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by bikerbill
Mon Oct 30, 2017 5:47 am
Forum: Ride Reports & Meetups
Topic: Ironbutt Worthy 'Drive'
Replies: 7
Views: 656

Re: Ironbutt Worthy 'Drive'

"Gumball"
by bikerbill
Sun Oct 29, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Ride Reports & Meetups
Topic: Ironbutt Worthy 'Drive'
Replies: 7
Views: 656

Re: Ironbutt Worthy 'Drive'

Triangles wrote:That seems like some pretty crazy lengths to go to just for an engine!


It's not the destination, It's the Journey!
by bikerbill
Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: Ride Reports & Meetups
Topic: Ironbutt Worthy 'Drive'
Replies: 7
Views: 656

Re: Ironbutt Worthy 'Drive'

Part 2: The Return Leg It’s 5:00 local time on Sunday afternoon in southeast Michigan on Labor Day weekend. And what a beautiful day it is! Daniel and I have driven from Levelland, TX to SE Michigan in about 30 hours to pick up an engine and other parts for our Vulcan 500’s. We have the aforemention...
by bikerbill
Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Transmission - Rear End
Topic: Strange Vibrations
Replies: 0
Views: 330

Strange Vibrations

Well the high-dollar Tsubaki Sigma chain ain't what the previous Tsubaki Omega was. This one lasted about half of what the previous chain lasted. (22k vs 43k miles) Maybe it had to do with all that 2-up riding with Daniel. For the past year I have been trying to figure out a surge/vibration issue at...
by bikerbill
Sat Sep 23, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: Ride Reports & Meetups
Topic: Ironbutt Worthy 'Drive'
Replies: 7
Views: 656

Ironbutt Worthy 'Drive'

A few months ago a member in another forum that I am in, VROC, offered me a complete engine at a great price. S and his wife used to tour on a pair of Vulcan 500's. S now has health issues that have ended his riding career and his wife did not enjoy riding by herself so they sold the bikes. He had p...
by bikerbill
Sat Jun 24, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New bike in the Garage
Replies: 14
Views: 2194

A New Name

Son of Hidalgo is now repaired from its misadventure in Louisiana and ready to ride.

Due to the nature of this incident we have decided that the bike needs its permanent name. That name is Sioux.

Here's to our next adventure.
by bikerbill
Mon Jun 12, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: Ride Reports & Meetups
Topic: Generations Ride Planned
Replies: 4
Views: 738

Re: Generations Ride Planned

Son of Hidalgo isn't hurt too bad. The left saddlebag is destroyed, left rear turn signal mount is folded outward 90 deg, the rear fender has a chunk out of it, and the license plate trim ring broken. All bolt-on parts. I found a fender and fender support on eBay. We'll install an old set of saddleb...
by bikerbill
Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: Ride Reports & Meetups
Topic: Generations Ride Planned
Replies: 4
Views: 738

Re: Generations Ride Planned

We made it as far as Plaquemine, LA then had to call off our quest. We had a good first day. We visited two memorials. The first one in Jonesville, LA and the next one was in Bunkie, LA. We had covered about 200 miles so we got a Motel in Bunkie to rest and recharge. The next morning we awoke to rai...
by bikerbill
Fri Jun 02, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: Ride Reports & Meetups
Topic: Generations Ride Planned
Replies: 4
Views: 738

Re: Generations Ride Planned

The truck and bikes are loaded and ready to head out for Arkansas in the morning where we will begin this Tour of Honor quest.

Use this link to track our travels:
https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?id ... 7c9b977ee4
password: tourofhonor

The link will become active Monday morning.
by bikerbill
Sat May 13, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: Wheels - Suspension & Brakes
Topic: RUNNING "DARKSIDE"
Replies: 21
Views: 6752

Re: RUNNING "DARKSIDE" no more

Ever since I changed the rear wheel to a cast unit (no tube) the handling has been 'not so crisp'. My guess is that the tube provides a fair bit of sidewall stiffness. Without the tube to add its support the rear is a bit loose. So due to much reduced tread wear and not so crisp handling while ridin...
by bikerbill
Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New bike in the Garage
Replies: 14
Views: 2194

1st Anniversary

Has it been a year already? Son of Hidalgo was brought into the stable one year ago today!

1,375 miles so far.
by bikerbill
Mon Jan 09, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: Ride Reports & Meetups
Topic: Generations Ride Planned
Replies: 4
Views: 738

Generations Ride Planned

This summer, probably in June, I will be spending a week with my 74 year old Dad and thirteen year old son Daniel participating in the Tour of Honor. http://www.tourofhonor.com Daniel and I will be riding Hidalgo while Dad will ride Son of Hidalgo. The Tour of Honor will release its Memorials list o...
by bikerbill
Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:54 am
Forum: Engine - Exhaust - Cooling
Topic: Exhaust rattle
Replies: 34
Views: 9028

Re: Exhaust rattle

would sure be nice to see Kawasaki get involved in this. Some time ago I spoke with a dealer that contacted Kawasaki about this issue to see if they could do something about it. He reported that Kawasaki *is* aware of the issue but has no plans to do anything about it. My guess is this is a low pri...
by bikerbill
Sat Nov 12, 2016 6:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New bike in the Garage
Replies: 14
Views: 2194

First 1,000 miles

It only took from May to November to acquire the first 1,000 miles on it.

https://sonofhidalgo.shutterfly.com/pictures/93
by bikerbill
Sat Nov 12, 2016 5:56 pm
Forum: Engine - Exhaust - Cooling
Topic: Exhaust rattle
Replies: 34
Views: 9028

Re: Exhaust rattle

Guess what? It took only 3,000 miles to crack the right side pipe that was installed in August. Granted it had been on its previous bike for 11,000 miles but still... I am going to try a 'Hail Mary' hack to stop the rattle for a while. I drilled and tapped three equidistant holes about three inches ...

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