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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by sleepywombat, May 1, 2006.
I think mud would be my only big concern..I try to stay out of that as much as possible.
Back east we have mud. I've seen sprocket covers completely gummed up with it. I don't run one on my bike but I do run a case saver.
Like this pic posted this morning on the KAT thread. ..
I'm sure it gets in there pretty good. I'm just not sure that it's enough to cause any significant wear on a steel sprocket. There's worrying about premature wear on a part and then there's excessive worrying about nothing.
If the difference is me squeezing 1k more miles out of a rapidly wearing sprocket, I'd rather have the ability to look down at the teeth without having the cover on it than having to take the cover off to inspect it.
Just my .02
I took mine off drilled a big hole so I can check out the sprocket too, now I might just throw it in a drawer.
I just got back from a little ride up a small mountain to watch the raptors that nest in the vicinity of the overlook. Only fog and mud greeted me today. On a clear day, I can see well into the neighboring county.
It's exactly the same with Mrs. TM.
While I was on a solo trip last year, she noticed that I didn't move for an hour or so when she expected me to be riding during that part of the day. I was in fact chatting with a fellow rider at a rest stop. Using the proprietary weblink that the inReach automatically provides to my contact list -- when I activate the device's tracking function -- she was later able to identify my precise location, including the very parking space where the bike was indeed sitting dormant. Neat.
The backside of my sprocket cover was a great collector of congealed chain lube and road grit...and mud, which does indeed exist. 'Twas nothing so serious as to cause accelerated chain or sprocket wear, but I did take the time to periodically remove and clean that area of the drivetrain. I now use a cover/case saver that gives me a better view of things.
InReach uses the Iridium constellation.
They're 30 degrees apart, so there's probably only one good one in any given location. OTOH, if you stay in one place, you'll get the full possible connection time for each satellite.
I just bought a brand new Delorme InReach Explorer for my Alaska trip on Ebay for $250. I can also use it as my backup GPS in case the Zumo fails me. Cheap insurance.
Last fall I ordered 3 sets of these.
a couple of weeks ago I mounted 5 of them in place of my old headlight. 2 are ALWAYS on - wired them to the "extra" wire behind the headlight to be my low beam, and provide low light.
I wired 3 of them to the highbeam switch. So, all 5 are on with high beam.
Yeah baby. she is BRIGHT at night.
pics to follow.
Tanks and carbs full with stablized fuel. Haven't had a problem. Usually use Stabil or Amsoils Quickshot, whichever I have on the shelf when I winterize them. We took the DRs south with us this winter so didn't winterize them, but I knew it'd be a few months before riding them again once we left CA, so filled them up and added stabilizer on our last ride before coming home.
Ahh c'mon mate.
The worst on 2 wheels is still better than the best on 4 wheels.
He with the most bikes wins
More bikes is better than less bikes etc..
It took me several visits to the harley dealer to deal with the "lifestyle" projected at me.
First try i couldn't handle it and somehow came home with a new BM.
Second try i was successful.
Owned that bike for a dozen years and has been the most reliable I've ever owned.
If you get a chance to ride something avoid the fat tail ones.
I've had great success with those.
Yea, its a demo and you can test ride the 2017s. I figure by the time I could ever afford one, they'll be ten years old and I'd be able to score one of CraigsList in 2027.
Now i follow your logic.
That makes perfect sense.
Your new family addition will be old enough to sit on the back by then.
But somehow in ten years i think you might be surrounded by mini bikes instead of a harley though..!!
They lent me a harley breakout last time.
The guy i know there appologised to me and said try not to ride it too hard and don't leave too much of it on the road.
I wanted the new road king to try.
The tech talks to me in depth about my DR
There's a lot of love for the DR in the older harley world
All the talk about spot, inreach etc.
I got the plb and sat phone option.
Went the plb because it seemed the best for the "oh shit - help me " moment.
And a sat phone for the I'm ok to family and friends.
Don't know about others, but i worry about family and friends worrying about me when riding solo on trips.
I'm always unsettled until they know I'm ok at the end of the day.
Not sure what the sat plans cost over there.
My sat phone plan costs me $20 au a month plus calls and nothing if they call me and only costs them the same as calling a regular mobile phone.
Before my big trip i appointed a couple of mates as my call budies.
Never needed to, but plan was i would ring them and they would call me back to organise problem fixes.
At the end of the day i called family and they called me back for a chat.
I would feel better and i knew thay felt better after chatting to me.
I also got family that don't use email or txt.
It's been some time since I checked, but I recall satellite phones and the associated plans as being comparatively expensive. Thus my willingness to invest in the inReach device. It provides much (but not all) of the same functionality, for pennies on the dollar.
You'll recall me mentioning that I've been watching Outback Truckers. More than once have I seen a driver, in the bush and in dire straits, using his sat phone to call for assistance. I get the impression that it's perhaps the only option for someone who drives or rides out of, e.g., Alice Springs and goes in any direction.
I'm strangely comfortable with this.
lot of blank space over here.
i tried to imagine being stuck in the middle of nowhere when i was planning my solo trip, with a problem like a dead bike,
something that wasn't life threatening and trying to communicate via txt for the fix.
i gave up and got a Sat Phone to go with the PLB.
also always travelled with 3 days food and water to wait it out.
luckily the problem never came up.
i know remote solo riding is never the best option, and it was a learning curve for me.
but if i was waiting for a mate to do a trip like that with, I'd still be waiting.
what brand is the sprocket cover? looks good!
That is one of the main points in favor of the InReach or SPOT. They send a GPS tracking location every few minutes so the folks at home (or internet buddies) can see your location and progress.