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#101 Unread post by NorthernPete » Sat Jun 24, 2006 1:46 am

well, I started into the head block assembly project viewtopic.php?t=13396

got the head block cover off the spare engine, need to go buy some bigger cross head screw drivers tommorrow though to get at soemthing that I dont remember the name of (its in the manual.) so I can get the cam shafts out. then I pull the other engine out, repeat the process and then back togther....

Ill take some pics tommorrow for this bloggy thing!
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Longest ride for me

#102 Unread post by NorthernPete » Sat Jun 24, 2006 10:14 pm

I took the bike for a little romp today, its never gone more then 20 KMs out of town, so today I took it for a 140 KM trip (still not far I know, but it works for me) went to see a friend of mine in the next town down the road. about half way there, I noticed that, with blue sky on each side, a line of rain clouds, which happened to follow the contours of the high way most of the way to Matheson (where my buddy mike lives) I now know the feeling of water slowly seeping down your socks into your shoe... yeeeech. Oh well, it turned out well, iof not a bit soggy and cool. watched a few Ultimate fighter episodes (final on now...good fight for the middle weight, go heavy weights!) then rode home. took a few snaps on the way at a rest stop. and took a few pics of the heavy Haul trucks coming from the open pit mine near where I work (we have an open pit and underground operation) bet you dont have any of these biggies crossing the road near you *LoL* I stopped in at my moms house and had a biote of dinner with my brothers and mom (home made macaroni and cheese, good stuff!) I then proceeded to fall asleep on the couch (Fresh air did a number on me) a quick nap, and i was off.... raining again :? the police had a RIDE (drunk driver) program set up, and just past that, my clutch started acting up. couldnt shift up past 3rd gear...that sucked, but I figured out closer to home that the cable seems loose...and if I pull the lever in closer to the base itll change (I tried a clutchless shift, but the bike would have none of it....I dont like the idea anyways, so I rode home at 60 KM/hr....putt putt putt)

but Im home, dryish and happy....

pics!!!

ME!

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A couple at the rest stop... Fredrick House river rest stop.
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Big trucks?

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thats that!
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#103 Unread post by Scoutmedic » Sun Jun 25, 2006 12:42 am

:kewl:

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Yummy New bike!

#104 Unread post by NorthernPete » Tue Jul 04, 2006 2:35 pm

here it is...my new shiney toy!!!

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Unfortunatly its raining out now, and I have to work for the next 5 days, so I wont get too much riding in.... (I refuse to bring the bike down that road!) I got me a pair of boots with it... yay!

and a windshield is coming in at some point.....

im stoked!
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#105 Unread post by Scoutmedic » Tue Jul 04, 2006 2:53 pm

:woot: Congratulations and Happy New BikeDay! :kicking:

Not to mention... :kewl:

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#106 Unread post by blues2cruise » Tue Jul 04, 2006 9:11 pm

The bike is almost as shiny as your smile. :)

Congrats....it looks good. We want to see the boots, too.
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#107 Unread post by NorthernPete » Sat Jul 08, 2006 10:11 pm

well, with the weather and work, I havent had much of chance to ride... I have managed to put my first 100 Kms on the odometer...w00t. all about town putting, so Im actually fairly happy with the number. Im getting used to the laid back feel of the cruiser style bike. low to the ground is very cool! although I do notice a slight pulling in my back just above my kidney, but I think thats just me getting used to the possition. I found out about slippery tires the other day, going around a corner the rear wheel went over a manhole cover and slid out a bit. a little bit of a breath catcher, but no big deal, I just have to watch my line a bit better I guess. also, I found that my jeans tend to catch every so often on the foot pegs, not enough to impede my feet getting to the ground thankfully, so I will be looking into some riding pants of some sort, although riding jeans would most likely have thge same problem I would think.

I got a call about my windshield, saying it was in. Went to the dealer and they were not able to find it for some reason. I suppose I'll go harrass my salesman on tuesday about it :laughing: . Im also thinking about a small luggage rack for the bike, I would have to go with the kawasaki part, due to the pilon seat not being removable on the bike, and I dont feel like buying a solo seat just yet. they do look nice though eh?

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maybe that back rest too, but Im not sure...kinda $$$


and Im going hunting on Ebay for some saddle bags.

thats it!
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Oddness...

#108 Unread post by NorthernPete » Sun Jul 09, 2006 7:45 pm

I was sitting at a stoplight this afternoon, and some random guy came up and said "Nice bike, how much, its like one of those harleys thats not a harley right?" in a wierd kinda german accent.... I mean, in a parking lot this wouldnt have really made me think twice..but at a traffic light..... :?
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#109 Unread post by Scoutmedic » Mon Jul 10, 2006 1:29 am

:laughing:

I had 3 people "stalking" me last week on mine (all in separate vehicles). They followed me from the grocery store to the pharmacy and waited for me to come out and tell them about it and asked all kinds of questions. It was kind of freaky.

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#110 Unread post by NorthernPete » Wed Jul 12, 2006 11:02 pm

mmm.... a cow dies for these boots...

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Im going for a ride tommorrow..if the weathers nice..one second..


mmm...sunny!
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#111 Unread post by Scoutmedic » Wed Jul 12, 2006 11:31 pm

Sweet looking dodo kickers!

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#112 Unread post by NorthernPete » Thu Jul 13, 2006 7:20 pm

did a little trip today, approx. 230 KMs a good burger lunch in cochrane and then back to timmins... good stuff!

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I tried to stay on the road with my drawing, but its hard with the mouse and what not.
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#113 Unread post by NorthernPete » Thu Jul 13, 2006 8:05 pm

Oh, heres a story for you!

I drive by the dealership on my way back from my ride, the front brake has been squeeking since I got it, and I wanted to give it a bit of time before I brought it in, just in case it was just the stuf settling in and what not. so in I go, and Im told that they are all going home soon, but they can have a quick look. the service tech pops off the front brake caliper, and says "oh, theres a clip that rubbing against your disk, we'll just move it" and he proceeds to use a little screw driver and pops the clips a little, and then put it back on. using an impact wrench. when he finishes he looks and goes, "oh, it popped back off one sec" and tries to take the caliper off. tries being the word. the wrench or how he put it on seems to have stripped the bolt...... :| so I now get a new brake caliper and bolts. Yay.... and they better not charge me for their mess up if its not warrentee covered (being brakes wear part).

also they will look at my rear brakes as well, I get a bit of a scraping noise. and they will install my windshield.
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#114 Unread post by NorthernPete » Fri Jul 14, 2006 3:52 am

Side note....they are paving the access road to work...if done, I will be riding to work! w00t.... I have so far refused to bring the new bike on the dusty mucky mine road.
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#115 Unread post by mgdavis » Tue Jul 18, 2006 7:53 pm

Hi Pete. Congratulations on the new bike, it looks like a sweet ride.

A word of wisdom about breaking torque with a ratchet: don't. Especially not with a cheater bar. The inside of a ratchet is made of little gears that can break. Try to use a box end wrench or a breaker bar (like a ratchet, but with a hinge instead of the ratchet part) instead.

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#116 Unread post by blues2cruise » Wed Jul 19, 2006 11:12 pm

Great looking boots. :)
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#117 Unread post by Scoutmedic » Thu Jul 20, 2006 11:13 am

Great news about the access road and, hopefully, they have your bike back to you soon with everything fixed up.

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#118 Unread post by rapidblue » Thu Jul 20, 2006 12:58 pm

mgdavis wrote:A word of wisdom about breaking torque with a ratchet: don't. Especially not with a cheater bar. The inside of a ratchet is made of little gears that can break.
haha I know that all too well, my rachet goes click, click, click, ___, ___, __, click click.

good think that one only cost me 5 bucks :laughing:
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#119 Unread post by NorthernPete » Sun Jul 23, 2006 9:45 pm

allo to who ever reads this!

well, tonight went for a little spin to my moms house. Shes been saying that she wanted to go for a ride, since my dad used to have a motorcycle years ago (like probably about 15 years before I was born *Lol*) and tonight she asks me, well, you going to take me for a ride on your bike? I figured why not, I have never riden with a passenger beofre, so it was a new thing for me. My mom got a kick out of it though. :laughing:

She even said that she may get herself a motorcycle.... She jokes and says she'll be 60 when she gets it though.

I think shes serious about it as well, so who knows, maybe I'll write about my moms bike at some point *L

Oh, my dad used to drive a little honda 90, and my mom tells me it used to bog out going up some of the hills back home, so shed have to walk up when theyd go riding.... my Vulcan 500 didnt have a problem :laughing:
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#120 Unread post by Scoutmedic » Mon Jul 24, 2006 12:21 pm

That's awesome. You'll have to get her online and signed up on here!

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