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Old 09-18-2012, 12:07 AM   #1
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The Wanderings of a 36 year old Electraglide

Before returning home from my riding my Buell Ulysses through Mexico, Guatemala, the USA and Eastern Canada ( Click link HERE ) my wife and I had discussed me going on another extended trip in the fall. After spending a fantastic summer home with the family, fall was approaching and I still didn`t have a firm plan as to what that trip was going to look like. I had many options, each with its own merits.

After weighing each option carefully, the decision was made for me between surfing Craigslist and reading between the lines of my understanding but somewhat frustrated wife’s comments.

Click HERE for more on that. Post #592

I ended up spending a chunk of my travel money on a 1976 FLH Police Special,



and made a plan to ride from my home in Northern British Columbia back towards Texas for a few weeks, where I had enjoyed myself on my last trip.

Please follow along as we see how that plan turns out.

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Old 09-18-2012, 12:13 AM   #2
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Day 1.Sept 17 442 kms Home to Williams Lake

This morning I waited with the kids for the school bus, checked the bike over one more time, kissed my wife, twice, and headed out on the road. I had to run into town first to pick up yet another prescription that should help with the medical issue I have been dealing with (Click HERE, post #1)





While waiting for the prescription, my phone rang. Turns out one of my 8 year olds had, while on the school playground, tripped and landed face first on a bee.



I met my wife at the school, gave my girl a hug and promised I wouldn`t kiss her J

I said goodbye again, kissed my wife again, and I was on the road.

I have only had the bike a short time, and had gone over it carefully, replacing and fixing what was needed, but it was still an old bike unknown to me, so I took it easy, stopping occasionally to check things out on the way. I have had old Harleys before, and am quite accustomed to daily and even hourly maintenance. I am sure this bike will be no different. Locktite is my friend J
Except for bit of pinging, which I straightened out by tweaking the timing, the old girl ran like a clock. After the first 2 or 3 hundred kilometers, I was feeling a bit more confident with it.

The weather was warm, bordering on hot. I didn`t stop much, except for gas and to look the bike over until I got to McLeese Lake, where I found some shade to stop for a break.



I rode as far as Williams Lake, to my good friends` house.

Inmate Sonic1c, his better half, and their 2 dogs, Shrek and Fiona.


I hadn`t seen them much in the last while, so it was nice to visit and talk about old times
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Old 09-18-2012, 04:18 PM   #3
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:56 PM   #4
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beautiful shovel!

I have a 78 myself. I've ridden plenty of new Harley's but there is nothing quite like a shovel.

I'll be watching this closely. I plan on a So.Cal to Texas trip on mine this coming spring.
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:45 PM   #5
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Hey Brian,

Glad you had a good summer and I hope you are feeling well. I am looking forward to another great ride report. Ride safe and have fun. Keep us posted if and when you get to Texas. My house is open to you anytime.
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:56 PM   #6
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Day 2.Sept 18 449 kms Williams Lake Grinrod BC

I headed out before it had warmed up much, but was only riding into town to meet a friend of mine for breakfast. I had known and worked with Ian for many years at many different mines. I hadn’t seen him since last year, so we caught up, talked about mining, our KLRs and he told me how all about how much he was enjoying the Ducati I sold him last year J



I had a couple of stops I wanted to make, and I was looking for a right hand mirror for my bike, so I also headed up to see mi amigo Dave at New Life Cycle. He looked through his Big Box of Used Mirrors, but didn’t have the one I needed. We did get in a good visit before I headed out.

It had warmed up considerably by the time I got out of Williams Lake. I rode along, the bike running good.

From 100 Mile House, I turned off on to one of my favorite local roads, Horse Lake road, heading towards Little Fort. I stopped to make my bladder gladder along the way.



When I started the bike, the starter seemed to turn over kind of……….. slowly.

Hmmmm………..

Well, I know these old bikes don’t have the best charging systems, and I had bought a halogen light for it, and had been running with the light on for a couple of days ( it didn’t occur to me at the time that I had ran the light all day yesterday with no problems), so I would just run with the light off for a while to get the battery back up.

I wanted to stop and see good friend (inmate BucknBC) to see if he had a mirror that would work on my bike, so I stopped at his work, but he didn’t have one. We visited for a while, and when I went to start the bike……. Good thing I have a kickstarter………

I figured I would ride a while further, and see if I could get anything more out of the battery. I got to Kamloops, bought a multi meter, (of course mine was sitting on my bench at home), and I was putting out zip for volts.

Crap.

A friend of mine. Starsky, near Salmon Arm was a millwright / bodyman / painter / bike mechanic and had recently opened a bike / paint shop in Grinrod and specialised in working on old Harleys. I had been planning on stopping and seeing him anyhow in search of a mirror, so I called him, told him what was going on and he said he would stay open, call Terry, the wiring specialist, also a friend of mine, who worked at the shop with him, and that he would see me soon, and to call if my bike quit.

So away I went, sans headlight, for the hour and a half ride to Starsky’s shop. I stopped once for gas (thank goodness for kick starters) and made it in record time.

I pulled in right about closing time, another buddy, Heath, showed up with a 6 pack, looking for parts for his shovelhead, so we visited a bit until Terry (aka “The Doctor of Darkeness ) showed up ( he had already gone home for the day)

After a beer and some BSing, they tested the charging system, and, yep, I had fried the stator. No big deal, Starsky had a used stator that tested good and away we went to work. Well, Starsky and Doc went to work, while Heath and I had another beer and helped where we could.

The Doctor of Darkness


Heath


Starsky hard at it.


Terry headed out after a while, then Heath, so Starsky and I stayed till quite late, working on the bike and visiting. We got it mostly done, and planned to button it up in the morning.
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Old 09-19-2012, 11:07 PM   #7
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Old 09-20-2012, 05:33 AM   #8
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This trip has all the ingredients for an adventure....
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:20 AM   #9
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Day 3 Sept 19 250 kms Grinrod BC to Nakusp BC

We got back on the bike in the morning and had it all together in no time.



The stator that went on me looked like the original stator, and the one Starsky had was a newer, higher output one, so Terry suggested we use the regulator that came off the same bike as the stator. We spent the rest of the morning dicking around with my bike. One of them would look at something on my bike and say something like “well, what you got there is OK, but if we just did this or this with it, I think it would be a bit better”

After it was all said and done, and they were happy that they had tweaked every little thing I would let them, it was time to settle up. I was hoping for a bit of a deal, as I had known these guys for quite a while, but I understood that this was how they made their living and was willing to pay whatever the bill came to.


Well………. Starsky says, with the parts, and gaskets and labor…….. and tells me this ridiculously low number. I was like, “ Are you sure” and they say yep, that’s what it comes to”, So I says, “ Well, what about the Doctor of Darkness’ part?” and they say , “yep, that’s included”

I tell them that’s ridiculous, pay Starsky the original amount, give Terry some more, and thank them.

We visit for a while more, say our goodbyes, and I head out, happy that my bike is leaving the shop with a working charging system and some other things tweaked.

And….. they threw in the mirror. J

Starsky



I rode towards Revelstoke, then down hwy 23 towards Nakusp . On the ferry, I got talking to a trucker who had just bought a Harley, and a local guy on a CBR 1000RR.

On the ferry








When we got to the other side, CBR guy says, “I am turning soon to go to the hotsprings, so you may as well unload ahead of me.”

Ummmmmm…….lets see, old fat guy on a 36 year old, 60 horsepower bike, and a young guy on a new 180 horsepower bike and twisty roads ahead.

I say, “No, that’s OK, you go ahead, I am going to go slow and enjoy the view” J

And away he went….. I never saw him again or where he turned off for the Hotsprings.

I rode into Nakusp and got a room for the night.
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:30 AM   #10
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I am in for this one. I enjoyed your last trip south and I am sure you won't disappoint this time around.

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Old 09-21-2012, 06:06 PM   #11
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beautiful shovel!

I have a 78 myself. I've ridden plenty of new Harley's but there is nothing quite like a shovel.

I'll be watching this closely. I plan on a So.Cal to Texas trip on mine this coming spring.
Thanks

You're right. There is something about an old shovel. I had an 05 Road Glide that I liked a lot, but selling it didn't hurt me much. I have a feeling that this bike will be around a loooong time :)

I am hoping it cools down in texas a bit before I get there. I have become accustomed to cooler weather, me thinks....
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:07 PM   #12
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This trip has all the ingredients for an adventure....
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Anyone can do it on a bike they KNOW is gonna make it :)
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:09 PM   #13
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I am in for this one. I enjoyed your last trip south and I am sure you won't disappoint this time around.

Later
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Thanks John

I will try to keep it interesting :)
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:11 PM   #14
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Looking forward to your RR.

Thanks EricD10563

When I get a chance I am going to read about you riding around an Island again, and again, and again.......
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:44 PM   #15
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Hey Brian,

Glad you had a good summer and I hope you are feeling well. I am looking forward to another great ride report. Ride safe and have fun. Keep us posted if and when you get to Texas. My house is open to you anytime.
Thanks jimbowie

When I get closer, I will let you know. I am not sure what part of Texas you are in, but I have been know to make big detours just to meet good people :)
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