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A Resurrection

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One day while backroading on my V-4 Honda I had to turn back on a number of roads because they got too rough for the motorcycle's suspension and low hanging engine parts. It was then that I decided I needed something better suited for my occasional off-pavement excursions. After considering the big boxer and a few others I decided the Suzuki V-Strom best met my mix of riding, so I started looking for a good used machine. My son Bob came across a 2004 650cc (the first year of production) in a salvage auction. It was two years old, had only 5,000 miles and seemed to have very little damage, other than plastic body parts. We took a chance and our bid got us the bike. Less than an addition $1000 got it past inspection and on the road.

Right now the V-Strom has 63,000 miles and has been modified with Traxxion's A-20 front suspension, Penske rear shock and a Scott Steering Damper to make a good stock bike even better. These plus numerous other "farkles" make Suzuki's machine, My Toy:

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Going Back with Mac

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It's been quite a while since I have brought the old 1950 Velocette Mac out to the club meetings or on a ride.  The last time out I became very frustrated due to the bike refusing to idle and it either stalling and needing restarting, or me having to constantly blip it like some adolescent two stroke rider. It took the fuin out of it, and it's all due to Ethanol in the gas!

Well, old Mac sat for well over a year and in the meantime I did buy the best carb cleaner recommended, thanks to an article that Nelson showed me.  It's made by Yamaha - fantastic stuff and really worked a treat.  Needless to say that I did actually take the time to strip, clean and rebuild the carb on Mac this summer, and having treated him to some real gasoline from Blue Ridge (no ethanol at all), he started on the second kick and runs and idles perfectly.  He's like a new old bike!

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