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post #21 of 16392 (permalink) Old 05-12-2012, 05:44 PM
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Wiped her off and went for a ride. Didn't go far, 32 miles, but beautiful out.

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post #22 of 16392 (permalink) Old 05-12-2012, 07:08 PM
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Having done almost everything including replacing the waterpump and changing the coolant on my VT1100c I started it last night and found coolant squirting out of the overflow..so today I removed the thermostat, tested it and found it good, so I cleaned it..then I removed the thermostat housing..it was FULL of gunk..so much so that in the half hour I tested the coolant last night the coolant had turned brown...A good scrape out of the worst, then a scrub with vinegar then adding some strong bleach to make it fizz and another scrub with a toothbrush..put all the bits back together and it all works like a charm..

I look like a hobo after all that dirty work..but I feel like a king..

Sounds very unpleasant man, at least it wasn't anything serious.

Eh, went for a brief ride today on some tight twisties. Had some goofy kid in a lowered Integra tailgate me through a hospital zone (30kph), tried to initiate some waves to various HD weekend riders, no responses though. Actually, no one out today waved, be it Metric or crotch rocket, people seem a bit more friendly on the week days.

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post #23 of 16392 (permalink) Old 05-12-2012, 07:37 PM
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I rode the nutz off of it today. I put in a little over 150 miles. What a beautiful day too!! Life is GOOD!!

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It's the sudden stop!

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post #24 of 16392 (permalink) Old 05-12-2012, 07:40 PM
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Took the wife for her first ride on a bike in 15 years.

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post #25 of 16392 (permalink) Old 05-12-2012, 07:51 PM
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Took bike on charity poker run 160 km .. 100 mile.....ride raised some money for the veterans in hospital here in London.

Then gave it a wash when I got home

I may be getting older ..but I will stay immature forever.

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post #26 of 16392 (permalink) Old 05-12-2012, 08:09 PM
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Today, nothing. I was working on my motor scooter. Spring maintenance. But yesterday, I was working on my Shadow for the same reason.

Even though it seems to have been well taken care of, I don't have any written maintenance records from the previous owner. This bothered me a bit so I decided to get everything back to good and start my own maintenance records from zero.

I had already cleaned the chain up right nice.

Changed the Oil, Filter, new crush washer on the oil plug. New air filter. Drained the crankcase breather hose. Last week I attached a power outlet to the battery (doubling as a battery tender hookup.)

It took way too long to do the oil change, mostly because the previous owner seems to have screwed the filter in with a jack-hammer. Hand tight, my ass.
My big mistake: The guy at the dealership showed me the filter wrench they sell and I passed, thinking that the one I hand in the basement would fit (It didn't) or I could pick up a cheap-o at auto-zone (I did, but there wasn't enough space for it and the socket drive it required. Poop.) I ended up piercing the old filter with a screwdriver to remove it. Lost time.

I am going to get the dedicated wrench as soon as I get out to the dealership again. Learned my lesson, I did. Get the right tools for the right job. It's a lesson I seem to have to learn over and over.

I still have to change the spark plugs (every 4,000 miles? Really?) and eventually tackle my worst fear...a valve lash adjustment. Doing that job just scares me...dunno why. Chicken-**** me.

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post #27 of 16392 (permalink) Old 05-12-2012, 09:05 PM
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Wash and wax, polished the chrome. Then took the wife out for a ride to lunch. First time on this bike, first time in 15 years as well! We were thinner back then when I had CB750F. Her reaction, we need a bigger bike! Future purchase: VTX1800 or a Valkyrie.

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post #28 of 16392 (permalink) Old 05-12-2012, 09:09 PM
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Polished her up, cleaned the chain and took my 10 year old daughter for her first ride. Beautiful day!

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Worked on this F'ing collapsed fuel tank...

and put on a set of Kuryakyn Scythe mirrors, but got very little enjoyment out of it. :/

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finally got around to relocating my turn signals and mounting my saddle bags

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