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Old 08-19-2013, 04:50 AM   #5536
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My wife and I got out for a ride on Saturday. It was mainly paved roads until we got into the Allegan area. We then cruised some gravel and even found a short, decent seasonal road. This was her first time on the Tenere and she found it much more comfortable than my old Sporty She even enjoyed the gravel and dirt. The first thing she said when we stopped for lunch was how she wants her own bike

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Old 08-19-2013, 06:15 AM   #5537
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My wife and I got out for a ride on Saturday. It was mainly paved roads until we got into the Allegan area. We then cruised some gravel and even found a short, decent seasonal road. This was her first time on the Tenere and she found it much more comfortable than my old Sporty She even enjoyed the gravel and dirt. The first thing she said when we stopped for lunch was how she wants her own bike

If you look around there, depending on how wet it is there are a few seasonal roads that are quite challenging. Fun stuff. Maybe not two up though.

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Old 08-19-2013, 08:33 AM   #5538
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The first thing she said when we stopped for lunch was how she wants her own bike



I can see how riding with you would bring that thought out.
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Old 08-19-2013, 09:05 AM   #5539
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Hi - I'm new here. I'm struggling to find any seasonal roads to ride my exc350 near st. Joe or anywhere in Southwest MI. I am looking for something I can ride on those weekdays when I don't have time to go way up North. Would one of you be nice enough to send me a note with some ideas?
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Old 08-19-2013, 09:38 AM   #5540
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Hi - I'm new here. I'm struggling to find any seasonal roads to ride my exc350 near st. Joe or anywhere in Southwest MI. I am looking for something I can ride on those weekdays when I don't have time to go way up North. Would one of you be nice enough to send me a note with some ideas?
check out vvmaping.com If you do get up north drop me a pm
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Old 08-19-2013, 11:06 AM   #5541
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I can see how riding with you would bring that thought out.
Awwww, thanks Wally!
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:23 AM   #5542
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I am up at Branch if anyone wants to go riding in the MNF between now and the 28th...... Or a RTE is good too/ also.
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:41 AM   #5543
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Awwww, thanks Wally!
You missed another good run. Dead end ATV tracks in Minnesota, you would have felt right at home with all the boulders, mud, and skeeters.
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Old 08-21-2013, 12:44 PM   #5544
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I am up at Branch if anyone wants to go riding in the MNF between now and the 28th...... Or a RTE is good too/ also.
A busy week for me but hopefully I can get away for a day or so? I have to change out the Trail Wing before I go anywhere....I got your number.
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Old 08-21-2013, 12:48 PM   #5545
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You missed another good run. Dead end ATV tracks in Minnesota, you would have felt right at home with all the boulders, mud, and skeeters.
Maybe next summer I'll ride... At this point I'm very tempted to sell the XR
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Old 08-22-2013, 11:52 AM   #5546
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10% of rain the forecast said early this morning. So drove the wing hack into the shop. Just had to run out and put the top up on the sidecar before it turned into a bathtub. 10% my arse.


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Old 08-24-2013, 08:09 PM   #5547
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Nice pics Mat!

Quick yer whinin' Charlie! You'd be happy for a rainy ride in February.


Story/Rant Time Kids:

One of my REAL Dutch bro-in-laws (Born in the Motherland. He eats spicy food, hates Russ' and the Tulip Festival and is *gasp!* a liberal) decides to fulfill his life long dream of buying a Harley :ymca when he finds that his elderly neighbor is game to sell his for cheap as neighbor is too old to twist the throttle anymore.

Sounds perfect....except it's leaking oil from about every orifice.

SO, in a one day, epic wrenching session we rip this bad boy apart, replace the gaskets and put 'er all back together. BTW, ever work on a Harley? Strange combination of car and motorcycle those machines are. Do you know what a primary drive is? I didn't, but I do now!

But, no worries. We got it all back together with no extra parts left over

Problem is when we get it all back together....it won't start. Fuck.

Turns out the battery is dead

This is the kind of crazy shit that has to drive shop owners nuts. Like the customer brings there car in for a brake job and 10 miles down the road the motor blows up.

Two idiots that have no idea what they're doing strip apart an HD, somehow manage to put it all back together correctly and the battery is somehow dead?
W. T. F?

Did I mention that this HD has not just straight pipes, but NO pipes at all? Yup, straight headers with no pipes attached at all. Sounds like a GD M1 Abrams tank starting up. He picked it up just after 9 tonight, and I had to warm it up for him before he arrived to avoid a neighborly call to the police for a noise disturbance from 5 blocks away.

That's it. Thanks for reading





TL;DR That GD HD is finally out of my garage.
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Old 08-25-2013, 06:24 AM   #5548
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Sounds perfect....except it's leaking oil from about every orifice.



Turns out the battery is dead

This is the kind of crazy shit that has to drive shop owners nuts. Like the customer brings there car in for a brake job and 10 miles down the road the motor blows up.

Two idiots that have no idea what they're doing strip apart an HD, somehow manage to put it all back together correctly and the battery is somehow dead?
W. T. F?
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What's worse is when the bring a bike in for us to work on one thing and we fix that, then when they come to pick it up they point out something else that isn't working and claim that it was fine when they brought it in.

Like they guy that brought in a bike for a rear tire change and when he picks it up, he has no rear brake. Point out the only thing we did with the rear brake was to take two caliper mount bolts out and swing the caliper out of the way. He insists it was working right before we touched it. I get out the brake bleeder tools and show him his master cylinder is not working at all. Still insists it was something we must have done. Tell him again we never touched the hydraulics at all. He's still acting like it must be our fault, because he rode it in here. Tel him I could ride the thing from here to timbucto with only the front brake. After a few more exchanges I tell him to fire it up and get it out of the shop and to never bring another bike in here again. We had worked on the bike in the past and had gotten it running and rideable for him, but he doesn't have much money and IMHO, he was trying to get his rear brake system fixed for nothing.

Only have had a couple of similar situations, but seriously thinking of going over some of these bikes with the owner when they bring it in so we can document what is working and what is not even though it may have nothing to do with what they brought it in for.

BTW, Jeff, it is a Harley....you do know that within 100mi it will start leaking oil again from somewhere.
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Old 08-25-2013, 06:29 AM   #5549
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Nice pics Mat!

Quick yer whinin' Charlie! You'd be happy for a rainy ride in February.

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But I was afraid I'd get a wet crotch and then it be all over.




BTW, you do know where the primary is on your DR, don't you?
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Old 08-25-2013, 06:40 AM   #5550
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BTW, you do know where the primary is on your DR, don't you?
Well, there has to be some sort of internal mechanism to transfer power from the engine to transmission when the clutch is engaged, but I've never seen it.

BTW? Anyone know if that whole primary thing with HD actually has an advantage or is it just tradition? Just one more piece to put chrome on?
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