The $80 bolt, New Centre Stand, and Side Stand Bigfoot

After spending hours and hours and multiple methods I finally got a bolt out of the bike that was preventing me from installing the centre stand. The centre stand is a very useful tool when touring to lift up the bike and maintain the chain, change a tire if needed, or to really fill the…




It’s automatic, it’s systematic, it’s hydromatic… Well, it’s got new electrical farkles….

Added a few more components to the XL1000V Varadero last weekend. Power to the handlebars, new heated grips (ones on the bike failed), cleaned up and replaced a bunch of the wiring, and added a power centre to keep track of everything.

I’m not that handy with electrics but this was necessary and really cleaned up…




New Farkles for the Varadero

More Farkles for the Varadero

The parts that I’ve ordered have slowly started to trickle in. I have the Eastern Beaver PC-8 power supply, Oxford Adventure heated grips, and Centre stand (OEM) sitting and waiting to be added. I’ll do all of the under seat stuff when it is all here so I only have to take the tank off…




First Gravel Experience on Varadero

he weather was absolutely gorgeous today. It went from bleak and about 10 celcius to around 19 celcius around noon. A perfect day for a spin on the bike. Since this was only the third time riding it, it was time for some backroads and gravel.

I’d read about how top heavy the Varadero is –…




Adding a new top case to Varadero – GIVI TRK52

The Varadero came with a Givi Monolock top case which did the trick for a helmet or small stuff but wasn’t really big enough or durable enough for anything other than commuting. So I decided to add a larger and more touring type of top case – the GIVI Trekker TRK52.

This case is absolutely cavernous….