Tuesday, December 31, 2013

What a Fort Worth HOG Membership Means

After the post about the Fort Worth HOG Road Captains I started considering what it meant to be a member of our Chapter. You might be thinking, what is there to know? Just show up and ride! Well, not exactly, which is why I am going into more detail. 

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Maintenance Level Limitations

On this post I want to explore just how far can or should someone go with maintenance at home.  The answers will vary greatly depending on numerous factors. Obviously riding a motorcycle doesn't mean you can maintain or repair one though.  When I rode motocross and competed in Europe I was given a highly modified bike from a place out of California named R&D Motors.  This 80cc bike I received had a custom exhaust, bored cylinder, front forks from a 125cc, custom swing arm and rear suspension, high performance carb, etc.  The only problem with the bike that we were warned about was that the thing had so much torque, we would have to replace the piston rod bearings every 4 motos.  this involved removing the exhaust, carb, head, piston, and getting to the piston bearing on the rod which would just crumble into little pieces as it was removed.  At the age of 14 I was performing this maintenance task every other week myself.  My father worked with me the first few times and then just allowed me to handle it from then on.  My stepfather owned his own BMW motorcycle repair shop for 21 years and I would often hang around his shop as well. My father and I also did some classic car restoration.  We built a 57 Thunderbird convertible and a 72 Mustang Mach I fastback from the ground up.  We broke them down to the frame/unibody and began rebuilding from there.

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Rough Creek Lodge Ride 2013

Recently we took a ride with the Friendship Riders before the ice storm rolled in. Everything worked out perfectly both time and weather wise. We knew a cold front was soon to arrive but would be proceeded by a couple days of 70+ degree weather. Apparently one of the groups organizers felt the same way and planned a ride to take advantage of possibly the last comfortable riding day of the year.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Wise County Toy Run 2013

The annual Wise County Toy Run is a great time to meet other riders and ride for a reason. This year Margaret came along and rode her bike to her first large event. We met up with our HOG Chapter at the dealership for the Chapter ride to the event. I think we had about 50 bikes this year from our Chapter. It was a good turn out even though it was down from last year. Upon arrival in Decatur we promptly began taking media footage of the event.

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Some Reasons People Ride

Lately with the excessive work load and cold weather I haven't done much riding. It's interesting how your mind begins wandering back to riding when your too busy to do so or the weather doesn't permit. It was too cold to do any riding and I began reflecting and throwing ideas at Margaret as to why we ride.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Destination: Muenster, TX

It's been 3 weeks since my last post due to a lot of construction projects I am managing at work. Because of this we haven't been on a ride in 3 weeks either! This weekend however I managed to get a small break and was able to take off Sunday. We took advantage of this and took a ride to Muenster, TX.

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Spark Plug Replacement on a Harley Davidson Street Glide

This is going to be a short post and its one of those stand bye posts that Ill pull from the closet when life is busy. We started a new construction project at work so for the next 6 weeks I probably wont get a weekend off to write about much.

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Dinner Ride to Godley

We finally did all of that work around the house that we had planned for the last couple weeks. Most of it was yard work and after a long day of that, we were tired, hungry and didn't feel like cooking anything. There had been something like a 50% chance of rain all day but we didn't even get a drop. Sundays chance for rain had gone up considerably so we thought it would be a good opportunity to get take a short ride and get some fantastic food.

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Fort Worth HOG 2013 Chapter Picnic & Parts Installation

This weekend was super busy for both of us. Again, we had plans to do some work around the house but all of that changed when Margaret got her new grips. I received the call from Fort Worth Harley that her parts had arrived earlier in the week so we went to get them Friday evening. When we got to the dealership they also had the saddlebag guards I had ordered. I started whining a bit to Margaret that Saturday would be a labor intensive day without rest, slaving away installing parts. During this whining along with the support of Nick, Patrick, Daniel, and Phil, she grabbed a set of edge cut saddlebag hinges off the shelf behind us for my bike and said that would be my payment for doing all the work. Awesome, whining pays off!

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Fort Worth HOG Road Captains

I wanted to write about the Road Captains from the Fort Worth HOG Chapter. Primarily because I ride with them, know them, see what they do on rides, and have an enormous amount of respect for them. They are often taken for granted and just seen as someone leading or trailing behind each group. Some just see them as part of our Chapters structure of group riding and don't take much notice as to what is going on that makes these riders so special. What most people don't know is the amount of sacrifice our Road Captains give to help make our rides safe. Even outside of riding events they give their time unselfishly so that all of the Chapters members can have a fun filled day.

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Strawn, TX & Fort Worth HOG Skills Day

The weekend turned out to be far more than I anticipated.  Originally our plans were to work around the house on Saturday and participate in our chapters skills day on Sunday.  We got up early Saturday morning and the temperature was a nice cool 65 degrees and was only supposed to get up to around 85 for the high. We didn't want to miss out on the nice weather so we planned a short 248 mile ride to Strawn, TX to have lunch at Mary's.  They are well known for their chicken fried steak and Margaret had never been there.  So off we went with chicken fried steak on our minds!  And the ride of course!

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Fort Worth Harley Davidson Water For Life Charity Ride 2013

With an event as big as the Fort Worth Harley Davidson Water for Life 2013 ride I figured the extra post would be a good idea.  Margaret and I arrived about an hour early to get some pictures and video of the staging area and take part in the poker walk.  When we pulled up we were counted as bike number 160.  It was early and the bikes were steadily rolling in.

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Fort Worth HOG 911 Memorial Ride 2013

Wednesday evening the Fort Worth HOG chapter gathered for their 3rd 911 Memorial ride.  After a presentation of a banner that had the names of all of the victims of this tragic event, Kim read the timeline of the attacks to recall that horrible day.  This set the stage for the beginning of our ride.

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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Destination: Marble Falls, TX 2013

Labor day weekend brought about the opportunity to sneak in a longer ride.  When you work full time you have to take advantage of those extra days off.  I had some ideas of where to go and tossed them out there for Margaret to choose. The winning destination was Marble Falls, TX.

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Destination: Albany, TX 2013

I had to put this post up a day earlier than usual since Margaret and I will be taking a 3 day road trip over the labor day weekend.  Hopefully we will have good fortune with our camera and Gopro and get some good media to share over the next couple of weeks.

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Installing Stuff

Saturday I took most of the day installing stuff we had ordered for both of our bikes.  I also had to do another oil change on mine having reached that 30K mileage mark.

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Cranfills Gap 2013 & Meridian State Park

Following the previous weekend of hard riding I was able to talk Margaret into doing some riding related activities instead of riding the entire state of Texas again.  Saturday we both gave our bikes a good scrubbing.  They were still covered with an enormous amount of grasshopper goo.  This was her first washing of her Softail and a great experience too.  It was interesting to hear her whine and grumble about how nasty the bug parts were and that they wouldn't come off easily.  She wanted me to wash her bike but in my objective opinion, she hit the bugs on her bike so she needs to clean them off.  I had my own mess of splatters to scrub.  We also waxed the paint and polished the chrome on both bikes.  This was the first detailing for her bike so we took our time and did the process thoroughly.  This took all morning and we enjoyed doing it together.

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Dublin Dr Pepper & Goldthwaite Texas

We've been getting Margaret out on short rides for about a month.  Started out doing 20 miles round trip and worked up to 60 mile round trips.  I was thinking she was doing pretty good, didn't want to push her and provoke any discouragement by riding too far too fast and freaking her out.  I decided to trick her by doing a longer ride without telling her.  I worked up a route to Hico, Tx and back which was about 125 miles round trip.  The evening before Jim called to see what we were up to so I invited him and Pat along.

We met in Crowley and headed out.  The route took us through Godley, Bono, Granbury, then on some very nice FM roads to Hico.  Jim had to be back home to meet some construction contractors by noon so he broke off from us shortly before arriving at Hico.

Margaret and I had breakfast at the Koffee Kup and prepared to head back home.  She asked "where are we going now?"

"Back home" I responded.  Now is the turning point to this otherwise boring post.  She wasn't very happy with my response. She wanted to ride some more. Gotta keep your woman happy right?  We headed out on some more very nice FM roads and hours later ended up in Dublin TX.  We decided to take the tour of the historical Dr Pepper Museum and get a couple souvenirs. Apparently even this distance wasn't enough because when I said we were going to take a direct route home she whined about it.  We left Dublin and ended up back in Hico, then Glen Rose, then Granbury, Bono, Godley, Crowley, and finally home.  Every place we stopped at I encouraged a shorter route home to which I received evil glares and whining about what kind of rider was I? Shes a monster! To be honest, she finally broke loose on her bike and overcame a lot of her apprehensions about riding.  She relaxed, let the bike go, and enjoyed the ride and scenery.  She finally began to understand the beauty of riding.  She was hooked and there was no turning back now. We rode 300 miles that day and every mile and stop was wonderful.

Nice little story but little did I know it would continue sooner than later.  I slept in the next morning to about 8am.  That's VERY late for me considering my daily wake up time is 5am.  I crawled out of bed, wandering into her work room rubbing my eyes trying to clear my vision and shes standing there, dressed with her riding vest on.  "Where are we going today?" she asks with a completely serious demeanor.  WTH?!?! I'm thinking to myself that riding 300 miles in a day is a pretty nice ride in itself for one weekend and this woman wants to go out again?  I told her I didn't have anything planned to which she responded "Why not? You better figure out something soon so we can get going!"  OMG, this keeping your woman happy concept is starting to work against me!

Within an hour were back on the road, Crowley, Godley, Bono, Hico, Hamilton, and finally to Goldthwaite. We stopped at a restaurant named Peabody's to cool down and eat.  We arrived 30 minutes before closing time and stood at the front door for a few minutes while the staff walked around and ignored us. Margaret figured if we sat down we might be served. Not a chance. I finally went to the back of the restaurant where the staff was hiding out and asked if we were supposed to wait to be seated. A very rude server sharply informed me they were closed and turned away. If you go to Goldthwaithe stay away from Peabody's, they are not biker friendly.   We did manage to find a Dairy Queen and got some cool drinks and a burger. They were very friendly unlike the cold shoulder we received at Peabody's. There is a historic suspension bridge somewhere in the Goldthwaite area we wanted to see but by now it was late and we had a long ride to get home. We didn't get any pictures in Goldwaithe as there really wasn't anything to photograph. Well go back again and try to find that bridge on another trip. After another 10 hour day of riding and another 300 miles, we arrived home.

600 miles in two days.  I'm not really sure how to comment on that.  She loved it.  Every bit of it.  The riding, the stops at towns and rest areas where we would just enjoy the day together.  We stopped at quite a few historical sites as well. Even as I am typing this post shes asking about riding again.  I've got too much to do to take her out for another weekend like that this time but I promised we would go out tomorrow and ride somewhere.

During the ride back from Goldthwaite my bike started having some issues.  The voltage meter would either spike or drop at which point the check engine and battery indicators would come on.  Sometimes my cruise control would shut off if the voltage went to low.  Fortunately the bike never quit running during the trip.  I figured it might be the voltage regulator going bad.  We dropped it off at the dealership the next day for them to pull the event logs for diagnosis.  It was the voltage regulator which they replaced under the factory warranty. I know there are people that complain about Harley dealerships and service departments, but Fort Worth Harley Davidson has given us some of the best customer service of any business we have ever dealt with.

I took the camera and GoPro both of those days to try and get some media.  It's grasshopper season in Texas so I lost a lot of video due to those juicy things splattering on the lens cover of the GoPro even though I cleaned it at every stop. We still got some decent riding clips but entire portions of the ride were unusable due to the bug guts.  I still used what I was able to salvage and put together a short video. I hope you enjoy the media as much as we enjoyed the riding to compile it.

Ride to Dublin & Goldthwaite Video

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Accident Scene Management Class

With Margaret and I beginning to ride together we felt it might be a good idea to learn what to do in case of an accident.  No rider wants to go through that possibility but the reality is that it can happen.  When it happens the more someone might know about what to do at an accident scene could save the victims life.  Fort Worth HOG scheduled a class with Road Guardians on July 20 and July 21 for its members.  As soon as we were informed about it we reserved a spot for both of us.  The road captains in our chapter are required to take the course and keep their certifications active but we just thought it would be good for ourselves.

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Cutting a Motorcycle Windshield

As Margaret has gotten more comfortable on her bike she has had an ever growing issue with the windshield.  She's getting a lot of reflections and glare on the inside that is affecting her ability to see the road due to its height. Everyone has their preferences on how tall, short, fat, etc. a windshield should be. Most articles, riders, and accessory places will recommend that your eye site should be just above the top of the wind shield.  I tend to agree with this.  Try having a windshield that you have to look through and ride in the rain.  No wipers means you can’t see through it and you’ll end up having to crane your neck to the side of the windshield to see the road.

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Air Filter Cleaning

Another very important maintenance procedure is to clean and lubricate your air intake filter.  When that thing gets dirty your bike will start running rough due to not getting enough air into the cylinders.  Its an easy procedure that anyone can do with basic tools.  If you have been doing your own oil changes you'll  already have all the tools necessary to do this.  The owners manual that comes with your bike shows this needs to be done every 5000 miles.  I clean mine with every oil change and that puts both maintenance procedures on the same schedule.

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Steering Head Bearing Lubrication

This VERY simple maintenance tip can be performed by anyone and with only one tool!  That is exciting news for anyone.  Your steering head bearings should be lubricated at regular intervals that are outlined in your owner’s manual.  This will keep your steering bearings from binding which could cause control issues. My Street Glide is every 10K miles, Margarets Softail Deluxe is also 10K miles.  The first lube is supposed to be performed at that critical 1K miles service. What your owner’s manual does not explain is how to lubricate, how much lubrication to use, and what type of lubrication to use.  This information can be found in a service manual for your specific bike.

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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Margarets First Road Ride

Last weekend Margaret completed the state mandated riding class and obtained her license.  She did quite well by having the overall highest scores of the class.  Congrats on that!  Being an extended weekend due to 4th of July, we were able to get her out in the parking lot a bit more than usual so she could get more comfortable on her Harley.  She gained so much confidence that she asked if we could take a short ride on the road Sunday morning.

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Million Mile Monday 2013

Every year Harley Davidson does a Million Mile Monday. Launched in 2008, Million Mile Monday has been an annual event on the last Monday of June that brings thousands of Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders together in a collective effort to celebrate the motorcycle riding experience.  Outside of having an excuse to take off work on this Monday and ride, nothing really comes from it.  Fort Worth Harley Davidson has taken a step to incorporate this ride into part of their year long charity fund raising event.

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Other Side of the Ride

Everyone that rides dreams of those times on the open road.  We want to experience looking out and seeing nothing in front of us except the beautiful landscape that God has given us.  Always searching around the next turn for exhilaration as we ride into some new road and scenery.  We crave endless roads that are free of cars, trucks, buses, construction vehicles, and gravel haulers.  The riding experience can be difficult to get across to non-riders.  Try as you may, they simply don't "get it".  Hence the biker patch that reads, "If I have to explain you wont understand". Riding is addictive and every time we embark on our next journey we chase after that perfect ride.

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Margarets Softail Deluxe

For months I have had to endure the whining from Margaret saying "Wheres my Harley?!"  I learned to tune the question out or pretend not to hear her say it.  As she has gotten more comfortable riding the kawasaki I knew the question would have to be addressed eventually.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Monitor Crash

Yup, my primary monitor crashed last night.  I thought it might be going out for quite a while because it would often flicker or just not turn on.  Last night though, the electronic grim reaper came for the monitor.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Computer Crash

My computer crashed this past weekend so I haven't been able to post. I did have a post just about ready when the problem occurred.  Fortunately all of my data is stored on a separate drive and backed up to our server so nothing was lost.  It will probably be another week before a new riding post goes up since I don't have a lot of time to work on the computer when I get home.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Patriot Guard- Memorial Day 2013

This year for Memorial Day Margaret and I took part in a Patriot Guard mission.  The mission was to set up a flag line and flag back drop for the speakers of the ceremonies and to respectfully stand tall and silent.  The placing of the flag and wreath presentation that represented all branches of the armed forces was performed by the Mansfield High School ROTC.  Many speakers including Rick Crabb from the Patriot Guard reminded us of the importance of remembering the men and woman that died in service to our country.

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Fort Worth HOG May 2013 Chapter Meeting

Time again for our chapter meeting to roll around the calendar.  It was a beautiful day from the start, perfect for a short ride from the dealership to Billy Bobs Honky Tonk.  63 bikes rode the parade line this month through the stockyards.  The usual raffles and 50/50 took place along with snippets of future line ups for chapter events.

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Monday, May 20, 2013

More Practice!

We went out to the practice parking lot again so Margaret could get a bit more riding time in. It's been a month since we were able to make time for her to practice due to weather and work.  I will be fair on this point, some of the days we could have gone out for her to practice we went to a chapter event instead.

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Fort Worth HOG Careity Foundation Relay 2013

Saturday and Sunday April 27 thru 28 brought about a very long day full of loads of fun, live music, eating, and riding!  Fort Worth HOG and other sponsors, Rumbling Rider included, took part in a charity drive for breast cancer through Careity Foundation.  This was a 24 hour relay ride which started at 9am Saturday morning until 9am Sunday morning.  From start to finish for 24 hours there was a group of bikes on the road at all times.  As a group was arriving back at the dealership, the next one would take off, this went on around the clock.

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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Fort Worth HOG- May Skills Day

Skills day is kicking off in full force again for the year.  The road captains setup cones for various bike handling practice and group riding tips.  The purpose for skills day is for riders to become familiar with what their bike is capable of doing, what their riding limitations may be, and improving upon their riding skills.  Our road captains work with everyone individually and as a group to help us improve and become safer riders.  They look for bad habits and work with us to overcome those habits.  They teach group riding techniques to make our chapter rides safe for all.  Most of our road captains are also on the competition team and the advice they have to offer is invaluable.  You will find yourself using techniques learned on the course in your everyday riding.  It's much safer to drop your bike in the parking lot or run over a few cones than to drop your bike on the road to discover you need to improve on a riding technique.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Patriot Guard- West, Tx Memorial Service

At some point in all of our lives we experience "something" that is so emotional and moving that it becomes difficult to put our feelings to words.  On Thursday April 24, 2013 I attended the West, TX memorial services for the first responders of the fertilizer plant explosion with The Patriot Guard Riders.  Its difficult to even know where to start this post because of my emotions.

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Cowtown Bluebonnet Trail Ride

Bluebonnets!  Yar, its bluebonnet time in Texas!  As you might know the bluebonnet is the official state flower so what better way to celebrate our states flower than to go on a ride to see them!

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Patriot Guard Riders

When creating this blog the original intent was to focus on my personal riding experiences since getting my Harley.  This post is a bit off track from that intention but I was compelled to post it. Upon browsing some sites and videos I found a particular video that REALLY moved me.  My personality is kind of hard, cold and non-emotional but I lost that composure when I saw this video.  I have known about the Patriot Guard Riders and what they do as a riding group, even considered joining their missions when I could.  I never did though.  Something personal, fun, or selfish always comes up for most of us to make an excuse not to participate in humanitarian causes.  It is in our human nature to be this way.

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Fort Worth HOG April 2013 Chapter Meeting

This months meeting heralded hot tempuratures and clear skies.  There was a great turnout with the parade having 59 bikes.  We took the usual route through the Fort Worth Stockyards and conducted the meeting at Billy Bobs.

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Passing Lamps

Due to weather, personal things, and groups not doing much, I haven't done any riding since the last post.  However, last month I purchased passing lamps for my bike and we took a few pictures of the installation process!  I saved this post information for a time of inactivity and here it is!

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Albany & Fort Griffin

Destination: Albany & Fort Griffin

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Fork Fix

I had to take off work this Wednesday for personal reasons and decided to work on the forks to get that gushing leak fixed.  We wouldn't want Margaret to be parted from practicing too long. Honestly, I was apprehensive before getting down to work on this task.  I know its messy and the bike is old so parts are difficult to come by if something goes wrong and breaks.

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Fork Failure

We went out again for Margaret to get some practice in last Sunday afternoon.  Temperatures were in the high 60's which in my mind is a sign that we should be doing some sort of riding and not waste away the day drowning in the sofa and gurgling at the TV.  So off we went to the practice parking lot to progress some more.  It had been a couple of weeks since she rode due to cold and rainy weather so we started her off easy to get accustomed to the basics again.  This just wasn't her day though.  She couldn't get her confidence level up for some reason.  She kept walking the bike forward with her legs to get it moving instead of clutching, and was riding about 7 miles per hour.  I could see the hesitation and asked her what was wrong but she said she didn't know.  After about 10 minutes of trying to get back into it she came to a stop and dropped the bike.  No harm done, but she was very upset so we called it a day and went back home.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Road to the Toad

Destination- Cranfills Gap, TX

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Margaret Rides Again!

Yup, this was her 3rd time EVER to ride a motorcycle.  And I have to admit, not because she is my wonderful wife, she did fantastic!

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Murphy Strikes Again

Well, after mentioning that I hoped Murphy wouldn't be around in my post about oil changes, he struck.  I was on my merry way home from work Monday enjoying the highway and weather when I started smelling something awful.  If you have ever worked construction and had to cut Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic you would recognize the sharp tingling burnt plastic smell that is specific to that material.  At first I thought maybe there was construction going on close to the highway and the wind had blown the smell in my direction so I didn't pay much attention to it.  But, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 40 minutes, and on and on until I got home I was still smelling it.  Not good.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Chapter Meeting February 2013

This months chapter meeting was the coldest of the year.  Margaret chose to go with me and we bundled up and hit the road.  The tempurature was 51 degrees when we left the house with a very strong northern wind.  It didnt take long for the cool air to chill us both.

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Oil Change- Part 1

I am absolutely amazed at how many people I know and meet that do not perform their own oil changes.  Personally I just dont get it,  the savings are just too great not to do it yourself.  Doing it yourself also helps you familiarize yourself more with your bike.  Another thing that blows me away is that the process is in your owners manual!!!!  HD makes it very easy by providing great diagrams and oil quantities for the crankcase, tranny, and primary.  They even provide diagrams of how to read the oil levels from the dipsticks!!! No special HD shop manual, tech manual, or secret HD service cryptography stone tablet is necessary.

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Dead Battery

Call it Murphy's Law, fate, bad luck, or misfortune but after the battery tender post, my battery died.  There was a nice break in the weather one morning and I decided to ride.  Got geared up, unplugged the batter tender, got on, pushed the starter and VOILA, DEAD BATTERY!  YAAAARGGGGG!!.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Freeze Yer Buns Ride 2013

Sunday marked the January 2013 Freeze Yer Buns Ride for the Fort Worth HOG Chapter!  As most Texans will tell you, "You never know what the weather will do in Texas"!  And that is not a mis-statement!  When we should be bundled up with frozen fingers and icy breath, Texas threw its sudden surprise giving us a beautiful riding day in the high 60's.  The ride was planned with freezing or near freezing tempuratures in mind and was kept short for that reason.  Wind chills can tear you down pretty quickly so the ride was only a couple hours today.  Winter landscapes without greenery (or snow) was the focus of the local ride.  We had about 40 bikes on this one and I would presume that was due to the great weather.  No complaints from anyone though.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Holiday Downtime

As the title states, for me at least this is my yearly downtime.  With Christmas, New Years, Birthdays, and chilly weather, I just dont get much riding in.  I dont like the cold and wont ride when its under about 45 degrees. 9 months out of the year I ride 110 miles a day just for my commute to work and back. Then add in any Chapter events on evenings and weekends and I can quite easily put in 1000 miles a week.  Since this is my first Harley it will be interesting to see how well the bike holds up mechanically to putting that kind of mileage on it. Everyone in my Chapter tells me the 103 is a great engine and should easily run 100k miles without any major issues if any. Barring routine maintenance of course.  I havent performed any engine mods outside of the V & H monster rounds.  I prefer to ride it stock and avoid some of the issues Ive seen that other members have from doing performance upgrades.  I need long term reliability, not a mean modded machine.

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