eastern UP and Algoma district

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by luftkoph, Sep 5, 2016.

  1. GAS GUY

    GAS GUY MILE EATER

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    That's a really cool place; do you think a weary traveler could camp there overnight?
  2. luftkoph

    luftkoph Long timer Super Supporter

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    I’m not sure,

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  3. Yooper_Bob

    Yooper_Bob Insert witty saying here....

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    I grew up on the 10 Curves Road! :gdog
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  4. luftkoph

    luftkoph Long timer Super Supporter

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    I swear this is the last ride of the Valkyrie for the year, so a buddy of mine stopped by around 11:00 to go for a ride, ended up over three hundred miles, lunch, some sightseeing, dodging rain and getting back at 19:00

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    I didn't bring my camera, it was a sullen day and pictures look blah when it's like that, but any day is a good day at the Grand Sable Dunes.

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    Even made it home with only minor dampness, but as soon as I pulled in the garage the sky's opened up, can't beat that.
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  5. MEDIC-0372

    MEDIC-0372 Been here awhile

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    luftkoph Long timer Super Supporter

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  7. MEDIC-0372

    MEDIC-0372 Been here awhile

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    Yep.
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  8. luftkoph

    luftkoph Long timer Super Supporter

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    Time for some winter layup maintenance, thought about a new rear tire, but this one still has some life left, 8000 miles so far on the Bridgestone excedra max, I’ll buy another when this one is done.

    Left side rear wheel bearing was getting a little crunchy, Gonna replace one might as well replace both, with a new grease seal, of course all oem

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    Replaced pinion cup seal,cleaned up all the splines and gave them the Honda spec lubes, that little black tube is the highly prized Honda moly 60, NLA so use sparingly,


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    Acquired the fender stays and trunk rails from an interstate model, my plan is to make a base plate for it and put an old Vetter top box on and have the base plate extend forward to where the pillion seat is now, this would just be for vacation time.


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    I’d like to put an old windjammer on it but with the big rad and wide tank I think it would be nigh on impossible, also it would offend so many in the cruiser crowd, and that would make me happy in some way, so I’ll just settle with a Vetter top box, that should send a few into some type of seizure
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  9. Bigbob1

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    I am surprised that it needs a wheel bearing. How many miles on the Valk?
  10. luftkoph

    luftkoph Long timer Super Supporter

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    Just 20k but 21 years old,these bikes wear out the left bearing for some reason, there’s room for a double wide bearing, but I’d have to have the axle spacer milled down
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  11. luftkoph

    luftkoph Long timer Super Supporter

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    Well the Vetter box ain’t gonna work, it’s too wide and you wouldn’t be able to open the saddle bags,so this is the solution.

    Its 1/4’’ aluminum not that soft stuff, cut from the top of an old kenworth battery box

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    Had to keep everything within 14” wide so the lids can be opened. It’s stiff enough I don’t think I need these extra brackets in the front, but probably will cut some anyway.

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    This will completely cover the tail light so I can go with 3 3 1/3” dual function led
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    found a Give box on Amazon that fits my needs

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    Open to suggestions on the lights. It will all be powder coated black of course, and provision at the front to strap things down.
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    Yooper_Bob Insert witty saying here....

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    Jeepers! Looks like the landing deck on an aircraft carrier!

    I'm not laughing at you, I'm laughing with you. :freaky
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    luftkoph Long timer Super Supporter

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    A fellow has to have enough room for a 12 of Strohs when he travels
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    luftkoph Long timer Super Supporter

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    Well here's the last rays of 2020 falling like a bloody axe on the Seney stretch, farewell you bitch.
    Rock steady friends
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    The single track runs right beside that little church. That area is called Caffee Corners....
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  16. luftkoph

    luftkoph Long timer Super Supporter

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    Too much work, and lousy weather have led me to not feel like heating the shop up to work on some Valk projects, but today it was in the 30s

    Hack saw and files
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    Still need a little radius work in the corners with a rat tail


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    Counter sinking so its nice and smooth on top

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    Some S/S lashing points

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    Decided to replace all of the cooling hoses, even tho the were still pliable they are fairly priced, also went with constant tension clamps, not pretty like stainless t-bolt clamps, but they perform better, there are 7 coolant clamps was able to do 5 two of them are in a location no matter how I tried could not get the tool into position, unless I removed the exhaust, I’m not that motivated today.

    Pressured it up while I cleaned up my mess, held it good with no leaks.

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    On a sad note unrelated to motorcycles, back In Nov. my vibe-a- rator got totaled by a rouge wood rat, I really liked this car,never gave me a single problem, nothin but gas,oil and brakes

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    Unfortunately it doesn’t take much to total out a 13 year old car.

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  17. Bigbob1

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    I agree it didn't take much to total my 2006 Tundra. Three sides and the tonneau cover.
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  18. luftkoph

    luftkoph Long timer Super Supporter

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    Did a moose crap all over it, or did you run into a ditch, lets be honest here now.:-)
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  19. Bigbob1

    Bigbob1 Rain Rider Supporter

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    No moose crap. I hit a patch of black ice coming out of a corner. I was heading south bound coming out of a corner and lost it. It hit the bank on the opposite side and spun the rig 180 and took out a big highway sign held up by 6x6 timbers. A USFS cop stopped to check on me. The rig is facing northbound in the picture. I used 4 low to get out of the ditch and slowly drove to my insurance agents office. They said its totaled and gave me a check. The next day I bought a new one. 2021 Tundra SR5 4x4 5.7 not too fancy, I wanted Nav, heated mirrors and a 38gal tank and this one fit the bill.

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  20. luftkoph

    luftkoph Long timer Super Supporter

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    Had the day off, so get to messing with the bike, spring is just around the corner, I hope.


    Cam belts and modified tensioners, Soichiros boys want around $80 a piece for the 2 cam belts and about the same for 2 tensioners. Gates T275 belt are the same for $20 a piece and Gates pulley from a Kia of some sorts for $17 a piece.

    Only a bit of surgery required

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    The Gates pulley has a much bigger bearing than the Honda one

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    The old one


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    The new


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    Enjoy getting parts from Japan, I can’t read a lick of it but it’s neat to look at.


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