Withdrawls

So today makes 7 days since the last time I rode my bike since the oil leak got bad…I’m going through withdrawls. Still no luck on tracking down the right hoses for it..I’ve narrowed it down to 2 manufacturerers Jardine and Baron’s Custom. I’ve sent both companies a picture of the oil filter relocation kit and neither one can give me a for sure answer. And since the hose replaces are $50 and $80 respectively I really don’t want to just throw money at both..Although doing it that way would still be cheaper than buying a new kit from either …

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The Dark Side

Picked up an iPhone on Friday…I feel a bit dirty by using it but I have to admit it’s a damn nice phone. I went to T-Mobile with the full intention of buying a G1 Google phone. 3 things, 1. They had no working phone instore to play around with..I’m a geek I like to play with technology before I buy it. 2. There is no 3G network in this area and won’t be until next December. I spoke with a guy who has one and he said it was slow but there was a fix going out this weekend …

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Oil Leak to Oil Spray

As I said in an earlier post I had to cut my vacation short due to an oil leak on my bike. I found where the leak was and I used some teflon tape to patch it up. Well, this morning that leak graduated to a spray. I stopped to put air in my back tire no more than 2 miles from the house and before I got my kickstand down there was a puddle of oil under my bike. *sigh* Luckily I have been carrying a 2qt container of oil since I left MS last week..So I filled er …

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Pics Finally Up

So I took a few days off when I got back to recover and I was lax on getting everything posted…Pics are finally up in my gallery and I’m working on a write up of the trip that I hope to have up in a couple of days..Until then I’m back at work and trying to catch up on 16 days worth of emails :-(. The pics are not labeled yet and there are ~170 of them…

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Bike Problems

The last night Brian and I were camping my bike developed a slow leak in the front tire. I was able to ride back to Brian’s house yesterday with no issue only having to air up once to top it off…Later last night Brian and I were trying to locate the leak by using soapy water and we found it. It was leaking by the valve stem. I say it was leaking because as I was  messing around with the nut holding the valve stem tight to the tire I over tightened and and caused the slow leak to turn …

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Update From The Road

Picked up Brian on Wed and we headed out to Gulf Shores early Thursday morning. We stumbled across the 37th annual international shrimp festival and beer…Our camp site is running a shuttle back and forth to the shindig so we parked our bikes last night and rode the shuttle and got shit faced drunk…There are pictures so once I find a better connection than the McDonald’s we’re sitting in now I’ll post them. This morning we’re headed off to the U.S.S Alabama battleship and then back down to Destin FL. I’ve got the spot with me and I’ll be doing …

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Quick Update

Made it to Savannah GA last night around 9:30pm. Decided to get a hotel for the night. Today I’m heading out to Montgomery AL which should be ~364mi. Bike handled beautifully all day yesterday. Got really good gas mileage as well as passed through some really cool small towns. I did take a few pics and I’ll try and get those posted in today or tomorrow whenever I can find internet. I did end up taking I-95 for a couple of hours last night. It started getting dark and country roads harbor deer and other animals that like to run …

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All Systems Go

Got a new battery installed this morning and then rode the bike back over to the dealership to have them check the charging system and make sure everything was where it should be. It seems that I did blow the high beam but I was able to pick up a replacement while I was at the dealership. I’m planning on heading out ~2p EDT. I did plan for a couple of hotel nights just in case I ran into really bad weather or something else unexpected. I plan on riding at least 400 miles today and then probably getting a …

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Update

Well…There is definitely something else wrong..I’m hoping it’s just a fried battery but even after 2hours on the battery tender it’s not charging. As soon as I take it off the charger there’s no power again. I’m going to head to the dealership early tomorrow morning and try and pick up a new battery. Fingers crossed this will work. If it’s not the battery then it’s something in the electrical system which I can’t afford to have fixed and still go on the trip. So if the battery doesn’t fix it then the trip is over before it gets started..

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