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#21 Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Tue Mar 05, 2013 5:27 am

Hoo-RAH!!

Picked up the bikes from the shop this afternoon, new chains and sprockets on both. Rubia stuck with the stock arrangement for Bad Romance, while as stated in the above post I switched up to 18/40 combination.

First, Rubia wants me to report this to everyone who will listen -- if you've bought a used bike, and you're considering performance modifications because it's just not powerful enough for you, REPLACE YOUR CHAIN AND SPROCKETS FIRST!! Before you lay out any cheddar for more drastic or expensive power adders, find out how much power you can get out of what you already have. Rubia reports that although it was only a chain and spocket job, her Shadow feels like a whole new bike.

My experience with PowerSlave is the same -- I'm amazed at how much power I was losing at the chain. I'll have to take people's word for it that I've lost some of my low end, because even with the 18/40 swap my Vulcan is faster off the line than he ever was. And bonus, the extra high-end is simply amazing. I haven't got him out on the freeway yet, but I can already feel that his entire cruising dynamic is more relaxed. And if I get on it? PowerSlave will do 50 in First Gear now.

I'm really excited to find out how this will change freeway riding, and I'm almost as excited to see what it will do to my gas mileage. Stay tuned, I'll update as events unfold.

Oh, and a sneak preview!! Rubia's highway bars (National Cycle 'Paladin' Bars) are in a box in our living room right now. I'll be installing those myself -- check back to see how that goes. There'll be pictures, I promise.

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#22 Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Sat Mar 16, 2013 3:02 pm

I think it's safe to say the riding season has officially started in Utah, and Rubia and I couldn't be happier about it. We both rode to work more days than not this week, and although the 1:30am rides home are a bit nippy they're absolutely worth it.

We got the new highway bars installed on Bad Romance, and they are beautiful. Pics to come soon, of course. I also replaced PowerSlave's windshield, and it looks excellent. I'm so excited to take pictures of my bike without a scuffed, hazed windshield marring the shot. (-:

The 18/40 sprocket swap has so far been amazing, simply amazing. I got on the throttle on the way to work yesterday, and finally shut it down at 80mph -- in second gear. That probably doesn't sound too impressive to those of you riding sport bikes, but this is an 800cc cruiser. I told Rubia that I believe PowerSlave's new top speed is officially Forbidden Fruit -- it's knowledge I don't want or need. We'll finally be getting out and doing some real riding tomorrow, including some freeway miles, and while I don't intend to learn his top speed I DO want to open it up a bit. Last summer, I felt comfortable stating my top speed as 92 or 96 mph depending on how level the asphalt was -- I'd like to confirm for myself he'll do at least a buck now. I'm sure I wont be disappointed.

That's all I have for now. Safe riding!!

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#23 Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Sat Jun 08, 2013 1:31 pm

Why yes, in fact, we ARE loaded for bear. Stay tuned...
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#24 Unread post by dr_bar » Sun Jun 09, 2013 11:28 am

That picture and my sore neck don't get along... LOL
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#25 Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Thu Jun 13, 2013 11:09 pm

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#26 Unread post by Johnj » Fri Jun 14, 2013 9:01 am

Have you guys got a gravity problem? :lol:
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#27 Unread post by dr_bar » Sat Jun 15, 2013 12:20 am

Now down load and fix... LOL

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#28 Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Thu Aug 01, 2013 12:38 pm

Yes yes, still alive and well!

It's been a wildly busy summer so far, and with any luck it wont be slowing down much at all if the weather holds. Between all the recreating with the kids, the riding without the kids, and the parsing down of our home internet access to just what the wifi hotspot on Carrie's phone can provide, I haven't managed to make it on here much.

So, the pictures above (graciously fixed by Dr. Bar., thanx buddy!!), were from a road trip we took out to Vernal in eastern Utah, then north through Flaming Gorge into Wyoming. Flaming Gorge was hands-down the absolute most beatiful riding we've ever done, the scenery through that area is inspiring on a level with romantic poetry and exotic dance. It's like riding along the rim of the Grand Canyon, only it's filled with water. Simply incredible, and some fabulously technical bits too. Not that we shredded much, the views were simply too awesome to ride them aggressively.

I can't say the same for Wyoming. We rode I-84 from Green River all the way back into Utah via Evanston, and it was that stretch and the attendant winds that finally convinced Carrie and I our sub-liter bikes just aren't the best companions for our style of riding. We'll be dipping our toes into the liter segment soon enough, once the finances come available.

Which brings me to the next topic! We didn't think it would ever happen, but Carrie was blindsided by a sudden and intense lust for, of all damn things, a Hdavidson. Let my mangling of the moniker serve to illustrate our opinion of these machines. Neither of us have any love for Harleys, the way they vibrate or sound or what they do to your bank account and your mechanics kids college fund. BUT, the used bike dealership Carrie passes on the way to work every day has had a Dyna Fat Bob sitting out front for a while, and Carrie is enamoured of its looks. It's mostly the vestigal pillion and downswept rear fender that turns her on, as well as the curvy exhaust and the double headlight. Anybody have a suggestion for something with that sport-cruiser look? I'm sorta thinking Yamaha Warrior.

Finally, I wanted to tell you all to keep an eye out for a 'Busa rider from NC who may be joining the forums soon. I met the guy while playing chess on my phone, and sent him here after we got talking about bikes, throw him a warm welcome if he shows yeah? (-:

That's all for now, gotta do some googling for historic road signs in Utah for our ride this weekend. (-:

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#29 Unread post by blues2cruise » Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:48 pm

Tell her to take a test ride. That may cure her. :laughing:
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#30 Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Sat Aug 03, 2013 2:00 pm

Just a test before we go take pics for The Riding Game...

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#31 Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Wed Oct 16, 2013 11:02 pm

Just wanted to lay out a quick apology for my general absence this summer. As stated above, we've really been out and about this summer and that combined with the death of my laptop and our scaling back of internet service has resulted in very little internet trawling in general. With the summer coming to a close I hope to spend some more time contributing to the forums, though, so hopefully you'll see my name a little more often.

A couple updates -- still haven't upgraded our bikes, but it's still something we're considering. It's sorta been placed on hold though because we upgraded our entire camping outfit! (-: Traded in the Kia for a Durango 4.7L, sold the pop-up camper from the Mill Hollow pics, and bought a 24' Kit Companion travel trailer. We only got to take it out once this season before the weather cooled too much for camping, but next summer we intend to haul that beast all over the western US with the kids. Between those trips, of course, we'll be racking up the miles on the bikes too. I think the Vegas trip will become a yearly tradition.

Of course, with the addition of the Durango to our stable my passion for recreation has my gaze casting about in a few new directions. I think I may take up snowmobiling this winter -- Carrie's family used to do quite a bit of that and we can get our hands on a couple of sleds fairly easily. And I think it's only a matter of time before we lay hands on either a pair of wave runners or a jet/jazz boat, can't decide which. Any thoughts?

I'll make it a point to cruise back through the Cool Wall submissions I missed and put in my two cents over the next few days, and we're hoping to get back in on The Riding Game soon. Until then, thanx for putting up with my absence and I truly do apologize. You'll see me more often from here on out I think. And if you're new to TMW and I missed your introduction post, thanx for becoming a member and welcome to the community. You won't find a better bunch of MC enthusiasts anywhere on the web.

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#33 Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Thu Oct 17, 2013 12:20 pm

I'll definitely nail the current challenge if I get the chance Blues. It's been a couple weeks of poor weather here in Utah, which was quite a shame since Carrie and I have been 'forcibly unemployed' since Oct 1 thanx to the dickering in Washington. Now that there's sun streaming in through my kitchen window, it looks like we get to go back to work. Bittersweet going both ways.

Just wanted to share a quick story from our Vegas trip earlier this summer, I wonder if anyone else has found themselves thinking this same thing...

On the way home from Vegas, Carrie and pulled into Mesquite, NV to tuck into one last gambling buffet. We'd been riding a couple hours or so, through some pretty strong desert wind that was both hot AND sandy, it was better than 100 degrees and we'd spent the previous night putting Fremont Street to bed. So it's safe to say that, although our spirits were high, the same could not necessarily be said for our dispositions. Not that we were grumpy, mind you, just weary.

Well, after putting away some breakfast we pulled into a gas station to fill up. Now, we're both riding chromed cruisers, we're both wearing leather chaps, vests and gloves, and we're both wearing our bulky bootie-kicking boots. I don't wanna say we were the cliche' biker couple on a hot day in Nevada, but there you are...

Anyway, while we're filling up (at almost five bucks a gallon too, crooks!) we're approached by an older gentleman in a suit and tie and a Jewish accent so thick I can barely understand him, and this guy's got a story to tell! I only caught about a third of what he was saying, but it was all about some time he met a guy at an airport who took him on the back of a bike and ended up running from some cops during the ride. I'm trying to pay attention to his story while keeping an eye on my wife and filling my tank, which we all know is a chore that demands your attention, and this guy has absolutely NO inkling of anyone elses priorities. Couldn't get a word in edgewise, and it was obvious this guy was more interested in having an excuse to tell his story than ask me for any of mine. And I found myself thinking the most curious thought...

I'm glad we motorcycle enthusiasts are cultivating a better public image, but honestly, I wish THIS GUY thought we were all still gun toting sociopaths with heroine in our veins. Maybe then I wouldn't have gas all over my paint.

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#34 Unread post by blues2cruise » Thu Oct 17, 2013 8:59 pm

When you're on a road trip and you're from out of state or country....people always want to co me and chat. It's part of the enjoyment of travelling.

He was probably a lonely old guy who wanted to talk and the bikes gave him an opportunity to talk to someone.

You probably did a great thing by giving him a bit of your time. :)
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#35 Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Sat Nov 09, 2013 11:22 pm

Carrie and I took what I sure hope wasn't the last ride of 2013, but sure might have been. We went in search of Fall leaves, but I think we missed the boat on that one unless we scoop them off the ground. (-: I wore a balaclava under my helmet for the first time this ride, and let me tell you it was AMAZING! The extra padding alleviated the 'hot spots' inside my helmet, kept my face and neck warm and, pleasure of pleasures, tamed my hair so the end of my ponytail wasn't whipping around in my face. If you've ever had your face whipped mercilessly by your hair, I can't recommend the balaclava enough. Lucky me, Carrie knits, so I'm going to have her make me a real lightweight one for the summer. It'll be great. She's also going to make me a big braided novelty beard that will button to the balaclava, just a goofy little adornment I think will be a lot of fun. Pictures will be in order of course.

I'm going to add this post to my blog as well, please forgive the double-posting. Happy riding!

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#36 Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Sat Nov 09, 2013 11:33 pm

Something I forgot to mention!!

We bought one of those little tubs of CatCrap anti-fogging stuff from Amazon last year, and since then haven't had much occasion to use it. We used it today though for one of the first times, and it performed amazingly well. Carrie wears a full face helmet with a chin bar, while I wear a 3/4 helmet with a full face shield, and despite those helmets and both of us wearing masks (1/2 face mask for Carrie, full balaclava for me) we experienced not a bit of fog on our shields while under way. They fogged just barely while sitting still, which dissipated immediately as soon we started moving again. If you're a cold weather rider and have a tough time keeping your face shield clear, that stuff while work wonders.

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#37 Unread post by Rubiadiabla » Sat Dec 14, 2013 3:40 pm

Saw this on our way home today. Can we say die hard? 28 degrees outside, plus the snow and did anyone happen to notice the set of crutches strapped to the pillion? Lol love it
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#38 Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Sat Dec 14, 2013 9:03 pm

A damn fine looking Shadow it was too.

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#39 Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Fri Jan 03, 2014 2:59 pm

This is Mini and Cooper, our orange-cheeked Zebra Finches.
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These don't have names yet. (-:
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#40 Unread post by blues2cruise » Fri Jan 03, 2014 3:40 pm

Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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