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Old 07-03-2013, 09:07 PM   #421
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This is one of the youngest guys I have heard of in the Rallys over the years.28 years old.


At this location the riders had to go in the museum and get photos of 25 pre determined displays with a receipt by 4:00.

That gave me alot of time to check out the bikes and then chat a bit with the riders.
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:59 PM   #423
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This is a Father and Daughter riding the Rally 2 up.Note the Tail Dragger Fuel Cell.Trick !!!


This is one of 3 Harleys in the Rally.
Is the guy on the black Gold Wing just shaking out the last bit of pee from the Pee tube that all IBR guys run down their pant leg? Gotta do that before dismounting ... which in their case is something like every 8 hours or so. It's a funny event. I wonder how the Women handle that problem?

Locals here in California did a 24 hour version for several years. Many were former IBR competitors. It was WILD. Several friends ran it. It turned into a full on impromptu RACE! (of course, it's California!) It was discontinue by organizers due to liability concerns. No one was ever killed. The IBR can't say that same .

I'd have a lot more respect for the IBR guys if they actually did something challenging. They mostly ride in big circles or criss cross the same old places.

I'd like to see the IBR guys Man Up and do an Alaska to Argentina event. Or export the event to Europe and ride from France to ... Mongolia? It's all paved now. With those challenges you'll find out who can really ride a motorcycle .. and chew gum at the same time.

For a warm up ... try this one (founded by a good friend of mine, Ray Roy)
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Old 07-04-2013, 03:23 AM   #424
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Actually, for the past 6 years or so the IBR has become very challenging due to the heavy route planning burden with lots of time contraints at bonus locations put on the riders.It is very technical today.Its alot more than just pounding the miles out now.
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IRON BUTT RALLY 2013 - CHECKPOINT 1

We arrived at the Marriott around 1:00 in the afternoon on the 4TH of July.



A few riders were already there and many started coming in over the next few hours.

One of the riders (TIM MASTERSON) had a flat tire 20 miles from the checkpoint.

As I was sitting in the lobby talking to JOHN RYAN (RIP) over came Tobie Stevens asking if I knew anyone that could help get TIM a tire/wheel to get back into the checkpoint.
I told him I would talk to my friend.(GASSGUZZLER)

My friend that rode with me to the event rides a GSA so we removed his wheel assembly and strapped it onto my KLR and I got the distressed riders coordinates and ran the wheel out to him so he could make it into the checkpoint in time.









Then when we got back, Roger Sinclair put a new tire on the riders bike.Roger had a little service tent set up and tires on hand to help the riders.

He busted his butt all day to help everyone that needed it.



As we were standing around back at the Hotel,Tim Masterson came up to Scott and I with a notebook to collect our addresses so he could send us a subscription to IRON BUTT magazine.
He did not have to do that ,but it was a nice gesture of his gratitude.




Here is my friend Scott (GASSGUZZLER on Advrider) Who donated the wheel to get the rider back in along with the rider(Tim Masterson) and bike after he got his new tire all mounted up.
Now he can get some sleep and get ready for the second leg which ends in California.




They all end up back here in Pittsburgh Next Friday morning for the finish after running out to California and back this week,of course navigating and collecting bonus points along the way.


We left there around 7:00 pm and had to hammer home to Detroit for work in the morning.

The KLR put in a little over 600 miles yesterday and saved the day also.
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Old 07-05-2013, 10:08 AM   #426
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That's odd. Wouldn't an "expert" rider simply put a plug in that tire and be back on the road in 15 minutes? Basic On The Road repair, 101, no?
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That's odd. Wouldn't an "expert" rider simply put a plug in that tire and be back on the road in 15 minutes? Basic On The Road repair, 101, no?
Not this time.It was a unrepairable sidewall gash.
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This sweet Super Ten was sitting in the checkpoint parking lot.





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This old 1100 GS is just about to turn 200,000 miles.





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Tire change on a 1800 Goldwing.They just lay the bike over and pull the wheel out.





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Observations on Galfer brake pads

Last night I replaced the front brake pads with a set of Galfer black pads.
After it was all together the front wheel had a lot of drag when I spun it.
I took it back apart and made a few measurements and realized the quality control must be lacking over at the Galfer factory.
After hitting 3 different areas of the metal backing plate of the pad with various files I feel they will be ok.
So, when doing front pads make sure you spin your front wheel and check for excessive drag when you are done, or you could be ruining your pads and rotor and fuel mileage would suffer.
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Detroit urban exploration.

July 1st and 2nd I had Jury Duty Downtown in Detroit at the Frank Murphy Hall Of Justice on Gratiot and St.Antoine st. in the Greektown area.

So the day before I took a ride down to do some exploring and locate parking and the location of the building.
I have been meaning to do this anyway as I usually get as far away from the cities as I can when I ride so this would be something different and now I had a good reason.

Here is the abandoned Michigan Central Station (railroad).It is a really impressive building and a shame its left to rot.
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Old 07-06-2013, 06:43 PM   #433
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I rode down East Grand Blvd. To the old Packard Plant that lays in Ruins.









This is a popular location for people that look for ruins, sometimes called ruin porn.
There are alot of books out now on this with Detroit probably being the place with the most ruins in the modern world.It is amazing when you drive around these areas, or should I say pathetic.

The last time I was here at the Packard Plant was around 1997 when it was still together and some of the sections were rented out for storage units.
My dad and I was buying a Ford 428 engine core from a guy who had it stored there.We followed him up many levels of floors in my truck to the storage unit, the whole time nervous and thinking things could go wrong real quick, the place and area was spooky.
Everything turned out ok though.

I payed for this trip though, as a couple days later while lubing my chain and getting ready to go to Pennsylvania I noticed an old rusty spiral nail in my back tire that punctured my tube.Oh well, lol.
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Old 07-06-2013, 09:06 PM   #434
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Last night I replaced the front brake pads with a set of Galfer black pads.
After it was all together the front wheel had a lot of drag when I spun it.
I took it back apart and made a few measurements and realized the quality control must be lacking over at the Galfer factory.
After hitting 3 different areas of the metal backing plate of the pad with various files I feel they will be ok.
So, when doing front pads make sure you spin your front wheel and check for excessive drag when you are done, or you could be ruining your pads and rotor and fuel mileage would suffer.
You may have some other issues beyond the new pads. Not sure they are at fault.

Dragging pads means your caliper pistons are not able to return into the caliper. You will need to do two things to correct this.
One of the problems could be corroded or "stuck" caliper pistons. Very very common and mostly ignored by riders. Use a Green Scrubby and some brake fluid and clean up your pistons. First, bleed off some fluid. This will allow pistons to be pushed back into the caliper to allow for FATTER new brake pads. Next, gently pump brakes slightly to force pistons OUT as far as you dare for cleaning.

You should work the pistons IN and OUT (if one pops out, just carefully push it back in ... but now you'll have to bleed air out of system) Work the pistons back and forth and use the scrubby to polish them up nice. Take care the piston caliper rubber seals. Wipe all excess brake fluid away, use some brake clean spray to clean it all up but NOT on rubber seals.

Next. Make sure the original stainless backing plates are transferred to your new pads ... or any other backing that is on the back of the stock pads. Don't throw them away.

On install, make sure all the retaining springs are clipped onto the new pads correctly. Many get this wrong. They only go ONE WAY.

Also, on the new pads, you should Chamfer the edges lightly.

After all that is done ... a complete flush of the OLD fluid should be done. ALL old fluid OUT ... new fluid in. Of course, never let any air in the system in this process.

If both pistons can slide in and out freely, your brakes should no longer drag. Dragging brakes will overheat and RUIN your new pads quickly by glazing them.

Good luck ... proper brake maintenance is FUN!
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You may have some other issues beyond the new pads. Not sure they are at fault.

Dragging pads means your caliper pistons are not able to return into the caliper. You will need to do two things to correct this.
One of the problems could be corroded or "stuck" caliper pistons. Very very common and mostly ignored by riders. Use a Green Scrubby and some brake fluid and clean up your pistons. First, bleed off some fluid. This will allow pistons to be pushed back into the caliper to allow for FATTER new brake pads. Next, gently pump brakes slightly to force pistons OUT as far as you dare for cleaning.

You should work the pistons IN and OUT (if one pops out, just carefully push it back in ... but now you'll have to bleed air out of system) Work the pistons back and forth and use the scrubby to polish them up nice. Take care the piston caliper rubber seals. Wipe all excess brake fluid away, use some brake clean spray to clean it all up but NOT on rubber seals.

Next. Make sure the original stainless backing plates are transferred to your new pads ... or any other backing that is on the back of the stock pads. Don't throw them away.

On install, make sure all the retaining springs are clipped onto the new pads correctly. Many get this wrong. They only go ONE WAY.

Also, on the new pads, you should Chamfer the edges lightly.

After all that is done ... a complete flush of the OLD fluid should be done. ALL old fluid OUT ... new fluid in. Of course, never let any air in the system in this process.

If both pistons can slide in and out freely, your brakes should no longer drag. Dragging brakes will overheat and RUIN your new pads quickly by glazing them.

Good luck ... proper brake maintenance is FUN!
Enjoy!
This situation is definately the pads, and after doing some research found that this is a common occurance with Galfer.
I knew it was the pads because I put the old pads back in and they were fine.
Then after taking some measurements with the Vernier calipers and feeling how hard the guide pins were to reinstall in the Galfers knew they were hanging up after application.
I found alot of guys misdiagnosing this issue and thinking it was other things like you mentioned.
This was a job for a couple of files, but frustrating because it should have been a 5 minute brake job.
I hope this info helps someone else.
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