Shovelling Around The Homestead.....

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by DGarman, Sep 2, 2017.

  1. DGarman

    DGarman What could go wrong? Supporter

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    Thanks Cluedog!..... stay tuned..... things are looking up.....
  2. cluedog

    cluedog Been here awhile

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    In case you want to get all modern,
    the twinkies are pretty reliable bikes. Alta Lake Camp.jpg
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  3. DGarman

    DGarman What could go wrong? Supporter

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    Still needed to make the Bako run..... Dice got the nod.....
    He's turning out to be my most reliable junker.....
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    While I was gone..... Dr. Jason fired up Hondo!..... engine sounded good..... he ran it for a short time.......
    It would appear that the trans is the culprit..... it's the original one..... never been touched!
    I think the trans will be getting a visit from the Spanish Inquisition..... find out WTH is going on..... but I don't know when to expect them.....


    Anyways..... I'm not as bummed about Hondo now..... this is actually good news!
    However..... I've been thinnin' about getting Hondo a younger brother..... maybe a late 90s Dyna.....
    Hondo would handle In-N-Out Burger runs..... hanging out in the booth at Born Free..... short trips..... Banquet runs..... Presidential Motorcades.....
    The Dyna would handle long trips..... and other duties as required by the needs of the company.....

    Dr. Jason said it best..... "Hondo is too cool not to have."..... I tend to agree!.....

    Lots to think about..... too soon to make a final decision.....
  4. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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    You ride the new M8 bikes yet? I don't want to make you a four decade time traveler, but they're pretty awesome.
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  5. DGarman

    DGarman What could go wrong? Supporter

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    I haven't..... but Dr. Jason speaks highly of them!..... Another option!
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    okietrailboss Been here awhile

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    Whats the deal with these new belts uploadfromtaptalk1543982833709.jpeg uploadfromtaptalk1543982843094.jpeg
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  7. DGarman

    DGarman What could go wrong? Supporter

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  8. JLA49

    JLA49 Adventurer Supporter

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    So, what's the status of Hondo?
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    ADK .........................

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    That post makes it seem like he bought that crap from you.
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  10. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    no way in hell would ol @DGarman be peddling that crap off as his.

    hi Dennis! just doppin in!
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    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    Excellent banter! Love it!
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  12. DGarman

    DGarman What could go wrong? Supporter

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    Howdy All!........ Wow!..... I've been away for a while!

    Been doing some soul-searching about what bike I want to continue my trips on..... Brand new Low Rider?..... used Dyna with fuel injection?..... new bagger since I'm an Old Guy?..... fix Hondo?..... etc etc..... lots of options..... I was honestly undecided.....

    Started thinking about what Road Trips would be like on a new(er) bike..... no mechanical problems..... no extra time in hotels for repairs..... no question about how far I'd get in a day..... no need for AAA on speed-dial..... no need to explain what year Harley I'm riding..... no need to explain that I'm actually not crazy..... no chance of being singled out for riding a different bike than anyone else at the gas station..... hmmmmm.....

    Then started thinking about what Hondo and me have been through together..... Route 66 the whole way out and back..... from Mexico to Canada and back home..... several trips in CA, NV, and AZ..... flat tire in Fenner CA..... cracked intake manifold in Flagstaff AZ..... discombobulated rear wheel bearings in Groom TX..... stripped exhaust stud somewhere in WY..... runaway starter in Barstow CA..... stator failure in Bakersfield CA..... blown engine in Littlerock CA..... blown trans in Pearblossum CA..... and on..... and on..... and on.....

    Now..... that got me to thinking about something from my old horseback days.....
    "Everyone's a Rider on a gentle horse."..... meaning you've got to be able to ride out the Buckers to be a Real rider.....

    Every ride on Hondo..... even a beer run to the market..... had the potential to turn into an Adventure!.....

    And of course..... there are Gibbs' Rules.....
    #1 - Never screw over your Partner.
    #5 - You don't waste good.

    So..... no new/newer bikes for me!..... Hondo is on his way to Dr. Jason's ER to get made all better!.....
    I'm feeling pretty good right now!.... and so are Hondo and Wile. E.!

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  13. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    I think gettin Hondo up n running is a great idea.

    I also think having a dedicated trip bike is not a bad idea either.

    Even an EVO dyna or fxr run THAT much more consistent than a shovel.

    A twin cam FXD can be had for sportster money.

    Anyone is gunna take one look at you and know you’re the real deal holyfield, might as well get there without stress, worry or angst
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  14. DGarman

    DGarman What could go wrong? Supporter

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    Thanks Colby! I appreciate your support!
    If a good lookin' newer bike shows up on the radar at a good price..... I'm in!
  15. mach1mustang351

    mach1mustang351 Long timer

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    good call. That is such a cool bike and it has earned a revival. I'm without a Harley at the present and a FXR Shovel like yours would be at the top of my list.

    You do some serious traveling though. Maybe a distance rig would be a good idea too... In case you have a trip with less flexibility for adventures. I had a 2007 Road king and it was cost effective and great to ride.

    Keep up the good work. Look forward to more ride reports!
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  16. johnwesley

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    Yea those twin cams can be had in good condition for around 4,000-4,500. They are rock solid too, still not overly complicated.
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  17. B10Dave

    B10Dave Long timer

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    You made the right decision Dennis. Hondo is owed the chance to shine again.........but.......lot's of us have more than one bike and it can be an advantage to stable more than one horse.....Good luck with your choices..Dave
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  18. DGarman

    DGarman What could go wrong? Supporter

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    Thanks for the input guys!
    "less flexibility for adventures"..... great way to put it Mach 1!
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    johnwesley wanta be Supporter

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    I picked my Superglide fxdi up for 4,500 with 20,000 miles. If I did it over I would hold out for a carb model. Probably look for 2000-2004 model. Mine an 05 and there are some unique things about it and I would run from an 06. Of course the last years for the ego are rock solid and as easy as the shovel to work on. Dad and I are going to look at a 92 fxrt that would be a sweet bike if you can find one that the owner doesn’t think is a collectors bike and wants 10,000 for. I set my 05 like a fxrt. It’s a great touring bike.
  20. JLA49

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    Thanks for the update. Glad to hear Hondo and WlIle. E. will be back in the wind.
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