much further I had to take it.


    Bill

    I figure if it were truly a "critical recall" I would have been notified by now about it by Polaris or the dealer - if it were not for this place I would have no clue there is a recall - - in the past they have notified me by mail of recalls and for the seat belt recall my dealer even called me - so far on this one I have heard nothing - - - with the potential liability I would have expected faster notification if they felt it were "critical"

    We received our recall notice by email weeks ago, but have not seen anything by snail mail to date. We also just received a call from the dealer today that the parts are in so to accomplish the recall.


    Bill

    Since there seemingly are no complaints where the J-block appears adequate for the SlingShot as it comes from the manufacturer, it seems that problems arise when it is pushed over it's (designed?) limits when aftermarket accessories are added to this particular circuit?


    Bill

    I must say that with no added lighting or other electronics and still running with the stock size motorcycle battery I am having difficulty understanding what on earth could possibly draw the kind of current on this circuit that would cause things to melt

    To add to your comment, I wonder if there have been folks who have not added any electrical accessories but still have experienced this problem?


    Bill

    Just the opposite of what the OP asked, but this morning the Grasshopper brought me to work, 30 miles through the mountains at 21 degrees, where the Sport Top definitely helps in keeping the ride cozy and comfy! :thumbsup:


    Bill

    If you will do a search and you will find bukoo info on this topic. A quick personal experience, we own the MeanSling Sport Top. This top is very well made and priced lower than most other tops on the market, we would recommend it. It does a wonderful job of reducing turbulence within the passenger compartment going down the highway making for a buffet free ride. It also provides additional protection from objects being picked up off the road from traffic and being thrown our way.


    But, we do have an issue with that even though it provides shade, the summertime heat that is retained in the passenger compartment can negate any benefit with summertime riding, (I am summarizing that this may be true with all tops?) We are fortunate enough to also have a Madstad adjustable windshield so on the highway we can raise the windshield all the way to allow circulation. Others have added Baker Wings. But, sitting in stop-n-go traffic it can get real real warm and uncomfortable. Thus, we typically remove the top in the summer time, and run it primarily in the winter time.


    So, at least with us, this top has several positive attributes, but using it as a sun shade off the highway unfortunately is not one of them.


    Bill

    I am going to check out a closer dealer that I haven't used before I want to talk to the service department and ask if this and the rear camera recall are something they can do as I wait.

    Replacing the rear camera takes only a couple of minutes, since you have no damage to the J-box then that repair should take less than an hour. What I am thinking is going to take the most time is obtaining the repair parts.


    Bill

    Going on Edward Neal's lead, the current fix does seem to be kinda Mickey Mouse to me, since our J-block has no damage, I am thinking that I am just going to wait until the 2020's come out to see if Polaris is going to install a much cleaner fix to this problem.


    Bill

    Sounds to me as if they find damage then they would have to replace the J-Block and before they can do this, which is not a normal part of the recall fix, they need to see if its covered by warranty and at this point might check to see if the damage was caused by the addition of aftermarket electronics and / or lighting being added to the circuit


    if you have not already done so you really should read the recall PDF that Rab posted - it goes into great detail about what to do and not to do if damage is or isn't found.

    Agreed! It all sounds perfectly logical to me?

    Bill