Motorcycle

Pre-AMAVMD Two-Stroke Tuesday – Planning Meeting

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So, last Tuesday was the “planning meeting” of Louisville Vintage Motor Works for the AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days in Lexington, OH.  On deck was #Butchwiggersracing and crew along with a good deal of other people who were headed up for #AMAVMD.  We got stuff going with custom t-shirts and setting up a food fund for breakfast and dinner while camping.  Thanks to the staff from Barrett Bar for that!  It was awesome!  Please head past the break for some shots of the night.  The actual post for #AMAVMD will be available later as I get to it.  Possibly today.

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Barrett Bike Nite – July 1, 2015

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IMG_3269Was a typical night for bike night.  Started out quite cool, after some afternoon rain, but it was mostly dry, and people showed up.  This isn’t a long post, just wanted to show some photos.  There was one guy who came up on a collapsible scooter.  Someone else showed up on one of my favorite dream bikes, Honda Rune.  It wasn’t made for a long time, barely over a year, but man, it is one pretty machine.  And then there was Jo with his stitched together “frankenhelmet.”

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All’s well. Garage is full again.

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solenoidSo last week I was without Raven the whole week.  I waited for the phone call from the shop that would tell me what was wrong and what steps would need to be taken to get her running again.  Well, they called me on Tuesday, said they had found the issue and were waiting on a part to be delivered.  They said it would be ready on the 26th (last Friday.)  As I had no way of getting to the shop on the 26th, I said I would be over first thing on Saturday.

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Oh so sick!

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So, long story short, Raven is in the shop right now with a burnt starter solenoid.  While not 100% sure on the cause, I have a good idea the starter switch got stuck on.  It is the only thing I can think of that would have done that to a 6 month old motorcycle.  On the bad side, I wasted a free afternoon stuck on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck to haul her to the shop.  On the good side, she will be fixed and well again and the recall replacement of the dash is completed.  Frustrating, but better it happened in town rather than somewhere in the depths of the back roads of the state.  I am still waiting on the call to go pick her up, but they are only waiting on the parts, so it should be any day now.  I am hoping it will be before next Thursday, when I have her scheduled for a new front tire.  At least it is under warranty.

The Bike is Ready!

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So, with a long trip coming up, and the bike turning over 4200 miles on Friday, I took it over to the dealer to get the service done on it. I figured it would be the normal oil change and fluid check/flush and all that. Being the DCT model, I verified the dealer had the DCT filter in stock as well, which they did. So I show up while they are still pulling bikes out to their lot and get checked into the service bay.

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New Stickers and a Wash

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stickersIn order to get things ready for this weekend, I wanted to give Raven a quick wash and get a couple more stickers on her.  It does not take long to give her a good wash.  In fact, drying takes longer (this time I used a towel, not wind).  I got done, got the stickers on and now it is starting to really look personal.  They are both from ADVRider.com and the guy on the bike is on both sides in the same place.  I wanted to put him on the front fairings, but the only place he would fit is where I am saving for my Dragon decals I will get in a couple weeks.  Tomorrow I get everything packed up.  Can’t wait for Saturday morning and to get out of town!

Gear Brake Smart Module – First Test w/ video

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GearBrake_ModuleA couple weeks ago I saw a post from a friend of mine who is working with a company that makes various after-market safety equipment for motorcycles.  One of these is a smart braking module that plugs in to the wiring at the brake light.  It is a small box that attaches to a flat, level surface on  the motorcycle.  It then plugs into the wiring at the brake light. What it does, in short, is the accelerometer detects when the throttle is released on the motorcycle (a distinct drop in speed) and turns on the brake light, flashing it for 2 seconds (6 flashes).  Then, when you pull the brake lever, it again flashes for 2 seconds and then stays solid.  This gives a nice early warning to any cars behind you that you are slowing down.  There is also a non-flashing module as well.

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Follow-up: Tire Repair

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I went into 502 Moto at 11 am this morning to have my tire looked at and replaced as needed.  It took just under an hour for them to pull the tire and put the new one on as well as adjust and align the sprocket and chain as well as give me a quick tutorial on how to do the adjustment on my own.  Finally topped it off with a quick lube job on the chain.  5 star service and an excellent price: $120 for the lot, parts and labor.  I highly recommend anyone needing anything done to their motorcycle give them a call.

First Repair and a Shout Out

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IMG_2996It finally happened.  I have to get a repair done on Raven.  It is “only” getting the rear tire replaced, but still, I was hoping to get a few thousand miles more out of it.  Some time between Friday night and Saturday night I ran over something on the road.  Luckily, it was not a blow out and it is still holding air.  However, when you only have 2 tires, you cant run around with any confidence if one is compromised.  So I am taking her into a friend’s shop here in Louisville, 502 Moto (FB Page here) so they can do the replacement and lube up the chain for me.  He said it would take about an hour or so, so I am taking it over at lunch time to get it replaced.  Please check their pages for address and business hours.

MSF Motorcycle Safety Basic Rider Course

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IMG_2995This past weekend I spent both inside a classroom and outside on an older motorcycle learning the proper way to ride.  It was a great weekend, and I learned a helluva lot.  Makes me wonder why it isn’t a requirement to get a motorcycle endorsement on your license.  We had a few hours Friday after work where we learned a lot of text material.  There were 9 of us and we went through the manual pretty quick, but pretty thoroughly.  One of the guys sitting at my table was very impatient, as if he had somewhere else to be.  It is like he didn’t want to be there, but had to be there.  (This comes into play later on…)

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