Dirt Road Cowboy's Ramblin' & East Texas Trippin'

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Dirt Road Cowboy, May 8, 2011.

  1. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    I was thinking the same thing!

    I've almost posted pictures on my thread of something I'll call "Husky Foot" where the shifter digs into my foot on long rides but I can't bring myself to post the shovels! :rofl
  2. Dirt Road Cowboy

    Dirt Road Cowboy I aim to misbehave.

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    Yeah, I was doing 45-55 in a 50 mph zone, on an unfamiliar 2 lane country back road, and these people were flying up behind us like we were standing still. The last one was less than 10 feet from the rear tire when I tried to let him by. The front wheel locked in the gravel, and we slid. As I was sliding and going down, he blasted by about 1 foot from us. Never looked back.

    I still take full blame. I was the one in control of the bike, and should not have acted on the pressures from other drivers.

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  3. Dirt Road Cowboy

    Dirt Road Cowboy I aim to misbehave.

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    A little while back, I came across a couple of my old EMT patches from the 80s when I worked on an ambulance crew. I'm going to put them on my Levi riding vest/cut.

    EMT patches.jpg


    I ordered my new brake line from Dennis Kirk, and hopefully they will ship as quickly as they have been doing.
    And I went ahead and ordered some spare mirrors just in case the bolt hole on the right one is stripped worse than I think it is.

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  4. Dirt Road Cowboy

    Dirt Road Cowboy I aim to misbehave.

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    Well, I did try sitting on the GL1000 today, and it's not gonna happen! :nah
    Too much knee bend with the mid controls, and I can't use the rear brake at all.
    I will need to heal up more to ride her than the Sportster! :kurt

    Maybe I'll be better by the time my brake line gets here and I get it put on. :ricky

    I'm glad it doesn't have the right side shifter like my Ironhead! That would hurt! :nod

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  5. Dirt Road Cowboy

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    Nothing done with any bikes today.

    It was dog grooming day, so I was busy cutting hair.

    This is Libby, my Cocker Spaniel.

    Libby Haircut.jpg


    She wasn't any more thrilled with the photo shoot than she was with the haircut! :lol3

    The haircut was long overdue. I usually try to keep her cut so that she stays cool, but she was getting quite scruffy!

    I also had to do her nails, and cut a couple of them to the quick. One took a while for the bleeding to stop, but she's fine now.


    So, that was the high point of the day. (Plus, being on my foot that long was brutal!)

    I'm thinking about putting the crash bar on Serenity tomorrow, or at least test fitting it.

    Maybe I'll remember to get some pics! :D



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    Well, no brake line yet, so I played around with the crash bar. :p3rry

    crash bar.jpg


    I did a test fit for fender clearance.

    rough fit 1.jpg


    Really close

    rough fit 2.jpg



    But I figured that I can adjust the fender a little if needed. So, I went to bolt it on.

    And then I saw that it wasn't going to happen! :becca

    too short.jpg


    The bolt was way too short to fit with the forward controls! :baldy


    So a quick trip to East Texas Fasteners, and $1.75 later, we're all set! :thumb

    new bolt.jpg


    But that's a job for tomorrow. I was hurting too much to finish it today.

    I should have some new pics tomorrow, and hopefully the brake line will come in too! :super


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    Parts came in today! :wings :rayof :happay


    Time to work!

    Front brake line . . . Done!

    new brake line.jpg


    Crash bar . . . Done!

    crash bar installed.jpg


    After getting the bottom bracket installed, the gap between the bar and fender was much better! :thumb


    I bled the front and rear brakes with the good stuff! (Sorry, no pic of the front.)

    purple stuff.jpg


    And, I forgot to show you guys the starter push button.

    push button.jpg


    So now . . .



    And if you don't care for that, how about . . .



    :super

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    Test ride time!

    When I pulled up, this big rooster tried to hide behind the sign.

    cock.jpg


    I guess he was chicken! :lol3


    Then a pic for the Churches thread.:pope

    Byrd Lane Baptist Church.jpg


    And then we ran to the Dollar Tree, and parked by a tree. :hmmmmm

    tree outside the tree.jpg

    I didn't find any dollars under there, but Sheree found a quarter! :loco
    Maybe the tree is broken?



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    Looking good!

    What is the purple brake fluid stuff.

    You watching too many Sunny D commercials!

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    Silicone based DOT 5 brake fluid is purple. It's what H-D says to use in the Sportster.
    When I got it, the PO mixed brake fluids. DOT 5 is not compatible with any others, and when I looked in the master cylinders, there was just a gray gel, not fluid.
    I had to rebuild the calipers to get them unstuck!
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    I've read about how they switched for a few years and have now switched back to DOT 4.

    Confusing stuff!
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    Dirt Road Cowboy I aim to misbehave.

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    I've heard other people say that they flushed and changed their Sporty system to DOT 4, but I will just stay with the manufacturer's recommended type. It's working for me, and even with the single piston caliper and one rotor, I have 1 finger brakes.

    Maybe if I were more knowledgeable on hydraulic systems, I'd experiment. But I'm not! :nono I do enough stupid things without messing up the brakes! :lol3

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    I'd use what is supposed to be used by manufacturer.

    My brothers were on a road trip for a day to California and back years ago and the VW GTI got low on coolant climbing the infamous Baker Grade!

    Went back to Baker and got coolant to put in and wouldn't you know it, it reacted with the aluminum/special coolant, globbed up and bye bye engine!

    I learned a lesson too there about coolants and following the mfg requirements.
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    Okay, the last ride today was a solo ride.

    I revisited the last crash site. It looks innocent enough, especially without someone trying to run me off the road!

    crash site 1.jpg


    Then, I went back to the train yard to play around. :D

    I saw this from the overpass, and had to find a way in to see it! :wink:

    caboose 2.jpg

    There was about 50 yards of really loose golf ball to baseball sized gravel that they were laying along the tracks. I went through very slowly and cautiously, like a big weenie! :lol3
    2 crashes this week is more than enough! I'm still trying to get over that! :muutt


    Anyway, I got to see some more new stuff that they didn't have last time! :clap

    train yard.jpg


    And some big toys!

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    And a new engine.

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    That's about it for today's adventure. I have a few adjustments to make on the bike, and we'll be back looking for more fun stuff!

    :thumb

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    The first ride today was a "check on daughter" trip. She's alright, but not much sightseeing.

    We did get a picture of the biggest water tower in town.

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    The sky is threatening to dump rain on us and drown out a second ride, but we'll see.

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    We didn't do much on the evening trip because of the threatening weather. It finally started to sprinkle on us when we were just about home. :lol3 Big threat there!

    We thought of some future rides and locations though, but for now, I got a shot of a pretty colored Mexican restaurant.

    Margarita's.jpg

    Maybe something more interesting tomorrow? :hmmmmm
    We'll see . . .



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    Mexican food is always interesting.
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    Yeah, but they were closed. Maybe for Sunday, maybe for Covid? :dunno
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    Today, after Sheree finished work, I took her to the lake again.

    Serenity at lake.jpg

    No, that's not her!

    This is:

    Sheree in lake.jpg


    On the way back, we found some water in captivity.

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    That was basically it for our early ride, but we've got more!

    Stay tuned!

    :thumb


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    Alrighty then.

    Later on, we went out looking for some nice abandoned places.

    We went to the refinery, but business is booming there! Definitely not abandoned!

    refinery.jpg

    Yeah, I'm riding on the sidewalks again! :lol3


    We came across this place:

    abandoned building 1.jpg

    Rustic, or should I say rusty! :D


    Stopped by a cafe, but couldn't get any service! :dirtdog

    old cafe.jpg


    And found this, uh, place . . .

    abandoned building 2.jpg

    Don't know what it was, but nice bars on the windows! :hmmmmm


    More to come . . .


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