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What did you do to your wing today?

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Mountain Rider

That looks like a winning combination right there. 

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Dusty Boots

I don't know who installed this last tire, but they over torqued the 2 mounting bolts for the bottom of the air shock and the bottom of the push rod linkage. They should be torqued down to 60 ft lbs, but I'm sure they were well over 100 ft lbs!!  Grrr!! You have to remove those 1st in order for the rear axle to clear the mufflers. Took me a good 20 mins struggling to get them loosened and off.

 

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I dislike Tire Techs that don't clean the rim beads before installing a new tire!!! 👿

 

Never have I struggled so much just to break a bead on a tire. Getting the tire off the rim was no easy task either, as it didn't want to pull away from the rim's beads!
Got her done though and then spent a good half hour cleaning up the rim beads with some WD40 and steel wool. 

 

 

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I will replace the Dunlop D250 180/60R16 with the Yokohama Avid ENVgor ZPS 195/55RF16 run flat

 

 

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No big hurry in getting the new tire installed as the weather forecast is crappy for the next 4 days, so I will wait for warmer, sunny weather to heat up the tire to make it more pliable/easier to install.
In the meanwhile, I'll clean the rim up and polish it, clean the belt and the rear sprocket, pull part of the rear suspension apart and grease it while I'm here and install new brake pads. 😉

 

 

Dusty

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AZgl1800

 

Ken,

 

I found your Tire Tech, he is just loafing on the job

 

 

 

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Indianawantsme

Loading the Wing up to leave early in the morning for Tucson,AZ and hopefully Utah.  We are going to try and make it to at least Tulsa(600miles) but would like to get to Oklahoma City(700miles).    

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Dusty Boots

While the tire is off the rim, I decided to clean and polish it seeing as the drive pulley and rotor are removed and it will never be as easy to do until next tire change!!

 

 

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Then I removed the pin for the rocker arm and the bolt for the pivot point of the suspension push rod and lubed both those up

 

 

 

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I then washed and inspected both the drive belt and rear pulley. 

Both were in good shape

 

 

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I finished cleaning/lubing the pin for the rocker arm and installed it, along with the rear splash shield.

 

 

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I then lubed up the one side of the tire and installed that half on the rim.

 

 

 

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I then cranked up the shop heat to 90* and will let it sit overnight and finish off the install tomoorw.

I decided to call it a day and start in on getting dinner ready!  

 

 

Dusty

 

 

 

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Monkeytrucker

Dang it.  Dusty you have that thing apart more than you did your 1500 in all the time you owned it.   Tee Hee.   Hope your tire expert is better this this guy's.

 

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Enjoy your riding season.  Someone says HI.

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BigBob

Ya heat that tire up and it will be easy to pop on.

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Dusty Boots

Trouble is getting the heat directly on it, Bob!  Only going to be 2* above freezing tonight and then cold for the next few days.

Might just take it to a tire guy I hear glowing reports about just down the road.! 

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BigBob

In the "off season" I use an electric dish heater to heat the tire up, about an hour and it's just like a hot day

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Dusty Boots

With the cold/rainy crappy weather, I decided to take the tire and rim to the local tire guy just down the road.

He completed the job after I installed 3 oz of Air Soft BB in it to balance it

Cost?  -  $10!!

 

 

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Dusty Boots

Got the rim and tire back on the bike.

It's been a little bit of a learning experience as this is the 1st belt drive bike I've owned/worked on, having Wings since 1976!.

Got everything all torqued down to specs and will install new EBC rear brake pads tomorrow. Now I should be good for the riding season!

 

 

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Dusty

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Indianawantsme

 Up late last night. late start today and 600miles. Brutal winds from Rolla,Mo to Claremore,OK.    Thanks to John(AZgl1800) we ate a great Asian restaurant in Claremore.   Strawberry ice cream topped it off.    thanks again John.    see ya in July.   Not going to Moriarity,NM tomorrow. Getting off interstate before then.

 

Winds are supposed be pretty bad tomorrow again. Maybe make it to Vaughn,NM for another 600miles and off the interstate for a while.

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AZgl1800

After I got home, I thought that when you reach Tucumcari, and intersect US-54, that  you will probably go south and save a lot of miles.

 

That is my old stomping grounds, I used to cover from Hobbs, NM to Roswell, to Vaughn, to Edgewood, to Farmington all the time.

it was normal to drive 300-500 miles just to get to the trouble spot and fix it.... and sometimes, turn around and go back the other way.

usually though, I stayed over in the hostels, the 8s, the 6s, and the BWs sometimes if the boss wasn't looking.

 

Our kids went to school in Moriarty, NM for around 8 years IIRC...

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Dusty Boots

Yesterday I changed out the rear brake pads that were on the bike in favour for a new set of EBC semi-sintered pads (again, I'll keep the used pads as emergency back up ones) and then took it out for a ride today to scrub in the new rear tire and seat the new pads.

 

 

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Tire is performing as expected - Excellent!
Went through the twistiest road in the area (Croton Line) at double the posted speed and tire flicked side to side and held my entrance/exit lines perfectly!

 

The tire pressure is at 37 PSI and I may drop it a couple of PSI to find the 'Sweet Spot'. 
Rear brake pads are taking a while to seat in yet though they are getting there

 

 

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Dusty

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Mountain Rider

I rode her to work and played with the tire pressure a bit. I have the front at 42 and the rear at 34. This seems to work pretty well, since I was dragging the floor board when riding through the roundabout. Really feeling kinda sporty. I got the Bluetooth headsets mounted on the helmets and gave them a try. The jury is still out on those. They work alright, but I could use a bit more volume. I was able to link to my phone and the other helmet, but not with the bt transmitter I had for the MP3 player on top of the other two. These are the cheap ones, so lesson learned, but I don't know whether the Sena's would be that much better or whether I should just go back to the cables. 

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Monkeytrucker

Got a new battery for ours.  It would not hold a charge for a week.  We decided to treat it with a new one so we would not get stranded.  It is ready for a new year of riding, new synthetic oil, filter, everything checked and cleaned.  We hope we will be riding.

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Indianawantsme

From Tucson as home base.

Rode up and down Mt Lemmon yesterday. Rowena loved it. 

Rode to Sierra Vista,AZ and took in a gunfight show at Tombstone,AZ also. About 220 miles today.

 

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Dusty Boots

I decided to do a little maintenance on my little cargo trail in preparation for this upcoming season, this morning.

I jacked it up and took the tires off to get a good look at them and decided I'd replace them as they have 20,000+ km on them from a trip or two down south, around the New England States and a run out to Vancouver Island and back.

 

1st off, I decided to give the tongue, cooler rack and front cross bar a freshening up with a shot of truck bed liner spray paint..

I'll pull the wheel bearings and clean/repack them probably tomorrow

I saw that Princess Auto had tires/rims on sale so I rode into Sarnia with the bike and picked up a pair.

You may be wondering just how big the Tour Trunk on my Victory is  ....     :confused-face-smiley-emoticon:

 

.......  big enough to fit in both 4.80 x 8 tires n rims!  :Cigar:

 

 

 

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I might add it was a beautiful, sunny 20*C when I pulled the bike out of the shop, so I just wore a long sleeved Lycra T under a short sleeved shirt  ...  no jacket or vest.

By the time I got into Sarnia, the temps had dropped to 11*C and there was a stiff cold breeze blowing out of the north off of Lake Huron!!  :AWE:

Sure am glad PA has complimentary coffee!!

 

 

Dusty

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Monkeytrucker

Shucks Dusty, those are just broken in.....  A friend likes Princess Auto and Cal tire.  He says Cal Tire fixes flats free.  Wish our tire stores would do that.  Living in the country I would keep them busy.  Frankentruck has 2 slow leakers, the bucket truck has at least one that goes done each month.  At $20 a tire it would get expensive.  I do have a tire changer that my Father In Law had at his service station but changing truck tires on it gives one the idea why they charge $20.  I have to be careful about keeping those dual wheel tires inflated.  Tires for the front are easy to find but the narrower tires for the duals are scarce.

 

Take care Ken, looking forward to seeing you in September.

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BigBob

Dusty, I have had good luck getting trailer tires at Canadian Tire.  Between Whitehorse, Smithers or the Soo they always have them in stock.  Normally the price is a lot less than I can order them here.

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Dusty Boots

These were $15 cheaper each, than the same tire at Canadian tire, Bob.  ;) 

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Mountain Rider

I played with the air pressures again, front 42 and the rear 38.  Definitely has a more solid feel on the road.  Also got the new flag badges on the trunk.

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AZgl1800

 

as I am in Windsor, Missouri for the Jeannette Pancake Breakfast and Scholarship Awards ceremony Sunday, we took a ride on Saturday.

 

Supposed to kickstands up at 10:00 but with about an inch of water on the pavement, we headed for shelter at the motel.

 

around 2:30 the clouds left and we took off and stayed close enough that when the clouds came back, we ran for the hotel again.

yeah, we are chickens.... cluck cluck, but what the hay?  got the bikes run up under the eaves of the motel and then the rains came down again..... floods for a little while.... glad we were under the roof of the drive up area....

 

here was the route we took, not too far from safety, yet we managed to see 100 miles of nice country.

 

 

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about 15 minutes after we got back, we saw the MyRadar maps on our cellphones with a huge ugly red mass headed to us, we just barely got the bikes all protected from "potential hail" when it looked like this wam blam and it poured buckets again.

 

 

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Dusty Boots

I thought I'd load up my cargo trailer and hook it up to the Vic and take it for a run today to get an idea of what I can expect to get for gas mileage towing it.

I set the cruise on to 103 kph / 64 mph (GPS reading) and rode 236 km/ 147 mi between fuel stops, which was the same pump I filled up at at the start.

I managed to squeeze in 14.24 l (3.761 gal US / 3.132 gal IMP to get  39.059 mpg US / 46.936 mpg IMP, or 6.018 Litres/100 km. !

 

Quite a bit different than the 1500, where I'd be lucky to get 38 mpg US with NO trailer!!

 

 

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brianinpa

Yesterday was a good day.  In the morning I rode the 87 to do some errands.  I needed some extra space so I took the 87.  In the late afternoon I had to run  a few more errands and was meeting the wife for dinner, and I didn't need as much space, so I took the 84.  While I was zipping around it struck me once more that the two bikes are like a limo and a sports car. 

 

It's nice having the best of both worlds!  Now today, it rains...

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