The adventures of a boy and his Nighthawk.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by CETME, Jul 6, 2008.

  1. CETME

    CETME Been here awhile

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    Well guys, I'm heading out again. This report will be slightly different than my other ones. How so might you ask? Well this RR starts off with a barely functional motorcycle, no luggage, and enough money to maybe buy a box of Goldfish and some string cheese. In addition, I haven't left yet, so this first part of it is me actually putting the whole thing together. Maybe you guys can get a glimpse of my rigorous planning in which no stone is left unturned and no girl is left unkissed.

    So the basic plan is this:

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    First stop is Wisconsin, which is home to my buddy Crissi Lyn. Some of you guys might know her as a heroine in one of my previous ride reports in which she saved me from the grasp of despair and perhaps even sodomy.
    http://advrider.com/forums<wbr>/showthread.php?t=237171


    Here she is on the left:
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    I've been best buddies with her since I was 16. She was an All-American diver and has bailed me out of trouble one too many times. The best kind of friend, great laugh, very level headed and I'm going to be honest with you, she has a sweet pair of knockers too.


    The second stop is somewhere in Arizona, I suppose around Flagstaff. My buddy Kelsey is there, and to some she needs very little introduction, but to many others she might be new. If you need some background info on her, then these two might help:
    http://advrider.com/forums<wbr>/showthread.php?t=295462
    http://advrider.com/forums<wbr>/showthread.php?t=345323

    Here she is:
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    Now...... Here is the biggest problem I have. My ride. You see, The decision would normally be easy on which bike to take. The venerable Nighthawk! But within the last couple weeks, the clutch has started to go out. I suppose 30,000 miles of burnouts, hot doggin', racing starts and saving babies that fall out tall buildings has been bad for the clutch.

    Here is the offending contraption:
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    Now I have two options. I could buy a new clutch, OR I could "simply" install the extra engine I have which has a good clutch. What do you guys think?

    This is where the ride report begins, you guys decide, and I'll do it. You guys are the puppet masters for this one. I'm merely at your beck and call.
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  2. Grad

    Grad Wannabe

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    I vote for whatever gets you on the road the fastest, because I am looking forward to the report :thumb
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  3. punk_emo_tx

    punk_emo_tx Been here awhile

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    +1
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  4. Fireman1000

    Fireman1000 Long timer

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    Keep it simple. Just replace the clutch.
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  5. MikJogg

    MikJogg Weekend Adventurer

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    Take a new clutch and let the adventure begin,...NOW :nod

    Wait for another great RR :clap
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  6. Kayakgk

    Kayakgk Long timer

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    and install it, this saves you a little money for emergencys.

    Oh and Kelsey gets cuter every ride report.
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  7. FrankS

    FrankS ...please wait...

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    So, and how exactly does this make this report different from your previous ones?
    I’m signed up anyway, let’s get started
    Regards
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  8. CETME

    CETME Been here awhile

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    Ok guys, I have sat down and pondered your demands, suggestions and wisdom. As per my initial post, I truly leave the decisions to you guys who are no doubt more clever, and vastly more experienced at traveling than I. I hate to put myself down that much without giving myself a compliment, so I will say that I am probably prettier.

    That being said, here is the problem:

    Honda, in all their omnipotent wisdom saw it fit to install this clutch locknut, instead of making it easy like everyone else's clutch.

    This locknut requires a special tool. This special tool costs $110. Lookie here what I mean:

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    for a more close-up view:

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    So as I was saying $110 ? are you kidding me? couldn't Honda have just put a regular nut on there? Why oh why did they do this to me? All the times I've stuck up for you Honda, of all the times.......

    Nevertheless, I went Googling on the Yahoo, and I found that some enterprising people had used a punch and a hammer to remove the nut. Simply place the punch in one of the notches and give it a hard bang and BAM! it cries to mom and lets go.

    So I decided to give it a try with a make shift punch I made from one of those flat wood drill bits.

    Thank you for your sacrifice Mr. Bit, you will always have a place in my heart:
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    I bet you guys know what happened.

    Seriously, I'm sure you do.

    Yeah, you were right....

    It buggered up the nut and did absolutely nothing to loosen it.
    "Damn!" I yelled as I shook my fist in the air.

    So I went BACK on the Nethernets and found a place right by my house that had a tool for honda clutches.

    Here it is! Oh boy I'm excited!

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    I said this out loud: "What do you mean you wont fit?!"

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    I sighed, and realized that this is how things go. And I just got off the phone from ordering a $110 tool, an $8 locknut, a $40 clutch..... and $10 springs. As of right now I'm not really sure I have enough money to even cover my gas for the whole trip.

    This really doesn't affect things much I don't think. I'll get there one way or another I'm sure...... right?

    According to promises from 4 different vendors, I should get everything by Wednesday or Thursday, so that seems to be the departing point. If everything is not here by Thursday, I will swap engines on Thursday evening and be off on Friday...........

    God save the Nighthawk.
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  9. rufus

    rufus We're burning daylight...

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    $110 !!!!! Outageous. Last one of those i bought (at least 10 years ago) was less than $10. I would replace it with a regular nut. Use an impact wrench and you don't have to buy the (probably ridiculously overpriced) clutch holding tool. That's what most mechanics use.
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  10. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    Cool!! Another adventure with Lars!! :clap

    Whatever happened to the Ducati you took to Europe on your last report???

    :lurk
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  11. bullfrog

    bullfrog Dismember

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    oh hell yes!!!

    :clap

    i am really looking forward to this adventure!!!
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  12. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    I'm already a little disappointed with your planned ride.. c'mon dude.. you gotta get a babe on the bike with you.. like you did in your other reports! we're not keen on seeing just your mug posing with your bike here and there... :lol3
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  13. CETME

    CETME Been here awhile

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    I do in fact have an impact wrench.... I will definitely use it to get that damn thing off.....

    The Monster is in Denmark at my Uncle's house. It's in his cellar hanging out with his Harley, Suzuki and Honda...... No doubt that cellar is full of good jokes and colorful language.
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  14. yater

    yater Long timer

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    It looks like you're coming through Tyler, Tx on I-20. Let me know if you need a place to stay. Bring that chick with you.
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  15. longrider999

    longrider999 Long timer

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    cetme,ever think of just staying home and have youre friend pull on youre weinerZ?
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  16. KHVol

    KHVol Long timer

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    While we're waiing on the parts, can we see another pic of Kelsey in her bathing suit ???:clap
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  17. CETME

    CETME Been here awhile

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    Well, as my junior college sex-ed teacher always told me "mo bitches mo problems."

    Although I wont have any umbrella girls with me, they are in fact the destination. As such they play a huge part of this story. To combat boredom inherent to a report which has a dearth of the fairer sex, I will undoubtedly do my best (perhaps in vain) to make this story a powerhouse of one liners and punch-me-in-the-face entertainment. If this trip doesn't trump all the others, I'll hang up my good ride-report shirt and retire indefinitely.
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  18. GS Jihad

    GS Jihad p·r·o·p·h·e·t

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    Looks like you will be rolling right past me in Colorado. I'm at Keystone (Summit County), Colorado. Drop me a PM if you need a couch and a brew. Have a great ride - love your reports.

    Cheers:slurp :slurp
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  19. CETME

    CETME Been here awhile

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    Well guys, I'm as happy as a dog peeing on a tree. The Nighthawk is back!

    All the vendors came through, and I did a spectacular job on the clutch. Damn i'm good.

    Not only that, but the difference is HUGE. I can actually powershift the ol' Battle bike without it popping out of gear. The lever effort is about twice as hard as it was before. Which I suppose is a good thing considering it wouldn't have taken much more than the recoil of a mouse fart to get it to move before.

    It's ready... oh it's ready...

    I'll update tonight with some new surprises:

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  20. mike

    mike Long timer

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    Your RR's are very entertaining. Can't wait for this one...:lurk
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