PC's Adventures in Pictures

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by PC-Rider, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. PC-Rider

    PC-Rider venturer

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    OK, I can not ride, STILL !

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    But I do have motorcycle news.

    My bike would not start again last month.

    Details:

    Yes, it happened again.
    Another DEAD BATTERY !
    AND IT WAS THE SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO !!!

    I rode to work, taking 20 miles to go the 5 miles to get there !
    I posted that for you 2/6/2015 (That short ride was on 2/4/2015)
    No problems at all.
    We have had a harsh winter here in New Jersey, as you can see, so riding has been minimal, if at all.

    I road home from work, only going the 5 miles it really takes, with no problems.
    I did use the radio. Which for me means I used my own music that I put on a micro flash drive and plugged into the USB port in the glove box.
    Yes, I have some great techno stuff. Most of which I do not know how to use !
    I had turned the radio off when I got to work, and also after I got home.

    I was able to ride to work again one week later on 2/11/2015, with the radio on.
    When I went to go home, with a stop on the way, the radio would not work.
    On the dashboard display screen I got the message "radio not found" !!!
    I made my stop and thought maybe the radio would reset itself being off for about 15 minutes, but it did not.
    I road home singing to myself ! (I would have preferred the radio ! :rofl)

    I went to take the bike to work two days later, 2/13/2015, and the battery was completely dead.
    I had no lights or anything come on when I turned the key !
    I think it had 4.6 volts left in it when I checked it !

    Deja Vu !

    Sirius Radio had graciously gave me another free trial.
    The period stated by them was 2/4/2015 thru 2/17/2015.
    So I was 99.99% positive the Sirius was the culprit.

    I normally turn the radio off when I get to my destination (because of my previous problems and paranoia).
    But on the 11th I left it on when I got to work.
    Whenever I start this bike after leaving the radio on the radio always shuts off no matter what.
    I always get a "Battery Low Voltage" warning when I do that.
    The radio usually comes back on after several seconds, but this time it never came on.

    I called the dealer and explained the whole thing to them and I told them I was pretty sure it had something to do with Sirius.

    My wife called Sirius and they said what I was experiencing could happen.

    I towed the bike to the dealer and left it with them.
    In the mean time the dealer had called Triumph and they did hint that there was a problem in the computer with the Sirius Satellite, but it could be fixed pretty easily.

    SO I WAS NOT CRAZY !

    Well, not because of that anyway ! :D

    My dealer took care of the problem by downloading a new software update into the radio
    (That is the best I can remember, and I was not given too many details because it was computer related and it would have been over my head anyway.)
    My Dealer, specifically the Service Department Manager, even got me a new battery on warranty from Triumph.

    Thank you so much Chuck for watching out for me.
    He has been a real blessing during my whole ordeal.
    I think my bike was his first headache when he started at this dealership ! :D :lol3

    I never use a tender on my bikes, I have never had to beings I use them as much as possible.
    Before February 4th I had not ridden the bike in at least 2 weeks, and I am sure it was longer than that.
    I would guess around 4 weeks.
    Yes, a month without riding !!! :huh
    Kind of makes one get a little frazzled !!!!:jump

    So, I bring the bike back home when the repairs were completed, and after keeping the ice and snow off the trailer for several days,
    and now the bike once again sits in the garage while the weather outside if frightful !

    That is my newest Dead Battery Story.
    I am pretty sure this will be the end of that problem.
    They had apparently figured this out and it was posted on the Triumph Trophy Forum, but I never read about it unfortunately.

    So, while I had the bike on the trailer again I thought I would share some more pictures of how I tow the Trophy.
    I mentioned it before, but I remembered to take pictures this time !

    It is still a pretty bike, even on a trailer !

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    The Condor Motorcycle Chock is amazing.
    You just pull your bike up and into the chock and it stands up by itself.
    That of course is a little frightening, so I am always nearby and not rocking the trailer too much so it stays upright until I get the straps on.

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    The design is pretty nice because you do not have to leave the chock always bolted to the trailer.
    It is also easily adjustable for different size wheels.
    You can also fold down the front support, but it does not look like that would give you any advantage to make it worth the trouble.

    There are 4 thumb screws that go into two permanent brackets bolted to the trailer floor,
    so you can put the chock in when you need it and take it out when you are done.


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    The front of the bike is held down using a Canyon Dancer Bar Harness 2 handlebar strap.

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    The #2 has hard cups that go over the ends of the handlebars.
    The original had soft cups and seemed to cause some problems on certain model bikes.

    The straps go down to metal loops on the floor of the trailer.
    They say not to tighten them down too far to avoid compressing the suspension down to far and blowing out the fork seals.
    It is not necessary to tighten it down all the way anyway.
    I would say about half way compression of the front suspension works just fine.

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    The back of the bike I stabilize with two straps around the grab bars and run the straps down to the metal loops on the floor.
    I compress the back a little to get it a bit tighter.

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    Yes, I am paranoid !

    It was easier driving this time.
    But I still kept an eye in my rear view mirror !



    Now if we can get rid of the white stuff I might be able to ride and post pictures of where I have been instead of trailering it around the neighborhood ! :lol3

    This was coming home yesterday from work.

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    We got 6 to 8 inches !

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    It is pretty though.

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  3. PC-Rider

    PC-Rider venturer

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    I never saw that Thread/Tag Game before!

    I don't know what I have been missing!

    There a bunch of whiners over there anyway ! :rofl


    Apparently someone figured out the problem with the Trophy and I never heard about it until my battery died this time and I posted it on the Triumph Trophy Forum.
    But I did get a new better FREE Battery out of it. :evil

    Now all we need is some nice clear roads so we can rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrride.
  4. ErikMotoMan

    ErikMotoMan Airbag crash survivor!

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    ErikMotoMan Airbag crash survivor!

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  6. PC-Rider

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    Very interesting picture ErikMotoMan !

    I started reading the Thread "Around the USA on BMW's" and it appears you know what you are doing with working on bikes.
    I am not that adept at mechanical stuff like that. I never had the opportunity when I was younger to learn such stuff.
    Now I can pay people to do it ! :lol3

    I have only gotten up to page 5 so far on that thread and it has been very interesting.

    Needs more pictures though ! :evil
  7. STBNE

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    Hi Steve...just caught up here...you get an A for trailerling techniques...thats exactly how i would do it...and a nice trailer to boot...:clap A fellow inmate down here in Raleigh has bought a '14 Trophy...he has had gas tank problems with his no electrical gremlins...Triumph has been good to him so he keeps coming back.>> they let him take out a '15 Trophy in Silver...but its just a loaner /demo bike...his is Blue like yours...Hope you all are dug out and melting that white stuff away...its been beautiful here the past few days...ofc i am riding the old bike...:freaky
  8. PC-Rider

    PC-Rider venturer

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    I road to work today !

    Bike started and everything !

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  9. PC-Rider

    PC-Rider venturer

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    FINALLY !

    Able to get out and do some riding.

    100 miles worth on Sunday after church. :ricky

    I had no particular place to go so I decided to go for the South Jersey Tag-O-Rama Tag, which had been sitting since January 25th ! :eek1

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    It's a nice tree ! :lol3

    Important to the town it is in.

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    And yes, Hi-Nella is the name of a town in New Jersey.

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    The street here was a bit weird.

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    The streets on the left and right are both two way streets, and they come off a main road, where the sign is.
    It makes for a little confusion.
    People were pulling in from the right side and crossing over to road on the left !

    I guess it made sense to someone !

    The weather had been nice for several days.
    We even hit 60 degrees one day.
    And still there is snow laying around !

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    Hi-Nella is a small town which was one of five made from the defunct Clementon Township back in 1929.
    The total population is under 1,000 people !
    I did not realize we had so many small municipalities in New Jersey.

    In fact, Hi-Nella is so small,
    How small is it?
    It is so small the Borough of Hi-Nella web page is literally only ONE PAGE ! :deal :rofl

    They also have two ways of spelling it: High-Nella & Hi-Nella,
    Why make it so confusing ?

    I can not find out how they came up with the name.

    This area was part of an old farm owned by the Dobbs Family.

    Here is a "little" article from NJ.com named "Towns that shouldn't exist".

    How they decided to plant their own Liberty Tree is a mystery too.

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  11. PC-Rider

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    Wanting to just ride, we headed south-west.

    I had this on my list but I do not remember exactly how I found it ! :scratch

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    Yup, a torpedo in a cemetery.

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    The odd thing was, there were no plaques or information to be found anywhere !

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    I just assume it is a Veterans Memorial.

    The poor flag needs to be changed badly.

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    I know, that's a lot of pictures of a torpedo, but it has been a long time since I posted anything and I guess I got carried away !

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    Believe it or not I had to think about resizing my pictures in Photoshop, it has been that long ! :cry

    The building on the property was unique looking.

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    I noticed the door jamb was pretty much missing.

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    So I peeked inside.

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    Yes, that's what I thought ! :eek1

    So I looked through the side window.

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    The floor was GONE !

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    Except for that one section going to the basement !

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    The memorial is back a ways in the cemetery.

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    Fernwood Cemetery, Bridgeton

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  12. PC-Rider

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    While moving the bikes around the garage this past.... loooooooong..... still hanging around..... winter, I noticed
    the brake lever on the PC was doing absolutely nothing.
    It went all the way back to the hand grip with no resistance whatsoever ! :huh

    And I thought to myself, I have to fix that !

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    Well, come Good Friday I had the day off from work and some free time on my hands
    so I took the truck out of the garage and started looking at it.

    First I had to pull it our from behind the trash cans !

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    Poor thing. :cry

    I check the brake fluid level of course.
    There was no stains on the floor from brake fluid, or any stains on the wheels.
    Next idea was to ask for help on the PC thread.
    I got everything from a bad master cylinder to old brake lines with bubbles in them.
    They are the originals, and now 25 years old.
    I googled my problem, well, the PC's problem not mine specifically ! :loco
    Someone mentioned about the pistons sticking on the calipers.
    I could not see the brakes on the bike,
    So off comes the fenders.
    Off come the calipers.
    And sure enough those little suckers had corrosion on them.

    I tried sanding the corrosion off but I could not really get to it.
    So off come the brake pads.
    Pump the brake lever and the pistons come out enough to clean off.
    Cleaned up pretty good and put the whole mess back together.
    Sorry, no pictures because me hands were pretty dirty.

    At this point I try starting the bike.
    It has not been started in I don't know how long.
    I killed the battery.
    If I had remembered to PULL THE CHOKE OUT it would have started ! :shog:shog:shog

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    So I am trying to charge the battery that I killed.
    Off come a few more parts.

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    Oh, it needed oil too.

    At this point I finally see that the choke was never pulled out and voila ! She starts up !!!!!!

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    I tried getting the front fender back on, but there were too many tabs broken off.
    Had to be from the shop I took it to because I know I didn't break them off.
    Well, not those specific ones anyway ! :D

    Now the bike has no front fender on it.

    I don my ATGATT and head out for a short 20 mile ride.

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    Runs like a PC !

    So much different then I remember it.
    I have been on the Triumph so much I am completely spoiled.

    And I never did show pictures of my Frankenmirror I made from the parts I had laying around.

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    Actually looks worse in the picture than it does in person.

    Then again I don't look at the front much when I am riding it !

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    And that was my Good Friday day off.
    Not the whole day, but a good chunk of it.

    Now she runs AND stops.
  13. PC-Rider

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    We have been helping out with a ministry in Camden, NJ.

    Yes, good ole #1 on the Violent Crime Charts.

    We took the bike on this last trip in with the group.

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    The city is in pretty bad shape almost everywhere you go.

    And not just because of the residents either.
    Looks like the city doesn't do anything to upkeep the streets and such.
    Then again they are pretty much broke because of very poor, crooked, selfish government officials.
    The state came in at one point and took over the city government.
    They did just about as well as the locals !



    Anyway, the ministry we help out with goes to an empty lot owned by the city and ministers to the people here.
    They cook hot food every week.

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    Pile up used clothing and other household items and some toys for people to take.

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    And they preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ every week through this truck with four loud speakers on it.

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    These pictures are from several weeks.
    We were out here last Saturday and three weeks before that we were at the same corner.
    They go to a different corner every Saturday. I don't know why they came back here so soon.
    There are people everywhere that need help in this city.
    The people look forward to this group coming out.
    And there are a lot of homeless people that get help too.
    They were handing out sleeping bags to the homeless this past winter also.

    Camden use to be a very nice city.

    This old stone church is beautiful.

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    It is not unusual to see a single home standing where a whole row once stood.

    This on is unique because it has statues and stuff around it.
    Would make a nice Tag ! :evil

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    This is the building we were across from this past week.

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    I thought about using it as a new Tag because I was headed for the Southern Tag-O-Rama Tag from here.

    The first week we were out we parked next to this old Cobble Stone street !

    And I have seen several others around the city also.

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    So this has been keeping us busy on the Saturdays we have nothing to do.

    :lol3

    I will mark the location we were at with the old stone church and the statue house beings we had the bike there.

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  14. Max Wedge

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    You were in Detroit? :D
  15. PC-Rider

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    :lol3

    The Twin Cities I guess !
  16. rolarosa

    rolarosa Been here awhile

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    Sad what has become of Camden. Can't say I'd like to visit, but you're awesome for helping the less fortunate. Kudos to you!
  17. PC-Rider

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    Thank you for your kind comments rolarosa.

    It is a challenge sometimes, but everyone needs some help once in a while.
    I am glad we are able to help out.
  18. PC-Rider

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    So, from Camden we road 16 miles South to Woodbury to their nice World War II Memorial.

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    And that ever somber list of names which we call "Honor Roll".

    ALL GAVE SOME - SOME GAVE ALL

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    The left side has a nice poem called "MY FRIEND" by Louis J. Damminger, Jr. EM3C.

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    The right side has this nice relief of Service Men & Women.

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    I was surprised when I got to the back.
    They have maps of the Pacific and Europe and the battles that occurred in each place.

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    This is something I had never seen before.

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    I was surprised to not see any other War Memorials here.
    Usually a town puts them all together.
    In Woodbury however, they have them spread though out the town, which is nice.
    Like "The Victor" Memorial I posted on page 59 for the World War, which we now know as World War I.

    The WWII Memorial is located in Hendrickson Park.

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  19. PC-Rider

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    Next stop was this old stone house built in 1727 !

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    The name is a little odd.
    The Death of the Fox Inn.

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    But that comes from the fact that the Gloucester Fox Hunting Club met here.

    From the history I was able to find it looks like it was built as an Inn/Tavern used
    along the original King's Highway from Amboy (now Perth Amboy) to Salem.

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    The roof has a very rustic textured look to it from this angle !

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    I had this on my list of things to see, and Tag, but someone else beat me to Tagging it.
    Oh well, I got to see it in person anyway.

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    Here is a very good website with all the information you would want to know about The Death of the Fox Inn.
    On History and Genealogy, Township of East Greenwich, New Jersey, Gloucester County.

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  20. PC-Rider

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    Then off for a nice ride through some nice country.

    I was headed for this Big White Rocking Chair in Woodstown.

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    This is my third for fourth time taking pictures of this thing.
    The other times I took pictures here first and I did not get the Tag afterwards.
    But today I got the Tag and then stopped here !
    I catch on fast !!! :evil

    Back in July of last year they had an American Flag draped over it.

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    And the Choice Quality Resale is itself for sale.

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    Choice Quality Resale facebook page.

    I have read articles about this rocking chair in local magazines.
    I believe "Skip" Kirby is the man who made it.

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