Monday, July 28, 2014
Polaris is stepping into a new type of motorcycling with the introduction of the Slingshot. Labeled a motorcycle you need a motorcycle endorsement to operate it, as well as follow helmet laws.
Sounds like an interesting vehicle to me and I look forward to checking it out at the dealer just down the street from me. Was supposed to launch July 27, but you never know when they will be hit the showroom.
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Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Saturday morning arrived with cool temperatures and bright sunshine. The original plan was to be at Nancy's place around 9:30, so I called about 8:00 to be sure she was ready. Her place is Southwest of Sierra Vista and while she sent great directions, they are only useful if I had taken them with me.
I placed a second phone call when it was apparent I was lost and thought I was straightened out. Getting lost a second time resulted a third phone call and finally when I turned the corner Nancy was standing there waiting. It would have so much easier if I would have remembered to take the directions. First came the tour of the outside acre of her property and all the hard work of planting and installing fence and irrigation systems. Then it was to the inside and the tour of her beautiful home that had also received a lot of TLC after its purchase.
After a cup of coffee and catching up for a while it was time to go explore the reason she loves this area so much. Our first stop was into Ramsey Canyon. The trail head was about two miles from her place and changed from desert landscaping into tall trees and a hiking trail that rose up to 9,800 feet in elevation.
Posted by Arizona Harley Dude at 6:30 AM
Monday, May 19, 2014
The conspiracy of life may have been broken. Retirement has been almost exactly a year ago and there has been no real riding. At least no road trip to speak of. Partly because of updating Petunia to an 98 inch beast, partly because of family issues, partly because of not feeling like riding.
But, even with an issue with installing a new clutch on Mother's Day that didn't go well, the motorcycle gods smiled on me and I got away over the weekend.
My concern about the new new clutch arriving was unfounded as it arrived on Wednesday, three days after ordering it. Petunia was resting in the garage, apart, waiting to be put back together and in 30 minutes was ready to roll.
A dear friend moved to Hereford, Arizona and invited me down to see her new place. The plan was to leave Saturday, early, and be down there around 9:30, but I was so ready to ride I left Friday about 11:00. I chose to run the back roads to Tucson.
Posted by Arizona Harley Dude at 12:46 AM
Monday, May 12, 2014
I bought a new clutch pack about a year ago and because the old one was slipping now was a good time to put it in. So, Mother's Day Sunday instead of just sitting around I went to work. I was surprised when the job only took two hours, but when test riding Petunia the new clutch slips worse than the old one. It was supposed to be a heavy duty clutch, but at 30 MPH and opening the throttle wide open the RPMs went to 4,000 and the bike barely moved.
So, I jumped on the web and ordered a Barnett Kevlar Extra Clutch Plate kit. It is supposed to be here as early as Tuesday - Thursday and I will try again.
A few weeks ago I had checked my primary chain adjusting shoe and found it showed considerable wear. I say considerable wear because I changed it only about 10,000 miles ago. The original one was at least twice as thick as the one the Harley dealer sold me and claimed Harley changed to the new thinner ones because they were better.
Posted by Arizona Harley Dude at 10:54 AM
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Posted by Arizona Harley Dude at 7:41 AM
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Scooterists come in all flavors and categories. Once in a while one shows up that is so unique it is hard to believe. Let Scooter Tramp Scottie introduce you to one of those scooterists as he writes;
Ran into Hondog at Daytona Walmart. He lives in the woods of New Hampshire with the bears and completely off the grid. No electric or running water.
By winter Hondog travels the southland on this contraption and with very little money. The sleeping trailer he pulls behind the bike is at a friends place right now. Hondog is a member of the CMA. Ive known him for many years.
HE IS 74 YEARS OLD.
Now being a scooterist at 74 alone is unusual, but this fellow Hondog is in a class alone.
Posted by Arizona Harley Dude at 7:59 AM
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Changing to rear Brembo brakes on an 03 Electra Glide sounded like a great idea. The fronts were a simple buy and bolt process. Buying was simple, as I mentioned in the past, because a lot of people changed from black to chrome and sold the black to offset the cost. Me being me, I bought the parts off an 08 for the rear and then started to look into the process.
Nearly all the links I could find were from 08, 09, 10. I only found two mentions to links with written directions and/or pictures. Both links were bad. Not detoured I took Petunia apart and began the process. 1st problem was the mounting bracket. Being thinner and a 25mm hole were the first problems. Started looking for a machine shop to bore the hole out and make the needed 0.71" spacer. STICKER SHOCK!!!!
25mm to 1" is only about this (l) much. My first thought was to get some sand paper and just sand it down. Then I remembered about honing a cylinder and went to Home Depot to see what specialty tool I could find.
It was like they knew I was coming! Grabbed two of these bad boys and rushed home. Got some oil and started to hone it out thinking I had to go slow to keep from heating the aluminum. Stopping to check, it was working. Starting back up I snapped off the grinding stone. I wasn't deterred because I had bought two. Being more careful, I started again and was happily making progress until I got in a hurry. Snap......back to Home Depot to pick up the three stones they had left. It took four of the little Devils to get it done, but it worked like a charm.
Next came the mock-up to see how close it was to fitting.
See that dark spot right of the silver spacer? That is the difference between a 0.5" original spacer and the needed 0.71"spacer. Searching I could only find a 0.75 spacer, so I bought two just in case. My plan was to use a grinder because the difference between 0.71" and 0.75" is only about 1/25 of an inch. The spacers arrived and I used the aforementioned grinder and like magic it fit the first time.
I also ordered a master cylinder rebuild kit. Taking it apart showed that this was well worth the effort. The internal plunger was rusted out and it appeared there had been water, or condensation, in the master cylinder.
Less than an hour after UPS dropped off the kit, Petunia was ready for a road test.
First response was similar to the fronts, felt funny and like there were no brakes. But, after a short start, stop, start, stop cycle it was time to hit the road. What better way to test brakes than out among the Snow Birds that frequent the Surprise area at 4:00 PM. After an hour of stop and go traffic the brakes began to come in. Even with the 03 master cylinder it was easy to lock the rear tire. Because I am a feel rider that won't be an issue for me. The last set of rear pads on Petunia were put on 43,000+ miles ago in Alaska and there was still plenty of pad remaining. I am mainly a front brake guy and use my heel on the rear brake pedal. I am more than happy with the update and even more so with the perseverance in doing it myself without the need for a machine shop.
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Picking up a nail and getting a flat is a pain! Having the tire go flat in the garage is a bonus. Taking the tire off is less than a five minute job. At least after the two hour delay looking for and purchasing the BFWs, big f'ning wrench, to get it off.
Since it was off I thought I would install the Brembo brakes I had already picked up. Comparing the old to the new I find it isn't going to be an easy swap. The axle hole is about 1/16" to small for the axle.
Posted by Arizona Harley Dude at 9:48 AM
Monday, January 27, 2014
Updating Petunia is nearly complete. I had known for awhile I needed to change the fork oil, but removing the fairing caused me to wait. Then adding the Brembo brakes on the front made it a necessity from a safety perspective. Every time I hit the brake lever the front end would take a dive. That and on several occasions the front end would feel like it was washing out when I cornered at speed. I thought about changing from the Harley single cartridge left fork, but instead I changed to the Progressive Monotube Fork Kit. Riding Sunday afternoon was a treat with this new front suspension. No more nose drive when braking, no front end drift, a very solid feel when cornering, and a general solid feel to Petunia's ride-ability.
Because of the fairing removal to get the forks out it was time to address the faded, bleached out inner fairing. Searching the options I went with a color matched painted inner fairing. Here is the before and after comparison.
I had been riding for almost two years without sound as the radio went out. It was time to change that and I opted for a Sony radio with Hog Tunes speakers and a tweeter bar. I also wanted to change the yellow lights in the tach and speedometer. According to Harley when these bulbs go out you have to replace the entire unit. Once removed I found both to be sealed units. Searching the net I found www.gaugeledmods.com and he changed out the old yellow lights with blue and I changed to blue leds for the other smaller gauges.
Now I just have to make time to get out on the road and exercise Petunia. Going to have to get to some local attractions to show what this great winter weather looks like out here in the desert.
Posted by Arizona Harley Dude at 9:51 AM
Sunday, January 19, 2014
No, I'm not a pirate. For the first time ever that I have ordered motorcycle parts online I received the wrong parts. Not just one, but three. On the same day. After an almost week weather delay caused by snow back east! SEE finally a snow delay in sunny Surprise, Arizona!!! That is just wrong.
Posted by Arizona Harley Dude at 7:16 AM
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
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Saturday, January 4, 2014
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
So, you don't want to have helmet hair, but you wish there was something to keep you safe.
An Invisible Helmet might be the answer, if there was such a thing.
Posted by Arizona Harley Dude at 5:27 PM