Saturday, December 22, 2012

End of the World Ride 2012

End of the World Ride 2012 took us on some nice backroads in the Weatherford and Aledo area of Texas.  The ride was focused on this possibly being our last group ride if the Mayans were right!  Did we really believe it?  Well, the turn out was 29 bikes on Sunday afternoon so.............maybe..........

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Fort Worth Harley Chapter Christmas Party 2012

December 8, 2012 brought about the chapters Christmas Party at Billy Bobs!  The dress code for the event was Ritz and Redneck.  There seemed to be a pretty good balance between the two dress styles for the night.  Margaret and I went Ritz.  That was a story in itself.  For a couple weeks before the party she was trying on old dresses trying to get the right look.  Every night she would whine about how she looked in a certain dress.  After being asked for an honest opinion on how she looked in one dress our boys said she looked anorexic.  She was crushed, and whined even more. So that being said, on the Friday night before the party we spent the evening shopping for elegant dresses.  After hours of shopping and failure, we happened to come across a woman’s formal wear store in the mall and found almost immediately the dress that would soon be hers.  It was complete agreement the moment we saw it.  Normally the shop will send it off to a tailor to have the length fit since they leave the bottom long but seeing as there was no time for that, Margaret did the sewing herself when she got home with one of her fancy sewing machines.  We also bought some cosmetic jewelry that matched the waist thingy that came with the dress.

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Fort Worth Harley Toys For Tots 2012

The day started cool and fresh.  A perfect beginning to a wonderful cause that Fort Worth Harley supports.  We all gathered at the dealership laden with toys for the U.S. Marine Corps. Toys For Tots.  65 bikes total turned out to take part in the ride to the drop off point.  The procession was quite a site going down one of the busiest commercial streets in Fort Worth.  Our road captains did a superb job guiding the procession and making sure our way was clear.  Upon arrival everyone donated multiple toys and we took a lot of group photographs with the Marines onsite.

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Muenster Ride

Destination Muenster, TX!  This ride was a re-do from the previous attempt that was cancelled due to thunderstorms.

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Garage Party!

Tuesday was the chapters Garage Party!  What is that you might ask?  It is an evening at our sponsoring dealership where we learn tips on appropriate clothing for rides, bike customization options, basic maintenance checks, and even how to lift a bike if you drop it.  The party is geared towards the ladies but I find it quite informative myself and have gained some good knowledge on both occasions.  Margaret and I are very grateful to Fort Worth Harley to encourage our chapter to have these parties and to our chapter for setting them up.

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Time Warp Ride

In the spirit of the daylight savings time change our chapter had the Time Warp Ride!  It turned out to be a fabulous day with cool winds and a great turnout of riders.  This ride did not have a restaurant or entertainment stop since it was a quick afternoon get together.  We did put in over a hundred miles though on some very nice scenic roads north of Weatherford, TX.  The destination was Peaster, TX where we made a pit stop.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

2012 Chapter Picnic

October 7, 2012 was a super fun day with our chapter.  This was the annual chapter PICNIC!! WOOOT! The day started early, cold, and dreary sitting at 48 degrees when we left the house.  We bundled up real good and headed to the dealership to meet up for the ride to the picnic site.  The ride took us out to Weatherford and finally to Canyon West Country Club gold course.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Kaw Seals

The following work actually occured over a week ago but we had so much going on with the Water4Life ride I decided to wait before posting the work done on the Kaw.  As mentioned previously, there was some leakage occuring around the gear shift lever that had to be dealt with.  I ordered the seals and they arrived promptly.  The chain cover portion of the tranny was already off so I still had to take the outer transmission cover off to get to the seals.  Using an impact wrench, I was easily able to remove the chain sprocket and then take out the multitude of allen bolts to get the cover off.

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Water for Life Charity Ride 2012

Today was the 3rd Water for Life charity ride sponsored by Fort Worth Harley Davidson.

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9/11 Firefighter Memorial Ride 2012

Today the Fort Worth Harley Chapter organized a 9/11 Memorial Ride in honor of the firefighters that lost their lives and all firefighters that have and/or currently serve.  The day was perfect.  It was cool and quiet.  The ride was organized so that we visited 4 fire stations and personally thanked the firefighters for their continual service to the community.  We also presented them with gifts of appreciation.  It was quite emotional when you begin to consider that it is very rare, if ever, that anyone ever shows up to thank our firefighters for their service.  So often we simply see their job as just that, a job, and forget these people often put their lives at risk to save us.

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Our last firehouse stop was on the other side of downtown.


The ride ended at the Police and Firefighters Memorial on 7th street just outside of downtown.  This is a tribute to fallen officers throughout Fort Worth history. There is a walk to the memorial that has historical accounts of how officers lost their lives.




Once you arrive at the memorial all the names and dates are shown.  I was able to find one that went all the way back to 1879!





Thank You to all of you that serve.


Friday, September 7, 2012

Kaw Repairs

After doing the carbs and getting excited about how well it ran, I decided to get down to some serious stuff.  The shifter rod seal is going out and it leaks oil, slowly but still leaks.  The fork seals also leak.  I was able to find diagrams of every componant of the bike and how its assembled along with part numbers for everything.  This site kawasakipartshouse was a super find.  For under $150 I was able to order all the seals and gaskets for both the transmission and front forks.  Can't beat that for an old bike!  I started pulling the transmission chain cover off to get an idea of how bad things were underneath.  OMG it was awful, awful, awful.

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Friday, August 31, 2012

Kaw Carbs!

I started working on that Kaw this week.  When we picked it up it had been sitting for almost 2 years.  It would run but start up and idle were kinda rough. I rode it home, took it on the freeway up to 70 and it ran pretty good but it did need some tuning.  Soooooo let the tear down begin!!!

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Vance & Hines Slip On Mufflers

At long last I was finally able to purchase slip ons for my bike!!!!  Vance and Hines 4" Monster Rounds!  Obviously this is an exciting moment.  Now the thing will finally sound like a Harley, not an air compressor.  I'll never forget the first day I pulled up to work on my new Harley.  There were a couple of ladies from work that were on their smoke break and they noticed I had a new bike.  They came over and said "Ooooooh, you got a new bike! What kind is it?"  I replied, "It's a Harley Street Glide".  They kinda looked it over told me how beautiful it was and then made the comment, "It doesn't sound like a Harley."  YAAAARG!!!!!  It was a bit embarrassing.  So the saving began for at least some slip ons to give it the rumble the thing deserves.

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Cancelled Muenster Ride

Well our Muenster, TX ride was cancelled due to severe thunderstorms all over North Texas. Yup, all that red stuff is heavy downpour.  Not a lot of fun to ride around in that.  This gives me a chance to catch up with some blog graphic upgrades and some other exciting news.

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Sunday, August 12, 2012