First Hack Ride

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by Gasket, Feb 26, 2017.

  1. Gasket

    Gasket Wandering Samurai

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    Yes, up and about but having to be very careful. I worked on the Strom yesterday, trying to fix the left fork seal leak without success. I'm unfortunately having to wear mechanics gloves to avoid busted knuckles or other type of cut and it is a darn nuisance.

    One of the things I did do was to remove my ROX handlebar risers which made the steering much easier and more responsive. With the bars pulled back like it was before, it accentuated every little steering issue. For some reason the front end wobble at low speeds has been significantly mitigated. It is still there a bit and hopefully will be taken care of with the installation of the leading legs. I was going to delay installation until I could pull the front forks but decided to get it done while Jay has the time. I'll lift the bike and do the repairs when I get it home. I'll also take the time to install All Balls tapered head bearings and new wheel bearings.

    This pic I took yesterday near Bay Street in Port Orchard. The body of water is Sinclair Inlet with the Bremerton Navy Shipyard across the inlet.

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    To the right about a mile or so past that little white house on the point is Rich Passage, which opens up to Puget Sound and the route to Seattle. It is an extremely beautiful passage and a must see via boat during the summer.
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  2. davebig

    davebig Another Angry Hun !

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    I was out there in the 80s riding my new 85 K100rs both the Missouri and the New Jersey where sitting in the Bremerton Yard. Allot of history in those two !
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  3. Gasket

    Gasket Wandering Samurai

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    There surely is Dave. My father-in-law, now deceased and a retired USMC Sergeant Major, was with the Fleet Marine detachment on the Missouri. He was President Truman's orderly on her when the President embarked for a South American cruise. Now the Mighty Mo is a well visited museum at Pearl Harbor.

    I visited some friends on the New Jersey back in 1968 in San Diego, my first time on a battlewagon. I later did a cruise on USS Iowa. Those were some ships.

    There are still some of those K bikes around. They were quite a handful back in their day.
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  4. davebig

    davebig Another Angry Hun !

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    Yes those warship sailors were very squared away compared to service craft yahoos ! After Vietnam I was on an old oiler out of Florida the FDR was still in service there and David Eisenhower was on the Albany whom we ofter berthed with.
    One of the fun spots of that period was refueling the Newport News watching her pull up beside us in a fog, band on a bridge wing to entertain us everyone UOD and squared away !
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  5. Gasket

    Gasket Wandering Samurai

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    Dave this is stuff only an old Sailor can appreciate.

    The Newport News was one of those beautiful Des Moines class heavy cruisers that sported nine 8 inch guns. Sadly she had a #2 turret explosion while shelling NVA positions off of Quang Tri City in Oct of 1972, with a massive loss of life, that you probably well remember, as do I. It was horrible.

    Coincidentally, battleship USS Iowa, had a turret #2 explosion about 6 months after I departed the ship. I was in that turret when it had a malfunction, that was resolved, but that plagued the ship after I departed and later resulted in the explosion.

    Excuse us guys, this is just stuff that only few old Sailors like Dave and I remember so back to the hack world.
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  6. BMWBUD

    BMWBUD Cancer SUX, Life is Good

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    I was lucky enough to be on the Iowa when it was in VA Beach several years ago. My friend was in the Navy and knew the Cptn so we got to go from top to bottom. Those are some BIG GUNS. IIRC the range was many, many miles.
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