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Crusty
Posted on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 11:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Mike; it's a bunch of folks from the Sportster forum who get together and ride around the area and sit around shooting the bull and admiring each other's ride. It's a small rally and I enjoyed the one I attended down by the Tail of the Dragon two summers ago.

Here's a link, if you want to check it out:

http://xlforum.net/forums/showthread.php?t=2074933
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Crusty
Posted on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 11:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Babyís GotÖ


Babyís got a new pair of shoes. The tires arrived yesterday afternoon. A happy driver for DHL brought them almost to my front porch; but I saw him coming and got to him while he was still on the walk.

I brought them inside and carefully cut the black plastic wrap off them and made sure they were the right size and tire, then set them aside. My plan was to let them sit overnight and get up to room temperature before I put them on.

That plan lasted about 15 minutes. I figured that I could get the bike ready; put it up on the lift jack and lay out the tools. Then, I figured it wouldnít hurt to pull the muffler and maybe loosen the axle andÖ

The rear tire was mounted and balanced and the wheel was back on the bike and the tools put away by a little after Six. I went upstairs, cleaned myself up and fixed dinner. I was done for the evening. However, I was still just a little bit antsy after dinner, so I went back downstairs and I laid out the tools and had the bike relocated on the lift for the front tire. At that point, I tore myself away and went upstairs to watch the idiot box and drool on myself.

This morning, I went back down to the garage. I figured the front tire was going to be a piece of cake. It wasnít. It fought me all the way, but in the end, I was victorious. Actually, it would have been a piece of cake if only the bead would have seated. I could not get it to seat until I finally pulled the one side of the tire back off the rim, then lubed the entire inside with tire mounting gel. And even then, it took almost 50 PSI to get it to pop. But pop it did; both sides almost at once. Then, it got really nice to me. It didnít require any weight. It was balanced. That hasnít happened to me in years.

Getting it back on the bike was another piece of cake. I like how easy the front wheel is to remove and re-install. However; I still have dark thoughts toward the rear wheel. I hate that the factory assumes that youíll either bring it to a shop for a tire change, or that you have a real lift for doing the same. With a little more thought and some good engineering, it could be a piece of cake like the front wheel is. Oh, Well.

So now, the Scorpions are mounted. I hope those risers get here soon; then Iíll just have to figure what the next improvement will be. Seat? Fender extension/license plate mount? Saddlebag support brackets? LED Headlight?. Hmmm; for the price of the seat, I can do all the rest on that list. If I get the seat in June, and everything else in JulyÖ
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Cupcake_mike
Posted on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 06:20 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

John, I just booked that hotel for the sportster meet. Its a beautiful area and only about 250 miles from my house. Who knows if i'll stay the weekend but i'll at least buzz over and say hi and tear up the twisties a bit.

Tootal, not to far from you, either?
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Crusty
Posted on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 07:09 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Mike; I think you'll have a good time. The folks I've met from the XL forum are all good people. I've never spent any time in that area, but it sounds like it's going to be fun.
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Crusty
Posted on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 11:01 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Brad; that poor airhead needs some love, starting with new handgrips.

If you do go to work for that Powdercoater, you could do the bars and clamps and anything else that needs attention on that bike and make it a real beauty!
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Ourdee
Posted on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 01:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Get your ninety days in before starting on the government jobs. I had a boss that told me he was tired of seeing bike parts all over the shop. Then I did some stuff for him.
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86129squids
Posted on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 01:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

"Brad; that poor airhead needs some love, starting with new handgrips."

LOL! Hey man, I kinda enjoy them the way they are... but you're right. I'll be taking it in to a legendary Beemer mechanic Friday, I'm sure he'll give me hell about that too. He hasn't seen me in the better part of 20 years, since I used to have my '82 R65.

My main focus is keeping it mechanically healthy, which it is for the most part. Last time I rode it, it just sang its regular, beautiful song as usual.
Cosmetics are one thing, "patina" is another. ; )
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Crusty
Posted on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 03:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

He, he, he...
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Ourdee
Posted on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 05:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Ho, ho, ho...
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Buellish
Posted on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 07:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire.....
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Crusty
Posted on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 08:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Or is that, Chess nuts boasting in an open Foyer?
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Ourdee
Posted on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 08:55 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Not me.
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86129squids
Posted on Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 10:33 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Hey Crusticle- I know you once (still do?) appreciated Moto Guzzi's...

http://www.motorcycledaily.com/2020/05/2020-moto-g uzzi-v85-tt-md-ride-review/
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Ourdee
Posted on Friday, May 15, 2020 - 01:39 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

https://locations.skylinechili.com/skyline-chili-1 f1bdeea7695?y_source=1_OTMxNTk1Ni03MTUtbG9jYXRpb24 ud2Vic2l0ZQ==
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1313
Posted on Friday, May 15, 2020 - 06:32 am:   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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Ourdee
Posted on Friday, May 15, 2020 - 12:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I think I am going to try the Coney Dogs next time.
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Crusty
Posted on Friday, May 15, 2020 - 04:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

The 5 way chili is what they're famous for, but the Coney Dogs are good, as is the Burrito.

The location you posted is well under a mile from my house.
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Pwnzor
Posted on Friday, May 15, 2020 - 05:55 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I think I may go with the 3 way. And maybe a couple of dogs.
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1313
Posted on Friday, May 15, 2020 - 07:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Matthew,

That's been my first night heading home for Homecoming meal, incidentally very near the same exit as Velvet Smoke, for the past handful of years.

I also usually pick up some cans of the Chili and Spaghetti noodles to bring home for the cold nights of the winter in Eastern NC.

Damn, I'm hungry!
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Ourdee
Posted on Friday, May 15, 2020 - 07:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

2 Coney Dogs and a Burrito. Bottle of Coke?
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Crusty
Posted on Friday, May 15, 2020 - 08:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

No thanks; I've got cans of Pepsi made with REAL SUGAR

I'm not sure what I'll have to eat. I'm thinking that a Chili Deluxe Burrito might be the choice for me.
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Ourdee
Posted on Friday, May 15, 2020 - 09:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I'm thinking someone else will want a coke.
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Pwnzor
Posted on Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 12:43 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Hard to pass up ice cold Coke in a glass bottle with real sugar.
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Pwnzor
Posted on Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 12:44 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Seems like Brankin is telling me the chili is good enough to take home in canned form.

Hmmm...
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Pwnzor
Posted on Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 06:40 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Up, and at them.

ETA 10:15
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Crusty
Posted on Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 07:47 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I'll tell you right now; if you've never had Cincinnati style Chili, it will be different from anything you expect.
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Crusty
Posted on Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 09:15 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Organizing Priorities


Yesterday was warm with scattered showers. Iíve been inside for most of the week and I wanted to scuff in the new Scorpions on the 16. So, after looking at the weather radar, I decided that I should go out. I liked how the new tires felt as I went to a few different places and I even managed to get a haircut.

It had been about 2 1/2 months since my last haircut, and I looked like I would be at home standing in a line to get into a shelter. After hearing about the long lines waiting outside barber shops, I was going to wait until the rush died down, but when I went by my barberís there was no line, so I stopped. I had good timing for a change. I hit it at what was probably the only slack time all day. When I left, there was a line waiting.

However; the good timing for a haircut was balanced by bad timing for staying dry. it was raining when I walked out of the barbershop. So the 16 is now all dirty with road phlegm. And my riding jacket had a bunch of little spots of the same on its back.

I was riding on all city streets and my speed never exceeded 35 MPH. I can only imagine what my back would look like if I had been on the highway. But that shifted my priorities a bit. I had planned to buy the new seat first, and then the extender/ plate bracket. Now, the order has been reversed.

Whoever came up with the idea of using that stupid and useless piece of crap should be forced to ride through slimy piles of rotten offal in the rain. I can understand how the ďInternationalĒ plate bracket is mandatory in other countries. Iím pretty surprised that this country allows such stupidity from a manufacturer. The styling of the new Roadster is definitely Form way before Function. In fact, I donít think Function even entered the equation. ďItís all about the looks, man!Ē

Iím constantly irritated by the fact that the stylists at Harley took what I consider one of the best Sportsters to date and made it into such an uncomfortable and functionless excuse for a motorcycle. I consider myself fortunate that I have the ability to transform it into what it could be. Well; I donít all the skills; I just have the vision. But I know the people who do have the skills I lack and they are willing to help me. When Iím done, Iíll have the bike that the morons at the MoFoCo should build, but wonít. They may be spiraling down the toilet bowl, but Iíll have my Gentlemanís Express. In spite of their best efforts.

Rant Off. Today, Matthew is passing through Cincinnati again and heís stopping here for lunch. And R.D. is coming down from Indianapolis to join us. Weíre going to have Skyline Chili. I donít think Matthew has ever had it. It should be a fun time.}
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Pwnzor
Posted on Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 09:38 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Yep, first timer. I enjoy discovering local delicacies, whether I end up liking them or not.

35 minutes out.
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Pwnzor
Posted on Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 09:56 am:   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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Crusty
Posted on Sunday, May 17, 2020 - 10:27 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Just One Of Those Days


I canít think worth a damn, this morning. Iíve tried to play all the usual games online, and I suck at all of them; even Solitaire. I timed out while trying to play Jewel Quest and Iím finding mines the wrong way in Minesweeper. And I canít even circle the cat. Itís like my brain is still asleep while my body is wide awake.

I guess Iíll just go out and mow the front yard. I had been trying to think of someplace to ride to, but with all the restaurants closed, I donít know where to go. I do have one idea, though and it doesnít involve food. Powder Keg Harley-Davidson is open on Sunday. Maybe Iíll ride up there and order the fender extension/license plate bracket and plate light from the International model.

I washed the 16 last night (evening?). It was filthy and needed a good wash. I already ranted about the morons making decisions at Harley - Davidson, Inc. so I wonít repeat myself, but my opinion hasnít diminished.

Iím also going to keep an eye on fleaBay for a front fender bracket from a V-scrod. The front fender is about as useless as the rear. Joe, whoís going to do my paint, when I get the money, has some mad skills. Iíve been following a thread on a Mustang forum where heís fixing up a real rot box. Heís got it looking really nice and has done some really impressive cut, replace and weld chunks of bodywork. Since no other model Harley has the same front fender mounting setup as the 16, Iím thinking that maybe he could make some changes to the mounting bracket so it would work with my bike and I could put on a longer front fender.

Actually, Iím going to first look on Ronnieís Parts Finder and see how much a new bracket is; fleaBay isnít always the bargain site it used to be. Many times, I can get a new part for less than what some jamoke is asking for a used piece of dented and bent crap (plus $97.42 for shipping). Iíve heard that Facebook has a marketplace thatís got some good deals, but since I donít do Facebook, thatís out.

Well; I still feel like a real Space Shot this morning, but I think I should go mow the lawn. It needs it.
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Crusty
Posted on Friday, May 22, 2020 - 11:23 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

A Ride?


Tomorrow, Iím going for a ride. I have no idea where Iím going, but the weather is supposed to be nice and I have a need to feel miles rolling under me. I normally like to do a ďRide to Eat; Eat to RideĒ but there are no restaurants where I can sit down and eat at. Iíll probably just get a gut bomb somewhere and sit on the grass around the parking lot or on the edge of the sidewalk. Maybe Iíll go look for an open Steak and Shake. All the ones around here are closed. The new bike needs to get out and stretch its legs and I want to enjoy the nice weather.

Iím thinking that Blue Highways would be my best bet. I guess Iíll ponder various routes until something clicks. Iím leaning towards west for a direction, but thatís easily changeable. Iíll look at Google maps; but Iíll bring some old fashioned paper maps with me, in case I feel like doing something different along the way.

I just had a memory jump out. Back in 2015, when I was living on the road, I watched the Corn plants grow from just a few inches tall on Memorial Day weekend to full size as the summer progressed to being cut down in the fall. That was pretty neat. I also thought about a nice campground I stayed at on the banks of the Wabash River. I thought about going there and pitching my tent, but itís supposed to rain tomorrow night and Sunday and I donít want to camp in the rain. And until I get the new license plate bracket, I donít want to ride the new bike in the rain. Oh wellÖ

Well; I think Iíll look at a map and see what looks interesting.
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Crusty
Posted on Sunday, May 24, 2020 - 11:52 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Flooded Roads and a Subway


Yesterday, I HAD to go for a ride. My mind was in that place where I would have gone out even if there was a law against it. Originally, I had picked the town of Jackson as a destination; but after looking at the weather forecast, I decided to try for a destination that was a bit closer. I didnít want to get caught by rain on the 16.

I was also trying to pick a destination that had someplace where I could get lunch. I was hoping to find a Steak & Shake, but most the the locations in Ohio have closed. After thinking about it a bit, I started looking at Maysville, Kentucky, which is right on the Ohio River. I planned to take State Route 8 which pretty much hugs the banks of the river; itís both very scenic and very twisty.

I looked online and saw that there was a Subway location in Ripley, Ohio which was across the river from Maysville and that became my destination. I would follow the river on the Kentucky side and return on the Ohio side on US Rt. 52. To keep the ride ďPureĒ I would avoid all the Interstates. It was strictly a blue and gray highway ride.

Things went well for the first 15 minutes or so, Then I got lost in Newport, Ky. I got back on course and got lost in Ft. Thomas, Ky. Looked at my map, backtracked and got lost again in Ft. Thomas. Eventually, I was on Rt.8 and cruising beside the River. I kept coming across sections where water was running over the pavement, so I kept a watch on my speed. After a while, there was a barricade across the road saying Road Closed with a Detour sign pointing to a side road. I took that for a couple of miles and first had to ride through about 100 yards of water flooding the roadway; then, bit farther along there was a barricade across the road saying Road Flooded. So I turned around and backtracked for several miles. I eventually came to a side road before I was back in Ft. Thomas, and I took it to State Rt. 9 which also goes toward Maysville. Itís a straighter road and not as scenic, but it wasnít flooded. There are signs on Route 9 designating it as the AA Highway. I chuckled about that. A straight road called the AA Highway. One sign I particularly liked said, STAY ALERT ON THE AA HIGHWAY. I was regretting not having brought the camera.

I got to Maysville, eventually and headed for the Simon Kenton Bridge (Rt. 68) and there was a big lit sign in downtown Maysville that read Bridge Closed. So once more, I backtracked a bit, but only for a couple of miles. The US Rt. 62 bridge was open and I crossed the river on it. I found the Subway and got my Chicken Teriyaki sandwich and ate it and drank a bottle of Gatorade while sitting on a parking lot bumper in front of the bike. I got to admire all the road phlegm covering the engine and front frame downtubes and again wondered at what kind of meatheads the MoFoCo has working in their (lack of) engineering department. Itís pretty obvious to me that you no longer have to be a motorcycle rider to work there any more.

There are a sh*tload of RV and Trailer campgrounds along the river and many of them were flooded out. I came upon areas where Campers were parked along the dry side of the road and I could see the flooded out campground. There was one campground where the campground itself was an island surrounded by water. The record breaking rains we had this week sure messed things up for quite a few folks.

Eventually, I made it back home, beating the rain. I decided to change the oil in both bikes and got the old oil drained in the 16 while it was still hot. I had one quart of Formula+ on hand, which went in the primary; but I needed to run to the H-D chickatorium and get another, plus a few quarts of Syn 3. (Cincinnati H-D has a new owner. They changed the name to Cin City H-D and replaced all the experienced staff with cute little chickies who know nothing about parts.) I bought the oil and headed for home, but I got caught by a Thunderstorm. And I got completely soaked within two minutes.That stopped me from changing the oil in the 05.

I had figured that Iíd get the oil drained out of the 16 and have it ready so that all I had to do was add oil when I got back. At the same time, the 05 would have its oil warmed up and ready to be dumped. So when I got back, I could get the second oil change accomplished. But my jeans were clinging to my legs and water was dripping off the bike, so I just filled the oil tank of the 16 and ran it for a minute to make sure everything was copacetic, them went upstairs to put on some dry clothes.

Today, Iíll take the 05 out and get the oil warmed up, then change it, then Iíll wash both bikes. The temperature is just about ideal and the sky is sunny. And I have two very beautiful Roadsters in my garage.

Life is Good.
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