Sunday, June 24, 2012
In the picture you can see the defogging vents at the chin area of the faceshield; there is a little metal screened vent opening in the front of the helmet. With the vent open there is little to no fogging of the shield and air also comes in here adding hugely to the comfort level inside. My old Maxon Helmet, that I still have but not used since 1984, feels slightly lighter, although, the creature comforts are nothing like this new helmet. The old helmet was very hot, fogged up all the time during stop and go traffic, the sheild had to be snapped on both sides to keep it from flipping up and those snaps were very hard to snap and unsnap with one or both hands.
Another good thing is that I can still wear my pugs (small goggles), of which one pair is tinted, easily behind the sheild. This way I don't need to carry the tinted facesheild with me. I feel safer, more comfortable and more at ease with this new helmet over the openface one which tended to want to lift at hiway speeds. The field of vision is really not any worse than the open faced helmet either. That is something I could never say about the Maxon Fullfaced helmet, ever. I've tried to find something I didn't like about this GMAX helmet but it's turning out to be tough to do.
Now for my new chain. I had been having a little twitch/wobble/wiggle feel at the rear wheel over the last year especially when going around curves to the right. It would be more noticable when shifting and throttling up in a right hander. I had checked my axle nut, wheel bearings and tire and chain trueness. Checked the swingarm bearings for any side to side movement as well plus my shocks and mounting bolts. Kept a check and oiled up the old chain plus the tension on it in check. I had seen a little side to side flex but not what I thought was to much. As the weather warmed this year when I tried to adjust the tension there was just way to much sagging with no more room to adjust the sucker. The side to side flex was way to much, then when turning the wheel I could see a definate tightening and loosening of the chain. It had tight spots in one section of the rollers.
I put this new chain on and all that went away. No twitch/wobble/wiggle (better known as "Twiggle") as well as less chain noise (guess we can call this Choise) from the rear. It's not good to have choise in mixed company you know. Next thing coming up soon will have to be new rear brake shoes; just about adjusted them as far as I can go.
Everyone who is anyone will be using these now, Twiggle and Choise, like when I coined the Hardleydavidson in my garagechopper articles years ago for Harley Cloned bikes.