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Last ride for this year

Postby seeberluca » Tue Oct 23, 2012 2:17 am



Unfortunaely winter is close to the door , I live in the top of the mountains (dolomites) ride the morotbike 4 o'clock in the morning is not so safe and last but not least there is the mandatory use of winter tires starting from 1 of november:
so I let go my GL into hibernation till April.
I will follow the forum as a non riding member but I will surf into this community anyway.
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Re: Last ride for this year

Postby detdrbuzzard » Tue Oct 23, 2012 5:32 am

you are not the only one that puts their wing in hibernation, i'll ride till mid- december but i'm on the forum all year
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Re: Last ride for this year

Postby maestro319 » Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:36 am

Trike is already asleep. BAH!!!

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Re: Last ride for this year

Postby RoadRogue » Tue Oct 23, 2012 4:04 pm

I too live in the mountains. I feel your pain in having to Park the bike till spring, my turn is comming too ,I am going to keep riding here until there is ice/heavy frost on the roads. I dont have to get up quite so early as you do. 8-)
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Re: Last ride for this year

Postby bustedwing » Tue Oct 23, 2012 4:41 pm

I feel your pain as I to have set my trike on blocks, but mainly due to repairs needed anyway.Alternator is being rebuilt, went thru starter connections, took out old dog bone fuse installed a marine maxi fuse, and front tire has slow leak. So not only bad weather but time for a little work.
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Re: Last ride for this year

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:49 am

Weather forecast for tomorrow is 78 degrees and sunny, which is unheard of for Northern Ohio. That said, I keep riding until the salt hits the road. I'd love to move somewhere where there is no salt used (or needed), so I could ride year round. I don't know when I'd do my winter maintenance then, of course...

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Re: Last ride for this year

Postby GreenDragon » Sat Oct 27, 2012 2:17 pm

You are looking at your last ride of the year, I feel for you, while I am looking forward to my first ride in 9 months. My oncologist says another month or so before I can ride. I feel your pain. I have been a non riding board member now for too long!
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Re: Last ride for this year

Postby Mag » Sat Oct 27, 2012 8:01 pm

Mine is in for the season but that is because...
- It is going to rain for longer than a week...
- I broke a wire on my bike....
- I saw the posting regarding replacing the belt (ugh, ok ok , I will do it)

Boy, is that bike going to be ready to roll in April! And I will take pics to prove it.

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Re: Last ride for this year

Postby pudd750 » Sat Oct 27, 2012 8:09 pm

parked the 1986 1200I (Antique) tonight, after 37 miles at 41 indicated Fahrenheit, according to my 12" thermometer on the birdfeeder pole, and was taken aback during those 37 miles what a silky smooth "sled" it is- been giving it a small snort of MMO (marvel mystery) in the gas and did the shortening of the side electrode a bit on a new set of D8EAs, the aforementioned OEM working shocks and forks (thank you EBay) installed - and carbon kevlar pads- hope they are kind to the discs- they work good- ahem- owned this bike 10 years now finally got it showing no adverse symptoms as a result of not having cash for forks etc parts -
i have been known to ride in a little non sticking snow flurry before i park it for the year - one night i was at work and it was really sleety and my poor foreman said "CALL SOMEBODY ! ! ! dont ride that home ! ! ! bah- it wasnt sticking , except to the windshield, (anything above ground) - it was about 1/2" thick by the time i got home-- subfreezing riding was better with those heated grips,but they didnt have holes in the ends to drain and died a premature death from H2O in the bar ends -rusted the elements into non continuity-
another bigtime like i got with this bike is the feet warmers <really> work - i was just running along on the EWay 70-75 MPH snug as a bug-
- yeah itsa nasty idea of putting er up for frigidity, but i got a few weeks left, and then Februarys around the corner (that huge thaw we had last year in Feb) that made the cider in Mi $8 a gallon at some places-
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Re: Last ride for this year

Postby pudd750 » Sat Oct 27, 2012 8:21 pm

ugh, ok , ill do it, are my feelings exactly on those belts- my bike has had a belt explosion and apparent head work as a result -- there is signs of a belt wadding up in there (little pieces of aluminum broke off and general damage) so new belts ARE a good thing :oops:

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Re: Last ride for this year

Postby Mag » Sat Oct 27, 2012 9:47 pm

Pudd, let me know how you do and I will also,,,,,feel like I will never get this damn thing on the road again, but I know I will.....as long as my wife stops giving me "honey'do" lists!

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Re: Last ride for this year

Postby pudd750 » Sun Oct 28, 2012 9:22 am

Mag wrote:Pudd, let me know how you do and I will also,,,,,feel like I will never get this damn thing on the road again, but I know I will.....as long as my wife stops giving me "honey'do" lists!

i didnt see the belt posting this time, ive seen it before, and sincerely thought it was a little overboard changing belts nearly as often as oil- but am more serious about it now

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Re: Last ride for this year

Postby bustedwing » Sun Oct 28, 2012 10:47 am

Well, Pudd, at least your melt down didnt happen in April and now you have a few months to repair the damage. I feel for you and hope you can get by with the least amount of replacement parts. Good luck, but in the immortal words of Mike Holmes "If your gonna do it ,do it right the first time"
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Re: Last ride for this year

Postby pudd750 » Sun Oct 28, 2012 12:42 pm

bustedwing wrote:Well, Pudd, at least your melt down didnt happen in April and now you have a few months to repair the damage. I feel for you and hope you can get by with the least amount of replacement parts. Good luck, but in the immortal words of Mike Holmes "If your gonna do it ,do it right the first time"

i didnt blow the belt, the PO did - ive been nervous looking at / thinking about keeping those belts happy since seeing he blew a belt- of course he didnt tell me - the damage is not deterring the running of the bike , its like scrapes and scars in the belt area, when i looked - those belts are tough enough to scar aluminum when suddenly wadded up into a ball in there -
the PO did the head work, this is a crash motor where valve damage and head removal is virtully guaranteed if a belt blows - i dont know, i may have dents in my piston crowns, too, that i dont know about- the bike runs fine - excellent- smooth as silk - but i do need to get serious about new belts- , ive put 40k on the belts that the PO put on the bike

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Re: Last ride for this year

Postby bustedwing » Sun Oct 28, 2012 12:52 pm

Yes, I think if it was me and I had seen that inside the case ,I would do a compression test besides replace the belts even tho the belts normally run 80k before worring about replacement. I think I would do it just to be safe, then you know you are good for awhile.
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Re: Last ride for this year

Postby pudd750 » Sun Oct 28, 2012 1:01 pm

compression test good idea, tho, if ones near the low side, no action would be taken except riding- excellent plug color, smooth as silk running, good MPG and very little oil use on an antique works for me

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Re: Last ride for this year

Postby bustedwing » Sun Oct 28, 2012 5:50 pm

Nice to know tho, that way you have an option. Once a valve starts to burn and loose compression it doesnt take long to damage the seat. Its up to you.


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