Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Bike is Torn Down

So with the first snow finally here I figured it was a good time to tear the bike apart and see what needs to be done.

I started with pulling the valve cover to check the clearance. I found two of the four out of whack. Then since I had it pulled apart that far I figured I might as well dig into the "doohickey" as the call it, it is actually the "Balancer idle lever". They have a problem with these going bad in the 07' and earlier bikes. The 08' and newer bikes have a better doohickey but the spring is too long. I ordered the new doohickey before I got too far into the bike because I didn't have a rotor puller. Since I had to order a bunch of other crap I also ordered a new doohickey and springs.

Once I got the parts I pulled the rotor and found that yes in fact the spring was quite loose. Since I had it pulled apart this far I just put the whole kit in even though the stock doo is fine the new one was a bit beefier.

Now I am waiting on one more shim and the bike should be back together on the engine side. I would like to replace the rear spring in it to relieve some of the sag the bike gets when I load it up with gear.

Another List of Rides

Well, as of every winter, thoughts of ride ideas come. Here is what I am currently planning.

April: If the weather is nice, I am going to get the Iron Butt out of the way.

May: Nova Scotia is still in the talks although I may be riding solo.

June: One Two night camping trip with our wives in Door County.

July: Lake Superior tour.

August: Nothing as of yet... but there will be.

2013: Trans America Trail.

2014: Arctic Circle? (Maybe)

2015: Panama.

2016: South America.

This is all I have in my brain right now. I am sure rides will be added and probably some will be removed.