In the spirit of the daylight savings time change our chapter had the Time Warp Ride! It turned out to be a fabulous day with cool winds and a great turnout of riders. This ride did not have a restaurant or entertainment stop since it was a quick afternoon get together. We did put in over a hundred miles though on some very nice scenic roads north of Weatherford, TX. The destination was Peaster, TX where we made a pit stop.
October 7, 2012 was a super fun day with our chapter. This was the annual chapter PICNIC!! WOOOT! The day started early, cold, and dreary sitting at 48 degrees when we left the house. We bundled up real good and headed to the dealership to meet up for the ride to the picnic site. The ride took us out to Weatherford and finally to Canyon West Country Club gold course.
Once we arrived the group formed up to ride the golf cart paths in order to kick off the picnic.
I have to say this was totally fun and goofy with all these Harley’s riding along the cart paths. It looks hilarious! My wife and I were having an incredible time and couldnt stop laughing while we took the trip.
We stopped somwhere around the 9th hole to do a group photo shot on the beautiful waterfall before finishing the 18 holes. 🙂
After riding the golf course we began the BIKE GAMES! Again we had a great time, lots of laughs with fantastic people. The first event was the slow drag racing. You had to stay inside the lines, not put your foot down, and the last person to reach the finish line was the winner. I did pretty well by placing 2nd overall.
Next came the slow drag race 2 up. Margaret and I placed 2nd in this event as well. After that was the tennis ball thingy. I dont know what its technical name was but the objective was to ride past the cones without touching them or putting your foot down while your passenger placed tennis balls on top of the cones. Then you turn around and your passenger picks them back up. We had a great time with this but fell short of placing in the competitition. Its much harder than you would think!
Then came JOUSTING! No, not against eachother on bikes trying to knock the other riders off. Hehe. On this one your passenger had a jousting stick and had to try to get as many pieces of pvc tubing off the top of the cones as possible. Again, you could not touch the cones or put your foot down. We did well on this and came in 1rst place.
The last event was the HOG shoot! Yup, with suction tipped arrows on rubber band crossbow gun things your passenger had to try and hit the hog. Margaret proved her inability to hunt hogs on this one so I wont be relying on her to feed us in the future using this type of hunting method.
the Hog Shoot ended the events and we headed into the club house for our chapter meeting and lunch. After a picture of the events 1rst and 2nd place winners the day concluded.
Great day, loads of fun, if you werent there, you missed out!
The following work actually occured over a week ago but we had so much going on with the Water4Life ride I decided to wait before posting the work done on the Kaw. As mentioned previously, there was some leakage occuring around the gear shift lever that had to be dealt with. I ordered the seals and they arrived promptly. The chain cover portion of the tranny was already off so I still had to take the outer transmission cover off to get to the seals. Using an impact wrench, I was easily able to remove the chain sprocket and then take out the multitude of allen bolts to get the cover off.
I performed a visual inspection of the componants on the tranny and everything looked great.
Upon inspection of the cover, I found the leaking culprit! All along I had assumed it was the shift lever seal. That seal was actually in very good condition. It was the main seal instead! And oh how bad it was. Fortunately I had ordered seals to replace all of them. If your gonna tear it down, replace them all while your at it. Below is a visual of the torn main seal and the clutch seal too. The bad ones are on the left, the new ones are on the right.
I cleaned the covers well and put in the new seals. Put the new transmission cover gasket on and reinstalled everything.
Once it was all back together I put the oil back in, adjusted the clutch and took it for a ride. I got about a half mile down the road, pulled the clutch in to shift into 3rd……and……SNAP! NO CLUTCH!!! The cable broke right at the clutch lever. So I idled it back into the garage, removed the outer cover AGAIN, and removed the cable. I was able to order a new one from Old Bike Barn for $17. Not bad at all. Until the cable broke, the bike ran well. Until the cable arrives I wont be doing anything else to the Kaw. I still have to replace the fork seals but want to finish this work completely first.
Today was the 3rd Water for Life charity ride sponsored by Fort Worth Harley Davidson.
There was so much going on it was difficult to capture with pictures to even begin to understand the enormity of todays event. The charity focuses on providing clean safe drinking water to people who have none. For each rider that participated Fort Worth Harley donated $50.00 to the charity. There was also a raffle for a 2012 road king and the proceedings from that were also donated to the charity. What more could you want! A great ride that benefits a fantastic cause!
The event started at Fort Worth Harley at 9am with pancakes for all and a poker walk. Registration was also open and you recieved a raffle ticket for goodies from that as well.
My wife rode with me on this one so as count as another rider for the charity contribution since passengers also counted. We arrived about 10am and was surprised at what we saw! WOW, there were already over 100 bikes there at the staging area!
First thing, REGISTER!!!
Then we spent some time wandering around taking everything in, seeing friends, having a good time with everyone. The Water for Life group had a tent where you could get detailed information about their organization. While we were there my wife bought some riding glasses and doo-rag. I got one as well, since she was buying.
I wanted to try and capture the enormity of the event so we went back to the road so I could get some pics of the line of bikes. In the short time we had been up at the dealership the amount of bikes had doubled! Literally, the final count when the ride began was 225 bikes! I took a bunch of pics but the line of bikes was so long and went so far back it was impossible to capture them all unless you were airborn. So what I did was take 3 pictures and stuck them together to form a landscape kind of pic to get an idea of it all.
The Honda dealership wasnt doing anything with their parking lot, they never do, and the line of bikes was getting so long we began staging in their parking lot as well. This ride was open to all bikes so it was considerate of Honda to let us use their parking lot. Their sales team doesnt care about anyone (I know this firsthand from experience) but at least they were willing to do this small favor.
Then came the word to saddle up and get ready to go! Everyone began making their way to the bikes. It took over 30 minutes just to get everyone ready and bikes started for the procession to begin.
The ride route is 22 miles total which starts at the dealership, goes right through the Fort Worth Stockyards, and ends at Billy Bobs Honky Tonk. Our road captains completely blocked off all crossroads and highway entrances so the ride could stay together parade style. When we got closer off the freeway a Fort Worth Police Department escort was provided to insure everyone could stay together safely. I would like to give a big THANKS to our road captains and the fort worth PD for helping to make this ride go so smoothly.
I dont know how far back the line of bikes trailed from start to finish as it was impossible to get a picture of the entire procession at once. Someone from our chapter took this one from a bridge over the freeway and it gives a small idea of how big this event was. There are 3 separate pictures taken at different intervals of the procession.
Hehe we made it in one of the pictures!
Once we got closer the Fort Worth PD took over escorting the procession.
When we got just outside of the Stockyards there was a staging area set up so that everyone could get back together from any separations that might have occured during the 22 mile ride. Again, I tried to capture the essence of the event and kind of stuck 2 pictures together. The line of bikes was so long we didnt fit on one section of street so they had us parking around a corner. The picture is taken from the corner pointing both directions and merged together.
My wife just had to take my picture! BLEH!!! HAHAHA!!!
We stayed here for about 10 minutes while the Fort Worth PD went in and around the stockyards to begin blocking the streets for our ride through COWTOWN!!! It was great, 225 bikes rumbling through the stockyards. It certainly gave everyone a great deviation from the usual site seeing.
Once we got to Billy Bobs everyone was guided into parking formations. I was able to get a pretty decent picture by standing on some cattle guards close to the parking lot. Unfortunatly the picture only covers a few of the bikes but its still pretty kewl.
We got inside and the bull riding arena had been reserved for the grand finale event.
After a short video about Water for Life and a Harley Davidson Road King raffle ticket give away, a check was presented for $69,500 to the charity! What a great feeling to know you were part of saving lives. This end result was what the event was all about and for my wife and myself it was personally fullfilling and rewarding to have been a part of.
Thanks to everyone who rode, gave their time, organized, and contributed to this wonderful cause.
Today the Fort Worth Harley Chapter organized a 9/11 Memorial Ride in honor of the firefighters that lost their lives and all firefighters that have and/or currently serve. The day was perfect. It was cool and quiet. The ride was organized so that we visited 4 fire stations and personally thanked the firefighters for their continual service to the community. We also presented them with gifts of appreciation. It was quite emotional when you begin to consider that it is very rare, if ever, that anyone ever shows up to thank our firefighters for their service. So often we simply see their job as just that, a job, and forget these people often put their lives at risk to save us.
Our first stop was just around the corner from the dealership at firestation No. 23. We were fortunate on this one because part of the crew had been out grocery shopping and came back just as we arrived. They were very appreciative and surprised. It was awesome! They pulled one of the trucks out and let us honk the horn and take pictures with the firefighters and chapter members. Since I was in the pictures taken by the chapter photographer I dont have any of those. Ill add them later if I can get a copy.
The next stop was at firestation No. 16 I think it was. This station had a Lab as the firehouse dog! A big beautiful one at that. I wasnt able to get a pic of it unfortunately but it was the star of the visit once it wasnt scared of us anymore. Remember to “Shake Paw” at this station!
The third stop was at the historic fire station headquarters in downtown fort worth. Its a big brick firehouse and its HUGE.
Our last firehouse stop was on the other side of downtown.
The ride ended at the Police and Firefighters Memorial on 7th street just outside of downtown. This is a tribute to fallen officers throughout Fort Worth history. There is a walk to the memorial that has historical accounts of how officers lost their lives.
Once you arrive at the memorial all the names and dates are shown. I was able to find one that went all the way back to 1879!
Thank You to all of you that serve.
After doing the carbs and getting excited about how well it ran, I decided to get down to some serious stuff. The shifter rod seal is going out and it leaks oil, slowly but still leaks. The fork seals also leak. I was able to find diagrams of every componant of the bike and how its assembled along with part numbers for everything.
This site kawasakipartshouse was a super find. For under $150 I was able to order all the seals and gaskets for both the transmission and front forks. Can’t beat that for an old bike! I started pulling the transmission chain cover off to get an idea of how bad things were underneath. OMG it was awful, awful, awful.
So I got all that buildup cleaned out and parts ordered and decided to proceed with some pretty stuff. The bike will stay torn down now for a few weeks until the parts arrive and I have time to replace them so I might as well find something else to do.
The tank and side panels had been sent off by Russell to a body shop to be painted a few years ago. The shop painted it in the dead of winter and apparently did something incorrectly as the paint had HUGE cracks where it had split and began peeling away from the original paint underneath. When he took it back to have the paint redone the shop had gone out of business. I began pulling the body parts off the bike and stripping them down of any accessories so I could remove the old paint that was chipped and cracking. I got a can of aircraft paint remover, sprayed it on and let it do its thing.
After getting the old layers of paint off I sanded the parts well and primed them. I had taken pics of them before priming but didnt realize the memory card wasnt in the camera until later 🙁 So you only get to see the primed result and not the whole process. The tank was pretty difficult as there was some body damage and I had to smooth out some dings and dents with Bondo. Someone had also filled the Kawasaki emblem area with Bondo. You can kind of see how the logo area is solid without the emblem on the above picture. I wanted to put the emblem back on so I had to dig for over an hour to get down to the mounts for the logo. The sanding, smoothing, priming, all took the better part of an entire day. Bottom line…..it wasnt easy!
And Presto! All painted! I used polishing compound with a polishing wheel attached to a drill, and waxed it deep the same way. It came out wonderful considering it was spray primer and paint bought at OReilys autoparts. All for under $50 and a bit of work.
While I had the gas cap off I took the chance to rebuild it as well. The key mechanism was sticking badly from carbon buildup over the years. The key wouldnt even snap back into place by itself and you couldnt shut the cap without using the key to unlatch it.
After cleaning all the parts I lightly oiled all the moving parts and when I got it put back together it works perfectly again. You can just lightly push down on it to close it and it snaps softly into place with a secure seal.
Over all this phase went very well. The parts for the leaks have been shipped and should be here by the middle of next week. The goal will be to get some of the seal work done next weekend.
I started working on that Kaw this week. When we picked it up it had been sitting for almost 2 years. It would run but start up and idle were kinda rough. I rode it home, took it on the freeway up to 70 and it ran pretty good but it did need some tuning. Soooooo let the tear down begin!!!
I decided to remove the carbs first. It sounded and felt like a fuel delivery issue and I figured after sitting so long that the gas had evaporated and left an oily residual which thickened and might be causing issues. Pulling the carbs was pretty easy once I got everything that was attached to them loose.
I would really like to get rid of the air intake and change the single filter and housing out for some dynomans. Have to wait awhile since their right at a hundred bucks but it would be nice and they look kewl too. Maybe after we clean the bike up and perform the necessary repairs well consider it.
So we pull the carbs and start sticking our noses in it and discover exactly what I thought we would. Gummy sticky oily stuff!! You can kind of see in the picture inside the valves the darker sticky substance.
I started cleaning and BEHOLD! YUCK! I removed the float bowls, jets, fuel chambers, needle jet, everything and cleaned it all. All that dark stuff came out of the just the float bowls. If you look close you can see oily buildup inside the chambers and even some corrosion. Fortunatly the diaphrams were still intack and in very good shape. The needle plates in 2 of the carbs were frozen solid inside and would not move. I had quite a time trying to get them out. The carburator shaft choke would not move freely so upon reassembly I lightly lubricated it. After 2 cans of carb cleaner they were shining and beautiful, ready to be installed.
The fuel lines were brittle so I went to autozone and for $2 was able to replace those as well. The Cap Ends were brittle too and I thought they may be allowing air to be sucked into the carbs so I replaced those with the new fuel lines as well.
I also performed an oil change and when pulling the filter out discovered that the oil filter plate was on upside down.
I pulled the spark plugs and they were pretty bad as well. One of them had so much carbon buildup I dont know that it was even firing.
I gapped the new ones correctly at .030 inches and put them in.
Now came the test! The bike used to have to be choked to death to start so I decided to see what would happen without choking it. And WOWOWOW!!! That thing came to life! It fired right up and sounded like a freaking modern sport bike. The idle was perfect and the throttle response was instant and without hesitation. I took it out for a bit and it runs like a completely different bike. Its fast for sure! Its got a LOT of top end power and speed. I couldn’t be happier with the results from a few hours of work.
At long last I was finally able to purchase slip ons for my bike!!!! Vance and Hines 4″ Monster Rounds! Obviously this is an exciting moment. Now the thing will finally sound like a Harley, not an air compressor. I’ll never forget the first day I pulled up to work on my new Harley. There were a couple of ladies from work that were on their smoke break and they noticed I had a new bike. They came over and said “Ooooooh, you got a new bike! What kind is it?” I replied, “It’s a Harley Street Glide”. They kinda looked it over told me how beautiful it was and then made the comment, “It doesn’t sound like a Harley.” YAAAARG!!!!! It was a bit embarrassing. So the saving began for at least some slip ons to give it the rumble the thing deserves.
I talked to a lot of chapter members about pipes, slip ons, straights, etc. to make the decision on what to get. I went to the dealership and talked with Gary in the service department about options. He got excited to show me different pipes and let me hear them. I would say he spent a good 30 minutes in the parking lot starting up bikes with different pipes to let me hear the differences. The V&H monsters were the ones for me. Thanks Gary for all the help and genuine care about helping with the decision on slip ons. He also worked with me a few months ago on lowering the rear suspension. We did the same thing, walked around and checked out different bikes and finally settled on Burly Slammers which lowered the rear by 2 inches. They ride great, the bike handles excellent, and my feet touch perfectly on the ground now. I also want to thank the guys at the parts department, they too will go out of their way to help you find exactly what your wanting and offer options to ponder.
The good thing about the slip ons is that you dont have to do any intake modifications or mapping. You get quite a bit more sound, deeper rumble, and their easy to install. Down the road, a long time down the road, I may consider some V&H headers and intake but for now this will be just fine. The next step of exhaust investment is kind of heavy so its just gonna have to wait.
Side note: (The Street Glide stock shocks are air, you can see in the picture the new Burly Slammers I put on a few months back. Unfortunately I didnt take pics of the process of installing them at home. It would have made a nice blog to show how easy it is and that just about anyone can do it.)
So onwards to the installation. I took a few pictures of the process but there really isn’t much to it. First take off the saddle bags.
I like to put the saddle bags on a cloth to prevent scratching the bottom.
Now you have to take off 2 screws that hold and support the rear of the muffler to the saddlebag support (1/2 inch socket), and loosen one bolt that holds the muffler on to the header (9/16 socket). Do this for both mufflers.
Then just sit down on the ground behind the bike, brace it by putting your foot on the rear tire, grab that muffler and wiggle it while pulling. It’s really that easy, and it will just slide off. Hehe, slip offs to put on the slip ons. Then literally just slip the new ones on, use the 2 bolts that you took off the rear portion of the original mufflers to secure the new ones to the saddlebag support. The slip ons have a bolt to secure them to the header which is the same as the stock mufflers. The only thing you might want to do is measure the distance from the saddlebag support to the end of the slip ons to be sure they stick out the same distance at the rear of the bike before tightening the bolts. Once you have them on be sure to wipe them WELL to remove any oil or residue of any kind. If you dont and you have smudges, oil, finger prints, etc, when you start the bike and the slip ons warm up those smudges will permenantly be ingrained in the chrome. I wiped mine, then used chrome polish before starting it up.
Here is the before pic with the original stock mufflers.
And here it is with the new slip ons.
It took 30 minutes start to finish to install. Anyone can do it and you only need 2 basic tools to do it. They look and sound great.
Here is how it looks from the side. Bah, not the best picture but it will do.
Well our Muenster, TX ride was cancelled due to severe thunderstorms all over North Texas. Yup, all that red stuff is heavy downpour. Not a lot of fun to ride around in that. This gives me a chance to catch up with some blog graphic upgrades and some other exciting news.
My wife and I went shopping yesterday to purchase her first pieces of riding gear. She has been wanting to ride for a long time now and we have been mulling over ideas and plans to get her started. She did get to try out using bike controls on the jumpstart at the dealership during our chapters Garage Party in June. She was stoked after trying it with mentorship from our chapters director. She kept talking about how awesome it was to turn that throttle and feel the bike rumble. Her desire was fueled and the addiction to want to ride had set in. Now all I hear is “When do I get my Harley?!” Gotta learn to ride first baby!
Now comes the good stuff. Like I said, we had been trying to figure out the best way to get her started. We looked around for some cheap used bikes, looked at craigs list, had some of the chapter members looking around for us. Then on last weeks Going to the Gap ride, a couple showed up that I had not met yet. They were super nice and we hit it off like we had been friends for years. I was telling them about my wife and that we were looking for a bike of some sort for her to get her feet wet on and didnt care what kind it was. He contacted me the next day and said to get in touch with a long time friend of his. I did. And could not believe what happened. His friend has a 1981 Kawasaki KZ1000 that he was getting ready to donate to charity to clear some room in his garage. He said the bike runs well and just needs a few maintenance tweaks. Oil change, fork seals, and a small oil leak by the shifter is all that is needed. He put a new battery, paint job, and tires on it already. He said that bike has a history of being passed on to friends and family so they could learn to ride and that we could have the bike for her to learn to ride on!!! WOW, talk about generousity from so many people. Another great thing about this is that our son has been wanting to ride as well and has saved for his down payment on a bike but needs to get some experience under his belt first. So that Kawasaki is going to perfect for both of them to get going on. Thank you so much Jerry, Monica, and Russell for helping to make their desire to ride come true!
I havent seen the actual bike were picking up next weekend but here is what that model looks like. Pretty kewl!!!
So yesterday we headed out with a stomach full of butterflies in excitement about buying her some pieces of gear in preparation for her first solo ride! She’s into the “Pink thing” so on and on we shopped until she found a suitable color and style. I’m sure you can relate to how shopping with most woman can be…. We shopped around quite a bit and eventually found a very nice helmet and gloves for her.
While shopping I found a super nice set of raingear on sale and bought it for myself. Since the jacket and pants were sold separately they didnt come with a bag to put them in. So my wife being the awesome seamstress she is, made me a nice bag for it. She had embroidered an HD patch a few months ago while experimenting with her Husqvarna embroidery machine so I had her sew that on the bag for decoration. It came out perfect and its small so it fits very nicely into my saddlebag.
Destination: Cranfills Gap, TX
Todays ride began at Fort Worth Harley Davidson. Thanks to our dealership for all of their support of our chapter! Every ride begins with meeting 30 minutes or so before the trip to talk crap and like today, slob on donuts! Then we group up, go over our road rules and hand signals. Just a side note here: did you know there are mechanical hand signals?!
The underlying purpose of each and every ride is to HAVE FUN, and safe riding is part of making that happen. After this we saddle our beasts and get in a riding group headed by a road captain.
We had right at 25 riders today and it was an absolutely beautiful cool morning. Keep in mind, beautiful MORNING! HAHAHA! The day surely did not stay cool. We stopped at a gas station somewhere along the way, dont really remember where it was just to stretch and grab a drink before moving on to Glen Rose where we took another rest before pushing onwards for the longest leg of the trip.
Next stop was Cranfills Gap, TX where we stopped for lunch at the Horny Toad Bar and Grill. And yes, there was a big horny toad inside the front door. Keep in mind it took 4 hours to get to our destination. So good food, birthday cheers, and cooling off came just at the right time as the heat began blasting our faces at 104 degrees. I would encourage any riders and riding groups to make the trip. The scenery is great, the roads are winding, and the Horny Toad provides the perfect justification to make the ride.
Each group had 8 riders and this here is a look at the group of bikes I was in which was group 2. We were the uber kewl group just because, we were. My little scooter is the street glide that is next to the furthest bike back in the picture.
A quick look at group 3 reveals that since they were behind everyone else they were obviously the slackers today.
Group 1 heads out leaving the rest of us trailing behind to say Goodbye to Cranfills Gap! We enjoyed the Horny Toad Bar and Grill and appreciate them having us as their guests!
Most rides are great, we get to see deer, rabits, squirrels, and squashed things sometimes unrecognizable on the road. The scenery is always great, and the companionship is fantastic. However on this ride home, a horrible thing happened to a cager, their car caught on fire on a lonely stretch of road. As we crested a hill and were looking down seeing the smoke billowing violently into the air, we were able to plainly see an explosion from the car. The trees and grass along the road burst into flames and apparently the debris or gas from the explosion shot across the road and caught the grass and trees on the other side on fire as well. Fortunately no one was injured, the passengers had gotten out safely and there was a fire truck pulling up as we came upon the incident. We were forced to wait until they extinguished the flames and cleared the road to safely pass.
This took about an hour to clear and we were on our way again. We stopped in Glen Rose on the return trip and were hydrating when another group of riders came in and nearly carrying a lady that had suffered heat stroke. She was in bad shape, pale, not sweating. We helped them with wet towels to cool her off and after quite some time she kind of came back to reality and we knew she would be ok. One of the men from her group left to bring back a truck to take her home in so she would not have to face the heat again.
Overall it was a great 240 mile trip, hot, exciting, and very eventful with the unusual side occurences that do not usually happen.