Sunday, April 16, 2017

An Easter Weekend Mix

Thursday evening I was excited about possibly getting our family (my brother's new in '70) SL100 Honda back on the road, maybe even as my Pit Bike for the Road America event rapidly approaching.  The old, now rare original muffler was shot a few years ago and the last time I had  this to use around the infield at the AHRMA event, it was pretty loud.  I've dabbled with replacement muffler/pipe combinations but for numerous reasons, haven't stumbled on the perfect or even a workable solution yet.

Something complicating the exhaust issue is the kickstart shaft that's about ready to call it quits.  I'm not sure where all the repairs happened, if it was back when my brother still had it or when dad had it, but this little normally easy-starting Honda start mechanism has seen a lot of toil.  I knew that the splines were poor.  The sewing pins were a temporary fix; the weld another.  I drilled a hole for a dowel pin but even with all of that, the real issue now is that the end of the shaft is actually bent.  This off axis rotation of the kick start lever got to be a problem with exhaust pipe and muffler clearance.

A fix was in order.  The gaskets arrived, the auction kick start shaft is on the way so in my excited state Thursday evening, I started pulling the bike apart, only to discover that unlike my two previous kicker fixes on other bikes, this one was going to involve a lot more work.

An entire case splitting will need to occur and there's just no way that one of those will happen during riding season, not around this hacienda.  December and more likely January will have to be soon enough.

So, she was buttoned up to wait for better (repair) weather.

There is now an opening in the schedule for time on the lift.

Friday morning I was busy in the shop, woodworking and finishing up the wiring on the Enfield sidecar rig.

Then it was time for a ride, Old Blue was looking at me with wanton turn that's what we did.  No destination in mind, other than some coffee and pie led us up river to Prescott's Freedom Park.

Overlooking the confluence of the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers........

The long way home past the Treasure Island Casino and some more garage time in the evening.  Peg's half day working at home had her busy getting her latest knitting project stretched out while drying.

Saturday morning early, some audiobook time and then back out to the shop to do some more wood gluing on our daughter's Tack Cabinet.

Thunderstorms over night and a lot of rain we didn't need (first mowing approaching rapidly!!) saw me cozily in the garage until late morning when surprise, it was time for another ride, this time the little V-Twin was anxious to get some air.

Near Welch, in the Cannon Valley Trail parking lot.

I saw a repair/air stand just like this up in Grand Marais at last year's MN Guzzi Rally.  The Hyosung was in no need of repair thank you.

This one for might try this.  Brad, what do you think???

No, it's not a key but special in its own right!?!

An Easter morning shorty breakfast ride with a stop in Red Wing's Memorial Park.

The green's will persevere.....

Happy Easter!!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

First TW200 Ride of 2017

Another early trip up to Diamond's for coffee yesterday (in the van, not on the Yamaha) and then over to GoMoto to pick up my newly mounted Breva front tire.  I got a couple of R.E. oil filters as well as long as I was there and an optional rear fender that I might or might not install.

Turnout was good, the weather extra nice and warmer; good things on a Saturday for coffee drinkers that ride.

Mike was there with his newly enhanced Helix and his I-don't-know-how-much-increased-performance.  Flip the switch and the hook-up rotates.  You probably won't see many of these.

The big plan was to get my newly mounted Continental tire installed on the Guzzi and then out for its first Go of the season but the weather so fine and me in too big of hurry....The TW200 was together, right in front and just as deserving.  It hadn't been in the shop for any '17 "updates" ...time for that later.  New tabs slapped on, a few ticks of O2 in the tires, 5 kicks and off we went.

Last weekend there was a gravel bicycle competition in the area and this road was on their route.  There were literally a hundred small tire tracks in the now much firmer mud.  I was glad I had the Yamaha.

A lunch stop in Plainview.....

The 2nd of 3 Minimum Maintenance roads traversed yesterday.

Coffee stop in Mazeppa.....

My bicycle Sigma and the GPS trip meters close enough for the roads that I go out with.

The plan was to stay off the bikes today (Sunday) but darn, the morning was just too nice.  Eric had written that they'd be gathering for breakfast and I turned them down, staying true to the aforementioned plan.  Spending some time out in the garage and then outside turned me;  front wheel on the Breva, a text to Eric about an early lunch gathering and the Plan Foiled.

I started out early so that I could make a loop, as Eric paraphrased this morning, "taking the short way is just about impossible".  The trees are showing spring color, their buds doing what they'll do.

Eric's helmet cam captured my parked bike at the Nelson Cheese Factory.

That lump over by the white tank is me enjoying a cup while I waited though as usual, Eric was right on time.

Still getting comfortable with my new modular helmet, hopefully I'll get use to removing the helmet without constantly dealing with my eye glasses.  A bit more breaking in should help.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Coop (2) - KLR (2)

The boys are 18 months apart, the KLR's a human generation.

Our last ride together was back in October when it was a yellow Helix and a blue Ultra Limited.  Today we were in search of some gravel and found what I've determined to be the most prime examples in the Hwy 10/Hwy 25/Hwy 35 triangle.

Arriving in Prescott a bit early, I had ample time for some coffee (warmed the fing fings).  I'd already filled a couple of thermos mugs for later in the day.  Coop 2 arrived right on time and within minutes we were off.

450th was a surprise I'm sure for Bro and 410th even more so; 410th where we stopped here.....

On to Plum City to confirm that the trout were still swimming and in fact they are.

We zigged and zagged to Pepin, stopping for lunch at the Harbor View Cafe

My Braised Pork Shank was more than tasty, Coop 2 enjoyed Linquini Papalina.

We rode right past 2 very obvious sources for a cone but I had no room, not sure why.

Sunday, April 2, 2017


Well I did it but not without a lot of help!  Jeff, Mike, Marty and my brother got it loaded.  Lissa helped me with the paperwork.....this Royal Enfield is no longer at GoMoto in Minneapolis.

Thanks for the photos and help Kev!

I put roughly 60 miles on it in the afternoon and gave it a taste of what to expect in the coming months.

Not in its new neighborhood 24 hours and already muddy!

Put that one away and needed to confirm that the 2 new tires on the KLR would go round and round....which they do.