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What did you do to your wing today?

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yooperfan

I started yesterday at 6 AM with a 25 mile ride to the range at 35*F.  The temp had climbed to 47*F for the color filled noon time ride home on the scenic route.  At 6 PM, I rode 20 miles to a meeting with a temp of 45*F.  I headed home a couple of hours later and the temp had dropped to 35*F.  A lot of my co-workers just shook their heads and said I'm nuts.  Oh well.  My HD riding friends and co-workers have put their bikes in storage for the winter and their PMS has begun.  I just had 90 miles worth of smiles and I'm not convinced that I'm finished yet for the year.

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youngnbald
5 hours ago, yooperfan said:

I started yesterday at 6 AM with a 25 mile ride to the range at 35*F.  The temp had climbed to 47*F for the color filled noon time ride home on the scenic route.  At 6 PM, I rode 20 miles to a meeting with a temp of 45*F.  I headed home a couple of hours later and the temp had dropped to 35*F.  A lot of my co-workers just shook their heads and said I'm nuts.  Oh well.  My HD riding friends and co-workers have put their bikes in storage for the winter and their PMS has begun.  I just had 90 miles worth of smiles and I'm not convinced that I'm finished yet for the year.

Do you have heated gear?  Rode into work with -10 temps and I can't recall what they said the wind chill was.  People at the gas station rolled their windows down a 1/2" and asked how the hell could I do it.  I took off my helmet and saw my reflection in the window.  I had steam rising up from my neck and off my bald head.  They didn't know heated clothing existed.  I told them I still had more heat to put out, and I was perfectly fine with my ride.  All good until snow hits.

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Ghost Rider 2

  I waiting for a little more frost to disappear then I heading out on bike for the day.  Couple of errands then just ride til I find that cheeseburger that I want for lunch.

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yooperfan
51 minutes ago, youngnbald said:

Do you have heated gear?  Rode into work with -10 temps and I can't recall what they said the wind chill was.  People at the gas station rolled their windows down a 1/2" and asked how the hell could I do it.  I took off my helmet and saw my reflection in the window.  I had steam rising up from my neck and off my bald head.  They didn't know heated clothing existed.  I told them I still had more heat to put out, and I was perfectly fine with my ride.  All good until snow hits.

 

I don't have heated gear, just a leather coat that weighs too much for some people to lift and that's without the liner put in.  I got the coat from work about 17 years ago but didn't start wearing it until I started riding again about 7 years ago.  When it's this cold, I wear a lighter jacket under the leather coat and top it off with a pair of gauntlet gloves and a full face helmet..  I have worn a full face mask under the helmet, but it makes the helmet too tight and the visor fogs up, so that's not the best way to go.  I rode home from work on my 1200, after getting a jump start for the weak battery, with a morning temp of 24*.  I try to ride in the winter when the roads are clear of snow and salt, to circulate the fluids, rotate the tires, charge the battery, and cure the wintertime PMS.

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DougW

Hooked the cargo trailer to the Motor Home and loaded the Trike into it.  Leaving Saturday Morning for the Lower Rio Grande Valley (Alamo TX) where we will stay for the winter.

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Ghost Rider 2

  I rode 100 miles this morning.  Just because I wanted to.  28 degrees when I left but sun was shining.

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Indianawantsme

I just don't want to tear bike apart yet when it is warm and sunny yet.  Steering bearings and trailer hitch will have to wait. 

55F today so i rode to town to cash a check and stop at a couple of other places.   Not many miles but was so nice.  About 35miles.  Going tomorrow on a longer ride since almost a carbon copy of today.    

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Parman
12 hours ago, Indianawantsme said:

I just don't want to tear bike apart yet when it is warm and sunny yet.  Steering bearings and trailer hitch will have to wait. 

55F today so i rode to town to cash a check and stop at a couple of other places.   Not many miles but was so nice.  About 35miles.  Going tomorrow on a longer ride since almost a carbon copy of today.    

 

Hi Steve.

 

What you plan on pulling with a hitch? Did you buy a camper or just a trailer?

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George

Started up my bike and rode to PetSmart, about two miles away, to buy a new litter box for my wife's cat.  The cat is not important.  My riding down the rode with a cat litter box bungeed to the seat is.  Sorry no pictures.  That is what I have done today...so far.

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Indianawantsme

Parman:         Going to put  custom made rack back there that is 18"x14".    Tent and sleeping bags and only weigh 15# with sealed container made by Ziploc. Might strap a smaller one  on top of that and won't even block the signal lights that are low. All brake lights are above on top trunk. Lower ones are just running lights. 

 

 Trip to Tucson in middle of May and taking this stuff along just in case we can't find a reasonable hotel sometime.   

  Probably have to buy turndown extensions also. 

 

Got some riding and visiting in beautiful sunshine today and got up to 59F for just a little while and 45F on the way home in the dark. 

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AZgl1800

the bike languished in the shop, I made a dog ramp for the Toy Hauler so that I and the dogs can easily walk into and out of the Toy Hauler...

 

It sets pretty high, with the bottom step about 24 inches above ground level.

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Ghost Rider 2

Well as bad as I hate to say it, I going to park the wing for today. I just walked out to garage, the railing on my back porch frost and ice.  My pick up is solid frost and my landscape timbers are solid white also.  This is one of those mornings I know there is patchy frost out here on these country roads. 

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yooperfan

Wednesday, while the oil was drainging on my cage, I cleaned and gapped the plugs on my wing.  After I finished with the cage, I rode the wing long enough to heat up the oil before draining it.   I went inside to eat and started to nod off in the recliner, so I turned off the garage lights for the night.  I was at a good stopping point, known as too tired to want to go back into the cold garage and lay on the concrete  Thursday, I couldn't find my new Father's Day present, the chrome filter wrench for the wing, so I used a big pair of channel locks and avoided removing the plastic, which was always time consuming and not much fun.  I broke out some finger muscles I didn't know I had and hand tightened the new filter.  The next thing I couldn't find was a bottle of gear lube.  I guess I finished off the last bottle on my ATV a few months ago, so that will have to wait for another time.  After I added some antifreeze to the overflow tank and refilled the oil, it was time for a shakedown ride.  As I expected, the wing shifted a bit smoother and the engine was a bit peppier, and I was a lot colder.  If I don't ride again for a few months, the wing is a little more ready to be stored, but there might be a few more riding days left before my riding season ends.

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yooperfan

Minutes after returning from Florida, and missing my wing for a week, I hopped on the wing and rode to Lou's, in Peru, to pick up a pizza.  During the 2 hour ride, the sun went down and so did the temperature, from 54* down to 44*.  That didn't dampen my spirits on the 100 mile ride this late in the year.  It also won't be my last ride for the year, according to the weatherman.

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Mountain Rider

Started her up and set her on the center stand in preparation for some Winter maintenance. 

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Indianawantsme

 Started tearing it apart to install new steering bearings and i don't know what else I will feel like doing at this time. 

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Dusty Boots

Out riding on what is most likely one of the last riding days of the season.

Beauty of a day!!  

 

 

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Jluvs2dive
14 hours ago, Indianawantsme said:

 Started tearing it apart to install new steering bearings and i don't know what else I will feel like doing at this time. 

Curious, are you doing steering head bearings at only 15,000 miles?

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Halfling

Cooking pot roast today and had to go to store for onions. Beautiful day here in Middle TN (almost 70*) so took the trike to run to the store. Not too long of a ride but nice just the same! Came out of grocery with a bag of onions and crossed the parking lot at a fast pace (excited to ride of course), as I was walking I reached in to my jacket's pocket for the key and the very next thing I know I was face down on blacktop! Apparently I neglected to notice the cement parking space thingy as I was walking and caught my foot on it. It should be noted that the entire parking lot doesn't have them except for the first two spaces of each row. The good news is that I had my motorcycle jacket on (with pads) as well as my half fingered leather gloves...the bad news is that I didn't wear my helmet into the store! Smacked my nose pretty good and bloodied my face up from the nose bleed. No other damage that I can tell. A good Samaritan came to my aid with napkins and a helping hand to get up which I appreciated greatly.

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Jluvs2dive
38 minutes ago, Halfling said:

.... as I was walking I reached in to my jacket's pocket for the key and the very next thing I know I was face down on blacktop! Apparently I neglected to notice the cement parking space thingy as I was walking and caught my foot on it. ....

 

BTDT, about a year ago I stopped at the grocery store on the way to work to pick up some doughnuts for the crew, was stuffing my wallet in one back pocket and my phone in the other as I was walking along and nailed this flowerbed curb, which I thought I was clear of, and down I went.  I did manage to get my hands down in front of me though, and my knees, but went down hard on the asphalt.  Bloodied my hands and one of my knees.  A young female worker from the store was outside, quickly looked away and scurried in the store.  She looked away from me when I walked in but then asked if I was OK. lol  I laughed and said yeah, mostly, but I need a couple of band-aids. :roflmao:

I hope your nose heals up quickly John, and that you don't get some black eyes from it!! :angel-praying-smiley-emoticon:

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Dusty Boots

That's a tough one, Halfling ...  glad you're alright!  :angel-praying-still:

 

I ended up putting on 300 km/186 mi today.

Probably my last ride for the season though!  :unsure:

 

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scraper

I started the process of removing the chrome to get to the engine and then take it out to replace the stater. I think this will be a fight that will turn into a learning experience. That I shall not want to repeat. And its only taken 3 hrs to get the saddle bags, side covers,1 floor board left and lower off.

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Indianawantsme

 Yep ..... Steering bearings are needed. This '12 has had a bad decel wobble since i bought it with only 1600 miles on it.  It is apart and triple tree has new seal and bearing pressed on.  Have to drive old races out yet and install new ones.    

 

  The swingarm seems to have been retorqued but if i find someone local with the tool i will have it rechecked to rule that out also.. Sucks the GL1800 is different size tool than the GL1500 that i have the tool for.

 

If i was really energetic  i would get new springs and disable the anti-dive.  

  

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Ghost Rider 2

By chance did you try a new front tire.  90% of the time deceleration wobble is the front tire.

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Jluvs2dive
1 hour ago, Ghost Rider 2 said:

By chance did you try a new front tire.  90% of the time deceleration wobble is the front tire.

 

Yep, on my 1500 pretty much every time my front tire is getting towards it's end of life I will get the deceleration wobble, if I take my hands off of the bars.

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