The Sportster and Buell Motorcycle Forum - The XLFORUM®
 

Go Back   The Sportster and Buell Motorcycle Forum - The XLFORUM® > GENERAL AREA > Off-Topic/General Discussion
XLF Blogs XLF Arcade XLF Disclaimer/Privacy Statement/Terms Of Use

Notices

Off-Topic/General Discussion Here is you can submit non-Sportster related topics. NO POLITICS OR RELIGIOUS DISCUSSION PLEASE.

Active Threads
0 I have a couple questions regarding a 2004 883 Custom
Last Post: Andy56
Posted On: 1 Minute Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 415
0 Keep & Kill
Last Post: Graywolf
Posted On: 37 Minutes Ago
Replies: 33,573
Views: 2,045,162
0 75 Ironhead cafe racer reboot
Last Post: paulc
Posted On: 46 Minutes Ago
Replies: 85
Views: 4,745
0 Hottie of the day, no nudity.
Last Post: ronccc
Posted On: 6 Hours Ago
Replies: 41,686
Views: 5,805,782
0 What engine oil do you use?
Last Post: rejeanprimeau
Posted On: 7 Hours Ago
Replies: 498
Views: 127,969
0 What jets do you use?
Last Post: 84rzv500r
Posted On: 7 Hours Ago
Replies: 246
Views: 95,131
0 What did you do for your sporty Today?
Last Post: ChinCactus
Posted On: 7 Hours Ago
Replies: 8,099
Views: 1,580,004
4 The dreaded carb cough and interesting findings
Last Post: gearbanger
Posted On: 8 Hours Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 1,008
0 an interesting vintage XLCH review...
Last Post: Ferrous Head
Posted On: 8 Hours Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 527
0 1974 XLH Rebuild
Last Post: Iron Mike
Posted On: 9 Hours Ago
Replies: 40
Views: 1,606
0 Chain Lube
Last Post: wedge
Posted On: 10 Hours Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 309
14 What made the best Improvement to your Sporty??
Last Post: wardie
Posted On: 10 Hours Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 4,669
0 thinking of replacing drag/lolipop with 2/1 pipes
Last Post: Ferrous Head
Posted On: 11 Hours Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 1,880
0 Cam question...
Last Post: kitabel
Posted On: 11 Hours Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 163
0 TC88A and higher compression timing
Last Post: clark_zrx
Posted On: 11 Hours Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 195
0 Snippets
Last Post: rejeanprimeau
Posted On: 13 Hours Ago
Replies: 885
Views: 153,257
0 Sportster drags
Last Post: sportsterpaul
Posted On: 13 Hours Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 104
0 Roads I'd like to ride.
Last Post: rejeanprimeau
Posted On: 14 Hours Ago
Replies: 4,025
Views: 536,957
0 Lost for words.
Last Post: DirtyHarry68
Posted On: 15 Hours Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 582
0 DOT 5 Flush/Bleed Routinely?
Last Post: roachhill
Posted On: 17 Hours Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 234
0 Official XL Forum Random Image Thread (NO NUDITY!)
Last Post: Crusty
Posted On: 22 Hours Ago
Replies: 56,845
Views: 9,883,260
0 Ironhead and Owner - Post Yer Pics If You dare!
Last Post: Gearhead88
Posted On: 1 Day Ago
Replies: 223
Views: 71,172
0 my sunday driver...
Last Post: 84rzv500r
Posted On: 1 Day Ago
Replies: 151
Views: 37,632
0 Hot Chicks on Hot Bikes
Last Post: wachuko
Posted On: 1 Day Ago
Replies: 13,712
Views: 3,729,792
0 Let's play a game
Last Post: BKB
Posted On: 1 Day Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,877
0 stress killer
Last Post: Nibelungen
Posted On: 1 Day Ago
Replies: 466
Views: 108,991
3 post a pic of your AMF sporty
Last Post: rustydusty
Posted On: 1 Day Ago
Replies: 812
Views: 343,243
0 Northeastern Massachusetts 2023
Last Post: mick42
Posted On: 1 Day Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 363
0 Mushrooms...Hate or Love poll
Last Post: cal43
Posted On: 1 Day Ago
Replies: 226
Views: 17,443
0 Hot Rods, Rat Rods, and Customs.
Last Post: Stairman
Posted On: 1 Day Ago
Replies: 5,747
Views: 1,433,140
More...
Members Birthdays
Brucest (71), SkeeClaw (66), JeffEdmo (55), SkippyRay (54), CuL8R (44), Smitty (39), danielfred (35)
Reply
 
Share Thread Tools Display Modes
  #881  
Old 1 Week Ago
Crusty's Avatar
Crusty Crusty is offline
XL FORUM TEAM MEMBER
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Cheviot, OH
Posts: 2,196
Sportster/Buell Model: XL 1200 CX
Sportster/Buell Year: 2016
Sportster/Buell Model #2: XLH 1000
Sportster/Buell Year #2: 1978
Other Motorcycle Model: XL 1200 Cussed'em
Other Motorcycle Year: 2006
Reputation: 8543958
Crusty has a reputation beyond reputeCrusty has a reputation beyond reputeCrusty has a reputation beyond reputeCrusty has a reputation beyond reputeCrusty has a reputation beyond reputeCrusty has a reputation beyond reputeCrusty has a reputation beyond reputeCrusty has a reputation beyond reputeCrusty has a reputation beyond reputeCrusty has a reputation beyond reputeCrusty has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Winter Blues


One of my favorite coffee cups says WINTER SUCKS in bold letters. Today is the kind of day it was made for. The sky is dark grey the temp is hovering close to the freezing mark and we’ve been getting very light snow showers off and on all day long. I have no plans to go anywhere today, but I still feel trapped.

I’ve been doing things like looking at 1/4” vinyl tubing and soft jaws for my vise on fleaBay and Amazon. I’m not buying; I’m just looking. There’s nothing worth watching on the idiot box and I don’t feel like watching a movie; though I probably will, later on. I’m going to fix a BLT and Knorr Teriyaki Noodles for dinner, but that won’t be for a while.

I made the Pulled Chicken last night. Actually; the Crock Pot did. I just mixed up the ingredients and turned the crock pot on at 10:30 PM. When I got up at 6:30, it was done. Just as I predicted; I had a Pulled Chicken sandwich for breakfast. It was quite tasty. The rest of the chicken got measured out and put in little containers and stacked in the freezer. I have enough frozen items to have dinner for well beyond the next month.

I’m drinking a cup of Kenya Grand Cru coffee. It’s a light roast that tastes pretty good. I can get 12 Oz. bags of whole beans of it from Whole Foods. It used to come in 1 pound bags, but now, even the whole bean marketers have succumbed to the “Give Less and Charge More” school of business that the whole coffee industry had fallen into.

I remember when coffee used to come in 1 Pound cans. Then, the size shrank to 13 ounces. I just bought a can of Haxwell Mouse Columbian and it has shrunk to 10 ounces. Like the Toilet paper Super Mega Ultra Rolls that say they’re 4x as much as a regular sized roll, I expect coffee will come in Super Sized 16 Oz cans soon. Maybe they’ll even come with a key so that you can open the can without an opener and use the lid to seal the grounds back up to keep the grounds fresh.

Maybe I’m just an oddball; but I’d much prefer the quantity stay the same and let the price go up proportionally. I really get tired of getting scammed. “Well; you’re only paying 25% more for 33% less!” If it’s going to cost me 20 bucks for a pound of good coffee; that’s fine. I can make the adjustment. 15 bucks for 12 ounces just annoys me and shows me that I’m being conned. I feel like that Abbot and Costello routine, “Hey; give me two tens for a five.” It’s like tossing a coin; Heads I win; Tails, you lose.

Then again; that attitude seems to have pervaded everything, from coffee and toilet paper to news reporting (especially) and politics. We’ve had two snow falls this past week The local weather forecasts have hyped the living dickens out of the “Major Winter Storms”. Yesterday’s storm left maybe an inch of snow on the ground before it turned to rain and washed it all away.

I wish I could get things wrong as often and make as much money as the local “Meteorologists”. Like that would ever happen. Who would want to watch an old, fat, crusty geezer who calls it the way he sees it, instead of a buxom blonde who says exciting things from a script?

Well; tomorrow, supposedly; the sun will come out and the temps will get as high as, maybe, 40º F and Saturday, it’s supposed to climb all the way to the high 40s; maybe even 50! I guess I’ll be able to put a few more miles on the Express. That should improve my mood.
Reply With Quote
  #882  
Old 1 Week Ago
sportsterpaul's Avatar
sportsterpaul sportsterpaul is offline
XL FORUM LIFE MEMBER
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: In a swamp/Michigan
Posts: 16,737
Sportster/Buell Model: XL1460C
Sportster/Buell Year: 2000
Sportster/Buell Model #2: XL1200R
Sportster/Buell Year #2: 2006
Other Motorcycle Model: XL1200R
Other Motorcycle Year: 2004
Reputation: 17208028
sportsterpaul has a reputation beyond reputesportsterpaul has a reputation beyond reputesportsterpaul has a reputation beyond reputesportsterpaul has a reputation beyond reputesportsterpaul has a reputation beyond reputesportsterpaul has a reputation beyond reputesportsterpaul has a reputation beyond reputesportsterpaul has a reputation beyond reputesportsterpaul has a reputation beyond reputesportsterpaul has a reputation beyond reputesportsterpaul has a reputation beyond repute
Default

John, 6 inches of wet heavy snow up here. Took me forever to move it and am exhausted. Did feel good to get outside in fresh air.
__________________
Keep smiling cause it makes everyone nervous!

Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes the reason is that you’re stupid and you make bad decisions.....

The XL Forum Sportsterpedia:
http://sportsterpedia.com/doku.php/start
Reply With Quote
  #883  
Old 1 Week Ago
Steve9's Avatar
Steve9 Steve9 is offline
XL FORUM TEAM MEMBER
 
Join Date: Jan 2020
Location: Loxahatchee, FL (S. FL)
Posts: 2,109
Sportster/Buell Model: XLCH
Sportster/Buell Year: 2003
Sportster/Buell Model #2: XL
Sportster/Buell Year #2: 1981
Other Motorcycle Model: FXDC
Other Motorcycle Year: 2013
Reputation: 2949992
Steve9 has a reputation beyond reputeSteve9 has a reputation beyond reputeSteve9 has a reputation beyond reputeSteve9 has a reputation beyond reputeSteve9 has a reputation beyond reputeSteve9 has a reputation beyond reputeSteve9 has a reputation beyond reputeSteve9 has a reputation beyond reputeSteve9 has a reputation beyond reputeSteve9 has a reputation beyond reputeSteve9 has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Bike looks great!

Has to be satisfying.

I appreciate the going back to carb-fuel injection is great but the electricalness of it leaves me
__________________
Steve
'81 Andrews "Y" cams, K. Black 9-1 pistons
'03 1250 NRHS stage two Lightning heads, SE536 cams, mik flat slide 42
'01 Cyclone stock
'13 FXDC 96" stock
Reply With Quote
  #884  
Old 4 Days Ago
Crusty's Avatar
Crusty Crusty is offline
XL FORUM TEAM MEMBER
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Cheviot, OH
Posts: 2,196
Sportster/Buell Model: XL 1200 CX
Sportster/Buell Year: 2016
Sportster/Buell Model #2: XLH 1000
Sportster/Buell Year #2: 1978
Other Motorcycle Model: XL 1200 Cussed'em
Other Motorcycle Year: 2006
Reputation: 8543958
Crusty has a reputation beyond reputeCrusty has a reputation beyond reputeCrusty has a reputation beyond reputeCrusty has a reputation beyond reputeCrusty has a reputation beyond reputeCrusty has a reputation beyond reputeCrusty has a reputation beyond reputeCrusty has a reputation beyond reputeCrusty has a reputation beyond reputeCrusty has a reputation beyond reputeCrusty has a reputation beyond repute
Default

It Was A Bargain!!!

Today, I blew my budget and I don’t regret it. Actually, I started a spending spree yesterday. I was at Wally World and I was going to buy two pairs of curtains for the bedroom. Instead of two pairs, I bought four. I was afraid that if I waited until next month, they’d sell out. I’ve had that happen to me in the past. So I bought the four pairs and put them on the plastic. I figured that I could pay half now, and pay the other half next month.

Then, when I got home and looked at my e-mail, Iron Pony Motorsports in Columbus sent me a letter saying that they had Kilimanjaro and Katmandu Jackets for $138.99. I got fired up when I read that and called them. I guess they’re Blems or something, but they usually sell for $499.95. I asked if this was an Internet only kind of deal, or were they in stock and the guy on the phone told me that they had them in the store. So I called David and talked him into driving up to Columbus today.

It snowed a little bit last night. Not much, maybe 2 inches; but it was enough to make the streets messy. Anyhow; we went up to Westerville (a suburb of Columbus) and spent about an hour and a half at Iron Pony.

Now, Iron Pony Motorsports is a motorcyclist’s dream of a shop. It’s huge! I think it used to be a K Mart; but now it’s filled with motorcycles and all kinds of accessories. They sell something like 7 different brands of bikes - Indian, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha, Triumph and Can Am three wheelers and they have thousands of different gear items from incredibly cheap to top of the line expensive. You can get cheap Chineseum jackets for $38.00 or you can buy Klim jackets and pants for over $700.00 each and hundreds of others in between. I looked at both Firstgear jackets and grabbed a Kilimanjaro. Tried it on to make sure it fit and that was all I needed. It went into the shopping cart. (A motorcycle accessory shop that has shopping carts!) Then, we went over to the boot section and I tried on a bunch of different boots to see which fit best. I wasn’t buying today, but I wanted to note which ones to come back for when I get my Income Tax return. I tried on boots from Milwaukee Leather, Firstgear, Noru, Alpinestar and Tourmaster. I finally picked a pair that felt best from Noru. David took a picture of the label on the box, so I’ll know which boots to go after when I go back. I also grabbed a couple of packs of socks that were two pairs for $4.95. I got the jacket for $360.00 under MSRP.

We left Iron Pony at 1:30 PM and we hit a Mexican restaurant that was about a mile away and struck gold once again. The food was really good. I got a Colorado Burrito that was very flavorful and David had a Fajita that he liked. The salsa that came with the chips was extremely tasty. It wasn’t hot, but it had a wonderful flavor. I’ll be eating there again. Maybe I’ll try to organize a Meet&Eat there when the weather gets warmer. Have a really good lunch, then hit Iron Pony so that people who haven’t been there can see what it’s like to visit Candyland.

The ride home was pretty uneventful, with the exception of finding gas at only $2.99/Gallon at a Sheetz near Washington Court House. I got a cup of good coffee there and drank it as we drove back to Cincinnati.

It was a great way to spend a grey winter day when the temperature stayed well below freezing. And I have a new jacket that I’ll be wearing to the Arctic!
Reply With Quote
  #885  
Old 17 Hours Ago
Crusty's Avatar
Crusty Crusty is offline
XL FORUM TEAM MEMBER
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Cheviot, OH
Posts: 2,196
Sportster/Buell Model: XL 1200 CX
Sportster/Buell Year: 2016
Sportster/Buell Model #2: XLH 1000
Sportster/Buell Year #2: 1978
Other Motorcycle Model: XL 1200 Cussed'em
Other Motorcycle Year: 2006
Reputation: 8543958
Crusty has a reputation beyond reputeCrusty has a reputation beyond reputeCrusty has a reputation beyond reputeCrusty has a reputation beyond reputeCrusty has a reputation beyond reputeCrusty has a reputation beyond reputeCrusty has a reputation beyond reputeCrusty has a reputation beyond reputeCrusty has a reputation beyond reputeCrusty has a reputation beyond reputeCrusty has a reputation beyond repute
Default

I Was Feeling Restless


So I brought a load of laundry downstairs this morning. It needed washing; I threw it in the washer with some detergent and started it going. However, the 78 is on the lift and it’s right at the bottom of the stairs. It’s hard to ignore a bike when it’s right in front of you. I had noticed that the docking hardware for a detachable windshield was on the fork tubes and the little bent wire “guide” for the clutch cable was on one. I know that the wire is supposed to go under the head of one of the “Eyebrow” bolts, so I decided to relocate it; which took all of 10 minutes. but that got me looking at the 78 again.

It really is a pretty bike. It’s had a rough life; I can tell by the number of Jury Rigged parts. The clutch is in sad shape; it needs all new plates and new springs. The bike itself needs all new cables - throttle, clutch, rear brake, speedo and tach. The generator isn’t generating, so it will have to back to Cycle Electric and get sorted. I’m going to have to hit a Swap Meet or two and find an aluminum front rim and a Superglide gas tank. I don’t know what shape the engine is in; but considering how the rest of the bike has been, it’ll probably need to be rebuilt. Fortunately, I know a really good Iron Motor mechanic.

Once the bike is sorted out mechanically, I’ll have to work on the cosmetics. Once again, I know somebody who really excels at body work. I don’t know if he’ll want to work on the tank & fenders, though. He does motorcycle stuff as a sideline. He’s done some phenomenal work for me on the Roadster, Cussed’em and especially, the Gentleman’s Express; but I think that’s because he likes helping me out. He’s not getting rich on what he charged me. But he likes a challenge; so he might want to see an old Iron Motor come back to life.

All of this is going to be a ways into the future. I’m pretty focused on going to the Arctic in June. After that, there are many other things that I will need to focus on; like the house. I want to turn the bedroom back to two rooms. I also want to rebuild the bathroom. I want to get rid of the bathtub and put a shower in its place. I also want to have the trees on the property cut down. I especially hate the two trees that are in front of the house between the sidewalk and the street. And I really want to replace the ugly, dirty looking carpeting in the living room, dining room and bedroom. That will have to wait until after the bedroom and bathroom projects are done. And don’t forget the paint! I’ll have to paint the rooms after the work is done. I guess, like everything else, the price of paint has gone through the roof.

But maybe, while I’m doing all of the above projects, I could buy a cable or some clutch parts and store them until I have enough to start doing things for the 78. Kind of like the seat I got for it last year. I scored a brand new, never installed stock seat for a very reasonable price. It’s downstairs, just waiting for when the 78 is ready for Prime Time. I have a not so perfect seat on the bike, right now. It’s in good shape; but the other seat looks better than any other that I’ve seen.

There are many other things that the 78 is going to need, but those will get addressed as the build happens.

Little by little, though; the projects are getting accomplished and things are looking brighter. Step by step and inch by inch.
Reply With Quote
  #886  
Old 13 Hours Ago
rejeanprimeau's Avatar
rejeanprimeau rejeanprimeau is offline
XL FORUM TEAM MEMBER
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: On a farm
Posts: 7,204
Sportster/Buell Model: XL77.2R
Sportster/Buell Year: 2006
Reputation: 5270560
rejeanprimeau has a reputation beyond reputerejeanprimeau has a reputation beyond reputerejeanprimeau has a reputation beyond reputerejeanprimeau has a reputation beyond reputerejeanprimeau has a reputation beyond reputerejeanprimeau has a reputation beyond reputerejeanprimeau has a reputation beyond reputerejeanprimeau has a reputation beyond reputerejeanprimeau has a reputation beyond reputerejeanprimeau has a reputation beyond reputerejeanprimeau has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Arctic in June, I was in George River on a 16 of June and it snowed.
Better middle of July.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 4 (0 members and 4 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT +1. The time now is 11:12.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
XL Forum® - Linson Media LLC