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23 October 2016 @ 10:53 am
/me taps the mic...

Have a photo from my ride to Sedona, Az ealier this month :)

Anyone else still "out there"?

17 May 2015 @ 10:44 pm
How long does a helmet usually last if not involved in a serious impact?

I still have the first helmet I ever bought, from back in the spring of '12 when I first got my bike. It's still in good condition, but the outer layer is peeling off some of the padding.

How often should a helmet be replaced?
17 August 2014 @ 08:00 pm
Yet another of EveRide's videos that has brought me to tears.

Are Motorcycles Worth the Risk?

An unquestioning, unhesitating, YES.

24 June 2014 @ 07:18 pm
Riding season is in full tilt here in Oregon, and I figured a PNW roll-call wouldn't be out of order!

So, that said, who's up here and what do you ride?

Me?  Bandit 1250S, set up to be fun enough to be fun, but comfy enough to take for a long ride.  A bit of a sled for sure, but it's a pleasantly <i>quick</i> sled!
07 June 2014 @ 08:05 am
So the chain/sprocket replacement is continuing to not go well, and I have a question for the greasemonkeys on the list who may have an answer to this.

I thought it would be an idea to replace the little rubber shapes inside the rear wheel (the cush drive?) as long as it was apart. They appeared to be showing some wear, and I broke a little seating tab off one when I removed it.  However, the new ones don't fit quite right.  The slot in the wedge where the sprocket tab is supposed to go isn't a nice, open rectangle.  Instead, the bottom edges push closed.

I've tried.  I can't get the sprocket tabs to slip in there.  I don't know how to apply pressure to wedge it in as I have the brake caliper on one side of the wheel, and a bearing on the other.  What the heck am I supposed to do here?  Am I supposed to force it?  Should it just slip in?

Double checked the parts numbers -- they're correct (64651-27A01, 2001 Suzuki SV650S)

Some may remember my earlier post about replacing a motorcycle chain.  Well, that was this weekend's activity.  And will now be next weekend's activity, too.

First step on my Do list was undo the front sprocket.  Simple enough to get to, but I could not get the nut off.  Luckily, my neighbor is a mechanic, and we ran an air line from his garage to mine and tried an impact hammer.  Didn't work.  So we tried a breaker bar with a looong arm, and with some work finally got the damn nut off.

Used a grinder to undo the rivets to get the chain undone, then on to the rear wheel.  I lacked the right size socket, so off the auto parts store to buy the wrong size.  Then back once more to buy the right size.  Out comes the breaker bar once more (the last mechanic appears to have used red Loctite on both nuts from the residue I found).

Now to remove the rear sprocket.  First four nuts come off with great difficulty, the fifth and last... doesn't.  I round it nicely, but finally get the stupid thing off.  As long as I'm here, let's look at those rubber shock absorbers inside the rear wheel.  I tear one getting it out.

Sooo... now that I have a parts list (my third) to complete the job, I call the parts department at the motorcycle shop, and none of them are in stock.

I note all of my motorcycle projects turn into multi-week events where the primary activity is waiting for UPS.

23 May 2014 @ 02:32 pm
I'm taking another step into being a garage mechanic, and today's topic is chain care.  This is all new to me, and I am stuck with whether or not it is time to replace the chain.

I have about 1.75" of play in the chain, so it's time to take up slack.  However, I noticed that the block washer on the axle nut is at the last notch on the swingarm. So if I move it back, there are no reference notches. (I've read that one way to ensure the adjustment is even is to measure from the front sprocket to the rear sprocket and ensure the measurement is the same on both sides, but on the right side there's no front sprocket reference as the oil reservoir is on that side?)Read more...Collapse )
23 March 2014 @ 07:40 pm
Went out on a ride on my motorcycle today, after a long dry spell of riding.  It was quite nice out, so I had the visor up and sunglasses on to protect my eyes.  I got less than three miles from home when... zap! I took a bee in the face, right below my glasses.

It hurt a bit, but I'd been stung before and so didn't think much of it.  I got a few miles up the road and noticed I was having trouble breathing through my nose and I was starting to itch like mad.  I turned around and headed home, not sure of what was happening. I figured it was something to do with the sting, but I could still breathe through my mouth, so I wasn't too worried.  I got home, stripped the gear off, and by now my nose was completely blocked, there was a large lump in my throat, and my arm, shoulders, and neck were covered in hives.  I called a friend and he took me straight to the ER.  Apparently the phrase, "I was stung in the face by a bee and I'm having trouble breathing" is the key phrase to be seen immediately.

I have the machine that goes ping!

Not much swelling of the face, but I was apparently turning red.  I was hooked to an IV with steroids and anti-inflammatories for several hours, and I slowly got better.  I was released by evening.

So what happens now?  Well, I need to schedule a follow-up with my doctor to discuss all this.  I have never had a reaction anything like this from prior stings, so I'm not sure where this reaction came from.  I know I got stung, but what did it is unknown as insects don't survive hits at 55mph.  And, I am now the proud carrier of an Epi-pen until we figure this out.  I'm hoping there's a way this won't be permanent.  Mainly because it's rather annoying to know one is this fragile, but they're also damn big.

20 December 2013 @ 05:12 am
Hey guys I don't post often but, I wanted to share something. I saw a movie a bit ago that peeked my interest. I just got it in the mail and watched and I can honestly say it hit me right at home. For any therians, furries, shifters, etc etc the movie "wolf children" is absolutely phenomenal. Its the story of a woman who falls in love with a man who is also a wolf and after having two children he is killed and she must raise them alone and without knowledge of what to do. I can't really express how much this movie really spoke to how it feels to be more in tune with ones animal side and knowing how you fit in the universe because of that. I can't suggest this movie enough and am going to re post this to my personal journal and the communities I frequent.