Friday, April 29, 2005
Sometimes, Timing Sux
Saturday, April 16, 2005
Carolina BMW Motorcycles
Bill & Liz met a friend of theirs, Gene (and his wife, but I don't remember her name). In the picture, Bill is on the Left and Gene is on the Right.
Gene rides a BMW K-Bike with 345,000 miles on it... WOW! He also runs a website, I think the site is located at RatRun, but I might have that wrong. Gene and his wife are really nice people. They do quite a bit of the Rally circuit, so if you see them out, tell 'em I said hello.
All in all the Vision did 240 Miles today and was running pretty good. All systems (oil pressure, voltage and water temperature) were consistant for the 200+ mile ride. Oh, the Bar-B-Que was pretty good for being free.
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
1st Wet Ride of Spring
Monday, April 11, 2005
Thank You Mr. Murphy
Luckily, this is a simple fix and it was only on the front carburator. I started by draining the carburator float bowl. I drained the float bowl with the large brass bolt on the left, opposed to the float bowl drain screw on the right. The brass bolt covering the main jet is sealed with a washer and the drain screw is sealed with a small "O-ring". I didn't want to disturb the "o-ring" and risk it leaking on me as I didn't have one to replace it. Of couse after I took out the brass bolt, I promptly lost it somewhere in the bike or the grass or the fairing or somewhere.
Once the float bowl was completely drained and found and reinstalled the brass bolt over the main jet, I disconnected the overflow drain hoses and stuck the nozzle tube of some spray carburator cleaner into the plastic outlet. I hosed the inside of the float bowl pretty good. Then tapped on the side of the float bowl several times, hoping to dislodge any dirt that might be making the needle hang up. Then hosed it some more. I just used generic spray carburator cleaner.
I hooked everything back up, set the petcock to prime for a few moments, then tried to fire her up. Of course with all the carb cleaner in the float bowl, it took a while to fire. When she did eventually fire, it appeared that I have fixed yet another problem with the Vision. I usually use SeaFoam in all of my gas engines, but.... (Here's my excuse) I had run out a while ago and had not bought more, call me lazy. I do swear by the stuff, and as you can see when I don't use it, Mr. Murphy seems to be able to find where I hide the keys to the bike.
Thursday, April 07, 2005
Thank You Bill Lewis
I need to thank my friend Bill Lewis for allowing me to borrow his soft luggage for the past year (at least). The soft luggage worked well and actually holds more than the Krausers, but from them rubbing on the side of the bike, they were starting to scratch the plastic underneath.
The next step is to find a way to remount the small sissy seat on the back for my wife. I may have to break into "Fabrication Mode" and try to figure this out. I wonder if I can remove the grab handle and fabricate something up from those bolt points.
Here is a picture of the new bags installed. The picture sux, but hey, it's posted. When I get out and about, I will take and post a better picture. Until then, you're stuck with this one.