The fuel bypass arrived Thursday afternoon and was quickly installed. Gas tank installed, clutch adjusted, and it was time to ride to get gas.
WOW! is what comes to mind. Only rode about 12 miles, but the difference is night to day. I did ride without the outer fairing and windshield, but went on familiar roads with some bends and it was amazing.
Was busy Friday with substituting in 5th grade to help pay for Petunia parts, so didn't get back to finishing up until today, Saturday. Took her out on an extended, 85 mile, ride with everything buttoned up and WOW is only about half of the description this change made.
First thing I noticed was the softness of the steering. A needed note is I used my stock forks not the Tri-Glide forks that are 1 3/4 inches longer. No more of the heaviness and muscle needed to get her turning. Just a small wiggle of the bars and she was turning into the next lane and back again. I'm not sure I would call it power steering, but it is definitely relaxed steering. There is no pressure at all needed on the bars to keep her rolling straight and only one hand needed to turn her left or right when the road turns.
Next thing was the lack of body shift needed to corner. Before this change I would need to shift my derriere almost off the seat and lean toward the pigpen on right turns. Today just a body lean was needed and the turn was completed. Left was just turn the bars and go. It doesn't seem to take any more effort now than when the pigpen wasn't installed.
A couple of issues I still need to address are the throttle seems to hang open and the oil temperature gauge isn't working. Hopefully the throttle is just not adjusted enough and will be an easy fix. The oil temp gauge is buried in the fairing and is a PITA to get to. Also, after a touch over 12,000 miles the rear tire needs to be replaced. That will be my next challenge to change it myself in the garage.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
The fuel bypass arrived Thursday afternoon and was quickly installed. Gas tank installed, clutch adjusted, and it was time to ride to get gas.
Posted by Arizona Harley Dude at 4:00 PM
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Petunia is almost road worthy again. Because I had to remove the gas tank I have decided to add a quick disconnect on the bypass hose to make life simpler. That means waiting for a couple of days for the part to come in because I couldn't find one local. It doesn't seem worth the effort to install the tank without the disconnect in place, so it is looking like Saturday before I will get to ride her and see how she handles.
Yes, there has been a problem with Tri-Glides having loose steering heads and a service bulletin was issued because of this. There are two ears to lock this nut and when I took Petunia apart only one was engaged. Now both are doing the intended job.
Monday, November 10, 2014
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Well, the temperature in Arizona has finally dropped into the mid eighties. That equates to around sixty-one degrees in the mornings and it actually feels quite cold to me. I used my thin winter gloves in my travels this week and my hands still felt cold.
So, because it is now winter in the desert, I have decided to start my winter updates on Petunia. Went into the garage a few minutes ago and it was pretty nippy for me, so I will wait for another couple of hours and try again.
Best part about doing winter updates now is when I finish them in about a week I will be acclimated to the cold and then can start riding again by Thanksgiving.
Progress update; I am changing out the stock triple tree for a 2009 Tri-Glide triple tree. That will change the rake of the front end and it is said to have the effect of adding power steering when driving with 3 wheels. I was following most of the directions, but after removing the front wheel I wanted to see if I could take the forks and fender off as a unit to save some time.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Hello, this is Dexter! My daddy is attempting to make me a biker dog and I'm not sure I'm a willing participant! Being four years old it is hard to learn new tricks. Granted, he was willing to try small steps, like taking me to the Dog Park, but after peeing and playing we had to get back in that loud contraption!
OK, he did get baffles and it isn't as loud as before, but I'm little and not sure I even want to be a biker dog. He tells me it will be a lot of fun and there are great things to see in the world. We went for a 75 mile jaunt a couple of weeks ago and I refused to go again the next day. I need small steps, not gigantic ones!
Daddy has been asking every day if I want to go on a motorcycle ride and I get excited, but not sure if I'm ready. He takes me outside, I smell the great fragrances, but when it is time to load up I chicken out. Well, today it was time to take the chance. It was a perfect day, cool, partly cloudy, to get our ride on.
We left about 9:00 AM in cool weather, up something called the I17. Daddy was happy that Petunia pulled us up something called 7 mile hill/Sunset Point without any trouble at all. Once up the hill we pulled over at the Rest Area to take a break and allow me to stretch my legs.
Monday, October 13, 2014
Dexter was a willing participant in a Saturday 75 mile ride. It was a great day in Arizona with bright sunshine and mild temperatures. He sat on the seat for about the first 15 miles, then got into his bed and napped most of the rest of the ride. Only issue on the ride, that went over some small hills, Petunia didn't seem to want to pull herself on some of the upgrades. Mmmmmm.
Sitting and trying to remember back on the when I first got the pigpen, some 7years ago, I began to remember Petunia would haul the tub at 90 mph. That is when the cam adjusters came apart and I took her in to have new gear driven cams put in. After getting her back, she wouldn't pull the tub over 40 mph. I had a couple of other things done to her, so took her back to the shop and they said nothing was wrong with her. Took the pigpen off and the bike ran well except for gas milage, so just left the tub off.
Sometime in the night, Saturday, it popped into my mind that along with the gear driven cams the Baker 6 speed was also installed at that time. That lead to my remembering that after last years motor update I realized that now that sixth gear was usable. Putting the extra weight of the pigpen could have negated that change.
So, Sunday I was going to test my thoughts that I just wasn't using the correct gear for the conditions. Getting ready to retrace Saturdays route, I took Dexter out to go for another ride. Pushed Petunia into the drive, got out the harness, and Dexter ran back to the door and wouldn't move. I opened the door and he ran inside, refusing to come back out. I guess he wasn't ready for a repeat of yesterdays fun.
Retracing my route I kept Petunia 1 gear lower than I had on Saturday and she did great. Unless I was on flat ground I stayed in 5th gear and no problem. With the cruise set at 70 she pulled the small hills without a worry while turning 3,000 rpm. On flat lands, in 6th gear she ran 70 mph @ 2,500 rpm. The learning curve for driving the hack continues and that is the easy part. I'm hoping Dexter isn't going to start being a problem.
Posted by Arizona Harley Dude at 6:16 AM
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Today was the day. Dexter has been hanging around the pigpen while I continued to make minor adjustments and deciding how I was going to connect his tether. On a mild, overcast day it was time to get out of the neighborhood and hit the real road.
Posted by Arizona Harley Dude at 12:46 PM
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Seems like reattaching the pigpen is one thing after another. Nothing major, just things that probably were needed anyway. After 500 miles with the pigpen I realized at 65 mph and higher the clutch was slipping and the rig would not pull on upgrades. Checking into this I found that with the added power of the motor update and the weight of the pigpen the clutch spring may have been to weak. So, I replaced it with a heavy duty clutch spring today. Yes, it is going to take some getting used to the added strength needed to operate the clutch now, but Petunia pulls the pigpen a lot better now and sixth gear is now usable.
When I added the turn signals to the pigpen I was worried about the power draw and swapped over to all LED lights on the 6 signals. They blinked faster then they should, so I put in a plug and play load equalizer to correct that problem.
Posted by Arizona Harley Dude at 2:52 PM
Monday, September 8, 2014
Saturday was spent adding turn signals to the Pigpen. Removing the carpet from the inside walls, drilling holes, running wires, soldering the splices together, then success it all works, using spray adhesive to reattach the carpet and the job was done.
Sunday was scheduled as a day to go riding. So, off I went at about 9 AM heading Northwest toward Wickenburg and wherever the road took me. That was until about 10 miles down US 60 when I tried to downshift stopping for a red light. Shifting is something I barely even think about as it is an automatic reflex after all these years. Automatic until your heel tries to shift and nothing happens. Foot searching and there is nothing there.
Turning right to make my way slowly into a gas station, stopping on the shady side, I discover a stripped shift shaft. The outside splines had given me a problem a couple of months ago about 50 miles from home at my niece's house. I fixed it enough to get home and repaired it the next day. Today the inside spline decided it wanted to play and somehow pulled completely out of the shift rod lever. Luckily I had put the tool pouch back into the bike where it belonged and had enough tools to make a repair enough to get back to the house.
Petunia is now sitting in the garage waiting for the new shift shaft that hopefully will be delivered in about three days. Funny how the local Dealer doesn't have the part in stock and needs to order it, but the online Dealers have it ready to ship. On the bright side I was close to the house and made it home with little effort. On an even brighter side I am typing this while listening to the thunder and rain pouring down outside. It is pouring off the roof and I can still hear it beating on the roof and windows. Wouldn't be riding today anyway.
Wednesday Update: The parts arrived today and after half an hour in the garage Petunia is road worthy again. Just a short ride to check the shifting and it feels a lot better, more positive and neutral is easier to find. A little later tonight or tomorrow afternoon and I will take her on a longer jaunt to get a better test.
Posted by Arizona Harley Dude at 3:18 AM
Monday, September 1, 2014
Today was Dexter's introduction to riding in the Pigpen. To say he tolerated it would be an exaggeration. We rode to the dog park where he had fun. We walked around the lagoon. Back at Petunia I took him off the leash to put the harness on him and he ran off to a tree and layed down in the shade. I walked over to him, sat down, and he crawled on my lap. I put the harness on him, walked him back to Petunia, and buckled him in.
Posted by Arizona Harley Dude at 7:28 PM
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Got out early Saturday morning to wash the rig and was going to install the right turn signal on Pigpen, but the flange isn't flat as there is a nut the protrudes about 1/8 of an inch and I'm not willing to drill that big of a hole in the side of the car body. So, I will have to come up with another option.
Got ready to take her out on the road for a real test and decided to put a toolbox inside the Pigpen for ballast.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Just spent a warm, humid, six hours in the garage. The result is the pigpen frame is now attached to Petunia.
Posted by Arizona Harley Dude at 4:25 PM
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Well, the temperatures in Arizona are down into the low 100's, but the humidity is a bit high. Still it is time to try and venture into the garage and think about installing the pigpen, also know as a sidecar, back onto Petunia. Dexter the Wonder Dog is getting ready to become a motorcycling pooch and he got his new Doggles this week.
First order of business was looking at the TILT control that didn't work the last time I had it hooked up. The purpose of the TILT is to raise or lower the sidecar to lean the bike out or in to help with steering on crowned roads. I started by removing the body from the frame. I did this for two reasons. First was to be able to get a perfect foundation when making the connection between Petunia and the pigpen. Secondly was to be able to access all of the wiring. Cutting into the wiring I found a rats nest of a crappy job that someone before me had done. Digging deeper I found the TILT has a pair of disconnects near the motor and one of them had somehow come apart. I also found the 3 way switch on the bars was bad.
I plan on redoing every bit of the wiring using all soldered joints and shrink tube. Just seems like the best way to do the job the right way. Also, when I got the sidecar the guy had the switch mounted to his handlebars, so that is where I put it. That leaves it out in the elements and unprotected. To protect it I will drill a hole in the fairing and install it out of the weather.
Another issue that I paid no attention to last time was the turn signals. The pigpen doesn't have signals on the right side of the car body. I have ordered a pair and will put them there, disconnect the right turn signals on Petunia, and hopefully that will prevent anyone from being confused when I signal a right hand turn.
The plan to get back into the world of hacks now begins in ernest. Updates will follow as I continue to look into sidecar forums, get it installed, refresh my riding/driving skills with the hack installed, and teach Dexter he really WILL like to be a Biker Dog.
Posted by Arizona Harley Dude at 10:19 AM
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.
Follow this link for more information:
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