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A quick review of riding mountain twisties, solo and two-up, both before and after mods.

Before was stock transverse gears, stock rear mono shock setting, stock fuel map, stock pipes and no tach. It was okay but seemed like the perfect gear for bouncing between 40-55mph through the twisties sat between 3rd and 4th. There was a good bit of jockeying between the gears. The suspension, especially two-up, would bottom out on decent bumps, and when solo simply felt too soft and not very inspiring in the corners. Floorboard scrapes were occasional an had one instance of scraping the stock pipes.

After the mods the bike was a dream. I rode with a group of Kawasaki Mean Streak owners. For those who are not familiar with the Mean Streak, it's hard to beat it for spirited twisties on a cruiser platform. The V2K rode the curves, switchbacks, all with elevation changes, like a dream in the Euro's 3rd gear. The tach usually stayed between 2400-2900 rpm while the new pipes and fuel controller made the engine happy to do so. The motor and new gearing provided a perfect blend of acceleration and engine braking. The weight of the bike proved beneficial in that it would slow down faster on decel and therefore braking was kept to a minimum and usually rear trail braking was employed when needed. Having adjusted the rear shock preload to about 95% of max and running about a middle dampening setting, the rear end was flawless and inspiring. I kept up with everyone just fine and at times left some of them behind they the curves. I scraped the left floor board ever so slightly one time. This was doing the moonshine run solo with a run down to Franklin. Those sharp curves have decent banking and allow for more bike leaning. Because of the size of the bike and the width of the front tire, I had to be more precise on picking my entrance point, entrance speed, apex and exit. In this aspect the bike is less forgiving than the Mean Streak. But when you nail it all, it can haul butt through the twisties and put some wear on that virgin outer inch of rubber on the rear tire tread.

Two-up performed great as well, but of course the riding was slightly less aggressive due to being responsible for the passenger but nonetheless quite spirited. No bottoming out or scraping. The ride was soft with the right amount of firmness. On the stock settings, the rear shock can be too soft and at times harsh.

The agility of the V2K, with these changes, surprised me a little and the rest quite a lot. One rider behind me later said the way the stance of the bike would change due to the torque when launching out of a corner was very impressive. Although I had found good pot settings on my Dobeck EFI prior to the trip, often when when we'd stop at scenic overlooks I'd adjust just the pots, either rich or lean, just to experiment.
 

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A quick review of riding mountain twisties, solo and two-up, both before and after mods..
so who is Maggie? and why does she live in a valley? is she related to that gal Alice? the one famous for full service restaurant? poncho
 

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So did speeds bike smoke the V2K on the straight a ways. I saw your post about how it performed. I can see him being able to out maneuver the V2K entering curves put I would have a hard time believing it would out pull it coming out of the curves.
 

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Hi Jim
I went for a ride through the ranges last weekend with 3 Ducati sports bikes.
I was hanging off my Kwaka, scraping the metal (under the floor boards) on both left and right handers. Braking hard into a lot of corners, all on standard suspension, and Bridgestone tyres fitted. I did spend a lot of time in 3rd and 4th.
You do not need trick suspension that you pay big bucks for, just to ride one of these beasts hard.
BUT,,, They are BIG heavy cruisers. Not sports bikes.
Enjoy Your Ride
Terry
 

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I want to find something smaller. Dont really want to hang a 3" instrument on the bars...
I had this tach on my bike for about 3 years. It's a great tach.

The only reason I took it off is cause I installed a Dyno LCD, which has a tach function.

I have the tach, master cylinder lid mount (which replaces the stock cover), and the single-fire ignition module just sitting in a box in the garage...

if somebody wants to buy it.. i'd sell is all pretty cheap.

You can see the tach on the master cylinder in the two pics below.



 

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so who is Maggie? and why does she live in a valley? is she related to that gal Alice? the one famous for full service restaurant? poncho
Poncho your location says Tex just this side of heaven? Well the area Maggie's in is dead center!!!!! Maggie valley nc...Gods country!!!!
 

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A quick review of riding mountain twisties, solo and two-up, both before and after mods.

Before was stock transverse gears, stock rear mono shock setting, stock fuel map, stock pipes and no tach. It was okay but seemed like the perfect gear for bouncing between 40-55mph through the twisties sat between 3rd and 4th. There was a good bit of jockeying between the gears. The suspension, especially two-up, would bottom out on decent bumps, and when solo simply felt too soft and not very inspiring in the corners. Floorboard scrapes were occasional an had one instance of scraping the stock pipes.

After the mods the bike was a dream. I rode with a group of Kawasaki Mean Streak owners. For those who are not familiar with the Mean Streak, it's hard to beat it for spirited twisties on a cruiser platform. The V2K rode the curves, switchbacks, all with elevation changes, like a dream in the Euro's 3rd gear. The tach usually stayed between 2400-2900 rpm while the new pipes and fuel controller made the engine happy to do so. The motor and new gearing provided a perfect blend of acceleration and engine braking. The weight of the bike proved beneficial in that it would slow down faster on decel and therefore braking was kept to a minimum and usually rear trail braking was employed when needed. Having adjusted the rear shock preload to about 95% of max and running about a middle dampening setting, the rear end was flawless and inspiring. I kept up with everyone just fine and at times left some of them behind they the curves. I scraped the left floor board ever so slightly one time. This was doing the moonshine run solo with a run down to Franklin. Those sharp curves have decent banking and allow for more bike leaning. Because of the size of the bike and the width of the front tire, I had to be more precise on picking my entrance point, entrance speed, apex and exit. In this aspect the bike is less forgiving than the Mean Streak. But when you nail it all, it can haul butt through the twisties and put some wear on that virgin outer inch of rubber on the rear tire tread.

Two-up performed great as well, but of course the riding was slightly less aggressive due to being responsible for the passenger but nonetheless quite spirited. No bottoming out or scraping. The ride was soft with the right amount of firmness. On the stock settings, the rear shock can be too soft and at times harsh.

The agility of the V2K, with these changes, surprised me a little and the rest quite a lot. One rider behind me later said the way the stance of the bike would change due to the torque when launching out of a corner was very impressive. Although I had found good pot settings on my Dobeck EFI prior to the trip, often when when we'd stop at scenic overlooks I'd adjust just the pots, either rich or lean, just to experiment.
YES YES YES. DJ, Brilliant story. Its a fantastic bike set up properly. Im so glad you wrote your story on the handling capability's of this bike, which is impressive for the bikes size and weigh, which you don't feel while riding anyway.
I find the same thing when I ride with group, they get off their bikes, look at mine and say things like "cannot believe you stayed with us" or things like how easy it flicks through the corners etc. Its a great feeling and I feel like I am re educating a few people that cruisers are not just for old faRTS (like me) , you can actually ride them quite hard and spirited and have a fantastic time in absolute comfort, and then go into cruise mode when you feel like it, best of both worlds to me.
Great Story.
 

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Poncho your location says Tex just this side of heaven? Well the area Maggie's in is dead center!!!!! Maggie valley nc...Gods country!!!!
ok, so now we know Where Maggie's Valley is. question is Who is Maggie and Why is her Valley famous? maybe she has a killer Pie store there?
Is she any relations to that gal they wrote a song about Alice and her Restaurant? you could get anything there at.. poncho
 

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I had this tach on my bike for about 3 years. It's a great

I have the tach, master cylinder lid mount (which replaces the stock cover), and the single-fire ignition module just sitting in a box in the garage...

if somebody wants to buy it.. i'd sell is all pretty cheap.
Ok, I am interested...
 

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Maggie valley nc boasts the most photographed spot in nc. There are numerous motels and eateries in the area.
I don't think Alice has anything in this pot!!
Another great ride is highway 276 from Asheville nc to Maggie . The Cherokee reservation is right over the way too. Some fine flyfishing to be had!!! Also the jarrahs casino. Only been there once. Rather watch paint dry!!
 

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Maggie valley nc boasts the most photographed spot in nc. There are numerous motels and eateries in the area.
I don't think Alice has anything in this pot!!
Another great ride is highway 276 from Asheville nc to Maggie . The Cherokee reservation is right over the way too. Some fine flyfishing to be had!!! Also the jarrahs casino. Only been there once. Rather watch paint dry!!
oh! I go rite by that place every year when I do the Blue Ridge run. I start at Cherokee Tn, ride to Front Royal VA,, and wheel her around and do her backwards. The road, am saying.
as for Alice and her Restaurant is another valley, way the other Left Coast. www.alicesrestaurant.com seems a fellow Arlo Guthrey wrote a song about that place when he was living in his Vdub microbus days..
 

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ok, so now we know Where Maggie's Valley is. question is Who is Maggie and Why is her Valley famous? maybe she has a killer Pie store there?
Maggie's valley is one of those things you just have to experience to understand. I can tell you that once you've taken a romp through Maggie's valley you'll never look at other valleys the same way again.

The pie is killer there.
 

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Maggie's valley is one of those things you just have to experience to understand. I can tell you that once you've taken a romp through Maggie's valley you'll never look at other valleys the same way again. The pie is killer there.
somehow I don't think we are in North Carolina anymore?;)
 
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