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Old 03-25-2012, 01:33 AM   #211
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I wonder if shredding that belt had anything to do with high speeds?
Doubt it...speed shouldn`t make any difference to a specced drivebelt.
However,they do not tolerate misalignment or excessive heat too well.
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Old 03-27-2012, 05:19 PM   #212
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That's what I was thinking, figure the belt was 6-7 years old already and I didn't do the plastic variator cover mod (basic pull the plastic cover and then paint the aluminum housing black, after chucking the plastic cover)

I'm thinking basic dry rot at speed did it in.

And I got an email today, should see the new belt by next week.

So I'm chillin, waitin, and planning the next ride.
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Old 03-29-2012, 11:33 AM   #213
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One Big Surprise Today!!!!

So I went to get the mail today, and there was a package.....

And Inside there was......





So after a little while I got to this point.......



And then because of the cloudy weather, I decided to just button it up and go for a ride.
The BR runs slower top speed and accelerates like crap right now, but I figure the new belt will have to wear in, maybe next week it will be running back to normal....
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:34 PM   #214
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Did you check your rollers when you replaced the belt? When mine went one of my rollers got stuck and a couple were flat spotted. Replacing them made it feel like a new scooter.
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Old 03-29-2012, 05:40 PM   #215
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yes diehard2501, I checked the rollers. The one thing I noticed right away was the belt's 30 degrees was just a hair wider than 30 degrees at the base, so I'm guessing the belt just has to wear in, probably take 20-30 start and stops to get the excess rubber worn off.

Maybe next week I'll get out and put some miles on it...
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:21 PM   #216
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Well tomorrow marks another twist in the Saga of Sportsman Matt and the Big Ruckus......

I am making the final payment for the Iron..... and waiting for it to come in.....

And with the crap weather coming this weekend, I highly doubt I'll be out riding until next week Thursday or Friday......

And then this Sunday is the Motorcycle Swap Meet at Stafford Springs CT..... 7AM start.....I know I'll be there and have pics.....

Also the 15th is Jap Bike Mike's Swap Meet again.... and of course more pics to come....
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Old 04-01-2012, 01:39 PM   #217
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Sold the Big Ruckus..........

Yup..... Sold the Big Ruckus.........Went to the swap meet.......Sold it for $1.00


April Fools.......

I did go to the Swap Meet, and the big Ruckus is still safe and sound waiting for another ride........

But some pics.....Starting at 7AM got to love the cooking going on.....plus the 32 degree temps to start........



And a trike.....too bad it was $100 firm......



A classic Indian....



A kid's version of a big V Twin....



Hack anyone.....



Trike parts....





Classic Pre Chainsaw......



And a classic 1930 Harley.......







Note the resemblance....1930 HD vs the Big Ruckus.......
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Old 04-01-2012, 05:02 PM   #218
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So I went to get the mail today, and there was a package.....

And Inside there was......







And then because of the cloudy weather, I decided to just button it up and go for a ride.
The BR runs slower top speed and accelerates like crap right now, but I figure the new belt will have to wear in, maybe next week it will be running back to normal....

How I do love those genuine Honda parts.
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Old 04-03-2012, 04:44 AM   #219
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Yup.....

Sold the Big Ruckus.........
YA BAST !!!! My heart missed a beat when I read that!!!!



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Went to the swap meet.......Sold it for $1.00

April Fools.......
Good job you posted that second bit !!!

Swapmeet looked good.
Thanks for the photos Matt,and for contunuing this great Thread.
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Old 04-03-2012, 11:45 AM   #220
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Not a problem....weather is looking good later this week, so I'll be out riding some, maybe get some pics while riding also.

And the choice of OEM vs After market on some things are a no brainer. From what I've heard so far, I'd be better off with the OEM for a belt, even if I have to replace it every 6 years or 10,000 miles.
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Old 04-07-2012, 08:38 PM   #221
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Well I'm counting down, 10 hours and I'll be rolling the Big Ruckus out for a ride with the Twisted Touring group. Pics to come later tomorrow evening.
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Old 04-09-2012, 03:31 PM   #222
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Cold Ride, Missing Camera

OK, so I went off to meet with the Twisted Touring group, with a slight problem.
While prepping my riding gear, my digital camera was nowhere to be found. Then the restaurant we were to meet at was closed. So after finding a second place to meet up and eat at, we rode out, toured south central Mass, and finished up around 1pm.
The downfall of riding was it was 38 degrees out to start, windy, and by the end of the ride, I was in need of a really hot shower, the cold riding gear just didn't cut it, I was getting a cold chill down into my bones.

But I did get my digital camera, it was hanging up on a hook at the girlfriends place, complete with dead batteries...

So the only pic I have is one just before riding back home later Sunday afternoon.

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Old 04-13-2012, 07:43 PM   #223
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Tomorrow begins the era of the Iron.....

So I'm patiently awaiting news about the new Iron. Well my calls went like this today....

FedEx....WTF are my trike parts......
FedEx....Got the parts, all is well....
Sid's Auto body....got the new fenders for the trike kit, only they are fiberglass not steel.......drop em off Monday before 9 am.....
Pop's.....nervous about this motorcycle safety class....
Pop's.... passed the class....got the new motorcycle license endorsement....trike kit is in....picking up 08 Xl1200L in the morning.....
Ocean State Harley Davidson....your Iron is ready, will have it ready for pickup same time as the XL1200L....

That last call made my day, especially on a Friday the 13th .....

So pics to come, and decisions to be made......will post more tomorrow.....
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Old 04-14-2012, 06:03 PM   #224
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Well it happened.....





And my father on his new ride soon to be triked.....



And the question, what about the Big Ruckus?

Well its $150 a year to keep registered and insured, so I decided to get the Iron its own registration. ( plus it took 3 of us to get the 565 lb Iron into the bed of my truck at the dealership)
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Old 04-14-2012, 06:22 PM   #225
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Congrats to you and your dad . I'll bet the Big Ruckus will still be your go to bike , that is of course after you get over the newness of the Harley . Just about every one I know that has sold their Big Ruckus has eventually regretted it .

Oh and your dad , build some memories riding with your dad while you still are lucky enough to have him around .

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