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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Project Mayhem, Apr 29, 2018.
Happy Summer Solstice...we’re waiting on a rescue from Walden, CO.
I'd hit the like button buuuutttttt...
What brand of snow tires do you use on your bikes for that summer riding?
Check Aerostich, MotoPort, and Revit for gear.
‘Fun’ with Vintage Motorcycles
Yesterday’s commute didn’t quite work out...but more on that in a moment.
After the charging system failure on the (attempted) ride home from Texas I tore into the SHKM.
Left floorboard, outer primary, clutch plates/pressure plate/springs/pushrod, compensator/primary chain/clutch drum, clutch hub, starter Bendix, rotor/stator, starter & solenoid, inner primary...it takes a fair bit to get to the damn stator on these bikes!
"Well there's your problem." Those wires were no longer connected to anything...
During the disassembly I found an errant chain side plate in the bottom of the inner primary- and after inspecting the primary chain I found where it came from...talk about a time bomb!
I also found that most of the clutch hub fingers had noticeable groves, there was no lock washer on the clutch hub nut, and that the fasteners holding the inner primary to the engine/transmission needed to be replaced (no lockwire & worn lock nuts).
So, in addition to a new stator/rotor/regulator the Ol’ Girl also got a new compensator assembly, primary chain, complete clutch hub, clutch hub nut WITH a lock tab washer, new (drilled for wire) bolts and nylock nuts, case saver on the starter flange (chain bite was obvious) and of course new gaskets all around.
The voltmeter showed that the battery was receiving the appropriate voltage and it was time for test rides to dial in the clutch adjustments and (attempt to) track down/eliminate some of the more egregious oil leaks.
Fast forward to yesterday (09Jul19)...and I thought it would be fun to ride the Shovel to work.
And it was.
Until the clutch cable broke (lever end ball) 3 miles from work.
If this was a highway ride I could’ve managed...but I had to get across Boulder and the many stoplights/rush hour traffic along the way.
That’s not supposed to look like that...
So, find neutral and coast/push our way into the Flatirons Subaru parking lot. The service consultant I spoke with said it was fine to leave the bike there and asked if I needed a ride...pretty outstanding.
But I had already contacted my teammate and she was on her way to get me.
After a bit of poking around I found Frontline Cycles in Longmont (about 15 minutes drive from my work) and called...I knew I was talking to the right guy when I said ‘The clutch cable on my ‘76 FXE just broke...got anything that might work?’ And the response was ‘Cool, I have a Shovel too- give me a minute’. The gentleman came back a moment later and said he had an old OEM takeoff that wasn’t in perfect shape but that should work and that he’d set it aside for me.
Get work stuff rolling, borrow my teammate’s car, back to my bike, strip off the broken part for comparison, drive to Frontline and get the replacement part ($5...thank you very much Mark!), return to work to meet with a client, then go back and get the cable installed...only to find that the lever end ball was too big to fit the keeper.
Back to work & into the shop, drill out the big end of the keeper just a little (1/64th inch) and then arrange for Hannah to pick me up.
Back to the bike, generate enough slack in the line by backing off the clutch pushrod, and viola- Functional cable installed!
A rather stressful day with a bunch of running around, but thanks to the kindness of the Subaru place, the good fortune of finding a crusty old school independent H-D shop nearby, the ability to borrow a friend’s car, and of course Hannah’s helping out at the end...we got the Shovel home under her own power.
I’ve ordered a brand spankin’ new cable & keeper and will keep this old piece as a spare...’cause you just never know.
Nice that you had a project to keep you occupied until all that summer snowfall melted...
**Spotwalla link for 2020 Rides**
The WHYDTYGSoGSAT Ride
@Geek had the great idea to get some guys together who had crossed paths in the What Have You Done to Your GS or GSA Today thread. Plans made, we all met up at the KwikMart in Coal Creek Canyon to head out...I was the last to arrive. (But still on time)
Introductions were made and then with Ed in the lead we got to it. Up the canyon then a quick re-route up county road 97 to Magnolia to avoid some slow traffic. Peak to Peak to Rollinsville and the turn onto Tolland Rd.
I figure that’s about $200k in bikes right there...
Past “Officer Grumpy’s” house and on to a stop at the East Portal of the Moffat tunnel.
Double back a bit, then turn on to Gilpin county rd 4 A.K.A. Mammoth Gulch Rd.- This was the start of the ‘proper dirt’ portion of the ride.
I believe that’s @-2wheelsgood- checking the moisture content of the soil. **EDit** Nope...that’s Mr. Thimble Bladder 2020 @Geek
Climb up and up, over fairly easy loose dirt and rock, and then through an area with more abundant rocks to the view point where we could see Arapahoe Peak to the North (out of frame), Rollins Pass, James Peak and Kingston Peak.
From there we traversed the most difficult part of the road/trail, which while notably harder than what had come before, still proved to be well within the capabilities of all in the crew.
The descent through varying conditions past the ghost town of Apex and to the pavement at Central City, and all its deserted (for now) casinos, was entertaining.
Continuing down Clear Creek Canyon to Douglas Mtn. Rd. and we were climbing again...this time on crappy deteriorating pavement which eventually gave way to a very pleasant dirt road. After a bit this deposited us at the ‘Clock House’ in Golden Gate Canyon. From there it was a quick bop up to Peak to Peak and back to Coal Creek Canyon via Gap Road.
All but one of the crew continued on to Casa de Mayhem for a beverage and some chats. We also decided to swap out @Cottwood ’s front tire for an E-07+ take off I had in the shed...that front we pulled off was SHOT!
A great morning ride with some new buddies that I’m sure will be repeated this Summer.
HERE is Geek’s write up (and superior photos)
@KDXRC51 @ecirwin @side-burn
Looking forward to more of your Colorado based ride reports...
Very nice pic of the road from Tolland to Rollins Pass & Moffat Tunnel.
Processing Reality/COVID-19 Sucks
(Route can be found in the Spotwalla link in this post just up the page few posts)
Both of my parents got positive test results for active virus on 09Jun...and were quite sick by 14Jun. @Mrs Mayhem flew to New Hampshire on the 16th and my Dad was admitted to the ICU on the 17th- He’s still there.
Mom didn’t have the respiratory issues but was super fatigued and felt like she got hit by a truck. She’s also mostly blind so she can’t do a lot of things for herself even when she’s not sick.
No visitors for Dad, Hannah’s got things on lock and can work remotely while she’s there, brother will arrive today and relieve Hannah for a week or so. Looking like I will head out in about 2 weeks and then we’ll figure out the schedule from there to make sure they have the help they need.
Dad was on the touch & go threshold for the first 36 hours but has stabilized a bit since then...I talked to him for a while this morning, wished him a happy Father’s Day and commiserated with him on the lack of green chile to add to his breakfast- 30+ years in New Mexico can have a lasting impact on your tastebuds . Hey, at least he was feeling better enough to complain about the food!
So, a lot to process and some serious stress to burn off...time for moto therapy.
I wanted to go to the Shambhala Mountain Center but it’s closed for obvious reasons.
Plan B was enacted- Eat, talk to Dad, walk the dogs, roll.
Annika ready to go...with new Darlas installed
The start of the route was one that is so common for me/us...out the top of the canyon, S. Beaver Creek Rd. to Peak to Peak, and Central City Parkway where the sky was kind of heavy.
Down to I-70, over Berthoud Pass, through Winter Park/Fraser/Tabernash/Granby and then up one of my favorite roads- CO125.
Jackson Co. road #27 out of Rand is a heavily (in a relative sense) traveled/maintained road
#21 is NOT- soft, sandy in places, and I saw one ranch truck on this stretch...that’s it. (Aside from lots of cows and two Pronghorn bucks)
Someone forgot their boot...I doubt they'll be back.
The road (#21) is a couple hundred feet below me here, you can just see it to the left of Annika, I rode up that small 2-track to the top of this hill.
Meet up with CO14 a few miles out of Walden, got fuel for myself and Annika at our usual stop in Walden (Note: One year ago today I was stuck here with my friend during a blizzard...see the picture at the top of this page ). Then out to US40 and South a ways.
Through Kremmling and on to Hot Sulphur Springs, turn on Grand Co. road #50 and work my way through to Fraser.
I caught some sprinkles for about 10 minutes but nothing serious...just enough to make the visor spotty. The squall passed and the road was quite nice...a few spots that were a little rougher (rocks, small ruts, etc.) but overall a very nice and easy ride with only a few other vehicles.
Up and over Berthoud Pass, again, and down to the madness of Summer Sunday afternoon traffic through Empire and on I-70.
314 miles of much needed head clearing, processing, and general self-care.
I hope that all of you and your loved ones are staying healthy and doing what you need to do to stay that way.
Sorry to hear about your parents V... Mrs. B8 and I will keeps them in our thoughts and prayers...
I know exactly how you're feeling having travelled back and forth with Mom and Dad issues in Orlando... and will leave it there.
Glad that you can get out and ride for some moto therapy... keep getting those moto therapy rides along with a leisurely walk with the dogs...
all the best...
Ugh Vic! So sorry to hear and sending the good vibes your and your folks' way! Thanks for sharing the ride and hopefully it can clear your mind. I know we are all seeking that sort of therapy lately.
Hang in there Buddy
Sad to hear about your folks but thankfully your family is pulling together to help them through this virus struggle. This virus sure has changed things, thank goodness there are motorcycle rides to combat the stress of the new "normal life" we all are living.
Flush the Toilets
Mom is improving daily.
Dad is still in ICU- not really getting better, but more importantly he’s not getting worse.
Time for more moto therapy- as @black 8 @bobfab & @CoastieBiker said...it’s a much needed thing- more so these days than 'before'.
I needed to get up to our place in Silverthorne to check on things...flush the toilets, make sure the p-traps hadn’t gone dry, pull some weeds, etc.
So I might as well make it worthwhile right?
Canyon—>Peak to Peak—>Central City...then ‘Oh My God Road’ (properly known as Virginia Canyon Rd.) to Idaho Springs.
Annika’s glamour shot!
Looking down towards Idaho Springs
I-70 to the exit for Loveland Pass & up, up, up and over!
Ski season is officially done- Until the end of October/early November.
I got a little high
Down to Silverthorne for a snack and to take care of my chores.
Back through town and over Swan Mountain Road to Breckenridge.
Through town and up Boreas Pass rd.
Down the other side to Como.
I came from that direction...
And was heading this way.
Out to 285 and home
I hit traffic (to be expected) at the top of Kenosha Pass and just had to work my way through until I could get off at the exit for Morrison. From there it’s a quick jam past Red Rocks, through Golden and up our canyon.
I had gotten out of my gear, grabbed a cold Modelo Negra and was taking care of the dogs when it started raining...talk about timing!
206 miles to flush some toilets.
...but had to be done!
My Dad died at ~1050 Mountain today, 01Jul20...I got the call while waiting in line to check my bag at the airport- obviously I didn’t get there in time.
Fuck this stupid virus.
Wear your mask, wash your hands, stay healthy...if not for yourself then for those around you.
Words can't articulate all the flood of emotions you and Hannah are going through at the moment.
Darlene and I want to offer our deepest condolences to you and your family...
All the best...
R & D
Ugh, V. We are so sorry to hear and for your loss. You have our deepest condolences and sympathy!
Hang in there brother
I'm so very sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Hope your Mom is doing better. This virus really has turned everything up side down.