Relaxation and Repairs ~ Using Classic

Rising up on the coast, I knew that there was an unwritten rule amongst fisherman that no time was too early to fish.  I now know that this isn’t a regional mindset, however one thing shared by fisherman throughout the nation.  About 4 AM, the boats began cranking up and heading out throughout Lake El Dorado.  What was totally different concerning the fish right here in Kansas was that they have to be drawn to 60’s music because the boat anchored closest to our tent was blaring Led Zeppelin.  I have to be getting previous, as a result of I discovered I had no appreciation for rock & roll that point of the morning.  Apparently the fish did not both and the boat quickly moved on.

After getting a pair extra hours of sleep, it was time to pack up and head west as soon as once more.  For the primary time in per week, we truly had a vacation spot already mapped out and an inventory of duties to perform.  About three hours down the street was the house of our good from George and his spouse Kim.  George is a classic bike nut identical to us and was good sufficient to allow us to spend the afternoon dripping oil throughout his storage whereas we labored on our bikes.  We’re about midway throughout the nation, so now’s the time for doing a radical test of each bikes.

Whereas we let the fluids drain from our engines and transmissions, we headed out for lunch in a neighboring city.  Instantly, I observed that they’d mountain oysters on the menu.  For individuals who do not know, mountain oysters are nothing like their sea dwelling namesake, however truly deep fried bull testicles.  George ordered up a basket of them for us to attempt, which got here with cocktail sauce for dipping.  Seems deep fried bull testicles are fairly good, I simply would not need to be the man who harvests them…

After filling up on testicles and rooster fried steak sandwiches, it was again to George’s to show some wrenches.  Each bikes had been gone over from high to backside.  I began with tightening the rivets on my clutch pedal perch.  These had been getting free and in the event that they pulled free there can be no approach to shift the bike.  Fortunately fixing rivets interprets into simply pounding on them with a hammer, in order that was straightforward sufficient.  Since I already eliminated my floorboard and clutch pedal meeting, I went forward and pulled the first cowl and adjusted the first chain.

To regulate the first chain, it’s important to transfer the transmission, which then means it’s important to additionally modify your rear chain, rear brake linkage and clutch linkage.  As soon as I had all these readjusted, I double checked my valves and timing.  Then I greased all of the Alemite fittings on the bike (there have to be two dozen), topped off the air within the tires, refilled the transmission and pumped contemporary oil into the crankcase.

George was an enormous assist, appearing as crew chief as we went by means of the bikes.  He offered the mandatory instruments, fluids and most significantly data to ensure each bikes had been prepared for the second half of the journey.  He additionally put us up for the evening, ran our filthy laundry by means of his washer and took us to dinner.  Thanks George and Kim for all the assistance and hospitality!

A mere 120 miles as we speak, however a variety of work was finished to assist insure a profitable second half of our journey.

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