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Re: What did you do to the motorcycle today?

Postby Skipper » Tue Sep 26, 2017 6:01 pm

Thanks Forge, I live in the South West corner of Alberta.

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Re: What did you do to the motorcycle today?

Postby Forge » Thu Sep 28, 2017 12:47 pm

Skipper wrote:Thanks Forge, I live in the South West corner of Alberta.


Nice.
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Re: What did you do to the motorcycle today?

Postby old time rider » Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:16 am

Took two rides on the Vstrom yesterday and changed oil in between rides. Still riding at least once a day. What has happened to Frank? Last post I saw was before the big rains and think he was in NC..Hope he's ok and still riding. :putput:

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Re: What did you do to the motorcycle today?

Postby old time rider » Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:03 am

Have not missed a day in a long time.Rode to Willysburg,Ky. early this AM.Talked with a long time even older than me car nut friend. His two sons as big in to it as we are. Went to the small bank and took two big CD that had matured and put them in my local bank before going home. My ..what to do with your money so it will out last you ...guy coming Tuesday to see what I need to do.Wife was sure I would not make it back with enough cash to buy another old truck or motorcycle.Did slow way down when I saw a 30/31 model A but looked too good to be cheap or for sale. 40s now and high of 59 today and high 30s tonight.Will be a cool ride to Danville in the morning. :putput:

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Re: What did you do to the motorcycle today?

Postby BlacktopTravelr » Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:29 pm

What did I do to the bike today? The same thing I did yesterday and the day before and the day before that all the way back to the day I put the DS tire on the wheel and never got it to seat properly. :bang: I'm not in a hurry as I let the insurance expire while waiting for the energy to put that tire on the wheel correctly. So I did nothing to the bike in over a couple of weeks or longer. I'll get it on one of this days but it can't be rode without insurance so I'm not in any hurry. :bang:
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Re: What did you do to the motorcycle today?

Postby Marauder03 » Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:33 pm

Spent a lot of time trying to get my horn to work wich failed, I know it works because I jumped it with a battery. The po I got the bike from hacked up the electrical wiring pretty good. Removed spark plugs and cleaned them, out em back in and seems to purr a little better.

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Re: What did you do to the motorcycle today?

Postby old time rider » Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:06 pm

Rode to Danville,Ky. again to meet the Old Coots. 40 and three of the ten rode in. Took the old 37 a drive a while ago to pick up a Harley frame a widow had told me to get if I wanted it. Hoped for a hard tail just to hang up to look at but what I thought it would be.A swing arm ,and my guess a 70s shovel. Mounts still in it and fat bob tabs. Numbers clear so can pin point it if I want. A front wheel in not great shape and being a 19 most likely a FX. Both well worth saving and may try to trade for junk I can use.My wife is so happy. :putput: :lmao:

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Re: What did you do to the motorcycle today?

Postby old time rider » Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:54 am

Rode home in light cold rain yesterday from back roads run. Raining when waking up today.Rain had come to a stop at pull out of 7:30 and ride to meet old coots again. Roads were not spaying water by time to Danville and one more of ten did ride in. He was on his C90. Good time and got to ride home at 40 degrees on roads with lots of dry strips :cheers: . Summer is long gone but as long as no ice is a ride day. :putput:

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Re: What did you do to the motorcycle today?

Postby old time rider » Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:35 am

Rode it as usual. So nice ride yesterday in the Sun and dry roads. :cheers: Today wet roads again to Danville but a warm 59. Three of us rode in of the ten that showed up. Ride back lots of dry spots but wind really getting bad and light Vstrom all over the place :tongue: .May drain gas out of Harley later and put fresh in.Starts right up but does not want to idle.Pop bowl on carb and check idle jet.

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Re: What did you do to the motorcycle today?

Postby old time rider » Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:01 am

Lot of owners and a few riders!.... Sunday took a cold ride in the 20s,Yesterday nice lots of sun and in the 40s.Took a 40 mile drive with wife in the old 37 truck then a two county ride on the Vstrom. Today to be up in the 50s with sun :clap: . Rode at 37 degrees this AM but nice and dry to meet old coots in Danville.. Five of 12 rode in.One on his new KTM 500 that is a lot more off road than on... :putput:

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Re: What did you do to the motorcycle today?

Postby Forge » Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:42 am

Late yesterday, I replaced my worn throttle sync cables. The plastic sleeve to the rear carb was wasted and kept wearing at the rate to where I was needing to re-sync the throttle every couple hundred miles. When I got the bike, the badly worn and frayed plastic was out of the metal ferrule and up against it and had been synced that way. I had tucked it back in and re-synced the throttle, but it was so badly worn by that point that it kept shifting and getting worse the more I rode her. While in it, I opened the carbs up and found badly out of adjustment floats, which I corrected. The front was too low and the rear was too high. The pilot jets were correct, but the main jets had been replaced with smaller than oem spec jets! We're supposed to have a 125 and a 140. It had a 120 and a 125. What the hell? Why would you go so much smaller? Luckily I was able to locate the correct size Mikuni jets in town and paid way too much for them but they're installed.

Yes, I had a shop go through the carbs when I got it because the bike had sat. I was too busy at the time to do it myself. They told me they had replaced the over sized jets that someone had installed with the correct oem size ones and they adjusted the floats and installed new float valves. The float valves and jets did look new, even though the jets were wrong and the float adjustment was wrong too. Chicken fuckers.

I took her around the block a couple of times just because I had to before putting her to bed last night. All I need to do is give her a proper fine sync adjustment and then it's play time. I really want to get out there and do it now, but I have quite a bit of cooking to do for tomorrow.
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Re: What did you do to the motorcycle today?

Postby old time rider » Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:42 pm

Glad it seems to be coming together. The main reason I try to do my own work is I know who did what last and who to blame if its not right! :bonk:
Note to self ...stay away from Chicken fuckers bike shop! :wink: Really am glad you fixed it and may you put lots of nice miles on it. [emoji106]
Rode 31 miles of back roads at 40 degrees today but lots of sun and dry made it nice. Wife has cooked most the day and some kin folk and three motorcycle friends and wives coming for Turkey day. Cooler but still sun called for so should be great.Hope all of you have a good day and eat enough for a mild stuffed feeling but no one becomes sick.The left overs are what I like the best the next few days! :cheers:

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Re: What did you do to the motorcycle today?

Postby Forge » Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:14 pm

old time rider wrote:Glad it seems to be coming together. The main reason I try to do my own work is I know who did what last and who to blame if its not right! :bonk:
Note to self ...stay away from Chicken fuckers bike shop! :wink: Really am glad you fixed it and may you put lots of nice miles on it. [emoji106]
Rode 31 miles of back roads at 40 degrees today but lots of sun and dry made it nice. Wife has cooked most the day and some kin folk and three motorcycle friends and wives coming for Turkey day. Cooler but still sun called for so should be great.Hope all of you have a good day and eat enough for a mild stuffed feeling but no one becomes sick.The left overs are what I like the best the next few days! :cheers:


Oh, I am planning on over eating and taking a nap. It's my tradition.
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Re: What did you do to the motorcycle today?

Postby Herb » Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:41 pm

Today I redid the seat on the 1400. While working on it I found a corroded and partly burnt connector. When I cut it out the wires were too short (as usual) and I soldered in some new wires. What should have been a couple of hours ended up being almost 5 hours with the trip to the auto parts store to find wire of the same size.

When I moved last year I got rid of a bunch of my junk, now when I need something like that I have to go buy it.
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Re: What did you do to the motorcycle today?

Postby old time rider » Sat Nov 25, 2017 4:36 pm

I have as much junk as any two of my friends.Come to think about it its were I picked up some of it! If you don't take this its going to the dump! I give a lot away but just last week stop at a place that she had told me to take this old Harley frame. So of course I load it and a wheel I did not know was in the deal in the old 37 and now barn a little tighter on free room.Not as old as I wished for.A hard tail I would have just painted and hung on the wall.Think this one is a swing arm shovel.Think I saw a silver sicker still on it so may not have to run the numbers to find out?
Still riding every day and we are in a nice dry spell but lots of below 32 morning but still no elc gear hooked up yet.20s tonight. :putput:

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Re: What did you do to the motorcycle today?

Postby m2h » Sat Nov 25, 2017 6:49 pm

Have been real busy trying to get my mancave progressed as far as i could before a rotator cuff op so not ridden for about three weeks. Day before op was nice so did a few jobs and thought id get a short ride in as i'll be off it for about 6weeks :blink: turned the thing on, pumped up the fuel and hit the starter - nuthin! lights on but not enough to turn it over. Charged the battery and put my tester on it - 30% healthy -98% charged. RELACE BATTERY :eek: Bike started ok but back jug showing wisp of black smoke. Been running rich for a while. Wonder if the dodgy battery may have something to do with that what y'all think? The spark has been lookin a bit thin and pinkish when testing coils. Oh well give me something to chase when i'm feeling better.
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Re: What did you do to the motorcycle today?

Postby old time rider » Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:22 pm

The dry has made the every day rides so much better. Just got back from second ride toady. First to meet old coots then back to Danville at 1PM to dance with Doc.. They remember me because all ways on a motorcycle,and packing my gear in.Nurse was in the small room on a machine looking up something but did move it around with her back to me when he put the glove and lube on. She did not laugh so guess she did not peek? :lmao: Every thing about same and just a little better on blood reading so that is a good thing he said. Old age is not great but a still ok is good to hear next to come back next week :eek: . Guess I am not homo at all because after a good number of these still don't like it! This was a year since last one so guess he don't like me any more? He does have small fingers so could be worse. [emoji2] Stood up on the pegs more than usual on back roads coming home. :putput:

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Re: What did you do to the motorcycle today?

Postby Herb » Tue Nov 28, 2017 6:44 pm

Had to go get an eye exam this am, and they dilated my eyes, sunny today and couldn't stand the light. didn't even go look at the bike today.
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Postby old time rider » Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:19 pm

Rode to town to take care of a few things. Took longer way home and 61,000 roll over on the little Vstrom . Rear tire may make it till spring? Will most likely start riding the low mile 09 I bought in Dec. when this one runs out of extra warranty in March. :putput:

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Re: What did you do to the motorcycle today?

Postby old time rider » Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:57 am

The nice warm for Dec. and dry day rides came to a end :tongue: .Had to ride both ways in the rain to meet old Coot friends in Danville. Only one of nine that rode a motorcycle in so got to tell them. Lots of owner's and a few rider's!" :cheers: Wet leaves are a real danger now.


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