Cruizin Posted May 29, 2020 Share Posted May 29, 2020 When I get my bike, I'm gonna take it home and go thru it and check all of the bolts and fluids. Before installing any upgrades, I want to ride it perfectly stock. I want to feel it baseline stock and get to know the stock suspension. First, I break in the engine my way. I always take the bike out on a country road and rev it up to 4500 rpm, then let off gas and let it rev back down. Rev it up, rev it down. Let those rings seat in the cylinders properly, rev it up to 4500, rev it down. Totally avoiding riding at the same RPM. I do this for 20 miles or so. Then, I go home and change the oil and oil filter. This makes sure that all of the initial metal shavings are out of the engine. Then, I'm going to ride the Lowman Loop. In SW Idaho, the Lowman Loop is every riders favorite street ride. Twistys galore. It leaves Boise, up past Lucky Peak dam and follows the Ponderosa Pine Highway 21 into Idaho City. Idaho City was the largest town in the Pacific Northwest in 1864, during the Mining boom. Now, it's only got 500 or so full time residents. In Idaho City, it's common for riders to stop and meet at a place called "Trudys Kitchen" https://www.facebook.com/trudyskitchen/ . The food is good and the Pie's are absolutely to die for. Don't speed thru Idaho city though, the local cops will get you. They get all of us at least once. Once out of Idaho City, it's on thru the Ponderosa Pines, the temperature drops a bit as you climb in elevation and then you start climbing up thru the sweeping curves and switchbacks to Banner Summit, elevation 7,037 feet. Then you start to drop down the summit thru some magical turns and curves while trying not to look at all of the mountains and risk wrecking. You drop down into a tiny area called Lowman. In Lowman, you turn left towards Garden Valley and the Wildlife Canyon Scenic Byway and experience some fast tricky sweepers along the Payette River. Home to some of the greatest white water rapids in the world. People come from all over the world to raft/Kayak this river. You can also stop at the hotsprings for a warm soak. This is a great area. Then it's time to head back to Boise. But sometimes if it's hot, I'll stop into one of the many Sandy Beaches along the river, strip down and dive in to cool off. Then i head home thru Emmett, squeaking out some more curves along the river before heading home. It's my favorite breakin ride and a good way to burn a few hours. It takes most people on big heavy bikes 4 hours or so to do the loop, non stop. On my FZ09, I used to do it in just under three hours. At speeds that we won't talk about in public. I ride with some really fast guys. But on the Tenere 700 I'll be taking my time, getting to know everything about my bike. By the time I get home from this day trip, I'll know what needs sorted out in the suspension. Later on, I'll be coming back to the Lowman Loop for many rides in the Dirt, as there are tons of awesome dirt forest service roads and ATV trails close by. That whole area is my playground, entrance into mountains that just go and go and go forever. Streams full of trout, rivers that cool the feet and the soul. Forests damaged by past wildfires, but host to Morel Mushrooms in the Spring. If any of you ever come ride with me, you will see part or all of the Lowman Loop. @PNWTEN will be seeing it soon. 4 The MT-07 forum The Tracer 900 Forum The MT-10 Forum Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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