I've got to give credit, where credit is due: Meet, my neighbor, and good friend. By a random stroke of luck, he had been walking his dog one evening, saw the myriad of bikes in the driveway, and stopped in to chat. Eventually, his stories of cross country trips really got me to thinking. He mentioned he had nearly racked up 1,000,000 miles in his days. Anyone that can throw a Goldwing down the road, and laugh about it is a true rider in my book!
So last night I got a little anxious, and at about 10:30 decided to wheel the bike in, and off the tires came. The old MX rubber just wasn't going to make it to TN. I had attempted a few fully-loaded stoppies and noticed that it had started to tear knobs off the front tire.
This is probably the last stoppie this bike will see for the entire trip.
Then out came the tool kit. These plastic tubes are fantastic for storage. Believe it or not, two of them hold my entire tool kit to work on the bike, perform everything from valve adjustments, to wire repairs, and carb work. I could even re-lace a wheel, or replace a headgasket with what I have stuffed in there. This kit was built the only practical way I could think of. Once I decided I was going to go on this trip, I started converting the bike from supermoto. Every time I used a tool, it went into a cardboard box. Then the next time I worked on the bike, I only used tools from the box. If I got to the point where I was stuck, I knew that I needed to add whichever tool was missing to my kit.
Swapped over the big brake kit from the supermoto wheels. Hopefully I don't smash it off.
Dual action pump. Takes about 3 or 4 minutes to get a tire to seat the beads and reach 25psi.
I'm a firm believer in NOT tightening the valve stem nuts against the rim, and tighten then against the cap instead. The reason being, is that the event the tube spins (especially on the rear), and you have the nut tightened against the rim it can pull the stem right out of the tube. Good luck patching that.
Another trick from my days wrenching for an MX team, I like to safety wire my masterlink clips. If you do it correctly, it will never contact the sprocket.
Since I'm on a budget, I fabbed my own subframe for the racks a while back. Seems to be holding up okay. The whole thing does have quite the flex, but it appears to be the aluminum factory subframe itself twisting. Only time will tell...
After the tires were on, I decided to get to the fork seal. This is a TUSK brand seal with about 250 miles on it. Not good.... I have a feeling this won't be the last time I have an issue with fork seals.
I wear baggy style RevIt pants, and wrapped the exhaust a little while ago to try and keep it from eating my pants.
Just about finished
You Mainer's will be able to appreciate this: