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Crusty
Posted on Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 09:04 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Oops; I forgot the photo:

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Ourdee
Posted on Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 10:04 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

That's one of my favorite photos.
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Zac4mac
Posted on Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 11:37 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Loretta was only 3 weeks old...



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86129squids
Posted on Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 12:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Beautiful day here in E TN, except it's not yet out of the 30's, forecast is either dang cold or dang wet, sometimes both, and of course wet on my days off this week. My sweetie's got a bad cold, maybe flu, gotta head out to get her some meds in a bit.

Winter = Craptastic. Although I do try to look at the good in all 4 seasons...
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Fireboltwillie
Posted on Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 04:06 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

it's freezing here in the FL panhandle...60 and sunny.... I may brave the elements and hit the road for a spin....
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Posted on Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 07:30 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

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Adrenaline_junkie
Posted on Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 08:07 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I've been planning to attend a motorcycle gathering today, still do. But it's 20 degrees F here this morning. My 20 degree riding gear looks like a pickup truck.
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Crusty
Posted on Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 08:22 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Most of the attendees will be arriving in four wheeled vehicles. I only know of one nut case who'll be there on a bike.
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Ourdee
Posted on Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 08:28 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Who is that whack job?
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Tootal
Posted on Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 09:44 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Ooooh, snow pics!





32 degrees right now. I haven't even taken the trailer off the Road Hog yet. There were so many wet leaves on the road when I got home that they stuck to the trailer. I need to wash it before I put it away but not while there's snow on the ground!
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Ourdee
Posted on Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 11:02 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I still need to work on my battery connection on Lil Red. I really need to get on that. Right Crusty?
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Crusty
Posted on Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 07:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

You'd better get on it; Springfield will be here before you know it.
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Ourdee
Posted on Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 07:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

My jump pack fits inside my jacket.
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Crusty
Posted on Monday, November 12, 2018 - 07:35 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Topic? What Topic?


Yesterday, I rode up to Peggy Sueís Steak and Ribs in Walhonding for a meet & eat with friends from the XL forum. I had a great time; it was everything a meet & eat is supposed to be. The food wasnít bad, but the pies we got for dessert were remarkably good. I got a slice of apple crumb pie that had to be 2-1/2 ď thick. Everybody else seemed to really enjoy their choices equally. The dishwasher had broken down, so we were served our meals on plastic plates and out drinks were in plastic cups. That didnít affect the quality of the event. I arrived early, as did most everybody else, and we were there for close to three hours. Lots of stories and opinions were shared and Iím pretty sure that everybody else enjoyed it as much as I did. It was a great way to cap off another riding season.

It was a cold ride in the morning. When I left the house, it was 23 degrees F (-5 C) I was wearing a thermal shirt, a t-shirt, a sweatshirt my turtle fur neck warmer, thermal pants, and my electric jacket liner; all under my textile jacket and pants. And I was wearing my Carhartt insulated gloves. I was overdressed, but I was riding under the axiom that I could always take some of it off, but if I didnít have it with me, I couldnít put it on. I had brought my lighter winter gloves, as well. I donít like the bulk of the Carhartts, so I only wear them when itís below freezing. I wound up swapping gloves when I stopped for gas, just north of Columbus. The Thermalight (Thermalite?) kidskin gloves worked just fine for the rest of the trip. I shed the sweatshirt for the ride home, it was one layer too many. As somebody put it, I looked like Bib (the Michelin man) or the Sta-Puffed marshmallow man, you can pick which one. But I was warm, and I was able to put in a 350 mile day.

I set out a little before 9:00 AM and got back home a little before 7:00 PM. I managed to get lost navigating through Columbus on the way up, but that had itís positive aspect; I filled the tank of the Roadster with 93 octane for $2.75/ gallon. Thatís the cheapest Iíve seen Super in a long while. I stopped in the same general area on the way home and did it again.

Peggy Sueís is in Amish country. I kept seeing caution signs with a picture of a horse and buggy on the way up, but I didnít see any buggies. On the way home though, I came up on at least half a dozen. I gave them a wide berth as I passed.

Now, when Iím traveling, I think a lot about all kinds of things. As I was riding southwest on Rt. 62 into a painfully bright sunset, I had a good idea for a Snippet jump up. I mulled it over for a long time and looked at various angles and I knew I was going to write about it. This morning, however, I havenít a clue about what the topic was. I find this to be very annoying. All I can do is hope it comes back to me. It probably will when Iím somewhere that I canít write it down for later.

Itís the kind of thing that will wake me from a sound sleep at 2:00 AM in one of those ďAha!Ē moments. Then, Iíll forget it again, so when I wake up in the morning, itíll drive me nuts. (That may be a short drive, but at least itís scenic)

Getting back to Peggy Sueís pies, there was mention of some really outstanding ice cream place 10 or 15 miles away. Maybe, next summer, we can do another meet & eat. First, to Peggy Sueís to get a slice of pie to go, then to the ice cream joint to get a scoop to put on top of it. That would be fun.

Here's a pic:

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Crusty
Posted on Monday, November 12, 2018 - 03:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Long Term Test Report


In March of 2015, I took possession of a 2005 Harley-Davidson XL 1200R Sportster Roadster. The odometer was showing 7,000 miles. That was odd, because the title said it had 7,700 miles. However, that same odometer is now showing 99, 392. That mileage isnít 100% accurate; I had a problem with the speedometer/odometer sensor, and it took me a while to find out what the problem was. Iím guessing that I put over 1,000 miles on it before I discovered some green corrosion in the connector. A little Deoxit D5 cured that problem and it hasnít returned. So I can say that Iíve ridden the bike at least 93,000 miles. Hereís a very subjective test report.

Iíve gone through a bunch of tires. I replaced the OEM Dunlops with a set of Dunlop American Elites. I didnít like them, so I tried a set of Michelin Commander 2 tires. I liked them better than the Elites and I went through quite a few sets. I kept them on until a few months ago when I put a set of Continental Conti Tours on. The Contis feel a whole lot better, especially in the rain, but the rear is wearing fast. It looks like I wonít get 8,000 out of it. The odd thing is that the front looks almost new. I think itíll last almost twice as long as the rear. In any event, I like the way the Contis feel enough that Iíll just replace the rear with another when it wears out.

I snapped a belt at around 25,000 miles. Considering that it was over 10 years old, Iím not going to find fault. I replaced it in a parking lot and ran the replacement for 20,000 more miles. I replaced that belt, along with both sprockets and that belt lasted 40,000 miles. I replaced it out of paranoia. There was nothing wrong with it, but I was getting nervous about the mileage. The present belt looks good.

I had a few minor problems along the way; a front brake light switch, a battery a few sets of brake pads and a couple of sets of front rotors.
The major problem was the original engine destroyed itself at 57,000 miles. I have since talked with some knowledgeable people and discovered that there was a run of bad cranks back when my bike was built. When the engine died, I bought a used engine from a boneyard in New Hampshire. Itís also an í05, so even though it hasnít given me any indication of trouble, I keep expecting it to die without warning. As Joe put it yesterday, it feels like a ticking time bomb.

I replaced the clutch plates somewhere around 65 or 70,000 miles. The Anti-rattle plate broke up. Somewhere along the way, I replaced the throttle cables. I also replaced the front brake lines this summer. That was my fault. I put a hold down strap in the wrong place and it snapped one of the lines off the junction block under the triple clamp.
And Iíve gone through a couple of sets of mufflers. I buy used off fleaBay, so I get mufflers for short money.

In summary, the bike has mostly served me well. If it wasnít for the engine dying, Iíd be very happy with how it has served me. I honestly believe that the engine design is good and that the dead engine was because of bad parts. Supposedly, the cranks in newer Sportsters are what they should be. I like the overall design of the engine, (though I really wish theyíd bring back the cassette Transmission and its ďTrap DoorĒ). Itís easy to maintain and it feels right.

Thatís why my next bike is going to be a newer Roadster. One with a fuel injected engine thatís as reliable as it should be and has the upgraded suspension and brakes. Sportsters are addictive; in this case, the addiction isnít a bad thing.
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