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As there has not been a whole lot of riding lately, there has not been a whole lot to report on. I have had to get the chain adjusted as it was very slack. I thought it was something wrong in the transmission, as it was knocking between 1st and 2nd and 2nd and 3rd. I called in to a friend of mine and went by his shop (thanks, Chad at Retro Wrench!) and got it properly adjusted. Hung out a bit, had some fun, felt very relieved that I was not going to have to go to the dealer for a repair, even though Raven is still under warranty. I am planning on going to Madison this weekend (Sunday, probably) to check out the Jefferson Proving Grounds, and then do a full clean and wax of the chain. I have gone ahead and started looking at a new chain and sprockets, and think I have found a set already. Doesn’t need to be done yet, but I also don’t want to be on the road when it does need to be done.
This bike fits the “ran when parked” perfectly. I got the scooter from my parents new back when I was like 14. In 2 years I had put over 2500 miles on it running around the neighborhoods in Middletown. The last time I rode it was when we moved to Prospect in 1990 (or so). I believe my dad rode it a bit after that as did my sister. So, this past weekend I got some help from a friend to get it to my house so I can see if I can get it running and useable. I do not think it will be too hard, as the motor is not seized up and will still kick over (but not start, yet).
This weekend I took Raven in for her 8000 mile service. Since the dealers in the Louisville area all had the “drop it off, we’ll get to it when we can” attitude, I had to go out of the area for service. So I went to a dealer in Lexington who has the forethought to offer appointments for scheduled maintenance. Imagine that – scheduling scheduled maintenance. I left the house at just after 7:30 AM on Saturday and rode out through a number of roads and towns south of I-64. I got to the dealer just before my appointment and went about looking all over the bikes they had in the store. I had 3 hours to kill, may as well sit on a few.
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.
Was 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.”
So 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.
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.