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unlike Phileas Fogg I've never kept a log:So here is my blog

#1 Unread post by slimcolo » Sat Jun 09, 2007 9:16 pm

IF MY ENTRY IS LESS THAN 2 HOURS OLD I MAY STILL BE EDITING


I've tried to keep a log before but 3 days into a month trip is as far as I got. So here goes

09Jun07 Saturday
rode the 82 Honda Postie (ct110) thru the Bank (rock formation in S.CO) today. 15 miles there in 20 min. 10 miles thru the Bank took almost 2 hours.15 miles and 20 more min home.

It was one of those sweltering June days here in Southern Colorado, almost 90F late afternoon. So off to the mountains I go. Not quite cool enough to put on jacket, bout 65 here.

On the ride to the Bank I notice that Fremont county has done a lot of repairs to Garden Park road since I was there last month.

Turn on Bank road THIS IS HORRIBLE. The BLM has put down new gravel??(rocks about 3 inches in dia 4inches deep) At the campground gravel seems to stop as I take right fork. After going 2 miles the road is now closed to motor vehichles. I go back via an atv trail (last year this was open to 4wds, next year will probable be open only to foot trafic)and take left fork. No gravel here as roadway runs on solid rock for about 2 miles. Rough as hell.

I then leave the rock and wish I was back on the gravel. Here they just ran over road w/cat now loose rocks,some basketball size, cover road. Road was much better before they "maintained" it. Ride this krap for about 6 miles often having to use lowtow (cts have hi/lo range trannys) Because of low speed due to rocks I have to stop several times to let bike cool. I could make better time on single track but they are now closed to motor vehichles (and this is wasteland not pristine wilderness) But that damned endangered mouse lives here (next time I'll bring decon HAHA)

Back down near Sand Gulch and the roads are graded (this time with grader not cat) Never saw another person entire loop (PEACEFUL)

Get back to main road and head home. See somthing laying in the road, slow down and get the willies. Its a 5 foot rattler. I go clear off road on sholder to get arround him. He don't even coil or rattle at me. I would shoot him but season don't start till next week. Too bad he was a big one nice skin and rattles lotta meat.

Well supper is done and so is today's blog! Tomorrow another bike another ride----------------wait yard work damnit

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#2 Unread post by slimcolo » Mon Jun 11, 2007 10:35 pm

Rode Beemer (the 75)downtown to listen to the band Sat. nite, but Karoke.Didn't ride at all yesterday.

Today I took the same Beemer to Pew town to visit relatives. (Roasted 97F)Uneventful ride only put on about 140mi but getting 44MPG (not bad w/ left choke sticking and needing a tune up)
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#3 Unread post by slimcolo » Fri Jun 15, 2007 5:38 pm

Well early morning I am reading paper and there it was "1962 Panhead $3000" Well Well I have to go look a t this.(about 50 mi away) I can ride down on the Beemer.NO better take the pick up what if I actually buy it. Well you guessed it, misprint in the paper, not $3000 $8000. Bikle is worth that if you only want a rider. But as an antique it has way too many newer parts. (Fatboy front end handlebars and controls,SU,drag pipes,3"belt drive,12V,Late model blinkers,and gas tank,fenders,dual disc) Sounds good (needs baffles,paint)Still thinking about it.
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#4 Unread post by slimcolo » Sat Jun 16, 2007 1:07 pm

Well the Castle run started at 9am.(do you believe this,last year was 1pm) Its now noon and I am just getting up (still have to pack,breakfast,gas),so I guess I missed poker run along way.

Like usual I'll be-- The one that's late or One of the late ones. In over 30yrs riding I have made runs on time TWICE
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#5 Unread post by slimcolo » Sun Jun 17, 2007 9:06 pm

Castle run: Riding the 75 Beemer Took USFS Road 386. I got there at 5pm Met many bikes heading out. Quite a few only rode the poker run and didn't stay. Fewer people at night than last year. (no rain this year) Forever Wild Band played till 12:30. They sound great w/ outdoor stage a lot better than in bar or clubhouse.

Morning came altogether too early. Sun comes up and tent goes from 40 to 104 (inside) in 5 min. Get all broke down and packed and head out. Over the Bigelo Divide and down Hardsgravel.(I spell it my way) Well halfway down too early to go home so I turn around and head toward Westcliffe. Spend a little time there and head out. Take the Cotopaxi cut off and stop in Cotopaxi. MESS of people here. FIBARK end of the boat race.

So leaving Cotopaxi I head west to Salida. FIBARK in full motion, streets closed off,park packed,carnaval. Man, I thought Denver had bad roads, Salida has the worst roads of any city in Colorado, at least that I've been to this year,potholes the size of Volkswagons. Turn around in Salida and head East---home.
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#6 Unread post by slimcolo » Tue Jun 19, 2007 4:21 pm

These are a few of my bikes Just got advise from ozzy in Harley Fourm on how to post pics.

The Panhead and 35 were some of my fathers bikes that I inherited.

the 35
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the Pan and 72 Sporty

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my GS
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My 75 Beemer Old Reliable (this is what I ride most)
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#7 Unread post by slimcolo » Wed Jun 20, 2007 7:07 pm

First order of business, number one priority at almost 100F, is to fix the swamper.
Then I started putting the transmission from Purple 74 Sporty back together. About time, Blew trans in May and removed from the bike, and got new gears two weeks ago. Spent about an hour cleaning up counter shaft first gear. This had a lot of material left from last shift fork. And, wouldn't you know it, only file small enough to fit in slot is fine thread. Works real good on bronze!

After assembly, I shift several times then check fork. It is right at 52 thou. Harley specs are .038"-.058" GREAT Even using used shift forks I'm within tolerance.

Maybe tomorrow I'll find time to put back in the bike. Need new oil lines too. Maybe I'll get wild hare up my arse and just go riding,not if it's closeT 100 again.
I just want to "eat candy coated cashews, and sipp orange lemonade, while that sweet young thing fans the flys from off my eyebrows,I'm dozing in the green Kentucky shade" Well it sounded better when Bobby Bare sung it.

Old Sporty Gears

The smaller pieces are gear teeth.
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Shift forks shiny part is wear
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Teeth Missing
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#8 Unread post by slimcolo » Thu Jun 21, 2007 11:20 pm

Went to start working on Sporty again last night. 80 F at 2AM. Fought this thing really hard, (bout 5 hours GEEZ) just to get the oil lines changed. It had those plastic braided lines that harden like steel after a few years.(replaced with rubber) To get return and vent lines changed I had to remove battery,battery box,rear exhaust,oil tank and starter. Well I did also install an oil cooler. And right in the middle of this mess we have a major thunderhead.

By the time I get this back togeather (assuming no extra problems) the oil line change will take longer than the transmission that I still haven't got back in yet.

Been riding the Postie all week. Finally unloaded camping gear off of BMW, only because it started raining. Just parked it when I got back last Sunday.

Had to work on swamper again. This time I replaced line instead of just repairing. Yesterday Wal Mart and Alco both out of line and I was to late to go to Ace. Wal mart got more line in today. So I have a cool garage again.

Wonder if the cops caught the hit and run guy. (I'm one of the cheap guys that read paper on line, Canon City Daily Record, so It's a day late) The truck (red Ranger) hit a bike last week and caught on survalance camera at convience store. Couldn't make out but they have showed in paper and Springs and Pueblo TV. Cops here are really after this guy as many of them ride themselves.
Two years we had a 10 year police veteran get hit and paralized on his bike. 3rd time same person had hit a motorcycle in Fremont county in about 15 yrs. (found guilty at trial but disappeared before sentence)

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#9 Unread post by slimcolo » Sat Jun 23, 2007 3:26 am

Guess what The swamper worked all day without blowing a line.

Didn't have much time to work on Sporty. I did however get tranny in and endplay set. Also got everything re installed after fiasco of oil lines. I could have finished it tonight but a pizza and a ride on the Beemer sounded better. Just need to reassemble clutch/primary.

When I started on this bike it was a total wreck. Primary case was only half there. The compensating sprocket was ruined. The tranny had teeth missing from a couple of gears. One shift fork welded in gear. Found rocks the size of golf balls in the primary. Handlebars trashed. Top triple tree was broken. Bottom triple tree was bent. (and the head light still burns on both beams) Oil tank was smashed. Carb well riped from bike (this was found about 125 feet from bike) and air cleaner smashed flat. Float bowl cracked. Mainjet bent at an 90 degree angle. Right shock was bent about 2 inches. Front fender ,gas tank and wheel had to be replaced. Rear fender was repaired and welded. Saddle bags had to be re stitched, by hand, by me. Saddle bag mounts had to be rebuilt and re welded. Also put on blinkers.

This was all from one wreck. 74XLH with less than 10000 miles.
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#10 Unread post by slimcolo » Sat Jun 23, 2007 1:23 pm

Went for a ride on 75 Beemer /6 last night. Without helmet, (when I left home I was only going to store 1/4 mile) bugs are worse at night.

Well I could have fixed Sporty today,but when I went to the garage the GS snagged the sleeve of my shirt. as if to say RIDE ME M/F er. So the decision was made, as soon as I finish breakfast and pack (I always carry a cooler w/cold drinks and snacks) I'm off.

Why does this bike leak oil (actually GL5 from shaft housing) only when parked in a garage full of Harleys? Some kinda Teutonic spot marking? Hitler's revenge?

I've had it parked for near a month, since I got /6 running this year. (/6 is not the best at any type of riding but is the best all round, You can duel sport on a cafe)It sat for two years before that. (with bum knee this bike is harder to hold up,due to its height (good thing I took off Corbin) dropped it three times this year because not enough strength in knee to hold up on incline, I know keep up on physical therapy and I wouldn't have this problem)

/6 needs a rest though. (and tune up) Any way the GS is a duel sport, and it will be cooler if I head up in altitude, like maybe Cripple Creek,over 10K. (already 83F expecting 101 so Pueblo and Hot Rod National is out of the question)
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#11 Unread post by Wrider » Sat Jun 23, 2007 3:20 pm

I'm up in Dillon right now (right by Breckenridge for you non-Coloradoans) and it's a nice comfy 75 or so outside, just got back from playing paintball even, you oughta head up here!
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#12 Unread post by slimcolo » Sun Jun 24, 2007 2:45 am

wrider I got post after I came back, couldn't have missed by 15 or 20 min.

Headed West on the Gs to Cotopaxi. Here it happened again, this bike after 30 or 40 miles wants to veer off onto gravel and dirt.

Leaving Cotopaxi I head North on Fremont County 12 (FC 12) It has been almost 20 years since Ive been over this. A lot of lower section is now paved, though not very well. The lower part of gravel is also very good and has Mag Chloride. The Upper part is rough in spots but do able on a street bike with good ground clearance.

Leaving Cotopaxi I manage to swallow a bug that sticks in my throat for the next hour till I can get some potable water from one of the two cars I see along the 28 mile trip. ( I usually carry a cooler but forgot to refreeze my ice pack) It gets cooler as I climb. Clouds hint at rain but never deliver. Very good views. Everything is so green this year. Wild Columbines are growing up here.

After several side trips (jeep roads) I arrive at Tallahassee Road (FC 2). I head East and this road is great, new smooth gravel. I can go at near hi way speeds.

Arriving at CO 9 I head South to High Park road then East to FC 69. Here I head South to the Red Canyon cutoff. FC Both roads have had recent work done to them, however this work appears to be more for drainage than to improve drive ability. They both have very large gravel (about 1-1/2") and several large rocks that were deposited on roadway when they cut drainage channels. FC 69 is normally ok for a street bike, but not with this. The cutoff never is. Both, however are a lot better than the Bank road.

I then go through the park and back to macadam. Is this Red Canyon Road,Shelf Road or Garden Park Road?? Its all the same road but name changes with different sections.

I ride to Florence for a burger before heading home. Put on around 120 miles, 80 or 90 on dirt/gravel.

these are from FC 12/ FC 11 or some of my side jaunts

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Some locals come to check out me and my bike

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These are from FC 69
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#13 Unread post by slimcolo » Sun Jun 24, 2007 3:58 am

Pictures (urls) have been added to some older posts in my blog.

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#14 Unread post by slimcolo » Sun Jun 24, 2007 1:02 pm

Didn't get high temps predicted yesterday. already 93 today. after breakfast I am riding to Springs for the Tejon (RUB Ride) Bikefest thing. (still tool hot in Pueblo) Not sure how to go though. Too many options.

Thanks again to Centralozzy for telling me how to put urls for pics in post. I've had digital camera 3 years but first used last week. Nice to see pics with out having to develop. One pic in yesterdays post is sideways and I don't know how to set upright or if I can with image host. Sorry.


also found this picture of my Dad with Panhead in Sturgis in the late 80's or early 90's

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#15 Unread post by slimcolo » Mon Jun 25, 2007 4:48 am

Went up to the Springs. Went to the Tejon Bikefest, and got there with about 1-1/2 hours before it ended. I did miss most of the music. A lot more people here than last time I attended, (2005) but it is hot as Hell. Its Roasting.

There is a bike shop that has recently moved and is selling some left over inventory. I go in and they have Helmets. KBC,FULMER modulars for $67. Flat Black or Silver graphics. Odd sizes all XS and XL. Not a M or L in the bunch. They also have some gloves, the thin leather type 50% off price marked. Only one pair in my size.I try one on awesome fit. Just on a whim I try, well I try to try,on the other one also. No way can I get this on. Look inside L-M, R-XL. Rats Foiled again. Best not go to Cripple Creek today!!

Stop and talk with Barb and Jerry from the Motorcycle Museum here in Colorado Springs. Also a few vendors.

Talk to the crew from the Beemer shop. They had an HP2 on display. Broken front cowling, the say came from Germany that way. No replacement parts as there are only 6 bikes like this. This HP2 Super Moto is over 100 pounds lighter than the standard HP2. All six are in the Springs to compete in the Pike's Peak Hill Climb. (Factory Race bikes)

Also saw a place selling speakers to go in your helmet. Cheap ones for $18 (Quarter size) good ones $44 (Half Dollar size) I think either one is better than my Bel speakers, but the $44 one is really good.

A place selling earplugs. The kind they form to each ear, for $85. Paid $10 or $15 for mine in 2002.

A lot of RUBs riding Cookie Cutter Bikes. The all look alike. Some sport bikers also. 2/3 are on Green Ninjas. Two hacks Yamaha/Velorex and HD/Ural. A couple of old bikes in the show, but I see same bikes in every local show. Dragon Bike blowing flames and smoke.

Representation from two of the major clubs and several minor ones as well as the CMA. Large Police presence, but don't seem to be hassling anyone. KILO is broadcasting and there mobile is almost as loud as most bikes here.

Didn't get any pics. Left and went over to Mary and Don's. We sat in yard and watched animals. They have a heard of cats.

Also present are the coons. Mama and four kits, almost grown. Only problem was when one of the cats jumped one of the kits and took its food. Kit was twice the size of cat. The said the fox didn't come tonight. (otta be very--interesting)

Needed gas, but couldn't find any w/o ethanol. I put in right amount, hit reserve about 10 miles from home. Get good gas tomorrow. Ride back was great. Hills had spectacular Lunar illumination. Be even better this coming weekend, Full Moon.
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#16 Unread post by slimcolo » Mon Jun 25, 2007 5:26 pm

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Well the HEAT that has been predicted finally got here. 101F Miserable. Well I'm doing inside chores today, keep as close to the AC as possible.

Here is a pic I took yesterday of Don, who I meet in Lusk,Wyo on the way to Sturgis in 79, on his 57 Rat Vespa,all original. Original just like when it left Italy. Same seat (at least whats left of it) Same paint (what hasn't rusted) And judging by the weather cracking, original tyres.

Keep in mind that Don owns ,many bikes. 15 Harleys, several Jawas and Puchs, Vespas, Lambrettas,a Guzzi a Yamaha and God knows what else, but this is his everyday ride.

http://img.boschnetwork.com/slimcoloDCP_0029.JPG

Like me another collector of motorcycles many of which border on the Junk category.
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#17 Unread post by blues2cruise » Mon Jun 25, 2007 9:17 pm

What's wrong with ethanol?
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#18 Unread post by slimcolo » Mon Jun 25, 2007 10:23 pm

Plays havoc with older motors (1975 or older for cars. 1978 or older for bikes and trucks.) designed to run on leaded fuel, most also have a higher compression ratio.

I've had bike (72 HD) foul plugs every 100-150 miles running ethanol in California. (Problem disappeared after first fill up in Nevada/ two different trips 6 years apart)

My old Ford got 21-24 mpg on pure gas, 7mpg on ethanol. Almost every vehicle I ve used it in runs rough and hesitates on acceleration. This doesn't seem to effect my Ford van or Nissan Pick up, both of which are EFI. It can also damage rubber parts in the motor. Newer vehicles have alcohol compatable parts in fuel system.

http://www.wellworthproducts.com/tech-articles/9.pdf

http://www.daybreakfishing.com/ethanol-fuel.html

http://www.starbrite.com/whatsnew/STAR% ... 3072D2.pdf

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#19 Unread post by slimcolo » Tue Jun 26, 2007 9:09 pm

Rode downtown for breakfast. On way back I see Tim and his o'lady leaving. Their V-Star packed down and headed to Oregon. He's been telling me about this trip for a few months now.

Went to work on Sporty today. In the middle of this, radio says 80% chance of large hail. So I drop everything and put all bikes in the garage, and cover up the newer truck. Even put lawnmower under cover. We get 20 min. of rain NO HAIL. Talk to a friend who lives 8 miles away(Florence), a lot of small hail about 1/4" around. (no QUARTER SIZE)

Can't finish Sporty. I am putting on a shorter kickstand (so the wind won't blow it over) and need a dowel pin. Harley used two styles of stands. The one I took off bolts on. The one that I am putting on uses a common dowel pin. Hardware store opens at 0730.

Still have plenty to do (primary cover.pegs,brake pedal and carb) but nothing can be done w/o pin. Can't even work on carb because of way I have to prop up Stand-less bike. Besides primary gasket (the new one) is kinda warped, will let it sit under books overnight to flatten out.

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#20 Unread post by slimcolo » Thu Jun 28, 2007 1:48 am

Well can't find dowel pin. Hardware store only has them up to 3/8" local machine shop has them up to 1-1/2 inch, but in 1/8'" increments. I need a 9/16" I'll have to make one. This would be easy, if the motor on my lathe wasn't burnt up.

Well I go to the garage and open the door. Oh CHIT. The door comes off the track and just hangs there about a foot above the bike. Takes me about two hours to right the door.

I have radio on and, WHAT, Tornado has touched down in Woodland Park. Others spotted over Springs. Here we are under severe thunderstorm and tornado warning till about 2200, but again we only get rain. Plenty today. Main part of storm went over Parkdale.

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