Tuesday, November 3, 2015
The PE teacher experiment is over. After three weeks the District found a qualified, REAL Pe teacher. I am honestly not disappointed and I know Dexter is happy to be back walking in the cool mornings.
Now, maybe, I will find the energy and desire to get back in the garage to my tire project. The tire is an Avon 160/80/16 tubeless.
Posted by Arizona Harley Dude at 10:18 AM
Saturday, October 10, 2015
I think I found a workable tire, it has been ordered, and I await delivery. I still haven't taken the current rear tire and rear fork off yet because of laziness and the chance this tire may work without further modifications.
But the big change is I was offered, and accepted, a job at my Daughter's school teaching PE as a long term substitute. Only know right now it will last until Christmas break in mid December, but there is the possibility it will last to the end of the school year. No, I'm not bored being retired, but because of my riding time out, I need something to get me out of the house and into the fresh air. Plus it will help offset the cost of Petunia's updates.
Posted by Arizona Harley Dude at 7:08 AM
Sunday, September 27, 2015
My first step was to find out what a motorcycle tire size converts to in an auto tire size. Found this handy site, http://www.hdwheels.com/Product.htm, that tells me without any modifications to Petunia I can go up to a 18"x4.25 rim and use a 150/70-18 tire.
So, I went to the Harley parts site I use to look into what I could do, or what might be possible.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Today felt like a good day to start tearing Petunia apart to see exactly what would be required to install a car tire on her. Looking it over the pig pen HAD to come off. I was hoping that wouldn't be required.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
I put on a cheap, off brand, tire not long after reinstalling the pig pen. After only 1200 miles it is bald and now, after not riding for 4 months, almost flat out in the garage.
So, I made the decision to look into going to the darkside, putting a car tire on a motorcycle. Researching the topic shows a consensus that you can't put a car tire on a pre 2009 Harley FLHT. Reason being there isn't a car tire that will fit the 3" rim and inside the frame.
Never the one to take no for an answer I will attempt to do what they say can't be done. There is the possibility I have to much free time on my hands, but who knows it might even work!
Posted by Arizona Harley Dude at 7:19 AM
Friday, September 4, 2015
The rain finally stopped and I got up to make coffee. Set up the burner, filled the pot with water, and reached for the coffee. It wasn't there! I looked everywhere twice to be certain and sure enough I FORGOT it at home! That was another 50 mile trip down/up the hill, after breakfast, to find a store to get some because the plan was to be up here for six days. Six days without coffee just won't work.
The grill on the end of the table was useless to cook anything without the cover on it to keep the heat in. The single burner camp stove was a lot more useful.
Posted by Arizona Harley Dude at 11:23 AM
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
After substituting for 4 days in one week I needed a break. Decided to load the truck and head for the hills that I had been pondering for a couple of weeks. Had been checking the weather regularly and all looked well, until the truck was loaded. Sunday, flash flood warnings were issued in the area I was headed and Monday called for a 60% chance of thunderstorms, but that meant 40% chance it would be clear. Odds were good enough for me, so I loaded Dexter and off we went at 7:00 AM, Monday morning.
Stopping at the rest area at Sunset Point to relieve Dexter and grab a water I noticed I left the eggs and cold food at home. Weighing options I continued on to Verde Valley and then made a swing by Walmart in Cottonwood. That would be a 28 mile side trip, but going back home would be about 80 miles. I took Dexter into Walmart, in a basket, and he was the hit of the parade. Something about the cute little fellow that the older ladies couldn't resist. About 15 miles out of Walmart I realized I forgot the eggs, AGAIN! This wasn't boding well for a successful trip. Found a grocery store in Verde Valley that I could have used instead of the trip to Cottonwood, but it was supposed to be an adventure.
Posted by Arizona Harley Dude at 6:56 PM
Monday, August 17, 2015
I have recently found myself in a very dark place. Many factors that I will spare you the gruesome details. With the exception of going to the doctor and finding I'm pre-diabetic. Probably my great Southern heritage and love of anything fried and/or sweet. I am related to my Me Maw.
An admission, that I am more than embarrassed by, I was arrested for DUI/DWI. Yes, I know better. No, it wasn't intentional. It just happened and there are no excuses, ever, for driving drunk. But those are the facts that I pled guilty to. I have always owned my mistakes.
In retrospect, for me, it was a blessing. In my dark state I had been making some bad choices that were out of character for me. Regardless, I have to own up to my failings. This is partly how I found out about the pre-diabetes. So, I am suffering the debt that Arizona demands and the worst part is not being able to ride Petunia for a year. In Arizona a DUI conviction requires an ignition interlock for a year and Arizona just passed a law to allow them on motorcycles again, but they aren't yet available.
So, I have been spending my time evaluating, heavily, what and why I am in this dark place. Again lets spare you the gruesome details, but internal, self reflection is an awful place to go when a person is honest.
I am making an honest effort to learn and grow from this terrible event. I can guarantee that there will never be a reoccurrence. On a brighter note, as I close, I have lost 35 pounds as I make lifestyle changes to combat the pre-diabetes.
Posted by Arizona Harley Dude at 6:02 PM
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Friday, March 6, 2015
First Petunia and the pigpen. I am learning that 1 gear lower than I want to run is the best option. Keeping the RPMs near 2500 - 2650 allows for an average 37 MPG and if I upshift a gear she runs @2000 RPM, but the MPG drops to around 23. I'm sure that has to do with the fuel map I have loaded into the ThunderMax. I can't change that right now because ThunderMax isn't supported on a Mac computer. I may dig out my old computer and have the charging outlet repaired to be able to use it to reprogram the ECM.
Petunia is otherwise running great. I am getting more and more comfortable riding with the hack and right handers are becoming second nature. I have found that by dragging the rear brake a touch I can shoot her around corners without the 3rd wheel coming to high off the ground. It is a pretty cool feeling when accelerating out of the turn.
Finishing touches on the shower install are just about completed. Had an issue with water running out of the entryway. The shower head wouldn't adjust to spray in front of the drain, so I had to get a 15" shower arm with a 90 degree bend and that puts the spray completely in front of the drain.
Posted by Arizona Harley Dude at 12:58 PM
Saturday, February 28, 2015
My two week project is 98% completed in just one day over the schedule. Because my daughter, Jeane, has Multiple Sclerosis mobility has become an issue. Getting into and out of the tub was becoming a real safty issue for her. So, I removed her tub and and put in a barrier free shower.
Posted by Arizona Harley Dude at 2:23 PM
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Well, about 750 miles on Petunia since the transmission rebuild and all still seems well. I have mostly been riding her daily around town, but have had her up to highway speed on several occasions. I think I am still just a touch gun shy of trusting her yet.
Dexter has become a problem, as he isn't cooperating with riding. Not sure how this is going to work out, but fighting him to get in the pigpen and having him miserable isn't working for either of us. Treats don't even work anymore.
Now I am into a new project for my daughter. I allowed myself a two week window, but after two days I'm already a day behind my own timeline. Funny how as I get older things always take longer than I remember in the years gone past.
Posted by Arizona Harley Dude at 5:32 AM
Friday, January 30, 2015
Petunia ran well, the transmission seemed to be working correctly. Shifting was stiff at first, but the heel/toe shifter needs to be readjusted because it doesn't feel right to me. The break-in procedure for the transmission is to ride-it-like-you-stole-it! So, I took them at their word and at 85, in the rain, on the wet roads, I ran out of nerve before throttle.
I changed from a 28 tooth compensating sprocket to a 25 tooth one. The result is 2,600RPM @ 60 MPH in 6th gear. With cruise set, she pulls hills without any trouble and maintains 60 without any effort. 70 MPH is @3,000 RPM and Petunia sounds like she wants another gear. I'm going to ride her like this for a while before I make any decision about replacing the 28 tooth sprocket.
So, wet, chilled, and with a smile on my face I am happy that this project is complete. After the necessary speciality tools I had to purchase, waiting out the weather delays getting the gear-set rebuilt, and not removing the pigpen, this project really wasn't bad. Similar to my take on rebuilding the motor, it is just like a car only with a lot less parts.
Posted by Arizona Harley Dude at 10:47 AM
Spent Wednesday in the garage putting Petunia together. Went to the manual for the torque specs for the comp sprocket and ran across the warning about silicone sealant needed on the primary housing. How did I miss this in the hundred times I read and reread how to take apart and reinstall this transmission?
Spent Thursday taking Petunia apart, applying the silicone to the appropriate bolt holes, and putting her back together, again. Thinking I was about done, I tried to put her into gear to torque the comp sprocket and she wouldn't shift into gear! Looking for an answer I realized I didn't double check the shifter pawl adjustment and it was slightly off. So, I had to take the primary housing off again to adjust it. Frustrating as Hell to be in such a hurry and spinning in circles. Putting it all back together a third time and it shifted as intended, so put the primary cover on and got ready to fill it with oil. That is when I couldn't find the drain plug. Searched high and low until I gave up and went to the Stealership, fighting Super Bowl induced traffic, and paid $7.56 for a new one that lists for $5.45 in a Harley Parts Catalog. Got home, installed the new plug, filled with oil, started putting tools away and THERE is the missing plug sitting in the middle of the work bench!
Moved to the right side to button it up and the step that I thought was going to be the hard part...replacing the head pipe and heat shield. But, first I decided to take the time to bleed the brakes because the head pipe limits access to the master cylinder. When I got to the head pipe it went a lot quicker and easier than I could have imagined. At this point with only needing to install the floor boards and adjusting the clutch I was done for the day. I was worn out, it was getting darker, and I was having difficulty seeing in less than bright lighting conditions. I opted to put away all the tools I didn't need anymore and started Petunia just to warm her up. She started on the first crank and sounded great! This almost gave me the energy to finish her up, but I really had had enough for one day.
As I'm sitting here it is raining. Supposed to rain all day today and some of tomorrow. Of course it is raining this is Phoenix Open week. I'm heading out to Denny's for breakfast then into the garage to put on the floor boards and adjust the clutch. When that is done I'll be taking out the rain gear and going for a ride. I've earned a ride, rain or not!
Posted by Arizona Harley Dude at 5:57 AM