Thursday, December 16, 2010
I know, long time no postings. It's been a hectic year with a week in Tokyo, 5 trips to Germany, and a couple weeks in Shanghai and Beijing. I'm finally taking care of some old business, including posting these ride videos from Austria on Labor Day weekend this year. Day 1 we did an Austria loop through the Alps, Day 2 Switzerland.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
So, let me get this straight. You're going on a weekend moto tour of the mountains in Switzerland and Austria, and taking a 25 yr old motorcycle that smells like a Molotov cocktail?
Yeah, but it's free rental from a friend!
What do you mean, free? You're up til midnight wrenching on it. No speedo, no odometer, fuel gauge only partly works... Sloppy throttle.
It's kind of like the 555 ride from the recent CycleWorld article (under 500cc, under $500, 1975 or older), or like that old Glydon article about how the newest most competent tourer can't always get you to the same destination (state of mind in this case) as an older, smaller simpler bike. Plus, I have other rider support. And I'm cheap. Now the throttle free-play is taken up with a highly modified pipette tip, the speedo works, and I figured out where the Molotov aroma is coming from and just need some tubing to fix it. I'm getting to be a whiz at popping the tank off. Now I've got to start weaning myself from this good European coffee so I can get a decent night's sleep.
Tasks mostly complete:
Replace speedo/tach, ck speedo cable
Throttle cable rpr? Pipette tip.
Adjust tire psi, 36/42
Fork psi 7.1
Rear shock psi 7.1 - 21
Replace missing fairings/subframe bolts (optional, something's holding it on!)
Replace negative battery bolt? Fixed.
Inspect brakes, flush DOT4? Nope.
Ck all lights/horn
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Next, I discovered the speedometer cable is broken but both speedometers work. I 'spun it up' with the cable between my fingers and it indicated speed. Also, the new eBay unit has no voltmeter (no big deal) but is also broken on the inside, probably from frontal impact. See the white part in the attached photos. I also wondered why the cable had gone bad. Looking at the drive gear from the unit off the bike, it appears to have had the cable threads bunged up at one point. Also, the back cover from the old unit is a little torn up near the cable opening. Therefore, I scavenged the better drive gear from the eBay unit and back cover too to make one good unit. A funny thing about why the odo would work but not the speedo: there's a little rubber peg (see speedo face below) that stops the needle from going below zero kph, and if it's pushed in too far and somehow the needle gets below it, it can't indicate ABOVE zero. Weird. So to fix that, I just gave a little tug on the rubber peg. Anyway, it's 23:00 now so I need to reassemble my hybrid and go to bed. I'll remount it tomorrow. Also, I tried to pump the tires to the Metzeler spec for this bike from their website, but my stupid hand-tire pump won't do a thing, so I'll hit a tankstelle tomorrow and correct them. I feel like I haven't fixed anything tonight, but I've sure learned a lot. I need another drive cable tomorrow, and then this cluster should work.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
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Sunday, June 20, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
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Friday, May 21, 2010
Weather for Townsend, TN
Periods of rain with a few thunderstorms likely. High 74F. Winds SSE
at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70%. Rainfall around a quarter of an
Scattered thunderstorms early, then partly cloudy after midnight. Low
62F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 84F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Updated: 5/21/10 6:13 AM EDT
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Thursday, May 20, 2010
we blasted around on Foothills Pkwy etc, got lots of '100 mph bugs' on
helmet, the CBR600 is great for this stuff but hard to get used to the
idea that I'm lugging it at 7K rpm. Lots of vivid green grass and
smell of lilacs in the air. Looking forward to a fabulous dinner!