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Discussion in 'Tech Q&A' started by Motorbikerx, Oct 16, 2021.

  1. Flyboy

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    Funny the Bride refuses to ride. Strange when she was chasing me in the early 90’s, she jump right on and even soloed a plane to impress me and now won’t touch the controls...

    Now I am not allowed to have a backseat and had to take it off. It does fit in the saddlebag though...

    :pinshake: :fiddy:
     
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  2. Bikesofbrads

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    I must live a life of dyslexia because my wife always wants to go for a ride but sometimes I just don’t want to take her :angel4:
     
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    Can't take the passenger seat off the XC bikes so hard to get around that. :)
     
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    In my younger day my wife went everywhere with me on my 850 Norton. Both of us were quite a bit lighter and the Commando was close to just half as heavy as the Magnum. Just don't feel comfortable at all during low speed two up maneuvering. Ordered the Jerry Paladino (ex Cop) video and am anxious to view it. Good that your still riding in your retirement. Thought of retiring but I work a real cushy job 4 days (Monday to Thursday) a week and 3 days a week during the summer . I still enjoy it as I've not had any major health issues yet. If I were to retire and get a part time job it would be more demanding on me than staying put. When I come to that big decision I'll not work anymore anywhere except around my properety. Always enjoy your videos. Take care
     
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    A short story similar. Bought an '89 Jag XJ6 from a retired cop once for about $1500. Had a couple oil leaks around the spark plugs, the tubes would fill with oil. First stop was to a specialty shop to get that fixed. They replaced the main gaskets but not the little rings for the spark plug tubes, so it continued to leak. Ended up taking it to Firestone, they found the missing gaskets, replaced them half the cost of the other shop. Anyway, a day or 2 later, it started acting up electronically, windows would open/close, sunroof, wipers, radio went on/off. Took it back, they said probably something with one of the 3 aftermarket alarms installed so ripped them all out. Week later, same thing, took it back, couldn't find the problem. Ran another few days no issues then again acted up. This cycled for a month or 2.

    One day, I'm on this road coming to a traffic light, take my foot off the gas, apply brake, but it's fighting me, engine is revving hard, take foot of brake, car starts accelerating like crazy. I pop the shifter into neutral and turn the ignition off, get to the light, turn key on, no dash, no lights, no sign of life. Pushed it around the corner, glad it was a slight decline.

    Popped the hood, and just nosed around in there but I smell burning plastic so I'm looking around, feeling around, sticking my nose where I could to try and find the culprit. Finally, noticed the throttle cable was crusty and melted at the throttle body. Grabbed some random tool and scraped as much of it away as I could then just worked the cable in the housing but it wasn't smooth. The plastic sheath had melted down onto the braided cable and seized it preventing the throttle from closing. I'm like 20 years old and inexperienced at the time, but I had a feeling it was something electrical causing a short-circuit. Babied it home, with my hand on the key the entire 20 miles.

    Worked fine for another week or 2 and I decided to do some routine maintenance at the GF's Apartment. Wanted to change out the fuel filter, battery, air and cabin filters, throttle cables, battery and plugs. Drive it up on the curb to get room to crawl under the passenger side to access the fuel filter. While down there, lots of crap is dropping on my face when I touch anything, burnt oil, road grime, etc. I feel something brush my shoulder, look over and see a braided copper strap hanging down, bolt nearly falling out of the eye. Took about 5 minutes to find where it went. Cleaned the threads reinstalled in bottom of engine block.

    Ran about 6 weeks after this with no issues. Then the coolant return hose popped off the engine block on the freeway and the engine blew. But the electrical issue was solved anyway.

    It's interesting that of all of the things in/around the engine, battery, etc. it was the throttle cable that provided a path, heated up quick, melted the plastic and caused me to nearly wreck the car.
     
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    Why do the Brits drink warm beer? Lucas builds their refrigerators.
     
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    ^^^^^^ That’s an oldy from across the pond & still funny
     
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    Owned a couple Triumphs. Lucas; The Prince of Darkness! Was another favorite.
     
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    The Ride Like a Pro videos are great. Jerry also has a YouTube channel where he posts short videos every week. He covers a wider range of topics but a lot of them show riders in his classes doing things right and wrong with Jerry narrating. The three main points he reinforces over and over are:
    1. Head and Eyes, you’ll go where you’re looking
    2. The Clutch Friction Zone, this is vital in slow speed maneuvers
    3. Slight Rear Brake Pressure, to stabilize the bike in slow speed maneuvers

    Sadly, many decades long riders still don’t know these basics.
     
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    Running 60 mph down the highways easy, it’s the 1-9 mph 2 up in off cambered parking lots that requires skill, practice, practice, practice
     
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    Norton Commando, only bike I've ever seen catch fire with no one on it, ignition off, key not even in the switch, no one within 10 feet.
    Fortunately it wasn't mine, although mine was next to it.
     
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    So right there. Purchased that video a little while back and if followed can save you from some embarrassment when touring with other couples.
     
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    I have owned several British Leyland products in my youth and yes Lucas the Prince of Darkness struck often... Hey who makes our fuel injection systems?
     
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    Yea I have to admit at times my XCT is a handful at very slow walking speeds. With the RDL double saddle my wife and I sit higher up with unfortunately raised the center of gravity. Slow speed maneuvers pulling into a gas station with uneven pavement and potholes raised the anxiety level to a 9. Hauling butt through the mountains on twisty roads is nothing.

    At 64 I realize I will need either a lighter bike or a bike with much lower center of gravity like a GW. Wife rides 90% of the time with me. Always has. Goes on all our rallies that take us through many states and frankly I wouldn't enjoy those trips without her.
     
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    I too barely get to ride alone and when I do I am much more aggressive then when I have my S/O in the saddle. Not that she would complain at all as she likes riding and herself drives very fast and likes loud pipes more than I do - but I feel much more responsible when I have a passengers life in my hands.
    Told her I might Bagger Vroomhilda to see if it lightens the load with removing the tour box and any excess weight until I get around to seriously consider selling Vroomhilda. One day, but not today.
     
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