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Well, that's it for the year

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Dec 09, 2011 11:35 am



I guess I'm going to call it done for this year.

The 1100 and my wife's Virago are already put away for the winter. I had kept my 1500 running in hopes of more riding days...but there's snow on the ground for the second time today, and yesterday while driving I saw piles of salt on the road from the previous snowfall.

I've got a bunch of stuff sitting here waiting to be installed on my 1500 - I didn't want to tear the bike apart while there was still a chance I could be out riding - so I guess I'll trade riding for wrenching now.



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Re: Well, that's it for the year

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Dec 09, 2011 12:42 pm

Also in the same boat....well not quite as bad.It's been just breaking 50* for the last couple of weeks or so.This is abnormally cold for Louisiana.We usually quit riding mid January.I'm not equipped for cold weather riding like I was in Colorado and Nebraska.That's the reason I left there 15 years ago.

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Re: Well, that's it for the year

Postby RoadRogue » Fri Dec 09, 2011 11:45 pm

My condolences to you ,hope your withdrawl symptoms pass quickly. Spring is coming . :roll:
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Re: Well, that's it for the year

Postby Pam » Sat Dec 10, 2011 12:14 am

Yes boys I hope the withdrawl passes without to much pain. I am over it for now as long as I stay out of the shed and don't look at the bikes.

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Re: Well, that's it for the year

Postby littlebeaver » Sat Dec 10, 2011 3:28 am

Man, that just sucks having to put a new to you toy away for a few month's...

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Re: Well, that's it for the year

Postby maestro319 » Sat Dec 10, 2011 4:54 am

It sucks even when you have to put an "Old to me" toy away for the winter.

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Re: Well, that's it for the year

Postby Steve F » Sun Dec 11, 2011 9:12 pm

Well, here it is, Sunday the 11th of December, and I was out riding! Here, it got up to a toasty 39*F, but the roads were dry, and free of salt for the most part. I got in 55 miles, and was ready to come in and get warmed up. I just got the 'Wing last April, and this is the first time for me to ride in anything below 45*F, since my other bike is an old 1976 CB750F cafe', and no fairing, so anything under 60*F is chilly on that bike.
But anyway, 55 miles, and it felt good even though it was for only a short time.
Did I ever say that I hate winter? So depressing. :(
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Re: Well, that's it for the year

Postby actionpack » Sun Dec 11, 2011 9:53 pm

cold and blowing wind here today , i left my tadpole trike in the garage
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Re: Well, that's it for the year

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Dec 12, 2011 10:41 am

I've decided to hold off. It's supposed to rain this week, that will get rid of the salt, and then this coming weekend looks rideable. So we'll wait and see...

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Re: Well, that's it for the year

Postby maestro319 » Mon Dec 12, 2011 12:35 pm

Nice pic, Steve. What and where is that building in the background? We-Go area? BTW, got a nice note from Missy Re: my surgery. How's she doing?

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Re: Well, that's it for the year

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Dec 12, 2011 12:59 pm

Finally out of the freezing and 65% humidity.Here's this weeks forecast.Subject to change any minute :roll:
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Re: Well, that's it for the year

Postby actionpack » Mon Dec 12, 2011 5:49 pm

good to hear your still rideing , it was a nice day here , think we hit 40 , unbeleaveable , i like it
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Re: Well, that's it for the year

Postby Steve F » Mon Dec 12, 2011 10:07 pm

maestro319 wrote:Nice pic, Steve. What and where is that building in the background? We-Go area? BTW, got a nice note from Missy Re: my surgery. How's she doing?
Hey! how it going? I wasn't aware you had surgery!!! Last I heard, you went in for some MRI's and were saying how loud it was. I hope it wasn't anything really serious (surgery is serious no matter what don't get me wrong), and you're recovering well.
Missy's doing good, and so is her family. Looking forward to Christmas!
The building in the background in the pic is (I believe) the funeral home on the south side of Roosevelt Rd. in Wheaton, about 2 blocks east of Naperville Rd. Taken about 2 years ago, Missy surprised my by snappin a few pics while driving next to me. Gotta love that!
Anyway, the bikes are put away for the winter, I'm pretty sure this time. Next, I gotta get the snowblower carburetor cleaned and rebuilt before I get caught with a non-running unit.
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Re: Well, that's it for the year

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Dec 17, 2011 8:07 pm

WingAdmin wrote:I've decided to hold off. It's supposed to rain this week, that will get rid of the salt, and then this coming weekend looks rideable. So we'll wait and see...


Hah. Rideable. It started snowing at 9 am and hasn't let up for a second since. So much for my rideable weekend.

My bike's now in pieces in the garage. Winter is victorious.

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Re: Well, that's it for the year

Postby Steve F » Sat Dec 17, 2011 9:40 pm

Yep, the battle against mother nature is futile. Just gotta bide your time and wait it out.
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Re: Well, that's it for the year

Postby D2D » Sat Dec 17, 2011 10:53 pm

Took my last ride this morning, just a short jaunt up to the store and down a couple of backroads on the way home. It was a balmy 36* and a few flakes were in the air. Weather reports for the next week say it's turning much colder, though no snow in the forecast, so I put her away til next year. Getting too chilly with no fairing or windshield to really enjoy the ride.
Time now to turn my attention to the '75' Gl1000 I picked up this morning, should keep me busy while I pine for warmer riding days.

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Re: Well, that's it for the year

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Dec 19, 2011 2:16 pm

I got some time in this weekend pulling my 1500 apart to do some maintenance. I found a couple things that alarmed me. Basic maintenance items like air filters, fuel filters, which I had been told were "recently changed" - had obviously not been changed in a long time. I saw that the fuel filter was an Emgo. Knowing the history with failed Emgo fuel filters, I replaced it - and when I cut the old one open, I found that it had failed as well:

Failed Emgo fuel filter
Failed Emgo fuel filter


The filter media was not attached to the inside of the case, and the adhesive was crumbling. It wasn't as bad as the 6-month-old one I took off my 1100:

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...but it's now been replaced with a genuine Honda filter. I actually really like the NAPA filter I put on my 1100:

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Looking at the 1500, I know it would fit in there, I think next time I may put that one in there. I like being able to see the fuel and any contaminants in the filter media.

The sub air filter had never been touched since the bike was new, and when I opened it up to remove it, the filter itself crumbled to pieces in my fingers. Not good. I replaced it.

I've decided that some of the things I had put on the "defer" list because I had been told they were just (or recently) done, like timing belts, coolant flush, brake/clutch system flushes, are now going to be done this winter as well. Basically, everything in the maintenance schedule that can be done, I'm going to do this winter. That way I know I'll be starting with a fresh sheet.

Looking at the rear tire, I don't think it will make it through next season - and I'd rather have it down now than during riding season. Being that the front tire is cupped pretty good too, I think I'll do both tires this winter as well. Oh, and all of the aftermarket wiring that's in there (see the mess of red wires in the picture below) is coming out. I'm doing it all over from scratch.

Add to this the tires that need to go on my wife's bike this winter and some other things on her bike...well, let's say I should probably head out and go buy another Mega Millions lottery ticket.

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Re: Well, that's it for the year

Postby actionpack » Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:19 pm

your moving right along on the 1500 , it seems like you just put it away , and you got all the tupper ware off and into it to the elbows , 8-)
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Re: Well, that's it for the year

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:43 pm

actionpack wrote:your moving right along on the 1500 , it seems like you just put it away , and you got all the tupper ware off and into it to the elbows , 8-)


It's not too hard to get the tupperware off once you're familiar with it. I'm pretty fast at it now. I'm not doing too bad, considering I stop every 30 seconds or so to take a picture of what I'm doing. :)

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Re: Well, that's it for the year

Postby actionpack » Mon Dec 19, 2011 10:32 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
actionpack wrote:your moving right along on the 1500 , it seems like you just put it away , and you got all the tupper ware off and into it to the elbows , 8-)


It's not too hard to get the tupperware off once you're familiar with it. I'm pretty fast at it now. I'm not doing too bad, considering I stop every 30 seconds or so to take a picture of what I'm doing. :)

your how to post with pictures take all the guess work out of a repair , thanks for your time , 8-)


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