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#21 Unread post by AZRider » Sun Aug 26, 2007 10:51 pm

THE RIDE

Yesterday we rode to Flag for
my wifes company party.
We rode up taking Oak Creek Canyon. This is one of the most scenic rides in Az. The weather was perfect. Not hot. A little humid. Perfect.
It was supposed to start raining about 3. They were predicting up to 2" due to the moisture from the Hurricane, so we took the rain suits. We havnt gotten any rain.
On the way back we stopped and checked out Fort Tuthill state park. Very interesting. All the origional buildings are still standing.
The ride back was great. I love the smell of the pines while riding.
The crash bars added a level of Comfort to the ride. I was able to prop my toes up on it, alleviating some leg soreness problems I have while riding.
The bike performed flawlessly as always.

THE BIKE
Good news
I found some peg clamps for my crashbars. Kurykan makes them. They cost 44$ The ones for a 1 1/4 inch bar are 22$. Why twice the price?
I also need to get a set of bike chaps made before winter.

I am looking for a Sportster. Since Im not going to be leaving the area for 2 1/2 years my wife has decided she is again interested in getting a bike.

THE CHEVELLE
For Sale. 1972 Chevy Chevelle. 350/350 4bbl dual exhaust needs some work. Runs and drives(needs alignment)
7000$ OBO or partial trade for 2001 or newer 883 or 1200 HD Sportster.
Bike must be in top condition. Car is "as is".

SCHOOL
There will be an addition to the blog.
Tomorrow I start school. I am going to take classes for welding. If everything goes the way Im planning I will be getting my certification, then I will try to get a job, and I will be taking some fab classes, then some repaire classes.
I am hoping to eventually build custom bikes, and manufacture custom parts.
My journey begins tomorrow.

GOOD NEIGHBORHOODS, BAD NEIGHBORHOODS
I17 and Glendale ave. is indeed a bad neighborhood. Sorry.

Thats all for now
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#22 Unread post by ofblong » Mon Aug 27, 2007 1:13 am

Good luck on the schooling. Whatever you do with welding dont ever put it down. I weld like once every 3 months and have to use 3 or 4 pieces of scrap metal to practice on before I do the real weld cause I do it so little. Though none of my welds have yet to break right away. Welding is alot of fun but I dont think I could do it 8+hrs/day 40+hours/week (though I did get told that my junk weld skills are better than some people this person knows that weld everyday which made me happy :D). Whats neat about welding is everyone has their differences on what material they feel is easier to weld. I would rather tig weld aluminum than tig weld stainless steal because I feel aluminum is easier to weld and easier to get a good look to it where as Stainless (especially 316) I have a hard time keeping it from having "candy". However I would rather Mig Weld Cold roll steal. I hate arc welding but thats something I have done 1x in the past 7 years other than in my welding class.

Either way good luck have fun and dont get discouraged. An awesome welder (he made 200k/yr before he retired thats how good a welder he was) once told me he became an awesome grinder before he became an awesome welder. you know hes right :D.
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#23 Unread post by Shorts » Mon Aug 27, 2007 9:51 am

ggrr, Chevelle. That'd be a so fun fun project :twisted:

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#24 Unread post by roscowgo » Mon Aug 27, 2007 2:14 pm

I used to be a fair hand at slopping huge amounts of metal onto wheel units with a stick so they could be turned down a bit later :D

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#25 Unread post by AZRider » Mon Aug 27, 2007 10:19 pm

RAIN
Today It rained on the way home. I got a chance to try out the rain gear. It worked real well. To bad the main part of the storm blew over while I was getting geared up :laughing:
By the time I got going I only had a short ride in the rain. Then I got past it and it got hot. Whew.
SCHOOL
First class today. Orientation actually. I dont know if Im actually registered though. The instructor supposedly sent an email to everyone. As near as I can tell I didnt get it. Looked through all my Junk and blocked mail. Nothing. Checked my bank account. They charged me. Ill have to make some calls tomorrow.
THE RIDE
Nice ride. To school, then to work, then home. about 117 miles.
Up over the mountain is a nice ride. The problem is most of the time there is tourist traffic holding up your progress. They dont get the concept of puling over and letting others pass. But in the morning it is a great cruise.
School to work, 80 mph in wind. get going, gotta go.
THE CHEVELLE
Shorts, if you want to buy the Chevelle Ill store it for you till you can come get it :wink:

Thats it
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#26 Unread post by ofblong » Tue Aug 28, 2007 12:44 am

roscowgo wrote:I used to be a fair hand at slopping huge amounts of metal onto wheel units with a stick so they could be turned down a bit later :D
lol have fixed many a shaft by filling in the worn down from the race of a bearing areas with enough mig line to over fill the area and then turn it down :D. Works great for those times where it might be a week or 2 to get a new shaft in :D.
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#27 Unread post by AZRider » Wed Aug 29, 2007 9:28 pm

MESH RIDING JACKETS
Yesterday my TourMaster Intake jacket came in. It works real well. Full armor, plus a wind/rain liner and an insulated liner. These are 3 season jackets, so It should work well for winter.
It looks a little power rangerish, but not to bad. 140 bucks, and I could have gotten it cheaper, but I felt it was better to buy it from my local Kawi shop, rather than over the net, that way if I didnt like it or it didnt fit, no probs returning :laughing:
I like it though.
This is the one I got.

http://www.tourmaster.com/xcart/product ... at=0&page=
The one in Dark grey.
And it actually works.
THE BIKE
I havnt been able to figure out anything brackets for my highway pegs. I tried some 1 1/2" pipe straps, no go. Im going to have to put some more thought into this. Im thinking about finding some side clamps. Hopefully that will work till I can afford some better clamps.
SCHOOL
I ordered my welding text book offline. 110$ new from the campus bookstore. I found it for 65$ online.
Sat. I have to go get all my equipment.This is costing much more than I thought it would.
Tats it
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#28 Unread post by ofblong » Wed Aug 29, 2007 11:01 pm

I have some highway clamps im not using. when I get a chance ill get a pic of them for you so you can decide if you want them. all I would ask for is shipping cost.
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#29 Unread post by AZRider » Wed Aug 29, 2007 11:49 pm

ofblong wrote:I have some highway clamps im not using. when I get a chance ill get a pic of them for you so you can decide if you want them. all I would ask for is shipping cost.
Hmm. O.K. one thing though. Do they fit the 1 1/2" Cobra oversized Bar? So far I have only found 1 that is the size and that is from Kuryakin. But go ahead and post em up and we will look at em.
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#30 Unread post by noodlenoggin » Thu Aug 30, 2007 5:40 am

Oh, so you've learned the rip-you-on-textbooks lesson, eh? I've been through the dreaded end-of-semester sellback session too many times.

"What'll you give me for this?"
"Umm..." (flips through a book) "Six dollars."
"SIX DOLLARS?"
"Yep."
"I paid fifty for it...USED!"
"Six dollars."

Actually, I'm exaggerating a bit. Instead of "six dollars," make that "a quarter."
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#31 Unread post by AZRider » Thu Aug 30, 2007 9:20 am

noodlenoggin wrote:Oh, so you've learned the rip-you-on-textbooks lesson, eh? I've been through the dreaded end-of-semester sellback session too many times.

"What'll you give me for this?"
"Umm..." (flips through a book) "Six dollars."
"SIX DOLLARS?"
"Yep."
"I paid fifty for it...USED!"
"Six dollars."

Actually, I'm exaggerating a bit. Instead of "six dollars," make that "a quarter."
:roll: Part of my lesson schedule is on line. Do these folks know you can scan a book and put it up on line also?
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#32 Unread post by ofblong » Fri Aug 31, 2007 4:30 am

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ofblong wrote:I have some highway clamps im not using. when I get a chance ill get a pic of them for you so you can decide if you want them. all I would ask for is shipping cost.
Hmm. O.K. one thing though. Do they fit the 1 1/2" Cobra oversized Bar? So far I have only found 1 that is the size and that is from Kuryakin. But go ahead and post em up and we will look at em.
doh I have been so exhausted lately that I havent been riding the bike (rather be alert and safe when riding) so I will try to get them tonight after I get up. Just gotta remember to go look. I cant remember if the clamps are 1.5" or 1" so when I will at least measure them.
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#33 Unread post by AZRider » Sat Sep 01, 2007 1:12 am

THE RIDE
Rainsuits dont work if you dont wear them.
I hit the rain about 1/2 mile from home. I thought I could make it. I saw it when I left.
Arizona Monsoons. I was soaked by the time I got home.
MEXICANS
Well, I think something big is being planned for the weekend.
I dont know what, but I picked up a flier. I could only make out a couple words.
Congress
Important
ignorant
Aug. 3rd.
Well see what happens.
I know they arent happy about the new law that will be enforced requiring employers to make sure all employees are legal.
CONSPIRACY THEORY'S
Well today I learned that something called a rundown, or something like that, has been placed on some major stocks in the market.
What this is, is someone is betting big that some major players are going to take a dump on those days. The date is either Sept. 21st. or 27th.
This meens, according to the conspiracy theorists, is that a major terrorist attack is going to happen, because it was found out these kind of markers were put on the airlines used in the 911 attacks.
Fun stuff huh?
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#34 Unread post by Wrider » Sat Sep 01, 2007 2:55 am

Hey, if you'll post the flier word for word I'll be happy to translate...
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#35 Unread post by AZRider » Sat Sep 01, 2007 3:39 am

You speaka in spanish?
Ill see what I can do, might take a pic of it and post it this weekend sometime.
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#36 Unread post by aw58 » Sat Sep 01, 2007 3:49 am

Hi,

You mentioned the rake on the VN. I found it a shock when I went into roundabouts. Yopu get used to it.
Went through a few tight roundabouts last night (Newport and Pencoed).
Going in left and low, swing back over to the right and then dropping back left the VN did drop like a weight but fortuneatly not all the way then right her vertical again. You forget she's design for straight roads.
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#37 Unread post by AZRider » Sat Sep 01, 2007 12:35 pm

aw58 wrote:Hi,

You mentioned the rake on the VN. I found it a shock when I went into roundabouts. Yopu get used to it.
Went through a few tight roundabouts last night (Newport and Pencoed).
Going in left and low, swing back over to the right and then dropping back left the VN did drop like a weight but fortuneatly not all the way then right her vertical again. You forget she's design for straight roads.
Ade
I dont know if the 15 is different from the 16 or not, but I can understand about the heavy feel in the turns.
i agree the bike i definitely made for straight roads. Its also not very well adapted to slow speed and traffic. This is magnified when you install a narrower bar like I did. But I dont have those conditions where I live.I have long straight roads.The bike performs flawlessly in the conditions I ride.
If I was riding in congestion and tight traffic quarters( which incidently Im planning on doing in the future) I would want a different bike for everyday.
My weekend ride needs will stay the same though.
Long straight rodes + heavy cruiser= :mrgreen:
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#38 Unread post by aw58 » Sat Sep 01, 2007 4:50 pm

Don't rule the VN out in congestion and country roads - she's a good ride.

Ade

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#39 Unread post by noodlenoggin » Sat Sep 01, 2007 10:38 pm

(Noodlenoggin moved...and put it in the wrong blog...)
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#40 Unread post by AZRider » Tue Sep 04, 2007 4:09 am

Soooooo,
Hows the new place?
Are ya all the way in yet?
Ohhhh, probably no internet connection yet.
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