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only one day trip on bike this week. i have been riding it back and forth to airport though. just about to finish up chores on the bushmeister. the tail wheel is worn out. shimmys swivel rocks, and vibration sometimes. it's an alaskan bushwheel i put on new about 20 years ago. the old scott 3200 was still on the shelf in shop needing an overhaul sitting on a box of replacement parts. i was working back then and always out of time so i didn't get around to overhauling it. scott and alaskan bushwheel are the same tailwheel bushwheel bought out scott about 25 years ago. anyway wednesday i overhauled the scott. went out to airport thursday and redid leaf spring on plane and patched a couple more places under the horizontal stabalizer. i got some measurements and off to ace hardware i go to look for some springs to eliminate the customary spring and chain hook up. i found some longer weaker ones that i thought i could use. went out thursday and rigged em. wowsi it's nice to have a tailwheel that has no vibration and shimmy sometimes. it's amazing to me what ya will put up with just to keep from doing an unlikeable chore. anyway tailwheel is okie dokie now. next week i'll overhaul the bushwheel and have a spare ready to go. who knows i may live long enough to need it. :p i think i need to enjoy the fruits of my labor and make it an airport play day. i'll ride flash just in case plan gets changed on the fly. have a great weekend all. hasta.
 

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Prepared the Street Glide for a celebration of life ride Sunday morning, then rolled it out of the bike shop to make temporary space so I and my nephew can work on the Garage electrical upgrades.

I am going from 2 x 15amp -120v branch circuits underground from the house to a new 200 amp 240v General-1 service directly to the garage, old circuits must be decommissioned before service is activated on the garage.

New service entrance
Wood Tree Yellow Fixture Grass


New grounds
Plant Road surface Asphalt Grass Automotive tire
Gas Electrical wiring Machine Electronic device Electrical supply


fuzzy photo of new load center, conduit run from bike shop to the auto garage.
Wood Electricity Cable Gas Audio equipment


More work Sunday afternoon.
Monday we will pull aluminum through service mast, could not get any today.
Pull copper 2x3ga and 1x6ga (ground) to the EVSE
 

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I rode to work on Friday and went out of town to work. I left the bike parked in our shop.

Saturday, when I got back, I move the bike into the parking lot so the roll up doors could be shut and it kind of acted a little funny but once I was moving, it seemed fine. I even did a quick look around.

On my way home, the bike was acting very heavy in the turns, caught road lines and wobbled some and I was thinking it was just the road. I ride the superslab and was traveling at 80 MPH. I was rounding a bend when the back end started wobbling and sliding which caused the bars to start wobbling. Luckily I was able to get it onto the shoulder safely. Took a quick look and the rear tire was completely flat. Called a tow truck to get her home and while I was waiting, I moved the bike in small increments looking for some road debris and found nothing. Once I got her back into her house, I tried airing up the rear and it wouldn't fill past 10psi and would drop right back to zero in a couple of seconds. I felt air rushing from under the fender so I moved her around and found this:

Automotive tire Grey Art Automotive wheel system Wood


That appears to be a puncture right in the middle of my tire tread. It's about 1 1/2" to 1 3/4" long.

I am almost 100% positive that I didn't run over anything (front tire is fine).

Please give some thoughts as to what could have caused this.
 

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Well, I did a search for "harley exhaust" on the Facebook marketplace and Craigslist, there's no full systems on CL, only a handful (literally just 2-3) of no-name mufflers for $200. Locally, the FB marketplace has only one full system listed, asking $700, as well as 2-3 mufflers and slip-ons. I don't know if that's a good sign (that full system exhausts sell quick hence the paucity) or a bad sign (that locally, nobody uses CL or FB Marketplace for selling motorcycle parts). I was mostly looking just to see what others were asking for full systems. I also shared my FB Marketplace listing in a few local motorcycle groups on FB.

I listed my exhaust anyway, few days ago on FB Marketplace and just now on CL. I think I'm going to give it a month to see if anyone local bites so I don't have to deal with shipping or PayPal. After that, need to check shipping rates and try a broader, country-wide audience.

In other news, my mpgs are all over the map and recently it's started having some symptoms of a slight air intake leak (again :rolleyes:). I can't get it to react to anything sprayed on the intake seals/carb boot, but when I come to a stop, the idle hangs a little before dropping. Every time I have had an intake leak, that's always how it went (idle hangs before dropping, never responds to intake leak checks). So tired of that, longest I've gone without one is 2 years or so. Tried OEMs, Cometic, Genuine James, a few others, none seem to last.

1,700 miles until my next service interval (60K), may hold off until then, clean the carb while at it.
 

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So, did 30,000 mile service on the 10th, and added the SE torque cam (needed just a little more oomph), Wednesday the 14th played hooky from work and rode with a group up to Vandalia, MO. for lunch, Saturday, took 23 bikes down to Fredericktown for the Missouri Vietnam Veterans Wall Run, an annual event with groups coming from all corners of the state for the escorted ride into Perryville and then out to the Wall (an exact replica of the Wall in D. C.), great weather for both rides.
 

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So, did 30,000 mile service on the 10th, and added the SE torque cam (needed just a little more oomph), Wednesday the 14th played hooky from work and rode with a group up to Vandalia, MO. for lunch, Saturday, took 23 bikes down to Fredericktown for the Missouri Vietnam Veterans Wall Run, an annual event with groups coming from all corners of the state for the escorted ride into Perryville and then out to the Wall (an exact replica of the Wall in D. C.), great weather for both rides.
That torque cam looks to be pretty good. I would take that over the MoCo's SE Horsepower cam.
 

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I dug around last night and I do have some Genuine James intake gaskets. Have an unopened carb rebuild kit and an opened one that I stole the boot gasket out of. I don't want to open the unopened one, so I'm going to go to the dealer tomorrow (they're closed on Mondays) and get just that gasket if they have it and try just changing that one and not the intake-to-head gaskets, just to see if that's where the leak is. Hopefully so, that way I don't need to take the tank off and go through the whole rigamarole of fussing with it. I need to go up there anyway to grab some oil for the primary.

Decided to take care of that now rather than in 1700 miles, one less thing to do at the 60K service.
 

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I dug around last night and I do have some Genuine James intake gaskets. Have an unopened carb rebuild kit and an opened one that I stole the boot gasket out of. I don't want to open the unopened one, so I'm going to go to the dealer tomorrow (they're closed on Mondays) and get just that gasket if they have it and try just changing that one and not the intake-to-head gaskets, just to see if that's where the leak is. Hopefully so, that way I don't need to take the tank off and go through the whole rigamarole of fussing with it. I need to go up there anyway to grab some oil for the primary.

Decided to take care of that now rather than in 1700 miles, one less thing to do at the 60K service.
we knew ya would amigo. you never let needed maintenance wait. if everyone did that harleys would last a lot longer than they do. they are pricey new but if properly maintained they last a really long time. :p
 

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i got a little ride in this morning. i rode down to bartlesville. i had to do pre-op for a little deal on wed. no biggie. just blast and rinse some bladder stones. i'd ride down but wife insists on being driver and i am not riding bitch. when i got back to town i went to airport and fixed a hangar door. too low on one end and dragging ground. then put a little primer on spot under horizontal stabilizer on plane. then absconded before it got too hot. got a day trip tomorrow with tony so far. i picked last time so their turn tomorrow. gary may go if not shooting those golfs. leaving at nine. 100 degrees tomorrow and wednesday. then high nineties rest of week. i like indian summer. fall will arrive soon enough. have a great humpday eve day tomorrow all. hasta.
 

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I’m still procrastinating about Progressive rear shocks.
i've got progressives on the front of both the 14 and 17. i still have stock shocks on rear of both. the 17 has regular spring over shocks. the 14 i'm still running air shocks. for me both are ok on the rear. the front is where the real money is for handling and ride. just my humble opinion. :)
 

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i've got progressives on the front of both the 14 and 17. i still have stock shocks on rear of both. the 17 has regular spring over shocks. the 14 i'm still running air shocks. for me both are ok on the rear. the front is where the real money is for handling and ride. just my humble opinion. :)
I’m riding two up 90% of the time. Anne doesn’t care for the ride. But hey I’ll let her know Tommy’s review! 😂
 

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Sunday led a ride through the woods of northern Bristol cty in remembrance of my buddy Bill who passed last February, it was a good day and safe run for 52 bikes, my crew helped with the blocking along with a handful of local riders.

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