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Old 07-01-2014, 08:43 PM   #46
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Old 07-02-2014, 12:26 AM   #47
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Old 07-02-2014, 04:41 AM   #48
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Day9 Harley Encounter in the Badlands

7/1/2014: Today we had a late start due to the fact that it was raining when we got up. The goal however was to leave Sturgis, SD and work our way through the Black Hills and Badlands to Interior, SD.

It had been raining a lot over the night and was still raining in the morning. Does the weather not know we are from Southern California and don’t know how to deal with the elements? Okay, we sat around for a little while hoping for it to clear off and then left.



We got all of our things together and then tried to get down some miles and work our way towards clear sky’s. We first headed though the Black Hills in the morning.



Got a picture at the sign and continued along the ride. We came to numerous historic little towns in the morning. Lots of them were set up as old mining towns and for tourism. One of the old towns we came to had an old Hudson dealership. Kinda cool, since they are not around anymore just show some of the american car history.



We continued through town and ran into many historic car mechanic shop and stores. Really brought you back in time and no it was not Radiator Springs. Ran across a couple stores with a bunch of antiques.



We flowed through the hills on our way to Mt. Rushmore. The are some gorgeous rocks and forests throughout the Black Hills. Did the name have some influence from the black clouds that sits above them just looking at you? Ran into some of the local logging trucks running up and down the road. Finally we arrived at our first destination and looked around for a bit and continued on.



Worked our way to our lunch stop and then towards the Badlands. First we covered miles and miles of rolling hills and farmland in order to arrive at the Badlands. It is really crazy how they are just formed in the middle of nowhere and the weird shapes that these hills formed.



Continued through and there were some spectacular formations in the hills. Worked our way around and rerouted since my dad choose another dirt road and ended up in Interior. We got here around 2:00 pm so we had a short day but it worked perfect.



We changed oil in the scooters and did our laundry. Even though we finished early we still cover 175 miles and had lots of great times. There were some cool curvy roads through the black hills and I even ended up dragging the scooters belly in a corner. For once even though it started out looking like it was going to rain it turned out to be a dry day. Tomorrow is back to being a long day with 300 miles to travel.

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Old 07-02-2014, 04:47 AM   #49
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Trouble in Scooter Land?

Help: The scooter started making a noise when starting. Does anyone know what the problem could be?



And what I can do to fix it?
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Old 07-02-2014, 05:08 AM   #50
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Question Some ideas

its is difficult to hear over the net, but it sounds like the starter bendix is not engaging the fly wheel....??? and is skipping ....
1. Has it been giving any trouble?
2. Can these be push started?
3. Did you do the oil change correctly, have you done them many times before and therefor feel confident that the oil change was done correctly?
4. When you changed the oil, did you use royal purple.... :loll Just kidding... just kidding...

.....DID YOU DRIVE THRU DEEP WATER?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY0ENaUA_Uc this might help

you can find lots more like this on the net

If there was a way to observe the moment the starter engages the flywheel that might help...

If there was a way to examine the fly wheel and the starter drive gear...

talk to your mechanic that is familiar with these machines and ask him to listen...

also...it almost sound like the bearing surface of the bendix has no oil
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Old 07-02-2014, 05:10 AM   #51
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AND I WAS just going to ask about how they were holding up....
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Old 07-02-2014, 05:23 AM   #52
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AND I WAS just going to ask about how they were holding up....
Turns out they are holding up great, we have logged about 3k miles and this is the only issue. We put a new drive belt on just before starting the ride. And brought the old one with us. The new belt made a vibration in the scooter. So we put the old belt back on and the vibration is fixed. But after putting the old belt back on this starting noise started. ??? Could the old belt be squealing when stating? We can hope to get a new good belt in 3 days in Chicago.
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Old 07-02-2014, 06:18 AM   #53
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i will post this in the section were a lot of smart techs hang out
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Old 07-02-2014, 06:59 AM   #54
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Help: The scooter started making a noise when starting. Does anyone know what the problem could be? And what I can do to fix it?
If the sound is the starter motor spinning, but not engaging, it could be a very easy fix. My own 1150GSA did it early this spring. The solenoid is simply gripping and the magnetic force is not strong enough to overcome the friction. Simply take the starter apart, clean thoroughly with WD40 and regrease. Check the solenoid and it will most likely show gunked up, or dry.

Time to spend a night in a motel with Wifi, not too far from a car parts shop if you need tools, and spend the late afternoon taking the scooter apart.

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Old 07-02-2014, 07:25 AM   #55
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Really enjoying this report, you guys rock!

Hope that noise is nothing serious.
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Old 07-02-2014, 08:18 AM   #56
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Sounds like you guys are having a great time, going slowly enough to see the geology change. It gives you a real perspective about the different parts of the country.
Enjoy the ride and thanks for doing this Ride Report.
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Old 07-02-2014, 08:38 AM   #57
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Looks like fun! I too think it's the bendix, part of the starter, you have a kickstarted, it isn't a show stopper. Probably just as easy to get the whole starter.

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Old 07-02-2014, 10:13 AM   #58
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thats awesome riding scoots across the states. great way to see the sceenery. drive safe and have fun. subscribed
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Old 07-02-2014, 11:19 AM   #59
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I'm loving this. Hope you can figure out what's causing the noise.
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Old 07-02-2014, 03:00 PM   #60
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Keep scooting

Thanks for sharing you ride. Love the story, pictures and that it's father & son.
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