Hey, if I can get out of bed these days without something hurting, I'm good.

Motorcycle Maintenance

Parts, parts, parts.

Warning:  I am rambling a stream of consciousness in this entry…


It’s like opening Pandora’s box.   Shawn had to clean up the steering head bearings and race, polish out the indents, and repack because they were rusty, but not shot.  Not the best pic as you can’t really see (or feel) what it was before. But it is pretty smooth now.  He used a combo of synth oil, bearing grease and anti-seize in the end.


The front wheel bearings are shot, hub is fine.  So at lunch we are going to pick those up today from the bearing store.

I need ONE spoke, damn it.  ONE.  They don’t sell them in singles.  This isn’t like a low-end corner liquor store that will sell you a single cigarette.  But whatever, it will be fine for the weekend.


Pic of zee new choos.  

Last night he pinched a tube, Aiiiggh so we have to go get a new one today.  We have to get the correct size anyway so this worked out for the best.  The original owner had a 120 tube stuffed in a 110 tire and we are switching to a 100 tire, so it was bound to happen.  BTW these wheels are enormous compared to my lil Champion Machine (not pictured for scale).    When we picked them up from Faultline I thought, WOOOOO!! I CAN RUN OVER EVERYTHING NOW!!!

The hotstart was not closing all the way because the  perch wasn’t compatible.  How that is possible is beyond me but it was hanging up.  It was fixed with a little grinding.  Not sure if it was really making a difference and how much play there is when it is not closed all the way.  But it closes now, so A+.

I wanted to replace the levers but the AGV pivot levers are above my paygrade, I can’t seem to get the Zetasnonamepinotlevers for this bike without serious hassle and shipping, and the no-name pivots were cheaper, so I went with that option.  They don’t come in until Monday though : (   If they break, I will just switch to Zetas because they have lasted through countless crashes on the CRF in 4 years and they are still perfectly fine.

Oh, and I need front brake pads, they are both pretty much slivers, so there’s more money up in smoke.  I am getting some semi-metallic Galfer pads from CG at lunch along with the new tube (they were out of full metallic).  Which is fine; don’t jam on the front anyway in late season because there is pretty much no grip on the ground.  Really, I could go with organics if I had to and be perfectly fine. It’s not like I am some Pro or doing stoppies.  Those pads will last me eons.

I also need to find a new titanium sleeve for my pipe.  There’s a hole in mine.

There are a few other things which need to be replaced but they are not necessary for trip.

Oh and Shawn has to change his clutch in his 450R tonight before we leave in the morning.  And pack the camping gear.  And go buy wood,  And manage to get some sleep.


Second Annual woman-led ADVWoman Rally dates announced


GRANBY, CO – February 15, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Second Annual woman-led ADVWoman Rally dates Announced for July 20-23, 2017, at Flying Heels Rodeo Arena in Granby, Colorado.

Dates are announced for the second annual adventure rally organized for women and families. To be held July 20-23, 2017, in Granby, Colorado, the event will include a variety of self-guided rides, Geocache scavenger hunt, classroom training sessions as well as on-range adventure and dirt bike rider training. All instructors are women! Men are welcome too– this is a female and family friendly rally….

Second Annual woman-led ADVWoman Rally dates announced

I definitely want to get more into this.  But that would require selling a bike to buy a bigger onroad/offroad bike and I am not ready for that. 



Shorai 6V Batteries in Parallel

If you ever need to run parallel Shorais for more capacity (these are two Shorai 6V for a ’48 Panhead).  I had to help a customer out today to help him achieve more capacity to lengthen his time in between charges.  I thought I’d share.

This is the best way to do it.  I truly recommend using a balance charger (like the BMS01) however, to balance them occasionally.   Balance chargers will charge each cell individually to  3.6V each (the Shorai batteries are multiple cell, prismatic to be exact) but they are wired 2S for the 6V and 4S for the 12V).  When you charge via the terminals and either your charging system is out of whack, or your battery voltage maintenance (guilty here!) is pretty poor, sometimes your cells can get out of balance.)

I do NOT recommend using the parallel method to improve performance or run lights at idle on vintage bikes due to low output at low rpms regardless of 12V or 6V.  You really should update your generator if you are having issues maintaining good idle voltage output.  If you use parallel configurations as a Band-Aid for your output, the battery will fail prematurely.  Dropping super low in V and then hammering it with high output at higher rpms is not good for any battery.

WARNING: Parallel is positive to positive, negative to negative.  If you do the opposite you will short your battery and fireworks will ensue, plus you will probably weld the connecting bars together.  One word of advice, DON’T.

These set ups require a dual polarity set up (one battery must be opposite polarity from the other ).

Front to Front Configuration
This set up will fit battery boxes/wells that are:

  • 3.5″ in height (plus a little extra room for terminal cables and important things like protective positive boots!!)
  • 4.56″ in width (plus a little room for the adhesive foam as the connectors do not make the battery fit absolutely flush front to front)
  • 4.45″ in length

Top to Top Configuration 
This is more similar to the 6V batteries that you often see for some HD vintage 6V, the CH-2 (or H2) that is H= 8.5″ x Length= 4 5/8″ x W=4″).  This set up will fit battery boxes/wells that are:

  • 7.5″ in height. (This will also require adhesive foam between the two batteries as the connectors do not allow the battery to fit absolutely flush top to top).
  • 2.28″ in width (width being front to back; but you will require a bit of adhesive foam to keep the two backs of the battery in line with one another. If you don’t, the connectors may bend, see pic 2 and 3.  Better to have it and not need than…you get the picture.)
  • 4.45″ in length (length being + terminal to – terminal, basically)

I hope this helps!