Powerplus or Bust, Eh?

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Twotaildog, Jul 26, 2014.

  1. Whitehorse2003

    Whitehorse2003 nose pickin GOB

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    Yea the best is to hop around the route and meet up in the afternoon.
    I met them in Klamath falls and rode along to outside of the bay area, then headed up to gold country to see my daughter.
    Last one we met up in Lewiston and followed them in to Kent. I have a friend that was on an Indian with a sidecar for that one.
    Aint nothing like seeing the dedication and pure grit to accomplish this. Ill run beers , parts, or ladys of the night (if my wife lets me find them) to any of them that want's it, they deserve it.
    I'm outside of Portland OR, so I plan to find them somewhere Utah,Idaho? however they travel through?
    Happy Trails !!
  2. Twotaildog

    Twotaildog Old Poop

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    Hot off the presses...

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  3. invisa-bill

    invisa-bill Adventurer

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    Damn, you'll be going right by my place!
  4. Twotaildog

    Twotaildog Old Poop

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  5. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    Their link goes to an "Under Construction" page, so not real helpful. Looks like you're going to pass just north of me.
    Looks like Missoula and then Spokane?
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    And no dates... "16 days in September" but no city ETAs. I'm sure the route will get a little more detailed as we get nearer.



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  6. Twotaildog

    Twotaildog Old Poop

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    The graphic you posted is from the new Motorcycle Cannonball website, which is still under construction. I have a feeling it will be online soon though, and have all the information you are seeking. I for on am a little irritated that it's taking so long. Jason has a lot going on, but hey, I'm not going to make any excuses for them. I appreciate your interest.




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  7. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    Wasn't meant to be critical, just letting other people know. I'm looking forward to seeing all the old bikes.
    In my youth, lol, I worked at a Harley dealer for a few years. This was late 70s-early 80s, and it was surprising how much stuff was either on the shelf or still available for the older bikes. And I mean old.


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  8. Jim K in PA

    Jim K in PA Long timer

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    Looks like you'll be swinging through Binghamton NY. I'll definitely head up that way for the stopover. Might convince the missus to ride up in the sidecar and do a trip across the southern tier and catch the action in Jamestown NY as well. :thumb
  9. Twotaildog

    Twotaildog Old Poop

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    Yes. That would be great.

    I know some other riders have posted the cities. They had asked us not to pass that information on yet, but if they don't get the website online soon I will post it here. People want to know!




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  10. Rich B

    Rich B Long timer

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    My local AMCA chapter listed the Ohio stops in an email last night. I plan on getting a room at the Ohio overnight. Likely be at the lunch stop as well.
  11. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    True. I need to know dates and places so I can reserve a hotel room.


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  12. Twotaildog

    Twotaildog Old Poop

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    Here are the cities to go with the map:

    September 8-23, 2018 Portland to Portland

    Grand Departure, September 8: Portland, ME
    Stage 1, September 8: Keene, NH
    Stage 2, September 9: Binghampton, NY
    Stage 3, September 10: Jamestown, NY
    Stage 4, September 11: Bowling Green, OH
    Stage 5, September 12: Bourbonnais, IL
    Stage 6, September 13: Anamosa, IA
    Stage 7, September 14: Spirit Lake, IA
    Stage 8, September 15: Pierre, SD
    Stage 9, September 16: Sturgis, SD
    Rest Day, September 17: Sturgis, SD
    Stage 10, September 18: Billings, MT
    Stage 11, September 19, Great Falls, MT
    Stage 12, September 20, Kalispell, MT
    Stage 13, Septmeber 21, Spokane Valley, WA
    Stage 14, September 22, The Dalles, OR
    Stage 15, September 23, Portland, OR

    #coasttocoast #motorcyclecannonball #antiquemotorcycleclub #Hagerty #2018 #portlandtoportland




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  13. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    Great, thank you.


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  14. Twotaildog

    Twotaildog Old Poop

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    And now, just for fun, pictures of the inside of my knee. Sorry for the non-motorcycle content.

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  15. fullmetalscooter

    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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    Sorry:lol3 I m going to give you thread a COLD SHOULDER :vardy DUE to those pictures. What that doesn't tickle your funny bone ? Oh well I hope you win this time , brake a leg .
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  16. Jim K in PA

    Jim K in PA Long timer

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    Yeah, sorry Kev, but link that shit! :puke2
  17. disston

    disston ShadeTreeExpert

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    What? Somebody actually wins the Cannon Ball? I thought the object was to just finish, riding all the miles?

    No I get it. That's the rider that wins.
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    Twotaildog Old Poop

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    Twotaildog Old Poop

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    I've been working on a couple of transmissions, or as Hendee Manufacturing Company called them, three speed countershafts. I found a second aluminum case in addition to the one I used in the Cannonball bike. I had a spare trans in 2016, but it has the later cast iron case. I decided that, while I'm rebuilding my main transmission, I'd build up a spare with the aluminum case, so it's easier to lift in and out of the moto van. The new case has a couple of chunks broken out of the mounting flange, but it shouldn't affect function. This is pretty common, if people let the mounting bolts get loose the force of the drive chain would twist the case and cause this. Also, the mounting stud holes in the new case had been heli-coiled, but whoever did it drilled them crooked, so a friend redrilled them on his Bridgeport and made some thread inserts.


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    The new case has good main bearing races in it, so I decided to just pop new balls into the cage like I'd done on the other one. Here is the outer race:

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    Here is the inner race before and after I polished it up:

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    You also should polish the spacer because the felt seal rides on it. Here are before, during, and after photos of the process:

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    I know, I need to clean my lathe up.




    Here's a video I made that shows how to put the new balls in and assemble the main bearing:






    That's it for today. I hope you find it interesting and helpful.




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  20. Twotaildog

    Twotaildog Old Poop

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    As testament to my method, here is a picture of the main bearing from the transmission that I ran in the 2016 Cannonball. After 4000 hard miles it came out still looking like it did when I put it in:

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    Several times during the 2016 event I had trouble with the transmission hanging up. Sometimes it wouldn't go into third gear, sometimes it wouldn't come out of third gear, sometimes it just plain got stuck. One of my favorite Cannonball memories is when I was coming in to some HD dealership where they promised us lunch. Several hundred folks had gathered to watch us arrive, and to meet the riders and ogle the bikes. The dealership was up on a steep hill and Patience was jammed in third gear, and she couldn't pull the hill. I had to stop mid-slope and dismount. A small crowd gathered around to watch and offer encouragement as I attempted to diagnose the cause of the jammage. I wasn't feeling to good about my situation at this point, and I was pondering the possibility of a difficult climb and push to the top of the hill. I was encouraged, however, by the positive energy I was receiving from the growing group of onlookers. While holding the brake with one hand I extracted a screwdriver from my jacket pocket, which had been placed there to facilitate the occasional adjustment of the automatic oiler. I used the screwdriver to pry on the operating lever on the gearbox, and it popped out of third gear. I can't describe how happy that made me. The crowd picked up on that, and began making joyful noises. When I kicked the old motor to life, the joyful noises increased to cheers, and when I clicked Patience into first, popped the clutch, and charged up the hill people began to jump up and down, waving their arms in the air and shouting "YES!" It was nice. It made me feel good, having their support like that, and I think they had fun too.

    Anyway, back to the gearbox rebuild. That night I borrowed a lift at the HD shop and dropped the gearbox out. I found that the shift segment bushing was pretty worn and that seemed to be at least part of my problem. The shift segment is a toothed doohickey that engages with the shifting fork inside the transmission, and goes through a bushing to connect with the operating lever on the outside of the transmission. The fact that the bushing was worn was allowing it to bind when a lot of force was applied. I fitted a makeshift thrust washer between the operating lever and the transmission case, next to the bushing. It improved the situation, but I still had to make very deliberate gear changes for the rest of the race, to prevent jammage from occurring. It would usually happen when I was tired, or I felt rushed, and my gearshifts would get sloppy.

    So, as part of this rebuild, I got a machinist friend to make me new shift segment bushings and precision thrust washers for both transmissions. Here is a video of the loose bushing:






    This next video was made after the new bushing was installed:








    I can't wait to try it on the road.


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