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Friday, 9/3 had to ride into work for a new badge. 45 miles of northbound I-95 in Northern Virginia, pretty nice except for noticing slow traffic southbound- bumper to bumper at 9am!

Solution: all back roads home, meandering along enjoying the ride. 93 miles and 2.5 hours later I was home. Highway would have taken 2 hours of clutching torture! I'm happy with my choice!
 

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Sat 9/4- drove @100 miles to Williamsburg VA to be closer to Sunday's Ride Like a Pro VA class!

Today 9/5- drove 60 miles to Chesapeake VA for the class, which ran from 9am-2pm and was fantastic despite me not going as well as if hoped, but I got my certificate (3 of 5 of us did) and the information was terrifically useful! Gotta practice now! After class drove home @165 miles and avoided all highways, what a beautiful ride and a tiring day!
 

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Perfect day and weather in mid MO for a ride. Met a buddy on his F6B in Foristell and headed north on backroads to Louisiana MO. Cross their new bridge to a marina in ILL and lunch at a restaurant there called “Fatboys”. Then on to cross the ILL river by free ferry at Hardin. Then south along the Great River Road and back into MO at Alton. Hwy 94 across to 70 and Greg cut off at 79. I continue west to 19 south thru Herman, Owensville and home. 362 miles round trip.
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FINALLY got to ride the bike for the first time in 45 days or so. Been too busy harvesting , but just about to wind it all up. My ride only took me to the local Honda dealer to install a new Shinko 009 Raven (that I have had several months!) and drain/fill the front forks. Prep underway for the “big ride” in 2 weeks!!!!
 

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Rode @100 miles to Pasadena MD to MRP Motorsports and had then redo my forks with RaceTech Gold Valves and RaceTech 1.2kg Springs, then rode @100 miles home. Really impressed with MRP, they know their stuff and we're the closet RaceTech certified shop near me. I think RaceTech stuff is top notch! Shipping to/from CA for them to do it was too expensive and with the valving stack I preferred to have a pro do it. I did my C10 forks but that was pretty straightforward.

The front end feels much more solid! Bumps and such are still there but they don't try to rip the bars from my grip when I ride over one!

Combine the refreshed forks with new Progressive rear shocks and it's like a new bike all over again 👍
 

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Brought her home from the shop with a new “shoe”!! Now - to check her over, clean her up (a little!), and start the packing process. Just a few more days ...
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Gonna seem like it ... !!!! It WILL be at least 8 gas stops, ranging from 173 to 203 miles each leg.

Oh - and that’s just to GET THERE !!
 

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Not an official BunBurner. Buns might be burnin’, though!! Current plan is to leave Tuesday morning with fuel stops (only stops?) at Victoria, Tx; Winnie, Tx; Grosse Tete, La; and overnight in Biloxi, Ms. That’d be 741 miles for the day. Wednesday would continue on to Greenville, Al; Fairburn, Ga; Spartanburg, SC; then arrive at Fancy Gap, Va. That’d be another 732 miles, total of 1,473. All on the “big roads”, wanting to get there fairly quickly w/o killing myself (figuratively!). Not up for another 28+ hours straight with no sleep, like last time. Coming home, my plan is to stay OFF the big roads. Current plan only adds 69 miles, but adds almost 7 hours to the return trip. If things are still running smoothly on the farm, then that’ll be my plan - 2-1/2 to 3 day return trip. If I gotta get back quicker, there’s a route a little farther north than my inbound trip that’ll take me on about 600 miles of different freeways, but time- and mileage-wise is almost identical. Hoping for the back roads, though!
 

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Not an official BunBurner. Buns might be burnin’, though!! Current plan is to leave Tuesday morning with fuel stops (only stops?) at Victoria, Tx; Winnie, Tx; Grosse Tete, La; and overnight in Biloxi, Ms. That’d be 741 miles for the day. Wednesday would continue on to Greenville, Al; Fairburn, Ga; Spartanburg, SC; then arrive at Fancy Gap, Va. That’d be another 732 miles, total of 1,473. All on the “big roads”, wanting to get there fairly quickly w/o killing myself (figuratively!). Not up for another 28+ hours straight with no sleep, like last time. Coming home, my plan is to stay OFF the big roads. Current plan only adds 69 miles, but adds almost 7 hours to the return trip. If things are still running smoothly on the farm, then that’ll be my plan - 2-1/2 to 3 day return trip. If I gotta get back quicker, there’s a route a little farther north than my inbound trip that’ll take me on about 600 miles of different freeways, but time- and mileage-wise is almost identical. Hoping for the back roads, though!
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I thought (very briefly) about trading it. I just got back from a 3,500 mile ride. Was with a buddy who was on a 2010 goldwing for the first half of the trip. He just went on and on about his GW, he has a lot of storage, smooth ride, great wind protection, heated grips, cruise, etc, etc, etc. So today I went by the local Honda dealer. He has a white 2018 wing with DCT that is like brand new. He offered me $2K more for my CTX than I paid for it. So, I took the wing for a test ride. No thanks. I’m just a bit too tall to be comfortable on that bike. Plus, it didn’t put the smile on my face that my CTX does. Nice “stuff”, but not nice enough to make me switch.


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Ripped it apart.....not really....gently felt my way around removing the much beloved left middle cowl. When I purchased the bike I could tell there was an issue as many had described, and the part the guy handed me saying they found this when....service.

To no disappointment I found the typical top back tab broken when I lift the inner off. Carefully continued stripping it off and found some previous repair had been done to that expected one along the base this time it's the end of the tab,....and both head light tabs were broken, and found where the long piece in the zip lock went under the front screw.

Damn shame how thin the original mold was on every connection point, plastic budget must have been rally tight at the injection factory.

Well got busy doing some plastic welding and then layered some plastic jb weld putty to add a little strength. Do some clean up with the Dremel and test the joints before reassembly tomorrow.

Wish me luck. If it doesn't hold I might just go ahead and order a new one with the New generation reinforcement.

At least now I know how it comes off.
 

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"new one with the New generation reinforcement."

What new one? I am not aware of a second generation anything for these bikes.

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"new one with the New generation reinforcement."

What new one? I am not aware of a second generation anything for these bikes.

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That's what I read here, saw pictures unless I am confusing things. At some point Honda realized how poor the original mold was and beefed it up some. Mine is obviously the original near see through version of the tabs.
 

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No, you did see correctly. There was a new issue of the battery cover with slightly larger edge tabs to hold under where it meets with the middle cowl. And also a new mold of the middle cowl that included a slightly beefier tab, the one that is so famous for breaking just by looking at it. Don't know of any other changes to plastics.
 
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